PDF File (1 Meg 1965,10 Megs 1966) An excellent summary of operations during 1965 and 1966. Includes data such as awards. This a "must read". Thanks to our first CO, Capt. Gergulis, for providing this valuable information and to Chuck Rose for getting the 1966 history digitized.
(Note to view the 1965 history, first open the file using adobe reader then rotate it to make it vertical.)
This page is set aside for stories, general information, and comments from Delta Company 1/12 members. As such this page is "under construction" and YOUR INPUTS are hereby solicited. The 1966 Battalion History document (see link at left) is a good source for triggering those long buried memories. E-mail the webmaster (email@example.com) your inputs (stories, topics, poems, and observations, or questions) and they will be posted here. They can be one sentence or a long story. Use your imagination to entertain your fellow troopers.
Recently, at the Branson Reunion, a few story topics were discussed. While much elaboration is needed, these topics summaries do not do justice to the actual stories, they may stimulate some thought, or better yet maybe someone will send in a paragraph for all to read.
Starting with events in the 11th Air Assault:
Events while in transit aboard USS Geiger
- Chuck Rose and ?? digging a 6 by 6
- Rodney Harris making a still in the barracks
- The man who passed out receiving a shot after harassing others about their fear of shots
- The naked women running through the barracks, just before deployment to RVN
- Green dying of shirts and underwear. Exact color required
- At the Ft. Benning rifle range a machine gun belt was thrown into a fire. Lots of repercussions.
- How Cocharon "stole Dwights air" during a jump and Dwights not so timid reaction
Events while in Vietnam.
- "Protect Your Rear" movie line and how it was used
- Five inch gun pointed at the USS Geiger "I've got it under control" line to the CO upon his return to ship.
- Who was the officer who showed in a cab at the boat in Hawaii wearing only his boots?
- Drawing straws to "assault the beach" first. (It was unknown at the time just how much resistance there would be upon landing. It could have been another Omaha Beach.)
- Bravo Company brought blanks to the war. So the other companies were forced to divide up our live ammo.
- No Naval Gun support so no one knew what might happen
- Merchant marine paid someone to bracket the ship with mortar fire so they could earn combat pay bonus
- Heavy P.T. done at Guam after BBQ and beer party. Many gastric casualties.
There are many possible observations and topics. Here are a few suggested story topic examples. There are many others: Those in Red added while at Branson 2013
- Initial use of Pup Tents and how they floated away in the monsoon rains
- Marijuana plants growing wild around the camp (not recognized by many)
- The Hon Cong perimeter sniper activity and how three 106's were used to quite him.
- Deiter Arnold took the first patrol up Hon Cong mountain.
- How Dwight Edwards almost shot Lt. West, obeying his command to "shoot anything that moves". Fordyce hit the rifle so he fortunately missed
- Medic called over birth event
- Harlow Clark KIA in helicopter crash on greenline (see his photo page link at the bottom of the Rakasan page on this site)
- How the heavy monsoon soon filled a helmut full of food (or anything else)
- Deiter Arnold's classic "up dick leach" adventure and his mouth full of bees from a coke can
- The formation of the 11th Air Assault, Training, and the trip to Vietnam.
- Advance Party operations. Building the base camp.
- First Operations in 1965. Learning Experiences.
- Ia Drang and Chu Pong experiences in 1965 (1st Brigade was there before anyone)
- Sloan singing "My Girl"
- An Khe visits to town early on, and "Sin City" later
- Various fire fights (Nov 1 1965, April 7 1966, and others)
- What happened on Dec 17, 1965?
- How the "Shit House" really got burned . SFC McClaurin was not happy with the result
- R&R (Everyone has a story here.)
- Visits to An Khe and Sin City (anonomous submits are OK)
- Malaria gets around (it's a cheap way to get an ice bath)
- Short arms inspection
- Night patrols (Remember entering Cambodia with no dog tags?)
- Errant M-79 rounds (Childers, are you OK?)
- Recovering bodies from the downed plane (C-123 dropping flares for C Company)
- The Mountainyard women bathing in a river and who broke the ice
- The base camp pets (the monkey trained to sweep money off the poker table, dog)
- Fun on the green line
- Attack of the RVN patrol. (Hint: both sides called in ARA and the helicopter pilots decided something was amiss)
- Bong Son (LZ Uplift, LZ English)
- Battleship New Jersey firing 16 inch rounds that passed 50 feet over our heads (please no short rounds)
- How many villages can be burned in one day?
- Six Man LRRP's
- The joy of Patrolling up mountains on Hot days
- Pig patrol (watch out for wild boars)
- How to jump through brush fires going down hill
- Brush fires can set off grenades
- Leaches are ubiquitous and they crawl into sensitive areas
- Someone in RECON actually shot a pheasant on patrol, giving away our position?
- The "Lost Patrol" with the one day wonder substitute PSG
- How someone got shot in the foot on short final approach
- Who shot himself in the foot, and why?
- Snakes are good to eat after months of C's
- CIDG patrol, or how not to win hearts and minds
- A Scorpion can keep you awake on guard duty
- Don't shoot the elephants with an M-16. They might get mad.
- The day they air assaulted us into what turned out to be a lake.
- Who got left behind on patrol?
- Return to LZ Xray and the Chu Pong/Ia Drang area
- Tasty 1944 C rations
- 1944 Mortar Rounds
- How many hot showers in one year? How many hot meals?
The following are the original orders sending D Company to Vietnam. Thanks to Sgt. Mike Van Kirk for providing.
For most of us, we knew enough information to do our jobs, but were more or less oblivious of the "big picture". We knew, for example, that we were a part of Operation Masher or White Wing, maybe we even knew that Division Intelligence believed there was a battalion of VC or NVA located in some particular area and we were going there to "find and fix" them. But we did not know what other units were doing in the area and how the operation was coordinated at higher levels. The below links are high level summaries of some of the operations in which we participated, and they give us an enhanced perspective.
Thanks to Julian Ynostroza for sending the Air Assault orders.