To fight back, the American soldiers put on gas masks and unleashed gas, which helped a bit Parham said, and they went through a plethora of ammo.
Parham eventually got near a B52 hole that was set up by the commanding officer and his radio specialist. The commanding officer was calling all forms of air support into the area. During this time, the commander also gave orders to Parham and those around him to aid one of the machine gunners because he was in trouble.
“Some of us went out towards his area and we saw him out there. He seemed to be repressing fire really well. Then, all of a sudden, I saw him go down. I thought, ‘This is not good, because they are going to get the M60 and turn it on us.’ So, I went on towards him in hopes to see if he was just injured and help him out.”
On his way to the M60, Parham ran and dove because shots were coming from every direction. When Parham dove, his helmet slipped back at an angle because of his loose neck-strap and a bullet grazed his forehead, ultimately entering his helmet and blowing out the side of it. The helmet was instantly knocked from his head, and Parham went unconscious for a moment.
When he finally came to his senses, he picked up his M16 and continued to hold off troops until he ran out of ammo. Then, he took hold of the M60 and fired it until the barrel was too hot to continue firing.
“My buddies behind me were trying to help as soon as they found out I was in trouble, but they could not get to me because there was just too many of them,” Parham said. “They had me pinned. At that particular point, I thought it was over.”