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Boz
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Our unit was just across the road from the ammo dump when it blew, we were just inside the gate. Lost two good men that day, 1st Sgt and 1st Lt. I stayed close to the old French Dairy Barn, just inside the gate, coming from Ben Cat it would be on the left just inside the gate. We stayed low all day until late that afternoon when 113's came in and we loaded in. I was with a SSG all day, he had been in about 12 yrs, and swore if he made it through this he was getting out. He was from Okla. We had one man in the tower above the dump, he didn't get a scratch, I talked with him not long ago. We were the btry of 155's of 8/6 Arty and I was the medic for that unit from about 6/67 - 5/68, our Hq was in Phu Loi. I have some pictures of Lai Khe, 3rd Bde sign, 2/28 compound, 3rd Bde Hq and some more.

Last yr and the yr before I visited the two that we lost that day, and I intend to visit again this month on Rolling Thunder.

Boz
harold defibaugh
Reply with quote  #27 
i am going on the rolling thunder trip this month also. it will be my first trip to the wall. we will be meeting the group coming from the west in okla. i will make the trip to a reunion one day. wanted to go last year, but i was unable to attend because of personal matters. i was with b 1/2 from dec67-dec68. wasn't at lai khe when the ammo dump blew, but there later when a mess hall was blown up in 68.


harold w. defibaugh
b 1/2 dec67-dec-68
Mahlon
Reply with quote  #28 
I remember the day the ammo dump blew up, but I thought it was earlier than the 22d of December because I was waiting to go to jungle school when it blew and the rest of the company, B 2/2, came roaring in shortly after the explosion.  I joined the company in the field after jungle school on Christmas Day 1967.  The Bob Hope show was in Lai Khe on the 24th that year.  The only thing I remember about that besides Raquel Welch's blue and white miniskirt was Bob Hope said "Here we are in Lai Khe and me no likee."

Mahlon McLean
2d Plt B2/2, 67-68
Steve DeLacy
Reply with quote  #29 
Mahlon, I agree with you.  On the 22 of December, B-Co. was out in the field. We drew straws to see who would go in to Lai Khe for the Bob Hope Christmas.  Those of us that didn't go, ended up doing road security for those that went.  One of the guys took my movie camera, so I at least have home movies of Bob Hope and Raquel Welch.
As for when the ammo dumt blew, we were back in Lai Khe on a short stand down.  I was in the Day Room picking through the pocket books trying to find a few good books to stash away for when we headed back out to the field.  We all ran outside when we heard the explosion, and shortly after we were in the tracks headed up hwy 13 towards the ammo dump.

Steve DeLacy (Track 221)
Moses
Reply with quote  #30 
Late 1967 seems right. I was stationed just across the road with A 8/6 Artillery. We had pieces of shells scattered across the Battery area for years.
Wilson O'Neal Jr
Reply with quote  #31 

Request for information?  I am in the process of filing my claim and I can't remember the exact location of the explosion at the ammo dump. I do remember it was on or December 1967. I was with 506th Field Depot, 277th S&S Battalion, 1/39th Heavy Material Company.  I anyone out their can be of any help to me please email me at mlsvall@yahoo.com. My cousin is helping me with my claim. Thanks & God  Bless ain't over until it's over!

Luther Patton
Reply with quote  #32 
Mr. O'Neal is there any chance that you may of had relative's that lived in Drumright, Oklahoma? The reason why I ask is because I knew some O'Neals and thought you might be related. They were good people.
Welcome Home Brother!
 
Luther Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Delta Company, November six Kilo Platoon RTO
Recon. 29er Platoon, RTO, Point Man
AND MAY GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS IN HARMS WAY!   
 

John Venn
Reply with quote  #33 
Thuy,

Do you have more information (location, description, anything).  I do not have a clue based upon your information but with more info maybe we can at least ID the Army unit.  Sadly, a lot of GIs left little ones behind (usually unbeknown to the GI).

John
John Morales
Reply with quote  #34 
I was assigned to C/1/16 Inf on tower duty that day. They were burning the off the over growth along the perimeter, and the pad were resupplies of ammo and other item. The jungle bunnie school were zeroing their wpn  for night patrol.  The fire got near the ammo and set it off. Ammo contined to for about an hour.  APC was sent out to get the people zeroing ,
Jim Clark
Reply with quote  #35 
I remember the ammo dump. We had to take the VTR 95 track in and get a APC. I don't remember what was wrong,  and I don't remember if the crew was still there. I just remember we had to go get it. I was the only one sober on the crew so took two other guys to drive and operate the boom I think one of the guys name was Joe Elder. There were  105's and the smaller mortar rounds laying around that I moved out of the way. Didn't know how live they were so I walked very slow. We threw a track on the VTR. ( Never fixed it as fast as we did that night,) The only time in my life that I can say it was SURREAL, lights and shadows just so weird looking. Anyway that's my story of the Ammo Dump.
Jim Clark
HHC 2/2
67/68
RON JACKSON (JACK)
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HI THERE FELLOW VETS!
 
MY NAME IS RON JACKSON MY BUDDIES KNEW ME AS  JACK  I WAS IN COUNTRY MAY 68 TO MAY 69  MY UNIT WAS ALPHA  COMPANY 2/2  MECH.    IM SORRY I MISSED THE FIREWORKS AT THE AMMO DUMP, IM LOOKING FOR OLD FRIENDS FROM ALPHA COMPANY ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO LOCATE SOME OF THESE GUYS?   
 
                                THANKS    JACK
 
Broz
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Jack,
  Which platoon were you in, there are quite a few of us from A 2/2 68-69 on the board, welcome home brother, I was with A 2/2 first mortars then 3rd platoon 68-69
Ron Fichtner
Reply with quote  #38 
Jack,
     Welcome to the site.  I was with A2/2 mortar platoon Apr 68 to Apr 69.
                                                    Ron Fichtner
RON JACKSON (JACK)
Reply with quote  #39 

I was in 1st platoon    may 68 to may 69 a2/2

Mouse
Reply with quote  #40 

Ron Jackson, do you have a pic of your self in 68? I'm sure I know you but names get kind of fuzzy after 42 years. If you know what I mean.

Donovan Kolness
Reply with quote  #41 
Ron (Jack) Jackson...

Did you ever know a guy from the 1st platoon who went by the knick name of "Spike"?
jim
Reply with quote  #42 
I was there 67-68, I heard incoming rockies. They seem to hit each side of the runway from north to south. I stood at the north end thats were we 398th main.had our conx boxes sat up. I was helicopter engine repair. I couldn't believe my eyes accurate they were, at the end one or some hit ammo dump. I was with Blackhorse.   Maybe this will help.  Jim
Broz
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Ron ,

   I was with A 2/2 mortars around Oct-Nov 68

Broz
Reply with quote  #44 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Broz

Ron ,

   I was with A 2/2 mortars around Oct-Nov 68

Do you remember who the Plt Sgt was around that time, I'm thinking Sanchez??
Butch Smith
Reply with quote  #45 
Hello To All
My name is Butch Smith from Tennessee.
I was in Vietnam June 67 thru June 68 stationed at LaiKhe,
2nd 2nd company b Ist Infantry Four Duce Mortar platoon.
I would appreciate if anyone had  information for anyone who might have served with me.
Thanks
Butch


John Kerins
Reply with quote  #46 

Butch,

 

I was with B/2/2 mortars from Feb 68 to Feb 69. But we were 81mm. The 4.2 mortars were part of HHC.

 

I still remember a lot of the guys who were there when I arrived. Seems the longer i was there the less the FNGs registered with me. But I can probably rap off 20 guys from Bravo's 4th plt in early 68.

 

You should make plans to stop by Pigeon Forge when we hold our reunion there in the Spring. Plenty of guys from both the 1/2 and 2/2 there and a good time for all.

 

John Kerins

B/2/2

68-69

 

Juan
Reply with quote  #47 

To all of those, that plan to come to the May 17-20 2012 reunion at Pigeon Forge, TN please send me your home address so I can send you the information.

Thank you.

Juan.

B/2/2 1964 to 1967.

Vietnam.

1965 to 1970. 

ronziegler
Reply with quote  #48 
HELLO Butch Smith:   I was in HHC company 2/2, reconnaissance platoon from jan 68 to feb 69...Our tours overlapped possibly 5 to 6 months... I like most, did not spend very much time in Lai Khe base except for maintenance stand downs and/ or just passin through!!!   We spent our time out in the field working out of either thunder III or IV I believe...   We spent most time running Thunder road /hwy 13, doing mine sweeping, road security, running convoys between LaiKhe and QuanLoi, S&Ds, running out ambush patrols and retrievals and few THUNDER RUNs at night to keep them little rascals off the road at night!!!  Was drafted july 67 and basic at Ft Campbell and AiT at Ft Knox armor school and then ETSd out of that tropical vacation...

         ronzieglerHHC2/2reconplatoonjan68/feb69BEWELLBROther!!!
Charles Schmidt
Reply with quote  #49 

I was not in the 2/2d, but was the Brigade Chaplain, 3d Bde, 1st Inf. Div. in 67-68.  I remember the explosion of the ammo dump.  I lived in what was called "The Major's Chateau" in Lai Khe.  It was blown up by sappers when Tet 68 began.  Also the Officer's Club was blown up.  We had four chaplains in the Iron Brigade.  They were, Chaplain (CPT) Austin Dale Moon, 2/2d, Daring, Chaplain (CPT) Amos Clemmons (2/28), Dauntless, Chaplain (CPT) Thomas Berberich, Roman Catholic,1/16th and myself, Chaplain (Maj) Charles Schmidt, Bde Chaplain.  Chaplain Moon died a couple of years ago.  Amos Clemmons lives in California, Tom Berberich serves a local parish in Kent, CT, and I retired after 30 years.  I live in Lubbock, TX. now.  Amos Clemmons had the "sh..ts" from the malaria pill and was in the outhouse when a 122MM rocket crashed through the roof of his hooch.  He always said that "the sh..ts saved my life"!  I just found this site and it has meant a lot to me to read the postings.  Thank all of you for your service, and God bless and keep all of you and yours.   DUTY19er

Charles Schmidt
Reply with quote  #50 

I was not in the 2/2d, but was the Brigade Chaplain, 3d Bde, 1st Inf. Div. in 67-68.  I remember the explosion of the ammo dump.  I lived in what was called "The Major's Chateau" in Lai Khe.  It was blown up by sappers when Tet 68 began.  Also the Officer's Club was blown up.  We had four chaplains in the Iron Brigade.  They were, Chaplain (CPT) Austin Dale Moon, 2/2d, Daring, Chaplain (CPT) Amos Clemmons (2/28), Dauntless, Chaplain (CPT) Thomas Berberich, Roman Catholic,1/16th and myself, Chaplain (Maj) Charles Schmidt, Bde Chaplain.  Chaplain Moon died a couple of years ago.  Amos Clemmons lives in California, Tom Berberich serves a local parish in Kent, CT, and I retired after 30 years.  I live in Lubbock, TX. now.  Amos Clemmons had the "sh..ts" from the malaria pill and was in the outhouse when a 122MM rocket crashed through the roof of his hooch.  He always said that "the sh..ts saved my life"!  I just found this site and it has meant a lot to me to read the postings.  Thank all of you for your service, and God bless and keep all of you and yours.   DUTY19er

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