December 1969

The Draft Lottery 01 Dec 1969The Draft Lottery is instituted in an effort to reduce criticism of the draft as unfair.Jim Good arrives in country. President Nixon announces "we will have peace in our time." For I Corps, this means that the 3rd Marines finally go back to the world and we get to takeover their very nice quarters at Quang Tri. No cav hands filled any of the hundreds of sandbags. HQ moves there.The troop returns to the DMZ from its last assignment at Cua Viet in time to celebrate Christmas and New Years. 10Dec We have moved from LZ Nancy…

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November 1969

Fire Base Sandy 03 November We spent most of last month up at C2; except for about a week at the first of the month at Fire Base Sandy. All we did was pull guard duty and AP. After leaving Sandy we went to C2, it started to rain and we didn't do much for about a week. After it cleared up we moved out on sweeps and sitting up at night waiting for someone to hit us. Supposedly we were attempting to draw attention to ourselves so we could have a little pay back for 2nd platoon being hit hard…

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October 1969

I remember the night my tank caught fire 2 Oct"I remember the night my tank caught fire during one hell of a firefight a few klicks west of A-4. Sgt D jumped on my tank A-27 and told me we were on fire, my loader had already been hit and was laying on the turret floor, I had no turret power after being hit at least twice by an RPG, I had to traverse the turret manually to let Sgt D in the drivers hatch so he could get us off the side (?) of the perimeter, I was wounded…

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September 1969

Ho Chi Minh, leader of the North Vietnamese dies 3 Sept 1969Ho Chi Minh, leader of the North Vietnamese, dies in Hanoi at the age of 79. Sept 5 Alpha 4, typhoon hit, heavy rain, wind and mud (Taylor)Sept 6 Back at Nancy, The first and third platoon went to LZ Jayne. Finally on 29, we got a new engine, transmission and transfer case. Pulling night ambushes, Got a new CO. We stole the Col 's Jeep, repainted it and kept it. (Taylor)09SepTroop is back from A4, no one in 1st platoon was injured. 5 NVA KIA, Dodds brought back an…

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August 1969

Elements of 1/61 Mech infantry and 1/11 infantry are blasted to smithereens Elements of 1/61 Mech infantry and 1/11 infantry are blasted to smithereens by artillery hidden in the hills that form the Bi Long Valley as they use the new road.1st Platoon works at LZ Angel, LZ Pedro and LZ Mohawk, all in the AO that includes Nancy and LZ SharonFrom Coop's War Diary: 01 Aug 69Left Sharon at 11:00; we are back out in the same area we were in a few days ago. We have a 60mm mortar that Shue had traded a 46 for and out of…

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July 1969

LZ Nancy 06 July 69LZ Nancy 2nd and 3rd Platoon back in - 1st Platoon due back the 7th07 July 69LZ Nancy Went to LZ Sharon to turn in old Tank08 July 69LZ Sharon Back to LZ Nancy with new Tank09 July 69LZ Nancy Doc took sitches out a grunt from 1/61 C Company; he had been wounded by sharpnel from a RPG at Khan Shunassigned to track 29(Taylor)10 July 69LZ Nancy Took new Tankers out to familiarize and test firing of weapons 17:30 return to LZ just in time to receive orders to move out in 25 minutes for…

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January – May 1969

January to May 1969 I think this action took place late '68 or early '69. The Troop was pulling a sweep into DMZ, this is the first time we went up far north into the Z. The grunts and we were searching bunkers. This guy was from A15 track, he throws a frag into a bunker and goes in and drags out a wounded NVA. He had to disarm and drag him out because he was not coming out on his own. They medivac’d the NVA. I remember it was still early in country for us because the B52's were…

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