low ground amidst a guerrilla attack. The guerrillas struck from the path leading out of the area, cutting off their escape. The guerrillas began inflicting casualties from the high ground. Over a dozen soldiers were wounded after several minutes of fighting. When the company commander called for air support and medical evacuation, multiple rockets were fired at the aircraft making attempts to reach the beleaguered company. The only route of escape, short of destruction, was to flee across the river into Honduras. Faced with the alternatives, the company commander opted for sanctuary in Honduras. Some in the international press speculated that this incident was an example of low army morale and outright cowardice. It was not a matter of cowardice; it was a matter of being completely outclassed and stuck in a hole. The officer's mistake was blundering into the guerrilla trap in the first place. However, once this mistake was made, the company commander made the right decision, and saved his men to fight another day on more equal footing.
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Publication information: Book title: From Vietnam to El Salvador:The Saga of the FMLN Sappers and Other Guerrilla Special Forces in Latin America. Contributors: David E. Spencer - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 125.