June 19, 1967 - Rach Gia River
A Day Remembered!

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June 19, 1967 Memories by Huey Gunship Pilot, Sonny Kayser

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47 soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 2nd Brigade lost their lives during the heaviest fighting of the three day conflict on the afternoon of Monday, June 19th.  Infantrymen of Alpha and Charlie Companys suffered the highest number of casualties. No less than 4 helicopters were shot down while attempting to extract the wounded. The US Army reported that over 250 enemy soldiers were killed.

Reflecting on the horror experienced that day by so many young men on both sides of the war, as well as those also touched - mothers, fathers, wives, relatives, and friends - it's perplexing to realize that while these young men were engaged in a horrendous battle, teen agers back home were recovering from a weekend of partying following high school graduation and people all over the world were back to a Monday morning work day and carrying on normal lives totally unware..... Bill Reynolds - 2nd Platoon, C Company, 4th/47th

In those 72 crucial hours The 2nd Bde kill 250 VC

72 HOURS - Drenched in a monsoon downpour a radio-telephone operator. Larry Lilly, and an officer, Lt. Lynn Hunt, 1st Platoon, Company C, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry seek out the remaining enemy on the third day of the battle.
9th Signal Battalion Photo by John Millaire

INTENSITY of the battle is relected on the begrimed, sweat-stained face of Private First Class Larry J. Policht of Stockbridge, Mich. Policht is a member of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry.
9th Signal Battalion Photo by SP4 Don Cordi


Newspaper articles contributed by
Jim Callan - Alpha Company, 4th/47th

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