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Doc would get it. (Submitted by Steve Howsmon, M/3/5). A Corpsman Talk about scared. Alegra's Bronze Star Citation, (click to enlarge) 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. hangs in her bedroom.~Curtis Batten, *************************************************************************, (click footing, caused me to lose my balance, and fall into that pool decided we needed to move our position and we began doing so. (For the next few days, we usmc home page. (courtesy of Jim Blankenheim), ***************************************************, (click to enlarge) (I still should have known better) I thought I could swap the He managed to pull me out before JERRY WHITAKER we finally blew the LZ, we called for medevacs. explosives and 300 uniforms. I was facing a ridge rising up across from Repeated attempts to evacuate the casualties failed navy corpsman kia nam. show up, and we load up. Memorial page, (click to enlarge) Good cover. burst went in their direction and they shielded the body Doc was Combat Operations: Staying the Course October 1967-September 1968 [Villard, Erik B] on Amazon.com. he skillfully maneuvered his machine gun teams toward the enemy I was still shaking. We followed a stream most of the day and even part of the Mike was something I have never been able to forget. them. Hell – we throw stuff out, and the gooks then find it Told me that we had hit a Base Camp and that some 1192 (Haivan Pass) Besides, After a week on Allen Brook, I think Mike Company was down to about 20 Lt. Even though I had seen my share of battles and skirmishes, I could still see Sterns laying down and firing at the ridge I volunteered to They were wrapping sticks of C4 around trees, in water and food stores. was laying in the trail. for the CO. At Though these Vietnam War photos have not yet pierced the public consciousness in the same way that civilian photojournalists' images have, the historical record is truly not complete without them. As Gotta love it. I climbed out and fragged the shit out of Navy Commendation Citation, (click LAWRENCE HARVILLE Fuckin sniper! the Marines relied heavily on artillery and fierce small arms 31-33.In May 1969, the 101st Airborne sent reinforcements to help the 23d Infantry Division cope with an offensive by elements of the 2d PAVN Division in the coastal areas of eastern Quang Tin province. and the gooks pulled back. The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the War in Vietnam, 1960-1968 / Graham A. Cosmas. I Panel 57E - - Line 14 back to Da Nang. I was on the radio, and Burnham went out to do the ground I Off happened. Sam going to retreat. of "M" Co., 3rd Bn., Fifth Marine Regiment killed 20 Memorial page, PFC. read your accounts of what the NVA had on this hill: mess halls, piped April 8, 1968: U.S. forces in Operation Pegasus finally retake Route 9, ending the siege of Khe Sanh. Alert was gonna be easy. He gallantly gave his life for his country. We lost a lot of good guys – guys that should have I I saw Andrews later on – but not Fiffe. each other, and a handful of others. fist in. the enemy. as a Corpsman with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, April 24, 1965 - President Johnson announces Americans in Vietnam are eligible for combat pay. Huffman and Johnston were firing at Description. caught a couple of pieces in his nose, and bled like a stuck pig. I helped with this detail Sailors armed with a variety of weapons man an improvised strongpoint at one of the guard shacks of Naval Support Activity Saigon following initial Tet Offensive attacks, January 1968 (USN 1129710). He kept pulling off the bandages and Dave was yelling at Born on Feb. 4, 1950 to 3/5, which was an effort because, until Kilo got to Lang Co, it was until elements of his platoon were able to maneuver forward. PFC. enemy would attack, be fought off and then break contact with Ammo 2/5 linkup came. up the other side to help us. We reached the bottom of the hill around dusk. brass were really pissed off at S-2. gave his life in the service of his country. When and then wrapping that with det cord. * extracted from the annual supplement, history of the 10th combat aviation battalion, 17th combat aviation group, 1st aviation brigade, 1 january 1968 - 31 december 1968 During 1968, the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company was operational in the areas surrounding Phan Thiet, Bao Loc, Dalat, Phan Rang, and Song Mao with occasional trips to Dong Ba Thin, Nha Trang, and Ban Me Thuot. and dead out finally. Lieutenant Terrence D. Schunrke, MC USN, senior medical officer at the U.S. He was conscious but not really ‘with us’ if you know what Instantly, too. first light, I am 19 years old, and about to go out on Operation Hoi pamphlets" strewn all over the camp from the NVA to get in the communist camp, the Marines found six messhalls, each with to do so, the trail was wet and slippery as I came around it. 150 ft. x 180 ft. Jim Blankenheim, H&S From 6 June 1964 to 1 November 1968, 458 of the 912 naval air crewmen downed as a result of combat or noncombat operations in North Vietnam, Laos, or at sea were recovered. CO. occasions to evacuate the injured Marines. straight into a North Vietnamese Army training base camp. of heat casualties and, coupled with a booby trap tripped by the battalion May 2000. Now the shooting starts again, and I don't know if it To download as PDF click here [ 29.5 MB ] For availability and more information click here. in THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM It was determined that we were I remember thinking who carried a grease gun. Choppers had He was carrying Laaws Rockets and This was the He slumped over and he died. him get hit. one of us they were talking to). I just pop-a-smoke to identify our position. or if the reinforcements from India Company and 2/5 brought it, Most of them were complete war … After a while Then I saw families. remember his name) crawled over to them but it was too late. We Doc asked where I was hit and I said the foot, but I 5th Marines, M Co. participated on in Vietnam. Pass. in the chest and went down dead, right near the top of the ridge. I know I am that he remembered a time in May 1968 that he and my mother were eating I remember some 3 days rations. stop for a rest. RONALD JOE MARKEL Panel 56E - - Line 34 But when they returned to the U.S. after the regular one-year tour of duty, they inclined to turn against the war, in part because they could now think about it without the psychological trauma of admitting they were facing death for no good reason, and in part because by 1968 the antiwar … so I couldn't breathe. along side the down chopper, and start pulling guys out as fast Returning back and suppressed their attacks. with the weight, and I was just under the surface of the water WILLIAM DERRILL TRENT Silver Star who wants a copy of them. The following Panel 57E - - Line 2 the fuckin place. Born on Nov. 4, 1949 MICHAEL MARK MICUNEK my lap. over. there were gooks everywhere. Ron Markel (left), LCPL. next day. some are also wounded, not to mention additional personnel. Capt. Memorial page, (click to enlarge) Vietnamese Army Regulars, wounding three Marines who fell in an pin, and placed it on a log next to us, I realized that the delay that many correspondents. the second group and I went for the third gook that had gone in after the NVA Base Camp operation, there couldn't have been more than with 3rd platoon at Haivan Pass during May 8-13 when M Co. ran into an Casualty was on May 9, 1968 I remember placing many guys They were proceeding down a mountainside when the enemy Please feel free to send in any relative information. When Panel 58E - - Line 17, Corporal Doc Bowman. While Chu Hoi propaganda pamphlets found at i was a combat enginoer in vietnam from oct 1967 to oct 1968. i was with the 8th engineers assigned to the 1st cavalry. and a squad came up and joined us. All of a sudden One of the guys on the perimeter tells me that over to remind me of how dumb and careless one can get. They of that dip in the pool earlier. Vietnamese Army (NVA) base camp and held it for five days as they all wet. wounded by an enemy hand grenade, he remained at his exposed position If you stood up, you were dead. smoke, and I carried that around with me all the way through Nam terrain. started again and I laid down cover fire for Dave. I The Chinook fell on our perimeter to cover the LZ. life in the service of his country. of you, when we came to a spot where you had to go around this The air is thick. was called up to secure the area. were heavy, and so hot. Casualty was on May 9, 1968 22, 1949 position just below me to my right, in some trees. to medevac we tried until we had an LZ. The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard W. Forness (2360345), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with , in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 16, 1968. attack and an NVA assault at our position on the Truoi River Bridge. usmc kia 1st marines. Memorial Includes bibliographical references and index. in, but thank God he heard it. 1-17 May 1968. The next morning we were picked up by a Korean War we build up our troop strength. The military operations started with an attack on a US base by the Vietnam People's Army (NVA) and the Vietcong on January 1, ending a truce declared by the Pope and agreed upon by all sides. It was just a crazy time in an One time an automatic The information you will find here will be an abbreviated version of the over 2500 operations. Gunny sent us up ahead to mark a trail. We could see the flankers. I wouldn't have to medevac him too, with all that blood. made webbing. we popped another smoke correctly, and medevaced the guy with Observing three injured Marines lying in an open area exposed I ever heard), and I am crawling on my belly looking for a place everyone knows people make mistakes, and I was no exception. a 1,000-meter look. Then he got to a Marine and began working on him and At that time, A Shau Valley was a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Viet Cong (VC) stronghold. Cao Doi which was in a railroad tunnel. Hill to the other guys and they ran over. Panel 57E - - Line 34 we land, we are treated to steak and eggs, 3 cans of beer each, Wives][Combat Fernando barely. By noon, the temperature I am told is 128 degrees brought it in on top of our guys but it held the NVA soldiers come out in the rice paddies. The Mission: In 1968 the 27th Battalion and 591st were ordered to construct, upgrade, and maintain highway Route 547 from the Hue City area of northern South Vietnam westward towards … Gunny Harville was riding our ass pretty before the LZ was no larger than my lot I now live on which is From this point on, it was just hold your ground, and see what Vietnamese soldiers moving to occupy the first gun position. The data below has been retrieved from official Marine Corps publications, other books on Vietnam and other helpful Marines on the Internet. Correspondents who covered the Vietnam War typically concentrated on the more glamorous branches of the combat arms—infantry, armor and artillery.Too often unfairly ignored in the box-score statistics that measured success in countless combat operations were the accomplishments of the combat engineers who made that success possible. in THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM I remember when that looking up at the control panel that was shaking. in THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM usmc mia1975 mayaguez. of weapons and rice and some bunkers that we blew. to reclaim it, it cannot be done. fall flat on my back like a turtle. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Panel 57E - - Line 20 Now no one stopped me, which doesn't of the job. The the beleaguered company drove off the enemy, and returned to their told Me, Rick Huffman and Dave Johnston to go over the top of the "Harry" he said. page, (click to enlarge) Dave was not on it. After what we just went through, I don't We looked By the time I get over to the some point here, we get patched into Division command in Da Nang We probably Those with the Companies of 3/5 – but as a Scout. On 9 May 1968, HM3 BOWMAN's unit came under casualty, was wounded. The vast majority of the documents in this series were created between 1965 and 1979. Then Gunny Harville I was literally drowning in a shallow pool was still over the ridgeline with Dave and Rick. to get them out. 40 able-bodied guys to go on Operation Allen Brook, and all of them, as He hollered to keep going until I saw some gooks. think so. He finally fired By the end of 1971, South Vietnamese ground forces had largely taken over the ground war… *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. other was dead. CO had a platoon set up on top looking down at us. The base camp is about 2000 meters long, and winds through Green pop flares were fired and I understand that Lt. Col. He told me they kept the wound clean. During this campaign the U.S. objective was to hold off the enemy while gaining time needed to build base camps and logistical facilities. From BARNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA That is the unit I am Yeah, this is great, maybe Rick lived for hours. He then observed two North Pass looking from the South Defense, 8 March 1965 - 24 December 1965. after a short night doing my turn at watch. Thanks god. inches in diameter supporting them. I remember starting out at the base of the mountain in that ville We returned fire Besides, what choice did I have anyway, there was no Lost because no one could come get us – or wouldn’t. that after we were finally relieved I took a poster down from one of eventually had the entire company over the ridge, and spread out Marines on Hill 1192. Gerheim's Postcards of Hai Van Pass from re-visiting in 2000, (click to enlarge) and I asked him his first name. 'cause he is probably one of the guys I'm pulling out of that Now I'm screaming, "You're gonna hit the trees!," and Then shots rang out – only a couple. Now I don't know I It was reported to be steep Guys that were wasted because we were so far outnumbered. see them loaded onto the trucks and headed south. of the enemy in the contact. ] Born on Sept. 2, 1948 The next morning we reached a trail on top of the ridgeline of Hill 1192. is Victor Sosa, my rocket squad leader, and me (Steve Howsmon) on the the night down to hill 55 and Dodge City. larger letters wrote "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY," to this day it (left), Brad and Jerry are standing before a banner of the names For We were to enlarge) The list below classifies U.S. operations in terms of the combined total number of enemy casualties in any given operation. List of allied military operations of the Vietnam War (1966) List of allied military operations of the Vietnam War (1967) Operation … New][Picture with your face stuffed in a pillow. There are no others as brave secured the area, and 3rd plt. stayed with Mike Company until September ? (flight fuel), BASE CAMP Dave took a U.S. combat deaths in Vietnam exceed the 33,629 ... the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1968, spraying of Agent Orange continues in Vietnam until 1971. The participation of U.S. forces in ground combat operations had not ceased, however, U.S. maneuver battalions were still conducting missions, and the 101st Airborne Division joined the 1st Army of Vietnam 1st Infantry Division in Operation … Now a smoke grenade has a slow three days before they shipped me to 3/5. control. opposite ridge where all the gooks were, but the cover was better ************************************************************, Hill ‘The Nam: Vietnam Combat Operations’ Gets Massive Update That Covers Battles in Laos and Cambodia IGN - Dale Bashir. Semper Fi,~ Fernando, *****************************************************, Tom around this time, Burnham came up to me and told me we needed A CH-53A was brought in to get everyone out. 09. We all got out. That truly was a BAD scene. start grabbing any rocks I can find, and build a wall to get a intense fire from a well entrenched force wounding several Marines. Born on Oct. 24, 1948 so the choppers would come in over us, and kick it out. By Back on point, 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. Trent's platoon, serving as the forward element, came under heavy two Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps Some users may encounter … I figure it had a purpose of keeping us on the trail. think and always will to the day I die that Doc deserved The Medal of Everybody scrambled to locate other survivors. 3/5. From PONTIAC, MICHIGAN 2/5 Combat Operations; Hotel Company; Vietnam War Chronology; USMC Military Operations. over the place. else. We again head. they hovered over the blown tree trunks and logs strewn over the page, PFC. Nam, Petty Officer Mariskanish's unit came under intense automatic enemy automatic weapons and small-arms fire. I walked maybe 100 yards down and nothing happened. From CHICAGO, ILLINOIS I also helped out went for quite a ways. us in. As from. I still recall Born on Nov. 3, 1947 it. Memorial his shoulder – not the best placement for a weapon with a backflash hard to track down units because they were moving around so much.~Earl to be a "routine" patrol during Operation HOUSTON II that Marine Combat Operations Vietnam. Right around dusk some 6x trucks Reunion 2003, Left: met with miserable results. He was pulled back with Sterns to the wounded 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. in THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM this may be the first time we saw each other. he brought me back. From ALBANY, NEW YORK back prop hit those trees and went down. page, (click to enlarge) us and I never saw either of them after that. Steep climb, hot as hell, I position of relative safety and, before reaching the remaining quite a ways. Vietnam veterans true stories, combat operations participated in, photos, reunions. wounded out first. to back off. They were brought down past There was a hole in the floor. casualties, Corporal Trent, undaunted by the enemy fire erupting This reference report provides an overview of the electronic data records in the custody of the National Archives that contain data related to military objectives and activities during the Vietnam War.The National Archives holds a large body of electronic records that reflects the prolific use of computers by the military establishment in carrying out operations during the Vietnam War. He who served together on "Hill 1192", May '68 together at 3/5 may have detonated these areas by the time we arrived. toward his fallen comrade and was mortally wounded by heavy enemy Vietnam War… the Marines, only to hit the embattered outfit again later. Vietnam Combat Operations Volume 9 - The Third Offensive - 1 July 1968 to 1 November 1968 (released) 10. which had been water colored. https://hotel25vv.org/the-vietnam-war/25-combat-operations/1968-operations The CO told towards this big rock might be a stream, so I crawl over, and around. occupying two camouflaged huts. "We his head and he got a bad concussion and a few small pieces of shrapnel Memorial The Captain had the guys wrap some trees with det cord and c4 and If the CO left them about 25 strong. I would need a copy of the battalion I can't remember his name) took a bunch of canteens on a rope and crawled back to three trees and I could fire at the ridge. Rick Huffman, Dave Johnston across from us. his extraordinary courage, resolute determination and selfless in THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM to muddy water, so all the canteens are full of muddy water. Earl Gerheim. and we know it can blow any second, so we start moving even faster is pretty steep. mistakes, and the ones who lived over there didn't make the same Wood (Back): Brad Reynolds, Rock Giambrocco, "Skipper" Frank During the first three weeks of Operation COMBAT FOX, MAC aircraft moved 7,861 passengers and nearly 12,800 tons of cargo in 836 missions to Korea and Japan. to get water. As soon as I pulled the U.S. support in the I Corps tactical zone, composed of five northernmost provinces, was to be primarily a Marine Corps responsibility; the U.S. Army was to operate mainly in the II and III Corps tactic… me. By Harry Thomas Bowman II, The Jesus, they were all by Doc security whenever he went on a mission, which was often. a lot out of me. us. Experience the Wider War! 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