Forty Years

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Forty Years

Postby Sgt B » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:21 pm

Where were you forty years ago? I was with Hotel 2/9 at camp J.J. Carroll. Would like to hear from my fellow members, especially Bork, Goodson, Capt. R.W. Ellison, Lt Pierce, the Supply Sgt, those who had security at the water point on this day and all who served with me from Dec 67 thru Dec 68. Semper Fi :D
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      Postby AK48 » Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:15 am

      Hey SGT B, 40 years I was with 2nd Platoon, Echo at Carroll getting ready to go to Hill37 the morning of Feb 2 and start a new life. Did you know Dwight Connely from Louisville? He was 0311 in Hotel (I don't know which Platoon) He has a large bullet scar on his shoulder and survived his tour. Importance to me is he is the only guy from my Boot camp Platoon who also served in 2/9. We talked on the phone a few years ago and he said he was doing \"OK\". Good luck finding comrades. It's not easy but Red and Gabe have made it possible. SF, Allyn.
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      Postby Curt Baillie » Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:46 pm

      Forty years ago - I was with Golf 2/9 and at Camp Carroll.

      I have dug out my pictures. As soon as I scan them, I'll post here on the site.
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      Postby AK48 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:47 pm

      Hey Curt, Any pictures you have will be much appreciated. Few of us had cameras at the time. How will you do this? In the 2/9 Photo Gallery? Also, where was Fox, Golf, and Hotel the month of February, 1968? Echo was stuck on Hill 37 for about 5 weeks, where was the rest of 2/9? Later in 1968 2/9 operated together as 4 Companies. But for awhile Echo operated alone or with companies from 3/4. Anybody remember? SF, Allyn.
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      Postby Curt Baillie » Sun Feb 10, 2008 9:21 pm

      Golf was at the Cam Lo bridge. Lots of 'fireworks' on Tet. I was sitting in a 60 mortor pit at one end of the bridge when all the action started.
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby images2u » Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:33 pm

      Forty years ago I was with Fox 2/9 at Camp Carroll.
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Fasst1 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:20 pm

      I was with H&MS-24, MAG-24 at Kaneohe. Believe it or not there were only two Vietnam Vets in the entire Squadron.

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      2/9 12/66-6/67; Philly Naval Hospital; 3/2 8/67-4/68; MAG-24/H&MS-24 4/68-6/69

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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Ron Losee » Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:42 pm

      Forty years ago 2/9 was located at Camp Carroll; however, Companies "F" and "G" with a small Bravo Command Group were chopped to the 9th Regiment to defend Cam Lo and the Cam Lo Bridge in mid-January. During the TET offensive while the Camp Carroll companies became involved with NVA units along Route 9 to the north of the camp, the Cam Lo contingent was responsible for saving the District Headquarters from a large NVA attack and foiled a swimmer effort to blow the Cam Lo Bridge. Ron Losee
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Curt Baillie » Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:37 pm

      Ron - I was in a 60mm mortar pit, just off the South end of the bridge, when all hell broke loose. A Lt. (I don't remember who) was on top of a bunker, just off the North end, and spotted the swimmer. When things died down 100 pounds of explosives were found tied beneath the bridge.
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Sgt B » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:35 am

      Hey Curt, do you remember Golf's Admin Chief, think his name was Pierce, played guitar? Belive he was from Texas, and rotated in Feb68. Still looking for Hotel members Dec67-Dec68. Have some pictures from J.J. Carroll and Ammo dump explosion at Dong Ha in 68. When my wife teaches me how to scan and download, I'll post them. Right now am recovering from shoulder surgery April21, may get to go back to work by 1st of July. Best Wishes to all Marines, everywhere. Semper Fi
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Ron Losee » Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:38 pm

      Hi Curt. You're on target with the story about the NVA swimmers in the Cam Lo River. We're lucky they didn't blow the bridge. We had information from a Kit Carson scout in the S-2 section that there would be an attempt, probably that night. He had been circulating in nearby villages in civilian clothes for us, talking with VC and NVA also moving about in civilian clothing. He did this for several weeks and would come back in before darkness and report his information to me. That night, the beginning of TET 68, was a wild one, starting with the bridge attempt and followed by rescue of the guys in Cam Lo District headquarters under seige by several battalions of NVA. I communicated with the surviving Army advisor at District that night; he's retired and lives in the Northwest. His comment was to the effect that he thought they were going to be wiped out until he heard our rifle company and tanks coming to the rescue; then he knew they were saved. Ron Losee
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Curt Baillie » Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:27 am

      It was reported that one of the swimmers was the barber who came on the bridge compound and gave haircuts. I remember those haircuts with a straight razor. After Tet the bridge and compound was closed to civilians.
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Curt Baillie » Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:29 am

      Sgt. B - I have no memory of the Admin Chief, but I surely do remember Capt. Buckner. He cost me a good bottle of gin.
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      Re: Forty Years

      Postby Sgt B » Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:10 pm

      Dear Curt, sorry to hear abouy your bottle of gin! We had a supply Sgt, think his name was Dickson, who went to Australia for R/R. Every month after he got back, he received a shoe box with a fifth of Johnny Walker Red and one of black label. he kept the black and give me the red! Really smooth. :lol:
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