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May 1, 1970

John Bullock

Got on a chopper and joined the platoon at Gettysburg.

May 5, 1970

John Bullock

“Near FSB Gettysburg. …I have been out in the field since the 2nd [I was choppered out with supplies to the platoon in the field, where they were sitting somewhere near the Cambodian border.  I was told to piss on the east side of the position, as if I pissed on the west side I [...]

May 5, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Chamberlain…got here this afternoon by chinook from F.S.B. Gettysburg. Rumor has it we will be here 2 weeks. If they don’t get some clothes out here, they won’t be able to stand us for two weeks. You all think it’s hot there (Iowa), try 110 – 120 once. At 80 – 90 its cold. Chamberlain [...]

May 6, 1970

John Bullock

“FSB Chamberlain. They didn’t have a place for us to sleep in here last night, so they sent us out on an AP [Think maybe they were doing a buildup in Chamberlain before Cambodia?] “

May 6, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Takes 4 days for a letter to get out….if I’m in the field takes a day or two more…have to come by chopper with our resupply. Tell Mom that the 9th Div. Patch is red on top, blue on bottom and white in center. That’s the one we wear on khakis. Patch on fatigues is [...]

May 7, 1970

Cambodia

“From Military reports. During this phase, CIDG elements and three companies from 6th Battalion, 31 Infantry, 3rd Bde, 9th Inf Div, were committed in the area of the Parrots’s Beak to prevent enemy reoccupation, to destroy remaining enemy forces and to search for enemy caches.  The discovery of numerous caches in the area prompted the [...]

May 8, 1970

Chantrea

All of Alpha is at Chantrea. Bravo had been lifted in.  Delta follows.

May 8, 1970

John Bullock

Platoon pinned down in sweep on Chantrea.

May 9, 1970

Chantrea

After arty and air strikes Chantrea is entered.  Weapons found. Contact subsides. At night remaining enemy make a break through Southwest side of Chantrea where no defense is and arty can’t reach.

May 9, 1970

John Bullock

Company makes successful sweep of part of Chantrea.

May 10, 1970

John Bullock

Sweep of Chantrea complete.

May 10, 1970

Cambodia

Companies are scattered. Delta at Tnaot.  Alpha moved north of Chantrea

May 11, 1970

Cambodia

Echo comes into a hot lz. New arty volunteer recon sgt killed after less than three weeks in the field.

May 11, 1970

John Bullock

“We are in Cambodia now about 5 days and expect to be here another week anyway. Most of our battalion is here chasing the gooks out and destroying training areas and supplies here. We should have a slack off in fighting when we get back to Nam. Old Nixon said he’d get us out of [...]

May 12, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Chamberlain. Goodby Cambodia, hello Nam–boy, I’m glad to be back. We can go back to fighting 2 or 3 instead of a platoon and company size elements. Got out without a scratch and got put in for a couple medals so I can’t complain, but I’d sooner I hadn’t been there. …entire U.S. Operations have [...]

May 12, 1970

Cambodia

A Company spotted and engaged ten or more enemy. One American was wounded in the exchange and was evacuated after the fight.

May 12, 1970

John Bullock

“FSB Chamberlain. Well, I am glad to get back to Vietnam, where things are peaceful and quiet. I hope we get to stand down soon cause I’m a little jumpy… We were on 50% alert at night almost every night there… …That must be some map you have. Does it show Parrot’s Beak, and the [...]

May 13, 1970

John Bullock

“Chamberlain. …we have been out for 2 or 3 weeks setting up AP’s around… The Colonel of our Bn came by this morning and gave us a well done on our operations in Cambodia… Each platoon is divided into 2 to 4 squads. Ours had 3 squads when I came into company, but now has [...]

May 13, 1970

Robert Stewart

“Back from Cambodia.  Letter home notes Lt. Holderness, Niner Alpha, put in for Silver Star. “

May 13, 1970

Brigade Losses

“In Cambodia May of 1970 the 3rd Bde 9th lost 17 KIA and 62 WIA.  In June, 3 more KIA and 65 WIA. May losses are probably all numbers for 6/31st. .”

May 14, 1970

John Bullock

Eagle Flight. 4 insertions.

May 14, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Loafing around out of the rain, trying to keep dry. We walk in mud and sleep in mud anymore. Guess it will be that way until Dec. If we remain in this part of the country. The 6/31st of the 9th Div. made the Armed Forces Radio news here and the Stars and Stripes where [...]

May 15, 1970

John Bullock

“Chamberlain. …it rains about every day… Yesterday we made 4 insertions by chopper and AP in the brush, then came in this morning. Tonight we AP again I guess, then pull bunker guard tomorrow night here… Sergeant Cox, my Iowa born platoon sergeant, said he would talk to LT Hall about my signing up for [...]

May 16, 1970

John Bullock

Chamberlain. …we set up an AP last night in the rain and slept in the water all night. We are spending the day here and pulling bunker guard here tonight. Our LT thinks we will be going to FSB Gettysburg to help tear that place down… From now on they are going to put 2 [...]

May 18, 1970

John Bullock letter

Chamberlain. ….we leave for F.S.B. Gettysburg. We’re tearing the place down and giving it back to the Plain of Reeds. We’ve been loafing so much it’s getting on our nerves….isn’t much to do but sleep…like to see a movie but doesn’t look like we will go into Ben Luc for awhile. We’ve been spending days [...]

May 18, 1970

John Bullock

“Chamberlain. I got the cake you sent 3 days ago. We dug in through the marshmallows and ate away, and ate the marshmallows too… I guess we leave Chamberlain today for Gettysburg… Rumor is everywhere that the 9th is still leaving in July… There’s little chance that I’ll go home with the 9th. Only those [...]

May 20, 1970

John Bullock

“Gettysburg. Supposedly the artillery is to be removed the 23rd, so we won’t be here very long after that. From then on the 6/31 is going to have two companies operating out of FSB Chamberlain.”

May 20, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Hope this May weather is good in Iowa. It’s hot here during the day, and we don’t operate. Mostly because the V.C. don’t travel during the day. At night we set up ambushes. I doubt if the 6/31 will go back to Cambodia before Nixon’s six weeks are up, otherwise Gettysburg wouldn’t be closed. We’d [...]

May 21, 1970

John Bullock

Gettysburg. Guess we are AP-ing again tonight… Tore down bunker. Went to a.p. by ACV.

May 23, 1970

John Bullock

Happy Birthday. A.p. on Bobo Canel by ACV.

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