PAL: Was the planning of prisoner snatches by SOG teams sometimes necessarily made up on the spot?
JB: Like I said above, every mission was a potential prisoner snatch mission. It was just luck and involved extreme danger to bring back a prisoner. SOG teams train for specific missions. Some of the missions were executed after other SOG teams had come back with intelligence about truck or heavy foot traffic on a major trail. The SOG teams would then train attacking a truck and pulling the driver out, or, like I did, attacking a small NVA unit and trying to bring back a wounded NVA. After about a week of preparing, the SOG team would be inserted into the area, as close as possible to the target area and hope they were not compromised going in. Our SOG teams stayed together during our tour of duty so once we practiced something as a team it was in our play book. SOG teams, during their down times, always continued to maintain their combat readiness and would
repeatedly prepare for different scenarios. We knew the only way we would make it back from most missions was by being a team and with everyone doing their job.
PAL: Roughly how many prisoner snatches did your team, RT Auger, attempt?
JB: There were only two missions that I had that were for prisoners and prisoners only. Most prisoner snatches or attempts were impromptu and reflected the present situation.
PAL: How many were successful?
JB: None I am very sorry to say.