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Luther Patton
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Gentlemen I just received my copy Of Vietnam Magazine, for which I subscribe to and have done so for a very long time now.
I salute you Gentlemen that was there during The Battle Of Bong Trang, and to those who did not make it out of The Battle. May They Rest In Peace. 
Just reading the story about the Battle puts you right in the Battle, and what the Men of The Big Red One had to do in order to survive.
 
It would be another four months before I would join the Army and eventually find myself in The Big Red One, and a member of The Black Scarf Bn. 1/2 July of 67'. Those of us that would make up the three new Delta Companies 1/2, 1/28th, 1/26th, for we would carry on in the footsteps of you Brave men, that was there before us. Once again I Salute You
Most Respectfully Yours, Luther Patton 
NOLI ME TANGERE
Vickie J. Kyzer
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Luther Patton,

I read your email about the Battle of Bong Trang.  I, first, would like to personally thank you for your service to our country.  I also wanted to let you know that my Uncle, Ronald Watson, was a member of the original patrol that 'found' the Pho Loi Battallion.  He died on 8-25-66 on the very fist day of the Battle of Bong Trange while he was giving ground fire so that wounded soldiers could be pulled from the field.  Again, Thank You.
Vickie J. Kyzer
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Luther Patton,

I read your email about the Battle of Bong Trang.  I, first, would like to personally thank you for your service to our country.  I also wanted to let you know that my Uncle, Ronald Watson, was a member of the original patrol that 'found' the Pho Loi Battallion.  He died on 8-25-66 on the very fist day of the Battle of Bong Trange while he was giving ground fire so that wounded soldiers could be pulled from the field.  Again, Thank You.

Vickie J. Kyzer
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Vickie,
Noticed that you posted your address and phone number. I would suggest that you request the webmaster remove that post. This forum is open to the whole world, and for your own safety and security you should have it pulled.

Contact John Kerins. Click on his name on one of his posts, and send the link to this thread.
BCC
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Vickie,
Noticed that you posted your address and phone number. I would suggest that you request the webmaster remove that post. This forum is open to the whole world, and for your own safety and security you should have it pulled.

Contact John Kerins. Click on his name on one of his posts, and send the link to this thread.
Luther Patton
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Hi vicki, thank you for your kind words.  Sorry to hear about your Uncle. War is a terrible thing.
Please do what BCC suggested have your name and address taken off the message board for your own protection and privacy. The sooner the better.
Please take care, and God Bless You and Your Family.  May your uncle Rest In Peace.
Most Respectfully Yours, Luther Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Delta Company
The Saint
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Web-Master could you please remove the name and address or the young lady that posted that information on this forum--

Thank you.
The saint.
John Durden
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Hello Bros........I served in Co/B 1/2 from 8-66. until 8-67 I remember when D/co was setting up next to our B/Co.in a rubber plantation just outside Phouc Vinh. I was in most all the operations that the 1st was involved in,on July 18,67 near Tay Nin we had 7 KIAs over 20 wounded,some of those men were badly wounded don't know if they lived.One of the boys that was killed that day a PFC/medic Ribera,he was a old man of 30,this was a sad thing that he had to die bacause he had a PhD in Pharmacy he could of had a commission and never had to serve in the field,but thats what he wanted.

guenterberg harry
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i was at bong trang with b co and would like to know if our plt ldr is still around he was ist platoon can not remember his name but his father owned a cigarette company. i was wounded and evacated out just before we were napalmed

Tom Copeland
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I have removed Vicki's phone number and address.

Tom 
john h johnston
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24 hours of sheer terror.  bravery galore.  lots more medals should have been given out that day.   not many of us walked away from charlie company.  we were mostly walking wounded.  it still is in my mind and dreams to this day.  cant quit thinkin about it.  prozac and zolpidem helps but its always there.  those were really the good old days im thinkin now.    i sure appreciated life after that.   i care about all the deads families.   it hurt them worse than us survivors.   sgt robert l "snuffy" smith and ssgt adrian "tiny" anglims kids never saw their daddies alive again.   lots others didnt either. 

Frank
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 Where does time go.   45 th anniversary of that horrible event.

Luther Patton
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Hi Johnnie, M
My heart goes out to all of you on that day. I will be posting a new topic on obtainning stories of the Black Scarfs to put into a book that I have  been longing to do just that.  I know how hard it is to talk about our experience' in Viet Nam but one must get it out and on paper so other's will know what happened in Viet Nam and The Black Scarf's that made it happen.
But if we tell our storie's so that those who never came back will have not only a place in our hearts but other's as well who will read of the courage and sacrifice of those who gave all, so it was not all in vain.  I hope that you catch my drift Brother. 
Tom Copeland is going to help me  post what i need to post here in a few weeks.  I'm all so in touch with LT. COL. Prillarmans Daughter and one of his Gran Sons. that will help in telling the story of The Black Scarf Battalion in Viet Nam of The Big Red One.
Keep your chin up Brother and let us toast to those who never came home, lets have a beer or a cup of coffee for them. 
May They All Rest In Peace,
God Bless America  
Luther Patton
Black scarf Battalion 1/2
Delta Company RTO
Recon. Platoon 29er RTO, Point Man
Nam June 67 June 68 
Carl Bradfield
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I've read the posts listed here but only one man has mentioned the 1/2 being napalmed that night, the first napalm bombing of U.S. troops in the war. As a member of B Co., 1/26 we were in heavy foliage when the fireball lit up the darkmess in the distance and went into the burnt out area at morning light. A 1/2 Captain was making a radio transmission from his quarter ton vehicle when the bomb hit, and that's how we found him with his RTO seated in the shotgun seated.
Col. Alexander Haig Jr. explains this mishap on his website describing what happened from his commander's POV, but I was one of the men who handled those GI bodies. In my book, The Blue Spaders ,Vietnam (1/26) I have a whole chapter dedicated to our part in the clean up from my POV (Facebook). I sailed to Vietnam and went ashore Oct. 17, 1965 through that first year with the Big Red One and fought in many firefights, but what happened to the 1/2 was the worst. 
     

Jason Bragdon
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My father Lew Bragdon (Maine) was wounded during the Battle of Bong Trang and earn the Bronze Star during that battle as well.  I believe at the time he was in the 1st Squadron 4th Cav & 1st Battalion 16th Infantry but I'll have to double check.  If any ones knew him I would love to hear from you.  He also had "calling cards" that say Dark Horse on them.  Thank you so much to those that served and those that still serve.  May God Bless you and your families
Tracy Cubbage
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Hello,
My father was also in this battle, Edmond Cubbage. He is from Philadelphia. I just learned of the name of the battle recently & this is the first time I googled it and found this site. Every year he talks about it on August 25th & remembers his friends & fellow soldiers he lost. If anyone remembers Ed Cubbage please feel free to contact me. 

I wish you all the best and thank you for your service. My prayers are with the boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice and didn't make it home. I know my dad also lost a good friend in another battle they were in about a month before this one, July 1966. I believe that one lasted about 4 hours. They thought it was my dad, because his friend had my dad's shirt on when he was killed.

My dad also received the Bronze Star and is a Purple Heart. 

Please feel free to contact me if you want to get in touch with my dad. I can't wait to show him this site, I hope he knows some of you.
Tracy Cubbage
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Also, my dad, Edmond Cubbage, now is a co radio host along with Joe Griffies (4th Infantry Div, APC) that discusses Veteran issues. The show is called The Welcome Home Show and is on every Saturday from 2-4 pm. You can listen online if you are not local, which is Ocean City, NJ. Here is the link. Please tune in and feel free to call in and talk to Ed & Joe, they would love that!

Just click on listen live at the top of the page.

http://wibg.am/hosts/welcome-home-veterans-with-joe-griffies
Edmond Cubbage
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I am looking for Lou Rivera and Thomas Young and a Greer( I can't remember his first name).They were in B company from 1966 to 1967.
tony
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My brother Hank was a surving  member of the lost patrol
CH3NO2JAY
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My old man was also in The Battle of Bong Trang. He was part of the 1st Infantry, 1st Squadron, 4th Calvary. His name was Robert Sapp. He is still alive and living in retirement in Chicago as I type this. I still have his medals, shirts, boots, etc and a ton of photos.
Maria
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Not sure if anyone is still on this thread.  My father was injured in the Battle of Bong Trang on Aug 25th.  He was burned with Napalm and was airlifted out once the battle ended.  I was a young child but still remember screaming when I saw my father after he was released from the burn center.  My father, Ron Konieczka unfortunately passed away in early 2014 but I was so very lucky to have had him in my life.  I often think of the families and especially young children who were not as lucky as I.  I am planning a trip to Vietnam in a month and I wanted to visit the base camp and the area surrounding the battle.  Has anyone ever gone back and if so, should I be aware of anything?  

Thank you all for your service!
Brooklyn
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I've been trying to track down information on a cousin of mine who I believe was in the battle of Bong Trang. No one in my family knew the details of where he had been or how he died, his name was SP4 Daniel Lee Earlenbaugh. He served in the 1st Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry, C Company. The only info i have found was the date of his death, 08-26-66 and the location, Bong Trang, South Vietnam, Binh Duong Province. Im looking for anyone who had served with him, or remembers him at all. I would like to talk to them if possible. Thanks

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Brooklyn,

As we are the 2d Infantry Regiment Association, I suggest you contact the 16th Infantry Association at this web page.  http://16thinfassn.org/
Larry G
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The Battle of Bong Trang began on 25 August 1966 with the 1st Bn, 2d Infantry making first contact. From there the 1/4 Cavalry became involved and then the 1st Bn, 16th Infantry, 1st Bn, 26th Infantry, the 2d Bn, 28 Infantry, 1/5 Artillery and 1st Engineer Bn. Contact with the enemy lasted until the 26th. The 1st Bn, 2d Infantry had 20 killed and the 1st Bn, 16 Infantry had 5 killed on the 25th and 4 killed on the 26th. I do not know what the casualty count is for any of the other units.

Ron Fichtner
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There is a very good article in the VFW Magazine about the battle at Bong Trang. The article has quotes from Chuck Mundahl and also Capt Mullen. I'd like to hear from those of you who were there to see if the article sticks to the facts and doesn't leave important facts out. You guys were amazing to pull that one off.
Ron
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