05 Feb 0705 All operations will be delayed due the change in weather Weather checks will be made hourly.
05 Feb 0800 BN remained in Khe Sanh. All CA's delayed one day due to bad weather.
06 Feb BN 4/3 will conduct CA into assigned AO. Begin patrol and ambush maneuvers.
07 Feb 0835 Routine Dust off reguested for Co D for line # 196 Larque, Alfred for injuries to left leg and knee due to jumping from chopper into old fox hole. Later evacuated to Khe Sanh.
07 Feb 1650 A Co Strength-107 C Co Strength-124 D Co Strength-109 Recon Strength-30
07 Feb 1825 Co A 3rd platoon at grid 770529. Element was moving NL when they came under fire from SAF and grenades from the South 15-20 meters from element.There are 2 US WIA at this time. Element pursued estimated 2-4 NVA to the South and had 2 more US WIA from grenades. Dust off called at 1805 hrs. Element is sweeping and firing Arty at this time. Dust off unable to fly due to bad weather. 3 WIA's critical . BN surgeon is moving to area.
07 Feb 2050 Dust off requested at 1805 hrs. for 3 US WIA. Dust off complete at 2050 hrs... 1 US WIA, 1 US KIA dusted off. # 7 WIA Rojas-not dusted off. #122 KIA Schmaltz, D R-small arms wound in head. #136 KIA Troyano, R D-small arms wound in head, legs and stomach...frag wounds in back an legs.
08 Feb. 0915 Charlie Company requested dust off of line # 132 Tucker, Robert J. Man had both legs blown off in his own mech. Man dusted off to 18th Surgical Hospital at Quang Tri. Incident occurred at XD 7555 30. Dust-off completed 0955 hrs.
08 Feb 1705 D Co Extraction of D Co PZ start 1630 hrs completed at 1705 hrs. LZ Khe Sanh.
08 Feb 2400 Bravo Company will conduct mech and platoon size ambushes.
09 Feb 1630 From Bde: Extraction and CA cancelled due to weather. Same schedule for tomorrow, however, keep option of sending 4/3 to CaLu...Passed to all companies.
09 Feb 2320 Bde. S-3: In event weather precludes extraction during early morning be prepared to begin movement to SouthEast on Foot.
10 Feb 0645 S-2 OPNS: Possible unidentified enemy location, at grids 875641 & 927547.
10 Feb 2400 Summary: 4/3 Infantry located at CaLu after extraction from old AO. Prepares for CA into new AO Leopard.
11 Feb 0915 Charlie Company 1st Platoon CA : LZ is hot. Element reports 1 NVA WIA . Location grid at XD910564.
11 Feb 2040 C Co 1st Platoon at XD913562 spotted a NVA 10 feet from the LZ. They opened fire on NVA and he retreated SouthEast into the brush. A patrol went into the brush and found 1 NVA KIA and captured 2 AK-47's, 2 chicoms, helmet belt and uniform.
12 Feb 0900 Charlie Company 1st platoon at grid 919553 spotted 1 NVA ...Engaged with small arms fire with negative results.
12 Feb 1005 A Company 2nd platoon at XD 922533 was engaged with command detonated claymores, chicoms and small arms fire.The rest of A Company moved to assist....Arty and air strikes were employed...Results 2 US KIA and 8 US WIA. Lt Larry A. Walker # 4 WIA Sgt Gary D Turner # 31 WIA PFC William A. Hill # 91 WIA PFC James B. Gaul # 87 WIA PFC Russel Morse # 109 WIA PFC Larry Norlander # 113 WIA PFC Gary C. Park # 114 WIA PVC Harold Witherspoon # 151 WIA PFC David Moran # 108 KIA PFC Steve C. English # KIA
12 Feb 1520 Delta Company was returned back to the control of 4/3 Infantry .
13 Feb 0001 A Company - 94 C Company - 122 D Company - 110
13 Feb 0210 A Company heard enemy movement outside perimeter and called Arty-unknown results.
13 Feb 1350 Charlie Company at XD 915558 received 60 mm mortar fire and in artillery fire resulting in 11 KBA. Total results of Charlie Company fire missions were 36 NVA KBA observed dead or being dragged away.
14 Feb 1520 From 4/3 CP: Receiving 82 mm fire at grid 910563 from grid 928563. Rec'd 11 rounds 1 every minute. Using 81 mm and Arty.
14 Feb 1600 Bn Sitrep: Still receiving fire. Co A at grid 927547 request dust off for line ;
# 96 : Horn, Douglas L. -Shrapnel in back/legs.KIA # 09: Spearman, Levester - Shrapnel in temple.WIA
14 Feb 1910 From 4/3 CP : Received 30 rounds of 82 mm fire: Negative casualties 81 mm and M-14 damaged.
14 Feb 1940 Alpha Company at grid XD 927547 . Rec'd 30 rounds 82 mm fire. There were 2 US WIA, 2 rucks destroyed.
1955 Elements spotted and engaged 1 NVA w/SAF who evaded to the bunker. Bunker was fragged resulting in; 2 NVA KIA and 2 AK-47's misc document and medical kit CIA.
15 Feb 0910 Charlie Co requests dust off for 3 US WIA: priority 1 litter and 2 ambulatory...penetrator needed. Cox, Victor L -WIA
15 Feb 1030 Alpha Company's 3 platoon at grid XD925549 while on patrol was ambushed by a estimated 15-20 NVA with command detonated claymores, chicoms, and SAF. 3 US KIA and 7 US WIA. Enemy casualties unknown. The rest of the company moved to reinforce. Due to the intensity of fire 3 KIA's had to be left on the battlefield: will recover KIA's in the morning.
Marquez Julian C
KIA Burgos-Torres Louis
Berrios L A ??
KIA Sheridan J C
WIA Canady James W
WIA Barnhart Thomas J
WIA Johnson Robert A
WIA David Wayne Comber
15 Feb 1830 Charlie Company 1/2 ambushed 5 NVA's w/packs and weapons at grid 912550. NVA were moving South on the river.Results; 5 NVA KIA...captured 4 AK-47's, large radio and documents. 1845 Charlie Company 1-1 engaged 1 NVA moving NorthWest on river ...resulting in ; 1 NVA KIA. 1910 Charlie Company 1-1 at grid 914552, engaged 7 NVA ..w/results; 3 NVA KIA, 2 US WIA. (times indicate previous day)
15 Feb 1400 From E Company Recon at grid 918556 had a man sitting in a tree who was spotted by a Charlie Company returning patrol and thought he was the NVA..he was hit twice in head with small arms fire. Ken Steinkirohner- KIA.
16 Feb 0715
Delta Co 4-3 Infantry reports Command Post at XD920528 was hit by estimate platoon of NVA resulting in 3 US KIA and 1 US WIA. At 1005 hrs requested Dustoff for Delta Company Priority
PFC Matterson, E P has small arms wound in upper left leg .
James Basil Carter KIA
James Martin Simon KIA
James Hubert Stafford KIA
PFC Matterson WIA
16 Feb 1800 From C Co /DTG at grid 924550 Recon and point element of Co C were ambushed by an estimated 10 NVA with command detonated claymores, chicoms and small arms fire resulting in 12 US WIA, Dust off now in progress.
16 Feb 1745 Bn CP and Alpha Company at grid 927547 received small arms fire from 2 directions. Enemy estimated at a reinforced company. Arty being fired...There are no US casualties.
16 Feb 1810 Alpha Company moved out to assist C Co and were taken under fire by a unknown size enemy force....No US casualties.
17 Feb 0830 From Delta Company: at grid XD522539 element spotted 80 NVA crossing river and moving East to North, They moved into the wood line to the North. There were 2 groups: 1 of 50 NVA and another 30 NVA..all had packs and weapons. They were engaged byArty. 17 Feb 1215 Recon / Co C requested dust off at grid XD924551 for 6 WIA and 1 injured (non-battle).
17 Feb 1905 From Co D at grid XD922539 the element spotted 25 NVA w/packs moving West then North. Engaged with Arty, FO estimates 15-20 NVA KBA. Fired 221 HE and VT into the area.
18 Feb 0230
Casualties from February 16
McCue shrapnel legs & arms.
Palmquist shrapnel arm & face.
Chapman small arms in shoulder.
Roma shrapnel leg & arm.
Rourke shrapnel face & arm.
Tidwell shrapnel leg & arm.
Price shrapnel leg.
Weythman shrapnel legs.
Walters shrapnel arm.
Gibbs shrapnel back & shoulder.
New man with initials CS –last name ends Pirk-sucking chest wound.
Recon man 2 initials MA 7 letters-shrapnel wounds. Tidwell was not dusted off.
18 Feb 0910 Recon / 3-187 at grid 911565 observed approximately 3 NVA on top of FSB Scotch.They appeared to be setting booby traps. Negative Arty because of proximity of Recon. ARA was called on station...Recon reports 3 confirmed enemy KIA.
18 Feb 0955 Recon/3-187 while moving to FSB Scotch spotted 4 additional NVA. 1030 hrs At location received 16 mortar rounds. Smith, Roy-KIA
18 Feb 1235 C Co sent element out to help A Co with 4 US WIA... 2 each A and C Co ...dust off called in.
19 Feb 1030 BN CP at grid received 16 mortar rounds with negative casualties.
19 Feb 1045 Recon platoon E Co at grid XD928546 received 16 mortar rounds with 1 US KIA # 55 Smith, Roy-shrapnel wounds head and abdomen, Co A # 11 Kerregeis, R C -shrapnel head, arms, abdomen and legs. Line #5 Dowling, J H -small arms left leg.
2US WIA. Smith, Roy---------- KIA Kerregeis R C------WIA Dowling, J H------- WIA
February 20, 1971 20 Feb 0815 From D 3-187 : found a 105 mm round minus fuse and will blow in place.
20 Feb 2330 From Recon team 2 at grid XD034429 had movement to the NNE, Estimate 3-4 personnel.
21 Feb 0900 CA Co C and D 3/187 element begins.
21 Feb 1435 From S-1: Drops are up to 2 April; Co E # 51 and # 69 are on Deros status. Names Roesch and Osborne.
22 Feb 1015 Bronze Star w/V Following individuals recommended for Bronze w/V device for action 14 Feb: Ronan, James D. 1LT, Beck, Mike B. SP4 , Henry, Steven R. PFC , Newson, Edgar A. PFC , Sargalis Jim M. PFC , Sheffield, David Pfc .
22 Feb 2345 Alpha Company Awards
Army Commendation Metal w/V #s
#75 Burgess T.M.;#88 Gregory J. ;#94 Holmes J.L.;#68 Bart R.E. ;#72 Brancato J.D.;#73 Bullard R, ;#143 White H.R. ;#144 White L.;#156 Robertson D. ;# 103 Lawson S. K. ;# Nelson J.N. ;#125 Shaw K. ;#138 Veiga A.E.;#63 Wessels R.J.#43 Dowling B. ;# 32 Uyehara L.#26 Pensabene J.B. ;# 10 Canady J. ;## 4 Walker L. ;#3 Sheridan J.C.
Bronze Star w/V
# 7 Rojas A.C.-Volunteered to go after bodies. # 20 Hitchcock M. L. -3 different times rushed to front and led charge to secure battle area. # 22 Lukashewski J. –Volunteered to recover bodies. #28 Smentek C.C. Volunteered to recover bodies. # 31Turner G.D. Wounded but continued to fight, and was always up front. # 36 Bemis R.F.- Volunteered to recover bodies after 1st & 2nd wounded # 67 Barnhart T.J.-Wounded in his 1st contact...up front. # 108 Moran D.A. KIA # 114 Park A.C.-Always up Front. # 117 Plonka J.N.- Volunteered to recover bodies. # 128 Snapp J.W. – Volunteered to recover bodies, up front. # 130 Stimson W.D.-OJT medic up front and wounded. # 135 Thompson T.L. up front to secure wounded. # 134 Thurber S. J. –always up front. # 140 Walz D.J.- Volunteered to recover bodies. # 146 Williams J.L – Volunteered to recover bodies, # 153 Cote D. L. Exposed to mortar while protecting the wounded. # 155 Morgan D.-attended to wounded. # 157 Cunningham R.J. –recovered bodies. # 76 Burgos-Torres B.-KIA. # 82 Cook J.D-charged across battle area. # 90 Haag G.L.-among 1st to protect wounded. #95 Holt J.E. moved to secure wounded. # 96 Horn D.L.-KIA # 74 Burch H.L. –during 2 actions rushed the front.
#154 Gann L.D. aid man on each occasion up front and recovered bodies...used own body to shield wounded for mortar attack. # 5 Dewing J.R. –walking slack and continued to fight after being wounded. # 11 Kegerregis R.C._ walked point after going for bodies, wounded by a claymore.
23 Feb 0800 Khe Sanh 1 westbound convoy entering AO. Leaving AO at 0925 hrs.
23 Feb 1845 Khe Sanh 2 enteredAO going East.
24 Feb 0530 Convoy escort reported receiving SAF at grid 918415. Investigation found SAF was from B 1-1 near same grid.
24 Feb 1130 From Co D at grid XD914425: ref radio detonated claymore. Element found trail on Northside of stream going East. Used in the last 48 hours. Estimate of 10-15 people: also found blood on rock.
25 Feb 1238 From Co D: ref radio detonated claymore...Found blood trail: appears to be from -one badly wounded individual. Trail lost after crossing river to North.
25 Feb 1510 Dust off for Recon: Conley, Ford with suspected malaria.
25 Feb 1610 Request dust off for driver of grader at grid 914403. Grader went off road...Road is still open and bridge is undamaged.
25 Feb 2105
Recon had movement at grid 994438: blew claymore..request illumination flares.
26 Feb 0755 From Recon 1 at grid 994438: Checked area where claymore was blown w/negative results.
26 Feb 1110 From Bravo Company : Cassidy, Paul J. be extracted due to boils.
26 Feb 1115 From 3-5 Cav at grid 892438 spotted possible mine..requested claymore to blow up.
27 Feb 1700 From Bde : C /2-17 Cav between 868445 and 873440 spotted a bunker complex. There were approx 20 bunkers and received SAF. Bde will take action and destroy bunkers.
28 Feb 0625 From Co C : Request urgent dust off for gunshot wound to the stomach : Line # 74 , Crawley, L
28 Feb 0730 Alpha Company requests dust off for man accidentally shot in finger : Ehandlin, John L...friendly fire will investigate.
28 Feb 1235 From B Co 1-2 at grid XD903402: Apprehended 6 individuals. It appears that they came from QL9 and crossed the stream to the above location. One was wearing a tiger pattern fatigue, and one a US camouflage hat, 4/w red and blue swimsuits. Negative weapons...Request they be extracted. It appears they have been in AO for a couple of days.
28 Feb 1345 From Co B 1-2: IPW team told unit to release detainees...said they were members of 147 Marine and we had no authority to detain them. They were released. ARVN