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arrow link Captain Contact A 1/9
When I first arrived as your CO in March '67 there wasn't much trust, confidence, and love lost between us. You had just finished combating the NVA in Phu An (first time), and I relieved Capt. Festa who was injured by concussion from a mortar round. I believed many of you looked at me as an arrogant, aggressive, upstart CO who was going to get everyone killed. Initially, the name you entitled me with "Captain Contact" was given and received with contempt.

 

arrow link The Battle for Hill 64
There is a price for freedom, it is called obedience. Obedience to country, to the call it places upon its young men in war, and an obedience to oneself. The men is this story paid that price, some with their very lives. We honor them with the memory of their sacrifice. May it never be forgotten.

 

arrow link Howard's Hill
The author was on another patrol the night of the Howard fight. He met with the men of Charlie Company, who relieved Howard's platoon, immediately upon their return and taped their comments and reactions. Then he went to the hospital at Chulai and interviewed Howard and his men, talking later with the pilots, the Special Forces officers, and Howard's company and battalion commanders. The pictures--the only ones taken on the hill during the fight--were provided by First Lieutenant Philip Freed, who was the Forward Air Controller with Charlie Company.

 

arrow link Kilo Company Hill 881 Khe Sanh
KILO Company, 3/9, moved towards the base of Hill 881South and formed a defensive 360. The squad leaders were summoned: K/3/9 was to stand-by to assist if there were any trouble. And trouble there was! "About an hour later was when all hell broke loose up on the top of the hill. You couldn't hardly hear yourself think where we were so much small arms fire and mortar fire going on." K/3/9 advanced to assist M/3/3 and M/3/9 to disengage. About noon, K/3/9 proceeded up 881South, company on line, platoon column. Second and Third Platoons went up the left side; First Platoon went up the right.

arrow link The Siege of Khe Sanh
24 April 1967 Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines encountered, and engaged, a large well armed NVA force, estimated to be Battalion strength headed for Khe Sanh. Heavy fighting continues through the afternoon, and even though the Marines are out numbered, they made it almost a one-sided fight. Intelligence determined that 1/9 had caught the NVA by surprise, causing an un-organized, pre-mature counter attack against 1/9 just North of Hill 861 by the NVA. The area around Khe Sanh becomes infested with NVA.

 

arrow link Withdrawal From Khe Sanh
On May 23, 1968, U.S. Marine Corps Colonel David E. Lownds was invited to the White House. There, President Lyndon Johnson awarded Lownds' 26th Marine Regiment the Presidential Unit Citation, the nation's highest unit decoration, for its bravery at Khe Sanh in 1968. The text noted that because of the unit's actions, "enemy forces were denied the military and psychological victory they so desperately sought." An editorial in the Washington Star took the Marines' accolades even further, claiming that "One day, in fact, the victory over the siege may be judged a decisive turning point that finally convinced the enemy he could not win."

arrow link 9th Marines - Lost Patrol
This article is dedicated to the brave men of the 9th Marines and especially 1st Battalion 9th Marines whom I served with (Cpl Robert L. Peragallo). Giving special honor to 1st Squad "B" 1/9 who on May 12th of 1966 engaged (at the cost of their lives) the R20 Doc Lap VC Battalion in the village of Hoa Tay. The battle was part of the May Ky Lam Campaign. On May 12th a 14 man patrol from Bravo Company under the command of Capt. Norman E. Henry was engaged by a superior force. The 14 man patrol from "B" Company had begun a battle that would last three days and cost the lives of 12 of the original 14 man patrol plus the lives of two Marines who were part of the original reaction force.

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