The Hill Fights
Edward F. Murphy
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up the dirt. Campbell and another Marine ducked behind a tree just as a burst of enemy machine gun fire tore great hunks of wood from its trunk. Across the ravine to the front of their position, Campbell saw NVA. He turned his M16 toward them and squeezed the trigger. At one point Campbell spotted six NVA moving down the ravine. He wriggled from behind his tree to get a better shot. Almost instantly a savage blast of enemy machine gun fire passed overhead. He quickly scooted back behind the tree.
881S. He was posthumously awarded a Navy Cross for his gallantry above and beyond the call of duty on 21 July 1967, when his platoon was ambushed by the NVA on Route 9 just west of Ca Lu. DAVID L. MELLON (B/1/9) was evacuated from South Vietnam and spent several months in stateside hospitals before he returned to active duty. He was discharged in December 1968. He pursued a career in chemical sales and retired in 1999. Married, he and his wife have two daughters and two grandchildren. He lives
day before. Wilder established his CP there. He and Spivey laid out a plan of attack, then Spivey went to brief his platoon leaders. “Since Kilo’s Second Platoon was short a squad—it was opconned to Mike Three Three—I told its commander, Second Lieutenant Richard L. Hanson, they’d be remaining there to guard the battalion CP and be the reserve force,” Spivey said. “My most experienced and combat-savvy platoon leader, Staff Sergeant Charles R. ‘Dick’ Shoemaker, would continue up the main trail
information to Captain Bennett. Bauer looked at him carefully, then said, “Hossack, you’re a mess. Get outta here.” Hossack did not need to be told twice. He left them his radio and codebooks and moved rearward. He passed his buddy, Wheeler, who lay in his own crowded crater. Hossack found another crater filled with a dozen or so wounded and joined them. Hossack did not know it, but he was probably the last man to see Chutis and Bauer alive. Not far away from Hossack, Private First Class
film developed. She hoped she had some shots she could sell to an American magazine. Captain Sheehan received orders to pull back soon after Leroy departed. Two intermediate objectives north and west of his position were scheduled to be shelled. After they were, Golf would assault them in a movement aimed at positioning the company northeast of Hill 881N. Sheehan passed the orders to his platoon leaders. Within minutes the troops were saddled up and ready to move out. No one regretted leaving