Diary 7 -13 Aug 1968
7 Aug - Start 13 week. Quiet nite - B Co. on road mission. A & C Co’s RIF big rubber to SE. R OPCON D-A. Neg. results. 2100 - C spotted 2 persons 200 m from wire on NW side of perimeter. A & C Co’s fired M79. A Co. fired 1 81 mm, short rd, wounded 1 [from] Flame (Died 9 Aug). 2200 - A Co spotted 3-5 men SE of perimeter. Fired M79, Killer Jr. [ Nickname for a type of artillery direct fire technique used by towed 105 mm and mechanized 155 mm howitzers; the suffix Junior or Senior was applied to 105 or 155 projectiles, respectively.. The crew set mechanical time-fused high explosive (HE) projectiles to burst approximately 30 feet off the ground at ranges of 200 to 1,000 meters. The explosion pattern spread shrapnel in a cone shape. Since firing a fuse setting less than what corresponded to a range of 650 meters placed both the firing crew and other friendly troops in close proximity in danger, Killer was used only in combat emergency situations. (The name Killer came from the radio call sign of the 1st Bn (105 mm), 8th Arty Regt, 25th ID Artillery that perfected the technique.)] All quiet after 2200. No mail, wrote ML.
Control of firing
8 Aug - Quiet nite - Super contact team began arriving 0730. Maj Dendtler OIC [Officer-in-Charge. The 25th ID sent the team to help restore a unit to greater combat readiness. It was composed of skilled repair & maintenance personnel capable of fixing the entire spectrum of
battalion equipment from radios to stoves.] All Co’s stood down. Contact team did not bring needed parts. LTC Wolf visited. Very unhappy about B Co. stowage. [Neat and orderly storage of APC equipment and supplies was a 7th Army measuring “yardstick” to gauge combat readiness. LTC Wolf had not been in RVN long enough to conclude there were more effective measures. The
soon-to-come Battle for Tay Ninh city would disabuse him of this “Old Army” “yardstick.” Consequently he] Threaten [me] relief from command. No mail. Wrote ML.
PVT Dunn [or Dinn] Medic driver
Gone But Always Remembered
9 Aug - Check parts van. Quiet nite - A & B Co’s RIF’d area to east of big rubber - found base camp XT343373.
C Co. on road. One man shot himself playing Russian Roulette. R relieved OPCON D. B Co. moved out 1830 to establish FSB OPCON to D. R arrived 1845. Started small malaria pill. No mail.
No personal weapons or foreign.
Gone But Always Remembered
10 Aug - Quiet night - A Co. spotted movement - 2-3 personnel. Neg. results. A Co. & R RIF’d W of Rubber. A Co. found 3 -100 lbs [sacks of] rice. BDE CO found B Co. Short 85 flak vests & 75 steel helmets. B Co. OPCON D. No mail.
LP-do not come in on sighting; [go out] well-armed; [use] Claymores
11 Aug - Unquiet nite - A Co. LP spotted 3 personnel. Sprang ambush, fire mortars, & arty. Neg results. RIF’d in Rubber w A Co. - R searched village by ford - neg. results. B Co. OPCON D.
Names, number, signs on track
SHORTAGES HHC 0 0 0
HHC 0 0 0
Letter from & to ML
12 Aug - 54th malaria pill. Quiet nite - R stand down. A Co. RIF’d rubber east of airstrip. B Co. OPCON D. C Co. opened road, arrived NDP 1710.
Machetes, pioneer tools
13 Aug Quiet nite. C Co. dismounted sweep alongside rubber SE then circle back through Rubber. R block. B Co. OPCON D. A Co. on road. Neg results. B Co. has 6 wounded by command det claymore vic. Base of Nui Ba Din. Letter from & to ML