I remember talking to him on graduation day in 1964. He was coming out of the bowling alley MCRD SD. He ask me several questions, then ask where I was from and I told him Houston TX come to find out he had grown up just 3 blocks over from where I lived. He had that fatherly image rather than a Marine General .
Eyeopening to see that no one is commenting on this article. It screams for action.
YHGTBSM! No advisors at the tactical level? This demonstrates that we have YET to learn any of the holistic, strategic level lessons from either Iraq nor Afghanistan. It is apparent that no one is reading the lessons learned from our advising effort in 2006-2008. We cannot succeed at advising an Army, to which we are the foreigners, unless advisers exist from tactical to ministerial! Which organization is responsible for internalizing and implementing small wars lessons learned at the Corps level? Where is the Small Wars Center? When will the Corps conduct a Corps wide conference on lessons learned from our COIN and small wars and advising experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan? Where is the critique of the Corps deployment into Afghanistan in 2009 as a warfighter and the identification of what we should have done instead? The stand up and deployment of TF SW into Helmand province appears to have also been devoid of application of lessons learned from our extensive advising experience.
Stop dancing around the bullseye and focus on this war! If all we want to do to show relevance in the 21st Century is be a crisis response force, we will not be prepared intellectually nor organizationally to fight this kind of war.
I would like to hear more of stories that you have. I am putting a presentation together to teach other marines in my platoon about the battle and I am looking for first hand accounts such the ones your father talked about. We would like know what our brothers that came before us on what they went through. You can reach me at email@example.com I look forward to hearing what you have to say and teach.
tHANKS HOSS GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU AFTER 49 YRS YOUR THE FIRST FROM THAT TIME ,I SENT YOU E MAILS ?HOPE TO TALK TO YOU,I WAS ON MIKES HORRIBLE MORTAR MAGNET HILL OUR FOX HILL AREA WAS NO BGGER THAN BASKET BALL COURT FOR NVA FROM DONG HA MTNS DROP MORTARS ROCKETS AND PACK 75S ON US,SKI WAS OUR CORPSMAN TOO, LCPL MC CANN MY SQUAD LEADER BY BEN HAI RIVER DEC 18 1967 I JOINED THEM THERE IN FRONT OF CONTIEN STONES THROW FROM RIVER,BEEN BACK 5 TIMES SINCE 2000, RON CROSSIER M79 ,CRUZ, YES WE HAD GUNNY MIKES HILL SHORTIMER NEVER LEFT HIS HOLE AFTER A WEEK HE ROTATED TO THE WORLD, JAN 29 4TH MARINES LEFT AS WE TOOK OVER THEIR FOX HOLES ,I ALMOST WENT CRAZY FROM ALL THE DEAD NVA LOTS BY NAPLAM BELOW HILL SMELLS IN HEAT GOT BAD,THE MOSQUITOES THEN BY DARK COLD HIT US EVERY NIGHT, MID FEB WE MOVED NEXT TO THE HILL,HAD 360 AROUND CULVERT TILL APRIL,CARROLL GOT 2ND MOST INCOMING AFTER KHE SANH,MY TRIPS BACK TWO MIAS REMAINS ARE NOW BUIRED TX CAUSE OF MY TRIPS.320 749 2565 LIVEMEM@BRAINERD.NET 24229 BASSWOOD RD CUSHING MN. 56443 THANKS SEMPER FI CHAPLAIN GEOF. I HAVE RESEARCHED FULL HISTORY OF H 2/9 ETC. DONG HA MTN WAS LATER BY USMC LIKENED TO MT SURABACHI IWO JIMA MY UNCLE GOT MEDAL OF HONOR THERE 3/8 45 DONG HA HAD 13,000 NVA 320TH DIV 2 REGIMENTS .
As a new 2dLt fresh out of TBS (1967), I anxiously competed to be on the MCAS Shooting Team at MCAS Cherry Pt., NC. After about 2 months of shooting (pistols only) I was told to report to the CO. "Sir, Lt McClain reporting as ordered!" CO: "Lt, I understand that you are shooting at the pistol range every lunch hour. Are you any good?" "Yes sir, I continue to improve (my best practice score was 394 of 400---shooting the standard pistol course)." CO: "Get off the team! Now!" Rather dumbfounded Lt: " Sir? I thought the Corps wanted good marksmen?" CO: "Listen; if you're any good, you'll have to go off to matches. Someone else will have to do your job while you're gone. That is not good for the command...That's all. Dismissed." Knowing that my father had been exceedingly proud of his rifle skills during his Corps years (1937-41), and that extra $4 per month he earned for firing expert added greatly to his initial $17/month salary, I was very disappointed in knowing I would never know "the gun club" that he knew.
So went my shooting aspirations in the Corps. In the following 26 years, I did not participate in any future matches, although I did run pistol requal annually for 3 years at MATSG-90 for our nearly 400 officers & staff. I qualified for annual equal on the first firing day each subsequent year (as expert badge holders were allowed to do), but absorbed the fact that shooting was not a desirable trait for officers!
Thanks for writing an Article on "The Grand Old Man of the Marine Corps" and the Marines in the War of 1812 aboard the U.S.S. Constitution. I am so happy and proud that the U.S.S. Constitution has been preserved. It is a great part of U. S. history. I feel so blessed to have been able to see it when I traveled to Boston, which is a great city. From a former Marine, Semper Fi to all the Marines out there!
Destroying the Bridge at Dong Ha did not end the Easter Offensive. ("This halted the NVAs Easter Offensive of 1972 and prevented the fall of Saigon for another three years.") It occurred on Day 4 and it did compel the NVA to find another place to cross the river, however. The Easter Offensive continued for many more months.
Try reading: smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/humint-a-continuing-crisis
hi Mike so glad to hear from you after 49 yrs feb found my first usmc he was new guy by march april, i think Brown was pulled out so he never said good bye from dec 67 i got there too we were outside carroll that op few bunkers. did patrols from there then brown was gone lcpl became McCann my squad leader.i was in jan 24 battle by mikes hill not named till rth usmc came to fight the 25 26 27 28th b 52s hitdong ha mtn.(been back to nam there 5 times since 2000) tet battle i was one of 4 survivors jan 24 plus the 3 the tank we left by dark back to carroll i was blown off the tank by pack 75 fired from dong ha mtn.i saw the flash while standing firing my m16 back towards mikes hill. col bendel was head of the 2/4 usmc company /our battle 22 kias 300 wounded. on 29th us 4 survivors with about 7 more guys walked from carroll to route 9 to mikes hill the 4th took off to qua viet. mikes hill perimeter no bigger than basket ball court feb we moved next to hill till april , rockets mortars had us in there sites never knew anyone was hit, in the cp bunker we had old dude he was our gunny he was short timer stayed in hole then left lt yehgo our lt we lost in jan 24 his jaw hanging by shreds aewsome mustanger he was gone, ski was our corpsman, i found a guy on 2/9 roster yrs ago dombroski, and cruz then they were gone off list wrote to cruz peurto rico mail came back ron crossier was our m 79 guy met him by ben hai river in front of con tien ,saw august photo 1967 magazine his pic dmz .never found him.i have tons of photos and history of our unit 2/9 i showeed viets graves over 600 kias mias nva 2000 to officials by 02 3rd trip i was made national hero cnn and newspaper viets then viet vets did story nov 2000. i also found helped with 2 mias remains home one was dong ha mtn mia recon april 5 68 walked by my hole i asjked where ya going pointed to dong ha mtn i said full nva. out in bush ch 46 took them up let out dallas girl recon team ,chopper flew away expolions 5 min later took them off. with out there lt nva sniper buried him.khe sanh town 2003 i found remains case 1000 mias 2 guys army pathfinders there choppers let them out jan 21 68 day after seige on ku buc hill to let off 24 arvns nva were there by mistake chopers left 3 round eyes on ground danny all night made it onto khe sanh base ,donna sister of mia jerry was going back looked for bro was with sept 2003 the 21rst as i came out of jungle found mia grave,2004 with jtf saw boots were size 8 her bro wore 10, billy d hill was buried tx his b day dec 17 2015, jan 68 320 th nva 10,000 and 2 nva regs. 3,000 were to wipe out carroll so no long guns support to seige khe sanh i have gen giaps testimony of this, they fought usmc by cam lo then by may they were by quaviet fought 4th usmc again battle of dai do,, my first day up got lyme again here in center of minnesota still week need to go .be glad to talk share my info pics etc, i was 1rst squad 1rst plt but cannot rembember you? course on mikes hil we never left our holes when we did patrols we were 20 feet apart never got to talk to others, still rember frezzing every night nam after mosquitoes quit ,all night shivering with my poncho blanquet, geoffrey steiner cushing minnesota 320 749 2565 firstname.lastname@example.org. 24229 basswood rd semper fi.