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March 1969 I was flying in a c/7/17 Cav OH-6 supporting 4th ID troops in the Plei Trap Valley. The unit we were supporting was in heavy contact and one particular small group was cut off from the rest of the main unit. The soldier with whom we were communicating was call sign “Tracer 5.” He was in very close contact and told us that he observed numerous enemy troops, some with fresh dressings on their wounds. As nightfall approached we told him he’d have to make a break for it but he had a wounded (or perhaps dead) buddy with him and couldn’t bear to leave him. We had to depart due to lack of light and the next day we were assigned to a different area and were unable to find out what happened to Tracer 5. Please post this in your site.
If you remember this incident, email me at the Swamp_Fox address at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to John.
Posted 5 May 2018
PFC James O. Holiday
Looking for anyone that may have served with PFC James O. Holliday of Illinois. He entered service in January 1966 and served until wounded 07 January 1968.
If you remember James, email me at the Swamp_Fox address at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to him.
Posted 4 January 2016
I got this from Gary and it really brought daily life back to my memory.
The things they Carried....
They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs, watches and dog tags, insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid, two or three canteens of water, iodine tablets, sterno, LRRP- rations, and C-rations stuffed in socks.
They carried standard fatigues, jungle boots, bush hats, flak jackets and steel pots.
They carried the M-16 assault rifle.
They carried trip flares and Claymore mines, M-60 machine-guns, the M-79 grenade launcher, M-14's, CAR-15's, Stoners, Swedish K's, 66mm Laws, shotguns, .45 caliber pistols, silencers, the sound of bullets, rockets, and choppers, and sometimes the sound of silence.
They carried C-4 plastic explosives, an assortment of hand grenades, PRC-25 radios, knives and machetes. Some carried napalm, CBU's and large bombs; some risked their lives to rescue others. Some escaped the fear, but dealt with the death and damage. Some made very hard decisions, and some just tried to survive.
They carried malaria, dysentery, ringworm's and leaches. They carried the land itself as it hardened on their boots. They carried stationery, pencils, and pictures of their loved ones - real and imagined. They carried love for people in the real world and love for one another. And sometimes they disguised that love:"Don't mean nothin'!" They carried memories for the most part, they carried themselves with poise and a kind of dignity.
Now and then, there were times when panic set in, and people squealed or wanted to, but couldn't; when they twitched and made moaning sounds and covered their heads and said "Dear God" and hugged the earth and fired their weapons blindly and cringed and begged for the noise to stop and went wild and made stupid promises to themselves and God and their parents, hoping not to die. They carried the traditions of the United States military, and memories and images of those who served before them.
They carried grief, terror, longing and their reputations. They carried the soldier's greatest fear: the embarrassment of dishonor. They crawled into tunnels, walked point, and advanced under fire, so as not to die of embarrassment. They were afraid of dying, but too afraid to show it. They carried the emotional baggage of men and women who might die at any moment. They carried the weight of the world.
THEY CARRIED EACH OTHER
D and B Company
1st of the 8th
If you need to contact James, email me at swampfox address below and I will forward it to him.
Posted 6 MAR 2011
I found your website and noticed that you may have served with these units or members and may have communication with possible witnesses.
I am investigating the MIA Case for Floyd "Rock" ROBINSON, Co. D, 1st BN, 8 IN-4ID who was part of a 5 man Recon team last seen during an ambush on 12 March 1969. The mission of the team was to move to Hill 873.We have interviewed many former enemy witnesses in Vietnam, but have not yet found his location.
I would like to send an Investigative team to retrace the Recon team's footsteps that day. The team leader mentioned heading toward Hill 873 on a 150 azimuth avoiding trails, then they were ambushed near a large bunker complex.Should be easy to find those structures on the ground if I could get more detail. I have a former PAVN witness who ambushed a small 5 man team, who said ROBINSON was ill and wounded and died so they buried him in a nearby bunker. This witness is key as he discussed ROBINSON being ill, the US Recon members also stated that ROBINSON was sick and nauseous drinking lots of water on the recon mission.
If you can shed any light on this patrol, please contact Swamp_Fox address at bottom of page and I will forward it to LTC van Auken.
PS: I have a map of the area if you want to see it, email Swamp_fox at address below and I will give you the link.
Lt. John Nolan
D Company, 1st Bn, 8th Inf, 4th Inf Div
First of all I want to thank Homer Steedly for putting together this site.
For most of my tour (Nov ’68 to Nov’69) I was 4th Platoon Leader of Delta Company. There are really no words in my grasp to express my respect and thanks for the men who passed through the unit. The job you did, the courage you displayed and the sacrifices you made were truly incredible. It is a failure of mine that I can no longer name each one of you. Your faces flashback, but not all of your names. In that respect this site may help all those who discover it.
While I can, I want to document those I remember and their position- primarily 4th Plt, but also in Delta. I hope others can fill in the blanks, before, during and after my tour. By the spring/summer of ’69 Delta’s four platoons averaged about 20 men apiece, and were reformed into three. In my mind I will always remain Plt Ldr of Delta 4, but in reality that designation changed, frankly I don’t recall my new call sign.
Delta Company Commanders
CPT Ted Yamashita from ~ Oct 1968 to ~Apr 1969
CPT Caldwell Apr ’69 to ?
CPT Steedly ~Oct 1969 to ~Feb 1970
3rd Plt Ldr Frank Thomas ? Fall ’68 to Winter‘69
Plt Ldr Robert Ponzo Winter’69 to ?
Plt Ldr Peebles Fall ‘68 “ later became D Co. XO
Plt Ldr John Hines Nov ’68 Summer ’69 later became D Co XO
4th Plt Ldr John Nolan Nov ’68 Jun ’69 became A Co XO
4th Plt SGTS
L R Reyes
4th Platoon Sqd Ldrs/Members ( I lump these because almost everyone held a leadership position at some point due to attrition)
Leonard Miller RTO Became Co RTO, then Bn RTO, it is my understanding that Leonard was wounded in Operation Wayne Grey while serving in the Bn TOC.
Ed Folley, RTO
Jim Karls, RTO
Nagel , Sqd Ldr
Louis Rivera Reyes, M60, Sqd Ldr, Plt Sgt.
Jerome Parker, Sqd Ldr Jerome was wounded May 16th while point Sqd Ldr on a Hilltop sweep near firebase Denise ( near An Khe). He was hit multiple times by automatic fire and continued to direct his squad until the enemy fire ceased.
Joe Fowler, Tm Ldr, Point . Joe was killed May 16th,1969, in ambush while walking point near firebase Denise, An Khe. Joe was a totally reliable 11 Bravo. He quietly accepted all assignments, and executed them professionally. He often walked point and kept the platoon and Company on course and on more than one occasion gave us prior warning to approaching NVA.
Burke, I believe went to sniper school and returned to unit.
There are many more who will come to mind and be added. Any readers please add to this list also.
Soon I will add brief descriptions of various Delta 4 operations during my tour.
Email Swamp_Fox address at bottom of page and I will forward it to John.
Posted 01 SEP 2010
I was with the company from Jan 69 through Jan 70. I was a SSG instant NCO who was always with the 3rd Plt, the first month or so as a squad ldr, and then Plt. Sgt or Plt Ldr. depending on the vacancy. When you came into the company Lt. Stephen North was brand new as 3rd Plt. Ldr and I was the Plt. Sgt. Someone sent me your website and I have just finished reading it in its entirety. Thank you for your website.
I am the policeman from Seattle, that you talked about in your Oct. 69 ambush story that carried one of our casualties off the hill. I returned to the Police Dept. and retired Oct. 94, for service with 27 yrs.
I would like to hear from anyone in the unit.
Posted 28 JAN 2005
I was with D 1/8th 4th ID in late 1969 and early 1970 then transferred to C 1/12th 4th ID till Sept 1970. If anyone knows me e-mail me at:
Posted 16 NOV 2004
Hello my name is Dennis Crawford. I served with D Company,
1st of the 8th, weapons squad, M-60 machine gunner from Sept. 68 till Aug 69. I
recognize Rick Abrams and Robinson. I have the cigarette lighter that you have
shown online. I have picture of those guys and many more. I am trying to locate
Rick Abrams. I am from long island NY. I would like to hear from you.
SFC USA, Retired
I went to Nam on my second tour, with the newly formed Co D 1/8 . Left Ft Lewis Aug 67 (Mc Chord AFB ) on a C 141. I Do Not Remember I was a E-6 at the time. When we got to Dragon Mountain I was moved to the Bn S-5. I stayed with the 4th until Feb 68.
Posted 30 JUL 2005
Ed Warneld US Army Ret
DC ,25th Wall- Parade 8 Nov to 11 Nov 07
There are 4 of us from D Co 1st of the 8th going, we departed Ft Lewis on 9th Aug 67 with the newly formed D Co 1st Bn 8th Inf. We are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, Arlington Va. Any other who want to join us give me a call at the Hotel. Rooms can be booked on line at a great savings.
D/1/8 came into the Company about OCT 5th 1969 to the 1st Plt. as a rifleman. He humped the AN/PRC-25 radio and remembers always being up with the first squad while humping with the Platoon, so he must have been the RTO for the Plt. Ldr. He is looking for someone who remembers him, the V.A. has not been helpful in processing his claim for benefits. They don't think he was there. His records, Name and Soc. Sec. # are incorrect in the records data base. They have a "Kelly" Durkee, but not a Leslie, his Soc. Sec. # is one digit off from their records, so he is looking for someone to confirm he was there.
To refresh your memories, 1st Plt. was involved in a firefight on Dec. 5th, where Roger McWrite (sic) point man and their medic Jerry Hauschultz were killed as well. To further aid your memory, I think someone took a round in the helmet during that and wasn't killed. Leslie broke his wrist that day and was dusted off to An Khe and never returned to the field, consequently he never received any of his records or awards or personally signed out of the company.
He remembers his Plt. Ldr as Pete Dripps. I remember the incident he talked about, but not a Lt. Dripps. I wonder if it wasn't Lt. Peoples? I thought Lt. Holder was the Lt. of the 1st Plt. about that time. I think Glenn Sattler was in the 1st Plt. as well, either as Acting Plt. Ldr or Plt. Sgt. or Lt. Bruce Simmons. Carl Nagel a squad leader, was in the first Plt. then as well. I am hoping our 3rd Plt Medic Ray Hubbard will remember the incident as well.
If you remember him, or would check with any of your contacts and see if they remember him, it would be very helpful to him.
You can email me here at the website if you have any news for Leslie...
Posted 17 MAY 2007
I was deeply touched by your great website, and by many of your comments. How is it that we come to late middle age before we can look back in detail at those times? For too many reasons to list right now, I believe we are kindred spirits in many ways. By way of introduction, I was a draftee grunt who arrived at D/1/8 in early October 1967, and humped with 3rd platoon of that company (carried an M-79, then a PRC-25) until I got profiled out of the infantry (messed-up knees from getting me and my radio out of the lead ship on a hot LZ in April 68 - but that's a different story). I was bounced around the medical labyrinth for about 6 weeks, and then got a job with 4th Div Awards & Casualties Branch (4th Admin Co) where I proof-read valor awards for a few weeks, then moved to the casualty reporting section, where I rose to NCOIC (acting E-5) for a time, then went to 8th Field Hosp. in Nha Trang as hospital liaison. In that cushy slot I extended my tour, and got an "early out" in Nov. 68, so I didn't have to face being a garrison soldier for the balance of my hitch. So I was part 11B and part REMF - two distinctly different experiences, and that's putting it mildly. Since my field time was over before you got there, we share some of the same ground, but at different times. I do, however, have one specific question for now: Do you perhaps recall Capt. Raymond P. Sanders of D/1/8? He was a mustang who assumed command of D Co in Feb. 68 at Dak To. He was, in my opinion, the finest company commander a grunt could have wished for - no BS, no Mickey-mouse, and a real concern for his guys. I believe his tour as CO would have ended about the time you got to C Co, so maybe you never crossed his path. I'd like to communicate with anyone out there who remembers me, or who served where and when I did. That's it for now. Welcome home, friend, and welcome to a better life. I look forward to hearing from you.
Check out Bill's Recounting of Thanksgiving Day 1967.
Posted 2 JUN 2005
"D" Co 1/8th fall of 1967
This is a great site you've got started. It's going to help you and a lot of others. I was with D/1/8 as a rifleman in the fall of 1967. At the time the Captain's name was Charles Burke, XO was Lt. John Cannon and the First Sgt was Carter. I was in Lt. Robert Kellas, Hardcore's Platoon and my squad leader was SGT Jack Wolf. The company went to 'Nam as a unit in mid-August 1967. I and a few others joined them on Oct 1st. I believe there was only 85 of us total, or may be it was only 85 men in the field at that time. We worked West of Pleiku along the Cambodian border and in fact ran a few 5-6 man patrols across the border. We were told we "volunteered" for those missions and we wouldn't get any air or artillery support if we got in trouble over there. I never believed that but fortunately didn't have to find out. About Nov 1st we were moved South heading for Ban Me Thout to help the 25th Div out; when General Peers got the word about the NVA build up in the Dak To area. We only made it as far as Bam Plec (sp) when we were turned around, brought to base camp at Pleiku, fed a lot of beer and sent to Dak To. I transferred out of the 4th Div in Dec '67.
This roster and list of initial issue field gear is also provided by Tom ...
"D" Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, II Corp - Vietnam, 1967.
Burke, Charles F. CPT. (CO)
Cannon, John D. LT. (XO)
Carter FIRST SGT.
Lindy SUPPLY SGT.
Little John, LT. Platoon Leader
Lohmaier, LT. (Dirties) Platoon Leader
Kellas, Robert LT. (2nd PLATOON LEADER (HARDCORE) KIA 1/28/68
Spangler LT. PLATOON LEADER (RAT)
Barker, Garry Wounded
Barton, Bernard B
Baylor, Norman E
Borge, Ronald M
Boss, Ted Wounded
Bounds, Gary L
Brown PLATOON SGT. Wounded
Byrd, SGT Wounded
Coppo, Ernest L
Gray, Richard E
Davis, Willie H
Dornboss, Paul F Wounded
Edward, JOE SGT. Wounded, THREE TIMES 09/13/&11/19/67, 02/68
Fernandez-Leston Enrique (Pancho) PLATOON SGT. KIA 1/7/68
Frazier, Albert KIA 12/04/67
Garcia, George N
Garcia Manuel F
Gerding, Gary E
Gregg, Joseph KIA 11/19/67
Gremillion, James E
Hadley William SGT. SQUAD LEADER KIA 12/04/67
Hennessy (Supply) big kid
Hernandez, Nichols Wounded 10/16/67
Hill, Barry Wounded 11/19/67
House, Thomas J
Johnson, MACHINE GUNNER
Jhonson, William A
Kelly, Mike (Fred??) RADIO MAN
Larnell, Ross B
Levasseur, Walter R Wounded, Two Times 10/17/67 & 11/19/67
Lerma, Max medic
Lewis, Bunny SGT. SQUAD LEADER Wounded
Lightring, Bobby L
Lyons, Joe Papa Bear Wounded 10/16/67, KIA 11/19/67
McAndress, Larry Wounded 09/13/67
McDonell, John Radio Man
McKee, Mike L Wounded
Montanez, Pedro KIA 11/19/67
Montgomery, George KIA 04/19/68
Reed, Lesley (George) KIA 11/19/67
Renz, Gerald Wounded
Rittmer, James E
Robinson, Platoon SGT.
Silverman Barry Wounded
Simms, Al Wounded, TWO TIMES
Taliman, Darell D
Taylor, Peter W
Tubbs, Gordon WOUNDED
Tucker, Arthur KIA 03/28/68
Underwood, Garry L
White, Thomas B
White Thomas E (the other Tom White) Wounded
Williams, Johnny JR KIA 09/13/67
Wolf Jack SGT. SQUAD LEADER KIA 03/28/68
Yeager, Richard, D
My Initial Issue of Field Gear
4 HAND GRENADES
1 BATTERY FOR PRICK 25
1 HAND FLARE
1 TRIP FLARE
10 MAGIZINES M-16 AMMO 200 ROUNDS
100 ROUNDS M-60 MACHINE GUN AMMO
1 BEEHIVE ROUND 90MM
1 ENTRENCHING TOOL
1 PONCHO AND LINER
1 AIR MATTRESS
1 CLAYMORE MINE
4 CANTEENS WATER
4 DAY SUPPLY FOOD
Posted 14 DEC 2004 updated 23 SEP 2012
I was with D/1/8 from Sept 1968 until March 1969. We were on FSB 32 I believe. It has been so long that I am not sure. My PSG was Francis Daniels. He was an E-6. Tall guy with a handlebar moustache. My squad leader was E-5 Ron Nelson from GA, I think.
I am always looking for guys from my time in the NAM
Thank you BROTHER
You have a great website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 28 JAN 2005
I just read your account of OCT 30,1969 with as much detached interest as I
could muster. It was upsetting, to say the least, way too close to home. I was
the 3rd platoon medic assisting doc Keyes pull the wounded and dead back to
safety. He and I had no covering fire with the exception of Sgt Ted Bahle, whom
I would love to contact and thank one more time. I may have been too busy to
hear or see the covering fire, as I was concerned with the comments from
yourself and Top Madden "You have 5 minutes to get them out. I've got artillery
coming." followed by "You have 5 minutes to get them out. I've got gunships and
planes on the way". Although your name rung no bells, your picture did. As one
of the paths I've crossed, I thank you for being a part of my life, leader,
comrade, protector. I now live my life in Missouri, healthy for my age and pray
my children never have to tell stories such as yours. Those who now serve are
wished well and Godspeed.
Posted 4 MAR 2005
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