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I was there in Khe Sanh when LV was overrun,your facts are wrong.We the Marines had no way of getting there...We had no choppers they were all blown up..We had 2 Ontos,1 tank that i can remember...We did not have the ways and means to get there...We had a 105 Battery a couple of mortar teams 1 or 2 snipers and the Rockpile was supporting us with 175's...
Posted by: Brian Prochaska USMC 1965-68
Posted on: February 24, 2011, 2:48 PM
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Every A-team knew the risks. They took them anyway. On the night they were overrun Lang Vei was denied support by the US Marines just a few miles away at Khe Sanh. This fact is a blot upon the honor of the Marine Corps. I am a former K/75th Ranger, served in the Vietnamese Highlands and a life member of the 75th Ranger Regimental Association. I served here and there over a 40 year period, most recently in Iraq as a contract operator.
Posted by: John Puzzo
Posted on: February 2, 2011, 9:13 PM
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SOCOM owes a lot to this group of pathfinders in the world of Special Operations. May god rest our brothers souls.
Posted by: CWO-4 Wayne J. Beals
Posted on: December 14, 2010, 7:35 PM
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Great website. You guys at Lang Vei are the very epitome of the American fighting man. Hats off to all of you, and the guys that have gone before us will always be remembered.
Posted by: Rich O'Connor
Posted on: July 31, 2010, 3:04 PM
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Richard--Congratulations and many thanks for a job well done. Your talents in the cyber world are well recognized in this fine work. The Battle of Lang Vei truly should go down in the annals of military history because of the magnificent sacrifice by you stalwart Green Berets, CIDG, and Mike Force 'yards, and the gallant Hatchet Force rescue team led by the late Major George Quomo and on the ground by my good friend Allen "Chips" Fleming. I have read much history of warfare, and I cannot think of another battle where each of the American forces defending such a perilous postion received a decoration for combat heroism. You, Mr. Colgate Kid, were the only one that I could prove was not wounded in this effort. May God Bless and Keep you, my friend, and stay in close touch. August 7 would be Danny's 66th birthday. I will always remember you Green Berets and how you helped me to better tell your story.
Posted by: William R. Phillips
Posted on: July 25, 2010, 7:48 PM
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I served with John D. Early in the 10th Group at Ft. Devins (D Company). He signed my log book at the sport parachute club in Pepperel, MA. I believe he went to school in Carbondale (SIU) and then re-enlisted as a Spec 4. This would be late '71. He was a good guy and shared some of his legacy with me (Lang Vei)-what I remember most about him was the beret (5th Group Flash) tucked under the containment bands of his reserve chute. I know why it was there.
Posted by: Tom Kiernan
Posted on: July 18, 2010, 5:54 AM
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this is a great site dedicated to a great example of what SF is all about. As I have had the opportunity to work with you in civvy life, I know that you have continued to keep the SF attitude and spirit alive. It is an honor to know you and consider you my friend as well as fellow SF soldier.
Posted by: Joe Lenhart
Posted on: March 7, 2010, 7:53 AM
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I commanded the Nung Hatchet Force which helped rescue the survivors at Lang Vei. Just found your site for the first time. Good job!
Posted by: Chips Fleming
Posted on: March 4, 2010, 5:03 PM
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I am in the Captains Career Course in San Antonio and chose the battle of Lang Vei for my battle analysis study. This site has been enormous help to me and reading of your personal experiences at Lang Vei brought the battle to life. Thank you for your sacrifice in Viet Nam and your brave service.
Very respectfully,
Willette Balsamo
CPT, Army Nurse Corps
Posted by: CPT Willette Balsamo, US Army
Posted on: February 6, 2010, 6:15 PM
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I was with the Seabee attachement at Lang Vei in 1967 - I was a radioman and as I recall we were there to build or reinforce the main bunker and other construction work. There for about a month. Can't remember dates. Mobile Construction Battalion 11 out of Dong Ha. We came in on a convoy and left the same way.
Posted by: Mike McDonald
Posted on: January 30, 2010, 5:07 PM
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