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(Tactical Assembly Area)
(H+45 Minutes)

The observer Bolten had dismounted and placed overlooking TM BAYONET's battle position saw the same penetration and signaled his commander with a blaze orange VS 17 panel. From his track on the reverse slope, Bolten saw the signal through his binoculars. With a calm, decisive voice Bolten ordered the platoons to counterattack.

TM SABRE came alive as the counterattack order went out across the team position. Transmitting the code word "Thunder" in the blind, Bolten let the TOC know they were moving. LT Kelly tried to verify the order on the land line to the Task Force TOC. He wanted to make sure they did not have any surprises in store for them. There was no response. The exposed wire the wiremen forgot to dig in had fallen victim to artillery fire.

LT Thorne and Second Platoon would lead the counterattack with the First and Fourth Platoons in support. The young lieutenant did not let his commander or platoon down.

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