Received report from Company D that 4.2 FO is missing from patrol. Patrol is looking for him. At 2150H Co. D reports Sgt. Maddox KIA by hostile fire and Pfc. Goodwin slightly wounded. Co. C requests DUSTOFF for 4 US WIA.
29 Dec. 67 1448H
This would be the first combat assault conducted by Co C. At 1448H Co C engaged 3-4 VC. One VC threw grenade wounding 2 US. Co C captured 1 female VCS with a bullet in her ass.
Co C sitrep neg. Obs 1 destroyed APC Vic. BS529853
21 Jan. 68 1046H
Co C finds 1 VC KIA and 2 fresh graves. 2nd plt received permission to dig up graves. 2nd plt. Dug out 1 live VC wearing shorts, no equipment . Also 2 bodies and 5 hands. One body was burnt and had half face missing. One body 6+ ft. tall and believed to be Chinese.
22 Jan. 68
SSG. Robert Wise and PFC. William Jeffers hit booby trap at BS526921
Fm. TF Barker, (Co B 4/3 ) made contact with unk. size VC element. 10 Feb. 68
Co D reports 3 persons wounded result of booby trap. Persons involved: Sydney Stanton, Charles Robertson, Roger Williams. 10 Feb. 68 1715H
Co A extracts 4,000 LBS rice
10 Feb. 68 1725H Recon Plt. Killed 2 VC, captured 2 VC, one slightly wounded. Possible 2 more kills by Dolphin ship. 11 Feb. 68
From CG...When Platoons and companies engage 5 or 6 VC, they request gunship and arty; this is not correct-Platoon must do the work. Platoon leaders, once they receive fire must estimate the situation, develop it, fire and maneuver--be aggressive!!! Don’t wait for supporting fires-------Go after the Dinks before they break contact and disappear into their holes. It is wrong for 1 or 2 snipers to hold up an Americal Platoon. 15 Feb. 68
Fm. CG....Observed air strikes in TF Barker AO; was extremely pleased and a great deal of confidence in the Air Force’s ability to place an air strike within 200M of friendly troops. Felt that dropping 750 LBS bombs brought fine results and is safer than arty. Use air strikes whenever possible.
15 Feb. 68 0445H
TF Barker reports to this TOC. Co B 4/3 Inf. Rec’d 3 mortar rounds. 3rd round KHA one man vic. BS737804. KHA Peter Collicchio US 55881248
15 Feb. 68 1113H
Co C 4th Plt was working with Recon platoon when a cow came running out of the bushes directly toward Sgt. Hartley. Sgt. Hartley shot and killed the cow in self defense. Cow was evacuated to OP George. Civilians demand 10,000 dong in payment.
15 Feb. 68 1615H
Co B 4/3 had 1 KHA by mine. Sgt. Anthony Podebrasky, US 55981248
15 Feb. 68 2200H
4/3 receives 32 replacements: A Co gets 8, B Co gets 8, C Co gets 11, D Co gets 13.
From Maj. Calhoun, S-3, TF Barker. Co B 4/3; Sgt Wester, KHA, Sp4 Brown,WHA, Sp4 Willingham, WHA (not serious), Psg. Williams, Maurice T., leg and arm blown off. Also 1 more EM unknown.
17 Feb. 68 1025H
Co D req. DUSTOFF for 2 WHA by mine.
17 Feb. 68 1300H
Reference Co D mine at 1025H. Sp4 Serro Gregory E. lost part of both legs, Sp4 Bishop Arnold D., Shrapnel in leg and chest. Sp4 Crescente Rafeal A. slight wound by shrapnel, (face). Pfc. Brown Chenels W. Slightly wounded by shrapnel in stomach. Sp4 Willingham Kern P., condition unknown. Psg. Williams Maurice T., lost arm and leg. SSG. Wester Wilburn E. KIA.
18 Feb. 68 1405H
Co B tripped 250-500 Lb. bomb resulting in 1 US KHA, Sp4 Clifton Walker and 2 WHA, Pfc. David K Pomeroy and Pfc. Percy McFarland. Later report Pomeroy KHA
SPOT REPORT: Co A 1st squad 1st plat. Observed 10 VC w/weapons N side of SONG TRA BONG river. 5 VC began crossing while 5 VC waited. Engaged and KIA 5 VC in river. Tried to recover bodies but other VC kept up sniper fire.
27 Mar. 68 1920H
SPOT REPORT: Co A 1st sqd 1st plat observed 30 indiv. When engaged the VC broke up into groups of 3 or 4 and ran away. 28 Mar. 68 1259H
Co C request DUSTOFF for 2 US heat casualties. Nathaniel Stevens, Richard Pennamon.
28 Mar. 68 1303H
Co D request DUSTOFF for 2 US KHA, 3 US WHA result of Booby trap. KHA are: Sgt James A.Harrington, Sgt Lee M. Lambert. WHA are, Sgt. Larry Phipps, Pfc. John Bohan, & Sp4. Cavanough Pertilla.
28 Mar. 68 1335H
Co A request DUSTOFF for 5 US WHA result of Booby trap.
At 0820 hrs. Aero Scouts captured 1 VC in the vicinity of grid BS593810. VC was carrying web gear, 2 M26A1 grenades, 1 chicom grenade, 1 loaded MAT49 magazine, and documents hidden in a flashlight. Evacuated to LZ Sue for interrogation.
01 April 68 0825
At 0820 hrs. gunship engaged 1 VC attempting to evade at grid coordinate BS583811, resulting in 1 VC KIA. VC was carrying a ammo box, web gear & 2 M26A1 grenades.
01 April 68 0836
At 0822 gunships engaged with 2 VC who were attempting to evade at grid coordinate BS594816 and resulting in 2 VC KIA.
01 April 68 1344
Telecom between Aero Scout Operations & PSG Propios, Duty NCO; Weapons CIA on CA were;Reference item # 19, 1 M-1 rifle serial # 1248328, and was captured in the vicinity of grid BS585715 at 0915 hrs. Reference item # 38 1 Smith & Wesson serial # 704060 and was captured in the vicinity of grid BS592810 at 1125 hrs. 1 French submachine gun (MAT49) serial # A15654, and was captured in the vicinity of grid BS 592810 at 1130 hrs.
01 April 68 1904
Recon platoon reported from vicinity of grid BS458844, they received 4-5 bursts of automatic weapons fire. One minute later they received more AW fire. Recon returned fire resulting in 2 VC KIA w/no weapons or ID cards. They were of military age 23-25 years old.
02 April 68 0003
Charlie Company's 2nd platoon reports that trip flares were set off 10 meters in front of Bunker # 4. Threw 4 grenades into area of suspected movement. Results are unknown at this time..will check area at first light.
02 April 68 0808
Recon platoon at grid coordinate BS468833, report observing 1 VCS evading. Took under fire with results; possible WIA due to blood trail found leading to a hut located at grid coordinate BS 468833.
02 April 68 1625
Delta Company at grid coordinate BS555830, apprehended 1 male VCSw/ gunshot wound (about 45 days old) hiding in a hut. Dust off completed at 1658 hrs.
02 April 68 2130
Bunkers 11& 12 heard noise to their front, that sounded like field gear rubbing against something. Element threw grenade & fired a star cluster. With negative results.
02 April 68 2145
Bunker # 4 spotter two persons 40 meters out from bunker position moving South to North. Fired M-79 w/ negative results.
03 April 68 0811
At 0810 hrs. Alpha Company's 2nd platoon tripped a booby trap (apparently a hand grenade) at grid coordinate BS525888, resulting in; 5 US WHA. (dusted off).At 0815 hrs an Engineer w/ mine detector accompanying 2nd platoon tripped a booby trap in the vicinity of grid coordinate BS525888 and resulting in 1 US KHA. Dust off completed at 0830 hrs.
Alpha Company Casualties
SGT Bellomy WHA broken leg priority
PFC Skumurski KHA-DOA frag wounds leg & head
PFC Clagget WHA frag wounds arms routine
PFC Neally WHA frag wounds in buttocks routine
Sp/4 Lis WHA frag wounds in legs routine
LT Anderson WHA not evacuated
SGT Daigneault WHA not evacuated
SSG Cooper WHA not evacuated
PFC Kasten WHA not evacuated
Sp/4 Meyers WHA not evacuated
Sp/4 Cerda WHA not evacuated
Wright WHA minor
Paul WHA minor
Gartley WHA minor
SGT Harper WHA not evacuated
03 April 68 1040
Final Report on VC booby trap incident;
At 0810 hrs. Alpha Company 's 2nd platoon tripped a booby trap, possibly a hand grenade w/trip wires attached at grid coordinate BS 525888 and resulting in 4 WHA (3 evacuated & 1 minor...individual remained with unit).
At 0815 hrs, engineers carrying mine detector, at grid coordinate BS 525888, tripped a booby trap, possibly a M16A1 (bouncing Betty), resulting in 1 KHA & 10 WHA (3 evacuated 7 others w/minor wounds remained with field unit).
1 KHA & 2 WHA (including 1 WHA evacuated) are assigned to the 3/C/26 Engineers.
03 April 68 1120
Late Entry; At 1046 hrs, Delta Company's 3rd platoon at grid coordinate BS553805 found and destroyed 1 M16A1 (bouncing Betty) AP mine.
03 April 68 1348
Alpha Company's 2nd platoon commenced movement to the East from grid coordinate BS435871 to rejoin company at NDP.
At 0804 Battalion C&C ship (Dolphin 888) received 2 rounds of semi-automatic fire from grid coordinate BS452833. Altitude of aircraft: 600 feet. Aircraft was undamaged and continued to fly. Fire was returned w/negative results.
04 April 68 1930
Spot Report; Charlie Company weapons platoon on OP George reported women from An Phuong, while going to Binh Son were turned back by 200 NVA w/1 60mm mortar, 2 heavy machine guns, and in uniform, at grid coordinate BS518884 to BS518872
04 April 68 2247
Alpha Company's 3rd platoon, 3rd squad, received 1 VC grenade inside perimeter. Team leader picked up the grenade and threw it back at the VC. Grenade exploded 5 feet forward of their position with no/injuries.Squad detonated their claymore AP mines and moved to a rallying point. VC casualties are unknown / will check out at first light.
04 April 68 2346
Alpha Company requested a dust off at grid location BS570902 for 1 US litter patient w/gunshot wounds in arm & leg. PFC G. Ross was shot w/ a M-16 by Sp/4 Swieczkowcki while on ambush. Sp/4 Swieczkowcki heard movement in bush to his right and fired his weapon, w/out permission from squad leader.
At 0112 hrs on April 5, 1968 Alpha Company 4-3 Infantry 3rd squad 2nd Platoon in the vicinity of grid BS569902 at 2335 hrs 1 WHA accident Dust Off was completed at 0007 hrs while on ambush man fired weapon with individual hit in the arm and leg. Wounded man was identified as # 145 PFC Ross . And the individual who fired his weapon was # 97 on the roster SP/ 4 Swieczkowski. Ross left the ambush position to relieve himself and was mistaken for the enemy.
PFC Gene K. Ross KHA died from leg & arm wounds
05 April 68 0600
Report from Brigade (SFC Gross) on activities in the Division AO; 1st Battalion 1st CAV received 12 mortar rounds. Tam Ky received some mortar rounds. Hill 54 received 10-12 mortar rounds. Negative casualties. Report received by CPT Hendrix (TOC OIC).
05 April 68 1041
At 1000 hrs. Charlie Company's 3rd platoon at grid coordinate BS572885 found & destroyed 1 dud 105mm Arty round and which was not booby trapped.
05 April 68 1130
At 1128 hrs. Alpha Company's lead element closed LZ Suz at grid coordinate BS568878. 1 individual w/ heat injury was delivered to the Battalion Aid Station at LZ Sue.
05 April 68 1335
Received confirmation from Battalion S-1 Clerk Sp/4 Flato, dated 04 Apr 68, individual injured died of wounds, at 050100 Apr 68.
PFC Gene K. Ross KHA
05 April 68 Summary
Normal offensive sweep and search operations continued throughout the Old Guard AO. Alpha Company 4/3 moving to LZ Sue. Bravo Company 4/3 remained OPCON TF Barker. Charlie Company 4/3 moved from LZ Sue to assume GOLDEN FLEECE operations along the Song Tra Bong . Delta Company moved from NDP. Recon moved from OP George.
06 April 68 0630
Report from Brigade (SFC Gross) on activity in the Americal Division AO; 1st Battalion 1st Cav ( Company's Bravo & Charlie) received 23 rounds of 82mm mortar fire. Results; 2 US WHA (1 evacuated). Bridge # 117 (Bronco) was attached, PF forces ran. Results; 3 satchel charges damaged the bridge. PF's in Northern AO were attached and pushed off position. PF's counter attacked and reoccupation of positions.
06 April 68 1557
Late Entry; At 1545 hrs. Aero Scout platoon engaged with a estimated 4 VC's w/ weapons evading at grid location BS444771, resulting in 2 Svc Kid; OH-23 received small arms fire at same coordinates, altitude unknown. Aircraft continued to fly. A estimated 100 persons in the area were moving rapidly to the Southwest, along Why 5B & the river bank. Aero Scout platoon has element on ground and checking area.
06 April 68 1558
At 1555 hrs. Charlie Company requested a dust off for 1 US w/stomach cramps.
06 April 68 1936
Delta Company in the vicinity of grid coordinate BS465774, engaged 1 VC in sampan resulting in; 1 VC KIA & 1 sampan sunk; were unable to retrieve anything since the enemy body sunk.
06 April 68 2330
From 2250 hrs. to 2315 hrs. A flare mission was flown in the vicinity of grid coordinate BS483760 Southeast to grid location BS490750 by 2 gunships & 1 slick from 174th Avn, w/ negative results.
Report from Brigade (CPT Holbrook); Action in Americal Division AO. Tam KY; 6 US WHA wounded by mortar fire. Delta Company 2/1 Infantry, 4 wounded by mortars. 1/46 Infantry, 1 wounded by mortars. CAT 3 & 4 North of TF Barker (vincinty of Van Tuong) were overrun 070100 Apr 68. Total of 8 persons in both teams. 3 KHA & 2 WHA 1 MHA. Status of other is unknown. VC ran thru village killing and raping.
07 April 68 0846
Delta Company requests a dust off for 1 US litter w/ severe stomach pains in the vicinity of grid coordinate BS467775. Dust off completed 0905 hrs.
Sp/4 Alejandro Castenada stomach pains
07 April 68 0908
At 0857 hrs. Aero Scout platoon , 123d Avn Company, observed 3 VC w/packs evading at grid coordinate BS468762 and resulting in 1 VC KIA & 1 VC CIA, 1 VC successfully evaded. Packs will be evacuated to LZ Sue.
07 April 68 1008
At 0952 hrs. 3rd squad Recon platoon engaged 1 VC w/weapon in the vicinity of grid coordinate BS543797, resulting in 1 VC KIA, 1 M-1 carbine captured w/serial # 1199303.
07 April 68 1322
At 1245 hrs. Delta Company's 1st platoon engaged a unknown enemy force evading in the vicinity of grid location BS476754, resulting in 4 VC KIA, 7 CIA (2 CIA/WIA-5 CIA);2 KIA were wearing green uniforms & all had pistol belts & packs and were of military age. 1st platoon found 1500-2000 lbs of polished rice in bags. PW's will be sent to LZ Sue for interrogation & rice will be extracted to 4/3 trains area.
07 April 68 1428
Delta Company's 1st platoon found 1 P-38 pistol (9mm) serial # 7375A, concealed under growth in the vicinity of grid location BS476754. Also found 1 pistol belt and 2 magazines loaded w/.38 cal ammo.
07 April 68 2056
Recon platoon requests a dust off at grid coordinate BS534798, for 1 US ambulatory, spitting blood & passing out. Dust off was completed at 2113 hrs.
7 April 68 Summary
Alpha Company LZ Sue security and stand down. Bravo Company OPCON TF Barker. Charlie Company continues operation GOLDEN FLEECE by creating maximum ambushes and daylight patrols along the Song Tra Bong river/valley. Delta Company continued to operate the phase 1 of operation CAPASTRANO. Delta Company had 6 enemy KIA, 9CIA.
08 April 68 0720
Alpha Company reports negative damage to wire around the perimeter of LZ Sue, resulting from last nights mortar attack. Patrol departed LZ Sue at 0700 hrs to search in the vicinity of grid BS554874 for a mortar emplacement.
08 April 68 0910
At 0830 hrs Aero Scouts engaged 1 VC that was evading in the vicinity of grid BS516715, and resulting in 1 VC KIA. 0912 At 0840 hrs Aero Scouts engaged 1 VC that was evading into heavy undergrowth in the vicinity of grid BS514732, resulting in 1 VC KIA (P)
08 April 68 1200
At 1115 hrs, squad size stay behind ambush from Recon platoon, at grid coordinate BS534803, engaged 15 VC, at least 2 with weapons, were evading. Warning shots were fired. VC returned fire and attempted to evade to the South. Results; 7 VC KIA. All were of military age and dressed in black pj's. No weapons were captured & no friendly casualties.
08 April 68 1318
Delta Company requests a dust off for 2 US, 1 w/gunshot wound in arm, 1 w/gunshot wound in leg, in vicinity of grid location BS503738, resulting from engagement as follows; at 1315 hrs, Delta Company received 30-40- rounds of automatic weapons fire and semi-AW fire from grid location BS503738, negative assessment of enemy loss. Presently searching area. Dust completed at 1341 hrs. 1421 Results of search by Delta Company ; 7 enemy KIA (1 positively identified as a NVA & attired in a green uniform); 6 weapons; 1 SKS serial # 10090246, 3 chicom carbine 1954 (7.62mm) serial #'s 1282174 & 1018987 & 1254444; 1 chicom 1944 (7.62mm) serial # TP4595; 1 AK-47 serial # 10126560 & 11 chicom hand grenades. Also captured 1 M26A1 hand grenade & 79 rounds for AK-47, 120 rounds of 7.62mm.
08 April 68 2023
Delta Company reported they spotted flashlights & a fire at the village where 7 enemy were KIA earlier this afternoon. Request Arty fire on position at grid location BS503738.
09 April 68 0106
Cpt Gonsalez, Delta Company's Commander reported that the CP received 4 incoming 60mm mortar rounds inside of the perimeter. Rounds appeared to come from grid location BS 518752. No casualties. Will call Atry fire & fire 81mm mortar.
09 April 68 1400
4/3 Infantry TOC departed LZ Sue & commenced operations at LZ Dottie at grid location BS629854.
09 April 68 1526
Delta Company received heavy automatic weapons & semi automatic weapons fire, from enemy position at grid location BS518708. Unable to pinpoint exact enemy position. Calling in Arty & 81mm mortar on suspected enemy positions. 1550 Delta Company requests air strike on grid coordinate BS512708 12-15 VC w/ automatic & semi-auto weapons are hidden on a rocky ridge. 1550 Delta Company requests a routine dust off for 1 US WHA in the vincinty of grid BS518708 w/ thigh wound.
09 April 68 1720
Delta Company still receiving sniper fire from ridge. Estimate 8 VC are firing. Possibly 1 VC platoon is dug into ridge.
09 April 68 1800
Alpha Company's 1st platoon & Delta Company at grid coordinate BS518708 are presently engaged w/VC unit, which is estimated to be several platoons in strength.
09 April 68 1830
Delta Company requests a priority litter dust off for 2 US WHA; 1 w/leg wound. Dust off was completed at 1915 hrs.
09 April 68 1930
From Brigade S-3 (Air); 1st Spooky for Delta Company will be on station at 1950 hrs. 2001 Enemy fire ceased on Delta Company's position at 1945 hrs.
09 April 68 2115
Bravo Company's 1st platoon on ambush at grid coordinate BS 620834, sprang the ambush resulting in 3 VC KIA. No friendly casualties. Request permission to pull back to LZ Dottie.
2 North Vietnamese Modified 7.62mm Sub-machine gun (type 39 1939)
1 Japanese 7.7mm light machine gun (1939)
1 French 7.5mm Anti-Air -Craft (crew served) with shoulder stock device
1 60mm US mortar with base plate & biped
1 AK-47 rifle in bad condition and stock missing
1 Czechoslovakian Sub-machine gun (badly damaged by Arty or mortar fire
290 Bangalore torpedoes
223 rounds 60mm mortar
56 rounds chicom 82mm mortar &16 round of WP
109 B-40 Rockets
1 RPG-7 Rocket
4 50 lb shaped charges
15 30 lb shaped charges
16 satchel charges
1 Claymore mine
1 Anti-tank mine w/2 M1A1 fuses
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10 April 68 1652
CPT Lawson, S-2, reports PW led to cache of 11 M-1 carbines and a unknown amount of claymore mines & chicom shaped charges. All were in the same general area of earlier findings.
10 April 68 2150
Bravo Company's 2nd platoon sprang ambush resulting in 2 enemy KIA's. Moved to new grid coordinate BS639842 & reset.
11 April 68 0936
Bravo Company 39th Engineer completed a mine sweep of Highway at 0935 hrs. At 0931 hrs. found & destroyed 2 mines at grid coordinate BS629830 ( 1 81mm mortar round and 1 10 pound block of TNT, both w/bamboo trip mechanism).
11 April 68 1330
Delta Company's 3rd platoon found 1 VC KIA in the grid coordinate BS514712. VC was wearing a green uniform and was either killed by Arty or mortar fire and was about 1 day ago. Body was hidden in a rock crevice.
11 April 68 1442
At 1440 hrs. Delta Company's 3rd platoon found 1 bolt action with magazine feed. Rifle was in poor condition w/serial # D4484 in a tunnel at grid coordinate BS515710. Make of weapon is unknown. 1500 At 1454 hrs. Delta Company's 3rd platoon found 2 weapons hidden in a cave. Both weapons were badly damaged by mortar & Arty fire. Weapons serial #'s are 12958D &9476762 (AK-47). Both weapons were found at grid location BS515710.
11 April 68 1923
Charlie Company's 1st platoon in the vicinity of grid BS538738, sprung ambush resulting in 1 VC KIA and 1 M-1 carbine and web gear CIA.
11 April 68 2149
Bravo Company's 1st platoon ambush report; Departed LZ Dottie at 1946 hrs. Made contact with the enemy at 2030 hrs. Detected enemy to their right flank at grid location BS637854 and fired M-79. Enemy returned fire with machine gun & small arms fire and included throwing 3 grenades. Following the engagement, the ambush element returned to LZ Dottie. Arty & 4.2 mortar fired on the location of engagement with negative assessment. Will send search element to that location in the morning.
11 April 68 0400
Charlie Company engaged 1 VC w/hand grenade at range of 15 meters. Grenade failed to explode & forward elements raised up to further engage enemy, when grenade exploded late, wounding 1 US slightly in the head. WHA will be evacuated in the morning at first light (routine). Enemy casualties are unknown at this time. Dust off completed at 0633 hrs.
12 April 68 0950
Delta Company's 1st platoon found hidden in a cave at grid location BS516708 the following items; 1 M-1 rifle w/serial # 314308, 15 homemade hand grenades, 6 82mm chicom mortar rounds, 5 VC Bangalore torpedoes, 200 rounds 5.56mm ammo (M-16).
12 April 68 1330
LRRP Team (Helen) reported 15-20 VC were KIA by Arty fire at grid location BS483714. Platoon from Aero Scout 123d Avn Bn is requested to check out area.
12 April 68 1350
At 1344 hrs. Delta Company's 3rd platoon found 1 NVA KIA at grid location BS514718. Body has been dead several days.
12 April 68 1927
Late Entry; Recon platoon requests a dust off for 1 US from Recon platoon w/possible appendicitis. Dust off requested at 1900 hrs. & completed at 1927 hrs.
12 April 68 2335
Charlie Company's 3rd platoon spotted 2 VC to their position. Took under fire and then checked out area w/ negative results, Will re-check out the area in the morning at first light.
Charlie Company reported at the vincinty of grid coordinate BS 461778, a heavy fire fight is in progress. Grenades, rockets & small arms fire can be heard and 2 spotter planes are overhead.
13 April 68 1148
At 1126 hrs. Charlie Company reported 1 US WHA w/ stomach wound by VC sniper at grid coordinate BS465760. Charlie Company is now maneuvering troops into this area. VC force is a estimated 3-4 snipers. 81mm mortar fire mission on VC. WHA dusted off by C&C ship at 1135 hrs. Individual was Line # 147 from Charlie Company.
13 April 68 1256
Charlie Company reports VC snipers ceased firing at 1145 hrs. Element was unable to locate VC.
13 April 68 1635
OH-23 from Aero Scout Commander, 123d Avn, received automatic weapons fire from the grid vicinity coordinate BS 475788. Fire was returned w/unknown results. Aero Scouts are still checking the enemy position. Received weapons fire at a altitude of 50 feet.
14 April 68 1000
Charlie Company's 1st platoon received 3 rounds of light sniper fire from grid coordinate BS458742, resulting in 1 US WHA with/a wound in leg (minor). No dust off required. Now searching area.
14 April 68 1030
At 1000 hrs. Delta Company's 2nd platoon engaged 1 VC that was evading in the vicinity grid location BS481716. Resulting in 1 VC WIA/CIA. VC was carrying a pack containing field gear and 2 red tabs w/stars attached. (NVA PFC)
14 April 68 1345
Bravo Company's 2nd platoon in the vicinity of grid location BS606844, and engaged 4 VC. Warning shots were fired, and individuals did not halt. Results; 1 VC KIA (approximately 17 years of age).
14 April 68 1430
At 1430 hrs Arty FO on Nui Tron at grid BS517778 spotted 10 VC w/weapons in swamp at grid location BS528752. Arty was called in resulting in 2 VC KIA.
14 April 68 1823
Bravo Company's 2nd platoon at grid coordinate BS613828, received 1 mortar round. Element requested permission to move to a new ambush site. Mortar round landed a estimated 75 meters of ambush position.
15 April 68 0926
At 0916 hrs. Charlie Company's mortar platoon, discovered a cache of unpolished rice that was hidden in a tunnel at grid coordinate BS457752. Estimated weight; 3300 lbs. Also found 700 lbs of potatoes.
15 April 68 1025
Charlie Company's mortar platoon at grid location BS456775, received 20-30 rounds of sniper fire, w/no casualties. Aero Scouts were called on station to work over the enemy position.
15 April 68 1046
Charlie Company received small arms fire from a unknown number of VC at grid location BS456756, in the vicinity of the old French Fort. VC was observed in fort w/weapon. Aero Scouts were called on station to recon fort position by fire; w/ negative results. Firing from French fort has ceased.
15 April 68 1140
Charlie Company's 3rd platoon found & destroyed 3 155mm Howitzer Artillery rounds at grid location BS472769; rounds were not booby traps.
15 April 68 1308
Medic section at LZ Dottie requested a dust off, for 1 US litter patient; Urgent; Individual suffering from appendicitis. Dust off requested at 1255 hrs. & completed at 1308 hrs.
PFC Jesus Aldaco appendicitis
15 April 68 1945
Alpha Company requested a dust off for 1 VN interpreter at grid location BS574902. Injury received a stray round. Interpreter received wound during brief engagement w/3 VC.
Charlie Company reported observing 3 VC w/weapons in the vicinity of grid BS487788, location of the old French Fort. Requested Aero Scout platoon.
16 April 68 0905
Received information from Americal Division; message taken by CPT Kotouc, Duty Officer; Silver Star Award ceremony for Sp/4 Slocum from Alpha Company. Ceremony will be conducted on LZ Sue April 17, 1968 at 1100 hrs.
Sp/4 Gene Slocum Silver Star
16 April 68 1025
At 1015 hrs. Aero Scout platoon reported 1 VC KIA at grid location BS733785; also observed 1 VC evading to grid location BS759839. Requested to recon by fire was denied.
16 April 68 1515
Bravo Company's 2nd platoon at grid coordinate BS712805, received 30-40 rounds of semi-automatic sniper fire; resulting in 1 US WHA with gunshot wound on foot. Presently element is searching area where shots came from. Dust off requested 1525 hrs. & completed at 1545 hrs.
SGT Robert Calballero WHA gunshot wound in foot
16 April 68 1635
Charlie Company's 1st platoon at grid location BS506794, found and destroyed one M26 hand grenade. (was booby trapped).
17 April 68 0820
Report received from Aero Scout Company that Aero Scout Commanders aircraft went down at grid location BS661825, due to a unknown cause. Aircraft was flying towards Charlie Company's location at grid location BS512802. Incident occurred after 4 minutes of flight from LZ Dottie. Co will not be able to assist in CA operations. 0858 All crew members were injured & have been evacuated.
17 April 68 0923
At 0915 hrs. 174th Avn Battalion reported that one of the gunships engaged and killed 2 VC KIA w/packs and evading grid location BS764832.
17 April 68 1145
Aero Scout Company received permission from LTC Adkins (Battalion Commander) to employ their rifle platoon on the ground at grid location BS661823, where their gunship crash landed.
17 April 68 1335
Bravo Company reports observing 8 individuals w/weapons and received small arms fire from sniper at grid location BS717802. Returned fire w/possible 2 VC KIA. Arty mission was called in.
17 April 68 1615
At 1615 hrs. at grid location BS 758824, Charlie Company's mortar platoon, engaged 1 VC that was evading and resulting in 1 VC WIA and was evacuated.
17 April 68 1644
At 1644 hrs. Delta Company's 2nd platoon at grid coordinate BS730849, captured 1 individual wounded by small arms fire & shrapnel. Individual was evacuated.
18 April 68 0925
Maj Holck, S-3, observed 5 60mm mortar rounds impacting in shallow water at grid location BS739815. Clearance requested and approved to fire 81mm mortar & Arty into grids BS750820 & BS737821 (suspected VC 60mm mortar position). In checking the area Bravo Company observed 5 VC evading. The VC's hit a bobby trap while evading and killing 4 VC KIA. One VC escaped.
18 April 68 1016
Bravo Company reported that a unknown number of VC w/ at least 1 60mm mortar & 1 automatic weapon at grid location BS 739821. Arty mission called in. Bravo Company presently maneuvering platoons to encircle VC location. Will search area when Arty fire ceases. Bravo Company is not receiving hostile at this time.
18 April 68 1047
Between 0925 hrs.-0945 hrs. Bravo Company received 20 60mm rounds of mortar fire & and a undetermined amount of semi-automatic small arms fire from a unknown number of enemy at grid location BS739821.
18 April 68 1050
At 1040 hrs., as Bravo Company began search of suspected VC location at grid coordinate BS737818, a booby trap was detonated, killing 3 VC, and the other 2 VC escaped.
39th Engineer reported that Bunker # 6 heard tin cans and was rattling in the perimeter wire in the vicinity of main gate. Requested illumination rounds and was cleared & fired by 4.2 mortar w/ negative results.
19 April 68 0856
Charlie Company requests a dust off for 3 US WHA & 1 US KHA due to a detonation of bobby trapped AP mine in the grid vicinity BS 553853. It was a M16A1 AP mine.The dust off was completed at 0902 hrs.
Sp/4 R. Pennamon KHA
2Lt J. O'Neil WHA
PFC L. Hargrove WHA
19 April 68 1422
Dust off requested for E Troop 2nd platoon. Mine exploded while element was receiving resupply at grid location BS560893. Dust off completed at 1446 hrs.
19 April 68 1425
E Troop 2nd platoon casualties; 11 US WHA, 1 US KHA & 1 VN interpreter WHA. Total of 9 medevac'd (3 litter & 5 ambulatory & 1 KHA.
19 April 68 1523
Recon platoon requests a dust off for 1 US WHA in the vicinity of grid BS463844 by a booby trap explosion. Individual received wounds in face, both hips & right leg; resulting from a booby trapped grenade w/wires. Completed at 1535 hrs. & evacuated by C&C aircraft.
19 April 68 1541
E Troop 2nd platoon 1st Cav, reported they found and destroyed 4 booby traps in the grid vicinity BS560893, one of which was a metallic container filler with 40 lbs of explosives and a pressure type firing device. All booby traps were found within a radius of 30 meters.
19 April 68 1835
Battalion aid Station requests a dust off for 1 US WHA from Charlie Company w/frag in left eye, from earlier incident. Dust off completed at 1900 hrs.
SGT West WHA
20 April 68 0913
Recon platoon requested a dust off for 1 US WHA & 1 US KHA. Result of detonating one M16A1 AP mine. Category is urgent (litter). Grid coordinate BS487858. Dust off completed at 0934 hrs. Elements also found 1 M16A1 and 1 M14 AP mines.
Sp/4 Paul Edward Mattson KHA
20 April 68 1445
At this time Chu Lai dust off evacuated the remains of Sp/4 Mattson from the vicinity of grid BS487858 to Graves Registration Section at 2nd Surgical Hospital at Chu Lai.
20 April 68 1505
At 1425 hrs. Alpha Company OP on LZ Sue observed explosion at grid location BS560894 ( same area as booby trap detonation yesterday); 6 VN were seen quickly carrying off 2 bodies on poles, West to grid BS558898. Alpha Company's 1st platoon is moving to check out area. The 2 VC killed appeared to have accidentally set off one of their booby traps.
20 April 68 1570
At 1435 hrs. Aero Scout gunships received small arms fire from 2 VC w/weapons and packs at grid location BS729875. Fire was returned, resulting in 2 VC KIA & 2 weapons captured; 1 M-1 rifle w/serial # 4428474 & 1 BAR w/serial # 874063. The Aero Scouts were supporting Bravo Company at the time of the engagement.
20 April 68 1640
At 1623 hrs. Charlie Company's 3rd platoon received 20 rounds of semi-automatic fire, from a unknown number of VC at grid location BS503878. Fire was returned with negative assessment of enemy losses. 2nd & 3rd platoon are searching area.
21 April 68 0851
Gunships from Aero Scout Company 123d Avn Battalion engaged 2 VC in green uniforms, 1 carrying a field pack at grid location BS708822. Results; 1 VC KIA, the other VC was pinned down in a culvert. Aero scouts are sending ground element in. 0918 At 0900 hrs. Aero Scout ground element captured 1 VC in green uniform w/pack at grid location BS708822. Evacuated to LZ Dottie.
21 April 68 0932
At 0920 hrs. gunships from the 174th Avn Company, engaged 1 VC evading at grid location BS699795, resulting in 1 VC KIA. Ground elements from the Aero Scouts, checked out area and captured 1 M-1 carbine w/serial # 1223408, 30 rounds of .30 cal ammo, 2 M26 hand grenades, 1 pistol belt & 1 ammo pouch.
21 April 68 1127
At 1115 hrs. gunships from the Aero Scout Company, in support of Bravo Company & Delta Company, engaged 2 VC evading at grid location BS724810 and resulting in 1 VC KIA. The other VC evaded into a nearby bunker. No ground elements available at this time perform search for individual.
21 April 68 1455
At 1443 hrs. Delta Company observed several elderly women carrying 1 VC KIA that was lashed to a pole, at grid location BS 710804. No ID found on body, which is believed to be that of the VC killed by gunships earlier today.
21 April 68 1659
At 1600 hrs. Aero Scouts captured 1 VC WIA in the vicinity of grid BS729803 and apprehended 1 VCS. Both were evacuated to LZ Dottie for interrogation.
21 April 68 2034
At 2009 hrs. Delta Company's 2nd platoon at LZ Uptight requests a dust off for 1 US w/3rd degree burns on hand resulting from attempt to light C-ration can filled with sand & gas. (non battle wound)
Charlie Company at grid location BS504875, requested a urgent litter dust off for 1 US with a stomach wound. Dust off was completed at 0724 hrs. At 0715 hrs Charlie Company's 1st platoon received 5-6 bursts of automatic weapons fire from grid location BS507878 and resulting in 1 US WHA.
SGT Donald R. Fox WHA stomach wound
22 April 68 0835
At 0815 hrs. Aero Scouts engaged 1 VC evading at grid location BS517875 and resulting in 1VC KIA and several secondary explosions. Apparently the VC were emplacing a number of booby traps when observed by OH-23 helicopter from the Aero Scouts Company.
22 April 68 0920
Charlie Company requests urgent litter dust off at pick-up site at grid location BS526880 for 1 US WHA & 1 US KHA with booby trap injuries. Dust off completed at 0932 hrs. 0935 Charlie Company at the grid coordinate BS526880 set off a Bouncing Betty AP mine resulting in 1 US KHA & 1 US WHA.
PFC Michael G. Price KHA
SGT Richard Jeffrey WHA
22 April 68 1220
Delta Company requests a litter routine dust off, for a patient with a wound in his calf. Dust off was completed at 1235 hrs. Circumstances; while enroute to LZ Dottie from support of Engineer platoon, at grid coordinate BS613896, his 45 cal in its holster, accidentally discharged, wounding EM in calf.
PVT Wayne R. Lombardo wound in calf
22 April 68 1600
At 1542 hrs. 2nd platoon E Troop at grid coordinate BS523887 ran over and detonated a unknown size mine, resulting in no casualties & blown M113 APC track off. Presently performing repairs on M113 APC.
22 April 68 0255
Received message from Cpt Holbrook at Brigade; Chu Lai is now under a rocket attack. 0345 Received a report from Brigade's Captain Holbrook; Chu Lai received 6 incoming rounds of rocket fire. At this time negative damage.
23 April 68 0610
Report from SFC Gross from Brigade; Americal Division Headquarters received approximately 12 incoming rounds of 122mm rocket fire at 0250 hrs. Two buildings were hit but not seriously damaged.
23 April 68 1415
At 1405 hrs. Charlie Company requests a dust off for 2 US WHA from detonating M16 Bouncing Betty AP mine. Dust off completed 1420 hrs.
Line # 25 WHA fragments in face
Line # 42 WHA fragments in leg & stomach
23 April 68 1527
At 1511 hrs. Charlie Company requested a dust off for 2 US WHA at grid location BS527853, resulting from detonation of M16 Bouncing Betty AP mine. Dust off was completed at 1523 hrs. w/ both individuals KHA.
PFC Lewis Andrew Harmon KHA
SGT Russell Lee Matheny KHA
23 April 68 1603
At 1544 hrs. Bravo Company at grid location BS788844 found a tunnel and recovered the following items from inside;
Various items of equipment & ammo
2 M-1 carbines w/ serial #'s 3351345 & 2024960
1 M-1 carbine rifle w/serial # 566933
1 Shotgun 12 gauge pump
23 April 68 1705
At 1400 hrs. Bravo Company's 1st platoon found 2 tunnels, one of which contained a lit candle at grid coordinate BS786845. Tunnel was searched w/negative results & were destroyed.
24 April 68 0837
Bravo Company requests a dust off at grid coordinate BS 775842 for 9 US ; 3 litter & 6 ambulatory patients. Injuries were caused by detonation of a booby trapped AP mine. Dust off was completed at 0915 hrs. C&C ship medevaced 4 personnel.
1Lt Thomas K. Willingham WHA shrapnel in chest
Sp/4 Marvin B. Jones WHA shrapnel in both legs
Sp/4 Crecencio C. Garcia DOW shrapnel in both legs
Sp/4 Amos Williams WHA shrapnel in back & legs
Sp/4 Leo J. Stracham WHA shrapnel in arms & legs
Sp/4 Richard F. Silva HHC WHA shrapnel in face
PFC William C. Pierce WHA shrapnel in legs & arms
PFC Richard H. Gerdel WHA shrapnel in arms & legs
SGT Lester T. Walker DOW shrapnel wounds
24 April 68 0930
At 0837 hrs. Bravo Company at grid coordinate BS 775842, detonated a booby trap and inflicting 5 US WHA. 2-3 minutes later and approximately 15 meters from the first booby trap, another one was tripped; inflicting 4 US WHA. The 2nd booby trap was hanging from a stalk in a sugar cane field. Booby trapped mines were believed to be either M2A4 or M16A.
24 April 68 1205
At 1159 hrs. Bravo Company's 2nd platoon at grid coordinate BS787843. Element found one M-1 carbine rifle with/serial # 5116349, w/3 full magazines, assorted documents & 4 ID cards.
24 April 68 1836
Charlie Company requests a dust off at grid coordinate BS 535801, a booby trap was tripped and resulting in; 3 US WHA. Dust off completed at 1850 hrs.