Second Infantry Regiment

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frank clark
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I am looking for vets that served with my dad, March 68-March 69. He tells me he was in the 1st Bat, 2nd Inf., Black Scarf Div., Company A. He served under a Lt. Lulu that was KIA. He also remembers a Gen. Ware that was KIA in a helicopter crash near the Cambodia boarder.

Daring 40
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The Lt. your Dad mentioned is 1st LT. Robert Allen Lulla, KIA April 1, 1968.


Daring 40

Luther Patton
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Lt. Lulu K.I.A. on April 1st 1968, was the same day that he and Lt.Col Mortimer O'connor and others were killed in an ambush during Operation Quyet Thang in the Trapaziod. I was in the Recon. Platoon 29er. Recon. 29er stood down that day and we did not go on partol with the battalion that fateful day.

I know two Brothers that were caught in that ambush that day, and they might have some information about your dad.  I will talk with them and ask them if they knew Lt. Lulu.  One of them carried Lt. O'Connor's body to the dust off chopper.

Im sorry for the loss of your Father and of the others. They will  always be remembered in our hearts and thoughts.

God bless!

Luther Patton

Luther Patton
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Sorry for the mistake, thought your dad had been killed in that ambush. When I have some information I will let you know.

Once again sorry! I must be getting old in my life.

Luther Patton   

frank clark
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Mr. Patton--I showed my dad the info. you sent. It really helped him remember alot. He told me that he and two others had been on listening post all night and Lt. Lulla made them stay behind in camp the morning he was KIA. I hope it turns out that you two were in the same area together.  He also remembered a guy named Robert Adams and said that a Major Armstrong was the guy that made my dad Buck Sergeant. Please email with any info. and hopefully you and my dad can talk soon. 





Dan Thompson
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I found the information below on the Wall website.  Maybe this guy knows your father.
Jose Romo
He was my Battlalion Commander.
1405 Kennedy St
Pharr, Texas 78577 USA
In Memory of a Brave Commander and Leader.
Lt. Col O'Connor always ensured that his men under his command were well trained,equipcafed for. He was a brave soldier and he demonstrated that to me after we had landed on an LZ and were beginning to dig our foxholes. A Chinook helicopter was bring in the 107 field artillery when a fire broke out and cause most our ammunitions to explode. After everything was over and the fire was contained, Lt. Col O'Connor went around and picked up all the unexploded hand grenades and buried them himself instead of delegating the dangerous task to someone else. I will always remember that unselfish act. When Lt. Col O'Connor and my Platoon Sgt were killed in an ambush, I was not there and was in the hospital when I was told by a fellow Sgt named Ruiz of the incident. Jose Romo, Sgt U.S. Army 1'2 Battalion 1sr Infantry Division
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Frank Clark
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Mr. Thompson, thanks for the information. I immediately emailed Mr. Romo. I hope he knows my dad or has more info, we'll see. If you have the website address on where you found Mr. Romo, Please email me with it. I'm searching everything I can find. Thanks again, Frank

Dan Thompson
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Frank  Click on the link for more information.  It is the Wall Website









James "doc" Eldredge
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Hi Frank, I didn't know your dad but was with bravo co 1/2 2nd platoon medic when Lt. Lulla was killed. He was my platoon leader when I was with alpha co back in July 67 and was taken out of the field after 6 months service. He only came back out cause we were short platoon leaders on that operation in 1968. I talked with him maybe a day before he was KIA along with Colonel O'Conner.

James "doc" Eldredge
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Me again, I was with 2nd platoon bravo co on same operation when my platoon walked into ambush no KIA but a number of wounded who I managed to get to. Scariest day of my life! MY platoon leaders last name escapes me just called him Lieut. Jim. If anyone out there from bravo co can help with name it would be appreciated.

Luther Patton
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Hi Doc. Eldrege, I was in the Recon. Platoon 29er. I was the Point Man. On the day that Lt. Col. O'Connor and Lt. Lulla was killed in the ambush.  Recon. Platoon 29er stood down that fateful day and did not go on partrol with the Battalion that day.  The Recon. Platoon must have been going out on ambush that night.  So we were trying to get as much sleep as we could. But when we had heard that the Battlion was caught in an ambush we went to the Battalion C.P. and was listening to the chatter on the radio of what was going on.  Then we heard that Lt. Col. O'Connor and that the other's had been killed.  My own personnal feelings on that day, was disgust, helplesness, mad, p.o. saddened, wanted go out there and kick some V.C. a-- and make them pay.

I did not know Lt. Lulla personally, but I did know Lt.Col. O'Connor, he was not only a fine officer who cared about his men and their well being, but was a decent human being, the kind we need more of this day and time in the World that we live in. That is why had his name and other's that were killed in Viet Nam put on the back fender of my custom chopper that I had built to honor them and to remember them always. They ride with me now in the spirt wherever I go, they go to.  

Their names are written on the fender exactly the same way they are on the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. 

Doc. do you or do you know of anyone that might have pictures fo that NDP that we were in? The operation that we were conducting was called Operation Quyet Thang.  Quyet Thang in Vietnamesse means "RESOLVE TO WIN"

That was an ominious looking place. The Recon. Platoon was the first one's to hit the L.Z. I was point man and we were the first one's in the area that would be our NDP. Recon. 29er was security for the Battalion, and as I came to a little trail that was mostly white sand. All I could see was footprints of Ho Chi Minh sandles all over the place and I thought to my self this is a bad bad place, and  you could feel the Viet Cong watching  us.  Maybe they were saying to themselves Oh Sh--its THE BLACK SCARF BATTALION. 


Respectfully, Luther Patton, NOLI ME TANGERE!


Frank Clark
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Hi Doc Eldredge and Mr. Patton, Thanks for the stories you are telling, I haven't got my dad over to read them yet, but I can't wait to see his reaction. I have got the feeling several times since I started this message board, that when I read the stories each and everyone of you lost some part of your life over there. As someone who is on the outside looking in and listening to each of you, I want to thank you for opening my eyes to what has affected or controlled my dads life for all these years. I hope that each of you get any questions that you have answered, so that will be one puzzle piece in place. Please continue to post messages and I will continue to search for pieces to the puzzle. Talk to you soon,, Frank

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There was a part of your last post that I think should be commented on - that part where you said that we "lost some part of our life" over there. I don't think that is quite true. What happened is this: we were able (fortunately or otherwise) to be a part of life that the vast majority of folks never have to see. The sad part of that is not being able to communicate to others what this part of life is really like. Consequently, we tend to bury that experience in the back of our minds and go on with what is considered a normal life - family, career, etc.


I strongly encourage you to show this thread to your Dad. It's quite possible that he may never meet up with anyone he actually served with, but that is only a minor inconvenience. The "experience" often surpasses the individual memories. People like Doc and Luther and many others floating around out here are testament to that.


Just a comment from an old Redleg.



Sgt Rock
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Originally Posted by O.O.O.
Frank, I strongly encourage you to show this thread to your Dad. It's quite possible that he may never meet up with anyone he actually served with, but that is only a minor inconvenience. The "experience" often surpasses the individual memories.

Frank, Joe, aka 'O.O.O.', is right on here...in just the last few years I have found several of the BROs that were in my platoon or company. These men endured the same never-ending trudging through the boonies; digging in every night, night after night; sweating the 'dry season' and slogging through the monsoons.  Then there were times we fought some fearsome battles...battles that still bring tears to our old men's eyes for those Laddies we lost.

But all of the guys that I've been recently reacquainted with have now become very special friends.  What I mean is that just talking to some of the Brothers that can validate your father's war-time experiences will be a relief for him.  This I can promise.        

Luther Patton
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O.O.O. Sgt. Rock, I say Amen to that. Truthtfully spoken. 


Dan Thompson
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Well said Rock and all the rest of the guys as well.  We all need each other as much today as we did back then.


Dan Thompson

Frank Clark
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Hi Doc, My dad just finished reading the posts, He said he thinks he has a picture of Lt. Jim sitting on some captured rice bags, with another one standing beside him. I hope it's him. He says thanks for the reply, all these years he says he has felt alone with his feelings. Looking forward to meeting with you and others some day, hopefully soon. Wants to know if you or anyone is going to the reunion in Pigeon Forge next May. He is going to look for the picture or pictures. My email is fdclark@windstream.net, Email me and will exchange phone numbers and addresses for you and my dad.

Frank Clark
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To O.O.O. and Sgt. Rock, Thanks for your posts, I now realize that all of you went and witness a world that most people can not began to realize. After letting my dad read your messages and watching tears come to his eyes, I could see a relief in him that he has never had. One that he stated in the above post, He has always felt along, and had to deal with it by himself. I apologize for using the wrong words, and thank you for redirecting my thoughts. I was looking strictly for guys he was with, but I know now he needs to make personal contact with some of you, and somewhere down the road when we find one he did serve with that will be the icing on the cake.

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