I ain't gonna be run down again and let them assholes shoot me in the back. Delta was in a bad position, at the bottom of the ravine with enemy soldiers on the opposite slope firing down on them. On January 20, 1969, after a hardened road into the eastern part of the valley was constructed, Operation Dewey Canyon was launched into the A Shau. Helicopters hovering slowly overhead reported enemy trails, campsites, supply dumps, and bunkers. We were on standby at Ft.
While a tactical success in keeping the North Vietnamese off balance in I Corps, the battle for resulted in a public outcry against the seemingly meaningless nature of the struggle, which resulted in such a bloody expenditure of lives only to have U. What they are is a different matter. Over the protests of some senior military leaders, the Defense Department significantly restricted the size and scope of U. The battalion defended the bridge because the 3rd Marine Division was concerned that if the enemy destroyed the bridge they would cut the only supply line to Con Thien. My only wish is that I could have met you the day you walked off the plane and on to U. Delta Company almost made it to the top of the hill as the battle degenerated into a close-quarters fight, with friendly and enemy troops separated by only a few meters. I say its time to end wars.
Sadly, on September 26 of this year my father lost his battle with throat cancer. Overhead, Honeycutt urged him on even after Harkins told him that he had been wounded. Anyway, I am reaching out to see if anybody served with my father. The media made it possible for us to be shamed and wrote off as baby killers which rolled over to the public. Any information you or anyone else that fought with and new my grandfather would mean a lot.
When they abandoned it just days later, controversy erupted over what many saw as a senseless loss of lives—a debate that has continued in the decades since. Alpha and Charlie companies of 3-187 had moved only a few hundred meters from their landing zones, however, when they discovered enemy huts and bunkers all along their lines of advance. While these losses were high, Hamburger Hill was not the bloodiest fight of the war, even for the 101st Airborne Division. Artillery was called in, and the troops dug in as best they could in the tough, root-covered ridge top. This is Frank Boccia, Eric —or as we all called you then, Crazy. For their unrelenting effort over ten brutal days, the battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, to go with the Valorous Unit Award for Dong Ngai, marking the first time any unit had been awarded two such honors in so short a time --three weeks.
He might hate the hell out of it, but he never quits. Official histories of the engagement refer to it as Hill 937 after the elevation displayed on U. I never know where I will be next week. Several in my platoon died in the mountains outside Tamky and Chu Lai during Ham Hill and shortly thereafter. A three-part operation, the second phase commenced on May 10, 1969, as elements of Colonel John Conmey's 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne moved into the valley. That would have been in 1939.
Delta Company started back up the mountain through the river bottom. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives. My oldest son is in the Army and was over in the middle east about 10 years ago. They pulled a lot of 101st out of there to go and reinforce those who were trying to take the hill. The story began telling the history of the mount.
He marked the enemy position with smoke and called for helicopter gunships. Snyder and Maryniewski drove off with machine-gun fire. The Battle of Hamburger Hill continues to have a hold on American memory. Recent research, particularly based on the statements by General Creighton W. Nothing was ever mentioned about their sacrifice. The Rakkasans were a battered battalion. There were too many wasted lives.
Delta now had no surviving officers. Several years ago I ran across a statement from one of the generals involved with Hamburger Hill. A lot of vets give the media a bad rap for what happened in Vietnam. That number 0f 280 is wildly wrong and is completely unsupported by any documentation anywhere. Melvin Zais, ordered Colonel Joseph B. A few minutes later, Spec 4 Johnny Jackson stood on the summit of Hill 937, the barrel of his M60 smoking from the rounds he had fired. Honeycutt ordered Captain Harkins to move his A Company up the mountain to reinforce C Company.
Any information you might have, I would apprecite greatly. I would love to hear about him. Baylor, thank you and all Vietnam Vets as well as all vets current and former for your service and indeed for our freedom. Aside from Hill 900, their objective was a ridge to the just to the south of Alpha Company, from which they could support their attack. The men were greatly overloaded, hauling back as much ammo and weaponry as possible. I know, because mine was one of them.
During this operation, the Marines discovered that the North Vietnamese Army had constructed major roads in the area, and intelligence revealed that some 1,000 trucks were moving supplies into area base camps. Visibility was limited to twenty meters. At a bunker line, the enemy fire was heavy. The debacle caused an outrage both in the American military and public. Private First Class Willie Kirkland, 1st Platoon medic, moved up to give aid. We are going after the enemy. With the Currahees halted, Colonel Conmy ordered Honeycutt to postpone his attack to wait for the 1-506.