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Luther Patton
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Thanks John for your reply.
On another note, to all of the Brother's that fought in the Battle of Ap Nha Ma  from what I have read it was Hell on earth for you guys and my heart goes out to
all of you, and may those who died during the battle.   May They  Rest in Peace.
I was attending college at Northeastern A and M College in Miami, Oklahoma, playing the number one song at the time, California Dreamin by The Mama's and the Papa's on the juke box in the Student Union.
A year later to the date I would join the Army December 31st 1966. And would arrive Viet Nam July 22nd, 1967. 
If you ask me, all of you men shoulda of received a medal.
Were the body's of the first three men killed in the initial attack!  Were their bodies ever recovered?  And is SGT Fugere still living?
So sad.
May the Good Lord give you all peace of mind. God Bless You Brother's.
Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Nam June 67' June 68'
"Wild Bill"
Reply with quote  #27 
Luther;
No to both of your questions.

CPT W.K. Benson, USA-Ret
B Co, 2/2 Inf
12/65- 10/66
Luther Patton
Reply with quote  #28 
Thank you Sir.
[frown]
Patton
Larry G
Reply with quote  #29 
The Nov/Dec 2015 issue of the VFW magazine has an interest article about the Battle of AP NHA MAT.
Luther Patton
Reply with quote  #30 
Larry,
I have that copy.  I will read it the first chance I get.
Thanks Larry.
Patton
Richard Nunes Jr.
Reply with quote  #31 
Quote:
Originally Posted by doc Walters

As to your comments about Ap Nha Mat on 5 Dec 1965; I was the medic for the 2nd Platoon of Bravo CO, and Dibble, Eisenberger, and Upner were my men. When the battle started, I was near the Bt XO and heard him say on his radio to our Bt CO "you got us into this mess, now you get us the hell out". Later one of our RTO's told me that it was his opinion that by using the Bt XO using the word “hell” was what caused all the radios to go down with a lot of static interference. He thought that the FCC’s Uncle ‘Charlie’s’ were blocking our radios signals. Anyway he told me the radios were out for a period of time, and under combat conditions, it may have been only a few minutes that ‘felt like forever’.

But getting back to my three KIA’s/MIA’s; SGT Fugere found me and had me come back to where he was, which was about 30 meters west from where I was near the XO. This was at the eastern far end of an old rice field we crossed to enter the jungle again to get into the Main Force VC kill zone. It was at this place that I treated three men, one of whom was very shocky and it was touch and go with him till we got him dusted off. SGT Fugere had five other people there and this is where he was when I saw his actions for which he was put in for the Medial of Honuor; but he only received the DSC. He single handily captured a total of 6‑7 BAR's, 12‑18 AK‑47's, several SKS's and one carbine. He kept running across the clearing into the other section of jungle and destroyed many main force VC. If not for Fugere, we all would have died that day. I was just looking over the papers on the two !st Div men that got the MOH recently, and SGT Fugere did much more than both of them on 5 Dec ’65. Fugere still deserves the MPH!

About an hour before it turned dark, SGT Fugere led the rest of us from that place back down the trail to where I had been a few hours before. I found SGT Quick as he was left in the middle of the trail with a severe wound to his left shoulder and was not able to make it on his own as he had been given morphine and was having problems walking. SGT Fugere kept coming back for us and we finally got out to the LZ that the volunteers from Lai Khe secured for us.

The following day we went west along the trail back into the kill zone and found a former USMC SGT near a tree on the wrong side of the trail (North side). He was still alive (the only one alive on that side of the trail) and we dusted him off; but died later in one of the Army field hospitals. About 5 meters after we found him, we began to find our bodies. It was here that we found leaflets scattered over the entire area, describing how the Main Force VC had annihilated the 2/2. One side was in English, the other in Vietnamese. The 2/2 was on the leaflets: so just how long had this battle been planned? Former Lt. David Sullivan, 3rd Pl., Bravo Co. of Colorado Springs still has one of these leaflets. I was so bloody pissed reading this that I tore up the leaflet.  

Just slightly after this point I found PFC Oshiro who, aside from me, was the only other surfer in the 2/2 that I knew. Oshiro and I had make plans to surf Hawaii when we got back to the ‘Land of the Giant PX’; he was kneeling down, I ran up to him, touched his shoulder and he fell forward; it was then that I found the bullet hole in his head. There was a rope tied around Oshiro, so the VC must have used that to drag him down the trail.

The volunteers from Lai Khe and another unit that was out with us by this time were taking our KIA’s to the LZ. Oshiro was on the South side of the trail so I crossed to the north side of the trail to look for Dibble and Eisenberger, as I found their bodies there the day before. But their bodies were gone. I told SGT Fugere and we continued west on that trail as Fugere had found Upner’s body the day before in the clearing we crossed to get to the main kill zone.

When the fighting started, Upner had stopped at the path I walked into at about 1130 hrs on 5 Dec 65 as I was trying to get our patrol that was flanking us to come in. I saw a bush in the middle of the path and was a few meters from it when Fugere called me back to the trail as the 2/2 was moving again. Behind that bush was a BAR team and Fugere saved my life; but at about 1230 hrs when the battle started, the BAR team got Upner in the back.

When we got to that path, Upner’s body was not there, which really got Fugere mad, as Upner and Fugere had been very close for many years. He and I both stared across the clearing and knew that our three MIA’s were down that trail that we had been on the day before. We started walking toward where we were sure our MIA’s/KIS’s were and then the unit that was with us told us that we had to go back to the LZ as it was going to be dark soon. Fugere would not go back to the LZ till he was assured that he would be able to search for Upner, Eisenberger, and Dibble the next day; the 7th of Dec.

On the morning of the 7th, some news people were choppered in and we could not get out of the LZ till late that day. By the time we finally got to the path where Upner was KIA’ed, it was starting to get dark, and again Fugere was promised that on the 8th we would go all the way. To make sure that Fugere and the few of us that were left of the 2/2 when back to the LZ; we were forced at rifle point back to the LZ. That was the only time an American soldier came close to pointing a rifle at me.  

On the morning of the 8th we were ordered to board the choppers and go back to Lai Khe. I thought Fugere was going to explode when we boarded the choppers. This was the battle of Ab Nha Mat on 5 Dec ’65. There was more to it, but I made my point about Upner, Eisenberger, and Dibble. 

Richard Nunes Jr.
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My father was with Bravo Co. that day, E6 Richard Nunes (B,2,2,-1)....He was also involved in a mission along with his RTO on Hwy. 13 before the Ap nha mat ambush. He is 85 years old and resides in Killeen, Tx. near Fort Hood.  His memory is very sharp and he recalls a lot of details during his 65 and 69 campaigns.  I hope Doc or someone else can tell me about serving along side of him.....
Sfc Ret Juan Santiago
Reply with quote  #33 
Tomorrow mark 50 years since one of the most significant days in the history of the 2nd battalion 2nd Infantry Regiment in Vietnam--- and one of the saddest for me personally. We were ambushed near the village of Ap-Nha-Mat and suffered  many casualties. May all those that made the ultimate sacrifice rest in peace .
No Mission Too Difficult  No Sacrifice Too Great.
DUTY FIRST.

Juan Santiago
Sfc Ret
B co 2/2
Vietnam
1965 to 1970
   
C Halverson
Reply with quote  #34 
Doc Walters, The Saint or anyone that can help, 
I am doing a commerative project on Sgt Eisenberger and I have been looking all over to find more information about such a man and have not had much luck. I would love to find out more about him and hear more stories if anyone could spare the time and help me out. Eisenberger, Dibble and Upner all deserved to be remembered as well as each and everyone who died for us that day. If anyone would be willing to converse with me about this day in more detail I would be very thankful. 

Thank you to everyone who served on that day and the war. 

Courtney Halverson 
(please contact me at ch92400@eanesisd.net)

BCC
Reply with quote  #35 
Courtney,

Task Force Omega has some info posted that may interest you.

http://taskforceomegainc.org/e357.html
Larry G
Reply with quote  #36 

Courtney,

I don’t know what information you already have on George Eisenberger so I have posted what I have been able to find on him.

George Joe Bu Eisenberger was born 2 March 1940; parents were Charles (1918-1958) and Pauline C. (Kte-Te-Qua Tomey) a Potawatomi, (1918-2003), both from Kansas. He had two sisters Charlene (b. 1939) and Marcia (b. 1948) and a brother Kenneth (b. 1947). The family was still living in Pawhuska, OK when George was killed. He was recorded as race American Indian, Roman Catholic and married; wife’s name is U/K at this time. In high school he had the nickname “Bucky”. He along with Dibble and Upner are still listed as missing in action. Their names are on a memorial wall located in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The photo of him is from the 1955 Pawhuska, OK High School year book.

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Juan Santiago
Reply with quote  #37 
For all I know and find out is that the area of the ambush is all under water since they made a big reservoir to supply water to Saigon and other areas. We try to get in by using the road the we walk on but we only could go a short distance due to the water line. My driver father was one of the Vietnamese soldiers killed on Nov 27 1965, when we pull road guard for the Vietnam army to pull the dead out of the area. They were the 15 Reg 5th VN Army division (VN) from Bien Hoa VN. I wish I could post a picture of the reservoir.

Sfc Ret
Juan Santiago
US ARMY INF 
David Ray
Reply with quote  #38 

Ap Nha Mat was about 5 miles west of Ap Bau Bang which is where the 2-2 fought its first battle in Vietnam. On the current satellite map of Vietnam there does not appear to be any bodies of water in that general area. The location of Ap Nha Mat can be found at this link;

http://www.maplandia.com/vietnam/song-be/ben-cat/ap-nha-mat/

Juan Santiago
Reply with quote  #39 
David I was there in 2011 and the reservoir was there and more construction like a resort area was building, the ambush happened east of Dau Tieng near AP- NGA-MAT.there is lot ot of water that that map is not showing. I will have my friend go there he reside in Saigon and I have another one that reside in Bien Hoa--they are both american and travel the areas.

 
Dean Fink
Reply with quote  #40 
I would like anyone who served with my brother Rodney (Red) Fink. Machine Gunner email me. Wounded 5 Dec. 1965, leg half blown away and shot through the neck. Received 2 purple hearts and the Bronze Star.
LANA
Reply with quote  #41 
After all these years I found this site. PVT Milton Solomon, a Medical Lab Specialist was killed there. He was from PA, and his start date for that tour was 11/27/65. The only thing I heard about his death was that he was not there long and killed.
Milton was my 2nd cousin but we were only two months apart when born. I cannot tell you all how many times I have thought about him... he was a great guy that anyone would like.
Did any of you know him?
My email is listed and I would be grateful for anything you have to offer. God bless all of you for your service to our country.
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