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Picking up wounded soldiers, 1968
By: Stars & Stripes News - 03-27-23

Near Landing Zone Ross, South Vietnam, Jan. 14, 1968: A Huey helicopter lands to pick up wounded from a combined infantry and cavalry mission that was halted when the North Vietnamese opened up with 75mm recoilless, 50 cal. and AK-47 rifles.

Stars and Stripes reported at the time that three tanks and one armored personnel carrier were destroyed and the Americans suffered five wounded during the action. Included were soldiers from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment; C Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment; and A and D Squad, 1st Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment. The units had been moving 1000 meters West along a road leading through the Que Sanh valley with the objective to take a hill some 500 meters away when a tank hit a 500 pound mine, injuring two, one seriously.

In a subsequent firefight, the NVA managed to disable a second tank as well as an armored personnel carrier, pinning the units down in the cross fire. After three hours of air strikes — some hitting as close as 50 meter from the men — the order to withdraw was given. A total of 22 NVA were killed. The action took place about 2,000 meters from Landing Zone Ross, north of Chu Lai.

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Personal note: Even today we still talk about our prior jungle field service
issues. Waring is not a pretty picture - its hell on earth - for those in the field.
Nam was thick with jungles and mountain ranges. Thick jungles is where
the enemy can hide under cover. Land traps were common - and if you
fell in one of these you'd surely land on pongee poison spear traps - they
would surely get you.
Jungle battles are the hardest to fight. Cover is thick - and the enemy
knows his land - better than you. Nam was as bad as the Korean War in
many ways. Brutality was un-like anything you have ever seen - if captured.
Personal note: My Uncle Bill (Marine) fought during WWII and Korea - when
he came home he was not the same man that left. The butchery of men
in the field never left him. War is Hell - no two ways about it.
I salute you Uncle Bill may you rest in peace knowing you are not
forgotten - (By the Kid - that's what he called me often.) He died
in his bed from a blown liver from drinking just to go to sleep.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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