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I want to let our An Loc guests and friends know that due to some personal problems (that is what we used to refer to when we were sick, or broke, etc), I have been slowing down a little. I never could type, evevn though I have been using PC’s since I built a couple of Heathkit H-89′s. I am not as able to respond as quickly as I would like. I have more to add to the web site, which is managed by my oldest son.

Bill Carruthers
Sundog 39

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  • Char M Villaver says:

    Thank so much to all of you who have served (or still) our country. You will
    always be remembered, and your sacrifices did not go in vain.

    My dear friend – Col (Ret) Robert C “Bob” Murphy – also served many missions
    in Vietnam as a pilot. Your articles/comments remind me of his stories about
    his Vietnam experiences. We’ve lost contact, and I have since been searching
    for him through all means I can think of; unfortunately, I haven’t got any
    lead. Would you please help me locate or contact him? Thanks much in advance.

  • Hello,
    Just checking in with FAc s .

    I’m still healthy and happy

    rocket raven

  • Don Seiler says:

    My first operational flight in Vietnam was as copilot flying into An Loc.

  • Rhett Mahaley says:

    Mr. Carruthers,
    I had the pleasure of meeting your wonderful wife, and we talked for a good while in my office here at the firehouse. Both of you are fascinating. I love your website, being a military history enthusiast, and have enjoyed reading about your, and other’s, experiences in Viet Nam. I applaud you and your wife for your years of service and wish you the best. If you need anything, give us a call here at Station 10, C-Shift.

    B. Rhett Mahaley, Sr.
    Battalion Chief
    Charlotte Fire Department

  • I have the distinct honor of being the oldest child of LTC W.D. Ginger freq. mentioned in other entries. I would like to thank everyone for the fine things you have had to say concerning my dad. He was very reserved about his experiences, esp.about An Loc, so I am very grateful for the informantion I have received from people that have served with him. Would appreciate any other anecdotes to pass on to his grandson when the boy comes of age. God bless you for all you have given.

  • Danny E. Lacy says:

    I was the aircraft commander of chalk 5, the first 5 UH-1 aircraft to deliver South Vietnamese Soldiers into An Loc. We could see the North Vietnamese tanks and anti aircraft positions as we delivered the first batch of South Vietnamese troops. We made several sorties of troops that afternoon. We were B/229th Aviation Battalion, First Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

  • John Sisto says:

    I worked Project Left Bank ARDF EH-1H flights via 405th Radio Research Detachment, First Air Cavalry out of Bien Hoa. We were everywhere around An Loc and III corps for those three months in ’72. We were the first to have eyes on the T-54′s rolling on QL13, though TRAC HQ and MACV didn’t believe us until we went back and took photos. Best people I’ve ever known under the worst situations imaginable. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember the devastation in An Loc. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of those people trapped in that place. Peace.

  • sabsher says:

    Please help us find records for CWO Mark Absher deceased, He flew 4 tours with the first Aviation Division with General Hollingsworth Lai Khe rubber plant , Last known position was 1972 on Lai Khe ,. 3/5 infantry == He supported Air Assault units . PLease Help The Abshers

  • Richard Bullen says:

    Bill meet a fellow 5th SF who was in AN LOC 72, here in Fayetteville NC. Told him of your site, told him of your superb site.

  • Don B "Doc" Jensen says:

    Your site brings it all back. I was the pilot of a C-130 loaded with 30K of class A explosives for airdrop over the soccer field at AnLoc. The date was 18 April, 1972. Heavy ground fire on the run-in and escape. We were on fire and eventually crashed about 15-20 miles south of AnLoc. To my knowlege, most of the drop was recovered. Fortunately, the Army helos were working the area and swept my crew up (their bravery was incredible!) much to the chagrin of the VC that were awaiting our unorthadox arrival. I just turned 70 years old and my body reminds me daily that one never just walks away from a crash. I have a remembrance that I taped several days after my experience, while everything was fresh, if anyone would be interested.

  • JIm Sorenson says:

    A guy named Chico Gonzalas and myself Jim Sorenson, flying snoop aircraft out of Long Thanh North (146th Avn Co.) located the 69th NVA Artillery division, shelling An Loc.
    Their call sign was India 1004 and we managed a 250 meter fix on their location. B-52′s were called in and wiped them out. We both received Army Commendations for it. I have personal photos of An Loc(what was left of it) and destroyed Russian Tanks from the battle. It was a bitter sweet victory that week, a Chinook helicopter crashed at my base camp killing 34 Americans May 10th.

    Jimmy Sorenson
    Army Security Agency
    Radio Research
    Mos: O5H20 High speed morse intercept.

  • DB "Doc" Jensen says:

    Keeping the story alive is important to our history of war and flight. I was the AC of the C-130 that was the subject of Don Gooch’s crash photos. At the time he snapped these photos, I believe we (C-130 crew) were still on the ground amazed at seeing our rescuers fly over us. I remember the airshow Gooch put on with his Cobra not realizing at the time he was shooting at the bad guys. It’s been 40 some years since that day (April 18, 1972) and I’m still saying THANKS to all the CAV jocks involved in our rescue. What a war story.

  • Jim Danahey says:

    Bill,
    I was a C-130 A/C during this battle. We flew 3 low-level drops, 2 at An Loch and 1 at Kampong Trach. We got hosed every time. We were always #3. I am trying to write a book about my 15 months flying out of CCK, Taiwan (3 of 4 weeks in Vietnam), but my memory and that of my crew isn’t very good.
    Do you remember the callsigns of OV-10 FAC, any C-130 TAC callsign, O-2 Callsign, C & C callsign?
    One of our airplanes was so badly shot up that we heard it was canabilized. Do you know if that was true? I flew a 4th drop, but we were called off when #2 got really hosed. I lost a friend there- Don Unger, C-130 a/c shot down. Jim

  • Jim Blay, TSgt USAF Ret. says:

    I’m a retired AF Weather Forecaster, my cousin was 1LT John Haselton, Sundog 34. I greatly enjoyed learning about how he was lost. John was such a great person and would stop and visit us in East Tennessee when he had time. The last time he was on his way to AZ for flight training. I still think of him and smile. Thank you for this great web site.

  • Robert W. KIRKPATRICK says:

    Another year has rolled around an here I am again remembering 18 April 1972, it doesn’t seem like 41 years since that fateful date but sure enough it is and primarily due to some very special folks. It is therefore my duty to again; To Thank the US Army members of “F” Troop 1/9 Air Cav for lending a hand to some AF C-130 crew members that sure needed some help – Sabre Red, Sabre 20, Cobra and HUEY pilots as well as Mission Commander then Capt Robert Frank now Lt/Col retired, Crew Chief Sp-4 Bruce Shearer now USA Major Retired, and Door Gunner, Sp-4 John DesLauriers now retired Galveston FD Captain. Their individual and combined efforts that day will never be forgotten by this AF Navigator, as they set down close to the burning C-130 to pluck the 6 air crew members and one South Vietnam Army Sgt. (he was assigned to make sure we made the airdrop) then charging over the tree line with door gunners causing the guns to chatter while the overhead Cobra fired necessary ordinance to suppress the incoming small arms fire then the ride to Lai Khe to change aircraft for the ride to 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon due to low fuel. All is well here, things just seem to take a little longer to get done.

    Robert W Kirkpatrick 63-7775 Navigator, USAF Major Retired (If interested read my account on this website)

  • Darrell (Dan ) Lee says:

    I flew blue lift UH1-H (F/9 Cav) over An Loc through the entire seige. Our hearts were mostly occupied with the pour basterds trapped in the town. Non stop incomming for some 45 days (if memory serves). We spent much our time looking for muzzle flashes from the tubes and the recovering our downed comrads.
    -Sabre 38

  • Barry Warner says:

    I served as a G-2, DCAT 70 staff officer to the 5th ARVN Infantry Division stationed at Lai Khe from October 1970 to September 1971. Spent some days and nights, during my tour, in and around An Loc with the 5th ARVN Div. Recon company. Excellent website.

  • dave Potter says:

    My call sign was Sundog 06 I flew at AnLOc as they were getting overrun. I remember
    talking to one of our troops in the bunker when he told me he had to speak softer because the NVA were in the bunker with him. Someway that soldier got back safely by following a railroad line and walking to safety.

  • dave Potter says:

    My call sign was Sundog 06 I flew at AnLOc as they were getting overrun

  • Angela says:

    Delighted to see photos of what Warrent Officer James R. Johnson, 1st Cav told me about so many time. He is now in Arlington (passed away on Feb 14, 2002) and I have his last child here. All she knows are the stories I tell her of him. He got his DFC for An Loc but I’d never seen pictures until now. To this day, I always knew when Jimmie was remembering An Loc. Those were the only times he ever shut up. He’d get “that look” in his eyes and I’d know, he was back over An Loc…flying a Huey, sometimes he’d say “missles.” It was the first time they used missles and the first one got his best friend flying just up and next to him. I think he was always ready for missiles again after that.

    I’m glad you all found each other and I’m glad Jimmie never saw 9/11.

    God bless.

  • Lam Nguyen says:

    Very excited to read and recall those days.
    Thank you for the efforts for collecting info and describing chronicly.
    As liaison officer with the 1st Air Cavalry who took the tasks of transporting ARVN to An Loc from Lai Khe I want to say THANKS to all of you all.
    I praise the truthfulness in this story. For VietnameseAmericans who want to know the truth ….

  • Hugh Radloff says:

    I was with the 1st Ave. Brigade 120th CAC, 3rd flight “Under Dogs” during this battle. It was the first time I had seen an enemy tank during my whole tour. The were finding tank operators chained inside their vehicles.We went into An Loc many times to support and extract wounded ARVNS and U.S Troops.

  • Bruce Miller says:

    Spent ’70-’71 flying into every crack and crevice in III Corps as a UH-1 pilot. Made many, many trips into what I perceived to be a quiet and picturesque village of An Loc supporting 5th SF. Vividly remember a beautiful red bi-plane that used to fly in and out of the villa adjacent to the rubber plantation. I was amazed the following year when I heard of the major fight taking place there. Like many, I wish I could have been there to help – but glad I wasn’t.

    Just read True Faith and Allegiance by Mike McDermott. Incredible bravery by all involved – especially the Vietnamese Soldiers who would never return to the “World”. Last two chapters recounted to me the reality of our desertion of the Vietnamese people – brought tears —

    Thanks Bill Carruthers for the web site. Wish good health to you.

  • Richard Parmenter says:

    Very good site. I was the medic on the DustOff bird that tried to pick-up the advisors trapped on Hwy 13. I finally got to meet one of them 30 yrs after the battle. We lost a pilot, Robert Horst and I was wounded on final approach. We were so close. April 7, 1972.

  • Ed Salaz says:

    Was at the B detachment when SMaj Charlie Vickers suffered heart attack

  • I served in AnLoc with the 552nd MILPHAP Team 47 from July 1968-July 1969 and served as an Advisor to the civilian hospital under SGT Russell Rauche and Capt. Brezidine. Should any members of this team see this entry please contact me at the E-Mail above.Thanks to all who served in the ARMED Forces current and past and especially those who supported and was involved on the ground and in the air at the seige of An Loc, Vietnam .I thought a lot about that city and the people I worked with back in those days as I met many (names who I have forgotten), but still remember. There was a Dr. Toi that was in charge of the hospital there that I worked with and enjoyed with also. Should anyone know if he survived this seige would you let me know. Many Thanks to All

  • Wayne Darrell says:

    Spent August 1968 thru Feb 1970 with Co.B44 36 Sig. at Quan Loi as the G-Man and serviced Hon Quan MACV. frequent visits to An Loc.

  • Don Seiler says:

    I was a copilot with B/229th and flew into Loc Ninh and An Loc. John Slate and I picked up one of the Loc Ninh advisors who made their wy to An Loc.

  • Bill Bradbury says:

    Assigned to the MACV compound in An Loc 69-70……intel….thanks for this web site and thanks to all who served. I now reside in New Bern, NC.

  • james bishop says:

    u.s army 1970–1971 6/27 arty quan loi

  • Douglas L Garst says:

    I just came across this website. If anyone that was not in there and have doubts about the accounts, doubt no more as it is true.

    I was the MACV Team 87 J-4 Advisor when LTC Ginger, Cpt Zumwalt and SFC Winland were in this situation. These 3 Great Americans were Soldiers that were the very best. After LTC got out of the situation, I worked for him at Lai Khe supporting Team 87 members inserted into An Loc. James Wilbanks, who I ran across a couple of times was a good friend.

    I am now retired, and live in Salado, Texas.

    • Chris Douglas says:

      LTC Ginger was my high school jrotc instructor, and my mentor during high school. He taught me a lot, but even though I was around him daily he spoke very little about his experiences. This is one incident he did make reference to. I am now on the backside of a 20 yr law enforcement career. It would be good to hear about LTC Ginger, but I also want to say that what little he ever said was about the valor displayed that allowed him to survive. With very few words he was able to influence many of us. He was always humble and I know now it was in a large part because he was aware of the bravery that allowed him to survive. To anyone who knew him or helped him I say Thank You. He taught many young men life lessons that are even now bearing fruit. He did his best to give back. Chris Douglas LMHS 1988

  • ALBERT BENAMOU says:

    I AM STILL TRYING TO FIND PEOPLE FROM C OMPANY 15TH MED BTN 1ST CAV WHO SERVED
    IN QUAN LOI AND AN LOC. THEY USED TO CALL ME fRENCHY BECAUSE I SPOKE FRENCH
    FLUENTLY AND MADE MANY TRIPS TO AN LOC. 1968-1970
    IN FACT IF ANYONE REMEMBERS CPT SAM NAPOLI let me know.
    IF ANYONE CAN RECOGNIZE PLS TOUCH BASE <>

    many thanks

  • Bryan Dockham says:

    This is an outstanding site………..I was assigned to 21st TASS Sep 66-Jun 70 Spent my last 18 -20 months between 4th Infantry TACP and Kontumn………Didn’t think much about at the time……but it didn’t take to much reflecting to realize that I served with some true heroes…………..as did we all……..I am so glad the Tran family made it out…..I remember a crew chief I met in Maine telling me about An Loc………AND….wishing I was there……..but glad I wasn’t???

  • Frank Bush says:

    Captain Moffett was a great soldier. I knew him in CSC 1/9 Inf in Korea 1978-1979. He was a super soldier and I am glad that I had the opportunity to serve with him.

    Frank Bush
    LTC Special Forces (R)

  • Bruce Hendrickson says:

    Fbtry 79 Arty Blue Max Dec71 till Aug 72 Crew Chief.

  • Tom ONeill says:

    War, maybe especially stupid wars, tend to bring out the best and worst in people. I saw the very best with my fellow Americans from all services at An Loc.

    Thanks Bill

    Rash 06

  • Hukee and Bill

    Barney here. Sandpoint, Idaho. 208-265-0937

    I am not too gifted trying to get to you on the blogs and website stuff, so thought I’d try the good old land line phone. Maybe telling me how to get in touch with Buchanan also.

  • tom moore says:

    glad someone has kept this history alive

  • Harlen Johnson says:

    I flew a low level drop at An Loc My A/c was Donald a Streeter. That was a very busy day. I enjoyed the article you wrote. The C-130 is the best and most versital aircraft built. I am sure that if we had been in a different type of aircraft our stories would have been told by someonelse.Thank for sharing your story. I was in the 50th at CCK in 1968-1969 and again 1971973. I was with Col Boyd in 1968 going in to Khamduc.

  • Every year, on May 18th,(1972) I celabrate the day. It’s the day Fighting Hanna,
    arrived in Subic Bay, Phillipines after that long 45 day line period down South.
    General James Hollingsworth, came aboard the Hancock, to congradulate Capt. A.J.
    Mongar, and air command, for our performance in the Battle of An Loc.
    Supply Division (S-3 ) Seaman E – 3 Cliff Doak U.S.N.R. Decatur, Illinois. Former
    resident of Smyrna, Tennessee.

  • Michael Delaby says:

    Was a Loadmaster in the 50th TAS (CCK AB, Taiwan). Flew 2 lows and 2 highs over An Loc. Will not forget the first mission. Low level, three ship formation, night. Once cleared for entry, all checklist complete – the pilot called out “oh my god” – a second later, I saw nearly a solid sheet of red from the cargo doors. Returned to Saigon with 160+ holes in the aircraft. I now remember Ralph, Charlie, and my flight engineer Whisky John. (pilot BJ is all I remember) Wished I could recall more of the 50th.

  • Al Wilson says:

    Just read the story of Robert W. Kirkpatrick, Maj. USAF on your website. What a great story. I flew into An Loc in ’70 and ’71 out of CRB (the “infamous” Herky Hill) several times as a C-130 nav. I returned in ’73 (from Pope AFB) to make AWADS drops out of Utapao, Thailand over Cambodia, supplying the troops of the Khmer Republic with food and ammunition in their fight against the NVA and communist insurgents when the U.S was supporting the government of Lon Nol.

    Thanks to Maj. Kirkpatrick, these AWADS (All Weather Aerial Delivery System) drops were made at 10,000′.

  • Cliff Doak says:

    I was aboard the U.S.S. Hancock ( CVA – 19 ) during this spring offensive by the N.V.A.
    We had just come back to the line, ” Yankee Station ” from Yokahoma Japan. We were involved in a Unwrap our 1rst night on the line, late March 1972. We were being re – supplied,groceries in #1 hanger bay, 500 lb. bombs in #2 hanger bay, and 1000 lb. bombs in
    #3 hanger bay. Plus high lining J.P.5 and crude oil to.
    Two hours into the Unwrap, Captain A.J. Mongar, came over the ships intercom annoucing we
    were headed South. The U.S.S. Hancock was an Essex Class carrier, would do 33 knots, so the
    Supply ship & Fighting Hanna, sailed south that night. Our carrier group was down south for
    45 days, helping the relief force drive to Air Cav Firebase at An Loc. I was 19 years old.
    This line period was the longest, of our 10 month WestPac Cruize. First campain star.
    All our flight operations were at night, in support of military forces trying to relieve
    the besieged Air Cav base. One night on the O 7 level island structure; I watched the rocket’s red glare explode on the distant horizon all around the besieged area. Then I glanced up at our American Flag, flying briskly in the night, on the Hancock, thinking to
    myself, I am glad I am on board this attack aircraft carrier.
    Our 2nd campain star came when Commander in Chief Richard Nixon began Operation Rolling
    Thunder, and our Carrier group went up North to bomb Hai Phong harbor, North Viet Nam, June
    of 1972.
    Served aboard the U.S.S. Hancock ( cva-19 ) from July 21rst,1971 to May 3rd,1973. I was a
    Naval Reservist. I am very Proud of being a Navy Viet Nam Vet. I will never foreget our
    10 month WestPac Cruize of 1972. January 7th thru October 4th, 1972. Home port Alameada Naval Airstation, Alameada,California.
    Watching old W.W.2 movies with my parents as a child in early 1960′s on tv like”Fighting
    Lady” 1944 movie about U.S.S. Yorktown (cv-10) is what inspired me to serve aboard carrier.

  • Jim Mohan says:

    Itnwas nice to find the guest book and comments from all of our an loc comrades. I was Rash 08 during the siege of An Loc. Thanks Jim Mohan

  • Jim Mohan says:

    I was really surprised to find these websites, about our FAC days. My name is Jim Mohan. I was Rash 08, and Mike 66. I flew a lot of An Loc missions in 1972

  • Wendy Evans says:

    I hope this finds you in better health. My name is Wendy Evans. I’m doing research for a non for profit documentary on the Battle of An Loc for the Aviation Museum at Ft. Rucker, Al. I’m trying to locate anyone that was present during the battle to help provide me with information. We’d like to have different perspectives of the events. But we are hoping to concentrate on the support given by the Ah-1 pilots. This documentary was inspired by my father who was a playboy until 70. It would be nice to find anyone he might have flown with as well. Please email me, I’d love to talk to you one on one. If there is anyone else you know who would be willing to support our work effort here at the museum please give them my personal email address as well. Thank you for your dedication and service. Wendy Evans, Content Manager and Media Specialist.

  • Hector Leyva says:

    Made first drop at An Loc today (April 15,19720 40 years ago…

    “Spare 615″

  • Byron Hukee says:

    Hi Bill, I wanted to check in to say this is a fantastic site. I flew some missions to An Loc as a Sandy pilot out of Bien Hoa. We sat alert all day, then flew a pm alert orbit and were usually released to strike at the end of the day. My log shows I struck An Loc on 28-29 April and 1 May. Here is what I wrote on the 28th of April 1972.

    Sandy 06 with Don Morse as Sandy 05] Sandy orbit, then strike at An Loc… Took 12.7 fire north of town… Struck downtown…Exciting! The reason we were working out of Bien Hoa was so that we (the SAR force) would be close to the action. During this time frame the action was at An Loc. This town was north of Bien Hoa by perhaps 50 nm so it was close… a little too close as far as I was concerned.

    On this day we had a chance to burn down some gas and reduce our weight with an orbit of about an hour and a half. We checked with intelligence to find out where the action was so we could be nearby if anyone went down. Really, all we had to do was talk to the A-37 pilots who were working out of the same alert facility. Most sorties that day were headed to An Loc and along the road out to the Parrot’s Beak.

    An Loc was not a huge city, but rather a town by my standards. It appeared to me to be a town not unlike those midwestern towns around which I grew up in Minnesota. Except, we didn’t have rubber plantations south of Cambridge.

    An Loc had one main intersection in the middle of town and there was an Esso gas station on the NE corner of the intersection. The FAC actually referred to it as a point of reference.

    “Do you see the Esso station in the middle of town?”

    “Roger”

    “The target is three blocks south of the Esso station and one block west, Do you have the target?”

    “Roger”

    “Cleared Hot”

    Having your target in the middle of town definitely simplified matters. But any sense one had that this was some game in a surreal setting was removed when the FAC reported that we were taking ground fire from 12.7mm AAA north of the town. There was a reason why the communist weapon used 51 caliber ammo. The slightly smaller 50 caliber round could be used in the communist gun, but the 51 caliber round would not fit into the American weapon. Clever fellows, those communists.

    All my Skyraider missions are at http://skyraider.org/hook/ToC.htm

    SpadGuy

  • In Zumwalts description of the 8 April action I was the C & C that he refers to with the OH-6′s that were coming in the next day. LTC Walt Ginger was a personal friend as well. At the time I was a Major, commanding B Company, 229th Assault Helicoper Bn. I was the one that Whitehead was talking to as the ARVN was holding his arm on the way out of the LZ that day. All he could say was “I’m going to shoot this son of a bitch, I’m going to shoot this son of a bitch”. Fortunately he could not get to his pistol.

    Ernie Isbell, 214-529-3778, Flower Mound, TX 75028

  • grey brill says:

    Back story:I was with 11ACR Aug-Dec69 in Quan Loi & Jan-Jul other 11ACR sites.
    My girlfriend’s father was in the mgt of the rubber plantations and very well
    known in An Loc.
    Jump ahead to two days before An LOC was hit in 72.I’m in An Loc to spend the
    night and take my wife,Lan,and our 13 mo old daughter back to our apartment in Saigon the next day. Communication for civilians sucked! We didn’t know Loc Ninh had already been hit.
    We took what turned out to be the last bus out,and when the vc hit,they forced
    her family out of the house(we learned 6 mo later when Lan found her mother in
    hospital in Saigon)
    The vc knew the house was built strong,cause some of them must have helped,with a full basement and they used it as a HQ the whole battle. It was never hit,couple of shrapnel marks,nothing else.(Isaw the house in 2000,one brother still lives near it)
    They knew I had lived there about 3mo,everyone knew an American was there. The guy who powered up his OD green 5kw gen to take my visa photos,turned out to be a vc
    comander!

  • arne soderman says:

    Just ran across this site while searching for a squadronmate. Was an A4 pilot on the Hancock and flew numerous support missions over An Loc and Loc Ninh during 1972 cruise.

  • Having just read Col. Bob Murphy’s story, one of his characters was my Vietnam check pilot. Bubba Brooks was a friend from Hurlburt days. When I arrived at TSN he gave me my day checkout flight. All of us from Korea entered the fray very quickly. Because we were TDY we were an element on our own, entering some time in early April and leaving after about four months in country. Because I had flown with the Korean Air Force and lived with and worked with Korean fighter pilots and army units, I was somehow deemed capable of working with the VNAF. The evening of the day that I arrived in Vietnam I was on a VNAF AC-119 gunship headed out to “where” I do not know. All I remember of that flight was the continual shooting for various periods of the flight and the constant crisscrossing of tracers in the night sky.

    I had one right seat night orientation over An Loc, and then went on a night checkout in which I dropped a flare rack because I did not arm properly. It was a truly miserable flight, but possibly due to the dire needs my next flight was a solo night mission over An Loc.

  • I was a Sundog FAC who had been sent from Osan, Korea to respond to the Easter Offensive. I would like to reconnect with the guys who arrived at Tan Son Nhut (I thinkk in early April of 1972. Memory serves that it was L/C John Nocholson, Maj. Tom Osborne, Capt. Luis De La Vega, Capt Randy—,Lt. Jeff Mortenson, Lt. Stan—, and myself Lt. Barney Ballard. There was a Lt. John Ampleman who arrived in country but was sent back to Korea shortly after arriving in Saigon.

    I have some vivid recollections of the night missions, dropping a flare rack, having a CBU unit on an F-4 open incorrectly with a short round result, trying to support the C-130 drop missions, getting shot at by the shoulder mounted SAMs, etc.

    Any recommendations?

  • Johnny Smith says:

    I served with Advisory Team 47 from Aug68 thru Oct69 and this site represents the bravest of the brave of every military man who had a hand in the Infamous Battle of An Loc. The personal account of Ed Benedit, Col. U.S. Army (Ret) sort of struck home with me. The Division Post Bunker was just finished being built at the beginning of my Tour of Duty. I was an RTO for a few months at the beginning of my Tour so when I saw his picture in a bunker that I was once in it gave my a little chill up my spine. I try to picture in my mind what they went through but that would be impossible. I have no idea of what you had to endure in order to tell the story.I salute you Sir and them men that were with you. May God Bless you brave and courageous soldiers. P.S. I believe the War Room Bunker was shared with your Vietnamese counterparts as it was when I was there. The map is one heck of a souvenir.

  • Al C Hoang says:

    It’s a great website, full of fact and reflected truth about the valiant fighting morale of all South ARVN soldiers. Let’s return the truth to South ARVN soldiers.

    Thank you.

  • Melbourne smith says:

    I flew with the 362 on ch 47 during this battle

  • Tom Ardillo says:

    My brother Roy Ardillo was an enlisted man assigned to 573rd MI Detachment in 1972 supporting operations around An Loc. He passed away today after a series of illnesses. Thanks to all other vets of that period for your service. Roy left service about 10 years later. If there are any other vets of that time that remember Roy, this is a way to let you know, and if you have any memories of that time I would be happy if you would reply to this message or to my e-mail address at tomard@aol.com. Tom Ardillo.

  • Joe Williams says:

    Read Captain Zumwalts story. Very enlightening!!! I had found LTC Wilbanks writing some years ago and just stumbled on this site. I was an Artillery major that served with the 18th ARVN (MACV Team 87) and spent some time with the 52nd Reg and their artillery and was with LTC Thinh the night they repealed an attack at Blackhorse during the Vietnamese Presidential election in 1971. Due to the shortage of Infantry Officers I was sent on operations with the 48th several times as the Fire Support Coordinator with an Infantry Special Forces Sergeant in the Dogs Head. I rotated in December 71. I thank you all for your dedicated service, welcome home. You are special heros to me. I need to contact Marvin Zumwalt,if possible, to determine if he has the names of other Team 87 Advisors.

  • Bob Hartford says:

    Spent several months in An Loc Sept 1968- Mar 1969 with the MACV Team and SF B Team as a Comsec Advisor, I thank all of you who participated in the Battle of An Loc.

    • arne soderman says:

      you say C-130: were you flying one of those Herc’s armed to the teeth with the gyro-stabilized cannon firing out the left aft hatch? I was flying A4′s in the pattern above them. Also remember the “tinkles” but fortunately no sound of impacts.
      To your health,
      Arne Soderman
      CAPT USNR Ret

  • Wayne Haggard, Maj,USAF Ret. says:

    C-130 co-pilot 50 TAS, 374 TAW. Basically, An Loc was my initiation to Viet Nam. I had been there 4 months, was on my first tour to Saigon as a qualified co-pilot and had 2 engines shot out over An Loc. the thing I remember most were all the little sparkles on the ground and the tink, tink, tink of the rounds hitting the bottom of the aircraft.

  • Larry Reichard says:

    Stationed with 1st MAW, Bien Hoa, Ran security patrols with the 1st Ballation, 7th Cav, June to Aug 1972

  • Mike Brown says:

    I’m late to this party; I apologize for that. Thanks for putting this site together. It represents one of the most complete collections of anecdotes and stories about An Loc that I have yet found. I also find Jim Willbanks’ “Battle of An Loc” to be very useful. I’m proud to have been a part of this great story.

  • Eddie Howell says:

    i was a radio operator atop Nui Ba Den (Sundog Alpha), Tay Ninh East, Pawnee Target Bien Hoa, Tan Chau relay site and Ramrod Bravo (flying C-7) in the Quan Tri to DMZ during late March – early April 72 — worked with “Bat 21″ rescue which was made into movie. I also worked closely with the ARC Lights B-52 around An Loc and the Specture C-130 in the tay ninh An Loc battles April – July Aug of 72. My deepest respect to all pilots who worked with spotter planes to the B-52′s God Bless all of you and the deepest regret to those who lost their lives defending and fighting for our country’s missions.

  • CW4, USA (ret) Wendall E. Miller says:

    I served with Col. Miller several years later in Iran, Field Advisory Team 1. Col. Miller was reflecting on his career, I think, when he shared with me the horors of An Loc, via a vast array of military photos, and very frank verbal dialoge. I am proud to have known him, I am more proud to have had the opportunity to serve in his command. A Great American Soldier.

  • Robert Caswell says:

    This is a great site. I served at An Loc with Gen Hollingsworth as PFC radio operator and later on his intelligence staff at Uijonbu Korea, when he was the I Corps commander. He was an excellent leader who I modeled myself after during my almost 23 years of Army service. In I Corps he was also known as “Danger 79er”.

  • Major Mark 'Zippo' Smith says:

    I love all the comments about my two brave bosses Colonel Bill Miller and Danger 79R.

    ZIPPO

  • John Miller says:

    I was a Fire Control Officer on the AC-130A and spent many hours over An Loc.

  • Richard Ross says:

    Served on TRAC G4 staff during the Battle of An Loc. Primary responsibility was coordinating and monitoring status of Air Drops into An Loc.

  • Rich McKee says:

    Earlier this month I had the honor of being the guest speaker for the Scottish Rite, Macon, GA. I chose to contrast the “Battle of An Loc” with the “Charge of the Light Brigade”. To cut to the chase, the finish was “Storm’d at with shot and shell, Bodely they rode and well into the jaws of Death, into the mouth of Hell, Rode the six hundred. In honor of the Unger family, the Wiseman family, and especially to James Bracy’s family, because…. he knew he was going to die that night. We were the plane ahead of them. Dave Sanborn was the pilot,Arny Arnett the co pilot and I was the nav. Over the past 40 years I don’t remember all the rest of the names but I do visit panel 51W when I get the chance. Maj. Richard McKee (ret.)USAF mail4mckee@cox.net

  • Sgt Phil says:

    Task Force Garry Owen 3rd bg 1/7th Cav Recon Platoon. I was a member of the last ground combat units to leave Aug 15th 1972. The NVA were everywhere. We were very busy in the worst business asked of a man. Still pulling last guard duty. A salute to all those in the air that saved us.
    Garry Owens

  • Sam McGowan says:

    Just heard about your site and finally got around to checking it out. You’re doing a good job of memorializing what was probably the second most dramatic event of the Vietnam War (first is Kham Duc.) I noted several trash-haulers making comments. FYI, the Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Assocation has several members who flew over An Loc – Ralph Bemis, Hector Leyva, Charlie Armistead are a few. We’ll be having our next convention at Warner Robins, GA October 2012. Check http://www.troopcarrier.org for details.

  • Jerry Beaty says:

    Sundog 13 checking in. I was still at the school house when An Loc was in full swing. It was the talk around the table at Holley Field. Finished Snake School in early September and arrived at TSN shortly thereafter. Carl Steiling, John Macon, Larry Howell, Denny ? and I were the FNG “French FACS”. It was a steep learning curve. We made our share of mistakes, but survived in spite of ourselves. There were more losses in the fall and during Linebacker II operations.
    Glad to see that the organization is keeping our history alive.

  • Frank Scafidi says:

    I was a gunner on AC-130 Spectre gunships at the time of the siege of An Loc.
    We were assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron, based at Ubon, Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, part of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing.

    We flew many many missions in support of the friendlies on the ground at An Loc. I recall many missions leaving Ubon and flying directly to An Loc then expending all our ammo on targets there. We’d then land at Tan Son Nhut or Bien Hoa, rearm and refuel, then pound An Loc once more before returning to base at Ubon.

    Our crews did this day in and day out until the tide turned.

    My hat is off to the people on the ground who had to see it up close and personal. I recall a US adviser on the ground directing our fire whose call sign (if my aging memory serves me) was “Saigon Artie.”

    He’d whisper target instructions into his radio because the enemy was so close to his position. Then, as our fire hit its mark, his voice rose in volume and confidence as we decimated the bad guys.

    Never knew his name but we were very happy to have assisted.

  • George F Carroll says:

    Was a 50 TAS nav & then IN at CCK July 71 to Oct 72. Total drops around the country-34. Did early grads at 3000 ft and then moved up to 10 K. Transitioned the AWARDS crews from Pope how to drop. Since we transitioned and briefed them for two weeks, we also filled out the paper work. All good drops were logged AWARDS all bad drops were logged Grads. A system that would be justified. We were safe at 10K by then, moving loads around soccer field before AWARDS even got to AN LOC. One mission we were #3 to Kontum. AWARDS were #1,2,4,5. 1 & 2 made runs with only 4 bundles recoverable. 4 & 5 said something must be be wrong with equipment and headed back to Saigon. We talked to ground commander who said he needed the stuff. We moved off and did an old wind run. Wind at altitude L&V. Wind low was 40K. 1 knot is 70 yards on ground. Their equipment wouldn’t know that.We got all 16 bundles to them & had 4 & 5 come back. AWARDs crews 1&2 were waiting with their commander when we got back. I flew with both Maroslers and Tony Hulse during that time. There were 4 navs on leave with our wives to Hong Kong together. Rick Russel(345 th) was one. They still have not recovered his remains at An Loc. When I came off leave I took a trip with Gordi McCloud to Diago. We were told on our way back to go direct to Saigon, do not pass go, do not collect $200. The offensive had started. A long time ago, but it is still like yesterday.

  • Tim O'Donnell says:

    My uncle, Calvin Coolidge “Grady” Cooke was killed at the battle of An Loc in 1972. I have seen his name mentioned several times in these messages. He was MIA for 34 years and we burried him in 2005 finally after all that time. On the anniversary of his death 39 years later my Mother received a copy of his last letter that one of her siblings had found that day. I thought I would share it with all of you:

    April 23, 1972.

    Dear Dad,

    Well, dad, I’ve been flying my ass off lately! It keeps my mind off my problems.

    I’ve made two drops at An Loc, the first one we had not taken any hits, the second they haven’t finished counting all our hits as of yet. I’d estimate at least 30 hits, all aft of the main landing gear.

    We had a reporter from?Life Magazine on board, so in about three weeks check and see if you see anything in?Life on it. We got interviewed and pictures taken, also.

    I hope you’re proud of me! I’m doing my job, Pop! Some one has to fly this mission. I didn’t volunteer for it, but I was just qualified for it, so I got selected for it.

    I’m sorry, Dad, but it is my job.

    I miss you and Mom and the kids very much. If anything happens to me, I just want to be put away in Maryland or Arlington. Please take care of that for me.

    Pop, I have to fly, so this will be short. Write soon, please. I miss you, but I’ll see you soon.

    Love, your son,

    Calvin?Jr.

    Please remember him in your prayers and thanks to all of you who remembered him here.

  • Mary sturino says:

    My husband was one of the C-130 pilots from LRAFB who helped supply the troops at An Loc in 1972. Amazing the things the troops accomplished.

  • Wanda McFall says:

    “…you wonder what ever happens to a magnificent division of young men after the war. And you wonder who is going to thank them… And how… And will it ever be enough?” (Martha Gellhorn, Colliers, 1944)
    I feel as Martha expressed, we can never thank our soldiers adequately, except to never forget their service and sacrifice in defending our freedoms or in extending help to those who cannot defend themselves.
    It makes me very sad to hear of the disrespectful response many of our soldiers endured upon their return to the U.S. from serving in Vietnam. I hope they know that many of us do appreciate their service there! I am glad I came upon this website that tells the story of the Battle of An Loc, the soldiers who fought there, including my friend and neighbor, Ret. Col. Gordon Weed.
    “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
    “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” Douglas MacArthur
    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
    I am also proud of my father who served as a pilot with the USAF during the Korean Conflict, my father-in-law, a bombardier in WWII, and my son who has served with the Utah Army National Guard in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    My deepest thanks to each one of you who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and to your families for the sacrifices they also made!

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of freedom.” - John F. Kennedy, 1961

  • Gary Willis says:

    Bill, Great site! I was Red Marker 18 in 1969-70 and am compiling a history of the air support provided the Vietnamese Airborne Division from 1962 till 1975. I am particularly interested, therefore, in the actions of the 1st Airborne Brigade during this battle. Thanks in advance for the help this site provides.

  • Sean Absher says:

    Looking for anyone who knew Mark Absher General Hollingswoth’s Pilot April 1972

  • Larry Jackson says:

    Would also like to add that my Unit was F Troop 9th Cav. out of Bien Hoa, formerly H Troop 16th Cav. out of Firebase “Bearcat”

  • Larry Jackson says:

    I was an OH6 Scout Gunner in Vietnam from Oct.71 to June 72. I flew missions in An Loc, Loc Ninh and BuDop during the time of this Battle. On 8 April our OH6 was shot down and my Pilot was KIA. Remembering him on this website is an Honor. His name was Capt.Joseph R. Harris. Also remembering other fellow Troop members as well Donald Tallman, Robert F. Quandt. Gteat site, keep up the good work.

  • lehuuchi says:

    thanks for many interesting precious details and documents of anloc battle

  • Dennis Duerr says:

    Dennis Duerr- 11th ACR Blackhorse
    Good site, I came through An Loc many times in 69-70 and can remember staying at the small firebase on the north side at times it was occuppied by arty and sometimes we had it all to ourselves-just a plt. of armored cav. I can still remember the south gate and the special forces B-team camp with the large reinforced concrete bunker where we turhed and skirted the main streets to keep from damaging the hard surfaces on our way to Quan Loi. At times when we were at the firebase,the Lt. would let us go into “town” for awhile and look around. I wonder if the small bar with all the AK’s in the back room was really friendly, anyway their beer was cold. I always liked the town and wondered what it would be like with no war.

    • Gary Willis says:

      Dennis, did you go into the Fishhook with the 11th ACR in May ’70? Did you know Lt/Cpt Doug Wheeless, I think with I Troop?

  • ROBERT W. KIRKPATRICK says:

    HELLO WORLD – What a Wonderful Day!
    39 years ago and I am still amazed that I am still here to commiserate about my days activities at approximately 1240 LCL at An Loc Vietnam during the Battle at An Loc.
    A special remembrance of the crew of C-130, 63-7775, (P) Jensen, (CP) Pratt, (FE) Kent, (LM) Bemis, (LM) Armistead & Sgt. KEIM. Of course never to forget the folks of “F” Troop 1/9 Air Cav that plucked us out of the rice paddy; GOOCH, FRANK, MONETTE, DES LAURIERS, SHEARER, & Sgt Williams.
    A special thanks to the many and varied folks that I have come in contact with, that were also involved in the battle of An Loc, that have shown their sincere gratitude for the efforts and sacrifices of the Americans that helped liberate the city.
    A special thanks to Tom Everman, Major USAF, Guest Book entry 9 December 2009, for pointing out a minor error I made in naming Doc Jensen’s assigned unit of the 50th TAS – it should read 345th TAS.
    Thanks to all that helped in the time of need with a special moment of silence for our comrades that didn’t get the opportunity see the results of the Low & High Altitude Airdrops and to share in the Victory.
    For more details for those with an interest, see my personal account on this website and Thanks to Bill Carruthers for making this website happen.

    Robert W. Kirkpatrick Major Navigator USAF Retired

  • MY FATHER WAS COL. WILLIAM H.MILLER, COMMANDING OFFICER OF AN LOC IN THE SPRING OF 1972. I HONOR HIS MEMORY WITH THE PICTURE OF A COBRA ROLLING IN TO ATTACT THE T-54 RUSSIAN BUILT TANKS IN THE CENTER OF AN LOC. I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING SEVERAL OF THE COBRA PILOTS AT MY DAD’S FUNERAL IN ARLINGTON VA. BEING A MARINE VIETNAM VETERAN MYSELF, I THANK ALL MY BROTHERS IN ARMS THAT SERVED OUR COUNTRY.

    SINCERELY WM.H MILLER JR.

  • Joseph (LiL JOE) Layman says:

    Great site Bill. Didn’t know it existed until today. Thanks. Hope you’ll be able to make Myrtle this year.

  • Steve Cosner says:

    I was in Long Binh, 50 miles down the road on April 5, 1972

  • Tom ONeill says:

    Rash 06 checking in. Thanks to all who made this a reality. Thanks to all those who fought at An Loc. What a fight !

  • rod ruiz says:

    Very nice web page..My Father hank Ruiz was there in an-loc..He passed away in 1985. It was a pleasure to see all the information and the photos. Thanks so much!!

  • Gabe Hines says:

    Keep up the good work,I deleted my name but it keep comeing back.I’m sorry

  • Gabe Hines says:

    Great web site! I left vietnam after my 12 month and 20 days in 1969 were up !! But I am reading about the battle of An’Loc !! I’m enjoying reading your web site !!! great work.

  • Harry Small says:

    Was Asst S-3 in Operations of the 229th. Flew many C&C missions during the battle.

  • rickey nail says:

    Flew uh1-h in to An Loc 72. Day of massive attack Was last huey to take out injuried and news reporter. Also flew in 90 laws and I think two or four advisors laying on top of laws. The capt advisors did not think I could take all the load, Had to give him a test flight. Gen Hollingsworth was in the air when I made the first mission. I: never forget him telling the troops on the ground to stay and fight. Then I flew in and came out with 14 on board. landed with 50lbs of fuel no holes but lots of shots.WO-1 Nail

  • John Chesire says:

    I had the privilege to provide close air support in a Navy F-4B off the USS Midway for our and ARVN troops during a few days at An Loc. Indeed one day I knocked out one of the NVA’s artillery positions, and destroyed a large cache of their ordinance.

    It was quite an experience to witness the battle from the air… and much greater I know for those on the ground. God bless all who were there.

  • Nancy Shampo says:

    Great military history from the heart.

  • Larry McKay says:

    I was honored to fly and serve with the aerial field artillary soldiers of Blue Max at Loc Ninh and An Loc during the Easter Offensive.

  • Sean Absher says:

    James Keliipaakaua, if you knew Mark Absher please contact me. Mark was Gen. Hollingsworth’s pilot. Sean

  • Sean Absher says:

    James, my Uncle Mark Absher was Gen. Hollingsworth pilot during this time. Mark has passed away. If any of you knew Mark or have any information please contact me. Sean

  • James Corkern says:

    I was Don Unger co-pilot 345 TAS CCK 1970-1972. We were on the runway waiting to hear how Doc’s flight went prior to take off when ALCE cnx our flight due the Doc taking heavy ground fire. I still remember how hot it was in the cockpit engines running waiting to take off. Amazing I was so cold while sweating. I was never able to make a drop but I will never forget those that never returned.

    Cookie was our loadmaster. Cookie really loved the Mexican food at TS AB while eating hot peppers and drinking beer.

    Our security briefing that morning was radically different from the routine we normally had. We heard about quad .51′s, Strella’s, 37MM and heavy small arms fire. Hostile zone was from surface to 10,000 ft and we were to airdrop (if I remember correctly) 1200′. I kept think,, no good place to fly today. Or countermeasure for the strella was to fire a hand held flare from the ramp of the plane (if we saw it comming up) and then turn to try and block the exhaust with the wing.

    I have never discussed An Loc with anyone that wasn’t there. My wife who was living in Tai Chung really knows what was happening as were were listed as Don’s emergency local contact. My wife knew daily from the reports at the base and OWC.

    I will never forget.

  • Ladd Lissauer says:

    Thank you

  • James says:

    My father was part of the Air Force effort during this battle.

  • John Gibson Jr. MSGT Ret says:

    During this time I was an Aircraft loadmaster with the 50th TAS Sqdn at CCK AB. I went out three times to drop at the soccer field An Loc and do to different reasons we never able to make a drop. I am very proud to have served with all the men and women including the members of the airlift crews that took part in this heroic event. I will be 76 my next birth day which will be in may 2011.

  • CT Sherwin says:

    I happened to be having coffee in Fayettville at a Hardees on Morganton Rd and Col Miller sat down next to me…I must have looked like an old GI as he started in telling me about this historical battle; he was a colorful guy, to say the least. He told all of this with total recall; he had license plates on his car that said An Loc…we talked for over three hours. Some ex-GI’s came over and shook his hand and remembered him; when we went out to see his plates, a few more confronted him. This was in the mid-nineties, a day I shall not forget. “If we would have had Stukas,” and “…them GD tanks would have been blasted to ‘sh#t’ and them CS’rs woulda been runnin’ back North,” and he just went on-and-on…God Rest his soul. I am very proud that We have you good men protecting us. I am humbled; thank you for your service.

    • THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS ABOUT MY DAD. I REMEBER HIM BEING A 1st SGT IN THE 504 82nd AT BRAGG, MY BIRTH PLACE. 41YRS. 17 DAYS OF MILITARY SERVICE IN THE ARMY. HE PASSED AWAY IN ST. PETERSBURG FLA. ON FEB 28, 2004 AND WAS BURIED AT HIS REQUEST IN ARLINGTON VA. I TOO AM A VIETNAM VET, US MARINES 1970 AND MY BROTHER JUST RETIRED AS LT.GENERAL IN ATLANTA. THANK YOU AGAIN. WM.H.MILLER JR.

  • Bruce Butler says:

    I am glad that I found your posting. My father, Larry D Butler was a forward observer at an loc in May-July of 1972. He was a captain at the time. It was his second tour in vietnam.
    It is entirely possible that he was one of the observers you mentioned. I know that his usual daily duty there was to visit the TOC, get daily intell, put it on his map, and then determine targets for air and arty strikes. He made it back home ok,and he just died of brain cancer in 2007. I am his oldest son. If you are interested, I could mail you copies of several of his letters he wrote to my mother when he was in an loc, and tay ninh (?). In them, he tells of some of his daily experiences there, and mentions several other officers by name that he knew, and several that were wounded. If your interested, email me at gvm1983@peoplepc.com, and I’ll send them. Thanks, Bruce Butler.
    Post update: I just read the personal account of Cpt Marvin Zumwalt. In one of my fathers letters dated 14 May 1972, he mentions both Cpt Zumwalt and Ltc Ginger. Also a Sfc Wiland (?). He writes of their being wounded as shown on the Zumwalt post. he wrote of the situation and nature of their wounds. His letter states, “I have probably mentioned Ltc Ginger and Cpt Zumwalt before. They were both with me at Tay Ninh and I know them real well.
    Incidentally, after Vietnam, my father was an ROTC instructor at Furman University Greenville, SC for three years. He retired as a Major and went back to farming in Idaho later.
    Just to let any of you who knew him Know.

  • Tom Everman, Maj (Retired), USAF says:

    While I really enjoyed Maj Robert Kirkpatrick’s recollection of being shot down over An Loc, there were a couple very small discrepancies. First, Capt Don Jensen was assigned to the 345th TAS and not the 50th TAS and it was not Capt Jensen’s normal crew that he was flying with that day. For several reasons, none of Capt Jensen’s normal crew were available for that fateful flight. I was part of Capt Jensen’s crew for 15 months during 1971-72 timeframe; while we had a several copilots, there were only two different navigators, and two loadmasters. Approximately two weeks after the crash detailed in Maj Kirkpatrick’s story, our crew with Capt Jensen as the (AC), Capt George Fourgey (Nav), Sgt Jerry Martin (Load), myself TSgt (at the time) Tom Everman (FE), along with a copilot and loadmaster that I don’t have names for, made another night time low level drop over An Loc. Of course this time we were able to bring the aircraft back to Saigon. We also made a high altitude drop, making us eligible for one of the infamous C-130 An Loc High/Low teams.

    I lost several friends at An Loc; include SSgt Calvin Cook and TSgt Jon Sanders. I also had the sad experience of having to pack up TSgt Sanders personal effects at his apartment in Taichung, Taiwan following this death. During the 15 months I flew on C-130s out of CCK, the An Loc experience was one of the most memorable.

  • John ( BO ) Bowman says:

    Bill, met you in Ft. Worth. Great website. I was in Quang Tri, Easter Offensive ’72, 20th TASS Radio Ops, in support of MACV Team 155. Was evacted on third Jolly Green out of the QT Citadel when city fell.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Leann says:

    This is an amazing, and very intersting site. My father, Capt. Don Lee Unger, flew C-130s. He was shot down May 3, 1972 over An Loc.

  • bill marks says:

    I was a loadmaster with the 50 TAS CCK in 71-72. I have just completed spending 10 days on a business trip to both north and south Vietnam. For anyone that doesn’t know we did win the war. The south is free and growing faster than you could ever believe. They are turning the jungles into modern developments and 4 lane highways everywhere. There is nothing there that looks the same only the people. Different story in Hanoi. some new things but many,many old people and buildings 20 yerars behind SGN. They love americans everywhere in Vietnam and hate China and Russia. Anyone that has a chance it is a must to go. It is great for ones head, I wish i would have done it years ago to get rid of the demons!! Bill

  • Ladd B. Irvine says:

    Greetings. I was “Rod 23″ at An Loc. (7/69~6/70), living with and supporting SF at the An Loc camp. I believe that I was the first O-1E into Cambodia on May 1, 1970, the morning of the Fish Hook invasion. I took over Alpha Sierras in Cambodia at about 7:00 am, upon request from the 11th ACR. They had just found the “City”. Just days before I had been scanned and tracked by NVA radar while up in the NW corner of Binh Long Province, adjoining Cambodia. It’s a spot that’s tighter than a right angle if you’re trying to keep the Dog’s wing out of Cambodia. The FM radio reacted to the radar scan just as “Pawnee Target” had warned. They had me “locked”. It happened twice in three days. I invented new ways to descend to tree top level in minimum time. It was not the last time that we were used as “bait”. Someone knew that there was an effort underway to knock down unsuspecting B-52′s over the Fish Hook. General, (Army-Ret.), Donn Starry, with whom I worked directly when he was running his show with the 11th ACR, as a Lt. Colonel, wrote in his book that the efforts made in the May, 1970, Cambodian incursion, set back the NVA plan for direct attacks in Binh Long province by about 18 months. His reasoning could be based upon the events that actually took place, or, he knew a lot more about the NVA plans than he wished to disclose. My hat is off to the FAC’s that followed my departure.

  • Diane Peede says:

    My husband was a FAC – Nail 59. I heard an Army General, who was a Commander at An Loc, speak at a FAC reunion. Thank God for our brave U.S. forces!

  • As a Sidewinder FAC for the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, March 1967 – March 168, one of our brigade’s primary missions was to protect An Loc, as it was the last key provicial capital leading to Saigon. We almost always had a battalion deployed to nearby Quon Loi , a forward operating base next to a Michelen Rubber Tree Plantation. We shared the laterite runway with the German manager of the plantation who lived in a beautiful mansion across from our deployed troops, tents, O-1E ‘birddog’ aircraft, muddy soldiers and under attack every other night or so. We (Sidewinder FACs) also had to cover all Special Forces camps in III Corps as they came under attack constantly, so we were responsible for directing the battles over them with tactical air strikes, heavy artillery, helicopter gun ships and with C-47 “Spooky” flare aircraft. The most important Special Forces camp guarding An Loc was Tong Le Chon, located between An Loc and Cambodia (and the Ho Chi Minh Trail). I published an article in VIETNAM magazine, April 2004 issue that described a battle I directed to save Tong Le Chon in 1967. However, during the “Easter Offensive of 1972″, while I flew FAC missions in I Corps out of Da Nang, AB, the Sundog FACs were fighting fierce battles over An Loc against an overwhelming enemy. One of those Sundog FACs was 1st LT Tom Case, who later served with me in the 22nd TASS and after a distinguished career retired as a LTG as Deputy CINCPAC.

  • Michael Selders says:

    I was a C-130 Pilot from the 21TAS at CCK AB Taiwan and flew several air drop missions to the Soccer field in An Loc – I was a member of both the High and Low Team – It was some of the most interesting and frightening fly I have ever done.

  • Jim Ferguson says:

    QL13 – South of An Loc

    The memories I have, are probably from two or three different days. These days occurred within a one or two week period around 11 June 1972. I had only made Aircraft Commander 2 June 1972 my 22 birth day. Over the years these days have just run together until it’s just one day. As the siege of An Loc had continued the Vietnamese were having trouble supplying their troops. The South Vietnamese pilots were reported to have refused to fly into the city. The U.S. Army helicopters were tasked to provide transportation for supplies of food, armament, and troops. Our mission, on this day, would be to put South Vietnamese troops in to An Loc and retrieve wounded South Vietnamese soldiers and bring them out. The wounded soldiers would be waiting at the landing zone, along the side of QL13 highway, ready to get on or helped on as the aircraft was empted.

    The mission started out as planed with four “Smiling Tiger’s” AH1-G Cobra’s from D Troop 229th, 1st Cavalry Division, departing Lai Khe escorting a flight of five “Black Bandit” A Co 229th Attack Helicopter Company 1st Cavalry Division UH1-H Huey’s to An Loc. It is a partly cloudy day with cloud bases at 3000 and tops about 6000. Cloud cover is about 70%, just the perfect kind of weather to fly this mission. The flight climbs out and gets on top of the clouds. This gets us above small arms fire and keeps the SAM’s from homing in on our heat signature. We are cruising at about 6500. As we approached An Loc from the south, an urgent call on guard reported “Attention all aircraft, attention all aircraft, heavy antiaircraft southwest of An Loc attacking a flight of helicopters “air burst on your six.” “Recommend you take urgent action.” I look behind us and see what looks like 50 or 60 black puffy little clods at our altitude 6500 about 50 or 60 yards behind the last aircraft, moving toward the flight. The lead Cobra radioed. Black Bandit lead 37mm probably radar controlled at our six, start um down at your best rate. Try to shoot for the city (An Loc). Smiling Tiger flight, form up around the wagons. As we started down I looked up to see the air above us turn black with antiaircraft burst. We started the tightest 9 aircraft left turning corkscrew you ever did see. Right down through a sucker hole. And ended up on the east side of An Loc, just over QL13 with the flight at 300 feet headed south and descending over the highway. The Black Bandit lead was calling Black Hat control a Forward Air Controller (FAC) who would give us a last minute location where the UH1-H’s were to land on QL13, but it wouldn’t be too much far south of the city. As we were just maneuvering south of the city I looked up and to the northeast and seen, to my horror, six aircraft all fixed wing on fire and going down. There wasn’t a thing we could do about it. I realized at that moment, that if this kept up, I was dead and there was no hope that I would ever go home alive!

    The technique for the FAC was to wait until you could see the flight and take a lead weighted orange panel about 2 foot by 3 foot and lay it on the highway where he wanted Black Bandit lead to land. The rest of the UH1-H’s would land in tight trail formation behind lead. If everything worked out right the cobras wound do one race track pattern, two on the right and two on the left, around the landing zone and when the first cobras came around and passed the UH1 lead and the second cobra on each side would stay just behind the flight. The UH1 flight would be taking off, and the cobras would be in position to escort them out. However as we passed the Huey’s I seen trouble brewing. The ARVN’s wouldn’t get off the aircraft. I was in the second Cobra on the right side and as I flue past the middle if the UH1’s on the ground a 155 type explosion went off right under me and I was at 100 ft. The dirt flue up over the top the aircraft and I lost sight of the ground momentarily. The sound was deafening. My thought was where in the world did that come from. I did not want to fly through the gun target (GT) line. We were making a tight right race track and as we turned about 15 more explosions went off all around the UH1 flight. What few ARVN’s who had gotten off the flight were now scrambling back on. The crew chief’s and door gunner’s on the UH1’s were now trying to throw the solders off. The litters had been brought up to the aircraft but the barriers were now jumping on and leaving the wounded to lie and die on the road. Radio discipline went to hell in a hand basket. Black Bandit lead asked trail if the flight was up? All the aircraft was reporting that they were overloaded. Black Hat control was now demanding that the fight depart. Stating that the aircraft weren’t anything but a big target and he was to close to the bullseye, as another four artillery rounds went off! As the Cobras were on our second race track, Black Bandit lead reported pitch pull in three (meaning seconds) and several roger’s were made. As the flight departed I could see that people were falling out of the aircraft even as the climbed through 100 feet.

    To say that I was scared to death would be an understatement. The one thing that I’ll never get out of my mind is the radio traffic. You see Black Bandit lead was a good friend of mine W01 William J. Neuss. Bill and I had gone through basic training and flight school together. I don’t guess that that is such a rare thing in life, but the Forward Air Controller was 1LT Stephen A Nash, also a good friend of mine, only a month before 15 May 1972 I had been flying with hem. The first time I had a SAM shot at me. He wanted some experience on the ground to enhance his Army career, and I would say he got it.

  • Jim Ferguson says:

    Smiling Tiger 32 D Troop 229th AHC

  • Richard Ross says:

    I served as a G4 staff officer in the Third Regional Assistance Command from March 1972 to February 1973. One of my duties was coordinating the Airdrop Resupply Missions into An Loc.

  • Charlie Lehman says:

    I have personally known Bill Carruthers and his family for over 25 years and and know the dedication and hard work he has committed to this wonderful site. What a great job! My personal background was flying ABCCC 130′s in the ’70′s and Hurricane Hunter’s from Keesler AFB. Bill and I flew together with Piedmont Airlines and have had close contact ever sense! Outstanding individual and aviator!

    Take care,

    Charlie Lehman

  • Dan Lacy says:

    I was in the first flight of 5 (AC, chalk 5) when we air lifted the Vietnamese Army into An Loc on 12 April 1972.

  • joel beard says:

    I HAD A FRIEND IN AN LOC

  • Alex Fortenberry says:

    I just met your son, I am a Birmingham Firefighter for the past 10 years, seems like you have a good kid on you hands. I am looking at this sight that your wife gave me because my father, who now has this sight was also in Vietnam in the Air Force and worked on B-52s as well. Good sight you guys are the reason we are safe today and I applaud the military for all they do, keep up the good work

  • I was assigned to the 128th Avn Co. (Deans)from Jan 71 thru Mar 73, and I was the primary Avionics Tech/Door Gunner assigned to LT Gen Hollingworth aircraft “Danger 79″. I was tasked with maintaining and keeping his Command Console operational 24/7. After leaving Vietnam I was assigned to South Korea where I again had the privilege of serving LT Gen Hollingsworth at I Corp (Camp Red Cloud)and ensuring that his Command Console on his aircraft was operational 24/7. LT Gen Hollingsworth was the greatest field officer that I had the opportunity to serve with both in Vietnam & South Korea. His battle field skills in identifying the situation and taking immediate action in resolving the issue is superb. I’m just sadden that U.S. has lost a great military leader of this decade.

  • Todd Hall says:

    I wasn’t even born when all this was happening, but I have family who fought at this battle and in this war and have heard many stories from them and other elders I know. This site really helped me visuallize and put into perspective just what occurred. Thanks to all the veterans past and present for serving out country and protecting our freedoms and those of many people throughout the world. Your blood shed, sacrifices and losses will never be forgotten. God bless you and your families. Bill C. thanks for your contribution to this site and making sure the acts of there heroic men are never forgotten. It was nice meeting you at the Charlotte Airport last week. Keep in touch. God bless you and your family.

  • Rick Caloca TSGT USAF Ret says:

    C-130 Flght Engineer. On Capt Dale Davidson’s crew

  • Rick Caloca TSGT USAF Ret says:

    Great Site. I Spent my birthday,May 3rd 1972, on low leval Airdrop into An LOC.
    Tracers instead of birthday candles that night.

  • Craig Murken says:

    I know that place well. I was with the 3/11 ACR from 1967 – 1968. Saw way too many of my troopers kia/wia, by snipers firing rpg’s, at us while on patrol in the Michelin rubber tree plantations. My hat off to the ARVN and there advisers. They showed great courage and valor. We fought the same group during the TET offensive and I know what formidable enemy they were.

  • Minh nguyen says:

    Good job! I’m proud of all people and soldiers who have bravely fought for Vietnam freedom!

    I was raised in Quan Loi, An loc all my childhood. Never forget all the memories!

    Thanks again for bringing this memory alive!

  • Joe Moraine says:

    Great website Bill. You have done an outstanding job. I just finished reading The Battle Of An Loc by James Willbanks and it was a real eye-opener. Thanks to you and all your comrades for your sacrifice and dedication in serving our country in this pivotal campaign. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet you and many other participants in this battle at Jim Beaubien’s Silver Star ceremony in Oklahoma City. Thanks again for a great website honoring those who participated in this historic battle.
    Joe Moraine

  • S. Nguyen says:

    Nhay du! Co gang! “Airborne all the Way

  • S. Nguyen says:

    I am an American born Vietnamese; my parents were refugees from South Vietnam. My father was an ARVN red beret paratrooper 1st brigade 81st company that fought the NVA forces during the battle on Anloc and Xuan Loc. He always told me that they fought well, but all I could find was slanted view and biased attitudes towards the ARVN, until now. I just wanted to thank all the veterans who served in Vietnam and especially in this battle, whenever someone try to criticize or insult my South Vietnams heritage I simply say “Battle of Anloc” to shut them up. My Vietnamese-American heritage and my parent’s struggles have really made me appreciate my freedom today. I can’t thank you all enough you will never be forgotten. Nh?y dù! C? g?ng! “Airborne all the Way!” Thanks for creating this website.

  • C. Stengrim says:

    Stengrim looking for advisors and counterparts 65-66 Vacinity of Ba Dua 30Sep65 MACV through Sep66. 1st Bn. 11 Reg. 7th ARVN.

  • Jim Willbanks says:

    It is my sad duty to report the passing of LTG (Ret) James F. Hollingsworth on 2 March in San Antonio. As anyone involved with the battle of An Loc in 1972 well knows, “Danger 79er” was the Commander of Third Regional Assistance Command and, along with his ARVN counterpart, LTG Minh, III Corps commander, in overall charge of the fight in Military Region III. Having spent some time in An Loc with first TF-52 and then 43rd Regt, LTG Hollingsworth has long been one of my personal heroes. I had the opportunity in 1999 to attend the dedication of a statue of the general at our alma mater, Texas A&M, and he was in fine form, giving a rousing, but definitely politically incorrect speech to the Corps of Cadets. He was a rare man and we shall not soon see the likes of him again. May the Old Warrior rest in peace and may God bless his family.

    • Major Mark 'Zippo' Smith says:

      Joseph,thanks for remembering me and our flight together.I write from Thailand where I continue,with help from the Royal Thai Army, to keep the horde from the door.

      Jim seems to have completed a labor of love here.I ahas a conversation with Danger 79R just prior to his death and frankly it was a heart wrenching experience.He had been my Deputy CG in the BRO in 1966-67. His final words to me were; “Zippo.I love you.” I shall carry that with me always.

      Just to participate was worth all the pain.

      ZIPPO

  • Joseph Michalkiewicz says:

    I was a 2nd tour helicopter pilot serving with the 120th Avn Co Mar – Dec 1972. I was BG Tallman’s co-pilot when we took him into An Loc on his last day. Prior to that in early April I remember delivering a 90mm recoiless rifle from Lai Ke to a cloud covered soccer field, not fuly realizing the scope of the battle developing. And a few weeks prior to that I had flown CPT Smith “Zippo” to or from An Loc and we discovered that my unit, the 118th AHC, had supported him in Nov 67 when he was a Sergeant at Loc Ninh when it was almost overun. He gave me some chits for a drink at the Lai Ke Officer’s Club which I still have.

  • Roger Dore says:

    served with 1st ID 1068-1969 Quan Loi,LiKhe, Dian

  • Frederick Miller says:

    I served 19 TASS with permanent duty with the 1st Bde 1st ID at Phouc Vinh and Quan Loi 1967-68 CALL SIGN Sidewinder 10 & 14 Alpha

  • Sgt. McArthur says:

    One can never forget. All gave some and some gave all. Freedom comes with a price. Thank you to all my brothers who never gave up and never gave in.

  • Sgt. Victor R. Binkoski says:

    Looking for anyone who served in Charlie Company, 1/2,1st Infantry Division, (Black Scarves),in 1967 and 1968. Quon Loi was our basecamp and we did’nt see it a lot. Six Uglies wer our entertainment.Areas of operation include the Black Virgin Mountain and Loc Ninh.

  • Larry Kelley says:

    Flew A-4s with VMA-211/MAG-12 from Bien Hoa, working MR III and IV. An Loc was the major reason for our reintroduction into RVN from Iwakuni, Japan, to which MAG-12 had been withdrawn about a year earlier. Arrived in-country on 17 May, went to work immediately thereafter. Excellent site, brought back countless memories. Glad to hear that we truly did succeed in helping “the grunt on the ground”. Believe me, we certainly tried.

  • Vince Massimini says:

    “Hi: I was a pilot in VMA 311 at Bien Hoa–A4s, callsign Hellborne, supporting the ARVN at An Loc. Remember the SunDogs well. Thanks for the site. Best, Vince”

  • Gerald Fisbeck says:

    I was assigned to the 374 OMS out of CCK AB. I was the last crew chief assigned to 63-7775 when it left Tan Son Nhut AB before it was lost. I’m so glad the crew got out ok and was rescued.7775 was a great aircraft and it served us well.

  • Bruce Hendrickson says:

    Al thanks for the great tribute to the MAX HOROES Like to chat some time C E 836 and others 71 72

  • Pat Wick says:

    “I was a lurp attached to the Big Red 1 in An Loc in Dec. of 67, seems like yesterday. God Bless my buddies that paid the ultimate price for FREEDOM and God Bless America.”

  • Donald C. Korstad (CW-3 R) says:

    I served as an advisor in An Loc from November 1967 until the 1st of January 1970. I found this web sit to be excellent!

  • Tim Wilcox says:

    One of my relatives,a Vietnamese woman who was a counter-insurgency “operative” involved with Phoenix during a battle that may not connect with other dates for the battle at An Loc. She has passed away but we came across some notes about fighting in the area with dates between 11-1-1967 and 1-30-1968. Can anyone shed info on this? Many thanks.

  • John W. Noel says:

    I was Vietnamese CTI TAD aboard the USS Hancock from March to September 1972 during which time she supported operations in An Loc. Sometime after the battle I remember seeing a two-page spread in a major magazine, Look or Life, it think, of the battlefield with a quote from some general saying to the effect, “If it hadn’t been for U.S. air support An Loc would have been a disaster.” Can anyone help me out with this?

  • Bob McCorkle says:

    I was assigned as a MACV team advisor with Team 70 and was with the 5th ARVN, 5/70-4/71. I was at both An Loc and Loc Ninh, as well as other places in the area, including Cambodia. This is a really informative site.

  • James M Williams LITTLE WILLY says:

    Was in an loc 1968-1969. would like some info on co a 1st eng 1st inf. Big Red 1.

  • Robert and Darlene Levisen says:

    “Served with 1st Inf Div i/16th Mechanized, August 69, Short timer then, with HHC 4.2 mortar. Bandido Charhlie took a big hit. Meet a Bandido in 2009 named Mack. Hell of a guy . “

  • LTC (R) Curtis Dane Hatley says:

    I have a set of sildes I took during the battle of An LOC that I had put to music and added sub-titles. Would the web site like to see this video for a possible addition to your site?

  • LTC (R) Curtis Dane Hatley says:

    “I flew daily combat mission (Cobras) during the entire Battle of An Loc and at Loc Ninh until that city fell to the NVA. I flew for F/9 Cav and took over as the Weapons Platoon leader after CPT Jimmy Ford ETSed. Jimmy, like most of the original members of the Weaponts Platoon, is now deceased. I was at An Loc when the 229th AHB suffered the majority of their combat losses to enclude the losses of those gallant young men from F/79 ARA. I just wanted all of you combat veterans of An Loc, who are still struggling with your VN experiences, to know you are not alone. After 38 years the battle for An Loc still visits me at night were I fly and fight along side all of those gallant young men who have been lost to us forever except in our dreams. Good luck and God bless you all. Sabre 29 “

  • Donald Harlor says:

    Aloha and thanks for the e-mail Bill. I will give you a call and we can discuss some of the issues. I would like to make a short statement, as it has been bothering me for many years. I kept telling myself that it didn’t matter, but I can’t anymore. In the book “American’s Last Vietnam Battle” by Dale Andrade, I found a few errors. On page 452-453 it is stated that a LTC made the flight into An Loc on 9 July, well that is not true, as this individual flew hight cover. Oh, well, I will leave it at that. God bless you all and God bless America and our Troops.

  • In memory of our Army Blue Max Cobra pilots lost in this epic battle: Charlie Windeler and Hank Spengler (5 Apr 72), Bob Williams and Rod Strobridge (11 May 72), “Chickenman” Henn and Ike Hosaka (22 May 72), Steve Shields and Ed Northrup (20 Jun 72): Rest In Peace and Well Done. We were soldiers once, and young.

  • dean tappan says:

    Hello All, I was a pathfinder assigned to the 229th in Bien Hoa in 72. My first fire base was Gibralter in Jan. 72. There I met a huey pilot from Texas and I believe he went by dj. In April 72 I worked a hot lz at An Loc and on May 10,1972 while on fb Drinnon we lost a bunch of guys when a chinook crashed. I found out years later that it was caused by a tail rotor malfunction. My call name was Daytona Tangerine.

  • Bernard Huntley says:

    K trp 3/11 ACR May 1966-Sept1967

  • Thomas DiGuglielmo says:

    “I was stationed at Tan Son Nhut all of 1971, I left just before Christmas. I was an Air Traffic Controller & I remember just before I left they needed a senior Controller to go to An Loc GCA becauese there was trouble brewing there! What a great site, keep up the good work I just spent hours going over everything!”

  • JERREL DAVIS says:

    “I Lost a good friend at AN LOC Loadmaster SSGT. Joseph C. Hopper, shot down May 3, 1972 C-130E 62-1797 50 TAS CCK TAIWAN”

  • Bill Marks loadmaster 50th TAS CCk 71-72 says:

    I just missed it by a few days lost some friends airdropping c-130

  • Buford Bluemax11 says:

    Nice work guys

  • Richard Bullen says:

    Bill I just had to say what a fine job youv’e done. I look in every so often to see what is new and try to visualise the scene. See you and yours in Dallas Fort Worth. richard

  • don greeling says:

    was in vietnam 1967

  • Bob Mowery says:

    “I served in An Loc from Aug 68 to Aug 69. Initially I was the District Senior Advisor and replaced a civilian named Herbie Clark. For the last six months of my tour I was the Province S3. The Province Senior Advisor was Richard Parkinson and the Deputy was LTC Ernest Peixotto. My first counterpart was Dai Uy Bao Tan, a nephew of the Emperor Bao Dai. An Loc was an active location and at times the 1st Inf Div, 1st Cav Div and 11th ACR all had elements in the Province. The 2/2 Inf Bn from the 1st ID occupied the Fire base at the airstrip for much of my tour. They were a great outfit and their presence did much to reassure us. Upon arriving in-country for my second tour I was assigned as a District Senior Advisor in the Delta. While processing thru Saigon I ran into a college classmate who worked in assignments. I asked that he change my assignment to An Loc since I was vary familiar with all of the villages and hamlets. He refused and at the end of my first tour the Easter Offensive and the Battle of An Loc occurred. The JUSPAO advisor at An Loc, Norb Koziatek,and I have been neighbors in the Atlanta area for many years. The description of the Battle of An Loc provides a great history of a major chapter of the War. My thoughts are often with those I served with and the many heros that I never met.”

  • Steve A. Johnson, C-130 Loadmaster, '74 - '00 says:

    “Excellent site. Had the pleasure of serving with Charlie A. Thanks”

  • Arthur Carroll says:

    I was a radio operator with team 47 for 2 months Jan. and Feb 1972. in Col. Corley’s team photo I am front row, third from right next to the guys holding the sign. i was looking for photos of An Loc today and found this great site. though i missed the battle at An Loc, i was transferred to a team in I Corp and caught some of the fireworks at Quang Tri and Hue during the Easter offensive. I hope all i served too briefly with in An Loc are doing well and have fond memories of that town before it hit the fan.

  • roger reed says:

    “i was with MACV 47 in 1968 1969. I forgot a lot of names. i remember craig mortland, chet mochel, john smith ray rappazzinni, lt lauretti, john cheney, barry smith, lt talbert, george calabresse. hard time forgetting lt’s terry graham and earl browne “

  • Mike St.Clair says:

    I flew as CE on one of the hueys that supported the ARVN at An Loc way back in Junne 1972. It’s good to see this site. Thank you for doing this.

  • Donald Harlor says:

    I was the Aircraft Commander of the Deputy Corp Commander of TRAC, 1st BG McGiffert and then BG Tallman. I have had many loses of memory about my tours in Vietnam. This site has brought back some of those memories. I remember the many long days of flying C & C over the battles of Loc Ninh and An Loc. I used to listen to the command console and specifically remember the Battle of Loc Ninh and the communications with Zippo. God Bless you all for what you went thru. I felt relief that I got to go back to my bunk each night, but I prayed for each of you. My memories of VN actually ended on that morning of July 9th. God Bless, Donald Harlor (CW5, ret), dharlor@aol.com

  • Colonel Joe Potter, USAF (ret) says:

    As a SIDEWINDER FAC in 1967, flying in support of the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division out of Phouc Vinh, we deployed regularly to Quon Loi to protect An Loc. My close friend, LTG Tom Case, a SUNDOG FAC flew many combat missions in battles over An Loc in 1972. During that NVA offensive, in 1972, I was flying combat missions out of Da Nang AB as a COVEY FAC.

  • Fred Sharp says:

    “I was part of a group from the 6th/27th Artillery Btn. attached to MACV. From late 1970 to mid-1971 I was one of the “”An Loc Arty”" team which passed along artillery advisories to aircraft. During the period that I was there An Loc was reasonably quiet. This was the calm before the storm. Would love to hear from anyone there during that period.”

  • Charles Brunet says:

    My mistake on prior message.My fathers name is Francis James Semons,he served in country from April 18,1968-1971. He has served with the Co A 1/5 first air cav and Co B 1/5 most of his time in.he also served with HHC 2D BDE ,HHC 3rd BDE always served with (Air Mobile)the whole time in.I am trying to locate any one who might have served with him.He past on December 27,2006 and his wife and i dont talk she will not give me a picture of him so i can finish his shadow box.My fathers final rank was E-7 SFC if any one new him please e-mail me thank you and thank everyone of yall who served our country Charles.

  • John A. DeGutis, Jr. says:

    “Served in An Loc 1967 -1968. 342th signal attached to MACV and 5th Special Forces. Alot of activity during TET, Quon LOi took the blunt of it, Big Red 1. Its been 41 years, it was like yesterday. Great guys, experience I will never forget. Nice Job “

  • Ken Hogue says:

    I was at Long Thanh North 71/72 with 56th Trans DS Maintanence Co when the Blue Max Cobras moved in to take over our company area as we were standing down then. During the offensive one of the ships returned with battle damage the gunner had taken a .51 round through his inner thigh. We all took a look of course as this was our first contact with the “real thing” coming to peaceful and boring Long Thanh North. Lucky us. I hope he survived.

  • Russell Rauche,Retired, USAF says:

    I was in An Loc Oct 1968-Sept 1969. I was NCOIC of the MILPHAP team that worked at the local hospital. If anyone was there at that time please e-mail me.

  • Jim Beaubien says:

    “Bill, I have procrastinated signing the guest book hoping that my vocabulary, writing skills, and creative writing juices would improve with time. However, I seem to be retreating rather than attacking. With that in mind, I’ll try to do the best I can and post some heart-felt comments. As one of your good friends, I have personal knowledge regarding how hard and how long you have labored creating your An Loc website. Your efforts have paid off “”in spades.”" I have read the laudatory comments left by visitors and couldn’t agree more – your site is awesome. I know that you are not finished and have plans to expand on an already breath-taking website. No person that has visited your website, left it without having been “”touched.”" You have brought old friends and warriors back together, and have even provided closure for some. Thanks to you, your website, and those that have left insightful comments, the legacy of one of history’s most pivotal battles will be preserved after all of the combatants have passed. Sundog 39, I am proud of you and proud to be your friend. Hand salute! Jim Beaubien Chico 62 “

  • Phillip Purdy says:

    “Great website Untold History for everyone who lived though it! God bless you all 1/7th Cav Recon 72″

  • Curtis Dane Hatley says:

    “I flew cobras for F/9, 229th AHB, First Cavalry Division, during the battle for An Loc. Your site brings bad memories I’ve been trying to forget for 37 years. However, I thing it’s a story that needs to be told so it will not be forgotten. Curtis, Sabre 29″

  • Le Nguyen Quang says:

    “Hello, My father was Colonel Le Nguyen Vy, Deputy Commander of the ARVN 5th Infantry Division at An Loc. I stand in awe of the bravery displayed on these pages. Thank you for providing a wonderful resource to the unvarnished stories of the heroes of this little know epic battle.”

  • "Big Ron" Kaler says:

    “Doorgunner F Troop 1/9th Air Cav. ’72-’73 Bien Hoa Great site !!!”

  • John Sylvester says:

    “This is a fine site and a fine source for a poignant piece of history. I was the Province Senior Advisor from July 1969 to July 1970, working most of that time with the excellent Colonel Tran Van Nhut as Province Chief. During the battle I was at the Embassy in Saigon, following the action as best as I could, and driving once up to Chon Thanh then to talk to Colonel Nhut on the radio. I returned to Vietnam on a trip in 1973, travelling up to An Loc by ARVN helicopter with General Minh. The damage was overwhelming and the number of Russian tank carcasses impressive. It was an epic battle that deserves to be much better known. The Vietnamese defenders and the American who helped deserve high praise and recongition.”

  • Major Mitchell L. leeds says:

    “Bill : it was time for me to review the battle once again…………… a Bravo site for sure….brought back many memories good and bad. Mitch 8 July 2009″

  • Larry Adams says:

    I just stumbled on this web site and find it very interesting. I flew AH-1Gs for D Troop/ 229th during this period and spent a great deal of time providing gun cover in the area.

  • Larry Miller says:

    was at Loc Ninh during August 1968

  • Steve Bang says:

    I was a C-130 copilot, 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, 1971-1973. I flew several high altitude (10,000 feet) air drops. I recommend the books, America’s Last Vietnam Battle by Dale Andrade and The Battle of An Loc by James Willbanks.

  • Dennis A Selvitella says:

    I was at An Loc & Loc Nin June 1969 – Dec. 1969. I was the tank mechanic for the A-Troop 1/11 acr.My nick name was spagetti. Please contact.

  • Dennis A Selvitella says:

    I was at an loc 1969 with the 11th acr

  • Ronald M. Smith says:

    To all of those individual that served in the military, I just want to express my sincere gratitude. Your service and sacrifice could never be repaid. I was too young to serve during the Vietnam War. I did join the Army in 1976. I was stationed in ROK from 1977-78. My Unit was the 128th AVN/INF Co. I had the honor of serving with some veteran pilots from the war. CWO Orley Anderson, CWO James Hanshaw, MAJ. Andrew Jackson just to name a few.

  • David Meredith says:

    Looking for any info on my dad, James Howard Dean. He was from Huntington WV and would have been in country from mid 67 thru mid 68. He was KIA 21 DEC 69 in Quang Tri, 3 months into his 2nd tour. He was with Papa Co 75th Rangers at the time of his death. I have info on 2nd tour but NONE on his first. Any info would be great.

  • Bill Willard says:

    I was with the Battery C 2nd Battalion 20th Artillery July of 1969 through April 1970.

  • Lou Martin says:

    “Wow! This is a great site. I really appreciated Maj. Kirkpatrick’s story of the Low Level Airdrop Mission at An Loc 18 Apr 1972. I was the Crew Chief on Triple Seven Five from 1971-18 Apr 1972. The 63-7775 had just returned from Marietta, Georgia after its major inspections and updates. 18 Apr 1972 was the plane’s first mission back. It was sent from CCK to Tan Son Nhut, parked and loaded with cargo to be dropped at An Loc. I had never met the flight crew members before that day, but they seemed to be in good spirits and congenial. They even asked if I would like to go along. I thought about it for a minute. After watching the loadmasters roll the extra chains on the floor to stand on I realized that … 1. that there might not be enough chain for all of us to stand on, and 2. I better stay behind and be ready for the plane to return. So, I did not go. The plan was to bring the plane back and turn it around for another trip to An Loc. Well, it was suppose to be a 30 minute trip. In what seemed to be about 45 minutes, we got word the plane had been shot down. Thank God you made it out as safely. I remember taking a plane to Okinawa for high altitude air drop practice. After reading Maj. Kirkpatrick’s story, now I know why. Boy, we had an experience there too! After the parachute was pulled to drag the load out of the plane, the dual rails did not release. The plane lugged down for about 3 seconds. The loadmaster was just about to throw a safety chain on the load, when the rails released and the load cleared. Everybody and everything was okay.”

  • Paul Riexinger says:

    Was there from Dec 1968 to June 1969 anyone still remember the guy form the 2nd of 2nd to get c milk meat and tuna from the 105 guys? Today wecthink of the guys that didn’t make it home. miss them dearly espically Paul E.

  • James Allen says:

    I was flt. opns. spec. at Bear Cat 3/18/1971 to 2/28/1972. Would like to contact anyone from the 1st avn bde.

  • Tom "War Lord 17" Nadeau says:

    117th AHC. I was supported a few times in 1971 by the Blue Max

  • Bill Carruthers says:

    “To all of the visitors to the anloc.org website: This is the easiest way for me to update what has been going on lately. i hope to update the website soon. I just got back from a trip to Ft Worth. I met up with a couple of fellow FACs, and also Robert Kirkpatrick (see previous message), and Ralph Bemis, loadmaster on the C-130 that was shot down. We all went over to Paul Tran’s house, he was 7 years old during the battle. (see other related stories) Met his whole family. Bill Carruthers”

  • Robert W.Kirkpatrick Navigator on 63-7775 says:

    “Another 18 April and after 37 years it is still sweet to be able to make and entry of remembrance of our “”F”" Troop 1/9 good guys, Frank, Monette, Shearer, DesLauriers and of course Don Gooch “”SABRE RED”" I must include Sgt Williamson from the other HUEY and would include the rest of that crew if I knew who they were. While it is good to remember our good fortune and being able to still make guest book entries, a secondary excitement is this web site itself. The wide diversified gathering of folks that come by and tell of their personal involvement with the Battle of An Loc, in what ever way it may be, as military that were there in some capacity or a relative looking for someone that may have known their loved one that didn’t come back. I happen to have personally experienced both kinds. The US Marines probably say it best with “”Semper Fi”" RWK “

  • JERREL DAVIS says:

    “374 OMS CREW CHIEF CCK AB TAIWAN 72@73. FLEW WITH AN NEW MANY OF THE CREW MEMBERS ON THE C-130`s LOST AT AN LOC. LOST MY GOOD FRIEND LOAD MASTER JOSEPH C. HOPPER ON THE NITE OF MAY 3 1972 ACFT. 62-1797.”

  • spc4 david h glenn says:

    101st abn rvn 1965-66

  • Carl Goembel says:

    I had a long telecon with Bill C. today, sharing some memories and stories of An Loc. I enjoyed Bill’s updates and insight. Also, Bill was able to direct me to some of our mutual friends and Sundogs. I’ll be re-engaging with them soon.

  • James Keliipaakaua says:

    “Its good to see that people remember about their tours, especially in Viet Nam. I served with MG Hollingsworth o/a Feb – Oct 72 as his a/c avionics tech (command console), then later on became his door gunner/avionics tech on his a/c. MG Hollingsworth code name “”Danger 79″” was a brilliant tactical planner and didn’t take any “”B/S”". An Loc brought out the best of him, and inspired a lot of leaders that worked with him. I had the opportunity of keeping his “”command console”" in operation before the spring offensive & ending of An Loc invasion by the NVA. After leaving Vietnam in Mar 73, I was assigned to 128th Avn Co in Korea where I met LTC Hollingsworth again. Again, I had the pleasure of been tasked to keep his a/c command console operational 24/7. I’ve been in denial of having PTSD for over 35 yrs, and this is the reason I’ve come across articles about An Loc. I’m in the processing of filing a claim with VA for my PTSD. I salute all of those that served in Viet Nam, and wish all a happier life. Ret. 1SG/James Keliipaakaua”

  • Tom Friedel says:

    This is a great tribute to those who sacrificed during the battle for An Loc. Thanks for putting it all together. I servred on Tm 47 at Loc Ninh and An Loc, Oct. 69 thru Aug. 71. This brings back a lot of memories for me. It was very quiet there just 5 months before the siege. Thanks again to all who served.

  • Rich Tucker says:

    I was with Major Mitchell Leeds on the ground at Bu Dop as a field interpreter/translator (MOS-O4B2LVS)for 1st CAV, 3d BDE (SEP), S-5 during the evacuation of over 3500 men, women and children, before the fall of Bu Dop. Major Leeds did an outstanding job. It was the moment I am most proud of in my stay in Viet-nam.

  • William H. Miller Jr. says:

    I would like to thank all of the warriors that have served with my father and taken the time to show your respect by remembering him on this website. My brother LT.GEN.THOMAS G. MILLER, continues to serve our country in the army today.

  • James Ketola says:

    “I remember what An Loc looked like in the spring of 1969 it was a beautiful town before the Buffies pulverized it to try to rescue the ARVNS. I understand Thunder Road was never reopened past Chon Tanh until the shooting stopped brings back a lot of memories some good some not so good. James Ketola 11B2P RVN 3/69-7/71 BRO the Cav &1st Avn Bde “

  • David Caruthers says:

    I had the great pleasure to serve with MG Hollingsworth, BG McGiffert, Lt Anderson, CSM Hulshizer, SGT Henson during the Battle of An Loc. As a young PFC, I had no idea the importance of this battle. Also remember BG Tallman, LTC Kuich, MAJ Benson and the misfortune that happened. Danger 79er was a great inspiration to me. He was truly an “Enlisted Man’s Officer”. I have served with a lot of great soldiers and will soon be hanging it up. Just recently returned from Iraq serving as 1SG with an Armored Cavalry Regiment. Great to read all of the messages posted here.

  • Mick Frew says:

    I was stationed at Bien Hoa with the 8th Special Operations Squadron (A-37)as a weapons load crew member during the battle of An Loc and just recently learned, from my then squadron commander, that we were about 24hrs. away from evacuating the base due to the possibility of a breakout by the NVA. I know that pilots and crews worked their “asses” off in support of that battle while at the same time we were taking significantly more rocket and motar attacks.

  • John Harris says:

    “this is the first account I have found and it is mesmerizing to listen to and read the account of the people involved to include the C-130 shoot down which I knew some of the crew. Great job to all.”

  • Sgt. Ronny Bowers says:

    “I was stationed at Nha-Trang in 72,73. 21st tass, 377th OMS. Crew chief on O2′s. We flew at An Loc. Stationed at Ton Son Nhut before Nha- Trang. Would like to hear from anyone there. Especially Gary Curtis, Ron Swilly, Mac, Danny Bowen, Jim Lidgard, Charles Smith, Marvin Baird.”

  • Chad Spawr says:

    “Great web site. I spent most of my two tours in and around An Loc with the 1st ID at Quan Loi (through Tet 68), some time with MACV 47 (spring 69), and with 2d Bde 1st Cavalry Division at An Loc and Lai Khe (early 69). It broke my heart when the 1972 attacks occurred; I have so many good memories of how lovely An Loc was; Quan Loi sucked badly, but An Loc was just a sweet little town. One of my fondest memories is of LTC Raymond Suarez, who was PSA at An Loc while I was there from March-June 68. He was transferred to Song Be, and was killed there in Tet 69. Camp Suarez, the MACV compound at Song Be, was named in his honor. He was a brave officer, a great leader, and a very brave American. I think of him often. I’ll be visiting An Loc and Quan Loi next year when I go back with one of my buddies with whom I served in ‘Nam. “

  • Mark A Smith says:

    As the advisor who became the commander at Loc Ninh 5-7 April 1972 I would like to thank you for establishing this site.We would not have made it past 0500 hours the first day without the Sun Dog/Rash FACs,SPECTRE and our brave Army OH-6 and Cobra pilots(Whitehead,Ripley,Dey,Timberlake et al).Our brave Vietnamese held on believing in you and that An Loc had to be given some time to prepare.With Wild Bill Miller,Jim Hollingsworth(Danger 79R) and John McGiffert always above us we were able to at least form a plausible speed-bump on the way to An Loc.In the POW camp every day that An Loc continued to hold was an inspiration in our darkest of hours.You are all my heroes as are my Vietnamese Soldiers who held against tanks and Infantry in numbers never seen before.God Bless You All.ZIPPO

  • Frank C Schroeppel says:

    I was with the 1st Div. 2/18th. Inf. on 2nd. of July 1966 and was wounded on that day. We were called to Secure the Village of An Loc because Intelligence had gotten a report the VC were going to overun the village. I was a Medic attached to the 2/18th. sent from the Base Camp, Bear Cat near Bien Whea Air Base. trying to get information of that Mission from that time.

  • Col. Frank P. Leuck, USAF, Ret says:

    Was Pretzel 01 flying O-2s out of Quon Loi, not far from An Loc, during last 6 mos. of 1971. We were part of the FAC assets assigned to MACVSOG or SOG. Thanks for your effort to bring forward the FAC’s role in SEA. I was at the last FAC Assoc’s reunion in Oct for the first time and it helped bring closure to this war. Your work is helping also. Frank Leuck

  • Col J.D. Harford, USAF (Ret) says:

    Very interesting and professional. I have a great deal of interest in this because I was a B-52 aircraft commander who flew many sorties to An Loc from U Tapao AB in Thailand. We pretty much were sent there exclusively for a period of several weeks till the seige broke. The MSQ controllers who directed our bomb runs deserve special mention. Hardly anybody ever mentions those folks.

  • Al Russo says:

    Blue Max 03 during the battle. Blue Max Cobras flew the battle every day. FACs, USAF and VNAF pilots were brave and selfless.

  • CHERYL BELISLE US ARMY SSG (RET) says:

    Invited to view this site by Robert Kirkpatrick. I am so glad he did. It is always great learning about our countries heros. Thank you all for your selfless sacrifices.

  • Greg Lachon says:

    Doug Robertson made me aware of your site, I served 71 to early 72 on Nui Ba Den first as Rustic Alpha (19 Tass), then when they moved to Ubon I became Sundog Alpha (22 Tass). I left prior to the An Loc attack and the the sapper attck on the mountain. I thought some of you guys might remember me, I was know on the radio by my nickname Beefy.

  • DOUG PREGONY, TSG, USAF (RET) says:

    I with the 21TASS in Vietnam at Nha Trang and Cam Rahn Bay 1969 and 1970. What ever happened to the 21TASS after Vietnam.

  • Marvin Zumwalt (fmr Capt, USA, Inf) says:

    I am the sole surviving member of the 3 man TF-52 advisory team. We were on the ground for the start of the Spring Offensive. My, and SFC Winland’s, participation ended on 8 April 72 when we were all evacuated under heavy fire. LTC Ginger did return to duty, but I have no information as to where he later served. Winland and I were evacuated to the states. I have a partial copy of the III Corps After Action Report covering the battle. I have also written an account of what happened to us in TF-52. It is the only first person account of our part in the battle and the incredible flight of nine souls in/hanging from an OH-6. I offer those documents and other papers and pictures for consideration for inclusion in this web site.

  • Jackson L. Otis says:

    I am former Rustic India and Sundog Echo from Sep 71 Mar 72. I still have all of my flight info and some pictures. I also have one of the original maps still marked with the red and blue roads somewhere. Would welcome any and all contacts from those who might remember me. I especially remember Bob Goree, Carruthers, Grattop, Brown, Jim Patterson, Schmidt, Thompson, Rogers, Lau, Van Zee, Dimmick and of course Col Hogg. I certainly remember 17 Feb 72 when Christy and Silva went down. Thanks for the memories. Jack Otis, MSgt, Ret

  • J. T. (Jet) Jackson says:

    “I was one of those Cobra guys overhead with Blue Max ARA during the Battle of An Loc in 1972. I’ll never forget seeing those little RASH and SUNDOG FAC’s (Bill Carruthers among them) gleefully diving on those tanks and heavy AAA positions with nothing more to offer than a couple of willie-petes. You guys have got big ones made of brass!!! After some 30 years, I got to meet and get to know COL. Bill Miller. What a fabulous human being! Tough as nails and never afraid of anything. That man was a soldier’s soldier. He was accutely aware that not everyone felt that way about him. To the end though, he was a gentleman. I never heard him say anything bad about anyone although sometimes he wanted to. Thanks for the great site! Jet Jackson, Blue Max 24″

  • “To all of the visitors to the An Loc web site: I was in Washington, DC last week at a memorial ceremony honoring the KIA’s fron the battle. Now I am in Colorado Springs at the FAC Assoc reunion. I will try to update the web site when I get home. Bill”

  • Cdr. John C. Donaldson, USN - Ret. says:

    I met you last week in Charlotte, NC at the Fresh market. Thank you for building this web site. I was in Vietnam from January 1968 through December 1998 and attached to the Navy PBR’s (River Patrol Boat) TF116 River Division 53 located at Mytho,South Vietnam. This site has refreshed many memories from my year in Nam.My God continue to bless America and all that are serving or have server in the Armed Forces

  • Nick Past says:

    “I few over Anlock, but we didn’t do well. Nice to find this site. I am glad we can all communicate some-way or another. Sundog13″

  • Lloyd B. Graham says:

    6994thSS (Siagon) Sep. 66 to Sep. 67, Flew all over as there were not many of us (people or birds) at that time.

  • Dianna Erickson says:

    I am looking for information about An Loc and Nui Ba Den in April 1972. My Husband, Pat Talty was KIA on Nui Ba Den on April 8, 1972

  • I want to say what a wonderful site this is… I was aboard the USS Hancock CVA19 when the battle started and was quickly sent into Danang to the FASU there to assist with aircraft repairs. I know the air wing on the Hannah flew numerous sorties in support of the combined forces in An Loc… it seemed like we were going 24/7 for some time during those months. I have always been proud that we were there to help. God bless you all!

  • J.W. "PONCHO" EDWARDS says:

    “I was “”Tiger 30″” aircraft commander of a AH-1G Cobra from D Troop 229AHB. I worked “”Hunter Killer Teams”" in and around AnLoc during this battle. I can remember talking to Rash and Sundog over the radio during those days. Seems like a hundred years ago, seems like yesterday!”

  • William H.Miller Jr. son of Colonel William H.Miller says:

    ” THE COLONEL WILLIAM H.MILLER UNITED STATES ARMY HE WAS GROWING OLD AND SLOWING DOWN AT LAST, THE COLONEL OFTEN SAT AROUND TELLING WAR STORIES ABOUT HIS PAST. HE WOULD RECALL ALL THE YEARS THAT HAD GONE BY, AND AT TIMES I WOULD SEE TEARS IN THE CORNERS OF HIS HAZEL EYES. HE TALKED ABOUT ALL THE BATTLES HE HAD SEEN AND FOUGHT IN FROM WORLD WAR II, KOREA AND DOING THREE TOURS IN VIETNAM, BUT MOST OF ALL HE TALKED ABOUT THE THINGS HIS SOLDIERS DONE, TO HIM THEY WERE ALL HEROES, EACH AND EVERY ONE. HE TOLD ME THAT AT TIMES PEOPLE WOULD LAUGH OR MAKE A JOKE, BUT THE OLD SOLDIERS WOULD CAREFULLY LISTEN TO EACH AND EVERY WORD HE SPOKE. NOW SADLY THE WAR STORIES HAVE COME TO AN END, BECAUSE THE COLONEL PASSED AWAY.. NEVER TO BE HEARD FROM AGAIN. THE COLONEL, THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR WITH ROWS UPON ROWS OF MEDALS AND DECORATIONS UPON HIS CHEST..SERVED HIS COUNRTY FOR 41 YEARS, GIVING ONLY THE VERY BEST. NOW THE RANKS OF THE OLD SOLDIERS FROM WWII AND KOREA GROW EVER SO THIN, AND EVERY TIME I SEE THE AMERICAN FLAG, MY HEART WILL BREAK JUST THINKING OF HIM. WILLIAM H.MILLER JR. VIETNAM 1970 SGT.USMC. “

  • Kristy Miller says:

    I met your wife at the Y last night. I look forward to reading the book and spending time checking out your website.

  • Aprille Allmond Maynor says:

    I know that Sundog is my Dad.(Barry Allmond) on the audio tape from May 6. Very cool to hear his voice. Unfortunately it is the only way I ve ever been able to hear his voice. I was 1 on May 11, 1972. Thanks for the memory, and reminding me of what a hero he was, and that he has not been forgotten.

  • Donald Hensley says:

    MACV Team 47, Nov 71-Nov 72

    • Eddie Howell says:

      I was very close to Capt delaplane. I just read your inquiry on the THE BATTLE OF AN LOC. i was a radio operator, we make a lot of joint missions to a small outpost on the border and we provide intell and supervised airstrikes escourting the sea vessels going into the Cambodian capital via the Mekong. While many other times I was atop Nui Ba Den (radio relay site) Mt. I flight followed him and kept very close communications with him while he was flying over enemy territory. i knew him very well and we were very close. He was a very brave pilot and and he is and will forever be a friend to me. If you need further info, please contact me at (956)854-8882 — sorry it has taken this long to communicate with someone he really knew him very in Vietnam!

  • Dee Delaplane Millard says:

    “Hello to all of you— I had a brother, Bill Delaplane (William K. Delaplane III), a grad of the USAFA in 1967. He died in 1973 in a crash on a training mission of an F-111 in New Mexico. However, he was in Vietnam from Sept 1971-Sept 1972. I understand from my sister-in-law, Wanda Delaplane, Bill’s widow, that he was a Sundog, flew the 0-2A in the Mekong region near the Cambodian border during that time. I am now in Vietnam on my first trip here and recently visited the War Remnants Museum that has a model of that plane. I have also been in Rach Gia and Hai Tien, and think my brother may have been in that area. I never knew much about his time here but I am eager to find out whatever I can about what he did, where he was, and those who might have known him. I would be very grateful if anyone knows anything about him and would be willing to share—-whatever little tidbit you might know, good or bad! Dee Delaplane Millard”

  • Mitch Dykstra says:

    Wondering if anyone knew my father-in-law, Larry Eaton. Army helicoptor crewchief. He mentioned being at An-loc.

  • Joseph F. Allmond says:

    “I never meet Barry Allmond. I have seen his yearbook picture and made a comparison to mine which is only one year later than his. I think there is a possiblity we have common ancestry. Proud to have the same surname. I was in USAF on C130 as radar repair. I left the AF in 71. I was never at risk like Barry. I only hope that faced with the same task I would have displayed the same courage. I salute the FACs.”

  • George Fourchy says:

    I was a navigator at CCK, in the 345 TAS, during the 4/72siege of An Loc. I was on Don Jensen’s crew. He was the A/C of the crew that got shot down during the day drop and was rescued…I joined his crew after he returned to CCK. We completed a low-level drop one night, and I think we flew 63-7775, which Don Unger apparently went down in a few days later. We launched a couple of nights after our first drop, but were aborted after Harry Amesbury went down. I knew both of them well, also their navigators. God rest their souls. I also salute everyone who was on the ground and in the air in that operation.

  • BILL SMALLEY says:

    TO MY HERO CAPT. RODNEY LYNN STROBRIDGE, I SALUTE YOU “SIR”.

  • Jesse L Yearta Jr. says:

    Son of Jesse L Yearta. ” Good soldiers don’t die, they go to hell and regroup” See ya there old man.

  • Ron Harris, 374 Tactical Airlift Wing, 1970-1973 says:

    It has been a while, but I remember. I started looking for my little black mission book after I read Bob Kirpatrick’s anniversary message. I was flying with Capt Link, A/C, and Capt Hopkins, CP, Nite High Speed Low Level, Tay Ninh Orbit with a southern dogleg approach. I think that was the night I coined the phrase “first one whose voice quivers over interphone buys the beer” — no one laughed!!! A couple days later, we lost Don Unger and crew. My 196th combat mission. 2 May 1972. Warm Regards, Ron Harris

  • Leslie H Roodzant says:

    I was the very first sundog, started in early 1970, picked out the call sign from the VCSL with B/G Bennett in 7 AF Hgd. All out of country flying from Tay Ninh East,O-1′s, 3 FAC’s, 1 french speaker.

  • Karen Phelps says:

    I am interested in our American History

  • Kimberly Yearta Willingham says:

    My father was CSM Jessie L. Yearta. We lived in Fort Benning, Georgia during the war. After his retirement he moved close to us in Hogansville, Georgia.

  • Dinh Nguyen says:

    “Thanks for all photos of the battle of Anloc “

  • Ashley Miller says:

    Thank you for the site! My grandfather, Col. Bill Miller, was at An Loc and it is interesting to read about him and the battle.

  • Pat Northern says:

    “Great site. Welcome Home Brother! Check out the site http://www.ec47.com That’s us…”"Alone Unarmed Unafraid”" Strictly intelligence gathering. Pat Northern, MSgt, USAF Retired,Vietnam Vet Det 1, 6994th Scty Sqdn Nha Trang and Phu Cat RVN 1Aug69-1Aug70 “

  • Peyton B. Northern, Jr. says:

    “Surfed in. Looking to track down my cousin, Jim Meade, chopper pilot. Google led me to his comments in guest book. While I’m here just want to say “”Welcome Home”" to all the Vietnam Vets that pass thru this site. Peyton B. Northern, Jr., MSgt, USAF Retired, Vietnam Vet 1Aug69-1Aug70, Nha Trang and Phu Cat RVN.”

  • Lori Koense says:

    My father was also at An Loc and I am just recently learning about this. So thank you for the site and information.

  • larry paulsen says:

    i was in the army at the time of an loc and in Saigon….thanks for the site

  • I served in the A-37 @ Ben Hoi during 1969 & 1970.

  • TOMMY GRANERT says:

    I SERVED IN HON QUIN AN LOC WITH ADVISORY TEAM 47 FROM JUNE 1969 TO JULY 1970. I WAS THE COMPANY CLERK. I WORKED IN THE BUILDING WHERE THE GUYS ARE STANDING THAT HAS THE MACV ADV. TEAM 47 SIGN. MY COL. WAS JOHN FARR. MY LT. WAS LT TALBERT.

  • MIchael J. Wheeler says:

    “Bill, I wonder if the escape from An Loc discribed by Paul Tran was associated with the group of civilians I describe being shot at by the NVA on our first run into An Loc on June 11, 1972. Mike Wheeler Pilot A/229th AHB”

  • joey recimilla says:

    i salute the brave men at the battel of An LOc. . Sundog you are a true war historian

  • Jim Meade says:

    Excellent photos, Bill. The site just keeps looking better and better. Jim

  • Pierre Talbert says:

    I was a member of Team 47 during 1969-1970. I am grateful for the efforts made to bring home what happened to our “town.” May God bless and keep safe all who served there and continually embrace those who are no longer with us.

  • Lee Kyser says:

    “On 2 Nov 1972, I was the flight engineer on an AC119K Stinger gunship that prevented the friendlies from being over-run on Nui Ba Den mountain. I would like to contact Eddie Howell, who is seeking information regarding that fire-fight. Lee Kyser ac119k@earthlink.net

  • bill parnell says:

    God bless all. Bill

  • wayne cook says:

    Great site Bill You are doing a fine thing here…..outlaw28

  • Marie ODonnell says:

    “Thank you for your work in putting together this site. My brother, SSgt Calvin Cooke, Jr., was killed on April 26, 1972, when the C-130 on which he served as a loadmaster, was shot down during a resupply mission to An Loc. All crew were killed. His remains were identified in 2006, and on June 20th, 2006 after 34 years, his family and friends gathered to welcome him home and lay him to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Counted among the family was a large contingent of members of Cumberland, Maryland Chapter 172, Vietnam Veterans of America. These brothers in war were a reminder of the courage of the men who fought in Vietnam, and their dedication to each other, even after so many years. Again, thank you. Your efforts and work on this website are much appreciated.”

  • Bill Laurie says:

    Thank you for your efforts in getting this website up. It is important this history is remembered.

  • Gregg says:

    Recently reading about this.

  • Ronnie Cothern says:

    Lost a cousin, Charles William Love, Jr., 12/27/1969, who was an E-6 with Advisory Team 47. He was from Winter Garden, Florida.

  • Heather Moffett says:

    Thank you for your site. My dad is bounty and it is interesting to hear him on the recordings. I am so proud of my dad, he is a brave and couragous man as are all the men who served in Vietman. He refers to me as his mircale as he did not think he would make it out of An Loc. He left An Loc on Easter sunday when they were finally able to get a chopper in to get him and the other rangers that were with him after several days trapped in a hut with no ammunition. I would like to thank all those men who were by my dads side and those who braved flying in to get him and those looking out for him in the air. God Bless all the men who fought, died and never left Vietman you are all heros.

  • Sgt Doug Robertson USAF Rustic Radio Operator says:

    “As a radio operator for the Rustic FAC’s I had frequent radio traffic with the Sundog’s especially while on Nui Ba Den at Rustic Alpha in ’71. Forward Air Controllers were a very special breed of men that I still find myself in awe in their company. They truely put their lives on the line every time they took to the hostile skies over Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and an occasional trip over the fence into North Vietnam. I’m proud to say that I had a small part in the FAC story. Sgt Doug Robertson 21TASS & 23rd TASS Rustic FAC’s”

  • Tracey Hudson says:

    “I stand in awe…there is no other way to say it. Let me explain. I first met Jesse Yearta around 1992 when I befriended his daughter, Penny. We all called him “”G.P.”", short for “”Grandpa”", and he wouldn’t have it any other way! He adopted me as one of “”his”" immediately and we became family. I knew that he had a pretty distinguished military career from his daughter but he would never make a big fuss over it and I never knew the extent of his accomplishments! When I got the call from his son-in-law in Sept of 96 that he had been killed in a car accident, I remember thinking, somehow KNOWING that he had survived much bigger tragedies than a car accident and how sad it was that he was taken so quickly from his family like that. He asked me to go to the house and be there when they came home to tell his daughter. She was devestated but handled like she said she knew “”G.P.”" would want her too. I was overwhelmed when we went to Ft. Benning to get some things replaced on his uniform for the service. When we uncovered that uniform, there were grown men brought to tears, saluting his uniform, offering to help us any way they could, explaining what each medal and badge meant. I had no idea that the sweet, funny man I knew as the fatherly/grandfatherly “”G.P.”" was a tough-as-nails, fearless, courageous, true-life hero. His funeral was the first military funeral that I had ever been to and it will forever be a part of me. I have friends that have gone to Iraq and come home. And a friend that is leaving any day, Sgt Daniel Schrader….I pray that the friend that is leaving carries CSM Jesse Yearta’s spirit with him, for if he does, I know he will be in the best of hands…the strongest..the bravest..the most courageous..those of a true Hero! I miss you, CSM Jesse L.Yearta and I love you, “”G.P.”"…Your adopted daughter..Tracey “

  • Ron Harris says:

    “I was a C-130 Navigator during this period of time and knew most of the crews who flew An Loc. I Take out my old JOG Chart with the inbound low level routes and reminisce quite often. This is a great site and that period of time is being kept alive by the 314th Airlift Wing through their recurring award of an An Loc plaque to the best airdrop performance during training at Little Rock AFB. Warm Regards Ron”

  • Pham H Ha says:

    Hello everybody, my name is Ha. I was born in An Loc and I spent my childhood there. Sorry, I am not good at English but I really surprise because there is a website write about my hometown, An Loc. I am not lived in war but my parents, grandparents lived in war. Now, I living in Ho Chi Minh City for studies but I always return to An Loc every month to visit my parents. And I hope I can to build this site better. Contact with me if you want to have some pictures or something else about An Loc today.

  • “The Chinese Bandit Recon LRRP Team 1st Bn (ABN) 8th Cav 1965-66 was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism for their participation in the Battles of the Ia Drang (November 1965) and Nathan Hale (June 1966); conducted the historic FIRST night combat rappel lead by RANGER Lawson; and DOD/MACV directed long range reconnaissance (LRRP) operations lead by 101st RECONDO Grimes along the northern Cambodia and Southern Laos borders in the spring of 1966…”"Laying Down FIRST Tracks in the Central Highlands”". RANGER Jerry Conners Master Parachutist, Special Forces Weapons Expert, 101st RECONDO Chinese Bandit 13 http://www.geocities.com/d6566mustangs http://www.geocities.com/d6566mustangs/history … for more articles on the combat and reconnaissance patrols performed by the Chinese Bandits”

  • Steven Brawner says:

    thank you very much for keeping alive the legacy and memories of the great men that served along side my grandfather. he was just as proud to have served with you as you were with him; and as his service record shows he was willing to serve any time , any where. you are all heroes in my book and i am raising my children to value freedoms that you all served to protect. i can see from the stories and medals that a call sign of trusty victor was an acurate description. thank you again Bill for your hard work.

  • Hector Leyva says:

    Thanks Bill for all the work in keeping the website going… It hard to believe that has been 35 years, it seems like only yesterday… I am honored to be a member of the first crew to make an air drop at An Loc and sent my respect to all the lost crew member during that period…

  • Donald R. Gooch says:

    I was at An Loc numerous times. I was the Plt Ldr for the AH-1G Cobra Helicopters from F Troop, 9th Cav. I was also on the mission that pulled the C-130 crew out when they were shot down.

  • Ralph T. Bemis II says:

    Bill, The web site is really coming along Thanks. Ralph Loadmaster on C-130 63-7775 that went down on 18 April 1972

  • Robert W.Kirkpatrick says:

    “04/16/1972 at approx. 1240 LCL time RVN is the 35th Anniversary of a C-130 Tail #63-7775 that crash landed near Lai Khe 30 mi. S of An Loc in some old rice paddy’s, all of the crew including an ARVN SGT were picked up by some fine folks of”"F”"Troop 1/9 Air Cav that thought we could use some help, we could and they did, Thanks again and still. A special thanks to Col Bob Corley for his Thank You at the Little Rock AFB Reunion, it meant more than you’ll ever know. Also to Bill Caurruthers for the dedication to this website and his encouragement to me for doing a written report, it will be there this year for sure. Robert W.Kirkpatrick , Maj.USAF Retd. rkirk72@yahoo.com

  • “This is the 35th anivesary of the Battle of An Loc. I would like to thank everyone who has visited this site and have signed the guestbook. Right now this is the easiest way for me to to post a message to everyone. I would like to let people who visit this web site to know who Steven Brawner is refering to in the previous post. I knew Jesse Yearta by his call sign, Trusty Victor. Here is a copy of his citaion for the Distingushed Service Cross YEARTA, JESSE L. Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army 81st Ranger Group, Airborne Division Assistance Team, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Date of Action: April 20 – May 20, 1972 Synopsis: The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jesse L. Yearta, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with as an American Advisor with the 81st Ranger Group, Airborne Division Assistance Team, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Sergeant First Class Yearta’s distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions during the period 20 April 1972 through 20 May 1972. His extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. HQ US Army, Vietnam, MACV Support Command General Order No. 2440 (October 17, 1972) Bill Carruthers Sundog 39 “

  • steven eric brawner says:

    Jesse Yearta Grandson

  • Michael J. Wheeler says:

    “Thirty-five years ago today A & B Companies, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, escorted/protected by 4/79th ARA, Blue Max, combat assaulted an ARVN Battalion into the soccer field at An Loc. Those ARVN were there in that hell hole for the duration, well into June when we started extractions and replacement insertions of fresh troops. I’m 55 years old this last month and credit the bravery and skill of the Blue Max gun drives for my living to see this age. Every day I have enjoyed in this life was, and is, a give from Blue Max. Thanks guys Mike Wheeler A/229th AHB “

  • Bill Parnell says:

    Had a great conversation with Chico 62 the other day. Hence, I just had to come back here. God bless all, Cobra Marlin

  • Drew Coombs says:

    “My Father, Phil Coombs, was a C-130 pilot who earned a DFC for his participation in An Loc. He passed away a few years ago. I am now serving in the Army and am very proud to read about his war time missions. I wish he was still around to hear mine. Great site. De Opresso Liber”

  • Paul Tran says:

    “EXCELLENT website! I thought I would never get to see pictures like these. I grew up in An Loc and was 7 years old when the siege happened. My mother and 6 of my other siblings had to escape on foot down Hwy. 13 to Chon Thanh after surviving the mortar barrages as we passed by the garrison on our way out of the city and then being held captives by the NVA for a few days. I still have vivid memories of the supply parachutes coming down and the carnage along the road. Through some of the aerial photos and some help from my older brother, I was able to look up the house where we used to live, the Catholic school where I attended, and the path I took everyday to go to school. Please post more pictures if you have any. Thanks to all who put this site together and the courageous men who fought along side the ARVN defenders.”

  • Steve Cherry says:

    Great website! You’ve done a lot of work and the effort shows. I was Rash 11 from Feb ’72 to Feb ’73 and the website brings back lots of memories. Keep up the good work.

  • Neil Bussard Maj. USAF Ret. says:

    Flew several AC-130A Spectre missions in the defense of An Loc from Ubon, Thailand. I remember in particular a night in April when tanks appeared, bursting from hiding inside buildings in the NE sector. We were not too successful in stopping them with our 40mm’s, but did ignite a few of the gasoline drums they carried on the rear.

  • Mike McDermott says:

    I was the senior advisor with the Vietnamese 5th Airborne Battalion from January through June 1972, which included the An Loc battle. There were several times when we were about to be overwhelmed, and I owe my life to the guys who adjusted the strikes and those who delivered the bombs that helped to turn the tide. I’m also thankful to the guys who parachuted supplies into the town as it was thin going before that operation went into gear. When I left An Loc I went down to the Vietnamese Airborne Division’s headquarters at Tan Son Nhat and picked up a couple of months worth of mail and then I returned to the States. I have never met or talked to any of the people who supported the troops on the ground, so this is it — THANKS, GUYS!!!! and Airborne All The Way….

  • Art Hayes says:

    Marv and I have been close friends since 1965. I can’t thank the 1st Cav crew (Whitehead & Waite) enough for pulling him out

  • Danny Lacy says:

    I was the aircraft commander of chalk 5, the first flight of 5 to hit the LZ at An Loc in April 1972. Lots of memories there; thanks for the web site.

  • Dean Tappan says:

    I was a black hat landing helicopters at An Loc in april 72 and on surrounding fire bases. Some amazing flights. My call name was Daytona tangerine.

  • Tobin Fuller Smsgt USAF Retired says:

    I was stationed at TSN in ’72 in the 377 CAMS/FMS Electric Shop. Spent a lot of time working on your birds. Nice to see the planes again on your website.

  • John A. Smith says:

    Awesome site. I served a tour in An Loc Aug68 – Oct69 with Adv. Team 47. I have a number of newspaper articles on the Battle of An Loc in my scrap book. The courage and valor needs to be told. I salute the bravest of the brave and god bless all of you for making your country and uniform proud. You flyboy’s were a special breed along with your supporting cast. No doubt the Army boy’s appreciated your couragous airdrops.

  • Tom Seasor says:

    Just browsed in. I was a Radio Ooperator out of the 19th TASS assigned 9th Div, 1st Brigade, Oct. 67 – Oct 68. Call sign Tamale, looking for an old Tamales, guess none of us are young anymore.

  • Bill Bergren says:

    Thank you for this wonderful site. I was one of those C-130 loadmasters crouching on chains during the low level night airdrops. I thank the FACs that guided us in and out. Without you I’m not sure if the aircraft and crew would have made it “out the other side of our run”.

  • Sundog 03- Jim Thomas says:

    Learned of this site this weekend at the FAC Reunion at Dayton. A great way to preserve the history of the Battle of An Loc. Much courage was expended by many during this long seige. Many unnoticed heroes were involved here. An Loc was an epic battle. It has never received the notoriety that it deserved. Perhaps this site will help a bit to remedy this. My visions of the battle are vivid…but my memory does not always connect the dots. Will surely stay connected for more information.

  • Thomas J Milligan - Terrible Tom says:

    Sundog 29 – Great site and I remember all of this very well.

  • roger reed says:

    looking for other veterans that served at an loc and for advisory team 47 during 1968 and 1969.

  • Lou and Emily Johnson says:

    Excellent website!

  • Orman Waller says:

    “The siege of an loc gave the usaf one of it’s greatest hero’s. Charlie Shaub, loadmaster, stationed at cck, taiwan, 345th tactical airlift squadron. Carrying a load of ammo for airdrop, his aircraft was hit. Engineer dead, copilot and nav wounded, two engines out and no hydraulics. Charlie, severly burned, jettisioned the burning load then manuallly lowerd the landing gears by hand, even his hands were horribly burned. Charile received the Air Force Cross, to go along with his Purple Heart, numerous DFCs and Air Medals. He is the most decorated Air Force enlisted man, not highest decorected but most decorated. I attended his funeral in Portland, Tn in the late ’90s “

  • Barry Kendall says:

    I appreciate this site very much. I have been fascinated with this battle since reading about it in the papers at the time. At the time it seemed to be one of ARVN’s finest hours and also reflected heroic work by their American advisors. This site proves that these perceptions were, if anything, understated. Thanks to all veterans of the siege for your devotion and courage.

  • Bill Carruthers says:

    “I want to let all of our legitimate visitor’s know that we are doing everything possible to stop the spamming that has been going on, including passing on the information to the FCC. Bill”

  • Linda Minor says:

    “I recently met many fine men that served with my brother Skip at An Loc. I thank them for sharing their memories. Linda”

  • Will Schmutz says:

    ” Served with the 11th Pathfinder Det HHC 229th AHB. 3rd Bdg 1st Cav Div. In and out of An Loc form late April to mid- May. Glad someone remembers that place besides me. Not much ever mentioned about the 229th and the Cav in An Loc that’s a same,we got a lot of supplies in there and pulled out a lot of civilians. We did a lot of good there, and lost some good men. Call sign was Chitown. Thanks its a great web site.”

  • Curtis Fetty says:

    I was Sundog 05 from Jan 1972 to Nov 1972. Flew over 200 missions as a forward air controller, many of those missions were at An Loc. Was up there the morning of May 11, ’72, when we lost Allmond and Haselton. Continued flying for the Air Force until 1992. Flew A-10′s for 12 years.

  • Hector Leyva says:

    ILM(776TAS)on first plane(C-130)on April 15,1972.. Only successful airdrop of the day, but at a GREAT loss and cost to my follow aircrew brothers…

  • James franks says:

    This is a great web site and helps tell a story that needs to be told- over and over again. Too bad our school children don’t hear the stories of the brave men who risked their lives- and put their lives in the hands of other men they didn’t even know to bring about victory against an overwhelming force. Could there ever be a greater lesson in teamwork, patriotism, or valor? Thank you to all our military, then and now, who keep America free. And thank you Bill for this window into the past.

  • Joe Moraine says:

    “Yesterday, Tuesday, April 11th, I had the privilege and honor of attending a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capital at which Retired Colonel Ed Stein (U.S. Army) presented the Silver Star to Jim Beaubien III (Chico 62) for his service during the Battle of An Loc, Republic of Vietnam, in 1972. It was a very moving ceremony where Jim was honored for his service as a FAC during this crucial battle. The Governor and the Lt. Governor of the State of Oklahoma, along with several General officers, were present at the ceremony and praised Jim for his heroic actions on that day. Flying under very severe weather conditions, Jim put himself and his aircraft at great risk while marking enemy targets and helping direct numerous airstrikes that helped to turn the tide of the battle at An Loc and thus, saved hundreds of American and South Vietnamese lives in the process. He was previously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism for his actions in this same battle. Jim went on to complete a successful career with Delta Air Lines where I had the pleasure of flying with him over a 20 year period. I am proud to say he remains one of my best friends today. I was very proud of him today , especially to see and hear those many soldiers at the ceremony who paid tribute to Jim, and personally thanked him for saving their lives on that day. Congratulations Jim! And Thank You to all the soldiers and airman who participated in this moment in history. Joe Moraine “

  • Jim Sharrock says:

    Jim Beaubien was president of the Senior Class of Ponca City High School, Ponca City, Oklahoma, Class of 1966. I think I can speak for all of our classmates in congratulating him for his service, his valor, and this great honor.

  • Maxx Fairbanks says:

    Sincere congratulations to Jim Beaubien, well deserved honor.

  • ” Bill, a great job! A great site!”

  • Eleanor S. Clinton says:

    I was referred to this outstanding website by my friend, Jim Beaubien. I’m looking forward to meeting some of Jim’s friends at his Silver Star Award ceremony April 11 in OKC. With profound admiration and endless thanks … may God bless and watch over each of you.

  • Thinh-Do says:

    “Great site with more informations and pictures of The battle of An-Loc in 1972. I was there with the 81st Airborne Ranger Group from 4/16/1972 through 6/26/1972. Our advisors were Captain Charles Huggins and 1st Sergeant Jesse Yearta. Yearta is a brave man in my heart. He always in the front battle line with us. On the photo gallery that I found the pictures Ulmer#4 was the pictures of the cemetery of the 81st Airborne Ranger. This cemetery we burried our 68 arm men of our troup. After April 30/1975 the VN communist that excavated their tombs and flat out the cemetery. This picture is show part of the cemetery. I wonder if General Walter Ulmer has more pictures of this cemetery? Below is the link to show the cemetery that took in May/1972 http://bcdlldb.com/TuSi/images/nghia_trang_An_Loc_2.jpg I would like to ask your permission to use some of the the photo from your site to display on the 81stABR’site. I’ll put the image source (your website address)on the photo. Thanks in advance.”

  • Bob Canar says:

    Great site. I was in An Loc from Aug 72 until after the cease fire. Initially an advisor with the 18th ARVN Div, I transferred to the Province Team in Sept/Oct. Bob

  • Susan Fromkes says:

    This is great!

  • Ken Hinks says:

    “The new audio is great, thanks. Col. Stein’s report is excellent. I don’t know how your site could get any better. Thanks Bill. Ken Hinks”

  • “This is a reply to John Kildea and others that may not received a reply from me. I sent two emails out, and they both came back. Try to reach me at the email address above. Thanks. Bill”

  • Jim Meade says:

    Well Done. This site just keeps getting better and better. It’s a terrific testament to the heroism of all who fought and died there. A perfect example of how our warriors were more than capable of fighting the war to a successful conclusion were it not for the ineptness of our politicians. Hand Salute to all that gave it their best shot. Tangerine 31, Song Be 65/66

  • John Kildea says:

    “Looking for information on LTC William Nolde, killed on Jan 27, 1973. Need background for a book, family, job, 3rd tour?, etc. Hope to hear from you. Thanks. John”

  • Trung Pham says:

    Nice site. I was involved to Anloc battlefield during 1972, and my unit was there since April 6 by airlift from Trang lon) after get back Cambodia operation. I belonged to 3rd Ranger Group Bn (ARVN). We get out Anloc on July 5th 1972 (91 days) and when we get out my company got only 28 people left, compare with 124 before entered the battle. We are 52nd Ranger Bn, and has been decorated once with US Presidential Citation Unit. I still got some pictures that I had during the battle

  • SP-4 Morales 1971 says:

    This dosn’t look like anything I remember. Are there more photos?

  • Greg Wilcox says:

    Thanks for this web site to tell the story of An Loc to others who otherwise would never know.

  • Michael J. Wheeler says:

    As a A/229th UH-1H pilot who flew An Loc in the spring of ’72 a word of thanks. Most folks think the Viet Nam war ended for the U.S. sometime around 1968. This site and James Wilbanks book will go a long way to inform the public that some us were still "hacking the load" well into the early ’70s.::::Thanks

  • Mitch Leeds says:

    Keep up the good work in recording this important part of the history of the Vietnam War / Mitch

  • Mike Sloniker says:

    My unit, A/229th or B/229th were the ones usually tasked to get the pathfinders in an out of An Loc. I was operations officer, A/229th during the period Loc Ninh fell and An Loc was surrounded. In the links part of this website, you can read the late Ron Timberlake’s story about Loc Ninh. I will be telling Mark "Zippo" Smith about this website since you can see his picture in the piece Timberlake wrote. Additionally, I will be providing an update to the rescue of the advisors by John Whitehead and Dave Ripley from the Air Cav troop D-229. Marv Zumwalt is the sole living survivor of the three Americans that were rescued. On Nov 10, 2005, he had met with the pilots from Blue Max F-79 ARA, Whitehead, and me at a dinner and the next day we met at the apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 0630 with some other ARA pilots from 4/77 ARA 101st Abn. I will be providing some history I have compiled as the historian of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assn who I have met with since 1988. Additionally, John Bowers, an A-229 Pilot took a lot of pictures from An Loc that we can include. The losses related to the Easter Offensive in III Corps was 4 KIAs D/229, 2 KIAs F/9 Cav, 8 of 32 pilots (25%) in Blue Max F-79 ARA. During that period and not related to An Loc was the loss of United 157, a CH47A from 362 ASHC over Long Thanh North, with a loss of 30+ passengers and crew. It threw a blade.::

  • Fred Deakins says:

    I was with Charlie Company, 15th Med Bn of the 1st Cav in Quon Loi in 68-69 and had been to An Loc several times. there was a "hospital" there that was run by this very courageous Vietnamese nurse. She gave me a tour of her hospital. It was beyond primitive but the pride she had was something to behold. I always wondered if she survived this battle.

  • Edward B. Benedit Jr. says:

    Just wanted to thank you for sending me the tape. I plan on going down to my fathers on Sunday.We will watch the tape together.::Thanks Ed Benedit Jr.

  • Brad Gibbs says:

    excellent site

  • Robert B. Green says:

    This web site is an honorable tribute to those who served so gallantly during the Easter Offensive. “An Loc must be held at all cost”! The cost was high, but the winds of freedom prevailed through the determination of those Valiant Advisors who chose to::Stay with their Vietnamese Allies. To all who served during the battle of An Loc, especially the U.S. Advisors, FACs, and numerous Air Crews, Thank You.::::Bob Green ::Crew Chief 19 TASS ::

  • John M.MacRae-Hall, RAF. says:

    Good to meet SUNDOG FAC. JTF C5a Driver.

  • Jack Heslin says:

    Great web site – you do honor to all who served – thank you.