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


Chronology

| 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 |


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 1 - 12, 1967 (LZ English)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)


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 | October 27, Pt. 2 | October 28 - 31 | Base Map 2 for LZ English AO | November 1 | November 2 | November 3 | November 4 | 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 | 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 |


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The Company is pulling perimeter guard at Camp Radcliff. 30 April, the 1st Plt was the QRF. At 1900 hrs., it was flown out to 364561, the top of a mnt about 10 klts away from Camp Radcliff to the NW.

2230 – A number of men were seen approaching the perimeter. Shots were fired. Later, near midnight, artillery was called in.

1120, 1 May – the 1st Plt is extracted and returned to Camp Radcliff.

1932 – At Guard Tower 18, "A" Company personnel detained two GIs implicated in recklessly driving a truck and running over concertina wire. MPs were called.

0825 – 1st Plt reappointed as QRF.

1440 – The Company requests an EOD team: they are in possession of 4 dud mortar rounds.

1740 – 2nd Plt hears mortars, M-79s, and automatic weapons fire from 517423. Scout choppers are sent to investigate.

1800 – a steak dinner is to be given to the 1st Plt provided they stay armed as a QRF, and avoid alcohol.

2255 – Intelligence report from ROK forces that NVA armed with mortars are concentrated at 583490. Plans are being made to attack them.

The day is overcast with a threat of thunderstorms.

0930 – 1st Plt airlifted south to coordinates 509335, the mtn Kon Hip where the Bde lrrp team had set up for the night. After checking the area, 1st Plt was extracted back to Camp Radcliff at 1208 hrs.

1035 – C Company has a downed vehicle 200 meters west of CP 102, and have called for a wrecker.

1350 – 1st Plt, as QRF, was sent to C Company's location, apparently on foot. They arrive at 1437 hrs.

1750 – "A" Company is at the Btn rear area at this time.

2155 – 1st Plt departs the highway and returns to Btn rear area at 2240 hrs.

"A" Company is on perimeter duty.

Weather warning (at 1420 hrs.): scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms until 2100 hrs.

"A" Company is on perimeter duty.

1556 – thunderstorm warning until 2200.

2115 – Due to fire received from a convoy of Vietnamese vehicles (subsequently detained), the whole perimeter is put on 100% alert.

2120 – two artillery rounds hit perimeter, no casualties.

0828 - 0923 – 3rd Plt does a sweep of an unspecified area. Negative findings.

1st Plt QRF is given permission to see a movie provided that they carry their equipment and make a radio check every half hour.

Weather forecast (1600 - 2200 hrs.): scattered light showers and thunderstorms.

1430 – "A Co relieved B 2/8 of Y ring."

"A" Company seems to be outside the perimeter, but its position has not been stated in the report.

0705 – 4th Plt arrived at LZ Charles (BR432498).

1040 – 1st Platoon captured six individuals dressed in black pajamas at 428478. They were airlifted out at 1125 hrs.

2110 – Tower 15 opened up when they saw flickering lights at 459496. "A" Company reported (2129 hrs.) that this fire landed in their location.

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39 (30 April); 30, 44 (1932 hrs.).
Items: 17, 24, 26-27, 31. Items: 17-19, 21-22, 26. Items: 14, 16, 22, 27, 29. Items: 18, 11 (n.s.). Items: 27, 56-61. Items: 16-17. Item: 59. Items: 26, 38. Items: 9, 18-19, 21, 43-44.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for Camp Radcliff (13.9825 N 108.6490 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits            
©Charlie Co., 228th Aviation

The helipads for Chinooks on the Golf Course, Camp Radcliff.
          ©Bravo Co., 229th Aviation

Camp Radcliff roads and runways, 1967.

          Photo by Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa. Creative Commons License. Standard enhancement, Adobe PhotoElements.

Camp Radcliff, 1967-1969.

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No activity reported.

0732 – A scout team believes that there were people moving for 500 meters along a stream at 452507. "A" Company will be sent to check it out.

1415 – "A" Company checks out the site, negative findings.

2106 – Third Plt (position not stated) says that shrapnel is falling into their area. Fire mission by artillery cancelled.

1723 – A chopper spotted six elephants at 442641. Scout choppers were sent to see if the elephants were carrying anything. At 1730 hrs., they reported numerous elephant tracks at a site they believe to be their watering hole.

1930 – The company reported that as of 12 May, they had sent out 6 OPs and 7 ambushes.

1935 – "A" Company was sent out to 565454 to check out a deuce-and-a-half truck reported earlier to be on fire.

2000 – The company reports back that the only 2 1/2 truck that they found was at 414488, but this truck has been accounted for.

1010 – A and D Companies switch positions by air and ground. Switch completed at noon.

1245 – An enlisted man of the 1st Plt caught his ring on a vehicle and tore his finger. Medevaced out at 1255.

1435 – the company reports that it is in position on Highway 19.

1925 – the Btn XO reported seeing 200 - 400 people near CP 82. "A" Company checked it out. It turned out to be people going to church. They were dressed in white clothes.

2255 – 1st Plt reports that a cattle truck broke down between CP 70 and Sin City. A wrecker was requested.

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1320 – "A" Company reports one of its men came down sick near CP 85. Since there is no medic there, he is being sent to base camp.

1600 – a tiger reported entering the Camp Radcliff perimeter heading west. The Btn XO and another officer checked the area at 1655 hrs., but couldn't find it. At 2115 hrs. an MP spotted this tiger moving around the north area. Another tiger was spotted at 2125 hrs.

1622 – the company request an EOD team to dispose of 3 dud 82 mm mortar rounds at Check Point 98. They will be removed at 0800 hrs. tomorrow.

1705 – the company reports that a 2 1/2 ton truck broke down near CP 70: wrecker called. This was picked up at 1820 hrs.

2340 – For the projected move, each company will be expected to have the following strength: A Co, 125; B Co, 103 (not counting its 2nd Plt); C Co, 120; D Co, 155.

0320 – An NCO from 1/8 Cav reported a tiger behind the mess hall moving towards Towers 50-51.

0650 – A tiger is in the base camp area. The order goes out that only the MPs may hunt it.

0135 – The Company reports that an ARVN soldier has been bitten by a snake near CP 85. Medevac has been requested. Medevac arrived late at 0231 hrs.

0730 – A convoy departs Camp Radcliff for LZ Uplift. Charlie Company departs by air at 1020 hrs.

1200 – The convoy reached LZ Uplift.

1420 – Btn CP established at LZ Uplift. Btn OPCON to 2nd Bde.

1615 – First elements of "A" Company are on the ground at LZ Ollie, 913847.

1707 – Btn reports that 100 main force VC are at BR 976928.

1742 – "A" Company is on the move.

1340 – Company notified that it will receive a squad of Engineers today.

1625 – Severe weather warning for the An Lão Valley.

0900 – Company has been air lifted from LZ Ollie and arrive at LZ Glenn (613262) at 0928 hrs.

1016 – Company is air lifted from LZ Glenn to LZ Iron (560165) where they arrive at 1100 hrs.

1105 – The Company is now in motion.

1445 – Air strikes completed at 562544 and at 555155.

1515 – Severe weather warning: heavy rain and winds 10 knots gusting up to 25 knots.

0925 – Company requests a Medevac for an EM who sprained his knee (571162). Medevac completed at 0957.

1123 – Company informed that it will go OPCON to 1st Bde tomorrow afternoon.

1135 – Scout team 1-8140 will work with "A" Company for an hour at 571161.

1305 – Company finds 12 punji pits planted about 2 weeks ago at 576170. Each pit has 6 stakes with 10 foot traps. 100 meters away was a plat sized bivouac area. This training site was destroyed at 1323 hrs.

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Items: –. Items: 12, 17, 34. Items: 21, 31-32, 34. Items: 24, 26, 28, 45, 54. Items: 14, 16-20, 27, 47. Items: 10, 14. Items: 3, 5, 10-11, 12-13, 15, 18-19. Items: 23, 30. Items: 22, 27, 30, 35, 37. Items: 17-18, 22-23, 31, 33.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for Camp Radcliff (13.9825 N 108.6490 E) or LZ Uplift (14.243639 N14.243639 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits            
John Secondari, "I am a Soldier," ABC (1967)

Camp Radcliff, 1966.

          Active Military. Flying Circus Aviation Unit. 1st Brigade - 1st Cavalry Division

Part of the perimeter at Camp Radcliff.

          Anonymous, "Return to LZ Uplift,"

LZ Uplift, 1969.

©Paul Flartey, 2nd Platoon, B 1/22, Feb. 1969 - Feb. 1970

LZ Uplift, 1969 - 1970.
          ©John deTreville, C Co., 2/17 Artillery

LZ Ollie, Summer/Fall 1967.
          ©77th Artillery Regiment Association, A 1/77 Artillery, Column 1, Photo 4

Air strikes at the bottom of the mountain as seen from LZ Ollie, 1967.
         

©John Nimesgern, 77th Artillery Regiment Association, HHC 1/77 Artillery, Column 2, Photo 5

LZ Uplift as seen from the Radar Post, 1967/68.
         

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0915 - 1020 – "A" Company airlifted off 578175. They are OPCON to 1st Bde.

Nothing reported. [Presumed to be at LZ Uplift.]

2015 – Orders come down from Battalion Commander that while searching villages tomorrow, all personnel will fix bayonets.

1130 – It is announced that Maj. Martin, Division Psy Ops Officer will visit the companies of 1/8 Cav tomorrow.

1547 – It is announced that at 0730 hrs. 25 May, "A" Company will returned to the control of 1/8 Cav. They will be airlifted by Chinook to LZ Ollie.

0805 – The first elements of "A" Company on LZ Ollie returned OPCON to 1/8 Cav. By 0930, all elements of "A" Company were on LZ Ollie.

1110 – First elements of "A" Company depart LZ Ollie.

1147 – The Company begins landing at BR 932896.

1717 – The Company reports that it will set up tonight at CR 023777.

1909 – "D" Company makes contact, sustains several WIAs which could not be Medevaced because of ground fire.

0625 – First element of "A" Company is in the air from 931861. Arrive at LZ Quick (933896) at 0710 hrs.

0712 – Report of an accident with respect to Company "A" from Btn CO, who says there are 6 KIAs. Medevac requested at 0720 hrs.

0740 – 6 WIAs have been Medevaced from LZ Quick.

0915 – There were 5 killed from "A" Company,1 1 from "D," and 1 from "C" Troop, 227th.

1050 – All the KIAs and WIAs from the crash site have now been Medevaced.

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2033 – A "B" Company OP at 953898 threw hand grenades at a VC who took off running to the east. "A" and "D" Companies told to be on the look out for him.

2234 – An "A" Company EM lightly wounded by shrapnel from a grenade thrown by someone who heard noises in front of his position. The WIA will be evacuated by a log ship tomorrow.2

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0545 – 1st and 4th Plts of "B" Company have linked up with "A" Company.

0635 - 0646 – "A" Company airlifted to LZ Quick.

1920 – "A Co at coords 960898 found barrel of M-16. It had no hand guard. Looks as though it was damaged in an air strike."

Nothing Reported.

0637 - 0646 – "A" Company airlifted from 972871 to LZ Playboy (CR 008746).

1230 – Medevac requested at CR 012772. "[A] man fell off a rock, claims he cannot walk." Medevac completed at 1248 hrs.

1539 – Severe weather warning from 1700 - 1930 hrs. Thunderstorms expected with winds 15-20 knots, gusting to 29 knots.

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0015 – "A Co reports one EM has been killed by another, friendly circumstances: The dead EM went outside the perimeter, reason unknown, and was coming back in with his wpn in his hand; The EM that did the shooting attempted to hail him but evidently shot before the individual had a chance to recognize himself. Request a ship to evac. EM was: PFC David L. Adams, US 54961808." The body will be sent out on a log ship.

1105 – Company ordered by Btn to move to BR 975766.

1512 – The dogs accompanying the troops are so stricken with the heat that they are unable to move. They were extracted 1530 hrs.

2035 – "Bde S3A: 227th S-3 says that LZ at A Co's location is unfit to land aircraft and/or have them hover in the vic. Because of the terrain around it acft will result in the same as the incident on LZ Quick (see May 25). Informed A Co if their LZ is not improved by tomorrow morning to accept their resupply, they are to inform 1/8 S-4 to have the ships detour. (They are only receiving donuts anyway)."

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Items: 18, 23. Items: –. Item: 24. Items: 34, 51. Items: 14, 17, 28, 43, 50. Items: 18, 24-25, 30, 35. Items: 49, 53. Items: 9, 14-15, 40. Items: –. Items: 11-12, 25, 32. Items: 2, 20, 26, 39.
1 Alan J. Ruddell (1st Platoon), Domenico Cacciola (1st Platoon), Charles Delmar Allen (1st Platoon), David Ray Cushing (Medic in the 4th Platoon), 1st Lt. Edward Stephan Fisher (unknown platoon).
2 Richard E. Flanders in his book (Lord, Send an Earthquake! (Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2003) 125) recounts how he threw a grenade at someone in front of his position who turned out to be a member of his platoon, a Pvt. Bennet (probably a pseudonym).
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Uplift (14.243639 N14.243639 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits    
©77th Artillery Regiment Association, A 1/77 Artillery, Column 1, Photo 4

Air strikes at the bottom of the mountain as seen from LZ Ollie, 1967.
          RG123S-Vietnam Photos Misc. Inf.-1st Bn, 50 Inf.

Troops of Co C, 1st Bn, 50th Inf (Mech), 1st Cav Div (Airmobile) unload from CH-47 helicopter at LZ Quick, 29-30 Oct 1967.
         

174th Assault Helicopter Company

A Chinook on LZ Quick.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde.
Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ Uplift.
         

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2341 – communications restored after a breakdown between "A" Company and Btn lasting no longer than 40 mins.

0700 – "A" Company linked up with "D" Company at 970783.

0810 - 0835 – Company lands in a Chinook at LZ Pony (795821).

1030 – 1/8 CP moved to LZ Meade (798723).

1630 – Company reports that a company of CIDGs arrived at LZ Pony. Bde S-3 says that the 1/8 Cav will coordinate with the CIDGs for moves or other requirements.

0800 – The Company requests an EOD team to dispose of dud 81 mm rounds. They arrive at 1335 hrs.

0955 – Second Platoon is moving
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0556 – Bde orders that two Plt size elements from "A" Company stand by at LZ Pony on "C" Troop 1/9 Cav radio frequency.

0638 – First Platoon airlifted from LZ Pony, destination not given.

0755 – A sling loaded with ammo was dropped at 820898. The Company is to send an element to secure it.

0855 – Second Platoon airlifted to 822897 to secure the ammo nearby. They arrive at 0900 hrs.

1050 – an EOD team arrives at Second Platoon's location. They are done at 1320 hours.

1150 – First Platoon returns to LZ Pony.

1400 – Second Platoon returns to LZ Pony.

1958 – Btn requests a scout team to work with the Company tomorrow at 740748.

0820 - 0900 – First and Second Platoons of the Company are airlifted to 739748. The lift ships report being fired on from 746752 as they returned.

0900 – a scout team is now working with the Company.

0910 – CIDG now at the same location as First and Second Platoons.

0943 – The scout team is released.

1310 – At 752763 the following weapons were found: a French light machine gun, 3 French automatic rifles, 1 BAR, 6 Mauser 49s, 3 Thompson machine guns, 2 anti-aircraft weapons one of which had a mount, 5 sten guns, 2 M-16s, 1 Chicom carbine, bolt-action; 1 M-60 machine gun, one 82 mm mortar tube and base plate, two 57 mm recoilless rifles, one M-1 rifle, 4 bolt-action rifles one of which had a hand grenade launcher attached, one 60 mm mortar, and assorted small arms ammo. All this was sent to Bde at 1500 hrs.

1536 - 1618 – First and Second Platoons airlifted to LZ Pony from 743764.

1924 – Aircraft for Company mission have been approved at Bde.

0720 – Severe weather warning from 0800 - 1400 hrs, with winds gusting 15-25 knots.

1530 – A boy tells "A" Company that 2 NVA spent the night in his village at 840800. They moved west this morning. The village has fresh foxholes. The Company is calling in artillery.

1620 – scout team shows up at Company location.

1700 - 1715 – The Company is airlifted from 838797 to LZ Pony.

Nothing reported.

0911 - 0918 – Third Platoon airlifted to LZ Meade.

0945 – The rest of the Company is moving SE.

1614 – At 838793, Second Platoon fired at 3 possible NVAs, one of which was wearing a camouflage uniform. One believed to be WIA from blood trail. They fled into the hills. Three packs were found, containing 3 blocks of TNT, blasting caps, 24 rounds of AK-47 ammo, 1 document, 1 set of fatigues, 1 long rice roll, flop hats, cooking utensils. At 1635 hrs., Btn XO picked up the materiel himself to take it to Bde.

2130 – A "mad minute" conducted.

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Items: 21-22. Items: 13-15, 19, 24. Items: 12, 14, 17. Items: 7, 9-11, 16-19, 24. Items: 10-16, 19-23, 26. Item: 19. Items: 9, 16-20. Items: -. Items: 11-13, 16-17. Item: 15.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Uplift (14.243639 N14.243639 E) or LZ Meade (14.216738 N 108.955492 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits                
Active Duty

An 81mm mortar pit at LZ Pony.
          ©Paul Flartey, 2nd Platoon, B 1/22, Feb. 1969 - Feb. 1970

LZ Meade.
          Active Duty

A 175mm gun on LZ Pony.
         

©Dave Bickler, A 2/17 Artillery.

LZ Pony.
          ©Dave Bickler, A 2/17 Artillery.

LZ Pony, October, 1967.
          ©Terry Foote, "C" Co. 1/12 Cav, 1st Air Cav.

Self-propelled artillery, a portable bridge, and a tank on LZ Pony, 1966/67.
         

©Terry Foote, "C" Co. 1/12 Cav, 1st Air Cav.

A view of LZ Pony, 1966/67.
          ©Terry Foote, "C" Co. 1/12 Cav, 1st Air Cav.

The helipad at LZ Pony, 1966/67.
          Active Duty

An 81mm mortar pit at LZ Pony.
         

©Steve Johnson, A 1/77th Field Artillery.

Bulldozer brought in on CH54 crane to make gun positions on LZ Meade.
         

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0820 – The Company is moving on foot to LZ Uplift to assume perimeter duty.

1218 - 1313 – The Company arrives at LZ Uplift.

1039 – Third Platoon airlifted from LZ Meade, arrives at LZ Uplift at 1050 hrs.

Nothing reported.

Nothing reported.

Nothing reported.

Nothing reported.

Nothing reported.

Nothing reported.

0815-0955 – 1/8 Cav CP airlifted from LZ Meade to LZ Geronimo.

0840-0918 – Company is airlifted from LZ Uplift to 888225.

0950-1055 – "C" Company arrives at "A" Company's location.

1520 – Severe weather warning, 1500 - 2000 hrs. Thunderstorms in the An Lão Valley, Fish Hook and adjacent areas, winds gusting to 20 knots with severe turbulence.

1900 – Company located at 892215.

0640 – "A Co to set up along Hwy and be prepared to come to assistance of A 8th Eng and D 1/9 if needed."

0925 – The Company is moving north.

1145 – The Btn Commander orders the Company to move to PZ ASAP.

1530 – rain expected from 1500 - 1900 hrs. over coastal plains and Kim Son region.

SR 0515, SS 1812 SR 0515, SS 1813 SR 0515, SS 1813, ◐ SR 0515, SS 1813 SR 0516, SS 1813 SR 0517, SS 1824
Items: 8-10. Items: 15, 18. Items: -. Items: -. Items: -. Items: -. Items: -. Items: -. Items: 9, 12-14, 16, 20-21, 25, 38, 52. Items: 10, 16, 22, 31.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Meade (14.216738 N 108.955492 E) or LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits                    
©Paul Flartey, 2nd Platoon, B 1/22, Feb. 1969 - Feb. 1970

LZ Uplift, 1969 - 1970.
          Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

LZ Geronimo, 2 July 1967.
          ©Paul Flartey, 2nd Platoon, B 1/22, Feb. 1969 - Feb. 1970

LZ Meade.
          Anonymous, "Return to LZ Uplift,"

LZ Uplift, 1969.
         

©John Nimesgern, 77th Artillery Regiment Association, HHC 1/77 Artillery, Column 3, Photo 5

LZ Uplift as seen from the Radar Post, 1967/68.
          ©John Nimesgern, 77th Artillery Regiment Association, HHC 1/77 Artillery, Column 4, Photo 5

LZ Uplift as seen from the Radar Post, 1967/68.
         

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0810 – Second and Third (?) Platoons now in motion.

0958 – First Platoon, Fourth Platoon, and CP are now moving south.

1558 – Bde tells "A" Company of a suspected VC CP located at 897229.

0720 – A scout team will work with the Company now at BS 898232.

2115 – Medevac called for EM with fever of unknown origins at 853197. Medevac completed at 2139 hrs.

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0915 – The Company finds two-day old footprints heading west on a trail at BS 893250.

1845 – A 60 year old VC suspect wearing white clothes was in the vicinity where an ambush was going to be set up (912210).

0310 – The Company is moving east.

0420 – The Company links up with Charlie Company at a village (919195). By 0455 hrs., they had formed a cordon around the village.

0530 - 0545 – The Company requests a Medevac for 3 men injured by incoming grenades. There is 1 KIA and 2 WIAs. The VC who threw the grenade is KIA. He was dressed in black pajamas and had a .45 caliber pistol and a diary that has a list of names. The grenade was thrown west to east at 920195. Medevac completed at 0555.

0547 – First Platoon arrested a male about 30 and a female about 17 who were headed to Bong Son on a scooter.

0631 – A scout team is presently working with "A" Company at 919195.

1750 - 1757 – The Company is airlifted out from 922189 to 877117.

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0624 – National Police are airlifted to the Company's position at 873110.

0750 – A check point is established with the National Police at 887096.

0915 – Second Platoon moving west.

1340 – Weather warning from 1500 to 2000 hrs. Thunderstorms in An Lão and Kim Son Valleys; severe thunderstorms in the Bong Son area.

1420 – National Police are extracted.

1545 – Second Platoon rejoins "A" Company. At 858125, Second Platoon found the following items inside a haystack: 1 RT 348 for a 54 SN 1818, 1 U.S. canteen with cover, 2 ozs. of gun powder, 2 hammocks, a U.S. mess kit, an M-16 magazine with ammo, 1 trip flare, 7 M-60 rounds, 25 sand bags, 6 shotgun rounds. Materiel will be transferred to LZ Geronimo.

1803 – scout choppers are checking around Company "camouflage locations."

0055 – Company came under small arms fire from a sniper who fired about 20 rounds at 859119. He was silenced with artillery.

0613 – The National Police arrived at the Company location at 858125.

0730 – 10 rounds from an AK-47 were found.

0950 – The Company is on the move.

1120 – "A Co interrogated 20 individuals at coords 858125 with neg results."

1322 – A Chinook is requested for the extraction of the National Police at 877145. Extraction completed at 1412 hrs.

1430 – Weather warning, from 1530 - 1800 hrs.: scattered thunderstorms and severe turbulence.

1455 – The Second and Fourth Platoons have rejoined the rest of the Company.

1828 – The A-1 lrp for "A" Company spotted 6 VC moving west at 845138. They had back packs and a mortar tube. Artillery called in.

1844 – A Scout teams is with the Company at this time. They leave at 1902.

0705 – An informant tells Bde that there are 600 VC at BS 863150. "A" Company will be assigned to check it out.

0740 – The Company is moving west to check 863150.

0800 – The First Platoon arrives from LZ English.

0840 – Two VC suspects ages 32 and 36 wearing black and blue pajamas are picked up at 860152. Sent to Bde at 1010 hrs. The second one proved to be a VC school teacher.

1045 – Second Platoon at 857145 found 30 rounds of linked M-60 ammo, and 1 soft cap with aviator wings.

1150 – A VC suspect age 39 was captured at 857137. Extracted at 1526 hrs.

0010 – The Company is moving to a village at 813150 [864150]. They arrive at 0150 hrs.

0628 – National Police arrive at the "A" Company area at 864150.

0700 – A scout team found a four foot long bomb camouflaged with palm leaves. "A" Company on the way to this locale at 859140.

0905 – Second Platoon at 864150 is airborne to LZ English.

0945 – The National Police with "A" Company have found 3 VC hand grenades, 1 M-16, and 2 NVA pistol belts.

1005 – Members of the First Platoon return to "A" Company and report that they have destroyed the bomb casing.

1110 – The National Police with "A" Company shoot and wound a VC suspect trying to flee. Medevac called. It arrives at 1120 hrs.

1322 – At 868150, 9 VC with 13 grenades have been captured.

1418 – Company kills one VC, captures 5, and detains 14 more. The following materiel was found: 1 British Enfield bolt-action rifle, and 7 M-16 magazines.

1425 - 1442 – National Police and VC extracted at 863150.

0710 – The Company has a scout team operating with it.

0810 – The Second Platoon on ground from LZ English, Third Platoon en route to LZ English from 864149.

1005 – Company requests a scout team while they move southeast. It arrives at 1030 hrs.

1222 – At 873126 apprehend 5 VC who were hiding in a bunker. A 50 year old female detainee has 3,400 piastres in her possession. They were extracted to LZ English from 873109.

1611 – The Company acquires a scout team.

0115 – The Company is now moving south.

0305 – The Company has reached its objective at 880095.

0350 – 3 individuals who try to leave the village are fired upon, one is possibly wounded. Determined at 0630 hrs. to have been killed.

0415 – A sniper from the northwest of the village fires about 30 rounds at Company positions. Sniping ceases at 0440 hrs.

0625 – National Police now at the Company's location.

0823 – Third Platoon arrives at LZ Geronimo.

1135 – At Company positions at 880095, the National Police have 4 VC detainees and 4 other detainees. National Police were extracted at 1200 hrs.

1300 – Tanks fire at 8 individuals spotted by Third Platoon at 866203.

1335 - 1341 – "A" Company travels from 880095 to LZ Geronimo.

1537 – The Third Platoon destroys 35 bunkers northwest of LZ Geronimo.

SR 0518, SS 1824 SR 0518, SS 1824, ◯ SR 0518, SS 1825 SR 0519, SS 1825 SR 0520, SS 1826 SR 0520, SS 1826, ◑
Items: 12, 15, 30. Items: 13, 32, 34. Items: 19, 35. Items: 4, 8-9, 11, 13-16, 19, 52-53. Items: 13, 18, 24, 39-40, 44-45, 47. Items: 2, 4, 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30, 32, 42, 44. Items: 13, 16-17, 22, 25, 28-30, 39. Items: 2, 10, 12, 17, 19, 21, 24, 33-35. Items: 12-13, 17-18, 25-26, 35. Items: 3, 6-7, 9-10, 15, 22, 26-27, 30-32, 35.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

LZ Geronimo, 2 July 1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A Co., 2/17 Artillery.

A howitzer on LZ English, 1966/1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A 2/17 Artillery, 1966-67.

A Huey flying over LZ English.
         

Photo by Jean, from Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa. Creative Commons License. Standard enhancement, Adobe PhotoElements.
An aerial view of LZ English.
          ©Larry Abarr, Jumping Mustangs Site, Delta Company 1965 - 1971

Close air support from LZ Geronimo, 1967.
          Marshall Ferris.

An aerial view of the Bồng Sơn Railway Station, April 1966 - July 1967.
         

From the Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection, Creative Commons License.

A wharf at Bồng Sơn, 1967.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The northern perimeter of LZ English.
         

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0810 – Fourth Platoon leaves LZ Geronimo for LZ English.

0815 – Second Platoon leaves LZ Geronimo with Dusters in order to destroy bunkers.

1420 – After destroying 79 bunkers west of LZ Geronimo, they return to the LZ.

1824 – The Company puts in a request for an EOD team to destroy four 81 mm dud mortar rounds.

0003 - 0015 – LZ Tom mortared with 20-25 rounds.

0840 – Fourth Platoon returned to LZ Geronimo.

1035 – Informant says (to "B" Co.) that the HQ of the 7th Btn of the 22nd Regiment of the NVA is at BS 877127, and are due to move west towards An Lão today.

1513 – "A" Company and "D" Company with tanks are making an attack through a village at 865137.

1529 – Two KIAs from "A" Company have been picked up.

1600 – The Company requests Medevac for two WIAs. It arrives at 1630 hrs.

2039 – The Company was credited with 18 VC KIAs. The following was captured: 1 light machine gun, 1 bolt-action rifle, 1 pack with documents, 100 new rounds of AK-47 ammo, 1 cylinder for a light machine gun.

2115 – Three Company WIAs Medevaced.

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0730 – "A" and "D" Companies begin a sweep of the village at 864137.

0805 – At 864137, the Company finds a VC KIA and 2 packs.

0920 – Captured equipment: one 7.62 machine gun, 1 SKS rifle, 3 ruck sacks, 1 drum of ammo, 75 rounds of linked 7.62 machine gun ammo, 1 stick grenade, assorted small arms ammo, rice, clothes, and khaki uniforms.

0925 – one VC is shot and killed. Two packs recovered.

1125 – The National Police have been extracted from "A" Company's location.

1605 – The Company returns to LZ Geronimo.

2045 – Total U.S. casualties for the firefight of July 2: 13 KIAs, 1 DOW, 32 WIAs.

2158 – Captured civilians say that they led VC elements from yesterday's firefight to 843055.

1600 – One KIA and 5 WIAs due to a mine. All WIAs have been extracted.

1625 – Medevac completed for [First] Platoon.

1850 – "A Co reports individual stepped on a 105 r[oun]d w/trip wire attached; also reports EM tripped on booby trap made up of either a concussion grenade or small land mine."

1900 – Total enemy KIAs for July 2 firefight, 86.

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1030 – Third Platoon at 874173 destroyed 400 lbs. of rice that had been concealed under the floor of a hut.

1430 – Third Platoon destroyed 42 bunkers and 500 lbs. of rice.

1555 – The First Platoon has been sent west of LZ Geronimo to check on people who are moving south out of the valley in small groups.

1640 – First Platoon checked the area: the people were women and children gathering coconuts and bananas.

1939 – Three individuals spotted at 883173 to the northeast of LZ Geronimo. They are being fired on by 40 mm and by the quad 50.

2205 – Three grenades were thrown at a Company OP. No one was injured. The OP had spotted one VC 20 meters to their front. He stuck his head up over a bolder, then threw a grenade. He may have been killed. The two VC who threw the grenades were spotted. The OP at 880170 is being called in. As they left, they took another VC under fire.

2235 – An OP at 874169 spotted three individuals moving to their front. All OPs are recalled to LZ Geronimo. Artillery fire is brought to bear.

2254 – All OPs are in. A mad minute is planned for the area. 100% alert until 0200 hrs.

2305 – The Company has a mad minute in the area.

0530 – Temperature forecast from Bde: high 104°, low 82°.

0815 – Third Platoon is leaving LZ Geronimo accompanied by bulldozers.

0910 – Third Platoon found a 105 mm round set up as a booby trap with a pressure plate device. It will be destroyed by the engineers.

1524 – Second Platoon destroyed 42 bunkers in the vicinity of LZ Geronimo.

1620 – Second Platoon returns to LZ Geronimo.

0635 – forecasted high, 102°.

1005 – A Company ambush at 844174 killed 2 VC. Later found 2 packs but no weapons, suggesting that a third VC escaped.

1537 – First Platoon destroyed 45 bunkers.

0205 – Forecast: high 103°, low 82°.

0910 – "A Co sent back 1 Chinook load of mise personnel to LZ English."

1550 – First Platoon destroyed 35 bunkers.

1949 – "A Co reports they have fifteen sorties all of six as 1/8 RRF."

0805 – "A Chinook sortie from A Co returned from LZ English."

1100 – "A Co A-3 has returned to LZ Geronimo."

1454 – An EM triggered a butterfly mine, losing a leg. This occurred 200 meters north of LZ Geronimo at 877177. Medevaced at 1510 hrs.

2000 – Weather warning: showers and thunderstorms, gust up to 28 knots with severe turbulence.

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1545 – The Company detained a 16 year old VC wearing a blue shirt and black shorts at 876179.

SR 1520, SS 1826 SR 1521, SS 1826 SR 1522, SS 1826 SR 1522, SS 1826, ◉︎ SR 1523, SS 1826
Items: 21-22, 34, 43. Items: 2-3, 27, 30, 46, 49-50, 55-56. Items: 14, 18, 22, 24, 28, 36, 44, 48. Items: 21, 25, 29-30, 46. Items: 20, 25, 29-30, 33, 39-40, 42-44, 46. Items: 7, 13, 17, 32, 34. Items: 12, 20, 32. Items: 9, 28, 38, 41. Items: 15, 23, 32, 40. Item: 23.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

LZ Geronimo, 2 July 1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A Co., 2/17 Artillery.

A howitzer on LZ English, 1966/1967.
          ©Larry Abarr, Jumping Mustangs Site, Delta Company 1965 - 1971

C-47 bringing in ammo, LZ Geronimo, 1967.
         

Keith Dilworthred. Creative Commons License.

LZ English airstrip, 1968.
          NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
         

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1125 – Third Platoon requests a Medevac for a Vietnamese female with a broken arm. It arrives at 1134 hrs.

1409 – The National Police with First (880145) and Third Platoons (877124) have questioned 20 ICs, negative results. They request extraction.

1423 – Third Platoon questions 20 ICs, and First Platoon, 47, both with negative results.

1450 - 1458 – The National Police are extracted.

1645 – First and Second Platoons have returned to LZ Geronimo.

0610 – Second and Fourth Platoon are in motion.

1040 – Medevac requested: a log fell on a soldier's head at LZ Geronimo. The Medevac arrived at 1201 hrs.

1639 – A Company's A-4 LRP has returned to LZ Geronimo.

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0550 - 0615 – The Company has been airlifted to 926146.

0615 – First Platoon LZ is at 922134.

0640 – The scout team working with "A" Company spots 2 men and 8 women and children at 928128.

0645 – National Police arrived at the Company's location.

1155 – At a village (927141) believed to be a VC resupply point, the Company found 100 lbs of rice. Villagers report that 7 VC were in their village last night at 1900 hrs.

1400 – The National Police with "A" Company questioned 223 people at 928135. They found 1000 lbs. of rice at 926135, and arrested 3 VC suspects. The National Police were extracted at 1437 - 1458 hrs.

1515 – The Company detained a woman of 45 yrs. who tried to bury an American grenade. She was sent back on a log ship at 927141.

1600 – Weather warning from Bde: thunderstorms between 1630 - 2000 hrs.

1742 – First elements of the Company are airlifted from 927141.

1804 – Second elements of the Company are airlifted from 865106.

0330 – The Company is on the move.

0620 – "A" Company links up with "D" Company. Center of "A" Co. is at 875093.

0636 – Two VC in black pajamas with short pants were hiding in a hole at 875093. They threw grenades and attempted to escape, but both were killed.

1425 – The National Police with "A" and "D" Companies have the following: ten M-26 grenades, 3 VC grenades, one M-1 carbine, one French bolt-action rifle with scope, one claymore, one butterfly bomb, one 81 mm mortar round, 5 PW, 2 CDs, 8 VD, 300 IC, 2 VC KIAs, 3 VC WIAs, Medevaced from 870085. National Police airlifted out at 1435 hrs.

1903 – An EM at 870091 was hit by an artillery smoke round causing burns on his body. Medevac completed at 1919 hrs.

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0952 – K-9 teams on the ground with "A" Co. at 870091.

1055 – The Company is moving south.

1610 – The Company destroyed 78 bunkers at 875069.

0110 – The Company is moving southwest.

0205 – Weather report: showers between 1400 and 1800 hrs.

0430 – "B" Company joins "A" Company at 855057.

0620 – National Police join Company.

1250 – National Police detain 2 VC females and a bag full of sand bags.

1352 - 1402 – National Police extracted from "A" Company locale.

1700 – A Medevac is requested for one Vietnamese who was injured when his Lambretta hit a butterfly mine on Highway 1 at 887052. Medevac arrived at 1718 hrs.

2017 – The two D-7s with the Company will be taken back to LZ English tomorrow.

2359 – Tomorrow's temp's: high, 100°; low, 76°.

0700 – The National Police arrest two VC in the village.

1035 – A call is made for the extraction of the National Police. They leave at 1135 hrs.

1045 – The Third Platoon has killed one VC. The Company has captured 3 VC, 2 hamlet guards, 2 strips of detonator wire. The National Police have interrogated 40 individuals.

1053 – Medevac called for a soldier having stomach cramps. It arrives at 1113 hrs.

1055 – The 2 scout dogs team has been extracted from the Company location.

1726 – Bde identifies a suspected VC CP at 851052.

1806 - 1810 – The First Platoon off the ground at 879089 on an "Eagle Flight" to the suspected VC CP. They land at 851052. Upon landing they spot 2 individuals wearing black pajamas, one with a box under his arm like a .50 caliber ammo box, and the other with a roll of commo wire on his back and a sand bag in his hand. They fled to the hills through the draw at 858050.

1930 - 1935 – First Platoon lifted off at 846051 and reunites with "A" Company at 871039.

2400 – The Company's location is at 879039.

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0555 – "A" Company and "C" Company have formed a cordon around a village at 882024.

0726 – The National Police brought in.

1020 – Third Platoon, Bravo Company accompanied by tanks are en route to "A" Company's location.

1140 – National Police found 2 rounds of 81 mm mortar, 1 81 mm mortar illumination round, and 150 rounds of M-60 machine gun ammo, all in a single hootch.

1250 – The National Police are extracted by truck.

1613 – As the Company came to 868085 they came under sniper fire. Tanks from 1/69 Armor replied with 90 mm counter-fire.

1621 – The Company requests that scout chopper check the area out. They arrive at 1633 hrs. Nothing found, so they depart at 1701 hrs.

1956 – The Company is located at 869085.

2140 – Two rounds of sniper fire directed into the Company perimeter from the west. Artillery and tank fire in reply.

2400 – "A" Company position: 869085.

0410 – The Company is moving towards its objective.

0455 – Medevac requested for 2 soldiers wounded by a butterfly mine at 869085. The Medevac arrives at 0535.

0635 – The First and Second Platoons of "B" Company form a cordon at BS 869089 with "A" Company.

0705 – The National Police join the Company at 869089.

1135 – The National Police are extracted. After questioning 30 people, they left nine 1 lb. blocks of TNT, 4 feet of detonator cord, and a list of local VC suspects.

1150 – First Platoon, "B" Company, departs from "A" Company for LZ Geronimo. They were followed by their Second Platoon at noon.

1600 – Weather forecast: thunderstorms from 1600 - 2000 with winds gusting at 32 knots.

1735 - 1749 – The Third Platoon is airlifted from 869091 to 935055, where they are to be security for a tank element.

1930 – 22nd ARVN sight 15-90 VC with weapons at 883078. "A" Company assigned to check this locale out tomorrow.

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0732 - 0738 – The Third Platoon airlifts from 935055 to "A" Company's position at 869091.

0900 – The Company checked the area referenced by the ARVNs yesterday, with negative results.

1000 – A soldier steps on an M-79 pressure plate booby trap by a stream, but is not seriously injured.

1345 – Two notebooks were discovered in a hootch at 876104.

1730 – 3 VCs dressed in black pajamas were detained at 870099. However, at 1803 hrs., Bde classifies them as ICs.

2400 – The Company is set up at BS 874111.

SR 0523, SS 1826 SR 0524, SS 1826 SR 0524, SS 1826, ◐ SR 0525, SS 1826 SR 0525, SS 1825 SR 0526, SS 1825
Items: 15-16, 23-25, 30, Summary post 41. Items: 12, 19, 22, 25. Items: 9-14, 21-22, 36, 42, 46, 48-50, 52-53. Items: 6, 13, 15, 38-39, 48. Items: 26, 31, 34. Items: 4, 7, 10, 20, 27, 29-30, 35-36, 43, 47. Items: 15, 24-25, 27-30, 39, 42-43, 47-48, 55 after the Summary. Items: 10, 20, 24-25, 27, 33, 35, 37, 39, 47, 49, 51, 53 after the Summary Items: 7, 9, 12, 21-22, 25-26, 28-29, 34, 36-37, 40, 43, 45. Items: 17, 19-20, 26, 31-32, 41 Summary.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

LZ Geronimo, 2 July 1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A 2/17 Artillery, 1966-67.

A Huey flying over LZ English.
          ©Larry Abarr, Jumping Mustangs Site, Delta Company 1965 - 1971

Close air support from LZ Geronimo, 1967.
         

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0530 – The Company completes a cordon of 873118.

0630 – The National Police arrive at the Company location.

1020 – The National Police kill one VC who tried to run. He was dressed in black pajamas and was about 30 years old.

1205 – The National Police wound another VC. Medevac called, and arrives at 1235 hrs.

1440 – Results of cordon: 80 people questioned, 1 VC KIA, 1 VC WIA, 2 POWs, 2 CDs, and 17 bunkers destroyed.

1521 – National Police were extracted.

1535 – The First Platoon is on the way to LZ English.

1605 – Weather warning for 1500 - 2000 hrs.: isolated severe thunderstorms with turbulence.

1822 – Results of interrogation of "A" Co. prisoners – the 2 POWs were hamlet guerillas, the 2 CDs were hamlet guards. One of the POWs said there were 6 guerillas still in the cordon area. This is what remains of what were once 10 guerillas, the rest being killed or captured by U.S. forces. One of the survivors is said to be armed with an M-1 rifle. The 6 are said to be in An Qui hamlet.

1835 – The Company discovers a 175 mm HE round booby trap with an electronic detonator wire attached to it. They will destroy it tomorrow. Later it was determined that this was a 500 lb. bomb.

1955 – An Engineer demolitions man defused the bomb. It "had a carved down Chicom TNT block with a claymore wire running in the fuse hole.

2400 – The Company's night perimeter is at 871139. It was there that the bomb was discovered.

0745 – The Company destroys the 500 lb. bomb discovered yesterday near their perimeter.

0845 – The 2-C Team requested from Bde, is now with the Company at 880145.

1218 – 12 VC detained at 880145. The IPW Team request extraction with the 12 detainees. They left at 1305 hrs.

1225 – Found at this site: 2 rolls of trip wire, strips of lead, a TNT charge out of an artillery round, and 1 khaki uniform.

1319 – The First Platoon has arrived at the LZ at 880145.

1440 – Request made to Medevac 2 Vietnamese children who were wounded by bullet two days ago at 869148. The Medevac arrived at 1450 hrs.

1500 – At 884116, the Company has detained a 57 year old VC dressed in black pajamas. He is later (1850 hrs.) classified as an IC.

1530 – Weather warning: thunderstorms in the An Lão and Jen Sen Ridge, with winds gusting to 30 knots.

1541 – From the detainees mentioned at 1218 hrs., a slip of paper was found to contain the names of two hitherto unknown NVA units: ICX 300 and HS 20.

0336 - 0345 – The Company is airlifted from 872148.

0401 – The Company lands at 920139 and 922141. The lift ships reported on their departure that a number of boats left the beach area in grid 9314.

0530 – "A" Company's elements link up at 925135.

0610 – The Company has a scout team with it.

0640 – The IPW Team has arrived at the Company's location.

0718 – The Company has set up a collection point at 934142.

0740 – The scout team departs, and the Company now begins working with Swift Boats, who have detained 21 sand pans and about 95 individuals. The IPW Team begins their interrogation. Captured documents have been sent to Bde.

0955 - 1000 – Engineers leave LZ Geronimo to link up with "A" Company in order to demolish bunkers.

1254 – The Company has 100 people to interrogate, among whom are 3 VC and 1 VCS. The 3 are later reclassified as CDs, and are aged 34, 37, and 42. The suspect is aged 57. All are wearing black pajamas.

1445 – At 872148, 447 IC were questioned. Information gained: 5 days ago 6 NVA came through the village moving north; 2 weeks ago, 10 VC were in the village on R&R; 3 days ago, 3 VC were known to be in the village.

1110 - 1115 – The Company is airlifted from 928149, and lands at 1128 at 845103.

1140 – The Company forms a cordon around the village.

1230 – The Bde S-2 and S-5 Teams and the National Police arrive at "A" Company's locale. They are joined by "D" Company's First Snatch Team.

1435 – Medevac requested of a Vietnamese child suffering from malaria. The parent will be allowed to accompany the child. Medevac arrives at 1451.

1519 – Results of the cordon: 3 female CDs, 130 IC questioned.

1526 – National Police fly to LZ English.

1937 – A prisoner taken today by Charlie Company had ID tags belonging to a soldier from the Third Platoon of "A" Company who was wounded on 2 July 1967. The POW was from the 8th Btn of the 22 NVA Regiment.

0540 – The Company Hunter Team came across 3 VC while returning to the perimeter. They took them under fire, wounding one, age 22 wearing black pajamas. The First Platoon is moving out to join them and conduct a search at first light. The WIA, who died at 1550, is located at 839108.

0630 – 1 VC poncho, 1 pair of Ho Chi Minh sandals, 1 camouflage parachute, and some American sundries were found.

0900 – At 842098, the Second Platoon found 300 lbs. of rice, and a 5 gal. U.S. style gas can.

1023 – Bde order the Company to destroy the rice.

1920 – The Killer Alpha Team killed 3 VC. The VC were moving east on a trail at 827113. Killer Alpha crossed the river and intercepted them. They wore khaki uniforms and one carried a pack. Another had U.S. web gear with a canteen and a U.S. M-26 grenade. The third had a weapon that could not be recovered as the Killer Alpha leader was WIA.

1940 – Medevac requested for WIA Killer Alpha leader who was wounded with shrapnel in the leg at 834108. He was picked up at 1950 hrs.

2359 – Company's night position is 848101.

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0630 – Second Platoon Killer Team is moving into 827113 to check it out.

0820 – 0832 – The Company lifts off from 848101, and is OPCON to 1/9 Cav.

Nothing reported.

Nothing reported.

1800 – "A" Company located at LZ Two Bits.

2259 – "A" Company at LZ Two Bits.

2325 – "A" Company located at LZ Two Bits.

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Items: 8, 11, 19, 22-23, 28, 30-32, 36, 38, 41, 43, 51 Summary. Items: 15-16, 22-23, 26, 28, 33, 35-38. Items: 5-6, 8-9, 13, 16, 21, 24, 27-28, 30, 32, 34. Items: 39-40, 42, 44-45, 53-54, 57-58, 70. Items: 9-10, 17, 22, 26, 58-61, 67. Items: 14, 21-22. Items: -. Items: -. Item: 50. Item: 65. Item: 69.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
©Dave Bickler, A 2/17 Artillery, 1966-67.

A Huey flying over LZ English.
          Photo by Jean, from Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa. Creative Commons License. Standard enhancement, Adobe PhotoElements.
An aerial view of LZ English.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

A Coke sales girl at the perimeter of LZ Two Bits, July 26-31, 1967.
         

©Larry Abarr, Jumping Mustangs Site, Delta Company 1965 - 1971

C-47 bringing in ammo, LZ Geronimo, 1967.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Giddings & Heath, "A" Co., 1/8 on a bunker at LZ Two Bits, July 26-31, 1967.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Dieterle, "A" Co., 1/8 Cav. standing in front of a sump near the perimeter at LZ Two Bits, July 26-31, 1967.
         

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1200 – Btn CP moves to LZ Sandra (799191).

1546 - 1555 – The Company is airlifted to 745120.

1745 – Three squads are sent out: one to the east, one to the north, and one to the south.

2400 – "A" Company is located at BS 745131. LZ

0125 – A soldier was injured by grenade shrapnel. Medevac requested. It was never recorded whether it was an incoming or outgoing grenade, or if Medevac arrived.

1015 – The Company captures 3 VCs in black khakis with a woman and 3 children.

1016 - 1055 – The Company is airlifted from 713128.

1101 – "A" Company arrives at LZ Green.

2210 – Company location is at 716133 with an ambush out at 719133.

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0620 – 1/9 Cav working with "A" Company.

0627 – Company OP back in the perimeter.

0835 – Third Platoon in the north and First Platoon in the northeast request a White Team.

1100 – Bde scout team now working with "A" Company.

1350 – First Platoon saw a VC suspect at 721054 moving down the trail dressed in black pajamas without a weapon or web gear. They fired on him, but are unsure if they wounded him.

1507 – First Platoon moving to the CP. Arrived with Second Platoon at 1520.

1600 – All elements of the Company are back with the CP.

1645 – Third Platoon fired on a VC suspect at 722147 who was fleeing northeast. First Platoon discovered a cave complex with traces of blood, part of a poncho, and water catches. Moving to 714127, they found a cornfield 50 x 150 meters with punji stakes in the area and a cave complex with 3 rooms with a Montagnard spear and a .30 caliber cartridge case. It had a warning device consisting of a stick that would rap against a bamboo pole when activated. Second Platoon at 722134 burned two lean-to huts.

1650 – First Platoon's FO injured by punji stake at 714127.

0700 – The Scout Team will be working with "A" Company.

0930 – The First Platoon is moving southeast in order to destroy a cave complex.

1150 – The First Platoon blew up the tunnel complex and burned the corn found yesterday at 714127.

1520 – The Company is now at 722146.

1730 – 4 to 5 VC suspects sighted at 740145.

2002 – 70 Montagnards approach Company perimeter at 736148. They were extracted to Bde at 2110 hrs.

0825 – The Second and Third Platoons are now on the move.

0830 – The Company is ordered to stay in the area for a PZ in case they are needed as a RRF.

1100 – The Company is moving east from present coordinates at 740151.

1120 – First and Second Platoons are at 740150.

1201 – Second Platoon at BS 722152 is now moving towards the rest of the Company.

1320 – Second Platoon links up with the rest of the Company at 740150.

1849 – The Chinook chopper scheduled for tomorrow at 0700 hrs., has been moved up to 0630 hrs. due to a shortage of aircraft.

1945 – The Third Platoon picked up two 8 year old children who were cooking. They will remain with the CP for the night.

2235 – "A" Company located at 740150, First Platoon, Second Squad at 737155; First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 742153.

0640 – All of the Company's OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0805 – At 736155, a group of 6 Montagnards, including 2 females and 3 children, put up their hands as if to surrender.

0929 – The Third Platoon is moving southeast while the First Platoon is moving northwest.

1455 – The First and Third Platoons have rejoined the CP.

1555 – Company location is at 740150.

2355 – The Company perimeter is at 740150; the Second Squad of the Second Platoon is at 742153; the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is at 730150; the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 748143.

0510 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon reenters the perimeter.

0630 – 1/9 Cav scout team will be working with "A" Company.

0642 – The Second Squad of the Third Platoon and the Second Squad of the Second Platoon have returned to the Company location.

0740 – The Company is moving towards 753173.

1100 - 1137 – "A" Company is being airlifted to LZ Sandra from 753173. They arrive at 1143 hrs.

2359 – "A" Company located at LZ Sandra.

0717 - 0747 – Second Platoon composite force airlifted off LZ Sandra to 728242. Composite Company is made up of "B" Company CP, Second Platoon, Third Platoon, and "A" Company's Second Platoon.

0830 – The First Platoon patrolled from LZ Sandra to 808195.

0940 – The Composite Force found a lot of bunkers at the old village. These extend down the valley at 728242.

1101 – Second Platoon has moved out from the Composite Force to 733244. They find numerous old bunkers that haven't been used for 2 months.

1321 – The First Platoon returns to LZ Sandra with negative findings.

2001 – "A" Company at LZ Sandra with OP-1 at BS 798189, and OP-2 at BS 804194.

0706 – Second Platoon with the Composite Force now back at LZ Sandra.

0925 – Second Platoon placed on alert as RRF with 20 mins. reaction time.

1010 – Third Squad of the Second Platoon is now on patrol at 790187.

1305 – First Platoon has been put on alert for C/A at 1330 hrs, with LZ at 745130.

1325 – Mission for 1330 hrs. is cancelled.

1407 – The Third Platoon returns to LZ Sandra with negative findings.

1450 – The Third Squad of the Second Platoon has returned to LZ Sandra.

2040 – "A" Company is at LZ Sandra with OP-1 at 803197, sand Op-2 at 798189.

2201 – A light is seen west of LZ Sandra. It is being taken under fire.

0855 – Elements of the Company will take a flight of 6 Hueys for an LZ at 745130.

0900 – OPs have returned to LZ Sandra.

0930 – S-3 has changed the time for Third Platoon's pick up.

1037 - 1048 – Third Platoon leaves LZ Sandra for 746130.

1115 - 1130 – Special Forces join Third Platoon at 745130.

1125 – Third Platoon request an extraction of 9 Montagnards.

1215 – Fourth Platoon is "going back to their location."

1310 – "A Co reports that 26 element [Second Platoon] in at this time."

1515 – Special Forces extracted.

1531 – Second Platoon says that first and third sorties of Hueys will extract Third Platoon elements, the second sortie will extract "little people."

1656 - 1706 – Third Platoon leaves 745130 for LZ Sandra, the Montagnards are taken to Bde at LZ English.

1712 – Second Platoon has returned to LZ Sandra.

1832 – Third Platoon reports that a Montagnard told them that his wife and 17 others starved to death and that 95 more are hidden at BS738148 and BS 727139.

2210 – Bde appoints "A" Company as the RRF.

2315 – "A" Company is on LZ Sandra.

2330 – "A Co requests medevac 1 EM stomach cramps, slight shock, medics are not certain of exact nature of illness. LZ Sandra."

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Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sandra (14.641390 N 108.955681 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Richard Dieterle on the machine gun bunker at LZ Sandra, 12 August 1967.
          Ed Grisham. Creative Commons License. Standard enhancement, Adobe PhotoElements.

The runway on LZ English.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Heath & Yelland just before the rockshelter ("tunnel complex") was blown up, 4 August 1967.
         

Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

The cornfield that was burned on the side of a mountain in the An Lão Range, 4 August 1967.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Westenburger, Washburn, and Root on LZ Sandra.
          Jerry Prater,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

A Myna Bird on top of a bunker on LZ Sandra.
         

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0010 – A light is spotted to the east and sounds of movement off LZ Sandra.

0603 – Second Platoon is back in the perimeter.

0613 - 0636 – First Platoon is flown from LZ Sandra to 742145.

0631 – The Company OPs have returned to LZ Sandra.

0743 – The Company is directed to have one platoon on RRF.

0948 - 0958 – Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ Sandra to 730174, apparently as security for 94 Montagnards to be lifted off at 1003 hrs.

1009 - 1015 – Second Platoon airlifted back to LZ Sandra.

1025 – The First Platoon reports that there are no Montagnards in the area at this time.

1207 – The First Platoon reports no sighting of Montagnards at this time.

1316 – The First Platoon requests an extraction to Bde.

1350 – The First Platoon has collected three Montagnards, but there are 4 to 10 more farther north.

1615 – The First Platoon is extracted to LZ Sandra.

2002 – "A" Company located at LZ Sandra, all elements are with the CP.

0623 - 0630 – "A" Company CP and Third Platoon lift off from LZ Sandra to join Charlie Company at 736024.

0800 – Composite Force beginning their sweep.

0955 – The Company CP is at 737034.

1001 – The Company finds a cave complex at 737034. They found beans, razor blades, and old camp fire sites.

1258 – The scout team is going to "A" Company.

1340 – Further exploration of the cave complex yields no findings. The Company is moving northeast.

1550 – "A" Company says that it cannot reach the PZ at the base of the hill by 1800 hrs., and so requests extraction of Composite Force be delayed until 1830.

1608 - 1620 – The Company's lead element has stopped at 739045. At a large hooch 10 x 15 ft., they found 1 NVA entrenching tool, 6 large pieces of cloth, 5 lbs. of rice, 1 cut up duffel bag, a C-ration can with C-4; and a cave in which there were some spoons and a pair of trousers. Hooch and cave will be destroyed.

2025 – "A" Company Third Platoon and CP airlifted to LZ Sandra.

2230 – "A" Company's CO reports that earlier in the day they had noticed the smell of human excrement at 743044. The trail running south to east had old punji stakes by it. About every 50 meters there were small caves that could hold 3-6 soldiers. Also found: a sewing machine 20 meters from the hooch. It was destroyed. A TOT is going to be called in this area.

2335 – "A" Company CP is at LZ Sandra; OP-1 is at 804196; OP-2 804186 to 804178.

0620 - 0630 – Second Platoon flies from LZ Sandra to join Charlie Company at 736024.

0730 – "A" Company will have two platoons on 30 minute stand-by.

0905 – "A" Company CP and Second Platoon are at 738027.

1545 – ARA is firing on a suspected VC radio jamming station at 850188.

1632 – "A" Company is sending a patrol to check the ARA strike.

1942 – Second Platoon has been flown back to LZ Sandra.

2301 – All elements of "A" Company are located on LZ Sandra.

0605 - 0615 – The First Platoon flies from LZ Sandra to 754028.

0746 – Two Platoons of "A" Company are on 30 min. stand-by alert.

1305 – There is a suspected VC radio jamming station at 806198. "A" Company is to put a platoon on each end of the draw to act as a blocking force while ARA and artillery are called in on the station.

1343 – Second the Third Platoons are moving into the area.

1352 – First and Second Squads of the Third Platoon are moving into position.

1430 – Second and Third Platoon are starting their sweep.

1643 – Second and Third Platoon are still sweeping the area of the suspected station.

1730 – Having found nothing on their sweep, Second and Third Platoons along with the CP are now on LZ Sandra.

1825 – First Platoon is back on LZ Sandra.

2330 – "A" Company on LZ Sandra; OP-1, 804196; OP-2, 804179; the First Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 812204.

0410 – The First Squad of the Fourth Platoon left LZ Sandra for 800188.

0505 – The First Squad of the Second Platoon left for a recon mission at 805178 and the Third
Squad of the First Platoon left to recon 802192.

0610 – The Company's OP-1 and OP-2 are now back in LZ Sandra, and the First Squad of the Second Platoon and the Third Squad of the First Platoon are now in motion.

0615 - 0619 – The Third Platoon is airlifted to an unstated destination.

0700 – The Second Squad of the Second Platoon and the First Squad of the Fourth Platoon at 805186.

0804 – The First Squad of the Second Platoon and the Third Squad of the First Platoon report negative contact and negative findings.

0945 – The Third Platoon of Alpha Company and the Fourth Platoon of Charlie Company are at 737015.

1030 – The Third Platoon, Fourth Platoon, and CP are at 739014.

1115 – Enemy activity reported at 809204. The First Squad of the First Platoon is sent to investigate.

1125 – The First Squad of the First Platoon checks at 793202: they were caused by artillery and ARA.

1225 – The First Squad of the Fourth Platoon has returned to LZ Sandra.

1245 – First Squad of the First Platoon has reached objective: negative findings. They will search farther north, then return to LZ Sandra.

1320 – First Squad of the First Platoon has returned to LZ Sandra.

1321 – The Second Squad of the Second Platoon and the First Squad of the Third Platoon have returned to LZ Sandra.

1425 – The Third Platoon finds a U.S. steel helmet at 744016.

1835 – The Third Platoon has returned to LZ Sandra.

0715 – The OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0755 – The Company is departing LZ Sandra.

0829 – The Company is now moving northwest.

2330 – Alpha Company is at 769193, Third Platoon at 767189, Second Squad of the Second Platoon is at 787196, the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 778201.

0730 – The Company is now moving southwest.

1010 – The Company is at 742165 and moving south.

1035 – Company position: 740150.

1151 – The Company is made the stand-by force by Bde.

1220 – The Company is informed of contact in 2/12 Cav's AO.

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2118 - 2140 – "A Co 21 [First Squad of the Second Platoon] reports they saw 1 individual which sprung their ambush. It was undetermined if he had a wpn or not. They took him under fire and called in illumination neg knowledge if they hit him or not. When the illumination came in they saw two more individuals running to the west. They took the area under fire and called in mortar fire. 21A ele is now back at their CP, and are calling Arty. They're going to check the area out in the morning for results.

2335 – "A" Company's position is at 730150; Second Squad of the First Platoon is at 739155; the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 729150; the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is at 749142.

0617 – The Company ambushes have returned to the perimeter.

0815 – 2 males, 1 female, and 2 children walked up to the perimeter and gave themselves up at 730150. Request extraction. They were extracted at 0949 hrs.

0945 – Bde tells Btn that it wants "A" Company at 880110.

1009 – "Bde advises that A Co will become OPCON to 1/12 on closing LZ in 1/12 AO (881111)."

1058 - 1128 – The Company lifts off from 740150 and reaches LZ at 881111. They are now OPCON to 1/12.

2340 – The Company is located at 870120.

0025 – The Company received two bursts of automatic weapons fire from 870120. Fire was returned. Artillery will be called in.

0710 – The Company is now at 860120 moving southwest.

0710 – The Company is now at 860120 moving southwest.

0800 - 0830 – Btn moves to LZ Santana at 840117.

0840 – Company location: 860105.

1152 – "A Co requests med-evac for 1 EM w/temp 104.6. Possible malaria, at coords 859098."

1200 – "A Co & D Co revert to 1/8 control at this time. New AO in effect at this time."

1520 – The Company is at 855107.

1907 – Second Platoon is moving west.

1945 - 2010 – The Second Platoon was headed west when they saw a VC at 868102. He ran a ways, then started digging a foxhole. Grenade were thrown in his direction, but it is not clear whether he was wounded.

0325 – "A" Company has reached its destination and is not splitting up into various elements.

0410 – Company position: 872088.

0608 – 0630 – The Company begins a probe at 0615: negative contact.

0655 – The National Police have arrived at the Company location.

0803 – The National Police are interrogating the Company's 30 detainees at 8710[8]8. Bde classifies the civilian detainees as hamlet guards.

0931 – A woman agrees to show the National Police the location of a tunnel complex. They are now moving to 865079.

0952 – National Police found one tunnel and threw a WP grenade in. They are still looking for the secret tunnel.

1000 – The Third Platoon is moving north to 865120.

1045 – Tanks and bulldozers are at 868122 and link up with the Third Platoon.

1110 - 1145 – the National Police questioned 65 people and have one detainee. They are ready for extraction, which took place at 1145 at the Company location at 871098.

1325 – The Third Platoon is with tanks at 874109.

1445 – The Company at 875105 have questioned 2 old men, 19 females, and 37 kids with negative information. There were 20 old bunkers in the area.

1447 - 1510 – The Company is moving northwest and links up with the tanks and the Third Platoon.

2015 - 2025 – The Third Squad of the Third Platoon while advancing to 868118 heard the sound of a rifle bolt. As they moved towards the sound, 3 VC fled. The squad opened up, possible killing one of them. The VC fled south and were last seen at 868108.

2330 – "A" Company is at 867112; the First Squad of the First Platoon is on ambush at 881114.

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Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sandra (14.641390 N 108.955681 E) or LZ Santana (14.572817 N, 108.989662 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Richard Dieterle on the machine gun bunker at LZ Sandra, 12 August 1967.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Westenburger, Washburn, and Root on LZ Sandra.
          Jerry Prater,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

A Myna Bird on top of a bunker on LZ Sandra.
         

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0712 – "A" Company elements accompanied by tanks is moving northwest.

0740 – The Company is with tanks at 871121.

0745 – "A Co requests relocation of people within his area. Reason: in case of contact, he felt it would be to his disadvantage. Btn S-3 informed. A Co to use dozers and level bunkers within his area but not to relocate his people."

0805 – The Company reports that it has 135 mainly women and children at 871120.

0824 – "A Co at coords 872121 made contact. Killed 1 VC, 2 EM wounded, A Co surrounded hut and tanks moving in will blow hut. Med-evac requested and granted."

0834 – The Company has 1 WIA and 1 KIA at this time.

0900 – Btn requests interrogators for "A" Company.

0937 – Third Platoon at 872122 found an M-16 trigger housing and one more VC KIA.

0951 - 1015 – At 871122, interrogator is questioning 229 people.

1025 – VC land deeds are found and will be sent back on a log ship.

1030 – Request for National Police to work with "A" Company.

1127 – another M-16 trigger assembly found in a hut at 872122.

1140 – Medevac requested at 872122 for people wounded by a VC grenade: two women with belly wounds and three children with hand and leg wounds. 1201 hrs., Medevac completed.

1320 – "A Co found documents in hole where 2 VC were killed earlier this morning. The documents indicated they belonged to an NVA officer."

1403 – Request for extraction of National Police, two female detainees, and recovered documents. At 1440 hrs., extraction to LZ English was completed.

1508 – A repair crew will be sent tomorrow to fix the S-7 [for D-7] with "A" Company.

1542 – First Platoon finds another tunnel with solid walls, some of which are brick.

1620 – First Platoon searches the tunnel with negative results. Cave and tunnel destroyed.

1708 – The 8th Engineers with the Company have destroyed 71 bunkers.

1735 – the documents recovered by "A" Company reveal no tactical information.

1748 – Medevac request for a child with small arms wounds. The parent will be traveling with her child. Medevac completed at 1806 hrs.

2000 – The Company's ambushes are in position.

2023 – An EM shoots himself in the leg. He is medevaced at 2041 hrs.

2059 – Third Platoon ambush is set up at BS 864128.

2220 – The Second Squad of the Second Platoon spotted 3 VC running north, and 2 others running south. Too far away to engage.

2330 – "A" Company location: BS 866136.

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0210 – Company is located at 868128.

0615 – Engineers arrive.

0616 – The Company is now moving southwest.

0715 – The Company has secured the area at 873118. They will inspect the area with tanks.

0730 – The Company is at 873118, and Fourth Platoon is at 868126.

0756 – "A" Company's sweep turned up 40 bunkers.

0820 – All of "A" Company with tanks now moving west.

0936 – The Company is now at 868122 to begin cordon operation, then will move south.

0957 – The National Police are now with "A" Company at 878121.

1100 – The Company has 86 detainees.

1145 – ARVNs link up with "A" Company.

1215 – Negative findings for cordon operation. Request extraction for National Police. Extraction took place at 1300 hrs.

1220 – The Company will meet Engineers at BS 903115 at 1430 hrs.

1310 – The Third Platoon is escorting the D-7 to the Highway.

1352 – The Third Platoon is stationed with the bulldozers at the Highway.

1457 – The Third Platoon links up with the Low Boy and the D-7.

1510 – The Third Platoon is now back with the "A" Company CP.

1525 – The Company at 887110 is now ready for resupply.

1915 – Third Platoon now all back with the "A" Company CP.

1920 – At 888110, medevac requested for a soldier with a temperature of 103.8°, swollen glands, and vomiting. Medevac completed at 1936 hrs.

2059 – First Squad of the Second Platoon now on ambush at 881114.

2340 – "A" Company at 881110; OPs at 881114, and 880108.

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0645 – Company's OPs now in.

0732 - 0800 – Third Platoon en route to LZ English from 889110.

0840 – The Company is now moving south.

0856 – The Company brings under fire 3 VC suspects that were trying to flee. One is killed at 833103. He was about 35 years old and wearing U.S. webbing.

0915 – A second KIA was found. He was between 20-25 years old, dressed in black pajamas.

0955 – The Company is now at 880095.

1150 – The Company detains two 17 year olds who claim to be friendly farmers (at 880095). TOC will pick them up to take to "D" Company location for interrogation by National Police.

1208 – The Company detains another individual about 35-40 years of age.

1355 – The detainees have been extracted.

1356 – On LZ English, "A" Company will be a RRF with 15 minutes alert in the case of a downed aircraft.

1600 – First and Fourth Platoons at 883108 airlifted to LZ English.

1610 - 1629 – The rest of "A" Company lifted to LZ English.

2105 – The Company is released from RRF duty. This is transferred to Bravo Company.

2330 – Company location is LZ English.

0700 - 0730 – The Company is airlifted from LZ English to 869126.

0750 – The Company is moving southeast.

0810 – Bde scout team working with "A" Company.

1025 – The Company is now at 870110.

1033 – The Company is moving east.

1315 – The Company is to link up with 8th Engineers at 880100. Link up made at 1450 hrs.

1530 – "A" Company will remain at 880100 while the First Platoon of "D" Company goes off with the bulldozers.

1615 – "A Co completed sweep, is now proceeding to mine area, sit[uation] rep[ort] village neg[ative] contact. Found 40 bunkers which they did not destroy.

1627 – The Second Platoon is moving with the Engineers about 300 meters to the north. The First Platoon is moving west.

1715 – 8th Engineers working with "A" Company do not find anything in the mined area.

1815 – 8th Engineers extracted from "A" Company at 853100.

2330 – The Company is at 854110; it has three ambushes out: 861119, 859110, 859107.

0710 – The Company is moving north.

0755 – "A" and "D" Company cordon in place.

0804 – Company CP located at 857124.

0840 – National Police are on the ground near "A" Company at 857124.

0945 – 3 non-military aged males, 45 women, and 31 children are being interrogated at the Company location.

1401 – National Police are extracted.

1557 – 1/69 Armor links up with "A" Company.

2210 - 2330 – Location of Company ambushes: First Squad of the First Platoon, 858126; First Squad of the Second Platoon, 845128; First Squad of the Third Platoon, 849138. The CP is at 852127.

0610 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their lead elements.

0815 – Second Platoon en route to LZ English.

0901 – The Company is moving north.

0910 – "C Co & A Co will make an exchange of D-7 to destroy bunkers coord 876095."

1010 – The Company discovers are pressure plate booby trap of undetermined type, cover over with wood. It was blown up.

1030 – Company is located at 870118.

1352 – "Elements of 1/69 Armor and 8th Engineers returning to A Co 866114 location."

1645 – Company Killer Team will be active in the box defined from 890100 to 870100, and 880120 to 890120, from 1800 - 0800 hrs.

1650 – The Third Squad of the First Platoon will have an ambush at 851107, and the First Squad of the Third Platoon will have recon in Killer Team box.

2357 – Company located at 860103; Third Squad of the First Platoon is at 851107; the First Squad of the Third Platoon 890100 - 870100, 880120 - 890120.

0615 – The Company's OPs and ambushes have returned to the lead element.

0820 – The Second Platoon leaves LZ English on foot for 860113.

0946 – 10 bunkers and 2 large spider hole are destroyed at 863104.

1147 – The Company is at 850095.

1208 – "A Co advised to move Vietnamese to D 46 to continue to search people out – to fish hook out altogether as many Viets as possible – advised D 46 to emphasize to NP the following questions: (1) Why has traffic on the plains day & night decreased, (2) Why less people working on plains, (3) Where are VC hiding?"

1228 – "A" Company will be the Division RRF from 1600 hrs. the 27th to the same time on the 28th. The Company will continue its present mission.

1456 – 12 bunkers destroyed at 857102, and 30 destroyed at 856106.

1545 – The Second Platoon has arrived at 843083.

1927 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon, en route to their ambush position 150-200 meters from the perimeter encountered 5 VC suspects. Two who appeared to be armed, escaped to the south; 3 were captured, one of whom was an old man. They will be held until extracted in the morning.

2030 – "A" Company ambushes: First Squad of the Second Platoon, 833076; Second Squad of the Second Platoon, 833082; OP-1, 858078; OP-2, 848086.

2230 – The CP is located at 843083.

0710 – First Platoon en route to LZ English with 3 VC detainees.

0820 – The tanks with "A" Company won't be able to move over the red line for an hour. One is stuck, and they are low on fuel. The Second Squad of the Third Platoon are headed out to search 843083 where 3 VC suspects were picked up last night.

0940 – The Company is informed that they may be used in a cordon operation instead of Charlie Company's Third Platoon.

1043 – The First Squad of the Second Platoon will be used for a cordon at 884102 where it will remain for the day.

1155 – The Company is in position for the cordon at 873093.

1240 – Center of mass for cordon is 870088. "As A Co [Second Platoon] entered village they fired at two VC suspects, one dressed in khakis, the other had web gear. They re-entered the village. A Co will search extensively for them. National Police requested for A Co."

1305 - The National Police arrive.

1450 – The National Police have picked up the following: 4 detainees, 1 NVA flag, 2 U.S. grenades, 1 U.S. pistol belt, 1 can NVA milk, 1,105 NVA uniforms, 1 transistor radio, 20 detonator cords, VC and NVA documents.

1530 – results of the cordon: 3 civilian detainees, 1 POW, 60 ICs (5 males, 30 females, 25 children).

1618 – The National Police were extracted from 870088.

1635 – The cordon operation also turned up 3 M-1 firing devices, and 6 small spools of trip wire.

1810 – "A" Company Killer Team fire box: 860090 - 860080, 880080 - 880090, until same time tomorrow.

1918 – Company location is 884102.

0555 – Company ambushes have returned to the perimeter.

0620 – The Company is moving west.

0758 – The First Platoon from LZ English joins the rest of the platoon at 839095.

0935 – Read out of yesterday's detainees: 1 POW who was chief of Youth Group, 2 CD hamlet chief assistants.

1215 – The Fourth Platoon with tanks have reached Hill 55 at 848089.

1856 – The Company is moving to link up with the Third Platoon of Charlie Company at 848104.

2214 – "A" Company setting up for the night at 873100.

2330 – Company OPs: 871100, and 875100.

0645 – OPs have returned to Company perimeter.

0822 – Fourth Platoon airlifted out of LZ English.

0831 – The Third Platoon is moving southeast.

1030 – The First Platoon at 873100 found 1 new NVA uniform inside the corner of a hut. They will check the area out.

1100 – The Company will send whatever else they find back on a log ship.

1335 – The Documents picked up yesterday contain no tactical information.

1404 – Company cordon complete at 885097.

1540 – National Police arrive at 880093.

1551 – National Police interrogating 4 males, 30 females, and 14 children.

1659 – National Police will detain one female. They are extracted at 1721 hrs.

2010 – Company position is at 885096. First Squad of the First Platoon is at 883096; Second Squad of the Third Platoon is at 880100.

2120 – The First Squad of the First Platoon spotted 30 males entering the village at 880095.

2125 – Btn Command orders "A" Company to move to Cu Tai (1) to check out the sighting by their First Platoon.

2200 – "A" Company is on the move.

0630 (?) – "A" Company's sweep of Cu Tai has negative findings. "They estimate a small element moved to the west while a large element moved to the southeast 1245 (2345 ?) to 0045."

0700 - 0727 – "A" Company combat assaults to 918061.

0737 – The Company is moving northwest.

0827 – Fresh blood was found near a hedgerow 100 meters northwest of the LZ.

0848 – An interpreter and one POW have arrived at the Company location at 918061.

0900 – "A" Company extraction at 1700 will be from PZ 919064 to LZ 876090.

0927 – The First Platoon found an M-79 grenade launcher at 920067 in a burned hut observed by the scout team.

1128 – Arrangements made to extract Fourth Platoon from 854087 to LZ English at 1230 hrs.

1315 – The Company is moving northwest. They have informed the ARVNs in the area.

1420 - 1430 – A booby trap 155 mm round was found at 914072. The round is attached to a stump. A rubber band is tied to a pressure plate and then to a branch so that if the branch is moved enough, the rubber band will break and set off the pressure device. The shell is blown up with C-4.

1723 – A Chinook with elements of "A" Company lifts off from 919064. It receives small arms fire and one member of the Company is wounded. He is dropped off at 15th Med.

1735 – First elements of the Company are dropped off at 879090. The last elements arrive at 1756 hrs.

1842 – Also from the burned hut (see 0927) were 3 AK-47 magazines and one piece of paper with writing on it.

2101 – A burst of automatic weapons fire was directed at the Company from about 600 meter to the east. The rounds passed high overhead.

2400 – Company location: 878092. Third Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 875091; the Fourth Squad of the Second Platoon has an ambush at 882097.

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Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Santana (14.572817 N, 108.989662 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A Co., 2/17 Artillery.

A howitzer on LZ English, 1966/1967.
          Keith Dilworthred. Creative Commons License.

LZ English Airfield being paved, 1968.
         

Ed Grisham. Creative Commons License.

A view of LZ English from the runway, 1970/71.
          Tom Bigelow. Creative Commons License.

A view of LZ English from the runway, 1967/68.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Hueys on LZ English, late May 1967.
         

Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

The helipad on LZ English, Late May 1967.
          Tom Bigelow. Creative Commons License.

LZ English, 1967/68.
          ©159th ASH.

The tarmac at LZ English.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The northern perimeter of LZ English.
          NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

Huey rendezvous on LZ English.
         

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0702 – All Company OPs are back in.

0827 – Second Platoon is moving northeast. Close air support requested.

0938 – Tanks and bulldozers presently with "C" Company at 863093 are leaving for "A" Company at 878092.

1150 – The First Platoon detains a 40 year old male found in a hootch.

1307 – The Second Platoon has rejoined the Company CP.

1308 – Tanks have linked up with the First Platoon at 890091.

1435 - 1440 – The Third Platoon is airlifted from 878092 to LZ Santana for a snatch mission.

1625 – The Third Platoon has 40 detainees.

1646 - 1700 – "A" Company airlifted to LZ Santana.

1735 - 1802 – Third Platoon is extracted to LZ Santana.

2010 – Company located on LZ Santana.

2114 – From Bde S-2: the results of Third Platoon's snatch operation is 2 CDs (1 hamlet guard), 1 Youth Leader, 1 IC, 1 UD.

0900 – The First Platoon is moving northeast on patrol.

0953 -1016 – First elements of "A" Company leave LZ Santana for 753155.

1029 – Second elements land at 763155.

1040 – The Third Platoon lands at 763155.

1228 – 1/9 scout team leaving "A" Company to refuel. The Company requests another scout team.

1245 – Fresh blood found at 763158.

1510 – The First Platoon returns to LZ Santana.

1602 – 1628 – Second Platoon made contact with the enemy and sustained 1 WIA. They received automatic weapons fire from 3 or 4 AK-47s fired from bunkers at 760147. "ARA now making passes."1

16__ - 1620 – Third Platoon airlifted from 742152 to LZ Santana. The WIA was evacuated at 1643 hrs.

1648 - 1655 – The Second Platoon airlifted from 750140 to LZ Santana.

1703 - 1725 – Fourth Platoon and CP are airlifted from 763155 to LZ Santana.

1740 – Debriefing of "A" Company: at 760147 there were 5 fresh holes and 4-5 fresh bunkers. They received fire from 3 AK-47s, one 30 caliber machine gun, and a sniper rifle. They saw two men with helmets in a bunker and estimate that there were from 5 to 10 total. A new trail now runs parallel to the creek from 762150 southeast to 758144.

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0615 – OP returns to perimeter.

0737 - 0800 – The Company was airlifted to 775152.

0807 – Fourth Platoon lands at 765157.

1405 – "A Co reports they are in light contact at this time. Have negative details at this time. Location coordinates 763146."

1426 – The Company sustained 2 WIA and one man is missing. Medevac is waiting for the LZ to be cleared.

1545 – An air strike is conducted on 763146.

1725 – The Company is moving down a hill in order to explore a bunker complex near 763146.

1845 – Medevac requested for 3 WIAs previously sustained. Medevac arrives at 1905 hrs.

1855 - 1907 – First Platoon now on LZ Santana.

1912 - 1920 – The rest of "A" Company is airlifted from 749141 to LZ Santana.

2001 – Scout choppers search "A" Company's area of contact: nothing found.

2400 – Summary of engagement: "A" Company 1 KIA,2 3 WIAs, 11 NVA KIAs, captured 2 AK-47s, and destroyed 1 AK-47 and a .30 caliber machine gun.

2400 – Summary of engagement: "A" Company 1 KIA, 3 WIAs, 11 NVA KIAs, captured 2 AK-47s, and destroyed 1 AK-47 and a .30 caliber machine gun. Second Platoon made initial contact in a draw while approaching a bunker complex. At 763146, automatic weapons fire directed on them killed one and wounded three. Third Platoon provided support fire, while First Platoon was in the rear of the formation. The Company redeployed while ARA provided support. An air strike put HE and napalm on the target. Two more air strikes were put on the target, the last with delayed fuse bombs. Aerial recon showed several bunkers were still intact. These were finished off by ARA. Third Platoon moved into the bunker complex and removed the U.S. body. The Second Platoon moved in and engaged 2 NVA in a bunker, killing both and capturing 2 AK-47s. An inspection of the area revealed numerous detached arms, legs, and other body parts. The NVA were dressed in khaki uniforms with helmets and web gear. Another AK-47 and a .30 caliber machine gun were destroyed in place as were 5 Chinese grenades. The bunker complex was capable of housing a full company. Further exploration broken off due to impending darkness.3

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1511 – A platoon from "A" Company will be used for security for 1/9 Cav.

1640 – First Platoon is airlifted from LZ Santana to LZ Two Bits.

2316 – Figures observed on southwest side of LZ Santana. One grenade thrown by them.

2330 – OP heard noises to the northwest of LZ Santana.

0805 – The First Platoon arrives at LZ Santana from LZ Two Bits.

1055 – 1/8 Cav CP has transferred to LZ English.

1800 – Severe weather warning, 1700 - 2100: thunderstorms, winds up to 30 knots with turbulence.

0620 - 0700 – "A" Company is airlifted from LZ Santana to LZ Quick (933896).

0714 – The Company is now moving north.

0805 – The Company is now at 932898.

0926 – The ARVNs linked up with the Second Platoon at LZ Quick.

1030 – The Second Platoon is order to link up with the rest of "A" Company.

1456 – Medevac request put in for a soldier with stomach cramps and high temperature. Medevac arrives at 1525 hrs.

2335 – Company set up at 931903.

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0916 – The Company reports negative findings. They have not yet begun their move to the northwest.

1010 – The Company is now moving northwest.

1015 – The Company requests a scout team to check for a new trail.

1137 – A scout team is now working with "A" Company.

1310 – The Company requests a scout team at 1430 hrs. at 928908.

1435 – A scout teams arrives at "A" Company's location.

1610 – Weather report: thunder showers, winds 12-25 knots with severe turbulence.

1630 – A small cave is blown up at 918913.

0855 – First and Second Platoons are moving southwest.

0932 – First Platoon is at 917919, Second Platoon is at 917913.

0942 – CP, Third and Fourth Platoons are moving northwest.

0955 – scout team requested at 917914.

1016 – scout team is working with "A" Company.

1155 – First Platoon is at 915923, Second Platoon is at 909918, and the rest of "A" Company is at 914920.

1937 – A log ship was fired on at 898933. Fourth Platoon is firing two rounds of mortars.

1940 – U.S. advisor with ARVNS observed 2 VC at 889907 moving northwest. "A" Company was informed by Btn.

2353 – The Company is set up at 909929.

0925 – The Company is moving southwest from 909929.

1337 – "A" Company informed that there will be an air strike at 924921.

2356 – Company position, 905917; Third Squad of the First Platoon, 899917; First Squad of the Second Platoon, 907920; Third Squad of the Third Platoon, 904914.

0640 – All OPs and ambushes are back inside the perimeter.

0845 – First Platoon is moving southwest from 905917, while Second and Third Platoons are moving northeast from the CP.

1010 – The Company is moving northeast from 905917.

1225 – 6-7 caves are found at 896936. Cooling equipment also found outside. Area will be checked.

1413 – Two of the caves would hold a squad, the others would hold 2-3 people. One Vietnamese bed and some green bananas were also found.

1425 – The caves were blown up.

2143 – The OP of the First Squad of the Third Platoon saw two people and heard them talking at 906926. Fourth Platoon will fire mortar illumination.

2208 – The individuals were 25 meters south of the OP. They moved east along the Company perimeter. They are now moving towards the Company's ambush at 912929.

2245 – "A Co firing defensive targets to try to force individuals into the A Co 22 [Second Squad of the Second Platoon] ambush at coord. 912929.

2325 – Company position is at 909929; Second Squad of the Second Platoon ambush is at 912929; First Squad of the Third Platoon OP is at 906929.

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1 Richard E. Flanders in his book (Lord, Send an Earthquake! [Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2003]) 170-177, describes this engagement in detail.
2 Bob Jack Goodwin, 25E090.
3 See the account in Flanders, 181, and Prater's story, "Airstrike on the Bunkers."
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Santana (14.572817 N, 108.989662 E) or LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
RG123S-Vietnam Photos Misc. Inf.-1st Bn, 50 Inf.

Troops of Co C, 1st Bn, 50th Inf (Mech), 1st Cav Div (Airmobile) unload from CH-47 helicopter at LZ Quick, 29-30 Oct 1967.
          174th Assault Helicopter Company

A Chinook on LZ Quick.
          Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
         

Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Giddings & Heath, "A" Co., 1/8 on a bunker at LZ Two Bits, July 26-31, 1967.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Dieterle, "A" Co., 1/8 Cav. standing in front of a sump near the perimeter at LZ Two Bits, July 26-31, 1967.
         

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0604 – First Squad of the First Platoon returned to the CP with negative findings.

0750 - 0835 – "A" Company is airlifted from 906928 to LZ Quick, 933896.

1146 – Company is now at 919906.

1935 – Company is set up at 919904.

0630 – All OPs back inside perimeter.

0830 – First Platoon and the Second Squad of the Third Platoon are moving east from 919904.

0945 – The First Platoon is now located at 913907.

1012 – First Platoon has discovered a bivouac area at 913907. It is being checked out.

1415 – Weather report from 1430 - 1930: showers, 1/2 mile visibility, winds 12-25 knots.

1500 – First Platoon has rejoined "A" Company CP at 919904.

1710 – All company COs will report between 1800-1830 hrs. that each man in his unit has taken the 2 small white malaria pills and, on Mondays, the 1 big pink pill.

2345 – Company has set up at 919906.

1005 – All of "A" Company is at 911910.

1215 – The Company is moving to 909913 as a blocking force.

1940 – Company position: 909913.

1545 – "A Co at coord 908917 have had neg findings for today, B Co is also at this location. Both Co's are moving north at this time.

1730 – Company location: 908917; First Platoon, 910916.

1800 – The Company sets up at 898938.

1945 – OP sent to 897938.

2350 – OPs are at 897938 and 898938 [sic].

0715 - 0734 – The Company is airlifted from 898938 to 926084.

0740 – The Company is moving south.

0830 – A man of about 40 detained at 926084. He will be sent to Bde.

0910 – 1 female was found with shrapnel wounds in her shoulder at 926080 and one 13 year old male. Both will be put on the log ship.

1110 – At 925084, 4 military age males, 2 old men, 28 females with 4 children were encountered. Request made for Bde IPW team.

1230 – Weather forecast: thunder showers, winds 20-25 knots.

1235 – At 925074, the Company detains 11 males, 101 females, and 123 children.

1306 – The IPW Team is with "A" Company.

1312 – The CP, First, Third, and Fourth Platoons are moving northwest from 925084.

1340 – The Company is at 923077, while Second Platoon remains with the IPW Team at 925074.

1435 – "A Co's CO states that the area in which he is operating there are numerous new fighting type bunkers. His elements threw grenades in these bunkers. When the ground dries he suggests an Engr element go in and complete destroying these bunkers."

1518 – The IPW team with Second Platoon has 1 HG age 35, and 1 VC suspect age 40. They will be extracted by log bird.

1552 – Second Platoon is at 932075.

1736 – At 923070 an old male dressed in black pajamas has been detained. Will be sent out on a log bird.

1830 – "A" Company sets up at 933070.

2025 – OP-1 at 931070 saw 5 individuals 50 meters from their position and took them under fire. They are now calling in artillery.

2028 – OP-1 at 932071 moving back to CP. OP-2 is situated at 933069.

2150 – In reference to 2025 hrs. incident: 5 to 9 individuals came out of a hooch in the village at 931070. The OP fired as 5 more came out. The OP then pulled back to the CP. They believe that they have 2 VC KIA.

0620 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0655 – "A" Company (minus Fourth Platoon) is moving west-northwest from 933070.

1103 – Second Platoon and CP are moving northeast from 915077.

1105 - 1130 – First Platoon airlifted from 924064 to LZ Willie.

1105 - 1115 – Fourth Platoon airlifted to LZ Laramie.

1217 – Scout Team with "A" Company spotted a young man running into a bunker at 916076. The Third Platoon encountered a 105 mm shell booby trap with a trip wire inside a hootch. Will destroy both.

1221 – The Company is unable to find individual sighted by scout team.

1340 – At 915077, the Company has detained 3 men, 20 women, and 29 children. They will take them to "B" Company's location at 923066 to turn them over to the ARVNs.

1445 – Detainees were dropped off a "B" Company. "A" Company now moving to "B" Company's Fourth Platoon location at 932065. They arrive at 1455 hrs.

1652 - 1700 – From 932065, the Second Platoon flies to LZ Willie, and the Third Platoon along with the CP fly to LZ Laramie.

1920 – An OP is placed 100 meters to the east of LZ Laramie. The First Platoon at LZ Willie has its Third Squad at 783961, and the Second Squad of the Second Platoon at 783957.

0700 - 710 – The Third Platoon leaves LZ Laramie for LZ English.

0718 - 0730 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ Willie to LZ English.

0935 – A soldier of "A" Company on LZ Willie accidentally discharged his weapon. The ricochet hit a Vietnamese teenager who was climbing around the bulldozers. He was Medevaced out.

1940 – First and Second Platoons are on LZ Willie; the rest of the Company is on LZ Laramie. The Second Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 789041.

0735 - 0755 – CP and Third Platoon are airlifted to 923068 [823068].

0835 – "A Co [Third Platoon] and CP moving northeast from 837068. Bde Scout Team reports seeing one VC suspect moving toward village at vic. 868067, wearing black trousers, Ho Chi Minh sandals; negative weapons. A Co moving to check."

0850 – At 840070, Third Platoon detained 1 male aged 35-40, wearing a conical hat, white pants, and black shirt, who was standing in a rice paddy. The Platoon will take him along.

1235 - 1250 – Second Platoon is airlifted to LZ English.

1505 – "A" Company elements have lined up with Charlie Company's Third Platoon at 856091. They request extraction.

1535 - 1541 – CP and Third Platoon are flown to LZ Laramie.

1620 – Second Platoon is airlifted back to LZ Willie.

1650 – The Third Squad of the First Platoon is securing the Engineer element at 803969.

1740 – The Third Squad of the First Platoon has returned to LZ Willie.

1835 – A Duster has joined the Third Squad of the First Platoon at 803969.

0732 – A Third Platoon squad is out on an OP at 792038 which stays out for 24 hrs., relieved at 1200 hrs. by another squad.

1300 – The First and Second Platoons are on LZ Willie, the Third Platoon is at 793038, and the rest of "A" Company is on LZ Laramie.

1607 – Third Platoon returns to LZ Laramie.

1720 – The First and Second Platoon at LZ Willie will assume full responsibility for the bridge at 803969.

1854 – First Platoon requests a Medevac for 1 EM with a severely cut hand. Medevaced out at 1905 hrs., landed at 1929 hrs.

1900 – First and Second Platoons are at LZ Willie, with the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 803969, and the Second Squad of the Third Platoon at 793038; the rest of "A" Company is at LZ Laramie.

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0730 – The Second Platoon is being airlifted from LZ Willie to 823040.

0745 – Second Platoon of Charlie Company joins the Second Platoon at 823040.

0854 – Bde scout team spotted a cave complex at 827046. Second Platoon is moving to check them out.

0915 - 0918 – Charlie Company checked out caves: not recently used.

1035 – The Fourth Platoon is flying from LZ Laramie to LZ Willie.

1530 - 1535 – Second Platoon is airlifted from 832045 to LZ Laramie.

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Items: 8, 13-16, 31, 41. Items: 8, 17, 21, 23, 40, 42, 45, 52. Items: 17, 30, 47. Items: 33, 36-39, 46. Items: 14-16, 18, 25, 29, 34, 40, 41, 45-47, 52, 55, 59, 65, 69-70, 77-78, 84. Items: 11, 13, 23, 25-26, 31-32, 37, 44, 47, 51-52, 60-62. Items: 9-12, 24, 58. Items: 13, 15, 17, 38-40, 51, 53, 57, 582, 60, 65. Items: 12, 23, 40-41, 47-49. Items: 9, 11-12, 14, 17, 19-20, 28-29, 43-44.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits        
RG123S-Vietnam Photos Misc. Inf.-1st Bn, 50 Inf.

Troops of Co C, 1st Bn, 50th Inf (Mech), 1st Cav Div (Airmobile) unload from CH-47 helicopter at LZ Quick, 29-30 Oct 1967.
          Charlie "C" Battery, 1/30 Field Artillery, Vietnam Images (From "Stars & Stripes")

A Crane Chopper over LZ Laramie.
         

Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A Co., 2/17 Artillery.

A howitzer on LZ English, 1966/67.
          ©Flying Circus Aviation Unit. HQ & HQ Company, 1st Bde, 1st Cav. Div.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1968.
         

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0655 - 0700 – First Platoon from LZ Willie, Third Platoon from LZ Laramie, and Third Platoon of Charlie Company from LZ English are flown to 745002.

0945 – First Platoon is moving from 742997 to 747027. The Third Platoon, CP, and Charlie Company's Third Platoon at 744993 are moving south-southeast.

1115 – Severe weather warning, 1400-2000 hrs.: scattered thunderstorms, winds 15-30 knots with severe turbulence.

1627 - 1634 – Third Platoon and CP leave 760995 for LZ Laramie.

1638 - 1641 – First Platoon is flown to LZ Willie.

1842 – CP and Third Platoon on LZ Laramie; First and Fourth Platoons are on LZ Willie; Second Squad of the Fourth Platoon is on an OP at 803969.

0745 - 0815 – Second Platoon airlifted from LZ Laramie to 817033.

0748 - 0815 – First Platoon airlifted from LZ Willie to 817033.

1410 – The First Platoon destroys an empty cave at 835033.

1505 - 1510 – Second Platoon airlifts from 833043 to LZ Laramie.

1522 – First Platoon airlifts from 833043 to LZ Willie.

1715 – "A Co informed that they will have to secure the bridge at 803961."

1830 – "A Co informed that the 1/9 advises they received information that the bridge NE of LZ Willie is a VC target."

2015 – "A Co has ele at coord 803969 with duster securing bridge."

0605 – All OPs are in: negative findings.

0757 – Third Platoon is airlifted from LZ Laramie to 762015.

1140 – Third Platoon is at 775023, where they found fresh footprints.

1235 – Weather report: thunder showers, winds variable at 15 knots gusting to 28 knots.

1423 – PIO Team with Third Platoon at 767018 are ready for extraction.

1455 – "A Co [First Platoon] on LZ Willie reports 1 female with 5 children walked into perimeter, stated they had been held captive by VC (husband also) and on 22 Sep killed her husband."

1510 – Third Platoon composite force ready for extraction from 757016.

1530 - 1535 – Third Platoon and CP are airlifted from 757016 to LZ Laramie.

1856 – First and Fourth Platoons are on LZ Willie, the rest of "A" Company is on LZ Laramie. The First Squad of the First Platoon is on an OP at 803969.

0610 – S-4 requests an EOD team for "A" Company for 9 mortar duds.

0630 – All OPs are back in with negative findings.

0835 – The Second Platoon is moving east from LZ Laramie accompanied by the First Platoon of Charlie Company.

0957 – "A" and "C" Company composite force now at 802046.

1220 – Second Platoon moving northeast from 827040.

1300 – Weather report for 1400-2000: scattered thunderstorms, winds 15-20 knots gusty.

1420 – Second Platoon spotted one individual wearing black pajamas running northeast at 825055.

1530 - 1537 – Second Platoon was airlifted from 825054 to LZ Laramie.

1914 – The First Squad of the First Platoon is at the bridge (803969) with a duster.

2220 – "A Co reports that the ele at the bridge coord 803969 is receiving small arms fire from all directions."

2225 – The duster at the bridge has been hit by some type of HE round.

2235 – The First Platoon has 20 rounds of illumination left. Personnel from the First Squad of the First Platoon are on each end of the bridge.

2240 – "ARA is in area of bridge. Still no contact with A Co 11 [1st Squad of 1st Platoon]."

2250 – First Platoon has only 7 rounds of illumination left at LZ Willie. They request an emergency supply of 81 mm mortar ammo.

2252 – More ARAs are in the area of the bridge.

2255 – First Squad are receiving fire along the blue line (823967). They have 4 WIAs, 3 from duster. Medevac called.

2259 – Battalion Commander on the ground at the bridge at 803969. "Everything under control."

2315 – First Squad and enemy break contact.

2317 – "Bde advises flare ship will be on station in 10 minutes."

2318 – Medevac arrives at the bridge. Medevac completed at 2320 hrs.

2322 – Battalion Commander advises that there are 2 KIAs and 4 WIAs, the latter of which have been already Medevaced.

2328 - 2335 – The Third Platoon of Charlie Company, the RRF, leaves LZ English for the bridge at 803974.

2337 – The Battalion Commander will meet the RRF and lead them in.

2350 – The RRF asked that ARA be held off as they are too close to U.S. troops.

2358 – Charlie Company links up with the First Squad.

2400 – "S3 desires log bird to extract 2 US KIAs." Summary: "A" Company had 2 KIAs, 4 WIAs, 8 NVA KIAs, 1 detainee, 2 AK-47s.

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0014 – Three more WIAs with slight wounds reported from yesterday's firefight at the bridge. They were Medevaced at 0038 hrs.

0025 – KIAs evacuated by log ship.

0036 – Ammo resupply request: 216 M-79 rounds, 2000 rounds of M-60 machine gun ammo, 1 box of frag grenades, and a box of trip flares.

0046 – "S3 reports they believe duster was hit by a M72 Law (2 of 4 EM were wounded). Desire that early morning replacements be sent out to check duster (believed to still be operational) and to operate same."

0058 – Ammo resupply reaches the bridge.

0105 – Only one man is operating the duster. Needs personnel and repair in the morning.

0140 – "Continuous illumination will be on bridge 803969 until daylight. Flare ship until 0200 ARA until 0400, artillery thereafter."

0252 – In the bridge area Charlie Company finds 10 sets of web gear and foxholes containing live and expended M-79 rounds and AK-47 rounds.

0410 – The Btn Commander reports that "he observed 3 NVA KIAs. They were dressed in black shorts, no shirts or shoes, with bandoleers of ammo."

0630 – The Btn Commander last night at 2305 hrs., "received a minor bullet wound in the left ear."

0715 – In the vicinity of the bridge, one more NVA KIA found. He had a rocket similar to a U.S. 35 rocket round and 1 grenade. "He had been policed up by C Co [Third Platoon] snatch on 24 Sep and released."

0734 – "A Co EM to attend CLC is a KIA."

0945 – Engineers with the Third Platoon on LZ Laramie request mo-gas or JP-4 to burn brush.

1045 – "S3 requests a Quad 50 for bridge 514 at LZ Willie and make sure the one at Willie is operational. Also requests dozers at bridge between area to Willie be skinned of all brush and blowing trees 360° around and 200 to 300 meters out. They are building 4 bunkers and are clearing area to river."

1122 – The .50 caliber machine gun used by the Company at LZ Laramie is inoperative, although the M-55 is working.

1200 – The Company requests that a mine sweeping team do the area around LZ Willie. The last time they were there, they found two mines.

1207 – The Second Squad of the Second Platoon is at 788047, and the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 795026.

1215 – Weather warning, 1400-1930: Heavy thunderstorms, winds at 15 knots, gusting to 35 knots.

1300 – The Second Squad of the Second Platoon has arrived at LZ Laramie.

1340 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon has arrived at LZ Laramie.

1515 – The Star Light Scope lost during the firefight at the bridge was recovered by the duster crew and taken to LZ Two Bits. The Company will get is back later tonight.

1650 – 27th Maintenance will send the Company the parts needed to fix its .50 caliber machine gun.

1720 – A new duster arrives at the bridge from LZ Two Bits.

1853 – A .50 caliber machine gun is en route to the bridge.

1900 – "A Co at Laramie has 2 Red Cross girls that cannot get out of Laramie because of the weather."

1930 – First and Fourth Platoon are at LZ Willie, the First Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 793038, and the rest of the Company is on LZ Laramie.

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1150 – Btn Commander – Bridge 514-3 will be named "Yelland Bridge" after the man killed there.

1248 – Weather report: scattered thunder showers, winds 12 knots gusting to 25 knots.

1635 – Willie Bridge has had triple strand wire laid in, and 6 bunkers constructed. The area around it has been graded off and swept for mines. Two ChiCom grenades were found.

0750 - 0813 – First and Third Platoons leave LZ Laramie and LZ Willie en route to 758029.

0840 – First Platoon and Third Platoon are moving northeast from 758029.

1430 - 1440 – "A" Company XO has received duster parts to correct the jam it had during the firefight at the bridge. One of the dusters is inoperative.

1523 - 1532 – The First and Third Platoons are airlifted by Chinook from 758029 to LZ Willie and LZ Laramie respectively.

1917 – First and Fourth Platoons are at LZ Willie, the rest of the Company is at LZ Laramie.

0735 – An "A" Company soldier on LZ Laramie tried to fire his M-16 from his hip, but it blew up with no injuries to him. Sgt. Major will look into the cause.

0741 - 0755 – Second Platoon flies from LZ Laramie to LZ Willie.

0920 – Element of the Company at LZ Willie need canvass and stakes to stop bunker leaks.

1515 – Second Platoon with Charlie Company's Third Platoon at 805966, found 10 caves and are holding 2-3 people. Caves are to be destroyed.

1643 - 1648 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from 803969 en route to LZ Laramie.

1837 – The First Platoon at LZ Willie has received the .50 caliber machine gun.

2125 – "A Co CO reports he has gooks talking on A Co frequency. They are speaking English and he monitored the words, 'Bridge, over.' Also some coord. (unable to read clearly)."

1118 - 1123 – Third Platoon is airlifted from LZ Laramie to 938015.

1133 - 1140 – Fourth Platoon is airlifted from LZ Willie to LZ English.

1150 - 1205 – Fourth Platoon out of LZ English to 884072.

1210 - 1217 – Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to 889066.

1230 – Weather warning 1400-2200: scattered rain ad thunder storms mostly on the mountains of the coastal plains. Winds 15 knots gusting to 30 knots, with severe turbulence.

1300 – The National Police are at 889066.

1402 – The whole composite element is at 880075.

1650 – "A Co XO reports that out of the composite forces sweep, they had 220 IC of which 140 were children, with no detainees. National Police ready for extraction." They were extracted at 1715 to LZ English.

1729 - 1737 – Second and Fourth Platoons airlifted from 880075 to, respectively, LZ Laramie and LZ Willie.

2357 – First and Fourth Platoons are at LZ Willie, the rest of the Company is at LZ Laramie.

0850 - 0918 – Second Platoon snatch team is airlifted to 935035.

0937 – Second Platoon snatch collection point is 940037.

1055 – Second Platoon reports that detainees along with guards are being extracted to Bde.

1105 - 1115 – Second Platoon is extracted to LZ Laramie. They report having 13 detainees.

1205 – Weather warning for 1300-2000: scattered thunderstorms, winds gusting 20-27 knots with severe turbulence.

1622 - 1630 – Fourth Platoon is airlifted from 803969 to LZ Laramie.

1640 – The First Platoon is at 803969.

1825 – Read out from Bde for Second Platoon detainees from 1107 hrs at 935035: 8 ICs of which one states that 1 cadre left the hamlet, 2 UD negative information, 2 CD hamlet guards, one of whom states that 6 days ago he saw 10 NVA in the village Thien Duc. Some had weapons and packs. They headed southeast. One CD woman states that 3 days ago she saw 3 guerillas with carbines.

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Items: 10, 12-13, 20, 29, 58-62, 74. Items: 17-18, 20-21, 32, 37, 39, 41-42, 52, 58, 63. Items: 10, 16, 37, 44, 49-51, 54-55, 68. Items: 8, 10, 18, 24, 35, 36, 40, 46, 48, 61, 64, 71, 76-79, 82, 84, 86-89, 91-98. Items: 3-11, 13, 19, 23, 29, 29, 36-37, 46, 52, 55, 57-61, 64-66, 68, 74, 83, 85-86. Items: 20, 23,31. Items: 16, 19, 24, 49-50, 54, 56-57, 77. Items: 14-16, 18,45, 55-56, 69, 74. Items: 24-25, 27-32, 35, 37, 47, 57-60, 62, 80. Items: 19-21, 23-27, 30, 46-7, 49, 56.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A 2/17 Artillery, 1966-67.

A Huey flying over LZ English.
          Photo by Jean, from Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
          NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

Huey rendezvous on LZ English.
         

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0713 - 0720 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ Laramie to 864086.

0726 - 0730 – The Third Platoon is airlifted from Laramie to 864086.

0802 - 0810 – The National Police are on the ground with the "A" Company cordon.

0820 – The Company captures 4 military age males who were trying to evade.

0917 – The Company has detained one VC and recovered some documents from a hole.

0950 – The Company finds in a hole 1 VC canteen, 1 empty M-16 magazine, 1 pair of Ho Chi Minh sandals, and 1 U.S. pack.

0955 – The documents captured list types of VC meritorious medals awarded.

1008 – Found in a hedge row: 18 rounds of AK-47 ammo wrapped in blue paper.

1135 – Also found were a hand drawn VC map, 3 VC school books, 5 VC grenades, 2 NVA packs, 1,000 rounds of ammo for the M-1, AK-47, and M-60; two 60 mm mortar rounds, and an 81 mm mortar round with the fuse removed; 2 transistor radios, and a medical kit containing plasma.

1152 – National Police are ready to be extracted. They have 1 VC male and 2 females, one of which was pulled from a hole. They were extracted to LZ English at 1240 hrs.

1230 – Weather report for 1330-1930: scattered thunder showers, winds 12-25 knots.

1340 – Second and Third Platoons are now moving southeast.

1500 - 1505 – Second and Third Platoons are airlifted to LZ Laramie.

2000 – "A" Company is on LZ Laramie, except for the First Platoon, which is on an ambush at 803969.

2040 – Bde readout on "A" Company detainees: 1 CD women's group cell leader, 1 CD hamlet guard chief, 1 UD.

1036 – First Platoon patrolled from Yelland Bridge to LZ Willie. Apart from some kids digging in the sump, findings were negative. They also checked 400 meters northwest of the road and over the hill and back to the bridge with negative findings.

1530 – Second Platoon snatch is on the ground at 882053. The snatch point is at 879060.

1612 – "A" Company progress report on work at LZ Laramie: 900 sandbags filled, 25 pieces of timber cut for the TOC frame, and 1 defensive bunker completed.

1630 – Second Platoon snatch team requests more National Police at 879060. They arrive at 1650 hrs.

1650 – The Second Platoon has 84 males, 57 females, and 159 children to question.

1700 – Second Platoon has 4 male detainees.

1735 - 1740 – The National Police with 4 detainees have been extracted to LZ English.

1741 - 1750 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from 879060 to LZ Laramie.

1842 – Bde readout on "A" Company detainees: 3 CD hamlet guards with negative information, and 1 UD Chieo Hoi draft dodger.

0913 – CP with Second and Third Platoons air assaulted from LZ Laramie to 754015.

0945 – "A Co at Laramie has established good common with element in the An Lao."

1137 – "A Co leader has specified the PZ at coord 759004."

1220 – A 105 mm dud shell found at 754015. They will blow it in place. They are informed of the possibility that there are other such rounds on the GT line from LZ Laramie to the spot of the first round.

1234 – Fresh graves about a month old found at 753014. They are digging into them.

1240 – One body is found in a khaki uniform that was killed by artillery.

1411 – Third Platoon extracted from 759004 to LZ Laramie.

1428 - 1440 – CP and Second Platoon airlifted from 759004 to LZ English.

1506 - 1518 – CP and Second Platoon are airlifted from LZ English to LZ Laramie.

1601 – First Platoon is airlifted from 803969 to LZ Laramie.

1630 – The First Platoon could not land on LZ Laramie due to weather. Diverted to LZ English.

1700 – With reference to the 10-15 graves: only one military body found, the other graves were older than originally thought. Due to weather and impending extraction, they were not able to finish digging.

1705 – The First Platoon arrives at LZ English.

1900 – Final Company location is at LZ Laramie, except for the First Platoon which is at LZ English.

2040 – "A Co reports they have Viet people talking on their frequency. Also they try to answer A Co CO in English when he talks to his elements."

0736 - 0745 – First Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to 852055.

0750 – The Second Platoon of Charlie Company is airlifted to the site of "A" Company's First Platoon.

0752 – Ten National Police and one MP will join the First Platoon at 0900 hrs. at 852055.

0915 – Security and Second Platoon have linked up at LZ English en route to Yelland Bridge.

1010 – Security and Second Platoon have arrived at Yelland Bridge and are checking the area.

1130 – Second Platoon and the Security element have returned to LZ English.

1530 - 1535 – "A" Company's First Platoon and "C" Company's Second Platoon are airlifted from 843053 to LZ English.

1925 – Company location is at LZ Laramie, except for the First Platoon, which is at LZ English.

0935 – "A" Company requests Medevac for an individual wounded in the eye while disposing of old grenades. 0945 hrs., Medevac completed.

1027 -1032 – Second Platoon, as a snatch team, is airlifted from LZ Laramie to 862088.

1210 – The CP, Third Platoon, and Fourth Platoon are at 852082.

1257 – The Second Platoon snatch team reports that the National Police interrogated 6 males, 34 females, and 30 children. They have 2 male detainees.

1319 – Some of the National Police have been picked up from "A" Company's location.

1355 – The Second Platoon, the National Police, and their detainees, have linked up with the rest of "A" Company at 852082 and are ready for extraction.

1412 - 1435 – National Police are airlifted by Chinook to LZ English.

1850 – "A" Company has set up at 853077; Third Squad of the First Platoon is on ambush at 848073; the Second Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 858085; an OP is located at 854073.

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0630 – Company ambushes and OP are back in with negative findings.

0635 – Third Platoon is moving southeast from 853007.

0900 – National Police have arrived at "A" Company location at 863070.

0912 – The Company links with the Third and Fourth Platoons of "D" Company to form a cordon.

1029 – The Fourth Platoon "found a hole supported by wooden beams vic 873077. Assorted clothes, documents 15 inches thick, and 2 M-72 LAWs unexpended."

1320 – Bde S-2 picked up the items found by the Fourth Platoon and the VC detainee at 874075.

1400 - 1405 – First Platoon snatch team is airlifted from 874075 to 881082.

1450 – At 881082, the Company dug up the floor of a hootch and found one M-1 rifle, 21 lbs. of TNT, 3 claymores, 3 M-79 rounds, 1 butterfly mine, 3 full magazines of M-16 ammo, 1 ChiCom grenade, 1 supplementary charge. Items have been buried for 6-12 months.

1530 – The cordon yields 125 ICs and one NVA detainee.

1647 – The First Platoon snatch team at 881082 questioned 6 males, 12 females, and 2 children. There are 3 detainees.

1700 – The Company reports from 867070 that they recovered a bolt action French rifle buried in a small hole, a set of U.S. web gear, and three M-26 grenades. National Police are ready for extraction.

1727 – National Police are extracted from 867070 en route to LZ English with an additional 5 female detainees.

1805 – The Company requests a Medevac for a soldier wounded by shrapnel from a trip wire grenade booby trap at 865067. Medevac arrives at 1812 hrs.

1815 – Company position is 865062.

1834 – The Company sustains a KIA from a booby trap.

2211 – All elements of "A" Company have linked up at 876062. "The booby trap ... was a 105 mm round buried in the ground. Pressure type device. Roster A95 was KIA."

2215 – "Unit Field strength: A Co 102; B Co 110; C Co 78; D
Co 105."

2300 – The Second Squad of the First Platoon will be out on ambush at 876066.

2302 – First Platoon snatch operation had 1 CD youth, 1 UD, 1 IC, and 1 NVA.

2400 – Summary: the Company sustained 1 WIA and 1 KIA from booby traps.

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0030 – 0045 – The Second Squad of the First Platoon is setting up an ambush to the south at 876066.

0605 – Second Platoon is moving north.

0615 – Third Platoon is moving to the northeast.

0625 – The rest of "A" Company is moving to the northeast.

0735 – "A" Company and "D" Company link up to form a cordon at 884066. National Police arrive 5 minutes later.

1245 – The National Police are ready for extraction having questioned 8 males, 18 females, and 22 children. The Medcap team treated 55 persons. One detainee, a male of about 33 years.

1355 - 1400 – The National Police were extracted from the "A" Company area at 884066.

1510 – The Company is now moving northwest.

1618 – All elements of "A" Company have linked up at 874066.

1900 – "A Co CO acknowledged receiving and dispensing Div war crimes memorandum to all troops."

1910 – Weather warning: tropical depression with 40 knot winds, all operations restricted. Tomorrow: 6-8 inches of rain.

1920 – The Company is at 874066; Second Squad of the First Platoon ambush at 877065; First Squad of the Second Platoon, OP is at 870067; First Squad of the Third Platoon, OP is at 875070.

0636 – OPs are in: negative findings.

0805 - 0822 – The Company is airlifted from 874066 to 744121. Second Platoon is at 744129.

0945 – 1/8 Cav relay station has now established good communications with the Company.

1252 – Weather warning from 1200 today to 1200 tomorrow: tropical storm winds 25-30 knots, maximum 35-40 knots.

1910 – Second Squad of the Second Platoon has an ambush out at 756131.

0700 – Company OPs and ambushes are now in.

2000 – The Company is at 744120; Second Platoon ambush is at 744130, Third Squad of the First Platoon is at 742123; OP-1 is at 744129, OP-2 is at 744131.

0605 – The Company ambushes and OPs are in.

1811 – The Company reports that the log bird received automatic weapons fire from 756105. Artillery is being called on this position.

SR 0533, SS 1734 SR 0533, SS 1733 SR 0533, SS 1732 SR 0533, SS 1731, ◉︎ SR 0533, SS 1731 SR 0533, SS 1730 SR 0533, SS 1729 SR 0534, SS 1729 SR 0534, SS 1728 SR 0534, SS 1727
Items: 12-15, 18-20, 22-23, 25, 27, 32-35, 37-38, 40, 45, 59, 61, 66. Items: 10, 22-31, 39. Items: 19, 26, 36, 42, 44-45, 52-54, 59-60, 62, 64-68, 70, 73. Items: 11, 13-16, 18, 22, 25, 32-33, 47. Items: 18, 20, 26-27, 31, 39, 42, 45-48, 50. 62. Items: 8-9, 20-21, 27, 32-34, 36-37, 44-45, 48, 50, 52-55, 57, 62-63, 65, 68. Items: 2-3, 11, 17, 32, 36-37, 39, 46, 53, 54-55. Items: 11, 15-18, 21, 28, 50. Items: 14, 44. Items: 8, 43.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
©Dave Bickler, A Co., 2/17 Artillery.

A howitzer on LZ English, 1966/1967.
          Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
         

Ed Grisham. Creative Commons License. Standard enhancement, Adobe PhotoElements.

The runway of LZ English.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Hueys on LZ English, late May 1967.
          Jean. Creative Commons License.

Aerial view of LZ English, 1969/70.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
         

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0050 - 0109 – The ambush of the Second Squad of the Third Platoon received a grenade near them, but no casualties. They also spotted movement to their front, and pulled back 500 meters. "A" Company is on 100% alert.

0250 – Movement at two points spotted. All OPs and ambushes are now inside the perimeter. Organics are being fired.

0305 – The Company requests 1 basic load of organics ammo.

0545 – The First Platoon is moving north.

0605 – The Third Platoon ambush is moving to the southeast.

1515 - 1545 – First and Third Platoons are moving to LZ Mustang.

1620 – Third Platoon reports that it had picked up a man of 30 to 40 years of age wearing a khaki shirt, and a kid of 9. They were brought in on a log bird at 1825.

1930 – "A" Company is on LZ Mustang; Second Platoon is on LZ Tape; Second Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 731117; OP-1 is at 744129, and OP-2 is at 744131.

2300 – "From Bde: CG 1 FFV will be in 1st Bde AO 12 Oct 1420. Will visit LZ Mustang at 1445, and will leave AO at 1515."

0635 – Company ambush in with negative findings.

0808 – First Platoon is moving southwest on a recon sweep.

0810 – Vietnamese workers arrive at "A" Company's location on LZ Mustang.

0955 – First Platoon is at 735103.

1234 – Medevac requested for Vietnamese civilian with a high temperature. He was part of the sandbag detail. Medevac arrived at 1300 hrs.

1314 – First Platoon located at 729116.

1330 – Weather report for 1500-1900: thunderstorms, with higher LZs obscured by clouds, and winds gusty at 15-35 knots.

1453 – The First Platoon has returned to LZ Mustang.

1918 – The Third Squad of the Third Platoon is out on ambush at 749125; OP-1 is at 744129; OP-2 is at 744131.

0615 – All OPs and ambushes are inside perimeter.

0818 – Vietnamese laborers arrived at the Company location at LZ Mustang.

1637 – weather moderate, but rain predicted after 1400 hrs.

1640 – The Vietnamese sandbag detail has been extracted.

1900 – Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. OP-1 is at 746129, OP-2 is at 746136, OP-3 is at 739120, and OP-4 is at 746129.

0615 – All OPs and ambushes are inside the perimeter.

1647 – moderate weather with a high forecasted to be 89°.

1830 – "A" Company requests a defoliation mission to run from the foot of LZ Mustang to the top of LZ Tape.

1841 – Company will have OP-1 at 744131, OP-2 744129, and an ambush by the Third Squad of the First Platoon at 742117.

1906 – "A" Company requests a Medevac for one artillery man who injured his knee. He was Medevaced at 1922 hrs.

2300 – Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of "A" Company is on LZ Mustang. The Fourth Squad of the Third Platoon 746126, OP-1 is at 744129, OP-2 is at 744126.

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0610 – All OPs and ambushes in: negative findings.

1730 – "A" Company has received 16 replacement personnel.

1926 – Ambush to be set up by Fourth Squad of the First Platoon at 745117; OP-1 is at 744131, OP-2 is at 744128.

2400 – "A" Company construction supplies for LZ Mustang – lumber: 1060 pieces of 4x4x1, 55 pieces of 6x8x20, 200 pieces of 2x4x10 or x20; 600 lbs of nails (50 or 60 p); 10 hammers, 31 lbs of roofing paper, 65 rolls of metal stakes, 600 wire: 2 bails of concertina and 100 rolls of barb wire; PSP, 10 sheets; culverts, 25 sheets. At LZ Mustang – 12 bunkers completed, 9 bunkers under construction, 16 fighting and 18 sleeping; culvert type bunkers complete. LZ Tape – 7 culvert type bunkers, 10 sleeping bunkers, 7 empty sleeping bunkers completed.

0500 – The Fourth Squad of the First Platoon ambush returned to the perimeter.

0825 – The OPs have returned to the perimeter.

1015 – A spray mission was completed between LZ Mustang and LZ Tape.

1315 – "Btn CP advance party lifted off LZ English en route to LZ Mustang."

1530 – NCS assumed by Forward Battalion CP at LZ Mustang (746121).

2050 – Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. First Squad of the Third Platoon has an ambush at 740122; OP-1 is at 754128, OP-2 is at 754131.

0630 – The Third Platoon is now in motion.

0940 – The Third Platoon is at 758114.

0955 – The Third Platoon finds fresh tracks at 758115 and an area where at least 12 people slept.

1211 – The Battalion Commander orders the Third Platoon to move to 761117 and assume a southeast orientation.

1225 – The Third Platoon returns to LZ Mustang.

1231 – The Third Platoon is moving southeast.

1715 – The Third Platoon has returned to LZ Mustang.

1857 – The Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The Third Squad of the First Platoon is on ambush at 754122, the Second Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 714131; OP-1 at 744129.

2119 – An EM was wounded by a "friendly fire" grenade.1 The Medevac arrived at 2143 hrs.

2125 – "A Co spotted w/starlight scope, 7 persons to the NE approximately 150-200 meters from the perimeter. Taken under fire by direct artillery, 81 mm mortars, and M-79s. 15 Minutes later to the west along the stream, 2-3 persons were spotted. Both situations were handled the same. Vic coord 745122. Neg assessment at this time."

2253 – Emergency resupply of M-79 rounds completed.

2400 – The EM who was wounded is now listed as KIA.2

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0025 – Two individuals with weapons were spotted moving along the stream 50-75 meters to the northeast from LZ Mustang. They fired M-79 and artillery at them with negative assessment at present.

0100 – The Company requests a mine sweep to check around LZ Mustang ASAP today. The individuals seen moving near the perimeter were observed digging holes possibly for mines.

0140 – "A" Company also request first light recon around LZ Mustang.

0608 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeters.

0702 – The scout ship is on station and in touch with the Company CO.

0744 – An "A" Company element [First Platoon] is moving north from LZ English.

1106 – First Platoon arrives at LZ Mustang.

1930 – Second Platoon is moving from LZ Mustang back to LZ Tape. They arrive at 2050 hrs.

1945 – The Second Squad of the First Platoon is out on ambush at 748125. They end up at 748126 at 2055 hrs.

2301 – Second Platoon is at LZ Tape, the rest of the Company at LZ Mustang. The Second Squad of the First Platoon is at an ambush at 748126, the First Squad of the Second Platoon is on an ambush at 744129; the Second Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 744131; the Third Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 743123.

0818 – The Third Platoon is moving north.

0855 – 1/8 Forward CP has moved to LZ English.

1817 – OP-1 comprised of the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 744131, the Second Squad of the Second Platoon will have an OP at 744129; the Third Squad of the Third Platoon will have an ambush at 739118.

SR 0534, SS 1727, ◐ SR 0534, SS 1726 SR 0534, SS 1725 SR 0534, SS 1725 SR 0534, SS 1724 SR 0535, SS 1724 SR 0535, SS 1723 SR 0536, SS 1723 SR 0536, SS 1722, ◯
Items: 2, 4, 6-7, 13, 15, 49, 51, 71-72, 80. Items: 9, 14-15, 19, 25-28, 38, 53. Items: 8, 18, 51-52, 65. Items: 8, 42, 46, 48. Items: 62, 71. Items: 9, 59, 67, 79. Items: 9, 17, 31, 46, 69. Items: 18, 26-27, 36, 39-40, 55, 60, 66-68, 71, 74. Items: 2, 4-5, 12, 14, 16, 31, 58, 62, 71. Items: 27, 29, 85.
1This seems to correspond to the incident related by Richard E. Flanders in his book, Lord, Send an Earthquake! (Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2003) 125-126, where the victim of the friendly fire incident is called by the pseudonym, "Bennett." Flanders was a member of the 22 element.
2Pvt. Louie Ochoa, Vietnam Wall 28E037.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) or LZ Mustang (14.575375 N, 108.903083 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Photo Credits.              
Photo by Jean, from Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English.
          ©Fred Fish, B 2/8 Cav.

A view of LZ Mustang.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A Cobra coming in to land at LZ English.
         

Darrell Fleischman. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1967/68.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Unidentified Soldier (Nelson ?), LZ Mustang.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Unidentified Soldier, LZ Mustang.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Marciso Alcala plus two others, LZ Mustang.
         

Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Marciso Alcala eating a hot meal on LZ Mustang.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

An outhouse on LZ Mustang.
         

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0917 – First Platoon is moving west from LZ Mustang.

1558 – At 727117 the First Platoon has found an area that the enemy was using as an OP to watch LZ Mustang.

1650 – The First Platoon returns to LZ Mustang.

1924 – The Second Squad is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The First Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 746126; half of the Second Squad of the Second Platoon has an OP at 744131, and the other half at 744129.

1955 – "All Co's COs have certified by personal signature that all personnel in their command have been briefed on restrictions against mutilation and maltreatment of POW and other war crimes as outlined by the Geneva Agreement – A record copy of the statements with signatures has been forwarded to Btn Adjutant for file."

0748 – Third Platoon is moving north from LZ Mustang.

1108 – At 755130, Third Platoon found an area recently used to accommodate 5-7 people.

1120 – The Third Platoon at 754132 found a half moon firing position for 5-6 men with a grenade sump.

1238 – The Third Platoon returns to LZ Mustang.

2045 – Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, while the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. Third Squad of the Second Platoon is sending one fire team to an OP to 744131, and another fire team to an OP at 744129; the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 752119.

0620 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0845 – At 735110, the Fourth Platoon spotted live chickens running loose about 150 meters to the north.

0855 – "A Co [Fourth Platoon] found 2 poles of bamboo pointing with 2 half moon metal discs attached to the end of the poles and 2 sticks crossed in an "X" fashion, coord 735104.

0951 – Fourth Platoon finds fresh footprints of Ho Chi Minh sandals running from 732115 to 836115 [736115]. They also found at 833114 [733114] a recently used bunker and a trail running from it to the stream that had recently been used.

2245 – Movement seen north of LZ Mustang. Elements of the Company opened fire with negative results.

2300 – Second Platoon is at LZ Tape, with the rest of the Company at LZ Mustang. The First Platoon is at 737115; one fire team from First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 744131, the other fire team is at 744129.

0730 – "Message from Col. Jenkins – 1/8 CO – to all units: Subject: Malaria. 1. Squad leaders will personally watch each person in their squad take malaria pills and maintain rosters. 2. Plt leaders will personally watch each man in his plt take the pink pill on Monday. Rosters will be maintained. 3. On each Tuesday, all rosters will be forwarded to Maj. Pace – 1/8 XO – Company commanders will authenticate the compiled rosters. 4. This policy is effective starting 23 Oct 67."

0930 – First Platoon is moving to the southeast.

1455 – The First Platoon finds evidence of rice husking 2-7 days ago at 769111.

1515 – At 769111, the First Platoon found 1 NVA helmet, 3 gook machetes, very sharp and recently used; and fresh cooked rice hulls; one pair of Ho Chi Minh sandals, and one pair of US socks.

1700 – First Platoon returns to LZ Mustang.

1830 – "A" Company will have two OPs: one fire team from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon at 744131, and the other at 744129; the Fourth Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 740125.

1930 – The Fourth Squad of the Third Platoon is moving to 740125.

1945 – The Company's OPs and ambush are in position.

1950 – personnel daily summary: A Co. 123, B Co. 105, C Co. 112, and D Co. 109.

0620 – Third Platoon is moving east.

0807 – The Third Platoons of "A" and "C" Companies have linked up at 752115.

1145 – "A Co [Third Platoon] coord 756086 found a cave with 3 entrances. In one entrance they found 1 dead body a week old with black shirt and shorts. There were pieces of other bodies scattered over the area and the other two entrances smelled of other dead bodies."

1245 – The Third Platoon finds two more dead: a male and a female about 20 years old with black pajamas. They were dead for about 5 days.

1425 – "S-3 advises A Co CO that 2000 rounds of M-60 ammo would not be sufficient. They will prepare more."

1430 – The Third Platoons of "A" and "C" Companies are moving north to their respective areas.

1605 – The Third Platoon at 756086 is en route to LZ Mustang. They arrive at 1652 hrs.

1805 – The First Platoon is moving to the south.

1855 – The First Platoon will have an ambush at 731087; OP-1 will be a fire team from the Third Squad of the Second Platoon, and OP-2 will be a fire team from the Third Squad of the Second Platoon.

2042 – The First Platoon has spotted movement at 731087 and artillery has been called in.

2047 – "A Co [First Platoon] at 2047 hrs. spotted 2 VC with packs approaching their perimeter from the W. They took them under fire resulting in 2 VC KIA. They will police up the bodies and make assessment regards to weapons etc. with the aid of illumination by artillery at coord 731087."

2115 – "A Co [First Platoon] moved 400 meters to the N vic 731091. Before they left, found 1 KIA with pack that weighed 40-50 lbs in a rice paddy with another pack and a large pool of blood. They will send packs in by morning log ship."

2318 – The First Platoon is now at 736096. The Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, except a fire team from its Third Squad which is at 741131, and one from its Second Squad which is at 744129. The rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang.

0622 – The First Platoon is moving south to check out the area of contact 731087.

0652 – OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0653 – The First Platoon returns to 731087 and finds one VC KIA and a large pool of blood. They are still searching the area.

0730 – One person spotted across the valley from LZ Mustang. A scout team has been called.

0742 – First Platoon is moving north to the area where movement was spotted south of LZ Mustang.

0840 – The scout team is with the First Platoon at 736105. Negative findings.

0929 – The First Platoon returns to LZ Mustang.

1010 – Report of the First Platoon: 1 VC KIA at 731087, aged 25-30, wearing black pajamas. Contents of pack: wallet, documents, khaki NVA shirt, 3 sets of shorts, 1 pair of US socks, black pajamas, 1 blue sweater, flare parachute, tobacco, cigarettes, papers, foods, spice, rice, 1 flashlight, medical items, soda bottle, C ration cans, a piece of rope, toothbrush, candy, pouch second pack; food: rice, slat, fish products; and a poncho.

1317 – 1/8 forward CP at LZ Mustang taken to LZ English.

1320 – Read out on documents captured by the First Platoon: notebook showing figures for expenses; letter concerning burying something; a letter stating that he could not get out of his cave due to Americans in the area.

1752 – The Third Platoon at 746115 ran across someone on the trail 50 meters to the south. They fired on him but missed when he ran into the brush. He is wearing black pajamas and may have a weapon. Artillery is being called in.

1807 – Third Platoon moves south after checking area with negative results.

1818 – At 742095, Third Platoon found a bunker 3' x 2' without overhead cover. It had fresh digging around it. It was destroyed.

1825 – Another bunker found at 742095, this one with overhead cover capable of holding 3-4 individuals. It had been used recently. It was also destroyed.

1913 – Company strength: A, 126; B, 104; C, 111; D, 106.

2020 – Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. Part of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 728087, the other half at 730085; OP-1 is at 744131, OP-2 is at 744129.

2027 – The Third Platoon found a helicopter gun assembly, type unknown, at 728087.

0640 – The OPs returned to LZ Mustang.

0711 – The Third Platoon saw a VC in web gear running into a cave to the southwest at 726091. They are checking the area.

0721 – Third Platoon at 726091 request a scout team to check the area.

0800 – After checking the area where the VC was spotted, the Third Platoon has negative results.

0833 – At 738095, the Third Platoon finds a raft of freshly cut wood 8' by 3.5' with a door on top. They are destroying the same.

0900 – At 792098 [738098], the Third Platoon finds another raft 7' by 4' with commo wire wound around it. There were fresh tracks and baskets set around it. All of this was destroyed. At 738101 a fresh, heavily used trail was found running from the valley to the mountains.

0930 – At 739107, the Third Platoon finds three sets of footprints on the east side of the steam. One set that was found on the trail heading to LZ Mustang, was by tennis shoes and the other two were of bare feet. These 3 sets of tracks joined 2 more coming from the east. These crossed the river and joined 8 more sets still on the trail towards LZ Mustang.

0940 – Third Platoon requests a scout team to check the trail area around 739107.

0950 – S-3 requests a Medevac for a soldier from the Third Platoon who fell into the river at 739107. The Medevac arrived at 1004 hrs.

1005 – Third Platoon requests a second Medevac with oxygen.

1010 – Bde scout team now with Third Platoon at 739107.

1027 – Second Medevac complete. "A small element of A Co [Third Platoon] had been attempting to cross the river vic 739107 when the current overtook first one, then the second, EM.

1050 – Third Platoon moving north to LZ Mustang.

1057 – The First Platoon is moving south from LZ Mustang.

1110 – "S-3 requests that in any future events that A Co and all elements secure sufficient rope to cross any river safely."

1113 – "15th Med reports both EMs Medevaced from A Co [Third Platoon] were DOA."

1122 – The Third Platoon has returned to LZ Mustang.

1125 – Report on the incident with Third Platoon: "In an attempt to cross a river vic. 739107, 1 man crossed to the other side and while climbing the bank lost his footing and fell into the deep water where the current overtook him. The second man, lead man in a human chain to rescue the first man, let go of the human chain and dove in in an attempt to rescue this man. He was overcome by the current also."

1232 – At 733103, First Platoon found holes which contained 1 US helmet and 1 US water can.

1325 – At 733103, the First Platoon found a trip wired M-26 grenade booby trap connected to the door of a hooch. The hooch was full of wires, so the booby trap was blown with a claymore.

1340 – The booby trap was exploded. Otherwise, there were negative findings.

1532 – First Platoon has returned to LZ Mustang.

1550 – Readout of what the First Platoon found at 733103: 100 feet of nylon cord, 2 new basket packs, 2 US M-60 ammo cans with grease in them, 2 US canteens, 1 pair of Ho Chi Minh sandals, 2 rolls of trip wire. The Platoon blew 3 hooches and 25-30 bunkers. Inside bunkers were fresh coconuts, 2 sugar canes, vitamin pills, a fish net, and a seat made out of a bent tree facing towards LZ Mustang. The area had been used 1 day ago.

1835 – The Company requests a Medevac for a man with a cut arm with a piece of metal still in it. Medevac was completed at 1850 hrs.

1848 – "A Co reports that at LZ Mustang they had a pregnant Vietnamese woman walk into their location waving a white flag. She kept pointing to her rear."

1902 – "The woman was 35 years of age wearing black pajamas and 8-9 months pregnant and had a man's ID with the An Lao Valley as area of birth; also had a small book."

1912 – The Company reports that it has spotted the movement of 8-10 people to the southeast through their Starlight Scope.

1934 – "The woman [aforementioned] states she has been in a cave for 1 month with 7 NVA. The NVA left the cave 10 days ago. She has negative knowledge of the 8-10 individuals spotted to the southeast of LZ Mustang."

2200 – Second Platoon has 2 OPs at 744131 and 744129; the Third Squad of the First Platoon has an OP at 739116, and the First Squad of the Fourth Platoon is at 744128.

2400 – Summary: "A Co had 1 Chiu Hoi who turned himself in at LZ Mustang. A Co lost 2 US by drowning."

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0610 – Ambushes and OPs are now in.

0710 – Medevac requested for yesterday's Chieu Hoi.

0715 – Documents brought by yesterday's Chieu Hoi will be picked up by the log ship.

0742 – The Chieu Hoi and associated documents were picked up by the log ship.

0800 – "Correction on report: medevac for A Co LZ Mustang was not a female, but was a male dressed in woman's clothes. Will be taken to IPW."

1227 – "From Bde: Readout on detainee by A Co 27-1848. Classified as Chieu Hoi."

1241 – "All COs will give a safety class to their personnel on accidental gun shot wounds and weapons safety. When finished, report same to Btn S-3 not later than 1900 hrs. today."

1555 – The Second Platoon on LZ Tape spotted 2 men in khaki uniforms at 756132 digging a hole. Scout team was requested.

1617 - 1629 – The 1/9 scout teams arrived and engaged the 2 NVA, killing both.

1650 – From Second Platoon: the scout teams found pistol belts, web gear, and 1 SKS rifle.

1810 – two ambushes from the First Platoon are moving into position.

0712 – The First Platoon ambushes have returned to LZ Mustang.

0742 – The Second Squad of the Third Platoon is patrolling outside the perimeter at LZ Mustang.

1030 – Second Squad's report: at 743118 there is a 3 man position in the palm trees where they can see LZ Mustang under concealment. At 743118, there is a trail running from the stream north to the mountains, and an old bunker with a new roof, fresh diggings and bare footprints around it. At 738127, 3 holes found: 1 contained hand flare, cooking utensils, and human waste a day old; 2d contained sleeping quarters for 3-4 men; 3d hole is being checked.

1908 – The Company Killer Team will be operating from Mustang Bridge south 500 meters, south along the river, then east 350 meters, then back to Mustang Bridge.

1955 – "A" Company is on LZ Mustang except for the Second Platoon, which is on LZ Tape. Two fire teams from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon will have OPs at 744131, and 744129.

2002 – Company strengths: A, 124; B, 103; C, 119; D, 112; and HHC, 92.

0730 - 0752 – Ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

1915 – All elements of the Company were briefed on malaria SOP at 1500 hrs.

1940 – The Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The First Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 739121.

0610 – "A" Company requests both chaplains be on LZ Mustang for memorial service.

0620 – The ambush returns.

0737 – 6 military aged males, and later 11 woman and children, crossed Mustang Bridge to surrender.

0805 – One of the males had been wounded by artillery shrapnel. Revision: "A" Company has 7 military aged males and 5 women and children.

0820 – The Company request an IPW team from Bde. They arrive at 1030 hrs.

1140 – The 12 people who surrendered have been extracted to the IPW location.

1440 – Readout on "A" Company detainees: 6 Chieu Hoi and 6 innocent civilians. Of the former, 3 are ex-hamlet guerrillas, 3 are ex-main force. "The Chieu Hois state that 5 male guerrillas and 2 female guerrillas are still hiding in vic of Hung Long with 1 carbine. 1 month ago they saw 40-50 NVA carrying 10 wounded, come from S 765265 where they had contact with US forces. They were headed to a dispensary east of vic 747115. 1 of the 3 ex-main force states that he left his unit 1 year ago and has been hiding in a cave for 10 months."

2227 – Second Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. Two fire teams from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon will be at 744129 and 744131; the First Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 739116; the Third Squad of the Third Platoon has an ambush at 750112.

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Items: 23, 59, 61, 70, 72. Items: 15, 21-22, 30, 45. Items: 8, 16, 19, 24, 65, 67. Items: 10, 14, 46-47, 54, 57, 60, 62-63. Items: 10, 12, 20, 20, 24, 36, 39, 48, 61, 66, 71-72, 74, 77. Items: 9, 12-13, 16, 18, 21, 24, 25, 34-35, 48-49, 51-52, 55-57. Items: 10-12, 14, 16, 18-21, 24-26, 28-37, 39-40, 49-54, 65, 69. Items: 8, 11-13, 17, 28, 30, 33-36, 42. Items: 9-10, 21, 36-37, 41. Items: 8-9, 37, 39. Items: 8-9, 11, 14, 17, 22, 29, 48.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Mustang (14.575375 N, 108.903083 E) or LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

©Dave Bickler, A Co., 2/17 Artillery.

A howitzer on LZ English, 1966/1967.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Unidentified Soldier (Nelson ?), LZ Mustang.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Unidentified Soldier, LZ Mustang.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Marciso Alcala plus two others, LZ Mustang.
         

Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

Marciso Alcala eating a hot meal on LZ Mustang.
          Larry Winslow,  A Co. 1/8, 1st Air Cavalry

An outhouse on LZ Mustang.
         

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0501 – The Company ambushes have returned to the perimeter.

0650 – "A Co has 4 extra men over the allocated ACL. They will remain with the Co XO at Mustang."

1003 - 1028 – "A" Company airlifted off LZ Mustang for 855145. The Company lands from 1045 - 1053 hrs.

1445 – At 864114, the Third Platoon finds a bunker running back into a hedge row. In front of it they found 2 pairs of black pajamas and 2 stakes.

1510 – A lot of activity was spotted at 857132. They request a scout team to check it out.

1545 – The CP and the Fourth Platoon are located on the east side of the village at 857132. The Third Platoon will move through and check the area with a scout team.

1547 – "A Co reports that the scout team spotted 2 military age males in a haystack vic. coord. 857132, trying to hide."

1610 – The Third Platoon detained the men hiding in the haystack. They were in their 70's and had been picked up before.

1613 – The Second Platoon found a dud 105 mm round at 854131. It will be destroyed.

1830 – "A" Company will be the RRF for Nov. 2.

1955 – The Company is located at 857128 with an OP by a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 856127, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 859126.

2400 – Unit strength: A, 126; B, 94; C, 123; D, 105.

0530 – Company OPs have returned. The Company is now moving northeast, 857128.

0625 – The Company has reached 859133.

0647 – Company is located center mass at 866136.

0750 – National Police now join "A" Company at 866136.

0910 – National Police have interrogated 33 women and 52 children at the cordon.

0916 – At the cordon site, 42 women and 64 children have been interrogated.

1032 – The National Police, having interrogated 45 women and 70 children, are ready for extraction. They were extracted at 1112 hrs.

1035 – "A" Company will be the RRF.

1232 – The Company is now at 854124.

1610 – A recon element [Third Platoon] from the Company at 844087 has 1 VC KIA and has spotted 3 more wearing khaki and green uniforms, and one had a weapon. ARA and scout ships requested.

1615 – Recon element has received fire and has a WIA. Medevac requested. Medevac is completed at 1635.

1625 – The fire is coming from the southeast.

1645 – ARA is going to 839103 where the 4 NVA were evading east to the stream bed. The area of contact was actually 836102. The Third Platoon returns to the Company position at 853111.

1735 – The WIA Medevaced from Third Platoon was DOA.

1815 – Third Platoon reports that at 839103 they found under a bunk in a hooch, 2 packs and 1 pistol belt. The packs contained 60 lbs of rice, an illumination parachute, soap, tooth brush and paste, pistol belt with canteen and cup, a map holder, and a first aid kit.

1855 – "A Co will have a no-fire box 840105 E to 850105 S to 850095 W to 840095."

1857 – The Third Platoon is now moving south.

2100 – troop strength: A, 122; B, 93; C, 115; D, 108; HHC, 88.

2132 – "Correction in A Co's no-fire box: 840125 to 850125 to 850115 to 840115, used by killer team."

2235 – Third Platoon ambush is moving southwest at 848110.

2310 – The Company is located at 853111, and the Third Platoon ambush is located at 845115.

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0642 – Third Platoon ambush has returned to the Company perimeter.

0842 – The Company is moving to the southeast from 853111.

1047 – "A Co coord 874104 found 1 155 mm round lying on its side half buried in the sand. Does not appear to be a booby trap. Will detonate in place."

1055 – Second Platoon will be security while an EOD team detonates the 155 mm shell.

1155 – A VC suspect was running away, and when told to halt he kept going. Shots were fired, but he escaped. 3 other military aged males in their 20's were detained.

1156 – The EOD team has arrived at Second Platoon's location and the detainees were extracted.

1252 - 1256 – The EOD team is ready for extraction, but will wait for the log bird to arrive.

1320 – At 875107 a butterfly mine was discovered set up with a trip wire at the entrance to the village. It is going to be detonated in place.

1330 – Another booby trap found. This was a grenade with trip wire.

1335 – Two suspects spotted by binoculars 800-900 meters away. Request scout team at 875107.

1438 – At 875107, an unknown type of booby trap found buried in sand with a trip wire running to a bush. Since there are no civilians in the area, it will be destroyed by an M-79 round.

1510 – The First Platoon found an M-79 round not booby trapped.

1531 – The EOD team has been extracted from the Company location at 886110.

1740 – "A" Company no-fire box until 0600 tomorrow: 875115 to 863115 to 875107 to 883103.

1745 – The M-79 round recovered by First Platoon had been cut into. They will send it to Btn S-2 with trip wire. It was found at 875107.

1801 – To all companies: (1) There will be no swimming in the ocean, and (2) Swimming will be allowed in streams as long as a life guard is designated.

1845 – RRF for 4 Nov. will be "A" Company.

2256 – Locations: "A" Company is at 886110; half of the Second Platoon is at 888099, the other is at 888107.

0115 – 3 soldiers are injured lightly from grenades thrown at the Company perimeter at 886110. They were only lightly wounded, but could not be Medevaced because of bad weather.

0445 – The Second Platoon element at 887103 had a grenade thrown at them with 2 WIAs.

0515 – Two grenades were thrown from the east resulting in 3 KIAs. A recon of the area turned up nothing.

0645 – The 2 WIAs taken by Second Platoon have been extracted by log bird.

0655 – The Company CP reports that there were 3 VC type grenades inside the perimeter that did not go off. They found a pathway in which the VC had crawled from the village to within 10-15 feet of the western the perimeter.

0727 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeters.

0737 – "A Co WIAs' roster numbers: 50, 109, 146; KIAs' roster numbers: 125, 141, 161.

0850 – "A Co coord 886110, 5 older females carried 2 Vietnamese inside their perimeter, 1 male age 20 yrs. wearing green, wounded in the head, face and shoulder; 1 female age 20 wearing blk pjs, wounded in hand, chest and leg. Both had good medical treatment with splints and fresh bandages. The older 5 women had fresh clothing for both wounded. 1/8 will attempt to extract these 5 women, and 2 wounded will be medevaced. Medevac requested. They were possibly wounded by A Co last night."

0940 – "The 5 female detainees have been extracted at A Co's loc. en route to English. Medevac of the two wounded was completed at 0915 hrs.

1045 – Concerning the 2 detainees at "A" Company location of 886110. "Female classified IC stated she is a refugee and was working in the field when artillery hit, because she thought it was due to the US type round. The doctor claims the wounds are knife wounds and that she is of an age to be a guerrilla and could have been worked over by the VC. The male claims he was hit by artillery and was just a poor unfortunate. Classified as UD at this time."

1220 – A dud 105 mm round was found at 874116 and will be detonated in place.

1335 - 1339 – Half of the Third Platoon under the command of 35 leaves 869119 by air to 860117.

1340 - 1344 – The other half of the Third Platoon under the command of 36 leaves 869119 by air to 860117.

1356 – "From Bde: Readout on 5 detainees from A Co 886110: All classified as IC. They came from the refugee center this morning and found the 2 Vietnamese WIAs and helped nurse them. They knew the female WIA but did not know the male. They state that 2-3 guerrillas are still alive in Lieu An (2)."

1411 – The National Police have arrived at the Company location at 860117.

1620 – The National Police at 859119 are ready for extraction after having questioned 12 males and 108 females. They detained a 14 year old who had an inch of documents. They searched 40 hooches and 5 holes, and recovered one fuse. Extracted at 1650 hrs.

1635 – Weather report: Typhoon Erma will move into the South China Sea on 7 Nov. and will be centered off the coast of I Corps and II Corps. Rain accumulation will be anywhere from 4"-15". Should be out of the area by 8 Nov.

1655 – The Third Platoon is moving west at this time.

1836 – The S-3 at Btn orders that at 1900 each night that company COs report GOPHER. "This will be SOP. The Gopher report will be that each man in each company has a hole to protect him from direct fire."

1917 – Locations: "A" Company, 855122; Second Squad of the Second Platoon will have an OP at 855121, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon has an OP at 855123.

1935 – The OP at 855123 has spotted movement.

1954 – The Third Platoon OP has pulled back having spotted 10-15 men moving west to northeast. Artillery has been called in.

2000 – The First Platoon ambush is now in position at 845119.

2005 – Company strength: A, 115; B, 95; C, 116; D, 103; HHC, 100.

2400 – Summary: "A Co had 1 VC KIA, 8 detainees classified as 2 UD and 6 IC, 3 US WIA and 3 US KIA."1

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0020 – The Second Squad of the Second Platoon spotted 2 VC walking within 50 feet of their position and took them under fire and think that they hit them. The Second Squad of the Third Platoon OP to their north also spotted movement. Both OPs returned to the perimeter.

0040 – "A Co 22A [fire team of the Second Squad of the Second Platoon] saw 3 what appeared to be stumps moving. Illumination was called and they identified 3 VC. They received 1 grenade and then returned 1 frag and took them under small arms fire. They believe they killed 2, possibly 3, VC."

0115 – The element from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is moving back to their position at 855123.

0605 - 0620 – the two OPs have returned to the "A" Company perimeter.

0615 – The First Platoon ambush has returned to the perimeter.

1017 – The Third Platoon is moving northwest from BS 825101.

1217 – The First Platoon is moving northwest from 824105.

1310 – At 822107, 4 individuals wearing packs were seen evading to the west.

1315 – Another man with a pack was spotted at 822107 about 150 meters to their west. They are calling in artillery and requesting a scout team.

1350 – The 5 men spotted by "A" Company have run to the area around 817108. The scout team is in that area now. The Company is moving west to there from 821107.

1955 – A fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon 847106 en route to 842105 fired at 5 VC who returned fire. No US casualties, but 2 VC were believed killed.

2005 – The Company has a no-fire box tonight at 857097 to 867097 to 867094 to 857094. This will be in effect until tomorrow at 0600 hrs.

2130 – The Third Platoon's ambush was unable to check the area of their contact.

2140 – "A Co [Third Platoon element ambush] at 842109, engaged 1 VC sitting on a wall. Results, 1 VC KIA while moving from loc. of previous contact coord 847106. They heard movement all around them. It appeared that they were being followed. [The ambush] has now moved to loc coord 843107 and artillery is being called in on the area of contact."

2400 – Locations: "A" Company, 851102, a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon, 850100; a fire team from the Third Squad of the Second Platoon, 852101, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon, 843107.

0645 – Third Platoon is out to check yesterday's area of contact at 847106 and 842109.

0842 – The scouting team working with the Third Platoon at 847106 found where two bodies had been dragged away and a large puddle of blood remaining. At 842107, 1 VC KIA was found with a pack that contained rice, cigarettes, candy, and tobacco.

0900 – The Company is moving southwest from 851102 to link up with its Third Platoon.

1855 – The Company is dug in for the night.

1904 – At 1858 hrs. as the Second Platoon ambush was getting into position at 849108, 2 VC moved in their direction. They appear to have been KIA with the machine gun. Artillery is being called in.

1935 – "A Co [Second Platoon ambush] at 839108, spotted the 2 VC and threw hand grenades at them. The VC were throwing hand grenades back when they were shot by a machine gun and their grenades fell short. About 2 minutes later, [Second Platoon] received 1 incoming dud grenade. They threw 8 grenades into the area where the grenade was received from. Now moving 100 meters to the east 858107 and will put artillery into area of the 2 VC."

2035 – Strength – A, 108; B, 92; C, 115; HHC 92.

2036 – Locations: the Company is at 836102; a fire team of the Second Squad of the First Platoon with an OP 75 meters to the northwest, a fire team of the First Squad of the Third Platoon with an OP 75 meters to the southwest; half of the Second Platoon on ambush at 838107, the other half at 836106.

2105 – The ambushes are now dug in.

0625 – The Company OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0730 – The Second Platoon ambush at 839108 found an NVA KIA in uniform with web gear and an SKS rifle. In the same area is a pool of blood suggesting that another KIA was taken off.

0837 – At the same location, the Second Platoon found 1 NVA pack, canteen, cooking pot, spoon, NVA uniform, other clothing, 35 rounds of AK-47 ammo, parachute, first aid pouch, 20 NVA "dollars," shelter half, and a sling shot.

0905 – The Second Platoon is moving north from 836102.

0940 – 1/9 scout team sighted the second NVA KIA near the "A" Company location at 838109. The Company will send out an element to check it.

1210 – The Company is moving north from 845116.

1320 – The Company is now at 846118.

1328 – The Company requests a scout bird to recon area of last night's ambush.

1507 – Scout teams is on site at the Company ambush site.

1805 – The Company is now dug in at 846118.

2300 – Locations: the Company is at 846118; First Platoon is at 836109; a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is at 843119; a fire team from the First Squad of the Fourth Platoon is at 844116.

0007 – The Company's OPs are back in with negative findings.

0335 – The First Platoon is moving east from 836109 and the Company is moving south from 846118.

0530 – The Company cordon is complete at 844104.

0723 – The National Police have arrived at the Company location at 844102.

0730 – At 844101, the Company found several documents concealed in a hedge row. In a break in the hedge row were two wire loops designed to cause a person to trip and fall on several punji stakes. The stakes have been destroyed.

0820-0827 – Third Platoon has been airlifted from 844104 to link up with the Third Platoon of "C" Company at 936987.

0850 – VIPs are on the ground at the Company location at 844104.

1010 – The National Police have interrogated 7 old men, 58 females, 40 children and searched 30 hooches. They found at 845104, 2 M-16 full magazines, a claymore mine, and an NVA blue sweat shirt. They were extracted to LZ English at 1038 hrs.

1130 – The Company is moving northeast from 844104.

1314 – The Third Platoon is ready for extraction.

1345 - 1350 – The Third Platoon was extracted from 936984 to LZ English.

1425 - 1453 – The Company is airlifted from 870113 to LZ English

1859 – Company strength: A, 111; B, 98; C, 118; D, 102; HHC 138 EM, 15 officers.

1900 – "A" Company is now located on LZ English.

0852 - 0900 – The Second Platoon and the CP are airlifted from LZ English to 871112.

0914 – The First Platoon is airlifted to 870124.

0930 – Typhoon Frieda is expected to hit the coast between 10 and 11 Nov. with winds from 60-65 knots. Expect 5" of rain between Qui Nhon and Bong Son.

0932 – Third and Fourth Platoons are on the ground at 878125 and will move to 870124.

1005 – The National Police have arrived at the Company's location at 871112.

1120 – The Division S-5 stopped by the Company between 1015 - 1056 hrs.

1207 – The National Police with "A" Company have interrogated 37 males, 170 females, and 273 children. They were extracted at 1325 hrs.

1405 – The Third Platoon is located at 867126, and the rest of the Company is at 874118.

14__ – A 250 lb. WP bomb was found at 872117. An EOD teams has been requested.

1509 – "Typhoon Frieda is to hit Nha Trang 100800 Nov. Est. 5-8 inches of rain, winds at 30 knots, gusting to 40-45 knots in the Two Bits area, winds 30-35 knots at An Khe. All units will secure loose objects to best possible means. Units in the field are to be alerted of possibility of flash flood in low areas and possibility of bunker collapse on fire bases due to heavy rain fall."

1615 – The Company requests that there be no fire box at 8714-8814-8712-8812 from 1800 to 0600 tomorrow.

1623 – Request for Medevac at 874118 for a soldier hit with an artillery smoke shell. He was picked up at 1636 hrs.

1628 – "A Co reports they were firing in PT and the smoke round hit to the east side of the perimeter."

1925 – The Company has dug in at 874118.

2300 – Third Platoon is on ambush at 886117; OP-1 is at 874119, OP-2 is at 874117.

2300 – Company strength: A, 114; B, 94; C, 119; D, 103; HHC, 127.

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0922 – The Third Platoon is remaining at 874118 to secure the EOD team while the Company is moving northeast.

1010 – The EOD has been extracted from the Third Platoon location at 866116.

1035 – The Third Platoon is moving northeast.

1040 – The Third Platoon has linked up with the rest of "A" Company.

1325 – Baseball stars Joe DiMaggio, Pete Rose, and Bob Fisher will visit LZ Geronimo tomorrow.

1810 - 1837 – The Company has been airlifted from 873147 to LZ English.

1948 – Company strength: A, 115; B, 95; C, 120; D, 103; HHC, 130.

1950 – All of "A" Company is on LZ English.

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1 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.). What actually happened 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 occasioned by such a friendly fire incident.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          Ed Grisham. Creative Commons License. Standard enhancement, Adobe PhotoElements.

The runway of LZ English.
          John Peterson. Creative Commons License.

Nha Trang.
         

Marshall Ferris. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of Bồng Sơn, April 1966 - July 1967.
          Will Bowe. Creative Commons License.

Qui Nhon City, 1966/67.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8 Cav., 1st Cav. Div.

A Coke sales girl and her little sister at the perimeter of LZ Two Bits, July 26-31, 1967.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The northern perimeter of LZ English.
          NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

Huey rendezvous on LZ English.
         

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0955 - 1012 – On a swooper snatch mission, the Company is airlifted from LZ English to 910136.

1038 – The National Police arrive at the Company location, 897136.

1205 – The Company has interrogated 17 males, 49 females, and 31 children, all of whom are classified as IC.

1244 – The National Police at the Company location are ready for extraction. They were extracted at 1313 hrs. with 1 detainee, age 40 wearing white pjs.

1410 – "A" Company will be the RRF as 1/9 blue team checks out a report of VC at 905915.

1605 – "A Co requests permission to send a scout team to coord 890143 to check if the water level is low enough to cross. Permission granted through Bde S-3 at 1611 hrs."

17__ – "A Co has left ARVN AO and loc. 884142."

1910 – The Company has a no fire box 8715-8716-8815-8816 until tomorrow at 0600.

2315 – Locations: the Company is at 873148; half of Second Platoon is on ambush at 876146, the other half is at 871147; a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 872149.

0715 – All OPs and ambushes are now back.

0842 – The Company is moving west from 873148.

084_ – The Company is moving north from 870150.

0940 – At 867162, the Company picked up a military aged male in black pjs and a bandana who had marks on his shoulders.

1040 – The Company is the RRF for a 65 vehicle convoy from Duc Pho to Qui Nhon due to arrive at 1200 hrs.

1115 – The 1/8 CC has extracted two detainees from "A" Company.

1125 – The second detainee was picked up at 860162. He is between 45-50 years old.

1242 – Fourth Platoon is moving west from 860163.

1300 – Fourth Platoon links up with the rest of the Company at 865163.

1720 – A LRRP had spotted 4 VC headed northeast from 851165. They retrieved a weapon hidden in the bushes, then entered a hooch. The First Platoon has been sent to check the area out.

1727 – The First Platoon spotted the 4 VC at 857167 and took them under fire 150 meters away as they tried to evade to the southwest. One believed killed. Artillery has now been called in.

1742 – The Company requests a scout team at 865163. They arrive at 1755 hrs.

1905 – Company strength: A, 110; B, 99; C, 118; D, 109; HHC, 131.

1945 – Locations: the Company is at 865163; First Platoon ambush is at 855170; a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 866166.

1950 – The Company has a no fire box from 850163-860163-8516-8616.

1950 – The Third Platoon OP threw grenades at 6-7 VC running down a trail.

2214 – The Company is ordered to occupy LZs Mustang and Tape by 0800 hrs. tomorrow.

0002 – The First Platoon is back at "A" Company's location at BS 865163.

0210 – The Brigade is making a major shift to Kon Tum today and tomorrow.

0530 – The Company's ambush and OPs have returned.

0906 - 0955 – From 865163, the Third Platoon is airlifted to LZ Tape, the rest of the Company flies to LZ Mustang.

2056 – The Company has a no fire box at 7411.

2315 – Locations: Third Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The Third Squad of the First Platoon is on ambush at 739128; a fire team of the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is at 748135.

0605 – Ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeters.

0820 – The Second Platoon is moving southwest from LZ Mustang.

1205 – The Second Platoon returns to LZ Mustang with negative findings.

2118 – Company strength – A, 105; B, 98; C, 121; D, 112; HHC, 125.

2120 – Locations: The Third Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. A fire team from the Third Squad of the Third Platoon has an OP at 746134; the Second Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 749118; the killer team has the box from 7412-7413-7512-7513.

0820 – Fourth Platoon is moving northwest from LZ Mustang.

0930 – "1/8 S-3 requests scout team for A Co [Fourth Platoon] at 732120. He spotted one VC with a grey or green uniform, negative hat, running in and out of rocks (cave complex).

1100 – At 731131, the Fourth Platoon has found a cave complex with sleeping quarters 10 x 12 feet with a wooden floor, recently used. The entrance is partly blocked off. They could not find the man spotted by S-3 (Maj. Smith).

1100 – The Second Platoon is moving northwest from 754106.

1147 – At 731131, the Fourth Platoon found an empty NVA pack, and some religious objects for use in some kind of religious ceremony.

1159 – The Fourth Platoon at 731131 found 3 baskets of mildewed rice which was destroyed. They also found three dry caves recently used.

1318 – At 727128, the Fourth Platoon found a hooch with a bed, carpet, and baskets. It was destroyed. They found a rice grinder in a foxhole, and a small cave barred by string in an "X" pattern. They also found recently harvested rice.

1655 – The Second and Fourth Platoons have returned to LZ Mustang.

1800 – "A" Company has a no fire box at 7411 until tomorrow at 1800 hrs.

2335 – Locations: Third Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. A fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 746135, and the Third Squad of the Fourth Platoon is at 738117.

0630 – Organic expenditures: A – 25 HE, 8 WP, 16 W; B – 64 HE, 18 WP, 12 Ill; C – 123 HE, 67 WP; D – negative.

0810 - 0827 – The First Platoon is airlifted from LZ Mustang to 724114.

1810 – Company strength: A, 111; B, 99; C, 116; D, 116; HHC, 133.

1917 – The First Platoon has dug in.

2010 – Locations: Third Platoon is at LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is at LZ Mustang. Second Platoon has two ambushes: 736118 and 736116; There is an OP at 746135. The Killer Team box is 7411-7412-7511-7512.

0722 – Second Platoon ambushes and OPs are now in.

0800 - 0817 – The Fourth Platoon is airlifted from LZ Mustang to 784009.

0830 - 0837 – Third Platoon is airlifted from LZ Tape to 784009.

0900 – The Fourth Platoon is moving southeast from 784007.

09-- – At 785007, the Fourth Platoon found 8 squad-sized foxholes, 6 of which had overhead cover.

1005 – At 785006, Fourth Platoon finds a platoon size complex of 2 man foxholes, each of which had a prone behind it. One hole had an 8' x 10' bunker behind it.

1008 – At 788001, the Fourth Platoon "found 20-30 holes reinforced with dirt and logs and sleeping quarters made from logs, a tunnel complex and a kitchen with ten holes beside it in case of mortar attack."

1300 – At 774012, Fourth Platoon found two plastic tackle boxes of medical supplies, a piece of iron inside a piece of cloth, and a pack with a poncho inside. All were destroyed.

1305 - 1308 – At 774012, the Company detained a VC WIA, with shrapnel wounds in his ankles. He had a blue shirt, black trousers, pistol belt, canteens, poncho, weapon bag, blue sweater, ad 2,236 piasters. Inside a hooch in the same area were 3 trip flares and 3 canteens.

1348 – The Company found diaries and medical supplies at 774012, and burned down 7 three man hooches.

1515 – The Third Platoon is airlifted from 772005 to LZ Tape.

1520 – 1/8 CC picked up one NVA from "A" Company at 772005.

1530 - 1540 – The rest of the Company is airlifted from 772005 to LZ Mustang.

1850 – The Company has a no fire box from 7411-7412-7511-7512 until 0600 tomorrow.

1900 – The Company's Killer Team is now in motion.

2330 – Locations: Third Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The First Platoon has an ambush at 747127, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon has an OP at 746135.

2330 – Strength: A, 109; B, 103; C, 116; D, 121; HHC, 128.

0715 – Organic expenditures: A – 35 HE, 9 WP, 21 Illum; B – 84 HE, 20 WP, 13 Illum; C – 60 HE, 20 WP, 9 Illum; D, 0.

0901 - 0915 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ Mustang to 727171.

1108 – At 725166, the Second Platoon found a 2-3 man sleeping area two days old and a trail leading to the river.

1511 – The Second Platoon has returned to LZ Mustang.

1900 – Strength: A, 110; B, 117; C, 116; D, 116; HHCD, 133.

1902 – Locations: Third Platoon is at LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is at LZ Mustang. The Fourth Platoon is on ambush at 739154, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is on OP at 746135. The Killer Team box is 7411-7412-7511-7512.

0545 – Company ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeters.

0615 – Mortar expenditures: A – 14 HE, 23 WP, 49 Ill; B – 100 HE, 35 WP, 35 Ill; nothing for C and D.

0745 - 0806 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Mustang to 784009.

1212 – The First Platoon at 776013, while going through the burnt hooches from yesterday, found 6 rounds of M-60 machine gun ammo.

1514 - 1523 – The Company is airlifted from 772007 to LZ Mustang.

2310 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Tape, and the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The First Platoon is on ambush at 731088; a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is on OP at 746135; the Killer Team box is 7411.

0600 – Communication between Btn and "A" Company have been lost.

0640 – All ambushes and OPs are now in.

0641 – Organic expenditures: A – 35 HE, 11 WP, 21 Illum; B – 48 HE, 23 WP, 11 Illum; C & D, nothing.

1907 – Strength: A, 116; B, 105; C, 117; D, 111.

2107 – The Company using a Starlight Scope, has spotted 7 bodies at 757127.

2109 – Locations: Third Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. Half of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 746135; the Second Platoon is on ambush at 754125; the Killer Team box is 7411.

SR 0542, SS 1713 SR 0542, SS 1712 SR 0543, SS 1712 SR 0543, SS 1712 SR 0544, SS 1712 SR 0544, SS 1712, ◯ SR 0545, SS 1712 SR 0546, SS 1712 SR 0546, SS 1711
Items: 21-22, 27, 32, 38, 42-43, 45, 60, 64-65, 72, 86. Items: 15, 26-27, 30, 38, 40, 42, 53, 56, 83, 85-87, 91, 94-96, 100. Items: 2, 5A, 9, 21-25, 49, 56. Items: 12, 25, 39, 62-63. Items: 22, 25, 35, 39, 41-42, 56, 58, 76. Items: 16, 26, 29, 67-68, 72. Items: 14, 21, 23, 26-27, 30, 36-37, 51, 53-54, 56, 60-61, 63-64, 70, 72, 88. Items: 13, 30-31, 43, 61, 70-71. Items: 11, 15, 27, 30, 65, 75-76, 100. Items: 8, 10-11, 86, 94-95.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

©Dave Bickler, A Co., 2/17 Artillery.

A howitzer on LZ English, 1966/1967.
          Will Bowe. Creative Commons License.

Quy Nhơn City, Bình Định Province, 1966/67.
         

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0605 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeters.

0730 – Organic expenditures – A: 35 HE, 10 WP, 40 Ill; B: 75 HE, 18 WP, 25 Ill; C & D: nothing.

0747 - 0830 – "A" Company is airlifted off LZs Mustang and Tape to 946005.

0925 – The National Police have arrived at "A" Company's location, 944006.

1110 - 1420 – The National Police have interrogation 16 old men, 102 women, and 127 children, have searched 49 hooches and 25 holes. They obtained 2" of documents, and 1 ARA rocket, dismantled. They have 4 female detainees ages 30-40 years old. They were extracted at 1444 hrs.

1455 - 1459 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from 944006 to LZ English.

1645 – The Company reports that there is small arms and automatic weapons fire 700-800 meters distant from 930992 directed east. They will put artillery on the target.

2301 – Locations: The Second Platoon is on LZ English, the rest of the Company is at 938992. Half of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 929995 and 929991; the Killer Team box is 9398.

2301 – Strength: A, 123; B, 110; C, 120; D, 118; HHC, 111.

2400 – "A" Company detainees are classified as 2 ICs and 2 CDs.

0555 – Organic expenditures: A – 28 HE, 8 WP, 9 Ill; B – 140 HE, 40 WP, 12 Ill; C – nothing; D – 12 HE, 6 WP, 29 Ill.

0710 – All OPs, ambushes, and killer teams are now in.

1810 - 0830 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to LZ Mustang.

0838 – The Third Platoon remains at 938992 while the First Platoon moves to the northwest, and the CP, Second and Fourth Platoons move to the north.

0920 – At 934996, detained a man dressed in a black shirt and khaki shorts found hiding in a hooch with no ID. He is 30-35 years old, and had 79 piasters in his possession.

1004 – The First Platoon at BS 932000 fired on a man 200 meters away who escaped into a village complex.

1006 – At 932000 the First Platoon found 1 105 mm dud which they will blow in place.

1217 – The Third Platoon is moving southwest.

1430 - 1516 – First Platoon is airlifted from 937999 to LZ English.

1858 – Strength: A, 111; B, 110; C, 115; D, 118; HHC 130.

2210 – The Company is at 938992, the First Platoon is at LZ English. Half of the Second Platoon has an ambush at 943985, and the other half at 941985. The Killer Team box is at 9200-9300-9299-9399.

0000 – Thanksgiving Day.

0605– Mortar expenditures: A – 33 HE, 12 WP, 21 Ill; B – 95 HE, 40 WP, 28 Ill; C – nothing; D – 70 HE, 20 WP, 5 Ill.

0630 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeters.

0747 – First Platoon is airlifted to the Company position at 938992.

0817 – The Second Platoon is moving northeast from 938992.

0929 – The First Platoon is moving west from 938992.

0937 – At 927995, Fourth Platoon found a 105 mm dud round which they will blow in place.

0938 – The Third Platoon is moving west from 932999.

1002 – Medevac request for 2 men seriously wounded by a booby trap at 927995.

1035 – The 2 men were WIA by a pressure plate mine. PFC Gary L. Boberg was hit in the legs, thighs, groin and right arm; PFC Vernon E. Jenkins was wounded in the groin. They were Medevaced at 1013 hrs.

1115 – "A Co CO has been notified that the [First Platoon] was south of the 99 line and they have moved north to the CP location 927995."

1240 – At 928998, the Third Platoon captured one man while another in a tan khaki uniform with a pack escaped into the bushes.

1230 - 1245 – The Fourth Platoon was airlifted from 938992 to LZ English.

1912 – "A Co loc 938992 spotted signal lights in a village to the east. Request permission to fire HE. 1-8 CO – LTC Jenkins – says negative, not until lights move into an open field."

2300 – Locations: The Fourth Platoon is at LZ English, the rest of the Company is at 938992, except the First Platoon, which is at 939000. The Killer Team box is 9399-9398-9598-9599.

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0045 – The First Platoon links up with the Company at 938992. Negative findings.

0110 – The Killer Team returns to the perimeter with negative findings.

0610 – Organic expenditures: A – 46 HE, 1 WP, 19 Ill; B – 85 HE, 40 WP, 32 Ill; C – nothing; D – 59 HE, 32 WP, 20 Ill.

0717 - 0748 – The Fourth Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to 941031.

0725 - 0737 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from 938992 to 941031.

0754 - 0758 – First Platoon is airlifted from 938992 to 941031.

0757 - 0801 – Third Platoon is airlifted from 938992 to 941031.

0806 – The Company is moving southwest from 941031.

0847 – At 941031, the Company found a dud 8" round hooked up to both cat gut twine and a pressure plate device. Only a few inches of it were visible.

1017 – At 941032, the Company found a bunker 5' x 5' inside of which was a pair of black pajamas, 4 fishing nets, 4 illumination parachutes, a roll of cat gut trip wire, 2 ponchos, and some expended .30 caliber ammo.

1215 – An EOD team arrives at the Company location at 937027.

1236 – The EOD team was extracted after blowing the round, which was actually a 5" naval round.

1717 – The Company receives automatic weapons fire from 300 meters to the west of their location at 940049. They fire back with small arms the call artillery onto the target.

1812 – both a squad from "A" Company and a scout team checked the area out with negative results.

1927 – Strength: A, 104; B, 108; C, 119; D, 121; HHC, 123.

1956 – "A" Company, 940049, a fire team from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon has an OP at 939050, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon has one at 939048.

2220 – The OP at 939050 spotted movement to the front and to the right. Both OPs are returning to the perimeter.

0155 – The Third Platoon's OP has returned to the perimeter with negative findings.

0305 – The Second Platoon's OP has returned with negative findings.

0355 – Fourth Platoon remains at 940049 while the rest of "A" Company heads south to form a cordon.

0455 – The CP and the First Platoon have reached the cordon site at 942043. The Third Platoon is moving south, and the Second Platoon southeast, from the CP.

0555 – Mortar expenditures: A – 40 HE, 20 WP, 15 Ill; B – 64 HE, 20 WP, 6 Ill; C – nothing; D – 40 HE, 10 WP, 30 Ill.

0600 - 0637 – "A Co spotted 2 VC suspects in a boat trying to evade, ordered to stop, fired warning rounds, VC suspects did not heed, fired closer and then the boat came up to shore. 1 VC suspect escaped, the other was KIA, age 50 in khaki pants, blue shirt. Negative ID, weapon, or documents."

0713 – National Police Field Force arrives at "A" Company cordon at 942043.

0907 – "Change of A Co commander has been completed. CPT McAndrews has taken command and CPT Henderson is returning to 1-8 TOC."

0912 - 0932 – National Police at the Company location interrogated 3 old males, 29 females, and examined 13 hooches. They have 1 female detainee. Extracted at 0932 hrs.

1115 – The Company blew up a 105 mm shell pressure plate type booby trap at 947023.

1325 - 1336 – At 925041, the Company is receiving grenades and automatic weapons fire from the south. Scout team requested. Company returned fire and incoming fire ceased. One soldier lightly wounded in the arm with shrapnel. Medevac unnecessary.

15-- – "Female detainee from A Co's cordon is IC."

1557 – The Company finds a fresh punji pit off the trail: destroyed same.

1640 – A POW that the Company was given proves not to be of any use.

1658 – The Company reports that soon after the contact at 1325 hrs., the Third Platoon captured a 45-50 year old man wearing black pajamas at 936044. 10-15 rock bunkers have been found but they do not have the means to destroy them.

2040 – The OP of the fire team from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon spotted movement from the north. 5-10 minutes later, there was incoming small arms fire, which they returned, then moved back to the Company perimeter. Negative assessment.

2300 – Locations: the Company is at 934048 and the Third Squad of the First Platoon was at 938048.

2300 – Strength: A, 105; B, 100; C, 118; D, 117; HHC, 107.

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0445 – The Third Squad of the First Platoon on ambush returns to the perimeter.

0610 – All OPs and ambushes have returned.

0945 - 1007 – The Company, with the exception of the Fourth Platoon, is airlifted from 934048 to 931011.

1025 – The National Police arrived at "A" Company's location at 926001.

1215 – "A requests Medevac for 3 Vietnamese. They claim the 1/9 scout team shot them with small arms fire this morning. SP-4 Floyd N. Thoman (an M-60 gunner) was wounded when the ammo bearer accidentally discharged his .45 caliber side arm hitting him in the foot. Another EM has suspected malaria." The Medevac arrived at 1245 hrs.

1320 – "1-8 element at LZ Geronimo has assumed NCS [Net Control Station ?]."

1400 – The National Police interrogated 12 males, 47 females, and 59 children; checked 27 spider holes; and have 3 detainees: 2 females, one age 35 in black pajamas, the other dressed in khaki shorts and a tan shirt is 42 years old. One of them states that she is the wife of the VC detained by 1/8 Command Chopper. They were found at 931015. The Police were extracted from 928013 at 1435 hrs.

1500 - 1511 – The Company is airlifted to LZ English from 928003.

1835 – All of "A" Company is on LZ English with no ambushes or OPs out.

1206 - 1237 – The Company is airlifted from LZ English to 902214.

1312 – The Company is moving east southeast.

1900 – The Company has dug in at 911209.

2310 – First Platoon is on ambush at 909202, the First Squad of the Second Platoon is on OP at 911205, while the rest of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 910206.

2310 – Strength: A, 103; B, 99; C, 116; D, 115; HHC, 123.

0630 – All OPs and ambushes have returned to their perimeters.

0705, 0731 - 0758 – The Company combat assaults from 911209 to 841133. First Platoon will be working with "C" Company, 1/50 Mechanized Infantry.

0832 – Medevac requested for a soldier who appears to have appendicitis at 841143.

1040 – The Company is moving north from 841143.

1154 – The Company is moving east from 841137.

1850 – The Company has dug in at 841137.

1913 – Strength: A, 101; B, 97; C, 123; D, 121; HHC, 124.

1922 – Locations: The Company is at 841137; First Platoon is on ambush at 911214, the Second Platoon is on ambush at 850132, and the Third Platoon is on ambush at 849131.

2307 – The Second and Third Platoon ambushes returned to the perimeter with negative findings.

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0612 –First Platoon is moving from 911214 to Bridge 94.

0652 – The First Platoon has linked up with the Second Platoon of "C" Company at Bridge 94.

0700 – All ambushes have returned with negative findings.

0707 – The National Police were inserted at the Company's location at 869143.

0857 - 0907 – The First Platoon is airlifted from 911015 to LZ English.

0940 – The National Police at 866142 have interrogated 1 male, 9 females, and checked 16 hooches. The male, who is wearing black pajamas, confessed to being a VC and is therefore detained. They were extracted with the detainee at 0951 hrs.

1020 – The Company is moving south from 866142.

1118 - 1125 – Third Platoon (with the Fourth) is airlifted from 866142 to 874123.

1130 – The Company requests more National Police at their location.

1228 – The National Police arrived at Company's location.

1430 – The Company's detainee from earlier turns out to be a VC teacher who has no tactical information.

1445 – The Company with the National Police have 16 male detainees and 6" of documents. They also found one homemade grenade, which they destroyed.

1455 - 1518 – The Company, National Police, and detainees fly from 874123 to LZ English.

1530 – The Company lands at LZ English.

2340 – Location: the Company is on LZ English with no ambushes or OPs.

2340 – Strength: A, 101; B, 102; C, 119; D, 117.

2400 – Summary of prisoners: the Company had 18 detainees, 12 IC, 5 CD, and 1 POW.

0705 - 0726 – The First Platoon is combat assaulted from LZ English to 928022.

0720 - 0737 - 2 Chinooks airlift the rest of the Company to 928022.

0845 – The Company is moving southwest from 928022.

0937 – The Company at 931018 found a punji pit which it destroyed.

1030 – At 927017 a trench complex was found that extended for 1 mile from the mnt side to the village. It has branches leading off to sleeping areas.

1115 – The trench complex runs from 922017 to 933016. "It is a natural trench formed by erosion from 30-40 ft deep in places and narrow as 2-3 ft in places. Natural vegetation on both sides of the trench conceals the view from the air. Estimated 4 days worked by engineers to cover it completely. Request EOD team with 3-4 20 lb satchel charges to seal tunnel entrances."

1130 – Bde says that the EOD team is not available.

1228 – The Company is moving northeast from 927017.

1505 – "Bde: Agent report from villager: ... At Dai Dong vic 9106, there are 8 spider holes with some stored rice and 15 VC. ... Suspected attack on LZ Geronimo 5 or 6 Dec."

1850 – Strength: A, 100; B, 102; C, 118; D, 115; HHC, 121.

1855 – Locations: "A" Company is at 944033 with two OPs: 944034, and 944032.

1948 – At 944033 the OPs and perimeter observed muzzle flashes from 2-3 rounds of sniper fire shot from the west and southwest.

SR 0547, SS 1711 SR 0548, SS 1711 SR 0548, SS 1712 SR 0549, SS 1712, ◑ SR 0558, SS 1714 SR 0559, SS 1715 SR 0600, SS 1715 SR 0601, SS 1715
Items: 11, 17, 20-24, 28, 37, 41, 46, 48-49, 51, 61, 82, 84. Items: 7, 9, 16, 18, 21, 24-25, 29, 36, 42, 49, 55. Items: 8, 10, 20, 26, 36, 38-39, 42, 45-46, 52, 57, 59, 81, 89. Items: 2, 4, 14, 17, 19-20. 23-26, 28, 30, 38, 51, 64, 67, 88, 94, 96, 98, 103. Items: 6, 10-11, 13, 17, 20-21, 37, 39-40, 43, 45-46, 52, 55, 60, 62, 70, 74. Items: 7, 10, 18-20, 22-23, 25, 30, 33, 35, 37, 40, 44-46, 55. Items: 37-39, 41, 65, 73. Items: 14, 16, 18-20, 22-23, 28, 38, 43, 79, 81-82. Items: 12-13, 15-16, 21-22, 24, 26, 29, 37-40, 44-46, 48-49, 73, 75. Items: 13-14, 16-18, 23, 25, 28, 31-33, 40, 46, 48.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) or LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits.              
Ed Grisham. Creative Commons License. Standard enhancement, Adobe PhotoElements.

The runway of LZ English.
          Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

Huey rendezvous on LZ English.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The 173rd Abn. area on LZ English, looking north.
          Ed Grisham. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1970/71.
          NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
         

©Larry Abarr, Jumping Mustangs Site, Delta Company 1965 - 1971

Close air support from LZ Geronimo, 1967.
          Ed Grisham. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1970/71.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The "Dust Bowl" on LZ English.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The view from the NE perimeter of LZ English.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The northern perimeter of LZ English.
         

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0555 – All ambushes and OPs are back in.

0830 – The Company is moving west from 944033.

0930 – A sniper fired 1 round from the west at 944023. A dud 81 mm mortar round was also discovered. It had not been adapted to a booby trap. It was destroyed.

0933 – The Company is now moving south from 944023.

1900 – The Company is now dug in [at 944033].

0838 – The Company is moving north from 944033.

0945 – "A Co vicinity 933044 received 15 sniper rounds from the west. Engaging with M-79. Request scout team."

1255 – At 928043 the Company received sniper fire. Scout team requested.

1300 – The Company had received automatic weapons fire 30 meters in front of its lead element. No casualties, calling in artillery.

1416 – The Company at 928043 requests a Medevac for 1 male, 1 female, and 1 child who were hit by ARA fire. The Medevac arrived at 1435 hrs.

1442 – The Btn S-3 has order elements of the Company to secure a downed Bde scout ship [at 921044].

1538 – The H13 has been extracted from the Third Platoon's location at 921044.

1547 – From Bde: the 3 Vietnamese sent in by "A" Company are classified as follows: the male is UD, the female is a CD member of the women's association, and the child is IC.

1621 - 1627 – The Third Platoon leaves 921044 for LZ English.

1626 - 1634 – The rest of the Company is airlifted by 2 Chinooks from 939050 to LZ English.

1800 – Documents captured by "A" Company: leave papers from D-22 unit at Hoi Nhon dated 1966; a notebook on political lessons from Military Region 5; a training school gives line and block charts of political structure of MR-5, dated 5 May; 2 notebooks with mortar training notes.

1845 – Locations: all of "A" Company is on LZ English with no ambushes or OPs.

1845 – Strength: A, 114; B, 102; C, 112; D, 112; HHC, 122.

0743 - 0747 – Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to 922042.

0749 - 0758 – First and Fourth Platoons are airlifted from LZ English to 930045.

0815 - 0824 – Third Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to 918038.

0826 – "Request medevac to 2 Vietnamese at A Co [Second Platoon] vicinity 922042, wounded by prep. Slight wounds. Maj Smith requests interrogation on arrival to aid station."

0842 – Medevac completed. Sent in were 3 females 30-40 years old, 1 small boy hit by ARA prep, with his father accompanying him.

0850 – Medevac requested for a VC suspect aged 25-30. Appears to have been wounded by ARA prep yesterday and is bandaged from the waist down.

0900 – 4 more children who were injured from the ARA prep need to be Medevaced.

0915 – "Medevac complete in reference to 1 VC suspect and 4 children @ A Co. Interpreters report that the VC suspect admitted to being VC, had a weapon before the combat assault @ 0845 hrs. It was taken away by an unknown individual.

1008 – The National Police have arrived at the Third Platoon location at 918038.

1012 – Medevac requested for 6 year old boy with his mother at 923038. He has an infection from a previous ARA wound. Medevac arrived at 1032 hrs.

1122 – The Company has in its cordon, 17 males, 82 females, and 103 children. The CO reports some of these people were in the area yesterday when the Company received sniper fire. Request is made for an IPW team or an interpreter.

1238 – The IPW team arrived at the Company location at 922042.

1355 – The National Police at 930042 are ready for extraction. Extracted at 1518 hrs.

1428 – 19 males, 92 females, and 173 children were interrogated. They have 4 male and 2 female detainees.

1738 – "Readout from Bde: ... A Co 6 detainees: 1 UD, 5 IC. IC's state they saw 10 guerrillas with rifles yesterday in Truong Lam (2) BS 9305, saw 1 guerrilla with a long rifle in the hamlet today at Truong Lam (2), probably the sniper. The detainee was an old woman. The [National Police] let her go."

1840 – 5 men from 1/8 are to be selected for Language School, 2 will be supplied by "A" Company.

1900 – The Company has dug in at 938049.

2120 – The Company has two OPs at 938050 and 938048.

2120 – Strength – A, 100; B, 95; C, 117; D, 106; HHC, 120.

2300 – "A Co requests medevac for 1 enlisted man with a gunshot wound in the hip, vicinity 938049. He was wounded by lightning bug ship flying overhead, which had clearance no farther north than 03 east-west grid line. Medevac completed at 2319 hrs.

2400 – Summary: The Company had 7 detainees classified as 5 IC, 1 UD, 1 POW, and had 1 US WIA.

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0625 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0752 – The Company is required to return to radio frequency 62.15 at 1200 hrs.

0902 – The Company has completed its move north from 938049.

1152 – "A Co @ 930059 requests an IPW team or National Police with an interpreter. They have 8 military age males one of whom was captured while evading into a hooch carrying something similar to a carbine wrapped in plastic. Two spent carbine cartridges were found outside of the hooch. Need interpreter to find out where he hid the bundle, also have 2 females to be questioned. Also found a 60 mm HE round with safety pin still intact found next to the trail. Blown in place (it was never fired)."

1210 – The Company has returned to radio frequency 62.15.

1257 – The 60 mm round was blown in place.

1447 – EOD team requested to blow up a dud 8" shell at 938049.

1606 - 1610 – The First Platoon is airlifted from 938049 to 884054.

1617 - 1654 – A Chinook ferries the rest of the Company to 884054.

1656 – 1 ship of National Police and special branch have landed at "A" Company's location.

1820 – The National Police questioned 3 males, 32 females, 37 children. No detainees, negative findings. They are extracted to LZ English from "A" Company's location at 879055 at 1858 hrs.

1857 – The Company is sending in two soldiers whose temperatures are 103° and 103.6°.

1925 – Strength: A, 93; B, 91; C, 111; D, 100; HHC, 114.

1926 – "From Bde 2: Intelligence Report. BS 902052, Regimental CP reported. B-2 rating. Bde S-3: Will request from the 40th ARVN for A Co's operation tomorrow. One click east than what they currently have."

2000 – Locations: "A" Company, 879055; a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon is on ambush at 876055; a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 877057; a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 882053.

2001 – Readout from Bde: "A" Company's one detainee was classified UD with negative information.

0420 – All ambushes have returned: negative findings.

0800 – The Company is moving east from 879055.

0910 – "A Co @ 900057 received a few incoming rounds of small arms. Checked with the ARVNs and reports negative ARVN fire. Bde scouts checking."

1009 – At 904052, an 18 year old male was captured hiding in a hole.

1330 – "A" Company returns to LZ English and turns its detainee over to the IPW.

0015 - 0205 – LZ Tom, and the nearby Bridge 80, came under small arms fire around its perimeter. "Negative damage and LZ Tom has been secured."

0326 – Yesterday at 0730 an NVA regiment on its way to Hoai Nhon passed through Ngac An (BS 880050), Hoi Duc (BS 850010), Trong Lam (BS 930050), and Xuan Unh (BS 940980). According to Bde, "the VC have told the people around English to return to VC controlled districts."

0833 - 0903 – The Company is airlifted from LZ English to 888202.

1635 – "Bde: Info 1/9 blues @ 897071 were inserted into 40th ARVN AO. One of the CA birds received 1 round. The element was then put on the ground [where] it came under heavy small arms fire and grenades. B Co has been informed to be (16 QRF) on a stand-by basis for RRF."

1731 – "Upon inserting the 1/9 blues, one of the aircraft received small arms fire. They competed their insertion and received small arms fire and grenades. They estimate a VC Co size element. Enemy located @ 900073. [Third Platoon of] A 1/50th [Mechanized Infantry] is assisting in operation by moving to 894073 at which B Co will land behind (to the west), then both elements will move east toward the enemy location. C Co has been alerted to react if needed, they are ready."

1803 – The 1/9 blues take 2 WIAs and spot what looks like an antenna.

1805 - 1903 – "B" Company is in heavy contact: 3 WIAs and 1 KIA. 1/50 on its way to assist.

2013 - 2034 – "B" Company is loading into APCs to advance to the enemy positions. They arrive at 895073.

2034 – Locations: "A" Company is at 913194; the First Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 913195; a fire team of the First Squad of the Fourth Platoon has an OP at 912194; the Second Platoon has an ambush at 917189; the Third Platoon has an ambush at 907192. "B" Company is at 895073; the Third Platoon of "C" Company 1/50 is at 895072.

2046 - 2149 – "B" Company reports 5 VC KIAs armed with carbines and AK-47s. An APC has moved the dead and wounded to an LZ site to be Medevaced. An APC was hit by an explosive and abandoned. One APC had been stuck in the mud, and it too, after being stripped, was abandoned. "B" Company's WIAs have been Medevaced.

2240 – Strength: A, 96 EM and 5 Officers; B, 91 EM and 5 Officers; C, 109 EM and 5 Officers; D, 103 EM and 5 Officers; HHC, 116 EM and 12 Officers.

2400 – Summary: "B" Company had 12 VC KIAs, 3 US WIAs, and 2 US KIAs; "C" Company 1/50 had 2 US WIAs.

0530 – All ambushes and OPs are back to the perimeter with negative findings.

0640 – "B" Company strength: 81 EM, 4 officers, and 5 attached.

0720 - 0747 – First Platoon and CP is combat assaulted from 913914 to 895073.

0728 – "CS has been put in east of LZ @ 895073."

0732 – TOT on ground at 895073.

0745 – "A" 1/50 leaves LZ Low Boy for 895073. They link up with Bravo Company at 0853 hrs.

0756 - 0802 – The Second Platoon is combat assaulted from 913914 to 895073.

0810 - 0815 – Third and Fourth Platoons are combat assaulted from 913914 to 895073.

0915 – Bravo Company calls for Medevac for 3 WIAs.

0925 – At 895072, Bravo Company has received small arms and automatic weapons fire and they have sustained 1 KIA and 2 WIAs while the APCs have taken 1 WIA.

0932 – First Platoon of Bravo Company is pinned down from an enemy in a dug in position. They request a flame thrower or bulldozer.

0946 – 1/50 has lost one APC which hit a mine.

1015 – 1/9 has spotted an enemy antenna at 893091.

1030 – "Partial Summary: The 1 APC with blown track will return to the secure LZ at A Co @ 895073. A Co 1/50th APCs will join A Co & B Co in pulling back slightly from 895072. A maximum of artillery fire will be brought into an area of contact at 895074, a co size element of NVA main force is believed held up in very tight in secure bunkers, after the artillery has ceased, A Co will be carried across the river by APC to flank the area to the east. B Co will continue to sweep the original area of contact. APCs with flame throwers are en route as well as bulldozer and engineers to construct a road and help destroy the bunkers, B Co has 4 NVA KIA & 1 AK-47."

1045 – The Bravo Company FO brought in heavy artillery at 899075. The enemy scattered, but 4 were thought to have been killed.

1052 – The bulldozers have built a road from the Highway to the river at 895073.

1055 – "A & B Cos are both moving east in a flanking movement. Artillery has ceased, flanking area of contact is at 895074."

1100 – Following a 15 minute artillery barrage, "A", "B", and 1/50 made a concerted move forward.

1104 – "A Co reports 1 VC KIA."

1108 – "A Co has 1 more NVA KIA."

1110 – A scout chopper from 1/9 is shot down near the area of contact.

1115 – The Company requests a Medevac for 1 US KIA and 2 US WIA.

1130 – The Engineers at the river are constructing a bridge.

1140 – "A" and "B" Companies are withdrawing to the west. Heavy artillery will be called in.

1145 – "B Co has 2 platoons pinned down in a trench by automatic weapons and grenades, Bde scout team will cover their movement to the west."

1152 – The Company's 2 WIAs are loaded in an APC and driven to a chopper pad. They were Medevaced at 1200 hrs.

1155 – The down ship from 1/9 is at 899079.

1205 – 229th gunships have extracted the downed scout chopper.

1255 – Air strikes have begun on enemy positions.

1345 – CS gas is being put on the target.

1406 – "Artillery TOT is complete, & the elements of A, B & APCs are moving to the east.

1423 – The second bridge over the river near the contact area is completed.

1440 – "A & B Cos have halted on the 90 n-a line at this time to consolidate gains, and clean up area covered and evacuate friendly wounded."

1507 – "One APC hit by rocket. Total damage unknown at this time."

1516 – A second APC has been hit by a rocket.

1610 – "A" Company Medevac completed.

1625 – The dusters are leaving the contact area to secure the bridge. They arrive at 1753 hrs.

1628 – "One of the Bde Scout Team ships had to set down shot in the engine, negative casualties @ 895073. Secured by 1/8 elements on the ground."

1650 – At 895073 the engineers have 1 POW, 2 NVA KIAs and a lot of NVA equipment.

1757 – "B Co requests medevac for 1 EM." It arrives at 1810 hrs.

1800 – "From 1/8 S-3: Enemy is the 7th NVA Btn. A Co has 44 [enemy] KIAs, B Co has 45 KIAs, A Co has 4 AK 47s, 2 carbines, 1 SKS ..., 1 B-40 rocket launcher, B Co has 2 carbines, and found parts for one recoilless rifle. There is a lot of NVA equipment in the area."

1821 – "Request medevac for A Co [actually, C Co] hit by ARA with 4 WIAs. Completed at 1915 hrs.

1822 – Enemy KIA count: Bde Scout Team, 6; ARA, 7; APCs, 10.

1905 – An ARA ship has received fire from 880075.

1957 – Locations: "A" Company is at 895073, "B" Company is at 895072.

2043 – Strength: A, 94; B, 87; C, 116; D, 114; HHC, 127.

2400 – "A Co had 50 NVA KIAs, 1 NVA POW, 7 individual weapons, 19 US WIAs & 2 US KIAs. B Co had 55 NVA KIAs, 2 individual weapons, 7 US WIAs, 1 US KIA. 1/50th had a total of 15 US WIAs, 1 US KIA."

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0712 - 0745 – "C" Company arrives at 895072 from LZ English.

0754 - 0807 – "B" Company flown back to LZ English.

0815 – The first barrage of artillery is on target at 859072.

0828 – CS has been dropped over 899072.

0832 – Second barrage of artillery on 899072 as the "CS drove gooks out of holes."

0841 – "Artillery have just killed 15 NVA at 895073, driven out of holes by CS."

0845 – Artillery TOT complete at 899075. "D 1/50 with flame throwers are pushing east to cover the area. A & C also moved out to the east into the area of contact."

1014 – "Summary: D 1/50 has moved east in front of C Co 1/8 to a point 904073 and then returned to beginning point. Within next 60 minutes a TOT and CS gas will be placed in front of 1/8th element, immediately followed by D 1/50 moving in front of A Co and A & C 1/8 will move slowly searching & probing as they move forward."

1206 – D 1/50 is complete at front. An artillery TOT is about to be called in, after which the composite force will do a detailed search.

1235 – CS gas is going in on the target area, after which will be a TOT, followed by the composite force "moving into the area to the east, policing up the battle area."

1252 – Medevac requested two US WIAs hit by short rounds from the artillery.

1255 – The composite force is moving through the contact area at 895073.

1406 – The composite force has started to move to the north, sweeping in that direction.

1445 – "A Go-Go gun ship made a firing pass over C Co located in rear of contact, wounding 12 US and 1 KIA, maybe more."

1515 – 5 of the WIAs have been Medevaced.

1630 – "A" and "C" Companies have been pulled by to a new LZ.

1735 – The whole composite force is now on their respective LZs: A, 899076; C, 899073; D 1/50, 896073.

1800 – "1/8 S-3 reports today that A Co is credited with 6 NVA KIAs, D Co 1/50th with 6 NVA KIAs, C Co with 6 NVA KIAs, and 23 NVA KIAs to artillery."

1830 – Strength – A, 63 EM; B, 90 EM; C, 89 EM; D, 104 EM; HHC 114 EM, 12 Officers.

1935 – Locations: A is at 899076, B is at LZ English, C is at 899073, D is at LZ Geronimo with its Second Platoon at LZ Lowboy; A 1/50 at LZ Lowboy, D 1/50 at 896073.

2215 – Summary of captured materiel: 4 SKS rifles, 1 light machine gun, 1 B-40 rocket, 1 M-1 carbine, 2 AK-47s, 12 rounds of 82 mm mortar, 21 Chicom grenades (assorted sizes), 5 fuses for 82 mm mortar rounds, 1 booby trap kit, 3 rolls of rubber lace, 53 shirts, 44 pants, 8 shorts, 19 food containers, 3 cooking pans, 8 canteens, 5 gas masks, 19 rucksacks, 10 hammocks, 15 lbs of rice.

2335 – A POW, a platoon sergeant, says that from his location at 910050, their mission was support of the 7th Btn and to attack reinforcements. In case of defeat, their plan was to retreat west of Highway 1 to Luang Tho. Btn rally point is Binh Hoa in the An Lao Valley. "Morale is low because of rough going."

2400 – Results: A, 6 NVA KIAs, 2 weapons, 25 US WIAs (10 Medevaced); B, 1 US WIA; C, 6 NVA KIAs, 1 weapon, 17 US WIAs, and 1 US KIA; D 1/50, 6 NVA KIAs. Total: 41 NVA KIAs, 1 VC POW, 3 weapons.

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0800 – "A" Company is ready to move from 899076.

0910 – First TOT near Alpha and Charlie Company positions at 899075.

0922 – CS gas dropped at the same place.

0927 – TOT fired. "A" and "C" Companies are moving east from 899075.

0930 - 0938 – D 1/50 has linked up with "A" and "C" Companies at the north neck (902071).

0949 – The composite force is sweeping from the north neck to the wing (905068) with negative contact.

0954 – The composite force has reached the northern tip of the wing at 905068. They are starting their sweep of the wing.

1016 – The composite force is sweeping the northern tip of the wing. Charlie Company found an NVA pack and some rice in a bunker; D 1/50 has found numerous helmets, web gear, and NVA packs at 905068.

1408 – The composite force is moving into the club foot area at 899059.

1505 – The composite force are on the eastern portion of the club foot area at 899059.

1530 – "The clubfoot has been searched with negative findings. All elements are preparing to move back to 898073.

1620 – "A" Company has reached the LZ at 898073.

1627 - 1645 – The Company is airlifted from 898073 to LZ English. They sent in two detainees that they picked up in the search operation.

2000 – Locations: A, LZ English; B, OPCON to 2/8; C, 898073; D, LZ Geronimo with their Second Platoon at LZ Lowboy; D 1/50, 898073; A 1/50 at LZ Lowboy.

2000 – Strength: A, 68; B, 90; C, 94; D, 106; HHC, 128.

2022 – Obtained from "A" Company's detainee: medical lessons, birth certificates, a military and political record book, a watch receipt, personal history forms, personal letters from the 22nd Regimental HQ, 93rd Btn, 2nd VC Regiment; medical papers from 3rd Division HQ, an infiltration pass from an unknown unit.

2400 – Materiel obtained in the combined force's sweep: 26 shirts (heavy sweatshirts, black pj tops, khakis, and dark green shirts), 16 packs, 50 lbs of rice in carrying rolls, 7 ponchos, 7 food containers, 4 canteens with covers, and 1 SKS rifle.

1011 - 1027 – First and Fourth Platoons are flown from LZ English to LZ Geronimo.

1057 – The rest of the Company has landed at LZ Geronimo.

1858 – The Company's two OPs are in position.

1910 – Locations: The Company is on LZ Geronimo with 2 OPs at 878176 and 879167.

1935 – Strength: A, 62 EM, 6 Off.; B, 87 EM, 4 Off; C, 91 EM, 4 Off; D, 99 EM, 6 Off; HHC, 113 EM, 12 Off.

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Items: 8, 22, 31, 33, 59. Items: 27, 35, 54, 56, 60, 62-63, 70-75, 81, 85. Items: 16-21, 23, 26-28, 30, 36-38, 43, 48, 51, 55, 63, 69, 72-73, 77, 82-83, 85. Items: 8, 11, 20, 35, 38, 40, 49, 55-60, 62, 66, 68-70, 72-73. Items: 7, 21, 28, 34, 51. Items: 2, 5, 8, 21-24, 27-28, 66, 71, 77-83, 91-93, 95-103, 105, 111. Items: 8, 11, 14-16, 18, 20-25, 27, 29-30, 32, 35, 37-40, 42, 44-46, 49-55, 57-58, 60-63, 66, 70-71, 77-80, 82-85, 87-88, 90-92, 94, 103. Items: 16, 22, 24-27, 29-32, 37, 45, 48, 51-52, 58-60, 64-65, 67, 70, 72, 77, 80, 82. Items: 12, 16-23, 25, 41, 45-50, 59-60. Items: 22, 24, 43, 46.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          ©Jim Beck, B 2/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Overview of LZ Lowboy Jan. 1968 – Engineering camp N. of Tam Quan along Hwy 1.
          Steve Simpson. Creative Commons License.

LZ Lowboy in the distance as seen from Hwy 1, Bình Đê Pass
         

Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

Hueys on LZ English, late May 1967.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

The helipad on LZ English, Late May 1967.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The northern perimeter of LZ English.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
         

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0615 – All OPs have returned to LZ Geronimo.

1900 – Locations: The Company is on LZ Geronimo. Its Killer Team box is 8716.

1900 – Strength: A, 73; B, 92; C, 95; D, 107; HHC, 119.

2340 – The Company's Killer Team captured a man hiding in a hooch. He is 38 years old, wearing a gray shirt and black shorts.

0900 – The detainee captured by the Killer Team last night has been flown to LZ English.

0928 - 0938 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ Geronimo to 853217.

0950 – The Second Platoon is moving southwest.

1029 – "Bde: Informs us that at 908105, civilian populace are holding a mass burial for dead NVA."

1440 – Second Platoon returns to LZ Geronimo.

1858 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Geronimo, with two OPs, 875178 and 882168 with a Killer Team box at 8716.

1900 – The Company's OPs and Killer Team depart LZ Geronimo. They are in place at 1913 hrs.

1904 – Strength: A, 85; B, 97; C, 94; D, 103; HHC, 128.

1950 – The Killer Team's detainee from yesterday has been classified IC by Bde.

0500 – The Killer Team returns to LZ Geronimo with negative findings.

0612 – All OPs have returned to their perimeter.

0709 - 0721 – The Third Platoon is airlifted from LZ Geronimo to 842158.

0924 – Gen. Blanchard will arrive at 1st Bde HQ if he wants to see the battle area. "Bde CO will bring him to LZ Geronimo to be briefed by our CO and S-3 on the battle of Đai Đong."

1330 – "During the Battle of Dai Dong, 1/8 Cav used 17 air strikes on 7 Dec and 2 air strikes on 8 Dec."

1542 – Third Platoon has returned to LZ Geronimo.

1837 – Locations: "A" Company is on LZ Geronimo.

1955 – Strength: A, 80; B, 103; C, 98; D, 102; HHC, 127.

0729 - 0734 – The Third Platoon combat assaults to 926169 without the LZ being prepped.

1000 – The Third Platoon is checking an area around 926169 where tunnels are located. Negative results. They are now moving south.

1007 – At 926169, the Third Platoon runs across a man with a wooden leg whose leg was recently amputated. He has papers. Both he and his papers will be transported out.

1355 - 1402 – The Third Platoon is airlifted from Bridge 88 at 912163 to LZ Geronimo.

1630 – Third Platoon detainee classified as IC.

1842 – The Company has 2 OPs sent out from LZ Geronimo: 875178, and 882168. The Killer Team's box is 8716.

1928 – Strength: A, 84; B, 103; C, 94; D, 102; HHC, 127.

0610 – The Company's OPs and Killer Team are back in the perimeter.

0826 - 0845 – The Fourth Platoon is airlifted from LZ Geronimo to 895208.

1045 – At 896205, the Fourth Platoon is checking tunnels. They have not been used recently.

1450 – Fourth Platoon returns to LZ Geronimo.

1853 – Strength: A, 98; B, 92; C, 96; D, 99; HHC, 127.

0525 – The Third Platoon is moving north from LZ Geronimo.

0745 – "A" Company moving northwest from LZ Geronimo.

0850 – "A" Company is the RRF.

1005 – The Company is moving north from 870186.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 856183; the First Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 856187. There are 2 OPs at 835099 and 834101.

1901 – Strength: A, 107; B, 103; C, 108; D, 110; HHC, 133.

0845 – The Company is moving south from 856183.

1030 – At 861155 sent out a 50 year old man in black pjs who had no ID. At 1500 hrs., he was declared an IC by Bde.

1153 – The Company requests a Medevac for a soldier who fell off a bridge at 863147 and sustained a cut above his eye. The Medevac arrived at 1212 hrs.

1308 – The Company is moving south from its previous position.

1837 – Locations: the Company is at 867122; the Third Squad of the Third Platoon has an ambush at 867112. There are 3 OPs each 150 meters from the perimeter, NE, SE, and S.

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0515 – The Company's OPs have returned to the perimeter at 867122.

0654 – The Third Squad of the Third Platoon captured a 56 year old man in black pjs as he went down the trail near 867112. He will be sent out on the log bird.

0850 - 0909 – From 867122, the Company is airlifted by a flight of Hueys and 3 Chinooks to 891145.

1136 – At 897138, the Company found the following items: 1 M-16, 2 magazines of ammo, 2 M-79 grenades, and 2.5" of documents. The Company reports good coordination with the 40th ARVNs.

1155 – in a hole by the river at 897138, an empty magazine for an AK-47 was found.

1235 – The First Platoon at 897138 "found a tunnel, threw a grenade in, and 4 military aged males came out, one slightly wounded, ages 25-30 in black pjs. Medevac requested for WIA, and a squad of National Police and Special Branch for interrogations." Medevac completed at 1255 hrs.

1330 – The National Police have arrived at "A" Company's location at 891145.

1337 – "The VC medevaced from A Co are classified as POWs. Hamlet guerrilla states the three other individuals captured were hamlet guerrillas and that there were 5 more VC still in the village with 3 weapons – a carbine, M-1, and 1 MAS 36."

1358 – Concerning the Company detainee from 1500 hrs. yesterday: he is classified as a IC with negative information.

1540 – "A" Company extraction delayed to 1715 hrs.

1600 – "A Co vic. 897138 have 5 VC KIA – 2 with pistol belts (US). Hiding in a hole, they threw grenades at US forces, but negative casualties." They also captured an M-1 carbine.

1705 - 1730 – The Company is flown from 895140 to LZ English.

1815 – Location: the Company is on LZ English with no ambushes or OPs.

1837 – Strength: A, 110; B, 103; C, 107; D, 109; HHC, 136.

2038 – The Bde readout on the 4 detainees is that they are all hamlet guerrillas.

2400 – Summary: "A" Company had 5 detainees, one IC, and 4 POWs.

0804 – The First Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to LZ Geronimo.

0822 – 0855 – The rest of "A" Company is airlifted from LZ English to LZ Geronimo.

0927 - 0934 – The First Platoon and the CP are airlifted from LZ Geronimo to 856185 [?].

0935 - 0947 – First Platoon and CP are now at 858179, Second Platoon is at 854185, Third and Fourth Platoons are 865181.

1019 – The National Police arrive at 858179.

1314 – The National Police have interrogated 19 males and 15 females, searched 37 hooches, have 3 documents and 1 detainee, a male 42 years of age dressed in black pajamas. The police were extracted from 858179 at 1340 hrs.

1407 – The Company is moving southeast to LZ Geronimo.
1430 – The Company is airlifted from 872176 by Chinooks to "B" Company's location at 872108.

1900 – The Company is at 874117. The First Platoon has an ambush at 876107; Third Platoon has an ambush at 878125. "B" Company is now at 878110, with ambushes at 876107, 866105, and 885111.

2400 – The detainee extracted by the National Police is classified as a POW.

0845 – From 874117, the Fourth Platoon is moving SE, the rest of the Company is moving northeast.

0940 – "A vic. 884117 found a 105 mm booby trapped round the easy way. Detonated by trip wire to a grenade. EM heard the grenade tripped, and dived into a hole. Negative casualties."

1201 – At 884117, the Company detained 2 men both aged 45 and wearing black pajamas. They also found an ammo can containing a PRC-25 battery and .75" of documents.

1218 – Bde says that the documents captured by the Company contain no tactical information.

1812 – Strength: A, 112; B, 102; C, 100; D, 106; HHC, 133.

1840 – Locations: the Company is at 868110; the First Platoon is on ambush at 867105. There are two OPs at 869111 and 867110.

1920 – Request for Medevac of an EM with a FUO at 868110. He was Medevaced at 1934 hrs.

2230 – The Company's two detainees are classified as ICs.

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SR 0607, SS 1717 SR 0608, SS 1718 SR 0609, SS 1719 SR 0610, SS 1719 SR 0610, SS 1720, ◯ SR 0611, SS 1720 SR 0612, SS 1721 SR 0612, SS 1721
Items: 15, 67, 75. Items: 20, 22-24, 28, 33, 42, 43-44, 46, 49. Items: 12, 14-16, 24, 39, 53. Items: 12, 14, 24-25, 33, 35, 47-48, 50. Items: 9, 18, 20, 25, 38. Items: 9, 16, 23, 28, 48-49. Items: 21, 35, 37, 39, 44, 55. Items: 7, 9, 19, 21-22, 24-25, 31-32, 34-36, 38, 40, 45-46, 48-50, 53-54, 63, 73. Items: 19, 22-33, 38-39, 40, 42-47, 49, 56, 63. Items: 17, 20, 28-29, 44, 46, 50-51, 54.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          ©Dave Bickler, A 2/17 Artillery, 1966-67.

A Huey flying over LZ English.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
         

NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

Huey rendezvous on LZ English.
         

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0605 – All ambushes and OPs are now in the perimeter.

0843 – The Company is moving south from 868110.

1050 – At 869094, the Company found 4,000 lbs. of rice, "some hidden under the floors of huts and the rest in the open in big crock jars." Also found: 1 US grenade, an NVA canteen, a US first aid pack, a US helmet liner, .5" of documents, a US flashlight, 5 clips of .30 cal. ammo, a US steel pot, and 150 rounds of assorted expended ammo.

1135 – The Company is in possession of sandbags and is bagging the rice.

1140 – At 869064 [869064], the Company also found a flare parachute, Vietnamese mosquito bar, Vietnamese clothing, more documents, and 3 NVA uniforms. The National Police are checking.

1145 – The Company has received an interpreter.

1350 – At 869094, the Company has an estimated 10,000 lbs. of rice for extraction.

1545 - 1554 – The rice that the Company bagged is transported off from 868092.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 868092 with 3 OPs 100 meters to the SE, NE, and NW.

1900 – Strength: A, 116; B, 103; C, 112; D, 108; HHC, 135.

0627 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0955 – An interpreter and a POW arrived at the Company location at 880084.

1138 – At 883077, a number of things were found in a hole inside a hedgerow with a false top: 1 MAS 36 loaded with 4 rounds of 7.62 mm ammo and some documents.

[...] – The Company found 6 M-79 rounds, 1 khaki shirt, a pair of GI fatigue pants, a US rucksack, and a US air mattress.

1225 – Search completed at 880084. Some of the documents mention a village at BS 872075 which they will check en route to their PZ.

1457- 1506 – The Company has been airlifted from 871076 to LZ English.

1922 – "A" Company is on LZ English with no ambushes or OPs.

0730 - 0750 – "A" Company is airlifted from LZ English to 893073.

1050 – 3 bulldozers arrive at the Company location at 893073.

1630 – "The 8th Engineers and D-6s with A Co have left LZ Jenkins and are en route to LZ English." They arrive at LZ English at 1803 hrs.

1840 – Locations: the Company is at 900073 with 3 OPs 150 meters out to the south, northwest, and northeast.

1840 – Strength: A, 110; B, 104; C, 116; HHC, 129.

0645 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0857 - 0906 – The Company is airlifted from 900073 to 874094.

0937 – The Company is now moving west.

1806 – Locations: the Company is at 870095 with 4 OPs: 870096, 870094, 871095, 869095.

1820 – Strength: A, 115; B, 102; C, 117; D, 102; HHC, 135.

0001 – "Journal opened wishing Merry Christmas to all."

0505 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0716 - 0803 – The Company is airlifted from 870095 to LZ English.

1831 – Strength: A, 120; B, 103; C, 114; D, 100; HHC, 135.

0717 - 0723 – First Platoon and the CP are airlifted from LZ English to 860109.

0730 - 0735 – The Second Platoon is flown from LZ English to 855115.

0742 - 0746 – Third and Fourth Platoons are airlifted from LZ English to 860114.

0813 – The National Police are inserted at the Company location at 860109.

1115 – The National Police have interrogated 8 old males, 53 females, checked 30 hooches, and 25 holes. They have 1 female detainee in black pjs. They were extracted at 1136 hrs.

1330 – The Company is moving west from 860109.

1355 – The detainee sent from "A" Company is classified as IC.

1825 – The First Platoon's ambush is moving into position at 840108.

1830 – The Second Platoon ambush is moving into position at 845121.

1840 – "A" Company's location is at 848107.

1855 – Strength: A, 105 EM, 4 Off; B, 98 EM, 5 Off; C, 115 EM, 4 Off; D, 99 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 123 EM, 11 Off.

0635 – All ambushes have returned to the perimeter.

0723 – Medevac is requested for a 40 year old Vietnamese man with extensive shrapnel wounds by last night's artillery. The Medevac arrived at 0750 hrs.

0740 - 0807 – The Company, minus the First Platoon, is airlifted from 848106 to LZ Mustang.

0753 - 0807 – The First Platoon is airlifted to LZ Tape.

1900 – Locations: the First Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. A fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon is on an OP at 744133, the First Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 759111, the Second Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 757121, the Second Squad of the Fourth Platoon is on ambush at 746117. 1/8 CP now at LZ English.

0645 – The ambushes and OPs are now inside their respective perimeters.

1855 – Locations: The First Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The Third Platoon is on ambush at 737101.

1855 – Strength: A, 107 EM, 5 Off; B, 89 EM, 5 Off; C, 114 EM, 4 Off; D, 97 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 121 EM, 10 Off.

0535 – The Third Platoon ambush has returned to LZ Mustang.

0630 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their respective perimeters.

0907 - 0918 – The CP and the Second Platoon are airlifted from LZ Mustang to 736172.

1100 – The Second Platoon and the CP are at 731152.

1315 – The CP and the Second Platoon have returned to LZ Mustang.

1900 – Locations: the First Platoon is at LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. The Second Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 738158, and a fire team from the Third Squad of the First Platoon is on OP at 744133.

1900 – Strength: A, 107; B, 91; C, 119; D, 91; HHC, 131.

0645 ­– All OPs and ambushes have returned to their respective perimeters.

0920 – The Third Platoon is moving west from LZ Mustang.

1100 – At 727116, the Third Platoon found some recently used trails.

1400 – The Third Platoon has returned to LZ Mustang with negative findings.

1845 – Locations: First Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. No ambushes or OPs were sent out.

0935 – The Second Platoon is moving northwest from LZ Mustang.

1500 – The Second Platoon has returned to LZ Mustang.

1850 – Locations: the First Platoon is on LZ Tape, the rest of the Company is on LZ Mustang. No ambushes or OPs were sent out.

1850 – Strength: A, 123; B, 91; C, 118; C, 95; HHC, 123.

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Items: 8, 17, 31, 35-37, 44, 53-54, 57. Items: 8, 21, 29-30, 32, 40-42, 46. Items: 9-12, 24, 40, 43, 45. Items: 9, 15-20, 44-45. Items: 1, 8, 13-16, 20-22, 24, 34. Items: 12-13, 15-18, 21, 28, 31, 35, 37, 52, 54. Items: 8-9, 11-13, 15, 41. Items: 8, 41. Items: 11, 13, 21, 23, 28, 30, 40. Items: 8, 15, 23, 34, 46. Items: 13, 21, 31.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Geronimo (16.451259 N 107.515742 E) or LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn Bde. Creative Commons License.

Entrance sign to LZ English from the Airfield.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

A view from LZ English.
         

B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The northern perimeter of LZ English.
         

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1145 – Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ Mustang for a snatch operation.

1152 – The Second Platoon is inserted at 770001 and has rounded up civilians at a collection point for the National Police.

1215 - 1230 – The Third Platoon moves from LZ Mustang to 878945.

1223 – The National Police have arrived at the Second Platoon's position.

1250 – 62 adults and 32 children are being questioned by the National Police.

1445 – "A [Second Platoon] vic. 770002 with the National Police have 32 kids, 62 females, 4 males – All but 2 will be sent to LZ Two Bits. Female and male will be brought to English with the National Police. They have information as to where people were going to meet VC cadre." They were extracted at 1525 hrs.

1535­ - 1545 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from 770002 to 755145.

1805 – Locations: the Company is at 755145. The First Squad of the First Platoon is on ambush at 750138, the First Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 757136, the Third Platoon is on ambush at 876953.

1805 – Strength: A, 109; B, 104; C, 115; D, 99; HHC, 123.

0623 – All ambushes and OPs are inside the perimeter.

0650 – "A Co has left the net and is OPCON to 2/8 Cav."

0740 - 0802 – The Company has been airlifted to 872148.

1040 – The Third Platoon has been airlifted from 872955 to 872148.

1845 – Locations: "A" Company is OPCON to 2/8 Cav.

0735 - 0753 – "A Co complete, final extraction, off ground vicinity BS 862139 en route to vicinity BR 802969."

1500 – At 782980, the Fourth Platoon "observed 8 VC in bunker – 5 VC tried to evade – 1 escaped. A VC grenade was thrown with negative casualties. The [Fourth Platoon] returned fire resulting in 4 VC KIA outside bunker – other three refused to come out – grenades were thrown resulting in 3 more VC KIA dressed in gray uniforms and black pjs. Also found a US grenade in bunker."

1545 – At the site, the following items were found: rice receipts, 2 US rain jackets, about 250 lbs mildewed rice, 8 sets of clothes, a plastic bag with medical supplies. The latter were sent with a log ship, the rest were destroyed.

1825 – Locations: the Company is at 781979, with no ambushes or OPs.

2400 – Summary: "A Co had 7 VC KIAs."

0920 – The Company is moving west from 781979.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 780988 with OPs 100 meters to the east and the west.

1900 – Strength: A, 106; , 94; C, 119; D, 102; HHC, 136.

1000 - 1048 – The Company is airlifted from 780988 to 910968.

1145 – At 910972, the Fourth Platoon found a dud 8" round and requests an EOD team. The team was there from 1300 - 1325 hrs.

1205 – At 910973, the Company engaged and killed 2 VC who were hiding in spider holes, ages 25-30. One had a pistol belt.

1408 - 1415 – The Fourth Platoon is airlifted from 910973 to LZ English.

1415 – At 911979, the Company has 2 male detainees, 1 is 26 years old, the other is 50.

1830 – Locations: Fourth Platoon is on LZ English, the rest of the Company is at 911979. The Second Platoon is on ambush at 910977, and the Third Platoon is on ambush at 974981.

1850 – Medevac requested for 3 year old child with fragmentation wounds in the cheek. Medevac arrives at 1900 hrs.

2400 – Summary: the Company had 2 VC KIAs and 2 detainees classified as ICs.

0634 – All ambushes and OPs are back within the perimeter.

0810 - 0930 – The Fourth Platoon is moving from 911979 to the Bong Son Bridges.

1004 – The First and Second Platoons arrive at the Bong Son Bridges.

1045 – The CP and Third Platoon arrive at the Bong Son Bridges.

1200 – "A" Company has taken over the security of the Bong Son Bridges at 872955.

2000 – Strength: A, 115; B, 94; C, 119; D, 90; HHC, 128.

2015 – Medevac requested for EM with FUO. It arrives at 2040 hrs.

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1021 – The First Platoon is moving south from 722955 [872955].

1410 – "A Co requested a grader for the engineering element vic. 872955 for 7 Jan 68."

1450 – The First Platoon links up with the CP at 872955, with negative findings.

1855 – Strength: A, 120; B, 91; C, 121; D, 97; HHC, 132.

1855 – Locations: the Company is at 872955 without any ambushes or OPs.

0826 – The National Police have arrived at the Company location at 872855 [872955]. The First Platoon is now moving east.

1000 – The First Platoon at 881960 is on the way to the Company CP.

1100 – The National Police have been extracted after searching 14 hooches, destroying 4 bunkers, and interrogating 18 ICs.

1405 – The First Platoon has linked up with the CP at 872955.

1850 – Locations: the Company is at 872955 with no ambushes or OPs out.

1850 – Strength: A, 117; B, 83; C, 118; D, 98; HHC, 124.

1420 – "Btn chemical NCO finished spraying about a 200 sq. meter area at each end of both Bong Son bridges at about 1100 hrs., with diesel fuel mixture."

1715 – At 872955, the Company requests a Medevac for an EM with a FUO. The Medevac arrived at 1730 hrs.

1815 – Locations: the Company is at 872955 with no ambushes or OPs.

1815 – Strength: A, 122; B, 94; C, 111; D, 95; HHC, 125.

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0832 - 0842 – First Platoon is airlifted from 872955 to 928009.

0934 – "A 1/9 reconned area of A [First Platoon] vic. 928009 and found southeast of an island where the sand stops and the vegetation starts, one anti-aircraft weapon position with no weapon. Also north of the creek running into [it,] the Big Blue spotted 7 one man positions and a camouflaged hole in the trail." First Platoon will check this further.

0930 – Special Branch have arrived at First Platoon's location at 928009.

1146 – The First Platoon is at 926017 with negative findings.

1255 – At 926017, the First Platoon, working with the National Police, questioned 15 males, 63 females, and 131 kids as well as searching 47 hooches. There are 5 female detainees, 2 between 15-20 years of age, and 3 between 35-45 years. "Two detainees say they came with 200 VC from Quang Ngai and spent last night at 929039."

1340 – National Police are extracted.

1342 -1355 – First Platoon is airlifted from 926017 to the Company location at 872955.

1645 – Bde has classified the First Platoon's detainees as 2 POWs, 2 CDs, and 1 UD.

1801 – The Company is located at 872955, with no OPs or ambushes out.

1801 – Strength – A, 117; B, 92; C, 116; D, 96; HHC, 129.

1835 – "A Co's VC POW is a medic [who says] that the hospital is located between coord. 945940 and 945950 (it is the District Hospital). They use plastic shelters for camouflage to look like brush – no patients at this time. The 2 CDs are from the women's group – they say that 40-50 NVA/VC passed through Phu An (1) 924006 last night, heading north. [The other] VC POW: 17 year old cook for unknown artillery unit – part of a 200 man unit – says the unit has two 82mm mortars, a 57 mm recoilless rifle, 6 machine guns and rifles, and 40-50 are hiding in huts in the vicinity of where she was picked up. They came from BA to BS 570340 ten days ago."

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Items: 16-25, 27, 30. Items: 10-12, 14, 21, 43. Items: 9-11, 30-31, 37, 50. Items: 15, 40. Items: 22-25, 27, 33-34, 36-37, 39-40, 42, 50-52, 62. Items: 9, 15-16, 18, 21, 28, 31, 59, 60-61. Items: 25, 38, 42, 52. Items: 23, 27, 33, 36, 45. Items: 38, 41-42, 46. Items: 15, 17, 21-22, 27, 32-35, 48-50.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          Keith Dilworthred. Creative Commons License.

LZ English airstrip, 1968.
          Tom Ebrite. Creative Commons License.

Bồng Sơn Railway Bridge, 1967/68.
         

Ngày Xưa. Creative Commons License.

Bồng Sơn Railway Bridge, May 1947.
          Michael P. McCabea. Creative Commons License.

Bồng Sơn Bridge, 1967-68.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Bồng Sơn Bridge, 1967-72.
         

Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Hueys parked at the base of the Bồng Sơn Bridge, 1967.
          Richard Dieterle, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

A Coke sales girl at the perimeter of LZ Two Bits, July 26-31, 1967.
          NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
         

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0050 – "A Co reports that at vicinity of ARVNs, enemy contact north of the bridges 872955, but they are not receiving any fire. A Co is on 100% alert. Artillery fired on coordinates 876966.

0730 - 0743 – The First Platoon is flown from 872955 to 898957.

0820 – "A Co CO reports a large group of Vietnamese at the north end of the railroad bridge – say there are still VC in Bong Son, civilians are leaving the area."

0922 – At 901951, First Platoon found approximately 2,000 lbs. of rice and numerous tunnel complexes.

1120 – At 901954, First Platoon found 8 large crocks of rice from 500-600 pounds each, several smaller crocks of rice, and one 55 gal. drum of rice, 2 pairs of pants, a pair of shorts, a poncho. These were found in 4 holes. They also found 8 recently used sleeping areas and a hooch camouflaged with overhead cover.

1600 – At 901954, the First Platoon has extracted all the rice, and is now moving back to the Bong Son Bridges. They arrive at 1730 hrs.

1830 – Locations: the Company is on bridge security without ambushes or OPs.

1830 – Strength: A, 119 EM, 5 Off; B, 91 EM, 5 Off; C, 107 EM, 5 Off; D, 94 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 128 EM, 11 Off.

0838 - 0838 – The First Platoon is flown from the Bong Son Bridges to 967995.

0830 - 0841 – The Fourth Platoon is flown from the bridges to 963998.

1340 – The National Police and Special Branch have arrived at the First and Fourth Platoons' location at 967995.

1445 – 45 people have been interrogated at 967995 with no detainees. The National Police were extracted at 1507 hrs.

1619 - 1629 – The First and Fourth Platoons are flown from 966997 back to the bridges.

1820 – Locations: the Company is at the Bong Son Bridgesat 872995 with no OPs or ambushes.

1830 – Strength: A, 120; B, 98; C, 114; D, 95; HHC, 139.

0735 - 0746 – The Fourth Platoon leaves the bridges on a snatch mission to 941982.

0855 – "From Bde S-3: Effective today:

1. The Bde RRF will normally consists of 1 platoon of 1 infantry Btn. The platoon will be positioned at LZ English by 1500 hrs. daily.

a. Platoon will remain at a 15 minute alert during the afternoon & night. The Platoon will have stand-down to make necessary trips to shower point, etc.
b. 1/8 will have RRF on odd days; 2/8 will have RRF on even days.

2. The Btn that is not furnishing the RRF will have 1 platoon at English on an overnight stand-down.
3. Company size units will not be moved to LZ English without the Bde's approval."

0905 – Special Branch personnel have arrived at the Fourth Platoon's location at 936984.

1035 – Special Branch interrogated 3 men, 25 women, and 21 children, with 3 female detainees ages 18, 24, and 25. Two of the women will bring their children with them. The Special Branch and its detainees were extracted at 1127 hrs.

1158 - 1220 – The Fourth Platoon is flown back to the bridges from 936984.

1200 – "A" Company is placed on 15 minutes alert. Its place will be taken by "D" Company as soon as the latter is in position at a good LZ.

1225 – "D" Company has replaced "A" Company on alert.

1540 – Medevac has been requested for a soldier who was gored by a water buffalo at the bridge. Medevac completed at 1600 hrs.

1555 - 1605 – First Platoon was extracted from 917984 to LZ English.

1830 – "A" Company is located at the Bong Son Bridges with no OPs or ambushes out.

1830 – Strength: A, 118 EM, 5 Off; B, 88 EM, 5 Off; C, 112 EM, 5 Off; D, 94 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 121 EM, 100 Off.

2055 – Readout on detainees: "A" Company had three detainees, 1 VC POW (an ex-guerrilla), 1 IC, and 1 UD.

2345 – The Company reports that the ARVNs to the north are receiving small arms and automatic weapons fire.

2350 – The Company also reports that the RFs are receiving small arms and automatic weapons fire in Bong Son.

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0003 – "A Co reports that the (gun)fire in the Bong Son area (Ref #71 132350H) has died down. Negative fire aimed at their installation. It seemed that the fire was intended for the same targets two days ago."

0125 - 0142 – LZ Tom has come under small arms and automatic weapons fire. LZ English has received incoming mortar rounds and is on 100% alert.

0910 – The mine sweeping and dog teams have arrived at the Company location at the bridges (872955).

0956 - 1052 – The Company is airlifted from the Bong Son Bridges to 913947.

1230 – The Company at 912943 has received automatic weapons fire from the west with no casualties. They are now calling in ARA.

1321 – The Third Platoon at 931941 has found a dud 250 lb. bomb. They will destroy it themselves.

1330 – ARA has finished its mission at 912943. The Company is now moving west from 913941.

1358 – At 913941 2 bunkers have been found and will be destroyed.

1435 – The bomb that was found consisted of a tail section only.

1845 – Strength: A, 120; B, 91; C, 120; D, 98; HHC, 128.

2015 – Locations: most of the Company is at 907933. The Killer Team box is 8995-8992-9292-9293-9193-9195.

0020 – LZ Two Bits received 5-10 rounds of mortar fire.

0720 – The Killer Team has returned with negative findings.

0834 - 0851 – The Second and Third Platoons are airlifted from 907933 to 059015 [959015].

0834 - 0850 – The Fourth Platoon is airlifted from 907933 to 966999.

0840 - 0845 – The CP and the First Platoon are airlifted from 907933 to 966999.

0900 – "2 aircraft loads of Vietnamese will arrive at A Co approximately 1000 hrs. this date. 1st will contain the hamlet chief & sub-hamlet chiefs – 2d will have the District Chief and Cpt. Smith, US advisor & 7 body guards for the chief."

1005 – 2 interpreters from Btn and a medical team have arrived at the Company's location at 957015.

1035 – The hamlet chief, the Psy Ops Team and food have arrived at the Company's location.

1153 – "A Co vic. 952006 have 1 NVA KIA. They threw a smoke grenade in a hole where the NVA was hiding. He suffocated from smoke. A VC cadre (woman) was in the hole also, she came out, wearing black pjs, age 30-35. The NVA had documents indicating he was an NVA."

1530 - 1542 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from 962995 to LZ English.

1540 – At 962995, the National Police questioned 50 males and 750 women and children. They have 18 detainees – 10 female and 8 males. They were denounced by the hamlet and District chief as VC or VC sympathizers.

1550 - 1600 – The National Police and their detainees were extracted from the Company's location.

1601 – The Second Platoon on LZ English are on 15 minutes stand-by.

1605 – 10 new VC gas masks were found at 962995. They will be sent in on a log bird.

1630 - 1650 – The Company has been airlifted from 962995 to 832972.

1830 – Locations: The Second Platoon is on LZ English, the rest of the Company is at 842978. The Second Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 897891 [?]; the Killer Team box is 840990-840970-850990-850970.

1830 – Strength: A, 114 EM, 5 Off; B, 89 EM, 4 Off; C, 111 EM, 5 Off; D, 92 EM, 5 Off; HHC, 117 EM, 10 Off.

2235 – Bde readout on detainees: "A" Company had 18 detainees – 13 CD, 3 IC, and 2 UD.

0605 – All OPs and ambushes have returned.

0738 - 0748 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ English to 842978.

0845 – The Company is moving north from 842978.

0855 – The point element spots 5 VC in the open. A scout team is requested.

0923 – A Bde scout team is sent to the Company location at 842978.

0945 – The VC suspects reported heading north, were found by the scout team and determined to be woodcutters.

0947 – The scout team captured a military aged man hiding in a hole without a weapon or documents. He will be sent to Btn.

1005 – The Company reports that the Bde scout team rounded up 60 people and requests IPW or Special Branch come to the Company's location at 845992.

1016 – The detainees were sent to 855995. There are 15 males, 27 females, and 14 kids, all of whom were extracted at 1046 hrs.

1730 – The Third Platoon at 855011 found a dud 155 mm round. An EOD team will be needed tomorrow at first light to destroy it.

1820 – Locations: the Company is at 852010. The Second Platoon has an ambush at 849000; a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon has an OP at 847000; the Third Platoon has an ambush at 855011.

1820 – Strength: A, 113; B, 91; C, 111; D, 97; HHC, 133.

2400 – Summary: "A" Company had 48 detainees: 47 ICs and 1 UD.

0659 – All ambushes have returned to the perimeter.

0900 – The Company is moving south from 852010.

0935 – The Company is moving southwest from 864022.

1055 – The Company is moving north from 859993.

1145 – The Company has arrived at LZ English.

1805 – Locations: "A" Company is at LZ English without OPs or ambushes out.

1805 – Strength: A, 111 EM, 5 Off; B, 87 EM, 5 Off; C, 107 EM, 5 Off; D, 90 EM, 5 Off; HHC, 123 EM, 11 Off.

1030 - 1108 – The CP and the Fourth Platoon have moved from LZ English to LZ Two Bits.

1110 - 1119 – The First Platoon flies from LZ English to LZ Two Bits.

1325 – The rest of the Company arrives at LZ Two Bits.

1850 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Two Bits without OPs or ambushes out.

1850 – Strength: A, 117; B, 92; C, 92; HHC, 134.

0727 - 0741 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Two Bits to 952007 and 949007.

0845 – The National Police have arrived at "A" Company's location at 952007.

1131 – "A Co vic. 952007 cordon with negative findings."

1240 – At 949007, the National Police have searched 53 hooches, questioned 6 males, 61 females, 20 children with no detainees.

1330 – The National Police have been extracted.

1335 - 1343 – The Company is airlifted from 949007 to LZ Two Bits.

1805 – "A" Company is on LZ Two Bits without any ambushes or OPs out.

1037 - 1058 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Two Bits to 847997.

1500 - 1508 – The Company is airlifted from 851008 to LZ Two Bits.

1900 – The Company is at LZ Two Bits with no ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – Strength: A, 116; B, 93; C, 107; D, 100; HHC, 131.

SR 0611, SS 1731 SR 0611, SS 1732 SR 0612, SS 1733 SR 0612, SS 1734, ◯ SR 0612, SS 1734 SR 0612, SS 1735 SR 0612, SS 1736
Items: 2, 16-18, 23, 33a, 43, 47. Items: 18-20, 35-39, 41, 44. Items: 10-11, 15, 17, 25, 28, 33-34, 36-37, 47-49, 55, 59, 69, 71. Items: 2, 5-6, 27, 29-36, 44, 46-48, 51, 64, 67. Items: 2, 11, 19-23, 25, 31-32, 35, 48-56, 58-59, 65, 72, 76. Items: 11-12, 14-15, 22, 25-26, 29, 31, 35, 44-45, 47, 53. Items: 8, 11-12, 15, 17, 27. Items: 15, 19, 22, 27, 42. Items: 9-13, 15, 22, 25-29, 37. Items: 16-17, 19-20, 30-32, 35.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          Tom Ebrite. Creative Commons License.

Hwy 1 through Bồng Sơn, 1967/68.
          Darrell Fleischman. Creative Commons License. Cleaned with PhotoShop Elements.

An aerial view of Bồng Sơn, 1967/68.
         

The Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of Bồng Sơn, 1960s.
          The Ngày Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of the Bồng Sơn Bridges over the Lại Giang River, 09/Nov/1966.
          The Ngày Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of the Bồng Sơn Bridges 1968 - 1972.
         

Darrell Fleischman. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Railroad Bridge, 1967/68.
          Dion Dishong. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Railroad Bridge, 1966.
          Dion Dishong. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Bridge, 1966/67.
         

Don Wisdom. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Bridges, 1968/69.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Railroad Bridge, 9/21/1970.
          Steve Simpson. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Bridge, 4/29/1969.
         

Tom Ebrite. Creative Commons License.

Positions at the base of the Bồng Sơn Bridge, the other bridge in the distance, 1967/68.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Railroad Bridge, 1960s.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

The Bồng Sơn Bridge, 1960s.
         

Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Bồng Sơn Bridge, 1966/67.
          Marshall Ferris. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ Two Bits, April 1966 - July 1967.
          Marshall Ferris. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ Two Bits, April 1966 - July 1967.

Marshall Ferris. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ Two Bits, April 1966 - July 1967.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

The northern perimeter of LZ English.
          B. Copley, 173rd Abn. Bde. Creative Commons License.

Huey rendezvous on LZ English.
         


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1245 – "B" Company 2/7 has relieved "A" Company 1/8 of control of LZ Two Bits.

1412 - 1417 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Two Bits to LZ English.

1800 – The Company is on LZ English with no ambushes or OPs out.

1800 – Strength: A, 114 EM, 5 Off; B, 86 EM, 5 Off; C, 110 EM, 5 Off; D, 93 EM, 6 Off; HHC 117 EM, 13 Off.

1230 – "1/8 CP departed LZ English airfield by C-130 en route to Quang Tri airfield."

1325 – "1/8 CP arrived @ Quang Tri airfield."

1330 – "A" Company has arrived at LZ Jane.

1442 – 1/8 CP arrived at LZ Jane, YD 379430.

1515 – Btn net in operation with "A" and "C" Companies in the net.

2011 – Strength: A, 119; B, 96; C, 120; D, 97.

2400 – Summary for period 17 May 67 - 22 January 68: NVA KIA, 347; VC KIA, 311; NVA POWs, 24; VC POWs, 300; CDs, 830; individual weapons, 171; crew served weapons, 22.

0755 – One element of the Second Platoon is moving north and west from LZ Jane.

0827 - 0832 – The rest of the Second Platoon accompanied by Engineers are airlifted to Hwy 1 for mine sweeping.

1033 – The 2 elements of the Second Platoon are within visual range 200 meters apart.

1036 – "All the roads heading to Hwy 1 have been cleared."

1040 – The Second Platoon has completed the mine sweep to Hwy 1.

1100 – The two elements of the Second Platoon have linked up and are ready to secure the road at 398463 northeast of Hwy 1.

1130 – The Second Platoon has a detainee found with $400 in piasters on his person.

1310 – The detainee was cleared by Btn interpreter, Sgt. Ho.

1730 – Strength: A, 113 EM, 6 Off; B, 91 EM, 5 Off; C, 110 EM, 6 Off; D, 92 EM, 6 Off.

1730 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Jane without ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – The Second Platoon has returned to LZ Jane.

0830 - 0857 – The Company minus the Fourth Platoon are airlifted from LZ Jane to 374406.

0912 – The Company will move west 200 meters from 374406, then head north.

0956 – At 372411, a booby trap was found wrapped in a vine with a trip wire detonation. It will be destroyed.

1140 – The Company reports that 1/9 Red Team has found a bunker complex suitable as a base camp. There are 3 VC KIAs at 357386. Air strike requested.

1145 – The Company is moving south from 372417 to the bunker complex.

1330 - 1445 – The Company is flown back to LZ Jane from 373405.

1755 – Strength: A, 114 EM, 6 Off; B, 96 EM, 5 Off; C, 115 EM, 6 Off; D, 92 EM, 6 Off.

1900 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Jane with the Second Squad of the First Platoon at an OP at 377437.

0715 – The First Platoon OP has returned with negative findings.

0910 – All air strikes have been put on hold due to weather.

1120 – All missions have been cancelled (due to weather) – all units have been notified.

1135 – The Company has moved to 377437.

1350 – The First Brigade takes control of the new AO.

1815 – Locations: the Company is at 373437 with no ambushes or OPs out.

0905 - 0938 – The Company moves near LZ Anne at 294398.

1058 – The 1/8 assumes NCS at LZ Anne.

1240 – All elements of the 1/8 Cav have arrived at LZ Anne.

1730 – Strength: A, 122; B, 94; C, 116; D, 93.

2010 – The Company reports movement 300 meters to the southwest at 297398.

0020 – 2 dud rounds fell inside the Second Platoon perimeter believed to be illumination rounds fired from LZs Jane and Anne.

0030 - 0200 – LZ Jane hit with about 20 rounds of mortar fire with 2 KIAs and 3 WIAs. A satchel charge of 6 sticks of TNT was placed in the ammo dump between A and B Batteries but never detonated. First Bde HQ at Quang Tri hit with 60 rounds of rockets with 3 KIAs, 12 WIAs. The CO of the 5/7 Cav was killed. The 1/8 commo jeep was hit and badly damaged.

0905 – The Company is moving north from LZ Anne.

1415 – The Second Platoon returns to LZ Anne.

1830 – Locations: the whole of the 1/8 Cav is on LZ Anne.

0900 – "The 0900 combat assault for A Co is cancelled."

0951 – The Company is moving south from LZ Anne.

1425 – At 286384, the Company has 1 enemy KIA in a khaki uniform. "Individual was 400 meters east of A Co's location – too far to check."

1500 - 1545 – The Company is airlifted from 286384 to LZ Anne.

1900 – Locations: all of the 1/8 Cav is on LZ Anne.

1220 – "From Bde: Persons going on R&R or DEROS will report to the movement control officer at Camp Evans control tower for transportation back to An Khe."

1805 – Locations: the 1/8 Cav is on LZ Anne.

1805 – Strength: A, 115 EM, 5 Off; B, 87 EM, 5 Off; C, 110 EM, 6 Off; D, 86 EM, 6 Off.

1955 – "From Bde S-3: The Tet cease fire has been cancelled."

0615 – Mortar expenditures: A, 22 HE; B, 20 HE, 4 Ill; D, 18 HE, 18 Ill.

1810 – Locations: all of the 1/8 Cav is on LZ Anne.

1330 – The combat assaults of "A" and "C" Companies have been cancelled by S-3.

1340 – From LZ Anne, 6 to 7 individuals in khaki uniforms were spotted at 295403. Artillery was called in.

1815 – All of the 1/8 Cav is on LZ Anne with "D" Company OPCON to 1/12.

1815 – Strength: A, 117 EM, 5 Off; B, 88 EM, 5 Off; C, 111 EM, 6 Off; D, 85 EM, 6 Off.

SR 0612, SS 1737 SR 0623, SS 1741 SR 0623, SS 1742, ◑ SR 0623, SS 1742 SR 0623, SS 1743 SR 0623, SS 1744 SR 0623, SS 1745 SR 0623, SS 1746, ◉︎ SR 0622, SS 1746
Items: 31, 40-42, 50. Items: 9-12, 16, 18, 23. Items: 9, 11-13, 15, 17-18, 23-24, 26, 34, 36. Items: 24-27, 29, 33, 39-44, 47, 49. Items: 10, 14, 18, 21, 24. Items: 10-13, 24, 37-38, 40. Items: 2, 9, 22, 26. Items: 9-10, 14, 15-19, 22. Items: 10, 18, 19. Items: 11, 28. Items: 11-12, 14.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ English (14.472389 N, 109.027556 E), or LZ Jane (16.666833 N, 107.226694 E), or LZ Anne (16.635446 N, 107.142299 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Jerry Prater, A 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

1st Platoon, "A" Co., 1/8 on the helipad at LZ English, June 1967.
          ©Kevan Mynderup, C 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

LZ Anne being resupplied, 1968.
          ©Thomas Beach, B 2/8, 1st Air Cav.

LZ English.
         

Bob Franz.

Quảng Trị Airfield, 1968/69.
          Jerry Cully, MCB 11 Association.

Quảng Trị Airfield, 1968/69.
          Larry Hammond.

Quảng Trị City, Nov. 1970.
         

NZST. Creative Commons License.

An aerial view of LZ English, 1969.
         

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0900 – "Sandia devices will be placed at coord. 245493, 245464, and 263467 as soon as the weather clears."

0907 – The First Platoon is moving northeast from LZ Anne.

1130 – the 1/9 scout team working with the First Platoon and "C" Company found a fresh trail at 292405 running north-south with fresh elephant tracks.

1445 - 1540 – The First Platoon is airlifted from 297406 to 292462. The rest of the Company is airlifted from LZ Anne to this same location.

1845 – Strength: A, 116 EM, 5 Off; B, 93 EM, 5 Off; C, 104 EM, 6 Off; D, 85 EM, 6 Off.

1845 – The Second and Third Platoon are moving north from 293462.

1918 – The rest of the Company is moving north from 272462.

1945 – Locations: the Second and Third Platoons composite are located at 279469, the rest of the Company is at 289460.

1950 – "A Co vic. 289460 request medevac for A Co [First Platoon commander] wounded by friendly fire while checking perimeter. Also A Co CO - Cpt McAndrews, slightly wounded in the leg. Medevac not required."

2005 – "A Co medevac cancelled – Lt Moore died from chest wound."

2054 – The Second Platoon reports hearing mortars "being fired from an azimuth of 1300 mils [73° 7'], distance of 1000 meters."

2115 – It is decided that Capt. McAndrews will need a Medevac after all. This arrived at 2130 hrs.

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0030 – LZ Sharon was hit with 30-40 mortar rounds and LZ Betty with 2. No casualties.

0230 – The Second and Third Platoons hear mortars being fired in the distance, azimuth 5800 [mils = 326° 15'], unknown range from 279469.

0738 – The Second and Third Platoons have linked up with the rest of "A" Company at 289460.

0810 – The Company is moving northeast from 289460.

0855 – At 291464, 5 sets of bare footprints were found leading north.

1025 – The Company forms a cordon at 305476.

1500 – The Company has detained 20 men, all dressed in white, and 1 woman, all of whom had IDs. All but 2 were extracted at 1645 hrs.

1725 – The Company is moving southwest from 305476.

1840 – Strength: A, 116 EM, 4 Off; B, 93 EM, 7 Off; C, 103 EM, 6 Off; D, 77 EM, 6 Off; HHC, 105 EM, 13 Off.

1840 – Locations: the Company is at 303477, with Second and Third Platoons in a composite ambush at 296476.

2101 – Bde S-2 Intelligence Report: rocket launching sites are believed to be at 2848, and 2948.

2400 – Summary: "A" Company's detainees were classified as 21 ICs.

0748 – The Company is moving southeast from 303477.

1015 – The Company is at 335473.

1750 – The Company will go OPCON to 1/12 Cav until further notice and remain at 334470.

1115 – The Second Platoon is moving south from 334470.

1220 – At 341469 found a bunker and trench complex, old and unused. The bunkers will be destroyed.

1310 - 1315 – The Second Platoon is airlifted to "D" Company's location at 255485.

1817 – Locations: Second Platoon OPCON to "D" Company at 255485, the rest of the Company is OPCON to 1/12 Cav.

0330 - 0400 – At 255485, the Second Platoon with "D" Company observed 20 blue flashes 9,000 - 10,000 meters to the north.

1114 - 1147 – The Company is airlifted from 334470 to LZ Pedro (255485).

1226 – The Company is moving northwest from LZ Pedro.

1254 – The Company is at 244487.

1608 – The Third Platoon is moving south from 244487.

1710 – The Third Platoon returns to "A" Company's location at 244487 with negative findings.

1845 – The Company is at 244487 for the night.

1104 – The First Platoon is moving southwest from LZ Pedro.

1130 – The First Platoon is at 245480 with negative findings.

1300 – The First Platoon is moving southwest from 245480.

1500 – The First Platoon has returned to LZ Pedro.

1710 - 1715 – The Second Platoon is airlifted from LZ Pedro to 261470.

1730 – The Second Platoon "reports that all ammo that was dropped has been extracted to LZ Pedro."

1730 - 1737 – The Second Platoon is airlifted back to LZ Pedro.

1825 – Locations: The Company is at 244487.

1825 – Strength: A, 114 EM, 5 Off; B, 84 EM, 5 Off; C, 103 EM, 6 Off; D, 78 EM, 5 Off.

0542 – An OP by a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon returns to the Company perimeter.

1018 – The Second Platoon is moving west from LZ Pedro.

1355 – Second Platoon returns to LZ Pedro.

1810 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Pedro.

0939 – The Third Platoon is moving northwest from LZ Pedro.

1201 – The Third Platoon returns to LZ Pedro with negative findings.

1805 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Pedro.

1805 – Strength: A, 118 EM, 4 Off; B, 79 EM, 5 Off; C, 104 EM, 5 Off; D, 74 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 104 EM, 13 Off.

1917 – "A [Co] reports explosions about 500 meters from its perimeter and walking into about 100 meters of the perimeter."

0942 – The First Platoon is moving southwest from LZ Pedro.

1248 – First Platoon returns to LZ Pedro. Findings: two recently used trails found at 235462 and 233466.

1820 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Pedro.

1130 – The Second Platoon returned to LZ Pedro (no report of when they had left the LZ or their destination).

1140 – "1/8 jump CP has taken over net control at LZ Pedro."

1345 – 1/8 CP complete on LZ Pedro.

1830 – The Company is on LZ Pedro with no ambushes or OPs out.

SR 0622, SS 1747 SR 0622, SS 1747 SR 0622, SS 1748 SR 0621, SS 1749 SR 0621, SS 1750, ◐ SR 0620, SS 1750 SR 0620, SS 1751
Items: 8-9, 11, 18-23, 27-28, 30-31, 34, 36, 41. Items: 6, 11, 13-14, 16, 19, 26, 33-34, 36, 39, 43. Items: 9, 13, 25, 29. Items: 19, 22-24, 28. Items: 8, 18-23, 25, 27, 32, 35, 38. Items: 14-15, 18, 21-25, 28. Items: 8, 13, 21. Items: 12, 15, 22, 24. Items: 11, 17, 24. Items: 16, 18, 23, 26.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Anne (16.635446 N, 107.142299 E) or LZ Pedro (16.711319 N, 107.109512 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
©Kevan Mynderup, C 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

View of the Helipad on LZ Anne, 1968.
          ©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery, 1st Cav. Div.

Battery dogs Linda and Dum Dum on LZ Pedro, March 1968.
          ©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery, 1st Cav. Div.

A gun of B Battery, 2/19 Artillery on LZ Pedro, 1968.
         

©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery

The FDC crew, B 2/19 Artillery, on LZ Pedro.
          ©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery, 1st Cav. Div.

Gun 6 of B Battery, executing a fire mission at LZ Pedro, 1968.
          From the Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

The road leading into LZ Betty, 1969.
         

©Bill McClain, B / 228th ASHB.

The site where a 122mm rocket landed on LZ Sharon.
         

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0106 – "D has spotted rocket flashes on an azimuth of 5100° mils (northwest)."

0108 – "We received one incoming round at LZ Pedro inside the perimeter, negative casualties. A reports observing rocket flashes to the south."

0145 – At this time approximately 13 rocket rounds have hit inside the perimeter, only 6 detonated. The rest were duds. About 20 other rockets fired, all falling outside the perimeter. Counter mortar is being employed and ARA is on station. Counter mortar radar has fixed grids 230460, 240460, 250460 as the area where rockets are being fired. A more exact read out will follow."

0150 – "A FO, 27-M was hit while in his bunker by a rocket. The individual was KIA."1

0150 – Rocket fire has ceased.

0450 – "D has observed 4 rocket flashes at a 20° azimuth approximately 2000 meters from coord. 213467."

0840 – "D observed rocket flashes at 4500 mils, 3000 mils, 1000-1500 mils. The same flashes were observed from LZ Pedro at 3800 mils at approximately 6000 meters."

1109 – The First Platoon is moving west from LZ Pedro to check out the proposed rocket firing locations.

1156 – At 232472, the Third Platoon is placing anti-intrusion devices. The mission was completed at 1226 hrs.

1300 – The anti-intrusion devices have been placed at 233473 and 233471.

1920 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Pedro without ambushes or OPs out.

1920 – Strength: A, 102 EM, 3 Off; B, 81 EM, 5 Off; C, 110 EM, 5 Off; D, 72 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 76 EM, 13 Off.

2400 – Summary: "A" Company had 1 KIA.

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1255 – "Report from Bde: 90 mm RR: A 4; B 5; C 5; D 3. B & D are using 2 each and C using 3 on base defense (LZ Sharon). HHC has 2 at An Khe."

1830 – Locations: A is at LZ Pedro with no ambushes or OPs out.

 

0926 – The First Platoon is moving southeast from LZ Pedro.

1105 – At 255473, the First Platoon found 2 recently used rocket sites with aiming stakes. The area is crisscrossed with trails and fresh footprints, including the tracks of elephants. There are also 5 foxholes, each 3' deep. Scout team requested.

1115 – The aiming stakes read 1000 mils, which direct them to LZs Sharon and Betty.

1310 – The First Platoon has returned to LZ Pedro.

1745 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Pedro with no ambushes or OPs out.

0733 – Btn CP lifted off LZ Pedro to LZ Sharon.

0805 – 1/8 CP has taken over net control at LZ Sharon.

0810 - 0900 – "A" Company is airlifted from LZ Pedro to LZ Sharon.

1133 – The Company is moving east from LZ Sharon.

1450 – On the side of a rice paddy at 353506, the Company found 4 empty NVA rucksacks, 1 pair of Ho Chi Minh sandals, and 1 pair of tennis shoes.

1805 – As of 1600 hrs., "A" Company is OPCON to 1/12 Cav [at 352506].

1820 – Strength: A, 100 EM, 2 Off; B, 83 EM, 4 Off; C, 105 EM and 3 Off; D, 76 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 113 EM, 12 Off.

0955 – The Company is moving northwest from 352506.

1126 - 1149 – The Company is airlifted from 345509 to 395541.

1215 – The Preventive Reconnaissance unit has linked up with "A" Company at 395541.

1510 - 1530 – The Company is airlifted from 373517 to 404540.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 373578 [373518]. The First Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 371522, and the Second Squad of the Second Platoon has an ambush at 375515.

1930 – The Second Squad of the Second Platoon is headed to its ambush site.

2350 – From Bde S-2: There is an new enemy explosive device from the ChiComs. It is a block of TNT drilled lengthwise. A vile of acid is inserted and the device is covered. When the vile is broken, the device detonates 12 minutes later.

0635 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0942 - 1008 – The Company is airlifted from 373518 to 448602 (Bde has 439592 in error).

1010 – The ARA and scout teams working with "A" Company at 448602, received heavy automatic weapons fire. The ARA, flying at 50' and 70 knots, took 6 hits.

1154 – The Company is moving northeast from 448602.

1410 – "B" Company is in contact with an unknown size enemy force.

1600 – "A" Company and "B" Company are "locked in" at 431611.

2020 – Locations: the Company is at 439606 with an OP 100 meters to the north.

2020 – Strength: A, 102 EM, 4 Off; B, 77 EM, 4 Off; C, 98 EM, 3 Off; D, 76 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 113 EM, 14 Off.

2400 – Summary: "B" Company had 4 US KIA, 5 US WIA, 17 NVA KIA.

0715 – While a man in "A" Company was digging a hole at 439606, he hit a metal object 2 x 6 x 8 inches. It is believed to be a booby trap – an EOD team is requested.

0840 – The EOD teams discovers that the alleged booby trap is just a piece of iron. They leave on a log bird at 0900.

1105 – "A" and "B" Companies are now moving northeast on a sweep.

1235 – The Company finds a 500 lb. bomb at 425607 and request an EOD team to blow it up.

1510 – The EOD team is extracted after blowing the 500 lb. bomb and a 105 mm shell at the Company's location.

1615 - 1645 – The Company is flown from 434613 to 378525 where they linked up with the Preventive Reconnaissance Unit. The latter was extracted at 1650 hrs.

1743 – "A Co found an additional 3 enemy bodies in the vicinity of the 16 Feb. contact – delayed report. Also in the vicinity of 378525, they found 5 NVA bodies buried with arms and legs sticking out."

1835 – Locations: the Company is at 378525 with no ambushes or OPs out.

1835 – Strength: A, 100 EM, 3 Off; 72 EM, 4 Off; C, 100 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 126 EM, 15 Off.

0130 - 0225 – "C" Company is under attack at 392544 with 25-30 incoming mortar rounds. They have 1 US KIA and 2 WIAs.

0240 – "A" Company is on 100% alert and "B" Company is on 50% alert.

0505 – Charlie Company now has 4 US KIAs.

0834 – "A" Company moving northeast from 378525.

1045 – "A Co vic. 396529 have 1 VCS, age 39, wearing white pants, khaki shirt and Ho Chi Minh sandals with a loaded Smith-Wesson .38 cal. pistol ... and a large amount of documents."

1050 – The EOD team has arrived at the Company location 396529. They were extracted by log bird at 1608 hrs.

1315 – Sgt. Ho, the Btn interpreter, classified the Company's detainee as an IC.

1825 – Locations: the Company is at 375528 with an OP within 100 meters to the south.

2400 – "Summary of friendly and enemy casualties and prisoners: A Co had 1 detainee classified IC. B Co had 1 NVA KIA. C Co had 8 NVA KIA, 4 US WIAs and 4 US KIA."

0848 - 0917 – The Company is being airlifted from 380520 to 316471.

1025 – The 1/8 Cav has assumed base defence of LZs Sharon and Betty.

1200 – The Company is moving north from 316417.

1905 – Locations: the Company is at 320493, with the First Platoon on ambush at 318494, and the Second Platoon on ambush at 317492.

0610 – All ambushes and OPs are in with negative findings.

1005 – The Company is moving southeast from 320493.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 327484 with no ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – Strength: A, 99 EM, 4 Off; B, 82 EM, 5 Off; C, 89 EM, 4 Off; D, 77 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 128 EM, 16 Off.

SR 0619, SS 1751 SR 0619, SS 1752 SR 0618, SS 1752, *◯ SR 0617, SS 1753 SR 0616, SS 1754 SR 0615, SS 1754 SR 0615, SS 1755
Items: 3-6, 8, 12, 19, 31, 33, 35-36, 44, 53. Items: 20, 27. Items: 14, 17-18, 21, 25. Items: 11-16, 17-19, 34, 42, 46-47. Items: 14, 21-25, 28, 32-35, 44-45, 53. Items: Btn: 10, 19-20, 22-23, 31, 35, 38, 43, 49. Bde: 19, 21, 31, 39. Items: 8, 12, 14, 21, 26, 32-36, 38, 40. Items: 3, 6-11, 17, 25, 29-30, 39, 53, 56, 62. Items: 15-21, 28, 30, 34. Items: 11, 18, 29.
1 Clyde A.Rhinehart, attached to our Company from "A" Battery, 2/19 Artillery, 1st Air Cavalry Division, Vietnam Wall, Panel 38E, Row 80.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Pedro (16.711319 N, 107.109512 E) or LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

There are two DSJ reports from 16 February 68, one from LZ Sharon, and the other from LZ Betty. The latter is actually the Brigade DSJ. The data used here has been extracted from both of these reports.


Picture Credits              
©1968, Doc Don Ferguson

Clyde Rhinehart on LZ Pedro, February 1968.
          ©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery, 1st Cav. Div.

A gun of B Battery, 2/19 Artillery on LZ Pedro, 1968.
          From the Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

The Main Gate, LZ Betty, 1969.
         

From the Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

LZ Betty POW Camp, 1969.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon helipads, 1968.
          ©John Lippert, B / 228th ASHB.

Gunship 143 parked on LZ Sharon.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

The Tower, LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
         

©Ron De Vasto, 5th 155mm Gun Battery (SP), 1/13, 9th Marine Amphib. Bde.

Lake at 16.783860, 107.098321, 135 m. to the SW of LZ Sharon, 1967.
          ©Ted Nordin, 1/61 Infantry.

An aerial view of LZ Sharon.
         

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0900 – The Company is moving south from 327384.

0911 – The Company arrives at LZ Sharon.

1935 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Sharon, the rest of the Company is on LZ Betty.

1820 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Sharon and the rest of the Company is on LZ Betty.

1820 – Strength: A, 99 EM, 4 Off; B, 81 EM, 5 Off; C, 90 EM, 3 Off; D, 76 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 114 EM, 15 Off.

2120 – "To Bde: ... There are two star-light scopes in the Btn. One is under maintenance and one to A Co who uses it when on Base defence."

1915 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Sharon, the rest of the Company is on LZ Betty.

1850 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Sharon, the rest of the Company is on LZ Betty.

1850 – Strength: A, 100 EM, 4 Off; B, 80 EM, 5 Off;; C, 93 EM, 4 Off; D, 81 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 115 EM, 16 Off.

1032 – "COFRAM Munition training all elements for 1/8 Cavalry this day."

1835 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Sharon, the rest of the Company is on LZ Betty.

1535 – Lt. Church, former Leader of the First Platoon, is now Btn S-2.

1900 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Sharon, the rest of the Company is on LZ Betty.

1920 – Locations: the Third Platoon is on LZ Sharon, the rest of the Company is on LZ Betty.

0900 - 0945 – The Third Platoon is en route from LZ Sharon to LZ Betty.

1300 - 1323 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Betty to 330446.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 334470. The First Squad of the First Platoon's Killer Team grid is 3346; the Second Squad of the First Platoon's Killer Team grid is 3347.

1900 – Strength: A, 97 EM, 4 Off; B, 102 EM, 5 Off; C, 91 EM, 4 Off; D, 93 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 119 EM, 13 Off.

0640 – The Company's Killer Teams have returned to the perimeter with negative findings.

0855 – The Company receives a K-9 team.

0907 – The Company is moving southwest from 370528 [334470].

1235 – At 308449, the Company found 6-8 camp fire sites that belonged to a platoon sized bivouac area about a week old.

1610 - 1625 – The Company is airlifted from 307443 to 335455.

1915 – Locations: the Company is at 335455 without any ambushes or OPs out.

2017 – "A Co vic. 335455 had 3 incoming grenades from the southwest, negative casualties."

SR 0614, SS 1755, ◑ SR 0614, SS 1755 SR 0613, SS 1756 SR 0612, SS 1756 SR 0612, SS 1757 SR 0611, SS 1757 SR 0610, SS 1757, ◉︎ SR 0610, SS 1757
Items: 15, 16, 31. Items: 24, 28. Item: 25. Item: 24. Items: 35, 46. Items: 31, 38. Item: 46. Items: 15, 17, 25-30, 38. Items: 9, 16-17, 37, 49-52, 55, 58.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credit              
Frank Vanatta, Flying Circus Aviation Unit, HQ & HQs Company, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

An aerial view of LZ Betty.
          Harold Biggs. Creative Commons License.

The Main Gate of LZ Betty, 1967/68.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

LZ Betty, 1966 - 1972.
         

Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

LZ Betty, 1966 - 1972.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

LZ Betty MP checkpoint, 1966 - 1972.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

LZ Betty, 1966 - 1972.
         

Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

LZ Betty, 1966 - 1972.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

LZ Betty, 1969.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Construction on LZ Betty, 1969.
         

©Bill McClain, B / 228th ASHB.

The site where a 122mm rocket landed on LZ Sharon.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

The Tower, LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon helipads, 1968.
          ©Ron De Vasto, 5th 155mm Gun Battery (SP), 1/13, 9th Marine Amphib. Bde.

Lake at 16.783860, 107.098321, 135 m. to the SW of LZ Sharon, 1967.
         

©Ted Nordin, 1/61 Infantry.

An aerial view of LZ Sharon.
          ©Fred Jelinek, 1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
          ©Fred Jelinek, 1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
         

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0902 – The Company is moving south from 333455.

1500 - 1520 – The Company is flown from 332447 to 322457.

1855 – Locations: the Company is at 326473 with OPs to the east and west.

1855 – Strength: A, 102 EM, 4 Off; B, 108 EM, 5 Off; C, 101 EM, 4 Off; D, 103 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 125 EM, 13 Off.

0945 – The Company is moving west from 326473.

1203 – Medevac requested at 314457 for a soldier "who stumbled and accidentally shot his foot." Medevac completed at 1216 hrs.

1340 – A pressure plate C-4 type booby trap was discovered and destroyed at 314457.

1355 – The Btn Commander thought he saw a rocket motor from his CC and Third Platoon went to check it out at 303460. It turned out to be a large illumination canister of the naval type.

1455 - 1512 – The Company flies from 308455 to 333468.

1905 – Locations: the Company is at 333468 with no ambushes or OPs out.

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0040 – At 333468, the Company "requests a Medevac for one EM who had a grenade that detonated on himself accidentally, a litter case. The Medevac was completed at 0105 hrs.

0900 - 0918 – The Company is flown from 333468 to LZ Suzie (YD 267442).

1015 – The Company is moving north from LZ Suzie.

1137 – "A Co vic. 269448 found 2 M-72 Laws left behind by US forces."

1300 – At 292458, 7-8 enemy soldiers with packs were observed moving east.

1310 – At 292458, a 105 mm dud round was discovered. An EOD teams has been requested.

1410 – the scout team working with "A" Company observed 5 walking sticks and drag marks nearby.

1515 – The Company destroyed the 105 mm dud themselves.

1545 - 1605 – The Company is flown from 292458 to YD 334461.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 334461 with an OP 150 meters southeast.

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0555 – The OP returns to the Company perimeter with negative findings.

0805 - 0831 – From 334461, the First Platoon flies to 414554 and the rest of the Company to 415549.

0843 – the Company is complete at 415549.

1020 – The National Police are on there way to "A" Company's location at 415549.

1120 – The National Police arrive.

1500 – The National Police at 414549, have 13 detainees, one believed to be a finance chief and another a VC platoon leader.

1510 – The National Police have been extracted from 414549.

1915 – "From Bde: Readout on A Co 13 detainees: 12 CDs (one hamlet platoon leader, one finance chief, one member of the farmer's association and 9 VC laborers, and one draft dodger)."

2015 – Locations: the Company is at 405545 with the First Squad of the First Platoon on ambush at 398545, the First Squad of the Second Platoon on ambush at 403548.

2015 – Strength: A, 102 EM, 5 Off; B, 110 EM, 5 Off; C, 101 EM, 4 Off; D, 104 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 119 EM, 14 Off.

0605 – All OPs and ambushes are in with negative findings.

0942 – The Company is moving northeast from 405545.

1027 – The National Police arrived at the Company's location at 435545.

1130 – "A Co checked a hootch vic. 429548 where Bde scouts grenaded a hootch. They found 3 KIA, 1 male, age 25 and one old man age over 60 and a 6 year old child. The NP after talking to villagers said the 25 year old man was a VC and the other two were ICs."

1307 – The Company reports that the National Police searched 150 hooches, but no one was present in the village.

1313 – The National Police have been extracted from the Company location at 427552.

1400 - 1410 – The Company flies from 427552 to LZ Huckleberry.

1850 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Huckleberry with the Second Platoon on ambush at 382489.

1850 – Strength: A, 106 EM, 5 Off; B, 110 EM, 5 Off; C, 107 EM, 4 Off; D, 102 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 119 EM, 13 Off.

0700 – The Third Platoon is moving northeast from LZ Huckleberry.

0715 – The First Platoon is moving south from LZ Huckleberry.

1700 – The First and Third Platoons return to LZ Huckleberry.

1910 – Locations: the Company is at 362497 [LZ Huckleberry], the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 381488; the Killer team box for the First and Fourth Squads of the Second Platoon is 350500-370500-350480-370480.

2045 – Two green star bursts were observed from LZ Huckleberry 2 klts. to the northwest.

0235 – "A Co reports seeing illumination and possible contact 3 klts. to the south. Bde reports mortars coming from coord. 382473 and hitting coord. 392466. A Co is at coord. 362497 and the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is at 381488."

0617 – All ambushes and Killer Teams in with negative findings.

1815 – The Third Squad of the Second Platoon at 382489 reports that "an informer came to the ARVNs at that location and told them that a VC came into a village vic. 318482 [381482] and questioned people about the elements on the bridge (strength and number of weapons). The little people are sending out a patrol to this village to check it out."

1910 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Huckleberry, the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 382489; the Killer team box for the First and Fourth Squads of the Second Platoon is 3548-3748-3750-3550.

1910 – Strength: A, 107 EM, 5 Off; B, 115 EM, 5 Off; C, 104 EM, 4 Off; D, 101 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 118 EM, 13 Off.

1920 – "A Co reports that the ARVNs patrol that went to check the area where they had the report of VC, had negative findings."

0559 – The Company's Killer Teams have returned with negative findings.

0700 – The Third Platoon is moving northeast from LZ Huckleberry.

1130 – The CO of the ARVN forces at the bridge with the Third Squad of the Second Platoon at 382489 says that an individual told him that 3 males and a female were captured by an NVA Company and were conscripted to carry 5 NVA WIAs. "After their capture, they were forced to carry WIAs from 382484 moving to the east across the river to 406497 then on an azimuth of 1200 mils [67° 30'] and then down to the coast to resupply. They are suppose to return at 1900 hrs. to attack the bridge at 382489 tonight or tomorrow night."

1925 – The Third Squad of the Second Platoon at 382489 observed one red star cluster to the east estimated at 8 klts. away.

1945 – Locations: the Company is at 382497, the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is at 382489, the Fourth Squad of the Second Platoon's Killer Team box is 350500-370500-350480-370480.

2040 – "A Co had a green star cluster go off 500 meters to the east of LZ Huckleberry. Five minutes later they had a trip flare tripped 300 meters to the east and the anti-intrusion device picked up movement of 12-15 personnel in the same vicinity."

2048 – "A Co reports the trip flare was tripped by an EM who was on the OP that the anti-intrusion device picked up."

2220 – The Second Platoon at 382489 threw grenades in response to movement to their east. "The little people report small arms incoming rounds with negative casualties."

0601 – All ambushes, OPs, and Killer Teams are now in.

1700 – The First and Third Platoons returned to LZ Huckleberry.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 362497, the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is at 382489, the Fourth Squad of the Second Platoon Killer Team's box is 3750-3550-3548-3748.

0005 – The Fourth Squad of the Second Platoon changed from Killer Team to ambush at 356498.

0555 – The Killer Team has returned with negative findings.

0655 – The Second Squad of the Third Platoon is moving northeast from 362497.

0819 – The Second Platoon is moving south from 382489.

0838 – The rest of the Company [the Fourth Platoon] is airlifted from 362497 to 381488.

0845 – The First Platoon is on the ground at 381475, the CP and Third Platoon land at 381493.

0947 – At 381493, the PRU has landed at the Company location.

1052 – A male aged 19 was found at 382482 in a hooch asleep. He has pack marks and no ID.

1100 – Psy Ops and Med Cap land at the Company location. They leave at 1230 hrs.

1940 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Huckleberry, the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is at 382489, the Fourth Squad of the Second Platoon Killer Team's box is 3550-3750-3548-3748.

1940 – Strength: A, 117 EM, 5 Off; B, 115 EM, 5 Off; C, 115 EM, 4 Off; D, 103 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 121 EM, 14 Off.

2040 – Bde classifies the Company's detainee as a CD.

SR 0609, SS 1758 SR 0608, SS 1758 SR 0607, SS 1758 SR 0606, SS 1759 SR 0605, SS 1759 SR 0604, SS 1759, ◐ SR 0603, SS 1800
Items: 18, 25-29, 37. Items: 16, 21-23, 26-29, 40. Items: 3, 5, 16-19, 22, 26, 29-30, 33, 35-39, 44. Items: 9, 17-18, 21-22, 35, 41, 58-59, 68, 70. Items: 8, 18, 23, 26, 33-35, 37, 51, 64. Items: 11, 13, 50, 52, 56. Items: 4, 9, 31-33. Items: 9, 12, 35, 65, 68, 72-75. Items: 11, 34, 36. Items: 9, 12, 15-16, 20, 25-26, 32, 45, 47, 53.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery

Bill Matthies on LZ Suzie, Feb. 1968.
          ©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery

Steve, an FO (later KIA), posing on LZ Suzie, Feb. 1968.
          ©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery

Bill Matthies on LZ Suzie, 1968.
         

©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery

Bill's last day on LZ Suzie, 1968.
         

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0730 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon is moving north from LZ Huckleberry for an mine sweeping mission.

0830 – The First Squad links up with the MS team on QL1 Hwy at 34_517.

0905 – The First Squad returns to LZ Huckleberry.

1000 – PRU has arrived at LZ Huckleberry.

1330 – Someone informed the Company that a couple of trucks had been hit with mortars or had hit a mine at 335482. The Second Squad of the Third Platoon is going to investigate.

1355 – "1/8 S-3, Maj. Burga, reports in reference to the trucks: Two 2 1/2 ton trucks with ammo headed for LZ Huckleberry. One truck passed over a culvert with negative problems. The 2d truck started over the same culvert and hit a mine, pressure type, believe to be C-4 or TNT. At the same time of the first explosion, there was a 2d explosion to the left out in a rice paddy. The first truck went off the road and turned over. There is a platoon from A/108 securing these trucks. Request a MS team. There is a need for a bulldozer to get these trucks out and ammo, also need two 2 1/2 ton trucks to proceed on with the ammo to LZ Huckleberry. Negative casualties."

1601 – The First Platoon at 351486 requests a chopper to pick up 2 female detainees with babies. They were extracted at 1620 hrs.

1700 – The First Platoon returns to LZ Huckleberry.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Huckleberry, the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is at 382489, the Fourth Squad of the Second Platoon Killer Team's box is 3548-3550-3750-3748.

2115 – The 2 Company detainees were classified as ICs.

0610 – The Killer Team returned with negative findings.

0640 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon is leaving LZ Huckleberry to secure the trucks at YD 359488.

0658 – The Second Squad of the Third Platoon is northeast from LZ Huckleberry.

0703 – At the site of the trucks at 359488, the First Squad relieves a platoon of "A" 1/12.

0905 – The Second Squad cleared and secured the highway for the mine sweeping team.

0910 – The Second Platoon is moving south on a mine sweeping mission.

0915 – An element of the Second Platoon is at 385489 for highway security. Mission completed at 0945 hrs.

1001 - 1005 – The First Platoon is flown from LZ Huckleberry to 395475.

1007 – The Third Platoon lands at 359481 from LZ Huckleberry.

1110 – The PRU arrives at "A" Company's position.

1415 – At Third Platoon's location at 357481 has a female detainee who says her husband is an NVA. The PRUs searched 20 hooches and questioned 12 people.

1430 – The two PRUs are located at 359515 and 357513.

1530 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon returned to LZ Huckleberry with the truck that had overturned the day before.

1601 – Bde says that the detainee sent in by the Company was an IC.

1750 – The Company reports that a convoy came under sniper fire with no casualties. Artillery is being called in.

1905 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Huckleberry, the Third Squad of the Second Platoon is at 382489, the Second and Fourth Squads of the Second Platoon have a Killer Team box of 3550-3750-3548-3748.

0640 – The Killer Teams are in with negative findings.

0730 - 0810 – The Third Squad of the Second Platoon returns to LZ Huckleberry from 382489.

0818 – The Second Squad of the Third Platoon is moving northeast from LZ Huckleberry for a mine sweeping mission.

0851 – The Second Squad of the Third Platoon linked up with the mine sweeping team and are moving south on the highway at 347516.

0932 - 1012 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Huckleberry to 205527.

1045 – The Company is moving northeast from 205527.

1157 – The Second Squad of the Third Platoon completed the mine sweeping mission to Hai Lang and returned to LZ Huckleberry.

1451 - 1445 – The Company is airlifted from 220548 to 281528.

1905 – Locations: the Company is at 281526 with 2 OPs 150 meters west and 200 meters east.

1905 – Strength: A, 113 EM, 5 Off; B, 118 EM, 5 Off; C, 125 EM, 4 Off; D, 124 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 128 EM, 13 Off.

0630 – The OPs have returned with negative findings.

0837 - 0900 – The Company is airlifted from 281526. The Second Platoon lands at 413523, First and Third Platoons at 413523, and the CP and Fourth Platoon at 413526.

0905 – The Company sets up a cordon.

0921 – The cordon is complete with a center of mass at 414525.

0932 – Psy Ops and Med Cap arrive at the Company's location.

0939 – Medevac requested for Vietnamese female injured by the scout team to the air assault. The Medevac was completed at 0950 hrs.

1030 – The National Police arrive at the Company's location 413525.

1050 – The Vietnamese woman sent in by the Company was classified by Bde as an IC.

1134 – The Company has found numerous old punji pits and trench lines with no sign of recent use (413526). 50-60 individuals are being interrogated.

1320 – The cordon operation at 413526 has searched 40 hooches, destroyed 2 tunnel complexes, and interrogated 29 males and 73 females with no detainees. The Med Cap teams treated 140 people.

1405 – The National Police, Med Cap, and Psy Ops have been extracted from 413526.

1456 - 1517 – The Company is airlifted from 355474 to 270528.

1920 – The Company is at 270528, with 3 OPs within 200 meters: First Squad of the First Platoon, west; a fire team from the Third Squad of the Second Platoon, south; a fire team from the First Squad of the third Platoon, southwest.

0110 – "A Co vic. 270578 [270528] received artillery, ARA & cluster fire on their perimeter. OPs were not hit. Negative casualties." Artillery ceased at 0120 hrs.

0636 – OPs and Killer Teams have returned.

0822 - 0839 – The Company is airlifted from 270528 to 272488.

1305 – "A Co vic. 279472 observed 3 NVA with weapons, engaged them resulting in 1 NVA KIA and 1 AK-47 and 1 M-26 grenade on a pistol belt. The other 2 NVA evaded but are still in the area. Request scout team."

1500 - 1520 – The Company is airlifted from 279472 to 284540.

1525 – The scout team working with "A" Company at 284540 observed 3 men in green uniforms hiding under some trees. When they tried to evade, the team fired on them. No assessment has been made.

1610 - 1630 – CP, Second and Third Platoons were airlifted from 284540 to 265546.

1610 – At 265546, the Second and Third Platoons found 3 unknown types of base plates, 2 NVA packs, 1 bag of rice, bread and candy; a leather bag, assorted clothing, a flashlight, 2 heat tablets, documents, newspapers and one 7.62 mm carbine (a Chinese copy of a Soviet M-1944).

1807 - 1812 – "A" Company is airlifted from 267544 to 284544.

1925 – Locations: the Company is at 284540 without OPs or ambushes out.

1925 – Strength: A, 112 EM, 4 Off; B, 118 EM, 5 Off; C, 121 EM, 3 Off; D, 127 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 123 EM, 13 Off.

0947 -1005 – The Company is airlifted from 284540 to 315454.

1110 – The Company is moving south from 328519.

1123 – "Readout on documents captured by A Co. 15 March vic. 279472: Some government papers and propaganda directed at the Negro G. I. Negative tactical information."

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 316437 with the First Platoon on ambush at 315441.

1945 – At 316437, the Company reports seeing a couple of flashes to the south, estimated at 2 klts.

0636 – The First Platoon ambush returns with negative findings.

0945 - 1007 – The Company is airlifted from 316437 to 295398.

1048 – At 317434 [?!], three individuals were seen to the south at 292388 on a trail. Scout team is on the way.

1100 – The scout team spots 1 man at 292388 who evaded them but left behind a BAR. ARA will attack this area.

1130 – The Company is moving north from 295398.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 290403 without OPs or ambushes.

1900 – Strength: A, 111 EM, 4 Off; B, 117 EM, 4 Off; C, 119 EM, 4 Off; D, 127 EM, 2 Off; HHC, 128 EM, 13 Off.

1045 – The Company is moving west [south] from 290400.

1126 – "A Co requests medevac for 1 EM who fell and hit his head on something that knocked him unconscious for two minutes, possible neck injury, litter case, vic. 290395." Medevac completed at 1149 hrs.

1808 – At 283382, a new aiming stake was found. It will be sent in.

1845 – Locations: the Fourth Platoon is on LZ Anne the rest of the Company is at 283382, with a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon on OP 100 meters to the south.

1915 – "A Co vic. 283382 observed approximately 8 flashes azimuth 350°, estimated at 2 kilometers."

2215 – Bde says that severe weather is immanent.

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0630 – All OPs are in with negative findings.

1013 - 1033 – The Company is airlifted from 283382 to 309401.

1100 – The PRUs arrived at the Company's location at 309401.

1150 – "1/8 command and control helicopter evacuated 1 EM from A Co located at 309401 who fell and injured his knee."

1201 – The Company is moving northwest from 309401.

1315 ­ "A Co vic. 309406 found an estimated Co size position, 8-12 bunkers and 5-6 man size positions estimated at 24-36 hours old."

1900 – Locations: the Fourth Platoon is on LZ Anne, the rest of the Company is at 316405.

0648 – "B Co received 15-20 mortar rounds within 150-200 meters of their perimeter to the south of vic. 316405. A Co believes they observed the tube flashes from vic. 320401. Artillery and ARA requested."

0945 – The Company is moving northeast from 316405.

1700 – Weather warning from Bde until 2200 hrs. today: scattered thunderstorms, visibility 1 mile, winds variable at 15 knots, gusting to 30 knots.

1740 – "A Co vic. 326425 had an engineer EM injured when a bangalore torpedo was detonated setting off a booby trap or dud round, not serious."

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 326425 with the Third Squad of the First Platoon on an OP within 100 meters to the east.

1900 – Strength: A, 111 EM, 5 Off; B, 113 EM, 4 Off; C, 120 EM, 4 Off; D, 127, 2 Off; HHC, 131 EM, 12 Off.

SR 0602, SS 1800 SR 0601, SS 1800 SR 0600, SS 1801 SR 0559, SS 1801, ◯ SR 0558, SS 1801 SR 0557, SS 1801 SR 0557, SS 1801 SR 0556, SS 1801 SR 0555, SS 1802
Items: 11-13, 21-22, 34-36, 38, 41, 45. Items: 11, 13-14, 16, 18-20, 23, 25-27, 30, 36-37, 39, 41, 48, 50, 57. Items: 8, 17-18, 21-30, 35, 44-47, 60. Items: 8, 12-16, 19-21, 24, 28, 30, 33, 38, 41, 43-44, 46-47, 56. Items: 4-5, 14, 19-22, 42, 48-52, 54-57, 62-65, 66, 68, 75. Items: 22-25, 36-37, 51-52. Items: 8, 11-13, 15, 25, 28-29, 37. Items: 15, 19-20, 40-42, 50. Items: 8, 23-26, 29-30, 32, 35, 40. Items: 10, 15, 34-35, 38.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
©Kevan Mynderup, C 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

LZ Anne being resupplied, 1968.
          ©Kevan Mynderup, C 1/8, 1st Cav. Div.

View of the Helipad on LZ Anne, 1968.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Mỹ Chánh Market, Hải Lăng, 1966/72.
         

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0630 – The OP has returned with negative findings.

0959 – A K-9 team was sent to the Company's location at 326425.

1030 – The Company is moving northeast from 326425.

1850 – Locations: the Company is at 321444 with an OP 100 meters to the south.

0605 – The OP has returned with negative findings.

0905 - 0928 – The Company is flown from 321444 to 279407.

0950 – "A Co vic. 279407 sent in one EM who scratched his face when landing on the LZ."

1905 – Locations: the Company is at 289429 with 3 OPs: a fire team from the First Platoon to the east, a fire team from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon to the south, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon to the west, all within 100 meters of the perimeter.

1905 – Strength: A, 110 EM, 5 Off; B, 113 EM, 2 Off; C, 118 EM, 4 Off; D, 123 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 127 EM, 11 Off.

2100 – "From Bde S-3: The Enemy will attempt to attack in this area estimated to be on 23 0300 March 68. All units in the field are to be on 2/3 alert status between 0200 - 0400 hrs. ARA counter-mortar/counter-rocket patrols will be run between 0200 - 0400 hrs., also artillery H & I fires increased during this time."

0250 – "From Bde S-2: Possible attack on Quang Tri, Lai Vang and Ai Tu airport. Following information furnished, [there is] substantial increase into subject area based on unevaluated target date 20-30 March and another unevaluated attack target 18-31 March. Intelligence reports indicate possible collecting [point] in the vicinity of Quang Tri, although confirmed dates cannot be established. The report indicates in the near future, the NVA will attack Quang Tri with up to 3 infantry regiments, 2 separate Btns supported by rockets and 1-2 Btns by possible artillery. Agent's report indicates the attack on Ai Tu will take place from coordinates YD 286574, 293546 and 301572 with 10-31 separate Btns attacking from YD 312564. The enemy is determined to attempt to limit our facilities and can easily do so by destroying helicopters at Ai Tu air strip. A single attack [will be launched] to divert attention from the Khe Sanh combat base. Enemy forces are nearing completion to attack. A favorable lunar time is drawing near."

0605 – the OPs have returned to the perimeter.

1120 - 1128 – The Company is airlifted from 289429 to LZ Sharon.

1920 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon with ambushes by the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 346480, the Second Squad of the Second Platoon at 339484, the Third Squad of the Second Platoon at 328479, the Fourth Squad of the Second Platoon at 325485, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 336494.

0630 – "A Co authenticated and entered 1/8 net."

0720 – The First Platoon is OPCON to 1/12 and is now moving west from LZ Sharon.

0725 – All ambushes have returned to LZ Sharon.

1155 – "1/8 Cav CO, Lt Col Dubia, requests that all elements while on a fire base to zero their weapons."

1900 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon. The First Platoon sent out 5 ambushes: the Second Squad's at 339484, the Third Squad's at 325483, the Fourth Squad's at 328479, the Platoon Sgt's at 336494, and the Lieutenant's at 346480.

1900 – Strength: A, 110 EM, 5 Off, and 8 in the rear; B, 122 EM, 5 Off; C, 121 EM, 4 Off; D, 130 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 131 EM, 11 Off.

0658 – All ambushes have returned to LZ Sharon with negative findings.

0900 - 0918 – The Company, minus the First Platoon, are airlifted from LZ Sharon to 405549, and the Third Platoon to 404547.

0920 – "A Co is in contact, 1/8 S-3 has been wounded, will be evacuated by CC to 15th Med (405547)."

0930 – The Company is receiving sporadic small arms fire around its entire perimeter. They have sustained 1 KIA and 1 WIA wounded by an M-79 fragment.

0937 – Artillery is being called in at 405547.

0940 – The PRUs with the Company have 2 detainees who say that the contact is with an NVA company.

0950 – The Company has sustained 5 WIAs from M-79 shrapnel. They were Medevaced at 1029 hrs.

1005 – At the site of contact (405549) an ARA took a burst of automatic weapons fire.

1011 – Gunships from the 1/9 Cav have arrived on scene.

1020 - 1030 – "D" Company has been air assaulted from LZ Sharon to "A" Company's locale.

1035 – The Company requests a Medevac with an oxygen resuscitator for a WIA. He dies at 1049 hrs.

1045 – "They have found a quantity of commo wire in vicinity of A Co contact, believed to be a possible CP Area."

1056 – "A Co [Fourth Platoon] element is receiving small arms fire from all sides (360°)."

1057 – The Btn Commander requests 1/9 gunship team in the area of contact.

1130 – "A" Company CP, Third Platoon, the "D" Company Third Platoon have pulled back to 400550. "A Co [Second and Fourth] Platoons are still in the village vic. 405455 pinned down by small arms, automatic weapons and M-79 fire from 360°, they have an FO and they are brining gun ships and ARA runs at this time with artillery following."

1142 – The Second and Fourth Platoons have called in artillery support.

1150 – Charlie Company is ordered to move from 338550 to 397547.

1205 -1211 – First Platoon is air assaulted from LZ Sharon to 400550.

1305 – "A Co requests a Medevac for 1 EM hit by small arms fire in the leg vic. 400500.

1315 – "D" Company requests Medevac for a soldier hit with ARA shrapnel.

1318 – "A" Company hit with 3-4 60 mm mortar rounds at 400550.

1330 – "Medevac ship 453 received incoming rounds, vic. 400550 but Medevac completed."

1440 – The Second and Fourth Platoons "report that when a log bird touched down vic. 405455 it received 2 B-40 rockets. The log bird took a hit in the tail yet also picked up 1 US WIA, taking him to 15th Med."

1450 – "A Co log [bird] sent in 2 detainees from vic. 400550."

1515 – "The 2 detainees that A Co sent in [at 0940] had on their persons 3 60 mm mortars rounds, 1 satchel charge, rice and clothing, 1 pistol belt, and a poncho."

1549 – "Information taken from POWs picked up by A Co – Unit is 814th Btn (80% NVA, 20% VC), is a main force Btn, independent, well armed and have good communications. They do not depend on any reinforcements. They work in the general area of contact, mainly vic. 406548.

1550 – The Second and Fourth Platoons are receiving automatic weapons fire, request ARA. They arrive at 1605 hrs.

1606 – ARA drops CS gas at 405455.

1610 – "A" Company 1/9 is sending scouts and gunships to "A" Company 1/8.

1615 – "A" and "C" Companies are moving east.

1650 – The Battalion Commander requests another scout team for "A" Company.

1655 – "A 1/9 gunship received 21 hits from small arms and the pilot took some shrapnel in his neck, but is OK. The ship made it back to the LZ."

1720 – "A" Company and the Third Platoon of "D" Company while trying to reach the Third and Fourth Platoons were themselves pinned down by small arms and automatic weapons fire.

1725 – "Further information from the POWs indicate that the unit in contact is the 2d Co, 814th Btn with 175 personnel, 1 heavy machine gun, 3 or 4 60 mm mortars, many small arms and individual weapons and plenty of ammo."

1730 – A "D" Company ambush at 412552 killed 6 NVAs. Confirmed by 1/8 Commander the morning of 26 March.

1740 – "D" Company's Third Platoon requests a Medevac for two soldiers wounded by small arms fire at 405455. Medevac completed at 1806 hrs.

1800 – "CO 1/8 has declared at TAC-E to keep log birds until darkness."

1830 – "A Co vic. 406557 reports 1 A 1/9 scout ship was shot down. The aircraft was destroyed. Negative report on casualties."

1830 – "A Co Medevac completed with 1 KIA, 3 WIAs vic. 398552."

1901 – The Second and Fourth Platoons report secondary explosions from the ARA run at 405545.

1930 – Medevac requested: "A" Company was hit by a B-40 rocket. One KIA and 7 WIAs were Medevaced out at 2010 hrs.

2015 – Locations: the Second and Fourth Platoons are at 405543, the rest of the Company is at 398552.

2015 – Strength: A, 86 EM, 4 Off; B, 122 EM, 5 Off; C, 124 EM, 4 Off; D, 122 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 131 EM, 10 Off.

2130 – Bde has approved the use of APCs for tomorrow.

2135 – At 413553, "D" Company saw 1 green star cluster fired from 800 meters distant at 3200 mils [180°].

2300 – Charlie Company at 397552 received 5 mortar rounds. The FO with "A" Company spotted the flashes at 405556.

2400 – "Summary of friendly and enemy casualties and POWs: A Co had 8 US KIA, 19 US WIA, 2 VC POWs, 28 NVA KIA; C Co had 1 VC POW and 10 NVA KIA; D Co had 3 US KIA, 9 US WIA and 6 NVA KIAs; HHC had 1 US KIA and 1 US WIA."

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0100 – "A Co vic. 398552 heard small arms firing to the northwest about 1000 meters."

0110 – LZ Sharon received 12-15 mortar rounds.

0310 – Ai Tu airstrip is being hit with rockets and mortars, and Trieu Phoung at 320556 had been mortared at 0100 hrs.

0655 – The Third and Fourth Platoons "report the enemy is in the open. They are engaging at this time with small arms and artillery."

0715 – A scout team from 1/9 is with "A" Company at 398552 for general recon.

0752 – The 1/8 Command Chopper in the area of contact took an NVA under fire. One NVA KIA.

0753 – "D Co is moving southwest in a column from vic. 413553."

0840 – "A Co and C Co are spread out in a line along the northwest of the village and contact area, D Co [Third Platoon] and A Co [Third Platoon] will move into the area where they believe their MIAs are, east of 398552."

0845 – "D Co has reached the turning point due south of the area of contact. They are making a flanking movement and will move on line sweeping through the village."

0910 – "D Co has reached the A Co [Second and Fourth Platoon] location in the center of the village vic. 405545. 1/8 elements are proceeding to make a thorough police of the area, so far they have found an amount of documents and 6 B-40 rockets."

0943 – "D" Company found their 2 MIAs dead. They were extracted by log bird.

0948 – "A Co has spotted some military age males in a rice paddy to the west of 398552. Scout teams are working with [the Third Platoon] to police them up. PRUs will interrogate."

1007 – "D" Company ran across a 66 year old man who said that there were 300 NVA and VC who moved out of his village at 398552 last night.

1023 – The Fourth Platoon detained a man over 60 who says that the NVA moved out of his village at 412554 at 2100 hrs. last night.

1027 – "A" Company recovered its First Platoon MIA who was KIA.

1045 – "A" Company has found 6 NVA KIAs at 398552. They were in green uniforms, but stripped of weapons, packs, and documents.

1112 – "D" Company found another NVA KIA with a pack and a satchel charge at 398552.

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1114 – "A and C Cos are moving generally east into the area of contact vic. 398552."

1208 – At 398552, "A" Company has found an NVA KIA with an SKS rifle.

1209 – "C" Company finds 3 dead NVA killed by artillery with some mortar rounds nearby.

1230 – "C" Company found another body "beyond recognition."

1235 – "C" Company captured an NVA who shot at them with an SKS at 403548.

1310 – The NVA was actually captured by "A" Company's Kit Carson while "A" and "C" Companies were online in a sweep.

1340 – "A" and "C" Companies are moving north from 403548.

1434 - 1503 – "A" Company is airlifted from 395556 to 319469.

1500 – The 1/8 CC observed 2 civilians carrying off the man whom they had wounded at 0758 hrs. earlier. They did not take them under fire.

1530 – "A" Company is now OPCON to 2/8 Cav.

1535 – "D" Company findings: 1 sandbag containing US maps, 3 sketches of defense village and anti-gas medical kit, two 9 mm pistols, and a flare pistol.

1620 ­ – The POW taken at 1235 hrs. says that there were 300-400 NVA in the area with 17 B-40 rocket sites, several machine guns, and each soldier equipped with an AK-47 or its equivalent.

1910 – Locations: the Company is at 320468 OPCON to 2/8 Cav.

1910 – Strength: A, 81 EM, 4 Off;
B, 126 EM, 4 Off; C, 123 EM, 4 Off; D, 118 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 134 EM, 9 Off.

2120 – The man captured by "A" Company is Pvt. Le Van Hanh of the 2d Company of the 14th Btn. He says that they move every day or every two days. Their mission was to attack small forces of US or ARVNs. They have 12 officers, 178 EM, SKSs and AKs, HMs, 60 & 82 mm mortars. Their morale is good, although they are afraid of artillery and choppers.

2400 – "Summary of friendly and enemy casualties and POWs: A Co had 7 NVA KIAs and 1 VC POW; C Co had 1 NVA KIA, D Co had 9 NVA KIAs – A Co had 1 crew served weapon and 2 individual weapons captured and D Co had 2 individual weapons captured."

0357 - 0511 – Charlie Company at 395556 was heavily bombarded by 60 mm and 81 mm mortars, nearly 20 rounds. They sustained 1 KIA and 4 WIAs. Their OP was then hit with 5 mortar rounds with 1 KIA and 1 WIA.

0525 – "D" Company at 408546 reports seeing a green star cluster at azimuth 2900 mils [163° 7' 30"] at 2 klts.

0709 – All OPs and ambushes have returned to their perimeters.

0905 – The whole of "A" Company has returned to LZ Sharon.

1930 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon with no ambushes or OPs out.

1935 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon with no ambushes or OPs out.

1935 – Strength: A, 96 EM, 4 Off; B, 125 EM, 5 Off; C, 124 EM, 5 Off; D, 118 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 134 EM, 10 Off.

1315 – The Company is released from its status as a RRF.

1830 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon with no ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – The Company is on LZ Sharon with no ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – Strength: A, 95 EM, 4 Off; B, 122 EM, 4 Off; C, 122 EM, 4 Off; D, 120 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 133 EM, 11 Off.

0945 – The Company is moving south from LZ Sharon.

1820 – Locations: the Company is at 288458, with a fire team of the First Squad of the First Platoon with an OP at 288457, a fire team of the Second Squad of the Second Platoon on ambush at 293454, a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon on ambush at 296463.

SR 0554, SS 1802 SR 0554, SS 1802, ◑ SR 0553, SS 1802 SR 0552, SS 1802 SR 0551, SS 1803 SR 0550, SS 1803 SR 0549, SS 1803 SR 0548, SS 1803, ◉︎ SR 0547, SS 1803 SR 0547, SS 1804
Items: 8, 15, 19, 29. Items: 9, 14-17, 23, 38, 41. Items: 4, 9, 17-20, 38. Items: 10, 12-13, 28, 40. Items: 11, 17-29, 31-37, 39-40, 42-44, 52, 54-55, 57, 62-65, 67-81, 85-86, 88, 92-94, 97-98, 100; 26 March, Item 58. Items: 3-4, 7, 11-12, 14-18, 20, 24-25, 27-29, 31, 34, 36, 40-45, 50-56, 59, 66, 70. Items: 5-12, 14, 18, 49. Item: 46. Items: 31, 38. Item: 55. Items: 23, 36.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
Photo by Joe Wernli, from the Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Ái Tử Airport, Quảng Trị, 1967.
          Facebook.

Triệu Phong High School, 2012.
          Joe Wernli. Creative Commons License.

Ái Tử Airport, view to the south, early 1968.
         

Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Ái Tử Air Base, Quảng Trị, August 1969.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Ái Tử Air Base, Quảng Trị, August 1969.
          Vstreech. Creative Commons License.

Quảng Trị, Ty Lâm District, 1967/68.
         

Larry Hammond. Creative Commons License.

La Vang Airfield, 1968 - 1972.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Trần Hưng Đạo Street, Quảng Trị City, 1968 - 1972.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Quảng Trị City, 1968.
         

Tom Bigelow. Creative Commons License.

Khe Sanh Combat Base, 1967/68.
          ©Bill McClain, B / 228th ASHB.

The site where a 122mm rocket landed on LZ Sharon.
          ©John Lippert, B / 228th ASHB.

Gunship 143 parked on LZ Sharon.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

The Tower, LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon helipads, 1968.
          ©Ron De Vasto, 5th 155mm Gun Battery (SP), 1/13, 9th Marine Amphib. Bde.

Lake at 16.783860, 107.098321, 135 m. to the SW of LZ Sharon, 1967.
          ©Ted Nordin, 1/61 Infantry.

An aerial view of LZ Sharon.
         

©Fred Jelinek, 1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
          ©Fred Jelinek, 1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
          ©1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
          ©Bill McClain, B Co., 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Unknown source.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
         

©Chris E. Hill, 1/61 Infantry.

1/61 area on LZ Sharon, 1968/69.
         

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0615 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeter.

1000 – The Company is at 288458.

1015 – The Company is on 30 minute stand-by.

1200 – The Company is at 288458.

1400 – Company location: 288458.

1600 – The Company is at 288458.

1900 – Final locations: the Company is at 287459. A fire team of the Fourth Squad of the First Platoon has an OP to the west within 100 meters; a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon with an ambush at 291461.

0200 – "A Co had a trip flare go off to the west. An EM saw an individual running, he fired a few shots but missed. They called for illumination with negative findings, vic. 287459."

0601 – All ambushes and OPs have returned.

0800 – Company location: 287459.

0940 – The Company is moving south from 287459.

1000 – Company location: 287459.

1200 – The Company is at 292464.

1240 – Medevac requested at 314472 for an EM who dislocated his knee. Medevac completed at 1250 hrs.

1400 – "A" Company is at 319469.

1525 – Bde S-3 says that Operation Pegasus may be a go for 4 April. There will be a meeting with the Bde Commander on 3 April.

1600 – The Company is at 319469.

1900 – Final locations: the Company is at 319469, with 3 OPs to the north, east, and west.

1900 – Strength: A, 100 EM, 4 Off; B, 117 EM, 4 Off; C, 113 EM, 5 Off; D, 108 EM, 3 Off; HHC, 125 EM, 12 Off.

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0020 – Marshaling area for the 1/8 for 4 April will be YD 330481. The grid has been cleared 500 meters in every direction.

0615 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0800 – "A" Company is at 319469.

0910 – The Company changes it radio frequency to 33.70.

0915 – The Company is located at 319469.

1545 – Company location is 319469.

1900 – Final location: the Company is at 319469 with 3 OPs within 100 meters to the north, west, and east.

2045 – At 319469 at the northern OP of a fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon, an EM accidentally shot himself in the foot, although not seriously.

0545 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0750 – The Company is moving east from 319469.

0815 – "A" Company has linked up with "B" and "C" Companies at 333481.

0825 – "D" Company has linked up with the other companies at 333481.

1410 – "Bde S-3 advises that the move for the 1/8 Cav Btn on 4 April 68 has been postponed till 5 April 68."

1500 – Bde S-3 says that the extraction of the 1/8 Cav will be with Chinooks.

1600 – Locations: A, 328476; B & C, 333481; D, 336483 with its Second and Third Platoons at 353468.

1900 – The Company is at 328476 with 2 OPs within 100 meters to the north and south.

1900 – Strength: A, 98 EM, 4 Off; B, 117 EM, 5 Off; C, 105 EM, 5 Off; D, 109 EM, 3 Off.

2035 – "Bde S-3M reports the route the 1/8 lift ships are to follow. The first 40 ships will leave LZ Stud, follow Hwy 9 all the way to the 83 grid line, swing south going toward LZ Snapper and come in from the south, then when the ships leave LZ Snapper, they go west to the 84 grid line, then north to hwy 9 and back to LZ Stud. During the flight of the first 40 ships there will be no firing. After the first 40 there will be a no fire route along the same route 1000 to 1500 up and 500 meters each side of the route."

0250 – "1/8 Cav area received incoming mortar rounds from vic. 344484."

0315 – The 1/8 Cav area was mortared from west to east with 10-15 rounds. No casualties reported.

0635 – All OPs have returned to their perimeters.

0900 – "A" Company is the first to leave PZ at 333481 for LZ Stud.

0922 – The Company arrives at LZ Stud.

1300 - 1335 – "A" Company is airlifted, from LZ Stud to LZ Snapper.

1335 – "1/8 jump CP complete at LZ Snapper."

1500 - 1615 – "D" Company makes contact at 837346 with an NVA unit and is mortared. One of its platoons is pinned down, but extricated.

2130 – Final locations: all 1/8 companies are on LZ Snapper (XD 842347).

2135 – "A" 1/9 at 822352 caught the NVA in the open, killing all 15 of them; at 824352, they caught 30-40 NVA in the open, killing 35 of them.

1000 – The Company is on LZ Snapper.

1330 – "A Co at LZ Snapper requests an EOD team to check out the bomb crater because there are tail fins sticking out and they believe it to be a dud." They arrive at 1515 hrs.

1915 – The Company is located on LZ Snapper.

1915 – Strength: A, 112 EM, 4 Off; B, 122 EM, 5 Off; C, 102 EM, 4 Off; D, 130 EM, 5 Off.

1030 – The Company is on LZ Snapper.

1320 – The Third Platoon has returned to LZ Snapper (from 843354 ?).

1900 – Final locations: the Company is on LZ Snapper.

2210 – "Bde S-3M states that from this time on each company when stopping for a chow break will put out a marking panel to mark their position."

0630 – "A" Company is on LZ Snapper.

0940 - 1005 – The Company air assaults from LZ Snapper to 838328.

1030 – "A" Company is at 838328.

1415 – The Company is at 827321.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 827321.

2320 – "D Co vic. 847330 and A Co vic. 827321 have observed several white and green star clusters being fired at 6,400 mils about 4 to 6,000 meters away from their positions."

0830 – The Company is located at 827321.

1015 – The First Platoon at 822316 reports sniper fire with 1 US WIA.

1030 – "A Co reports their US WIA is now a KIA, vic. 822316."

1035 – "A Co requested ARA or gun birds for use vic. 822316 [First Platoon] is in contact."

1050 – "A Co reports three confirmed NVA KIA vic. 822316."

1100 – "A Co reports ARA now engaging a bunker complex vic. 822316."

1133 – "A Co's [First Platoon] has returned to the A Co perimeter. They have their US KIA with them, vic. 827321."

1144 – The Second Platoon has also returned to the Company perimeter.

1215 – An air strike went in on 827316.

1253 – "Air strike is complete and a second one is on the way."

1300 – "Second air strike vic. 822316 is complete."

1315 – "The Aircraft putting in the air strike received small arms fire, negative assessment. Also A Co FO observed secondary explosions."

1316 – "C Co vic. 839318 observed movement vic. of the air strike 822316."

1327 – Another air strike is planned for 822316.

1450 – "A Co reports a secondary explosion was followed by grenades and anti-aircraft ammo cooking off for about 10 minutes.

1451 – The First Platoon is moving from 827321 back to the area of contact at 822321.

1730 – The First Platoon "vic. 822316 found one gas mask, NVA type, a first aid packet and other miscellaneous medical supplies, a long whip antenna, 2 pairs of NVA boots, one uniform, 5 large batteries (similar to BA-386), a flash light, 100 well fortified bunkers, several other types of equipment burned by napalm. Will search more on 10 April. Also found 8 NVA KIA by combination of artillery and air strikes."

2110 – Final locations: the Company is at 827321.

2400 – "Summary of friendly and enemy casualties and POWs: A Co had 11 NVA KIAs and 1 US KIA."

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0830 – The Company is at 827321.

0817 – The Second and Third Platoons are moving southeast from 827321.

1000 – Second and Third Platoons are moving south.

1140 – At 822316, the Second and Third Platoons "found ten bunkers with a trench in front of every bunker and a fresh mortar pit. All indications show that they were killed in yesterday's air strike. Also found one gas can full of gas, one hand set for some type of radio, one mess kit, one steel helmet, web gear with ChiCom grenades, some C-4, and one ChiCom assault weapon. Also spotted three track vehicles vic. 778315. Calling in artillery at this time."

1230 – Second and Third Platoons are located at 822316.

1250 – "A Co artillery FO, Sgt. Frye, states that after calling in artillery (1140 hrs.), 3 track vehicles were burning and believed to be inoperational, vic. 778315 (2 SP artillery pieces and one unidentified, caliber unknown)."

1440 – The Second and Third Platoons at 822316 "found a map overlay of the area around LZ Snapper, one 5 gallon gas can, 2 mess kits, 1 hand set for a radio, a base plate for a rocket, several batteries for radios, assorted clothing, 2 entrenching tools, one base for a long antenna, 200 feet of commo wire, a pistol belt, two 2 gallon cans of oil, 1 US compass, an AK-50, 5 NVA KIA by artillery and an estimated 50 NVA KIA by artillery yesterday."

1930 – The Second and Third Platoons have returned to "A" Company's location at 822321.

1930 – Strength: A, 116 EM, 4 Off; B, 120 EM, 5 Off; C, 104 EM, 4 Off; D, 134 EM, 5 Off.

1940 – Bde readout on "A" Company documents: "1 trunk box unknown address, propaganda report stating that this unit needed replacements (unknown unit), an overlay of Hwy 9 from Laos to Khe Sanh showing 5000 meters north & south of hwy."

2008 – "A Co vic. 827321 observed 3 sets of lights located at 860310 believed to be an armor convoy. Artillery was called in resulting in one secondary explosion believed to be a fuel truck. The lights went out and A Co. could not see the vehicles any longer. 1/20 artillery was called to make an assessment."

2400 – "Summary ... A Co. had 7 NVA KIAs."

SR 0546, SS 1804 SR 0545, SS 1804 SR 0544, SS 1804 SR 0545, SS 1806 SR 0544, SS 1806, ◐ SR 0543, SS 1807 SR 0542, SS 1807 SR 0541, SS 1807
Items: 9, 14-15, 18, 20, 24, 28. Items: 5, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18-19, 22-24, 28. Items: 2, 9, 12, 23-24, 26-27, 29, 39, 41. Items: 8-9, 12, 14, 21, 23-24, 29, 31. Items: 4, 7, 11, 14, 19, 24-26, 30-35, 42-43. Items: 13, 18-19, 23. Items: 12, 19, 25, 31. Items: 9, 12-17, 19, 23, 30, 43. Items: 14, 23-24, 27-29, 34-35, 38-42, 45, 48-49, 53, 57, 62. Items: 10, 12, 20, 22, 26-27, 31, 40, 42-43, 48.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) or LZ Snapper (16.590395 N, 106.722698 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits        
Photo by Sergeant Doug Parkinson,
from the Site of Dr. Bob Ankony.

Intensive Helicopter activity on LZ Stud, 1968.
          Photo by Lt. Ch. Brown, C 1/5 Cav. In A/227 Assault Helicopter Btn, File 20/23

Choppers on the Pad at LZ Stud.
          Michael Archer. Creative Commons License.

Khe Sanh Village, Late 1967.
         

©John Nimesgern, 77th Artillery Regiment Association, HHS 1/77, 67-68, Column 4, Photo 8

LZ Stud, 1968.
         

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1030 – The Company is at 827321.

1100 - 1140 – 1/8 Cav Jump CP transferred from LZ Snapper to LZ Sharon.

1615 - 1700 – The Company is airlifted from XD 827321 to LZ Stud.

1956 – The Company is at LZ Stud.

1956 – Strength: A, 115 EM, 6 Off; B, 119 EM, 5 Off; C, 104 EM, 4 Off; D, 139 EM, 5 Off.

0805 - 1020 – "A" Company is airlifted one platoon at a time from LZ Stud to LZ Sharon.

1155 – The Company is moving south from LZ Sharon.

1252 – "A Co vic. 341468 requests medevac for 4 US WIAs who hit a 105 round with trip wire booby trap, litter cases." Medevac completed at 1258 hrs.

1335 – The First Platoon at 333470 "requests an EOD team to destroy a booby trap, charge unknown. Bde states that none is available."

1450 – The Second and Third Platoons are at 325472, the rest of the Company is at 333470.

1805 – At 333470, 2 booby traps are discovered. An EOD team is requested at first light.

1850 – Locations: the Second and Third Platoons are at 325472, the rest of the Company is at 333470. The First Squad of the First Platoon has an ambush at 346472, the First Squad of the Third Platoon has an ambush at 334465, and there is one OP south 100 meters.

2400 – "Summary ... A Co had 4 US WIAs and 1 US KIA."

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0635 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

1000 – The CP, First and Fourth Platoons are at 333470, the Second and Third Platoons are at 325472.

1330 – The Company is at 347472.

1530 – The Company is at 346475.

1905 – Final locations: the Company is at 346475, a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon is on ambush at 346468, the Second Squad of the Second Platoon is on ambush at 346480, a fire team from the Fourth Squad of the Third Platoon is on ambush at 353477.

0630 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0730 – The Company is located at 346475.

0810 – The Company has returned to LZ Sharon.

1900 – Final locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon with no ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – Strength: A, 112 EM, 6 Off; B, 118 EM, 5 Off; C, 91 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 130 EM, 13 Off.

0730 – "A" Company is located on LZ Sharon.

1030 - 1105 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Sharon to LZ Pedro.

1135 – The Company is at LZ Pedro.

1330 – Company location is now 228502.

1534 – "A" Company is now at 227512.

1800 – Final locations: the Company is at 221508, with an OP 50 meters to the southwest.

0605 – The OP is back inside the perimeter.

0854 – Most of the Company has returned to LZ Pedro.

0920 – The Second Platoon is moving towards LZ Pedro from 221508.

1130 – The Second Platoon is moving south from 221508, the rest of the Company is on LZ Pedro.

1131 – The Second Platoon has returned to LZ Pedro.

1900 – Final locations: the Company is at LZ Pedro with no ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – Strength: A, 110 EM, 6 Off; B, 113 EM, 3 Off; C, 101 EM, 5 Off; D, 141 EM, 5 Off; HHC, 131 EM, 14 Off.

0730 – "A" Company is on LZ Pedro.

0855 – "From Brigade: All elements entering the area on "D" Day will carry protective masks."

1100 – "A/Co at LZ Pedro requests spray (massive) as soon as possible every day here after."

1900 – The Company is at LZ Pedro.

0730 – The Company is at LZ Pedro.

0910 – "From Brigade: request all line companies except A/Co at LZ Pedro to move on to LZ Sharon and stand by."

1840 – Final locations: the Company is at LZ Pedro without ambushes or OPs out.

0730 – "A" Company is on LZ Pedro.

0910 – "D-Day will be a go beginning at 0600 hours 20 April 68."

0925 – "The US Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Johnson, and Deputy Commander, Gen. Irby, and Col. Standard are en route to LZ Pedro. Estimated time of arrival is 0940 hrs."

1900 – The Company is located at LZ Pedro without ambushes or OPs out.

1900 – Strength: A, 111 EM, 6 Off; B, 113 EM, 5 Off; C, 97 EM, 7 Off; HHC, 129 EM, 15 Off.

0730 – The Company is on LZ Pedro.

1430 – "A/Co back-log complete."

1545 – The Company has completed detonating all dud rounds on LZ Pedro.

1557 - 1630 – The Company departs by air from LZ Pedro to LZ Sharon one platoon at a time.

1604 – Medevac requested for a soldier with an accidental gunshot wound to his shoulder. Medevac to 18th Surgical was completed at 1616 hrs.

1930 – Final locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon without ambushes or OPs out.

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SR 0538, SS 1805 SR 0538, SS 1806 SR 0537, SS 1806, ◯ SR 0536, SS 1806 SR 0535, SS 1806 SR 0534, SS 1807 SR 0533, SS 1807 SR 0532, SS 1807, ◑
Items: 8-10, 23-26, 31. Items: 11-12, 15-16, 23-27, 29, 31, 34, 36, 40, 42, 55. Items: 8, 24, 31, 43, 51. Items: 8-10, 16. Items: 9, 13-20, 26, 32, 36. Items: 11, 14-15, 25-26, 40. Items: 11, 14, 29, 40. Items: 10, 15, 36. Items: 13, 20, 24, 42. Items: 14, 25-29, 31-35, 39.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits    
©John Nimesgern, 77th Artillery Regiment Association, HHS 1/77, 67-68, Column 4, Photo 8

LZ Stud, 1968.
          First of the 61st Infantry

The view from LZ Pedro.
          ©William Matthies, B Battery, 2/19 Artillery

The FDC crew, B 2/19 Artillery, on LZ Pedro.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
          ©Bill McClain, B / 228th ASHB.

The site where a 122mm rocket landed on LZ Sharon.
          ©John Lippert, B / 228th ASHB.

Gunship 143 parked on LZ Sharon.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

The Tower, LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon helipads, 1968.
         

©Ron De Vasto, 5th 155mm Gun Battery (SP), 1/13, 9th Marine Amphib. Bde.

Lake at 16.783860, 107.098321, 135 m. to the SW of LZ Sharon, 1967.
          ©Ted Nordin, 1/61 Infantry.

An aerial view of LZ Sharon.
          ©Fred Jelinek, 1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
         

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0740 – The Company is on LZ Sharon.

1455 - 1650 – The 1/8 convoy of "A" and "D" Companies leaves LZ Sharon for Camp Evans (545324).

1750 – "A" Company arrives at 1/8 night location at 518299.

1900 – Final locations: 1/8 center of mass is 523299 [518299].

1900 – Strength: A, 113 EM, 5 Off; B, 113 EM, 5 Off; C, 95 EM, 7 Off; D, 128 EM, 6 Off.

0730 – 1/8 Cav at 518299 in a four company perimeter.

0800 – The 1/8 Cav has been released from the 1st Brigade and is OPCON to 196th Infantry Brigade.

1005 – The Company is moving from 518299 to the southeast.

1100 – The Company is at 519298.

1200 – The Company is at 534287.

1301 – Company location: 544274.

1530 – The 1/8 Cav is at 518298.

1900 – The 1/8 Cav has set up its night location at 518298.

0800 – The 1/8 Cav is at 518298.

1020 – Most of "B" Company is moving south.

1035 – Most of "D" Company is moving southeast.

1400 – "A" and "C" Companies, the Fourth Platoon of "B" Company, and the Fourth Platoon of "D" Company remain at 518298.

1600 – All companies of the 1/8 Cav are now at 518298.

2010 – "All companies have had the class on the identification of enemy aircraft."

0800 – The 1/8 Cav is located at 518298.

0920 – "A" Company is moving southeast.

1000 – The Company is at 532289.

1043 – An individual (Roster #87A) fell injuring his leg. Medevac called. It arrives at 1120 hrs.

1140 – The Company is moving from 532289 to the northwest.

1300 – The Company has returned to the Btn perimeter at 518298.

1900 – Locations: the Company is at 518298 with the First Squad of the First Platoon on ambush at 524294.

2105 – The Company requests a Medevac for an EM with a FUO. The Medevac arrived at 2128 hrs.

2129 – The ambush returns to the Company perimeter.

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0630 – "There will be no swimming [in] the river by any of our companies until COs find out whether they are up or down stream from the water point."

0730 – The 1/8 Cav. is at 518298.

0825 – "All companies were notified to be ready for pick up at 0900."

0948 - 1035 – The CP, First Platoon, and Second Platoon are combat assaulted from 518298 to LZ Stallion (385993).

1012 – 1/8 Jump CP and S-3 are on LZ Stallion.

1038 - 1115 – The Third and Fourth Platoons of "A" Company join the rest of the Company at LZ Stallion.

1145 – "A/Co at the vicinity of 383998 reports finding a trench line between bunkers, 10 boxes (24 rounds to a box) of 37 mm ammo, and several burned gas masks. They are now following some commo wire."

1240 – At 383998, the Third Platoon "has found a total of 275 37 mm rounds with a foreign identified type. Found in what appears to be anti-aircraft positions."

1250 – The Third Platoon reports finding the tracks of a 2 1/2 ton truck running east to west at 383998.

1308 – The Company has linked up with the 1/12 at 384999.

1330 – The Second Platoon "has found what they believe to be an M-16 French mine field. Engineers mine sweeping team will be employed at co-ordinates 384002."

1525 – "D/Co has found 3 trucks and 1 jeep and about 150 152 mm artillery rounds, and 1000 lbs of rice at co-ordinates vicinity of 374010."

1820 – "A/Co requests med-evac for 1 EM suffering from severe stomach pains working up into his chest. This individual has suffered some symptoms previously. Medics advised immediate med-evac."

1845 – Both "A" and "D" Companies have received 10-15 automatic weapons rounds from the west. No casualties.

1930 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon OP is moving west, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon is moving northwest from 381999 to 382997.

1950 – "D/Co co-ordinates in the vicinity of 374010 found four vehicles, one in running condition, 200 bolt action rifles, 150 artillery rounds, 152 mm, 1000 lbs rice, 1 or 2 M S machines, 2 60 mm mortars with canisters complete."

2145 – Final locations: "A" Company, 384999; "B" Company, 385994; "C" Company 385996; and "D" Company, 368[014 ?] to 388014.

2235 – "D" Co. reports seeing 2 to 3 white star clusters on an azimuth of 320° at 1000 meters distance. They are calling in artillery.

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0215 – All 1/8 elements are on 100% alert.

0247 - 0320 – "B" and "C" Companies hear the sounds of tracked vehicles south of the runway. The Third Platoon at 0310 hrs. saw and heard 9 muzzle blasts 150 meters to the west. Then minutes later, "D" Company reports the sound of a truck and a tracked vehicle.

0340 – 1/8 is off 100% alert except in the areas where vehicles have been detected.

0605 – The Company's OPs are back inside the perimeter.

0857 – "A/Co is moving west from co-ordinates 384999. They will leave 1 EM behind at each position."

0938 – "C/Co and A/Co observed 10-15 rounds of automatic weapons fire at the last C-130 that made the heavy drop. The fire seemed to be coming from the west of the air strip along the ridge line of Hill 670."

0940 – The Company spots 15-20 more rounds, probably .50 cal., fired at the 3rd C-130 from 370003.

1015 – "A" Company is at 377004.

1215 – The Company has returned to LZ Stallion.

1943 – The Company will have two OPs, a fire team from the Third Squad of the First Platoon at 382003, and another team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 382999.

1945 – "A/Co [First Platoon] found 1-250 to 500 lb dud bomb at co-ordinates 384004. They request an EOD team in the morning."

2015 – The Company's OPs are in position.

2017 – 2 lights were spotted on a hill at 363002. Artillery was called in, and a request is made that ARA or a scout team check the area out tomorrow.

2050 – "A/Co [Second Platoon] spotted movement to their front near co-ordinates 385999. They engaged with a frag grenade, saw an individual run and threw a second grenade that was a dud."

2100 – Final locations: the Company CP is at 385999 with two OPs at 382003, and 382999.

2250 – "A/Co has spotted a light that appears to be 300 meters due southwest of the CP. A light was observed at 2130 hrs. by the [Second Platoon] in the same area."

0630 – The Company's OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0910 – A C-130 was fired on from an azimuth of 5200 mils [292° 30'] and a range of 800 to 900 meters.

1012 – The Company is moving north from 385999 (apparently with the Fourth Platoon in the lead).

1040 – At 383015, the scout team with the Company received a sniper round from 379012. They have found several sets of bare footprints, 10-15 three-man bunkers, 2 NVA web belts, and some commo wire.

1130 – Company location: 376015. They "found 1 dud 1000 lb bomb. EOD is not requested at this time. The point elements have seen and heard movement to their front, they are reconning by fire with artillery at this time. They found 2 bundles of TNT about 150 lbs each and several more bunkers."

1145 – The Company's K-9 team is still at a state of alert. At 374016, they found 10 rounds of AK-47 ammo.

1220 – At 382014, the Company found 50 butterfly mines in an unopened crate, and 15 more in an opened crate; they found ten 2-3 man bunkers, and 5 crew served firing positions.

1230 – At 376017, a 30 gallon barrel of diesel fuel was found and destroyed. The Company is now moving north.

1254 – At 375014, 4 new, log built, earth covered, 2-3 man bunkers were found.

1304 – "The A/Co point element observed 3-4 gooks fire at the last C-130 with several bursts of automatic weapons at co-ordinates 360025. Artillery is being fired at this time."

1310 – "A/Co firing artillery confirmed 1 VC KIA, artillery FO observed kill through binoculars at co-ordinates 360025."

1420 – At 373014, the Company ran into brush too thick to continue on, and will move south instead.

1448 – The Company has returned to LZ Stallion.

1730 – Strength: A, 110 EM, 5 Off; B, 123 EM, 5 Off; C, 100 EM, 5 Off; D, 124 EM, 5 Off; HHC at LZ Evans, 61 EM, 5 Off; HHC at LZ Stallion, 22 EM, 4 Off.

1920 – "A reminder to all COs: dapsone tablets will still continue to be taken daily."

1920 – "A, B, and D/Cos will submit the name of 1 EM, and C/Co will submit 2 names, of individuals to attend VN language school at Brigade."

1935 - 2000 – The 2 OPs have moved into position: a fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon at 384004, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 382996.

2055 – The Company reports 4 individuals to their front. The Second and Third Platoons are engaging them with grenade and with artillery.

2400 – "Summary: ... A/Co, 1 NVA KIA."

The first page of this DSJ, running from 0000-1100 hrs. (Items 1-22), is missing.

1500 – "A" Company is complete at LZ Stallion.

1825 – "An EOD team is requested to go to A/Co's location at LZ Stallion to blow a 500 pound bomb at 0930 hrs. tomorrow."

1901 – Final locations: the Company is at 385999 with a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon on ambush at 384004, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon on ambush at 389996.

The first page or two of this DSJ, running from 0000-2000 hrs. (Items 1-24a), is missing.

[0930 – An EOD team blew up a 500 lb bomb at the Company's location.]

[? – The CO of the Company and a Platoon Sergeant were in the area of the minefield when the latter stepped on a butterfly bomb wounding both of them.]

2400 – "Summary of friendly and enemy casualties and POWs: A/Co, 2 US WIAs, and D/Co, 2 US WIAs and 1 US KIA."

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0610 – "A/Co OPs and ambush elements have closed the perimeter with negative findings."

0855 – The Company reports that the last heavy air drop landed in what they believe is a minefield.

1330 – The Company on LZ Stallion requests an EOD team to blow a 250 lb bomb at 1400 hrs.

1830 – Final locations: the Company is on LZ Stallion at 385999 with a fire team of the First Squad of the First Platoon on OP at 383003, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon on OP at 383997.

SR 0532, SS 1807 SR 0532, SS 1807 SR 0532, SS 1807 SR 0530, SS 1808 SR 0529, SS 1808 SR 0528, SS 1808 SR 0528, SS 1809, ◉︎ SR 0527, SS 1809
Items: 10, 17, 20, 23, 26. Items: 8-9, 16-19, 21, 25. Items: 9, 12-13, 22, 24, 29. Items: 8, 12-3, 15, 22, 30, 33-35. Items: 9-11, 13, 15-18, 22, 28, 30-32, 34-39, 43, 45. Items: 5-10, 16, 22-23, 25-26, 43-44, 46, 48-50, 53. Items: 8, 9, 11-20, 22, 25, 27, 31, 33, 36-37, 39, 46. Items: 33, 37, 39. Item: 31. Items: 10, 20, 27, 33.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) or LZ Stallion (16.266882 N, 107.226594 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits              
©Kevan Mynderup, Charlie Company "DEATH FROM ABOVE" 1st Battalion 8th Cavalry, 1968 – A Shau Photos.

The A Lưới landing strip (LZ Stallion).
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
          ©John Lippert, B / 228th ASHB.

Gunship 143 parked on LZ Sharon.
         

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0645 – All OPs and ambushes have returned to the perimeter.

1830 – Locations: the Company is at LZ Stallion, 385999, with 3 OPs: a fire team of the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 383003, a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 381000, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 383000.

1830 – Strength: A, 113 EM, 6 Off; B, 119 EM, 4 Off; C, 98 EM, 5 Off; D, 113 EM, 5 Off; HHC (Evans), 57 EM, 3 Off; HHC (Stallion), 50 EM, 7 Off.

2235 – The Company reports seeing 2 explosions at 4800 mils [270°] at 800 meters.

0600 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0832 – The Second Platoon is moving west.

0909 – "(From Brigade) Defence platoon size patrol of A/Co west in the 2/8 Area of Operation. Brigade wants the patrol prepared to remain overnight, based on any findings, Brigade HHC will make a decision on the receipt of information."

0955 – The Second Platoon is at 382997.

1100 – At 379004, the Second Platoon found 1 old ammo box, 1 truck spring, 1 old GI poncho, 1 bamboo working bench, and 6 pieces of PSP.

1200 – Second Platoon is at 376004.

1225 – At 376999, the Second Platoon found 3 to 4 man sized bunkers with overhead cover, 1 thatched hut, 1 NVA canteen cover, and 2 small animal traps.

1340 – The Second Platoon at 375998, "found blood trails one week old where ARA had expended. Also, 6 small bottles of vitamin C and D with 'XNDPT' written on them. They will bring the medicine in."

1400 – The Second Platoon is at 375998.

1600 – The Second Platoon is at 374998.

1723 – The Second Platoon returns to LZ Stallion.

1830 – Final locations: the Company is on LZ Stallion (385999) with 3 OPs: a fire team from the Third Squad of the First Platoon at 385006, a fire team of the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 382001, a fire team of the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 383999.

0607 – The OPs have returned to the Company perimeter.

0745 – "The following is a breakdown on 1/8 81 mm mortars and flamethrowers, requested by brigade NLT 031200 May. A/Co, 1 mortar at Stallion, 2 at Evans; B/Co, 2 mortars at Stallion, 1 at Evans; C/Co, 2 at Stallion and 1 at Evans; D/Co, 2 mortars at Stallion and 2 at Evans. A total of 13, 10 of which are operational. Flamethrowers, a total of 9, 7 of which are operational. They are located at Evans."

0750 – Third Platoon is moving west at this time.

0940 – The Third Platoon is at 373997 moving southwest.

1015 – The Third Platoon "requests evacuation for the K-9 team, the dog is covered with leeches and the handler felt the situation is very serious, coordinates 372998." They were extracted at 1115 hrs.

1157 – The Third Platoon has reached the top of the hill at 371997 with negative findings.

1400 – The Third Platoon is now at 372999, moving towards LZ Stallion.

1500 – The Third Platoon has returned to LZ Stallion.

1545 – "A" Company's 81 mm mortar is located at 383998.

1830 – Final locations: the Company is at 385999 on LZ Stallion with 2 OPs: a fire team of the First Squad of the First Platoon at 385006, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 383999.

2030 – "A/Co reports seeing two large lights to their northwest at coordinates 368002. As the lights moved to the south, they observed tracers to the north." "D" Company reports, concerning this, that this is their location and that a trip flare went off while they were firing tracers.

0637 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0817 – The First Squad of the Second Platoon and the First Squad of the Third Platoon are making a sweep of the area 200 meters to the front.

0845 – The First Squad of the Third Platoon is going out front 200 meters to check the area.

0940 - 1013 – The First Platoon is air assaulted from LZ Stallion to 405973. The new LZ was given a "full prep."

1000 – The two squads checking the perimeter have returned with negative findings.

1150 – At 406975, the First Platoon found 1 large bunker inside which they found 3 cooking pots, 10 old ammo boxes with Chinese writing on them, and 2 pieces of PSP.

1200 – The First Platoon is now at 406978.

1400 – The First Platoon is at 403984.

1530 – The First Platoon has returned to LZ Stallion.

1835 - 1840 – 20 -25 60 mm mortar rounds land 100 meters outside the LZ Stallion perimeter. The azimuth was calculated to be 240° - 250°. No casualties.

1840 – Final locations: the Company is on LZ Stallion with 2 OPs: a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 384006, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Squad at 383000.

1840 – Cumulative losses of individual and crew served weapons from 1 Jan 68 to 4 May 68: 2 M-16s, 5 .45 automatic pistols, 1 M-79. In need of repair: 7 M-16s; combat damage, not reparable: 2 M-126s, 1 M-60 machine gun.

2030 – It is reported from 388998 that there are aerial anti-aircraft explosions from 3499, 709 klts. distant on an azimuth of 275°.

2110 – It is reported from 390017, that there were 3 Anti-aircraft air bursts, azimuth of 5000 mils [281° 15'], distance of 5-6 klts.

0605 – All OPs are back inside the perimeter.

0610 – "Organic expenditures: A/Co, 49 HE; B/Co, 78 HE and 2 WP; C/Co, negative; D/Co, 8 HE and 4 WP."

1026 – The Second Platoon is moving west from 385999.

1400 – "A/Co [Second Platoon] cut an LZ at coordinates 373996 and will be moved out shortly."

1445 – The Second Platoon is at 370985.

1600 – The Second Platoon is at 370985.

1615 – The Second Platoon is checking out the high ground from 370995. They have cut LZs at coordinates 374994 and 367996.

1802 – The Company is on LZ Stallion.

1900 – Final locations: the Company is on LZ Stallion with a fire team of the Second Squad of the First Platoon on OP at 383000.

1900 – Strength: A, 109 EM, 5 Off; B, 129 EM, 5 Off; C, 104 EM, 5 Off; D, 105 EM, 5 Off; HHC (Evans), 64 EM, 3 Off; HHC (Stallion), 47 EM, 6 Off.

2217 – The Second Platoon reports 5 incoming rounds about 150 meters from its perimeter.

2240 – These rounds are now thought to be friendly M-79 rounds.

0605 – The OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0700 – Mortar expenditures: A, 55 HE, 20 WP; B, 80 HE, 20 WP; C, 80 HE, 20 WP; D, nothing.

0800 – The following elements are moving about 200 meters to check the area to their front: the First Squad of the First Platoon to the northwest, the Second Squad of the Second Platoon to the west, and the First Squad of the Third Platoon to the west.

0845 - 0900 – All "A" Company elements have returned to the perimeter.

1155 – "A jet fighter crashed at the southeast end of the airstrip [405984]. The pilot has ejected and is parachuting down at this time."

1931 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Stallion with 2 OPs out: a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon, 384006; a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 383000.

2101 – "Numerous reports of seeing anti-aircraft firing at a direction of 4800 mils [270°], range approximately 700 meters."

0602 – The OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0630 – Organic expenditures: A, 75 HE, 19 WP; B, 148 HE, 18 WP; C, 235 HE, 40 WP; D, nothing.

0812 – The Company is sending the First Squad of the First Platoon, the Second Squad of the Second Platoon, and the Third Squad of the Third Platoon out to the west of the perimeter to check the area.

0915 – Companies "A" and "D" are OPCON to the 2/8 Cav.

1840 – The Company is at LZ Stallion with 2 OPs: a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 384006, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 383000.

1015 – The Company is OPCON to 2/8 Cav at 336995.

1140 – Company location: 339982.

1415 – Bravo Company moved into the rear of an enemy position at 339988 and were hit with automatic weapons fire. R. L. Orney was KIA, the First Platoon Leader and the dog handler were WIA. ARA was called in and contact broken.

1900 – Locations: "A" Company is OPCON to 2/8 on LZ Stallion with a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon on OP at 383000.

1900 – Strength: A, 110 EM, 6 Off; B, 125 EM, 5 Off; C, 105 EM, 5 Off; D, 102 EM, 4 Off; HHC at Evans, 63 EM, 4 Off; HHC at Stallion, 47 EM, 7 Off.

0740 – Organic expenditures: A, 30 HE; B, 54 HE; C, 20 HE, 10 Illumination; D, 66 HE.

1420 – The Company is on LZ Stallion OPCON to 2/8.

1800 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Stallion OPCON to 2/8.

0702 – Mortar expenditures: A, 45 HE; B, 91 HE; C, 52 HE, 24 Ill; D, 65 HE.

1200 – Locations: "A" Company is OPCON to 2/8.

1905 – Locations: "A" Company is OPCON to 2/8.

1905 – Strength: A, 108 EM, 6 Off; B, 106 EM, 5 Off; C, 112 EM, 5 Off; D, 133 EM, 4 Off; HHC at Evans, 75 EM, 4 Off; HHC at Stallion, 45 EM, 7 Off.

SR 0526, SS 1809 SR 0526, SS 1810 SR 0525, SS 1810 SR 0524, SS 1810 SR 0524, SS 1811, ◐ SR 0523, SS 1811 SR 0523, SS 1812 SR 0522, SS 1812
Items: 8, 16, 21. Items: 7, 17, 19, 22-23, 26-30, 33-34, 37. Items: 9, 13-14, 18-26, 28, 33-34. Items: 10, 16, 20, 22-23, 34-35, 45-46, 49, 51. Items: 8-9, 18, 28, 33, 35-36, 40-41, 48-49. Items: 10, 12, 14, 16-17, 22, 47, 52. Items: 8, 11, 16, 18, 60. Items: 19, 24, 30-34, 38-39. Items: 18, 48, 60. Items: 10, 17, 35.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Stallion (16.266882 N, 107.226594 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits  
©Maurice, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Nam Photos, p. 13

A Shau Valley from a hilltop looking in the direction of LZ Stallion.
         

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0700 – Organic expenditures: A, 80 HE, 40 WP; B, 78 HE; C, 25 HE, 10 Ill; D, 50 HE, 15 WP.

0746 – Locations: "A" Company is OPCON to 2/8 Cav.

1105 – "From 2/8 S-3, log road that will support trucks and tanks running from west to north at 349012, running north to 348016 and disappears into the tree line. It runs west from 349012 to 345013. A/Co was at 342016 and Scout Birds drew auto-matic weapons fire at 345016, it is believed enemy is still in the area."

1400 – "A" Company is still OPCON to 2/8 at LZ Stallion.

1915 – Locations: "A" Company is OPCON to 2/8 Cav.

0604 – "A" Company's OP has returned to the perimeter with negative findings.

0710 – Mortar expenditures: A, 23 HE, 2 WP; B, 7 HE, 9 WP, 9 Illumination; C, 6 HE.

0810 – The Company is at 385999 (LZ Stallion).

0830 – "A/Co 1/8 has left 2/8 OPCON at this time, and has returned to 1/8."

0856 - 0922 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Stallion to 362012.

1115 – "A/Co found at coordinates 364013 next to a trail in a bunker an underground hospital with several hundred pounds of medical equipment consisting of penicillin, sulfa drugs, bandages, new aid kits, etc., more will follow. Also in the same general area, they found 10 boxes of blasting caps, 100 per box, found 1 machine gun similar to a US grease gun, also 1 dead NVA body in a green uniform in a very decomposed condition."

1245 – The Company is at 362012.

1615 – The Company requests that the medical supplies that it discovered be lifted out.

1655 – "A/Co at grid 362012 reports finding of 25 cases of medical supplies, 38 cases with 100 round per case of AK-47 ammo, 200 blasting caps, 123 cases of pull type blasting caps (500 per case), 60 rifle grenades, 20 cases of rolled plastic, 1 automatic weapon, 1000 picks and rakes, 50 gas mask filters, 28 cases of 76 mm (5 rounds per case), 12 rounds of 60 mm, 1 broken microscope, 6 55 gallon drums of oil, 200 rounds of 37 mm, 12 pistons (engine), 1 water pump, 20 first aid kits, 6 blocks of TNT (one lb. each), 1 1944 7.62 rifle, 29 M-16 magazines, 9000 rounds of 9 mm, 1 gas detector kit."

1804 – "A/Co reports seeing a tank in a trench camouflaged at coordinates 368024. Calling artillery in."

1832 – The area was observed by air. "It was concluded that it was just a terrain feature that gave the illusion of a tank being there."

1945 – Locations: the Company is at 363006, with an OP at 362021 by a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon, and an ambush at 365013 by the Third Platoon.

1945 – Strength: A, 112 EM, 5 Off; B, 110 EM, 5 Off; C, 115 EM, 4 Off; D, 102 EM, 4 Off; HHC at Evans, 71 EM, 4 Off; HHC at Stallion, 49 EM, 7 Off.

0630 – "All OPs and ambushes are back inside the perimeter with the exception of A/Co [Third Platoon] which will stay out until A/Co joins them later at coordinates 365003."

0830 – The First Platoon found 12 25 gallon barrels of diesel fuel buried underground at 369017. They will destroy it.

1015 – The Company is at 363018.

1035 – At 363018, the Company uncovered "about 1000 picks and rakes, 21-35 gallon drums of diesel oil, a 55 gallon drum of grease, misc. truck parts, engine rear end, etc., two wrecked trucks destroyed, 45 cases of food [preservative ?], four cases of tooth paste, food persive [preservative ?] had 20 cans per case, 4 cases of soap, 200 boxes per case, 25 cases of cereal dried in bars, 10 cans of beef bullion quart size, [... ?] gun and M-60 from downed chopper coordinates vicinity of 358000, 1 SKS, 2 carbines made in 1944 which are destroyed, 3 cases of medicinal supplies, 1 20 lb. case of unknown food type."

1050 – The Third Platoon is moving south from coordinates 363018.

1145 – "A/Co found at coordinates 367016, 2 75 mm recoilless rifles hidden under a light covering of earth."

1410 – At 364017, the Third Platoon found 25 boxes of 37 mm ammo, 30 rounds per box, in an underground cache area.

1415 – The Company is at 364008 and the Third Platoon is at 362013.

1503 – The Third Platoon found at 364017 60 cases of 37 mm ammo, 30 round per case.

1705 – The Second Platoon "has reached coordinates 370006 which will be the final location for A/Co, who will move down later."

1710 – The First Platoon is moving south towards 370006.

1730 – The First Platoon has linked up with the Second Platoon.

1815 – The rest of the Company is moving south from 364018.

1833 – "A" Company is now complete at 370006.

2040 – Locations: the Company is at 368008 with 2 OPs: a fire team of the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 368010, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 369005.

2315 – The Company received 30 mortar rounds 50 to 100 meters to the west, no casualties. Return fire coming from LZ Stallion.

2326 – The mortar fire turned out to be from LZ Stallion.

0610 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0615 – Organic expenditures: A, 39 HE, 9 Ill; B, 123 HE, 42 WP, 18 Ill; C, 40 HE, 4 WP, 18 Ill.

1357 – The Company is moving east from 368008.

1845 – Final locations: the Company is at 378008 with a fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon on ambush at 375012, a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon on ambush at 373008, a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon on OP at 373008, a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon on OP at 375006, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon on OP at 375009.

1910 – "All elements have been notified to keep their mortar expenditures to a minimal and to fire only at suspected enemy locations."

2125 – "A" Company's ambushes and OPs are in position.

0635 – Organic expenditures: A, 6 HE, 5 Ill; B, negative; C, negative.

0640 – All ambushes and OPs are back in the perimeter.

0955 – "A/Co at coordinates 378008 received incoming rounds of unknown kind about 200 meters from their element to the east, negative casualties."

1015 – The Company is moving east from 378008.

1110 – The Company has reached its PZ at 379008.

1315 - 1335 – The Company is airlifted from 379008 to LZ Stallion.

2030 – Locations: the Company is at 341303.

2045 – Strength: A, 108 EM, 5 Off; B, 98 EM, 5 Off; C, 85 EM, 3 Off, with 25 men at LZ Sharon; D, 102 EM, 3 Off; HHC at Sharon, 74 EM, 4 Off; HHC at Camp Evans, 31 EM, 7 Off.

0811 – "A and D/Cos have loaded the vehicles at coordinates 545303. B/Co is en route to the loading point from coordinates 545306 and C/Co is en route to the loading point from 342306."

0822 – "B/Co complete has loaded the trucks and A, B, C, and D/Cos are en route to the assembly point near the CP area at Evans."

0915 - 1543 – The 1/8 Cav is en route to LZ Sharon by truck.

1700 – The convoy arrives at LZ Sharon.

1830 - 1849 – The Company is airlifted from LZ Sharon to 306461.

0600 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0745 – The Company is at 305464.

0834 – "1/8 has received several incoming rockets in the CP area, 3 casualties are known at this time."

0844 – "Four EM from S-4 were wounded by incoming rounds." One is a litter case.

0845 – "A/Co reports hearing rockets fire from their position at coordinates 305464 on an azimuth of 195 degrees estimated distance of 4000 to 5000 meters."

1000 – "A" Company is at 305464.

1323 – The Company is moving south from 305464.

1505 – Final location: 309457.

2013 – Medevac requested for a soldier with a temperature of 103°. Medevac arrived at 2025 hrs.

2014 – Locations: the Company is at 309457 with 4 OPs: a fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon at 312456, a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 311454, a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 305456, and a the other fire team from the same squad at 304458.

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0250 - 0259 – Since Bravo Company received heavy small arms fire from the west, Bde has ordered all 1/8 units to be on 100% alert.

0503 – The First Squad of Bravo Co.'s Third Platoon came under attack while they were shifting positions. Half of them made it back to the perimeter, the other half had to fend off 40-50 NVA who attacked them with rifle fire, grenades, and satchel charges. Bravo Co. took 2 KIAs and 5 WIAs.

0624 – Mortar expenditures: A, 5 Ill; B, negative; C, 120 HE, 35 Ill, 15 WP; D, 25 HE, 5 WP and 15 Ill.

0830 – "A" Company position: 309457.

1618 – The Company is moving south from 309457.

1655 – Final location: 309446.

2010 – Locations: the Company is at 309448 with 3 OPs: a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon is at 309450, a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 309446, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 306446.

2200 – "Spot report from Bde: B/Co POW's name is Doan Van Bang, rank cpl, NVA, unit 9th squad, 3rd Platoon, 4th Co, K-4 Btn, 812th Regiment, 324 Division. He was wounded. The mission was to pick up rice at an unknown location, mortar the helipad on American LZs so that the choppers can't get into the air. Unit strength: 7 officers, 73 EM. Weapons carried: AK-47, SKSs, 4 light machine guns, 1 heavy machine gun, 4 B-40 grenade launchers, C-4 explosives, Chicom grenades, and 2 82 mm mortars. Present location vicinity coordinates YD 312434. Future operations unknown. His job was to carry explosives. The infiltration route was through the jungle of Laos during February as a replacement. The Unit last seen on the 17th of May at location YD 312434. POW Doesn't know of any replacements. Morale is poor because most of the men are new, and because American artillery has hit and killed some of them. The unit has enough rice which is stored in caches, but they have no meat. Cache site is unknown. There has been no recent contact with Americans. They had an air strike 1 week ago near Btn Base Camp. They have 2 radios and no telephone."

0615 – Organic expenditures: A, 24 HE; B, negative; C, 50 HE, 19 WP, 15 Ill; D, 40 HE, 20 WP.

0620 – The Second Platoon is moving south from 309448.

0657 – The Second Platoon has returned to the perimeter. "Two squad size elements are moving out at this time: [First Squad of the Third Platoon] to the west, and [the Third Squad of the First Platoon] to the south from vicinity coordinates 309448. They return at 0740 hrs.

0830 – The Company is moving northwest from 309448.

0900 – "A/Co requests a med-evac for two EM who stepped on a booby trap. They both require a litter, coordinates 294459." Medevac completed at 0915 hrs.

0930 – While they don't know what kind of mine it was, it was set off by a pressure plate device.

0955 – The Company is at 309448, and the Third Platoon is at 294454.

1015 – Both individuals who were Medevaced are now KIA.

1045 – "A, B, and C/Companies have received their dog teams at this time."

1050 – At 294454, a US grenade type booby trap with trip wire was encountered. It was later destroyed.

1200 – The Company is at 297454.

1230 – The Third Platoon links up with the rest of the Company at 297454.

1500 – The First Platoon is moving northwest, and the Second Platoon is moving southwest.

1600 –"A" Company is complete at 297454.

1801 – The Company is at 303454.

1844 – "A/Co reports that as their log bird left their location, the pilot observed 2 individuals evading into some bushes at coordinates 308457. They are shooting artillery at this time. Negative assessment."

1930 – Locations: the Company is at 303454 with 4 OPs: a fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon is at 304454, a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 307455, a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon is at 302456, and a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 303451.

2355 – "Summary of friendly and enemy casualties and POW's: B/Co had 3 US WIA, and A/Co had 2 US KIA."

1930 – Strength: A, 106 EM, 5 Off; B, 124 EM, 5 Off; C, 130 EM, 4 Off; D, 122 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 114 EM, 13 Off.

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0030 – "There will be a meeting at Brigade location; one officer to attend; subject: Rules of Engagement."

0618 - 0640 – The CP and Third Platoon are airlifted from 308453 to 346449.

0635 - 0650 – The First and Second Platoons are airlifted from 308453 to 348446.

0700 – Organic expenditures: A, negative; B, negative; C, negative; D, 50 HE.

0815 – Medevac requested for 7 men WIA from a booby trap at 348446. Medevac completed at 0826 hrs.

0830 – A second booby trap was hit at 346666 [346444], with 3 WIAs, 2 being litter cases. Medevac completed at 0830 hrs.

0831 – "A/Co coordinates 346444 hit two booby traps, the first one was an 82 mm trip wire, the second was a pressure release type, neither of these were on a trail. A Total of ten were medevaced, 4 were litter cases, 6 were ambulatory. The people medevaced were Roster ## 6, 10, 25, 27, 43, two black hats, two medics, and 1 interpreter."

0935 – A mine sweeping team has joined the Company at 348446.

1000 – The Company is at 346444.

1020 – The Company is moving north from 346444.

1200 – The Company is at 342452.

1512 – The Company is moving east to their Second Platoon's location at 349456.

1535 – "A" Company is complete at 349456.

1616 – Severe weather forecast from 1700 - 2100 hrs. in the vicinity of Camp Evans, with winds at 15 knots with gusts at 30 knots.

1845 – Locations: the Company is at 349456 with 3 ambushes: a fire team from the Third Squad of the First Platoon at 345454, a fire team from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon at 347457, a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 351455.

2055 – The Company requests a mine sweeping team for tomorrow.

2400 – Summary: "A" Company had 10 WIAs.

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SR 0522, SS 1812 SR 0521, SS 1813 SR 0521, SS 1813, ◯ SR 0521, SS 1813 SR 0520, SS 1814 SR 0520, SS 1815 SR 0519, SS 1815 SR 0519, SS 1816, ◑ SR 0518, SS 1816
Items: 10, 12, 21, 41. Items: 11, 13-14, 16-24, 33, 41, 48-49, 51, 56. Items: 9, 15, 28, 30, 32, 36, 41-42, 47, 57-59, 62, 64, 67, 72-74. Items: 8-9, 19, 27, 29, 34. Items: 9-10, 13-14, 16, 22-23, 31-32. Items: 10, 12-13, 17, 26-29, 31. Items: 7, 12-15, 21, 31, 34, 43-45. Items: 4-5, 14, 18, 23, 25, 40, 44, 52, 56. Items: 8-9, 11-12, 17, 20, 22-23, 27-28, 30-31, 33, 35, 45, 47, 52-54, 61. Items: 3, 10-15, 17-22, 25-27, 30, 42, 46, 51, 55, 60, 66.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Stallion (16.266882 N, 107.226594 E) or LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Picture Credits                    
Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection.

Camp Evans, 1966/72.
          Unknown source.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Bill O'Farrall, MCB 11 Association.

Camp Evans, 1969.
         

©Bill McClain, B / 228th ASHB.

The site where a 122mm rocket landed on LZ Sharon.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

The Tower, LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon helipads, 1968.
         

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0605 – All ambushes have returned to the perimeter.

0700 – Organic expenditures: A, negative; B, negative; C, 30 HE, 16 WP, 16 Ill; D, 40 HE, 10 WP.

0800 – The Company is at 349456.

1100 – The First Platoon is moving northeast from 349456.

1200 – The First Platoon is at 351460.

1230 – The First Platoon has returned to the company perimeter at 349456 with negative findings.

1420 – The Second Platoon is now moving west.

1436 – The Second Platoon returns to the Company perimeter at 349456 with negative findings.

1450 – The First Platoon is moving northeast.

1925 – Locations: the Company is at 352461, with 3 OPs: a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 354463, a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon is at 355459, a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 350459.

1925 – Strength: A, 99 EM, 3 Off; B, 122 EM, 5 Off; C, 112 EM, 5 Off; D, 109 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 107 EM, 13 Off.

0605 – All OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0645 – Organic expenditures: A, negative; B, 40 HE, 2 Ill; C, 40 HE, 4 WP, 10 Ill; D, 50 HE, 20 WP, 12 Ill.

0811 – The Company is at 352461.

0900 – "A" Company is going OPCON to 1/12 Cav.

1820 – Locations: the Company while OPCON to 1/12 is at 368464 with 4 OPs or ambushes: a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 363472, the first fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 367467, the second fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 368472, a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon is at 372473.

0800 – The Company while OPCON to 1/12 is at 368464.

1820 – Strength: A, 100 EM, 3 Off; B, 122 EM, 5 Off; C, 116 EM, 5 Off; D, 105 EM, 5 Off; HHC, 113 EM, 13 Off.

0700 – Organic expenditures: A, negative; B, 80 HE, 10 WP, 10 Ill; C, 40 HE, 10 WP, 10 Ill; D, 60 HE, 10 WP.

0800 – "A" Company is OPCON to 1/12 at 353415.

1315 – "Stone Mountain reports their Unit Locations, A/Co 351388, moving to the northwest along the blue line and trail."

"A" Company is OPCON to 1/12 – no further information is given.

0800 – "A" Company is now OPCON to 2/8 Cav.

1400 – The Company is at LZ Sharon.

2036 – The Company is on LZ Sharon with 2 ambushes: a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon is at 327488, a fire team from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon is at 336498; 6 OPs at 341495, 332498, 324484, 332476, 342483, 342468.

0635 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to their perimeter.

0640 – Organic expenditures: A, 2 Ill; B, 47 HE, 3 Ill; C, negative; D, 40 HE.

0805 – The Company is at LZ Sharon.

1455 – Weather warning from 1500 - 2000 hrs.: thunderstorms, with visibility of 2 miles, with winds at 15 knots gusting to 30 knots.

0750 – The Company is on LZ Sharon.

1814 – The Company is on LZ Sharon with 2 ambushes: a fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon at 328486, a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 325483; 6 OPs at 341495, 332498, 324484, 332476, 342483, 342486.

0600 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

0828 – The Company is on LZ Sharon.

1500 – Weather warning from 1530 - 2200 hrs.: rain and thunderstorms with winds at 15 knots gusting to 30 knots.

1830 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon with 2 ambushes: a fire team from the First Squad of the Second Platoon at 325487, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the Second Platoon at 324483; 6 OPs at 314495, 332498, 324484, 332476, 342483, 342486.

1830 – Strength: A, 110 EM, 4 Off; B, 119 EM, 4 Off; C, 118 EM, 5 Off; D, 97 EM, 4 Off; HHC, 120 EM, 12 Off.

0809 – The Company is on LZ Sharon.

1830 – The Company is on LZ Sharon with 2 ambushes: a fire team from the First Squad of the Third Platoon at 325485, a fire team from the Second Squad of the Third Platoon at 329490; 6 OPs: 341495, 332498, 324484, 332476, 342483, 342486.

0610 – Organic expenditures: A, negative; B, 3 HE; C, negative; D, 45 HE, 20 Ill.

0655 – All ambushes and OPs have returned to the perimeter.

1000 – "A" Company is on LZ Sharon.

1230 – Weather warning from 1300 - 2200 hrs.: scattered thunderstorms in the Camp Evans area of operations. At 1500 hrs., 1 1/2 miles visibility, thunderstorms with winds variable 20 to 40 knots.

2127 – Locations: the Company is on LZ Sharon with 2 ambushes: a fire team from the First Squad of the First Platoon at 326488, and a fire team from the Second Squad of the First Platoon at 324484; 6 OPs: 341495, 332498, 327485, 332476, 342483, 342486.

SR 0518, SS 1816 SR 0518, SS 1817 SR 0518, SS 1818 SR 0517, SS 1818 SR 0517, SS 1818, ◉︎ SR 0517, SS 1819 SR 0517, SS 1820
Items: 8-10, 15, 18-19, 21-23, 27. Items: 12-13, 32-33, 52. Items: 16, 43. Items: 10-11, 31. Items: - Items: 12, 45, 62. Items: 7-8, 12, 38. Items: 11, 38. Items: 7, 17, 29, 38. Items: 25, 49. Items: 9, 11, 26, 37, 58.
Sunrise (SR) and Sunset (SS) calculated for LZ Sharon (16.719670 N, 107.188006 E) using StarryNight ProPlus 7.1.1 software. Lunar phases: ◉︎ new moon; ◐ half moon, first quarter; ◯ full moon; half moon, ◑ last quarter.

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.

Photo Credits              
©Bill McClain, B Co., 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion.

LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

The Tower, LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Ngày Xửa Ngày Xưa Collection. Creative Commons License.

Sunset after a rain, Camp Evans, August, 1968.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
          ©Bill McClain, B / 228th ASHB.

The site where a 122mm rocket landed on LZ Sharon.
          ©John Lippert, B / 228th ASHB.

Gunship 143 parked on LZ Sharon.
         

Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

A Cobra parked on LZ Sharon, 1968.
          Joe Street, MCB 11 Association.

LZ Sharon helipads, 1968.
          ©Ron De Vasto, 5th 155mm Gun Battery (SP), 1/13, 9th Marine Amphib. Bde.

Lake at 16.783860, 107.098321, 135 m. to the SW of LZ Sharon, 1967.
         

©Ted Nordin, 1/61 Infantry.

An aerial view of LZ Sharon.
          ©Fred Jelinek, 1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
          ©Fred Jelinek, 1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.
         

©1/61 Infantry.

LZ Sharon.