Lam Son 719
[Original documents were
classified "SECRET" and then reclassified "CONFIDENTIAL". Official
CAAR document below was transcribed by Keith Short who has added the
names (in brackets [ ] and bold typeface) of our fallen who
were killed in action or died of wounds on the appropriate day cited
and are not a part of the CAAR.]
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[Note: In the original Significant Events document the
following two pages of entries, except for the 28 JAN 71 date, are the
1. 28 JAN 71
1/A/4-12, 282217H, YD107694 (4km SW S-4). The unit
reported that a trip flare was detonated approximately 75 meters north
of the NDP. They also received 3-4x rounds of AK-47 fire from the north.
Organic weapons fire was placed on the are, and pink light and radar
were employed, but with negative sightings. The area was swept at first
light with negative results.
2. 29 JAN 71
2/A/4-12, 291200H, YD157687 (4km ESE A-4). An M551
Sheridan detonated a PM60 mine buried near a tank trail. There was 1x US
WIA; the vehicle sustained moderate damage. The unit then received
approximately 10x rounds of AK-47 fire from 100 meters west of their
location. The area was engaged with organic weapons fire and was swept
with negative results. There were negative further friendly casualties.
The resulting crater was 5'x3'x7'.
2/A/4-12, 291430H, YD163700 (5km east A-4) An M551
Sheridan detonated a PM60 mine buried in a tank trail. There was 1x US
WIA; the vehicle sustained moderate damage. The crater was 7'x7'x'5'.
3. 30 JAN 71
3/C/1-77, 301150H, XD993558 (1-1/2km NNE Elliot CB).
An M48A3 detonated an unknown type pressure activated anti-tank mine.
There were negative casualties; the vehicle sustained moderate damage.
C/3-17, 301330H, XD953526 (5km NW Vandergrift).
Observed 3x NVA in bunkers. Gunships engaged the area. Approximately 15x
minutes later, several NVA were observed in 10-15x bunkers at XD957524.
Gunships also engaged the second area. Artillery fire was later employed
at both grids.
Inclosure 8 (Chronological Listing of Significant
Contacts) for Combat After Action Report Lam Son 719; 28 January 1971 to
07 April 1971 (U).
1. 29 JAN 71
2/A/4-12, 291200H, YD157687 (4km ESE A-4). An M551
Sheridan detonated a PM60 mine buried near a tank trail. There was 1x US
WIA; the vehicle sustained moderate damage. The unit then received
approximately 10x rounds of AK-47 fire from 100 meters west of their
location. The area was engaged with organic weapons fire and was swept
with negative results. There were negative further friendly casualties.
The resulting crater was 5'x3'x7'.
2/A/4-12, 291430H, YD163700 (5km east A-4) An M551
Sheridan detonated a PM60 mine buried in a tank trail. There was 1x US
WIA; the vehicle sustained moderate damage. The crater was 7'x7'x5'.
2. 30 JAN 71
3/C/1-77, 301150H, XD993558 (1-1/2km NNE Elliot CB).
An M48A3 detonated an unknown type pressure activated anti-tank mine.
There were negative casualties; the vehicle sustained moderate damage.
3/3-17, 301330H, XD953526 (5km NW Vandergrift).
Observed 3x NVA in bunkers. Gunships engaged the area. Approximately 15x
minutes later, several NVA were observed in 10-15x bunkers at XD957524.
Gunships also engaged the second area. Artillery was later employed at
4. 31 JAN 71
3/A/1-61, 311220H, XD978580 (4km WSW FSB Fuller). An
APC detonated an unknown size antitank mine. There were 2x US WIA; the
vehicle sustained moderate damage.
3/3-17, 311330H, XD9350538 (5km W CB Elliot). While
making an aerial observation, C/3-17 observed 3x NVA/VC on the ground
and engaged them resulting in 1x NVA KBA. At XD934552, a portion of a
booster was picked up and brought to S-2/3-5.
CP and B/3-5, 311330H, XD945542 (3km W CB Elliot).
Received 10x 122mm rockets from vic of XD962581. The rockets were fired
in pairs and the closest pair hit approximately 75 meters away. There
were negative casualties or damage.
C/3-17, 311145H, XD940521 (6km WNW Vandergrift CB).
Observed 6x bunkers built in the last week. Aircraft then received small
arms fire from an estimated 5-10x NVA and sustained negative hits.
Gunships engaged the area resulting in 1x NVA KBA.
5. 02 FEB 71
Ranger Tm 19, 021200H, XD957562 (3km NW Elliot CB).
The team ambushed and killed 2x NVA with grenades and small arms fire.
The team then heard movement and believe that 4-6x other personnel moved
through the underbrush away from the area. Captured items are as
follows: 2x AK-47, 4x NVA fragmentation grenades, 1x US fragmentation
grenade, 1x pair binoculars, 1x Chicom flashlight, 1x US compass, 6x
AK-47 magazines, 2x rucksacks containing personal gear, 6x kilograms of
rice and assorted food stuffs, 1x US canteen, 1x pith helmet, 2x pistol
belts, 2x AK-47 magazine carriers, 1x NVA map case containing 1x
1:"100,000 NVA map and 1x 1:50,000 NVA map, 1x personal letter.
B/4-3, 020905H, YD168704 (5km E A-4). While removing
mechanical ambushes, the unit discovered that one of them had been
detonated. The unit then found a hasty grave which contained 1x body.
Also in the area was the following: 1x shovel without handle, 1x cap
bill, 1x pistol belt, 3x Chicom grenades, 1 pair of Ho Chi Minh Sandals,
1x NVA poncho, 1x ground cloth, 1x NVA first aid pack, 1x smoking pipe,
1x broken mirror with writing inside, 1x NVA cigarette lighter, 1x can
worded "Essential Balm", pieces of a binocular, shirt and pants with no
6. 03 FEB 71
2-17 Cav, 021545H-031530H, XD854239 (18km S Khe Sanh).
At XD854239, 2nd platoon discovered 3x bunkers with signs of 25-50x
personnel in the area in the last 24-48 hours, there were bamboo beds in
the bunkers and 18" long sticks believed to be used for splints.
Approximately 100 meters SE on Route 616, they observed L-shaped
bunkers, with 3' of overhead cover every 350 meters along the road. At
XD857237, 1st platoon discovered 15-20x bunkers and 2x animal pens 25
meters in diameter. One of the bunkers was hit with fragmentation
grenade and a secondary explosion from 12.7mm ammo was observed. Also
there was a trail network leading in all directions with activity in the
last 24-48 hours. In the vic of XD859236, 1x destroyed truck was
discovered, along Route 616. The road was 15'-20' wide in excellent
condition with extensive recent use. There was a camouflaged park for
trucks every 500 meters, all large enough to handle 2-1/2 ton vehicles.
Route 616 had been used extensively in the last 24 hours (the road dust
was powdery and settled on vegetation), it is in excellent condition and
traffic could travel at 25 mph. The road could bear 2-way traffic,
bunkers had been built in the last 2-3 days, and there was evidence of
heavy road equipment being used to repair and build the road. Some
12.7mm rounds were captured, they were Chicom armor piercing and
2-17 Cav, 031235H, XD906249. Two secondary explosions
were observed when gunships engaged 3x boxes (2'x2'x4').
2-17 Cav, 031635H, XD918229 (Vietnam Salient). A
troop observed 1x truck in the above location. The truck was engaged and
7. 04 FEB 71
Air rifle platoon A/2-17, 041120H, XD845423 (1km NW
Ham Nghi). An unknown type mine was detonated resulting in 1x US KIA and
3x US WIA.
C/4-3, 040600H, XD880430 (3km NE Ham Nghi). The unit
discovered 40x 105mm artillery rounds. Some of the rounds were in good
condition, but others were missing fuses. An EOD team was notified and
the rounds were destroyed in place.
2-17 Cav, 041100H, XD673405 (19km W Ham Nghi). While
conducting visual reconnaissance, 6-8x personnel were observed, 1x
personnel was in a black uniform, the remainder were in purple NVA
uniforms. There were also 5-6x bunkers in the area. The aircraft engaged
the area resulting in 1x NVA KBA and 3x secondary explosions.
2-17 Cav, 041125H, XD672535 (20km NW Ham Nghi). The
unit observed 10-15x NVA personnel at the above grid. The area was
engaged resulting in 6x NVA KBA. Some of the personnel were wearing
green uniforms, web gear, pith helmets, and carrying AK-47's, 1x was
wearing rags. The ARP's were inserted at 041407H to recover gear, but
contacted an unknown size enemy force. Extraction was made at 041455H
when the unit came upon a large bunker complex. ARA was employed with
HHC/75th Spt Bn, 041630H, XD848417 (Ham Nghi). A M113
hit an unknown type and size mine resulting in 2x US WIA. The vehicle
sustained moderate damage.
6. 03 FEB 71
(Delayed Entry). 2/B/3-5, 032010H, XD942519 (6km NW
Vandergrift CB). Heard heavy movement 75-100 meters to their south. Unit
engaged the area with small arms fire and the movement ceased. At
032030H, 1x individual was observed with the aid of a NOD. He was
engaged with small arms and was killed. At 030240H, a second individual
was observed with unknown results. A sweep of the area at first light
produced negative further results. Net results: 1x enemy KIA.
5. 02 FEB 71
(Delayed Entry). E/1-1 Cav, 021230H, XD848345 (5km
ESE Lang Vei). The unit discovered and captured the following
equipments: 1x 57mm recoilless rifle, 1x 81mm mortar bipod, 1x Browning
automatic rifle, and 1x hand grip for a 30 cal machinegun.
8. 05 FEB 71 [Carl
Mitchell Wood, James Lee Paul]
1-1 Cav, 051125H, XD714376 (3km NW Lang Va Kut). The
unit discovered a cache of 75-80 artillery and mortar rounds. The
artillery rounds were old but usable. They were all either Russian or
Chicom and were destroyed.
A/1-1 Cav, 051915H, XD713374 (3kmn NW Lang Ta Kut).
The unit found a cement culvert which was large enough for 1x man. There
was 1x 60mm mortar round in the culvert, and 60x 60mm mortar rounds
laying in the open field. All the rounds were destroyed.
9. 06 FEB 71 [Carroll
A/1-82 Arty, 061500H, XD984543 (CB Elliot). The unit
received approximately 22x 122mm rockets which resulted in 1x US KIA and
4x US WIA. One 5-ton truck was damaged.
3/D/3-187, 061030H, XD941454 (4km N FSB Shepherd).
The unit discovered 1x hut (20'x10') camouflaged between 2x rocks. Also
found were: 1x bloody bandage, 1x NVA rucksack, and 1x NVA map which was
old and in pieces. It is estimated that the articles had been in the
area for 2-4 weeks.
10. 07 FEB 71 [William
Alan Largent, Douglas Ralph Schmaltz, Roland Dean Troyano]
1-77, 071840H, XD957549 (3km W FSB Elliot). The unit
received an unknown number of RPG rounds while moving to their night
location. Organic weapons fire was returned and a sweep will be made at
first light. There were 3x US WIA.
1-77, 071830H, YD000488 (FSB Vandergrift). The unit
received 14x 122mm rockets resulting in 1x US WIA. Counterbattery
artillery was fired on suspected enemy location to the NW.
A/1-1 Cav, 071330H, XD704384 (3km NW Lang Ta Kut).
The unit discovered 5x 122mm rockets and 10x 107mm artillery rounds
which were 1x year old. All rounds and rockets were destroyed.
4-3, 071805H, XD773497 (8km NW Ham Nghi). While
moving to their night location, the unit received small arms fire and
grenades from 15-20 meters west of their location. The fire came from an
estimated 2-4x enemy personnel; organic weapons fire was placed on the
enemy personnel who fled south. Artillery fire was also placed on the
suspected enemy location. There was 1x US WIA, and 2x US KIA.
Ranger Team 19, 011920H, XD714524 (16km NNW Lang
Vei). The team detected movement of an estimated 5x personnel to their
east. The team detonated their defensive claymores and began a sweep of
the area when they observed 6x enemy personnel to the SE. The team
withdrew from the area and called for artillery fire. A sweep of the
area at first light indicated 2x blood trails and activity of 6-8x
personnel to the E. The trails were followed, but were lost.
11. 08 FEB 71 [Paul
Clark Stewart, Thomas Patrick Doody, Charles Glen Bobo, John Ernest
Robertson, David Nelson Fox, Robert Barry Soule, Gerald John Tworek,
Michael Bruce First, Lonald Ray Coleman, Rafael Rivera Benitz]
C/3-5, 080905H, XD965545 (2km W CB Elliot). A M113
detonated an estimated 75 pound mine buried in a stream crossing site.
The resulting crater was 25' in diameter. There were 4x US WIA; the
vehicle was a combat loss.
C/3-5, 081315H, XD959537 (3km WSW CB Elliot). A M113
detonated an unknown size and type mine causing 5x US WIA and major
damage to the vehicle. The unit then received small arms fire and mortar
fire which resulted in 1x US WIA. Total - 6x US WIA.
1/C/1-11, 081145H, XD697395 (5km NW Lang Ta Kut). The
unit received automatic weapons fire from an estimated squad which was
on a hill, grenades were also received. Gunships came on station and
placed fire on the enemy location, and artillery fire was called. Two
aircraft received ground fire; one was hit and sustained minor damage.
The result of the contact were 1x US KIA, 3x US WIA, and 1x US MIA.
3/C/1-11, 081332H, XD713392 (4km NW Lang Ta Kut). The
unit discovered a cache site which contained 12-1/2 cases of .51 caliber
ammunition, 9x RPG rounds, 22x 60mm mortar rounds, approximately 100x
rounds of loose .51 caliber ammo, and an unknown number of 7.62mm
rounds. There were also an unknown number of bunkers in the area.
377th Transportation Bn, 080115H, XD997554, XD993544,
and XD991537 (1km N of CB Elliot). A convoy on QL-9 received small arms
fire, RPG rounds, and mortar fire from the vic of the above 3x location.
There were 1x US KIA and 9x US WIA. One vehicle was destroyed and 5x
were damaged in the contact.
B/1-77, 081110H, XD954557 (3km WNW of CB Elliot). The
unit found the following equipment in a cache: 73x 60mm mortar rounds,
70x 60mm fuses, 10x boxes of 60mm mortar primers, 4x Chicom grenades,
RPG-2 rounds (Russian and Chicom), 1x RPG-7 round, 9x
RPG-2 boosters, 1x RPG-7 booster, 12x propellant packs, 99x unknown type
rounds, 7x AK-47 rounds, 3x mines (10-1/2" in diameter, 6-1/8" high), 1x
Chicom claymore (9-5/8" in diameter, 2-1/2" high), 1x field phone, NVA
coins, 7x NVA rucksacks, 3x NVA first aid kits, 1x NVA map (Cam Lo), 1x
Chicom battery (1.5 volt), 6x shirts (fatigue and khaki), 3x pair pants
(fatigue and khaki), 3x mosquito nets, and miscellaneous NVA rations and
documents. The documents had no information of value.
2/C/1-61, 081456H, XD954554 (3km W CB Elliot). The
unit received small arms fire and RPG rounds which resulted in 1x US KIA
and 6x US WIA. At 081430H, C/1-61, while in vic of XD978589, received
10-15x 82mm mortar rounds which resulted in 1x US WIA. At 081320H,
XD953520, C/1-61 received small arms fire causing 1x US WIA.
12. 09 FEB 71 [Blake
Dominic Whitney, Stephen Lee Whisenant, James Frew Collins, Fred Dale
Pakele, Melvin James Felton]
Convoy, 091235H, XD995446 (3km S Ca Lu). A convoy
received small arms fire and 3x mortar rounds. Four vehicles were
damaged, all had holes from small arms fire in the radiators. Gunships
were called on station and C/3-17 was moving toward the suspected enemy
mortar position in the vic of YD009438 and YD012427.
2/C/1-61, 091235H, XD956550 (3km W CB Elliot). The
unit received sporadic small arms fire. Organic weapons fire and
artillery fire was placed on the suspected enemy location of XD954552
with unknown results. There was 3x US WIA and 1x US KIA.
1/C/1-11, 091400H, XD696394 (5km NW Lang Ta Kut).
Reference 3rd incident 08 Feb 71. The unit returned to the area of the
previous contact and found the 1x US MIA reported earlier. Also in the
area they found: 1x NVA KBA, 1x AK-47, 6x claymore mines, 2x M-16, 1x
A/2-94 and C/8-4 Arty, 091335H, XD715375 (2km WNW
Lang Ta Kut). The unit received 20-25x unknown type incoming rounds
which resulted in 1x ARVN KIA, 2x US KIA, and 5x US WIA. Counterbattery
artillery was placed on 4x different suspected enemy locations with
13. 10 FEB 71 [Edmond
Smith Blackburn Jr., Donald Andrew Mackey, Mark John Robertson, Shelby
Gleason Hensley, Joseph Ray Pietrzak]
A/1-61, 101140H, XD959558 (2.5km NW CB Elliot). An
unknown type boobytrap was detonated 15 feet from a tank trail. There
was 1x US WIA.
1 and 3/C/3-5, 101515H, XD948526 (3.5km SW CB
Elliot). The unit was engaged by small arms fire and RPG's resulting in
damage to 1x M113 and there were 7x US WIA. Artillery fire and gunships
engaged the suspected enemy location of XD965556 and XD949523. An
airstrike was employed which resulted in 1x secondary explosion.
B/1-11, 101825H, XD810407 (5km W Ham Nghi). The unit
discovered 1x AK-47 (old and rusted) and 27x Chicom grenades. The
grenades were destroyed in place, the weapon was evacuated to S-2/1-11.
1-77, 101745H-101818H, YD000488 (FSB Vandergrift).
The unit received 27x 122mm rockets from an azimuth of 5200 mils.
Gunships and artillery engaged the suspected enemy location (XD913529)
with unknown results. There were 4x US WIA.
1 and 3/C/3-5, 101650H, XD948527 (3.5km SW CB
Elliot). The unit observed an airstrike on the vic of their earlier
contact and reported 2x NVA KBA. The unit swept the area and found 3x
blood trails, 1x W, and 1x NW and drag marks. The sweep continued with
3x NVA KBA found.
B/1-11, 101420H, XD810407 (km WSW Ham Nghi). The unit
found a cache which contained the following items: 4x 82mm mortar
rounds, 1x 60mm mortar round, 6x Chicom grenades, 2x drums of 7.62
gun ammunition, and small amount of medical supplies.
The 82mm rounds and the medical supplies were evacuated to S-2/1-11
while the other items were destroyed.
14. 11 FEB 71 [Raymond
Frank Carroll, Kenneth Allen Barger, George Glenn Hutson, Lucio Jon
Reis, Charles Paul Montross]
1-61, 110935H-111026H, YD117701 (A-4). Received 7x
82mm mortar rounds, 3x of which impacted inside the perimeter. The
suspected enemy location at YD114746 was engaged with mortar and
artillery fire. Barky 11 was on station but had negative sightings.
There were 3x US WIA.
D/3-5, 111200H, XD9452 (6km W CB Elliot). While
working the area, D/3-5 had a scout observe 2x NVA who fled into a
bunker. The bunker was engaged with fragmentation grenades resulting 2x
2/2 ARVN, 111145H-111805H, YD019593 (FSB Fuller). The
base received 12x rounds of 120mm mortar rounds which resulted in
negative casualties and damage.
4-3, 110900H, XD913562 (7km WNW CB Elliot). The
element spotted 1x NVA about 10' from the LZ during the insertion and
engaged him and he fled. After securing the LZ, the unit moved to a
ridge to SE and discovered a body which was covered with leaves and
grass. Another personnel was observed and engaged. They followed his
direction and found a blood trail and signs of the individual being
carried off. The unit captured 2x AK-47's, 1x helmet, 1x pistol belt, 1x
uniform, 2x Chicom grenades, 3x personal letters. There was 1x NVA KIA.
Recon Tm 1/3-187, 112150H, XD987382 (3km SE FSB
Shepherd). One individual sighted the team and ran into a hut, the team
received AK-47 fire and returned fire killing 2x NVA. The team moved
from the area and had artillery fire placed on it. Two AK-47's were
destroyed. At 111608H, the team engaged 2x NVA resulting in 1x NVA KIA.
The unit captured: 1x SKS, 1x bayonet, 3x uniforms, 2x pieces of paper,
the uniform had a diamond shaped insignia with C-5/U-3 on it.
1-77, 111900H, YD060483 (Ca Lu). The unit received 5x
122mm rockets which resulted in 1x US WIA and 3x US KIA. Artillery fire
was placed on the suspected enemy location to the north. One van was
destroyed in the attack by fire.
D/3-5, 111640H, XD922540 (6km W CB Elliot). While
aiding the extraction of downed aircraft, the unit reported that ARA and
airstrike resulted in 1x .51 caliber machinegun destroyed and 5x NVA
15. 12 FEB 71 [Arthur
Edward Mcleod, Clyde David Wilkinson, Gary Wayne Larson, David Alfred
Moran, Steve Craig English]
C/1-83 Arty, 120940H, YD134637 (1km S C-2). A 5x ton
truck detonated a PM60 mine buried in the hard packed portion of the
road. There were negative casualties but the vehicle was a combat loss.
A/4-12, 121145, YD158698 (3km E A-4). A M551 hit a
PM60 pressure activated mine which was buried in an open field resulting
in a crater which was 4' by 4'. There were negative friendly casualties,
the vehicle was a combat loss.
D/1-11, 121700H, XD748476 (9km WNW Hickory). The unit
discovered a bunker complex which contained 39x bunkers ranging in size
from 3'x3'x3' to 6'x6'x4', all with overhead cover. There were also 3x
mess halls with tables and cook shacks. Indications are that some of the
bunkers were used in the last 24 hours. The bunkers will be destroyed on
13 FEB 71 by an EOD team.
2/A/1-61, 120100H, XD958561 (3km NW CB Elliot). A
mechanical ambush detonated. A sweep of the area at first light produced
1x NVA KIA, blood trails, 1x AK-47, 1x M-16, 1x field telephone with
head set and microphone, 1x battery, 1x Chicom grenade, 1x notebook, 5x
first aid packets, other documents. All material was evacuated to
3/C/3-5, 120955H, XD942516 (4km SW CB Elliot). While
conducting a reconnaissance in force, received small arms fire from an
unknown size enemy force. There was 1x US WIA. The unit withdrew and
employed artillery fire with unknown results.
1/B/4-3, 121005H, XD922553 (6km W CB Elliot). The
unit was engaged by an unknown size enemy force. Contact was initiated
with a command detonated claymore mine. Unit then received small arms
fire and grenades. Friendlies returned small arms fire and artillery
fire. 2/A/4-3 reinforced the first platoon and also received small arms
fire and hand grenades. There were 2x US KIA, 6x US WIA, and unknown
2/D/1-11, 121435H, XD759481 (10km NW Ham Nghi). The
unit was engaged while checking out a trail resulting in 1x US WIA. A
sweep was made of the area and the following items were captured: 1x
AK-47 magazine with ammo, and 2x Chicom grenades (potato masher type).
C/1-11, 121130H, XD694403 (2km NNW Ta Bat). The unit
found a cache which contained the following items: 7x Chicom grenades,
34 Chicom claymores, 150 lbs of TNT, 1x 152mm artillery round, 50 lbs of
rice, 15x 82mm mortar rounds, 30x AK-47 rounds. All rounds and material
destroyed except the AK-47 rounds and 82mm mortar rounds. Also
discovered was 1x NVA who previously had been killed by artillery, but
16. 13 FEB 71
D/1-11, 131100H, XD753504 (13km NW Ham Nghi). The
unit had contact from 2x directions resulting in 2x US WIA. Small arms
fire was placed on the suspected enemy location. A sweep of the area
produced 1x NVA KIA, some maps, and blood trails in the area. Also 1x
17. 14 FEB 71 [Richard
Dean Covert Jr., Ronald Calvin Ruff, Stephen Henry Warner, Douglas Lee
A/1-61, 141150H, XD967557 (2km NW CB Elliot). Found
1x NVA body which had apparently been killed by tank main gun fire
approximately 2x days ago. The body was buried.
D/3-5, 141500H, XD863623 (13km NW CB Elliot).
Returned to the area where a total of 6x NVA had been killed earlier in
the day, and picked up 3x packs, some rice, and some NVA protective
masks. The items were evacuated.
A/4-3, 141520H, XD927549 (5.5km W CB Elliot). The
unit spotted 1x NVA who ran into a bunker. The bunker was engaged with
small arms fire and fragmentation grenades. There was 2x NVA KIA and 2x
A/4-3, 141540H, XD928563 (5.5km W CB Elliot). The
unit received 15x 82mm mortar rounds from XD922544. There were negative
casualties and damage. At 141700H, the unit received 15x 82mm mortar
rounds which caused 3x US WIA. Both times counterbattery artillery was
fired on the above grid with unknown results.
C/4-3, 141830H, XD912550 (7km W CB Elliot). The unit
observed 5x NVA with packs and weapons moving south along the river.
They were engaged resulting in 5x NVA KIA, 4x AK-47's and 1x unknown
type of radio captured.
1/C/4-3, 141845H, XD927548 (6km W CB Elliot). The
unit observed 1x NVA moving NW along a stream and engaged him with small
arms fire resulting in 1x NVA KIA.
C/4-3. 141910H, XD914552 (7km W CB Elliot). The unit
observed 5x NVA moving along a trail and engaged them with small arms
fire resulting in 3x NVA KIA and 2x US WIA.
F/8, 141715H, XD926546 (5km W CB Elliot). An aircraft
observed 4x NVA in brown uniforms near small bunker. The personnel were
engaged resulting in 5x NVA KBA.
A/7th Engr, 141515H, vic XD8147 (5km NW Ham Nghi).
The unit was engaged while working in a stream crossing by small arms
fire and RPG rounds. There were 2x US KIA and 3x US WIA.
18. 15 FEB 71 [James
Robert Brobst, Kenneth M. Steinkirchner, James Harry Taylor, Marvin
Maurice Leonard, Barry Frank Fivelson, Donald Evertt Crone, John Lynn
Powers, Willis Calvin Crear, Benjamin Burgos-Torres, David Wayne Comber,
Julian Ernest Marquez Jr., Richard Bennett Rinehart, John William
2/A/3-5, 151000H, XD855481 (6km N Ham Nghi).
Reference INTSUM 045-71, paragraph 11, b, 4, (d). A sweep of the area
where 5-7 NVA were observed in the perimeter wire at 142205H, produced
2x NVA KIA, 7 RPG launchers, 5, RPG rounds, 5x pounds of plastic
explosives, 1x Chicom grenade, and heavy blood trails. A tracker dog
team was then employed. At 151123H, 5x satchel charges (2"x3"x5"), 2x
pair of NVA rubber boots, 1x hat with blood stains on it, several
dehydrated Chicom rations, and 2x packs of C-rations were found. At
151200H and in the vic of XD863486, 1x RPG booster, 1x NVA hat, 1x
satchel charge, and a trail used by approximately 50x people the
previous night were found. At 151210H, found a trail which ran E from
the NDP site for a distance of approximately 1600m. There were blood
trails on the last trail found.
1/61, 150015H, YD117701 (A-4). The IOS at A-4
reported flashes at YD119751 and A-4 received 3x 122mm rockets at
approximately the same time. There was 1x US WIA and minor damage to 1x
bunker. Other rounds were received at 150039H, crater analysis indicated
that the rounds were either 120mm mortar rounds and/or 75mm recoilless
rifle rounds. The azimuth was from 5880 and 0100 mils. Shrapnel found
indicate there were pieces of a 75mm recoilless rifle round and a tail
fin of a 120mm mortar fin.
C/1-82, 151335H, YD134635 (1km S C-2). A 5-ton truck
detonated a pressure activate PM-60 mine buried on a road. The area was
swept prior to the incident. There was negative casualties, but the
vehicle sustained major damage.
1/1/D/3-187, 151352H, XD957444 (5km WSW Ca Lu). The
unit exchanged small arms fire with an estimated 3-4x NVA. Artillery
fire was employed. At 151430H, the unit contacted a larger force,
artillery and mortar fire were employed and ARA came on station at
151450H. At 151500H, 3/D/3-187 was inserted to reinforce the squad.
Contact was broken at 151515H. Contact was reestablished at 151520H and
continued until 151600H. The enemy came from the NW, and fled to the W.
There were unknown enemy casualties, 1x KIA and 1x US WIA were the
1/C/4-3, 150735H, XD912535 (7km W CB Elliot). The
unit observed 13x NVA and began to set up an ambush. They then observed
10x NVA and the unit split in order to engage both enemy elements. Then
the unit received fire from several areas and tried to regroup. There
were 3x US WIA, and 3x NVA KIA from the contact.
1/C/4-3, 150900H, XD912552 (7km W CB Elliot). The
unit spotted 24x NVA personnel with packs and weapons moving E on a E-W
trail and engaged them with small arms fire. There were negative
friendly casualties. There were 15x NVA KIA, 4x AK-47 captured, 2x 3000
series radios destroyed. Also captured were CW equipment, morse code
equipment, maps, documents and SOI items. Maps contain enemy locations
and strong points. One of the personnel carried these items and is
believed to be a high ranking officer. All items will be evacuated to
S-2/1-5 on 16 Feb 71.
A/4-3, 151030H, XD924548 (5km W CB Elliot). While on
a patrol, the unit was engaged by a command detonated Chicom claymore
and small arms fire from an estimated 10-15 NVA. One platoon came to
reinforce, the enemy were in bunkers. A dust-off was called at 151100H
and completed at 151500H due to heavy small arms fire. There were 3x US
WIA and 6 US WIA.
2/C/1-11, 151350H, XD702409 (2-1/2 km N CD Elliot)
Received small arms fire from an enemy unit believed to be dug in a
bunker complex. There were 2x US WIA. Artillery fire was employed as was
81mm mortar fire and gunships.
2/A/3-5, 151200H, XD864489 (6km N Ham Nghi). The unit
discovered bunkers in the area of the above grid. There were blood
trails in the area, bloody bandages and freshly cut bamboo for litters.
19. 16 FEB 71 [James
Basil Carter, James Martin Simon, James Hubert Stafford]
3/C/1-11, 160725H, XD688412 (5km NNW Lang Ta Kut).
The unit received small arms fire and grenades from an unknown size
enemy force. Friendly fire was returned as was mortar fire. The unit
withdrew in order to employ artillery fire. While sweeping the area at
161040H, the unit engaged 4-5x NVA approximately 50-75m from their
location with small arms fire and mortar fire, artillery fire also was
called. There were negative friendly casualties and 1x NVA KIA, 1x AK-47
and 1x rucksack were captured.
D/4-3, 160715H, XD920528 (6.5km W CB Elliot). Were
engaged with small arms fire by an estimated 15x NVA as the unit was
preparing to move from their NDP site. D/4-3 returned organic weapons
fire and later employed artillery fire. There were 3x US KIA and 1x US
WIA. The enemy element was last seen heading W, there were 3x NVA KIA.
C/4-3, 1/A/4-3, Recon Plt/4-3, Co A (-)/4-3 and
CP/4-3, 161745H, XD924550 (6km W CD Elliot). C/4-3, 1/A/4-3 and
Recon/4-3 received heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire. At the
same time Co A (-) and the CP/4-3 received heavy small arms fire and
estimated 5x 82mm mortar rounds. The contact was with an estimated
company size enemy force or larger. Part of the enemy force was between
the two friendly elements. At 161830H, the CP/4-3 and Co/A (-)/4-3 were
receiving fire from 3x sides of their location. At the same time, the
other 3x elements were engaging a large enemy force. There were 8x US
WIA and unknown enemy casualties.
1/D/1-11, 160945H, XD751502 (13km NW Ham Nghi).
Received small arms fire while they were retrieving their mechanical
ambushes. There was 1 US WIA (platoon leader). Unit then found 1x NVA
KIA, 1x AK-47, 1x personnel diary, 2x Chicom stick grenades, and
assorted personal items.
D/1-11, 161030H, XD755490 (12km NW Ham Nghi). The
point man spotted a bunker with 2-3x NVA and engaged it with organic
weapons. The contact was broken and the area searched. A ladder was
leaning against a tree, the top of which gave a good view of the area.
D/3-5 reconned the NW, spotted a bunker and received fire. An airstrike
was employed, and the unit returned to the area. The bunkers were
destroyed, contact was made with an estimated reinforced squad. ARA was
called and the contact was broken. A search of the area revealed 5x
blood trails, US commo wire and 1x destroyed bunker.
20. 17 FEB 71 [Joseph
H. Marshall Jr.]
3/E/1-1, 170005H, XD919419 (1km W FSB Shepherd). The
unit received 4x RPG rounds from an unknown direction. One round hit a
M113 in the engine compartment and started a fire which in turn caused
in the vehicle to cook-off. There was 1x vehicle
damaged extensively and 2x other received minor damage from fragments.
There were 5x US WIA in the incident.
21. 18 FEB 71 [James
Arthur Long, Daniel Owen Murphy, Donald Gene Gibler, Ronald Leonard
Watson, Gregory Stephen Crandall, Walter Edward Lewellen, Robert Joseph
C/1-1 Cav, 182210H, XD813367 (Lang Vei). The
refueling point vicinity of the above grid received approx. 11-13x
rounds of 82mm mortar fire from the vic of XD815355 resulting in 20,000
gallons of JP-4 fuel destroyed, 1x UH1H destroyed, and 1x UH1H damaged.
At the same time, small arms fire was received from 200-300 meters SE of
the perimeter. Eight of the 82mm mortar rounds impacted outside the
perimeter. Counterbattery artillery was placed on the suspected enemy
location with unknown results.
D/3-5, 181215H, YD304482 (4km S QTCB). While
returning from patrol, a white team sighted 2x NVA in the open and
received small arms fire. More personnel then appeared from the brush
and engaged the white team resulting in major damage to 1x OH58A (which
returned to pad at QTCB), 1x OH58A took 1x hit with minor damage, and 2x
US WIA. The team sighted many bunkers and fires in the area. Another
white team moved into the area as a screening force for RF's moving to
sweep the area of contact. There were 8x NVA KBA.
2/B/3-187, 181245H, XD984370 (5km SE FSB Shepherd).
Observed 2x NVA in open and engaged them with small arms fire. There
were negative friendly casualties and 1x NVA KIA.
1-77, 180500H, XD956538 (3km W CB Elliot). The unit
was checking the area hit by an airstrike on 10 Feb 17 and discovered 3x
A/4-3, 161340H, XD924549 (6-1/2 km W CB Elliot).
While recovering 2x bodies killed on 15 February, a patrol received 60mm
mortar founds and small arms fire from 3x locations around their
position. There were 4x US WIA. The bodies were recovered.
2/D/1-11, 161302H, XD745495 (9km NW Ham Nghi). While
on a Recon to the NW, the unit found a fresh trail, also commo wire
which was followed to a bunker complex with 10-15x personnel. Small arms
fire was received as was hand grenades, there was 1x US WIA. ARA was
called as was Barky and TAC airstrikes were placed. Artillery then fired
with unknown results. There were 18x bunkers in the complex that the
unit sighted (10'x12', 6'x8' deep, 12"-18" log overhead cover). Bunkers
were 8-14 days old and well built. Some of the bunkers were searched,
the following items were found: medical supplies, machine gun ammo,
Chicom LRRP's rations, bowls of warm rice.
D/3-5 engaged the area resulting in 1x NVA KBA in the
vic of XD775478. Also destroyed 3x huts and called an airstrike and
artillery on the area with unknown results.
D/1-11, 182043H, XD754489 (9km NW Ham Nghi). The unit
observed 2x 37mm anti-aircraft guns in the vic of XD7155 and XD7156. The
unit observed tracers and airburst. Artillery was called on the area
with unknown results.
22. 19 FEB 71 [Roy
Milton Smith, Leonard Allen Monnett, Wade Hampton Rollins, Robert Lloyd
Dalton, Anthony J. Caraccilo Jr., Clifford W. Marshall, Charles Toney
Matthews, Lyle Elton Smith]
Ranger Tm 14, 191130H, XD853508 (8.5km N Ham Nghi).
The team was in close contact with an unknown number of NVA resulting in
1x US WIA. D/3-5 was on station and 2x airstrikes were employed after
extraction of the team. D/3-5 observed 5x NVA and engaged the personnel
resulting in 1x NVA KBA.
Recon Plt/3-187, 190915H, XD911565 (5km WNW CB
Elliot). The unit observed 3x NVA , they appeared to be setting
boobytraps at FSB Scotch. ARA at FSB Scotch. ARA was employed on the
enemy location which was approximately 200-300m from the platoon's
location. There were 3x NVA KBA, the area was swept by the unit.
Secondary Explosions: 190235H, XD702401, artillery
fire on the area resulting in 1x secondary explosion.
3/D/1-11, 191715H, XD744493 (1km NE Ham Nghi). The
platoon was cut off from the remainder of the company and was linking up
when it received small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force. They
returned small arms fire and artillery was fired on the enemy position.
The contact continued until after sunset. At 192345H, the unit observed
movement 50m SE of their position moving from E to W. The area was
engaged with small arms fire, M79, and artillery as a blocking force
with unknown results. There were unknown enemy casualties, friendly
casualties are as follows: 4x US KIA, 7x US WIA, and 1x US MIA.
ARVN Convoy, 192200H, YD023561 (3km S FSB Fuller).
The convoy was ambushed by claymore mines and Chicom fragmentation
grenades from the S side of QL-9. B/1-77 cleared the road and destroyed
the claymore and grenades in place. There was 1x ARVN KIA, 2x ARVN WIA,
and 5x trucks off the road and damaged.
Recon Plt/3-187, 191210H, XD912564 (6km W CB Elliot).
The unit received small arms fire from 3x sides of their position and
also received mortar fire. Tactical airstrikes and counterbattery
artillery were employed. By 191413H, the contact had been reduced and
contact was broken at 191530H. There was 1x US KIA, and 2x US WIA.
QUANG TRI COMBAT BASE: 63rd Main. Bn. 191630H, QTCB.
A satchel charge was discovered in the ammo supply point 101 at 191630H.
At 191700H, 2x other charges were found in ammo stocks and later 1x
additional was discovered. One of the charges apparently had
malfunctioned. Personnel of the 59th EOD Det were disarming the charge
and the charge exploded, resulting in 1x US KIA. The charges consisted
of the following: detonator: CHMV-10, Russian 10 day delay; explosives:
4 blocks of TNT plus other explosives; package: wrapped in plastic, tied
in bamboo; firing device: 15 second non-electric. At 191845H ammo supply
101 was clear for ammo issue.
23. 20 FEB 71 [Dennis
Elbert Gilliland, John Vernon Rauen, Jon Eric Reid, David Murray May,
Randolph Leroy, Robert Joseph Acalotto, John Clark Hunter, Carl Nacca
Jr, David Thornton Taylor, Chester George Lyons, Richard Beryl Frazier]
3/B/3-5, 200430H-200625H, XD898497 (10km W FSB Ca
Lu). The unit received intense small arms fire and RPG fire from the NE,
and possibly some mortar rounds. The unit returned organic weapons fire
and artillery was employed. There were 1 US KIA and 6x US WIA. Two
M551's and 2x M113's were damaged. A sweep of the area produced: 1x NVA
KIA, 11x Chicom grenades, 2x satchel charges, 1x RPG round, 1x North
Korean AK-47 type assault rifle, 1x CS gas mask, 1x diary, 1x propaganda
song book, 1x newspaper clipping and assorted field gear. Also found
were 6-7x trails with the activity of 20-30 personnel and 3 definite
body drag marks.
CP and 2/D/1-11, 200600H-201630H, XD752494 (8km NW
Khe Sanh). A tripflare and mechanical ambush both detonated
simultaneously. Organic weapons fire was employed and the unit received
fire resulting in 5x US KIA, 1x KCS KIA, and 7x US WIA.
C/3-187, 201245H, XD917456 (2km S FSB Scotch).
The unit contacted an estimated squad in bunkers and
received unknown type mortar rounds from the vic of XD918548. Organic
weapons, 81mm mortar rounds and artillery fire was employed resulting in
1x NVA KIA. 1 and 3/C/3-187 moved toward the enemy position and at
201258H an enemy element was spotted at XD908542, possibly a mortar crew
and mortar. Artillery was employed on the locations. At 201305H, the
CP/C/3-187 received 1x unknown type mortar round from the vic of
XD908542. An airstrike was requested. At 201348H, the unit received
mortar fire again and also at 201550H when a Medivac lifted off. There
were 1x US KIA and 1x US WIA. There were a total of 1 NVA KIA and 1x
AK-47 and 2x Chicom grenades captured.
Recon Team/3-187, 201345H, XD913564 (FSB Scotch).
Made contact with unknown size enemy force and received small arms fire
and 1x RPG round or a mortar round resulting in 2x US WIA. The unit
returned organic weapons fire with unknown results.
RF 184, Co/1-77, 201345H, YD038498 (2km NE LZ Sarge).
A Hoi Chanh led RF 184 Co through an old marine minefield to a cache
site and 20 bunkers. Inside 2x bunkers the following items were found:
10x M-1 rifles, 5x AK-47's, 2x M-2 carbines, 1x M-1 carbine, 2x Chicom
type 43 submachine, and approximately 50 kilograms of rice.
US Convoy, 202311H, XD980517 (2km S. CB Elliot). A US
Convoy, while moving E along QL-9, was ambushed with RPG and small arms
fire resulting in 1x US KIA and 1x US WIA. One 3/4 ton gun-truck and 1x
5-ton truck were damaged. 2/C/3-5 was dispatched to the area and the
area was swept. No signs of activity were found on the E side of the
road. Thirty meters to the W side of the road 2x fighting positions were
found with 1x RPD machine gun and 1x empty rucksack. Tracks were found
running away from the road. Later the unit found 1x NVA KIA, 1x AK-47,
4x Chicom grenades and 1x rucksack.
24. 21 FEB 71 [John
Joseph Levulis, Roger Lee Maki, Edward Francis Downey Jr.]
1/3/3-5, 211060H, XD898497 (7km N Ham Nghi). The unit
continued the search of the area of an earlier contact (reference on 20
Feb) and discovered 3x pieces of a body, 2x satchel charges, 3x
grenades, 1x hat, and 2x shoes.
3/1-11, 211500H, XD745490 (11km NW Ham Nghi). The
unit reported that they reconned the area hit by artillery and
airstrikes. The bunker complex had 50-60 bunkers, 20x bunkers had been
damaged or destroyed by artillery and airstrikes. The center of the
complex was intact. There were 2x mess halls and 1x hospital. Additional
airstrikes to destroy the remainder of the complex have been requested.
There was 1x NVA KBA.
2/C/3-5, 210830H, XD980517 (2km S CB Elliot). While
checking the area of the ambush of the US Convoy (Reference INTSUM
051-71, paragraph 3 A (6) (b)), and awaiting the arrival of a tracker
dog team, the unit was being approached by 1x NVA approaching their
position with an armed RPG. The individual attempted to engage the
element with a fragmentation grenade, but was shot and the grenade
exploded in his hand. The area was engaged with organic weapons
resulting in 2x NVA KIA. They also found another KIA from the contact.
Additional items captured were: 2x RPG launchers, 1x captured and 1x
destroyed, 1x AK-47, 4x more Chicom grenades, 5x loaded AK-47 magazines,
4x RPG-2 rounds (2x Russian, 2x Chicom), unknown number of first-aid
packets, and miscellaneous documents.
CP/3-187, 212455H, 211700H, XD925549 (5km E CB
Elliot). The unit received an unknown number of 82mm mortar rounds which
resulted in 12x US WIA. Counterbattery artillery fire was placed on 2x
suspected enemy locations of XD937543 and XD933543 with unknown results.
1/A/3-187, 211545H, XD915552 (6km E CB Elliot). The
unit contacted an estimated 1-4x NVA in bunkers and received small arms
fire. Artillery and ARA were employed with unknown results. There were
3x US WIA.
Ranger Team 11, 21235H, XD895470 (6km NE Khe Sanh).
Unit contacted unknown size enemy force. There was 1x US WIA and 1x NVA
KIA. Captured were 1x AK-47, 1x compass, 1 rucksack, 1x binoculars.
25. 22 FEB 71 [Richard
2/A/3-187, 220810H, XD909543 (2km SW FSB Scotch). The
element heard movement around their locations. They observed 1x NVA
20-25m to their front and engaged him with small arms fire and saw him
fall. The area was searched with negative results.
D/3-5, 221430H, XD942578 (2km NE FSB Scotch).
Observed 10x NVA received AK-47 fire. Gunships engaged area and
artillery was employed. There were negative results. 2x KBA by gunships.
Recon Plt/3-187, 220245H, 220310H, XD912564 (FSB
Scotch). The unit detected movement to the NE. Illumination was fired
and there were negative sightings. At 220550H, the unit received small
arms fire from an unknown size enemy force. Small arms fire was
returned, illumination and artillery fire were placed on the suspected
enemy position with unknown results. There were 3x US WIA.
At 220950H, while sweeping the area the unit received
30x 82mm mortar rounds (15x from S and 15x from N). A/3-187 spotted the
flashes from mortar tubes and called in artillery and ARA. A sweep of
250m around their position produced many blood trails leading to the SW
and 6x NVA KIA. Also found were the following: 4x AK-47, 2x diaries, and
1x medical kits. Enemy unit possibly 11/3 27th Regt.
Recon Plt/3-187, 221300H, XD912563 (FSB Scotch). The
element was in contact with an estimated squad size enemy unit. The
contact resulted in 2x US WIA.
C/3-187, 221230H, XD912564 (FSB Scotch). The unit
swept the area and found an additional 1x NVA KIA. Signs of 2x
additional bodies being carried away. 20-30 booby traps, many US and
Chicom claymores were also found. They then heard movement to their NW
and engaged it with mortar fire with unknown results.
1/B/1-11, 221412H, XD742488 (4km SW FSB Alpine). The
unit had contact on the trail they were following, receiving
approximately 3x rounds of small arms fire resulting in 1x US KIA.
Artillery was fired on the area.
26. 23 FEB 71 [Paul G.
Bright, Richard Jacob Frazier, Dennis Claude Farris, Terry Maxwell
Usher, John William Bruin, Terrance Aki Ogata, James Allen Miner, Roy
Yasushi Shinkawa, James Eugene Barton, Charles Raymond Hausherr, Raymond
Lee Armentrout, Stephen M. Hiscock, William T. Walerzak]
B/3-187, 230010H, XD912564 (.5km N FSB Scotch). An OP
detected movement 1500 meters from their NDP; a defensive claymore was
detonated and no further movement was detected. At 230950H in vic of
XD907565, the unit exchanged small arms fire with 4x NVA, 400 meters
west of their position; the enemy fled in a NW direction; 81mm mortar
fire was employed on the area. At 231200H in vic of XD902561, the unit
found 1x destroyed 60mm mortar tube and 7x 82mm mortar rounds. They then
received 1x unknown type mortar round from a suspected enemy position at
XD907565. There were negative friendly casualties.
A/3-187, 231955H, XD913541 (1.5km S FSB Scotch). A
squad sized element was moving to their ambush site when engaged by an
estimated 15-20x NVA. The squad took considerable RPG rounds which
resulted in 2x US WIA. There were 4x NVA KIA.
39th Trans, 231230H, XD987554 (4km N FSB
Vandergrift). While traveling on QL-9, a M151 received shrapnel from an
unknown type explosion causing minor damage to the vehicle. There were
2x US WIA with minor injuries.
2/C/3-5, 231100H, XD968537 (2km SW FSB Elliot).
Engaged unknown size enemy force with tank main gun, artillery and air
cavalry resulting in 4x NVA KIA. Items captured included 2x RPG
launchers (1x of them loaded), 2x AK-47's, 4x RPG-2 rounds, 10x Chicom
grenades and miscellaneous documents. Documents indicate the enemy were
from the 2nd Co, 3rd Bn, 27th Regt.
2/A/3-5, 231230H, XD922481 (7km W FSB Vandergrift).
The unit entered a bunker complex and found fresh trails covering an
area of 35 meters by 200 meters square, 35-40x freshly built bunkers,
fresh sandal prints, 2x 60mm mortar rounds (believed to be
boobytrapped), numerous US C-rations cans, and a symbol H-15 painted and
carved on a tree. A tactical airstrike and artillery were employed E and
S of the area believed to contain a larger bunker complex.
A/1-77, 23140H, XD953556 (2km NW FSB Elliot). The
unit discovered 20x bunkers which contained 4x galvanized metal cases of
340x .51 cal rounds, 6x TM-41 mines, 100 yards of commo wire, 1x can of
encasement bags for mortar rounds, 1x can of fuses for mortars, pieces
from a 12.7mm AA Gun, and dried fish cakes. Five of the mines were
destroyed, pieces of the 12.7mm AA Gun were left there; all other items
were evacuated to S-2/1-77.
B/1-77, 231520H, XD984558 (1km N FSB Elliot). An
M48A1 detonated a 155mm artillery round resulting in 1x US WIA (minor)
and moderate damage to the vehicle.
C/1-77, 230950H, XD057432 (4 km SE Ca Lu). The unit
conducted RIF in the above area. Discovered 1x AK-47 laying in the mud
near a stream. The element continued to sweep the area and discovered 2x
AK-47's. All weapons were evacuated to S-2/1-77.
27. 24 FEB 71
3/B/3-187, 242100H, XD886536 (3km SW FSB Scotch). An
unknown sized enemy force conducted several probes of the perimeter;
small arms fire and hand grenades were exchanged with the enemy
withdrawing to the E. Artillery and mortar fire were employed into
suspected enemy location. Area sweep at first light revealed numerous
blood trails and bits of human flesh.
28. 25 FEB 71 [Gerald
Johnson, Edward A. Johnson Jr.]
1/B/3-187, 251310H, XD903561 (1km W FSB Scotch). The
unit was engaged by enemy small arms fire and claymores; small arms fire
was returned and artillery and 81mm mortar fire were employed on the
suspected enemy location. Area was swept with negative results. There
were 2x US WIA.
Ranger Tm 12, 251310H, XD891486 (7km NE Khe Sanh).
While moving to link up for resupply the unit heard movement following
them. A hasty ambush produced 1x NVA KIA and 1x pith helmet. A quick
sweep of the area was made with negative further results; the unit moved
on to the objective.
300th MP, 252055H, YD000488 (Ca Lu). The unit
reported a 1/4 ton vehicle taking fire (possible RPG rounds) resulting
in 1x US KIA and 1x US WIA. Illumination was fired into the suspected
enemy location. Additionally artillery and mortar fire were employed as
blocking fires W of the contact area. B/1-61 will sweep the area of
contact and secured the area.
29. 26 FEB 71 [John
1/B/3-187, 260830H, XD903561 (1km SW FSB Scotch).
Reference first incident under 25 Feb 71. Area swept resulting in 2x NVA
KIA found, however they were forced to withdraw from the area by small
arms fire; when they returned, the bodies had been dragged away.
2/B/1-11, 261110H, XD732490 (4km SW FSB Alpine). The
unit made contact with an estimated 3-4x enemy personnel, working out of
foxholes and a suspected tunnel complex. Small arms fire, tactical air
and artillery were employed on the area. There were 5x US WIA and 2x NVA
A/3-187, 261200H, XD913545 (2km S FSB Scotch). The
unit found 24x bunkers 4-6 weeks old (some appearing to be 15-20x days
old) last used 4-6 days ago. The area included 1x mess hall and 3x
latrines. A search of the bunkers produced 12x 60mm mortar rounds, 2x
B-40 rounds, 1x Chicom claymore, 1x Chicom hand grenade, 3x bags of food
seasoning, 1500 lbs of rice, 1x AK-47 and 5x rucksacks containing
miscellaneous items. Bunkers will be destroyed on 27 Feb 71. Also found
1x RPG launcher, 5500 lbs of rice, medical supplies for a Bn size
medical station, 6x boxes of blasting caps, 5x AK-47 magazines, 1x RPD
magazine, 20x 7.62 ammo boxes, 8x cases of Chicom grenades, 4x cases of
TNT in one pound blocks, 7x boxes of B-40 boosters, 15x B-40 rounds, 14x
Chicom claymores, 5x cases 60mm mortar fuses, 9x 60mm mortar boosters,
54x 82mm mortar rounds, 5x 60mm mortar rounds, 2x loose Chicom grenades,
5x rucksacks, 25x time fuses, 50 lbs of dried fish, 6x sets of field
gear, 20x entrenching tools, 30x boxes of satchel charge primers, 8x
cases 60mm and 82mm fuzes, 8x machetes, 2x unknown type batteries and
miscellaneous letters and documents. All ordnance and bunkers were
30. 27 FEB 71 [Ronald
Lester Babcock, Fred Mooney, Masashi Nakashimo]
A/8-4 Arty, 270015H, 270020H, XD754352 (5km SE FSB
Style). The unit received unknown type and number of incoming rounds; at
270310H-270320H they received unknown number of RPG rounds.
Counterbattery artillery was fired at suspected enemy location at
XD748331 and XD755335 with unknown results. There were 1x US KIA and 7x
C/1-61, 270940H, YD148708 (3km NE A-4). A M113
detonated a PM-60 mine on the left rear-side which in turn detonated a
claymore mine 15' away from the vehicle. There were 6x US WIA and major
damage to the vehicle; the crater was 6'x6'. The area was swept after
C/1-61, 271115H, YD148708 (3km NE A-4). During a
recovery operation an M88 detonated a PM-60 mine resulting in a crater
6'x6'. There were no friendly casualties; the vehicle sustained major
1/C/3-187, 271010H, XD929585 (2km SE FSB Scotch). The
unit found 1x supply bunker (8'x4'x3'), 1x sleeping position with 1-1½'
overhead cover, and 1x field dressing with blood on it. Bunkers were
1/B/1-11, 271500H, XD732490 (4km SW FSB Alpine). The
unit returned to an area hit by recent artillery and tactical air
strikes. They found 1x NVA shirt with flesh and blood on it and several
documents. Documents were evacuated to S-2/1-11.
31. 28 FEB 71 [Albion
Joe Bergantzel, Earl Edward McCarty, Morris Alfred Simpson]
A/1-77, 281201H, XD948525 (3.5km SW FSB Elliot). The
unit found 1x AK-47 and 1x helmet. Items were forwarded to Bde S-2.
US Convoy, 281955H, XD915418 (2km NW FSB Shepherd).
The convoy received RPG and small arms fire. Illumination, artillery and
81mm mortar fire was placed on the suspected enemy location. 1x infantry
1x cavalry platoon worked to clear the damaged
vehicles from the road. Contact was broken at 282010H. There were 5x
5-ton cargo trucks damaged and 1x special purpose cargo truck damaged;
tail elements picked up the 6x damaged vehicles. There were 2x US WIA.
3/A/3-5, 282328H, XD885489 (7km NE Khe Sanh). The
unit received RPD machinegun fire and satchel charges. Organic weapons
fire was returned. There were 7x US WIA; 1x M551, and 3x M113A1 were
damaged (minor). Sweep of the area at first light produced 3x NVA KIA
and 1x AK-50, 12x satchel charges, 1x RPG-2 round, 15x Chicom grenades,
and miscellaneous documents captured.
32. 01 MAR 71 [Thomas
Edward Ross, Alfred Lemuel Kincer III, Stephen Lee Smith, James Thomas
FSB Ca Lu, 010715H-010800H, XD999494 (FSB Ca Lu). At
010715H an explosion destroyed a 10,000 gallon bladder of JP4. At
010730H another explosion destroyed 69x 500 gallon blivets of JP4 fuel.
At 010800H, another explosion destroyed a 10,000 gallon bladder of
diesel fuel; fire resulted at the point where 69x 500 gallon blivets
were blown. A NE trail was also found. A sweep of the area was conducted
with negative results. It is believed that a sapper element dropped
small charges with chemical-delayed fuzes down the air holes of the 3x
2/B/1-11, 011545H, XD742489 (4km SW FSB Alpine), and
XD747488 (3.5km SW FSB Alpine). The unit discovered at the first grid
the following items: 1x hammock, 1x handkerchief with writing on it, 1x
pith helmet, and some bloody bandages. Found at the second grid were 1x
AK-47 and 7x Chicom grenades. The AK-47 and handkerchief were evacuated
to S-2/1-11; all other items were destroyed. Also found were small
amounts of food and 2x NVA apparently KBA.
Ranger Tm 11, 011020H, XD979587 (4km NNW FSB Elliot).
Received RPG, MG and small arms fire. FAC, ARA and Barky were called on
station. The team extracted at 011150H. Ground units searched the area
and found evidence of 3x enemy personnel on ridge opposite team's
location. There were 2x US WIA and unknown enemy casualties.
33. 02 MAR 71 [Keith
1-1, 021000H, XD745359 (3km SE FSB Style). An ARVN
2-1/2 ton truck detonated an unknown type mine buried in the road. There
were negative casualties and the truck sustained moderate damage.
2-17, 021515H, XD834426. Elements reported receiving
fire. They observed 2x persons an engaged them resulting in 1x NVA KBA.
D/3-5 Air Cav, 020640H, XD810590 (7km NE FSB Alpine).
A missile of unknown type was fired at a Mohawk flying at 3700'; the
missile climbed to approximately 10,000', turned and came towards the
aircraft. The missile detonated 100 meters above and behind the
aircraft. There were negative hits.
D/3-5 Air Cav, 022310H, XD678680 (11km N FSB
Argonne). Was observing a convoy moving south at the above grid. At
022310H while flying approximately 10 miles south of XD6768, the 0-2 was
fired at with 3x missiles. Two missiles missed the aircraft by
approximately 25 meters, 1x missile missed by 300 meters. There were
negative hits. Pilot believes that missiles came from original grid.
34. 03 MAR 71 [Richard
Lewis Park, Tommy Ray Henderson, Charles Richard Anderson, Paul Anthony
Sgambati, Gary Teofilio Padilla, Ricky Lynn James]
2/D/3-187, 031418H, XD943554 (4km NW FSB Elliot). As
unit approached a possible enemy base camp, they saw 2x NVA fleeing.
Engaged the enemy with small arms fire and 81mm mortar
fire. Unit found 37x bunkers, 3x mess halls, 2x latrines, 100x 82mm
mortar rounds, 100x lbs of rice and food cooking.
35. 04 MAR 71 [Joseph
Arthur Silon Jr., Charlie Tidwell Gazaway]
Brigade Security Platoon, 041145H, XD822415 (3km W
Khe Sanh). Patrol found a crashed marine UH1 gunship. It had 6x M-60's
on it, 2x of which still had belts in them. They found 1x M15 with the
belt frozen. Aircraft appeared to have been in the area for a year to a
year-and-a-half. The 2x M-60's and the M15 were evacuated to X-2/1-5.
One hundred meters NE they found 2x US steel helmets, 1x US protective
mask, 1x M-14 bayonet, 1x B-40 warhead, 2x 60mm mortar rounds, linked
7.62 Chicom ammo, 2x AK-47 magazines, and 1x NVA rubber belt with
writing on it.
2/C/3-5, 041130H, YD0054 (1km E FSB Elliot). An M113
overturned ascending a hill after the differential broke resulting in 2x
US WIA (serious) and 1x US MIA; both track and its ammo caught fire; the
vehicle was a combat loss.
Heavy Tm D/3-5, 041100H, XD669559 (1.5km SW FSB
Argonne). A UH1H received ground fire while observing the area; an OH58A
then moved in to mark the target and also received fire. The AH1G's
engaged the area and received fire on each run, 1x sustaining a hit in
the rotor blade by either a .51 caliber of a 14.5mm round. There were
negative friendly casualties and unknown enemy casualties. Artillery was
employed with unknown results.
2/A/1-1, 041415H, XD802340 (5.5km SW FSB Flexible).
Received RPG and small arms fire. An M551 was hit in the hull by an RPG
round, and a M113 was hit in the cupola. The suspected enemy location
was XD805349. Results were 1x M551 destroyed, 1x M113 heavily damaged
and 8x US WIA.
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D/3-187, 041200H-041800H, XD943554 (4km W FSB
Elliot). Unit discovered 36x bunkers, 8'x4'x4', 18" log and dirt
overhead cover, 4'x8', 10' mess halls, 3x stoves, with hot food, 400 lbs
of rice, 56x 82mm mortar rounds, 2x unusable 105mm artillery rounds, 4x
122mm rockets, 22x cases of explosive mortar fuses. All bunkers have
been destroyed but one; the last bunker and all ordnance will be
destroyed on 05 Mar 71.
C/3-5, 041850H, XD978585 (4km NW FSB Elliot).
Received 10-14x 82mm mortar rounds. A M-125A, mortar track, took a
direct hit resulting in major damage to the vehicle, a PPS-5 radar was
destroyed, and 5x US WIA. Artillery was employed on the suspected enemy
location of XD965584 with unknown results. Area will be swept at first
36. 05 MAR 71 [Larry
David Loden, Steven Ralph Burch, David Lindford, Ralph Angelo Moreira
Jr., Joel Clinton Hatley, Michael Eli King, Frankie Buy Baker, Larry
B/1-11, 051530H, XD864497 (8km N Khe Sanh). Found 1x
old RPG launcher and rounds. The rounds were destroyed and the launcher
evacuated to S-2/1-5.
2/B/1-1, 050315H-050330H, XD920418 (1.5km NW FSB
Shepherd). Received RPG, small arms fire and possible satchel charges
resulting in 7x US WIA and 2x US MIA (1x of them was in an M-113 when it
exploded and the other was near an M-551 when it was hit by RPG fire).
An M-113 and M-551 were destroyed; and M-551 was damaged.
1/D/4-3, 051215H, XD913420 (3km NW FSB Shepherd).
Spotted 1x NVA approximately 40 meters from their position. They engaged
with small arms fire and enemy withdrew to the north. Platoon followed
by lost trail. Enemy was wearing a green uniform; no weapons or other
equipment were seen. At 051315H vic of XD943340, a tracker dog team
found 1x NVA KIA. The body was in a body bag wearing a green uniform and
with no other equipment.
1/A/1-11, 051835H, XD713412 (2.5km N FSB Style).
Found 20x bunkers, 8x satchel charges, 2x Chicom grenades, 8x Chicom
claymores, 15x pounds of salt, 5x pounds of rice, numerous new AK-47
rounds, rifle cleaning equipment, 1x Russian-type gas mask and carrier,
cooking pots and pans, 1x jungle antenna, and 25x non-electrical
A/1-1, 052000H, XD797346 (4.5 km SW FSB Flexible).
Contacted estimated 15x NVA. The unit command-detonated a claymore
mechanical ambush resulting in 8x NVA KIA. Two AK-47's and 2x RPG
launchers were captured and 1x M-16 recovered. The NVA were wearing gray
uniforms and steel helmets and were carrying Chicom grenades and satchel
charges. Patrol moved back to NDP after sweeping area and observed a
light at XD759306. Artillery was placed on the area with unknown
results. Final results of the contact with 15x NVA were: 8x NVA KIA, 1x
AK-47, 1x B-40 launcher, 1x RPG-7 launcher, 3x B-40 rounds, 2x RPG-7
rounds, 8x RPG boosters, 10x Chicom grenades, 1x 5 lb satchel charge,
and miscellaneous uniforms and sandals captured.
37. 06 MAR 71 [Stephen
Walter Burgdorfer, Terry Lee McClanahan, Kenneth Harold Jones, William
Louis Coffey, Harvey Wayne Wright, Daniel Webster Allen Jr., Horace Lee
Burton, John Floyd Hummel, William Patrick Milliner]
B/3-187, 060845H, XD870537 (5km SW FSB Scotch).
Observed 2x NVA 200 meters west of their NDP. The area was engaged with
organic weapons and the enemy fled west. A sweep of the area produced 1x
AK-47, 2x rucksacks, 1x unknown type Chicom boobytrap, 1x B-40 round
with booster, 1x food pouch with food, and a propaganda leaflet. The
boobytrap was destroyed.
Ham Nghi, 061120H-061145H, XD824422. Received
approximately 21x suspected 122 rockets with impacted in the Brigade
Trains Area. Counterbattery artillery was fired on the suspected enemy
locations at XD870501 (1x secondary explosion observed by Barky),
XD876504, and XD849488. There were 2x US KIA, and 10x US WIA.
529th Trans Co, 062010H, XD903395 (8km ENE FSB
Flexible). The convoy made contact with an unknown size enemy force.
Enemy fire was received from north side of road. There were 1x US KIA,
3x US WIA. Four tankers were hit; 1x destroyed and 2x received major
QTCB, 062320H-062330H, YD302532. Received 5x 122mm
rocket rounds which impacted within the perimeter. Counter battery
artillery was fired into suspected enemy locations at YD2747, YD268437,
YD220500, and YD215525. There were 4x US KIA and 12x US WIA, 1x 1/4-ton
vehicle destroyed, 2x 1/4-ton vehicles moderately damaged, 1x 3/4-ton
vehicle received minor damage, 1x hootch destroyed and 2x hootches
38. 07 MAR 71 [Thomas
Valerio, Mark Afflerbach, Hyrum Barry Port, Sheldon John Burnett,
Randolph Jefferson Ard]
3/A/1-11, 071200H, XD688389 (2.5KM WNW FSB Flexible).
Spotted 5x NVA carrying 81mm mortar and base plate. Artillery employed
as a blocking force. At 071400H a patrol from 3rd platoon contacted an
estimated platoon sized element. Small arms fire and artillery were
employed. Patrol was reinforced by 3/A/1-11, there were 3x US WIA and 1x
PRC-25 lost. Platoon continued sweep of area with negative further
2/B/1-11, 071020H, XD872506 (8.5km NNE Khe Sanh).
While moving NE, the unit received small arms fire from the above grid.
Small arms fire, 81mm and artillery were employed. There was 1x NVA KIA;
captured items included: 1x AK-47, 2x rucksacks with rice, 1x map,
documents and 2x Chicom grenades. The grenades were destroyed. All other
items were evacuated. At 071151H, unit made contact with an unknown size
enemy force. 81mm mortar and artillery were employed. There was 1x US
WIA. Area swept further with negative results.
1/A/4-3, 071625H, XD904426 (5km ENE Khe Sanh).
Contacted a squad size enemy force. Contact broken after initial firing.
D/3-5 was called on station and artillery was employed. There were 1x
NVA KIA, 1x AK-47, 1x empty rucksack, 2x 82mm mortar rounds, a gauge
possibly for a 82mm mortar, medical supplies, 1x poncho, and a medical
39. 08 MAR 71 [John
Douglas Hale, Robert Eugene Grantham]
108th Arty Gp, 080130H, XD823423 (3km N FSB
Flexible). Personnel on guard duty observed 4x NVA, 200-300 meters from
their perimeter. Flares were fired and the NVA appeared to freeze. Small
arms fire and M60 engaged the area with 1x NVA being hit and carried
away. A sweep of the area was made with negative results.
B/1-11, 080805H, XD870505 (9km NNE Khe Sanh). Unit
observed 4-5x NVA moving SW of XD869506. Small arms fire was exchanged
and 1x NVA was soon hit. The enemy fled to the NNE, 81mm mortar fire was
employed. A sweep of the area was conducted with negative further
results. At 081217H, a sweep of the area was conducted with the
following items captured: 1x AK-47 with folding stock, 1x RPG launcher,
7x 60mm mortar rounds, 6x Chicom grenades, 1x rucksack containing
medical supplies, 1x map, a diary and miscellaneous documents.
C/1-11, 082250H, XD750459 (4km SSW FSB Alpine).
Received 4x RPG rounds resulting in 4x US WIA; organic weapons, 81mm
mortar and artillery fire were employed into the suspected area with
40. 09 MAR 71 [Dale
Mitchell Hollowell, Matthew Mark Renner Jr., Robert John Schoenhoff]
1/A/1-11, 091425H, XD695402 (2km NW FSB Style). Found
several recently dug graves. Excavation of the area produced 1x NVA
apparently killed by artillery.
C/3-5, 091515H, XD742358 (2.5km SE FSB Style). While
on a local weather check, a scout observed an E-W trail used in the last
12 hours and received small arms fire from a bunker. The scout returned
fire resulting in 1x NVA KBA and felt there were more enemy personnel in
41. 10 MAR 71 [Gary
Herbert Robison, Dale Michael Mozdzen]
C/1-11, 100035H, XD755489 (4km S FSB Alpine). A
defensive claymore detonated 250 meters east of their NDP and heard
movement north of their NDP. 81mm mortars were employed on the suspected
enemy location with unknown results. An 81mm round impacted near C/1-11
CP causing 2x US WIA. Area was swept with negative results.
2/B/3-5, 101203H, XD682457 (12km S FSB Argonne).
Received 9x rounds of suspected 57/75mm RR resulting in 2x US WIA. Fog
prevented the unit from locating the enemy location. Several fragments
were evacuated through artillery channels for investigation.
2/B/1-1, 101235H, XD755354 (4km SE FSB Style).
Received small arms, automatic weapons fire, and 5x RPG rounds from an
estimated 2x RPG teams and 2c NVA squads from the SE. Organic weapons
fire was returned. A search of the area revealed heavy trail activity
westward to a large clearing with several trails leading away from the
area. The area was searched further with negative results. There were 1x
US KIA and 1x US WIA.
A/1-11, 101850H, XD697403 (2km NW FSB Style). A UH1H,
while conducting an extraction of A/1-11 received .51 caliber fire, took
hits and crashed. The fire came from a draw in vic XD685395 to XD687405.
Aircraft was stripped of all weapons, radio and equipment by the crew.
There were no friendly casualties and the extent of damage to the
aircraft is undetermined at this time. Artillery fire was placed into
the suspected location with unknown results.
42. 11 MAR 71 [Kenneth
Lee Boykin, Dennis Arnold Calton, David Everett Easton, Michael John
Luse, Edmond David Bilbrey, John Thomas Lockhart]
1/B/3-5, 110845H, XD858481 (6km N Ham Nghi). The unit
received 2x RPG rounds from the north which hit a M551 resulting in 2x
US WIA, and minor damage to the M551. Small arms and tank main gun
canister fire was returned and the area was swept with negative results.
2/A/1-11, 111430H, XD715403 (1.5km N FSB Style). A
claymore mechanical ambush detonated and the unit engaged the area with
small arms and 81mm mortar fire. A search of the area produced: 2x NVA
KIA, 3x AK-47's, 1x pair of binoculars, 1x map, web gear, documents,
papers and miscellaneous equipment. The individuals were identified as
being from the 10th Company, 6th Battalion, 24th NVA Regiment. D/3-5 was
working in the area and reported receiving heavy .51 caliber and small
arms fire from an estimated 5x personnel. There were negative hits.
D/3-5, 111530H, XD773304 (7km SW Lang Vei). A scout
spotted 3x NVA, 1x sleeping on a pack and 2x sitting under a tree. All
had pith helmets, packs, green uniforms and AK-47's. Gunships engaged
the personnel resulting in 2x NVA KBA. ARP was not inserted due to no
suitable LZ. The area was believed to be a rest area. One bunker was
43. 12 MAR 71 [Robert
Walter Thorne, Jimmy Odeneal, Jerry Lee Danay]
3/C/1-11, 121150H, XD750489 (10km N FSB Style). While
moving to check out the radar sightings, had a security element receive
small arms fire and 1x RPG round from the west. Small arms, artillery
and 81mm mortar fire were employed and ARA was on alert. There were 1x
US KIA and 1x US WIA. The unit found 1x rucksack and some fresh trails.
A tracker-dog team was employed and at XD742493 found footprints of
12-14x personnel moving west in last 2-3 hours. The trail was followed
with a patrol.
US. Convoy, 120700H, XD952428 (2.5km NE FSB
Shepherd). The convoy moving E on QL-9 received 3x B-40 rounds from an
unknown direction resulting in 1x US KIA and 1x US WIA. Two C-49 tankers
were immobilized. Small arms fire was returned and artillery employed.
One squad from 4-3 Inf was sent in an attempt to block the enemy with
3/A/4-3, 121705H, XD899425 (4km NE Khe Sanh). The
unit found 25x fighting positions with overhead cover and well
camouflaged. All were 3'x4'x3' and showed signs of being occupied for
about a week. There were many concentrated rice wrappers in the area and
an improvised shovel. There was 1x Chicom grenade, 2x storage positions
(6'x6'x2'), 1x block (estimated 1x lb) of PETNA and a trail leading
north from the river to the top of a ridgeline. Blood trails were also
in the area. It appeared a platoon size element had left the area
quickly. Five graves each with 1x OD sack with 1x body, believed killed
by small arms fire, were found. The personnel were dead approximately 3x
days. An EOD team was requested to destroy the material and positions.
44. 13 MAR 71 [William
John Hammer, Eddie Wayne Vencill, James Craig Ward, Steven Rudolph,
Eugen Allen, Neal Steven Crowder]
1/B/1-1, 180855H, XD737364 (2-1/2 km SE FSB Style). A
M548 from 2-94 Artillery disregarded warning to stop, drove around the
minesweep team, and detonated a 25-30 lb mine resulting in negative
casualties and blowing off 2x roadwheels and breaking a track. The
resulting crater was 2'x3'.
4/A/1-11, 131015H, XD714374 (1-1/2km S FSB Style).
The unit received 15-20 unknown type rounds from an azimuth of 5300 mils
resulting in negative casualties. 2/A/1-11 observed muzzle flashes and
smoke in the vic of XD703394. Counterbattery fire was employed. A/8-4
Artillery had 1x gun and 57x bags of powder destroyed by the attack.
45. 14 MAR 71 [Rocco
Diphillipo, Alvin Adikai Jr., Ronald Wayne Stewart, Marcus Sherwin
Stoen, Randy Marvin Rigsby, James Byrd Foster Jr., Bobby Jene Fields,
Clifford Roy Osterhoudt, Stephen Ray Phelix, Harry Gordon Prince Jr.,
Joseph Lynn Avant]
D/3-5, 141400H, XD684387 (3.5km W FSB Style). B/1-1
reported to a VR team that they heard mortar tubes popping. D/3-5
observed smoke 400 meters east of B/1-1 and engaged the area with
unknown results. They received intense small arms fire and .51 caliber
or 14.5mm fire resulting in negative hits. Four gunships expended in an
area approximately 300 meters long along a ridge. The gunships continued
to receive fire. Artillery engaged the area resulting in 1x secondary
explosion. An airstrike was also employed.
B/1-39, A/8-4, Mortar Plt/B/1-11, 141700H, vic
XD712372 and XD712374 (1km S FSB Style). The units began receiving
incoming fire at approximately 141210H from an azimuth of 5500 mils. At
141430H-141555H, the units received more incoming fire. The type of
rounds are unknown, but the rounds were of a low trajectory type,
possibly 85mm or larger. Again at 141700H, more incoming was received
and suspected enemy location in the vic of XD8641 were engaged. A total
of approximately 60x rounds were received. Total casualties and damage
were: 3x US KIA, 4x US WIA, and 1x gun damaged.
2/2/C/4-3, 141550H, XD950431 (2.5km NE FSB Shepherd).
A mechanical ambush detonated on a N-S trail and the area was engaged
with small arms fire. A search of the area produced 1x NVA helmet and a
heavy blood trail. It appeared as if an injured individual had been
carried off to the north. Unit moved to block and a further sweep of the
area produced negative results.
46. 15 MAR 71 [James
Carlton Mullinax Jr., Patrick Douglas Erb, David Mason Sexton, Clyde
Thomas, Francis Michael Curry, Jimenez Juan Espinosa, John Elam Jr.,
Phillip Robert Jamrock, Steven Russell Peck]
1/B/1-1, 151000H, XD740364 (3km SE FSB Style). The
pointman of a dismounted patrol turned around in a trail, came into a
clearing, and saw 1x NVA 15' away. The NVA escaped. The patrol then saw
4-5x NVA first flee to the east and then north. The patrol engaged the
NVA with mall arms fire and pursued. The NVA returned several Chicom
grenades resulting in 1x US WIA. The patrol withdrew and artillery was
employed. A sweep of the area resulted in the unit receiving small arms
fire. The area was searched further and 1x bunker (5'x8') was found with
AK-47 and 2x B-40 rounds in it. As the bunker was being destroyed,
sporadic small arms fire was received and returned by the unit. Again
the area was searched and produced 1x NVA KIA and 1x AK-47. At 1505H,
the unit was reinforced by M113's and 1x received a hit from a B-40
resulting in 1x US WIA. Artillery and 81mm mortars and organic weapons
fire were employed. The unit was again reinforced by M551's.
2/B/1-1, 1/C/1-1, 151600H, XD735365 (1-1/2km SE FSB
Style). The units received RPG fire resulting in 1x US KIA and 3x US WIA
and minor damage to 2x vehicles. Artillery was employed.
A/1-1, 151925H, XD821357 (8km SW Khe Sanh). The unit
received 2x RPG rounds from the north resulting in 1x US WIA. Organic
weapons and mortar were employed on the suspected enemy location with
Recon Tm 4/1-11, 151145H, XD760397 (5km E FSB Style).
Found a small patch of blood on a N-S trail. The blood was dry, but not
yet had it turned brown. The team believed the personnel were wounded by
gunships working in the area on the 14th of March. At XD766396, the unit
found 20x bunkers, 20x 2-man sleeping positions, and 1x (6'x5'x8') hole.
Also found was a trail to the east used by 6x personnel in the last 24
hours. All were destroyed.
D/3-5, 151720H, XD691397 (2km NW FSB Style). An OH6A
received heavy small arms fire and sustained numerous hits, and crashed
landed at XD675382. ARP's were inserted and received heavy small arms
fire; both were extracted at 151810H. Gunships and artillery were
employed with unknown results. The OH6A was not destroyed, it was just
damaged. The results of the contact were 1x US KIA and 1x US WIA.
2-17, 151705H-151915H, Ham Nghi. The base received
over 180x 122mm artillery rounds. They received incoming 4x times,
151705H-151710H, 151715H-151720H, 151745H-151815H, and 151905H-151915H.
There were 5x ARVN WIA and 2x US WIA. Counterbattery artillery was fired
on a number of suspected enemy locations with unknown results.
47. 16 MAR 71 [Charles
David Allen Jr., Lloyd Van McCarthy]
3/C/3-5, 161032H, XD818483 (6km NW Khe Sanh). While
conducting a recon in force a M113A1 detonated a mine, believed to be a
20 lb plastic anti-tank mine, on the side of a trail. There were 2x US
WIA (minor) and minor damage to the M113A1. While recovery was being
made, the tow vehicle detonated another estimated 20 lb mine. Then at
1400H, 100 meters south of the above grid, a vehicle providing security
for the above unit recovery operation, detonated an estimated 60 lb
mine. There was moderate damage to the vehicle.
Ranger Team 13, 161220H, XD943484 (5km N FSB
Vandergrift). While moving, the team pointman ran into the pointman of a
6-8x man element, 15-20 meters apart. Small arms fire was exchanged, the
team also received 1x B-40 round, the NVA then withdrew. Results of the
contact were 2x US WIA (minor). Team swept the area finding only 1x
safety cap of a B-40 round.
3/A/3-5, 162100H, XD879486 (6-1/2km NE Khe Sanh).
Unit radar picked up 20-30x people at 650 meters north of their
position; artillery was placed on the area with unknown results. At
1621130H, the personnel had moved to within 60 meters of the units
position. The unit then received 4-6x RPG rounds and 3-6 satchel charges
and small arms fire. The area was engaged with organic weapons fire with
unknown results. Contact was broken at 162145H, and a night patrol was
sent out. There were negative casualties and damage.
3/B/1-11, 161000H, XD712394 (1km NW FSB Style). The
unit found 2x NVA bodies, believed to have been killed by small arms
fire 15-30 days ago. One body had a compass with a believed to be M-16
hole in it. There were a lot of M-16 ammo shells in the area.
CP/1-11, 161745H, XD714376 (1-1/2km S FSB Style). The
unit received 1x unknown type round of fire. There was 1x US WIA, the
casualty was a cause of concussion, not shrapnel. At 161932H, 5x more
rounds were received without casualties. Artillery was fired at the
suspected enemy location in vic of XD6942.
48. 17 MAR 71 [Ronald
Oliver Scharnberg, William David Schlutter, Bryan James Sutton, Harry
Carlton King, William George Newbould, Thomas Edward Testorff]
Sniper Tm 3/1-11, 170915H, XD748351 (5km SE FSB
Style). The team heard voices 50 meters to the west, then heard a
claymore detonate to the west, approximately five minutes later they
heard another claymore detonate to the SW. Area was then engaged with
small arms fire. A mounted Cav platoon moved into the area to assist the
team. Gunships were called on station. A sweep of the area produced 1x
NVA KIA with some documents on the body, the body also had a first-aid
dressing on it. Documents were evacuated to the Bde S-2 (Fwd).
49. 18 MAR 71 [Keith
Allan Brandt, Alan Brent Boffman, Russell George Ahrens, John Robert
Champlin, David Elizond]
A/1-1, 181030H, XD735264 (2-1/2km SW FSB Style). A
convoy headed W going to resupply B/1-1 had a fuel truck hit a mine
buried on the right side of the road. The vehicle was the 2nd vehicle in
the convoy. The truck had dual road wheels blown off and the axle and
tank cracked, resulting in the fuel being lost. The vehicle was towed to
1-1 Cav forward location. The road had been swept and opened prior to
the incident (45-60 minutes prior). There were negative casualties.
Recon Tm 2/1-11, 181410H, XD735366 (2-1/2km S FSB
Style). The team was surrounded by an estimated enemy squad. Small arms
fire was exchanged and the recon team moved out. The team was reinforced
by B/1-1 Cav and reentered the area. On searching the area they found 1x
KIA wearing a dark green uniform, pistol belt with ammo pouches, with 2x
magazines full of AK-47 rounds, and 1x poncho. The team received 1x RPG
round which resulted in 1x US KIA and 1x US WIA. The team moved back to
QL-9 and D/3-5 worked over the area.
Ham Nghi Base, 180645H, 180710H, Ham Nghi. The base
received 106x unknown type rounds. There were negative casualties and 2x
jeeps were slightly damaged, also there was 2500 gallons of JP4 fuel
destroyed. Counterbattery artillery was employed on the area with
3/B/1-11, 181841, XD696394 (2km NW FSB Style). Unit
discovered 3x NVA believed to be killed by artillery. Bodies were
believed to be 2-3 weeks old. Also found 1x wallet, 1x Chicom grenade,
some AK ammo and documents. One of the personnel was carrying a diary
and pictures. The Kit Carson scout said the man with the diary and
pictures was a commanding officer.
A/8-4 Arty, 181530H, XD772355 (5-1/2km SE FSB Style).
A convoy of 1x 5-ton truck and 1x empty M548 going to pick up ammo,
received small arms and B-40 fire from an unknown direction. There were
negative casualties and the two vehicles were destroyed.
C/2-94 and B/1-39 Arty, 181500H, 181930H, XD742301
(8-1/2km SE FSB Style). Units received unknown size number and type of
rounds from an azimuth of 5700 mils. Results were 14x US WIA, 6x US
medevac. 1x 175mm gun was downed but repairable.
2/B/1-1, 181445H, XD736364 (2km SE FSB Style). The
unit received 82mm mortar rounds. The results were 1x US KIA and 6x US
WIA. Artillery was placed on the suspected enemy location with unknown
50. 19 MAR 71 [Thornton
Lewis Woolridge, Gene Randolf Kennedy, Frederick Lewis Cristman, Jon
Michael Sparks, Ricardo Martinez Garcia]
Recon Team 1/3-187, 190410H, XD754490 (10km NW Khe
Sanh). The unit sighted 10x NVA personnel. Unit engaged them with small
arms fire, enemy returned the small arms fire and 1x RPG round. At
190430H, the contract was broken. Results were 1x US WIA (minor).
Artillery fired on the area with unknown results.
Recon Tm 2/3-187, 190710H, XD692497 (10km N FSB
Style). The team observed 2x NVA 800m to their SW moving W. Artillery
was employed on the area. A sweep of the area produced a blood trail
which went 50m and disappeared in a stream.
D/3-5, 190900H, XD975515 (3km NW FSB Vandergrift).
The team observed a convoy receiving fire, engaged the area and received
small arms fire, 1x gunship sustained minor damage, 1x US crewman WIA
(minor) results were 5x NVA KBA. The convoy was from 101st and they had
received RPG and small arms fire. Two trucks damaged, 2x US WIA (1x
Medivaced), 1-77 Arm swept the area and found 1x NVA KIA.
QTCB, 190630H, YD313519 (QTCB). The combat base
received 4x 122mm rockets inside the perimeter in Charlie Sector and
75th SPT Bn area. 5x 5-ton tractors received moderate damage.
Artillery was fired on the suspected enemy location in
the vic of YD264253, YD252436, and YD253438 with unknown results.
Suspected enemy location was determined by Q-34 radar and flash
Ham Nghi Base, 191451H- 192000H, Ham Nghi.
Periodically the base received incoming rounds, 2x barrages reported
around 191500H, believed to be 122mm rockets fired from the vic of
XD839530. Counterbattery was placed on the suspected enemy location
resulting in 4x secondary explosions. Damage was 1x M-16, 1x 81mm mortar
tube and 1x M-35 eyepiece, and miscellaneous personnel gear damaged.
Then at 191945H, an additional number of what is believed to be 122mm
artillery rounds were received from the W resulting in negative
casualties and damages. The base received 28x rounds total.
51. 20 MAR 71 [Jack
Lamar Barker, John Francis Dugan, William Edward Dillender, John
Jacobsen Chubb, Vincent Carmen Mauro Jr., Dennis Thomas Darling, Ronald
Dean Karau, John Leroy Truesdell, Michael Edward Koschke, James Daniel
3/A/1-1, 200950H, XD795346 (7km SW Khe Sanh). Unit
found 1x 57mm new recoilless rifle in a stream which will be evacuated
to brigade at 201525H, in the same vic received small arms fire from the
SW with negative casualties. Organic weapons engaged the area with
Recon Plt/B/1-1, 201040H, XD737364 (2km SE FSB
Style). C/1-1 while attempting to link up with B/1-1 received RPG and
small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force between gird lines XD83
and XD81. Results were 1x US KIA, 5x US WIA, 1x M113 damaged by RPG
fire. At 201200H contact with enemy was broken and then at 201245H
contact was reestablished with 1x US KIA. At 201337H the friendly unit
was no longer receiving fire. Artillery, air strike and gunships called
on suspected enemy location. At XD746358, B/1-1 sighted a UH1H Medivac
Chopper downed, all personnel extracted and B/1-1 secured chopper.
A/3-187, 200945H, XD850518 (9km N Khe Sanh). Unit
spotted 3x NVA carrying 3x 122mm rockets moving W-E. Unit engaged with
small arms fire and frag grenades. NVA dropped items which were
captured. NVA evaded to the N. Sweep produced 10x 122mm war heads, 8x
rocket boosters, and 3x rocket igniters.
Ranger Tm 19, 201000H, XD836475 (5-1/2 km N Khe
Sanh). Team was moving to its pick up zone when 1x NVA was spotted
(possibly pointman for a larger element). Team engaged with small arms
fire and received small arms fire in return. Team continued small arms
fire and grenades. 3x US went out to check area resulting in 1x US KIA
by RPD fire. While the KIA was being moved back to the main element
there was 1x US WIA by small arms fire. Element then received 1x Chicom
grenade when they joined the team resulting in the WIA being killed.
Artillery was employed to the SW as a blocking force. C/3-5 linked up
with team. Results 2x US KIA.
A/3-187, 201750H, XD852519 (6-1/2km NE FSB Alpine).
Unit had 2x mechanical ambushes detonate. Employed small arms fire and
artillery as a blocking force. 2x NVA KIA, 2x rucksacks containing:
ponchos, 1x machete, 1x knife, personal clothing, 2x blocks of
dehydrated fish, beef jerky, 4x first aid bandages, flashlight
batteries, 1x firing cord for a 122mm rocket, 1x combination tool for a
122mm rocket, firing equipment for a 122 rocket (NFI), 1x tripod for a
122mm launcher, 1x diary with 1971-72 propaganda, 5x cans of fish, 1x
fish cake, 6x bags of rice (small), 1x large food dish with cover, 1x
AK-47 magazine, some AK-47 rounds, 1x memo book, 1x wallet with an ID
card, 1x AK-47 (destroyed in contact), 2x US WIA (minor).
Ranger Tm 14, 201150H, XD692513 (13km N FSB Style).
Team was in contact and received AK fire and RPG fire from 3x sides.
Team members saw only 2x NVA but heard movement of many more. D/3-5 was
called on station.
Gunships pilots estimated there were 30-50x NVA in the
area. D/3-5 extracted the team at 201310H. Results were 1x US WIA
(minor); 1x NVA KIA.
B/3-187, 201205H, XD675490 (11-1/2km NW FSB Style).
Unit contacted unknown size enemy force and received fire from both S
and E. Organic weapons fire was returned. Barky and D/3-5 came on
station. Contact was broken at 201330H. Negative friendly casualties.
One individual believed to be an officer had papers and diary. There was
1x trail leading to the N which had indications of heavy equipment being
moved on it recently. At 201345H at XD684485 there were 6-8x NVA between
elements of B/3-187 sweeping through the area and securing the companies
rucksacks. Artillery placed on area. The enemy personnel evaded toward
Recon Tm 2 to the N at XD684499. The company attempted to maintain
contact and employed artillery; small arms fire, and air strikes. There
were 19x NVA KIA (11x NVA KIA and 8x NVA KBA).
3/D/3-187, 201705H, XD882428 (3-1/2km E Khe Sanh).
Unit observed 1x NVA on a trail. Engaged with small arms fire. Unit
found 3x rucksacks and blood, on following blood trail engaged 3x NVA
50m away. NVA fled the area. Sweep of the area produced 3x B-40
disassembled rounds, 50 lbs of rice, 6x rucksacks, 4x food packets, 3x
ponchos, 2x Chicom grenades, 2x canteens, 5x blankets, 60x AK-47 rounds,
1x water proof bag, 2x flashlights, and miscellaneous personal items.
52. 21 MAR 71 [Billie
Jaye Marling, Allan Eunice Davis, Andre Barry Tims, Larry Maurice Mason,
Claudius Augustus Small, David Clyde Lancaster, James Walter Manthei]
C/1-1, 210650H, XD778351 (5km SE FSB Style). Unit
received 1x 82mm mortar round and 3x RPG rounds. The mortar track, a
M125 received 2x hits from the RPG's and was a combat loss. A M106 was
also damaged moderately. The RPG's were reported coming from the W.
Organic weapon fire was placed on suspected enemy locations with unknown
results. There were 1x US WIA and 1x Kit Carson Scout KIA. Contact was
broken at 210700H.
2/C/1-1, 210745H, XD778357 (5-1/2km
SE FSB Style). M113 received 1x RPG round from 500m E of their NDP
causing light damage to rear of vehicle. There was 1x US KIA and 1x US
WIA. Organic weapons and artillery fire was placed on the suspected
C/1-77, 211335H, XD779358 (6km SE FSB Style).
Received RPG and small arms fire from the N side of the road. Unit
returned organic weapons fire and artillery was employed. There were 2x
US KIA and 3x US WIA. Unit continued to sweep area and to receive small
51. B/1-1, 201315H, (delayed entry), XD735365 (2km SE
FSB Style). Unit command track hit a mine which resulted in 2x US WIA.
3/B/1-11, 210735H, XD684404 (3km NW FSB Style). Unit
had a patrol moving from the NDP to get water. Contact was made first
with 4x NVA and then a larger enemy force. Small arms fire was
exchanged. There was 1x NVA KIA and 1x US WIA. At 211339H a Medivac
attempted to extract the WIA and was shot down by heavy ground fire.
Aircraft was hovering with jungle penetrator when it went down in
flames. D/3-5 was on station and found aircraft. Aircraft couldn't be
extracted due to enemy fire. All personnel were extracted, 2x US WIA.
2/D/3-187, 201905H (delayed entry), XD742491
(10-1/2km N FSB Style). A recon force was taken under fire by an unknown
enemy force with small arms fire. The distance of the fire was 15-20m NW
of their position. Team returned fire with organic weapons. Contact was
broken at 201915H resulting in 2x US KIA. The fire they received was
Recon Tm 1/3-187, 210840H, XD742491 (11km NW Khe
Sanh). Unit sighted 1x NVA and engaged with small arms fire. Enemy
returned small arms fire. Results were 1x NVA KIA.
Recon Tm 1 and 2 and D/3-187, 210850H-210945H,
XD742491 (11km NW Khe Sanh).
Recon Tm 1 and 2 and an element of D/3-187 made
contact with 2x NVA. M-16 and M-79 fire was exchanged. There was 1x NVA
KIA and negative friendly casualties. There was 1x AK-47, 2x AK-47
magazines (full), 13 lbs of rice, 1x rice bowl, 4x Chicom grenades. 3x
boxes of oatmeal, 15x loose AK-47 rounds, 2x NVA belts, 1x insignia of
304th unit, 2x Chicom halters, 2x documents, 1x helmet (NVA). Enemy was
well dressed and well equipped.
2/D/3-187, 211730H, XD750487 (4km N FSB Alpine). The
unit observed 1x NVA KBA, estimated to be 1x day old (NFI).
53. 22 MAR 71 [Michael
Leo Harris, Robert Normand Lebrun, Christopher Zeno Czarnota, William
Henry Fells, William Stuart Glenn, Reginald Joe Abernethy, Reginald
David Cleve, John Grove Traver III, Donald Paul Knutsen, Walter Ray
Hall, Stephen Douglas Gucofski, Larry Dewayne Leamon, Jerome Edward
Leroy, John Wilson McLemore Jr., Roger William Stahl, Charlie Matthew
Logan, Karl Walter Druzinski]
1/2/C/4-3, 221045H, XD954436 (2-1/2km N FSB
Shepherd). A mechanical ambush was detonated by an estimated 3x NVA
moving S on trail. 2x NVA evaded to the S. 1x NVA KIA also captured 1x
AK-47, 3x AK-47 magazines, 12x concentrated rice rations, 1x hammock, 1x
poncho, 2x Chicom grenades. The element pursued to the N.
B/1-1, 220500H, XD767353 (4km SE FSB Style). Element
received small arms fire, 2x RPG rounds and 2x unknown type mortar
rounds from the W. Artillery placed on a suspected enemy location with
unknown results. There were 2x US KIA.
A/1-11, 220955H, XD735364 (2km S FSB Style). The unit
received unknown number and type of rounds. Results were negative damage
and 5x US WIA. There were negative counter.
D/1-11, 221210H, XD735365 (2km S FSB Style). The unit
received indirect fire (unknown type) from XD744377, resulting in 8x US
Ranger Tm 13, 221400H, XD990365 (5-1/2km SE FSB
Shepherd). Team found 2x shirts, (1x white similar to Doctor garment) 1x
NVA fatigue jacket with blood stains. Also found 1x home-made stretcher
between 2x trees. Activity in the last 2-4x weeks.
C/3-187, 222148, XD726483 (4-1/2km NW FSB Alpine).
Received hand grenades and small arms fire from 5-15x personnel.
Resulting in 5x US KIA, 4x US WIA, and 3x NVA KIA. Organic weapon and
artillery fire was returned and contact was broken at 222209H. A flare
ship was requested and the unit was to check out area under
Ham Nghi Base, 220700H-221600H, Ham Nghi. The base
received a total of 59x 122mm artillery rounds. Results were 2x US KIA,
12x US WIA. Destroyed were 1x UH1G, 1x 1/4-ton truck (2-17 Cav), 1x
1/4-ton truck (27th Engr), 1x 3/4 ton truck (2/17th Cav), damaged was 1x
54. 23 MAR 71 [Jeffrey
Charles Keetle, Jeffery I. Quintanella, Lance Allen Robinson, Warren
Paul Seawell, Manasseh Brock Warren, Jessie James Garth, William Leroy
Ham Nghi, 230315H, Ham Nghi. The base received
several mortar rounds and the reported personnel inside the perimeter.
Contact resulted in 1x NVA KIA and 1x NVA WIA (POW) (serious). It is
believed that there were at least an additional 3x personnel inside the
perimeter. Portion of the re-arm point detonated from an undetermined
cause. There is no assessment as to amount of damage of casualties at
1/C/4-3, 231205H, XD940432 (3km N FSB Shepherd). The
element engaged 2x NVA traveling E on trail at the above grid. One NVA
was KIA, the other NVA fled to the S. The NVA KIA was clothed in green
fatigues, bush hat, sneakers, carrying pack and pistol belt, also
captured were the following: 1x AK-47, 1x sock full of AK-47 ammo, 1x
pair binoculars, 1x canteen, 4x blasting caps, 1x poncho, 1x holster
with magazine (no pistol) also found 1x letter, equipment and letter
will be evacuated to S/2/4-3. Unit will continue to sweep area tomorrow.
C/1-77, 230840H, XD743341 (5km SE FSB Style). One
M48A3 received 75mm recoilless rifle round and small arms fire. Organic
weapons were employed and artillery was placed on the
suspected enemy location. Moderate damage to the M48A3. There were 2x US
A/1-1, 231340H, XD786356 (3-1/2km NE FSB Flexible).
Received recoilless rifle fire and organic weapons employed with unknown
results. There were 2x US WIA (medevac).
A/1-1, 231525H, XD745356 (3-1/2km SE FSB Style). Unit
on recon in force in area after 3x airstrikes found a bunker complex
with 3x NVA KBA, 1x AK-47, 1x B-40 launcher. Small arms fire was
received by element and ARA employed. Unit continued to search area and
found 5x NVA KBA, 6x NVA KIA, 1x rucksack, 2x RPG launchers, 4x AK-47's,
22x RPG rounds, 1x M-16, 7x Chicom grenades, 6x 60mm mortars, food and
miscellaneous items. Items were evacuated.
Ranger Tm 11, 230945H, XD812482 (1km S LZ Anchor). A
3x man patrol moved to an area where they had set up a boobytrap. They
were disarming it when they were engaged by 1x NVA at a distance of 10m
on a trail. After engaging 1x team member dropped to the ground to avoid
possible return fire, results were 3x US WIA. D/3-5 cam on station and
engaged the area. Sweep of the area produced a heavy blood trail and 1x
helmet with several holes in it. Wounded US were extracted.
1/2/A/3-5, 231330H, XD812482 (1km S LZ Anchor). Unit
reconning by fire and sweeping area of contact by Ranger Team 11 found a
heavy blood trail and 1x pith helmet. Blood trail was followed 200m NE,
there were signs of the enemy personnel splitting up and the blood trail
ended at XD816483. 500m to the NE the unit found another trail running
2/A/3-5, 231330H, XD812482 (1km S LZ Anchor). Element
spotted 20x NVA in a treeline and received AK-47 and RPG fire. Tank main
gun was employed. A sweep of the area produced many blood trails. There
drag marks and 1x NVA KIA. Unit will place ambush in
2/A/3-5, 231821H, XD825474 (1/2km W LZ Anchor). Unit
received RPG fire resulting in 3x US WIA and 1x M551 destroyed, 1x M113
and 1x VTR were damaged. Unit returned main tank gun fire and got 3x NVA
Ham Nghi, 230315H, (update), Ham Nghi. Results were
3x US KIA, 14x US WIA, 14x NVA KIA, 1x NVA WIA (POW). 1x AH1G destroyed,
3x AH1G damaged, light to moderate damage to 10x US vehicles, 3x US
bunkers destroyed. Enemy force estimated at 40x personnel. Ground attack
supported by 82mm mortar fire and 122mm artillery fire. Captured were 6x
AK-50, 2x RPG rounds, 1x pistol, numerous satchel charges strapped to
the NVA's chest, numerous hand grenades in pouches, stamps and
miscellaneous training records. Counterbattery employed, illumination
and stinger employed.
Ranger Tm 13, 231004H, XD988351 (6-1/2km E LZ Alamo).
Team was moving when bunker was sighted. Before they could take cover 1x
NVA opened up with an AK-47. Small arms fire was returned and team began
to receive fire from a secondary locations. One US WIA, team leader came
to assist the wounded man and was also wounded. Team continued to place
small arms fire on the area and contact was broken, artillery was
employed. D/3-5 came on station but had negative sightings. Team was
extracted by D/3-5 after contact was broken. 1 NVA KIA.
D/3-5, 231500H, XD923431 (10-1/2 NE LZ Alamo).
Observed a wooded area and a high speed hard packed trail 3' wide
running E-W. There were 3x platforms and cut wood in the area, also
10-15 bunkers (8'x10'). Team received small arms fire from an estimated
10-20 personnel. Gunships engaged area with unknown results. Airstrike
was employed and the results were 20x NVA KBA. There were 2'x5'x8'
bunkers, a trenchline, 4x fighting positions and 2x huts destroyed.
400-500m S was observed 2x .51 caliber pits recently used.
C/1-77, 231120H, XD730366 (1-1/2km NE FSB Style).
Received RPG and small arms fire resulting in 1x US WIA. Organic weapon
fire was returned and ARA was employed.
55. 24 MAR 71 [Thomas
Christ Shepherd Sr., Jerome Don Klein, Arthur Wilson Jr., Douglas Edward
Ayers, Herman Edward Pichon, Bernardo Kealoha Ramos, Michael Dale
Wright, Curtis Dean Bauer, Harry Medford Beckwith III, David Langston
Coker Jr., William Edward Neal, Robert Daniel Walters]
D/1-1, 241315H, XD745365 (2-1/2 SE FSB Style). Unit
found 1x NVA KBA without equipment or weapon believed to have been
killed by airstrike on 23 March.
A/1-1, 241545H, XD822352 (3km S FSB Flexible). 1x
M113 detonated unknown type mine. Resulting in idler wheel and road
wheels destroyed, crater was 5'x6'. There were 2x US WIA (minor).
1/2/C/4-3, 240850H, XD955437 (2-1/2km NE FSB
Shepherd). Unit reported that a mechanical ambush had detonated and they
engaged area with small arms fire. Sweep resulted in 2x NVA KIA.
1/1/C/4-3, 240925H, XD95744? (3km NE FSB Shepherd).
Squad reported being in contact with 3x NVA. ARA requested and came on
station. At 241020H the unit was still in contact and receiving mortar
fire. Two platoons of 4-3 Inf were moving to reinforce the unit. Squad
received a total of 8-10 60mm mortar rounds from an unknown location.
There were 4x US KIA, 6x US WIA. Area was swept with negative results.
2/2/C/4-3, 241115H, XD954434 (3km N FSB Shepherd).
While on patrol, element spotted 1x NVA digging a bunker. Unit engaged
resulting in 1x NVA KIA. The NVA was wearing a green uniform and NVA
boots. The following equipment was captured: 1x PQS tripod. 1x box of
7.62 ammo, 1x ammo box of cleaning equipment, 1x NVA helmet, 1x NVA
rucksack, 1x NVA pistol belt, 1x entrenching tool, 1x large spade, 1x
NVA canteen, 2x Chicom grenades, wallet with 2x pictures, and personal
pictures. Search of the area 100m E at time of 241235H resulted in the
following items: 16x 60mm mortar rounds, 7x containers of explosives, 2x
boxes of mortar fuses. All items were destroyed.
C/4-3, 241500H, XD955443 (2-1/2km FSB Shepherd).
Received 10-15x 60mm mortar rounds. Resulting 1 1x US WIA. Suspected
mortar position was unknown.
ARVN Convoy, 241645H, XD956426 (2-1/km NE FSB
Shepherd). Unit received RPG and small arms fire, and mortar fire from
2x sides and was in heavy close contact. ARA was on station and worked
over the area. Contact was broken at 241637H. 2/A/3-5 assisted the ARVN
convoy. There were 2x US KIA, 3x US WIA, and 1x M113 destroyed and a
M151 damaged. There was 1x NVA (PW) WIA, seriously wounded. He was
evacuated to B-Med. He later died. Area was swept and 1x NVA KIA was
found. Results 2x NVA KIA.
Ranger Tm 11/3-5, 240920H, XD814483 (1km NW LZ
Anchor). Element spotted 3x NVA, engaged with small arms fire, results
1x AK-47 captured. There was a heavy blood trail followed by the team.
They then found 1x NVA KIA. 1/A/3-5 linked up with element. Ranger team
captured the following equipment: 2x Chicom grenade, 2x AK-47 magazine,
and 1x knife. KIA was wearing green uniform, camouflage T-shirt and
green sneakers. Artillery was employed as a blocking force to the NW.
Both elements swept area to the W. At 241030H, XD804482, 1/A/3-5 found
2x AK-47 magazines and additional blood trail. Trail was followed and
small arms fire was exchanged with unknown size enemy force resulting in
1x US WIA, 1x NVA KIA and an additional blood trail.
1/A/3-5, 241238H, XD820480 (1km N LZ Anchor). Element
received 1x RPG round resulting in negative damages and casualties. At
241300H, XD820483, the unit came into contact with unknown size enemy
force. Received 20-30x RPG and small arms fire. 1x vehicle was hit by
RPG was probable combat loss. 4x US WIA. Unit moved from area and
artillery was employed. Unit moved back and sweep of area produced 1x
NVA (PW) WIA. He died enroute to B-Med. Results were 1x NVA KIA.
Ranger Tm 15, 241445H, XD914485 (1km NW LZ Anchor).
Team had been on ground 15x minutes and the point man had just moved out
into the thick underbrush when team received a burst of AK-47 fire.
Resulting in 2x US WIA. Small arms fire was returned. D/3-5 called on
station. Once dust-off was completed unit moved around area. Team will
continue to work area.
D/3-5, 240815H, XD668543 (8-1/2km W FSB Alpine). An
OH58A received small arms fire and possible .51 caliber fire and crashed
landed. Results were 2x US KIA and 1x US WIA. The ARP's were inserted to
secure aircraft. At 240920H, a UH1H received hits and crashed. Four
personnel in the UH1H were extracted. At the time of the extraction a
second OH58A was shot down. At 241030H, D/3-187 was inserted S of crash
site and moved to the N. D/3-5 received .51 caliber fire. At 241100H,
pilot and ARP's of the first OH58A were extracted. Pilot observed a log
platform suspected of being used to fire artillery. At 241215H, an
element of D/3-187 N of the crash site engaged an unknown size enemy
force and received small arms fire. At 241430H, the ARP's at second
OH58A were extracted. At 241530H 2x bodies from second OH58A were
extracted. A UH1H was extracting D/3-187 at XD669547 at 241618H when it
took hits and caught fire. All personnel were able to get out safely.
2/A/3-5, 240815H, XD958428 (3km NE FSB Shepherd).
Unit work party on QL-9 received small arms fire and RPG fire. Results
were 1x US KIA, 2x US WIA. There was moderate damage to a grader.
Element did not return small arms fire. Unit swept area with negative
56. 25 MAR 71 [Doyle
Foster, Dennis Lavern Waszkiewicz, Mauual Rameriz Puentes, Larry Arnold
Simonson, Edwin Gerald Calhoun, Gary George Geiger, Robert Lee Wunder,
R.D. McDonell, Jeffrey Mathew Parmelee, Richard Joseph Rossand, Randall
1/B/1-1, 251141H, XD813485 (1km N LZ Anchor). Unit
engaged an estimated enemy platoon with small arms fire. Enemy returned
small arms fire. FAC and ARA were called on station. There were 4x US
WIA in the contact.
1/A/3-187, 251205H, XD847523 (5km NE LZ Anchor). Unit
found 1x rocket launcher without sight. Unit will continue to recon the
area. Item was evacuated.
C/4-3, 251025H, XD955444 (3-1/2km NE FSB Shepherd).
Elements of C/4-3 received 8-10x 60mm mortar rounds. Counterbattery and
ARA were employed at a suspected enemy location of XD945454. Results
were 1x US WIA. Unknown results of counterbattery and ARA fire.
CP/1-77, 250845H, XD794359 (3km SE FSB Flexible).
Unit received 4x RPG rounds from the S on QL-9. The rounds burst in the
air resulting in 1x US WIA. At 250930H, vic XD794359, CP/1-77 received
2x RPG's with negative results. TAC air, FSC, artillery and organic
weapons were employed with negative results.
C/3-187, 250100H, XD725498 (9km NW LZ Anchor). Unit
had movement on three sides of their NDP, ME SW, and SE at approx. 200m
out. Small arms fire, grenades, and artillery were employed and the
movement ceased. 3x NVA were seen with illumination and engaged with
small arms fire and grenades. A sweep of the area at first light
produced 1x RPG round, 1x AK-47 magazine with 27 rounds, 6x Chicom
grenades, 13x satchel charges, 1x pair Ho Chi Minh sandals, 1x first aid
kit with US dressing and medication, 1x small plastic bag of food, 1x
NVA helmet, and 1x NVA soft cap. There was also a pool of blood and
blood was found on many of the items. Unit continues to sweep the area.
D/3-5, 241300H, (delayed entry), XD768543 (2km N FSB
Alpine). ARP's of D/3-5 engaged an unknown size enemy force resulting in
2x NVA KIA. ARP's were extracted before they had a chance to search the
C/5-4 Arty, 251058H, XD857385 (2km E FSB Flexible).
Unit received an unknown number of 82mm mortar rounds and an unknown
number of 122mm rocket rounds. Results were 1x US KIA, and 1x unknown
damaged. There were also 3x US WIA.
B/1-82, 251058H, XD857385 (2km E FSB Flexible). Unit
reported receiving incoming 82mm mortar rounds from suspected enemy
location of XD822350. Counterbattery, TAC air, FAC and cat killer were
employed. Results of incoming were 4x US WIA and unknown amount of
CP/1-77, 250845H, 250930H, (update), XD794359 (3km SE
FSB Flexible). Unit had 3x airstrikes called in on suspected enemy
location. Sweep of the area produced 1x NVA KBA, 1x RPD machine gun and
1x drum of ammo.
4-3, 251700h, XD976434 (3-1/2km W Ca Lu). A gun truck
received RPG and small arms fire from vic of XD973438 resulting in 2x US
WIA, the truck though damaged managed to clear the area. OP adjusted
artillery of suspected enemy location with unknown results. The medivac
was completed at 251704H.
3/A/1-1, 251252H, XD794347 (3-1/2km SW FSB Flexible).
Unit reported receiving small arms fire and RPG from XD796343. Artillery
was placed on suspected enemy location with organic fire and contact was
broken. There were 2x US WIA. Area was swept with negative results.
1/B/1-1, 251141H, XD813485 (1km N LZ Anchor). Unit
reported being in contact with an estimated platoon of sappers, on the
reverse side of a slope of a hill causing artillery to be ineffective.
ARA and Barky were on station. There were 2x US MIA, and 1x US KIA, 2x
US WIA, Ranger Team 15 and 3/A/3-5 moved to react and reinforce element,
3/A/3-5 was in contact and had 2x US KIA, 1x US WIA. Airstrike was
employed at 251625H. A element was sent to search area and recover any
bodies. When the team was coming out it received small arms fire at
251840H. The total were 5x US WIA, 6x US KIA, 36x NVA KIA and 1x AK-47
B/1-82 Arty, 251005H, 251230H, XD857385 (2km E FSB
Flexible). Received 122mm artillery round from vic of XD764322 and
XD764380. Unit reported incoming to be from an azimuth of 4300 mils.
There were 1x US KIA, and 5x US WIA. Counterbattery artillery was
1/2/C/4-3, 250850H, XD955437 (3km NW FSB Shepherd).
Element returned to area of mechanical ambush of 240850H which resulted
in 2x NVA KIA. They found the following items: 2x pistol belts, 2x
Chicom grenades, 1x canteen, 2x bags of food, 1x AK-47, 1x AK-47
magazine with ammo.
57. 26 MAR 71 [Gerald
Zlotorzynski, Jacob Benedict Babin Jr., Jay John Fishbeck, David Ramirez
Mendoza, Gary A. Schultz, Otto Tom Wieben]
4-3 Convoy, 261500H, XD973433 (4km NE FSB Shepherd).
The lead vehicle in the convoy received 2x RPG rounds resulting in 1x
truck being destroyed. Gunships were called on station and D/3-187
alerted as a possible reaction force. 4.2" mortars and artillery were
placed on suspected enemy location at XD966433, area was swept with
2/C/3-5, 261200H, XD868500 (4-1/2km NE LZ Anchor).
Unit found rice packets and unknown type boosters which are being
evacuated. 3/A/3-5 and 1/2/B/1-1 at 261600H while moving back to
yesterdays contact area the unit received small arms fire resulting in
1x US WIA. At 261715H, 1x US KIA from 25 Mar contact was recovered.
1/C/3-5, 261410H, XD886497 (4-1/2km NE LZ Anchor).
Unit received RPG fire from the N resulting in 3x US WIA. Organic
weapons fire was returned and D/3-5 was called on station. Unit swept
through the area and found a bunker complex with negative recent
activity. Trail leading to the W. Unit followed the trail a short
distance with negative results.
2/3/B/1-1, 261020H, XD813485 (2km NW LZ Anchor). Unit
moved into area after contact, of 25 March to search for 5x MIA, there
were 3x US KIA recovered. While recovering the bodies the element
received AK-47 fire from 300m to their E. Organic
weapons fire was returned, resulting in 1x NVA KIA, 1x AK-47, 1x 7.62
RPD, there were 2x US WIA from the contact. Other items captured, 2x
AK-47 magazines with ammo, 1x NVA belt, 1x NVA canteen with cover, 1x
bag of food, 1x small bolt of wire.
58. 27 MAR 71 [Robert
Timothy Bradley, Robert Conn Chaudoin, Thomas Percy Olson, Paul Elliot
Serven, Glen Howard Yell]
3/A/1-11, 271100H, XD938458 (4-1/2km N FSB Shepherd).
Unit found 10x bunkers with 18"x20" of cover approx. 2x weeks old. Also
found the following items: 1x AK-47 magazine pouch, 1x miscellaneous
carrying bag, 40x loose AK-47 rounds, 4x RPG boosters, 2x B-40 rounds,
2x B-40 warheads, 450 lbs of rice, bloody bandages, and handwritten
documents, all will be destroyed except for the documents. Documents
will be evacuated to S-2/4-3.
CP/1-77, 270940H, XD747358-XD750366 (3km SE FSB
Style). ARVN stragglers reported seeing 2x US KIA dragged up the road at
the above grids. The stragglers brought in notes pinned on the bodies by
NVA. Notes were evacuated to S2/1-5 FWD. A translation of the notes was:
"to all ARVN troops: The liberation Army is surrounding you now. You
don't have any way to escape. Just return to the liberation Army. Now is
the time and your chance. Just go along QL-9 and hold this note. We are
welcoming you and will take you to a safe place." Then at 271115H D/3-5
Cav located 6x bodies, 3x US KIA (2x US KIA mentioned above) and 3x ARVN
KIA, they were dead for 2x days.
Sniper Tm/1-77, 271230H, XD811371 (2km FSB Flexible).
1x NVA with AK. Team engaged with small arms fire. Swept area and found
1x NVA KIA, 1x AK-47, 2x magazines and few personal items. Items were
evacuated to 1-77.
2/C/3-5, 271905H, XD855485 (3-1/2km NE LZ Anchor).
M551 detonated an unknown type mine, resulting in 2x US WIA and unknown
damage to the vehicle.
59. 28 MAR 71 [Carl
Wayne Pritchett, David Arthur Bond, William John Milco]
C/1-77, 281545H, XD819373 (1km NE FSB Flexible). The
unit received 2x RPG rounds and small arms fire from 50-100 meters to
the south. Two US WIA, minor damage to M48A3. Gunships called on station
and engaged area and unit employed tank main gun, .50 caliber and 4.2"
mortar fire. The area was swept with negative results. Sniper team will
be left in the area.
4-3, 280945H, XD954452 (2km NW Victory). Ranger team
14 was ambushed by an estimated reinforced platoon of approximately 30x
NVA. They received small arms fire and RPG rounds from the MW and SE.
ARA was requested and came on station. While the gunships were engaging
the area, 2/A/1-11 reported gunships to be receiving small arms fire and
possible .30 caliber MG fire from XD953454. While attempting to extract
Rangers, 3x UH1H's from D/3-5 too possible .51 caliber fire and received
hits. One aircraft went down in vic of XD964435. The other picked-up 6x
Rangers and flew to Ham Nghi where it was declared unflyable. There were
a total of 9x US WIA and 1x NVA KIA. Elements of A/3-5 secured the
downed aircraft. Artillery and TAC air were employed after the
60. 29 MAR 71 [Robert
Marshall Gribble, Andrew Richard Steward Jr., Terry Lee Bosworth,
Russell Leland Clay, William Gayle Cox, Richard Laure Stansbarger,
Crawford Henry Traver, Terrel Olin Kimber, Robert Allen Pederson]
Recon Tm 2/3-187, 290930H-290940H, XD799472 (2km W LZ
Anchor). Team made contact with 5x NVA, resulting in 2x US WIA and 2x
NVA KIA. Team heard more personnel. They saw 5-10x NVA, the enemy
withdrew to the north and artillery employed, D/3-5 and FAC were on
station and 3/D/3-187 was inserted. An airstrike was employed at 291000H
at the above grid. Sweep of area produced 1x NVA helmet and blood
trails. A tracker dog team was employed.
Then at 291310H, a command and control ship received
small arms fire from XD776460 and XD785452 with negative hits. At
291600H, at same grid where 3/D/3-187 was inserted a UH1H going to pick
up tracker dog team received small arms fire from the north.
1/C/3-5, 291230H, XD910495 (3km NW FSB Victory).
While moving W on Red Devil Road a M113 received RPG rounds, unit then
received small arms fire and RPG rounds from an estimated eight NVA
approximately 25-30 meters from their position. Unit used organic
weapons fire and D/3-5 came on station. Results 2x US KIA, 8x US WIA. An
m113 and an M551 received moderate damage.
Recon Tm 1, 291755H, XD819374 (1km S FSB Flexible).
Team while setting up a NDP they received AK-47 fire and RPG fire from
the west and RPG fire from the north. Results were 1x US WIA. Organic
weapons fire was employed with unknown results.
A/7th Engr, 291102H, XD875485 (6-1/2km N Khe Sanh). A
road grader detonated an estimated 40 lb pressure activated plastic type
mine. Results were 2x US WIA, the grader was a combat loss, resulting
crater was 6'x4'. They then received 1x RPG round from the north.
2/C/3-5 reinforced and conducted a dismounted sweep of the area, main
gun tank fire was employed with unknown results.
61. 30 MAR 71 [David
Frank Nidever, Robert Joseph Skewes, Dewitt Wilcox Brown III]
2/C/3-5, 301100H, XD902494 (7km NE Khe Sanh). Unit
received 3-4x RPG rounds and small arms fire, 100m N and E of their
position. Results were 2x US WIA. Organic weapons were employed and
D/3-5 engaged the area. Sweep of area produced negative results.
C/3-187, 301120H, XD766476 (5km W LZ Anchor). The
unit found 24x 82mm mortar rounds, 30 lbs of 82mm mortar charges, 102x
82mm mortar timers, 117x 82mm mortar fuses and 300x 30 caliber rounds,
in a 4'x6'
bunker with 1' of overhead cover. The bunker was 2x
weeks old and believed caved in by air strikes. The unit will evacuate
select items and destroy the rest.
62. 31 MAR 71 [Donald
Ray Bailey, Guy Gene Shannon Jr.]
A/1-61, 310845H, XD819378 (1km SW FSB Flexible). The
unit was moving N on QL-9 and received 2x RPG rounds, both rounds hit 1x
APC destroying the internal equipment, but there were negative
casualties. A sweep by 1/A/1-61 of the area was made with negative
A/1-61, 311613H, XD797360 (3km SW FSB Flexible). Unit
picked up 2x ARVNs and 1x US personnel who said their helicopter had
been shot down in Laos and had to walk out. The personnel popped purple
smoke and yelled to the unit. He said he was an American. A/1-61
answered and then came out.
CP/3-187, 310803H, XD856416 (Ham Nghi). Element
reported receiving 25x 122mm artillery rounds from 5280 mils resulting
in 2x US WIA (minor). Sniper Team 12/3-5 reported sound from 280 degrees
from their location at XD886446. Counterbattery artillery was placed on
XD768453 with unknown results.
Dong Ha, 310330H, DHCB. The base and surrounding area
received 11x 122mm rocket rounds. Counterbattery was fired at YD161609,
and YD171702, a total of 98x 105mm artillery rounds were fired. Damaged
were 3x 2-1/2-ton trucks, POL of 120th ARVN Trans Co was destroyed and
1x US WIA.
63. 01 APR 71 [John
William Anders, Jerry Keith Bobbitt, James Dean Davis, Arthur Hernandez,
George W. Youngerman Jr., Steven Charles Wray]
3/A/3-5, 011330H, XD835478 (1km NE LZ Anchor). Unit
received small arms fire from a suspected sniper position. Unit returned
fire with organic weapons. Results were 1x US WIA (leg wound). 2/B/1-61,
2/B/3-5 and 3/A/3-5 swept area with negative results.
Cat Killer, 011615H, XD725477 (9km E LZ Anchor). Cat
Killer observed 20-30x NVA moving E on an E-W trail. NVA observed the
aircraft and stopped. Barky placed 2x airstrikes on the enemy location,
resulting in 7x NVA KBA. D/3-5 engaged the area with gunships resulting
in 3x NVA KBA. Scout reported seeing 10x NVA dragging off the bodies.
Enemy were observed in a variety of uniforms. Some had uniforms, some
had shorts, some had packs and some had pith helmets.
64. 02 APR 71 [Felix
1/C/3-5, 020907H, XD937507 (10km N FSB Shepherd). The
unit received 2x RPG rounds and small arms fire from the north of the
road. One RPG hit the third M113 in the column and 1x hit the last M113,
resulting in minor damage to both and both are still operational. There
were 2x US WIA. The area was engaged with organic weapons fire and area
was swept with negative results.
2/B/3-5, 020420H, XD827477 (1km NE LZ Anchor). The
unit had a tripflare detonate 35 meters north of the unit's location.
Area was engaged with M79 and M16 fire with unknown results. Then at
approximately 020510H, another tripflare detonated 30 meters south of
their location. Unit received 2x RPG rounds and the unit returned with
organic weapons fire and employed infra-red. Initial sweep produced 92
NVA KIA, 1x RPG launcher, 5x AK-47's, 7x food packets, 1x gas mask with
a red one (1),
1x US pistol belt with first aid pack on it, 1x pair
of shorts, 5x 2 lbs of charges, 4x rolls of bandages, 1x first aid kit,
2x plastic shape charges, 2x shape charges in OD color with screw on top
and 20x Chicom grenades.
2/A/1-61 and Recon teams 1 and 3, 021240H, XD819377
(4km SE Khe Sanh). The unit received RPG's from 50 meters S-SE,
resulting in 5x US WIA. The fire possible could have been claymore or
AK-47. The unit returned small arms fire, 2/A/1-61 was in area, secured
it and made a sweep of the area with negative results. Also wounded was
1x tracker dog. The dog handler was 1x of the US WIA.
ARP's/D/3-5, 021630H, vic XD7249 (9km E LZ Anchor).
Element inserted and searched area of yesterday's contact, reference
second entry under 01 Apr 71. They found 7x NVA KBA and parts of other
bodies, some had packs on, no weapons were in the area except 1x 82mm
mortar tube which had been destroyed. Also in the area were steel
helmets, rucksacks, 30 lbs of rice, and miscellaneous other items.
Element captured 2x rucksacks, 1x large cooking pot, and 2x RPG rounds.
They sighted 2x NVA at that time and engaged, the enemy fled north. Then
1x NVA was sighted nearby, he was unarmed and was captured. He was a PFC
from the 5th Bn, 99th Regt, 308th Div. His job had been to retrieve the
65. 03 APR 71 [Ronald
3/69th ARVN, 031450H, Ham Nghi. The unit received 15x
suspected 122mm rockets from XD792345 resulting in 8x WIA. Also a
2-1/2-ton truck and some 105mm artillery rounds were destroyed. Barky
came on station and counterbattery was placed on suspected enemy
location with negative results.
1-77, 032310H, XD820418 (2km N Khe Sanh). Team
received AK-47 fire and grenades from an estimated 6x NVA. Small arms
fire and grenades were returned. A/4-12 reinforced team. Results: 1x US
KIA, 1x US WIA, 2x NVA KIA. Sniper team at 040800H, made a sweep of area
where there was contact resulting in the following items captured: 2x
RPG rounds, 1x RPG cleaning kit, 1x estimated one pound type of
explosive, 1x homemade bangalore torpedo, 1x hunting knife with
scabbard, 1x first-aid packet, 1x NVA pistol belt with fish cakes. There
were heavy blood trails and drag marks throughout the area.
66. 04 APR 71 [Melvin
Carter Wheeler Jr., Michael Everett Giese, Johnny Harold Lawrence]
2/A/3-5, 041005H, XD813469 (1km N LZ Anchor). An M113
traveling on Red Devil Road at above grid detonated a pressure activated
20 lb metallic type mine resulting in 2x US WIA. The vehicle had holes
and a 2' slit in the left side. It also lost 2x roadwheels on the left
side as well as the left track. The minesweeper which was to have been
utilized had a short and was not operable.
67. 05 APR 71 [Gary
02/A/1-61, 050920H, XD856476 (4km NW FSB Cates). The
unit checked out a mechanical ambush which had detonated the previous
night. Three NVA rucksacks with a few pellet holes were found. The
rucksacks were filled with food. The unit also found a trail used by
10-16x personnel moving SE-NW the night before. After detonating the
mechanical ambush, the personnel broke a new trail to the NNE. A blood
trail was followed approximately 300 meters where the unit found some
bandages. They also found 1x position where it appeared 4x personnel had
lain. The trail was lost due to rain. The 3x rucksacks had 75-80 lbs of
rice, 2x NVA ponchos, 1x NVA poncho
liner, 1x helmet, 4x Chicom grenades, 1x leather belt
which had been blown in half, 1x canteen, 1x US canteen cover,
miscellaneous bandages, and 1x food cake.
2/C/3-5, 051515H, XD929464 (4km N FSB Cates). The
unit received RPG rounds and small arms fire while securing engineers.
The fire came from an estimated 2-3x RPG teams, 500 meters to the west.
D/3-5 and Barky were on station. There were 2x US WIA from the engineers
and 1x bulldozer damaged.
68. 06 APR 71 [Claude
Robert Gibbons, Richard Jon Lockwood]
Bn CP/1-11, 061015H, XD863398 (4km SW Khe Sanh).
During a troop pick-up by Chinook, the element received 30x 122mm
rockets resulting in 4x US WIA. The unit moved 300 meters away and was
[07 APR 71 [Earl Hugo
King, Grover Cecil Pierson Jr. Dale Robert Hood]
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