The Fifth Infantry Division

    

    

Vietnam

Lam Son 719 CAAR

 

 
 
Lam Son 719

 
 

Significant Events

[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 same.]

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.

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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 both grids.

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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.

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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 markings.

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 incendiary rounds.

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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 destroyed.

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 unknown results.

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.

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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 Ray Mills]

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.

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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.

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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, 12x

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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 M-203.

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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 unknown results.

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 submachine

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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 NVA KBA.

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.

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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 KBA.

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 S-2/1-5.

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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 enemy casualties.

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 not reported.

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 AK-47 captured.

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17. 14 FEB 71 [Richard Dean Covert Jr., Ronald Calvin Ruff, Stephen Henry Warner, Douglas Lee Horn]

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 AK-47 captured.

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.

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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 Howell]

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.

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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 friendly casualties.

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.

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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.

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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 ammo

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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 Engen]

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 NVA KBA.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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 Lee Sarvis]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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29. 26 FEB 71 [John Martin Souther]

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 KIA.

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 destroyed.

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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 US WIA.

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 the incident.

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 damage.

1/C/3-187, 271010H, XD929585 (2km SE FSB Scotch). The unit found 1x supply bunker (8'x4'x3'), 1x sleeping position with 1-1' overhead cover, and 1x field dressing with blood on it. Bunkers were destroyed.

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 platoon and

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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 Williams Jr.]

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 tanks.

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.

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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 Darrell Heffner]

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.

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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 light.

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 Patrick Johnson]

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.

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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 blasting caps.

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.

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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 damage.

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 damaged.

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 results.

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.

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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 resupply list.

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 unknown results.

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.

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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 the area.

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.

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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 observed.

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.

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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 negative results.

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.

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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.

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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 unknown results.

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.

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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.

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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).

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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 unknown results.

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.

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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 results.

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.

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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 sighting.

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 Schooley]

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 unknown results.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 enemy location.

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 arms fire.

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 AK-47 fire.

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).

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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 WIA.

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.

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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 illumination.

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 fire truck.

54. 23 MAR 71 [Jeffrey Charles Keetle, Jeffery I. Quintanella, Lance Allen Robinson, Warren Paul Seawell, Manasseh Brock Warren, Jessie James Garth, William Leroy Schell]

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 this time.

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

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weapons were employed and artillery was placed on the suspected enemy location. Moderate damage to the M48A3. There were 2x US WIA.

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 NW-SE.

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 were

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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 KIA.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 results.

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 Alan Thompson]

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.

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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 area.

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 type helicopter

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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 damage.

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 captured.

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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 employed.

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 negative results.

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

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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.

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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 extraction.

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.

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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'

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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 results.

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.

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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 Marcial Trujillo]

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),

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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 bodies.

65. 03 APR 71 [Ronald Ray Blacksmith]

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.

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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 James Fiedler]

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

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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 picked up.

[07 APR 71 [Earl Hugo King, Grover Cecil Pierson Jr. Dale Robert Hood]

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