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Welcome Matt. Do you remember SGT. Ellis Sabey from C 1/2? he was a squad leader, real tall and quite guy and around may became Platoon SGT. for Charlie Company. He was from Utah, his time in country was Aug of 67-68.
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Hi Matt, Welcome Home and Welcome to the 2 nd Regiment Website, you'll find other 1/2 troops here plus a trove of information which can be very helpful, Good to have you here.
Mike Ogden 1/2 HHC & Charley Co. BRO June '68' to Feb '69'
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Anyone; B 1/2, Jan 1967 - Jan 1968. I was machine gun weapons squad
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I was with b 1/2 dec 67-dec 68. I was also a 60 gunner for a while. do you remember sgt furbee? he was my platoon sgt while I was there. Harold defibaugh
John (JJ) Adams
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Welcome to the board. Check the reunion thread and see if there are any names ou recognize. The B Co Cdr, CPT Hearne, is on the board now and then, as is LT Gerald O'Hare who had 1st Plt and later XO. They are both going to the BRO reunion in Jacksonville, FL in August this year. Hope you find some old buddies. B Co, 1/2 Inf 67-68 Drac96R
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Luther, I had basic at FT Leonard Wood MO. and advanced at FT Polk LA. Got in country April 2, 68. Humped ammo for Mike Folley until he made sgt then I took over the 60 until my third and final hit on September (Friday) the 13th at An Loc. Was assigned to supply and eventually became battalion scrounger running up and down highway 13. My memory is terrible with names, especially names from 40 years ago. I only knew Lt. Green from seeing you guys going out on Recon. Everyone knew the reputaion of Lt. Green and his men. Matt
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Matt, Welcome home and to the board. I was with Charlie co. from 6-68 thru 3-69 and then transferred up north to the 5th Div. Like yours my memory from that time is real bad. Some things are just better forgotten. Did you go by or do you remember a 60 machine gunner going by the nickname John Wayne. I was beside him when he and I were wounded in a bad firefight. A few names I think I remember are Sinclair ( Slick) Dennery, Chuck Jones, & Jerry Bennett. of names I remember God bless. Check you email.
Eddie (Andy) Oliver Co. C 1/2, 6-68 thru 3-69
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Hey Matt. Recon. was a great platoon of men looking out for each other, and the Battalion, while out on patrol. Its because we all wanted to go back to The World and drink some Ice Cold Suds, get married and have children watch them grow, and have children of their own. Some of us made it, some not. For those that did not, I will never forget them, and I will have a cold one for them. Because I know they would of done the same for me. After I arrived in the Nam with several other 100 men from Tiger Land. I was an ammo carrier for The M-60 Machine gunner. I said I would rather hump the Prick 25 and I did for 7 months. Then after our point Men were wounded in a fire fight during Tet. I went on point. No wonder I have so many grey hairs now days. Goodaim was our M-60 Machine gunner and a good one at that. Our Recon. team was armed to the teeth. Sabey that Goodaim mentioned in his reply, was a good man as well. He carried the body of our beloved commander LT. COL. Mortimer O'Connor who was KIA on April 1st, 1968 to the Dust Off Chopper. This was during Operation Quyet Thang. I'm glad that you made it back To The World Brother. Peace. God Bless American and The Veteran. Patton Luther Black Scarf Battalion 1/2 Delta Company Recon. 29er Platoon Nam June 67 June 68
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Hi Andy, don't know if I mentioned to you but I remember 60 machine gunner "John Wayne" and the firefight we were in, will talk more later, it's only been 45 years ago, will alway's be in my mind, take care bro.
Mike Ogden 1/2 Charley Company BRO 1968
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I served with Alpha Company 1/2 from March 1969 to March 1970. May 12, 1969 at Quan Loi we lost 11 good men. SPC4 Freeman, SPC Gray and PFC Demings took me under their wings as I was a "cherry". They died that night. I will never, ever forget. Served in Lai Khe, Dau Tieng, Song Be and Quan Loi. After I returned home in 1970 I enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard in 1973 and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 & 1991. Retired in 1997 as a 1st Sgt. I was proud to be a "Black Scarve". I always say if you are gonna be a big one be a "Big Red One". The 1st Infantry was the best.
I was an RTO for Lima Platoon A 1/2 in 1969 . I had just left for R&R when The Quan Loi ground attack happened. I still feel bad about that. Glad to see you made it.
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Mike, I want to Thank You for your Service and Welcome Home BROther, may the comrades that were KIA rest in Peace, God's Peace, God Bless,
1/2 HHC & C Co. BRO Black Scarves
June '68' - Feb '69'
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Have not heard fro many 1/2 guys later. Hope everyone is doing OK especially the ones out in Ok. We are headed to Branson and will probably travel through part of the damaged area on the way back to NC. Take care and be safe this summer. God bless.
Eddie (Andy) Oliver Co C 1/2 68-69
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Hi Andy, praying for you and Carol as you travel to Branson also those affected by the terrible storms within so called tornado alley, pray for strength and healing for those that lost loved ones, the whole nation is mourning and praying for you. Andy we look forward to seeing you and the guy's from Charley Co of 1/2 in Branson, MO. God Bless America! Mike ogden 1/2 C Co. BRO '68'-'69'
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I came upon this site and it made me remember that each company in the 1/2 BN., had a distinctive color of thread for the "1/2" logo on the scarf. Was with "C" 1/2, was dusted off Song-Be Mountain April "68". What a rotten beginning although I got to meet Fes Parker when I came out of ICU. Did you know 1999 men died of FUO's in Viet-Nam? This was my rocky start to 27 years military. We have a tendency to look at the last rank and unit of our careers but somehow when we get older we revert back to younger awkward times of our life. This could be because I was more awkward than the professionals I was working with. I want to thank Lt. A.C. Green, also, my squad leader who I am so pitifully sorry I forgot his name, Casey, Tomato Head, Sandy, and others who I only remember only their "nicknames" for protecting me and showing me how to survive the 660 days I spent in country. I like many others are embarrassed in my later years for being such an awkward "Greenhorn". Thank you not so young soldier!
Eddie (Andy) Oliver
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Greetings from Branson Mo. where a Charlie Co. 1/2 has just concluded their 1st reunion. Hope everyone has a safe trip as they return to their home states. It was especially good for me because I got to get reacquainted with Mike Ogden which I had not seen since I left Vietnam 43 years ago. Also got to speak with our FO Lt. Fristoe. Looking forward to June 2014 when we will have our 2nd reunion in Nashville, Tenn. If there are any Charlie Co. 1/2 guys out there that served in Vietnam at any time and would like to attend, e-mail me for information.
Eddie Oliver CO C 1/2 6-68 thru 6-69
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I have a friend , Morgan Tibbs but he goes by Jerry fpr Gerald we just met took him to set up at VA San Antonio Tx.
He was in the outfit 65 and told me of some times in vietnam.
Does anybody know him, he came from Ohio, like to surprise him.
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Dr. Eddie Fleming Welcome home SGT Marr. I remember you. I walked left point from Sep 68 thru mid Dec 68 and then was Delta Co S1 Clerk until Mar 69. Hope you make it to the reunion in Pigeon Forge in May Eddie D 1/2 68-69
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i. I'm a original black scarf. C co 1/2 big red one. 1966
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i was wondering if there are any person from the original black scarves any where. i would like to talk to one as i am currently in 1-2 inf black scarves. its an honor really. thank you for your time
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My Uncle Buddy explained to me that in 1967 as he was apart of the 1/2, that his company commander hand the nickname of Count Dracula. He stated that everyone else was called the Blood Suckers. With that being said, the black scarves were actually black capes warn around the back, as in vampires. I hope that this post does not offend anyone. My Uncle has not been able to speak about his experiences and he would like me to communicate with anyone who may have been apart of his group.
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MO Hi Guys, does anyone know the true history of the Black Scarves and how and where it all started from? I've tried to find this information myslf but have'nt had much luck! Also, does anyone know where I would be able to purchase a few black scarves to share with my family? brother, Mike Ogden I don't know the correct way to write this but he stated to me 1st Infantry/1st Brigade/2nd Battalion. He was severely injured in July 1967 along with a John Williams from Fort Lauderdale. Please feel free to write me back. My uncles name is Nathaniel.
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Tell your Uncle for me. Welcome Home.
The story behind the Black Scarf Battalion. The Battalion commander call sign was Dracula 6 or Drac. 6. Lt. Colonel Richard L. Prillerman was the Battalion Commander for The First Battalion Second Infantry Regiment, call sign Drac. 6.
It was during Operation Birmingham April 24----May 17 1966 At The Battle of The village Lo Go. Third Corp. The men of the First of The Second found large bolts of black cloth that the Viet Cong would use to make their black pajamas from.
I have talked talk to COL. Prillermans Daughter Leslie. She told me that her dad always had a handkerchief around his neck to wipe the sweat from his face. While working in the yard and doing other chores around the house.
So after the bolts of cloth was found in the Village of Lo Go. I guess you could say that a light went off in his head that this cloth could be used to make Black Scarf's for The Battalion. Each would be 30 inches by 30 inches. With a 1/2 sewed in one corner. Each 1/2 would be a different color to designate the Company. Yellow for Head Quarters and Head Quarters Company, Alpha Company would be Red, Bravo would be White, Charlie Company Blue, and Delta Company Green. The Black Scarf would all so honor those men who were killed during the Battle Of Lo Go.
The scarf could be used for so many things. A wash cloth, a towel, a tourniquet, sweat band, Dust mask, and worn around the neck to keep the chaff and the fire ants from going down the back of your fatigue shirt.
It became a symbol of pride for us. But to put fear into the Viet Cong. Don't mess with The Black Scarf Battalion. The 3d Battalion 271st NVA Regiment found that out at the Battle of Hill 172 Dec. 8th, 1967. They came, they saw, and we Kicked Their ASS.
There was a rumor going around when I first got into country. That the Vietnamese were very superstitions', and had heard the story of Dracula and Dracula wearing a black cape and with our Battalion named Dracula it all fit together. But that is another story. For The War in Vietnam has many stories yet to tell.
A poem was written about the Black Scarf Battalion. By: I believe SGT. O'Grady.
You should be able to Google the poem. It might be on this post not for sure. But you can research for it.
To purchase one. There is a former Black Scarf.... Cliff Roberson who was a Medic in Viet Nam that sells black scarfs made from black cloth from Viet Nam. Here is the information.
P.O. Box 887
Ukiah, CA. 95482-0887
Phone Number 1-707-463-0821
I don't know if he still sells them but you can check it out.
I hope that this information will help you understand more about The Viet Nam war and the Black Scarf Battalion. For those of us were and still are very proud to say that I wore a Black Scarf In Viet Nam and will always wear a Black Scarf. I still have mine, and I do wear it form time to time. and it feels so good, and I feel so much more secure when I wear it proudly around my neck.
Noli ME Tangere
No One Dare Touch Me.
God Bless America and The Veteran
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Delta Company, RTO
Recon. Platoon 29er, R.T.O. Point Man
Nam June 67' June 68'
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As an FYI here, the call sign DRACULA did not come about until after the 1st Battalion started wearing the black scarves, the call sign was originally DOCKET. I have not been able to pin down exactly when the change was made but the bat insignia on the helmets came about some time in the Sept-Oct 1966 time period. Also, the official translation of NOLI ME TANGERE from the Institute of Heraldry for the 2nd Infantry is DO NOT TOUCH ME.
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Goodaim Welcome Matt. Do you remember SGT. Ellis Sabey from C 1/2? he was a squad leader, real tall and quite guy and around may became Platoon SGT. for Charlie Company. He was from Utah, his time in country was Aug of 67-68. Goodaim
He was my grand father. Died three years ago cancer. He was a good man.
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Well Jordan nice to see you remembering your grandpa. Yes he was a great guy and brave one also. Do you have any questions about him I can answer for you. If so just post them here.
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Hello, this may be a long shot but, I was in search for some information on my uncle. His Name was Kenneth R. Benjamin from spencer, ma. He passed while serving in Location: Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam
On Dec 8, 1967. He was from Unit: C CO, 1ST BN, 2ND INFANTRY, 1ST INF DIV, USARV. If you may have known him or have any information on what he was like or what truely happened. could you please reach out to me. It would be a true blessing to understand a little more of what happened to a uncle I did not get the chance to meet. Thank you Lisa from Boston
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Lisa C, Your uncle was an M-60 machine gunner and he was killed during the Battle of Hill 172. At around 0100 in the area around Bu Dop a DUSTOFF helicopter came to an NDP that had been established by the 1 st Battalion, 2 nd Infantry and Company B, 1 st Battery, 5th Arty a few days earlier. The helicopter received fire from an undetected VC force and this warned the NDP of an impending attack. Two ambush patrols returned to the NDP just as portions of the perimeter received heavy enemy fire. Direct artillery fire was used on the wood line from which the enemy was attacking. A second assault came from another area. By 0400 the enemy retreated. A daylight sweep revealed 49 bodies but it was estimated that 140 were killed in this encounter. Three other soldiers besides your uncle were also killed during the battle. I am sure that there are others that can provide you with even more details. The below links are to an article written about the battle and the other to photos on this site that were taken after the battle. http://scholarworks.umb.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1651&context=nejpp http://www.secinfreg.org/photogallery/vietnam/c12budop/index.htm