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1966 May The Bad Breaks Keep Plaguing Sergeant Bode December The Unseen Enemy in Rach Kien 1967 September 11 VC Base Camp Found September 11 Viet Cong Are Fooled Twice In Same Night December Drop Zone for Santa 1968 Dragons Find VC Rocket Cache 'Golden Dragons' Uncover Rocket Cache 'Golden Dragons' Find Huge Cache Photo - ID Check on Road Security Golden Dragons Smash NVA Attack 1969 Kit Carson Catches 7 in One Hole Nights Are for Slaying, Dragons Find Old Mortars Never Die, They Just Fire Away Photo - Bravo, Near Trung Lap St. Charles and Dragons: A Grim Tale for VC
The Bad Breaks Keep Plaguing Sergeant Bode
May 1966 [Contributed by Vince Koers]
[By Bob Jones, Advertiser newspaper correspondent] Trang Bang, Viet Nam - They wore dirty uniforms and had muddy feet, and most of them smelled bad. They had more hard luck and bad breaks in 30 days than most units here experience in months.
The 2nd Battalion of the 14th Infantry, known at Schofield Barracks as the "Golden Dragons," has come a long hard way since the days of training in the loolaus when the bullets weren't real.
I was standing near a perimeter foxhole talking to SFC Robert R. Bode (pronounced Bo-dee) when an artillery registration round came crashing into the bamboo. A piece of shrapnel sliced through one man's combat boot and imbedded itself in his toe. Other bits went sailing through the aid station tent. Nobody flinched, especially not platoon Sergeant Bode. He once lost four men out of a squad when a friendly mortar round landed on his patrolling men and he's learned to take the mistakes with the same calm that he takes the successes.
The bad breaks have kept plaguing Bode ever since he got in the war the first week of May. Just a day earlier, his company commander, Capt. William G. Norberg of Providence, R.I., died along with a PFC when a mine went off. Then one of the outfit's best medics, PFC Thomas Lyle, got hit with a grenade and lost a leg. Bode had to go looking for another doc to nurse his Third Platoon.
With a new company commander, they picked up and went back out on patrol. A single burst from a VC automatic rifle killed the newest man in the company. There was some argument whether the dead soldier's name was Oland, or Orland. Finally it was decided that his name was misspelled on his uniform and his right name was Oland, David, Specialist Fourth Class. Cause of death: a bullet through the heart.
1st Lt. John Otjen, the Third Platoon leader, has a hole in his M-16 rifle where a slug hit. In fact, almost everyone has some memento of the war against invisible guerrillas. "When we lost somebody in the platoon, it's just another day's business," Bode said. "Like going to chow or anything else. The men don't worry about it much anymore."
The new Company A CO, Capt. George McQuillen (his brother is with the 35th Infantry of the 25th Division at Pleiku), is a little frustrated with the way the war has been going, but he doesn't let the men know it. "These boys just go and go," he said. "Then they see two good men blown to bits and there's nobody to shoot back at. What they need is a good victory, to kill about 40 or 50 VC." Such a victory is unlikely in the place where the Golden Dragons have been ordered. Fighting VC are scarce. Snipers are not.
We sat down to eat. There was hot roast beef flown in from the base camp at Cu Chi. There was plenty of shade, too. Then the old story. First there were four sniper shots that sent some of us diving, food and all, behind the closet cover. Usually there's no need to duck because the sniper already has picked his target, and if you don't feel the bullet hit you, you're probably safe. This day the sniper had PFC Dougals Pagett in his sights. One bullet creased Pagett's helmet, another hit him in the thigh. Pagett had been sitting in a jeep carrying a 106mm recoilless rifle. Two medics came up to get him as the Third Platoon threw out cover fire in the direction the shots had come from. Fire team chief Sgt. Rodney Namauu of Hilo had his men rake a treeline with rifle fire and M-79 gun-launched grenades with unknown results. "Most of the men really don't understand what they are doing here," Bode said with a shrug of his bulky shoulders. "I try to explain it as best I can. But the trugh is that most of them have never even seen a Charlie (VC)."
Still, the Golden Dragons keep going. They've got a year to serve in Viet Nam and it doesn't do much good to complain. Once, Capt. McQuillen watched as a recon jeep in front of him hit a mine and hurled the occupants high in the air. None of them was seriously injured. "It's going to be a long grind," is all he said. Troops that feel like chucking it all and asking for a transfer to another outfit get a healthy morale boost, however, when they think of their wounded medic, Lyle. Lying in a hospital here with one leg amputated and the other in bade shape, Lyle told Sgt. Bode during a recent visit: "If I can just hop around on this one stump, I want to get back with my platoon."
[SFC Bode, 41, an Army veteran of 15 years, was killed in action July 6th, 1966, shot in the chest by small arms fire near Trang Bang. Killed in the same action were SP4 William Mindach, PFC's Riley Jermany, Gary Machado, and James Richardson]
The Unseen Enemy in Rach Kien
December 1966 [Contributed by James Huskey, HHC, 66-67]
Twelve men of the 2nd Bn, 14th Inf. lay quietly, hardly daring to breath, in a dark rice paddy. A Viet Cong squad moved slowly towards them. The enemy was screened by the late evening darkness and by the tall rice stems growing from the watery fields near the village of Rach Kien. The "Golden Dragons" lay motionless until a grenade exploded them into action. SSgt. Scottie R. King, of Greenville, Tenn., had thrown that grenade, the signal to spring a well-planned ambush.
Blast after blast of rifle and hand grenades hit the fleeing enemy as they scurried for cover -- too far to be reached. Soon the shooting ceased and the field lay deathly quiet. It was all over, or so they thought.
"I sent six men to secure the road to our rear. The other six stayed behind to protect their movement," recounted Sgt. King. "Then the road was secured and the rest of us began our withdrawal. We had just begun to move when our last man in position caught a glimpse of two running across our ambush site."
The remaining ambusher opened fire with his rifle and downed one of the enemy. Turning, Sgt. King also spotted one and opened fire with his weapon. Both VC fell into the murky water and disappeared. The fighting had ended for the night. It had been a successful mission for the weary men of the Golden Dragons and now they could return to the battalion area for a late cup of coffee, small talk and a few hours of sleep before they would again be called upon to go into the fields of Rach Kien to fight the unseen enemy.
'Tropic Lightning' Stalks Reds in the Paddies
Members of the 25th Inf. "Tropic Lightning" Division's 2d Bn., 14th Inf., cross
water-filled rice paddies during a recent search and destroy mission.
VC Base Camp Found
September 1967 [Contributed by Robert Harmon, HHC, 67-68]
Led by a 47 year-old Viet Cong detainee, 25th Div engineers and infantrymen with ARVN elements located and destroyed an enemy base camp 11 Kms north of Saigon in Binh Duong Province. Co. C, 65th Cbt Eng Bn, and Co A, 2d Bn, 14th Inf working with elements of the 7th ARVN Regiment began the three-day operation August 22. The 2,000 square meter complex was situated in the thick jungle undergrowth of a swamp two miles east of the Saigon River. The 2d Bn with an ARVN company, who made a sweep through the general area a week before, found evidence of the base camp. According to CPT Joel A. Brown, 2d Bn Intelligence officer from San Antonio, Tex., ground and air reconnaissance indicated that the base camp was capable of handling a battalion size Viet Cong force. "After moving into the area, we found the camp set up for rest, resupply and maintenance", he said. Engineer demolition crews and supporting elements were brought in by helicopter and with the detainee started the search and destroy operation. "The Viet Cong proved to be quite cooperative," says 1LT Thomas J. Edgerton, engineer platoon leader, "and he certainly seemed to know his way around. He pointed out hundreds of well camouflaged bunkers most of which were well built and reinforced with heavy timber." Edgerton stated that 50,000 pounds of explosives were used to destroy the complex.
A Plumber's Dream -- Engineers and infantrymen from
the 25th Inf Div assemble Bangalor Torpedoes used for
destroying enemy bunkers that were found in a base camp
in Binh Duong Province, 11 Kms north of Saigon. A Viet
Cong detainee led the soldiers to the base camp. Photo by
SP4 James O'Neil
Viet Cong Fooled Twice In Same Night
September 1967 [Contributed by Robert Harmon, HHC, 67-68]
On two recent occasions the Viet Cong were forced to deal with a "necessary evil" in the form of ambushes set up by 2Lt Douglas Necessary, a platoon leader from the 25th Inf Div. During the first patrol, the men of Co A, 2d Bn, 14th Inf, set up an "L" ambush position along a trail that the VC were known to use frequently. After a short wait, three guerrillas came down the path, and when they entered the killing zone the ambush was sprung. All three VC were killed and their weapons captured. The second ambush occurred the next night alongside a hedgerow. A Viet Cong patrol of approximately 30 men was almost in the ambush site when one guerrilla suddenly tossed a grenade into the American position, apparently to insure the area was clear. The GI's immediately opened up and after a long fire fight in which artillery and gunships were employed, succeeded in routing the VC. A sweep of the area in the morning revealed one enemy body.
DROP ZONE FOR SANTA -- Pfc. Orville Painter, 22, of
Modesto, Calif., leans out of his bunker to hang his Christmas
stocking. He jokingly pointed to the sky and said, "Santa Claus
will assault from there." Painter is with C. Co., 2nd Bn., 14th Inf.,
25th Inf. Div., at Ka Tum, 50 miles northwest of Saigon
[S&S Photo by John Olson]
Dragons Find VC Rocket Cache
March 11, 1968 [Contributed by J. Michael Bell, Delta, 67-68, who also photographed the original
1ST BDE – A cache of 107mm Chinese Communist rockets which had been haunting the personnel at Tay Ninh base camp was discovered by the 25th Inf Div’s 2nd Bn, 14th Inf
”Golden Dragons” on a recent reconnaissance in force operation near Tay Ninh.
1Lt Douglas H. Necessary, the battalion intelligence officer, said, “The rockets were initially reported as an unknown high explosive type. Our investigation proved the rounds to be unlike any others recovered in this area and samples were evacuated for further study.”
The spin stabilized rockets were a part of a large ammunition supply dump uncovered by the Golden Dragons while searching for the Viet Cong who were firing rockets into their base camp during the night. In addition to 67 of these type rockets, 102 81mm mortar rounds and 30 RPG-2 rounds were found.
NEW VC AMMO – A member of the 2nd Bn, 14th Inf, holds one of the new 107mm rockets being used by the VC in Tay Ninh Province. The projectile measures 30 inches long, 4 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 60 pounds. FUZE ASSEMBLY – Members of the battalion examine the fuze of a 107mm rocket. The “Golden Dragons” uncovered 67 of these plus 102 81mm mortar rounds and 30 RPG-2 rounds.
[Photos By SP4 Jerry Bell]
'Golden Dragons' Uncover Rocket Cache
April 8, 1968 [Contributed by Dairl Eddington, Bravo Co., 67-68]
1ST BDE -- Elements of the 25th Inf Div searching through the HoBo Woods, found 12 complete 122mm rockets hidden near the Saigon River 64 kms northwest of Saigon. Infantrymen of the 2nd Bn, 14th Inf, uncovered the enemy artillery after an air strike exposed a tunnel entrance. "A passageway extended about 30 feet from the entrance and led to a small exit," said SP4 James H. Cook. "There were rockets all over the room," the Troutman, N.C., rifleman added.
The troops, under the operational control of the 2nd Bde during the opening days of Operation Quyet Thang, evacuated the rockets to the division base camp at Cu Chi. "The rockets were broken down into three parts and some of the pieces were in canvas bags," stated PFC Daniel J. Langley of Molina, Fla. "The largest sections were the rocket motors. They were leaning against the walls of the room," said PSG Franklyn S. Weisgerber of Bradenton, Fla. Warheads and detonators were stacked along the passageway. We were real careful in evacuating them," the platoon sergeant said.
COL Raymond Miller, CO of the 2nd Bde, examines one of the 12 122mm rockets captured. [Photo by 1LT Bruce Burton] WEAPONS CACHE – PFC Larry Atchley (left) and SGT Michael Autry examine RPG-2's found in a large cache by Co B, 2nd Bn, 14th Inf, on a reconnaissance in force operation in the HoBo Woods. [Photo by SP4 Marty Caldwell]
ROUTINE CHECK -- SSG Daniel Ireland examines identification card of a suspect. The 25th Inf Div's 2nd Bn, 14th Inf, ws on a reconnaissance-in-force operation near Tay Ninh. [Photo by SP4 Marty Caldwell]
'Golden Dragons' Find Huge Cache
April 8, 1968 [Contributed by Dairl Eddington, Bravo Co., 67-68]
WEAPONS CACHE -- PFC Larry Atchley (left) and SGT Michael Autry examine RPG-2's found in a large cache by Co B, 2nd Bn, 14th Inf, on a reconnaissance in force operation in the Ho Bo Woods. [Photo By SP4 Marty Caldwell]
1ST BDE -- A 25th Inf Div rifle company reported uncovering a massive enemy weapons cache containing enough arms to outfit a reinforced enemy company. Bravo Co of the 1st Bde's 2nd Bn, 14th Inf, located the weapons in two underground vaults while searching along a creek bed in the Filhol Plantation, 48 kms northwest of Saigon. According to LTC Alfred M. Bracy of Petersburg, Va., battalion commander, the "Dragons" had met heavy enemy resistance while trying to move into the area the day before during a 2nd Bde reconnaissance mission.
Searching the area the next morning, PFC Larry R. Atchley discovered the first of two tunnels containing the weapons. SP4 William E. Darnell, a tunnel rat from Goshen, Ind., had crawled a few yards into the passageway when he came upon a small room. "I couldn't believe my eyes," Darnell stated. "The room contained 38 AK-50 assault rifles, 30 SKS-model carbines and 348 magazines for the assault rifles."
In a second vault about 30 meters away, Sgt. Michael K. Autry of Modesto, Calif., found 203 82mm mortar rounds, 36 RPG-2 rockets, 192 canned fuses for mortars and 50 mortar charges.
Among both caches, the Golden Dragons captured two 30-caliber machine guns, a Browning Automatic Rifle, four carbines, an RPG-2 rocket launcher, an 82mm mortar, a 60mm mortar, 103 hand grenades, 250 pounds of explosives and 35 pounds of documents.
[Above] LTC Bracy, 2/14 CO, talks to pilot who extracted the rifles and mortars.
There were enough weapons to outfit an enemy company. [Photos by SP4 Caldwell]
Golden Dragons Smash NVA Attack
Fall 1968 [Contributed by Ralph T. Lemme, Bravo Co., 68-69]
1ST BDE -- Set up in a routine night ambush, a 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry, platoon had only a familiar radio message to warn them of impending danger. "The battalion S-2 called us about 10 p.m. and said he had information that an NVA force of at least 80 men was going to hit and attempt to overrun us that night," said First Lieutenant D.J. Gillespie of Mt. Morris, Mich., leader of the 3d Platoon, Company D. The feeling of expectancy ran high among the men, and as Private First Class Duane Athey of St. Louis, Mo., stated: "I think we all knew something was going to happen because by dark all the women and children had moved out of the village."
The platoon manned their positions and silently waited for anything and everything. Only 20 minutes after the radioed alert, the platoon received half of what they awaited -- everything. RPG's and mortars fell like rain; Gillespie said it was the most he had seen in any attack. The men's flak jackets and steel pots had their work cut out for them. A thin bamboo curtain prevented several RPG's from penetrating the perimeter. As spontaneous as the barrage had begun, it ceased. But there was no lull in the fighting; the enemy immediately opened up on the American positions with .30 and .51 caliber machine guns. Three hootches and a haystack within the perimeter were set afire by RPG rounds, and the blazing light marked the heart of the enemy's target. "It was a good thing we weren't in the hootches," remarked Sergeant Art Helmer of East Herkimer, N.Y. "They (NVA) must have figured half of us would be killed in the initial burst, and they would cut down the other half when we came running out."
The illumination from the leaping flames proved to be more of a disadvantage to the enemy as the company-sized force launched an attack on the platoon's perimeter. The enemy had silhouetted themselves in the open area. The Golden Dragons, outnumbered four to one, responded with fierce automatic fire, and reacted as human catapults whipping fragmentation grenades at the attackers. As the close contact raged on the NVA regulars continued to move closer to the GI's. "I was calling in on the radio for gunships," said Gillespie, "and just a few meters in front of us a mocking voice began yelling back, "Where is your gunships GI?"
During the battle, the small group of defenders saw at least 30 of the enemy drop in front of them. Above the din of the fighting, NVA officers were seen and heard talking on radios. "We kept hearing this one guy yelling the same thing over and over out in front of us," said Sergeant Herb Lapidus of North Bergen, N.J. "So we threw some hand frags at him. Then he was quiet for the rest of the night. We thought he was a wounded officer trying to organize an assault."
When the NVA forces finally realized that the relentless Dragons were not about to withdraw, they pulled back and fired RPG's and M-79's at the impenetrable wall of defenders. "Each man was down to his last magazine or less when a call came over the radio. The 2d Platoon of Company D gave their position as 150 meters to the north and moving in. The combined force beat back the diminishing NVA company.
A sweep through the area the following morning revealed the ox carts used to supply the communist troops with ammunition and weapons. Four enemy bodies were left behind the fleeing NVA, and a massive blood slick floating on top the rice paddy water gave evidence to much heavier enemy losses.
Kit Carson Catches 7 in One Hole
September 15, 1969 by SP4 Frank Ditto [Contributed by 1Lt. James L. Weaver, Bravo/Echo Co., 69-70]
CU CHI -- A 2d Brigade Kit Carson scout with a reputation like a bloodhound's for sniffing out the enemy recently uncorked a hole containing seven NVA soldiers in the southern portion of the Ho Bo Woods. Phan Van Chung, Bravo Company Scout for the 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry, almost single-handedly tracked down and captured the men. The Golden Dragons acted as a blocking force for a company from the 2d Battalion, 49th ARVN Regiment, during the morning. After completing this mission, Bravo started a sweep through the same area the ARVN troops had searched. As the point element moved past a bomb crater, Chung noticed fresh footprints. He alerted two GIs behind him. The three men followed the footprints around a large clump of brush. On the far side of the bushes, Chung uncovered a trap door to a bunker. While Golden Dragons pulled security, Chung and Staff Sergeant William Talada, Sayre, Pa., opened the bunker entrance. Chung shouted into the hideout and fired three rounds into the entrance. Again he shouted orders into the bunker and followed with a second burst from him M-16. Suddenly, NVA soldiers began to pop out of the ground. When the bunker was cleared, six NVA soldiers and one Viet Cong squad leader had emerged. Chung went into the bunker and found four AK-47s, numerous ponchos, over 40 pounds of clothing, cooking utensils, two NVA canteens, one flashlight and five Chicom grenades. The VC squad leader indicated to an ARVN interrogator that the NVA regiment of which they were a part was waiting only 2,000 meters away. These seven captives represented a total of fifteen prisoners uncovered by Phan Van Chung in the past two months alone. In addition to them, Chung has also discovered several weapons and food caches during the same period.
ABOVE -- Handling part of the captured goods up from the bunker, a Golden Dragon trooper fights ants and mud. Staff Sergeant William Talada, Sayre, Pa., takes an NVA helmet from Private First Class David Shaw of Travis AFB, Calif.
RIGHT -- Searching through 40 pounds of clothing, weapons and utensils, Fire Brigade Golden Dragons are aided by a member of the intelligence squad 49th ARVN Regiment. Sergeant Charles Wilson, Cleveland, holds one of the five Chicom grenades found. [Photos by SP4 Frank Ditto]
Nights Are for Slaying, Dragons Find
Fall 1969 By SP4 Frank Ditto [Contributed by 1Lt. James L. Weaver, Bravo/Echo Co., 69-70]
CU CHI -- Cu Chi John! John! Watch out!
Crack! Crack! Crack!..
Big John Herrin, alert, had opened up on a 30-man enemy force. For the fourth time in two nights, Bravo Co., 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry, had sprung an ambush. Working out of Forward Patrol Base Hunsley in the southern portion of the Ho Bo Woods, a patrol from Bravo Company was moving south into So Noi I shortly after dusk. The patrols pointman, Specialist 4 John Herrin of Marquez, Tex., reached the trail on which the patrol was to set up its ambush. Sergeant Wayne Hort of Danville, Pa., moved back to alert the rest of the company that their ambush site was close by.
Suddenly, the three men of the point element opened up with everything they had. Instantly the rest of the patrol reacted and moved up on line to provide supporting fire.
"As I swung my starlight scope around and looked up the trail, all I could see were NVA coming toward me," recalled Specialist 4 Charles Doyle of Scarsdale, N.Y. "They were humped over and moving out at double time. I hollered at John to alert him, but before I got the warning out of my mouth, he opened up with his M-16 and as soon as he started firing I opened up with mine." Doyle added: "I was so scared all I could think about was, what am I doing walking with the point element with only 72 days left in country?"
During five straight nights FPB Hunsley recorded 29 sightings of enemy movement, all of them within 1500 meters of the perimeter. Some of the enemy groups were as large as 80 men. The NVA forces came out of the Ho Bo Woods and moved into So Noi I, always traveling the same road and usually first appearing about 7:30 p.m. For three nights, the enemy movement was engaged by 81mm mortars from the Bravo Dragons mortar platoon, the battalions Echo Company 4.2-inch mortar section and two 105mm artillery pieces of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery, all located at Hunsley. In addition, artillery support was called in from 1/8 and 3rd Battalion, 13th Artillery batteries at Fire Support Patton II and Fire Support Base Devin. Light fire teams plus other available air support came to aid the attacks on enemy forces, but after the third night a decision was made to send more infantrymen out to set up ambushes. On the fourth night, Bravo Company sprang three ambushes, one of these on an estimated 20-man force. The Bravo Bandits struck again the fifth night, getting help from flare ships and light fire teams after surprising a 30-man enemy element. The confirmed body count of 23 probably didnt tell even half
Old Mortars Never Die, They Just Fire Away
Fall 1969 [Contributed by 1Lt. James L. Weaver, Bravo/Echo Co., 69-70]
CU CHI -- There is a famous trite expression about old soldiers fading away. But what about old mortar tubes?
Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry recently retired one of its 4.2-inch mortars. The gun was located at Fire Support Base Patton II. The last round was sent on its way by Specialists 4 Robert Redmond of Mobile, Ala., and Gerald Anderson of Pepin, Wis. They were assisted by Privates First Class John Staige of Minneapolis, Minn., and Alfred Haraguchi of Hilo, Hawaii.
The tubes last "Fire Mission" was called on a bright sunny morning as the gunner dropped the 20,000th round down the tube. The round was on its way and another vital piece of equipment had expended its life span. "In accordance with Army regulations, the gun had to be retired after 20,000 rounds had been fired from it," said First Sergeant John R. Putman of Willingboro, N.J. "We have been firing this gun since August of 1968. It took a little more than a full year to fire the maximum," said Putman.
THERE SHE GOES -- As the "2" on the 20,000th round disappears into the retiring
4.2-inch mortar tube, Specialist 4 Gerald Anderson of Pepin, Wis., reaches for his ears
to protect them from the blast. Private First Class John Staige of Minneapolis, Minn.,
and Specialist 4 Robert Redmond of Mobile, Ala., are already preapred.
[Photo by SP4 Frank Ditto]
NEED A LIFT? -- First Lieutenant
Charles R. Viale of Sebastoph, Calif., offers
a helping hand to Specialist 4 Harold
Gravely of St. Clair, Mich., as Bravo
Company, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry
crosses a canal while sweeping northeast
of Trung Lap. [Photo by SP4 Dan Zaldivar]
St. Charles and Dragons: A Grim Tale for VC
Allies Nail 17 in Ho Bo [Contributed by 1Lt. James L. Weaver, Bravo/Echo Co., 69-70]
CU CHI -- Men from Bravo and Charlie Companies of the Fire Brigade Golden Dragons combined forces with Stinger gunships, the Air Force and the 3rd Company of the 2nd Battalion, 49th ARVN Regiment recently to kill 17 Viet Cong holed up in the Ho Bo Woods. From the time Charlie Company eagle-flighted into a hot landing zone until it was picked up once again, it was an action-packed day. Many spider holes were uncovered, one containing the body of a female Viet Cong. The Bravo infantrymen swept into an adjacent area and came across a well-camouflaged and fortified bunker complex that proved to be an enemy R & R center. "There was even a makeshift picnic table," said Private First Class Mike Bartosch of Waterloo, Mich. Several Viet Cong were routed out of one spider hole given away by a freshly-cut tree stump. The three-company operation was an attempt to clear the area of possible enemy staging points. [By SP4 Ray Byrne]
Index of all Tropic Lightning News references
to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment in Vietnam
Issue Date Description of Contents 1966 May 6 1st Brigade completes its move to Vietnam, includes 2/14th May 14 Brigade's first days at Cu Chi - mentions 2/14th killing first VC Story and photos of Brigade's move to Vietnam - mentions 2/14 May 27 2/14th finds 30 tons of rice, distributed to Vietnamese June 10 Bulletin: Lt. Col. Calvin P. Titus, USA, Ret. dies in California - 2/14th Medal of Honor recipient June 17 Operation "Wahiawa" - 2/14 finds 60-ton rice cache July 1 Operation "Fort Smith" - 2/14 captures ten Viet Cong Photos: Operation "Fort Smith" - three 2/14 photos in page 4 spread July 8 Water buffalo attacks 2/14th patrol 2/14th MEDCAP treats 350 in An Binh northwest of Cu Chi July 22 2LT Dale R. Crafton receives Silver Star, 6 from Bravo Co. receive Bronze Stars Photo: MG Fred C. Weyand decorates 2LT Dale Crafton Operation "Fort Smith" - 2/14th works with villagers Working with 3/4 Cav, 1/5th Mech, discover bomb factory Surveillance tower being built for 2/14th by 65th Engineer Bn. July 29 Photo: Lt. Col. William E. Davis takes command of 2/14th from Lt. Col. John M. Schultz August 5 2/14th destroys Viet Cong tunnels August 19 Photo: Patrol walks on rice paddy dike during Operation "Koko Head" August 26 Photo: 2/14th mortar team fires at Viet Cong September 2 2/14 Kills 7 Viet Cong in one-hour battle Photo: Sergeant Major Szafranski farewell Sergeant Major Szafranski leaves 25th September 9 Photo: William Donovon attaches load to Huey September 16 Photo: Operation "Mokuleia" - soldier checks for mines Page 4-5 story and photos of 25th Division expanding reach beyond Cu Chi - mentions 2/14 Photo: Soldier checks out trench near Tay Ninh Viet Cong attack Charlie Co. perimeter - two days of action September 23 Photo: Patrol during Operation "Oahu" near Tay Ninh September 30 2/14th 'Battle Dragon' gets Purple Heart Photo: 2/14th marches toward USNS General Walker for ride to Vietnam Photo: Charlie Co. patrol near Tay Ninh October 7 279-ton rice cache discovered in Operation "Kamuela" Photo: Soldier inspecting rice cache near Tay Ninh October 14 Story of SP4 Richard MacMaster helping Vietnamese girl attend school Charlie Co. squad dukes it out with Viet Cong squad Bravo Co. captures 558,000 pounds of rice after shootout October 21 Photo: Medic treats wounded man 2/14 Ends Operation "Kamuela" with 13 Viet Cong dead Storing captured rice for distribution to Vietnamese villagers October 28 196th Inf story mentions 2/14th Operation "Kamuela" 2/14 Participates in 3/4 Cav sweep and assault Tropic Flashes: Weekly news of the battalion November 4 Recon Platoon hits Viet Cong twice in the same place Tropic Flashes: Weekly news of the battalion Lt. Col. William E. Davis, in C&C ship, aids crashed Vietnamese pilot November 18 Sgt. Ralph M. Graff earns Silver Star during shootout with Viet Cong December 2 2/14th Participates in Operation "Attleboro", on day of largest number of chopper sorties 1Lt. Dale R. Crafton - poster boy for Infantry OCS December 16 Mortar platoon answers the call with "Fire Mission" Tropic Flashes: Weekly news of the battalion "Dragons" need help of 7/11th Artillery December 23 Tropic Flashes: Weekly news of the battalion December 30 Tropic Flashes: Weekly news of the battalion 1967 January 20 Tropic Flashes: Weekly news of the battalion 8-man bunker fills during mortar attack on Rach Kien February 27 Tropic Flashes: Weekly news of the battalion March 13 Photos: Six photos of 2/14th troops in Rach Kien March 20 25th Division Luau for Maj. Gen. Weyand, story mentions SFC Herbert Maria April 10 Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr. (Dem) has lunch with 2/14th May 1 2/14 Finds large weapons cache southwest of Saigon Photo: Some of weapons found in cache Seven re-enlist with 2/14th Photo: More of the weapons found in cache May 8 Photo and story: Weapons cache found while on Operation "Manhattan" Finding Viet Cong graves during Operation "Manhattan" May 29 Story about Operation "Manhattan" mentions 2/14th June 4 Page 4-5 Photo spread of 2/14th on Sweep and Clear operation Ambush patrol makes contact in the Boi Loi Woods near Tay Ninh Lt. Col. James Von K. Ladd takes command of 2/14th from LTC Charles A. Gilles June 19 Three "Golden Dragons" get lucky June 26 Charlie Co. ambushes Viet Cong patrol, killing two "Dragons" lose to "Untouchables" 7-0 in softball July 10 2/14th Conducts MEDCAP in Bau Tram 2/14th MEDCAP helps girl recover her sight Charlie Co. soldiers ambush Viet Cong from a sampan Photo: Chaplain brings services to 2/14th July 17 2/14th Medic SP4 George Frimel meets brother Greg Monkey shadows ambush patrol Photo: Wounded "Dragon" is carried to medevac Alpha Co. ambush patrol ambushes Viet Cong Photo and story: What sort of man reads Tropic Lightning News - SP4 Frank Tomek Photo: Men lie in flooded paddy during air strike July 24 Photo: Troops take cover during air strike Ambush patrol attacks road-mining crew Four-man listening post bags Viet Cong in night action August 7 Bravo trooper discovers weapons cache by accident August 14 SSG James Convoy examines Viet Cong document Patrol ambushes Viet Cong column, kills two August 21 With help of FAC, 2/14th jeep patrol gets Cong Photo: SP4 Timothy Bodecker enters tunnel opening August 28 Photo: SSG Warner Orlandi walks with Vietnamese girl Lt. Col. James Ladd recognizes peddler as Viet Cong and apprehends him "Dragon" help wounded girl after Viet Cong attack September 4 2/14th work with Popular Force and Regular Army Vietnamese units Photo: SP4 Dennis M. Swan with ARVN soldier September 11 PFC John Miles fights way back to Charlie Co. Alpha Co. finds Viet Cong base camp Photo: Assembling Bangalor Torpedoes to destroy bunkers Alpha Co. ambush hits Viet Cong two nights in a row SSG Warner Orlandi works as advisor in Vinh Cu Photos: Several photos of SSG Orlandi and the village of Vinh Cu Photo: Detainee shows interpreter location of tunnels September 18 Handler reunites with dog after being shot in ambush Photo: "Duke" with his wounded handler PFC David Manger New arrivals prepare for in-country training Paryer paper stops bullet Helmet saves "Dragon" from sniper's bullet September 25 14th Infantry Routes Cong from Lowlands Photos: Page 4-5 spread of 2/14th in action near Saigon River October 2 Viet Cong command post uncovered in Binh Duong Province October 9 Photo: Offering a hand to climb up bank (3rd photo down) October 23 Chaplain rushes benediction due to mortars Photo: "Dragons" commandeer bicycles Charlie Co. discovers buried weapons using punji sticks SSG Donald Glover gets war trophy - Chicom carbine Weapons cache uncovered in Ho Bo Woods with help of 27th Land Clearing Team October 30 King Cobra visits "Dragons" in their bunker SSG Jorge Quinones is hit - or is he? Photo: Medics Bob Gillick (L) and Neal Riggs (R) help wounded comrade November 6 Charlie Co. enters fortified enemy hamlet, removes booby traps Photo: Checking enemy washing machine Warning signs for booby traps, "Dragons" ambush Viet Cong Search Team finds bodies of mortar team November 13 25th Aviation Bn. gunships help break up Viet Cong attack November 20 3/4 Cav Gunship rescues wounded "Dragon" Photo: Sgt Camille R. Saucier wades through stream in Ho Bo Woods November 27 Photo: Sgt. Dennis C. Ingram and PFC Earl Hamilton cross stream Photo: RTO hides from the sun December 11 Helping build raft for isolated farmers 2/14th provides protection in land clearing operation "Dragon" walks into hidden foot snare, ends upside down Photo: SP5 Gordon L. Vick holds captured Viet Cong bow Lt. Col. Alfred Bracy takes command of 2/14th from LTC James Von K. Ladd December 25 Story of Operation "Barking Sands" mentions 2/14th participation 1968 January 1 Cobra startles soldiers investigating underground weapons cache Photo: Charlie Co. mortar crew in action Alpha Co. soldier left behind on night ambush January 8 Photo: Recon platoon photo - crossing stream January 15 Web gear saves life of SP4 Gerald Mitchell January 22 Photo: Two men in ravine (next to last photo on page) February 5 Captured NVA soldier has communication problem February 12 "Dragons" kill 27 in Operation "Yellowstone" 25th Scout Dog story mentions 2/14th incident February 19 Sniper's bullet ignites 2/14th smoke grenade March 4 2/14 Soldiers start their own laundry Capture two ox carts and put them to use "Dragons" build Katum's 'Hawaiian Village' Photo: Two men slosh through tall grass near Katum March 11 Dragons find VC rocket cache Photos of rockets Dragons find enemy base camp, interrupt dinner Two sergeants hit in helmet Soc bites Dale Burmeister March 18 2/14 Participates in large operation near Tay Ninh Delta Co. mascot is pigeon March 25 2/14 Participates in Operation "Resolved to Win", largest of war to date Photo: Captured mortars Delta Co. discovers mortar tube 2/14 Participates in Operation "Resolved to Win" April 8 Photo: SSG Daniel Ireland checks identification card Pages 4-5 Story and photo spread of 2/14th 2/14th Discovers cache of 122mm rockets Photos: Weapons cache uncovered by Bravo Co. 2/14th Searches Viet Cong base camp Bravo Co. uncovers large weapons cache after heavy enemy resistance Photos: Pictures of huge weapons cache uncovered by Bravo Co. April 15 Bravo Co. in heavy fighting near Trang Bang Charlie Co. kicks off heavy fighting, other forces brought in, 87 Viet Cong killed Photos: Two photos taken after the fighting Bravo Co. becomes "Bravo Bandidos" April 22 More reports of the heavy fighting near Trang Bang Night ambush nets one captured, with weapon Bravo Co. ambush kills seven NVA in Ho Bo Woods Mortar round makes direct hit on 2/14 bunker "Dragons" use haystack as "smoke grenade" April 29 Charlie Co. in 4-hour battle - kills 137 VC in Tay Ninh City Photos: Page 4 spread of "Dragons" in action May 6 Operation Quyet Thang - Dragons find large caches and help defeat NVA battalion Photo: Kit Carson scout helps feed M-60 Bull fight near Hoc Mon - Bull 1, Dragons 0 "Coach" Holbrook calls the plays in bunker line assault May 20 Charlie Co. ambush gets sampan, AK-50 rifles, ammo and rice June 3 Charlie Co. finds rice cache near Saigon River 2Lt William M. Turk discovers two ammunition caches in three days History of the 2/14th June 10 Kit Carson scout captures three Viet Cong Alpha Co. uncovers enemy kitchen Photo: Enemy pots and pans, Sgt. Charles R. Pearson in tunnel entrance Photo: 2/14th soldiers leave landing zone June 17 Two-day battle nets 17 enemy dead Yellow smoke grenade into tunnel "paints" Viet Cong Delta Co. finds cache in riverbank on Operation "Toan Thang" Photo: Recoilless rifle cartridges found in cache Forward observer with 2/14th makes direct hit on rocket position June 24 Page 4-5 Story and photo spread of Vo Van Nam, Kit Carson, killed in action Story of Kit Carson Vo Van Nam Alpha Co. discover underground aid station Charlie Co. sets up ambush in middle of Viet Cong base camp July 1 Sgt. Robert J. Schmokel saves life of drowning man 2/14th captures two weapons caches Tax collector meets up with 2/14th Delta Co. takes on Viet Cong base camp in Operation "Toan Thang" July 15 Photo: SP4 Bryon Longero in the mud July 22 Distinguished Service Cross goes to SSG Daniel L. Ireland, Charlie Co. Photo: SP4 Milton L. Welch on sweep Photo: PFC Louid J. Maccouax carries 90mm recoilless rifle Photo: SSG Daniel L. Ireland at awards ceremony Awards citation for SSG Daniel L. Ireland medal July 29 Six-hour firefight for Alpha Co. August 5 On first ambush, PFC Fred Lee spots VC Charlie Co. finds AK-47s, RPGs in cache Page 4-5 spread features Golden Dragons Larry Weist photos - A, C, D, Weapons vets Farmer gives Alpha Co an AK-47 he found August 12 Photo: PFC James Bolin keeps his head above water Night ambush leads to enemy captures Photo: Kit Carson scout at tunnel entrance August 19 Delta Co. finds weapons cache Photo: 1Lt. Robert Miller crosses stream on rope August 26 Photo: PFC Patrick Finnegan, Sgt. Willard Arntz handle captured ammo Large weapons cache located by Charlie Co. Photo: Crossing deep stream Lone chopper extracts 2/14th company Explosives cache recovered by 2/14th September 2 2/14th Frees three hostages from the Viet Cong Chieu Hoi directs "Dragons" to weapons cache Photos: Three photos of men recovering large weapons cache September 9 Charlie Co. captures two Viet Cong and cache of rockets September 16 Photo: Sgt. Arthur Brookfield and SP4 David Shelton cross stream Bravo Co. sweeps into ammunition cache September 23 Ba Bep and Phu Cuong bridges protected by 2/14th Chieu Hoi tip nabs seven Viet Cong Photo: Crossing a stream SP4 Robert Smith searches sampan and discovers rice cache Delta Co. faces NVA attack and wins September 30 2/14th Mentioned in story of Division's activities for the year October 28 Alpha Co. discovers large rice cache Photo: SP4 Gerald Charles carrying the M-60 Photo: SP4 Morales Roosevelt searches November 11 Ground attack on FSB Keene Photo and story: PFC Archie Turner, Jr., added to Tropic Lightning Combat Honor Roll Charlie Co. sweep turns up Viet Cong fishermen November 18 Water buffalo challenges "Dragons", loses Tip from Chieu Hoi leads to large weapons cache Photos: Weapons cache found by 2/14th Photo: Kit Carson scout finds weapon November 25 Photo and story: SP4 Leroy Zube added to Tropic Lightning Combat Honor Roll December 9 Photo: SP4 Jerry Forguhar in the water Photo: Smoke ship covers approach of 2/14th Photo and story: Sgt. John J. Doran added to Tropic Lightning Combat Honor Roll Photo: Cpt. William Phelps coaxes Viet Cong to surrender FSB Keene gets showers Photo: 2/14th troops using showers December 16 2/14th Mess receives "Best Mess" award December 23 2/14th Helps rebuild road Photo: SP4 Daniel Rothstein in water December 30 2/14th Assaults enemy camp, kills 15 Viet Cong 1969 January 6 Photo: "Dragons" head for their choppeers Bravo Co. nabs 4 NVA near Oriental River January 13 Photo: Cpt. Wayne A. Downing watches medic at work January 20 Bravo Co. soldier finds cache SP4 Dan Watkins points out VC warning sign January 27 Photo: Bravo Co. men watch rice harvest Photo: PFC James Raver in tunnel entrance February 24 Photo: SP4 Paul Obholz and SP4 Don King Photo: Cpt. Wilbur Corbitt and SP4 Patrick McMullen Photo: Preparing to move in Photo: SP4 Phillip Amsden with M-79 Photo: Bravo Co. soldiers engage enemy March 10 Photo: SP4 Williams Reams treats villagers at Duc Hoa 2/14th Surgeon starts X-ray Program March 17 2/14th pays for trip to American hospital for Vietnamese boy March 31 "Dragons" and "Bobcats" crush 28 NVA in Ho Bo Woods April 7 2/14th Takes to boats in Operation "Keelhaul" Operations with 2/34th Armor, 2/14th gets 12 NVA. June 9 Large operation with Bobcats, 2/34th Armor June 16 Photo: PFC Richard Smith, SP4 James Cavaciuti of the heavy weapons platoon Working with scout dogs nets booby trap June 16 Eagle flight with 116th Assault Helicopter Company gets 11 Viet Cong Story of 2/34th Armor at FSB Emory mentions 2/14th "Dragon" soldiers receive 30 medals Photo: "Dragons" working with 2/34th Armor June 30 Photo: SP4 Don Peters takes a break for lunch "Bobcats" and "Dragons" kill 21 Viet Cong in Citadel July 7 Bravo Co. fight, not light, hootch on fire Photos: 2/14th soldiers fight hootch fire July 14 Charlie Co. kill 39 in Spider Web firefight July 21 Follow-up story of Vietnamese boy sent to states by 2/14 for heart operation Photo: Cpt. Richard Tessler and Vietnamese boy sent to states August 4 "Dragons" and "Bobcats" get 47 in Viet Cong R&R camp Photo: SP4 William Petruik and monkey August 11 Operation "Nutcracker" yields 40 Viet Cong Photo: Crossing stream near Cu Chi "Dragons" uncover tunnel full of fish Photo: PFC Dan Zaldivar inspects cache of fish August 18 2/14th Teams up with "Bobcats" and ARVNs near Trung Lap, get 22 ARVNs learn from 2/14th at Phu Cuong bridge Photo: Vietnamese musicians Search and cordon operation with Regional Forces at Phu Hoa August 25 Photo: SP4 Harold D. Ruff charges enemy position Recon platoon in operations near Trung Lap Photos: 2/14th in the rice paddies September 1 2-man R&R in Cu Chi Photo: SP4 Jeff Wilcox and Chester Chamgers talk with Doughnut Dollies Photos and story: Pages 4-5 spread about 2/14th operations Enemy complex destroyed by 2/14th in Ho Bo Woods September 8 Page 1 photos and story: Ho Bo Woods operation nets 48 enemy Story about 2/49th ARVN Regiment mentions 2/14 "Dragons" build swings at Trung An village Command Sergeant Major Charles M. Rutledge travels to 25th Association reunion Continuation of Page 1 story September 15 Kit Carson scout catches six NVA and one Viet Cong Photos: SSG William Talada, Sgt Charles Wilson Story of PFC Glyn Eatwell from South Wales - a "Dragon" Photo: Glyn Eatwell with M-60 "Dragon" ambushes get 15 Viet Cong Hole in the ground leads to cache of mortar rounds and medical supplies September 22 Photo: 1Lt Charles R. Viola, SP4 Harold Gravely cross canal Weapons platoon retires mortar after 20,000 rounds Photo: SP4 Gerald Anderson, PFC John Staige, SP4 Robert Redmond Photos: PFC Lyle Thomason, observation tower at Patrol Base Hunsley B-52 Crew visits to see what its like on the gound Charlie Co. finds Viet Cong booby trap factory "Dragons" and ARVNs capture mortar-rocket officer September 29 Alpha Co. and ARVNs get 36 NVA Security for downed chopper leads to NVA hideout 2/14th soldiers skirt bomb crater Chieu Hoi leads troops to rocket cache Photo: Delta Co. on the march October 6 Photo: PFC Lonnie Dempsey and Edward Clark back-to-back Golden Dragon wrecker just keeps on going Photo: LTC Donald O. Crutchley takes command from LTC Constantine Blastos Photo: SP4 Leonard Wilson in the water October 13 Ho Bo Woods shootout gets 25 Viet Cong Photo: PFC Clifford Guitbeault checks enemy hootch Photo: View from chopper Night ambush attacks 30-man force October 20 Re-Up NCO George F. Naze at work Photo: SFC George F. Naze, PFC Robert Stiava Photo: PFC Domingo Gomez cools off Photos and story: Creature comforts at Patrol Base Hunsley "Dragons" perform at USARV finals Photo: Bravo Co. waits for choppers October 27 "Dragon" ambush downs 19 NVA 2/14th Puts Viet Cong barber out of business Photo: SP4 Sidney Ryan and Mike Lovell crossing canal Sweep ends in firefight for Bravo November 3 Photo: LTC Donaod O. Crutchley views cache "Dragons" helping villagers near Trung Lap Photos and story: Page 4-5 spread of MEDCAP in Trung Lap FSB Patton gets showers 12 Viet Cong fall to Delta Company in Ho Bo Woods Operations with 116th Assault Helicopter, 2/12th "White Warriors" get 47 NVA November 10 Photos: Shots of airborne choppers carrying 2/14th ARVNs and Charlie Co. get 17 Viet Cong in Ho Bo Woods Delta Co. action stirs up Viet Cong Hidden cache contains clothing and sewing machines Photo and story: SSG Jon M. Davis joins Tropic Lightning Combat Honor Roll "Dragons" Supply team delivers the goods Photo: SP4 Robeert L. Emery in waist deep water November 17 All four line companies join to track down 30 Viet Cong NVA Laundry operations interrupted by Charlie Co. November 24 Alpha Co. captures Russian battle flag, kills 14 New technology lights up nights at Patrol Base Hunsley December 1 Photos: Destroying anti-tank mine NVA Shopping trip comes up empty Photo: Alpha Co. in the field Story of 2/14th MEDCAP at Trung Lap Photo: "Dragons" in the tall grass December 8 "White Warriors" and "Dragons" team up in "Super Bush" "Dragons" C&C chopper coordinates destruction of 18 Viet Cong Continuation of "Super Bush" story Night ambush gets 10 Viet Cong and weapons December 15 Bravo sweep nets 3 Viet Cong in Ho Bo Woods Photo: Charlie Co. heads for choppers December 22 Christmas in Vietnam for 2/14th soldiers Photo: Mail room in Cu Chi Photo: SP4 Mike Hastings talks to Santa Santa for "Dragons" is Cpt. Fletcher Wideman December 29 Photo: Alpha Co. waits for choppers Ambushes at "New Life Hamlet" kills 15 Viet Cong 1970 January 5 Enemy cries "Come and get us" and Bravo does 2/14 rebuilds school at Trung Lap Photo: SP4 Bob Dunn and Angel Mendez install speakers Charlie Co. patrol cleans up after 116th Assault Helicopter Company gunships January 12 Delta Co. overruns NVA standdown area Photos and story: Page 4-5 spread of assault on NVA base Photo: SP4 David Rozga relaxes Photos and story: Page 7 spread of "Dragons" at Patrol Base Hunsley Photos: Vice President Spiro T. Agnew with troops January 19 Bac Ha Orphanage party hosted by 2/14th Story of 1/8th Artillery mentions 2/14th assist "Dragon's" destroys NVA bunker complex January 26 Photo: Choppers land to pick up "Dragons" February 2 "Rocket Belt" patrols catch NVA off guard February 9 History Lesson: 2/14th arrives on USNS Walker in '66 British native Glyn Eatwell wants to be pilot February 16 Working with ARVNs nets 20 Viet Cong "Dragon" loses camera in the field, but gets it back 2/14th helps villages with clothing and cash donations February 23 Bravo Co. bushmaster in Filhol Plantation Photo: SP4 William Lovelace with M-60 March 9 Story of Kit Carson scout with Charlie Co. Photos and story: Page 4-5 spread - search of swamps is messy, dangerous business March 16 "Helmet on a stick" trick fools NVA in Angel's Wing Technology - Liquid Free Fall Container brings water to 'Dragons" in the field Photos and story: Page 7 spread of "Bobcats" and "Dragons" Intelligence section coaxes Viet Cong to come over Photo: 2/14th VCI team at work March 23 Photo: SP4 Stehpen Colvey on break March 30 2/14th Projectionist battles with unreliable equipment April 6 Photo: Lt. Col. Charles W. Norton takes command Charlie Co. sinks sampan, 5 Viet Cong Photo: "Dragons" embark at Go Dau Ha Tango boats float "Dragons" into combat April 13 Photo: Cpt. Bennet Jones recovers water container April 20 "Dragon" wears Buck Owens' old coat Ambush along Cambodian border gets 6 NVA May 11 2/14th among units surpassing reenlistment goals May 18 Photo: Charlie Co. soldiers take a bath May 25 2/14th Captures former "Wolfhounds" Kit Carson scout Photo: Chaplain Joseph Dulany visits Charlie Co. in Cambodia Story about Chaplain Joseph P. Dulany Photo: Jeepload of Cambodian refugees picked up by 2/14th Photos and story: Page 4-5 spread of Cambodian operations, refugees Photo: Charlie Co. men take a bath June 1 2/14th and other units find caches in Cambodia Dragons find large Cambodian weapons cache Photos and story: Page 7 spread of captured enemy photos June 8 Photo: Giant P-38 can opener 2/14th Mentioned in story of Doughnut Dolly party night June 15 Charlie Co. names "Hard Spot" after their First Sergeant June 29 Photo: Soldier wades through water July 6 Photo and Story: Delta finds NVA base in Cambodia Photo: Cpt. Bennet Jones readies C-4 to destroy bunker 2/14th Mentioned in story of Operation "Bold Lancer" July 20 NVA Attack fire base, "Dragons" turn them back "Dragon" convoy ambushed, rolls on Sweep team captures two Viet Cong July 27 Alert "Dragons" spot enemy, bring fire from the skies to kill three, capture two 2/14th Aid station trains Vietnamese nurses Photo and Story: 2/14th does "review training" at Dau Tieng August 3 Photo and Story: 2/14th MEDCAP helps villagers near Dau Tieng August 31 Alpha Co. bushmaster kills six, uncovers bunker complex Claymore boobytrap kills NVA, four more wait to be captured September 7 Alpha patrol retreats from ambush unharmed September 21 Lt. Col. takes command of 2/14th from LTC Charles W. Norton, Jr. September 28 Review of 2/14th action in Cambodia Octobeer 12 2/14th MEDCAP stages rodeo for villagers Photo: Delta Co. ambush waits for enemy October 19 Photo: Taking a swim Keeping clean in the jungle - bomb crater bath October 26 Alpha Co. holding position intercepts NVA November 2 Shake and Bake - A step up in responsibility November 9 Photo and Story: PFC Leroy Gas enjoys a cold beer after patrol November 23 Photo and Story: Alpha Co. mortar team wins inter-battalion shoot-out 2/14th Provides security as FSB Simmons is built November 30 2/14th Mentioned in review of unit history during Troop Redeployment
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