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Mother
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On this date back in '68 all hell broke loose an in the end we broke their backs. Won in the field, lost in the headlines of the New York Times !! Sad to say.

ronziegler
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 I left the states about this time back in 68 headed on a tropical vacation...I returned/ ETS'd on Feb 13 1969 in my thirteenth month...  long long ago  ! ! !

Mother
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Ron, it was a long, long time ago, like yesterday !! Take care.

Jim Clark
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I was in Lai Khe when Tet started.Was getting ready to go Home. Took till the 5th before I could get out. They knew when to rocket us to disrupt the routine of the day. Right before meals and such. On the first night after the 3rd round of rockets, I took my bunk down into one of our bunkers and set up there. I had no more set it up when we got more incoming. So much for sleep, but atleast we had a place to sit.Next day went to clear post and go to the px  get some last minute things to take home. Everything was closed down, the px, barber shops all of Lai Khe was deserted, first real clue that something was wrong (besides the rockets) .Always has mixed feeling about leaving.Didn't mind leaving county,Hated leaving my friends.
Jim Clark
HHC 2/2 67-68
Motor Pool, VTR95
Jim Clark
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P.S. Mother, thanks for post and remembering. 
Mother
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Jim, same with me, glad to get out of 'NAM", but worried about the guys in the platoon that I left behind. Not knowing what happened to them bothers me to this day.They were all my brothers ! I will never forget the bad feelings leaving them along Highway 13 in July '68. Felt like crying but didn't, I just kept telling myself that my year was done, and wished them luck! " Keep your head down and your powder dry, watch your back if you ever go into the Triangle", not much else that I could tell them.I left country but never forgot them.

jim Clark
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Amen to that Mother. Stay safe
Mother
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Jim, thanks and take care.

ronziegler
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I recall Lai Khe base getting rocketed pretty regular in 1968, a few in the morning and a few in the afternoon, I can't say if it was every day but when we were on stand down it seemed much safer out along hwy 13... We always parked in the rubber trees near HHC across the road from the motorpool...

Mother
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Ron, Lai Khe was " Rocket City",the short time that I was there in April '68, those 122mm rockets came 3 or 4 times a day. It was not a safe place to be at all!!

Roger Beeman
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Wow, brings back alot of memories. Jim Clark was leaving Lai Khe as I was arriving from the 11th Cav. and eventually replaced him on good ole 95. I remember the rockets also and it was pretty much daily as I recall. I agree that I felt somewhat safer in the thunders than Lai Khe. I believe I left Lai Khe around early March to support thunder road operations and stayed in the thunders until leaving country in mid July. Mother, we must have left country about the same time. I know we were on some of the same ops but I was fortunate to not be on all of them. I only had a wrench and a 45 you know. I also functioned better out of the larger base camps. I liked the independence of the field even though it was a bit more likely to be shot at. My hat is off to all you Recon guys, you earned your praise. It is good to be on this web site with all my brothers who were there and know the gut check we still get from time to time. God Bless you all. 

Curtis Parker
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I was on 4 man LP at the Thunder 3 that was Thunder 4 just north of the ARNV compound at Chanh Thanh watching the RVN blow fire works at 2400 hours on 31 January 1968 when my squad leader SGT Ron Cron came to get us saying that we was going to LK (Lai Khe)...Company B 2/2 loaded up under the command of Captain George Gratzer.  The 3rd Platoon lead and the lead track who spearheaded the company was B321 (YES AGAIN MY TRACK/SQUAD) down Highway 13 by passing Company C 2/2 at Thunder 2. We by passed Lai Khe and was told to head for the ARVN Compound at Ben Cat that was being overan by VC..as we approached the compound we came under fire by the VC...my squad/3rd platoon entered the ARVN compound blasting 50 CAL, M60-Machineguns, M79's Thump guns and M-16 Rifles taking up fighting positons as we looked burning hootches and burnt charred Vietnamese bodies and VC also inside of the compound making us have to also watch our backs as we fought till dawn-first light...I remember one ARVN soldier who stood behind me with shrapnel in his face threw down his weapon and the ARVN commander called him a VC and right shot him in the dead...B 2/2 left Ben Cat on the early morning of 1 Feb after sweeping the perimeter finding dismembered bodies from our 50 cal and other weapons..home made gas masks, bloodied HO Chin Ming sandals.  Our platoon medic had to amputate a Veitnamese MAMA-SAN's leg under the light of illumination that night (that's a big 10-4 for our great medics. B 2/2 stopped in Lai Khe to get some breakfast at the Bn mess hall, I was the next to the last guy in line when Charlie decided to mortar Lai Khe..we didi-maued from the mess hall beaucoup fast leaving me hungry and very pissed, B 2/2 moved out of Lai Khe down Highway 13 turned east just where the battle of Bau Bang was fought encountered small arms fire..we dismounted and killed three NVA soldiers then moved out to secure the LZ for the 2/28th Infantry who would be fighting along beside us until 13 February 1968..The TET Offensive of January 1968 had begun.

Tom Copeland
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43 years ago today I got on the last plane to leave Saigon before the start of the TET Offensive.
A few days before that I left Lai Khe with a special send off the night before.

The photos are pictures of a tree in front of my barracks that got hit with a mortar round.  I still have the piece of mortar round that I dug out of the floor under my bunk.  I also have a piece of rocket that hit the barracks two over from mine.

The guy in the third photo is Richard Green.  He and I left at the same time.

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The Saint
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In 1965 we use to get rockets around 1500 hrs everyday, you could set your watch by it. Until they found the site and we went and got them. Then they started from another place--for some reasons the HOCK___You lizard quit barking before the rocket started to fall.
 During Tet 68 we use to fly gunships in support of the 1st inf, and around Saigon
ronziegler
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   It seems to me that in 1968, those who wore the  FIRST INFANTRY patch were not welcome / banned from Saigon due to some prior issues or problems that had transpired at an earlier time...   I did not have the opportunity to go into Saigon and was in Dian, 1st Inf headquarters on the way in and on the way out of country...   Any one else recall being BANNED from Saigon  ???

Mother
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Ron, never heard why, but Saigon was off limits to all of the Big Red One as I recall ?? Take care.

Luther Patton
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Gent's, 
The Boy's Of Delta Company Arrived in Viet Nam July 22, 1967 Via USNS Geiger. The Black Scarfs were told the same thing that The Big Red One was not allowed anywhere near Siagon. And there was no explation as to why!!!!
Now Major Lowrey might have some impute on this or maybe Juan.
Luther Patton
Black Scarf Battalion 1/2
Delta Company, RTO
Recon. 29er Platoon, RTO, Point Man
Nam June 67' June 68' 
Jerry D. Jaworsky
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    What I heard is that when the Big Red One came in in 65, they kind-off got a little rowdy in Saigon.

   Jerry
   HHC 1/2 Commo
   Oct.66-67

 

The Saint
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Jerry, I think you heard wrong.
In 1965 no one from the div was allowed in Saigon. The only place the troop were send were to Vung-Tau. Some went to Saigon but when they found some of the troop killed and overdose with drugs, that is when the div commander Gen Seaman said no troop to Saigon....
B/2/2 1964 to 1967. Vietnam 1965 to 1970. TDY 1961 and 1963.
Tom Copeland
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I was in Saigon on at three occasions in 67 and never had any problems.
Mother
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Tom, I was in Saigon a couple of times in '67 also, no problems.

Curtis Parker
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Hey Guys, I did hear something about the BIG RED ONE being off limits..never really took the time back then to pounder over it until TET Offensive 1968 January-February when SAIGON and Thahn-Sa-Nuoc Air field was being overran by the NVA/VC.  I bet that General Westmoreland and who ever was the fool commander who made that decision wished that the First Infantry Division "BIG RED ONE" was there to fight and protect their asses..that's what I call cutting off your nose to spite your face..I am sure that some commander lived and learned from making that dump decision..really burned that bridge.

thomas prato
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Originally Posted by Mother

Jim, same with me, glad to get out of 'NAM", but worried about the guys in the platoon that I left behind. Not knowing what happened to them bothers me to this day.They were all my brothers ! I will never forget the bad feelings leaving them along Highway 13 in July '68. Felt like crying but didn't, I just kept telling myself that my year was done, and wished them luck! " Keep your head down and your powder dry, watch your back if you ever go into the Triangle", not much else that I could tell them.I left country but never forgot them.

Contact me , I would like to know who you served with, I was with the 2/2 REACT / RECON Platoon from 67/68 TET I am writeing a book and need some info and research.. Thanks
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