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Memories Undimmed by Time: FSB David- Cambodia -14 June 1970

By Joel Chase and Terry McCarl

INTRODUCTION

By Terry A. McCarl, Historian, 15th Medical Battalion Association

As the Historian of the 15th Medical Battalion (BN) Association, I am privileged to research, read, and write about the heroic and meritorious acts of members of the 15th Medical Battalion. Such stories are abundant, particularly Medevac helicopter rescue missions plus life-saving emergency medical care at the 15th Med BN medical treatment facilities. The following is a story about such a mission, but it is about much more than that. It is a story of extreme courage, fortitude, endurance, and resourcefulness about a young Army officer and his unit that found themselves in what must have seemed like a hopeless situation.

I first met CPT Joel Chase and his wife, Dorothy, at the 15th Med BN Association Reunion in Branson. MO, April 26-30, 2017. At one of the evening informal get-togethers in the Hospitality Room, Joel asked if he could address the group. Joel explained that he had been a Platoon Leader of D Co., 1/5 Cav located at FSB David, about 10 miles inside the Cambodian border. At 0300 on 14 June 1970, with a terrain challenging to defend and out of range of supporting artillery, FSB David was attacked.

FSB Buttons

The story, briefly, was that Joel was seriously wounded and taken to the B Co. 15th Medical Battalion medical treatment facility at FSB Buttons near Song Be. He was unconscious during the period he was being transported to FSB Buttons.

After he received emergency medical treatment at Buttons, a Medevac helicopter flew him to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Long Bien. He was then transported to Japan and then home to the US. Miraculously, he survived and was there in Branson, MO 47 years later, in 2017 to relate his story.

That night Joel and his wife Dorothy expressed their appreciation to the 15th Medical Battalion for saving his life. Their presentation was very moving.

Three individuals who were involved in Joel's medical treatment at the B Co. facility were at the reunion: 1LT Tom Garnella, CPT Jon Lundquist, and SP5 Richard Schroder - more about them later. Joel asked if anyone present at the gathering was with the Medevac crew that hauled him from FSB David to FSB Buttons, but there was no response.

I talked to Joel the next day, and he said that if possible, he would like to get in contact with and personally thank the Medevac pilots and crew members who rescued him from LZ David. I advised Joel I would poll our membership to identify and locate these individuals.

I posted an inquiry on the 15th Medical BN Facebook page asking if anyone knew who was on that crew. Dan Brady, medic, contacted me. He said that it was the mission during his time in Vietnam that he remembers the most vividly. We proceeded from there to identify the other crew members.

Joel's Vietnam tour began on 04 October 1969. In April of 1970, Joel had completed six months of his VN tour and was eligible for transfer out of the field to a relatively “safer” job. He chose instead to stay with his unit as Platoon Leader. Then, in May of 1970, the Cambodian Incursion came about!

Here is Joel's story in his own words.

JOEL CHASE'S STORY

Joel ChaseI was a platoon leader with the 1st Air Cav in 1969 and 1970 following graduation from OCS at Benning. When I got to Vietnam, I realized OCS had not prepared me to be an infantry platoon leader, but I had out-standing and understanding Non-Commissioned Officer Sergeants. It took them a while to educate me, but I finally “got it” after about six months in the brush. Then “Tricky Dick” gave us the green light to go kick some butt in Cambodia, so the decision to stay with my platoon was an easy one.

We were in the draw-down mode and weren't getting replacements for those going home or wounded. At last count, my platoon was down to 17 guys, including some short-timers and a couple of FNGs, and the bad guys in Cambodia were formidable adversaries. They were well-armed, trained, fed, and didn't run from a fight.

Battalion (1st of the 5th Cav) finally took pity on our little company (D) and put us on the green line at Fire Support Base (FSB) David, a tiny place 10 miles inside the border and outside of artillery fan fire from other FSB's. The Cav had done severe damage to the NVA caches and other infrastructure, which mightily pissed them off. So they launched an all-out attack on David on 14 June 1970 at 0300. What their commanders didn't understand was that we were waiting for them.

The first shot fired on David was from an M16 at about 0300. A trip flare in my sector went off, and a guard on a bunker thought he saw movement and fired one round at that spot. After visually scanning the area for nearly 30 minutes without locating any enemy, we were about to give up when a guy next to me thought he saw something and pointed to it just inside the concertina wire. It was indeed an NVA sapper, and when discovered, he cranked off several rounds from his AK rifle right at me. However, he aimed too low, and the bullets skimmed off the berm and grazed the top of my head.

FSB David

Suddenly all hell broke loose as M-16's, AK-47's, and M-60's rattled away for almost three hours along with mortars, 105's, and B-40 rockets. (Note: The fog was too thick for air support, so we were reliant on our organic mortars and 105's.)

While I was on the radio to my CO, a chi-com grenade rolled up next to me and detonated. It was thrown by an NVA that had infiltrated our perimeter and was lying just outside the berm, but we never saw him. I have to admit he was a pretty cool customer and good at camouflage. I'm sure he paid the ultimate price for his actions, however, along with 27 other of his comrades.

My injuries from the grenade were severe, and it was three hours before receiving any medical attention as the battle raged, which I missed due to loss of conscience, loss of blood, and shock. From a technical standpoint, I should have died.

The after-action report, daily log, and manning report listed 28 NVA KIA (Killed In Action) with numerous blood and drag trails the next morning, suggesting they probably had more losses than 28. It was a miracle that not a single GI died in the battle. It is sometimes better to be lucky than good!

FSB ButtonsSoldiers told me I was unconscious at about 0600 when the fog began to dissipate and the sun rose to allow a Medevac helicopter to land and take me plus eight others of the most seriously wounded to FSB Buttons. Shortly after that, a Chinook (CH-47 helicopter) landed with an emergency resupply of ammunition, unloaded, and loaded the remaining 24 wounded and took them to FSB Buttons.

I do remember the cold air of the aircraft waking me up for a moment and asking where I was when I arrived at FSB Buttons aid station. I woke up to Tom Garnella's voice and getting bumped down some steps into a cave. Somebody said: “Be careful; he has a broken arm.” However, I don't remember much of that, which is probably for the best.

I wasn't hurt badly by the AK rounds but was bleeding pretty good. When the grenade went off, all I heard was a pop, and then it felt like somebody took a baseball bat to my entire body. I was blinded and deaf but knew I was in sad shape and attempted to crawl - somewhere. I had a pulverized right elbow that collapsed, so I kind of snaked my way to a pile of sandbags to do a little BDA, Body Damage Assessment. My sight started to return, and I realized I had crawled into one of our scout tents.

As the evening wore on, the tent that I was in looked like Swiss cheese when illumination was up. I kept getting hit by either B-40 or mortar shrapnel as I lapsed in and out of conscientiousness. The burning shrapnel hitting me jolted me awake and probably saved my life. I was evacuated to FSB Buttons and then to the 24th Evac. They split me open like a trophy deer to fix the damage done to my liver, kidney, spleen, and other internal stuff. Then they discovered that I had a piece of shrapnel in the right brachial artery that had been sent there by my heart. There were two more chunks in the heart they left alone and are still there to this day unless they rusted away.

After the flight to Japan, I nearly “bought it.” My heart was still leaking, but the sac around it had begun to heal, so I had near-fatal pressure building up, requiring tapping three times before the bleeding stopped.

My poor parents were subjected to telegrams from the Army, listing all my injuries in gory detail. A telegram dated 1 July 1970 stated, ”He received wounds to the back, scalp, abdomen (with hemothorax, lacerations of the liver and right renal), chest with right hemopneumothorax, and embolus of the right brachial artery and all extremities. And both eyes had partial loss of vision to the left eye and corneal abrasions to both eyes.”

Another telegram dated 08 July 1970 stated, “Your son was placed on the very seriously ill list. He has an additional diagnosis of a wound to the heart, right lung, right lobe of the liver, right arm, and a fracture to the right olecranon. In the attending physician, his condition is of such severity that there is cause for concern. His present condition and prognosis are noted to be fair and his morale good.”

My ten months in the “brush” weren't without some excitement. They resulted in awards of the Silver Star, Bronze Star with V device for Valor and Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart (PH) with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with V device plus all the “I was there” stuff. I wanted to make the Army a career, but they said they no longer required my services and retired me at 100% disability at the rank of Captain. Anyway, it was an interesting ride while it lasted.

I got a 100% disability for my trouble and then went into sales as a manufacturer's rep. My left eye has since lost all sight but have no regrets and would do it all again. About seven years ago, I decided I was deserving of a second PH and began the process of begging the Army to grant my request. I ran into objections like you need two sworn witnesses (which I didn't have), two MD attendants who treated me (which I didn't have), and then they told me only one PH per deployment was authorized each individual. It went on and on with six-month intervals between their responses. They were jerking my chain, and it took me five years, but I finally got it after a Congressional Inquiry and a two-star intervention. The low-quarter personnel LTC who continually trashed my requests got a reprimand much to my enjoyment.

THE MEDEVAC CREW

Okie Hank TuellGreg SimpsonDan BradyJon HodgesMike Parsons

Historian's Note: I was delighted to hear from Dan Brady, who responded to my Facebook post that he was the medic on that Medevac mission on 14 June 1970. He said, “I'm sure that Jon Hodges was Crew Chief and Mike Parsons was Gunner that night. I know Oakie (1LT Hank Tuell) was the Aircraft Commander, and Mr. Trifiro or Mr. Simpson was the Copilot. I do remember lots of dead outside the wire when we finally got in. Don't remember how many tries it took. I do remember my one patient, though. Bad head wounds and face a mess. I had to do CPR on him. I'm sure he was an SGT or higher or an officer. I didn't find out if he made it or not. Though I'm getting foggy about many of my missions, that one remained clear in my mind!”

Hank Tuell confirmed Dan's recollections. Tom Trifiro was contacted and responded that he could not remember the mission. Greg Simpson said he was not 100% certain, but quite sure he was the Copilot on that mission.

Mike Parsons, the Gunner, is reported to have taken his own life about 30 years after his Vietnam service. No other details are available at this time.

Dan Brady and several others report trying to find Jon Hodges, the Crew Chief, but attempts have been unsuccessful, Jon, if you are reading this, please contact me at historian@15thmedbnassociation.org .


CPT JON WALKER'S STORY

Historian's Note: CPT Jon G. Walker was the 1/5 BN Surgeon, who was at FSB David on 14 June 1970.

On 14 June 1970, I, Jon G. Walker, was CPT, Medical Corps, US Army, and I was the Battalion Surgeon of the 1/5 Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division. At FSB David, my Aid Station was located near the woods on the southeast perimeter and consisted of a partially below-grade hole dug by backhoes. My medics and I gained enough vertical height to stand by creating pillars of sandbags on the edges of the hole and laying logs across the posts. We then put Perforated Steel Plate (PSP) strips on top of the logs and covered them with plastic and more sandbags. The hole was maybe 10’ x 12’. My head medic, an E5 named Rick Fortune, and I had cots in the Aid Station. A couple of other medics had built a “hooch” out of corrugated culvert raised on sandbags, which abutted one corner of the Aid Station.

I had just gotten orders for my R&R and planned to hitch a ride to the rear area on 13 June to call my wife to make reservations for Hawaii. I never got off FSB David, however, because the weather on 13 June was so bad that no one was flying.

Jon Walker MDFor some reason, neither Rick nor I were sleeping well that night. Around 2:30 AM, we heard an explosion followed by M16 fire coming from what seemed like the northeast perimeter of the base. We were immediately up, and it appeared all hell broke loose. Some of my medics came down to the Aid Station. I was standing near the opening, where the hooch abutted the Aid Station when an explosion right outside knocked me across the Aid Station and onto the floor. We assumed it was a grenade and that another one may land in our hole. That didn’t happen, so I eventually stood up and shined my flashlight into the hooch, fully expecting to be shot. What I discovered was that a Rifle Propelled Granade (RPG) had landed at the other end of the hooch, and the hooch directed the concussion into the Aid Station where I was standing. Around that same time, we began hearing calls for “Medic!”

I was ready to go out when cool-headed Rick Fortune told me to stay put. I was the only doctor on the base, and he and the other medics needed to know where I would be. Shortly after that, I started receiving the wounded. It was chaos, the ground was muddy, and it was still raining. We were next to a mortar pit, so as they unwrapped the plastic from the mortar ammo, they would throw it over to us for use as covers. I quickly assessed each soldier and tried to determine the extent of the injuries and what action to take. My supplies were meager.

I had Kling wrap, Ace bandages, gauze, Vaseline gauze, sterile saline, and curettes of morphine (imagine a small tube of toothpaste with a needle attached. You put the needle in the patient then squeeze the morphine out of the tube). Specific injuries remain in my memory: an SGT who shot in the thigh with an AK-47. The entry wound was small, but the exit wound in the back of his leg was massive. I packed it with gauze and wrapped it tightly with an ace wrap, which seemed to control the bleeding. I remember a soldier with a pneumothorax (collapsed lung), and all I had to plug the wounds with was Vaseline gauze (maybe LT Chase?). There was another soldier with multiple shrapnel wounds on his chest and face who was awake and looked at me when I spoke but didn’t respond.

Jon Walker MDAdditionally there was a soldier who didn’t look too bad initially but had a massive scalp wound on the back of his head. I cleaned it with saline, then replaced the skin flap, and wrapped his head with Kling holding the flap in place. There were numerous broken bones and lacerations. We splinted what we could and dressed the wounds but didn’t have the time or the supplies to suture. All told we had 33 wounded soldiers for about three to four hours. We had no air support because of the weather and no way to evacuate anyone. When the weather cleared a little around 6 AM, the first chopper in was a Huey Medevac. I tried to evacuate the most serious on it and was able to get nine men (as I recall) out. Shortly after that, I got word a Chinook had just delivered artillery ammo to the other side of the base and was coming over to evacuate the wounded. They settled down just outside the perimeter, and I was able to get everyone else on board. So within five minutes, we went from 33 wounded to none. As I gradually came back to reality, I didn’t fully comprehend what had just happened. I was relieved, but other emotions just swirled. I still remember blood just running in rivulets across the ground.

I eventually went for a walk with Rick Fortune and viewed at least 28 enemy bodies outside the perimeter, many of them just blown apart. We thought we heard an AK-47 near the Aid Station at one point and, indeed, found spent AK shells on the ground. I assume the shooter was on the roof of the Aid Station. Was he the one who was shot?
I later found out that Rick Fortune went out without his “steel pot” to identify him as American. The Sgt Major (whose name I can’t recall but would like to know) told me he had Rick in his sights but recognized him at the last minute and didn’t shoot. (Historian's note: The Sergeant Major was CSM Bell.)

We didn’t lose any GIs at the base, and I subsequently learned all survived. I’m especially pleased to know that. I eventually got a Bronze Star with a V, which was certainly a novelty at my next assignment in the Out-Patient Clinic at Fort Gordon, GA.

And that’s my story. I haven’t been able to find my name anywhere in the records but occasionally will look. I was the only doctor on FSB David on that infamous day. I left the Army in the fall of 1971, specialized in Urology, and am now retired after practicing in Lancaster, PA, for over 30 years.


TOM GARNELLA

Tom GarnellaHistorian's Note: 1LT Tom Garnella was the Medical Operations Assistant at B Co., 15th Med BN 02/70-02/71. Tom also gets the credit for inviting Joel and Dorothy to the Branson Reunion, thereby getting work on this story started.

When Joel got to FSB Buttons, he and 1LT Tom Garnella both got the surprise of their lives! Joel had been an OCS TAC Officer at Fort Benning, GA, and Tom was one of his officer candidates! Here is what Tom had to say:

“You are correct that when Chase was brought into the FSB Buttons aid station, it was I who looked down and immediately recognized him. Like you asked, what are the odds of my Ft. Benning TAC Officer coming into the aid station to which I was assigned? Unbelievable!!! Who could ever forget their Infantry OCS Tac Officer who decided I should be commissioned as a 3506 MOS, Field Medical Assistant. Concerning Chase, my role was basically to assure Chase that he would live and that Doc Lundquist and others would take care of him as we prepared to send him to the 24th Evac. Doc Lundquist allowed me to accompany Chase to the 24th, where I stayed by Chase's side for two days before having to return to FSB Buttons“.

A little extra irony was that Joel had recommended that Tom go into the Medical Service Corps instead of the Infantry.

Tom mentioned his gratitude to his friend, CPT Dean Stoller, MC, with HSC 15th Med BN for helping him to connect with Joel Chase 45 years after his tour in Vietnam.


JON LUNDQUIST

Historian's Note: CPT Jon Lundquist, MC, was the Commanding Officer of B Co. and the physician that treated Joel. He does not explicitly remember treating Joel because of all the other seriously wounded that came into his facility.

 

RICHARD SCHRODER

Historian's Note: SP5 Richard Schroder, Clinical Specialist, 12/69-12/70 recalls very well the day that a Chinook brought in a load of wounded to FSB Buttons. Here is what he said.

Richard Schroder“I do remember very well a Chinook that brought some wounded to Buttons, and I believe that was the only time a Chinook landed on our Huey pad while I was with B Company. We had gotten the word that the Chinook was coming to the Chinook pad with wounded, so we sent our ambulances and medic up to the Chinook pad to get the wounded. Another SSG 91C and I stayed behind to get the treatment bunker ready to receive the wounded and to alert the Docs. I remember the surprised look on our faces when we heard the Chinook and realized it was landing on our pad. Several of our big GP tents were acting like giant bellows, but none came down; however, our 50-gallon trash containers got caught in the downward and were blown all over the place. We told our clerk to recall our medics and ambulances and to notify the docs and any off duty personnel as we figured we were going to need help once the chopper landed. Once the Chinook landed, we started to offload the wounded by way of the rear ramp (I still can remember the heat coming from the engines).“


CHINOOK CREW

ChinookHistorian's Note: Also, heroes that day were the crew of that Chinook who, after making an emergency delivery of ammunition, hauled 24 wounded to FSB Buttons. Presumably, that Chinook would have been from the 228th Assault Support Helicopter BN. An attempt was made to identify the pilot and crew by postings on several Facebook pages, including the Vietnam 1st Cavalry Facebook page with some responses received. Bill Lee, who was Operations SGT with Charlie Co., 228th ASHB, suggested it was a Chinook pilot with that unit named Bob Barr (nickname “Cowboy Bob”) who many times did offer to transport wounded under similar situations. We were not able to find his name on any of the 228th ASHB rosters, VHPA rosters, or 1st Cavalry Division Assn membership rosters. I was notified by Bob Braa that he was a Chinook Pilot whose nickname was “Cowboy Bob,” and that his crew was on standby at FSB David that day, but a different crew made the pickup of the wounded. Unfortunately, no additional information was found on the identity of that crew. If anyone reading this knows, please contact historian@15thmedbnassociation.org . I understand it was not uncommon for Chinook crews to transport wounded.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BY JOEL CHASE

Archived Nov-Dec 2019 Saber ArticlePart of the story about the defense of David that has received “little ink” is the heroics of Mike Crutcher during the battle. Mike, the CO of the Recon Co, was all over the place, and at one point, Bill Vowell CO of D Co realized the enemy was in a few of our bunkers, which was a dangerous development. Bill asked the adjoining bunker commander if he could move to retake the bunkers, which were threatening the entire firebase. The response was he "couldn't move." Mike Crutcher was aware of the conversation and communication and sprang into action with a small volunteer posse and retook the bunkers from the enemy which, was a critical move in securing the perimeter. Mike was awarded the Silver Star for his heroics and eventually retired from the Army as a Colonel. What a fine and brave young officer!

I had learned from the enemy not to present the expected. They changed things to make a probe look like an attack and make an attack appear to be just a probe. To counter that, I had our guys string 25 tripwires and flares in front of each bunker. They were crisscrossed side to side and front to back - some high and some low in the grass. Then we moved the claymores back to the berm and sandbagged them after dark so the NVA didn't know where they were and couldn't play with them. Note: The NVA were watching us from nearby hills, so we needed to “play cute” showing our hand during the day and moving positions after dark. That may not seem important, but as every infantryman will tell you - take advantage of all available resources.

The NVA that attempted to overtake David was a combination of their elite sappers and Infantry. The estimated number was a reinforced company, but I'm not sure how that relates to personnel in their configuration. The first line of attackers were sappers who would open avenues through concertina wire and trip flares of approach for the attackers that followed. They frequently stripped off their clothing to minimize getting snagged in barbed wire. Sometimes they wove mats of grass that they put on their backs as camouflage. When they encountered our concertina wire, they would slither through it like a snake and continue forward after placing satchel charges in the wire to blow holes for their comrades when the attack began. Some sappers would take long blades of grass and "feel" their way through trip flare wires. If the grass bent, they would find the wire and follow it to the source, hoping to disarm the trip. Sometimes they guessed wrong and simply found the anchor to the trip, but they would retrace their route and disable the tripwire at the other end by pinning it. All this took time - lots of it. Sappers would typically begin their crawl to the objective just after sunset and spend as much as three hours weaving their way through barbed wire and trip flare wires. The weather on 14 June played to their favor as dense fog reduced visibility earlier than usual, giving them an early rally point. I had seen demonstrations of how sappers could silently infiltrate a position that quite frankly scared me. They were good - VERY good.

To counter the capabilities of the sappers, we installed 25 trip flares in front of the four bunkers in my sector. It looked like the inside of two pianos going at 90 degrees in different directions. Usually, our claymore mines were placed just inside the wire. (Claymore mines had steel balls embedded in a plastic backing and two pounds of C-4 explosive to propel the balls toward the enemy). Knowing we were being watched or mapped, we put out the claymores during the day and then moved them back to the berm to use their impact better and eliminate possible NVA tampering. Yep. The NVA would take the reflective engineering tape off the back of a claymore, turn the claymore around and replace the tape as nothing happened.

The Cav beat the NVA best at their own game in defending FSB David. The guys who waged that battle were mostly enlisted men who did an extraordinary job of holding their ground and repulsing a large enemy force. I believe their story deserves retelling and retelling.

To the Medevac crews that rescued me not only on 14 June 70 but throughout my time in Vietnam: You were calm on the radio and taught me to do the same, which my guys observed and served to maintain some sort of organization even under fire. You guys were the greatest, and I have the highest admiration for you all!

I always looked forward to getting my guys on birds going out, but inbound birds meant danger ahead and the unknown. We always knew you were there when we needed you, which was important.

When you get involved with “bad guys” and are in desperate need of medical help, the guys on the ground always felt the choppers with the red cross would somehow come to our rescue. You made us braver than we were - you guys are my heroes.

To CPT Jon Lundquist, B Co., 15th Medical Battalion Commander, and CPT Jon Walker, 1/5 BN Surgeon and their medics and other medical personnel, without whose skill, determination, and compassion, I would not be here today, I am forever in your debt!

God Bless you all, and thank you!

Joel

Historian's Note: In closing, Joel has these two stories that have nothing to do with FSB David but are two of his favorite stories from Vietnam.

“Our battalion got a new commander, and we were at an established FSB near the Cambodian border. Our new "leader" decided the place needed some grooming and ordered all cigarette butts and matches to be policed by the troops guarding the perimeter. Inspections would be performed, and if violations were discovered, the personnel at the offending bunker would get no beer or soda. So I asked my guys to be perfectionists and deliver their trash to me. After dark, I took a large pail of matches and butts up to the TOC and scattered them all over the place. I guess somebody got the message because the inspections stopped. If our fearless leader had wanted to do something healthy for his troops, he could have requisitioned a case of rat traps to reduce the infestation of vermin in the bunkers around the perimeter where we slept. The life of the grunt was considerably different than other MOS's, and quite frankly, I preferred pounding the brush to rear echelon duty. ”

24th Evac Hospital“After a few weeks at 24th Evac after being wounded, I was well enough to transport to Japan. I was ambulatory and picked up my war trophy SKS rifle in preparation for transport to the airport. A rickety old Air Force blue bus arrived, and a bunch of walking wounded boarded, and in retrospect, our transport probably had no springs. It immediately became apparent the driver was a masochistic bastard because he hit every curb, pothole, and bump on the way to the airport. He was a real pro at accelerating and decelerating. There were lots of moans and groans from the wounded passengers, which simply seemed to give the driver greater pleasure from abusing his passengers. When we arrived at the airport, we found our flight canceled due to weather, so we pulled a “Uey” and returned to the 24th Evac Hospital with more bumps and bruises. Same routine the next day with more passenger agony, which pissed me off, so I fixed the bayonet on my SKS and began an advance toward the driver. He saw me coming in his rearview mirror, and I gently pushed the point of the bayonet on the back of his neck. I said: "OK, asshole, if you hit one more curb, pothole, or bump, you'll be looking at the point of this thing through a buttonhole in the front of your shirt - GOT IT?!" It turned out that kid was an excellent bus driver, and I got a rousing cheer from the other passengers.”


Acknowledgment


The authors extend their appreciation to Mike Bodnar, former Medevac Medic (1/70-7/70) and Editor of the 15th Medical BN Column in SABER, the 1st Cavalry Division Association's bimonthly newsletter for research and writing that he has done on the subject of the defense of FSB David on 14 June 1970. Readers may find his columns in the November-December 2019 and the January-February 2020 issues of interest. Go to the Index, then 2019 Nov-Dec and 2020 Jan-Feb.

Historian's Note: This story is “Mission 20” in Phil Marshall’s book; Helicopter Rescues Vietnam, Volume XI. This book is the 11th 15th Medical Battalion Medevac mission included in Phil’s 13 books. Helicopter Rescues Vietnam, Volume XI, and Phil's other 12 books as well, may be purchased by going to Amazon.com.”

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