16 Jul Journal Summary
Recon Eagle flight 161400-1700 hrs at 1611530 at 102238, Gunships engaged 3 VC with packs, and negative weapons. They evaded to the West. Recon inserted at initial spotting area. Found 3 rucks & 6 blood trails. Swept further with scout dog finding 5 more rucks. Followed blood trails for approx 500 meters to the NW until they disappeared.Were picked up at 1650. Total CIA 11 rucks with assorted documents...back hauled to IPW at first opportunity. Are was honeycombed with tunnels (6' in diameter) Recon found 25 and thinks there are more.Tunnels contained clothes and cooking utensils.There are also 6 hooches (20' x 10') w/clothing and cooking utensils...These were burned.
16 Jul 1345
From Bde/Schuman to Bevins: Weather Warning Typhoon "Jean" is presently located 360 miles East of Duc Pho moving West-North West at 13 knots and expected to continue moving in same direction. Winds up to 75 knots.All areas N of 30 grid line_Storm Condition.
16 Jul 2032
To Bde/Terry by Kennedy: Dust off requested 1840 Line # 46 of Recon (E Co) Sp/4 Emerson, Edward, M ....# 60 of B Co Harrison, John E. Sp/4 .......malaria-104 degree temper- ature for both men. To 91 Evacuation Hospital Chu Lai.
17 Jul 1630
From Bde/Hey to Blevins: Typhoon Jean and in no longer a threat to our AO. Rain will end tonight, with fog in the mountains tonight and tomorrow morning.Winds S-W 5-15.... Temp 85....Hum 95%.
18 Jul 1200
From Minuteman 28 R/S bird, spotted 2 VC at grid 156978 on right side of blue line. No weapons..had brown uniform on. When bird flew overhead they evaded into nearby wood line.
19 Jul 1125
From Bulldog 39W (NFI) Air Cav in Air Cav Box 34. Took fire from grid 187957. Is going to work over the hillside. Passed to Bde/Pane 200 meters, 2 hooches, destroyed with secondary explosions.
19 Jul 1140
Late Entry: Ref to Alpha Company contact. Alpha Company had KIA, and 3 WIA's.Dusted off were :
McHugh, Michael Sp/4
Fields, Carlton Sp/4
Millard, Robert Sp/4.
Cordes, Mack Sp/4
Maxie, Norman Sp/4 .
Late Entry: To Bde/Pane by Kennedy: Alpha Company 2nd platoon at 194125, early this morning on VR, two poles with what looked like blue shirts were spotted. They were about 100 meters apart. Alpha Company 2nd platoon was inserted near this area in a CA. Shirts were blankets and were very large and directly over bunkers. Element moved in and started checking and sweeping area. They received fire from 200 meters to the NE. Estimate enemy force 15-20 VC/NVA......1 US KIA....4 US WIA...also Sp/4 Cordes, Mack .