Lt Col C.N. Khan, Call Sign “Niner” with
his favoured weapon in South Vietnam, an American 5.56 mm calibre
Colt Commando, part of the Colt Automatic Rifle-15 (CAR-15) weapon
family. Because it was a shortened version it was less unwieldy and
therefore more suitable than the SLR or M16 rifle when aboard his
regular transport, the Sioux H13 light observation helicopter.
“Genghis”, as he was known to the troops, was regularly overhead in
the chopper during a battle, directing aerial firepower, and
generally assisting his Company Commanders on the ground.
He was mentioned in dispatches (MID) as a platoon commander during
the Korean War, when he was severely wounded from gunshots in the
chest, and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his
highly successful command and leadership of the 5th Battalion in
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