The last combat troops of the United States were pulled out of South Vietnam on 29 March 1973. )and did have a combat role there. WE WERE NOW STATIONED AT BEIN HOA ARMY BASE VIET-NAM. I have never had the same energy, but who knows. Shouldn’t the answer be B., 1973? Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. I wasn’t the last to leave but I departed in August of 1972. I was Popeyes RTO at Bunker Hill when he shot himself in the foot during John Wayne “Cowboys” movie. And it was a very handy little gun for the driver, who being crammed into hull would have had to rely on his .45 pistol for any close encounters. http://www.angryskipperassociation.org/pdf_documents/ASA%20Newsletter%202007_Jan.pdf This one describes the Chinook crash and a younger Cpt Blagg’s 30 – man unit encounter with an NVA battalion, for which he received a silver star. Did you know Sgt. The only history of the beginning of the 1st Cav Div LRRPs in my book, Above All Else, published by Publish America. We were given civilian clothing on the flight line and all the liquor we could carry. OUT. I’ve also seen a number of very specious govt. He went home (back to the world) before I did and when i was in the compamy rear once “French” supply sgt about 7foot tall red hair. [I, John D. was there also] I ran over to the Btry FDC but they didn’t need my help; then wandered over to the105-mm Howitzers and watched them firing at suspected enemy rocket sites. In any event, from my time there, which overlapped your friend’s, I never heard an OPORD where the mission as to interdict “supply trains”. He completed two tours in Vietnam, as a battalion commander in the 1960s and later as a regimental commander, commanding and bringing home the last Marine combat unit to leave Vietnamâ¦ Bn. I WAS WITH HEADQUARTERS AND HE WAS WITH THE 282 THEN THE 48TH. Dane was sitting by a tree eating a loaf of french bread and drinking a coke which I think he said he bought from a mamasan. He eventually came back and joked they must be reconning by bayonet. Keep up the good work! LOL—Classic CSM/SGM comment–no doubt accompanied by a SGM glare. I have pictures of the 11trh ACR moving out and also a picture of the sign at the base that had Spudis’ history on it. For your information.. my husband is 100 percent Permanent and Total … 210 percent cumulative. Guys I hope life has been as good to you as it has been to me.you surely have spent your time I’n hell. He was my cousin who I was told took over security of Bien Hoa air base where I was stationed from Easter 1972 to Jan 1973. Anyone ever hear the Ghost of “J” Row in Bien Hoa? Irish and Williams got along like oil and water. The regiment remained deployed in South Vietnam for the next two and a half years, participating in numerous operations, both large and small. That is not to say, however, there were no ground combat soldiers still in-country . I was with Ftrp for a short time. Here’s a link to one of ASA’s newsletters. That will help you know where they were stationed and when. He held down the company rear and wanted a field asignment so bad. All the best in this, your hardest fight. I lost a good man Sgt Robert Lee Frakes the next to last day of the war. II Corps and Northern I Corps. For the record, Fran, RIchard is a former member of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. working with so many of the “unknowns”:, your final comment about the medals and all was moving….you know those medals are dated (lacking poser infiltration), please General give them what they are due….we all know who we are succeeded in “dot connecting”. Despite what Fran proclaims I’m not without a clue nor am I trying to make a point. I was a 60 gunner- Had 2 missions on/with the Point Team also part time mailman I flew back to Bien Hoa to get the company mail at times. However, my friend, Don Moran, a Citadel graduate, served in the field with B Co 1/7th until July 1972. I am still in touch with Clark, and saw LTC Blagg years ago. I would be very grateful–, To Jon Keehner to the best of my knowledge. so may have been April? “Watch this, Gunner” he says as he proceeds to remove the recoil spring from the receiver and replace it with a spare recoil spring for one of our .50 caliber machine guns. Doug Stamper, I clearly remember you. The end result is what we ended up with. Al Treska asked if anyone had casualty figures for 1972. The Vietnam Almanac 1985 edition may also have the chronology on B-52s strikes on Laos and VN until the summer of 1973. (Or Camp Swampy) I was with Air Base Ground Defense (AF Unit)so we could have crossed paths. I did keep and send home some of the routine unit orders, such as extra duty orders. OK, the guy did not call anybody cowards. Hit me up if you’re interested and have a FB page. I was on point for my squad and came out of the creek face to face with a VC bunker. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! That’s when I learned about it. I got news for you we were engaged in small arms fire during those attacks. I was just a grunt, but I do know there was definetely tank barriers, if you will, in the areas north of Camp Evans to try to stop or slow down NVA armour! My whole responses to the message here was to enlighten people that many people overlook that the SP’s in Vietnam were in fact trained, and engaged in combat operations. On its way to Vung Tau, it went down, killing all on board, including the company Co, Cpt Ken Rosenberg. I was in Task Force Gimlet and have the certificate. Correction: that last line should read “…at An Son while in Vietnam.”, I was with D-1-7TH Cav from Jan 72 Till Aug of 72 Any questions call me at 229-336-1300 9-5EST. So maybe the Army quit in 72 but we didn’t until 73. I ran a search of Air Force personnel killed from January 1, 1972 through April 30, 1975 and there were ten. The 101st still had a unit up north and we all wanted to be the last American fighting unit to leave country. I am assisting him with putting together the pieces from the end of the war and would love learn more about the last combat unit in Vietnam. Non-Hostile: Drowned/Lake Suan Kaset Lingsun (UD), Non-Hostile: Accidental Self-Destruction (Gunshot), Non-Hostile: Illness/Injury, Heart Attack, massive myocardial infarction, DeWolf, Dale L. Sgt Dale L. DeWolf, TSN, 2-5-1973. I was at Danang from Nov 71 -72 (AF). I seem to recall the orders were we had 30 days to get out of the country and we got out in about 10 days. I knew Dane from ROTC at ASU and when I just saw Dane Hatley’s comments, it brought back some amusing memories. Was normally in the areas west and northwest of Danang. a memory burned deep. And speaking of old…. My houch was next to the chopper pad and they were flying everyday with infantry and QA forces. Bob, i may be an exception to your comment about last draftees comment. I have a few picture up on my Facebook Vietnam album. May you rest in peace. Jack, at least you got things very correct for the “Historical” record. As we left we had to have one last flyby, the locals were storming place and within a week or two all the buildings were gone.to this very day you can google map and the runway is still there, but they’re breaking up the runway. The South, over the years received billions in aid, training, hardware. Yeah, I used to “swing” when I wnent out with certain companies (others wouldn’t let you). B/21st shot for me until then, but I do not recall who did for the task force. One of them shows the destruction on HWY 1 as we flew north after departing the main PZ north of Hue near the old R&R station. You need a new source of information if that is all you found. Nixon had put ‘restictions’ on news coverage at that time and most of the public had no idea what was REALLY going on, even those at Ft. Meade. Doc Roberts yes the name only. November 1969 - With new command arrangements, the Special Landing Force (SLF) Battalions of the Seventh Fleet could not be committed to South Vietnam without specific authorization of the JCS. until early December. As these wars wore down, there was a corresponding decrease in these disorders until the incidence closely resembled their particular prewar periods.”, However, the Vietnam experience proved different. My B Company operated out of FSB Bunker Hill (Note: in early Feb 1972 my first mission with B Co, 1/12th Cav was a helicopter combat assault to land, clear and start to build FSB Bunker Hill). Beauty, SGN, really is in the eyes of the beholder. I haven’t said this much to anyone, about this time of my life. All we knew for sure was 0-9000ft in 4 secs is nothing to be trifled with. And we had to swing low in case of mortars or incoming fire. Hi, I was with the 2d Bn 1st Bde 101st. We joined the task force at Cam Rahm Bay and operated in AO Wesson and AO Smith, mostly (there were 2 more that I have forgotten’). Thursday May 13th i got my draft notice (Greetings from Mr. Richard Nixon) that i had to meet the induction bus at Farmington Mo. I eventually found them through the “Angry Skipper” web site: http://angryskipperassociation.org/ when I clicked on D/2/8 Honor Roll and found about 21 KIAs on May 10th, 1972, and the name of the company commander, Cpt Ken Rosenberg I knew I had found them. Aside from that, They have conviently lost my records and pick up from when I was sent to Germany. My Dad was also in RVN in 1972 (his third tour) as an Air Force Colonel working with South Vietnamese Air Force units around RVN and he died in 2010 of lung cancer. I’m a 100% service-connected disabled veteran, thus it’s absurd to say that that Morelock or I would dishonor anyone else who served in Vietnam. The 99th at the time was the most active in country. The NVA troops were pretty much hunkered down and waiting for the U.S. to leave. I’m trying to find anyone that served with Michael Douglas Jones, he served 70-71 he was radio and also small and often a tunnel rat. Mace, Ritchie which I think they changed to Drinnon when he was KIA. What is the breakdown by branch of service for US fatalities in Vietnam in 1972? Were you there or do you know what Cav outfit flew us out? 1970-72. MONTOYARICH12@YAHOO.COMM. I had no rope so I took detonating cord (yup, THAT detonating cord– the stuff made with PETN that burns at 32,000 feet per second). And infantry units or weapons last marine combat unit in vietnam country and was at Long Bien for out processing before out. 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