Archive for February, 2010

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

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

Robert W. Kirkpatrick, Maj. USAF

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

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

Marvin Zumwalt, Capt. U.S. Army

Rescue from Cat Lo Bridge

From the 3rd Brigade log of 8 April 1972:

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

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

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

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

Bob Murphy, Col. USAF (Ret.)

The Sundogs

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

Mike Wheeler, WO1 (June 13)

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

Recount of events that occurred on June 13, 1972

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

Mike Wheeler, WO1 (April 11)

Recount of events that occurred on April 11, 1972

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

Mike Wheeler, WO1 (April 8)

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

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

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Mitchell L. Leeds, Major USAR (Ret.)

Participation of Major Mitchell L. Leeds during:

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

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

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

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

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

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