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May 11, 1968

Bruce Swander

“At 0800h, A/C go opcon to the RFPF’s for a sweep of the area, B Co is still opcon to 3/39.  At 1715h, C has 3 WIA, and 1 KIA:Sgt(+) Gregory Russell  C Co. He would subsequently be awarded the DSC posthumously.”

May 11, 1968

C Company

“C Company proceeded down Highway 5A, leaving the road south of Xom Tan Liem to cautiously cross open paddies to reach what was left of Da Phuoc.”

May 11, 1968

Rach Giu

C company 3rd platoon moving toward a river NE of Rach Giu comes under fire.  Greg Russell KIA earning DSC at stream crossing.

May 12, 1968

B Company

B company continues heavy contact near Y bridge.

May 12, 1968

Bruce Swander

Two more men KIA: Cpl Lyle Hansen  B Co. SP4 Dennis Jones  B Co. Jones also would be awarded the DSC posthumously.

May 13, 1968

May 13, 1968

From Jim MacMasters timeline. B 6/31st.  was in contact with the enemy while OPCON to 3/39 resultinjg in 14 VC killed.   FSB Smoke receives 5 rounds of 82mm and 107 artillery fire.  No US casualties.

May 14, 1968

Battle comes to a close

Third Brigade reports 876 enemy killed in the defense of Saigon.  Brigade soldiers killed in action 43.  Brigade wounded 253.

May 16, 1968

B Company

“When Captain John DeVore took command of B Company on the afternoon of May 16, less than a full-strength platoon remained.”

May 16, 1968

Outcome of Cholon

“For its part in the battle, the 6th Battalion 31st Infantry earned its first Valorous Unit Award and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Sixteen Bearcats had earned medals for valor in the battalion’s first major battle.”

May 25, 1968

May 25, 1968

FSB Smoke took 18, 82mm mortar rounds with no US casualties

May 30, 1968

May 30, 1968

FSB Smoke.  Abortive VC mortar attack.  Some 20 rounds of 82mm fire were directed ast the FSB with all rounds landing substantially short.

Jun 2, 1968

June 2, 1968

6/31st with the 2nd Brigade along with 3/39th and 5/60th in operation Toan Thang II

Jun 5, 1968

Encircles VC Battalion

Complete encirclement of Viet Cong battlion which tried to storm Saigon from the South.

Jun 11, 1968

Smoke

“The battalion was detached to II Field Force, operating out of Fire Base Smoke again.”

Jun 23, 1968

Bravo

B Company moved west to guard the Binh Dien Bridge on National Route 4.

Jun 23, 1968

June 23, 1968 command change

6/31st OPCON passed from II Field Force back to 3rd Brigade, 9th Division.  Battalion moved back to Binh Chan setting up FSB Smoke II. (from Jim MacMaster timeline notes)

Jun 24, 1968

June 24, 1968 under operational control of 1st Brigade

OPCON to 1st Brigade for Operation Toan Thang II in conjunction with Long An Sector Forces.

Jun 26, 1968

June 26, 1968

Battalion Moved to Nha Be and Tan An. B Company returned to secure Bien Duc bridge at Binh Chanh.  Rest of battalion moved to just south of Tan An.  AT this time, there were three major missions fo the 6/31st:  Tank farm security at Hha Be,  Bien Duc bridge for security, and Tan An airstrip […]

Jun 28, 1968

Charlie

C Company engaged an entrenched enemy force southwest of Tan An. The ensuing battle resulted in losses to all three of C Company’s rifle platoons.

Jul 8, 1968

Mortar attack

“On July 8, a mortar attack wounded 14 members of the battalion near the Binh Dien Bridge”””

Jul 9, 1968

Nha Be

“July 9, four rounds of 75mm recoilless rifle fire hit the fuel tank complex, setting one of the huge oil tanks ablaze, but there were no casualties and no other damage.”

Jul 9, 1968

Ron Raymond

0200 hrs. Shell Oil in Nha Be gets hit by rocket attack during the night while I was pulling watch in tower above the Co. Hdqtrs

Jul 11, 1968

Ron Raymond

On July 11th Private Roberts drowns while crossing a stream during operations in the Mekong Delta.

Jul 13, 1968

Ron Raymond

July 13th – Delta Co. on military operations with MRF – going on offensive with the Navy in Mekong Delta waterways.

Jul 16, 1968

July 16, 1968 assignments

B Company secured the Bien Dien bridge. A Company and D Company secured Binh Chanh. C Company secured the Nha Be tank farm.

Jul 18, 1968

Nha Be

“On July 18, four 122mm rockets hit the base, but again there were no casualties.”

Aug 7, 1968

Alpha

To assist Charlie A Company was inserted into a blocking position to the east and three companies of the 3-39th Infantry were brought in to complete the cordon.

Aug 7, 1968

Dong Tam

Dong Tam now official headquarters of the 9th Division in Vietnam.

Aug 7, 1968

Bearcat turned over

Turned over to Royal Thai Panter Division.

Aug 7, 1968

Charlie

Charlie Company with a new commander walks into a VC battalion perimeter NE of Can giouc

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