Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

'Badlands' of Southern Arizona - Cowboys Confronting a Rattlesnake

"We were not afraid"??

Saturday morning saw the "Cowboys" up bright and early and George eager to go out on a search for his 2 quart canteen he'd lost on the chase Friday. Tony lost one to when he and DW ran a foul of the cactus. The boys set out on foot figuring George's canteen had been lost close to the perimeter. They headed away from Keeylocko looking for "sign", the trail left by their horses on the return. At times the "sign" was good others not so good. They spooked Jack Rabbits along the way, and a quail spooked Linus. Not far out, with Tony in the lead and slightly left of the others, some where in between them, some one said, "Rattle Snake! That's a big one! Maybe some one even said, "Look at that joker!" Fact is Tony had practically walked past and near it before anyone noticed it. When he turned to see it, it was almost down its burrow. Don't recall who started it, it doesn't matter every one had a part in it. "Grab it, get it before it gets down the hole, you can grab it, it can't turn around in the hole"….yeah right. No one actually had to say it, we knew it was coming next, but no one wanted to be the one to say it. YOU GRAB IT! This nonsense ended when George courageously after the snake was long gone into its hole probably curl up down in its basement, stamped on the hole and said with a voice laced by the type of bravado one experiences when the danger is past…Get your Ass back in that hole!

This was a true story.

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