Bravo Company OPCON 1/52 Inf. 198th LIB at 1200H today.
01 May 69 1200
Warlords at grid location BS640454, spotted an enemy base camp with fighting positions, trenches and bunkers. Will put TAC air on the location. Aero scouts put a gun run on the location already.
FAC (HELIX 32) conducted an AS into grid location BS640454 and destroyed 7 bunkers, and started 2 secondary fires.
01 May 69 1800
Bn Strength Report;
Alpha Company 73
Bravo Company 108
Charlie Company 97
Delta Company 69
Echo Company 62
02 May 69 1045
Received report from Delta Company at grid location BS640454; the last 1st & 3rd platoons moved into a enemy base camp and the base camp was under construction but an AS had destroyed almost everything there. The only articles found were some pots and pans.
02 May 69 1215
Delta Company at grid location BS640454, found another NVA base camp. It was an ammo and re-supply route. The camp was abandoned when Delta Company CA' d into the area. In it was 16 bunkers (8' x 8'x 4'deep). 1CP bunker, 10 blue uniforms, 50 pounds of polished rice, 1 lb salt, 5 saws (cross-cut) 1 NVA entrenching tool, 1 NVA canteen, 1st aid packs, remains of a US map, some documents, 1 ID card for a female, and 1 NVA pack.
02 May 69 2000
Alpha Company's 2nd platoon sprang their ambush) on 3 VC (one had a red flashlight) but results are unknown. 81 mm mortars where also called into the ambush area. After the element returned to their NDP.
03 MAY 69 0740
Alpha Company checked out the area where their ambush was triggered last night at grid location BS670413. Three sets of foot prints were discovered. The VC appeared to be setting up a ambush in the same area sa Alpha Company prior to being discovered & fired upon. Negative blood trails were discovered.
03 May 69 2125
Alpha Company KIA 1 VC with an AK-47 rifle, and pack, 40 lbs. of rice, 1 pistol belt, canteen & officers belt. The NVA was moving East to West near Alpha's Company perimeter when he was spotted and was engaged with a M-60 MG.
Alpha Company at grid location BS636435, found 100 pounds of. rice and polishing wheels in a bomb shelter. The rice and wheels were destroyed.
04 May 69 1520
Delta Company requests dust off for 1 US EM with cut in his right thumb...from a machete. Picked by a utility ship and brought to LZ San Juan Hill for treatment.
Line # 2 1st Lt William T. Degen
04 May 69 1955
Urgent dust off for 1 US EM from Delta Company with a snake bite.
Line # 65 Sp/4 Peter Brown HHC Med
04 May 69 1955H
Alpha Company at grid location BS611409, found 1 VC KIA by small arms fire and in his early 20's, wearing black pj's. 1 US pistol belt and canteen cover. Also found 1 US M-1 carbine Serial # 5036893 and 1 pair of binoculars made in Canada.
05May 69 1200
Late Entry; At 1130 hrs. at grid location BS634447. Delta Company requests a dust off for 1 US EM with FUO of 104 degrees. Dust off called at 1130 hrs. and completed at 1200 hrs.
Line # 64 Sp/4 Thomas E. Stedman
05 May 69 1340
Delta Company at grid location BS638448 has 1 US EM with heat exhaustion;
Line # 81 Pfc Donald Davis
05 May 69 1510
Delta Company at grid location BS650414 has 1 US EM with heat exhaustion; Dusted off by C&C ship at 1510 hrs.
Line # 93 Pfc Johnnie L. Jones
05 May 69 1640
Urgent dust off called for Delta Company for 1 US EM with FUO of 104.4 degrees. Dust off completed at 1655 hrs.
Line #91 Pfc Byron Howe
06 May 69 0712
Alpha Company while still in NDP, received 10 incoming 82mm mortar rounds with negative casualties.
At 061500H May 69 1 US from Bravo's Company. while walking on a trail stumbled causing his M-16 rifle to discharge and a round ricocheted off a rock and struck him in the left leg behind the knee.
Cpt Kenneth L. Veeder
07 May 69 0905
Alpha Company's 2nd platoon at grid location BS609392, engaged 5 VC evading with small arms fire resulting in ; 2 VC KIA and wearing black pj's with packs. Negative weapons/ID/or documents found.
08 May 69 1025
Alpha Company at grid location BS610409, found 1 60mm mortar round, 1 60mm mortar shell, 2 chicoms grenades, a small amount of medical supplies ( bandages, tape, malaria pills and antiseptics ).
08 May 69 1208
Alpha Company at grid location BS609407, found 2 50' lengths of electrical wires, 75 picks, 15 sand bags of rice (destroyed) 50 punji stakes, 1 US type blanket and 1 NVA pack.
08 May 69 1710H
Sgt Winkler from Battalion notified the 4/3 Infantry TOC that Bravo Company 4/3 will return to 4/3 Infantry control. To arrive at the Southeast pad at LZ Bronco at approx 1200 hrs May 9, 1969.
09 May 69 0425
Recon platoon at grid location BS 656407, set off 2 flares and blew 2 claymores. May have taken incoming round from Navy Guns. Will report more in morning.
09 May 69 1245
Alpha Company's 3rd platoon at grid location 601423, observed 1 NVA evading & engaged him with small arms fire with results; 1 NVA KIA and was wearing green fatigues with pack , but negative weapons. The pack contained; medical supplies, clothes, plastic and a block of unknown explosives. In his wallet there were found some documents. All material will be forwarded to San Juan Hill.
09 May 69 1530
Alpha Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS613423, found a small NVA base camp & 2 graves containing 2 bodies in NVA uniforms & belts (approx3-4 weeks old). Cause of death is unknown. Also found 1 hooch and several holes.
Late Entry: At 0845 hrs Alpha Company's 2nd platoon at grid location BS617427 had 2 EM's KHA & 2 EM's WHA Request Dust off for Alpha Company result of indirect fire, (possibly Navy), 2 US KHA, 2 US WHA. Resulted from indirect fire ( short artillery round or Navy Guns-See sitrep May 9, 0425) weapon type unknown. Dust off called 0853hrs. & completed 0913 hrs.
Line # 130 Pfc. Charles Smith-KHA Line # 132 Pfc. Ervin Williamson-KHA
WHA Line # 83 Sp4. Joseph Vann-WHA Line # Pfc. Earnest Robenson-WHA
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At 1005 hrs on May 10, 1969 (Late Entry) Alpha Company 4-3 Infantry 2nd Platoon at BS617427 had 2 US KHA and 2 US WHA caused by indirect fire type (short artillery round or Navy Guns) unknown type of explosion. Personnel involved KHA Smith, Charles PFC and Williamson, Ervin PFC and WHA Vann, Joseph SP4, Robenson, Earnest PFC Dust Off was requested and completed at 0913 hrs.
Alpha Company has 1 US EM with FUO of 103 degrees; Dusted off, by C&C at 1645 hrs.
Line # 69 Sp/4 Robert Palissero
11 May 69 0905
Alpha Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS619421, found a food cache of canned goods buried in the ground ; In the 604 bags of 2.2 lbs. of salt, 670 cans of 5 oz mackerel, 126 cans of 15 oz mackerel. 568 cans of 1 lb 13 oz ham (US type), 29 cans of 15oz Pork (US type) and 61 cans 12oz lunch meat (US type).
11 May 69 1315H
Bravo Company had 1 US EM received a bullet wound from a round that exploded when a fire started at Bravo Company's NDP. All elements were forced to leave the NDPsite and had to leave equipment and ammo. The man was dusted off by C&C ship at 1320 hrs. Equipment left behind; 1 PRC 25 radio, 6 starlight scopes, and 1 weapon. All equipment has been located.
Line # 58 Sp4. Danny Flannery
11 May 69 1550
Bde C&C dusted off 1 US EM from Bravo Company with heat exhaustion. the dust off was completed at 1603 hrs.
Line # 11 Thomas B. Minnich
11 May 69 1750
Late Entry; At 1700 hrs. C&C ship dusted off for 1 US EM from Alpha Company with a frag wound in the hand. Dust off completed at 1805 hrs.
Line # 128 Pfc Thomas Sawatzk. 12 May 69 0445H
Recon platoon at grid location BS635447, received approx 12 60mm mortar rounds and also received AK-47 fire killing 1 US EM and wounding 3 US EM's. Still in contact. Dust off complete at 0445 hrs.
Recon platoon reports they received a grenade inside their perimeter and also believe there is a VC inside the perimeter. Results; 2 US are KHA & 2 US are MIA.
Recon platoon reports they found the 2 US MIA's and they are dead. The dust off was completed at 0540 hrs.
Results of the attack on Recon's perimeter ; US persons KHA
Line # 48 Sp/4 Bruce E. Petercy KHA
Line # 57 Sp/4 Charles Thomas KHA
Line # 61 Sp/4 Samuel L. Wable KHA
Line # 90 Pfc Michael J. Sturgill KHA
Line # Sp/5 Joseph Anthony Nurzynski KHA
Line # 23 Sp/4 Garcia F. Albelo WHA frag-face-hand-legs Line # 37 Sp/4 Sam Hill Jr. WHA frag-legs Line # 68 Pfc Mark O. Brummer WHA broken arm
12 May 69 1115
Bravo Company's 3rd platoon at grid location BS630425, engaged 6 NVA evading to the West and KIA 1 one of them and with CIA 1 SKS 44 rifle with a serial # 12101801 and a pack. The rest of the NVA headed North and all of them had packs and weapons.
12 May 69 1540
A dust off was requested for 3 US EM's from Bravo Company's 3rd platoon with heat exhaustion.
Line # 70 Charles D. Kent
Line # 122 Andrew K, Foote
Line # 129 Patrick H. Clangman
12 May 69 1605
Bravo Company requests a dust off for Larry Olsen who received a frag wound in the left arm from blowback of M-79 which he fired. The utility ship evacuated Olsen to LZ Bronco.
12 May 69 1820
C & C ship dusted off 1 US EM from Delta Company with a FUO of 104 degrees.
Alpha Company checked out grid location BS614420, the suspected grid from their mortar attack 1t 2020 hrs. 12 May, and found; 2 NVA KIA, 1 AK-47 serial # 10082516, 4 AK-47 magazines, 1 grenade, 3 grenade duds, 1 1/2 time fuse, 1 satchel charge, 5 x 1 1/2 lb charges w/detonators, 1 NVA belt with star, assorted documents and 1 satchel charge.
Alpha Company at grid BS614420, found 1 RPG launcher-one round and one charge and 2 chicom grenades.
13 May 69 1115
Alpha Company completed dust off for men from Alpha Company, who received frag wounds 2020 hrs. 12 May.
2 US WHA by frags.
Line # 4 1Lt. Frank W. Meyers WHA Line # 48 Sp4. Richard Grantham WHA
13 May 69 1115
Bravo Company at grid location BS619434, requested dust off for heat exhaustion. Dust off completed 1115 hrs.
Line # 12 Ssg Thomas L. Snyder
13 May 69 1200
Dust off requested for 1 US EM from Bravo Company for heat exhaustion. Dust off completed 1220 hrs.
Line # 82 Sp/4 Johnny P. Montieth
14 May 69 0645H
Alpha Company received SA fire at grid location BS 605423. result; 1 US KHA. Their point man surprised 1 VC. The VC opened up with a AK-47, and then evaded.
Line # 68 Sp4. Henry Owens KHA
14 May 69 1110
Alpha Company had 2 US EM dusted off by C&C to LZ Bronco:
Line # 114 Pfc Darrel Lempant fever
Line # 123 Pfc Ed M. Reedy possible broken rib
15 May 69 0830
Charlie Company at grid location BS623437, requested a dust off for 1 US EM, w/a temp of 104 degrees. Dust off completed at 0850hrs.
Line # 77 Sp/4 Richard S. Packard
15 May 69 1210
Charlie Company's 1st platoon spotted approx 15 NVA at grid location BS605435 and engaged w/small arms fire & Arty. Results; NVA a at BS605435 result 1 US KHA.Dust off completed at 1240 hrs. Line # 88 Sp4. Jerry Thomas WHA Died DOA KHA
15 May 69 1400
Charlie Company at grid location BS609437, requested dust off for 2 US EM for hear exhaustion. Dust off complete at 1355 hrs.
Line # 109 Pfc Lawrence Curns
Line # 139 Sp/4 Alvin Bryson
15 May 69 1600
Charlie Company at grid location BS605435, spotted 3 NVA and engaged w/ small arms fire. Also spotted 1 NVA on the ground and engaged. Results; 4 NVA KIA, all had weapons and were wearing green fatigues. Arty called into the area.
Charlie Company at grid location BS605435, found 2 NVA packs. In the 1st pack was; 100 rounds of AK-47 ammo, 1st aid pack, 2 sets of clothing, 2 rain jackets, Chinese money, stamps, map of AO, documents and a notebook. Items found in the second pack were; 50 rounds of AK-47 ammo, small amount of rice, medical supplies, 2 NVA ponchos, 1 NVA uniform, 1 ID card, and also found 2 chicom claymore grenades, 4 RPG boosters, 1 NVA pistol belt w/star, 1 NVA canteen cup, 1 US ammo pouch. Later in the same area Charlie Company found 1 BAR w/serial # 5564208, a bag w/ blasting caps, documents, 200 rounds of AK-47 ammo, 1st aid pack, and some det cord.
Charlie Company found some NVA green uniforms, 2 blocks of TNT and 25 rounds of AK-47 ammo, that was hidden under a rock at grid location BS605435.
16 May 69 1615H
Late Entry: At 1045 hrs. C&C ship evacuated 2 US EM's from Charlie Company that were wounded by an AS put in close to their position. WHA from Co. C with wounds from air strike close to there position. Line # 46 Maurice Finlinson WHA Line # 103 Stephen M. Campanella WHA
17 May 69 1340
Bravo Company's 2nd platoon engaged 3 VC at grid location BS600423 and KIA 1 VC dressed in black pj's w/M-1 rifle serial # 3212534.
17 May 69 1505
Charlie Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS 610435, found 3 small huts containing medical supplies, bag of white powder, bbandages, mosquito nets w/blood stains, tunnels which were like bunkers, and 40 chickens.
17 May 69 1945
LZ San Juan Hill received 2 82mm incoming mortar rounds w/negative casualties. Suspected grid location BS633409. Counter mortar and Arty fired with unknown results.
18 May 69 1520
FAC (FELIX 34) put in AS at grid location BS585488. Results were; several secondary explosions and several bunkers destroyed.
18 May 69 1740
Dust off called for 1 US EM from Charlie Company with temperature of 105 degrees. Dust off completed at 1802 hrs.
Bravo Company's 3rd platoon at grid location BS588388, found 500 lbs of rice and some documents. The rice was destroyed and the documents were back hauled to LZ San Juan Hill.
22 May 69 0001/2400
There were negative significant events of military importance in the AO today.
23 May 69 0805
Late Entry; At 0745 hrs. Bravo Company at grid location BS595389, found 3 huts, 30-35 sleeping positions and 1 bicycle (in poor condition).
23 May 69 0815
Bravo Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS594381, found 5 hooches-not recently used, sleeping positions, and 2 caches of rice approx 750 lbs. The rice was destroyed.
23 May 69 1300
Bravo Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS594391, spotted 1 VC evading into a tunnel and followed him and threw a frag grenade into the tunnel; Results; 1 VC KIA wearing black pj's and carrying SKS rifle serial # 11320399. The VC had negative ID and documents.
23 May 69 1555
One US EM from Delta Company will be extracted to LZ San Juan Hill due to reoccurring FUO.
Line # 116 Pfc Raymond J. Vecci
23 May 69 1715
Charlie Company spotted between 8-10 VC at grid location BS601403 evading West and they were wearing camouflaged uniforms and carrying packs and weapons.Charlie Company fired 81mm mortars, M-60 MG and small arms fire resulting in; 1 VC KIA.
24 May 69 0525
Delta Company's 3rd & 2nd LP blew 3 claymore mines and engaged with small arms fire, when they thought they saw movement; results are unknown.
Delta Company's 3rd platoon, checked area where their LP heard movement earlier and found nothing.
24 May 69 1025
Charlie Company at grid location BS596409, found; 2 50 cal MG pos, 12 two man fighting positions (camouflaged) and expended 50 cal and AK-47 brass. The fighting positions were approx 3-4 weeks old.
24 May 69 1805
Late Entry; At 1700 hrs. C&C ship dusted off 2 US EM's from Bravo for heat exhaustion. Dust off completed at 1710 hrs.
Line # 126 Pfc Wayne T. Garrett
Line # 62 Sp/4 Frederick B. Hadley
24 May 69 2110
Late Entry; At 2030 hrs. Charlie Company spotted 2 VC approx 100 meters from their perimeter. Charlie Company observed 1 VC fall as they fired M-60 MG, M-79 rounds and 81mm mortars into the area. The other VC evaded. Both VC had weapons. Charlie Company will check out the area in the morning.
At 1800 hrs. C&C ship dusted off 3 US EM's from Bravo Company and 2 US EM's from Charlie Company (1 was a 2nd Lt) for wounds received from punji stakes.
25 May 69 1903
At 1903 hrs. a dust off was completed for 1 US EM from Delta Company with 105 degree temperature. Possible malaria.
Line # 16 Sgt Dahl
25 May 69 2110
Late Entry; At 2047 hrs. Charlie Company picked up, on their Arty radio, a transmission by a NVA soldier. The NVA stated there about 200 men in his unit and 100 were equipped with weapons. The NVA making the transmission was complaining because he had been in South Vietnam for about two weeks and still didn't have a weapon. The NVA also stated that there were about 10 from his unit that were sick.
26 May 69 0725
Delta Company's 2nd platoon engaged 4 or more NVA with packs & weapons at grid location BS665382. Three of the NVA were off of a trail and 1 was walking along the trail. Results were negative.
26 May 69 1005
Charlie Company reports NVA/VC on their organic net. Their interpreter said when the VC/NVA monitored Charlie Company transmissions..they ceased transmitting.
25 May 69 1350
Urgent dust off requested for Alpha Company on LZ San Juan Hill, for 1 US EM with 104.5 temperature. Dust off completed at 1350 hrs.
Line # 84 Sp/4 Ronald Vernon
26 May 69 2040
LZ San Juan Hill received 8 incoming 82mm mortar rounds for grid location BS612398. Counter attack. Result 5 US WHA. mortar attack conducted with; 105mm Howitzer-60 rounds expended, 155mm Howitzer-4 rounds expended, 8" 18 rounds expended, 4.2 mortars 27 rounds expended. US casualties 1 US EM WHA seriously from Alpha Company. Urgent dust off completed 2120 hrs. ( Alpha's FO & RTO from Btry 6/11 Arty) All US wounded that were minor were treated at the LZ San Juan Hill aid station.
Alpha Company WHA
Line # Sgt. Bowser-urgent WHA
Line # 34 Sp/4 James Birchfield WHA
Line # 119 Pfc Mickey Norwood WHA
Line # Pfc Trussell WHA
Line # Pfc Paul Schnell WHA
27 May 69 1042
Charlie Company at grid location BS683374, spotted 3-4 NVA at grid location BS681371 and engaged them with small arms fire and are now in contact. One US EM received a small hand wound but serious enough for a dust off. Arty and gunships were called in to assist.
27 May 69 1300
Charlie Company at grid location BS681374, found a VC base camp, with; expended AK-47 rounds, cooking gear, 10 2man sleeping quarters, 25-30 fox holes and to a ladder leading to a OP in a tree. The OP offered excellent observation of LZ San Juan Hill.
27 May 69 2050
LZ San Juan Hill received 7 incoming 82mm mortar rounds from grid location BS620392. There were negative casualties or damage. The attack lasted approx 10 minutes. Counter mortar attack with; 8" Arty 9 HE rounds expended, 155 mm Howitzer 30 HE rounds expended, 105mm Howitzer 64 HE rounds were expended, 4.2 mortar 33 HE were expended & 16 illumination, 81mm mortar 21 HE were expended and 3 illumination.
Received report from Warlords: At grid location BS627448, destroyed 100 lbs of rice, found 10 uniforms, several packs, tools, shovels, utensils, and several hooches. At grid location BS657388, found complex with approx 25 bunkers.
28 May 69 1335
Bravo Company requests a priority dust off for 1 US EM with a 105 degree temperature. Dust off completed at 1335 hrs. Pfc Bobby Yates
28 May 69 1600
Received report from Warlords: At grid location BS628442 destroyed camouflaged Leontos, also fighting positions. At grid location BS620464 & grid location BS621460 destroyed 4 camouflaged hooches and fighting positions, At grid locat -ion BS606503 The Warlords observed 1 NVA in a green uniform, w/pack and evading. The NVA was engaged, but the results were negative.
28 May 69 1635
Charlie Company's 1st platoon observed 4 NVA in green uniforms at grid location BS693385 and engaged them, with results; 1 NVA KIA and 1 AK-47 serial # 12065515 rifle. CIA ; 3 chicom grenades, medical dressing, a notebook, a hammock and a pistol belt w/star. Also the 1st platoon WIA 1 NVA but he was dragged away. Arty mission was called in.
29 May 69 0830
Delta Company's 3rd platoon at grid location BS612405, engaged 6-8 NVA/VC wearing green uniforms and carrying weapons with small arms fire, but results were negative.
29 May 69 1155
Late Entry; At 1120 hrs. an urgent dust off was completed for 1 US EM from Bravo Company at grid location BS724389 with FUO of 104 degree temperature.
Line # 18 SGT William K. Blackburn
29 May 69 1545
Charlie Company's 3rd platoon at grid location BS691386 ambushed 2 NVA resulting in ; 2 NVA KIA. The NVA were carrying 2 pistol belts, 2 canteens (1 US type & 1 NVA type), 1st aid packs, 3 chicoms grenades, 1 NVA entrenching tool, 2 US entrenching tools, 2 hammocks, 1 rifle cleaning kit but had negative weapons.
29 May 69 2305
Charlie Company reported that they have been hearing movement on all sides of their perimeter. One VC was spotted and 81mm mortar fire was put on him and Charlie Company thinks they wounded him. Arty is being called in.
30 May 69 0600
24 hour CEASE FIRE in effect at this time honoring the birthday of Buddha.
30 May 69 1000
Bravo Company's 1st platoon found 5 containers of CS gas (3 full & 2 partially full) canisters, which are cylinder shaped 3 inches long and 1 inch in diameter at a grid location BS 723389. The containers had a red stripe midway down their sides. Nomenclature XM16 lot #BWD 1-3. Will be moved to LZ Bronco.
31 May 69 0600
24 cease fire terminated 310600hrs May 69...Continue offensive mission.
31 May 69 0710
Delta Company at grid location BS609407 request a routine dust off for 1 US EM from Delta Company, for a possible broken ankle. The individual tripped over a trip flare. Dust off was completed at 0735 hrs.
Line # 154 PFC Parham
31 May 69 1321
Alpha Company had 2 US EM's dusted off by C&C ship for heat exhaustion. Dust off completed at 1320 hrs.
Sp/4 Joseph Okupski temperature 104 degrees
Pfc Edward M. Reedy heat exhaustion
31 May 69 2320
Delta Company requests a dust off for 1 US EM from Delta Company Individual was on ambush and had his weapon beside him and it discharged, wounding him in the lower right leg. Sp/4. Forrest R. Primm self inflicted.