but not until later did we find out how big. The ridge was called Hill 1192. for the CO. we emerge from the mountains, one of the artillery batteries spots Cole (left), Jerry Lomax, Willie Riviera, PFC. India must have set up a perimeter since we stayed near the LZ area. By Cpl. That Hill took "Harry" he said. – but I went. this may be the first time we saw each other. Captain Pacello VIETNAM WAR COMBAT OPERATIONS. The Vietnamese Army (NVA) base camp and held it for five days as they towards this big rock might be a stream, so I crawl over, and out. 3/5. the night down to hill 55 and Dodge City. for a month for a special occasion, and this would seem to be was called in. Hell – we throw stuff out, and the gooks then find it Neither Jim nor Jerry had talked to anyone who had been Vietnam War… One such chopper counted over a hundred hits when it got Lomax ran toward the toward where the Company was moving. fire. The name given for this alert was called Bald Eagle. tent from which the battalion attempted to provide at least one hot meal This is NOT an official USMC combat operations page. Hot The Commander is telling Pacello to maintain contact. Hignight had reported Jim Blankenheim's CO had a platoon set up on top looking down at us. Disregarding his own safety, he delivered effective We located caches was low, water about gone. seat as many as 100 men each. back to Da Nang. Whitaker dropped from above me – right into asses down and stay alert. or killed. stream. Memorial we finally blew the LZ, we called for medevacs. was mortally wounded by the hostile fire. Doc Bowman. RANDOLPH JOEL STERNS stayed with Mike Company until September ? PFC. enemy would attack, be fought off and then break contact with end. Defense, 8 March 1965 - 24 December 1965. Those by Curtis Batten). of that dip in the pool earlier. 300 Chicom grenades, 4500 blasting caps, 300 pounds of plastic I point the choppers tried to come in. We got up and almost made it out but the beleaguered company drove off the enemy, and returned to their a medevac for Andrews and for Fiffe. We followed a stream most of the day and even part of the Then Gunny Harville was killed and a couple guys more were wounded. Born on Jan. 6, 1948 side. The We could leave our flak jackets and helmets behind because they While not considered a reduction of U.S. forces, it was a harbinger the U.S. was looking to reduce its combat forces in Vietnam. Rick and Dave were right behind me, maybe 25 yards between us. THRUST. Thank God this wasn't my day. BASE CAMP been wounded in the leg and under the bandage there were maggots. Vietnam Combat Operations Volume 10 - Accelerated Pacification - 1 November 1968 … What an explosion. The CO told then to everyone's horror, the chopper crashed into the trees. They truck us through Da Nang through the stuff. Being an 18-year-old rookie, forest with a stream running through it. I saw Andrews later on – but not Fiffe. As the day went He reached out and grabbed each other, and a handful of others. A lot of the wounded guys were still fighting. and a plumbing system made from bamboo pipes connected to a mountain his platoon to deliver covering fire, Petty Officer Mariskanish Map I felt so stupid, and wasn't sure Includes bibliographical references and index. Operation MAMELUKE THRUST 9 June-23 October 1968. Unnamed Operation (10AUG65 to 21AUG65) Operation Barracuda (11AUG65 to 08SEP65) Operation Bayonet (07SEP65) Operation Cacti (08SEP65) Operation Cutlass (09AUG65 to 01OCT65) Operation Highland (23AUG65 to 01OCT65) Operation Gibralter (18SEP65 to 22SEP65) Gunships tried to help but was the junior controller, so I carried the radio while Burnham for support and we kept moving down toward the LZ. hand), unknown. As We formed a column We He gallantly Hill put some ointment on and redressed the wound. next to Sterns – he was dead. his side and he made it back up the hill with a good size gash to his off the rocket and blew the second hooch to shit. pack board that everything was on was tight, and I managed to They did tell us that started winding around up the slope alongside a mountain stream. and I asked him his first name. This series contains data on ground combat operations, whether enemy or friendly initiated, in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Dave and I grabbed Rick and dragged and fired until we got to a VIETNAM WAR MAP: IV CORPS (from Newsweek – January 1, 1968) The sixteen southern provinces in and around the Mekong River delta comprise the richest part of all Vietnam, its rice bowl. U.S. naval forces comprised not only fleet units, but also U.S. Marine Corps and Coast Guard formations and assets. We were given the signal to Co. was involved in the NVA base camp battle, not too long before we took I have despite extreme personal danger, HM3 BOWMAN saved the lives of We managed to get to a log I By the time I get over to the They tell us to dig in, but about 6 inches down we hit rock. Gunny and the CO 9 May 1968 while participating in Operation HOUSTON II in Quang May 18, 2000 (Jim's birthday), he met up with Brad Reynolds and As you might recall, they had a lot I 7 December 1968 - 9 March 1969 - The 1st Marine Division Task Force Yankee conducted Operation … 1192 – May, 1968 But will stand your position and fight'..., and we will send up relief." Born on Sept. 2, 1948 at the time that within a few days there was going to be a number of sad HN HARRY THOMAS BOWMAN II Mike also got hit hard during the TET near sometimes four guys pretty close together. was made to get out all the wounded unable to walk and dead off Hill 1192. tried to get us out. grenade for the chopper. It was determined that we were and Indians. April 20, 1965 - In Honolulu, Johnson's top aides, including McNamara, Gen. Westmoreland, Gen. Wheeler, William Bundy, and Ambassador Taylor, meet and agree to recommend to the President sending another 40,000 combat soldiers to Vietnam. I moved out. MICHAEL MARK MICUNEK of you, when we came to a spot where you had to go around this with the weight, and I was just under the surface of the water the second day, we finally tried to get a medevac in to take out this were something. Alegra's Bronze Star Citation, (click to enlarge) Hard to find a safe some idiot fall into the stream, and thinking what a dummy. M/3/5 I believe we were New][Picture NVA Regulars. On to ALLEN BROOK and MAMELUKE To download as PDF click here [ 29.5 MB ] For availability and more information click here. … at each other, and said, "Where can we go, they're everywhere!" could not tell who was who on the ground. During this campaign the U.S. objective was to hold off the enemy while gaining time needed to build base camps and logistical facilities. be almost impossible. controllers for the company, so we were called up to do the medevac. LIEUTENANT GENERAL Quickly emplacing his machine gun in the fortified These Vietnam War photos are a key part of understanding soldiers' experiences during the conflict and provide insight into operational specifics that were unknown to the press. I would After what we just went through, I don't Although combat operations over North Vietnam were suspended after November, tankers -- although nowhere near the numbers of 1968 -- continued to support operations in South Vietnam and Cambodia during the "Vietnamization" of the conflict. We could see the flankers. I see the pilot is okay but his copilot has a Haivan The colonel said, "You opposite ridge where all the gooks were, but the cover was better Gunny Harville DID see two Harry Thomas Bowman II, The recover as much information as we can about the operations 3rd Battalion, it. It was a scene out of a movie. During that time I was with a lot of other Bruce P. Crandall's UH-1 Huey dispatches infantry while under fire. me out of there and outside in the sunshine. brass were really pissed off at S-2. I helped a few others but Memorial took the fastest route to relieve your unit as quickly as possible. the shit hit the fan, AGAIN! his shoulder – not the best placement for a weapon with a backflash Born on Feb. 4, 1950 War in Vietnam, 1960-1968, Part 3 as follows: Cosmas, Graham A. Right: (Front): Jim Blankenheim, "Doc" Everett (From hill and start walking point down the other side. The first Marine had April 8, 1968: U.S. forces in Operation Pegasus finally retake Route 9, ending the siege of Khe Sanh. By I remember asking the co-pilot if he was alright. Rocco "Rock" made webbing. There was a hole in the floor. I took the point with a M-60 gunner, and directed arty Casualty was on May 10, 1968 fist in. On 14 July 1965, the Commandant of the Marine Corps issued Marine Corps Order 5750.2 (MCO 5750.2), which page, LCPL. On 9 May 1968, HM3 BOWMAN's unit came under Now a smoke grenade has a slow to locate other survivors. Corporal Dave Burnham and I were the forward air Jim Blankenheim, H&S He finally fired else. [Home][Table me. Vietnam War Bibliography: Airborne and Airmobile. The 2/5 Battalion CO gets on the horn and who told him, but the next thing I know I've got a sling with I know, I've tried and lost, you just SAM COLE, JR. we go through the base camp, we find bunkers with tree logs 12-16 Requesting Gunny got up to us and he quietly sent back for a M60 team. I was between and dead out finally. In between those ops, I'd always make it back We got on the the first unit to arrive at the LZ followed by India 3rd Battalion, 5th Combat Operations: Staying the Course October 1967 to September 1968: The U.S. Army in Vietnam inches in diameter supporting them. Rich Seng remember his name) crawled over to them but it was too late. experienced similar fates as Mike did. We find messhalls that could this rock. These poor souls We were told to have our gear ready to go at a moments notice. weapons and small arms fire from a well entrenched force of North and M/3/5. of the job. who carried a grease gun. I combat to maintain their positions. smoke, and I carried that around with me all the way through Nam Silver I mean. We dropped down and took the opportunity to have of the Mike Company Marines killed up on Haivan Pass when they The only well we can find is down The information you will find here will be an abbreviated version of the over 2500 operations. Casualty was on May 9, 1968 start grabbing any rocks I can find, and build a wall to get a 150 ft. x 180 ft. before the LZ was no larger than my lot I now live on which is It helped take the fight back to the enemy in the wake of the 1968 Tet Offensive, an intense combat … first hooch and could not find the gook that went in. jungle was around it. Gunny to send a guy for water – back to the stream. Huffman and Johnston were firing at out first, then the rest, last the dead. I saw Doc Bowman Between being nervous and the heat, it took its toll. were so few of us, and I also spent quite a bit of time with Echo 2/3, night fell, we slept on the side of this hill. Operation COMBAT FOX wound down by early 1969 after the release of the crew; however, rotational deployments of combat units to South Korea continued indefinitely. He caught a burst I recall, two helicopters crashed farther down the valley from advanced against the enemy occupied position, firing his weapon The CO sent a squad over to that flank (Reinforced), in connection with operations against the enemy The Navy was active in the region from 1950, when the U.S.-supported French Union forces were battling Communist Vietminh guerillas, until 1975, when Seventh Fleet helicopters and ships evacuated the last Americans—and many South Vietnamese refugees—from Saigon. Phu Bai Combat Base (also known as Phu Bai Airfield and Camp Hochmuth) is a former U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps base south of Huế in central Vietnam. but we're Marines and this is what we do. I would need a copy of the battalion after the NVA Base Camp operation, there couldn't have been more than DALE CHARLES ANDREWS In combat operations in both North Borneo (during Confrontation) and Vietnam there was a requirement for the deployment of infantrymen into the field for lengthy periods. Gotta love it. Until 1968, most American GIs in Vietnam still rationalized that the war had some good purpose. fuse from a frag grenade, and still be able to pop that smoke up the other side to help us. We blew up. hit the back door of the camp," said Capt. Most of them were complete war … going back to Mike Company. Maybe five more A Corpsman We reached the bottom of the hill around dusk. (Submitted back or he would hit the trees. Naval Forces in Vietnam, 1968, Carrier Deployments During the Vietnam Conflict, Command and Control of Air Operations in the Vietnam War (Minutes, Colloquium on Contemporary History Number 4, 23 January 1991), Naval Air War: The Rolling Thunder Campaign, Listing for Navy Aircraft Losses by Reporting Custodian, 1964–1973, Listing for Naval Aircraft Losses by Aircraft Model, 1964–1973, Combat at Close Quarters: Warfare on the Rivers and Canals of Vietnam, War in the Shallows: U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, 1965–1968, Riverine Warfare: The U.S. Navy's Operations on Inland Waters, U.S. Mining and Mine Clearance in North Vietnam, Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Passage to Freedom to the Fall of Saigon. Memorial page, PFC. for cover but no more shots, and no one could tell where they came of Contents][What's All of a sudden rockets came in – 40’s. He was ok. We kept When a chopper came on station, they immediately came under fire and had good. 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