35th Infantry Regiment - Vietnam

I am continuing to update each report with photos and information from our 35th Infantry Regiment members.

I hope you come back often and check for updates. Jim Anderson Bravo 2/35th 1967-68

The Battles

A Mixture of PERSONAL ACCOUNTS and OFFICIAL ARMY RECORDS

15 March 1966 "First Battle"  

Valorous Unit Award Alpha Co 1-35th

"First Battle" 15 March 1966 Alfa Co. 1/35th Infantry was involved in not only its first major battle, but the first major battle of the 3d Brigade TF. The men of Alfa Co fought courageously against a superior enemy force. In so doing she won the Valorous Unit Award. Special Thanks to Tony Bisantz, then Commanding Officer of Alpha Co, for this report.
28-29 May 1966 - LZ 10 Alfa

Col. Wallace Narrative

On 28-29 May 1966 Bravo Company 2/35th conducted a combat assault into LZ 10Alpha. In the afternoon Alpha Company 1/35th was lifted in to reinforce. The two companies fought for their lives against the 66th NVA Regiment. This account of the days leading up to this defining battle, and the battle itself, combines official reports with the personal recollections of the men who were there. Actions that won Presidential Unit Citations for Bravo Co 2/35th and Alpha Co 1/35th.
28-29 May 1966 LZ 10 Alfa - Capt. Bisantz The fight at LZ 10 Alfa was of such significance it was used in training courses at the US Army Infantry School, FT Benning, GA.
28-29 May 1966 LZ 10 Alfa - Personal Remembrances Accounts from the men who were there, on the ground and fighting to keep each other alive.
PUC Bravo 2/35th          PUC Alpha 1/35th Presidential Unit Citations for participation in the battle at LZ 10 Alfa
19 June 1966 - Action leading to the Award of the MOH to Ron Ray Account by Dick Arnold of the actions of Ron Ray, Company A 2/35th leading to the award of the Medal of Honor. Then Lt. Ronald Eric Ray's MOH citation follows.
24 June1966 - Mike Kellermeyer Narrative Recon 1/35th got into a hellish fight near the Cambodian border. This account is from Mike Kellermeyer, who was the 4.2" Mortar Platoon FO attached to Recon. Alfa Co. was flown in to help out Recon and Charlie Co. was brought in as a blocking force with a platoon from C Troop 3/4th Cav.
24 June 1966 - Ed Hill Narrative Ed Hill was a Rifleman with Recon 1/35th. This is his account of Recon, with only about 30 men, fighting for survival against a superior North Vietnamese force. before it was over almost the entirety of recon was either KIA or WIA.
3 July 1966 Tom Giorgi 3d Platoon, Bravo Company 1/35th were caught in a horrific fight in the Ia Drang River valley in 1966. This account is from Thomas Giorgi, one of the many wounded that day. Before it was over 19 Cacti had lost their lives.
31 July 1966 Company A, 2/35th, while on an assignment to assess the results of an arc light mission (B-52 Airstrike), made contact with an estimated battalion size force in the Ia Drang Valley in Kontum Province west of Pleiku. This account was excerpted from the Annual Historical Supplement for 1966.  This action took place at the end of Operation Paul Revere I.
2 August 1966

VUA Alpha Co 2/35th

LZ 36J - At the beginning of Operation Paul Revere II, Company A, C, and Recon Platoon went back to the area of contact from 31 July, 1966. The battalion had just moved to LZ 36J. For its actions that day, Alpha Co was awarded the Valorous Unit Award, a copy of which is included in the report.
27 October 1966 On 27 Oct 1966, during Operation Paul Revere IV, Company B, 2/35th,  was patrolling near the battalion CP when it became involved with the NVA.
28 October 1966 On 28 Oct 1966, as part of Operation Paul Revere IV, Company C, 2/35th was attacked by an estimated two companies of NVA.  Withstanding attack after attack, this is the story of that day

1 March 1967

1/35th OP Pershing

6 March 1967

1/35th OP Pershing

12 March 1967

Rykowski
11-12 Mar 1967 A Pacific Medic Dies... Account from a reporter who interviewed soldiers immediately after the battle

21-22 March 1967

2/35th One Niner

21-22 March 1967

2/35th Crosby

16 April 1967

The 35th Infantry had just arrived at the Duc Pho area. It didn't take very long to be welcomed by the VC. Battle at Thach Thang. Blue Team 1/9th Cav, A and C Companies 2/35th.

12 May 1967

Further welcoming the 3d Brigade and the 35th Infantry Regiment to the communist stronghold around Duc Pho,  the 2/35th's FSB at LZ Liz came under mortar attack on 12 May.

19-20 May 1967

The battle of Vien Hien is named for the villages in which it was fought. This fight covered two days of intense fighting by A and C Companies 2/35th along with APCs from the 3/4th Cav. At battle's end 89 VC had been killed, but at the expense of six 35th Infantry and two 3/4th Cav Troops KIA.

27-30 May 1967

The battle of Tan Phong stretched over a three day period. The Blue Team from 1/9th Cav initially fought to survive an NVA onslaught. C Troop 3-4th Cav (APCs) with Recon 2/35th were brought into the fight. Later Bravo Co. 2/35th joined in a sweep that put the enemy on the run. But not for long. Set up in ambushes located to the west, 3B's ambush came under heavy mortar attack and assault, with the NVA breaching the perimeter.
7 July 1966 "Stars and Stripes Reporter Grabs a Gun" An article by Gary Cooper while embedded with Charlie Company 1/35th

15 July 1967

"Chargin' Charlies' Charge" Outside of artillery range and in jungle too deep and dense for gunship support Charlie Company 1/35th had no other option. Forming online they charged through the enemy positions

8 August 1967

An Ba

20 August 1967

An Thach - A Battle of Tanks and Infantry working together

20 August 1967

Maj. Ben Crosby article from Armor magazine about the battle "5-Zero Yankee"

9 October 1967

Dick Arnold - Tim Peters 1/35th

13-14 November 1967

1/35th Dick Arnold

2 Feb 1968

1/35th Dick Arnold

4 Apr 1968

1/35th Dick Beal, CO A Co on actions at LZ Mile High

6 Mar 1969

1/35th Joel Mayne and David Fogg
 
Operational Reports and Lessons Learned 1966-1970
History of the 35th Infantry Regiment Colonel James Erickson, Commander
Operation 'Blue Light' Col. Everette Stoutner (Retired) - Brigade Commander during this historic move of troops and equipment
Annual Historical Supplement 2/35th 1966 Operation Taylor, Garfield, Longfellow, Paul Revere Phases I, II, III and IV
25 Mar to 7 Apr 1966 After Action Report  - Operation Lincoln 3d Brigade Task Force - Original Copy
17 Apr to 1 May 1966 After Action Report - Operation Longfellow 3d Brigade Task Force - Original Copy
1 May to 31 July 1966 Operational Report and Lessons Learned - 3d Brigade Task Force - Original Copy
1 Aug to 31 Oct 1966 Operational Report and Lessons Learned - 3d Brigade Task Force - Original Copy - Poor Quality
1 Aug to 31 Oct 1966 Transcribed Operational Report and Lessons Learned (Edited) - 3d Brigade Task Force.
Lessons Learned - Nov 1966 to Sept 1967 Maj Garold Tippin - The report covers both 1st and 2d Battalions. Submitted by Ron Leonard - 25th Aviation

1967 Annual Historical Supplement 1/35th

1st Battalion 35th Infantry synopsis of the actions of the Cacti Green in 1967 LTC William Taylor Commanding

1967 Annual Historical Supplement 2/35th

2d Battalion 35th Infantry report of the Cacti Blue's actions in 1967 LTC William Livsey Commanding

1 Nov 1966-31Feb 1967 Original Copy

AAR Operation Paul Revere IV, Road Security, Thayer II - 3d Brigade Task Force

3 Jan-12 Feb Original Copy

AAR Operation Thayer II - 3d Brigade Task Force

12 Feb-19Apr 1967 Original Copy

AAR Operation Pershing - 3d Brigade Task Force

1 Jan-31 Mar 1967

AAR Operation Sam Houston - 2/35th

1 Feb-30 Apr 1967 Original Copy

AAR Thayer II, Pershing, LeJeune, Baker - 3d Brigade Task Force

16 Apr 1967 Original Copy

AAR Operation LeJeune - 2/35th

19-22 Apr 1967 Original Copy

AAR Operation LeJeune - 3d Brigade Task Force

6-22 Apr 1967 Original Copy

AAR Operation Lejeune - 1st Cav Division

1 May-31 Jul 1967

AAR Operation Baker - 2/35th

1 Aug-31 Oct 1967   and   Original Copy

AAR Operation Baker - 2/35th

1 Nov 67-31 Jan 68

AAR Operation Baker -  3d Brigade

1 Nov 67-31 Apr 68

Full text of Meritorious Unit Citation recommendation - 2/35th

1 Feb-30 Apr 68

AAR Operation Wheeler/Wallowa and Operation Patrick - 3d Brigade

1 May-31 Jul 68

ORLL Operation Mac Arthur - 4th Division (edited for 1/35th and 2/35th)

1 Aug-31 Oct 68

ORLL Operation Mac Arthur - 4th Division

68-70

Public Information Office 1/35th Pamphlet

6-13 May 1970

AAR Operation Binh Tay I- 2/35th

13 May 1970

Helo Crash - 2/35th

21 May-28 June 1970

AAR Operation Putnam Paragon - 2/35th

28 Jun-14 Jul 1970

AAR Operation Wayne Fast - 2/35th

14 July

LZ Welch to LZ Abbey - 2/35th

17-27 Jul 1970

AAR Operation Wayne Span - 2/35th

29 Jul-27 Aug 1970

AAR Operation Wayne Pierce - 2/35th

27 Aug-7 Sep 1970

Stand Down at Camp Radcliff

8 Sep-1 Oct 1970

AAR Operation Wayne Force - 2/35th

5-12 Oct 1970

AAR Operation Putnam Paragon - 2/35th The last Operation of the 35th Infantry in Vietnam
 

News Articles from Various ARMY Publications

Jan-Apr 1966

May-1966

June 1966

Jan-Mar 1967

Apr-Jun 1967

Jul-Dec 1967

Jan-Mar 1968

Aug 1968

Sep-Dec 1968

Borris DSC Presentation 1968

PUC & Cross of Gallantry Presentation 1968

Escape and Evasion - Five Accounts

Remember When by Bob Maves

Lt X - An NVA's Story

MOH Presentation - Koropczic

Jan-1969

Feb-1969

Mar-1969

Apr-1969

May-1969

Jun-1969

Jul-1969

1970

KIA Study by Dick Arnold

   
Books, Book Excerpts, Source Materials
"Stemming the Tide" by John M Carland Chapter 11 covering the early Operations of the 3d Brigade. This excerpt was submitted by Marshall Jackson. The account is an excellent telling of the 3d Brigade's early contributions to the fight for the Central Highlands.  A very good read, full of detail of the overall actions taking place when Col Everette Stoutner commanded.
"Come the Foxes" On 28 Oct 1966, Company C, 2/35th was repeatedly attacked by two companies of NVA. This account was excerpted from the book West to Cambodia by S. L. A. Marshall. Captivating reading for everyone, whether you were there or not. A must read book for those who served in the Central Highlands in 1966.
"3d Brigade Task Force" Yearbook - 1966 The 3d Brigade Task Force set a new record of continuous days in combat with the completion of Operations Paul Revere phases I to IV. From May 10 to Dec 26 the Brigade completed 230 days of continuous combat, a feat breaking the old record of 165 days set by the 25th Infantry Division in WWII in the Philippines.
"4th Infantry Division" Vietnam Yearbook - 1966 "Faces of the Famous Fighting Fourth - Vietnam. This book covers all units of the 4th Division involved in its massive 12,000 square mile Area of Operations in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. New arrivals to the Division would have  received this book as an introduction to the Division's operations.