Just A Little Walk In The Woods


This page is dedicated to the following Delta Raiders who were Killed in Action during the battle for Hill 805 in July of 1970.

 

David Robert Beyl 7/18/70

Paul Gerald Guimond 7/14/70

James Thomas Hembree 7/14/70

William E. Jones 7/14/70

John Lay Keister 7/14/70

Jay Allen Muncey 7/28/70

Terry Allan Palm 7/14/70

William David Rollason 7/18/70

Gary Lee Schneider 7/15/70

Keith Edward Utter 7/14/70

Wilfred Wesley Warner 7/23/70

 

They are not forgotten


The following information was taken from official radio transmissions, log records and after action reports documented during the battle for Hill 805.

July 1970, the mountains west of Hue.

July 1-11, 1970

For the first 11 days of July, Delta Company operated in the vicinity of FB O'Reilly without any contact or notable incidents.

July 12, 1970

0755H Delta CA'd from YD344270 to YD357196, complete at 0835H. The Company moved by land to Hill 805 (YD362188) which they assaulted without opposition and established a defensive perimeter around the crown of the hill. This would be the beginning of what would be known as the battle of Hill 805, one of the many July engagements by units of the 3rd Brigade in the area around FB Ripcord.

2122H (YD362188- Hill 805, 1.5-2 KM SE of FB Ripcord) Delta received 30-40 RPG rounds and small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force 250m Northeast of their position. Delta returned organic weapons fire and the enemy withdrew in an unknown direction. The brunt of the attack was received by the 2nd PLT sector of the perimeter, which faced a trail along a ridge line leading up to the hill. 81mm mortars, ARA, air strikes, and a flareship were employed. A first light check of the area was made.

Results: 13 US WIA (3 medevaced to Camp Evans shortly after contact and 10 evacuated to Camp Evans the following morning including Barry L. Barnes, Jackie L. Brumbelow, Keith A Cluff, Larry Ertel, Willie J. Lewis, James L. Poulard and Carl E. Robinson).

July 13, 1970

0815H Hill 805: During a sweep of yesterdays contact area Delta discovered 4 RPGs with boosters lying in the open and indications of enemy activity in the area within the last 24 hours. Results: destroyed.

July 14, 1970

0102H Hill 805: Delta received a heavy volume of RPGs, satchel charges and small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force 20m Northwest of their position. The brunt of the attack was received by the 1st PLT sector of the perimeter which faced an LZ with a saddle in between. The element returned organic weapons fire and the enemy withdrew in an unknown direction (0203H approximately one hour after initial contact, but not before heavy casualties were inflicted upon 1st PLT. Men from both 2nd and 3rd PLT's were moved around the perimeter to assist the embattled 1st PLT).

A medevac was completed for 2 men (Paul "Rat" Guimond and Denny Belt) at 0353H. Guimond was dead on arrival at Camp Evans. A medevac was also completed at 0426H for 1 man (Jack L. Godwin) who had a foot blown off by a satchel charge. Another Medivac was completed for 1 man (Rodney "Nose" Collins) at 0753H, and then for another 6 men (Joseph A Adams, Bruce "Tony" Chandler, Terry Cooper, Warren R. Hanrahan, David L. Weaver, and Bobby G. Hill) at 0945H. Airstrikes, flareship, ARA, artillery, Quad 50 (on FB Ripcord) and 81mm mortars were employed.

A first light check on the area revealed 5 NVA KIA, 1 RPG launcher, 4 RPGs, 1 AK-47 and a bag containing 10 1|2 LB satchel charges. There were no indications of the enemy unit on the KIA clothing. There were also numerous signs of blood trails leading from the area.

Results 6 US KIA (Paul G. "Rat" Guimond, William E. Jones, John L. "Red" Keister, James T. Hembree (2nd PLT SGT), 1Lt Terry A Palm (1st PLT Leader) and Keith E. Utter; 9 US WIA (E: Denny Belt, Jack L. Goodwin, Rodney Collins, Joseph A. Adams, Bruce Chandler, Terry Cooper, Warren R. Hanrahan, David L. Weaver and Bobby G. Hill); 6 US WIA (M).

1330H 1Lt Ralph Selvaggi (Delta XO) along with 12 men (including 7 cherries) reinforced Delta- which had 29 men extracted from the field during the previous two days; with 1Lt Selvaggi assigned as the new PLT Leader of 1st PLT, succeeding 1 Lt Terry Palm (KIA).

1438H an airstrike was completed for Delta at YD363180 and YD363176.

1525H An airstrike was completed for Delta at YD348177.

2253H Hill 805; Delta received an unknown number of RPGs, satchel charges and small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force 20M to the South and Southeast of their position. The element returned organic weapons fire and the enemy withdrew in an unknown direction. 81mm mortars, artillery (105 & 155), ARA, Quad 50 and flareships were employed.

July 15, 1970

0159H Hill 805: Delta received 37 82mm mortar rounds which impacted all around their position. 81mm mortars and artillery were employed on suspected enemy locations YDYD348190 and YD355221.

0357H Hill 805; Delta observed 3 trip flares ignite 15m West of their position. The element employed organic weapons fire and artillery was employed to the West of their position. A first light check of the area revealed indications that numerous bodies had been dragged through the area. Also located were a wallet containing miscellaneous documents and photos, miscellaneous clothing with no indications of enemy unit, 2 first aid packs and a bloody trail leading Southwest. The element followed the blood trail until it ran out. Results: 1 US KIA (Gary Lee Schneider), 1 US WIA (E), documents evacuated, rest destroyed.

1208H Delta requested medevac for one man (James Plenderleith) wounded previous night, believed to have collapsed lung, medevac completed at 1245H.

1525H A logbird resupplying Delta had a power failure on LZ YD360188 (directly facing the 1st PLT sector on Hill 805). The bird was secured by 1st PLT. At 1545H, while attempting to extract the logbird, a CH-47 (Varsity 549) received a heavy volume of fire, but the extraction failed because the strap broke. All radios were removed from the aircraft. The pilot crew was evacuated but the door gunners spent the night with Delta on Hill 805.

1845H Hill 805: Delta received 3 82mm mortar rounds from an unknown enemy location impacting 40m West of their position with negative results.

July 16, 1970

0246H Hill 805: Delta observed a trip flare ignite to the East of their position and heard their mechanical ambush detonate to the West of their position. Delta engaged the area with organic weapons fire and immediately received 30 RPGs, an unknown number of satchel charges and small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force 50m West, South, Southeast and Southwest of their position. The element returned fire with organic weapons, artillery, 81mm mortars, ARA, Stinger and Skyspots. Flareships and basketball were also employed throughout the period of contact. The contact terminated at 0304H with negative US casualties.

0317H Hill 805: Delta observed an unknown size enemy force 250m North of their position moving towards their location. The element engaged the enemy with organic weapons fire and AFA. The enemy did not return fire and withdrew in an unknown direction.

0413H Hill 805: Delta heard a mechanical ambush detonate to the North of their position and engaged the area with organic weapons fire. There was no return fire and at first light a check of the area was made revealing 2 NVA KIA by mortars, 2 AK-47s, 5 full AK-47 magazines , 2 pouches containing 5 1/2 LB satchel charges each, 50 AK-47 rounds in a leather pouch, 1 knife, 5 Chicom grenades and 4 bottles of an unknown type liquid. Results: 2 NVA KIA.

0710H (YD360188- LZ facing 1st PLT sector of Hill 805) 1st PLT secured the downed logbird from a distance because it appeared that the aircraft had been tampered with overnight, a rope previously put to secure the rotor blade had been removed and a small compartment in the bird had been opened.

0715H A Pink Team was put on station for Delta.

2031H Hill 805: Delta engaged suspected enemy movement with organic weapons fire 100m Southeast of their position. ARA was employed and a first light check of the area was made with negative results.

2055H Col. Lucas (CO of 2/506 on FB Ripcord) reported that they had intercepted a NVA radio transmission. A Kit Carson scout translated saying the NVA were massing for an attack on Hill 805.

2353H Delta observed their mechanical ambush detonate 150m to the West of their position. Artillery and 81mm mortars were employed on the suspected enemy position. A first light check of the area was made with negative results.

Weather note for July 16 in the 101st AO:

Temperature: Max. 105 Min. 80, Humidity: Max. 85% Min. 45%

Winds gusting to 40 knots in the mountains.

July 17, 1970

0006H Hill 805: Delta observed suspected enemy movement to the West and North of their position. ARA, artillery and 81mm mortars were employed. A first light check of the area was made with negative results.

0230H Hill 805: Delta observed their mechanical ambush and trip flare detonate on the West side of their perimeter. The element engaged the area with organic weapons fire. The enemy returned satchel charges and small arms fire and withdrew in an unknown direction. ARA and artillery was employed. A first light check of the area was made with negative results.

1630H Delta minus 2nd PLT moved off of Hill 805 to the North, crossing LZ360188 (facing the hill), after the Company consolidated all that was left on the hill and piled it on top of the hill. 2nd PLT was temporarily left on the hill to destroy what was left while the remainder of Delta waited for them 30m Northwest of LZ360188. While Delta was waiting for 2nd PLT to rejoin the Company a Kit Carson Scout (attached to 3rd PLT) sitting near the center of delta's perimeter, either killed himself by pulling the pin on a hand grenade or accidentally discharged a hand grenade. The company engaged their perimeter with organic weapons fire thinking they had received an enemy mortar round.

Two men were medevaced (David Beyl and Wilfred Warner, who later died of their wounds from the grenade) and 3 other wounded men (Mike Cooksley {1st PLT SGT}, Drew Gaster and Ron Grubidt) were taken out by a loach from the nearby LZ.

1700H YD360188- LZ facing Hill 805: While descending a ladder over the LZ facing Hill 805, a sensor team and the aircraft took fire. The sensor and equipment were dropped in but 1 man fell from the ladder breaking a foot. Permission was requested to abort the mission due to the time required in moving them to a NDP site. The injured man was evacuated. The pilot did not have commo with Delta, the closest ground unit and did not ask for smoke.

1830H: Delta moved to YD358190 where they established their NDP.

Results: 2 US KIA (David R. Beyl and Wilfred W. Warner), 3 US WIA (E: Mike Cooksley, Drew Gaster, Ron Grubidt), and 4 US WIA (M)

July 18, 1970

0700H After moving from YD358190, Delta moved by air from YD353192 to Camp Evans, with the last 3 or 4 birds taking enemy fire on leaving the LZ. Delta was then moved by truck from Camp Evans to Phu Bai and during the afternoon by truck from Phu Bai to Eagle Beach for standdown.

Later in the day during the afternoon, FB Ripcord suffered a crippling blow when a CH-47 (Chinook), in logistic support on the firebase, was shot down by enemy ground fire and crashed on the 105mm ammunition storage areas, causing a major fire and extensive damage. There was 1 US KIA (William D. Rollason, formerly of Delta) and 4 US WIA.

July 19 and 20, 1970

Delta on standdown at Eagle Beach.

July 21-23, 1970

Delta at Phu Bai for refresher training.

July 23, 1970

FB Ripcord was evacuated by the 2/506 and 3rd BDE.

July 24, 1970

Delta moved by air from Phu Bai to Camp Evans, where they stayed overnight.

July 25, 1970

Delta CA'd from Camp Evans to YD405234.


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