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You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young men carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub.-- George Bernard Shaw
6 May 19697347 Reads
In the early morning darkness of 6 May, the NVA retaliated with an intensive rocket and mortar barrage, followed by a massive 95th Regiment pincer grand assault against 2 sides of the base an hour later. LZ Carolyn's garrison was reduced by the absence of several line companies on patrol, and the withering defensive fires of the battalion's COMPANY C and E were unable to prevent the onrushing battalions from storming through the wire and into the LZ from both directions.
Six perimeter bunkers were overrun, one of the medium howitzers was captured, and the enemy threatened to slice through the center of the base.
Note: by Tom Lane
Re: 6 May 1969
on Jan 08, 2007
As the air assets came online my job was to coordinate between the pilots, the S-3 and the C Co. and E Co. commanders and then direct the aircraft. It was not unlike being an air traffic controller without the benefit of radar. I had to keep a mental picture of the airspace above and around the LZ and communicate with the aircraft and the company commanders. I recall more than one instance of having to quickly shift a Spooky or lightship out of the LZ area so that an inbound fighter-bomber flight could make its passes. An intense experience for all of us who were there that night.
One small addition: HHC was also awarded the Valorous Unit Award for its actions that night.
on Mar 02, 2010
Thanks to all who served there that night, and thank you Tom
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