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Diary 30 Oct-5 Nov 1968

30 Oct - [field strength] 547. Quiet nite. Scts - Escort convoys to & from FSB Grant.
A Co. & 164 - Open Rt 26; outpost to
[36].
B Co. - RIF'd N of Rawlins. Encountered 5 VC and engaged with SA - neg. results.
Found small base camp.
C Co. Open & outpost road to FSB Grant.
No mail.
No rain - 4th day


Happy 37th Birthday Colonel!!


Col Neilson and Mess Sgt. Schmidt


FSB Rawlins III Mess Tent

 

31 Oct - [field strength] 545. 7 & 8. Unquiet nite. [At] 2000 rec'd 3 rds of U/I [unidentified] arty. Suspected to be 105 from ARVN out of FSB Hull.
Scts - Escort convoys to & from FSB Grant.
A Co. & 164 - Open Rt 26; RIF'd north rubber.
B Co. & RF Co. Show flag at Mo Cong; detained 1 person.
C Co. Open & outpost road to FSB Grant. Found two mines.
No mail. Wrote ML
5th day
no rain

1 Nov - [field strength] 542. 6 & 6. Quiet nite. Scts - Escort convoys to & from Grant.
A Co. & 164 - Open Rt 26; sweep south along stream 1st day of 2 day AP - departed 1800
B Co. - RIF'd north of Bragg.
C Co. Open & outpost rt to Grant.
Rec'd letter ML - wrote ML.
Signed passport picture
6th day
no rain

 

2 Nov - [field strength] 545. 6 & 6. Quiet nite. Scts - Escort convoys to & from FSB Grant.
A Co. & 164 - Open Rt 26; sweep north thru rubber. Found old BC. 2nd day of 2 day AP.
B Co. - Stand down.
C Co. Open & outpost rt to Grant.
Rec'd letter ML - wrote ML.
Light rain in AM.

 

3 Nov - [field strength] 543. 4 & 7. Quiet night. Scts - Stand down to 1230. Open road to Bragg. Escorted convoy.
A Co. - Stand down. AP returned; neg results.
B Co. w/164 -Opened road. Swept N of Rt 26. Neg results.
C Co. RIF'd 0830-1200. Opened & outpost road. 1 convoy left MG 1300.
No mail
Light case - Ho Chi Minh revenge. Temp 101.3
1st day no rain.

4 Nov - [field strength] 553. 4 & 7. 66 Malaria. Quiet night. Scts - Stand down to 1230. Op'd road to Bragg & escorted convoy.
A Co. - Constructed FSB Rawlins in a one co, one btry configuration.
B Co. -Opened Rt 26. Moved to TNBC, prepare for night air assault.
C Co. Stand down until 1230.Opened & out posted road.
1 convoy.
No mail
Temp 99.2
BG Long
[25th ID ADC(M)] very unhappy about charts. [No idea what charts]
2nd day no rain
.

5 Nov - [field strength] 547. 4 & 6. Quiet night. Scts - Stand down to 1230. Op'd road to Bragg & escorted convoy to Grant.
A Co. & 164 - Open Rt 26 to CP 25, then returned and worked on FSB Rawlins.
B Co. - Night CA
[combat [air] assault, one of the most dangerous missions for infantry. This was the first AM operation since we left SGN in July.] to Mo Cong. Cordon & search w/ 2 RF Co's 7 1 CRIP. 31 Suspects (12 deserters, 7 Blacklist, 2 VC, 6 susp VC, 3 ID)
C Co. RIF 7 outpost road to Grant - 1 AP.
2 letters ML
3d day no rain
.

From the 25th ID CG Journal, 5 November 1968:
"...don't leave "monuments to defeat" (abandoned APC's, tanks, etc) ..."

By 1968, the shoulders and ditches alongside Routes 22, 26, 13,4 and 243 were littered with the remains of USA and ARVN inoperable, burned, severely damaged, rusting, wheeled and tracked vehicle hulks. Prior to the CG's orders, neither I nor anyone else in the chain of command paid much attention to them. We had a war to fight and there were never enough troops, recovery vehicles, or time available to return these hulks to TNBC or CC. Consequently, only salvageable vehicles were considered worth of recovery and then on an "as possible' basis at the time of occurrence.

To accomplish the CG's order required organization of a combat and support force; assembly of one or more VTR, LTR, or wreckers; tractor-trailer cabs and low boy trailers; and diversion of combat troops from their normal duties.

Once the order was passed, we went about it judiciously as is mentioned in later entries.
CN



Cliff Neilson
Mohawk 6
May-Nov 1968
 

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