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Au Co's village
|Au Co's village|
Dallas and Austin happen upon Au Co's village.
Dallas and Austin search for a downed plane, and find the Skyhawk outside the village. The crew's mission was to destroy the village, but they were killed instead. Dallas decides to carry out they Skyhawk crew's mission. Austin protests that it is a peaceful Vietnamese village, but Dallas counters that it is used to grow food to supply the Viet Cong who are fighting in the war. Dallas persuades Austin to destroy the village.
A young girl seemingly causes plants to sprout quickly out of the ground. Dallas and Austin rig C4 explosives around the village. As they explode, Dallas realizes that Au Co is the name of the girl, and the mission was actually to kill the girl, not destroy the village.
After returning home from the Vietnam War, Linderman briefly remembers an experience from his and his fellow comrades' mission. The experience is of himself in the village he helped destroy, seeing Au Co's dead body on the ground with a woman embracing her in grief.
- Au Co is named after a mythological fairy who, in Vietnamese legend, married a dragon and gave birth to the Bach Viet, the first Vietnamese people.
- The fate of the village at the hands of Linderman and Petrelli seems to reference the Bến Tre incident, where those responsible claimed that something positive was accomplished by a violent and destructive act. Though at first disgusted by the whole affair, Mr. Linderman will eventually embrace this philosophy, leading to his plans involving the explosion.
- For other uses of Au Co, see Au Co (disambig).
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