Personal Accounts

Mike Wheeler, WO1 (April 8)

Recount of A Co, 229th AHB, 3rd Bde (Sep), 1st Cav Div, 8 April 1972, Nui Ba Den

On 8 April 1972, Yellow Flight (5 UH-lHs) of A Co 229th AHB started the day doing combat assault operations with ARVN (Ruff Puff s) in the vicinity of Xuan Loc, III Corps RVN. I was peter pilot (co-pilot) of yellow 4 (chock 4). CW2 Kirkpatrick was the A/C (aircraft commander).

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Mitchell L. Leeds, Major USAR (Ret.)

Participation of Major Mitchell L. Leeds during:

The Enemy Easter Invasion of 1972 AKA The Spring Offensive of 1972

By; Major Mitchell L. Leeds – USAR ( Retired )

During the Enemy Spring Invasion of 1972 when the NVA, with main objective to get as many troops into South Vietnam, before the Cease Fire was signed in Paris, I participated in the largest battle of the Vietnam War, as the S-5 of the 3rd Brigade ( Separate ), Ist CAV DIV (Airmobile); the last U.S. Army Maneuver element remaining South of the Central Highlands. Read the rest of this entry »

Ed Byra, BG U.S. Air Force, (Ret.)

This is the text of a speech that BG Ed Brya gave to an Airlift convention about the C-130 tactics they used at An Loc:

In April 1972 as the war in southeast Asia was winding down the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) launched their spring offensive. This caused a major build up and reinforcement of air force, navy, and marine air from both the cones and pacific theater. Read the rest of this entry »

John D. Howard, BG, USA

“They Were Good Ol’ Boys”
An Infantryman Remembers An Loc and the Air Force
Major John D. Howard, USA

On 25 May 1972, a U. S. Army sergeant, who was an adviser to a Vietnamese Ranger group was “med evac-ed” out of An Loc. On his arrival in Lai Khe treatment and transportation to the Third Field Hospital, he was queried on aspects of the fighting. When asked what he thought about the support received from the U.S. Air Force, he succinctly summed up what all the An Loc advisers felt: “…they’re good ol’boys!” Read the rest of this entry »