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Archive for September, 1968

Sep 11, 1968

Dong Tam

Battalion moves to Dong Tam

Sep 12, 1968

September 12, 1968

C/6/31 – Moved to Dong  Tam with the AO responsibility turned over to the 4/47th.

Sep 15, 1968

Bruce Swander

“C Co has highway and local security tasks.  At 0200h, James Belthrop and Clifford Meyers (E Co) WIA from satchels.  B/D out on patrol.  Later that afternoon, A/B/D go opcon to 3/47.  C has another WIA from small-arms fire, hit in leg.”

Sep 17, 1968

Bruce Swander

“A/D Co’s load onto boats to be inserted.  Bunkers found throughout the day, no contact.  At 1810h, Pfc Lionel Maldonado-Torres (A Co) slipped into the water while reloading back onto the boat.  The record doesn’t show his remains being found later on the 17th, and I haven’t pulled the 18th or 19th, but his official [...]

Sep 22, 1968

Bruce Swander

“C Co stayed in the field from their NDP, the other Co’s coming in by boat.  At 1000h, C has a WIA (unkn – back wound) and a Navy man WIA from a stray bullet as LZ is under fire.  Arty and gunships called in.  At 1335, C has another WIA(unkn) due to a fractured [...]

Sep 23, 1968

Bruce Swander

“C Co locates an ammo cache and captures a POW.  The POW escapes at 1100h while they were crossing a stream.  Gilbert Riddle (D Co) is dusted off due to malaria.  At 1350h, Daniel W McCarthy (C Co) dusted off due to broken leg.  E Co assigned as FO for A/D Companies.”

Sep 24, 1968

Bruce Swander

“Convoy heads out from Dong Tam.  At 1810h, E Co has a 3/4 ton truck hit by landmine, 4 WIA.  Dustoff called.  Report comes in at 2000h that Pfc Christopher Minton (E Co), dies of wounds sustained from the blast.  It turned the truck over and a second truck is stuck in the mud.”

Sep 25, 1968

Bruce Swander

“Starting at 0825h, A reports they are under attack.  At 1025h, Sgt Ronald L Summers (A Co) is WIA from AK-47 wound to the neck.  (He would later die of this wound sustained on 8 Oct 68).  Contact continues most of the day, and at 1640h, A reports 4 more WIA.  Anticipating more attacks, Maj [...]

Sep 26, 1968

D Company 3rd Platoon

D Companies 3rd platoon inserted by air near My Than in a joint operation with PF’s..  Surrounded by VC.  Eight men hit in opening contact fire.  Five die that day.

Sep 26, 1968

Ron Raymond

Five soldiers killed in Delta Co.

Sep 26, 1968

A&B Company join the fight

A&D companies join Delta against a large enemy force.  More wounded as the day progresses.

Sep 26, 1968

B company reports

10 VC killed and 8 Americans wounded. One died later as a result of wounds: John R. Klotz.

Sep 27, 1968

Battle continues

“Several choppers shot down including a medivac, the C&C and a gun ship.  Rangers added to the troops on the ground”

Sep 28, 1968

Ron Raymond

Delta Company Co’s final farewell.

Sep 28, 1968

Battle draws to close

Remaining enemy slip away.  In total the battalion has lost 7 dead and twentysix wounded.

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