Tales of the Yellow Silk is actually a collection of short stories, covering Sergeant James Kendle’s brief tour of duty in Thailand from October 1974 to June 1975. The naïve young sergeant considered his assignment as both a grand adventure and exotic travelogue. Instead, he found himself embroiled in a highly sensitive love affair and assigned to a dangerous covert military operation.Project (Plan) 404 was a secret CIA-funded mission using a complicated system of transferred Army elite soldiers, all attached to the 46th Special Forces Detachment in Lopburi, Thailand, near Bangkok. The operation was covert and illegal, for by that time, Congress had expressly forbidden all ground operations against North Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia.Most of the time was spent on helicopter taxi runs, inserting or extracting agents from the Cambodian countryside. A lot of days were spent hurrying up and waiting, or out on border patrols. There was a lot of boredom too, which resulted in some wild furloughs and R&R. With more frequency, however, the missions were deeper into enemy controlled territory and therefore increasingly dangerous.It was official Army policy, that if anyone was captured or killed, while on any of these "road trips,” the U.S. would disavow any knowledge of their existence. So these became a bunch of men not really there and not really doing anything. Perhaps it was this fact that determined some of Delta Team’s actions on April 1, 1975.