What’s the scariest thing that’s ever woken you up during the middle of the night?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 31, 2020 07:27 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 31, 2020 07:27 AM

In Vietnam, we were often required to stand night guard along our mountainside perimeter. Each guard post was manned by two soldiers. At least one was required to be alert and watchful at all times. The second could catch some sleep. Each stint lasted two hours. Any violation of this would be dealt with severely. Guard duty was no joke!

The person finishing their time was responsible for waking up the other guy to take over. Upon finishing my stint, (2 A.M – 4 A.M.), I tried to wake up my replacement. He resisted strenuously. I kept poking and shaking him until he reluctantly got up. I was soon asleep. Shortly after, so was my replacement!

At day break, our First Sargeant patrolled our perimeter on foot, inspecting each guard post. He found both of us asleep. I was awakened by a rifle shot into the ground within inches of my head. I almost shit!

I tried to explain how I’d woke up the guy who was supposed to take my place at 4 A.M. The bastard denied it.

I was extremely fortunate our Sargeant had received other complaints about my replacement. My ears were ringing for days.

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