1971
1971
2ND BDE FORCES
2/12th
1/5TH MECH
3/22ND
1/27TH
F Co 75th RANGERS
38TH INF PLT SCOUT DOG
66TH INF PLT COMBAT TRACKER
TRP F (AIR) 4TH CAV (FORMERLY D/3-4)

BRIGADE CONTINUES TO OPERATE AS A BRIGADE "SEPERATE" UNDER CONTROL OF II FIELD FORCE 

JANUARY 1971

3 JAN 71
B/2-12 Inf located six bunkers and a sapper training area 14 kms southwest of Xuan Loc (YS564994) at 1110
hours... They destroyed the bunkers and evacuated one typewriter, one sewing machine, some pill bottles,
several notebooks and diaries, five .50 caliber ammo cans of documents, medical supplies, one map and one
M1 Carbine. The documents identified elements of the Xuan Loc District Headquarters and subordinate units.

4 JAN 71
Elements of the 2/12th uncover one of the biggest bunker complexes that has been found in this area in over
two years. The complex contained over 120 bunkers and was the home and district HQ for about 400 of the
enemy. The company began the operation by landing in a commando vault. A commando vault is an LZ made
by dropping a 15,000 lb bomb into the jungle by parachute. The bomb has a 15 ft probe extending from the
fuse. When the probe hits the ground....BOOOOOM! Instant LZ. Found were six commie flags, typewriter,
sewing machine, three radios, tape recorder, semi-auto rifles. Also large bundles of clothing for men, women
and children. Holding a pair of women's panties, SP4 Edard Willis of Dallas, TX expressed his sentiments thus:
" I think whoever lived here forgot there was a war going on. 

5 JAN 71
C Co KIA's:
PFC. Eugene McKay III (20) of Orlando, FL
D Co KIA:
PFC Rodney Morgan (20) of Simon, WV  perished in Long Khanh Province

A/2-12 Inf received small arms and automatic weapons fire from an unknown number of enemy 13 kms
southeast of Xuan Loc (YT565012) at 1315 hours... resulting in two US soldiers killed and three wounded. Fire
was returned with organic weapons resulting in one enemy killed. They evacuated tree RPG rounds, three
RPG boosters, one RPG launcher, 25 pounds of rice, one hammer and a small amount of documents and
clothing from the contact site.

6 JAN 71
A/2-12 Inf received small arms and automatic weapons and RPG fire from an estimated 10 enemy 13 kms
southeast of Xuan Loc (YT567011) at 1450 hours... Fire was returned with organic weapons and artillery
resulting in one enemy killed and one AK-47 rifle with two full magazines evacuated. There were no US
casualties.  

9 JAN 71
D/2-12 Inf engaged an unknown number of enemy with organic weapons at 1325 hours... 12.5 kms southeast
of Xuan Loc (YT564023) resulting in one prisoner-of-war captured and one M1 carbine, three rucksacks, and 30
M1 rounds evacuated. One enemy body from this contact was located in a grave 700 meters southeast of the
contact at 1130 hours on 13 January by D/2-12 Inf.  Latter, at 1630 hours on 9 January, D/2-12 Inf engaged five
enemy with organic weapons 1 km northwest of the 1325 hours contact (YT558031) resulting in one enemy
soldier killed and 40 pounds of rice and two M79 grenade launchers evacuated.

10 JAN 71
Co. B 2/12th discovered a cashe 14.5 klicks southeast of Xuan Loc at YS576997. They evacuated 40 pounds of
rice, three US claymores, one NVA wallet, one NVA flag, 25 AK-47 rounds, two .50 caliber cans with documents
and medical supplies, one SKS rifle, two M1 carbines and four M1 rifles.

14 JAN 71
A/2-12 Inf received automatic weapons and RPG fire from an estimated 10 enemy 19 kms east-southeast of
Xuan Loc (YT637017) at 0750 hours on 14 January resulting in nine US soldiers wounded. Organic weapons and
81mm mortars with unknown results returned fire.  

17 JAN 71
C Co KIA:
PFC Joseph S. Tidwell (22) of Newcastle, Del. perished in Long Khanh Province.

D/2-12 Inf engaged an unknown number of enemy 6.5 kms north-west of An Loc (YT326164) with organic
weapons resulting in one enemy killed and the evacuation of one AK-47 rifle, two US hand grenades, six
rucksacks, clothing, one M-16 rifle, a small amount of medical supplies, documents, personnel equipment, 39
x .30 caliber rounds, 33 K54 pistol rounds and one booby trapped 105mm round.

20 JAN 71
B Co KIA:
1LT Arthur S. Nabben (23) of Minneapolis, MN perished in Phuoc Toy Province.

B/2-12 Inf located a south-west trail with indications of recent activity 14 kms southeast of Black Horse
(YS567922) at 1350 hours.... At 1600 hours, they engaged six to eight enemy soldiers with organic weapons
with unknown results. The enemy returned fire with small arms, RPG rounds and hand grenades resulting in
one US soldier killed and six wounded.

21 JAN 71
D Co KIA:
PFC Louis W. Travers (21) of Jacksonville, FL perished in Long Khanh Province. 

22 JAN 71
B/2-12 Inf engaged two enemy soldiers that were trailing them 12 kms east of Black Horse (YS559939) with
organic weapons resulting in one enemy killed and the evacuation of one AK-47 rifle with two full magazines.
27 JAN 71
B Co KIA:
PFC James E. Weathersby (21) of Prentiss, MS died of wounds (DOW) received in Phuc Tuy Province. 
FEBRUARY 1971

2 FEB 71
C/2-12 Inf discovered a munitions production area 4 kms south of Nui may Tao Mountain (YS730868) at 1200
hours on 2 February. They evacuated five watches (two of which were electrically booby trapped), 100
finished detonators for ChiCm mines, 200 electrical blasting caps, 200 non-electrical blasting caps, 300 primers
for small arms ammunition, 500 unfinished detonators for ChiCom grenades, 50 x 9mm rounds and assorted
drills, dies and funnels.

17 FEB 71
D Co KIA:
PVT Richard E. Studier (21) of Clay, NY
PFC Richard C. Buckles (21) from Bloomington, IL
PFC Michael P. Damon (20) form Sunnymead, CA perished in Bien Hoa Province.

While at a night defensive position, three men perish by a detonated mine.

20 FEB 71
Recon/2-12 Inf engaged four enemy 8.5 kms southeast of Xuan Loc (YT530037) with organic weapons at 1055
hours on 20 February resulting in one enemy killed and the evacuation of one K54 pistol and one rucksack.
One US soldier was wounded on the contact. They swept the contact area and at 1100 hours received small
arms and automatic weapons fore from an estimated 20-25 enemy. Organic weapons, LST and artillery with
unknown results returned fire. One AK-47 rifle, six rucksacks containing cooking utensils and a small amount
of documents were evacuated. The documents identified elements of the J85 Transportation Battalion, Rear
Service Group, MR-7, which was formed from the 84th Rear Service Group after it was disbanded.
MARCH 1971 

2 Mar 71
C Co KIA:
PFC Paul Leslie Bradshaw (19) perished is Long Khanh Province at the age of 19. 
Co. A 1/5th (Mech) KIA: Byron A. Bangert (21).  

Bradshaw is the last 2/12th casualty of the Vietnam War.
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APRIL 1971 
OPERATION KEYSTONE ROBIN (CHARLIE)


Marks the end to the 2/12th campaigning in RVN. The colors are returned home to Ft. Lewis, Washington on
April 16, 1971.

17 APR 71 
2d Battalion (12th Infantry Regiment) inactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington.
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