Personal Accounts

The Shootdown of Sundog 07 Pep McPhilips and his rescue

The story of the shootdown of Sundog 07, Pep McPhilips, as told by Captain Mike McDermott, the Army advisor Pep was working with, and Pep’s version, illustrates very well that how things are frequently percived depends on your vantage point. In this case, Mike is looking up at Pep, trying to guess what he is doing as he floats down, and Pep tells what he was actually doing, but wondering what is going to happen when he hits the ground.

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Ed Benedit, Col. U.S. Army, (Ret.)

The following narrative was written in March 1995 by Colonel Edward B. Benedit about his experiences as the Deputy Senior Advisor to the 5th ARVN Division in An Loc, South Vietnam. It was written in response to a request by Phil Clarke, a journalist with the Associated Press, and a long time friend. Phil Clarke wrote an article for The Reader’s Digest, published in March 1973, titled, “The Battle That Saved Saigon.” Col. Benedit served in An Loc for 47 days, leaving on May 20, 1972. His call sign was 62 Alpha. Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Corley, Col. U.S. Army, (Ret.)

The following text is adapted from An Loc by Elisabeth Lewis Corley and is taken from interviews with Robert Joseph Corley, Col. U.S. Army, Retired, who served as the Province Senior Advisor in An Loc from June 1971 to June 1972. Copyright 2005. All rights reserved. Elisabeth Lewis Corley. Used with permission of the author. Read the rest of this entry »

Harold Moffett, Capt. U.S. Army

Capt. Harold Moffett, Jr., Adviser to the ARVN 3rd Ranger Group

7 April 1972 to 31 May 1972

I spent 53 days in An Loc as an advisor to the 3rd Ranger group. Capt. Evergram and I were inserted into An Loc on the 7th of April 72. On 11 May 72 during the second attack, Capt. Evergram was wounded and medivac’d out of An loc. I remained at An Loc until 31 May 72, after being ordered to leave by Colonel Ulmer. Read the rest of this entry »

Edward J. Stein, Jr., Col. U.S. Army, (Ret.)

The following account is based on my personal notes and memory of friendly and enemy activities on the 5th and 6th of June 1972, during the battle for An Loc, Republic of Vietnam. At this time, I was the Senior Regimental Advisor to the 33rd Regiment, 21st ARVN Division, and was the only U.S. Army advisor with this unit. The call sign that I used for my radio transmissions was “Constant.” Read the rest of this entry »

Robert W. Kirkpatrick, Maj. USAF

A Low Level Airdrop Mission At An Loc RVN 18 APRIL 1972

As a USAF Major I was a flight navigator assigned to the 374th TAW Standardization and Evaluation Section, otherwise known as STAN EVAL at CCK AB, Taiwan from March 1971 to Aug 1972 flying missions out of CCK to Vietnam and various locations in the Pacific area. Read the rest of this entry »

Marvin Zumwalt, Capt. U.S. Army

Rescue from Cat Lo Bridge

From the 3rd Brigade log of 8 April 1972:

0830 hours – “ …DCO-A, D/229, 75th Rangers will rescue Cornish 67 from Cat Lo Bridge…”

This order set in motion a complex combined arms mission involving USAF, USN and USA fixed and rotary wing aircraft to extract three surrounded US advisors from the battlefield.

1110 hours – “DCO-A: 3 advisors at Cat Lo Bridge rescued by D/229 and 75th Rangers.”

The operation was one of the first “successes” experienced by US forces during the early days the Spring Offensive. The extraction of the three advisors and four ARVNs by the pilot and gunner of an OH-6 was no cakewalk evidenced by the fact that the six US personnel involved were awarded three DSCs, three Silver Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Murphy, Col. USAF (Ret.)

The Sundogs

This is my humble effort, although perhaps lengthy, to tell a little about the end of the Mike FACs, and about the Sundogs during the April Fool’s Offensive in 1972. It’s pretty much off the top of my head, but that’s all I had. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Wheeler, WO1 (June 13)

An Loc Personal Account as provided to Mike Sloniker, VHPA Historian, and Pilot with the A/229th by Mike Wheeler

Recount of events that occurred on June 13, 1972

This is what I remember of 13-14 June and the days through June into July at An Loc. Some of this may run together and the dates may not be exactly correct but they are my remembrances. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Wheeler, WO1 (April 11)

Recount of events that occurred on April 11, 1972

On the 11th of April 1972 a flight of five UH-lH’s along with a flight of at least 5 UH-1 from B/229th were tasked to conduct a combat assault from Dau Tieng to An Loc. Our Gun Cover was provided by Blue Max. As you very well know the Spring or Easter Offensive had been on going for over a week and Loc Ninh had fallen to the NVA. Read the rest of this entry »