Diary 5 - 11 June 1968
5 June - 1:45+2:00+1:00. [This is the first diary entry recording hours accumulated for my command & control helicopter hour usage. The digits show the number of hours on that day. When I accumulated 25 hours of combat-related missions, I submitted a form, requesting award of an Air Medal (or oak leaf cluster(s)). At the end of my tour, I had received 6 A.M.s, about average for a 25th ID battalion commander.] Quiet nite. Airmobiled [AM] A & C into LZs due W of TSN on edge of swamp at 1020 & 1050. Pickup 1245. LZ 1300. Pickup 1500. Closed 1530. Critiqued airmobile exercises - several S1/S4 problems - no ice. Went to TSN off club for 2 hrs. Ltr fr ML.
6 June - [field strength] 554 Heavy rain. Quiet nite - airmobile exercises canceled because of difficulty in Manchu AO [Manchu was the nickname of the 9th Infantry, a battalion of which was assigned the 25th Div. AO was area of operations, short
for TAOR]. B Co. moved to new location. A Co. conducted mtd [mounted] RIF & C Co. dismtd RIF. Visited bridge. Took Co Comdrs to supper. On return Intel report of big atk - 18 Bns.
Strength [MTOE authorized for combat elements in field]
7 June - 2+1 3/4+ 1 3/4+ 1 ˝ + ˝ [Field strength] 567. Quiet nite. Spotted RKTS [probably either 107mm or 122mm rockets, used by NVA to attack Saigon] being fired. Airmobiled B Co. in at 0910 to ck RKTS site - A Co. lost a/c [probably meaning a troop-carrying helicopter] had to
secure 6 slightly injured. A & B Co. continued to AM until 1530. B Co. given mission to conduct night sweep. D 1/27 OPCON [to 4/23] for night sweep. B Co. sprung ambush vic XS709978. Killed 3 VC carry rice 2130. No mail.
8 June - 1 3/4+2 1/4+1+3/4 [Field strength] 561. Airmobile A & C Co. A Co. hit small VC unit vic XS 694935 at 1030. Rooted them out. Killed 6 & captured 3 weapons. Gun ships killed 1. B Co. stood down. Col Miller [CO, 2d Bde] guidance-Keep one company active each nite. No mail.
9 June - Switched Mohawk prime command [FM radio net frequency] to 32.80. Quiet nite. B Co. stand down until 1630 - moved out to NL w/ tracks - will have RP. A & C Co. moved out 0800 - bad traffic jam - jumped off dismtd 1000. RIF for approx. 7 KM. Neg. results. Notified 1400 to put Co. in blocking psn. Moved C Co. to psn, closed 1630 with 4.2 mortar [platoon] & 3 tanks. C Co. went OPCON to Trojan [3d Bde] 1800. Rec'd 2 letters ML, 1 tape ML, 1 letter Shirley.
10 June - [Field strength] 542. 45th malaria pill. Quiet nite. B Co. spotted rct firing site; swept area, neg; C Co. OPCON Trojan in blocking position. A Co. RIF'd. Neg. Results.
11 June - [Field strength] 544. OPCON 3d Bde Col Ashley. Quiet nite. B Co. operated NDP vic. Rainy Towels [unknown radio call sign] village. Neg results. A & C Co. RIF'd. Neg results. 1200 OPCON 3d Bde [next items must have been the CO's guidance] 1st establish patrol base - co size - and maintain
pressure nite and day. 2d - increase scty of Rt 1 bridge by AP [ambush patrol]. 3d - Continue to stir around. B Co. given nite patrol base mission. Recon on bridge. At 1900, culvert blown 1500 m from B Co. - neg results from nite activities,
Illegitimi nil carborundum