The rocket-launched grenade exploded into his armored personnel carrier, and the driver’s body parts instantly flew back onto the Army infantrymen inside.
Disoriented, ears ringing, everything seemed to be in slow motion for 21-year-old J.T. Cooper, who, heart pounding, clutched his M-60 machine gun and looked around.
His lieutenant mouthed words at Cooper, who was closest to the door:
Cooper jerked down the handle, pushed the door and stepped into a street full of people who wanted to kill him.