Diary 23-29 Oct 1968
23 Oct - [field strength] 513. 10 & 9. Dental apt tomorrow. Quiet nite.
A Co. - Showed flag to Soui Da w/ 1 RF Co, closed 1530.
B. Co. - Opened Rt 26 w/ 1 RF Co. Closed 1500.
C Co. - Stand down. 1st day.
Scts. - Escort Wolfhounds
1.5 hour briefing on how to get VCI [Viet Cong infrastructure.]
Letter Mary Lou
No rain - 1
24 Oct - [field strength] 523. 11 & 9. Quiet nite - Scts. - Stand down.
A Co. w/ 164 RF - Open Rt 26 and RIF to the S.
B Co. w/ 1 RF Co. - Open Rt to Mo Cong. Picked up 2 VCI suspects.
C Co. - Stand down. 2nd day.
Meeting with District Chief (MAJ Mach) & Dist. Sr. Adv. (MAJ Gray). Attack [probable] during 24-29 w/ 26 most likely.
1400 Dent apt.
Letter from & to ML.
No rain - 2
25 Oct - [field strength] 529. Quiet nite-
A Co. & 164 RF -open Rt. 26 and RIF'd rubber (Found many personnel working the rubber)
B Co. & RF Co. - open road to Soui Da, dismtd RIF, 1 RF wounded. 3 VC sighted.
C Co. - stand down - 3d Day.
Scts. - Mtd/dismtd RIF'd vic. XT
2 [no additional digits] at base of mnt [Nui Ba Dinh]. Received SA fire 0930. Backed up & pounded w/ 6 AS & 700 rds Arty. Reentered 1400 w/ neg. results. Drew fire coming out. Total 8 WIA.
[This was the 4/23's last day of combat in which we sustained WIA during my command.]
2 letter & card from ML - Ltr to ML
No rain - 3rd day
26 Oct - [field strength] 547. 7 & 7. Quiet nite - Scts stand down 1st day.
A Co. w/164 Co. - Open Rt 26; Rome plow 1st day.
B Co. - Cordon village (19 suspects). Sent 1 plat to Soui Da for stationing.
C Co. - Moved to and opened FSB Bragg w/ C-7/1 [7th Squadron, 1st Air Cavalry Division [1st ACD] was OPCON to 1st BDE, 25th ID pending
the completion of the airlift of 1st BDE, 1st ACD to TNBC. Upon completion of the move, the 1st BDE, 1st ACD was to take responsibility for parts of the 25th ID TAOR while 25th ID units were being repositioned further north and east toward Cambodia.]
No mail. Wrote ML, mailed $100 check to bank.
(Light sprinkle 2000) Heavy 15 min shower
27 Oct - [field strength] 544. 9 & 7. Quiet nite - Scts stand down - 2nd day.
A Co. - Open Rt 26 - Rome plow 2nd day.
B Co. - Open road to FSB Bragg; escorted FA Btry & convoy to Grant. (One comd det [command detonated] 105 rd exploded in vic Camel [Diary contains no reference to this location], killed 1 RF and 3 RF & 1 Civ wounded).
C Co. - Secured FSB Bragg; opened Rt to FSB
Reg 614-30, para 4f - personnel in confinement will have DEROS extended to include period of time lost.
No rain - 1st day
28 Oct - [field strength] 547. 9& 7. 65 malaria. 3 months in Rawlins. Quiet nite. Scts - Escort convoys to & from FSB Bragg.
A Co. & 164 - Open Rt 26, security of RP. VTR stuck. Left out; co ordered to secure [VTR] at 2130; reached 2400.
B Co. - Sweep North of Rubber. Neg Results.
C Co. - Open road to FSB Grant & outpost.
Applied for passport [I needed a passport because I had been approved for return to the US on the USAF diplomatic support flight that left SGN. Since it stopped at a number of foreign capitals - Bangkok, New Delhi, Riyadh, and Madrid - I needed a passport. From Madrid I hoped to catch a flight to Germany to visit my father.]
rain - 2d day
Rainbow over FSB Rawlins III
29 Oct - [field strength] 563. Quiet nite. Scts - Escort convoys to & from FSB Grant.
A Co. & 164 - Open Rt 26, recover VTR.
B Co. & 2 RF Co's - RIF'd through rice fields & hedge rows. Captured 1 VC suspect.
C Co. - Open & outpost road to FSB Grant.
2 letters ML-answered ML.
No rain - 3rd day
Illegitimi nil carborundum