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VC/NVA Base Attacks
Attack against Biên Hòa AB, RVN, 31 Jan 1968

 STATEMENT
William Piazza, SSgt, USAF

A1C
January 30/31, 1968
3rd Security Police Squadron

Biên Hòa AB, Vietnam

 


On 30 Jan 68, I, SSgt Piazza, had my resupply teams report to work at 1500 hours to start picking up vehicles from the motor pool for 'C' Flight Security, the midnight shift. At 0100 hours, we had three resupply teams on base one in the east, west, and north, and I had the one in the north.

USAF Photo: Stars and Stripes. Submitted by Glenn  Wilson. At approximately 0300 hours, 31 Jan 68, while driving on the old perimeter road, I noticed flashes coming form the flight line area of the base. Then someone called over the radio that we (Biên Hòa AB) were under rocket attack. I stopped the vehicle and told the three men with me to take cover. We could hear the rockets go over us and see them hit the base. After ten minutes or more the attack stopped, I got my men together and started back to the main part of base, but only got as far as Q-4 and I hear Central Security Control (CSC) call for Def 6 (East End Resupply) to go to Bunker Hill-10 for resupply.' I heard Def 6 call in and state that they were stopped up at the MP check point by sniper fire from the east.' As I pulled up to the MP CP, Sgt Lee, Def 6 Leader, had his men under cover, I told A1C Simmons Def 6 rider to take charge of my men and told Sgt Lee to come with me.' We took a case of flares from his truck and put them in my truck and started back toward the west end.

Photo by VSPA Member, Sgt Kennedy: Bunker-10.
(Biên Hòa After Tet: by Sgt Kennedy)
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Photo by Sgt Kennedy: Bunker-10. About halfway down the runway we turned off the road and got on the new runway and started back toward the East end until we came to the end of the runway and then we turned south toward the base until we came to the road that comes up behind Bunker Hill-10.' As we started down the road a K-9 unit stopped us and told us that Capt Maisey did not want anymore vehicles up at B. H. 10, so Sgt Lee and I started toward B. H. 10 on foot with a case of flares and our M16s.' After we got there I informed Capt Maisey that we had a truck full of ammo and other equipment, this was about 0323 hours.' About three or four minutes later, I started back toward the truck which was about 200 yards behind B. H. 10 and drove it to a point just behind B. H. 10.

Photo by VSPA Member, Sgt Kennedy: Bunker-10 and support Tower.

Photo by Sgt Kennedy: Bunker-10 with supporting Tower. At 0330 hours, the VC and NVA hit Bunker Hill-10 with RPGs 2 and 7 plus small arms fire from the east and south and some from the north.' As I began to fire, a Lieutenant from the Army that was with Capt Maisey said he did not know how to fire a 40mm, so I gave him my M16 and started to fire the 40 mm at the enemy. For a while I was the only man outside the bunker and could see the enemy all around us.' As the choppers were firing over head at the enemy, I kept asking the men inside the bunker if they were okay, and someone said that one man was dead, but did not know who it was.' Then the choppers got too close with their fire so I jumped over the body of the dead man into Bunker Hill-10.' After firing from the inside for a while, the sky wasn't lite up as much as before, so I went outside again and could see that the Spooky flares in the sky were getting fewer, so I started popping the rest of the hand-flares that we had and also kept on talking on the radio to CSC, plus trying to direct the fire power around Bunker Hill-10.

After six or seven hours of battle at night, the day look real good and as I looked over the battlefield, I could see a lot of dead VC and NVA bodies.' As the day went on, we had to be very careful of not shooting any US troops making a sweep outside the base.' I had a set of binoculars and could see the 101st Air Cav and the VC and NVA moving back and forth about a quarter mile off the east end of the base.' Myself and the four other men who remained at the bunker all that day without food and little water, helped give cover to Capt Strones and the men who made the two sweeps with him through the field just north of B. H. 10.' At both times we were called upon to give fire support to them, plus I would radio information from Capt Strones to CSC and vice-versa.

About 2200 hours, 31 Jan 68, we went back to work with four resupply teams, north, south, east and west.' This is true to the best of my knowledge and I hope that I can help you in any way possible in training any Security Police Personnel going to SEA.' Also, this is a list of the attacks on Biên Hòa AB, I hope you can use it.

Capt. Strones: Silver Star won at Biên Hòa (Flight Commander)
SSgt Piazza: Silver Star won at Biên Hòa (Logistics Sergeant)

VC / NVA Attacks against Biên Hòa AB, SVN: 05 Nov 67 - 15 Jun 68

DATE

TIME  

No. Of Rounds

TYPE Attack        

05 Nov 67

2340

15

Mortar

31 Jan 68

0300

45

Rocket

31 Jan 68

0330

VC & NVA

Base Penetration

09 Feb 68

0025

12

Rocket

11 Feb 68

0003

20

Rocket

13 Feb 68

0257

15

Rocket

18 Feb 68

0100

21

Rocket

28 Feb 68

0100

30

Rocket

04 Mar 68

0200

20

Rocket

12 Mar 68

2250

12

Rocket

22 Mar 68

0138

12

Rocket

05 Apr 68

2217

30

Rocket

05 May 68

0304

35 / 60

Mortar / Rocket

05 May 68

0600

10

Rocket

07 May 68

0645

03

Rocket

07 May 68

1930

02

Rocket

09 May 68

2344

04

Rocket

10 May 68

0324

05

Rocket

14 May 68

2253

04

Rocket

20 May 68

1945

02

Rocket

26 May 68

0330

02

Rocket

29 May 68

2212

15 Rocket

09 Jun 68

2306
76 Mortar

15 Jun 68

0237

50

Rocket

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