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Mike, I still have a picture getting a hair cut next to my track (213) by that barber at Bandit Hill .
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mike ogden Michael when did you arrive in 1/2? Reason I ask is we more than likely were in alot of the same battles together, I remember one firefight we were in was on a hill in Loc Nihn Prov., it all started in the morning, I was third man back, pace counter, from point man, Casey, and we had only gotten out about 300 meters that morning when we got ambushed by a force of 1000 NVA, when all was done we had 7 kia's and got a nva kia of 117, I received a Army Commadation w/oak leaf cluster that day for engaging enemy while my guy's pulled back, my memory bank won't bring up the name of this hill but I remember there was a magazine artical with pictures in honor of this paticular battle, the day before this took place we were in another firefight where we lost our platoon leader Lt. A.C.Green, 39 nva kia and was also in Loc Nihn Prov.. 40 years have passed and my memory's not the greatest, recently I was granted disability through the V.A. for PTSD, God Bless! mike ogden 1/2 HHC Recon Platoon Black Scarf Bn. Big Red One '68'-'69'
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Mike as you already know that I had already came back to The World. But often wondered was anyone killed from Recon. 29er Platoon during this Battle at Loc Nihn. I know Lt. Green was wounded and so was a guy by the name of Poncho. Did Casey make it? I know Sam Miller made it. Nickname (Tomato Head). I know Sam made it because after out got out of the Army I was here in Tulsa, looking for a job and right out of the clear blue sky I ran into Sam and he told me about the Battle some what, and that LT. Green was seriously wounded. I never saw Sam again. Please let me know. Patton Black Scarf Battalion Delta Company, RTO Recon. 29er Platoon, RTO, Point man Nam June 67' June 68'
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I was not at the battle on 27-28 November 1968, but I want to rake this opportunity to say hello to my old Platoon Leader Richard E. Brown "Daring Bravo Bandit 36" from August-November 1968 (Bandit Hill) who recommended me for the Silver Star Medal. During that battle I was back in Lai Khe just coming out of the field from Bandit Hill that 1Lt Brown had arranged for me being that I was the last of the longest guys still in the field...OOOOOH What A Happy Day THAT WAS "Good Friday". 1LT Brown was also supposed to leave the field "Bandit Hill" with that day to go to the 4.2 Platoon, but that was cancelled.....1LT Gary Tucker replaced 1LT Brown as B36......1LT Brown knows how to call in for indirect fire support within danger close range, I know that for a personnal fact....really danger close in rubber trees...like very very close strapnel flying over your head from the incoming rounds until our butt holes puckered as we lay in the irrigation ditches in the rubber trees! Hi Richard long time not heard from...good that you are still around...hand salute to you!
Curtis Parker B 2/2 Inf, 3rd Platoon, Track B231 9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
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Gentlemen and buddies, how great it is to find a site where other members of the 2nd/2nd have been communicating about events that unfolded in 68/69. I was the platoon medic with the 1st platoon of Charlie company and I do recall some of the events that took place Nov. 27/28 of 1968. I do recall at least two days of heavy fighting when we (alpha and Charlie) fought our way through a heavily fortified NVA bunker complex located on the high ground of the rubber plantation at Loc Ninh. I recall the first day, early that morning, when we were bombarded with rockets and mortars and captain Kelly gave the order to move out of the area to avoid casualties. But, as soon as we began our move to the higher ground the NVA opened up with everything they had. That first day we battled it out for the better part of the day through the early evening before we broke off contact for the day. We then moved about a half mile away from the battleground where a hot thanksgiving meal was awaiting us (very sad thanksgiving day). The next morning,I recall, we saddled up to return to the battle area where we encountered the bodies of many NVA soldiers that had been partially buried during the previous night. However, as we continued to move through the area the NVA opened fire and another full day of fighting ensued.
Can someone provide me with the dates and area where the 1st Cav's rat patrol unit was hit. I was the first medic at the scene when a Sargent from that unit came to me in tears pleading with me to go with him to check the condition of the men left in the jeeps. Because this unit was ambushed very severely, those that could, pulled back to await our (2nd/2nd) mechanized armor. The Sargent and I moved down the road through the burnt out wreckage of possibly six or so jeeps where we encountered the burnt bodies of numerous American soldiers holding their positions as they were before they burned alive. As I think about it now it was scary because we were alone at the front of that jeep convoy, a distance of possibly 2 city blocks.
Izzy (Doc) Duran
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Izzy, they were ambushed in the rubber plantation northwest of thunder 4. I think it was in December of 68. I was with the recon platton and we were sent out to their rescue. I was the TC on the lead track and your right those guys got roughed up pretty good and were in panic mode. The story I heard is a VC jumped out ahead of them and fired at them and they ran right up the road after him. Bad move! By the time we got there CHarlie had slithered off .
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Hello Black Scarves
I'm Ben Wagner. I was with the 1st/2nd 1968 - 1969. I was Drac 6K, B6K and 29K, with HHC/HHC, B Co and Recon with Lt Green, Sam from OK, Casey from S ILL, and I'm forgetting names. Sgt Randy Jackson B Co from Jacksonville, FL, HHC/HHC Col Fritzpatrick, Col Schlaminski, Col ?, oops. Jim Downey of Detroit, Major Avant of NC, And many many more. I was at An Loc, Quan Loi, LocNihn, Lai Khe, Tay Nihn, Song Be, Fire Base Julie in the Parrots Beak when we replaced Col Roger's men (Co C), where we had Cpt Kacashima a very terrible leader, we also were at Ben Cat, Bu Dop and ? . We ran med caps, S & D, cordon villages, crossed a river near an ARVN compound where we rode a Big Boy tank and the bridge broke throwing me into the river and a night patrol that put us into a mine field. Sorry to babble. It just all came to me. I now live outside Kalamazoo, MI.
I also was brigade TOC Operations Sgt.
Welcome back to the world. God be with those who did not make. Our heroes.
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You old TFS Rebel. Lansing, IL
I'm glad you're still around. I still look forward to seeing you sometime.
1st/2nd 1968 - 1969
Formerly of Hammond, IN
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I was in C 2/2 and was in the same platoon as Bradury and Whorl then they moved me to the 1st platoon track 1. I was in the big move.
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Reply to Izzy. That 1st Cav unit you refer to was the 1st Sqdn. or 1st Bn. of the 9th Cav. Like you said they were part of the 1st Cav. They were coming out of Quan Loi when they got hit. I was shocked to find AK47 / SKS brass right next to the vehicles. That was ugly. Sorry I do not know the date.
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Hi Guys maybe this will help you. The book titled A Distant Challenge(The US Infantry in Vietnam, 1967-1972, foreworded by Gen. William C. Westmoreland, pages 161-163 reads that in late November (27-29) 1968 near the Cambodian Border in the Loc Nihn Rubber Plantation the 2/12th (two companies Troop C and Troop B) had moved north from An Loc, the Bihn Long Province capital to Loc Ninh. The 2/12th ahd engaged the 3d Battalion, 141st NVA Regiment, 7th NVA Division along Highway 13. The 11th ACR "Blackhorse" Troopers supported the 2/12th. Policing the battlefield US troops had killed 58 NVA, captured several 57mm recoilles rifles, a 60mm mortar, numerous RPG rounds, 22 AK47's and five light machineguns. The US force suffered 15 wounded. The action was successful in locating and destroying the lead elements of the 7th NVA Division in their attempt to infiltrate in MR 3. This contact, and subsequent engagements during the next few days of November, resulted in the decrimation of the 141st NVA Regiment and thwarted the 7th NVA Division's drive toward Saigon.
I hope that this throws some light on the units that participated during the battle. Sorry, the 2nd Infantry Regiment i9s not mentioned during this period.
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Loc Ninh Update: In November 1968 after the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) moved from Military Region 1 to 3, it immediately began operations in the rubber plantations in the Quan Loi-An Loc-Loc Ninh area. The 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry received opcon of B and later C Troop, 1st Squardron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for these operations. The commander of the 2/12th Cavalry was Lieutinant Colonel James W. Dingeman. My personnal note...it may be very hard to find out any information that should be recorded to comfirm of any 2d/2d Infantry involvement with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during the 27-29 November 1968 involvement in the operation (Battle) in Loc Ninh because the Battle of Bandit Hill that occurred in mid October 1968 is not recorded with the 2d/2d Infantry Battalion duty logs nor with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment duty logs during that time period I know this for a fact because I have made request through military official historical offices sometime ago in regards the Battle of Bandit Hill......Like the Battle of Bandit Hill, if you were not there and or assigned to the Daring Bravo Bandits and or the family, friends of those who were killed and wounded there The Battle of Bandit Hill is not officially recorded for history...Right John Kerin and Richard E. Brown.....mmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!
Hi Richard E. Brown (Daring Bravo 36),I haven't heard from you in awhile..Happy New Year and hope you are well and doing fine. 1LT Richard E. Brown (Daring Bravo Bandit 36) it would have been very hard for you after all these many years to have resubmitted the (Your) recommendation for the Silver Star Medal for me for the Battle of Bandit Hill without any official records and or documents of the Battle. Curtis Parker B 2/2 Infantry, 3rd Platoon, Track B231 9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968