3 January (Friday): The battalion moves back up north to Polei Kleng (Dilkes:227).
5 January (Sunday): Bravo Company departs the fire support base by helicopter to the
south. From their landing zone, they march about 1000 meters and set up a
night location near a Montagnard village called Plei Broch (Dilkes:228).
6 January (Monday): At first light Bravo Company enters the village and flushes out
one armed MVC, who is killed by a member of 1st Platoon
7 January (Tuesday) The division base camp went on an alert status in conjunction with an enemy mortar attack on Camp Holloway (Map 6636-4), B Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry was airlifted - to AR796466 (Map 6636-4), to aid in the defense of Camp Holloway. (Division Report) Camp Holloway is located on (Map 6637-4)
8 January(Wednesday): Bravo and Delta Companies are rotated out of the field into
fire support base Mile High (Map 6537-4) for perimeter guard duty. Shortly after their
arrival, the fire base receives recoilless rifle fire and is probed by the
enemy. One man is wounded (Dilkes: 228).
10 January (Friday): Leaving Bravo Company in the FSB, Delta Company makes a combat
assault into a landing zone at YA 935585 (Map 6537-3) , northwest of the Punch bowl. Two
soldiers are wounded when one of them steps on a cluster bomb that had
been left in the landing zone by the enemy as a booby trap. While Delta
Company is making its combat assault, Alpha and Charlie Companies, who are
working together, discover an abandoned regimental-sized bunker complex.
(Dilkes:228-229). Pot control agents (RCA) were used to contaminate caves at YA.693536 (Map 6437-2). "The Base Camp Reaction Platoon working with C Company, 1st battalion, 12th Infantry captured 15 detainees during a search of four villages (AR~778430, AR773418, AR813534, and AR785443 (Map 6636-4) (Division Report)
15 January (Wednesday) A platoon from Delta Company observed several individuals moving on a trail at YQ 939596. (Could be YA939596) The Platoon set up and ambush and killed two VC (Lenninger 87)
18 January(Saturday): Charlie Company makes contact with the enemy in the Chu Pa
Mountain region (Map 6537-3), killing two NVA. Specialist Fourth Class James S. Eisman and Private First Class Jerry L. Warbritton are killed in this action (Dilkes:
229; Arnold: KIA records). Shortly after the Charlie Company contact,
Alpha and Bravo Companies switch between the field and the FSB. Bravo
Company begins patrolling along the western ridge lines of the Chu Pa
Mountain range (Dilkes:229).
28 January (Tuesday): The Recon Platoon makes contact with an unknown-sized enemy
force resulting in one WIA and one KIA, Sergeant Dennis Lee who dies from
small arms fire (Arnold KIA records, Dilkes:231). C Company, 1st Battalion, 12t h Infantry destroyed seven huts and captured 2500 lb s of rice.(Division Report)
31 January (Friday) 0200 B Company detects approximately 100 NVA moving SE up a draw in the vicinity of YA 902658 (Map 6537-3). The company engaged the enemy force with Small arms. The enemy dispersed and fled without returning fire. SRPs in the area adjusted artillery on suspected routes of withdrawal. Company conducts later sweeps and find 1 NVA KIA.(Lenninger:103)
3 February(Monday): 2nd Brigade sends a message to battalion describing a boundary
line between the 1/14, 3rd Brigade, and the 1/12, 2nd Brigade. It is an
east-west line, with 1/14 north of the line and 1/12 south of the line.
6 February(Thursday): At 0925 Charlie Company’s point element makes enemy contact at
YA905669 (Map 6537-3) when they walk into a three-sided ambush. By 0936 the company is
reporting two WA's to battalion. At 1000 the company is directed to
consolidate its elements, prepare to evacuate their wounded, and be on the
look-out for one platoon from Bravo Company that is en route to help. The
company clarifies their situation at 1020 with a report that their point
element is pinned down under enemy small arms and B-40 rocket fire.
Twenty-five minutes later (1045) battalion advises the company that
dust-off and gunships are in-bound for their location. By 1135 the
company is calling in artillery in an attempt to break contact with the
enemy. Succeeding 35 minutes later, the company reports they have seven
(7) WIA's, one (1) MIA, and a landing zone at YA 903664. They further define
the enemy situation as being two reinforced squads armed with small arms,
automatic weapons, and B-40 rocket launchers. At 1250 the Bravo Company
platoon reports they are moving toward Charlie Company. By 1615 the
platoon from Bravo Company is at Charlie Company’s location, and Charlie
Company has completed the dust-off of the WIA's and changed the MIA to a
KIA, Private First Class Terence Kilbane. While Charlie Company is
engaged with the NVA, 2nd Brigade sends a four-part message from Division
to the battalion describing an upcoming operation. Basically, the 1/14 is
going to push south in its AO and the 1/12 is going to push north in its
AO, while the Delta 1/10th Cav was going to hold the east flank. Division
is hoping to fix and kill whatever gets caught in the trap (Arnold KIA
records, 1/12 DSJ 02/07/69).
7 February (Friday) Operation Green Lightning begins. Conducted by the 4th Infantry Division's 3 Brigade. The 1/12th Infantry along with the 1/14 Infantry initiated actions against the 24th NVA Regiment in the Chu Pa Mountain area NW of Plei Djerang on 7 Feb. ( After Action Report)
8 February (Saturday): 2nd Brigade sends out a warning order to the battalion to get
ready for an operation on the 11th. In response the Battalion S3 orders
flame throwers from the Division Chemical Officer for the battalion. One
goes to Delta Company and two to Alpha. At 1011 the Alpha Company
commander notifies the S3 that the flame throwers have arrived, but they
are not charged. The battalion continues with its missions throughout the
day. Late in the evening (1600), a group of three-to-four NVA, located at
YA903675 (Map 6537-3), fire B-40 rockets at Charlie Company, wounding Private First Class
Cox, line number W165. Approximately 20 minutes later Specialist Fourth
Class Robert Parcher Jr., line number W096, is killed by small arms fire
while engaging the small enemy force. By 1703 contact with the enemy is
broken and the company continues to move. Then at 1715 the enemy once
again fires B-40 rockets at the company, this time wounding Private First
Class Nesbitt, line number W124 and Sergeant Erwin Dallmeyer. Not having
enough light left to continue to move, the company establishes its night
location at 907673 (Arnold KIA records, 1/12 DSJ 02/08/69).
9 February(Sunday): At 1720 Bravo Company makes contact with four-to-five NVA at
YA916653 (Map 6537-3). As a result of the engagement the company sustains five (5) WIA's
and one (1) KIA, Private First Class Steven R. Bauer. Enemy casualties
are unknown (Arnold KIA records, 1/12 DSJ 02/09/69).
10 February(Monday): At 0820 Alpha Company calls in a resupply request for 26 cases
of C-rations. An hour-and-a-half later the company reports they are at
YA921664 (Map 6537-3). Then at 1056 a man with a broken collar bone is reported. The
company requests the S3 Air (83) find them a landing zone so they can
evacuate their injured man. The remainder of the day is consumed with
efforts continuing the company sweep, checking out an enemy bunker
complex, finding a landing zone and getting it cleared, getting the
wounded and injured evacuated, and finding a night location. By 1335
Alpha Company closes on their night location at YA917663 (Map 6537-3), clears an adequate
landing zone, and completed the evacuation of line numbers E-177 (Private
First Class Alvin Shelton) and E-182. Then at 1440 the S3 (82) calls the
company commander and tells him that battalion is going to put a lot of
fire into the area that the company will be sweeping tomorrow, and that he
wants them to move with caution. In this same log entry, the S3 staff
enters a report describing what Alpha Company found during day (a bunker
complex containing some 60mm mortar parts and rounds, French cigarettes,
some miscellaneous helicopter parts, and some VC posters). The last
message of the day from Battalion to Alpha Company is a FRAG ORDER. At
2015 the S3 (82) calls the company commander and tells him the following:
SP at 0800 for Objective "A." The company’s route of travel will be
YA 917666 to YA914669 to YA912670 (Map 6537-3), then onto the objective at YA908671 (Map 6537-3). The
sequence of events on Objective "A" will be CS at 0830, artillery and
mortar prep at 0845, and air strikes at 0900 (they will be dropping 500lb
bombs and napalm). Charlie and Delta Companies are given the same FRAG
ORDER. Bravo Company, with their wounded, rotates back into the battalion
FSB for perimeter security detail, while Delta returns to the field (1/12
11 February(Tuesday): Alpha Company reports stand-to and pills complete at 0700, and
SP at 0800. By 1014 they are held up on the line of departure (LD) and
report hearing small arms fire, "pops,” and secondary explosions as a
result of the prep taking place on the objective. At 1018 the company
advises battalion that once they start moving after the air strikes, they
will recon by fire before moving. At 1027 the company crosses the LD,
initiates reconnaissance by fire and advances the last 800 meters to the
objective. At 1200, the company reports they have closed on and secured
the objective. At 1308 two sweeps (71 and 72) are sent out. Nothing else
is reported insofar as company activity is concerned for the remainder of
the afternoon. At 1930 Alpha Company reports a long laundry list of
things found on the objective. They include about 100 bunkers, 1/2 of a
dead NVA (the upper half), grenades, ammo, magazines, a protective mask, a
pistol belt, poncho liner, a large classroom, and other items of field
equipment (1/12 DSJ 02/11/69).
25 February Tuesday) SP4 Chad Charlesworth of 2nd Platoon, Delta Company is KIA. MIchael Fiato was wounded when a round went through his hand and treated by medic Jerry Wilson. (Wilson Records)
4 March (Tuesday): Specialist Fourth Class Benjamin Rawlings of Bravo Company, 4th Engineers is killed, while First Lieutenant Harris and Private First Class
Cole of Charlie Company are wounded (Arnold KIA records).
5 March (Wednesday): Private First Class Johnny Lynn of Echo Company is killed by enemy rocket or
mortar fire (Arnold KIA records).
6 March (Thursday): Specialist Fourth Class Paul Varosky of Bravo Company, 4th Engineers is killed (Arnold KIA records). LZ Milehigh receives incoming.
8 March (Saturday): Specialists Fourth Class William Beard and Roy Zufelt, line #
A127 of Delta Company, and Sergeant Dean Johnson of Bravo Company are
killed by enemy small arms fire, while Privates First Class Charles Glass,
Stanford Marunich, and Ramon Ovalla of Charlie Company are wounded (Arnold
05 April (Saturday): l Sgt David Nelis of 2nd platoon 1st squad is wounded. (Nelis records)
20 April (Sunday): Private First Class Silas W. Parobek is killed(led by enemy small
arms fire, while Sergeant Eugene A. Murphy is wounded; both are from
Charlie Company (Arnold KIA records).
24 April(Thursday): Captain Donald D. Blair, First Lieutenant James E. Bousquet, and Private First Class David G. Kellison of Charlie Company; and
Specialist Fourth Class Lawrence Budzinski and Private First Class Randall
Ruggs of Bravo Company are all killed by enemy small arms fire, while
First Sergeant Jesse E. Revels of Bravo Company is wounded (Arnold KIA
records) - See detailed After Action Report of the events of this day.AAR - 2 pages
27 April(Sunday): Staff Sergeant Kenneth Henkel, Specialist Fourth Class Elijah
Williams and Private First Class Gary Hunsun of Bravo Company are wounded.
28 April(Monday): Specialist Fourth Class William Stout III , Bravo Company, dies of non-hostile
causes (Arnold KIA records).
3 May (Saturday): Sergeant Cornelius of of Bravo Company is wounded.
7 May(Wednesday): Specialist Fourth Class James F. Devitt of Headquarters
Company is wounded, and Sergeant John McCarthy of Alpha Company dies in a
helicopter crash. LT Larry Boyd assumes command of Delta Co.
14 May(Wednesday): Specialist Fourth Class George Heatherly of Bravo Company, 4th Engineers is killed (Arnold KIA records).
23 23 MAY 1/12th airlifted from LZ Mile High to LZ Nicole ZA 173786 (Map 6537-)1
23-27 May (See After Action Report for this period) : AAR
27 May(Tuesday): At location ZA126765 (Map 6537-2) Charlie Companies Staff Sergeant James Francis, Specialist Fourth Class Harold
Warmsley, and Privates First Class Gary Fassel,Keith Gibson, Garey
Grubbs, and Matthew Lozano Jr. of 1st Platoon Charlie Company
are all killed by either enemy small arms fire or fragmentation wounds,
while Privates First Class Gary M. Janssen and Bill Massel are seriously wounded in
the same action (Arnold KIA records). Nearly 40 men are wounded in the 7 hour plus fight. C CO CPT Wandke is wounded and LT Orndorf assumes command. LTC Robert Carter, battalion Commander lands his command helicopter into the fire fight and is killed by small arms fire. He is the highest ranking Red Warrior officer killed in the 5 years the Regiment was in Vietnam. Kenneth Seward, HHC Medic assigned to Charlie company, is also killed in the battle. A total of 8 men are KIA .(See Battle Report for this day) - (See After Action Report for this day) Wounded in Action
PFC Thomas Barter, PFC Fred Bergholz, PFC Carl Bess, SGT Michael Bigh, SP4 Jerry Brower, SP4 Elliot Bruner, PFC Howard Cathrac, PFC Howard Cethrao, PFC James Collard, PFC Thomas Core,y PFC Howard Cothra,n SP4 Robert Demeo, SP4 Epifan Devilacqua, PFC Wilfred Devila, PFC Kenneth Distler,,PFC Fred Eergholz, PFC Kenneth Enland, PFC David Frories, SP4 Donald Galles, SGT Clyde Graves, PFC Michael(Whitey) Harwood, PFC Willie Henry PFC Thomas Hildebrand, PFC Louis Jackson, SGT Gary Janssen, SP4 Robert Johnson, SP4 Gary Kublock,PFC Anthony Lesonzynski, SP4 Robert Lewis, 1SG Wade Livesay, SP4 Geoge Makler, PFC William Masel, PFC Gary Miller, PFC Kenneth Moorman, PFC Joseph Mullen, PFC William Nasel, 1LT Warren Nikkola, PFC Ernest Ottran, SP4 Harm Relson-Ortis, PFC Unk Reuce, PFC Larry Rose, CPT Richard Wandke, SP4 Ronald Wilke.
5 June (Thursday): At ZA 148768. (Map 6537-2) Sergeants Louie Dalie and Lawrence Paulsen, Specialist Fourth
Class Alexander Santiago; and Privates First Class Thomas Horal, David
Howard, Mack Preston, and Thomas Williams are killed by enemy small arms
fire, while Sergeant James C. Ramsey, Specialists Fourth Class Franklin C.
Everett and Walter Runningcrane, and Private First Class Fredrick Henry are
wounded in the same battle. All eleven men are from Delta Company.
Charlie Company, 1st Platoon sustains three wounded: Second
Lieutenant James Hafford, Sergeant Mike Gowan, and Specialist Fourth Class
Ruben G. Cruz (Arnold KIA records). Medics Paul Tilleman, attached to Charlie Company, and Claudie Metcalf attached to Delta Company, are also killed in action. Tilleman was killed by friendly fire artillery after getting lost and separated from his company in the dark. (See Battle Report for this day)
6 June (Friday): Private First Class Fredrick Henry of Delta Company dies of
wounds received on the 5th of June (Arnold KIA records). Delta is Airlifted to LZ Nichole, (Map 6537-1) C Co mops up area of previous days battle.
13 June (Friday) CPT Capt Darrel Skubinna assumes command of C Co. taking over from LT Orndoff . (Op Report)
LATTER HALF OF JUNE AND THE MONTH OF JULY THE RED WARRIORS ARE IN INVOLVED IN OPERATION ROAM PLOW. 4th ENGINEERS DESTROYING ENEMY BUNKERS
10 July(Thursday): Private First William J. Mummert of Alpha Company is wounded.
20 July (Sunday) CPT Gary Weber assumes command of Delta Company taking over from LT Larry Boyd.
29 July(Tuesday): Privates First Class Gary J. Larson and Armando McKenny of
Bravo Company are wounded.
2 August(Saturday): B Co while on a RIF mission vicinity ZA175696 (Map 6537-2) activates an unknown type of booby trap. Private First Class Garry Barbee dies of wounds (Arnold KIA
records). (Op Report)
4 August (Monday): At approximately 1000 the 2nd Platoon of Charlie
Company is conducting a sweep into a blocking position at ZA 133733 (Map 6537-2) when a
pistol accidentally discharges wounding machine gunner Specialist Fourth Class
Roberto Billagas. (Read statement by Platoon Leader) (Op Report) Later that day LT Robert (Rocky) LaRoche assumes leadership of 2nd Platoon Charlie Company.
6 August(Wednesday): RECON Plt at ZA056705 (Map 6537-2) makes contact with platoon size enemy element resulting in 4 enemy KIA. Privates First Class Joseph Hashin Jr. and Paul Nelson of
Echo Company are killed by enemy small arms fire (Arnold KIA records).(Op Report)
8 August(Friday): Private First Class Duane Scowden of Bravo Company dies of a
non-hostile cause (Arnold KIA records).
14 August(Thursday) Approximately 0200 hrs C Co at ZA059700 (Map 6537-2) received B-40 and/or 83mm mortar. Privates First Class Kenneth Goodness, John Hall, and Rickey
Swaney of Charlie Company are killed in an enemy rocket/mortar attack,
while Sergeant Randell S. Turner is wounded (Arnold KIA records). (Op Report)
15 August. (Friday) CPT McColgin replaces CPT Skubina as CO of C Company.
The Area of Operation, An Loa Valley, for the diary entries below is found on Map 6738-2
28 September: C Co has contact at BS714095 (Map 6738-2). Company Head Medic Emmett James, attached to C Company is Killed by a sniper. Medic Terrance Clark of 2nd platoon is also wounded in the incident while both were treating a man with a sprained ankle. An Loa Valley
30 September - A Co took sniper fire NW of their position. No injuries.
03 October - D Co received small arms automatic fire at BS742200 (Map 6738-2). Employed small arms, artillery and gunships. Unknown results. Later at BS748213(Map 6738-2) D Co captured 1 NVA,. (Op Report)
07 October - 2nd platoon A Co at BS773232 (Map 6738-2), point element receives small arms fire. Small arms returned fire with results.(Op Report)
09 October - Recon Platoon at BS717113 (Map 6738-2) engaged 2 VC//NVA with small arms resulting in 1 Enemy killed. (Op Report)
16 October - 2nd squad B Co at BS735110 (Map 6738-2)had contact with squad size element. Fire exchanged, unknown results. (Op Report)
17 October - B Co at BS731100(Map 6738-2) made contact with estimated squad size element. Small arms fire exchanged, unknown results. 1C, 2C at BS753148* employed frag grenades and M-79 on movement, heard moaning and groaning. Estimated 1 VC/NVA KIA. (Op Report) (Personal Diary Sgt Greg Steel and Sgt Jim Daniels) (*Correction from Op Report: C elements were at the vicinity BS738177) Jim Daniels Diary)
18 October - 1st platoon D Co at BS754124 (Map 6738-2) initiated contact with 4 or 5 NVA, resulting in 1 Enemy KIA (Op Report)
19 October - 1st Platoon D Co while sweeping made contact with 1 NV! attempting to flee resulting in 1 NVS KIA. (Op Report)
20 October - 1st Platoon B Co at BS760180 (Map 6738-2) engaged 2 enemy with small arms fire. Unknown results. (Op Report)
24 October - SRP from B CO at BS742096 (Map 6738-2)engaged unknown number of VC/NVA with small arms fire. 1 possible enemy KIA . (Op Report)
25 October - C CI 1/503 Inf at BS574146 (Map 6738-2)while OPCON to 1/12th engaged NVE with small arms fire resulting in i Enemy KIA. Carrying documents, believed to be a courier. (Op Report)
28 October - RECON at BS703087 (Map 6738-2) engaged 3 VC/NVA with small arms fire resulting gin 1 enemy KIA. (Op Report)
29 October - SRP from 1st platoon D Co at BS743169 (Map 6738-2) employed claymores and artillery in unknown size VC/NVA unit resulting in 2 enemy KIA. 3rd platoon D Co employed frag grenades and artillery on suspected enemy movement resulting in 1 NVA KIA. (Op Report)
30 October - RECON at BS709093 engaged 5 VC/NVA with small arms and artillery resulting in 1 NVA KIA. (Op Report)
01 November through 31 January, 1970 - Operation Putnam Wildcat - Also see After Action Report for the period - AAR
01 November (Saturday) 1/12th returned to the operational control of the 2nd Bde, 4th Inf Div. D Co observed 3 enemy crossing a stream. Artillery and small arms employed. I enemy KIA found during sweep and 1 enemy soldier surrendered
2 November(Sunday) B Co SRP observed estimated 20 NVA/VC with Rucksack and weapons. Artillery and 4.2 mortar fire employed. Sweep of the area negative. 3rd Platoon finds 7 graves at BS695166 (Map 6738-2)
3 November (Monday): The Battalion is still conducting search-and-destroy operations
in the upper portion of the An Loa Valley. Working out of Fire Base Tape,
three companies and the Recon Platoon have established individual patrol
bases around the fire support base and are each conducting their own short
range patrols. Intelligence reports from Brigade indicate that the enemy
is trying to relocate some of its major elements in the battalion AO
further to the south. The weather for the next several days will be
affected by the fall monsoon with scattered rain showers and considerable
cloud cover. Winds are predicted to remain variable at 5-to-10 knots.
The moon is in its last quarter. The percent of illumination will
decrease from 34% on the night of the 4th of November to 0% on
the night of the 10th.
Alpha Company (81) is in the fire support
base providing security, as well as maintaining four short-range patrol
positions at BS 750149, 758140, 757128, and 744120 (Map 6738-2) . SP4 James Deming is WIA. (RW Assoc Data Base)
Bravo Company’s (82) patrol base is
located at BS 731100 (Map 6738-2). While 3rd Platoon (61) provides patrol
base security, 1st (59) and 2nd (60) Platoons are
out on patrol. The 1st Platoon discovers a large cave
contaminated with persistent CS agent at BS 721099 (Map 6738-2). They estimate that
the cave hadn't been used in over two weeks and probably held a
platoon-sized element. Inside they find a significant amount of military
equipment, which included: several rounds of 40mm ammunition; a short belt
of M60 machine gun ammunition; two M-16 rifle magazines, one of which was
loaded; a short belt of Chicom machine gun ammunition; and assorted
cooking utensils and food. Nine other smaller caves are found nearby. 2nd Platoon, conducting a reconnaissance in force in the vicinity of LZ
Stinger, finds nothing.
Charlie Company (83) is operating out of
its patrol base at BS 726171 (Map 6738-2). At 0920, its 3rd Platoon makes contact with and engages
three armed NVA in green uniforms at BS 703176 (Map 6738-2) . Using artillery and
gunships, contact is finally broken. A search of the area afterwards
reveals one pistol belt and traces of blood.
Delta Company’s (84) patrol base is
located at BS 779195 (Map 6738-2). From this location four short-range patrols are
sent out to BS 767179, 765200, and 773210 (Map 6738-2). At approximately 1515, the
first patrol hears the sound of someone chopping wood in the vicinity of
BS 769180 (Map 6738-2). A reaction team is sent out from the patrol base to
investigate and finds only a shallow depression and a few wood chips.
The Recon Platoon (74) is located in the
vicinity of BS 754078 (Map 6738-2) where it conducts a reconnaissance-in-force. At
1330 they report finding evidence approximately 48 hours old of four
individuals cutting vegetation for possible camouflage use at BS 77310 (Map 6738-2)5.
They also find an abandoned rucksack approximately two-to-three months old
in the same area (Axelson).
04 November (Tuesday) 2nd Platoon of B Co engages 5 enemy in a ave comples at BA 754058 (Map 6738-2) . Report 1 enemy KIA, 3 CIA WIA,. In the viciinty of BS778101 Recon Platoon engages 3-4 enemy. Artillery and small arms fire employed. (Op Report)
05 November (Wednesday) B Co continues to work on cave complex which was destroyed, find 5 enemy KIA from the previous day. Recon Platoon at BS783058 (Map 6738-2) spot and engage 1 individual with small arms. Enemy employed small arms and grendades.Artillery employed on to the site. Results, 2 possible enemy KIA., two U.S. slightly WIA. by enemy grenades. (Op Report)
13 November(Thursday): Sergeant Luis Hilerio-Padilla of Charlie Company is killed by
enemy small arms fire (Arnold KIA records).
14 November (Tuesday) While conducting a RIF vicinity 757902 the 1st Suad of the Recon Platoon surprised and captured 1 VC/NVA carrying 2 US Grenades.(Op Report)
15 November (Wednesday) 3rd Platoon, C Co engages 2 enemy vicinity of BS765163 (Map 6738-2). Enemy flees. Later 3 enemy seen, small arms engaged, with unknown results. ((Op Report)
16 November (Thursday): Staff Sergeant LeVern Tegtmeier of Alpha Company dies of
suffocation (Arnold KIA records).
17 November(Monday): Vicinity of BS783093 (Map 6738-2) Specialist Fourth Class Michael Pastorino of Alpha Company is
killed by enemy small arms fire (Arnold KIA records). 2 US WIA. A Co initiated contact with an estimated 9-11 enemy, small arms fire and grenades exchanged resulting in in 1 US KIA and 1 US WIA.. While moving from the LZ 2nd Platoon A Co engaged 1 enemy with small arms, resulting in 1 enemy KIA. 2nd Platoon B Co while conducting RIG along a ridge line spotted and engaged with small arms, 1 enemy, results 1 enemy KIA. 2nd Platoon D Co spotted 4 individuals at BS 773182 (Map 6738-2), artillery employed. 1st Platoon D Co swept are, captured 1 enemy wearing US Fatigues and had been wounded by artillery. POW Later died. (Arnold K IA records -(Op Report)
18 November (Tuesday): At BS782099 (Map 6738-2) Private First Class William Mummert of Alpha Company is
wounded Co at BS751085 while checking out a cache of ammunition, (13 B 40 rounds, 25 83mm rounds, 12 60mm rounds, captures 1 VC/NVA who was carrying a machine gun bipod. (Op Report)
19 November(Wednesday): Staff Sergeant Tommy L. Frye of Echo Company is wounded vicinity of BS753070 (Map 6738-2) .(Op Report)
22 November (Sunday) PFC Thomas Prostsik is slightly wounded with shrapnel, C Company, 2nd platoon (Source Protsik)
2 December (Tuesday) RECON Platoon at BS744168 (Map 6738-2) finds remains of 6 individuals approximately 1 month old. Evidence of the 29 Oct contact with D Co in the area (Op Report)
6 December (Saturday): Specialists Fourth Class Kelly Wood and Richard G. Whitaker,
and Private First Class Michael Thompson of Bravo Company are wounded.
10 December(Wednesday) Recon platoon in vicinity of BS 707099 (Map 6738-2) engaged 1 individual with small arms. Individual fled, but believed wounded. 2 Platoon Co while Ivy patrolling in vicinity of BS667213 (Map 6738-2) observes 5 individuals at approximately 500 meters. They were engaged with 4.2 mortars, gunships and small arms resulting in 2 enemy KIA, 1 CIA, and 1 AK-47 CIA.(Op Report)
14 December (Sunday) A Co at BS787106 (Map 6738-2 ) received 2 bursts of automatic weapons fire resulting in 1 US WIA. Small arms and artillery employed, Sweep produced negative results.(Op Report)
18 December(Wednesday) 3 Platoon C Co engaged 1 individual at approximately 150 meters, vicinity of BS677208 (Map 6738-2). Sweep produced 2 NVA rucksacks with bullet holes in them.(Op Report)
22 December(Sunday) 2nd Platoon B Co while on patrol engaged individual with small arms fire at BS770209 (Map 6738-2). Person fled. 2nd Platoon C Company at BS667213 (Map 6738-2) observed 5 individual at approximately 500 meters. Engage with 4.3 mortars, gunships and small arms resulting in 2 enemy KIA, 1 CIA, and 1 A -47 CIA.(Op Report)
23 December(Tuesday) near BS762212 (Map 6738-2) 2nd Platoon B Co initiated contact with an unknown size enemy element resulting in 4 enemy KIA. 2 Platoon C Co at BS674213 (Map 6738-2) spotted 3 individuals with weapons at approximately 800 meters. Employed 4.3 mortar fire. Sweep produced 1 Chicom radio.(Op Report)
24 December (Wednesday): 2nd Platoon B Co while checking area of contact BS764222 (Map 6738-2) found miscellaneous equipment, several bunkers, 2 fresh graves, resulting in 2 more enemy KIA. At BS764219 they received small arms fire and 1 B40 rocket resulting in in 3 US WIA, and Specialist Fourth Class Thomas Hires of Bravo Company s
killed in enemy action (Arnold KIA records - (Op Report)
.26 December(Friday) A Co while checking a small bunker complex in the vicinity of BS756223 (Map 6738-2) engaged and captured a wounded enemy soldier.(Op Report)
27 December(Saturday ): 1st Platoon C Co at BS675215 (Map 6738-2) spotted 6 VC in open near the river. Small arms employed and 7 more come into the open. 4.2 mortars were employed resulting in 2 possible KIA. 3 Platoon D Co at BS701220 (Map 6738-2) while checking fresh signs engaged 4 individuals believed 2 male, 2 female resulting in 1 enemy KIA. Specialist Fourth Class Wilfred Pla of Delta Company, 3rd squad is wounded through the shoulder by sniper fire. (Pla records - (Op Report)
29 December(Monday) 1st Platoon C Co at BS674207 (Map 6738-2) found a fresh grave estimated 1 day old. ((Op Report)
31 December(Wednesday) Squad size ambush from 2 Platoon B Co at BS728148 (Map 6738-2) detected movement at 20-30 meters out. Ambush sprung employing grenades, M-16 and M-79. Negative friendly casualties, Enemy losses unknown.(Op Report)
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