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50 years ago, today, I was on the last flight out of Saigon before the start of the TET Offensive of ‘68.
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Planned that very well. Tet this year is on my birthday.
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Beats the heck out of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tet '68.
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Happy Birthday Larry and Lucky Tom..31Jan -1Feb 1968 50 years ago B 2/2 under the command of Captain. George "Sonny" Gratzer was fighting the VC at Ben Cat ARVN Compound,then moved through Lai Khe down Thunder Road (Highway 13) crosseed east vicinity Ap Bau Bang Battle, made in contact with a NVA OP,Killed by 3rd Platoon,then secure the LZ for the 2/28th Inf..B2/2 Inf and 2/28th Inf engaged the NVA from 1Feb-13 Feb 1968. Happy Birthday Juan....I was woke up in early morning on 8 Feb 1968 my Birthday by a night ground attack by the NVA......Noli Me Tangere!!!!!
It was a very goooooood bock-bock Chicken Man Year.......
B 2/2 Inf,3rd Platoon, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
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I mention that ground attack in my book.
When I wrote Capt. Gratzer several years ago, he was still pissed that the 2/28th received all the credit.
And he should have been. The attack started on our (2/2) side of the NDP.
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Stephen, I also wrote to Cpt Gratzer that he/ B 2/2 Inf was not mentioned in the book by James Scott Wheeler "THE BIG RED ONE" page 489 that it was B 2/2 Inf under the command of Cpt. George "Sonny" Gratzer spearheaded by the 3rd Platoon (Track B231, my Track, ha,ha,ha-my Squad Leader was Sergeant (E-5) Ron Cron) down Highway 13 Thunder Road" to Ben Cat;after recieving AK47 fire we entered the burning ARVN Compound firing our way in mounted, then dismounted and fought the rest of that battle that morning on foot until day break (I remember that night very very well) and the author failed to mention as you said B 2/2 Inf defending the NDP early morning on 8 Feb 1968 (my Birthday) during the ground attack of the NDP.....Also that was NVA whom we fought not VC that morning and that among the enemy dead were female NVA Soldiers and we captured two POW's. George must have pissed off some brass not be be mentioned and or James Scott Wheeler did not read all of the DA Form 1594 "Duty Logs" to get his information and or cherry picked the documents to complete his book.....but we GRUNTS who was there know what happened...Noli Me Tagere!!!!!
It is a great pleasure talking to you Stephen.. Curtis Parker B 2/2 Inf, 3rd Platoon, Track B231 9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
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Here's a photo I took captured..bmp of the two captures you spoke of. one is tied up behind the guy standing on the right
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On 9Feb 1968 B 2/2 Inf made contact with the NVA three times.Twice chasing them out of their basecamps.In the first Basecamp I almost shot SP4 Downing who was sitting in a Bunker on the other side of the hedgerow,I was just about to pull my Trigger when a GI behind me said "that's another GI there"....suddsuddenly SP4 Downing stood up grinning (Downing was later KIA on 3 April 1968 just after returning from R&R in Hawaii with his wife.We both were in the 3rd Platoon).On the way back to the NDP around 1600 hours the NVA opened fire in B 2/2 from the Woodline as we came out of the jungle in a clearing.B 2/2 Inf immediately returned fire and engaged hin for about an hour.During the battle SP4 Salsbury was KIA. He was positioned between a Tank and a NVA shooting it out between each other.SP4 Salsbury was due to deroes at the end of Feb 1968.Also during that Battle Cpt.Gratzer (Bravo 6) was wounded in his Back while pulling His RTO who was also wounded back onto His command Track.