It was then, while they were so cruelly exposed, that the Viet Cong attacked. The troops had in fact walked into a carefully prepared ambush and they now came under a hail of automatic fire. Soldiers began to drop under the intense fusillade, and Lieutenant Alexander was one of the first to be hit.
Even although he was wounded, Alexander refused treatment and persevered in his efforts to extricate his troops from this deadly ambush. In fact, Alexander had been hit four times, but still he insisted that the medics attend to his men before treating him.