The M.I.A.'s on Tiger Mountain
Runtime 53 mins.
Director Norman Lloyd
In April, 1968, then-Lieutenant Mike Sprayberry of Delta Company, United States Army led a small group of volunteers on a harrowing nighttime rescue in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley. Their mission: to save a platoon of infantrymen encircled, ambushed, and pinned down by superior North Vietnamese forces on the flank of Tiger Mountain. The rescue was successful–all of the survivors of the ambush were extracted–but the bodies of three fallen soldiers could not be recovered. When an observation helicopter attempted to locate the three KIAs, it too was lost to heavy enemy fire, and the bodies of the three helicopter crewmen likewise could not be recovered. To this day, the bodies of all six men remain in the A Shau Valley.
In the code of the warrior, no fallen comrade is left behind on the battlefield. Sometimes fate and orders dictate that there is simply no choice but to do so, but the men left behind are never forgotten. Medal of Honor recipient Mike Sprayberry has certainly never forgotten.