Just A Little Walk In The Woods

with the Delta Raiders

Company D, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)


Below are the actual Battalion Daily Journal entries of radio transmissions that were documented during the April 15 and 16 contact. 

INCLOSURE #6 ITEM #58

BN DAILY JOURNAL

APRIL 15, 1971

1848 - VIC 583010, D/CO IN CONTACT. 575011 D/CO LOC. REQUEST ARA. S-3 REQUESTS C&C BY LZ. ENEMY BETWEEN D/CO & LZ

1850 - REQUEST ARA AND C&C FROM BDE.

1855 - HAVE RECEIVED S.A. & RPG. MAY HAVE WIA'S.

1858 - D/CO IS PULLING BACK. 2 WIA SERIOUS. WILL HAVE TROUBLE PULLING THEM BACK.

1859 - ARTY. FIRST SHOT.

1900 - WILL RECEIVE LOH E.T.A. ARA 10 MIN. 1 WIA WALKING. 1 HAS TO BE CARRIED.

1901 - STILL RECEIVING FIRE.

1902 - 3 WALKING WOUNDED. 2 NOT SURE OF.

1903 - ARA WILL BE BOBCAT. C&C WILL BE LOH FIRST. UH1-H WILL BE 15 MIN. E.T.A.

1905 - 83K - 83D ARA COBRAS

1909 - 6 WIA RPG & S.A. STILL TRYING TO LAY DOWN A BASE OF FIRE SO CAN RETRIEVE WIA'S.

1910 - REQUESTED NIGHT HAWK - FLARE SHIPS & MEDIVAC BE ON CALL.

1912 - STANDING BY AT THIS LOCATION.

1912 - REQUEST NIGHT HAWK & FLARE SHIP SET DOWN AT THIS LOC (BASTOGNE).

1915 - 7 WIA. BETTER LUCK PULLING WIA'S BACK. STILL EXCHANGING S.A. FIRE. RPG ON RIDGE LINE OBSER BY 22"O".

1916 - C&C 05 E.T.A. LOH. BATMAN 41.

1918 - MEDIVAC STANDING BY; JUST CALL!

1922 - 83K & 83D ON STATION ARA COBRAS.

1923 - FLARE SHIP MIGHT HAVE TO STAND BY AT EAGLE. NIGHT HAWK SHOULD BE LAUNCHED.

1925 - ARTY CHECK FIRE.

1925 - REQUESTED MEDIVAC.

1930 - REQUEST ILLUMINATION. - ARTY.

1930 - MEDIVAC TO COME TO BASTOGNE. DUSTOFF 93 E.T.A. 15 MIN.

1932 - ONE MAN STOPPED BREATHING WERE ABLE TO REVIVE HIM.

1933 - NIGHT HAWK APPROVED NOT SURE OF FLARE SHIP.

1934 - CARDS 15 ARE GUNS FOR MEDIVAC E.T.A. 15.

1940 - 03 OUT C&C UH1-H.

1944 - MEDIVAC E.T.A. 10 TO 15

1944 - NIGHT HAWK LAUNCHED

1944 - ILLUM SHOT

1950 - BN CO: REQUESTS ARTY H.E. AGAIN. ARA CAN'T WORK.

1952 - FLARE SHIP E.T.A. 10 MIN.

1953 - NIGHT HAWK ON STATION

1955 - NIGHT HAWK O&I CALL SIGN - SUPPER SLICK.

1959 - FLARE SHIP BOSS 18 ON STATION 2005

2001 - MEDIVAC HAS OTHERS FOLLOWING. DUSTOFF 93 HAS TALKED TO D/CO ON STATION

2006 - REQUEST TO SHUT OFF H.E.

2007 - POSSIBLE 2 KIA.

2009 - BASKET BALL REQUESTED TO BE ON STANDBY.

2012 - 2 KIA ABOUT 20 WIA 2 MEN COULDN'T FIND

2017 - S-3 SAYS LAUNCH BASKET BALL.

2018 - TOLD BDE TO LAUNCH BASKET BALL. WILL RECEIVE A STINGER WITH FLARES, NOT BASKET BALL. "STINGER" CAN BE ON STATION FOR 3 HRS.

2025 - MEDIVAC ON BASTOGNE 3 LAUNCHED 2 STANDING BY

2026 - REQUEST CONSTANT ILLUM ALL NIGHT

2027 - STILL TAKING S.A. FIRE 150 N.W. OF D/CO ENEMY FIRE. MEDIVAC TAKES FIRE EVERY TIME IT GOES IN

2030 - SHADOW E.T.A. 45 M. STATION TIME 4 HRS BILK E.T.A 45 M.

2031 - ANOTHER FLARE SHIP LAUNCHED AT THIS

2034 - NW 300 ENEMY LOC.

2037 - DUSTOFF PICKING UP ONE PACK BOARD. 85TH TOOK RPG. 913 ON STATION

2045 - REQUEST EMG RESUPPLY FOR 155 ILLUM.

2049 - 2/11 WAS NOTIFIED OF ARTY RESUPPLY BY BDE.

2052 - FLARE SHIPS FLARES WEREN'T GOING OFF

2051 - R.TB. REQUEST STANDBY GUNS FOR THE ONES ON STATION

2054 - REQUEST REFUEL POINT AT B'HAM BE OPENED

2052 - BATMAN 19 ON STATION

2100 - B'HAM IS OPEN AT THIS TIME.

2101 - REQUEST TWO MORE MEDIVAC FROM BDE.

2102 - DUSTOFF 93 ON STATION.

2104 - DUSTOFF 913 HAS EXTRACTED 1 PACK TO 85TH

2110 - 2 DUSTOFFS ENROUTE TO THIS LOC.

2115 - 61 ON STATION. SHADOW 61 C-119 - 4 MINI GUNS 7.62 W/WHITE LIGHT

2119 - P.O.L. AT B'HAM CLOSED 2150 IT WILL BE OPENED

2120 - 8 WIA & 4 KIA ON GROUND 2 HAVE BEEN MEDIVAC BDE NOTIFIED.

2129 - DUSTOFF 913 & 93 LEFT BASTOGNE TO GET 4 URGENTS 2 ON EACH SHIP.

2130 - REQUESTED FROM BDE ANOTHER FLARE SHIP TO BE ON STATION 15 MIN. ALSO ARA ON STATION. 10 MIN OUT

2140 - AT 2200 A UH1-H HUEY W/ALLUM WILL BE ON STATION ANOTHER FLARE SHIP (ETC) COMES ON

2144 - RESUPPLY OF 155 ILLUM DENIED

2145 - D/CO REPORTS A TUNNEL ENTER. FOUND. POSSIBLE VAST TUNNEL COMPLEX UNDER THE HILL D/CO IS NOW ON. BEL. ENGAGED BY REINFORCED CO. SIZE ELEMENT. THEY HAVE RECEIVED 60 MM - RPG'S & S.A. & M.G. SINCE CONTACT STARTED. LAST E. CONTACT OR FIRE WAS AT MEDIVAC SHIPS 2042 & 2050

2153 - BDE S-3 SAYS - BASKET BALL APPROVED BY CORP. 155 ILL. RESUPPLY APPROVED. DIV ARTY

2154 - MEDIVAC WENT IN TOOK S.A. & MORTAR FIRE GOT 1 PACK OUT. LOOKS LIKE ENEMY TRYING TO SURROUND D/CO.

2156 - BDE TOLD: 4 KIA. 3 US WIA MEDIVACED 5 LEFT ON GROUND

2159 - BASKET BALL WILL BE ON STATION AT 2230

2205 - BIRD TOOK TWO HITS (MEDIVAC) 913

2205 - BILK 26 ON STATION

2205 - 2 HOOK SORTIES OF ILLUM COMING OUT SHOULD GIVE ONE HOUR OF ILL.

2210 - REQUESTING A LOG BIRD TO COME TO REAR DRIVE ON PAD AND PICK UP J.14 & SOME 155 ILLUM.

2217 - NIGHT HAWKS NOT BEING USED REQUEST TO BE RELEASED. BN S-3 SAYS RELEASE THEM.

2219 - DUSTOFF 93 TOOK FIRE WAS HIT.

2220 - WE WILL RECEIVE 2 LOG BIRDS.

2221 - DUSTOFF STATION TAKES FIRE EVERY TIME IT COMES IN. TOOK 2 HITS KNOWN.

2222 - ENEMY FIRE RECEIVED FRM N.E., N.W., S., S.E.

2223 - BASKET BALL #804 ON STATION W/6HR ILLUM

2227 - FLARE SHIP REGARD 29 ON STATION DROPPING FLARES

2229 - SHADOW 61 OFF STATION

2238 - MEDIVAC TOOK 10-12 HITS NEAR FUEL 090 HEADING TOWARDS EAGLE. DUSTOFF 94 NO PACKS ON BOARD. BDE INFORMED.

2242 - BILK 23 RELEASED

2244 - REGARDS 29 RELEASED

2248 - 2 MISSING - KIA MAYBE D/CO C.O.

2250 - DUSTOFFS CANCELED. REQUEST FIRST LIGHT URGENT DUSTOFFS AND FIRST LIGHT C&C 0600

 

INCLOSURE #5 REF ITEM 58

2315 - COSEY 44 WILL BE ON STATION AT 0700 IN THE MORNING. REQUESTED BY VOINER 20

2330 - MSG TO BDE REQUEST GUNS WITH MEDIVACS TOMORROW AT 0600 HRS. WAITING FOR ANSWER

2345 - REQUESTED C&C (HUEY) BE AT BASTOGNE AT 0600 TOMORROW.

EVENTS IN TIME SEQUENCE INCLOSURE #5 ITEM #24

BN DAILY JOURNAL

APRIL 16, 1971

0630 - REQUEST ARC LIGHT, HEADING 285 DEGREES, IMPACT AREA 575012 TO 587010 TO COVER D/CO.

0630 - C&C IS INROUTE TO BASTOGNE WITH TRIPS 5 IS ON BOARD.

0645 - D/CO. REQUESTS BASKET MISSION FOR MEDIVAC, DUSTOFF 92 HAS BASKETS ABOARD.

0650 - DUSTOFF 92 GOING IN AT THIS TIME.

0655 - DUSTOFF 92 IN AND TAKING FIRE, 92 IS OUT OF LZ AND HEADING FOR BASTOGNE TO CHECK DAMAGE.

0700 - ARA GOING IN ON SEL EAST OF LZ

0705 - A/CO IS MOVING AT THIS TIME.

0709 - ARA (MUSIC 16) IS GOING OFF STATION TO REARM.

0710 - D/CO IS MOVING TO THE EAST WITH PATIENTS ON LITTERS.

0711 - REQUEST COMMANDO VAULT ON YD 581011, BN CO WANTS 3 VAULTS. BDE: INT WJN.

0712 - DUSTOFF 92 AT BASTOGNE, CHECKED DAMAGE AND IS BACK INROUTE TO LZ.

0720 - BILK 24 (FAC) HAS FIGHTERS ON STATION AT THIS TIME.

0740 - FAC MARKING TARGET AT THIS TIME. ALL OTHER BIRDS ARE CLEAR OF THE AREA.

0745 - 1ST BOMB STRIKE GOING IN AT THIS TIME.

0745 - C&C WILL BE ON STATION AT 0800.

0750 - ARA TEAM IS STANDING BY AT B'HAM WILL BE CALLED IN AFTER AIRSTRIKE.

0750 - D/CO HAS ENEMY TO THEIR FRONT AND REAR AND IN BETWEEN COMPANY AND 3D ELEMENT. MSG. FROM BN CO. "REDUCE ENEMY AND MOVE TO THE EAST.

0759 - CMD NET BEING CUT, OPERATIONS BEING SWITCHED TO O&I

0809 - TACT AIR OFF STATION ARA WORKING.

0809 - ZENITH ARA ON STATION, BOBCAT OFF STATION, ARA CALLESIGN IS 82A

0813 - C&C ON STATION AT OUR COMMAND PAD. CALLSIGN COZY ACE.

0816 - DUSTOFF 90 ON STATION.

0817 - 2 DAISY CUTTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT 1000 HRS, WE CAN BE ASSURED WE WILL HAVE THEM. 1 ARC LIGHT VIC DOWNED CHOPPER TAE GRID WE SUBMITTED. 3 COMMANDO VAULTS WILL BE USED WHEN D/CO PULLS OUT. IMMEDIATE AIR & TACT ARE AVAIL. B17 IN AREA WITH 750 LB. BOMBS. 2X3 K BOX ON AREA OF D/CO. 11 AIRSTRIKES INCLUDING DAISY CUTTERS & COMMANDO VAULTS.

0827 - DUSTOFF 92 BACK ON STATION.

0827 - 581026 LOC. FOR COMMANDO VAULT DROP.

0830 - DUSTOFF 92 GOING IN.

0830 - DAISY CUTTERS SAFE DISTANCE UNPROTECTED 900 METERS. AIRSTRIKES COMING IN, A-37 WITH 20 MM. MEDIVAC 92 HAS MADE PICK UP, 2 PACKS MOST CRITICAL ARE NOW KIA. ON GROUND 5 KIA AT THIS TIME

0841 - FAST MOVERS GOING IN AT THIS TIME.

0843 - REQUEST 2 MORE DUSTOFFS FROM C MED.

0845 - LOC OF D/CO 583010. REQUEST MEDIVAC BIRD TO TAKE OUT KIA'S, NEED BASKETS.

0855 - COMMANDO VAULT CUT OFF BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE TO CUT OFF ARA AND MEDIVAC ECT.

0857 - DUSTOFF GUNS 93 & 993A OFF STATION FOR FUEL.

0859 - B 57 BOMBS COMING IN. THIS IS FIRST RUN.

0859 - BIRD W/HOOK, BDE IS TRYING TO GET ONE.

0901 - SECOND AIRSTRIKE GOING ON.

0907 - 3RD PASS WITH MINI GUNS.

0910 - BATMAN 41 ORIG. C&C 02 OUT.

0910 - ONLY BIRDS WITH HOIST IS MEDIVACS THAT CAN'T BE USED.

0912 - 2 FAST MOVERS OFF STATION ONE MORE ON STATION MAKING NAPALM RUN.

0913 - WILL RECEIVE LOG BIRD WITH HOIST AND WILL DECIDE IF IT IS SAFE TO PERFORM MISSION. IF MISSION GOES KIA WILL GO TO 85TH EVAC.

0924 - DUSTOFF SAYS 2 COBRAS - COVER - ON THE WAY.

0925 - IF D/CO IS EXTRACTED BDE WOULD LIKE A BLOCKING SCREEN OF SMOKE BY ARTY. AND WOULD ALSO LIKE CHEMICAL PENIAL AREA AFTER EXTRACTION.

0935 - 2 DAISY CUTTERS ARE ON STATION.

0935 - DUSTOFF 90 GOING IN, COVER GUNS ON STATION D/CO IS TO COME OUT OF THE FIELD IF LZ MAKING IS.

0945 - DUSTOFF 90 HAS PICKED UP 3 PAX. DUSTOFF 92 ON STATION WITH COMMO PROBLEMS. 2 MORE TO BE EXTRACTED (WIA) WERE HIT WHEN LAST MEDIVAC CAME IN.

0953 - COZY 21 - LOG BIRD ON STATION WITH B.B.

1000 - 1ST DAISY CUTTER WENT IN.

1000 - DUSTOFF 92 GETTING READY TO GO.

1003 - MORTAR COMING IN ON D/CO.

1006 - REQUEST ARA FROM BDE, BDE STILL TRYING/

1009 - DUSTOFF 90 RETURNING TO CONTACT AREA.

1012 - DUSTOFF 92 GOING IN.

1016 - DUSTOFF 92 OUT - 2 PAX PICKED UP.

1020 - DUSTOFF 90 ON STATION. 3 PAX ABOARD

1026 - DUSTOFF 90 GOING IN/

1030 - DUSTOFF 92 STOPPED AT BASTOGNE HAD 1 KIA 1 KIA LEFT AT BASTOGNE.

1032 - COZY - LOG BIRD TO B'HAM TO RE-FUEL.

1033 - D/CO REQUESTS ARA REPLACEMENT FOR ZENITH 03C. ALSO WANTS ARTY ON HILL.

1040 - DUSTOFF 90 GOT 3 PAX OUT, ALL WIA OUT AT THIS TIME.

1044 - GUNS INROUTE TO D/CO.

1044 - A/CO AT LZ AT THIS TIME.

1046 - GUNDER U1 (SECTION OF ARA) IS ON STATION. D/CO IS MOVING AT THIS TIME.

1056 - NAPALM GOING IN IN 01.

1057 - PACKAGE 1-8 - 4 FOR D/CO EXTRACTION. ALSO AN ARC LIGHT ON D/CO LOCAT 1800.

1100 - A/CO LOC. 596036

1107 - NAPALM & 500 LB BOMB GOING IN.

1109 - C/CO CO SAID VIETNAMESE ON D/CO INTERNAL SPEAKING FRENCH. AFTER LAST BOMB STRIKE SEEMED TO BE VERY EXCITED.

1113 - D/CO IS NOT IN CONTACT AT THIS TIME

1115 - REQUEST ENGINEER LZ CUTTING TEAM TO BE REPELLED INTO CUT LZ FOR D/CO.

1133 - DAISY CUTTER WAS JUST DROPPED

1136 - KIA AT BASTOGNE BEING TAKEN TO GRAVE REG. BY LOG BIRD.

1142 - ARA BACK ON STATION (81 A)

1154 - BDE REQUESTS TO USE OUR LOG BIRD TO BRING LZ CUTTERS TO BASTOGNE TO STAND BY

1155 - BN CO. REQUESTS A PINK TEAM TO VR CONTACT AREA.

1200 - 2ND BDE ARA TEAM IN FOR MAINTENANCE IN 30 MIN. HEAVY PINK TEAM WILL BE LAUNCHED.           WILL CONTACT US ON O&I.

1201 - D/CO WILL BE ON LZ IN 4 HRS AT 1500 LZ CUTTING TEAM AT BASTOGNE.   ALSO AMC AT BASTOGNE AT 1500.

1226 - BILK 22 & 21 ON STATION, BILK 23 & 26 OFF STATION.


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