Received message DIVARTY CO LNO at Quang Ngai thru Brigade: Son Tinh District had RF-PF positions overrun by a estimated 2 companies or 1 Battalion of VC, who are to be believed to be at the contact location. Quang Ngai HQ has contacted Americal Division Headquarters, to see about getting US forces to establish a blocking positionfrom grid square BS7178 to BS6880.
01 May 68 0948
Bravo Company's 3rd platoon at grid coordinates BS734873, found 3 gas masks, parts to US mines, 1 empty medical pouch, 4 canisters of unknown type: will be extracted back to LZ Dottie.
01 May 68 1638
Bravo Company's 3rd platoon at grid coordinates BS726869, apprehended 1 VC w/pistol belt, canteen, claymore bag full of medical supplies. He was of military age and is being questioned by Bravo Company at BS726869 location.
01 May 68 1810
Alpha Company's mortar platoon requests a dust off for 1 US EM WHA from Alpha Company due to detonating mine of unknown type. A urgent dust off was completed at 1821 hrs. at grid coordinates BS474863.
Sp/4 George E. Peters WHA frag wounds / legs & arms
At 1810 hrs on May 1, 1968 Alpha Company 4-3 Infantry Mortar Platoon in the vicinity of BS474863 detonated a mine of unknown type with 1 US WHA evacuation Dust Off was completed at 1821 hrs. At 1834 hrs Alpha Company Mortar Platoon requested Dust Off for another US WHA as result of mine category priority completed at 1850 hrs. E-4 Peters, George Evac wounded in both legs and arms Peters was a DOA and became KHA. E4 Akutgawa, Mark has frag wounds in back member of the Recon Platoon. Recon was returning to the Battalion TOC after cutting down tree’s and clearing the road just outside the perimeter.
01 May 68 1834
Alpha Company's Mortar platoon requests a dust off for another US WHA, as a result of a mine.A category priority dust off was completed at 1850 hrs.
Sp/4 Mark Akutgawa WHA frag wounds in back
01 May 68 1905
At 1835 hrs. Recon platoon, just completed blowing and clearing trail, which led to the main trail. Element was returning back to the top when incident occurred. Mine was approximately 6' from a bangalore torpedo.
01 May 68 2139
At 2110 hrs. Alpha Company's 3rd platoon, 1st squad, reported that 1 M-26A1 grenade was thrown into their position at grid coordinates BS548889. Grenade was picked up and thrown back. Negative casualties on friendlies, element moved to grid coordinates BS550887.
01 May 68 Summary
Operations continued as normal throughout the MUSCATINE AO with Co A securing LZ Sue. Co B search Ville at BS734864. Co C secure and assist construction of FSB vic. BS538825. ( Editors note: This grid will receive the name LZ BUFF on May 5, 1968) Co D security for LZ Dottie and Uptight. Recon clearing mines and Booby traps OP George. Recon platoon suffered 2 US WHA result Booby trap.
02 May 68 0750
At 0733 hrs. Charlie Company's 2nd platoon, at grid location BS541816, detonated a M16A1 bouncing Betty anti-personnel mine resulting in; 1 US KHA, & 2 US WHA. Dust off was requested at 0733 hrs. and completed at 0755 hrs.
Psg Andres Cruz-Bultron WHA frag wounds /groin priority Sgt William J. Topka WHA frag wounds / thighPfc James S. Hadley KHA frag wounds
02 May 68 1015
At 1005 hrs. Maj Holck, S-3, directed 1st platoon E Troop to move to grid location BS602864 in order to assist the PF outpost, now receiving fire.
02 May 68 2055
Charlie Company's CP reports that it is receiving mortar fire (unknown type) fro grid location BS538824. Element had 15 incoming rounds, and returned fire w/ 81mm mortars. Firing lasted a estimated 5 minutes. Charlie Company's Commander estimated mortar were 60mm & fire originated at grid location BS546811. No casualties were sustained by Charlie Company.
02 May 68 2137
Charlie Company reports now receiving accurate incoming mortar fire. Commander believes rounds are 82mm. Have estimated receiving 20 rounds from the same location.
02 May 68 2215
At 2155 hrs. Charlie Company reported receiving a estimated 12-15 rounds of 81mm, at 2-3 minute intervals; majority of rounds landed within 20-30 meters of the 2nd platoon sector, Arty & organic 81mm were fired. No US casualties & no assessment of enemy loss. Will check contact area at first light.
03 May 68 0050
Battalion Aid Station reports 1 US WHA from Delta Company, received a gunshot wound in his left hand as a result of small arms fire. Report his bunker his bunker received 10-15 rounds of sniper fire. Dust off requested at 0735 hrs. and completed at 0854 hrs.
Sp/4 Bobby M. Scott WHA gunshot in hand
03 May 68 1010
Alpha Company's 3rd platoon, at grid coordinates BS557900, observed 1 VC evading & 3rd platoon engaged. Results; 1 VC KIA. A bag of documents, 1 change of clothes, 1 VC flag, 1 compass, 2 bottles of liquid and 1 M26A1 frag (grenade had a different type of fuse). Will take pictures and destroy grenade in place.
03 May 68 1100
At 0942 hrs. Delta Company at grid coordinates BS720814, detonated a mine resulting in 1 US WHA. Type of mine is unknown. Delta Company requests a dust for 1 US w/ frag wounds in leg & hip. Dust off requested at 0942 hrs & completed at 1000 hrs. Mine and Booby Trap Incident Report sent to Brigade.
Sp/4 Hillard Little WHA frag wounds in leg & hip. Medic from HHC 4/3 Infantry
03 May 68 1201
At 1157 hrs. 1st platoon E Troop located and destroyed 1 60mm round on the road in the vincinty of grid BS630830. Round not booby trapped.
03 May 68 1835
At 1835 hrs. Charlie Company received 10-15 rounds of sniper fire, from grid location BS547812, resulting in 1 US EM WHA, Line # 85 received a flesh wound in the arm from sniper. 81mm mortar fire was called in , with unknown results. Dust off requested at 1815 hrs. and completed at 1830 hrs.
Sp/4 Craig Slocum WHA flesh wound in arm
03 May 68 1800
At 1800 hrs, a water buffalo attacked a soldier from Delta Company. The water buffalo was shot and the VN people demanded money for the loss. Bn S-5 suggests they pay 500-1000 VN$ and pay owner only if he can produce a ID card.
03 May 68 2130
At 1927 hrs. Alpha Company's 3rd platoon in the vicinity of grid BS567905, detonated a mine of unknown type, resulting in; 6 US WHA.
2 Lt Robert C. Ransom Jr WHA shrapnel wounds in abdomen & right arm
Sgt Alan Hake WHA right leg & right arm / fractured leg / condition serious
Sgt Timothy E. Shelton WHAshrapnel in right arm
Sp/4 Granvillo R. Sloan WHA shrapnel wounds in calf
Pfc Michael Estep WHA shrapnel wounds in arms & legs
Received report on Americal Division activity from SFC Gross, CO-S-3 Brigade duty NCO; All quiet except an element from 3/1 Infantry, received 10-15 rounds of small arms sniper fire resulting in 3 US WHA.
04 May 68 0912
Delta Company's 2nd platoon at grid coordinates BS721821, located and destroyed 1 155mm HE round & 1 105mm illumination round.
04 May 68 1100
At 1030 hrs. Delta Company's 2nd platoon, at grid location BS 721821, found & destroyed 1 M26A1 mine with pressure release type firing device, AN8173-A1.
04 May 68 1306
Alpha Company at grid location BS568887, reports a sudden change of attitude of the civilians in An Diem village complex. They have changed from being friendly toward Americans to displaying a hostile attitude. Binh Son District Agents presently checking village.
04 May 68 1935
Request a dust off for 1 US EM w/a broken ankle at grid location BS732822. Called in for a Chu Lai dust off at 1928 hrs. and completed at 148 hrs.
04 May 68 2010
Delta Company at grid location BS731822, received 3 incoming hand grenades and small arms fire. Estimate hand grenades landed 100 meters from CP location.
05 May 68 0206
At 0201 hrs. Delta Company's 1st platoon in the vicinity of grid BS722825, and received 10 incoming rounds that are believed to be 60mm mortars and resulting in 1 US WHA (slight wound -ing neck , no dust off required).
05 May 68 0223
Delta Company reports 2 US WHA. 1-w/shrapnel in right knee. 1- w/ shrapnel in left leg. Both are minor and did not require a dust off. Results are 3 US WHA from mortar attacks.
05 May 68 0645
Dust off was requested for 1 US WHA, frag wounds in chest, stomach and legs. Dust off completed at 0655 hrs.
Pfc Thomas C. Lowthers WHA frag wounds in chest / stomach & legs
05 May 68 0825
Aero Scouts, at grid coordinates BS795848, apprehended 1 male VCS, 17-25 years old. VCS was hiding in the bush and wearing US fatigue trousers.
05 May 68 1640
1st platoon E Troop on north bridge, at grid location BS624865 reported that Highway # 1 of bridge is closed. Also Binh Son District is on 100% alert, Also District report they are under attack by an enemy force of 100 VC at grid coordinates BS 602863. Aero Scouts are making aerial recon of the area. Negative results at this time.
05 May 68 2330
Weapons & Ammo collected from children on May 5, 1968; 18 rounds of 60mm mortar HE, 24 M26 frag grenades, 1 M16A1 AP mine, 4 40mm , 7800 .30 cal rounds, 1600 rounds of 5.56mm, 1 M51A5 fuse, 1 81mm mortar round & 1 tube of C-4.
06 May 68 0206
At 0201 hrs. Delta Company's 1st platoon at grid coordinates BS722825, received 10 incoming rounds and believed to be 60mm mortars resulting in; 1 US WHA (slight wound in neck, no dust off required).
06 May 68 0223
Delta Company reports 2 additional US WHA (1 w/shrapnel in right knee, 1 w/ shrapnel in left leg). Both were minor and did not require dust off. Results of mortar attack; 3 US WHA.
Pfc Anthony Mello WHA received minor burns
06 May 68 0402
Late Entry; 0303 hrs: SFC Gross, Brigade Duty NCO reports that LZ Bronco is under attack.
06 May 68 0431
Final report regarding mortar attack on LZ Bronco; Commenced 0258 hrs. ceased 0353 hrs. Received approximately 60 incoming rounds of 82mm & 60mm mortar, 10 satchel charges resulting in 1 US KHA.
Sp/4 Michael Robert Kale KHA
06 May 68 0600
Summary of Mortar Attack on LZ Bronco; received 64 mortar rounds, 10 satchel charges, 8 dud 82mm mortar rouns & 3 RPG's 7 found. NVA were inside perimeter last night. Individual came in under the wire. Hand grenades were thrown into the tents & bunkers, and satchel charges were thrown. (1-2 lbs of TNT w/string fuse). Homemade grenades were used with junk inside. NVA PW reports; is 18 years old and an NVA pvt,and has been here one month and with the 398th NVA Regiment and had exact maps and sketches of our perimeter.
06 May 68 1010
At 0956 hrs. Delta Company at grid location BS722824 (last night's NDP) 5 cartridges 40mm (M-79 ammo) which appear to be fired by VC in last night's attack; Also found a few strings, possibly from chicom or homemade grenades.
06 May 68 1020
At 1047 hrs, Delta Company's 2nd platoon, grid location BS 724824, found 1 ammo can in a haystack. Destroyed can & observed secondary explosion. Also at this location, another ammo can of documents, some which displayed the seal of Son Tinh District.
Delta Company's 2nd platoon apprehended 1 male VCS, military age w/o ID card, hiding in a tunnel at grid location BS 718888. Extracted to LZ Dottie for interrogation.
07 May 68 0935
Delta Company's 2nd platoon, grid coordinates BS719890, found 3 VC hiding in a tunnel. A grenade was thrown into the tunnel resulting in a secondary explosion and WIA/CIA. VC dusted off.
07 May 68 1401
Delta Company's 2nd platoon, at grid location BS719890, apprehended 1 VC 45-50 years old, w/o ID card. No weapon or web gear, but in possession of documents.
07 May 68 2100
At 1851 hrs. Alpha Company's 2nd platoon, at grid location BS 555898, detonated a mine w/secondary explosion 50 meters away, resulting in; 4 US WHA, 1 US KHA (no casualties from second explosion). Dust off requested at 1851 hrs. and completed at 1900 hrs.
Sp/4 James W. Grant KHA
2Lt Robert C. Anderson WHA frag wound on right thumb
Pfc Cornel D. Booker WHA minor frag wounds in legs
Pfc Michael E. Kastern WHA multiple frag wounds in legs
Sp/4 Manuel Cerda WHA minor frag wounds in legs
07 May 68 2130
At 2100 hrs. Delta Company reported receiving 15 rounds of automatic weapons fire, from the West of the Company location at grid location BS717887. 81mm mortar fired upon suspected enemy position & automatic weapons fire ceased.
08 May 68 0315
Charlie Company requests a dust off for 1 US EM from Charlie Company with a gun shot wound to foot.
Pfc. Darrell Derouin gun shot wound to the foot
08 May 68 0850
In reference to last night's mine incident, Alpha Company reports Pfc Richard A. Gereg & Pfc William Krahling received minor shrapnel wounds.Both were extracted to LZ Dottie for medical treatment.
Pfc Richard A. Gereg WHA minor frag wounds
Pfc William Krahling WHA minor frag wounds
08 May 68 1710
At 1655 hrs, Aero Scouts, in the vicinity of grid BS484874, engaged 1 VC evading, resulting in VC KIA.
08 May 68 1713
Aero Scouts, in the vicinity of grid BS473877, engaged 5 VC evading (1 VC w/weapon which was disposed of while evading). Results; 1 VC KIA & 4 CIA.
08 May 68 1925
Delta Company report at 1917hrs. received 4-5 rounds of incoming mortar fire, at grid location BS720888; also received automatic weapons fire, resulting in 1 US KHA & 1 US WHA. Mortar rounds impacted 50 meters West of the perimeter. Urgent dust off requested at 1920 hrs. & completed at 1940 hrs.
Fred Fullerton KHA wounded by A/W fire
David L. Clark WHA HHC (med sec) wounded by A/W fire
09 May 68 0708
Reference item # 47 from May 8, 68 at 1925 hrs.; Delta Company is searching contact area and of a result, found blood trails and 30 rounds of expended .30caliber M1 ammo.
09 May 68 0730
Delta Company reports finding 1 M-16E1 rifle, serial # 707888. Contacted Chu Lai Dust off Control & they stated the weapon belongs to their unit. Rifle was lost when dust off was being conducted for Delta Company.
09 May 68 1124
1st platoon E Troop, at grid coordinates BS688893, located 2 tunnels complexes. Engaged 1 VC in tunnel resulting in 1 VC KIA. Presently continuing search of tunnels. 1200 1st platoon E Troop, at the grid coordinates of BS688893, apprehended 1 male VCS, military age and with out ID card. Extracted to LZ Dottie for interrogation.
09 May 68 1312
Alpha Company's 2nd platoon, at grid coordinates BS565902, were conducting a search of the area with a 16 year old VN boy as a guide. The boy led them towards a bunker at which time 2VC evaded. Located in bunker was 1 VC, who was CIA. 1 VC w/weapon evaded across The Tra Bong River, one evaded into a cane field. VC were taken under fire with possible 1 VC WIA. Also at this location 6 VCS were apprehended. VCS will be interrogated at present location. VC extracted to LZ Dottie.
09 May 68 1935
Delta Company's 1st platoon, 1st squad had a small stay behind ambush at grid coordinates BS720850. Ambush was sprung on 6 VC w/weapons resulting in 2 VC KIA. In their possession were several grenades and a map (type of grenades unknown).
09 May 68 2110
Bravo Company's 1st platoon, while moving to the ambush site, observed approximately 20-25 VC with weapons at coordinates BS639825. VC were out of s/a range and moving away from ambush element. Arty was requested on grid location BS641824 & grid square BS631825, with unknown results.
Delta Company's 1st platoon, at grid coordinates BS725896, apprehended 2 male VCS that were evading. One between 20-25 years old w/o ID card. Will be interrogated on the spot.
10 May 68 1914
Delta Company received a large volume of small arms fire, approximately 10 rounds of M-79 fire & 3 or 4 mortar rounds, from grid square BS7088. Negative casualties. Fire ceased upon return fire.
10 May 68 1935
Delta Company's 2nd squad, 3rd platoon killed 1 VC with weapon that was approximately 300 meters South of their NDP position. Element was unable to recover weapon at this time.
11 May 68 1005
1st platoon E Troop, at grid coordinates BS689888, located and destroyed 2 punji pits. Punji pits were well camouflaged on the trail, w/dimensions 1' x 1' x 1'.
11 May 68 1045
Delta Company's 2nd platoon, at grid location BS702879, received 2-3 rounds of sniper fire. Result; 1 US WHA, request dust off for Russell from Delta Company w/a wound to the left thigh. Extracted to LZ Dottie for treatment.
Russell WHA wound to the left thigh
11 May 68 1455
1st platoon E Troop, at grid coordinates BS688904, detonated 2 anti-personnel mines (1 was a bouncing Betty) w/negative casualties. M-113 APC was slightly damaged.
11 May 68 1716
At 1609 hrs. 1st platoon E Troop at grid location BS688904, reports 1 of their M-113 APC's ran over 1 male VCS, that was evading. VCS received a broken arm and required a dust off.
11 May 68 1825
At 1700 hrs. Co E found 1 SKS rifle at grid location BS623866. Rifle serial # 361753.
11 May 68 2002
Son Tinh District reports the bridge at grid coordinates BS633811 was attacked by VC and presently is unguarded. Advise extreme caution when using this bridge tomorrow.
11 May 68 2400
At 1927 hrs on May 3, 1968 Alpha Company 4-3 Infantry 3rd Platoon in the vicinity of BS567905 detonated a mine, a type unknown, resulting in 6 US WHA. Personnel were as follows; 2LT Ransom, Robert C. Jr shrapnel wounds in abdomen and right arm (KHADied of Wounds on May 11, 1968 ). SGT Hake, Alan right leg and right arm, fractured leg condition serious, SGT Shelton, Timothy E. shrapnel in right arm, SP/4 Sloan, Gradvillo R. shrapnel wounds in calf, PFC Estep, Michael shrapnel wounds in arms and legs, PFC Czech, Edward M. received shrapnel wounds in right arms.
12 May 68 0815
At 0800 hrs. Aero Scouts engaged with 6 VC evading grid in vincinty of BS554759, resulting in 4 VC KIA. 0820 At 0815 hrs. 4/3 Infantry , C&C ship engaged 2 VC evading grid location BS554759, resulting in 2 VC KIA.
12 May 68 0822
At 0800 hrs. Alpha Company detonated a pressure type device at grid location BS563711, which was rigged to a 4.2 mortar round. No casualties. Round was destroyed by Alpha Company at 0810 hrs. Alpha Company had 1 US slightly wounded in foot when he fell into a punji pit at grid location BS563771. Pit was destroyed.
12 May 68 0915
Alpha Company at grid location BS566770, 1 VC tripped what appeared to be booby trapped M16A1 mine, Results; 1 VC KIA & 4 US WHA. 3 minor not evacuated.
Sgt Stephen A. Campbell WHA frag wounds urgent
Sgt Daniel A. Dye WHA frag wounds minor
Sp/4 Michael Telgenof WHA frag wounds minor
Pfc John L. Shepard WHA frag wounds minor
12 May 68 1205
At 1105 hrs. Charlie Company reports observing Helix 33 (FAC Aircraft) going down at grid location BS580802. C&C ship checked area and at 1114 hrs. spotted downed aircraft at grid location BS580802. Investigation revealed that pilot and co-pilot were killed (observer).
1 Lt Omar David Jones
12 May 68 1210
At 1120 hrs. LTC Adkins (Battalion Commander), at grid coordinates BS 580802, reports C&C ship received s/a fire. C&C took 1 hit resulting in 1 US WHA (SGM Dorough received a gun shot wound in the right foot) Extracted to LZ Dottie and medevaced. Engaged resulting in 1 VC KIA.
SGM Dorough WHA gun shot right foot
12 May 68 1250
Alpha Company's 1st platoon, at grid location BS557768, made contact w/3 VC and resulting in 1 VC KIA. Continuing search for the other 2. Also found one 38 cal pistol. serial # V410295: 1 document, 1 medical bag, 1 web belt, 1 M-26 frag grenade.
12 May 68 1845
Alpha Company at grid location BS563769, received 3-4 incoming 60mm mortar rounds. Resulting in; 1 US WHA for shrapnel wounds-not serious. Not evacuated..Also observed 10 VC evading, took under fire w/negative results.
At 0826 hrs. Alpha Company's 3rd platoon tripped a booby trap at grid location BS566766, resulting in 2 US WHA (urgent). Dust off completed at 0841 hrs.
13 May 68 0940
The Booby trap was made of a grenade placed in an earthen jar. Trip wire was strung across trail.
13 May 68 1150
Alpha Company booby trap casualties list;
Sp/4 Ronnie L. Hudson WHA minor frag wounds groin & leg
Pfc Gary L. Stump WHA frag wounds legs & arms
13 May 68 1841
Alpha Company's 3rd platoon at grid location BS568773, found and destroyed 1 dud 105mm round lying in the trail and was not booby trapped. Also at grid location BS568772, found 1 booby trap that consisted of 2 bamboo slats with cardboard under -neath.
13 May 68 1920
Alpha Company received 3-4 rounds of small arms fire at grid location BS564779, resulting in 1 US WHA (shot in thigh). Dust off requested at 1925 hrs. & completed at 1953 hrs.
Mcphalter WHA shot in thigh
14 May 68 0045
Received Report from Echo Company, that 3 men were burnt by a 4.2" ignition cartridge. Received 1st & 2nd degree burns in the face, on hands, neck & arms. One of the individual will be medevaced first thing in the morning.
14 May 68 0715
At 0700 hrs. C&C helicopter made a aerial recon of North & South bridges. C&C ship reports that the north bridge at grid coordinates BS623865 was destroyed.
14 May 68 0914
1st platoon E Troop, at grid coordinates BS561823, found a tunnel w/ a trap door leading to a tunnel. Captured 1 probable NVA and 2 VC in tunnel. Extracted to LZ Dottie for interrogation.Tunnel was destroyed.
14 May 68 1140
Alpha Company's 2nd platoon.at grid coordinates BS558762, found 20 complete punji stakes all with wooden bases & 20 incomplete punji stakes. Appears to be an area where punji stakes are made. Punji stakes were destroyed.
14 May 68 1650
Reference to last nights satchel charge attack on LZ Dottie, it received 6 satchel charges (3 of which were ignited and the other 3 were duds) Duds were found lying between bunkers 1 & 2.
14 May 68 1945
Alpha Company received 1 mortar round at grid location BS 574774. Negative casualties. returned fire with 81mm mortar & small arms fire. Negative results.
15 May 68 0621
Report from Brigade (Cpt Holbrook), Activities in Division AO: Chu Lai received a unknown # of B-122 incoming rockets, resulting in 2 US KHA & 15 US WHA. 11th Brigade security platoon killed 1 VC while on patrol.
15 May 68 1105
At 1049 hrs. Alpha Company's 2nd platoon received 1 round of sniper fire at grid location BS548791. Presently conducting search of area. 1106 At 1050 hrs. Alpha Company's 2nd platoon, located & destroy -ed one 250 lb bomb, at grid coordinates BS547787.
15 May 68 1320
Charlie Company had 1 US accidentally wounded while cleaning his M-16 rifle. Dust off is requested & completed at 1331 hrs. Investigation will be conducted into circumstances by Cpt Sam Company Commander.
Pfc Donald H. Leftridge gunshot wound
15 May 68 1701
At 1700 hrs. Alpha Company at grid location BS539794, received 4 rounds of 82mm mortar fire from grid coordinates BS534794. Counter-fired 81mm mortar and Arty. Negative friendly casualties.
15 May 68 1744
Alpha Company along with Aero Scouts engaged 1 VC w/weapon in green uniform resulting in one VC KIA by Aero Scouts, one M-1 carbine serial # 4976752, CIA. VC also had a pistol belt, 1 chicom grenade & 2 M-26 grenades. Also Alpha Company found 1 M-2 carbine serial # 5915157. Coordinates of action and VC KIA at grid BS 544788.
Bravo Company's 3rd platoon on ambush spotted 3 VC, at grid coordinates BS714863, thru scope. Fired upon VC, who escaped after dropping 1 pistol belt, 1 M26 grenade, 2 M2 magazines w/ammo & bag of rice.
16 May 68 0840
At 0715 hrs, gunships (Sharks) were supporting a CA at grid BS515860, engaged 4 VC evading, resulting in 2 VC KIA. 0841 At 0720 hrs, Sharks at grid location BS523855 engaged 2 VC evading; Results: 2 VC KIA. 0845 At 0730 hrs. Sharks at grid BS495854, engaged 3 VC evading, resulting in 3 VC KIA.
16 May 68 1342
C&C ship reported engaging 3 VC at grid location BS629846, evading from Troop element. Results; 2 VC KIA.
16 May 68 1935
At 0900 hrs. Alpha Company's 2nd platoon, 1st squad at grid location BS504863, engaged 1 VC, resulting in 1 VC KIA. In his possession was found 1 M26A1 grenade, camouflage scarf, poncho, pistol belt, booby trapped grenade, medical supplies, ammo pouch, hammock & 2 pair of sandals. VC set booby trapped grenade under his body prior to death: when body was searched and grenade ignited and failed to detonate.
16 May 68 2330
E Troop requested 2 illumination rounds; after hearing large explosion-requestion approved by OIC. 2335 Results of illumination; satchel charge 25-30 meters in front of bunker # 1 .
17 May 68 0215
Bravo Company reports Bunkers # 1 & 4 heard movement, small arms fire that hit the M713 track next to them, satchel charge & a possible dud grenade. Requested to use the Quad 50's to fire at the hedgerow up to the hill. Disapproved
17 May 68 0910
1st platoon E Troop, at grid coordinates BS536856, had one track hit a mine and detonate it. Negative damage & negative casualties. 1645 Update 1st platoon E Troop has received 2 US WHA (minor); & M-113 received a possible differential or transmission damage, also 2 damaged road wheels.
17 May 68 1555
At 1000 hrs. Utility Ship reports 4/3 Infantry mail (outgoing) was dropped from aircraft, and landing possibly in grid squares BS6387 & BS6287 & BS6288 & BS6388. Elements from Echo, Bravo & E Troop were sent out to conduct ground search. search was completed at 1313 hrs. w/negative results. Helicopters from the 174th & 123 AVN Company conducted aerial search. Also w/negative results.
17 May 68 1630
Strength of PF & US occupying bridges;
Binh Son Bridge BS597926
25 US from 5/46 Infantry 2APC's from 198th LIB 1platoon (40 men) from RF Company.
Oson Bridge BS609904
1 platoon (32 men) from 489th RF Company
1 PF platoon (22 men)
Son Tinh District Bridge BS634811
35 PF troops
17 May 68 1940
E Troop 1st Cav reported that PF on North Bridge at grid coordinates BS623865, found the lost mail bag, East of Lien Tri (V) at grid coordinates BS623873; reportedly sent to Chu Lai.
18 May 68 0120
Received telephone from 198th Military Police to CPT Brown (S-3) in the 4/3 training area at Chu Lai; 5 US personnel from 4/3 departed 4/3 training area in a 1/4 ton vehicle. These 5 individuals were not authorized to leave the training area, nor were they authorized the use of a vehicle.Sp/4 Jones HHC
Sp/4 Jeffers Bravo Company
Sp/4 Moody Charlie Company
Pfc Holmes Bravo Company
Pfc Smith Charlie Company
The 5 individuals drove into a village which is located some- where between Chu Lai and Hill 69, which is the 1/46 Infantry firebase. They parked the jeep outside of a laundry and went inside. While inside, some Vietnamese villagers got into the jeep drove it down the street, whereupon it struck a Vietnamese boy and then overturned.The boy had both legs severed in the accident. Individuals were taken into custody by the Military Police. Sp/4 Jones &Sp/4 Jeffers are still missing.
18 May 68 0850
At 0820 hrs. Alpha Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS 508854, engaged 2 VC that were evading, resulting in 1 VC WIA/CIA. Presently conducting search for other VC.
18 May 68 0945
At 0920 hrs.alpha Company's 2nd platoon at coordinates BS 521862, received 1 round of sniper fire & observed 5-6 VC evading. warning shots were fired and VC continued to evade, resulting in 1 VC KIA. Search of the area is continuing.
18 May 68 1252
Bravo Company's 2nd platoon found and destroyed 2 M14 AP mines at grid coordinates BS648902: also, at this location 1st platoon E Troop found and destroyed 2 M16A1 mines.
18 May 68 1545
Swift Boats reported that during the period 1200-1500 hrs. they confiscated gallon cans of gasoline and approximately 1 case of bottled beer from a sampan destined for area grid square BS7784. Persons on sampan were evacuated to VN Navy for interrogation.
Bravo Company 39th Engineers /E Troop 1st Cav / & Bravo 4/3 at Bunker #12; all report small arms fire is coming from North Bridge.
19 May 68 0257
Received report Binh Son District; PF's on North Bridge from LZ Dottie were firing on VCS that was spotted moving between LZ Dottie and the PF location. Binh Son notified PF's to stop firing because they were firing into LZ Dottie.
19 May 68 1240
At 1150 hrs. 1st platoon E Troop at grid location BS684885, found a tunnel estmated to be 200 feet long & 3 feet high &3 feet wide. There were three entrances, camouflaged w/bamboo. Tunnel was not blown up, due to lack of demolitions carried. Also spider holes were found in the immediate area.
19 May 68 1630
At 1600 hrs. AERO Scouts at grid location BS570770, observed 5 bicycles & 1 VC. VC was engaged while evading, results; 1 VC KIA.
20 May 68 0605
Received a report from Brigade (SFC Gross) on activeties in the Americal Division: Bravo 1/6 Infantry found a fresh grave containing 17 NVA bodies. Alpha Company 1/52 Infantry had a small fire fight with NVA. Alpha 1/52 killed 9 NVA and captured one 9mm MG & individual weapons.
20 May 68 1045
At 1005 hrs. Alpha Company at grid coordinates BS776862, reports their 3rd platoon received 9 US KHA & 11US WHA. 10 US WHA of which were medevaced to the 27 Surgical Hospital & 10 US WHA medevaced the 2nd Surgical Hospital. Personnel were medevaced by Aero Scouts. Completed at 1030 hrs. Second mine detonated at 1200 hrs. at the same grid location. KHA
SSG Richard Allan Western KHA
SGT Joseph Richard Dargneault KHA
SGT Richard Henry Junk KHA
Sp/4 Robert Joseph Hartley KHA attached medic from HHC
SP/4 John Davis Larry Jr. KHA
Sp/4 Willie James R. McClain Jr. KHA
Sp/4 Michael John Swieczkowski KHA
Pfc Dennis William Lane KHA
Newton Morgan Gray KHA 2nd mine 1200 hrs.
Pfc Spurgeon WHA
Pfc Kelly WHA
Pfc Furnell WHA
Pfc Terry WHA
Pfc Fletcher WHA
Pfc Nettles WHA
Sp/4 Craig WHA
Sp/4 Forcey WHA
Pfc Sawyer WHA
Sp/4 Honsinger WHA 2nd mine 1200 hrs.
Sp/4 Green WHA 2nd mine 1200 hrs.
At 0800 hrs on May 20, 1968 Alpha Company 4-3 Infantry on a Sweep and Clear Operation at grid BS786862. Wounded 1 VC in foot, and at 0810 hrs. had CIA 1 VC Male at grid BS 776862. At 0810 hrs Alpha Company 3rd Platoon detonated a booby trap and at 1005 hrs they have received 5 US KHA and 18 US WHA with 10 US WHA evac to the 27 Surgical and 8 US WHA med evacuation to 2nd Surgical Hospital. Personnel were med evacuated by Aero Scouts and completed at 1030 hrs. At 1200 hrs A Company at BS775862 reports they have detonated a booby trap with results of 1 US KHA and 2 WHA. after marching for 2 hours and completing sweep along beach, 3rd platoon took a break. Bunched up and sitting in a shady spot. One individual set off charge by placing equipment or by sitting on the charge....Device unknown at this time. Personnel involved at 0810hrs. KHA's
Personnel involved at 1200 hrs KHA GREY, WHA SP4 Honsinger (condition unknown) and SP4 Green (Shrapnel wound in knee).
20 May 68 1702
Aero Scouts were engaged with 1 VC that was evading grid coordinates BS602842, resulting in 1 VC KIA. In his possession were 3 M26 frag grenades, web gear, poncho liner, scissors & documents. Equipment & documents bach hauled to LZ Dottie.
20 May 68 2325
Received from Recon platoon on OP George: At 2315 hrs. received 6-8 hand grenades inside perimeter w/negative casualties. Fire was returned w/hand grenades & M-79 GL.
20 May 68 2346
Report to Brigade; Total rounds received on OP George; 8 and impacting inside perimeter on. North, Northeast & South. Observed movement in one area, which was then saturated with fire.
21 May 68 0852
Alpha Company's 1st platoon at grid coordinates BS785862, found one M-72 LAW laying along side of trail. LAW was open on both ends; expended but apparently did not go off. Also apprenhended a 45 year old man w/o ID. He refused to go near the LAW. Being questioned at this location . 0907 M-72 LAW was destroyed, had secondary explosion when LAW was blown.
21 May 68 0930
Recon platoon located on OP George received 15-20 rounds of automatic weapons fire, from grid coordinates BS467857. Arty plane in area but he reports that he could not spot anything. Returned fire w/m-60 MG. Requested clearance for that grid. Clearance granted at 0945 hrs.
21 May 68 1540
Aero Scouts w/ ground troops completed search of grid square of BS7281. At 1300 hrs. Aero Scouts in vicinity of grid BS733822, found 1 AK-47 w/serial # 0229; also found and destroyed 2 175mm Arty rounds; found and destroyed bunkers and caves and a large tunnel complex. 1 VC was engaged in tunnel complex w/negative results.
21 May 68 1740
Aid Station, LZ Dottie requests dust off for 1 US individual w/infected feet; litter patient; Routine; Request 1735 hrs. & completed at 1745 hrs.
Americal AO Report; LZ Thunder 4/21 Infantry received 25-30 mortar rounds. 5 engineers WHA (4 were medevaced). Also the village at the base of LZ Thunder and PF post, received heavy casualties. 3PF WHA, 2 Irregulars WHA, 1 PF KHA & 6 VC KIA.
22 May 68 1016
Lt Bryant (Svc platoon leader ) reports that a Utility helicopter went down 500 meters from 4/3 Infantry pad. at Chu Lai. Negative injuries, no major damage to helicopter. Request a replacement from Brigade.
22 May 68 1207
Aero Scouts in the vicinity of grid BS743830, engaged 1 VC evading: warning shots fired & subject continued to evade: Results; 1 VC KIA.
22 May 68 1541
Helix 37 in the vicinity of grid BS502884, observed a large object on the road 8' long &1' wide.
22 May 68 1615
Aero Scouts report the appears to be part of a ramp from M-113 APC. Object is not from E Troop, who has worked previously in this area
23 May 68 0235
Received report from Binh Son District Headquarters; received 6 to 8 rounds of 81mm or 82mm mortar rounds and landed just outside the perimeter. Also Son Tinh District Headquarters received approximately 5 to 6 rounds of 60mm mortar. Negative casualties at this time.
23 May 68 0401
Received report from Brigade; Chu Lai received a unknown # of incoming rockets 1 hit PX, 1 Mess Hall hit, & Arty Hill hit. 8 US WHA and evacuated. Unknown # of rockets hit airstrip.
23 May 68 1040
Alpha Company's 2nd platoon at grid vicinity of BS714824, located a tunnel 250 meters long, 4' wide & 6' high. Presently searching tunnel, results to follow. 1340 Alpha Company reports finding 12 one pound blocks of TNT, 7' of time fuse, 3 blasting caps in tunnel.
23 May 68 1431
At 1410 hrs. Aero Scouts, at grid location BS684804, engaged 1 VC male evading. Results; 1 VC KIA. 1432 Aero Scouts at grid location BS683810, engaged 2 VC evading and resulting in 1 VC KIA & 1 VC WIA /CIA. CIA extracted to LZ Dottie for interrogation.
23 May 68 2320
Alpha Company requests a dust off for 2 US WHA from Alpha Company with frag wounds from 2 incoming rounds of M79 fire, from grid location BS711818, approximately 200 meters from perimeter. Dust off completed at 2350 hrs.
Sp/4 Roger T. Schmidt WHA frag wound
Sp/4 Paul D. Shumake WHA frag wound
24 May 68 0953
At 0914 hrs. Battalion Aid Station requested a dust off for 2 US from Delta Company w/ high fever. Dust off completed at 0943 hrs.
24 May 68 1058
Alpha Company requests a dust off for 3 US WHA by booby trap at grid location BS718819. Line #s 66,74, 79 & 133 received minor wounds. Dust off completed at 1122 hrs.
Reed WHA frag wounds in body routine Holbrook WHA psyops severe foot injury urgent Perry WHA frag wounds HHC minor
24 May 68 1225
At 1220 hrs. Alpha Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS 720816, received automatic weapons fire & small arms fire, w/negative casualties; also found and destroyed 1 M26 hand grenade, booby trapped ped at grid location BS717818 & one bouncing Betty mine.
24 May 68 1651
At 1645 hrs. Alpha Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS 715819, while searching area, they found 3 rounds 7.62mm & 3 expended 7.62mm ctg; also at grid BS721818 they found 1 VC KIA w/o ID card or weapon.
Swift Boats reported 2 junks infiltrate upriver last night at grid square BS7683. Boats can not be found at this time. Swift Boats have suggested through their channels to restrict movement of all boats in the area. Results to follow.
25 May 68 1110
E Troop at grid coordinates BS589847 received 1 round M72 LAW, which impacted 20 meters short. Also M113 APC tripped a booby trap, possibly a 155mm Arty, results in damage to the right rear side of APC; 1 US received slight concussion.
25 May 68 1115
At 0805 hrs. Aero Scouts conducting aerial recon, altitude at 500 feet, in grid square BS6181, received 1 round in tail boom, ricocheting into rotary section. Return to LZ Dottie for repairs.
25 May 68 1915
At 1908 hrs. Swift Boats closed in on a beach at grid coordinates BS785862; 6 or 7 VN then ran into the hills and were heading South, one possibly carrying a weapon; request permission to fire 81mm mortar....approved.
25 May 68 2002
Alpha Company reported that at grid coordinates BS713822, a local VN child was killed by a Arty smoke cannister, that was carried out of target area. S-5 will investigate in the morning and submit a report.
25 May 68 2131
Bravo Company's2nd platoon on ambush at grid coordinates BS618878, received 6 rounds of small arms fire, from the West at a unknown range; no fire was returned.
26 May 68 0135
Received report from SFC Gross, Brigade SDNCO; Chu Lai is presently under attack.
26 May 68 0201
Received report from SFC Gross that Chu Lai has received 7 rounds of unknown type rocket; damage assessment unknown.
26 May 68 0605
Received report from CPT Holbrook, Brigade SDO, activities in Division AO; Chu Lai received a total of 9 incoming rockets of unknown type; one building destroyed & 3 buildings damaged. Results 1 US WHA & evacuated. 1 WHA (M).
26 May 68 0820
Alpha Company's 2nd platoon reported that they received automatic weapons fire at grid coordinates BS728824, resulting in 1 US WHA, that was injured in head above left eye. Dust off is requested for individual. Dust off completed at 0835 hrs.
John L. Shepard WHA head wound over left eye
26 May 68 1440
Dust off requested for Recon platoon at OP George; for 1 US w/shrapnel wound in back. Circumstances; a PF was burning brush around OP George; the fire became uncontrollable& spread up the North side of OP George. There were 15-20 secondary explosions. Lt Kendrix, platoon leader, moved his men to the opposite side of the hill, into bunkers, to protect them from the explosions. Personnel had to return to the area of fire, because fire had encompassed several of their bunkers. While fighting the fires in a bunker, one man was injured. It is not clear whether man received a shrapnel wound in the back or cut his back while jumping away from the explosion. Fire is now under control. 2 bunkers were destroyed.
26 May 68 2230
Bravo Company 81 mortar ambush element, received 2 grenades from the Southwest of their position; returned small arms fire w/ negative casualties. Reset ambush position 50-100 meters North.
26 May 68 2325
D Battery 6/11 Arty on LZ Uptight requested a dust off for 1 US w/ possible snakebite. Dustoff ccompleted 2343 hrs.
27 May 68 0620
Received report from CPT Holbrook, Brigade SDO, on activities in Americal Division AO;3/1 Infantry received 1 incoming grenade,type is unknown and resulting in 1 US WHA (M) C 4/21 Infantry 1 VC KIA.
27 May 68 0758
At 0720 hrs. Aero Scout platoon apprehended 1 VCS evading grid coordinates BS514796; extracted to LZ Dottie for interrogation.
27 May 68 0831
At 0825 hrs. Aero Scout platoon in the vincinty of grid location BS512830, observed & engaged 1 VC that was evading the element; Results 1 VC KIA.
27 May 68 1020
Alpha Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS728844, found a small frag bomb rigged as a booby trap & have no blasting caps on hand. Reply from MAJ Calhoun, Battalion S-3; platoon is to remain in present location until Engineers squad arrive to destroy the booby trap.
27 May 68 1105
At 1058 hrs. Delta Company's 2nd platoon at grid location BS 502826, found and destroyed 1 155mm Arty round (DUD).
27 May 68 2051
Recon platoon reported there were lights moving East on Hill 167 at grid location BS470850. Placed automatic weapons fire upon lights w/negative results. No lights at this time. Requested permission to use 81mm mortar...approved
27 May 68 2335
Received report from CPT Holbrook; At 2230 hrs. LZ Bronco received 5 satchel charges, believed to have come from Duc Pho. Charges landed just short of Bronco's main gate. Also believe VC are heading for Carentan Road.
At 1000 hrs. Charlie Company reported that 1st platoon at grid location BS568878, received 2 US injured from CH-47B. Both individuals will be evacuated to Chu Lai for x-ray for possible fractures of the ribs &leg. Another US injured at 2200 hrs. 27 May 68 by falling in a hole (abrasion of forearms). Will return to duty.
28 May 68 1205
Late Entry: At 1125 hrs. Division FAC Recon aircraft observed 1 jeep & 1 21/2 Ton truck and a destroyed tank, all destroyed; at grid square BS6890 and within a 2000 meter radius.
28 May 68 1233
At 1224 hrs. Charlie Company reports 1 US w/chill at LZ Buff BS538826; Cpt Sam Charlie Company's Commander will send EM to the Battalion Surgeon at LZ Dottie for analysis and treatment if necessary.
28 May 68 1550
Aero Scouts reported they engaged 2 VC that were evading at grid coordinates BS774835; Results 1 VC KIA & 1 VC apprehended at same grid. Apprehended VC will be extracted to LZ Dottie for interrogation.
29 May 68 0145
Received report from CPT Holbrook Brigade SDO; LZ Bronco is on red alert after receiving, heavy incoming mortar rounds.
29 May 68 0250
Received report from SFC Gross, Brigade SDNCO; LZ Bronco is on yellow alert; have received a estimate of 13 US WHA & 1 US KHA. Number or mortar rounds unknown at this time. 11th Signal Battalion received 1 KHA & 6 WHA; the other 7 units are unknown. 6 tents were destroyed (3 from the 11th Signal Bn) The 174th Avn reported that 3 aircraft were hit, one of which was Brigade Commanders C&C ship;the other 2 were Medevac ships.
29 May 68 0635
Received report from SFC Gross/Brigade;final assessment of damages and casualties; 2 US KHA & 25 US WHA(7evacuated) 5 helicopters were damaged as follows; 2 medevac ships are completely destroyed, 2 Primo UH-1D w/ minor damages, Brigade Commanders ship minor damage.
Sp/5 Carl Thomas McCoy Jr. KHA 174th Avn
Sp/4 Robert Randel Huff KHA 11th Signal
29 May 68 0630
LZ Bronco Update;
LZ Bronco May 29 1968 received 100+ 82mm mortar rounds; total casualties; 2 US KHA & 41 US WHA (7 evacuated ). KHA were from the 11th Signal and 174th Avn. Damage to material; 1 02 aircraft w/minor damage, 1 w/major damage; 1 UH-1D aircraft w/minor damage, 1 w/major damage (Primo). 1 UH-1D w/minor damage (174th Avn) A&D Dental took direct hits. Primo supply tent leveled. 6 FLA's damaged. 126th Engineers sustained damage to several pieces of equipment. IT is believed that the 406 Sapper Battalion south of Duc Pho took part in the attack.
29 May 68 1034
Delta Company requests a dust off for 1 US EM from Delta Company with shrapnel wounds in legs. Individual was in tunnel setting a charge to blow entrance; on the way out the tunnel the individual slippedand fell back into tunnel and charge exploded causing shrapnel wounds to legs.
Pfc William Freeman shrapnel wounds to legs
29 May 68 1240
Battalion Surgeon requested medevac for 1 US from Bravo Company with pneumonia. Dust off completed at 1305 hrs.
Lt Carter possible pneumonia
29 May 68 1305
Swift Boats in the grid vicinity of BS755870, observed 2 fishing boats anchored in a restricted area. Instructed to keep under surveillance and make sure boats are abandoned;if so, destroy them.
30 May 68 0005
Received report from SFC Gross, Brigade NCOIC; moving target at grid coordinates BS772831; Arty fired 3 rounds of 155mm and the Swift Boats fired 5 rounds at the target.
30 May 68 1552
Major General Koster, Americal Division Commander, arrived at LZ Dottie for change of command ceremonies; met by LTC Adkins, the out-going Battalion Commander.
30 May 68 1607
LTC Frank A. Barker Jr. assumes command of the 4/3 Infantry (The Old Guard). Para 12B, AR 600-20, Unit order # 16
30 May 68 1619
Utility helicopter from the 174 Aviation Battalion at grid coordinates BS496800, and helicopter received 20 rounds of automatic fire while re-supplying Delta Company. The direction of the fire is unknown, and no return fire. There were no casualties and no damage to the aircraft.
30 May 68 1830
Alpha Company on LZ Dottie found a dud grenade, type is unknown due to corrosion. The grenade was found forward of Bunker # 10. Will destroy tomorrow.
31 May 68 0145
Gun & Flare ships off station; results of mission; Sank 35-40 sampans; engaged 2 VC along shore, estimate 1 enemy KIA; request to engage fishing boats in ocean that are East of mouth of river. Request was denied; informed Swift Boats, that they are required to investigate fishing boats and report results to this TOC.
31 May 68 1347
Charlie Company's 2nd platoon at grid coordinates BS556823, found a estimated 700-800 lbs of rice that was hidden behind a false wall; also found a tax collector's book. Rice will be destroyed to the non-availability of aircraft for extraction. Book to be delivered to LZ Dottie for evaluation.
31 May 68 1549
C&C helicopter w/LTC Barker aboard, observed & engaged 4 VC hiding in the hedgerow and resulting in 1 VC KIA. Aero Scouts dispatched to pursue 3 remaining VC while Charlie Company's 2nd platoon maneuvers towards VC.
31 May 68 1901
PFon OP George reported to Charlie Company's 3rd platoon, that there is a VC company at grid location BS460873. Requested Arty. Approved and Arty firing on target.
31 May 68 2122
Binh Son District reports that a truck & a jeep are heading South on Highway 1. Did not stop at Binh Son. LTC Barker, Battalion Commander, directed MP Detachment at LZ Dottie to stop these vehicles and find out their destination.