June 2012

Return to Hill 488-"Howard's Hill"

Volume 95, Issue 6

13 June 1966, dusk: My platoon, 1st Pit, Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, led by StafFSergeantJimmie E. Howard, was inserted near the top of Hill 488 . As part of Operation Kansas, our mission was to establish an observation post on Hill 488, near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, and to observe the valley below for any enemy activity. Over the next two days we made several sightings and called multiple fire missions into the valley. One of the fire missions caused secondary explosions, which indicated enemy munitions storage.

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