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Posted: 4/20/2001 11:55:18 AM EST
This is just a clip. [url]http://pub50.ezboard.com/bvietnammemoriesbulletinboard[/url] 106RR196LIB Registered User posts: 72 (4/19/01 12:36:04 am) Reply Re: AFTER ACTION ACTIVITIES. 1971 Kham Duc 3/21 196th LIB The 3/21 were ordered to take a non strategic village called Kham Duc. After they got the vill there was no way to defend it. It was indefensible by position. Neither side actually wanted it. 3/21 requested helo evac. The NVA were massed on all sides in far superior numbers and firepower. Helo evac was refused. They were ordered to hold -- land retreat would mean total annihilation. They dug a huge body pit for the expected casualties. These are used for temporary burial of US remains. Graves Reg then dis inters and re buries or tranships the remains. The NVA came in massive force as expected. Helo evac was refused again. Between waves, they threw their buddies into the pits and continued to fight until it was their turn to be thrown into the pit. Helo evac was again requested -- they begged. It was refused. Ammo was stripped from the wounded and dead. The NVA continued the attack. It seemed that there was no hope and most guys felt abandoned. Finally when there were very few left alive to evac--the high command relented. They did not after all want the village anyway. The NVA took Kham Duc. Thee NVA didn't want the vill either. It was indefensible. They were sure that the US would mount a massive counterattack so they didn't stay. The NVA had lost more men than the 3/21 They didn't have the time, energy or men to bury their own dead. They threw their men into the body pits with the 196th and retreated. We didn't have enough men left to mount a counterattack. The rains came and the pits filled with water. It was 30 days before we could get enough replacements to retake Kham Duc. During the monsoon, it rains every night and gets blazing hot every day. The remains had been there for a month in the body pits. Graves Reg was ordered to wade into the pits and identify Americans by feeling in their mouths for dog tags. Every cadaver was checked. This was the most difficult assignment ever performed by Graves Reg during the Vietnam War. Please forgive the spelling and the errors this is always emotional. It seems in some ways a microcosm of the war, with both sides joined in the brotherhood of the body pit. PS I cleaned this up alot. Mike H In a lighter time we had a situation where a small group of armed VC ran across a road in broad daylight. Six guys form D 4/31 opened up on them at less than 100 meters,firing in excess of 120 rounds. They missed! Completely! No one was even scratched! The CO made them fake a body count because he was so embarassed about their marksmanship. Did we razz them? You Betcha. Mike H Mike H, that was one hard story to read. Know that it took a lot out of you. Good come back with the second one. Say, was 3/21 called the Gimlets back then? Gene -- They were indeed called the gimlets. I believe they also had a battalion level officer in 68/69 who called himself Gimlet. I talked to Survivors at the 196th convention and some were still bitter as you can imagine. Many of the survivors were in the recon platoon. They s
Link Posted: 4/20/2001 12:29:05 PM EST
God Bless all who served and are serving.
Link Posted: 4/21/2001 7:26:14 AM EST
Another post talks of killing someone, read this Ron
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