The Battles

A Mixture of PERSONAL ACCOUNTS and OFFICIAL ARMY RECORDS

15 March 1966 "First Battle"

Commanders Analysis: Special Thanks to Tony Bisantz, then Commanding Officer of Alpha Co, for this report. "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 Task Force.

15 March 1966

VUA: Recommendation for the Valorous Unit Award for A Co, 1/35th Inf.  The men of Alfa Co fought courageously against a superior enemy force. In so doing she won the Valorous Unit Award. Includes Battle schematic and analysis.

 

Valorous Unit Award A Co 1-35th

Ace of Spades. How it came to signify C Co, 2/35th    

LZ 10 ALFA and the Award of the Presidential Unit Citation: On 28-29 May 1966 Bravo Company 2/35th conducted a combat assault into LZ 10Alfa. 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.

LZ 10 Alfa-Col. Wallace Narrative

Compilation with Maps, Photos and Accounts of those who were there. Includes the background to the battle that was to take place.

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.

LZ 10 Alfa - Personal Remembrances

Accounts from the men who were there, on the ground and fighting to keep each other alive.

Presidential Unit Citations for participation in the Battle at LZ 10 Alfa

Recommendation for PUC Co A 1/35th   PUC Alpha 1/35th Recommendation for PUC Co B 2/35th PUC Bravo 2/35th
19 June 1966

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.

7 July 1966

"Stars and Stripes Reporter Grabs a Gun" An article by Gary Cooper while embedded with Charlie Company 1/35th.

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

LZ 36J - At the beginning of Operation Paul Revere II, Company A, C, and Recon Platoon, 2/35th, 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.

 

Valorous Unit Award: Alpha Co 2/35th

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

While the 2/35th was near the Cambodian border in early 1967, the 1/35th Infantry was participating in OP Pershing on the eastern coast of Vietnam. Recon 1/35th was in a fight for their life.

6 March 1967

The Battle at Hoa Tan: B Co, 1/35th Infantry, in OP Pershing, became heavily involved in the battle at Hoa Tan. Before it was over, the entire Battalion had been moved into positions to surround the village.

12 March 1967: A Compilation

This account is a compilation of observations from those who were there, daily journal entries, the After Action Report and news articles. The battle involved all three companies of the 2/35th and is one of the defining battles of 1967.

12 March 1967

C Company commander, Cpt. Ron "Rick" Rykowski prepared this report of the actions. Detailed with his maps of the day's actions.

12 March 1967

A Pacific Medic Dies... Account from a reporter who interviewed soldiers immediately after the battle.

21 March 1967: A Compilation

Again, this is a compilation of the 21 March, 1967 battle. Included area maps, photos from those who were there, and accounts taken from not only the After Action Report but from the perspective of those directly involved.

"One-Niner" 21-22 March 1967

2/35th This is the official After Action Report as transcribed by Dave Butters who as the Operations Sergeant for the 2/35th when this battle took place. He named the battle for the RTO, "One Niner Seirra", who was KIA during the fight.

21-22 March 1967

This is the account of Maj. Ben Crosby, the Battalion XO at the time. LTC Granger and the battalion command group choppered into the area of the fighting in the attempt to link up with Charlie Company.

From April of 1967 through much of the remainder of the year, the 3d Brigade Task Force operated in the coastal lowlands and surrounding hills of Quang Ngai Province in southern I Corps. The province had been a sanctuary for Communists and Communist sympathizers, who were estimated to be 80% of the population. The units of the Task Force would go on to win the Valorous Unit Award for its efforts, from 22 April to 20 August, 1967, in driving the enemy from its strongholds and hiding places. A feat no prior unit had been able to achieve. The following are the After Action Reports (AAR) and excerpts (VUA) from the recommendation for the Valorous Unit Award.

16 April 1967

AAR: 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.

3D Brigade Task Force Operations

VUA: Operations Report for the period 22 April to 20 August 1967, including AO Map and Enemy Location Map

 

22-23 April 1967

VUA: Battle of Thiep Son 2 expanded from the initial contact by C Company, 1/35th to include B Co and Recon.

12 May 1967

AAR: 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

VUA: Battle of Nga Man began with contact by Recon, 1/35th. It soon became evident that an estimated battalion size force was involved. A Co and B Co, 1/35th, along with B Co 2/35th and an element of the Blue Team, 1-9th Cav, were inserted to surround the enemy.

19-20 May 1967

AAR: 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.

19-20 May 1967

VUA: The Battle of Vien Hien including battle maps and assessment taken from the VUA recommendation. Includes battle maps.

22-23 May 1967

VUA: The Battle at Dien Truong 4 began with A Co 1/35th in pursuit of the 22nd NVA Regiment.  Once it was recognized that they were opposed by a battalion size force, additional units were brought in. B Co and C Co(-), 1/35th, along with the 1/9th Cav, the 3/4th Cav and B Co, 2/35th surrounded the enemy. When the fighting ended, the 7th Bn, 22d NVA Regiment had been destroyed.

27-30 May 1967

AAR: 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.

27-30 May 1967

VUA: The Battle at Tan Phong as excerpted from the recommendation for the Valorous Unit Award. Includes maps and battle assessments.

21-22 June 1967

VUA: The Battle at Red Hill involved A Co(-) 1/14th, A Co, 2/35th and Recon, 2/35th. Following reports of a large VC presence, the maneuver elements were Combat Assaulted (Helo) to positions surrounding the area. A Co came immediately under attack.

15 July 1967

AAR: Major Gerold Tippin's account of "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.

15 July 1967

VUA: Charlie Company, 1/35th proved the worth of their skill and training in defeating an entrenched enemy. Battle maps and assessment included.

8 August 1967

AAR: The Battle of An Ba occurred far in the northern section of the Task Force's AO. Following intelligence reports of a large VC force in the area, A Co, C Co and Recon, 2/35th were inserted and soon found the enemy trying to elude to the north. To further close the encirclement, A Co, 1/14th was later inserted to the west.

8 August 1967

VUA: The Battle at An Ba is depicted in narrative and maps as included in the recommendation for the VUA. When it concluded, 65 enemy had been KIA.

20 August 1967

AAR: The Battle at An Thach - A Battle of Tanks, C/2/34th Armor, and Infantry, Recon 2/35th, working together. To complete the encirclement, B Co, 2/35th moved in from the north by foot, and A Co, 2/35th was inserted to the southwest.

20 August 1967

NEWS: Maj. Ben Crosby's article from Armor Magazine about the battle "5-Zero Yankee"

20 August 1967

VUA: The Battle at An Thach is the last battle included in the recommendation for the VUA for the 3d Bde Task Force. The enemy was forced into the hills and denied its previous access to the rich rice farmlands. Quang Ngai Province was now in the control of US Forces.

  VALOROUS UNIT AWARD   1ST BN, 35TH INFANTRY AND 2D BN, 35TH INFANTRY

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

1 Nov 67-30 Apr 68

Full text of Meritorious Unit Commendation recommendation - 2/35th Includes AO maps and a daily synopsis of events for this period. A very good overview of six months in the life of a grunt.