* In Memoriam *
Combat Losses (KIA) In Vietnam
Army policy was to promote anyone killed in action to the next rank
* M A Thomas, Jr. (aka Tex Tom) was KIA while with the 571st Engineers, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division. He was with C Company, 15th CEB when it was re-designated as the 571st due to the 15th CEB leaving Vietnam on 24 August 1969.
** W L Newsome is also listed, in some records, as being with C Company, 5/60th.
James Albert Dailey was from 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon, C Company, 15th Engineer Battalion (Combat) and not with the 5/60th Inf as the 5/60th records indicate. This has been verified by James Deister (also from the same unit) who was with Dailey when he was KIA. Billy Ray Crawford, Dailey and Deister were a three man Engineer demolition team assigned to the 5/60th 11/67. Visit Personal Stories for further details.
There are 41 known KIAs who were 15th Combat
One date stands out from all others, 2/25/1968 - this was the date that FSB Jaeger was attacked. On 2/25/68 the 15th CEB lost 5 men KIA and possibly one other. See below the list of KIA for details of FSB Jaeger.
|Last Name||First & Middle Names||Rank||Home of Record||Date of Action||Company||Province|
|Alexander||David Harold||SP4||Sanford, Maine||12/16/68||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Balai||Andres||SSG||Waipahu, Hawaii||12/16/68||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Barr||Elmer Edward||SP4||Clymer, Pennsylvania||3/30/69||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Cooper||James William||SP5||Houston, Texas||4/9/68||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Garrison||William Lawrence||CPL||Congers, New York||5/13/67||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Hunter||Paul Carling||SP4||Allentown, Pennsylvania||3/17/67||A||Binh Duong|
|Lantz||Charles Wesley||MSG||Bayard, West Virginia||3/17/67||A||Binh Duong|
|Law||James Douglas||SP4||Indianapolis, Indiana||3/17/67||A||Binh Duong|
|Norris||William Theodore||SP5||Mansfield, Ohio||3/17/67||A||Binh Duong|
|Owen||Dean Gilman||SP5||Camp Springs, Maryland||4/6/68||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Reagle||John Louis||CPL||Centerville, Pennsylvania||1/28/69||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Sanders||Robert Neil||SSG||Orleans, Nebraska||12/16/68||A||Dinh Tuong|
|Schreffler||Cleon Larry||Cpl||Millersburg, Pennsylvania||5/3/67||A||Bien Hoa|
|Segers||Roger Dale||CPL||Altha, Florida||7/14/67||A||Phouc Tuy|
|Brown||Joe Henry||SP4||Jackson, Mississippi||2/25/68||B||Dinh Tuong|
|Clark||Ronnie Lee||CPL||Hugoton, Kansas||2/25/68||B||Binh Thuan|
|De La Rosa, Jr||Larry A.||CPL||Baldwin Park, California||2/25/68||B||Dinh Tuong|
|Kee, III||Daniel Peter||PFC||Collingdale, Pennsylvania||10/26/67||B||Bien Hoa|
|Lane||Dennis Eugene||CPL||Wilton, California||2/25/68||B||Dinh Tuong|
|Simmons||Robert Louis||SGT||Ridgeway, South Carolina||2/25/68||B||Dinh Tuong|
|Dailey||James Albert||SP4||Moorefield, Kentucky||11/18/67||C||Dinh Tuong|
|Farden||Kenneth Roy||CPL||Los Angeles, California||9/16/68||C||Long An|
|Newsome **||William Lester||PVT||New Rochelle, NY||2/25/68||C||Dinh Tuong|
|Thomas, Jr. *||Matthew Alonzo||SP5||Houston, TX||11/18/69||C||Long An|
|Ford||Freddie Darrel||SGT||Church Hill, Tennessee||1/7/68||C||Dinh Tuong|
|Todd||Jimmie Lester||MSG||Herington, Kansas||2/28/68||C||Long An|
|Williams||Roger Ralph||SP4||Kansas City, Missouri||3/3/67||C||Unkn|
|Adamski||Dennis James||SP4||Appleton, Wisconsin||6/19/67||D||Gia Dinh|
|Brown||Gerald Keith||SGT||Maitland, Florida||3/7/68||D||Dinh Tuong|
|Gillman||Donald Standley||SP4||Milton, Florida||3/11/68||D||Dinh Tuong|
|Herring||Boyd Lemuel||SGT||Hampton, Virginia||3/8/68||D||Dinh Tuong|
|Merriam||David Henry||SP4||Painesville, Ohio||11/17/68||D||Thua Thien|
|Pelham, Jr||Earl Timothy||SFC||Augusta, Georgia||6/20/68||D||Phong Dinh|
|Tindle||Daniel Wayne||SP4||Sparta, Missouri||3/11/69||D||Dinh Tuong|
|Carver||Harry Franklin||SSG||New Albany, Indiana||4/10/68||E||Bien Hoa|
|Haworth||William Harry||SGT||Bristol, Pennsylvania||5/25/67||E||Long An|
|Hoskins||John Thomas||CPT||Sulphur, Louisiana||5/6/68||E||Kien Hoa|
|Gniadek||Robert Joseph||CPL||Chicago, Illinois||1/27/69||HHC||Dinh Tuong|
|Mark||Richard Strode||SP4||Lincoln University, Pennsylvania||2/23/69||HHC||Dinh Tuong|
|O'Steen||Charles Robert||SSG||Jacksonville, Florida||2/5/69||HHC||Kien Tuong|
|Palmer||Henry Lee||SP4||Madisonville, Kentucky||2/18/69||HHC||Dinh Tuong|
The following information was extracted from the 1st Brigade, "Combat After Action Report"
FB Jager (Jaeger), location XS355495, 14
kilometers (about 8 miles) East of Cai Lay. Attack started about 1:30AM, 2/25/68
and lasted four hours. Western part of the base was overrun. One 155mm howitzer
captured by the VC but recaptured by US troops before it could be used or
removed by the VC. 20 US troops KIA and 69 wounded. 97 VC KIA (possibly another
47 VC KIA) and one VC captured. Nine 5/60th APCs destroyed - 8 were destroyed in
unprotected defensive positions.
US units at Jaeger: B 5/60, C 5/60, 1 platoon A 2/39, 1 platoon B 15th Engineer (reinforced) and B 1/84th Artillery with four 155mm howitzers, towed. 210 troops total.
Weapons captured: 22 AK 47s, 5 AK 50s, 6 Russian LMGs, 7 RPG-2s, 1 RPG-7, 2 AN/PRC-10 radios, 1 M60, 1 Thompson SMG, 1 M79, 1 45 caliber pistol, 2 US carbines, 10 Bangalore torpedoes, 20 RPG-2/7 rounds, 1 Turtle mine and assorted gear and documents.
Reaction units were sent from FSB Hesson (XS383494) which was located 3KM East of Jaeger and FSB Fels (XS294496) West of Jaeger.
The mission of FSB Jaeger was to keep Highway #4 (QL-4) open between XS330503 and XS472478.
In case anyone thinks we were fighting a bunch of uneducated guys in black shorts, consider the following: The VC jammed the 5/60 Battalion frequency. They started the attack with a feint from the South to cover the real attack from the West.
Many lesson learned from this engagement. The primary one was NEVER leave an APC unprotected in a defensive position. In military speak, make sure there is "hull defilade". For us ordinary vets that means dig the mother in or surround it with sand bags.
For the entire After Action Report and
Lessons Learned, go to
B (C?) Company, 15th Engineers lost one 5 ton dump truck and possibly had one KIA. Their mission was to sweep QL-4 each morning and also repair any damage to the road.
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