The Bridge

July 1st 2001
Sweat poured down my rugged unshaved face, bathed in my camouflage, and dripped on my MP5 sub-machine gun. As I ran for my God-forsaken life I spit out my fresh chew and screamed at my division sniping in the nearby trench, “GET THE HELL OUT! It is GONNA BLOW!!” As soon as I gained their interest it was as well late. BAWOOSH! I tried to glance at my 4 other companions but I only caught a glimpse their distraught visages a split second ahead of debris covered my sight and I was luckily blown forward from the influence of a Chinese higher explosive grenade. My sniper division, was unluckily obliterated by it. I was knocked unconscious barely gasping for air. Different thoughts filled my head… A chunk of our group snipers wiped out inside a second, such as my lengthy time buddy PFC Ransom, two year Green Beret sniper specialist, I use to drink Michelob with back in college ahead of we got drafted. I nearly forgot it was a couple days before it would be my birthday. I cannot believe the war was nearly over since it appears like it has lasted for an eternity. How did I get knocked unconscious? I couldn’t even recall the face of my wife and the baby girl she gave birth to from what I read in her letter. I have to defend the bridge at all charges, but am I even alive?…But the only thing that ran by means of my head at the moment was how devastating the end of this skirmish between China and us it was and how it should’ve been.

The conflicts involving the U.S. and China that would final for a decade all started on April 1st, 2001 when U.S. a UP-403 spy plane collided with a Chinese F-eight fighter jet, killing the Chinese pilot and tearing 1 of the wings of the spy plane as it safely landed into a Chinese air field. As Chinese officials demanded an apology for the mishap, they kept the crew of 24 as hostage for eighteen days forming 1 of the most vital standoffs in U.S. history. Following the ten days elapsed, a cataclysmic event shocked the globe. On April 19th, 2001, the Chinese army unloaded clip after clip from their AK-47 rifles into the 24 crew members, starting a war that would final for ten years. Naval destroyers invaded China’s east coast ten days later. D-Day II…

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