|I just re-read a couple of chapeters in "At the Hurricane's Eye" by Greg Walker. Walker is retired SF and spent time in South America with 7th SFG(A)in the 1980's.
Walker seems to think that BG Blackburn and Col. Simons may have known, or strongly suspected, that the prisoners had been moved. The insinuation is that they launched anyway for the purpose of assaulting the secondary school in order to kill Chinese advisors. The Chinese advisors may have been training counter recon teams that were hitting the SOG CCN teams hard in Laos. So the "accidental landing" of Simons element at the secondary school may have been no accident at all.
This sounds a little far fetched to me, but people see conspiracy theories where they want to see them. Why not just call in an airstrike on the secondary school? Has anyone read or heard about this from another source?
Regardless, It was widely reported that "The Bull" killed someone at the secondary school with his personal .357 at point blank range. I wonder if Col. Simons used hollow points?