THE Odyssey OF           
“A” Company, First of the Eighth Cavalry, Across Vietnam
May 1, 1967 – May 31, 1968
Chronicled from Daily Staff Journals and Mapped by Richard L. Dieterle

General Map Index

The Second LZ English Area of Operation (1 - 12 November 1967)

Base Map Index: • May 1 – 17, 1967 (Camp Radcliff, An Khê)May 17 – June 2, 1967 (LZ Uplift)May 19 - 21, 1967 (LZ Glen Excursion)June 2 - 19, 1967 (LZ Meade)June 19 - July 31, 1967 (LZ Geronimo)August 1 - 19, 1967 (LZ Sandra)August 19 - September 5, 1967 (LZ Santana)September 5 - October 8, 1967 (LZ English)October 8 - 31 (LZ Mustang)November 13 - 20, 1967 (LZ Mustang)November 21 - 26, 1967 (Bình Định Coast)November 26 - December 26, 1967 (LZ Geronimo)December 27, 1967 - January 5, 1968 (An Lão)January 5 - 22, 1968 (LZ English)January 22 - 25, 1968 (LZ Jane)January 26 - February 13, 1968 (LZ Anne, LZ Pedro)February 14 - 5 April, 1968 (LZ Sharon)5 - 11 April, 1968 (LZ Snapper)11 - 21 April, 1968 (LZ Sharon)21 - 25 April, 1968 (Camp Evans)April 25 - May 15, 1968 (LZ Stallion)May 16, 1968 (Camp Evans Excursion)May 16 - 27, 1968 (LZ Sharon)May 28 - 31, 1968 (LZ Sharon)

November 4

Map Index: | Base Map for Camp Radcliff AO | May 1 - 2, 1967 | May 3 - 6 | May 7 - 13 | May 14 - 15 | May 16 - 17 | Base Map for LZ Uplift AO | May 17- 19 | Base Map for LZ Glenn Excursion | May 19- 21 | May 22 - 26 | May 27 - June 2 | Base Map for LZ Meade AO | June 2 - 19 | Base Map 1 for LZ Geronimo AO | June 19 - 25 | June 26 - 27 | June 28 - July 1 | July 2 (Firefight, DSJ version) | July 3 - 4 | July 5 | July 6 - 9 | July 10 - 16 | July 17 | July 18 | July 19 - 22 | July 23 - 24 | July 25 - 31 | Base Map for LZ Sandra AO | August 1 - 3 | August 4 - 5 | August 6 - 8 | August 9 | August 10 - 12 | August 13 - 14 | August 15 | August 16 - 19 | Base Map for LZ Santana AO | August 19 - 20 | August 21 | August 22 | August 23 | August 24 - 25 | August 26 | August 27 | August 28 | August 29 | August 30 | August 31 | September 1 - 2 | September 3 - 5 | Base Map 1 for LZ English AO | September 5 - 9 | September 10 -12 | September 13 - 16 | September 17 - 18 | September 19 - 21 | September 22 - 23 | September 24 | September 25 | September 26 - 28 | September 29 - 30 | October 1 - 3 | October 4 - 5 | October 6 | October 7 - 8 | Base Map 1 for LZ Mustang AO | October 8 - 10 | October 10 - 11 | October 12 - 14 | October 15 - 17 | October 18 | October 19 | October 20 - 21 | October 22 - 23 | October 24 | October 25 | October 26 | October 27, Pt. 1 | Base Map 2 for LZ English AO | November 1 | November 2 | November 3 | November 5 | November 6 | November 7 | November 8 - 9 | November 10 - 12 | Base Map 2 for LZ Mustang AO | November 13 - 14 | November 15 | November 16 - 17 | November 18 - 20 | Base Map for Bình Định Coast AO | November 21 | November 22 | November 23 - 24 | November 25 - 26 | Base Map 2 for LZ Geronimo AO | November 26 - 29 | November 30 - December 1 | December 2 | December 3 | December 4 - 5 | December 5 - 6 (Firefight) | December 7, 0720 - 1130 Hrs. (Firefight) | December 7, 1130 - 1345 Hrs. (Firefight) | December 7, 1345 - 2400 Hrs. (Firefight) | December 8 (Firefight) | December 9 (Firefight) | December 10 - 12 | December 13 - 15 | December 16 - 18 | December 19 - 20 | December 21 - 23 | December 24 - 26 | Base Map for An Lão AO | December 27 - 31 | January 1 - 5, 1968 | Base Map 3 for LZ English AO | January 5 - 9 | January 10 - 12 | January 13 - 15 | January 16 | January 17 - 22 | Base Map for LZ Jane AO | January 22 - 25 | Base Map for LZ Anne and LZ Pedro AO | January 26 - 31 | February 1 | February 2 - 5 | February 6 - 10 | February 11 | February 12 - 13 | Base Map 1 for LZ Sharon AO | February 14 - 16 | February 17 - 27 | February 28 - March 1 | March 2 - 6 | March 7 - 9 | March 10 - 11 | March 12 | March 13 - 15 | March 16 - 21 | March 22 - 24 | March 25, 0900 - 1200 Hrs. (Firefight) | March 25, 1200 - 1615 Hrs. (Firefight) | March 25, 1615 - 1930 Hrs. (Firefight) | March 25, 1930 - 2400 (Firefight) | March 26, 0000 - 1045 | March 26, 1045 - 2400 | March 27 - 31 | April 1 - 5 | Base Map for LZ Snapper AO | April 5 - 8 | April 9 | April 10 - 11 | Base Map 2 for LZ Sharon AO | April 12 | April 13 - 21 | Base Map for Camp Evans | April 21 - 25 | Base Map for LZ Stallion AO | April 25 | April 26 | April 27 | April 28 - May 1, 1968 | May 2, 1968 | May 3 1968 | May 4, 1968 | May 5 - 6, 1968 | May 7 - 12, 1968 | May 13, 1968 | May 14 - 15, 1968 | Base Map for Camp Evans Excursion AO | May 16, 1968 | Base Map 3 for LZ Sharon AO | May 16 - 17, 1968 | May 18, 1968 | May 19 - 20, 1968 | May 21 - 27, 1968 | Base Map 4 for LZ Sharon AO | May 28 - 31, 1968 |

Chronology Index: | 30 April - 10 May 1967 | 11 - 20 May 1967 | 21 - 31 May 1967 | 1 - 10 June 1967 | 11 - 20 June 1967 | 21 - 30 June 1967 | 1 - 10 July 1967 | 11 - 20 July 1967 | 21 - 31 July 1967 | 1 - 10 August 1967 | 11 - 20 August 1967 | 21 - 31 August 1967 | 1 - 10 September 1967 | 11 - 20 September 1967 | 21 - 30 September 1967 | 1 - 10 October 1967 | 11 - 20 October 1967 | 21 - 31 October 1967 | 1 - 10 November 1967 | 11 - 20 November 1967 | 21 - 30 November 1967 | 1 - 10 December 1967 | 11 - 20 December 1967 | 21 - 31 December 1967 | 1 - 10 January 1968 | 11 - 20 January 1968 | 21 - 31 January 1968 | 1 - 10 February 1968 | 11 - 20 February 1968 | 21 - 29 February 1968 | 1 - 10 March 1968 | 11 - 20 March 1968 | 21 - 31 March 1968 | 1 - 10 April 1968 | 11 - 20 April 1968 | 21 - 30 April 1968 | 1 - 10 May 1968 | 11 - 20 May 1968 | 21 - 31 May 1968 |

Note Bene — The DSJ for this date is garbled with respect to the grenade incidents that occurred overnight. It does record (0445 - 0515 hrs.) that an unidentified Second Platoon element was located at 887103 at this time, which contradicts the 888107 of the previous DSJ (3 Nov.). These events can be reconstructed from the account of Flanders (Richard E. Flanders, Lord, Send an Earthquake! [Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2003] 133-135) who was with the 25 element that night, also on ambush. I too recall this incident. The 23 element was presumably located as indicated in the DSJ. "We in the first and second squads [forming the 25 element] were to proceed farther to set up another ambush position at a different location. ... we walked another thousand meters where the rice field ended and the cane field began. There the dykes formed an intersection in the open field." (p. 133) Their position coincides with 892094, 1 klt. farther on and at the intersection of two dykes, rather than the 888099 cited in the previous DSJ (3 Nov.). What the DSJ does not mention is that the new Sergeant in charge of the 23 element, "... said he saw one of the new guys stand up in the dark and he thought a gook had slipped up on him. It scared him, so he threw a grenade and started firing." (p. 135) All three men killed (Robert Allen Albertson [29E, 18],  Jimmy Ray Baggarly, [29E, 18], David Mack Herendon [29E, 19]) were new to the field. That this was not explicated in the DSJs subsequently is no doubt due to the embarrassment of having such a friendly fire incident.

Daily Staff Journal Citations: 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division Association Collection, Daily Staff Journals, 1965-1969; Virtual Vietnam Archives, Texas Tech University, Collection 369, Daily Staff Journals 1965 - 1969, 4 Nov.: Items: 5, 10-11, 16-17, 23, 26, 32, 34, 39, 43, 46-49, 52, 54, 59, 61, 63-64, 71, 75, 77-78, 80-82, 90.