Photo: TET 1968 Rocket Attack
on Da Nang Air Base, January 29, 1968
stationed at Da Nang AB,
RVN, early 1968 (the TET offensive had just kicked off that day)
I was on the roving Security Alert Team (SAT) responding to every
incident that took place on the flightline and the old and new
bomb dumps plus the Security Police armory. We had to stop by the
hospital to get my knee patched up where I had injured it earlier
that morning diving on rocks to get out of the way of sniper fire
(6 or 7 of us, on the blocking force team, hit the perimeter and
bunched up together and needed to spread out and our timing wasn't
very good, but Charlie's was, only his aim was bad). I had just
busted it open thus all the treatment was to have it cleaned out
and wrapped up. This did not stop us from climbing hills at the
bomb dumps or running along the perimeter jumping into slit trenches.
Everyone of you get the picture but what is about to come funny
but typical considering all the confusion.
Photo: TET 1968 Rocket Attack on Da Nang Air Base, morning of January 29,
of my buddies kept calling in to Defense Control (CSC) with
the following: 'Bravo Nine to Defense Control, be advised
I'm receiving incoming small arms fire.' This transmission was
sent several times before defense control answered but when they
did (it was not humorous at the time) they answered, 'Be advised
it is friendly fire.' We were on our way to Bravo Nine
and Jim's transmission was garbled thus we did not hear the whole
text but once we arrived on the scene poor Jim was fit to be tied.
I often tell this story for I enjoy reminiscing about the humorous
times. We all have many stories but many should probably be shared
only amongst ourselves because no one else would understand our
senses of humor. As I look back on the first days of the 1968 TET
offensive, I was not the only young SP confused. In fact, I believe
that w all were a little confused.
I'll never forget
using my C-Ration box to heat up the turkey loaf in the corner of the
I hope to read more stories from other Vietvets. Take care and God Bless
of Jim's Excellent
0330, January 30, 1968, NVA rocketeers let go with a fusillade of 122mm
rockets aimed at the main Air Base. Some 36 of the large missiles landed
on the main base, On January 31, 1968, the base again sustained a 122mm
rockets attack, but none fell on the main base.
the Da Nang Tet offensive, both sides experienced heavy casualties,
but the Communist forces proved to be no match for the allied forces.
According to III MAF figures, from 29 January through 14 February at
Da Nang, Marines sustained 124 killed and more than 480 wounded. Army
forces in the Da Nang area including the troops from Task Force Miracle
suffered 18 dead and 59 wounded. South Vietnamese and Korean casualties
probably equalled or slightly exceeded the American. U.S. estimates
of enemy casualties ranged between 1,200 and 1,400 dead.