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Genek
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When talking to guys from 2/2 we can't remember what was the designation of the Thunder FSB that was on the west side of Highway 13 that had the 155 SP guns. As far as I know it was the only battery on 13 that were not towed.  Thunder 2 or Thunder 3 ?
ken
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Genek: Thunder 2 had the Battery of Self Propelled 155`s. Thunder 2 also had the only water processing truck, I can remember on ((( HWY 13 ))). 
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Curtis Parker
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The last time B 2/2 occupied Thunder 3 during July 1968 there was a 155 Howitzer Battery located at Thunder 3 that always blew our brains/eardrums out. There was a 105 Artillery section located at Thunder 2 that supported B 2/2 on 3 April 1968.


Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf,3rd Plt Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
Curtis Parker
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Ken,Thunder 1 and Thunder 2 was on the West side of Thunder Road "Highway 13" and Thunder 3 was on the east side of Highway 13 just north of Chahn Thanh Village/ARVN Compound.


Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf,3rd Plt,Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
Terry Sage
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Thunder 4 was at An loc , Hwy 13 which ran up to thunder 4 made a sharp left turn than a sharp right and headed up to Loc Ninh. There was a battery of 105s and a short air strip there. The 2/2 battalion TOC was located there from Nov. 68 to June 69 while I was there.

Terry Sage. 2/2 B co track 213
HHC. Recon plt.
68-69
ken
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CURTIS:  You were already back in the ((( WORLD ))) when I got in Country in early Nov 1968. And I agree Thunder 1 & 2 were on the west side on HWY 13 and Thunder 3 was on the east side of HWY 13. The way I remember it Thunder 2 had the Battery of 155 SP`s and Thunder 3 had the Battery of Towed 155 Howitzers. And there was a village called ((( Chanh Thanh ))) and a big 5th ARVN Div compound just south of Thunder 3.  Can You remember the name of the village that was on the east side of HWY 13 between Thunder 3 and An loc.

TERRY: I remember that sharp left hand turn and then the sharp right hand turn when we were going up to Loc Ninh. Nov the 27th thru 30th 1968 just north of Loc Ninh in the rubber was the biggest Firefight I ever seen. I never seen anything even close to that before or since. In both of my tours in Viet Nam. Our KIA & WIA rate was very high, But the NVA`s Casualty rate was truly unbelievable. Loc Ninh really scared me and it still does. I find myself thinking about it alot in the day time, and I dream about that damn place most every night.
Did You know LT Gary Tucker and LTC Mckensey. 

CURTIS & TERRY:  I am so very glad You both made it home in one piece. And I hope You both had a good life.

ken 
Terry Sage
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Ken, I agree with you that Loc Ninh was a scary place. Was there on three occasions and was nervous all the time. HHC recon platoon was at thunder 4 eating thanksgiving dinner when we got the order to saddle up on the 27th and head to Loc Ninh so we missed the first day but we're there for the rest of the battle.
The name Larry Tucker is familiar but I can't recall exactly why. I knew LTC Mechenzi quite well as I was the TC on his track for 3 months. He was truly a soldiers' soldier he liked to be on the ground and in the mist of the action when there was contact.

Terry Sage
Terry Sage
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Ken, I agree with you that Loc Ninh was a scary place. Was there on three occasions and was nervous all the time. HHC recon platoon was at thunder 4 eating thanksgiving dinner when we got the order to saddle up on the 27th and head to Loc Ninh so we missed the first day but we're there for the rest of the battle.
The name Larry Tucker is familiar but I can't recall exactly why. I knew LTC Mechenzi quite well as I was the TC on his track for 3 months. He was truly a soldiers' soldier he liked to be on the ground and in the mist of the action when there was contact.

Terry Sage
Genek
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Thank you guys for the info and quick reply.  I will pass it on.  Genek
William M Sly
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Terry, 
    
   I too, came to B 2/2 on Nov 1968.  I was only with the Company for 2 months when I got transfered to Awards and Decorations at HHC.

   I came into the Company with a large African American man by the Name of Earnst Sheffield. He was big enough to carry the M 60. We called him Tiny. Tiny died on Dec 15, 1968 out on ambush that night. I had left the Company just that morning.

Lt Gary Tucker was one of the platoon leaders at Bravo at that time. He was a warrior. I wrote an award for him when he jumped off his track into a spider hole and beat the NVA to death with his M-15.

  He later became the Recon platoon leader with HHC. I remembered he alway talked softly. He died of cancer in the past two years.

Larry G
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Gary Tucker died on 20 September 2013. May he rest in peace.
ken
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Larry & William:  I did not know Gary Tucker died of cancer. I thought He died from computations from  a bad fall, where He injured His head. But You Guys were right ((( 1LT Gary Tucker ))) darn sure was a Warrior, and Her earned His pay. He was also a fine man and a good friend. And I am sure all of us that knew Gary miss Him. 
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Terry Sage
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Do any of you know which platoon Gary Tucker was with in B co and when and when he was with the HHC recon platoon. The 1st platoon leader I had in B co later was my section leader in the recon platoon I just can't remember if his name was Tucker.

Terry Sage

BCC
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Terry,
Although before I got to B co. (20 Oct 69) I know we sent two LTs to HHC Recon during the same time frame. Possibly more.  Gary Tucker and Larry Jordan (now a retired 3 star)  Hope this helps.
Terry Sage
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Ken, do you know if Gary Tucker was wounded when he was with B co? The 1st platoon leader had a nasty scalp wound on oct 5 1968 when his track hit a mine. Sgt Curtis Boots was killed at the by the same mine.
Terry Sage
Curtis Parker
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Gary Tucker took over the 3rd Plt B 2/2 Inf from 1LT. Richard E.Brown (B36) at Bandit Hill late Nov 1968 after 1LT. Brown was reassigned to HHC Mortars Platoon.

Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf, 3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
Terry Sage
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Curtis, Thanks for the info on 1st LT.Gary Tucker. I remember 1st LT. Richard Brown from B co and when he came over to the 4 deuce mortar platoon. One of the guys from my track in B co named Connelly also went over to the 4 deuce platoon. I've often wondered what he is doing today. As I recall he was from Missouri. Do you keep in contact with LT. Brown? If you do ask him if he remembers the 1st platoon leader when he was with B co.
Terry Sage
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Curtis Parker
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Terry, Richard and I do keep in contact...Look at the post 1LT. Richard E. Brown (Daring Bravo Bandit 36) Bandit Hill Silver Star Medal Citation,this is the most recent correspondence that we have shared over the years....He could really call in supporting fire from Artillery, Like danger close 50 Meters out of our Position...wow, those were some hairy days in Combat with him,seemed that I was always by his side when the Sh't got hot.,have no regrets, would proudly do it again...Noli Me Tangere!!!!


Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf,3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968

ken
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TERRY:  I don`t remember for sure if Gary Tucker was wounded while He was with B co or not. My Memory is really starting to get sketchy on certain things, But crystal clear on other things. As I get older, I find myself thinking about Viet Nam more and more all the time. We had some times didn't we. 
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John Kerins
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Bill Sly,
Pretty sure I remember the day Gary Tucker jumped into a hole and beat an NVA to death, 11 Jan 69. We relieved a troop from the 11ACR that had gotten chewed up in an ambush on Hwy 13, just south of An Loc.

Crazy ass day. "C" company had just pulled off 13 to the East when we were ordered to relieve the 11ACR. So Bravo took point and Charlie formed a blocking force across a marsh and culvert on 13. Col Patton and LTC Mechenzi were both on the ground during the fighting. 

My 50 gunner got a gash in his arm when we hit a bad bump racing to the ambush site. I took over the 50. Surprise! Someone had installed the firing pin backwards on our fifty. I had Al Oakler back us out of the line and we started stripping the 50. SFC Jones, (who I think actually and screwed with the firing pin (2nd line maintenance supposed to be preformed by an armorer), order me and Oakler back to the line. "We can't leave a gap in the line!" So we stuck the barrel back into the gutted receiver group and pointed it up so it wouldn't fall out. Looked like we were on anti aircraft duty. I had a CAR 15 on my lap incase some anyone jump up on us?  

A guy Fritz or such, CO of the 11ACR Troop got the MOH(?)

It was sweeping to the East of 13 toward the RR berm that, as I heard it, one of Gary's guys fell or was yanked into a NVA hole. Gary went in after him. He couldn't bring his M16 to bear on the NVA so Gary crushed him to death with it. Broke the stock and CPT Gallagher threaten to charge Gary to replace it. (Finally said he was joking).

There was one NVA tied us up for hours, firing from a slit in the RR berm. The damned berm was laterite, indestructible. We had helicopter gun runs in on him, multiple 50 going to town on the slit. COL Patton even crawled out towards the berm to toss grenades.

All in all, quite a cluster copulation when you think of it. 

I believe Gary Tucker's first day in the field was Bandit Hill 13 Oct 68. I left in early February 69 and as to the best of my knowledge he had not been wounded. Pretty amazing since if there was a fight, Tucker was in it.

Oh yeah! The fourth platoon had names for most officers. Tucker was LT Chipmunk (round face and glasses) and Brown was LT Magillor Gorilla, in the world his nickname was Fuzzy. Same reason!

Curtis Parker
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John,Gary Tucker may have been at Bandit Hill in 13 Oct 1968,I like to know where He was hiding at, maybe around the CP, but Richard E.Brown was still B36 until I left 3rd Plt in the field at Bandit Hill a week before Thanksgiving.
Larry G
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According to Gary Tuckers bio in the book FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION in VIETNAM Second Volume, Turner Publishing Company 2000, he stated that he received the following awards.

Distinguished Service Cross, 3 Silver Stars, 4 Bronze Stars, 5 Army Accommodation Medals and 4 Purple Hearts.

BCC
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A couple of years ago, VFW Magazine did an article on the highest decorated Vietnam Veterans, exclusive of the Medal of Honor, and Gary was not on the list of less than 20.  I contacted the Magazine, and they added Gary the following month, with thumbnail photo.
Terry Sage
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Well, it's pretty clear that Lt. Tucker was not the person I was looking for. I would still like to know who was the B co. 1st platoon LT. That was wounded on Oct 5, 1968. He also went to the recon platoon after he returned to the field. Anyone know his name ?

Terry Sage
Curtis Parker
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Terry maybe Richard E. Brown (Daring Bravo Bandit 36) remembers who was the 1st Plt Leader (B16) was during that time period.

Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf,3rd Plt, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
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