It was good to get our men firing the mortar again after the accident. All four supporting tanks were disabled as soldiers fought bravely for three days and suffered 34 dead and 84 wounded. The platoon was wiped out during a three-hour battle that left 31 Marines KIA, one taken prisoner, while nine Marines escaped back to their base.
This quickly became a complex rescue operation that cost the lives of 85 Marines with hundreds wounded. On May 2,it was moored in a heavily defended harbor in the Saigon River.
A total 83 NVA mm and mm rockets hit the base just before dawn, resulting in 8 killed, wounded, 10 aircraft destroyed and 49 damaged. Seven wounded survivors hid from the NVA that night until their battalion came to the rescue, which lost a total of 48 killed and 96 wounded during this battle.
He had been to the island twice and even led excavations. Later, a snuffie killed an NVA forward observer. They charged through the hilltop killing 27 soldiers from the st division and wounding I took off his helmet and held it up to the setting sun.
The enemy must have thought we had spotted them, that we would only fire if we had a target. The problem was that two of the squad members, both draftees, were two years older than I and had been in-country for months as riflemen.
We used up our mortar ammo quickly, then moved wounded Marines to the back of the perimeter, hoping to get medevac choppers in. They destroyed three large C transport aircraft, three F fighters, and damaged three more Fs.
His aide lay outside the hole, taking his flak jacket off and putting it over the general. We strolled over to examine their brand-new mortars. They found several mines, and we remained in position overnight, waiting for a general to fly in to inspect the site where Fall had been killed.
Private First Class David Wagner, among other Marines, told investigators the three gunners covered him as he loaded wounded men onto the helicopters—and said he even gave Hall ammunition.
Eventually, one of the new guys steeled himself not to dive into the trench when outgoing was fired. Several days of frontal assaults killed lots of NVA lodged in fortifications, but also killed Marines and wounded until the marines withdrew after ten days of pointless attacks. Marine garrison at Khe Sanh.
In the final phase, the Australians confronted the Vietcong force and were forced to withdraw leaving behind 2 bodies which were recovered after 40 years and sent to Australia for burial.
The first day was full of bitter complaints—about how so many NVA got across the river undetected; about the M rifles that were still unreliable; and about the rumor that high command was more concerned about the NVA taking military payment certificates off Marine bodies to spend on the black market than they were about the Marine deaths.
With a little, initial success, the North Koreans had to retreat ultimately leaving behind bodies. Now, as he and translator Noma Sarvong huddled with the man who had killed his cousin, Turner pleaded with him for the truth about what happened that day, vowing there would be no repercussions.
Velie told the Marine on the radio that he and the others should immediately take cover, because the gunships were about to arrive. Son said Hargrove had been wounded above the right knee and was hobbled, but the wound was dry, as if he had been shot the previous day.
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The VC quickly disappeared and no evidence of enemy casualties were found. In the spider trap were three M-1 carbines, two round banana clips taped end to end, two round straight clips, a poncho, a soft cover and a flashlight.
Later, I slipped while crossing a bamboo bridge that spanned a chest-deep stream. Poorly trained and unable to rely on being reinforced, the territorial forces usually provided little opposition to the VC.
Navy warships launched a raid against the Vietnamese. Internet research turns up these lost battles of the Vietnam war: 1. Battle of Ap Bac - In January32 Americans were killed and several helicopters shot down. A book about this lost battle was published, and a short account is here.
The most notable battles in that conflict are as follows. 1. Battle of Ấp Bắc. On 28 DecemberUS intelligence discovered that a large group of North Vietnamese Army (North Vietnam Army) were near the village of Ấp Bắc – deep in South Vietnam territory.
Famous Vietnam Battles. January 19,zubair, 1 Comment. The Vietnam War was both a cold war and a military conflict which happened in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from November 1, to April 30, My brother, Lt.
Robert K. Henderson, participated in the sequence of Alpha Troop events that the author Phil Keith takes the reader through, step by step, leading to the rescue of Charlie Company in Vietnam.
The Vietnam War lasted from 1 November to 30 Aprilofficially between North Vietnam (North Vietnam) and South Vietnam (South Vietnam).
In reality, it was an international war between the French at first and then the United States and its allies on the side of South Vietnam, and the Communist Bloc on the side of North Vietnam.
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