||participant comments and recollections|
departed area and proceded to coord by LVT. Conducted S&D op moving
in Southerly direction moving in a tri axis advance along ridge lines
BS656013 and BS650007 to BT658997 and valley floor between ridges.
Receiving contact 2 sniper rounds
coming from the Northeast from long ridge.
1 M-1 grenade w/o pin in C ration can at BS657998 it was destroyed. One man slightly wounded by booby
trap grenade at coord BT652005
||Spent night at coord and (1am-Aug.18) Company moved out and
proceeded to coord BT683971 arriving at 180420H. Area was secured and
company dug in.
battery started to arrive at 180930H.
||G Co 2/4
||Arrived and (?) in to the West of the Company Area. Day and night
patrols were sent out during entire period.
platoon (Rein) patrol was sent out at 190630H with mission of securing and
establishing an outpost
position at BS700975 while moving up the hill they sighted 12 VC moving
along the ridge in a southerly direction. They (VC) were taking under
immediate fire and five bodies (enemy? ed-mtm) were found when Marines reached the area.
This platoon was probably taken for a VC unit by 2/4 Marines as an air strike
was run from the East to the West and although three 250 lb bombs fell
within 100 meters from the platoon, non was hurt prior to our getting the
air strike stopped. During the evening of 18 and 19 August the company and
Btry was hit by 3" 58 Naval gunfire star clusters and HE shells. These
did not explode and most were later destroyed. No further action took
place on the 20th and the company started retractions by Helo at 201835H
and the last unit arrived back in the Bn area at 201925H.
||Remarks: Forcing troops to keep spread out pays off. Only one
man was wounded by a tripped booby trap. There was a need for close,
constant communications between units to avoid inflicting friendly