|Jonathan Stamp (#48052290)|
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|Robert Fowler||RE: Hey|
Glad the links were helpful to you. Your uncle must have been quite a guy.
|Robert Fowler||Arnold Glancy|
I just happened to look on that message board and your uncle left his own message there in May 2003, I thought you might like to know that.
Arnold Glancy firstname.lastname@example.org
Been a long time; finally we can talk about it. To all my fellow Veterans, congradulations on makeing it back to the world. See you at the reunion.
5/6/2003 2:56:13 AM
|Robert Fowler||RE: A.G|
The offer is a standing offer to transfer him to you. Their unit was there second family and can never replace blood relatives. These men were stationed in Tan Tru Vietnam in the Mekong Delta. In Jan 68, they were overrun by the Vietcong in what is known as the Tet Offensive. The next commander was Fred Mahaffey and he put together some the strategy for retaliation. He would send his Recon Platoon out to scout for the enemy and when they were encountered, he would order in the whatever troops he found necessary to achieve success. He developed and perfected what is now known as the "jitterbug tactic". Once recon encountered a significant enough force to take on, Mahaffey would deliver a devastating airmobile insertion of combat troops, artillery fire, air cavalry UH-1 helicopter gunships and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. These troops would fly into battle aboard helicopters traveling at speeds of around 130 mph, hugging the terrain. The purpose was to confront the enemy and engage them with total surpise and it most definitely worked. There were only a handful of commanders who could pull this off and Mahaffey was probably the best. The execution of this order of battle was so precise that the result was over 90 percent of the 2d Battalion 60th Infantry engagements were over within 10 to 30 minutes as a result of the speed of the operation and the aggressive attitude of the troops. I can not vouch for this personally but I have been told that some of the tactics used would later become Standard Operating Procedure for a unit formed a couple of years later that is known as Delta Force. You might be interested in visiting http://www.2nd60th.org/ the website specifically for the 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. There is a ton of information there down to company levels and a message board. I would be surprised if you could not find someone there who actually served with your uncle.
|Robert Fowler||Arnold Glancy|
Thank you for providing the link to his mother and for the very kind note regarding your uncle. I hope it goes without saying that I would it would be my privilege to transfer his site to you should you desire that. I never knew your uncle but he served in the same unit as my brother. A great majority of my work on findagave has been to recognize your uncle's unit. Those that died in action in Vietnam are in a virtual cemetery. Those that have passed since that time are in another virtual cemetery on my site. In the event you do not know, your uncle's Bronze Star was awarded for Valor in combat and his Silver Star was for extrmeme Gallantry in Combat. Only the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross are above that Silver Star so it is a big deal. The descriptions I have for the virtual cemeteries I described above have some distinguishing remarks for the unit in particular. Should you be interested, I have some knowledge about how the unit operated and I can also furnish you some websites regarding it. Additionally, a couple of years ago there was a book published called "In The Land of Nine Dragons". That book is one of only 4 that have ever been published that chronicles a particular unit in Vietnam, the other 3 books were for Marine units. It is quite possible that your uncle served at the same time as my brother. If that were the case, his Battalion Commander would have been Fred Keith Mahaffey, considered by many to be a Army legend. Mahaffey, a Lieutenant Colonel at the time, later became the youngest 4 Star General in the modern history of the Army. Your uncle's battalion was most likely the most decorated unit to fight in Vietnam. I think you are very proud of him and rightfully so. Thank you again for the information and the kind note.
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