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Vol 5 No. 24                TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS                June 22, 1970


Unit                   Page Unit                  Page Unit                  Page Unit                  Page
1/5 Photo                       1 2/22                                 6 25th Inf                         8 4/23                                7
1/8 Arty Photo             8 2/22                                 8 25th Band Photo         3 4/23                                7
1/27                                8 2/27                                 6 25th Artillery                4 4/23                                7
187 AHC                        1 2/32 Arty Photo            4 3/22 Photos                  3 46th Scout Dog            6
2/12                                1 2/32 Arty                       4 4/23                                1 725th Maint                   8
2/14 Photo                     1 25th Inf Photo              2 4/23                                1 Viets Rescue GI            8
2/22                                 1


Supplies 'a doctor would use'
     Warriors Fight to Cache

   WEST OF THE FISH HOOK, Cambodia - It was a difficult spot for the 25th Infantry Division's "Warriors" to be in - foliage was dense, and the enemy was well situated.
   But by maximum use of their own fire power and with well-aimed artillery and air support, the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, called all the punches in the victory that led them to fifty tons of rice and 4,000 pounds of medical supplies.
   "We were going through some thick stuff and I had just pushed aside a branch when the enemy opened fire from a hole," said 2nd Platoon pointman, Sergeant Joseph R. Moore, from Fairhope, Ala.
   "I was so close that I could see the red muzzle-flash of the weapon." he continued.  "I hit the ground faster than I ever thought possible.  The rest of the guys immediately opened up, giving me time to get to cover."
   When the Americans had drawn back sufficiently, artillery, then Cobras were called in.  The combined firepower quickly convinced the enemy to retreat.  They left behind three dead.
   Quickly combing the area, the Warriors found at several different sites slightly more than 100,000 pounds of rice.  The cache - typical of most of those found in Cambodia - was discovered above ground, in large rectangular piles covered with a greenish plastic.
   Along with the rice, the GIs found 4,000 pounds of medical supplies, including drugs and medicine, many rolls of gauze and bandage and an array of sophisticated medical instruments.
   "Some of this stuff, only a doctor could use," said medic, Specialist 4 Joseph Lundy, from Costa, N.M.
   Although at this point the operation was clearly a success, it was still incomplete.  There remained the task of removing the large number of 220-pound rice bags.


Tomahawks' Use 1-Man MEDCAP

   SOUTHWEST OF MEMUT, Cambodia - The 25th Division's 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, "Tomahawks," have added a twist to their concept of MEDCAP in adopting it to use in Cambodia - the one-man MEDCAP.
   First. Lieutenant Robert Anderson, of Youngstown, Ohio, a Medical Service Corps Officer, is the only medical person present at the Tomahawks' Cambodia MEDCAPs.
   "I keep my medics at the fire base," replied Anderson to a question about the nature of the new MEDCAPS.  "I feel they may be needed there so I've been handling the MEDCAPS alone."
   Accompanied by men from the battalion Psychological Operations Team, Anderson tries to reach at least two villages a day.
   "I've treated 80 to 100 people in some villages," he said. "They're very receptive, and they often give me pineapples as gifts."
   The team moves in jeeps.  Although the terrain is rough and they have often received sniper fire, they continue to visit villages, simultaneously helping the natives and gaining tactical information - information which should help make easier the Tomahawks' task in Cambodia.

OVER THE BORDER - Flying into Cambodia, bulging with "Golden Dragons" of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, "Crusaders" of the 187th Assault Helicopter Company swoop toward the smoke of battle to insert US troops.  (Photo by SGT Dan Delaney) Heading toward Cambodia



'We almost ran over it'
       Rider Eases into Cache

   SOUTHWEST OF MEMOT, Cambodia - The combination of a fallen tree in the middle of a path and a not so "Easy Rider" led the 4th Battalion (Mech.) 23rd Infantry, to a large enemy supply cache in Cambodia recently.
   Operating about five miles inside Cambodia, the 4/23rd "Tomahawks" Bravo Company was conducting a sweep through heavily vegetated area.  The armored personnel carriers were in the lead, followed by ground troops searching the flattened paths.
   During the sweep, an APC named "Easy Rider" challenged a log and lost.  As the downed APC was being moved by a cable, her driver, Specialist 4 Larry Key, of La Puente, Calif., spotted a hootch.  "We almost ran over it," quipped Key.
   The Tomahawks quickly moved in and discovered a small enemy base camp.  There, they found a storehouse which contained 23 bags with 250 pounds of rice in each bag, 400 feet of commo wire, five Chi-Com claymore mines, five pounds of clothing, 2,000 AK rounds and miscellaneous items.  There were also ten hootches, bunkers, a school, two mess halls and living quarters in the complex.
   "It looked like there had been enemy activity as recently as two days ago," said Specialist 4 Ray Harcourt, an RTO (radio telephone operator), from Cincinnati.
   "The items that were found," he added, "led me to believe that the camp was set up for more than a company-sized unit."
   After removing the supplies, the Tomahawks destroyed the complex.


'3-Duece' Upends Charlie's Ambush

   SOUTH OF THE DOG'S FACE, Cambodia - Reversing the intent of an enemy ambush, men of the 2nd Battalion (Mech.), 22nd Infantry, Scout Platoon recently killed five enemy in action near here.
   The morning mist from the night rain was still in the air as the "Triple Deuce" Scout Platoon moved out of the battalion night laager position with their armored personnel carriers on a search and destiny mission.
   "Our element led the tracked formation down a rough trail along a heavily wooded area," said Specialist 4 Tim Albright, of Lawrenceburgh, Ind., a rifleman.
   "All of a sudden, a barrage of small arms and RPG fire from both sides of the trail began to crack around us.  We turned our APCs around and blasted away with our .50 caliber and M-60 machine guns."
   Soon, artillery support called in from Delta Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Artillery, was pounding away with "eight inchers" on the estimated platoon-size enemy positions.
   "The artillery support kept the enemy's head down, enabling us to gain fire superiority," added Albright.
   Besides the five enemy bodies, the GIs found NVA webgear and supplies.
   American casualties were light.

PFC Roger Wood A MOMENT'S REST - During a short break while on a rif with the Recon Platoon of the 1st Battalion (Mech.), 5th Infantry, Private First Class Roger Wood of Seward, Neb., pauses before moving on against the enemy.  (Photo by SP4 Rich Fitzpatrick)


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CPT Jerry D. Bateman, Co C, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
CPT Charles E. Criswell, Co B, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
2LT Dennis Heitner, Co B, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
2LT Steven J. Peterson, Co B, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
PFC Paul D. Francois, Co A, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
LTC Lewis W. Wright, HHB, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
WOl John S. Bourquin, Co A, 25th Avn Bn
WOl Donald H. Lish, Co A, 25th Avn Bn
WOl Edward L. Mortimer, Co B, 25th Avn Bn
WOl Joseph C. Wasmond, Co A, 25th Avn Bn
WO1 John M. Wilson, Co A, 25th Avn Bn
1LT Gerald D. Marlowe, HHC, 2d Bn 34th Armor
1LT Michael P. Pate, Co D, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SFC Arthur Wooters, Co D, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SGT Alan T. Carter, HHC, 2d Bn, Armor
SP4 Claude N. West, Co D, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
MAJ Bobby L. Rice, HHSB, 1st Bn, 8th Fld Arty
CPT James H. Chapman, HHSB, 1st Bn, 8th Fld Arty
CPT John Michell, Co A, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
CPT William F. O'Brien, HHSB, 1st Bn, 8th Fld Arty
CPT Arthur Schultz, C Trp, 3d Sqdn, 4th Cav
CPT Marvin L. Tieman, Co A, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
1LT Thomas J. Morgan, C Trp, 3d Sqdn, 4th Cav
1LT Carrol R. Rich, HHC, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
1LT Cambell W. Winkler, Co B, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
2LT Cazimer J. Glownia, Co A, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
2LT Gregory L. Soloman, Co C, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
SFC Joseph L. Cameron, B Trp,, 3d Sqdn, 4th Cav
SFC Edward L. Mauro, HHB, 1st Bn, 8th Fld Arty
SSG Billy D. Browning, HHB, 1st Bn, 8th Fld Arty
SSG Everett E. Longland, C Trp, 3rd Sqdn, 4th Cav
SSG Leon Moore HHC, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SSG James C. Smith, HHC, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SSG Leslie G. Snider, HHB, 1st Bn, 8th Fld Arty
PSG Mike Kromoff, HHC, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SGT Robert Callery, Co B, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SGT Alan T. Carter, HHC, 2d Bn,134th Armor
SGT James J. Davis, Co B 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SGT Michael W. English, Co B, 65th Avn Bn
SGT Donald A. Jordon, HHC, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SGT Eugene G. Poole, Co C, 2d Bn, 12th Inf
SGT Richard D. Ramsey, Co C, 2d Bn, 12th Inf
SGT Thomas G. Sines, Co E, 2d Bn, 12th Inf
SP5 Curtis O. Austin, Co.A, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SP5 William A. Moore, Co B, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
SP5 William W. Skinner, Co B, 65th Eng Bn
SP5 Kenneth W. Stewart, Co B, 2d Bn, 34th Armor
CSM Joseph Chickini, HHB, Div Arty
SFC Charles A. Forse, Co B, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
SSG Melvin R. Barnes, Co B, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SGT James H. Benton, Co C, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SGT Richard E. Galas, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SGT Walter J. Griffin, Co D, 2d Bn, 14th Inf
SGT Adrian R. Lehde, HHC, 1st Bde
SP5 Jimmy R. Bledsoe, Co D, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP5 Eric A. Johnsen, HHC, 1st Bde
SP4 Garel L. Baker, Co A, 2d Bn, 12th Inf
SP4 Michael D. Berness, Co C, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 Ralph Brunswick, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 Robert A. Cogdill, Co C, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 Lewis J. Eggert Jr, HHC, 1st Bde
SP4 John Gardner, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 Gregg L. Fairbank, Co A, 2d Bn, 12th Inf
SP4 Michael W. McGrane, HHC, 1st Bde
SP4 Leroy K. McKinney, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 Henry W. Morse, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 Richard F. Nix, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 Bruce H. Scattergood, Co B, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
SP4 Duane T. Schindler, Co B, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
SP4 Ronald Sevffert, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
SP4 David E. Will, Co A, 2d B, 12th Inf
SP4 John W. Witter, Co B, 2d Bn, 27th Inf
PFC Halie Caldwell, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf
PFC Frederick Erben, Co B, 2d Pn, 27th Inf
PFC Dallas E. Fairley, Co A, 1st Bn, 5th Inf



Vehicle Safety
     Each Soldier's Concern

   Despite the stress put upon the individual soldier's role in vehicle safety and maintenance measures, many careless accidents still happen.
   Two recent ones show the importance of watching out for the passenger aboard the vehicle.
   One accident involved a two-and-one-half ton truck going from Fire Support Base Kien to Dau Tieng base camp.  A private first class was seated on the floor of the truck with his back against the upraised tail gate.  As the truck (traveling at a moderate rate of speed) hit a large dip in the road, the tailgate became unlatched causing the soldier to fall backwards.
   Behind the truck was an attached water trailer. The PFC fell onto the tongue of the trailer and rolled under the wheel.  The consequence?  A compound fracture of the lower right leg.
   Had the driver of the vehicle checked his passenger to make sure his seating was secure this accident could have been prevented.
   In another incident, a PFC at Fire Support Base Rainier was standing on the running board of a two-and-one-half ton truck giving directions to the driver.  When the driver shifted gears, the truck lurched throwing the PFC to the ground.  He was killed when his head was crushed by the left rear set of dual tires.
   A little more attention on the part of the PFC might have prevented this fatality.


DoD Alters Travel Aid

   WASHINGTON (ANF) - Under certain conditions, round trip transportation at government expense may now be granted to two members of the family of a serviceman or Department of Defense (DOD) civilian employee who is hospitalized outside of the Continental United States (CONUS) in a 'very seriously ill or injured condition.
   Prior to a recent DOD policy change, only one family member could make the journey.
   The following guidelines now apply:
   -The two travelers may include the wife, mother, father, brothers or sisters of the patient.  Primary next of kin decides "who goes."
   -Travel may be authorized only when considered essential to the patients welfare by the attending physician and appropriate hospital commander.
   -Once the visit is approved, government transportation will be provided from an aerial port of embarkation (APOE) to the overseas point nearest the hospital and return.  All other trip expenses (such as travel to the APOE, food and lodging) must be borne by family members.
   -Authorization also may apply in reverse for a serviceman hospitalized in CONUS whose family resides outside the country.
   This policy revision, announced in Department of the Army Message 132112Z April 1970, will be reflected in the next published changes to Army Regulations 59-12 and 600-10.

THE FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF of the 25th Infantry Division, Colonel James M. Connell of Titusville, Pa., recently replaced Colonel Olin E. Smith as commander of the division's third brigade.



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The Commanding General Welcomes
The Following Tropic Lightning Tots
To The 25th Infantry Division – As
Reported By The American Red Cross.
Born To:

May 23
SP4 Larry R. Farmer, C Btry, 2nd Bn, 32nd Arty, girl

May 24
SGT Gary E. Berg, C Co, 4th Bn, 23rd Inf, boy

May 27
SP5 Ronald L. Dicks, HHC, 25th Inf Div, girl
SP4 Harry R. Harbison, HHC, 65th Engrs, boy
SP4 Thomas F. McDermott, C Co, 4th Bn, 9th Inf, boy

May 29
SP4 Roger D. Burleson, C Co, 588th Engrs, girl
PFC Ray Degado, A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Inf, girl
June 1
SP5 Robert Shell, 116th AH Co, boy
WO1 William R. Duncan, HHD, 125th Sig Bn, boy
SP4 David L. Ruffin, HHC, 25th Inf Div, boy
PFC George L. Auker, A Co, 125th Sig Bn, boy

June 2
MAJ David A. Dunn, Adv Team 99, boy

June 3
CPT Roman L. Millett, D Trp, 3rd Bn, 4th Cav, girl
SP4 Gary S. Kean, C Btry, 3rd Bn, 13th Arty, boy


The TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS is an authorized publication of the 25th Infantry Division. It is published weekly for all division units in the Republic of Vietnam by the Information Office, 25th Infantry Division, APO San Francisco 96225. American Forces Press Service and Army News Feature materials are used. Views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Department of the Army. Printed in Tokyo, Japan, by Pacific Stars and Stripes.

MG Edward Bautz, Jr . . . . Commanding General
MAJ Warren J. Field  . . .  Information Officer
1LT John Caspari . . . . . . . Officer-in-Charge
SSG Stephen F. Veroczi . . NCOIC
SP4 Charles C. Self . . Editor
SP5 Gary D. Sciortino  . . . Assistant Editor
SP4 Joseph V. Kocian . . . Production Supervisor


SGT Bill Oberholzer
SP4 Robert Caplan
SGT Mike Keyster
SP4 Tom Benn
SP4 Brad Yaeger
SP4 Frank Rezzonico
SP4 Frank Salerno
SP4 Henry Zukowski, Jr
SP4 Brian Flanherty
PFC Rob Lato            
SP4 Greg Duncan
SP4 Ray Byrne
SP4 Rich Erickson
SP4 Ed Toulouse
SP4 Doug Sainsbury
SGT Mike Conroy
SGT William E. Zarrett
SP4 Lawrence Merritt
SP4 Rich Fitzpatrick
SP4 Ken Barron
SP4 George Graham
SP5 Tom Watson
SP4 Willaim McGown
PFC James B. Stoup



Page 3                           TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS                           June 22, 1970


Welcome back to Vietnam
Friendly faces
Back to Vietnam


Story and Photos
SP4 Rich Dombrowicki


   DAU TIENG -- "Welcome back.  Good to see you.  Drop your gear.  Relax for a while.  Grab a soda, it's good and cold."
   The men of the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, were home from Cambodia -- back in Vietnam -- dog-tired but happy.  Theirs had been one of the first units into Cambodia and now they, like others, were back.
   "It was rough."
   "Vietnam never looked so good."
   As they climbed off the C-123 cargo planes, the 25th Division Band serenaded them.  A Red Cross "Donut Dolly" and two Service Club girls welcomed them with Kool-Aid and smiles.  And everyone congratulated them.
   "The red ants were a bitch."
   "We took fire at the first 'friendly' village we came to."
   Soon the men piled onto trucks and were taken from the airstrip to the main rest area where hot chow, cool showers and soft beds awaited them.
   "I never thought I'd be glad to see Vietnam."

Cool Kool-Aid
Even a band...



Page 4-5                           TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS                           June 22, 1970


Pounding the enemy
Batteries like this one fired thousands of rounds into former enemy sanctuaries to end enemy hopes of a buildup after US forces withdraw.


First Over Border, Largest Recently
        25th Stages Arty Raid into Cambodia


   THIEN NGON - A recent "turkey shoot" - the largest artillery assault of its kind recently - by 25th Division and II Field Force artillery destroyed the Communists' hopes for rapid rebuilding after the withdrawal of American ground troops from Cambodia on June 30th.
   The arty attack showed that the extensive bunker complexes of the Viet Cong and NVA along the Cambodian border can no longer be considered sanctuaries.
   The plan for the surprise attack was initiated by Colonel H.A. Buzzett, commanding officer of 25th Division Artillery, and was based on latest intelligence reports of enemy activity.
   The main target of the arty barrage was the suspected site of the 9th NVA Division base camp, although fire also was directed on areas of generally heavy enemy trail activity.
   For the operation, 16 howitzers were road marched to a location three and one-half miles northwest of Thien Ngon, while an additional two 175mm howitzers from C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery, (II FF) fired from their position at Fire Support Base Blaster.
   At 10 am, the Time on Target (TOT), all 17 guns began blasting away.  The maximum sustained rate of fire, about five times the normal pace of an artillery team, was continued through the heat of the morning and the early afternoon rain.
   When, at 3 pm, a cease-fire was called, a quick tally showed the 8" guns had shot about two rounds per minute per battery, the 155mm guns had put out about four rounds per minute per battery, with a total of over 3,500 rounds fired during the five hour mission.
   Although the artillery raid is not a new concept, it has been only infrequently used in Vietnam.  Because of the nature of guerilla warfare, artillery batteries normally are spread out in support of small elements of the maneuver battalions.
   The Cambodian campaign however is different in that the size of enemy forces is generally larger than in Vietnam.  Also, ground forays into that country have yielded extensive and accurate intelligence about the location of such forces.
   Observers, airborne during the arty assault, reported numerous secondary explosions and fire in the suspected enemy positions.

Story and Photos
SP4 William L. McGown


8-inch round on its way

An eight-inch artillery round is hurdled toward the enemy.


Before the mission began an artillery survey was made. Radar survey
Preparing ammo Delay fuses are inserted to counteract bad weather.
Smoke billows up around a 155mm Howitzer firing on enemy base camp. Fire mission



The large raid required that vast supplies of ammunition be moved forward.



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'This place was out of sight'
        3-Deuce Gets Good Look at Cambodia

   NEAR KREK AIR FIELD, Cambodia - Electric lights, air conditioners, push-out windows, fine china and a Mercedes Benz.  Sounds like America?  Yes, but it's actually Cambodia.
   When the 25th Division's 2nd Battalion (Mech.), 22nd Infantry, entered Cambodia recently to begin their operations, they discovered that there were many things about the country that were different from South Vietnam.
   "The most striking thing about the country was the extensive use of electricity," said Private First Class Rocco Pesolo, a rifleman of Alfa Company, from Chicago.  "Even the most remote village had power lines running into them from main lines."
   All of the houses were built on stilts because of rainy season flooding.  All had wooden walls and doors and tin roofs as compared to the thatch-roofed and mud-walled hootches that are prevalent in Vietnam.
   "The people parked their motor scooters under the houses, not in them as in 'Nam," said Specialist 4 Dan Jacobs, Bravo Company Squad Leader, from Niles, Mich.
   The houses were well-built frame-types, employing pegs, nails, interlocking studs and snug-fitting wall boards.  Many had push-out windows.
   "The houses are built to last and won't tumble down in storms," said Sergeant Gary Huitt, of Bravo Company, from Perry, Iowa.  "They're pretty water-tight too."
   Inside the houses many of the people use fine chinaware to eat from, and. the china cabinet is the prized possession of each family.
   "It seemed as though the wealth of the Cambodian family is kept in its china cabinet," said Sergeant Robert Butters, of Bravo Company, from Bradford, Pa.
   There were many plantation homes in Cambodia, and all were very elaborate.  They were solidly constructed of brick and concrete and had stone roofs.
   "One had a room that was air-conditioned and a polished stone floor that I could see my reflection in," said Private First Class Joe Suemegi, of Alfa Company, from Chicago.  "Outside, there was a shiny, black Mercedes Benz.  I mean this place was out of sight!"






Floor Show (8 p.m.)

"Soundout `70" Discussion Group (8 p.m.)

Officer's Coffee Call (10 a.m.)
Cookout on Patio (8 p.m.)
Photo Contest (8 p.m.)


Tournaments (2 p.m.)
Filmstrips & Popcorn (7:30 p.m.)
Coffee Call (10 a.m.)
Tournaments (2 p.m.)
Smoker Bingo (8 p.m.)
Summer Talent Search (8 p.m.)



Three Strikes and 'Ur Out-on an AP

   CU CHI - Mixed cheers and boos arose from the crowd as the sergeant major fanned another batter and waited for his next victim's entrance into the batter's box.  It was softball in the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry area at Cu Chi base camp.
   The whole thing started when Charlie Company commander, Captain Paul Evans, of Columbus, Ga., told his men that they would play a softball game to determine which platoons would be assigned that night's recon patrols.
   While the players were taking their batting practice and the pitchers were warming up, a standing-room-only crowd gathered along the sidewalks of the headquarters area.
   After seven furious innings and a few embarrassing errors, the second and mortar platoons had triumphed over the first and third platoons, who consequently pulled that night's patrols.
   Since that first game, the baseball fever has been spreading around the Wolfhound area.  And although the losers no longer go on the night recon patrols, everybody still likes to win.
   "It's kind of hard to believe how everyone is getting involved in the games, and the enthusiasm that's being shown," said Specialist 4 Jim Baresich from Queens, N.Y., a member of Bravo Company.  "I think it's especially helpful to the line companies," he added.
   Along with the softball games, a volleyball game can be seen going on almost every night.
   "When you're having fun with all your buddies, it makes life a little easier and the days seem a little shorter," said Specialist 4 Steve St. Sauver, from St. Paul, Minn., a catcher on the Headquarters Company team.


Dog's Day And Steak

   TAY NINH - Dogs have their day too.  "Poncho," a scout dog for the 46th Infantry Scout dog Platoon, has been named "Dog of the Month."  Every month one dog is given this title for outstanding performance.
   Specialist 4 Lee Farrell from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., was the dog's handler.  Together, "Poncho" and Farrell found an enemy bunker complex.  Also found were two enemy soldiers.
   Farrell and "Poncho" came to Vietnam six months ago, and have been on 63 missions together.  The average number of missions for a scout dog team for one year in Vietnam is 90.
   At the award ceremony Colonel Paul J. Mueller Jr., 1st Brigade commanding officer, awarded "Poncho" with a raw steak.  Specialist Farrell was awarded a three day pass.
   When asked how the missions are, "Poncho" replied, "ruff."


Ask SGT Certain

DEAR SGT CERTAIN:  I understand that it is possible to make pizza from an array of C rations.  If so, do you have the recipe?
               Giovani Filipini

DEAR GIOVANI:  After a comprehensive study in my bunker workshop, I think I have come up with a recipe that will suit your taste.  Get hold of a clean M-60 ammo box and remove the top.  Set it on its side and place about half a stick of C-4 inside.  Get a can of white bread and work it around in your hands until it becomes doughy (which doesn't take long in this climate).  After cleaning the top of the ammo box, lay out the dough on its top in the traditional pizza pattern.  Now grab a can of Beef Spices and spread the Tomato sauce only on top of the dough.  Just top off the pizza with a can of cheese from a B-2 unit and light the C-4.  Cook until the bottom of the crust is brown.  Garner with your favorite Tobasco Sauce or Nuc Mam.

DEAR SGT CERTAIN:  Is it true that you really don't exist but are only part of a vast plot to overthrow the Tropic Lightning News and establish a coalition editorship with the Viet Cong?

DEAR WORRIED:  Balderdash. I am now, always have been and will continue to be exactly what I was.


Page 7                           TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS                           June 22, 1970


Removing captured rice
RICE EVACUATION -- Rice caches were among the most plentiful finds of the Tomahawks of 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, working in Cambodia. The rice was hauled out on tracks or by chopper.


Story and Photos by SGT Bill Oberholzer

     MEMUT, Cambodia - The commander of the 4th Battalion (Mech.), 23rd Infantry, recently expressed pleasure over the success of operations by his unit inside Cambodia.
   "I'm pleased with our progress," said Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bradford of Vienna, Va.  "Our primary goal is uncovering caches and we've been successful thus far."
   The "Tomahawks" have used the mobility of their unit to cover a large area of operations centered around the Cambodian City of Memut.  They have uncovered large caches of rice, clothing, documents and armaments.
   Operations began in the area, supported from Katum, in mid-May.

Taking a break
CAUTIOUS CHOW -- Just south of the Cambodian border, the Tomahawks break for chow while keeping an eye out for the enemy.
Tomahawks at Work
Helping Cambodian family

FATHER AND DAUGHTER - A Tomahawks medic of the 4th Battalion (Mech.), 23rd Infantry, helps a Cambodian family who came to their night defensive position seeking medical aid.



Page 8                           TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS                           June 22, 1970


Do Van Cu, Huynh Van Kiem receive honors
PROUD RECIPIENTS -- Major General Edward M. Bautz recently presented Mr. Do Van Cu (Left) and Mr. Huynh Van Kiem the 25th Division's Honorary Membership Scroll for their actions in rescuing a 25th Division sergeant from a chopper which crashed in the Saigon River.  (Photo by SP5 Ed Drinkard)

Win Place in 25th Division
           Vietnamese Save GI

   BIEN HOA PROVINCE - The young fisherman was busily attending to his daily chores when he saw an American helicopter strike a power line and begin plummeting into the Saigon River.
   Running to the river bank, he saw two American soldiers hopelessly struggling to stay afloat in the whirlpool caused by the sinking chopper.  The young Vietnamese immediately took his small sampan and hurried to the aide of the distressed soldiers.
   One of the GIs had already become a victim of the murky river.  It was up to the fisherman to save the surviving American.
   Maneuvering his sampan to the lone GI, the young man steadied his craft and pulled the soldier to the safety of his small boat.
   An old man standing near the river and seeing what the young man had just done, realized that the sampan could not be maneuvered back to shore carrying both men.  He quickly took his motor-boat out to them and pushed the small craft back to the river bank.
   A short time later, an American patrol boat arrived and took the exhausted soldier to Long Binh for treatment.
   Mr. Do Van Cu, the young man, and Mr. Huynh Van Kiem, both residents of Binh My Hamlet, received the 25th Division's Honorary Membership Scroll for their actions.
   Major General Edward Bautz, commander of the 25th Infantry Division, welcomed the men into the division and personally thanked them for their heroism in saving the life of Staff Sergeant Daniel P. Oullette, of Boston, Mass., a "Tropic Lightning" soldier assigned to the 25th Administration Company in Cu Chi.
   Oullette is now recuperating in Japan and is reported to be in good condition.
   Besides receiving the scrolls, both men were given a sack of rice -- compliments of the 25th's Civic Action Staff.
   "I did it out of kindness," said Van Cu, of the award presented to him.


725th Cuts Backlog

   CU CHI - The fighting men of an infantry division depend upon the efficient operation of all the equipment provided for them by the Army.  It is the job of the 725th Maintenance Battalion to make sure 25th Division infantrymen have operable equipment at all times.
   In maintenance, a piece of equipment being repaired, awaiting parts or awaiting shipment to a more sophisticated repair facility is considered "backlog."
   The 725th averages an extremely low backlog.  In the first four months of this year, its backlog was close to half what it was during the same period of 1969.
   The men of the maintenance battalion achieved their lowest backlog on Feb. 21 of this year.  On that date, there were only 112 pieces of equipment "down for repairs."  This represents roughly one third of one per cent of all the equipment in the division.
   Sergeant First Class Jack W. Snyder, division material NCO from Tell City, Ind., also pointed out that the 725th supports more armor and track vehicles than any other maintenance battalion in the Republic of Vietnam.


Cool It, Newby

   TAY NINH - The scene is the 25th Division's EM Club at Tay Ninh where the short-timer is trying to forget over a can of Bud.
   "Hi, I'm new in country.  You're in Headquarters Company, 4/23rd, aren't you?  I've seen you in the company area."
   "I was sure worried when they told me I was coming to Tay Ninh.  You know, all the rockets and everything.  Talking about rockets, did you hear 'em come in last night?"
   "The rockets!  Man, I was tryin' to sleep in the hootch and all of a sudden Ka-Pow!  I low crawled all the way to the bunker.  You sure you didn't hear 'em?"
   "I'm sure.  You can't hear a thing in the bunker I sleep in."
   "Oh. Say, how long you been in country?"
   "Eleven months."
   "Wow, you're getting short, huh?  When did you get off line?"
   "After six months."
   "Gee, you must have been pretty lucky; how'd you get off?"
   "Yeah, lucky.  Well, first off I drove my track over a mine.  After I was all healed from that I went out to recon a woodline with a roll of toilet paper and tripped a booby trap.  After that the CO figured it was safer for everyone else if I was out of the field."
    "Gosh, you mean you got two purple hearts?  Wow!"
   "Has the time gone fast?  I mean I've been here almost two weeks and it seems like two years.  Does time go faster in the field?"
   "Wow, and the heat - it must have been a hundred 'n thirty in the sun today!"
   "Wait till it gets hot."
   "Yeah, wow!  Say, how about letting me buy you a beer?"
   "That's the best thing you've said in the last hour."



Cambodians Take GIs' Medical Aid

   NEAR KREK AIR FIELD, Cambodia -- Twenty-Fifth Infantry Division medics of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, recently expressed surprise at the willingness of Cambodian people to accept assistance from American troops.
   "It surprised us that the Cambodians were willing to accept our aid," said Specialist 4 Jim Gruchala, a medic, from St. Louis.  "We had thought that the NVA had oriented the Cambodians not to accept aid from us."
   On this particular MEDCAP, two armored personnel carriers provided security for the medics.  The medics traveled in their own supply-laden track.
   "From my carrier, the medics' track with its big black cross on the side, reminded me of the mobile Red Cross clinics that you see back in the world," recalled Specialist 4 Gerald Selvester, of Delta Company, from Collton, W. Va.
   While the unit's APCs set up security, the medics formed a line for those who wanted medical treatment.
   "We were surprised to see that so many of the people had soap readily available to them," said Sergeant Douglas Heard, another medic, from Chicago.  "Soap, along with proper bathing, prevents many skin diseases, sores and rashes."
   During the afternoon, the medics treated well over 50 Cambodians.
   "The MEDCAP lasted the entire afternoon and it sure was great to see all those whom we treated wave to us as we headed back to our night laager position," Heard added.


AOs Named After Wives

   FSB HARRON, Cambodia - Three officers of the 25th Division's 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, "Wolfhounds," had special reason for wanting their mission in Cambodia to be successful.
   The area of operations was named Jeannie after the wives of battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Marvin Rosenstein of Chicago and artillery liaison officer Captain Michael Steven Moseley of Moorestown, N.J.
   The Fire Support Base, Sharron, was named for the wife of operations officer Major Robert O. Schreer of Columbus, Ga.

Artillery support
BRINGING SMOKE - Smoke pours from the barrel of a 105mm howitzer as members of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, support elements of the 2nd Battalion (Mech.), 22nd Infantry, inside Cambodia.  (Photo by SGT Raymond Pompilio)



Thanks to
Gary Ogden, 2nd Bn., 22nd Inf. for sharing this issue,
Kirk Ramsey, 2nd Bn., 14th Inf. for creating this page.

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