1967

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1967

Postby willie » Thu May 19, 2016 7:28 pm

Around this time in 1967, actually closer to May 15th, Edho left Khe Sahn. Can't really remember if we trucked out of there, I know we didn't fly out. We spent two weeks there patrolling the surrounding area and hills. Not a great base to be at especially considering what happened in early March of that same year.
Seems odd now that Echo was the only company sent there from the 2nd Battalion.
Some rough times for 2/9 in 1967. Besides Khe Sahn, Kingfisher, Con Thien, Dong Ha.
I'm sure there was other places that were just as bad.
Maybe my bud Joe will fill in the rest. Or any of you other grunts with better memories.
I had an appointment at the Long Beach VA today. Maybe that sparked my flashbacks.
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Re: 1967

Postby Doug Goodin » Tue May 24, 2016 3:11 pm

Willie,

I believe you answered your own question...if you know we didn't fly out and I know we didn't take the train (ha ha) then we had to be trucked out...right??

We actually left on May 13th by convoy back to Dong Ha. It was the second time Echo left Khe Sanh by convoy. After our encounter on March 16th we left Khe Sanh on March 27th returning to Dong Ha on the return trip of the first "Rough Rider" convoy to arrive at Khe Sanh in nearly two years. In May 1967 first platoon spent the entire 13 days on 861 running squad size patrols and ambushes. Don't really know what 2nd and 3rd platoon did while they were at the base. We left Khe Sanh after Hill 881-N was secured by 2/3 on May 12th. As you may recall that period from April 25th to May 12th was called The First Battle of Khe Sanh and/or The Hill Fights...

Yes, to my knowledge Echo Co. was the only company from 2/9 that served at Khe Sanh. Several companies from 1/9 and 3/9 were deployed during The Hill Fights. During The Second Battle of Khe Sanh - The Siege Jan - April 1968, the entire first battalion of the 9th Marines was deployed at Khe Sanh. In June of 1968, after The Siege, 3/9 was deployed to Khe Sanh to dismantle the base after it was decided by the "command brain trust" to abandon the air strip. Third Battalion, 9th Marines received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for OPERATION CHARLIE - The Dismantling of the Khe Sanh Combat Base from 17Jun to 6Jul 1968. As you may imagine, it wasn't easy to dismantle the base destroying your cover while you were still being pounded by the enemy still present in the surrounding hills.

Good to hear from you - Hope all is well - Take care.
Semper Fi.
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Re: 1967

Postby Babysohn » Sun May 29, 2016 11:47 am

And if I remember right, we went into Khe Sahn on May 1 1967. It was my 19th birthday when we hit the runway!
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Re: 1967

Postby Doug Goodin » Mon May 30, 2016 10:52 am

Yes we did...spent my 20th on Hill 861 - May 7th.
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Re: 1967

Postby Fasst1 » Mon May 30, 2016 11:34 am

Doug,
I remember the shock of seeing those bunkers on top of 861 when we went back up that stinking hill on 861 on 01 May. It would have taken a direct hit by a 500 or 1,000 lb bomb to penetrate them. It made me realize how deep in the shit we really were in March! One of the guys from the company that came up the hill later in the day told me at last year's reunion that the morning of the 17th of March they were scorching their way back to the combat base, literally. Gooks were after them all the way and they set the jungle and elephant grass on fire as they went. That's how they escaped probable extreme casualties. I never knew that or heard of it before last year.

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Re: 1967

Postby itslegit2 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:48 am

rest of 2/9 was at Camp Chinook or Op Shawnee. We were packed to go to Okinawa to refit. Bn. came in from Shawnee, next morning got on trucks not to Okinawa but to Dong Ha, didn't even get off truck, and we moved out for Operation Hickory.
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