1968 - January to February
1968 Overview 

During the year the battalion participate in the Tet Counteroffensive battles in the Spring and fought
major battles in the Fall. Janurary saw the battalion in the Katum AO and at Fire Support Base Burt.
During TET 68 the battalion moved at the beginning of February from the Dau Tieng Area of Operations
to fight near Cu Chi and at Hoc Mon. After Tet the battalion took over security of Dau Tieng Base
Camp, and finally found a new new home north of Trang Bang at Fire Support Base Pershing. 

JANUARY 1968


OPERATION YELLOWSTONE Phase II (continues) 

The second phase of Operation Yellowstone had begun on 9 December 1967 and it ended on 25
January 1968.  FSB BURT vic XT4980 FSB KATUM vic XT3391 

1 - 4 JAN 68

"Continues OPCON to 1st Bde, 25th Inf Div, extracting rice and conducting recon in force operations."
[SOURCE: HQ 2/12th Inf AAR (Yellowstone) 15 March 1968]  Since December 29, 1967, the 2/12th rice
cache and laager (XT279934).   

ELSEWHERE IN VIETNAM: Fire Support Base Burt at (XT499806) under major attack by the 271st and
272nd VC Regiments (4 battalions committed, 2 battalions in reserve. The attack began at 11:30 pm on
the 1st and raged untill 6 am on the 2nd, resulting in 401 VC killed, 23 US KIAs and 153 US WIAs.
Known as the Battle of FSB Burt (or the Battle of Suoi Cut), it was some 16 klicks southeast of the 12th
at Katum. 

Defending U.S. forces:
2/22 (M) Inf Co.'s A, B, C
3/22 Inf Co.'s A, B, C
3/13 Artillery Battery B (155 mm self-propelled)
2/27 Arty Batteries A, C
5/2 Arty (one section of M-42 self-propelled "Dusters")
71st Arty Battery D (M55) 29th Arty (one section Battery I)
 
On the 2nd the 4/9th Inf (Manchu) replaced the 3/22nd Inf who flew to Katum, and then on to Dau
Tieng on the 5th - only to return to Burt on the 7th, where they remained until the 23rd when they
finally left this place of hell.  [NOTE: Oliver Stone, director of the movie PLATOON, was a member of
Bravo Company, Third Battalion, Twenty Second Infantry (B/3/22) and the movie's climax may have
been based on the battle at FSB Burt - although, I'm sure Stone had many other adventures that could
have been the basis. - Sarge]
[SOURCE: 3rd Brigade, 25th Division AAR 19 March 1968]

2/12th INF continues OPCON as 1st Bde. RECON platoon continues as 3rd Bde as RRF. 

5 JAN 68
"Bn (-) relocated to FSB KATUM (XT333898). Replaced 3/22 at FSB and assumed FSB security
requirements. Bravo Co airmobile from Dau Tieng to Katum, last element departed Dau Tieng 1235H."
[SOURCE: HQ 2/12th Inf AAR (Yellowstone) 15 March 1968] 

Co. B had been at Dau Tieng as 3rd Bde RRF.  Four miles northwest of Katum, the Battalion (-) leaves
the site of the rice cache discovered on the 29th of December at (XT279934) and returns to Katum
Base Camp at (XT334898) to replace the 3/22 Inf and assume security for the base.  Bravo Company
airmobile from Dau Tieng to join the battalion at Katum - the last element arriving shortly after noon.
[Source: 2/12 Inf AAR 15 MAR 1968]  3/22 Inf leaves FSB Burt for Dau Tieng. 

ELSEWHERE IN VIETNAM:
To the east of Katum, the 4/9th Inf "Manchu" working out of FSB Burt fight the Hour Glass Battle north
of Katum on an LZ. Three helicopters were shot down and many others shot to pieces. 

6 JAN 68
2/12th Inf providing security for Katum, resting and refitting after recent operations.   -------- 7 JAN 67
2/12th remains at FSB Katum as security.  3/22 Inf returns to FSB Burt.

8 JAN 68
A Co KIA:
PFC Larry Gene Dearing (20)* 
Elements of the 2/12th providing security for Rome Plows one and a half klicks southeast of Katum
made contact with an estimated squad of enemy at (XT340884) resulting in two NVA killed.  Six hours
latter at 4 pm sniper fire killed one U.S. soldier, wounded two others and resulted in one U.S. non-
battle injury. Enemy losses unknown.  *[Source: Virtual Wall Organization.]

9 JAN 68
D Co KIA's:
SP4 Randolph T. Butler (20) of St. Petersburg, FL
SP4 Tyler W. Cobb, Jr. (19) of La Puete, CA perished in Tay Ninh Province. 
Co. D received continuous sniper fire on the 9th just southeast of the previous days contact killing
Specialist's Butler and Cobb and wounding another soldier at (XT340884). Enemy casualties unknown. 

10 JAN 68
2/12th airmobile west-southwest of Katum to an LZ at (XT274864). Alpha Company had one non-
battle injury. 

11JAN 68
Co. A departs Katum sweeping east to (XT359901), then north to (XT359920), west to (XT346900) and
then southwest back to Katum.  Bravo Company provided security for Rome plows working the
perimeter.  At 6:15 pm Katum received 10 rounds of 82 mm and 15 rounds of 60 mm mortar fire.
Negative casualties. 

12 JAN 68
Co. C discovered 8 graves with the bodies of 8 males dressed in light green uniforms at (XT345887).
This was in the area of the January 8th and 9th contacts. [Source; Yellowstone report]  Bn continues as
OPCON 1st Bde. RECON platoon as 3rd Bde RRF. At 3:50 pm CRIP vic XT503447 received small armsand
automatic fire. Returned fire with organic weapons with negative results. US was shot in the thiigh
(friendly) at 3:55 pm XT500477   

13 JAN 68
2/12th INF OPCON as 1st Brigade. Local Recon in force around Katum. 

14 JAN 68
Co.'s A, B and C conducted a combat air assault into an LZ nine klicks northwest of Katum at
(XT279972). Gunships covering the assault received fire north of the LZ at (XT279978) and returned
fire. An air strike was called in. Co. C investigated and received fire from an estimated 3 VC in the
area. Co. B located a minefield and 10 VC bodies in shallow graves. The three companies swept south
one klick from the original landing zone to a pick-up zone (PZ) at (XT282958) and returned to Katum.
[SOURCE: YELLOWSTONE 25th Div OR-LL]  2/12th continues as OPCON 1st Bde. RECON platoon RRF for
3rd Bde.  

15 JAN 68
2/12th BN OPCON to 1st Brigade  Co.'s A, B & D rif six klicks southeast down Hwy 246 to Bo Tuc and
return to Katum. The battalion located and destroyed three anti-tank mines clearing the road. [ibid
Yellowstone report]  2/12th INF OPCON 1st Bde. Recon platoon remains 3rd Bde RRF. [Source: ibid 3rd
Bde AAR] 

16 JAN 68
2/12th BN 3rd Brigade  MOVE TO BURT 2/12th (-) Battalion moved by CH-47 (Chinook) from Katum to
FSB Burt to relieve the 4/9th Manchu and Bn returned to 3rd Brigade control from the 1st BDE.   3/22
Inf remained at Burt untill the 23rd and then the 3/22nd flew to Dau Tieng. 

17 JAN 68
Battalion in 3rd Brigade  2/12th conducted platoon size patrolling and improving FSB Burt positions.
At 9:15 am Co. C found 1 dead (BC) XT506798. Also destroyed 3 mortar positions, 20 bunkers, 50 82mm
fuses. [SOURCE: 3rd Bde, 25th Div, After Action Report 19 March 1968]  

18 JAN 68
BN in 3rd Bde  Alpha Company found three freshly dug 4'x3'x5' foxholes (two with overhead cover)
northeast of FSB Burt at (XT515830). At 1:15 pm a Dustoff was called for a soldier with leg cramps. At
4:15 pm a stay behind force discovered a grave with a male dressed in black pajamas. [SOURCE:
Yellowstone OR-LL 25th Div HQ]  2/12th search and destroy operations vic XT525810. Co. A at 9:45 am
destroy 3 foxholes with overcover vic XT515820. At 1:20 one US suffered leg cramps vic XT517820
(dusted off). At 5:20 pm Co. A found 1 VC KIA (BC) in grave vic XT500810. [SOURCE: 3rd Bde, 25th Div
AAR 19 March 1968]  

19 JAN 68
BN in 3rd Brigade Battalion conducted Search and Destroy operations to vic XT5181 & XT5182.  Co. D
found one VC body 500 meters east-northeast of Burt at (XT504808) near 8 am. They continued
patrolling and returned to the base at 5 pm. The battalion was conducting loal patrols around FSB
Burt. [SOURCE: Yellowstone OR-LL HQ 25th Div]    

20 JAN 68
2/12th INF in 3rd Bde  Elements of the 2/12th swept to the southeast of FSB Burt.  Co. A, 1 klick SE of
Burt, at (XT507796) [1] found stakes tied to trees. Stakes were probably use as trail markers. Alpha
also discovered and destroyed four 3'x4'x5' bunkers with overhead cover - estimated three days old
[1]. At 0850 hours vic (XT509799) [2] found 8 huts, 17 bunkers. Alpha destroyed the bunkers and
burned the huts. At 9:45 am at (XT511791) [3] found a week old six foot bunker with overhead cover.
At 1020 hours (XT517787) [4] found 7 freshly dug unused graves, 4 foxholes 3'x4'x4' (two incomplete),
6 freshly dug bunkers without overhead cover approx. 1 week old. At 12:25 pm (XT511792) located 1
foxhole and a hut with an 8' long tunnel. At 2:10 pm (XT503797) [6] found probable staging area with
30 (+/-) foxholes having overhead cover, one radio battery case, rucksack, bandages and
approximately 100 pounds of rice. Located 6 graves with six males. Found and extracted one bicycle. 
Co. D found a 3' wide bridge tied with vines at (XT515784) [7]. Also found one AK-47 with magazine at
(XT504800) [8]. All elements closed FSB Burt by 4 pm. [SOURCE: HQ 25th DIV Yellowstone OR-LL]   2-12
INF: Continued S&D vic XT5178. [SOURCE: 3rd Bde, 25th Div AAR 19 March 1968] 

21 JAN 68 
Co. A (point company) and Co. B (trail) sweep two klicks east-southeast out of FSB Burt to (XT524800),
then (around 10 pm) swing north. 100 meters north of the turn, Co. B discovers 3 bunkers with
overhead cover and 3 foxholes at 10:45 am. The bunkers were very old and already partially
destroyed. Co.'s A and B continue north nearly one klick from the turn at XT524800 to a check point at
(XT524809) and turned west-southwest towards Burt. At 3:10 pm Alpha discovered 17 bunkers with
overhead cover each 3'x4'x4', some bloody rags and two VC entrenching tools. Both companies closed
the wire at Burt by 4:30. [SOURCE: Yellowstone II OR-LL]   Co. C, 2/12th OPCON to 3/22 Inf. At 8:55 am
Co. C, working with Co. D 3/22, find seven bunkers with overhead cover and 100 meters of trenches at
(XT489809) one klick west-northwest of FSB Burt. Moving 500 meters due west they found two
bunkers with ovehead cover an hour and a half latter at (XT486809). [SOURCE:3/22nd INF, 26th DIV
Yellowstone II AAR]  RECON remains 3rd BDE CRIP. [? Dau Tieng?] Co. B 9:25 am vic
XT524801destroyed 3 bunkers. Co. A 3:17 pm vic XT515804 found 17 bunkers and 2 entrenching tools.
[SOURCE: 3rd Brigade, 25th Division AAR 19 March 1968]  

22 JAN 68
Co.'s B and D swept east out of FSB Burt. At 0815 hours Co. B found 15 two week old foxholes with no
overhead cover at (XT505805). In the same area Delta Company found 35 one man foxholes with no
overhead cover about two weeks old. Two-hundred meters SE of the foxholes they found 4 VC
bodies about three weeks old. Moving east, Delta found a small base camp at (XT512805). The
bunkers were 3'x4'x4' and had overhead cover. Delta destroyed these. Moving southeast from the
base camp Delta found a three week old VC body, 2 RPG rounds with charges, and 1 Chicom grenade.
By 4 pm both companies had closed the wire at Burt. [SOURCE: YELLOWSTONE II, HQ 25th DIV]    Co. C
continue OPCON 3-22 INF. RECON platoon continues as BDE CRIP. Co. D 8:14 am vic XT509805
destroyed 15 foxholes and at 8:45 am found 4 bunkers. At 1:10 pm vic XT502??? Co. D found 1 VC KIA
(BC) and 2 RPG rounds. [SOURCE: 3rd Bde, 25th Div AAR 19 March 1968]  

23 JAN 68
On the 23rd and 24th the battalion conducted cloverleaf operations two clicks north of FSB Burt on
Hill 95 (XT504833).  3/22 Inf leaves FSB Burt for Dau Tieng.  BACK IN THE WORLD (sort of): A U.S. Navy
intelligence gathering ship, the USS Pueblo, is captured by the (Communist) North Koreans on the
23rd. The fate of the crew of 83 absorbs the attention of the Navy and State Departments until the
crew is released in December 1968.   [As far as I know, the Commies still have the damned ship. Or is
that "doomed" ship!? Korean was still a "hot" place 15 plus years after the Korean War Truce -
soldiers were still getting killed. I think infantrymen stationd on the Korean DMZ could get a CIB. -
Sarge] 

25 JAN 68
2/12th conducted local sweeps around FSB Burt. At 3 pm Bravo Company found 2 RPG-2 rounds with
boosters 300 meters southeast of the firebase at (XT503805). 

26 JAN 68
B Co. KIA:
PFCJames C. Curtin (21) of Chicago, IL
1LT Reginald A. Stancil (24), Arty FO, of Bristol (Fairless Hills), PA perished in Tay Ninh Province. 

FSB Burt received 25 82mm rounds at 8 am. This resulted in 4 US KIA and 29 US WIA. Pfc. Curtin and
artillery FO 1Lt Stancil were sharing a foxhole when it was hit by a mortar.   Extraction operations of
the battalion from Burt began at 8:45 and the Second of the Twelfth closed Camp Rainier by noon.  
".... 26 January 1968, 2/12th to airlit to Dau Tieng to reinforce and/or counterattack the following
areas and employ two (2) companies in the Michelin on Reconnaissance in Force Operations, also
provide security for vehicle convoy between Dau Tieng and Tay Ninh:...."  District Headquarters
(Vietnamese) 369th RF Company Ben Do Out-post CRIP and Nguyon Van Than Out-post Cau Cat Out-
post Cau Duc Out-post Bridge Cau Binh Out-post Bon Cui  [SOURCE: HQ 2/12 Yellowstone AAR 15
March 1968]      [Others killed on the 26th- most likely, but not necessarily during the mortar attack -
Pfc. Robert Risley Fryer (MOS 11C10) who had been "in country" just 19 days, 1Lt. Sgt. Maxie Lane
Price (MOS 13E20 Cannon Fire Direction Control), and Pfc. Edward Joseph Craig (MOS 13A10 Field
Artillery).]  

27 - 31 JAN 68
Battalion (-), at Dau Tieng, conducts Reconnaissance in Force missions in and around the Michelin
Rubber Plantation. On the 31st OPERATION YELLOWSTONE ENDS. Results: 5 2/12th KIA, 47 WIA.  

TET 68
31 JAN 68 TET OFFENSIVE BEGINS.
TET 68 OVERVIEW  In response to the VC/NVA threat to Saigon the 2/12th was relocated from Camp Rainier (Dau Tieng) to Cu Chi for deployment to various hot spots. The fact that the battalion had been withdrawn from the Cambodian border area of War Zone C to Dau Tieng in the first place was the direct result of General Weyand's - Commanding General, IIFF (Second Field Force) - recognition of the theat to Saigon by having the majority of American forces beating the bushes.   Because the main supply line (Hwy 1) was unsafe from Saigon to Cu Chi, LOGISTICS were handled out of a makeshift supply depot called "CONEX CITY" at Tan Son Nhut (Airbase) while the battalion was at Hoc Mon.
FEBRUARY 1968

OPERATION SARATOGA
1 FEB to 10 MAR 1968

Operation Saratoga was a 2nd Brigade, 25th Division operation that had begun on 7 December 1967 while
the 2/12th Infantry was in the 3rd Brigade and participating in Operation Yellowstone. When the battalion
came under the operational control (OPCON) of the 2nd Brigade on the 1st they became a unit in
Saratoga.

1 FEB 68
The 3rd Brigade's 2/12th Infantry became OPCON to the 2nd Brigade and flew 20 miles south-southeast to
a landing zone (XT631180) west of the Filhoi Rubber Plantation, and a couple of klicks north-northwest of
Cu Chi base camp. This move was precipitated by the movement to the Saigon area of both battalions of
the 27th Infantry in their reaction to the opening shots of Tet 68. Upon landing, the 2/12th busied itself
with building a night laager and operating base (XT628180) in the rice paddies some 1 1/2 miles northwest
of the wire at Cu Chi base camp and settled in for the night.

Both Cu Chi Base Camp and Cu Chi village are under attack. 3/22 Infantry counter-attacks and assumes
security for the main supply route (MSR) Highway 1 from Trang Bang to the Hoc Mon Bridge (along with
element of the mechinized 4/23 Infantry who were working the Ho Bo's).

2 FEB 68
Night location: XT628180, 2km NW of Cu Chi Base Camp. At 6 a.m. the battalions new night laager received
6 rounds of enemy 82mm mortar fire resulting in negative casualties. The battalion conducted
Reconnaissance in Force Operations and airmobile cmbat assaults. In mid-afternoon (1525 hrs) Company
A sustained 1 WIA from a booby trap 2 miles (+/-) west of the night laager at XT588173.

3 FEB 68
Night Laager remains NW of Cu Chi Base Camp. At 3:22 a.m. just east of the night laager a ambush patrol
(or listening post) sustained 5 US WIA from fragmentation wounds. XT631180.

Companies A and B flew five miles east to an LZ southwest of Phu Hoa. XT705184. Moving north-northeast
off the landing zone Company A made contact at 11:35 a.m. with an unknown size enemy force but
sustained no casualties. XT708193. Still moving northeast, A and B Companies made contact on the
outskirts of Phu Hoa village at 1 p.m. sustaining 12 US wounded by gunshot. XT714197. The enemy lost 7
killed (body count). Three hours latter a supporting gunship was downed in the Filhoi Rubber Plantation
by small arms fire. XT700196.
4 FEB 68
Night Laager (NL) remains NW of Cu Chi base.

Companies B and C conducted airmobile combat assaults to LZ 4 1/2miles north of Cu Chi camp near the
banks of the Saigon River. XT673231. Companies A and C provided security for the night laager.

CLEAN UP BATTLES OF AREA OPERATIONS
5-7 February 1968

With the Battalion still in their night laager (vic XT628180) northwest of Cu Chi Base Camp the effort shifted
from north of Cu Chi to the area between the base camp on Highway 8-A (a.k.a. "Eight Alpha") and the
collection of villages at AP CHO on Highway 1 - an area code named AO CLEAN-UP.

For three days the 2/12th slugged it out half-way between Eight Alpha and the MSR. For all intents and
purposes the fifth of February was THE BEGINNING OF THE BATTLE OF TAN HOA since the fighting was only
a mile due south of the village of Tan Hoa, although other histories call the fighting a part of the battles
around AP CHO.

5 FEB 68
NL remains NW of Cu Chi base camp.

C Co KIAs:
PFC Kenneth W. Coates (20) of West Branch, MI;
PFC M. L. Curry (18) of Holly Springs, MS;
PFC Larry W. Norgaard (20) of Iroquois, SD
PFC Wesley G. Thurston (26) of Rochester, NY
perished in Binh Duong Province.

Co C air assaulted into Ap Phouc Thoi (XT677124) south of Cu Chi. After moving a mile-and-a-half due east
Charlie Company made contact at Ap Phouc Hung (XT694125), a village with an ARVN compound to the
north and a road system that ran south to the villages in the vicinity of Ap Cho on Highway 1. At 1:25 p.m.
Charlie Company had 1 WIA, by 2 p.m. the company had suffered 8 wounded and 4 dead. Two hours later 2
VC fired on Company C resulting in no casualties. A sweep of the firefight area revealed 34 enemy killed -
either by Co. C or supporting artillery, gunships or air strikes.

6 FEB 68
A Co KIA:
PFC Richard Benjamin (22) of Altome, AL died of wounds (DOW) received in Binh Duong Province.

B Co KIA:
SP4 Bradford L. Trout (20) of New Castle, IN, died of wounds (DOW) received in Binh Duong Province.

Former Company B member John Grigsby remembers that Trout and Richard Sorenson "were best buddies
- like brothers." Sorenson would die on the 11th at Tan Hoa. The events of February 5th were repeated on
the 6th by Alpha and Bravo Companies, the landing zone was (once again) west of Ap Phouc Hung and the
companies moved east towards the area of yesterdays contact with Alpha on the left who struck first at
XT696124 at 10 a.m.. An hour and-a-half latter Bravo (a few 100 yards to the south) made contact and
sustained one wounded in the vicinity of XT695122.

At 1:15 p.m. the companies were fully engaged in the vicinity of XT695122, with sporadic contact continuing
until nearly half past five. Enemy forces were engaged by the companies organic weapons with the support
of artillery, gunships and air strikes resulting in 15 VC KIA (BC) - seven of them credited to the 2/12th
Infantrymen who lost eight wounded and two killed.

7 FEB 68
Night Laager (morning of 7th): Northwest of Cu Chi Base Camp.
ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW NIGHT LAAGER (NL) SOUTH OF CU CHI

Co.'s A, C and D flew south from the NL above Cu Chi to a landing zone one kilometer soth-southeast of
yesterdays contact site. Co. A moved a short distance south of the landing zone and began to construct a
new battalion night laager in the vicinity of Ap Phu Loi at XT698113. Meanwhile, Companies C and D
searched the last two days contact site and found three Viet Cong bodies.

Up north, Company B was busy tearing down the old night laager northwest of Cu Chi and moving to a billit
on the base camp.

Shortly before midnight, elements of the 2/12th Inf engaged at (XT698114) - just east of Ap Phuoc Thoi (2) -
some two klicks north of the highway as it passes through Tan Phu Trung/Ap Cho (or) some four klicks north
of the Hoc Mon bridge. The 3/4 CAV sent a flare ship to support the 2/12th, whose call sign "Flame 3" at
38.10FM.
THE BATTLE OF TAN HOA
8-14 February 1968

vic XT6914 two miles east of Cu Chi Base along Highway 8

8 FEB 68

D Co KIA:
PFC Ned Lee (23) of Flagstaff, AZ perished in the village of Tan Hoa, Binh Duong Province.

D Co WIAs:
LT Ronald Hendricks, 1st platoon, and acting commanding officer of Co. D at the time.
LT Michael Christenson, 2nd platoon.
LT Jeffery Mayfield, 3rd platoon
Joe Bastidas

TAN HOA "SIX DAY BATTLE"
Co. D was engaged in a running battle for six straight days -- February 8 to 14 -- approx. 6 klicks east of the
main gate of Cu Chi Base Camp at Tan Hoa (vic XT695145) & Dong Sao (vic XT700105).

LT Ron Hendricks had this to say about the opening phase of the battle outside Cu Chi at Tan Hoa; "I had
been the Acting CO until approximately noon. Ed Domaleski was the XO. He had just returned from R&R. I
turned the company over to him at that time. We were supposed to be done for the day and just kick back
to get ready for ambushes that night. We received a mission to secure some engineers going to the gravel
pit. We were picked up dropped near the east gate of Cu Chi. We went into Tan Hoa riding the trucks. The
[platoon] order was 3-2-1-4. We stopped and dismounted just inside the village due to suspicious activity.
3d platoon opened fire on a fleeing VC and all hell broke loose. They were in front of us, behind us, and in
between us."

The following article from Tropic Lightning News:

SIX DAY FIGHT
122 VC DEAD
3RD BDE -- After battling an estimated battalion of Viet Cong for six consecutive days, elements of the
3rd Bde, 25th Inf Div drive the enemy from the villageof Tan Hoa, two kms east of Cu Chi.

The 2nd Bn, 12th Inf "White Warriors," under the command of LTC Dean Tice, continued to fight the
enemy daily aided by air strikes, artillery and gunships. Weakened by the continued pounding by the
U.S. Forces, the Viet Cong were forced to leave their maze of tunnels, spider holes and bunkers within the
village.

A total of 122 enemy were killed and five Viet Cong suspects detained during the bitter fighting. Eleven
American soldiers died in the six day period. The six day battle began shortly after helicopters dropped
elements of Delta company on a landing zone near the village. The infantrymen immeadiately came under
heavy fire from automatic weapons and rocket launchers. For the following five hours the White Warriors
steadily pushed into the widespread village which was honeycombed with spiderholes and complex
tunnel systems.

1Lt Ronald Hendricks, first platoon leader of Delta company commented about the complex system of
tunnels; "Charlie would fire at you from one spiderhole concealed in a hedge row, crawl through a tunnel
to a new position and open up again. It made it rough to pinpoint his location, but once we did, we put it
to him."

LTC Richard Simpson acting battalion Commander in the absence of Tice, said the men did a magnificent
job. The battalion went through a new phase of fighting the Viet Cong. They went against a larger force,
well dug in, and by the hard effort of every PFC and SGT, they took the Village. Those are the men that did
the job. According to intelligence officers, the enemy was well armed with fully automatic weapons of
every caliber the VC are known to employ. They had an abundant supply of ammunition.
9 FEB 68
A Co KIAs:
PFC Walter R. Waschick (18) of Merrill, WI perished in Binh Duong Province.
SP4 Rymond J. Palacio (20) of Seaside, CA perished in Hua Nghia Province.

A Co, Arty FO RTO, KIA:
SP4 John R. Barfield (19) of Bude, Mississippi perished in Binh Duong Province.

A Co WIAs:
Numerous.
Dan Hollister (1st platoon) was hit by the splash of an RPG. Dan's major wound was in his right
shoulder.

Co. A night laager (NL), 3 1/2 southeast of Cu Chi Base, (NL vic XT698113) moved to establish a new NL
(vic 691144) at Tan Hoa.

2-12 INF: Conducted airmobile combat assaults to LZ vic XT676144 NS xt690150. One company
established and secured a new night location at XT691144. Co. C with elements of the 554th Enginner
Battalion conducted road clearing and security.

10 FEB 68
Tan Hoa (Cu Chi area)

Co. D's commanding officer, LT Ed Domaleski, WIA & evacuated.
[Editors NOTE: Lieutenant Domaleski was the commanding officer of the RECON company in this
period and sent to command Delta - note the Delta officer casualties of the 8th.

11 FEB 68
A Co KIA:
SP4 Given W. Bradley (23) of Paducah, KY
PFC Peter A. Hill (20) of Eureka, CA
HHC KIA:
Medic PFC Frank L. Stec (21) of Chicago, IL perished in Hua Nghia Province.

B Co KIA:
PFC Richard L. Sorensen (20) of Eureka, UT perished in Binh Duong Province.

12 FEB 68
A Co KIA:
PFC Max Russel Bever (23) of Waurika, OK perished in Hua Nghia Province.

C Co KIA:
PFC Edmund A. O'Conner (20) of Lindenhurst, NY perished in Hua Nghia Province.

13 FEB 68
B Co KIA:
SGT Larry W. Barnard (20) of Knoxville, TN and
SP4 Jack W Grandahl  (20) of Ironwood, MI, perished in Binh Duong Province.

14 FEB 68

HARRIS CITATION (August 9, 1968):
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James A. Harris, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for
extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with armed hostile
force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry, 3d
Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Staff Sergeant Harris distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous
actions, on 14 February 1968 as platoon sergeant of an infantry unit during its assault on an enemy
infested village. As the lead platoon, led by Sergeant Harris entered the village, its advance was halted
by intense enemy fire from a well-fortified trench and bunker system. Undaunted by the murderous
fire, Sergeant Harris led a small patrol in an attempt flank and destroy the enemy positions. As he
advanced to within ten meters of an enemy machine gun position, he was detected and the enemy
began placing heavy machine gun fire on his position, painfully wounding him. Sergeant Harris was
forced to withdraw. He quickly reorganized his troops and led another assault on the enemy machine
gun position. The withering enemy fire again halted the advance. Sergeant Harris was wounded a
second time but refused to be evacuated. Disregarding the pain and loss of blood from his wounds, he
obtained two hand grenades and crawled towards the enemy positions alone, leaving his men behind
to provide covering fire. As he stood up and threw the grenades, he was wounded a third time. His
accurate throw destroyed the enemy position and allowed his platoon to advance. Still refusing
medical evacuation, Sergeant Harris continued the mission until it was completed. Staff Sergeant
Harris' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
16 FEB 68
[BACKGROUND NOTE: 1/5th (Co.'s C, B & HHC) established a Patrol Base at XT781033 two klicks E of
downtown Hoc Mon. Co. A OPCON to 3rd BDE 25th Infantry Division]

17 FEB 68
[BACKGROUND NOTE: 1/5th base at XT803046 five klicks E of downtown Hoc Mon.]

23 FEB 68
C Co KIA:
SP4 James S. Strickland, Jr. (20) of Jacksonville, FL perished in Gia Dinh Province [Hoc Mon area].
NOTES: TAN HOA 1968

BATTALION and events

7 FEB Bn
NL morning XT628180 Co. B
NL morning XT698113 Co.A, C. D in 6th contact area
2pm XT694123 Bn loc. 3 VC (BC)

8 FEB Bn
XT698113 NL morning Co's A, C, D
11:00 pm Bn engage aprox. 150 VC with arty and LFT Unknowns results.

9 FEB Bn
Bn Co. A and C airmobile from XT698113 to Tan Hoa area LZs.
XT691144 one company establish NL .
8:35 pm Co. C fighting XT690145 Tan Hoa anf sweep battle area and finds 8 VC KIA and 20 poss..

Co. A and C fighting;
12:45 pm vic XT6914
2:06 pm supporting gunships received heavy fire.
2:19 pm two US WIA returned with A/W, S/A and air strikes.3:00 pm Co. A at XT692147 received WIAs
and KIAs.
Lossses for battle: 9(+/-) and 2 US KIA.

8:29 pm night location, 2 miles south of Tan Hoa, hit by small arms. Returned organic weapons and
artillery with unknown results.

10 FEB Bn
XT693144 Co. A, C, and D engaged by enemy. Returned with organic weapons.
7:30 am XT698146 Co. C and D received A/W, S/W and RPG fire. Contact developed to sporadic sniper
wire.
1:50 pm Bn [Co's Cand D] withdrew 1 1/2 miles east to vic XT7114.
2:10 pm contact broken.
2:40 Co. B at XT702144 heavy contact by small arms, automatic weapons, .50 caliber machine gun and
rocket propelled grenade fire. Contact continued as of 6pm.
3:00 pm Bn calls in Air Force strikes - 750 lb bombs and 20mm cannon fire.
Battalion sustained 11 US WUA and 1 MIA. VC losses were 11 VC KIA and 3 killed by air.

11 FEB Battalion
XT750150 elements of Bn (-) and ARVN 2 miles east of Tan Hoa an 3/4 miles north of Highway 8A.
12 FEB Bn
Co's B, C and D working with 65th Engineer Battalion tunnel clearing and bunker clearing in Tan Hoa.
XT6814, XT6914, XT7014.
Element of Battalion (-) with ARVN blocking east of Tan Hoa.
11:30 pm XT691144 Bn night laager M79 friendly fire 1 US WIA.

13 FEB Bn
vic XT695140 and XT695147 firefights.
Battalion sustained 3 WIA's and 2 US KIA's.


14 FEB Battalion
6:50 am fpir companies north and south of highway 8A to vic XT695145 sweep with one Company
roving to the rear providing reaction force. Negative contact. Found 46 VC KIA (BC) and 3 VC KIA
(poss) in yesterdays contact area. During the days sweep, US ued 4.2" mortar, 106 recoiless rifle,
artillery, small arms and automatic weapons inthe sweep of Tan Hoa.
Composit of soldiers formed a platoon to secured the laager for the day.


15 FEB Battalion
7:30 am All companies sweep Tan Hoa and battle area vic ST695145 with 4 dozers and Co. A, 65th
Engineer Battalion. Negative contact. Located 36 VC KIA (BC).


16 FEB Battalion
2/12th securing engineer clearing bunkers and tunnels.


17 FEB Bn
Battalion releived by L Troop, 11th Armor Cavalry Regiment (11th ACR) and released for 2nd Brigade,
25th Infantry Division.
ALPHA CO

7 FEB Co. A
XT698113 morning

8 FEB
XT698113 morning NL
8:30 am to LZ XT677139 and sweep back to NL

9 FEB Co. A
XT690150 LZ
Poss. est. new Bn NL
12:45 joins battle

10 FEB Co. A
7:30 XT693144 received enemy fire
1:50 pm withrew 1 1/2 mileseast
2:00 pm air strikes


11 FEB Co. A
1:00 pm XT701145 engaged enemy fire. Returned organic weapons, artillery, light fre team gunships
(LFT), and 3 TAC air strikes with bombs and napalm. Resulting in 3 US WIA and 1 US KIA.
4:30 pm Contact ends with additional 2 US WIA s from 3 1/2 firefight. VC losses 6 VC KIA (BC) and 4 VC
KIA (poss).

12 FEB Co. A
Company providing security for Battalion laager.


13 FEB Co. A
Company working with 65th Engineer Battalion destroying bunkers and tunnels. vic XT6914


14 FEB Co. A
4 Battalion sweep of Tan Hoa


15 FEB Co. A
Company A secures 4 dozers from Cu Chi to Tan Hoa.
All Battalion companies sweeping Tan Hoa. Negative contact.


16 FEB Co. A
BRAVO CO

7 FEB Co. B
XT628180 (old) NLsecurity and closing
moves to Cu Chi

8 FEB Co. B
Co. B searching tunnels in area of their NL
XT698112 11:45 am captured 5 VC POW

9 FEB Co. B


10 FEB Co. B
Co. B security of their location 2 miles south of Tan Hoa.
1:40 pm XT702144 Co. B in heavy contact east of Tan Hoa. Continues to six pm. Received small arms,
automatic fire, .50 caliber machine gun, and RPG


11 FEB Co. B
Co. B clearing operations of highway 8A. (with D Co.)


12 FEB Co. B
Company working with enginners in Tan Hoa.

13 FEB Co. B
Company working with 65th Engineer Battalion destroying bunkers and tunnels. vic XT6914

14 FEB Co. B
Four companies sweep Tan Hoa.

15 FEB Co. B
All Battalion companies sweeping Tan Hoa. Negative contact.


16 FEB Co. B
10:25 am XT683124 Co. B sustained 3 US WIA from booby trapped grenade.
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CHARLIE CO

7 FEB Co. C
XT696124 sweeping 6th contact

8 FEB Co. C
XT698113 NL morning
Co. C sweeping south of NL
9:40 AP vic XT695120 blows claymore and kills 3 VC (BC).

9 FEB Co. C
XT676144 LZ two miles west of Tan Hoa.
7:45 am Co. C sweeping east of road TL-8A, from Cu Chi Base Camp to Tan Hoa, with 554th Engineers.
8:35 am vic XT690145 Co. C received automatic weapons and .50 caliber fire. Returned organic
weapons, artillery and air strikes. Sweep finds 8 VC KIA and 20 (poss).
12:48 pm Alpha joins Co. C fight.

10 FEB Co. C
7:35 am XT698146 enemy fire US 1 WIA in contact
1:10 pm contact broken


12 FEB Co. C
10:00 am XT701145enemy fire returned by small arms, light fire team (LFT) gunships, and artillery.
11:00 am contact broken
11:35 am XT701145 contact again, 3 US WIA. Fire returned by S/A, LFT's and TAC air strikes. Sporadic
sniper for the rest of day.

13 FEB Co. C
Company working with 65th Engineer Battalion in Tan Hoa destroying bunkers and tunnels. vic
XT6914


14 FEB Co. C
Four of the Battalion's companies sweep Tan Hoa.


15 FEB Co. C
All Battalion companies sweeping Tan Hoa. Negative contact.


16 FEB Co. C

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DELTA Co

7 FEB Co. D
XT696124 sweeping 6th contact
NL at XT698113 .

8 FEB Co. D
XT698113 NL ,orning
8:30 airmobile to LZ 577139 and sweep back to NL by 11:25 am.
?Did Co. D go to Cu Chi and rode trucks toward Tan Hoa?
XT692144 2;10 PM CONTACT 12 US WIA. 22 VC KIA (BC). Co. C working with engineers.

9 FEB Co. D

10 FEB Co. D
7:35 am am XT698146 enemy fie
1:10 pm contact broken

11FEB Co. D.
Co. D conducting clearing operations of highway 8A (with B Co.)

12 FEB Co. D
Company working with engineers in Tan Hoa.

13 FEB Co. D
Company at night laager location, providing security and as the Battalion reaction force.
11:30 am XT695140 engaged by enemy AK47 and carbine fire. Fire returned by organic weapons, TAC
air strikes and artillery.
Also at 11;30 XT695147 enemy fire contact continued for rest of day.

14 FEB Co. D
Four companies of Battalion sweep Tan Hoa.

15 FEB Co. D
All Battalion companies sweep Tan Hoa. Negative contact.

 
1968 - January to February
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