23rd infantry regiment

From the people I’ve talked to I’ve come up with some new ideas on the war. For the most part nobody is particularly wild with patriotic feeling. There are, of course, those who just get a real charge out of killing people. One lieutenant I talked to said what a kick it had been to roll a gook 100 yards down the beach with his machine gun. But most people generate their enthusiasm for two reasons: one is self-preservation–if I don’t shoot him, he’ll eventually shoot me–and the other is revenge. It’s apparently quite something to see a good friend blown apart by a VC booby trap, and you want to retaliate in kind.
—  2Lt. Robert C. (”Mike”) Ransom, Jr. in a letter to his parents, 1968

U.S. Army Capt. Troy Yoho, commander of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, greets an enthusiastic Afghan farmer while his unit conducts a dismounted presence patrol near Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 2, 2013. The unit was patrolling to meet area farmers and project force posture