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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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  • Robert A. Kunz, CPT says:

    Deputy District Advisor, An Loc, Team 47. Sept 1968- Sept 1969.

    I really appreciate the work and dedication that has gone into this site. Thanks.

    Did anyone run into my interpreter named Vung? NCO, but functioned a level far higher than his pay grade. I hope he made it, and if anybody could it would be Sgt Vung…

    I was in An Loc, on 6 June 1969 better part of three NVA Divisions around us.
    I would like to thank Blue Max. We were caught in a Bn sized ambush in deep rubber, attempting to relieve a Regional Force company that was being overrun. Blue Max 69 was on station, but could not see my marking smoke above the rubber canopy. Then our Vietnamese V-100 armored car was hit with an RPG, and exploded.
    “Do you see my smoke now?”
    “Black smoke?”
    “Spray everything around it”.
    “This is Blue Max 69er, Roger, rolling in now…”
    Save my ass.

  • Went over An Loc a couple times the spring 1972 as a C-130 crewmember, one of the more memorable times in my life.

  • John COX says:

    I was in an intel unit that saw this coming, was stationed on a TS/C station down HWY 13. I remember the B-52 flights out of Clark that went on for days. I will never forget the sound and the ground rumbling. God bless all Vietnam Veterans.

  • David R. Hogg says:

    My Dad was Sundog 00 — then LTC Don Hogg — have not had the opportunity to meet or talk to anyone who may have served with him when he commanded the 21st TASS — unfortunately he passed early in life, so I never really had the opportunity to talk to him about his time in Vietnam — I myself have just retired after 34 years in the Army — thanks for your service during a tough time!

  • Wayne Wade says:

    I was in Country (Vietnam) from Nov. 28, 1966 to Nov. 28,1967 and walked point for a little over 9 months with first Squad, Third Platoon (call sign “November”) B Company 1/18th Infantry Battalion led by the legendary 38 year old Lt. Col. Richard Cavazos who later became the first Mexican American Four Star General. If anyone reading this has information about the 1967 Battle of Loc Ninh (Oct.29,1967 to Nov. 3, 1967) please contact me, Wayne Wade at

  • Raymond Eshleman, USAF says:

    First I want to say it’s an honor to visit your site. I am proud of all who served in the Nam, and it was an honor to serve.
    I was an adviser at the hospital in An Loc 1966-1967. I read about the battle of An Loc and I have been trying to find out what happened to the Hospital. I just stumbled onto your site and I was wondering if anyone know what happened to the hospital.
    I am 75 years old now and I am writing about my year of service in Viet Nam so my children, grand children and great grand children will know how lucky the are to live in America.
    Writing about my experience has brought back a lot of memories. We accomplished a lot, helped a lot of people and made a lot of friends. There was a lot of good people there. If anyone can help me please contact me by email.
    Thanks and God Bless!

  • Raymond Eshleman sgt A says:

    I was an adviser at the hospital in An Loc 1966-1967.

  • Fred Fagan says:

    Outstanding group of troops. Pep McPhillips (Sundog 07) has had me as a guest at the Warriors of Anloc gathering for the past few years. Latest was this past weekend. Glad to see so many other vets still kicking.

    Fred Fagan, SMSgt USAF Ret
    Aug 64- Oct 65 /// June 74 – May 75

  • Mike Lynch says:

    I was with A/229th right up to the end in 72. I remember much of it. I was the crewcheif on 095 shot down on June 13 with Josh Dunnigan and John Bowers, the door gunner was William Rose. I remember the soccer field and that stretch of road south of An Loc. I spent a month in the hospital after that and returned to fly the last missions into An Loc July-August when it was pretty much over. I left Bien Hoa the 18th of August for Pleiku and the 17th Cavalry where I managed to get shot down again. We had some losses there at the end.

    Those Blue Max guys have been in my thoughts every day, pretty sure I would have died that day in June if it wasn’t for them. My thanks to them and the crew that came in after us.

    And thanks for this website and telling our story.

    If anyone needs to reach me.
    Mike Lynch

  • Eustorgio Perez says:

    I too was at An Loc from Septmber 1969 to July 1970

  • Rod Bennett says:

    I was a navigator in the 345 TAS from April 1971 to July 1972. I took part in several high and low altitude missions over An Loc in March /April 1972–I have a “Member Hi Low Club” shoulder patch. I don’t have photos of any of my time in country but would certainly love to see any that anyone else has. My address is: 12207 Knightsbridge Dr., Woodbridge, Virginia 22192. I went on to serve until retiring from the Air Force in 1993.
    Rod Bennett

  • Mike Ayala says:

    I was rod fac at nha trang and ninh hoa. My friend john had beengroung crew during the battle he relocated nha trang. 21 Tass . I just read his obituary

  • Carl F. Hylin says:

    I was with the 1st Air Cav when I entered the Viet Nam theater in 1972. My first serious combat experience was flying into the An Loc staging area for replenishment of men and materials. We were flying Slicks from Bien Hua for many days until the siege was broken. A very unforgettable experience.

  • Larry Martin says:

    On April 11 and 12, 1972 with B/229 1st Cav, 3rd Bde (Sep) I flew flight lead, call sign Yellow One reinforcing AN LOC with ARVN troops. We did this on and off for two days. We were a flight of 5 UH1′s with gun support from F/79 Blue Max. We say many Russion tanks and other antiaircraft weapons. One of our first missions were to insert troops at the polo field. We flew in very low level taking fire from the old rice mill and the plantation. We began landing at the polo field and began receiving mortar and artillery fire, some airbursts right in front of us. We ent back and forth several times that day. We had several aircraft shot up but the pilots returned to Bien Hoa and returned in flyable aircraft. We lost 1 cobra I know as he stayed on stationed to long covering us. I followed him back to the staging area and he ran out of fuel on the runway, slide in and rolled over. Both pilots OK. I think the back seat pilot had been wounded in the leg. One day we were tasked to help pick up the MACV Advisors/Special Forces who were trapped in underground bunkers. The plan was the Air Force was going to drop bomblets with a knockout gas in them. We were to “swoop” in flying with our protective masks on and picks them up. The bombs were dropped but it didn’t seem to do the job as we took very heavy fire going in and had to abort. I later learned that OH6 pilot who was following them men once they started to E&E out ended up picking them up in very dramatic fashions putting himself I great peril. I beleive he was awarded the MOH for his action. During those days we also lost another Blue Max cobra to anticraft fire but somehow even being cut in two pieces were able to successfully crash land and walked away from it.

  • Ford Doherty says:

    I was stationed at Bien Hoa Air Base for all of 1972 and 26 days of 1973. My job was POL (aircraft refueling).

  • David Miller says:

    I was the crew chief on the flight delivering general Tallman and his entourage when they were all killed. I was usually General Hollingsworth’s crew chief but on this day, general Hollingsworth wasn’t going to use his crew so I offered to allow general Tallman crew chief the day off. I spent hundreds of hours in the air during the An Loc siege with general Hollingsworth, my only question if you will is that you listed the death of the general as being from North vietnam artillery. It was American gun and she’ll. My best friend at TRAC III hers. Was lt. Todd

  • Larry Graham says:

    I was assigned to B-33, Co. A, 5th Special Forces from Jul 69 – Jul 70. The camp was on the very south side of An Loc on the east side of Highway 13. Even though there was a war on An Loc was a beautiful city. There are a number of photos of An Loc on my website. They are free to be copied and used as desired.

    My personalized eterans license plate read “An Loc”. A couple of years ago I was stopped at a stop light in Tucson, AZ. The man in the vehicle to my left got my attention and said he had bee a FAC over An Loc. The light changed and I never got his name.

    The book “True Faith and Allegiance” was tough for me to read. The author, Mike McDermott, was an American advisor on the ground during the 1972 battle. I have been in touch with him since reading his book.

  • Chuck Harris says:

    Greetings, I was a captain in B/229 AHB, 3rd Bde, 1st Cav during An Loc. I was flight leader of the “black flight”. I would like to use some of the pictures from this website for a presentation I’ll be giving about my Vietnam experiences. I will credit the pictures used.

    Chuck Harris
    RVN Jul ’68- Jul ’69; Sep ’71- Aug ’72

  • Don Seiler says:

    Flew with B/229th. Went into the soccer field on the first day. Busy times. Remember the body bags in June. Flew live ones in and dead ones out.

  • James Corkern says:

    I was co pilot of # 2 behind doc with load for an loc We had completed security brief where loadmaster was told to watch for strella and keep ramp open. If strella was sighted fire flare pistol and we were to bank away for engines to block exhaust.
    37MM and radar guided quad 51 cal were there also and covered in the brief with a mention of small arms fire to 10,000 ft. After Doc hit the DZ we were given Hilda gave RTB due to the extensive fire and didn’t go make the drop. The next day we were scheduled but had to deliver a bird to CCK and return. My AC was Don Unger and Cookie the Load master with Al McIver as Nav. I have never forgotten the 345 TAS and 374TAW and what took place that month and all the friends I lost.

  • Sabre 20 B. Monette says:

    18 April 1972
    Happy Birthday
    To the C-130 Crew
    Of 63-7775
    F/9 CAV Crew of Huey 626

    The Air Force C-130 crew is now 44 years older because of their rescue by F/9 CAV. Their A/c was shot down over An Loc and crash landed. F/9 Crew chased the burning C-130, watched it crash land and rescued all seven (7) crew members.


    Hello World; Another year, the 44th since the fateful day of 18 April 1972, when C-130 63-7775 AKA Manta 75, was shot down making a low altitude air drop for the friendly forces at the An Loc RVN Military Compound. Long story short we were hit on the way to the DZ and eventually crash landed about 30 miles north of Saigon. With the help of “F” Troop 1/9 Air Cav all seven of us onboard the C-130 were rescued and taken down to Saigon. Thanks again to Robert Frank,Bob Monette, Bruce Shearer, and John DesLauriers, the Army Helicopter crew that came in and picked us up out of burning C-130.

    Robert W. Kirkpatrick
    The Nav, Major USAF Retired

  • Robin Lloyd says:

    I am trying to find any information on Major George B. Waring. He was in Vietnam from April 1972 until he was shot down and killed on August 26,1972. He was assigned to the USAF Advisory Team 2 MACV out of Da Nang. On the day in question he was assigned to the RVAF 120th in Quang Nam Province. He was a FAC. There is some question whether he was in an O-1 or flying as a Fast FAC.

    His records were severely did acted. His family would like more information.

  • Frank Hanna says:

    I flew many mission during the Siege of An Loc as a Gunner on AC-130 Gunships. The aircrews from 16th SOS flew almost continous missions throughout the battle. It was a long tough fight from start to finish. I am very proud of all the Spectre Crews that help break the seige.

  • Charlie Huggins says:

    Served with 81st abn rangers@ An Loc

  • Curtis Dane Hatley says:

    Just checking in to let everyone know I’m still alive and well. I was with F/1/9th Cav during the battle for An Loc. I flew “Cobras” and my call sign was Sabre29.I retired as a LTC after 25 years of service and then taught high school for another 20 years before retiring for good on my 66th birthday. I turned 70 today (28 Feb)!
    I’ll check back in on my 80th birthday…Sabre29

  • Freddy Dusseault says:

    Assigned to F/79 ARA Blue Max in 1972…A Great outfit made greater by the heroic efforts and sacrifices of great men.

  • duane hagman says:

    arrived bien hoa dec. 10,1971 left for plelku aug.1972 asn. to 229th ahb 1st cav div. does any body know of harris 45j20 he was my nco lost contact

  • Robert Little says:

    arrived at LTN July 71-72 as an air traffic controller tower. started out some what slow as far as traffic stats. By the time the offensive began things really began to happen. We were very busy in the tower,from there we could see every body and every thing was moving and much so fast. Got her done.

  • michael g. mound says:

    In jan 1970 I repaired a C130 that had it,s wing blown off. We had to have AC 130
    come in and use it,s propeller thrust to jump start our C 130 because the starter did not work. This would of made a great picture. I was hoping that the guys on base there might of taken some photos of that jump start with two C130,s together. Do you
    know of anybody that has pictures like that ??

    At that time I was,
    AF SGT Michael G Mound
    AFC 42151B TurboProp Specialist

  • eddie howell says:

    Bill, hope you are doing better, I been still having heart problems, heart critically weak, but Thank God, still kicking. Recalling when I was working on flying C-7 radio relay and helped rescue Bat 21, I was specking to fac and both jolly green pilots when they where shot down, i still have bad dreams since i was the last one the spoke to before they lost their lives. Bill please take care, respect you highly, along with all FACs, Specture 130 crew, and chopper gunships whom i worked with daily in our defense. See you all on the other side when its all said and done here on earth. Love you guys

  • Bob Hartford says:

    A personal thank you to all who served during the Battle of An Loc for your bravery and sacrifice.
    I am familiar with An Loc as I was TDY to the MACV and SF teams in September and October 1968 and Feb 1969.
    Was an O5G/COMSEC with the 101ST RRC stationed at Bien Hoa.


  • Tyler Prufer says:

    Mr. Carruthers,

    You were missed at the most recent meeting. Hope you’re doing well.

    Tyler Prufer
    (Philip Clarke’s grandson)

  • Michael A. Pandolfo says:

    I was there. Airborne Targets Officer aboard Moonbeam, ABCCC.

  • Brian M. McWilliams says:

    I was an 03 and arrived in RVN Feb. of 1972, Started out with Gun platton and then took over Operation Officer’s position until July 3, 1972. Wish to obtain names and mail from pilots that served over An Loc during the Spring Offensive. Blue’s platoon and Operations during this time. I really appreciate any help you may privide. Brian

    • Sabre 20 B. Monette says:

      Brian, All you need to do is call me. I know who was flying over and into An Loc and was back there in 2012.

      Sabre 20

  • Rick Harris says:

    HI Bill, It’s been way too long since we have talked. I was going over some Quan Loi stuff and was thinking of you. I am going to a Birddog reunion of all of the Birddog companies in Vietnam in October at Dothan. We will dedicate a memorial to all of those that didn’t come back. The memorial is next to the Army Aviation Museum at Ft Rucker. I have retired from the airline now and am trying to put together all of my RVN pictures. What a project!!

    Hope you are doing okay…..


  • Cody Huggins says:

    My father is then CPT Charles Huggins. I was wondering If anyone served with him during the Battle of An Loc? Thank you.

    • Harold Moffett says:

      Dear Cody. I remember you father I’m sure. Its been a long time ,almost 50 years. I if correct you father was with the 61 Airborne Ranger Battalion. From what I saw the best fighting battalion in Alloc. Could have been the 81 battalion. Like I say a long time. Harold Moffett Contact me @

    • Mike Casciaro says:


      I served with your father, but later, when you were a little boy in Fort Lewis, WA. He was my Battalion Commander. He was BY FAR, the toughest, strongest, best leader, lead by example and drop dead hero I have EVER met. He was the strongest man in the entire battalion. At PT he wore a sweatshirt with the single word “DEVIL” on the back (we were the Go Devils). I truly believed that he was Daniel Webster. He trained me into the leadership style that I used for the rest of my career (24 years) in the Army. He was fearless. He once told me the best way to take care of soldiers was to ensure they were not killed in combat. I trusted him with my life. He took us to Sinai, Egypt and we went through some tough times there. I recall on one occasion, the 3 star Norwegian General not liking the enhanced fortifications your father had us constructing to ensure we were combat ready. The General sent 3 x full bird colonels to my post to inspect the following day. Your father, a LTC at the time, was there when they showed up. He escorted them into a small pre-fab trailer the size of a pick up truck and proceeded to chew them out so badly, all three feared for their lives, scampered back to their chopper and we never heard from them again. I will never forget your dad, and I KNOW he is very proud of you! Take care and Go Devils!

      P.S. Ask him about “School of the Lieutenant” I am sure he will tell you I was his honor grad, LOL

      - Mike Casciaro

  • Thanks really handy. Will certainly share site with my friends.

  • Benny Kerlin says:

    Great Information Flew on first C-130 airdrop to An Loc while assigned to 374 TAW. I also salute everyone involved.

  • Richard Bullen says:

    I am reading above hard to believe anything would slow you down. I have tried repeatedly to get info to you and requested your wisdom in many items 1972 in particularly.
    Feel Better Soon

    • bill says:


      I will try to get back to some. I hate to say this, but my health has gone down very quickly in the last 4 months.


  • Jeep White says:

    I was a 19 year old Sgt. and Loadmaster flying on C-130s. I remember well flying the air drops into An Loc and Kontum. I flew many crash and dash night missions, offloading 40,000 lbs of ammo and supplies, spending less than 60 seconds on the ground. I’m very proud to have been a part of those difficult and trying times. God bless all of those that served.

  • Don Sorensen says:

    Remember these days in May and June of ’72 with Hawk 5 over and around An Loc, especially after his son, 1Lt. Todd was KIA.

    Don Sorensen
    UH1-H CE
    HHC 1st Avn Bde.
    Flight Section

    VHCMA – Life Member


    I have missed the actual annivesary date by nearly 10 days but, surgery w/recuperation, then a weekend church function in Dallas all causes a busy schedule for a fellow that has gained much wisdom with the passing of time, or for the reason of just old age.
    I am saddened to hear from Sabre Red’s daughter, Brenda McCrary, that he, Don Gooch passed away some time ago, the particulars unfortunately I just don’t remember with any accuracy but I believe it to have been a heart attack. The highlight of this past year has been the meeting of Lt/Col USA Retired Robert Frank, pilot and Maj USA Retired Bruce Shearer, Crew Chief and left Door Gunner at our TROOP CARRIER/TACTICAL AIRLIFT ASSN gathering in Tucson this past October 2014. The HUEY crew were presented a momento of appreciation for their selfless action in the rescue of the crew of C-130 Tail No. 63-7775 that had just survived a crash landing and damages received during a low level airdrop at An Loc 18 April, 1972. Unfortunately Sabre 29, WO USA Retired Robert Monette and John DesLaurier, right door gunner, then Spc 4 USA were not able to attend this very special gathering, maybe the next time.
    With the passing of time I am still amazed that we were able, with the help of folks from “F” Troop 1/9 AIR CAV, to be able to remember that day with such a vivid memory, then to be able to stay in contact with the rescuers over these past 43 years, I seem to remember that special day every day and sometimes more than once a day, WOW!
    I was also fortunate to have lunch with Ralph Bemis “Bullwinkel” today, he was on his way back to Arkansas after looking at houses in the Texas Hill Country.
    Big Thanks Agin to all the “F” Troop folks for their great help 43 years ago and a toast to all from an OLD and thankful Retired USAF C-130 Navigator
    Robert W. Kirkpatrick Major USAF Retired

    • Brian M. McWilliams says:

      Hello Bob, Just read your posting; I was ops officer for F/1/9 in April 1972 and flew every day over An Loc. Would really like to talk to you regarding your memorable flight on April 18th, “landing” south of An Loc. Also looking for other F troop pilots flying with F Troop during this time frame. Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon. Brian

    • Brian M. McWilliams says:

      Bob, just read your story. I need to talk with you. Please provide me your email. Thanks Brian, 1/9 F troop I remember 18 April 1972.

  • W. Bruce Morton says:

    Thanks for all the information and photos. I’ve lost almost all of mine since 1969.
    W. Bruce Morton
    Sp4, 36th Signal Btn
    Attached to MACV team 47
    An Loc, RSVN 1968-1969

  • Mr Cary D Johnson says:

    Incredibly brave men.. awesome site… Real heros in action.. 1972 was not that long ago, blink of an eye.

  • Bill Story says:

    Hey Bill,
    I was just searching for info about the battle for An Loc. My brother flew a gun ship and I’m some what sure that he was in that fight.
    He was called the “old man” by his crew because he was some older. His name was Major Conrad Story and I remember him telling me about that battle.
    If someone reads this and knew him I would be glad to hear from them.
    Bill Story 229-423-5469

  • Keith Colliver says:

    Remember that April 72 in Vietnam

  • jj nixon says:

    I arrived in country may 12 1968. from cuchi I drove a jeep to anloc in support of my unit (1/8th arty). this was my first journey into the countryside. I waited around An Loc market area while the trucks unloaded. I remember it as a facinating little place/ My buddy Ken and I ate a meal at a roadside resturant and played on a pocketless billiard table which was covered up with tarps when the rains came. these were my first memories of the vn countryside and I only made a few trips to An Loc as our unit moved a lot.In 1972 I drove a wrecker accompanying arvn ammo convoys from long binh to An Loc- it was a much changed place!obviously the huge loss of life there in 1972 was terrible, the state of the area that made such an impression on me years before,was a sad. site to see. it seems that things are better there now.

  • David O. Chung says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone who was involved with the Eastertide Offensive during the Battle of An Loc. I would like to know if the person who worked on A-37 Dragon Flys at Bien Hoa, 8th SOS knew Captain Blassie? I remember when they moved him from the Tomb of the Unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. He went down while supporting the troops at An Loc.
    There is not a day that goes by I remember when the Marines and Air Force guys were on Highway 13 out of An doing recovery work. USAF Staff Sgt. Danny Pack, Sgt. Dan Gummels, myself and USMC CPL Mark Jasper and LCPL Frank Zelly all depended on each other while bringing equipment back from An Loc to Bien Hoa. It was a great cooperation between Detachment 1, 377th Air Base Wing, 7th Air Force and the 1st Marine Air Wing, 12th Marine Air Group.. The Marines saved our souls. God Bless all of you.

  • David K. Pickard says:

    As a US Air Force SSgt and F-4 Crew Chief stationed at Da Nang AB, I was told to grab my tool box and get over to a C-130 to Bien Hoa AB to set up a Quick Turn location to support the battle for An Loc. I and a small number of Crew Chiefs and Mutions Load Crews flew to Bien Hoa and arrived much to the surprise to the small number of Americans at the base and bedded down. The next day we became the 377th FOL (Forward Operating Location), and performed combat turns on F-4 fighters from Da Nang and USAF bases in Thailand, working constantly until the battle was over. I was initially ranking Air Force member, but a couple of weeks later some Officers came in although they were rated and didn’t appear on the ramp. We never got any recognition but set unofficial records for turning fighter bomber sorties in dawn to dusk work shifts. When I finally returned to Da Nang, my unit the 4th TFS of the 366th TFW was gone to Thailand (Ubon AB) we were told to get out of Da Nang anyway possible. I got a ride on a single engine Air America plane to Udorn AB in Thailand and when I called my unit at Ubon, they said just to stay there and finish my tour. After a two month involuntary tour extension I came back to the States and got my college degrees and became an aircraft maintenance Officer, retiring as a Major in 1990.

  • David O. Chung says:

    There are not too many of us left from the 1972 Eastertide offensive. I was stationed at Bien Hoa Air Base, Detachment 1, 377th Air Base Wing, 7th Air Force. We were attached to the 1st Marine Air Wing, 12 Marine Air Group. I was an Airman 1st Class when I was wounded on Highway 13 coming out of An Loc. I have a Purple Heart, Gallantry Cross and Outstanding Unit Award with V for Combat Operations. We were there when Actress was telling us to surrender. Some very odd times.

  • Richard Bullen says:

    I have missed you and yours at the last two Reunions, my loss for sure. Miss our conversations and insights. I Pray for you and yours as always. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and a merry CHRISTmas and a Happy New Year. Please don’t forget to tell your son Happy Birthday on Nov 20th.

  • Joe Leo says:

    wow reading everything has helped clear up many things. so much has been running together in my mind for years. I was a door gunner w/ A/229th and on the bird that went in to pull out one of our own. to those who flew w/ Blue Max God Bless You

  • Joe Leo says:

    Happy many of us are able to relate what happened between April 72-July 72.

  • Eugene DesLauriers says:

    My brother John DesLauriers assisted with downed C-130
    Do you know anything?

  • 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.

  • Nolan S Pase Jr says:

    Sir :
    I was a 20 year old PFC assigned to USARVN and was in country when The Easter Offensive was happening . Cant wait to tour this site.
    Nolan S Pase Jr RN

  • 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.

    • Brian M. McWilliams says:

      Hi Don Seiler!! I was in F/1/9 from Feb. to July 1972 and spent a few hours flying over An Loc. I was F troops ops officer and have many great stories regarding this time. A lot of research about “ZIPPO’ that was the American Advisor in the Viet, underground TOC and escaped with a few other advisors during the battle for LOC NIHN before the war heated up at An Loc. Would like to share then with you. It was a crazy time then, flying from 0500 hours to 2100 hours daily without a break; no breakfast or dinner “waiting for us to return” and only surviving on 1 box of MRE’s. Please give me your email address.

  • 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

  • Mike Ward says:

    I was TDY (arrived on April 5th)to An Loc from Bien Hoa (175th RRFS) and was training ARVN communication personnel on the equipment we were about to turn over to them (Vietnamization was in progress). When the NVA attacked about a week after I arrived I was basically trapped with those guys for almost 30 days until the ARVNs cleared Highway 13 and I could get out. Although I had experienced some hot times before An Loc, nothing compared with actually seeing a T-54 tank coming into your area blasting away. A lot of folks thought ARVNs were not very good soldiers but I am alive today because I stayed with them and rode/fought it out.

    Mike Ward, Gulfport, MS

  • Hector Leyva says:

    Just another day with memories of An Loc 42 years ago… Got up early to see the “Red Moon” just like I did in 72 to make the first low level airdrop and GOAL at the soccer field… Major different I knew what to expect to see this morning and I lost NO friends and No bullet hole either…

    Spare 615, Load Clear

  • harry wood says:

    Enjoyed your telling of the story of An Loc. Have you ever contacted Cpt. Wanat in the past?

  • Bruce Watson says:

    Thank you for sharing the battle of an loc. To all who served our great nation thank you for your service.

  • 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.

  • Harry Watts says:

    In 1969-1970 I flew a fac mission out of Tan San Nhut Air Base to An Loc.This was After the B-52′s wiped out An Loc. I was with 600th Photo Sq. I took pictures of An Loc from all four directions. After we finished the photo shoot and were leaving a C-130 Spectra need our assistance and we put smoke in for them . anyway all I remember was there was hardly anything standing in An Loc.

  • Tony Jones says:

    My father was a Cobra pilot, my mother was from Lai Khe. I recognize some of the names in the recounts – I also have some pictures that I could send if you are interested. God Bless you all for your service!

  • Thomas B. Putney says:

    Served as CO’s (CPT. Smith) RTO with Co. B, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 199th Light Infantry Brigade from Early March 1968 – 1969 at Bien Hoa and An Loc.

  • Bob Montmarquet Sundog G says:

    Leslie H Roodzant states:
    April 29, 2008 at 12:00 am 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.

    I was the french speaker at Tay Ninh East for about 4 months. I then transferred to the Rustics in Bien Hoa. Still have the logs. I was only 18 and what a time…. Thank God everyone took me under their wing. Thanks for the opportunity to share. Love the site

  • Bob Montmarquet Sundog G says:

    Leslie H Roodzant states:
    April 29, 2008 at 12:00 am 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.

    I was the french speaker at Tay Ninh East for about 4 months. I then transferred to the Rustics in Bien Hoa. Still have the logs. I was only 18 and what a time…. Thank God everyone took me under their wing. Thanks for the opportunity to share. Love the site

    • bill says:

      Doc…just letting you know I am still kicking. Not as hard as I would like, but still kicking. Been thinking about Loc Ninh recently, and writing folks about that.

  • 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.

    • Brenda Gooch McCrary says:

      Hi Doc,
      I would love to get a copy of your taped remembrance. My father was Don Gooch, Sabre Red that took the photos.
      Unfortunately, he passed away this year on June 12th 2013.
      You can contact me at



    • George Fourchy says:

      Hi Doc..

      Hope you’re doing OK….71 is getting up there. I went to this site in ’08, and put in a blurb about you and the other crews. I saw you on Classmates for a while, then you dropped out.

      CCK was fun except for the lost friends. I’d do it again.

      George Fourchy

    • Brian M. McWilliams says:

      Hay Doc, Just read your posting and glad to “find” an AF guy that was there on April 18th. Any possibility to talk to you ? Following the end of the war and “peace” HA, I did a lot of research about this area based on captured US personnel from Loc Nihn. You may remember the name of one adviser…. Zippo .. He was the Viet. advisor, was not killed as we all thought but was held as a prisoner . some unbelievable stories after he was released in 1975…. all over in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Any possibility of getting your email address. Brian

    • Charlie Armistead says:

      Doc!!!! Long time no see!!! Was wondering if you were still vertical! I’m sitting here with Ralph Bemis. Would like to hear from you!

    • Bob Monette says:

      Cheers Doc, This is Sabre 20 the AC of the Huey that plucked you butt out of the jungle 18 Apr 72. Happy 44th Birthday
      Hope this finds you well and enjoying a fruitful retirement.
      I am preparing to attend the Airlifter Gathering in Little Rock and hope to see you there; will that happen? Yes Sir, I would love hear the tape you made in 72 (just to make sure you pronounced my name right). I would love to talk to you if you have the time and desire.

      Bob Monette

    • Jennifer Mendez says:

      Just have to say I love you and I thank God you survived this, because you have been the best uncle anyone could ever have. Had those guys not been able to swoop down and pick your butts up, I may never have met you, since it happened just prior to my arrival into this world that June. You will always be a hero in my eyes. A big hug goes out to all involved.



  • 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.

  • Sgt Glenn Lewis1/11acr how btry says:

    I served as a gun bunny on a 155sp howitzer ar the firebase just of the airstrip in 69 with the 11 acr . Sometime in Aug we started to get small arms fire throughout the day ,but the night all hell broke lose. We had buried much of our ammunition because we where told a major offensive was about to begin .Our gun was on harrasment and interdiction that night when the first rocket went long was a airburst the next one hit about 3 feet left front of our gun but thank god it was a delayed fuse , or we where toast. at the same time i saw to my southwest all hell braking lose , it might have been quan loi im not sure we were firing in support until we ran out of ammo Me and ronnie meador from tenn. Gor into a ammo carrier and got more rounds and powder to keep our gun shooting , i want to thank blue Max cobra pilots for keeping those basrards off our ass and spooky for finishing them off . Those fucks even shot back at them i ended up on my back with orders to shoot running solders which i knew was wrong but no gooks made it to the gun.That was a bitch of a place to be for everyone and i know for our gun crew it was a nightmare . Thanks for letting me post. Shorty Birth Control two(guns name)

  • Larry Walguarnery says:

    I was 19 when I landed at the small air stipe in An Loc the year WAS 1969. WE LOST SSG. Love half way thru that year–He was a good friend. Please contact me if you know anyone whom was there from May 1969- May l970! God Bless!

  • 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:

    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

    • Mark Unger says:


      Don was my dad. Don’t know a lot about him or this mission, other than what I’ve read through the web and a few newspaper articles. Mom was vary quiet about things growing up. As you may recall i was only 3 1/2 when he was killed and Leann wasn’t even a year old. I ended up a CH-46E then MV-22 pilot in the Corps. Just retired last year. I’d sure like to know more about my dad if you’re willing to tell me.

      Mark Unger

  • Frank Garcia says:

    I was in An Loc most of 1969 I was with the Co B 2/2 1st inf div ( mech) I was station a.thunder 4 just out side of An Loc. Co A made contact with the NVA and Co B went to help, Ill never forget those two days We lost a few good men. My email is

  • Lam Duy Nguyen says:

    Bill, I hope you’re OK.
    Stioned in Lai Khe, I’ s with the %th Arty Command sometimes sa liaision officer I was with The first Air Cavalry ,on C&C .
    Cann’t forget …

    Take care


  • 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.

  • Bob Monette says:

    As a member of F Troop 9th CAV and a participant of An Loc I am requesting information regarding the 2013 reunion. I will attempt to get a few of the F Troop Cav guys to attend this year.

    I (we) gladly accept any help and a free room; plus meals and booze.

    Sabre 20

  • 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.

    • Curt Fetty says:

      Dave. Just saw your blurb on this website. Don’t know if you recall me, Sundog 05. Would like to see you at the annual Sundog reunion that Pep McPhillips, Sundog 07, holds each October in Sumter, SC.

    • Brian M. McWilliams says:

      Dave, I was over An Loc at the same time. Can we talk>>>> email would be appreciated.

  • 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.

  • Victor Smith says:

    Firstly Bill Carruthers: This is a great site to keep all brothers-in-arms from An Loc in touch with each other. And to let the world know about the heroes of An Loc.

    Next, I was at Bien Hoa in the S-4 shop of 3rd BDE(SEP), 1st Cav. Div. during the battle of An Loc. We reorganized into Task Force Garry Owen. I knew and worked with many from 229th AHB who did the heavy lifting there.

    Have been trying to find people who recollect either of two issues:
    1. The use of TOW missiles mounted in Hueys to go after T-54 tanks in An Loc. Best I know it was the first time this was done. Only other reference I have come across is in a Tom Clancy book. I played a small part at Bien Hoa.

    2. The T-54 that got stuck in a bomb crater in An Loc and thus became the focus of our brigade commander to recover it intact.

    Folks who recall either are invited to contact me directly: or call 740-525-1453
    Thanx BuKu, Vic Smith, MAJ(ret’d)

  • 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.

  • Jim Roberts says:

    Looking for a lost best friend. I left country just before this time.

  • 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



    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………… 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

    • Bob Monette says:

      Cheeers Wendy

      I was a AH-1 G pilot and flew many hours over An Loc during the Easter Offensive of 72. Just wen back to An Loc in Feb 72.

      Sabre 20

  • 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?”


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


    “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


  • 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

  • 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.

  • John Jones says:

    2nd/2nd Mechanized Infantry Big Red One…wounded on June 6, 1969 on a APC in an ambush.

  • Dr. Gail Turley Parsons says:

    Message for Major Mitchell Lee Leeds. I have been wondering whatever happened to you. Haven’t seen you for forty years and thought I would try to locate online and found this article. Drop me a line if you receive this.

  • ed says:

    Hi i am amazed this place exists. i was there also. wil never forget the arc light strikes. everything except the road out.

  • 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 Tom Ardillo.

  • I was in SVC Battery 6/27th Arty at Phou Loi from July 71 until our unit stood down in Nov 71. 6/27th was a 175 and 8 inch SP battery. We were FS for the 11th ACR and the 5th Arvin’s in the AN LOC & LOC NIN area. I was a mechanic on our guns. We made a lot of trips up into this area in our gun jeep helping get equipment ready for our stand down. There was rumors that there was enemy buildup in the area but we had no idea what was about to happen. I returned to the world in March of 72.

  • 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.

  • Bill How is the New Year treating you and yours thusfar?

    Bill in Vietnam Veterans of Americas NOV/DEC 2011 LOCATOR section A MAJ George B Waring in MACV USAF Advisory Team 2 Quang Nam Province Apr-Aug 72 KIA 26 Aug 72 worked 120th Liason Sq and VNAF flew O-1 Birddog as a FAC is looking for anyone who knew Maj Waring
    not really sure if you knew him or not figured you would help if possible. Ready for Tuscon??

  • Robert W. Mowery says:

    I was assigned to TM 47 during my first tour in Viet Nam ( Aug 1968- Aug 69). Initally I was the District Senior Advisor for An Loc District. About half way thru my tour the Province Dep Senior Advisor and Province S3 Advisors went down in a OH_58 near the Old French Fort in Chon Thanh District. Both were medevaced and I asked to be reassigned as the Province S3 Advisor and finished my tour in this position. I have many memories of An Loc and the Advisory Team. I departed An Loc in Aug 1969 during a period that we were receiving 107mm rockets day and night. Following a brief tour in Germany I volunteered to return to Viet Nam again as a District Senior Advisor. I had hoped to be assigned to the An Loc area since I was very familiar with all the hamlets and villages in that area. When I arrived in Saigon for my second tour I was assigned to Cang Long District in the Mekong District. During my inprocessing I found out that a college classmate worked in the assignment section and could possibly influence my assignment location. I contacted him and repeatedly asked that he secure my reassignment to An Loc. He refused indicating that he could not make any changes. Later in my tour during the seige of An Loc I followed the action from Cang Long District by reading the Stars and Stripes (when I could get one).

  • Steve Wright says:

    There was a signal team at AnLoc in 1969. We lost two guys in a mortar attack in I think Aug or Sept. I spent three days there restoring Communications to the base. I came over from Co. B 36th Signal Quan Loi. Great bunch of guys there. Great Bar. I remember the “Green Doors”.
    Beautiful village. Unrecognizable from the pictures I’ve seen after 1972.

  • Kevin G Sharkey Sr says:

    One of the outstanding individual I’ve had the Honor to Serve with.

  • John Grimme says:

    I served in Nam from Dec 68 to Dec 69. First with the 1/27th Inf at Dau Tieng as PSNCO until Jun 69 when I made my Warrant. I was assigned to the 1/11ACR which was then located near Swan Loc, south of Bien Hoa Army Base.

  • Karen says:

    Trying to help a friend get information about Mark Absher, General Hollingsworth’s pilot.

  • J. Hartgerink says:

    I was in F Troop 9th Cav and it was our Cobras that rolled in on the Tanks. Yet Blue Max gets all the credit when you read about it.

  • 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.

  • Sharon Dewan says:

    Congratulations, Jim! Stumbled on this story, and was pleasantly surprised to hear of the recognition you’ve received after all this time. (Better late than never!) Again, congrats and best wishes from an old Canadian friend, Sharon Dewan

  • Dave Carlton says:

    Flew several missions as gunner/scanner over An Loc in AC-130 Spectre gunship.
    Recall taking out at enemy mortar position which was in an emptied out old pool of an old French plantation. No more pool after we left. Recall getting pretty excited about trying to watch out for AAA and SA-7 on daylight missions which are big pucker factor for gunships.

  • 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.


    • Curt Fetty says:

      Hello, Zippo. I was Sundog 05 during the year 1972. flew a great number of An Loc FAC missions, and was overhead Loc Ninh during its final days. talked to so many call signs during those days that I cannot even remember them all. Knew Dave Baker well. Dave and I met up in Hawaii the summer of ’73. He kept me on the edge of my bar stool for a couple of hours telling me about you. I have read your after action report also. Attended Dave’s funeral service at Arlington.

    • Brian M. McWilliams says:

      Hay Zippo! I talked with you when you were huddled in your TOC, under ground. I remember your dash out and into the local area. I always thought you did not make it. Learned a few years back about your actions following and during being captured.
      If you have time give me your email. Many thanks. Brian

  • 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.

    • MAJ I also visit 051W Two of the first ground Casualties were 8th Radio Research operators one was from NY State. The Sacrifices of them to a Higher Ideal than themselves sustains me everday, Everybody should have a direction, radio Operators Ground Voice were listening at least. I did not however have that insight I was much to young and full o um. Capt Carruthers is a Great guy Charlie and Bill’s wife visit at the reunions.

  • Finally we are going to make sure that all Americans honor our Viet Vets and welcome them home

  • 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

  • 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 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,


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

  • john a de la cruz says:

    my bunker at thunder 4 was called the ZOO. anyone remember?

  • john a de la cruz says:

    arrived in country aug. 68. 2/2 hdqs. mech. recon. thunder 4 thunder road. my a p c had the 1st 106 recoiless rifle mounted on the track. looking for medic, richard blume.

  • 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.

  • charles brunet says:

    thank you to all of you who served in nam. i am the son of the late Francis James Semons he spent 3 tours of duty over there 21/2 with infantry and 1/2 with army aviation.his first tour he was with A co 1st bn 5th Cav 1st Cav div(am) from April 1968 to February 16,1969 when transferred to HHC 2d Bde 1st cav div(AM were he finished his first tour as a door gunner from February,1969 to may 19,1969.I came back state side for traing in Mos 67N20 when officially awarded 67n20 mos went back to nam in october 1969 were he served with 1st bn 26th inf until he transferred to co b 1st bn 5th cav 1st cav Div in February 1970 and transferred to HHC 3rd brigade (SEPERATE) 1st Cav Div(AM)until he departed Vietnam on October 20th,1971. thank you to all of you and God Bless to you and all your faimly.Charles Brunet son of the late SFC FRANCIS JAMES SEMONS

  • In 1970 Soc Trang Tigers and Viking Hueys transported Navy Seals to An Loc.
    This was the first time I had seen any real firefights on the ground. I recieved my
    Bronze Star there. Life saving underfire. I left Viet Nam months later in 1970 on an early out. We look a little trip into Cambodia and dispatched what seemed like
    a convention of high raking officers. My first time shooting at people up close.

  • Captain Ron Brundridge says:

    61st TAS An Loc air drops May to September 1972. Don’t give us the coordinates of your vehicle unless you want it dropped on your vehicle.

  • 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

  • Kevin G Sharkey says:

    I had the pleaseure of serving with him two times and each time he taught me more than I could ever use

  • Arleen Erbele says:

    Floyd Winland was my first cousin on my father’s side. I was very proud of him.

  • 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.

    • Karen says:

      I know someone who was a close friend of Mark Absher and would like to contact his family. I am not sure how to make contact with you privately.

  • Gene Caruso says:

    Old gunner in Stinger out of Danang close behind 41.

  • Sean Absher says:

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

    • Karen says:

      So sorry to Mr. Willis, meant to direct my response to Sean Absher. I know someone who was a close friend of Mark Absher and would like to speak with his family. Unsure how to contact you privately.

  • 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”

    • Tom Myers says:

      I did a workup on Capt. Joe Harris about 10 years ago – for a family member of his. HEllo again Larry (Jackson) a few years have gone by. I’m glad to see you are on this site. I will be telling my kids the complete story of you and Joe and the OH6 today so we will never forget. Thank you for filling in the details and correcting the unit records from so long ago (Neidel-as I recall was in the record, you fixed that by sending me your Silver Star writeup). Well done my friend and thank you for what you did.

      We gave some closure to a family that deserved it….

      Feel free to email me at use “Capt Joe Harris” as the subject line.

      Best regards to all on this Memorial Day weekend,

      Tom Myers

    • Tom Myers says:

      Larry, we spoke on the phone many years ago. I was able to let the Harris family know of what became of Joe. Thank you for telling me – I tell the story often, usually to church families on Memorial Day. I sometimes trade emails with Joe’s cousin. Another source told me first about you and the dustoff pilots getting silver stars that day. For the record: You stayed with Joe’s body and tried to extricate him – your silver star spells that out quite well. Many thanks my friend. Tom

      P.S. Thanks all to those of you who helped solve this very long mystery for the Harris family. I’ll be circumspect, but you know who you are and what you did: Thanks Don, Loretta and others whose name escapes me these last 10 years.

  • 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?


    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



  • Nick Nicolai says:

    Bill: Hope to see you in Sumter this year. I found all my memorabilia and flight logs, maps, etc. We’ll have to figure out when we flew together. I was glad some other Raps/Hawks showed at last one – I was getting used to being the A-37 expert.

  • 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.

    • Wes Clark says:

      I lost two very loved civilians there during the seige of AnLoc. One account was that the local residents were fleeing the area towards the south when NVA tanks and troops opened fire on them, gunning them down as they fled……if anyone has any accounts of these events please email me at Thank you and God Bless.

  • 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.

    • Victor Smith says:

      Harry, Good to see your note. I just found this site today.
      I was Ass’t S-4, 3rd BDE(SEP), 1st Cav Div. Late May or early June ’72 we became Task Force Garry Owen.
      Had several friends in 229th, may have even drank beer with you.
      I would like to find one of them, Gerry O’Fihelly. If you know him or could put me in touch, much appreciation.
      Would also like to hear from you. 740-525-1453(cell).
      You guys in all the 229th had balls of steel.
      Thanx, Vic Smith, MAJ(ret’d)

  • 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 M Failing says:

    Looking for Robert W Kirkpatrick that served in USAF at Ernest Harmon AFB in Newfoundland back in 1965 – 1966 time.

  • 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.


  • 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, 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.

  • 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, and I’ll send them. Thanks, Bruce Butler.

  • 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.


    sorry to hear that mike had crashed. at least he was doing what he loved

  • 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.

    • Jim Danahey says:

      Don and I went in country together to start our in-country checkouts. He played guitar and so did I and a friend, Olie Olson. I remember sitting at the TSN OClub bar with Don. I had flown a low-altitude drop and gotten pretty well hosed. Don said he would fly one to show that he was not a coward, but then maybe not fly another because the Vietnamese had a big air force and should re-supply their own, to which I fully agreed.
      Don was a great guy. I enjoyed playing guitar with him in Vietnam. Olie brought his guitar, too, and we played together. Olie was lost on a training flight over the South China Sea. Your Dad was a great guy! I think of him often. We were good a/cs and good pilots. Peace to you. Jim

  • Hi,Major!!!
    it took a long time to find you but thank God you are ok.
    We are doing great and had to reach out to you.
    Take care and give us a shout out when you can at (757-270-6180).

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  • 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

    • Nick Nicolai says:

      Jim: I was one of the A-37 pilots with 8th SOS @ Bien Hoa from Nov 71-Nov 72. I flew occasionally in the AH1G and was drunk in to the Cav and got a Cav hat. Don’t remember many names, Timmy Knight (loach) and I think a Buzz (Cobra). Would love to catch up with the group. I attend the Warriors of An Loc reunion in Sumter each year. Any ideas

  • 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.”

  • doanvantiet says:

    I need contact Mr.Bob Mowery adviser of Anloc district 1968-1969, The Province Senior Advisor was Richard Parkinson and the Deputy was LTC Ernest Peixotto.I am Tiet’ in 1972 I was Anloc.Contact

  • 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.

  • Amanda Daniel says:

    My brother, John P. Akins, served as a pilot in the Air Force & flew missions over An Loc 1968-1971. He would very much like to hear from others that might have known him. You are all heroes. Thank you so much for fighting for our country. Amanda Akins Daniel

  • Amanda Akins Daniel says:

    My brother, John P. Akins, was a pilot who flew C130′s over An Loc 68-71. He was in an air accident (losing oxygen for a short time) & has suffered some disability but is very interested. He flew out of Little Rock, Arkansas. Please contact me if you knew him. He would really like to reconnect. He lives in Tifton,Ga. He was a part of the 374Tactical Airlift Wing & did 2 tours of Vietnam. You are all heroes!

  • Roberta Cote says:

    My husband, Lt. Dan Cote, was in An Loc during this battle. He has since passed away, however, during those rare times when he would speak about his time in Vietnam, he shared with me some of his experiences at An Loc. I hope that he is remembered.

  • doanvantiet says:

    I lived in Anloc . I read your guestbook.I see ” •Bob Mowery says:(November 24, 2009 at 12:00 am)”.I want to contact him .Please

  • doanvantiet says:

    I lived in Anloc.I read the comment of Mr.Bob Mowwery ,who served in Anloc from August 1968 to August 1969 as the district senior adviser ,in this site.I want to contact to Mr.Bob .My address

  • 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

  • doanvantiet says:

    I m looking Mr.Bob Mowery,who served in An Loc from Aug 68 to Aug 69 as the District Senior Advisor and replaced a civilian named Herbie Clark(The Province Senior Advisor was Richard Parkinson and the Deputy was LTC Ernest Peixotto)your first counterpart was Dai Uy Bao Than, a nephew of the Emperor Bao Dai.
    The Province Senior Advisor since 68 -69 had a law daughter is LE THI HONG CUC ,that time 7 year old ( she is a daughter of Mrs.9 and Mr.XIA ).Now she looking her law father ,who was chief advisor province BINHLONG ( Mr.Anderson or Mr.Richard Parkinson ,he speak Vietnamese very well)
    Can you help her to find him?
    Thank you verymuch

  • hongcucle says:

    To find father Mr. ROBINSON, Binh Long Province’s Chief Adviser, since 1967 to 1969 who know about this man please contact

  • hongcucle says:

    Dear Mr.
    The above photos I want to send a picture of his adopted father Mr ROBINSON work and I left An Loc ( Binh Long ) in 1969. I was very moved and happy to have found these pictures and this is also data that I hope he can help me to know my father is now living somewhere and expect to be contacted about the mailbox With the message “your Daddy away together after a night of rain Games Binh Long description of heaven and earth full of red earth, the date the airport has more than his 40 years away but please pray to God for the opportunity again in life is to meet my father, “Daddy I have been waiting for

  • hongcucle says:

    Dear Mr.
    The above photos I want to send a picture of his adopted father Mr ROBINSON work and I left Long Binh in 1969. I was very moved and happy to have found these pictures and this is also data that I hope he can help me to know my father is now living somewhere and expect to be contacted about the mailbox With the message “your Daddy away together after a night of rain Games Binh Long description of heaven and earth full of red earth, the date the airport has more than his 40 years away but please pray to God for the opportunity again in life is to meet my father, “Daddy I have been waiting for

  • hongcucle says:

    The above photos I want to send a picture of his adopted father Mr ROBINSON work and left Long Binh in 1969. I was very moved and happy to have found these pictures and this is also data that I hope you can help me to know my father is now living somewhere and expect to be contacted about the mailbox With the message “your Daddy away together after a night of rain Games Binh Long description of heaven and earth full of red earth, the date the airport has more than his 40 years away but please pray to God for the opportunity again in life is to meet my father, “Daddy I have been waiting forr Mr.

  • 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.

  • Mike Fortenberry says:

    What is your name and where were you stationed?

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  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Joe Leo says:

      ther were many very good ARVN units that performed and fought with honor. Sadly some units were poorly led and full of young kids and old men, not well trained. Those are the units many think of when someone mentions the ARVN. Be proud of your father, his unit was one of the best. God Bless You

  • 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.


      • Russ Van Houten says:

        All the various accounts about the Battle of An Loc are amazing. It is surprising what was going on when you are living on a company radio net. I was a UH-1 pilot with D/229th during all the action and we just flew sorties of supplies and ARVANS out of Lai Kay. One day I did get over An Loc (in Late May or June) taking many sorties of supplies to an LZ on QL13 south of town in the rubber plantation area. Some significant players I met later in IOAC in 1976 (Wilbanks and Smith). I went to OCS with Ripley and cobra transition with Whitehead even thought he opted to fly scouts upon his return to RVN in ’72. I did a 229th AHB tactical briefing for Gen Hollingsworth at Lai Kay once. He did say he liked my mustache. Sorry to hear about his and Whitehad’s passing. Thanks to all who fought the good fight.

    • Bob Baker says:

      LTG Hollingsworth also gave us (571st MI Detachment) a politically incorrect speech when he was saying goodbye to all the US units that remained in I Corps/MR-1 in December 1971 – it was hilarious!
      May he rest in peace.

  • 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.

    • Dolphin12 says:

      Thanks for mentioning Ike. Was a hell of a guy and a mentor to me. Getting the Blue Max call sign seemed to be important to him. Wanted to fly Cobras very badly.

      He was high school buddy and I started flying because of him and ended up in Duc Pho with the 174th Avn. Co. in 1970-71. Got my PH with an RPG in Quang Nhai near where Mai Lai had been located. Ended up going home literally two weeks before Lam Son 719 west of Quang Tri.

      I miss Ike. Went to his grave site on Memorial Day 2 years ago. Now I know why old vets cry at Armed Forces Day and Veteran’s Day Parades.

  • 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.

    • errol says:

      Hey, I was the Motor Sgt.For K Troop 11th ACR at AN Loc We were constantly being sent either there or Loc Nihn. God Bless the ellas who took part in the battle. We usually had a lot of sniper fire. Some small scraps which Charlie lost. ALLONS Errol

  • 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),

  • 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.”

    • Dr. Gail Turley Parsons says:

      John I noticed that Major Mitchell Leeds had a reply on your guestbook site. Do you have his email address? He was my stepfather and I have not seen him in 40 years. If you have contact info for him would you be so kind to forward it to me? Thanks

  • 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 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 “

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  • 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”