Memories from Steve Haygood/Walker
May 30, 1967, 75 men were left out of 144 that day.. 1st platoon
had 16 men out of 49 left after about 8 hours of combat.
We hit more stuff, several days later on Union II. About 3-5 days later my memory serves
me correct. Wwe hit a bunch of resistance in a ville and got pinned down in a paddy. 1st
plt was more or less on the right flank of an "on line' formation. I was still
humping 3.5 rockets. We got pinned down for several hours and literally could not move. I
mean if I moved my head up to look around i got shot at, this was from a position of flat
on my stomach. I guess in 4-5 hours i must of got shot at 15-20 times...close enough to
either have dirt kicked up on me or rounds loud enough and close enough to hurt my ears.
I remember one guy that no one liked, he was a real whiner, he just "snapped"
and went crazy. He jumped up in the middle of this firefight shouting, "I can't take
it anymore!, I can't take it anymore!. Immediately he got shot a couple of times and was
wounded quite seriously. No one could get to him. I think a Corpsman got wounded trying to
get to him. It rattled everybody a little bit because he started crying, and hollering for
his mother, and that went on for a maybe an hour or so and then he quieted down and died.
When dusk came we pulled back maybe a 1/4 mile and set up for the night, but we didn't dig
in. We were told the noise would let the gooks know where our positions were . Anyway
about 03:00 word was passed to drop our packs and keep on our "deuce gear".. 782
gear, "web' gear for you civillians! Anyway we fixed bayonets and moved out to the
same tree line that had us pinned all day.
We were on line, shoulder to shoulder, with about 5 meter spacing, and about 50 meters
from the tree line the word was passed to put our weapons on full automatic.
Everyone was sure the shit would let loose... Just one round of incoming would have been
all it took... But, nothing was there. Nothing happened.
We went into and through the ville and secured it and about an hour after sunrise the
villagers and village chieftain returned. They told us that the NVA had left just after
dark the previous night.. In other words us & them pulled back at about the same time.
I dont really remember much more about Union II, it lasted a week or two and then we
rolled right into Adair without leaving the bush. All in all Union II and Adair was about
2 weeks i believe. During Union II was when Sgt. Sullivan joined our unit, if memory
serves me correctly.
The first or second day of Swift coincided with the national elections.
This I remember, for I was "saddled up" and waiting with everyone elese for the
choppers when Sgt. Sullivan told me to drop my gear and go!!! I was going on in country
I remember it was the national elections, for when i got to DaNang, me, and about another
8-10 guys from other units were informed that we were quarantined to base because of the
elections. we wound up having our own excitement, but that is another story.. The next
day, the day of the elections, everywone in I Corps area was getting hit somehow or
another. Months later, in the U.S. there was speculation that that day of the election, in
September, was actually a "minor test" for the Tet offensive 5-6 months later.
Part of the explanation for all the heavy contact in our area of I corps during the summer
& fall of 1967 was because the NVA were loading up and storing weapons and supplies
aka Steve Walker
Mike 3/5, 1st Platoon