Hotel Company on 4-16-66

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Hotel Company on 4-16-66

Postby Tom Reasch » Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:18 am

Today is April 16, in 1966 on this day Hotel Company was in a bad fight for survival 7 KIA and 37 WIA. We still kicked their ass, as there was a Battalion of them who hit us that morning. It was reported we put them out of action for several months.

81\"s 2/9/3 What else can be said, except 2/9 was \"Hell in a Helmet\"!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Hotel Company on 4-16-66

Postby marineraider » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:09 am

I remember that well. April 16 was my late mother's birthday.
I took a picture of my best friend the afternoon before.
We were waiting outside the battalion cp for the helicopters to pick us up. My friend was Manny Soares. He and I still talk at least twice a month.
Lt. Battista was standing right behind Manny when I took that picture. Little did I know that would be the last day of his life. The same for Zane Magruder and Cripe.
I remember Charley Balew getting his lower legs blown away by a mortar. He lives in Ft. Smith, Arkansas and since that isn't too far from Texarkana, TX, I hope to see him some time soon.

Semper Fi Brothers,
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Re: Hotel Company on 4-16-66

Postby andyjam » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:41 am

I remeber that day myself I was the CO radioman and Cripe took my place in 3rd plt or it would have been me that night with Battista
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