LTC FOX'S BOOK (Air Base Defense In The Republic of Vietnam,
1963-1973) shows 4 dead and 26 wounded [plus 1 K-9 Sentry Dog], and that VC casualties were
139 dead and 25 POWs. Fox's information on the VC only includes those
inside the base perimeter.
The CASUALTY REPORTS show 5 dead (Maisey and 4 enlisted members),
5 were wounded badly enough to require hospitalization and 20 others
injured by hostile action.
The COMBAT OPERATIONS AFTER ACTION REPORT (COAA) signed by
LTC Miller (It must be noted that the wing had to approve the report
before it went forward to higher headquarters) indicates the following:
USAF Losses 4 KIA, 1 Heart attack [LOD], 26 WIA, 99 non-combat
VC Losses 139 KIA (body count) 25 POWs.
Other friendly forces (101st 11th ACR, ARVN) indicate the
following: 24 KIA, 73 WIA, VC losses at 423 KIA and 34 POWs
Unfortunately none of the reports indicate the AFSC of those wounded
or killed. Only one actual SP was killed (Maisey) with one Augmentee [to the 3rd SPS];
I have not yet been able to ID the name of the Augmentee [A1C Edward Muse]. Additionally, Sentry Dog Handler Robert (Bob) Press' K-9 Diablo, X313, was shot dead when Press radioed first-alarm.
The 1st Quarter Historical Report (Jan-Mar 1968) states that
SSgt Piazza and Capt Strones were awarded the Silver Star for actions
on 31 Jan 1968.
The Squadron Historical report for the 2nd Quarter of 1968 (Apr-Jun)
states that two enlisted SPs (SSgt Eddie S. Nigh and SSgt Larry H.
Sawyer were awarded the Silver Star for action on 31 Jan 1968.
This same report states that 13 SPs received the BSM/V for
their actions on 31 Jan 1968. The ranks break down this way:
1st LT --1
This report is signed by 1st LT ROGOZINSKI but ultimately
had to be approved by MAJ Lynn the squadron CC who took over on 1
The historical reports from before, during and after the time period
in question indicate a consistently understaffed squadron.