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Year1968
Month12
Day8
Hour16
Minute40
Sequence 
DateTime Group12081640
3/26 UnitL 3/26
Other Unit 
Map GridBT007606
Place 
ActivityLima Company while moving north in the attack, in the vicinity of BT005605, received fire from an estimated 8 to 10 VC/NVA in a hooch and the surrounding area. Fire was returned and Lima maneuvered toward the enemy. The results were: 5 USMC KIA, 9 USMC WIA,  5 VC/NVA KIA C captured 1 AK-47 and various items of 782 gear.
Casualty5 USMC KIA, 
9 USMC WIA
5 VC NVA KIA C
NamePFC John C. HARDING Jr KIA
Cpl Richard D. JAMES KIA
Cpl David N. MOORE KIA
LCpl Earnest L. REYNOLDS KIA
PFC Denny L. WASHAM KIA
PFC Donald E. SIZEMORE WIAE, DOW 3/13/69

HUMPHRIES USMC WIAE
DYE, Lyle USMC WIA


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  • Name: Nik Dunbar
    Comment Posted: 1/16/2012 2:37:40 AM
    Description: Nik- … You mentioned a practice landing--I'm not sure I even remember it although it must have happened. But I do recall a landing that they told us there were TV cameras there so to just get to a position and look out in the bush as if it were the real deal and not look at the cameraman, so that was probably when that happened. I had also forgotten that that was the largest chopper landing in the war until I read it a couple days ago on another site. At the time, to me, it was just another landing. We were also involved in the largest sea landing in, I think, the Bantagan Peninsula, even though a bunch of us were already ashore and came from inland toward the sea in a pinching move. Assaulted a village but it was unoccupied except for all the fleas inside the hooches we had to search. Had to take a dip in the ocean to get them off us and kill them. Little suckers can really bite! #1- You're welcome for the comment, and thanks for correcting the ship name. I just could not think of the Sanctuary, but you're right, it was. #2- I have no idea where the practice took place, but we were never in the Philippines, so somewhere in Nam. It was not a mountainous area, seems like just some higher ground near some rice paddies. #3- I'll check the info on Rusty Sizemore and try to think of others. I definitely remember another guy, my fire team leader, Humphries that was shot in the upper stomach area a couple feet in front of me. As he started to go down, I grabbed him by the shirt collar and pulled him back over the paddy dike I was just starting to step over when they ambushed us. It was a very bad day and the day I was first wounded too. May have told you but I was hit in the middle finger, left hand, by a round that had just gone through the head of my squad leader, Richard Dale James. He died in my arms. He had been hit three times. The info I've seen on him looks correct. Glad to see he got a Silver Star (I believe) but too bad he had to die to get it. Only had 17 days left in country and should never have still been in the bush. There were probably other WIA's but not sure as a lot was going on. Only 4 of my squad survived that day. … Take care, Lyle
    

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