Three task forces would close out GI ground operations. As opened, only two U. Five of those battalions were gone within the first two months of the year. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment also still maintained one squadron the 2nd in-country. Its G and F troops lost a total of three men KIA, all armor crewmen in separate incidents, early in the year.
Infantry KIA occurred only sporadically, mostly in the first three months of the year. A squad leader in D Co. I came home during the large-scale troop pull out in March, but a lot of my men were still there for the finale in August. These were not nice times. In April, his unit was the farthest north, with men working the bush around Charlie Ridge. Jim Gales was a gunner with an 81mm mortar crew of B Co.
Most of my platoon went to the 3rd Bn. Fortunately, they all made it out alive. Its troopers stayed in the field, doggedly pursuing the enemy.
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A squad leader of an 81mm mortar crew attached to E Co. Maximo Carraso arrived in Vietnam in January He was based at a mini-firebase in March and April. Even after moving back to Bien Hoa in August, we were hit by mm rockets. We could see them being launched; they sounded like speeding freight trains. Elvis Osborne and Spec.
After helicopter gunships raked the NVA bunker complex there, the team went in to assess the damage.
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Either rocket fire or a command-detonated bomb rigged as a mechanical ambush device claimed their lives. H Company ceased combat operations by mid-July. A month later, on Aug. Ranger unit to serve in Vietnam.
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It was credited with the longest continuous combat tenure of any Ranger outfit in U. Some men were assigned to the company plus an artillery forward observer and his radio operator, four medics and three Kit Carson Scouts former enemy Vietnamese. A brand-new arrival to the war and the 1st Cav was Marc G. Sandler Heller led the 4th Plt.
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We were in the field well past the time the President announced the U. We got the word live on the radio as we were boarding a slick for another insertion and patrol. We did combat assaults, set ambushes on trails and blew bunker complexes up to the last. The last guys out of the bush that August said good-bye to Vietnam with a mag and a frag.
Men in the 1st Cavalry did heroic things for each other without hesitation. I am proud to have been one of their commanders. Unlike the 3rd Bn. No press was on hand to greet our last patrol, so our last mission went unrecorded.
Along with B Btry. Rocco Negris stood before the specially handpicked men of D Co. Evacuated to the 95th Evacuation Hospital in DaNang, he was the last line infantryman wounded in the war. John Vermilion, were the last to be Lifted out of the field by helicopter on that history-making mission. When the entire operation was completely done, Sgt. Roger Drouet was among those extracted from the field on Aug.
An M machine gunner, he participated in 25 aerial missions from January through July. We set up listening posts on trails outside night defensive positions, which were often probed by sappers. Memories of the sounds, sights and smells of these operations never go away.
An 11D20—armor recon specialist— he started out with the 2nd Sqdn. Amir Hekmati, 36, a Marine veteran who was imprisoned and abused by Iranian authorities on accusations he was a spy, has filed a lawsuit against the U. A woman faces a murder charge in connection with the Nov. Fort Drum officials honored Lt. Federal immigration officials have lodged what's known as an immigration detainer against a suspect charged in the hit-and-run death of a year-old Vietnam veteran in Norristown, Pa.
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