Diary 14-20 Aug 1968
14 Aug - Start 14 week. 95 days. Quiet nite - C Co. Dismounted sweep through Rubber to NE to suspect BC [NVA/VC base camp]. R mtd sweep through rubber. A Co. swept road. B Co. OPCON D. C Co. got contact with several individuals. AK47. 2 WIA. Discovered 2 BC - total 35 bunkers. 11 destroyed.
B & C Co's switched at 1700 hrs. 2 scout dog teams arrived.
15 Aug - Quiet nite - B Co. RIF'd north of rubber. R & F [Flame] formed block. [this is the first mention of Flame Platoon committed to a mission.] A Co. on road. C Co. OPCON D. R OPCON at 1600. A Co. returned.
16 Aug - Quiet nite - B Co. stood down. A Co. went OPCON to D to open road from 0600-1200. Returned to NDP at 1300. C Co. OPCON 3/22 [3d Battalion, 22nd Infantry, a leg outfit normally assigned to 1st BDE). R OPCON D.
Arty battery left for Prek Lock [probably Loc or Lok.] at 1600. Wrote ML.
17 Aug - Quiet nite. C Co. OPCON 3/22. A Co. (-) stand down. Arty btry returned 0800. B Co. swept rubber to NW. Got 3 VC suspects. Rec'd intel at 1200 of VC conc (500) in rubber to NE. [In retrospect, these sightings were probably of NVA troops moving into position for the Battle for Tay Ninh.] A (-) & B Co's moved out 1430. Swept area until 1715. 3 VC fired at - neg results. Returned at 1900. AP Patrol 3/22 spotted large VC formation.
18 Aug - [This was the first day of the 9 day battle of Tay Ninh city.] Capt. Montgomery [CO, A Co.] departed R & R.
Unquiet nite - attack on Tay Ninh, Nui Ba Dinh, FSB Buell. All quiet at FSB Rawlins. At 1st lite, A Co. moved out to sweep road to [checkpoint] M. B Co. to move to Soui Da. Plans changed to move SE of Tay Ninh. Enter TN at 1400. Contact at 1715. D Co 2/27 OPCON [2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Wolfhounds]. Fought to 1930. A Co & D Co. CO wounded. [Butch Sincock (in April 2004); thinks the acting A Co. CO may have been a Lt. Hirsch.] Denied arty clearance. Gun ships used. Extracted & night laager on east end of bridge. C OPCON 3/22. 7 wounded plus 10 from mine. 1 A Co track dest. D -2/27 had 2 KIA, 4 WIA. Did not get [recover bodies of] 2 KIA.
19 Aug - 55th malaria pill. Quiet nite - 0800 A & B Co's moved to block on west side of bridge. Recovered 2 KIA from D-2/27. VN civ report pulled out to SE. 1200 change in orders. B Co. moved to FSB then went OPCON 3/4 Cav. 3/4 Cav on road CP C. A Co. blocked to SE on NDP.
Dreadnaught swept N. C Co. OPCON Dreadnaught. A & B Co's closed NDP w/ A -1/5 & A-3/4.
20 Aug - 1.5+1.5+2.0+2.25+2.25+2.0=11.5 C Co. OPCON Dreadnaught. Quiet nite - not a round fired. Jumped off with A-1/5 on N; A-3/4 on road; B-4/23 dismtd on South into rubber. Blown culvert vic. CP C stopped mtd. elem. [mounted element.] Arty prep & AS. A-4/23 in reserve at FSB. [My C & C] Helicopter had tail rotor failure at 20-30'. Crashed. No injuries.
Contact started half [way] between CP C & [CP] O. B Co. suffered 3 KIA, 3 WIA, 1 APC. Withdrew. Pounded area with arty, CS, and air strikes for 4 hours. Moved in 1720. Met scattered enemy resistance, withdrew. Did not recover body of SGT. Couch, B Co. B Co. [had] 3K, 11 W. BC [body count] 10. A-1/5 1 K.
Gone But Always Remembered
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