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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - July 14, 1967, Tokyo, JapanMarines teach pc strikes again Plesku Vietnam 7af it was about 3 . At the outpost. Contact was established with an unknown size enemy Force who were firing from a near by wooded area at the Allied position. With Clouds blocking out the Moonlight the area was in total dark Ness. Suddenly an ac47 dragon ship came across the sky from the West and turned the Vietnam night into Day with its 28-Poundflares. On the second pass Over the target the Pilot Cut Loose with the rapid firing ac-47 s firepower and flare dropping capability was credited with another successful Mission. When spooky returned Tople Iku air base the entire maintenance Section was stand ing by to give her the once Ever. Heading the maintenance Welcome committee of flight b.4th air commando sq., was s. Sgt. Robert l. Henley 22, the dragon ship Crew chief. It gives us a feeling of Pride and pleasure when we talk to the flight Crew and they Tell us about their successful Mission. It makes the Guys work a Little harder the sergeant said and it makes us feel a great Deal better first Job of the maintenance people is to Check with the flight Mechanic aboard the aircraft to find out if there were any major problems with the old Bird. After checking with the flight Mechanic we pull a preflight inspection on old spooky and then get it ready for the night s Mission explained s. Sgt. Paul. Wheeling 24. The dragon ship mechanics Lay claim to never having a Mission cancelled having no maintenance deviations and flying More missions than their air Craft were charted to Fly. In fact commented wheel ing a dragon ship Crew chief since flight b s inception at Plesku in november 196 a we be never lost an aircraft or had one of our Birds hit by 7 Mil. Feet of hard work Saigon 10 the 40th Sig Nal in. Of the army s 1st signal brigade recently installed foot of Telephone Cable in Vietnam. Since arriving last August the 40th, the Only unit of its kind on Active duty has Strung the slopes of lion tre Island and buried it in the Delta mud of Vinh Long and the Sand and Coral wasteland of Cam Ranh Bay. Cable at Saigon s new port the Long Binh ammunition dump soc Trang qui Nhon an Khe and Many other towns and base Camps has been installed by the 40th. The bulk of the unit s Effort has been in support of dial Cen trial office installations. Currently the top project is the Long Binh dial Central office for which men of the 40th Are stringing cables throughout Thelong Binh area. When activated in mid july the Long Binh Exchange will serve 3,000 subscribers with up to 7,000 More eventually to be added. In conjunction with the dial Central project the 40th is stringing Cable to the new . Army Vietnam headquarter Complex under construction at Long Binh. Can t shoot it out with a tank a Marine ch46 helicopter approaches a lauding div., lakes a cover position during operation Ari zone As a tank from the 1st tank bn., 1st Marine Xona conducted South of Danang. Usic Marine died for site promotions which bears his name Camp Evans Vietnam Iso Camp Paul 0. Evans was dedicated to the memory of a Marine infantryman who gave his life fighting for the same terrain that serves As the campsite at the 4th Marine regt. Headquarters. Lance Cpl. Evans of Sioux Falls s.d., was killed during initial heavy fighting As Marine forces moved into the co to Thanh Tan area. He was Servings a fire team Leader with l co., 26th marines As they battled ele ments of the 6th North vietnamese regt. The Marine corps initially occupied the co to Thanh Tan area on dec. 19, 1966. They engaged and Defeated the communist regiment in a five any Battle and established a Forward com Bat base. When the 4th marines head quarters was moved into the area operations were begun against enemy forces in the co to Thanh Tan Valley along the Street without Joy and High Way no. 1 More than 2,000 enemy have been killed by marines operating from the new campsite. Ten infantry battalions anymore than 15,000 marines have served there. Chinook i and i big Horn and Shawnee we relaunched from Camp Evans. It is 25 Miles Northwest of Hubai on Highway no. 1. " qui Nikon Vietnam 10 spec. 5 Sammy l. Smith has advanced from pfc. To his present rank in shortly Over a month. Arriving in South Vietnam i february then pfc. Smith was assigned As a demolitions specialist in d co., 35th Engineer bn., construction45th Engi Neer group. The company operations offi cer needed an enlisted assistant. Smith was chosen. In the last week of april the operations officer was transferred and full responsibility forthe Section fell upon now spec. 4 Smith. He ran the Section until Earl june when he earned the rank of spec. 5. Danang Vietnam Iso Viet Cong in the Vul Gia River area near Dailos met a new enemy on operation Arizona Marine tanks. The tanks commanded by2nd it. Russell j. Harrison 22, notched five confirmed Vietcong killed the first two Days of the Multi battalion operation 14miles Southwest of Danang. Opening Day elements of the 7th m a r i n e regiment were pinned Down in an open Fieldy automatic weapons fire. A squad Leader. Cpl. Patrick w. Midas 18, signalled for Tan support. Harrison s two tanks rolled up1,000 meters to Cut Loose with a 00mm Cannon and .30 Cal. In Chin guns on the treeline concealing the ambush. After spraying the Trees wit cannister and High explosive rounds the 52-ton monsters churned into the treeline accompanied by two Marino squads. There they found the pc Posi Tion and confirmed their first kills a pair of guerrillas. The next Day a Tanker spot Ted two pc sitting under a tree about 1,000 meters from where the tanks and infantry had set in As a blocking Force apparently believing themselves safely out of Range. Them my. Gon fired two rounds into the tree scoring a direct hit. A squad mounted the tanks and they raced to the tree line in time to drive off a group of pc attempting to drag off the bodies. The marines recovered three Viet Cong bodies a Cartri Gebelt grenades ammunition and personal gear from the dead guerrillas. The pc on this of the River apparently had never seen a tank before Harrison said. You re More Likely to lire Ona tank if you Don t know what one can it was his first operation since arriving in Vietnam. The most rewarding he said is what we did that first Day seeing the infantry i trouble pinned Down and unable to move and just Rollin right up there 1o pull them Harrison s 52-ton tanks havea gun Range of nearly three Miles. About the Only weapon the pc have that will Hurt us Isth 57mm Rifle said Harrison and they have to get within about 75 meters of us to do that. If they want to get that close we re willing to shoot tout with our 90mm." social Security benefits for it. Sam Houston Tex 10 when he arrived at Brooke general Hospital As combat casualty fresh from Vietnam sgt. . Charles t. Kyler had no idea he might be eligible for social Security benefits. Like Many other ill wounded or injured servicemen the 38 year old father of two figured he was too Young. But thanks to a program inaugurated More than 10 year Sago Kyler and others like him Are Able to apply for social Security compensation while they Are hospitalized. Charles v. Adcock claims representative for the san an Tonio social Security District office recently explained the program to Kyler As the Tacoma wash., resident listened from his Hospital bed. All Active duty military personnel who will be disabled for a period of at least 12 months Are eligible to apply for the monthly compensation pay ments Adcock said. This extends to any Type of injury whether it is a result of military duties or due to an Accident such As a traffic mishap. It also includes illnesses. There is a six month waiting period after the injury or ill Ness is incurred before the pay rants begin. However a patient May apply for them before this six month period ends. Even though a patient has not been discharged from the Hospi Tal and has not been retired or separated from military serv ice he still is eligible to apply Adcock said. In other words a Serviceman May receive both his military pay and the social Security pay ments until he no longer is disabled. If he is retired from the service he will still receive the payments in addition to his retirement pay until he is Able to engage in substantial gainful activity. The site of the social Security payments is based on the individual s past earnings in the military and in civilian life As Well if he participated in the social Security system before entering the service. For information patients should Contact the social Security office servicing the. Area in which they Are told Adcock he was greatly relieved to learn about the program because it Means additional financial assistance for his wife Oddie and their two c h i 1 d r e a Charles and said the local social Security office will request the District office in Tacoma to notify Kyler s. Wife that she should file an application on be half of herself and the children. While he is disabled. Kyler s wife and children will be Eligi ble for the social Security benefits until the youngsters reach the age of 18, or 22 if the remain unmarried and Are still attending school. Kyler was injured in a White phosphorous grenade explosion while a platoon Leader on search and destroy Mission with c co., 5th bn., 7th Cav., 1stair Cav. Div. Pacific stars & stripes Friday july 14, 1 g7

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