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Diary 16-22 OCT 1968

 

16 Oct - [field strength] 461. (10 APC & 6 TRACK). Quiet nite. Scts escort 2 btrys arty to FSB Washington II, secured & returned.

A Co. - Open Rt 22(1 plat), escort DT-TN-DT convoy (1 plat).
B Co. - Stand down 3d day.
C Co. - Open Rt 26 w/RF
2 APs

Letter ML & Pop

17 Oct - [field strength] 453. 10 APC & 6 TRACK. Received today accelerated promotions 1-E6, 3-E5, 10-E4. Quiet nite. Scts - same as Oct 16.

A Co. - Open Rt 26 w /RF Co.
B Co. - Stand down 4th day.
C Co. - Escort DT-TN-DT convoy.
1 AP

No mail

18 Oct - [field strength] 464. 10 APC & 6 Track. Quiet nite. - Scts same as Oct 16.
OPN THUNDER ROAD II - DAY 1

A Co. - Open Rt 4; linked up at 1230; depart 1815.
B Co. - moved to NDP (XT287657) at1300, arrived 1530 w/ 1 plat C Co.
C Co. - Escort, closed 2100.
Engineers had 1 DT & 1 10T tractor cab hit mine. 1 WIA (mod)

 

19 Oct - [field strength] 469. Quiet nite - Scts same as Oct 16.
DAY 2

A Co. - Open Rt 4; linked up 1 km N CP White at 1045. Secured VTR opn. Returned Rawlins 1930.
B Co. - Open Rt 4 from NDP to A Co. at 1045. Found 2 mines. Returned NDP 1700.
C Co. - Escort 2 round trips (3 hrs per rd trip) closed 1800. 78 dump trucks moved to FF.

2 letters from ML

Move of DL track from MP [motor pool at TNBC] to field - M548 HQ 94 (D26)
XO List

AGI 19-21 Oct
S-2 - Clearance of TOC Personnel
Classified document secured
S-3 had no program records
CMMI
Maint on individual & TA & unit equip
Send maint personnel to work with CMMI Team
Security of small arms - Key control

 

20 Oct - [field strength] 492. 10& 8[This style notation about DL APC & tracks continues.] Quiet nite - storm hit 0130; heavy rain (8-10") and high winds until 1200. All operations called off except short RIF's by B & C Co's. Maint & police 1300-1700.

No mail

21 Oct - [field strength] 489. 64 malaria. Quiet nite -IG INSPECTION (less CMMI) went well. All area satisfactory except A Co. security.

THUNDER ROAD II - Day 3

A Co. - Open Rt 4, linked up 0930 at PL Pink. Change of Command
[most likely, CPT Beech relieved CPT Montgomery] Closed NDP Mohawk w/ 1 Plat B Co. at 1930.
B Co. - Open Rt 4, linked up 0930. Departed
[?] P at 1900. Secure 175 gun. Closed____
C Co. - Escort 3 round trips (approx 150 DT plus misc) Closed RC - 2100.

Letter from ML & Vic

CMMI - Wpns 90 [% score out of 100]
Tac & Spt eq 80
Commo 90
Spec Purpose Eq 94
Chem 92
Maint Opns 88
Tracks 74

From the 25th ID CG Journal:
The requirements for crushed rock in the reconstruction of Bao Co have been increased to 200 dump truck loads and the requirement for laterite to 150 dump truck loads.

 

22 Oct - [field strength] 490. 7 & 9. Thunder Road - Day 4 (Last day) Quiet nite.

A Co. -Moved out of NDP; opened Rt 4 to CP White at 0930. Closed Tay Ninh 1930.
B Co. - Escort . Closed FSB R 1830
["closed", in this sense, means arrived]
C Co. - Open Rt 4 to CP White. Closed FSB R 1930.
Scts - Escort
.

No mail-wrote Vic

MII3 WATER OPNS REQUIREMENTS (p 64-65 - Driver's Manual) [Apparently we had been ordered to prepare for water operations; the items below were critical ones to be checked before the M113 entered the water or it would sink!]
Trim Vane
Side Shrouds (2)
No RPG holes
[doubtful this was in the Driver's Manual]
Drain Plug Hull (30)
Drain Plug Final Drive (2)
Bilge Pump (2)
Ramp Seal
Ramp Door Seal
Engine Door Seal
Tow Pintles

Rain

 

Cliff Neilson
Mohawk 6
May-Nov 1968
 

Illegitimi nil carborundum

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