Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Mar 23 1967, Page 27

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 23, 1967, Tokyo, Japan Tay Vietnam giblets of the 3d 21st 196th Light were responsible for a Vietnam first using Only hand tools they carved an Airstrip but of triple canopy Jungle deep within Viet Cong territory during operation Junction a strip Large enough to accommodate planes As big As the Caribou was needed to handle vital supplies for soldiers in the Jungles of War zone the Gim lets built the strip themselves with no help other than a five Man air Force advisory companies and c boarded helicopters that carried them to the where they met intense Viet Cong after driving the enemy out of bunkers Ancl a secure perimeter was established and the giblets got Busy on the the infantrymen turned Engi concentrating on Clearing approach paths and leveling ant improving the tools consisted of Power am the air Force eased the task in an unusual an airstrike was called in on a particularly thick Jungle area interfering with the proposed approach the jets swooped in and dropped their blasting and burning away the Jungle the giblets toiled for three Emil Gregg com manding officer of a said in the absence of engineering equipment we used Backbone to drag the fallen Trees out of the another difficulty we encountered was the red As we placed dynamite around tree trunks the ants would bite like 01 Josg the air vietnamese boy plays on a motorcycle that was burned during pc rocket attack on Village us poor jots Rich in heritage a Vietnam Pao you cry and smile at the same Ime routine mortars plague copter Crews these Are the children of Vietnam Charles Robinson dug his face into the soft Earth floor of the Vietnam Are in some was in Suic the richest you will Ever Rich in their eagerness to smile bunke1 and waited he Siu fumed and Rich in their heritage of Strong family As they once from came the deadly who to most americans they a swing sound then the Pear dirty and in followed by a familiar clinking As knowing in the ways of our Civili but it must be remembered they Are products of a civilization that has retained Many of the mortar fragments struck the rubber seconds the first round landed in Force team checked the alignment of the strip and sure the approaches were an air Force piloted by Douglas Thiel of the 458th troop Carrier made his the aircraft made a Fine using almost All of the strips a 1 11ciu Icia Tuuu i Fol los i the things our nation is accused just beyond thet two tents it i Wiere the helicopter Crews were How often have you seen an 8 fragments had made a year old american child toting a ripping sound against the younger brother or sister through out the Day and having full re the second round had exploded less than 100 Yards on the 1 i a v v t to j vim a Sponski bitty for the care of the far Side of two parked baby in South Vietnam this is a the pc a common i with the tents and helicopters in these often extremely the Middle Are a glowing testimonial a Uncein lifetime Nightmare that the future of South Vietnam just another night on counter is in Good mortar duty for the armed Eli copter Crews of d troop of the 3d 4th the next mortar round failed to split the pilots and Crews sprang from the ran to the two and began to pull a preflight inspection for ignoring the rounds which continued to fall close throwing out showers of Sparks in the seven minutes after the first round had the two chop pers were searching for their there they marked by telltale flashes As the projectiles left the team Leader Francis Delvy spearheaded the his weapons spitting rockets and solid hot on his Tail was Robinsons which blasted the area with rockets and 40mm it soon became How that the gunship pilots had More to worry about than just the Viet Cong were executing coordinated ground at tacks on several isolated outposts outside the perimeter of the Dau Tieng base heavy enemy fire ripped into an armoured column on its Way to reinforce the unable to Contact the ground Delvy followed the tanks line of fire and attacked the pc Posi freeing the armoured column to proceed to the Relief of the out As the pilots swooped in to pump heavy ordnance into the enemy the pc turned their automatic weapons sky every now and then id hear a recalled door gunner again came from the door gunners in both air Craft returned the fire with their lacing the pc both door guns in one ship sp5 Midiam Shipley and sp4 James Pyle picked up rifles and continued then went to work on the machine guns and put them Back in each door gunner fired rounds that Down on the Dau Tieng Airstrip for refuelling and helicopters once under time mortars and recoilless Fol lowing delays the Adolfo Esch Enwall and to John Dismer blacked out their aircraft and continued to supervise the while High explosive rounds landed within 100 Yards of the fuel and ammo Back in delivering close fire support within 50 Yards of one of the besieged the gunships had to face not Only pc automatic weapons but also the ricochets from Friendly Caliper machine the looked As big As recalled Crew chief pfc Donald referring to the you wanted to stick your foot out to Stop but it have done any by 4 it was All the Viet Cong attacks had lasted nearly four the armed helicopters of d troop provide nighttime counter mortar standby teams for both cd Chi and Dau Tieng base Camps on a regular they share this duty with the 25th aviation and the 116th Avia Tion dragon ships fire 2 rounds at pc free cameras for on leave the first of 50 cameras for use of servicemen on leave in Japan is presented by Daikichi Yagi Center Export general Kon Shiroku photo industries to Joseph Baranowski army Garrison at left is George Franklin Camp Zama leave Center the cameras Are to be used Freeo charge by servicemen on Yagi said his company donated the Cam eras to stimulate Friendship Between Japan and the and make their servicemen stay in Japan a More enjoyable the photo Pany will also maintain the cameras during their use at the leave Usa Nha Vietnam 7th i of the ac47 dragon ship Crews of the 14th air commando Wing have fired More than 2 Mil lion rounds of ammunition at Viet Cong forces for the third consecutive this averages 16 rounds fired every minute the planes were really kept Charlie hop said Thomas operations officer of the 4th air commando we also dropped flares while successfully supporting 50 outposts under he that an average of 20 flares per some How we didst need flares be cause of a Bright each flare dropped by dragon ships emits two million Candle Pacific stars stripes f March 1067

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