Stories of the 12th Cavalry

Vietnam - 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry

 

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Air Mobility at its Best, by Gene Fox. He was with the Advance Party in 1965 when a helicopter takeoff did not go as planned.

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Our First Contact, by Gene Fox. Captain Gene Fox assumed command of Company A in October 1965 and his first contact was not what he expected.

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Captain Gene Fox, by Butch North. His discussion of Gene Fox, the Commanding Officer of A Company from October 1965 until January 1966.

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Good Shot, by Forrest Brewer. After a firefight in November 1965, Forrest was policing the battlefield when he captured a NVA soldier who didn't shoot at him.

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Children of Vietnam, by Willard Flippin. In a period of three months, from November 1965 to January 1966, Willard had three distinctly different experiences with the children of Vietnam.

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SSG Marvin Lindley, By Dean Knox. A glimpse of the early life and military service of an American Patriot.

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Wrong or Right Place?, By Willie Danos. A story of friendly fire.

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The Typhoon, By Willie Danos. A story of the lack of communication.

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Remembering the Walk to LZ Ross, By Willie Danos. Going where Marines feared to tread.

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Twenty Four Hours - Tet '68, By Tom Kjos. The transition from Bong Son to Quang Tri in January 1968.

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What If?, By Willie Danos. Willie looks back on something that he would have done differently.

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Camouflage, By Willie Danos. One VC stays hidden from almost all of the company.

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Lucky for Me, I Caught a Germ, By Willie Danos. Getting sick from Agent Orange gave Willie a choice opportunity.

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Gone But Not Forgotten, by Doug Steiner. On December 29, 1966, Charlie Company was ambushed and the second platoon lost three men. 

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A Search for Information, by Walter Calabrese. He was looking for someone that knew his uncle, Walter Przybylowicz Jr. of Company B who was Killed in Action on June 28, 1967 in the Dak To area.

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Friendly Fire, by Doug Steiner. On July  27, 1967, an artillery round landed short and killed three men from Charlie Company.

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A Snake Story, by Gerald McLain. In 1967, while in the Central Highlands, Jerry encountered a snake and it's body passed in front of him. It seemed to go on and on forever!

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Sea-Borne Assault, By Jerry McLain. By sea? Yes, the Cav did it all. At 0330 hours on September 6, 1967 Company B, 2/12th Cavalry conducted a seaborne assault onto "Red Beach".

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Remembering the Beginning, by David Dentinger. David arrived in Vietnam in October 1967 and joined Company A at LZ Ross on November 6th, 1967.

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Christmas with Leslie, by David Dentinger. Dave thought his experiment with building a booby trap with expended 105MM shell casings, C-4, det-cord and M60 links and brass would work and his theory was proven when he accidentally blew up the north side of LZ Ross.

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The 7th of January 1968, by David Dentinger. A mortar round killed Frankie Sutton and wounded Gary Penland, Bill Yankowy and David Dentinger. Dave went to the MASH unit at Chu Lai and Bill never got over Frankie Sutton’s death.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial brochure, by Charlie Bader. The brochure for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has special meaning to the 2/12th Cavalry Troopers.

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Tanks and APCs, by Paul Becker. A Combined Arms operation on January 10, 1968 in which things were not always what they seem to be.

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Army Field Manual 3-06-Chapter 7-Urban Operations. The 2/12th Cavalry's operation during Tet is detailed in a recent Army Field Manual titled - Isolating an Urban Area: Hue, Vietnam – 1968.

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The Battle at Thon La Chu, by David Dentinger. It started with the Battalion getting on-line and charging 200 meters across an open area and ended with the Battalion conducting a ten hour night march through enemy lines.

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Show of Force, by David Dentinger. Between February 5th and February 13th both the Navy and the Air Force supported 2/12th Cavalry. David appreciated the Show of Force.

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The Bridge, by David Dentinger. Part of Company A made it across the bridge then enemy fire prevented the rest of the company from joining them. Captain Helvey went upstream and led six men across the creek and then they eliminated a nest of NVA snipers.

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Night Recon Mission on February 11, 1968, by David Dentinger. Fourteen men from A Company went on a night recon and then two men went deeper into enemy territory. They found the enemy.

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Wounded in Action, by David Dentinger. Dave was wounded by a white phosphorus grenade on February 21, 1968 and for the next nineteen months he underwent medical treatment for his wounds.

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Discovery Channel - The Battle for Hue. There was excitement when the Discovery Channel was going to do a show on The Battle for Hue and members of the 2/12th Cavalry were asked to participate. The English Brooklapping production team came to the States and some of our Troopers were interviewed over the phone and in person. Then disappointment set in when we received an e-mail telling us the show was cancelled.

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The Combat Medic, by Don Corbin. The First Platoon, Company A had Doc Jones as its Platoon Medic. He made quite an impression on Don because of his courage and dedication.

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Day One, LZ Jane, by Rick Rockholt. Rick joined D Company, 2/12 Cav in March 1968 at LZ Jane where he met Sgt Leo Lipsie, 3rd Platoon Leader.

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Diary Entry - March 21, 1968, by Max Cleland. LTC Sweet briefed the staff about leading the green troops the Battalion recently received as replacements.

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We're Going to Khe Sanh, by Don Corbin. It wasn't an April Fools Day joke, Company A was headed to Khe Sanh. From LZ Jane to LZ Stud to LZ Wharton to Hill 471 and then back to LZ Stud and Camp Evans then finally returning to LZ Jane on April 15th.

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Day Twenty-One, LZ Wharton, by Rick Rockholt. Four days spent on LZ Wharton where incoming rounds consisted of 130MM artillery from Laos and 122MM rockets. Four men from D Company were killed on April 5th.

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My First Days with Charlie Company, by Charlie Bader. A short story of his first few days in the field in April 1968 during Operation Pegasus when he joined the Company at LZ Wharton and the next day flew to relieve the Marines on Hill 471 just outside of Khe Sanh.

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PFC Ronald David Sparks - Killed in Action April 6, 1968, by Carolyn Sparks Edwards. Carolyn married her high school sweetheart just before he left for basic training. He was her hero and the love of her life.

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Day Twenty-Four, Hill 471, by Rick Rockholt. Five days spent on Hill 471 which included patrolling in the vicinity of the village of Khe Sanh.

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My Best Friend, The Warrior, by Leo Lipsie. Leo was responsible for putting together the E Company Recon Platoon in May 1968. Jack "Tex" Reed became the Recon Platoon Sergeant.

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The Night Ambush, by Don Corbin. Late one afternoon in May 1968, the 1st Platoon, A Company, 2/12th Cavalry checked out an ambush site but that night they took a different route to the ambush site.

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Baptism Under Fire, by Rod Jefferson & Don Corbin. Most of the men of the First Platoon, Company A arrived after the February battle for Hue. March and April were relatively quiet but during the month of May these men received their baptism under fire.

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Sir, I Fell Off a Bridge, by Charlie Bader. Charlie walked out on the bridge and before he knew it he was in the water.

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Wet Bamboo, by Jerry McLain.  One of Jerry's buddies cuts more than bamboo.

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LZ Nancy, August 16, 1968, by Jack "Tex" Reed. A story of the Recon Platoon being on out on LPs the night LZ Nancy was hit by sappers.

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My Scariest Moment in Vietnam, by Don Corbin. He unexpectedly met up with a python and it knocked him off his feet.

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We Almost Killed Santa, by Mike McGuire. A Christmas story from December 25, 1968.

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Attack on LZ Grant, by Bob Magruder. Company B was on LZ Grant from February 21st until February 28th. Bob's Platoon Leader, Bobby Sanderson died of his wounds from the ground attack of February 23rd.

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Listening Post - March 8, 1969, by Bob Jones. During the March 8th attack on LZ Grant, Bob was on a LP with four other men from Company D. Just before daylight, as they were infiltrating back to LZ Grant, they encountered a group of NVA and Larry Evans and Charles Snyder were killed.

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Gentle Warrior, by Norm Maves of the Portland Oregonian. The story of Lt Grant Henjyoji of Company D who was killed on March 8, 1969. He was born Grant, died on Grant and buried on Grant.

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LZ Grant, by the 30th Field Artillery. The story of LZ Grant as seen through the eyes of Artillerymen from A Battery, 1/30th Artillery.

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LZ Grant attacks as reported by the major news services.
     Stars & Stripes, March 10, 1969

     Time, March 21, 1969

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An American Warrior Honoured: Drop Zone Gorvad, by Jason Adair. The life of LTC Pete Gorvad, commander of 2/12 Cav who was killed at LZ Grant on March 8, 1969. Captain Jason Adair, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was an honored guest of the 12th Cavalry at the 2004 1st Cavalry Division Reunion in Milwaukee.

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Are You Kidding Me !!!, by Keith Morin. On January 17, 2009, two men from Manchester, Connecticut, an infantryman and an aviator, discovered they had met on March 11, 1969 on LZ Grant.

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Letter to the Troops - March 12, 1969, By LTC Ivan Boon. He assumed command of 2/12th Cavalry after LTC Pete Gorvad was killed on March 78h, 1969. His letter discusses the recent actions and his policies.

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Engaging with Artillery, Daily Staff Journal, 3-22-69. D Company's Second Platoon engages a possible target with artillery.

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Listening Post Action, Daily Staff Journal, 3-23-69. The C Company Third Platoon LP has a trip flare go off, so they blow the Claymore.

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April Contact, by Bob Magruder. The second week in April 1969 was a bad one for Bad Bet and Ace High who had multiple contacts with the NVA which resulted in the loss of ten men.

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May's Helping Hands, by Bob Magruder. Bad Bet's activities during the month of May 1969 saw B Company under the operational control of 2/8th Cavalry at LZ Carolyn, and then back with the 2/12th Cavalry working on and around LZ Grant and LZ White. 

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LZ Grant - May 12, 1969 - E Company, by Al Christy. Al was with the Mortar platoon of Company B before he transferred to Company E on LZ Grant. He thought it would be great not to hump in the field then on May 12th the sappers came through the wire into the platoon area.

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LZ Grant - May 12, 1969 - C Company, by Jeff Spenzer. During the attack, a bangalore torpedo was shoved into the bunker through the firing port.

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Combined Operations, by PFC Thomas Benic. July 2, 1969 Cavalair article about a combined task force consisting of 2/12th Cav and the 11th ACR sweeping through a bunker complex during a four day operation from June 5th to June 8th 1969.

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Christmas 1969 at LZ Buttons, by Mike Logsdon. Mike left the relative safety of Bien Hoa to spend Xmas with his friends at LZ Buttons.

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Battle of December 31, 1970, by Chuck "Doc" Kinler. On his first day in the bush, he was nineteen years young in the morning and nineteen years old by night.

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Captain John Owens, by Chuck "Doc" Kinler. The profound words of a leader.

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Major Myron Diduryk, by Bert Schreibstein. The relationship between the Battalion Communications Officer and the Battalion Operations Officer in March and April 1970.

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Winter Soldier Investigation, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. by Robert Wiktorski. One individual giving testimony was a veteran of Company C, 2/12th Cavalry. Not everyone saw the Vietnam War the same way.

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The Lure Back to Nam, by Gary Baxman. A 1994 trip to Vietnam by a Delta Recon, 1965-66 veteran.

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The Lure Back to Nam - 2001, by Gary Baxman. Seven years after his first trip back Gary returns to Vietnam. This trip is a challenge mentally and physically.

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Truly Coming Home, by Don Corbin. Reuniting with fellow Company A, First Platoon members after thirty-two years brings an inner peace and makes life better.

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Vietnam Veteran to be Awarded his Long Awaited Bronze Star, by Fox News 41, WDRB, Louisville. Michael "Mick" Mitchell of the Recon Platoon, Company E, 2/12th Cavalry will be awarded a Bronze Star with "V" device for an October 1968 act of heroism.

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 Ain't It Great to be Cav?, by Ken Howser. The chronicles of going to the 1st Cavalry Division reunion in Louisville with his eleven year old grandson. 

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Passing of a 2/12 Trooper, by Roger Kehrier. SSG Austeen Lee, Platoon Sergeant of the Second Platoon, Company D, 2/12th Cavalry was a mentor to a "green" Lieutenant.

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1967 to 2007, by Roger Kehrier. He returned to Vietnam in September-October 2007 with a humanitarian group called Vets with a Mission. Among the places Roger visited was LZ Ross in Que Son Valley.

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Memorial Day 2008, by Jack "Tex" Reed. A Memorial Day tribute to the man who let me celebrate this day.

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Tex and Gary, by Leo Lipsie. Jack "Tex" Reed  left a memorial on the Virtual Wall for Gary Bowling which led to a telephone conversation with Carol Mosley, Gary's sister.

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Many Happier Returns for Today's Soldiers, by Amanda Stairrett-Killeen Daily Herald. Bob Magruder was at the homecoming ceremonies at Cooper Field, Fort Hood when he was interviewed by a Killeen Daily Herald reporter.


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