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Vietnam War Stories - Vietnam Savaş Hikayeleri

A Camp In The Clouds
By 1964 the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong had successfully expanded their operations in Laos and South Vietnam. The cost to the U.S. military in manpower had reached 225 servicemen.

Haunting Promises
U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group, Detachment B-43, Chi Lang Seven Moutains of the Delta, Vietnam – 25th February 1971. The mission of this 5th Special Forces Detachment was to train Cambodian battalions for redeployment in their home country.

Run For Life
By November 1965, General Vo Nguyen Giap's regular North Vietnamese Army divisions had begun a bloody testing of the American divisions on the battlefield, and large numbers of American troops were becoming casualties. Major unit commanders needed to know what was outside the range of influence of their heaviest guns. As in every war, secret long-range patrols were the answer.

Operation Tuscaloosa
An Hoa Basin, South Vietnam – Arizona Territory: My liberty ship docked at the bustling port of Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam in late December 1966. I was a Marine infantryman, MOS 0311. As a replacement I was assigned to one of the rifle battalions of the 5th Marine Regiment. In Vietnam, the 5th Marines had fought ferocious jungle battles around the beleaguered Marine Firebase Con Thien in the fall of 1966.

Oops, The Russians Are Coming!
The Tet offensive of 1968 was legendary. We'd all heard the horror stories and believe me they weren’t pretty. I'd been in-country for nine months and had dreaded Tet '69 the whole time. It was the end of January 1969 and Tet was upon us. Just thinking about it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Border Surveillance
Okinawa - In 1964 our twelve-man Special Forces A-Team, A-323, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), was stationed at Machinato, Okinawa. During the dark hours of early morning we were loaded onto two trucks, canvas down and secure, and driven to nearby Kadena Air Force Base.

Col. Roger Trinquier and French Special Ops in the First Indochina War
The flood of recent books and articles on the war in SE Asia have, understandably, concentrated on the US role in Vietnam. Those that have dealt with French participation in the First Indochina War have, for the most part, not covered the activities of French special operations forces, the various Army and Navy commando units that saw action throughout the theatre.

West Of The Ashau
There are a lot of great stories of U.S. long-range recon patrols – other than those of SOG – operating in Laos and Cambodia. Most of them are just that – great stories. But some of them have been substantiated and have been proven true.

Behind 'Friendly' Lines
In August 1967, I returned to Vietnam for my second tour. I had already served a six-month TDY trip from the 1st SF Group on Okinawa, assigned to the 400th Army Security Agency Special Operations Detachment (Airborne). Our job had been to provide communications intelligence to 1st SFG.

Phoenix Rising – Hueys in I Corps
When I arrived in Vietnam on the 18th August 1970, I was assigned to fly an OH58-A for the First Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at An Khe, in the Central Highlands of II Corps. I spent most of my time screening for a division that was trying to avoid major battles prior to Nixon's troop reduction programme. But as fate would have it, it wasn't to last.

 

The Phu Yen Prison Raid
The NVA prison camp lay shrouded in mist laden darkness among the tall deciduous trees of the tropical rain forest. Their massive dark trunks and spreading branches blocked out most of the sun's rays. The small camp high in the clouds, lay along a flat-topped ridge nestled among the rugged mountains.

The Threshold Of Survival
Mondol Kiri Province, Cambodia, 27th May 1970 - It was just three weeks into the official Cambodian raid and the targeted NVA and VC supply depots and bases in the Parrot's Beak, Angel's Wing and Fishhook border regions were a mess.

Men Behind The Trident: Profiles of US Navy SEALs in Vietnam
Darryl "Willy" Wilson, Automatic Weapons man – 1st squad, Hotel Platoon, Mobile Support Bass II and Qui Nhon – Rep. of Vietnam, (July 68 – Jan 69)
My first tour of duty in Vietnam was on board the USS Towhee AGS-28 in 1966 and 1967. We surveyed the Da Nang approach, generating a map of the ocean floor. My Second tour was with Hotel Platoon, Det. Golf, SEAL Team One. I carried a Stoner, which I loved.

Men Behind The Trident: Profiles of US Navy SEALs in Vietnam
Dwight Dee Daigle, Pointman – 1st Squad Delta Platoon, Nam Can – Rep. of Vietnam (Jan – July 1969)
I make a couple of trips to Vietnam. My first deployment was with UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) 11 to Camp Tien Sha in the area of Da Nang. We had a short stay in the Philippines on the way over where we performed some submarine operations. When we got to Da Nang we put in some time doing river recon and riverine work.

BINH GIA – The Battle part II
"The VC took our weapons and tied all of us up, including the two US advisors with our company. Second Lieutenant Hoa, my platoon leader, was next to the Americans; he was wounded too. They searched all of us; they took the boots off the American sergeant and some other personal items.

BINH GIA – The Battle
"They're coming." - "Now they're almost here." - "They're here, they're here." Then over the radio comes a strange, haunting laugh – a fatalistic, almost giddy sound that echoes with a resolved hopelessness. "Never mind now. Here I am… I'm captured."

MACV Advisor
In 1962 I was stationed in Orleans, France as an SP5 (E-5) and had been in the US Army for approximately 7 years. The big news in the Army at that time was that our old M1 rifles were being replaced with M14's - Vietnam and M16's were unknown to us!

The Magnificent Sacrifice - Part III
In the TOC with Willoughby were Longgrear, Emmanuel Phillips, Brooks Early and Moreland, Fragos, and Dooms Also there were the VNSF camp commander and sergeant major, 104 Company commander, Willoughby's interpreter, a C.I.D.G communications specialist, and approximately three dozen other indigenous personnel.

The Magnificent Sacrifice - Part II
Fragos shouted into his radio handset to Willoughby in the TOC below: “We have tanks in the wire!” Again, 104 Company replied to the trip flare with a volley of fire that terminated the wire cutters. One tank commander scanned the area in his tank's immediate front with his white searchlight before just rolling over the wire.

The Magnificent Sacrifice
Lang Vei was, in January 1968 just prior to the infamous Tet Offensive, the northern most and perhaps the most isolated and fortified of the sixty four Special Forces camps established along the border of South Vietnam and its' neighbours, Laos and Cambodia. Less than a mile from the Laotian border to the west, the camp was seven road miles and five air miles from the Marine Corps' combat base at Khe Sanh.

 

Operation Prairie II: Blocking Forces Along the Song Thu Bon
In February of 1967 the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines joined the six-month-old Operation Prairie I just as it was drawing to a close. The operation had utilized six Marine infantry battalions in a sweep across the northern sector of Quang Tri Province, and had racked up some impressive numbers killing 1,329 enemy troops in the subsequent fighting. It was only natural that Operation Prairie II would follow on the heals of a successful Prairie I.

Franklin Miller's Medal of Honor
While Capt. Vaughan Ross and other members of the 57th Assault Helicopter Company were in the air and responding to the Prairie Fire distress call, everything on the ground had gone to s**t for Recon Team Vermont (code name Cole Slaw).

The Ambush of Team Grasshopper
In the spring of 1970 L Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger), 101st Airborne Division found itself running more and more "heavy" teams deep into enemy territory. This was not due so much to the nature of the missions being assigned as it was to the areas where they were being conducted.

Viet Cong Good-Byes
22nd October 1968 - Sergeant Don Van Hook turned with a start in the darkness and brought up his rifle. There was very little light filtering through the cloudy windswept pre-dawn sky, and the surrounding I Corps mountainous countryside was a puzzle of shadows and contrasts. It made it difficult for Van Hook to clearly identify even the trees no more than a couple of metres away, let alone make them out to be Viet Cong.

Hamilton's Run
In February 1967, Luther Hamilton was a PFC in the United States Marine Corps assigned to Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment working out of An Hoa Combat Base in I Corps South Vietnam.

The Extraction
At 02.00 hours Captain Kit Beatton, Apache Three Zero, entered the darkened hooch, switched on his flashlight, and stopped short of the Blues Recon platoon leader's bunk, knowing that Lieutenant R.B. Alexander was probably already awake and likely had his hand on the grip of a .45 automatic.

A Shau Meatgrinder
If you're a six-man reconnaissance team deep in enemy territory, everything has to go right. When it doesn't, brave men die. This is a story about things going terribly wrong for a recon team of the 101st Airborne Division's famed Lima Company Rangers.

A Majority of One
The live grenade fell within the five man Lurp team's tiny perimeter. Amid the noise and fury of the jungle battle, one among the small Cav recon unit reacted quickly to the new threat.

Charlie Goes To School - The Hard Way
The following news release was issued on 7 December 1966 and details a fire fight in the Mekong Delta between armed helicopters of the 336th AHC and a force of 300 Viet Cong:

SOC TRANG, Vietnam (336th Avn. Co IO) Some 300 Viet Cong took a lesson in the "school of hard knocks" on a steaming Saturday morning near Ba-Tri in the Delta Region of South Vietnam recently.

The Ugly Face of War
When Advisory Team 27 was not working with ARVN troops we would be transported by elements of the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion at An Khe to remote areas where we would try to recruit some of the Montanyard hill people to join us in the fight against the Viet Cong. As always payments had to be made to get their cooperation.

 

Aftermath
On the long ride back from Bin Khe I rehashed the events of that day over and over wondering each time if my radio operators had done well and how my superiors would evaluate my performance in the field.

First Impressions
The Army had trained me as a radio operator and I had every expectation that they would assign me to a unit in need of one. When I arrived in Qui Nhon I was sent to the Headquarters Company of the US Army Support Command in Qui Nhon. My assignment was that of clerk typist.

Recollections Of A LRP First Sergeant
It has been almost 30 years since I first arrived in Vietnam in 1966 as the Operations NCO of the 9th Division cavalry squadron. I have since come to realize that memories fade and history of units are diminished forever by the failure to record the stories of first hand experiences.

Welcome To Vietnam
I literally received my orders for Vietnam on my birthday in 1966. At the time I was working as a student instructor in the United States Army Radio Operators School at Fort Ord, California.

A Good Ambush
In the spring of 1963 most of the world, with the exception of France, couldn't tell you where Indochina was let alone pin the tiny nation of South Vietnam down on a map without squinting or being off by a country or two.