Battle of the Horseshoe August 30, 1967 Author: C. W. Bowman Date: August 30, 1967 Subjects: Vietnam War Collection: C.W. Chief Menawa was wounded seven times during the battle but miraculously escaped after playing dead until nightfall, crawling into a canoe and floating away on the Tallapoosa. Captain Baker saw the door gunner get shot and he fell forward hanging by his monkey strap. Long lines of green tracers rounds from the enemy's automatic gunfire came zipping through the formation hitting their intended targets. ", The entire area was an infantrymen's worst nightmare. I could see a woodline or clump of bushes and trees about a hundred yards across the rice paddy�there was a lot of confusion.". DURING THE BATTLE OF FIRE SUPPORT BASE ANDERSEN, SOUTH VIETNAM ... battle of the Vietnam War, and to honour the service and sacrifice of those who served and those who died there. Captain Baker said, "It sounded like someone was beating the hell out of the chopper with a big hammer." It was the last major confrontation between United States ground forces and North Vietnam of the Vietnam War. Doc Hyder was organizing the wounded for evacuation and came over to ask, "Think you can walk?" Doc Dunphy spent the rest of the day crawling from one place to another through the sucking mud, not daring to stand up or even knell due to the intense and very accurate enemy fire. The 3rd lift of choppers had been shot up so badly that the Manchu's remaining company (Charlie Company) at Cu Chi could not be air lifted in due to the extensive damage to 90% of the returning helicopters. The communists, who had hoped for a popular uprising in support of their actions, instead met heavy resistance. It was now toward the end of the daylong battle before the wounded could be extracted due to the intense enemy fire. Bill Fitch was shocked when Truman said "Charge 1!" After the air strike, Captain Lewman gave an order that shocked everyone. THIS IS A FULL Collection of 4 pages of FIRE BASES, AIR FORCE BASES, Naval and Medical, BROWN WATER Naval, and any and all bases DOD during the Vietnam War 1963 to 1975 Great link for in-country Vietnam vets, or those curious about the Vietnam War… As Captain Baker took a closer look, he saw a downed chopper that appeared to be ablaze on the landing zone. 4/9 Manchu Infantry Company Commanders and Officers As he cleared the "Z" he radioed back to Captain Lewman to get some more [men] ready. Women and children were not exempt from the carnage and more than 200 fleeing Red Stick warriors were killed while swimming across the Tallapoosa to safety. As a result of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, Korea was split into two with separat… Charlie Company would stand down and be held in reserve in Cu Chi, because it was thought that three infantry companies would be more than adequate for a routine mission. Chalk-9's WO Herm Fulp leaned over to reset a switch just as a camouflaged Viet Cong soldier rose up out of the water, 15 feet from the chopper, and opened fire. If supporting fire (artillery strikes) were brought to bear on their front positions, they could fall back to their second or third lines of defense. Mike Smith (for finding documents from the National Archives-and of course, Willie Gin and Dick Detra again for their recollections of that day as well. The Go Mon also used captured U.S. weapons from the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) such as the M-1 rifle, M-1 automatic Carbine, .30 caliber Machine Gun, and the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR). The tunnel complex was so large that it took 3 days and nights to walk/crawl from one end to the other. It was raining and getting colder as the wind began blowing. However, now the extreme left flank of Alpha Company had been secured and Alpha now controlled a small part of the hidden canal line. Captain Lewman quickly ordered an about-face and moved back toward the wood line to engage the enemy. After this third mission the helicopters were so badly shot up (Red X'd) that there weren't enough left to fly in Charlie Company that was being held in reserve. Lt. Bill Howard--------------------Alpha Company 3rd Platoon Leader In reaction to the chaos, Colonel James Caller of the Mississippi territorial militia mustered 180 men to ambush a band of Upper Creek sympathizing Red Sticks returning from Pensacola with British firearms and ammunition. In treaty signed after the battle, known as the Treaty of Fort Jackson, the Creeks ceded more than 21 million acres of land to the United States. The Go Mon would outnumber us and 33% of the Manchus were green soldiers. And a tremendous battle. Their area of operations was from the Ho Bo Woods to the Iron Triangle. Back in Cu Chi, Lt. Rich Parris was listening to the radio reports and waiting for the second lift's return to take Delta Company out to the LZ. The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was fought on March 27, 1814, during the War of 1812. Hurry-up, get out! Captain Baker recalls "there were so many snipers that you had to crawl were ever you went, if you stood up you died on the spot." The victory at Horseshoe Bend brought Andrew Jackson national attention and helped elect him president in 1828. The Go Mon had well trained marksmen waiting for anyone to expose themselves for more than one second. Larry fired off another mortar round at the woodline and was horrified to see it heading straight for a chopper, but fortunately the chopper was climbing and got out of range of his projectile. Furthermore, you also have time to gather and look back on one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War - the Battle … No sooner than leaving Doc, several guys were yelling and frantically waving at Willie to get his attention and to come to them in the next field behind him. Bravo Company could clearly see the Delta Company's men getting up on the dikes trying to run for cover. Bob said, "I couldn't tell what everyone was shooting at. By 1812, internal hostilities engulfed the Creek nation, dividing a once strong tribe into two stratified factions, the Lower Creek, who were generally pro-American, and the Upper Creek, who resisted American interference with their traditional way of life. Dave went over to pull him out and was immediately hit in his upper left back and the bullet round exited out his lower right back. The battle of Horseshoe Bend was a disaster for the Red Sticks, with more than 800 of their 1,000 warriors killed in the fray. Captain Baker had taken the finger stream objective, but could not get the Battalion Commander's permission to roll up the VC's flank. As we began to lob rounds into the wood line, it really got the attention of the Go Mon and they didn't want any heavy firepower like a 60mm mortar round dropping onto or into their bunkers. Doc Dunphy went to the aid of Doc Zogg who had been hit earlier. 2002 © Copyright. Lt. Colonel John Williams led the assault accompanied by a young Sam Houston, the future patriarch of Texas. The incoming rounds were sending spurts and plumes of water shooting straight up into the air, as the Squad ran and fell toward the dike. They just got cut to pieces.". By this time, Doc Hyder collapsed from total exhaustion and was shaking badly-the adrenaline had finally run out of both of them. The medics had to remove all the leeches before he would let them finished bandaging the wound. Over the next 15 years, Alabama’s population exploded, growing from a sparsely populated wilderness with under 10,000 inhabitants in 1810, to one of the South’s most vital economic engines by 1830 with a population over 300,000. I was more of a facilitator, rather than the author of this article. Dennis Gabbert, who was toward the middle of the charge, was also hit and mortally wounded during the assault. Alpha Company had no choice but to fallback, taking cover behind the dirt embankment at the base of the tree line. The initial reports on the radio were "LZ Cold" and everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief. A chopper pilot, (Mark O. Hayes), came in to take out the wounded, under intense fire and displayed great bravery, which saved many lives. On the other hand, traditionalists from the Upper Creek nation strongly opposed the new American-backed National Council, which served as a medium between the Creek and the United States government. Ronnie Massengill and Spec-4 Terry Craft told Willie to lob some M-79 rounds into the tree line. Then it is best to get into an offensive position as soon as possible, to escape being annihilated. "Smitty" Smith: who was killed later that day while on an emergency re-supply and evacuation mission. Willie drug him through the shallow muddy water up to the edge of the dike, and tried to lift and push him over the top. Without hesitation he ordered the 39th U.S. Infantry, his most elite unit, to initiate a bayonet charge. The enemy's forward fighting positions were 30 to 40 meters in front of Alpha Company and they were firing at Alpha from fortified bunkers. As the lead slicks slipped pass the Southeast corner of the forested area in Trail formation, explosions suddenly started going off to the front and to the sides of the slicks, mixed in with automatic gunfire coming out of the woods on the right side of the formation. The situation was now becoming extremely deadly; we had point blank gunfire coming at us from our front, gunfire from our left flank, and distant gunfire coming from our right flank. When Bob emerged from the water, the wounded soldier was leaning on the dike holding on with both arms. Bowman , Dave Cline, Rich Parris, and others. He landed flat on his back, causing a huge splash in the water. It was difficult to determine the location of the camouflaged bunkers to return fire and Alpha was still exposed in the open rice paddy and taking causalities. This was a joint operation conducted by the 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions and the 11th ACR. Willie Gin and two others started running down the dike, pass the Southeast corner to the other side-this being the fastest way to get there. His chopper had taken a hit from an armor piercing bullet that cut both oil lines-draining the oil from the engine and causing the chopper to leave a smoke trail from an overheated engine all the way back to Cu Chi. He was told to drop them lower and even lower still. Every purchase supports the mission. This was the enemy's territory, and when in this area there were no secure areas that could be called safe. General Mearns decided to use Korean War tactics of heavy pre-strikes before sending in the infantry into the area. The Squad headed toward the Southeast corner of the dike, at the extreme right flank of what would become Alpha Company's line, which was closest to their drop off point. The battle begins as an ambush of B - 1/11th ACR on Highway 1, northeast of Soui Cat, by the 275th Main Force Regiment. There was some heavy fire during the initial phase of the charge and then it tapered off as the Go Mon fell back. The F-4's released Snake Eye 750-pound bombs that would wobble until the tailfins popped out to stabilize the bombs descent before impact. 4/9 Alpha Company, Before that (from August 1 through August 29, 1967), it had been mostly routine patrols, with maybe some sniper fire or short skirmishes with a small group of VC (Viet Cong) doing quick hit and run tactics. The closest Delta soldiers began laying down suppressing fire for the returning Manchu. Therefore, it would not be necessary to carry C-rations, ponchos, night kits or additional ammunition-it other words "travel light". They were experts at designing fighting positions, which were always heavily camouflaged. The Majority of our funds go directly to Preservation and Education. In the midst of this ambush, while our slick was still hovering 4-to-6 feet above the ground, the aircraft pilots starting yelling "Get out of the fuck'n chopper! 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