Ed "Spooky" Nored
RVN Sep 69 - Sep 70
Jan 1, 1970 Quan Loi
Jan 2, 1970 Quan Loi
Jan 3, 1970 Quan Loi
(J.W.) Enemy mortar rounds hit outside the parameter. One round lands in our company rear area and wounds 6. We had a "mad minute".
(Jerry Reeves) On or about Jan. 3rd. I was returning from a 3 day in-country R&R . While waiting at a helicoptor pad I was struck by a large water blivet. I was injured and was on crutches for 2-3 weeks. Jerry upon his return at some point became the company mail clerk until his tour was completed. Jerry served in Nam from June 69 to June 70. ( A water blivet was about the size of a small compact car. Used to carry water. It was carried as a sling load from underneath a Chinook helicopter.).
Jan 4, 1970 Quan Loi
(J.W.) 100% alert till 2 a.m.
(Nored) Excerpt from letter written to Linda Jan. 4th at Quan Loi "Smockey went to Hong Kong for R&R and said he had a ball. Besides picking up a man dressed as a girl. He and another guy was drinking it up at a bar and 4 girls from Australia bopped on in and started rapping. So they had a few drinks and the discussion got around to sex and they were all for free love and the girls asked them which ones they wanted. So Smockey and the other guy picked and went up to their individual flats (rooms). Smockey said he was out that door in less then 3 minutes. He went to kiss her and could feel her, I mean his, beard and moustache. We all laughed our heads off." Letter also says there was a Vietnamese prostitute working in Bunker 79. I also mentioned Tom Coker our plt. Sgt. was to leave for R&R in 17 days. He was to meet his wife in Hawaii.
Jan 5, 1970 C.A.'d into boonies.
(Nored/DOL) From about 1500 to 1700 Delta company is air lifted from Quan Loi to L.Z. Kathleen and then from Kathleen combat assault into the bush for the start of another mission. Though the DOL doesn't say so I assume the air lift from Quan Loi to Kathleen was by Chinook and then we transferred to the smaller Huey for the CA at Kathleen.
(J.W.) Inserted in bush 15 miles N. E. of Quan Loi.
Jan 6, 1970 Boonies 1st.Platoon man nearly killed in claymore incident.
(Nored) One of our guys on guard got lost in the dark and walked in the wrong direction. He tripped a flare off and the other 2 guard positions blew 2 claymore mines as was policy anytime a trip flare went off. The individual remarkably was not hurt. Later in the morning when we went out to retrieve our trip flares one individual had one go off in his face. He is immediately med-a-vaced with burns to his face and eye.
(Dan Kelly 1st Platoon) The incident you have recorded on 1-6-70. That was a black dude name Theodus Wells. I was in the first platoon then humping the gun (m60 machine gun). Joe Michaels was my A-gunner. We had dug a small fox hole with a small embankment in front of it. Joe and I always slept near the hole. As you have related ole Ted got lost, and spend the night out in the bushes and tried to come in in the morning. On the way in he set off a trip flare. He was lucky enough to fall on his face. Because when the trip went off, Joe and I rolled over and set off our claymores. One was each side of him. Joe started yelling "Shoot him Kelly, Shoot him" and the Lt. was yelling to wait. Ole Ted meanwhile was screaming his ass off out in the jungle. I didn't have my glasses on at the time so I couldn't see anything anyway. After a few minutes of this, we figure out something was wrong and got Ted back inside the perimeter. Needless to say Ted slept next to the hole for quite a while.
Note: some of the following are recollections from Jim Watradowskis diary they are I.D'd with the initials (J.W.)
(click here to read Gordon's view of the same story)
Jan 7, 1970 Boonies
Jan 8, 1970 Boonies
(J.W.) Found fresh fighting position dug by the enemy. Leeches are real bad because we traveled thru a swamp.
Jan 9, 1970 "log day" Designated Log bird is "Ghostrider # 42".
(DOL) The previous day Delta C.O. requested dog team for today. They came out on the log bird. 2nd platoon has set up an ndp separate from the rest of company.
(Nored) In a Jan. 9th letter I mention Forrest Sanders, from Mississippi . Another old timer from 3rd plt., has left the field and has a job in the rear now.
Jan 10, 1970 Boonies
(Nored) My letter says will start to get logged every 4 days instead of 3 and we will again start to receive packages from home on logs.
(DOL) Delta at about 1800 found 7 bunkers, one cooking hooch and 2 dirt stoves. Delta picks roster # 31 with initials W.L.B. (7376) for sniper school. (this was Bill Belcher 1st Platoon)
Jan 11, 1970 Boonies
(Nored) "N.V.A. Ghost towns" Our squad is leading the company down a well established trail. Jay selby is at point with myself as backup. A dog team is just ahead of us. I mentioned we had found close to 100 bunkers along this trail. It was old and some of the roofs had collapsed in on some of them. These places were eerie and spooky to say the least. (Letter dated Jan.12.Inspiration for "Dog Teams and other things"
(DOL) At 1045 Delta reports finding 57 bunkers with overhead cover (OHC) Bunkers are about one year old. Many of the roofs had collapsed. The trail is hard packed with no sign of recent use. (Nored) The company most likely set up a patrol base and at 1145 (2/6) second platoon reports that they have found 700 9mm rounds of ammo still in the boxes some AK 47 rounds, a B-40 warhead and to top things off. A monkey skull! Delta continued to recon area and reported that a bridge had been destroyed in the area. Last map location given at DOL suggest 1st platoon had a separate NDP.
Jan 12, 1970 Boonies
Working a bunker complex. We have a dog team with us.
(click on image for a larger view.)
(DOL) At 1915 3 different locations are given for first, second and third platoons. The company commander and staff or C/P as it is referred to in all the DOLs , is with 2nd platoon. This late at night would mean 3 different NDPs for everyone.
Jan 13, 1970 Boonies (Log Day) Designated log bird. The DOL says bird is "Potatoes Mash # 425 but believe it should be "Potato Masher # 425 "
(Nored) I got picked to go to the rear for a combat leadership course (C.L.C).
Jan 14, 1970 Boonies
(J.W.) Found beau coup stuff. 30 bunkers. One person saw an NVA soldier by a bunker and shot teargas into the area. We went in and found a mine, 17 B-40 rockets, ammunition, food and clothing. We also found some American G.I. items that we usually discarded by us on log days. We destroyed all items found. We felt that 10-20 enemy soldiers had recently been at the complex.
Jan 15, 1970 Boonies
(J.W.) 2nd plt. found some more bunkers (25) a few more B-40 rounds. Our plt. has palace guard.
Jan 16, 1970 Boonies
They start tearing down L.Z. Kathleen. Company is supposed to hump to L.Z. Wescott.
Jan 17, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
(J.W.) Company is air lifted to L.Z. Kathleen for showers, mail, and rest.
Jan 18, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
(J.W.) L.Z. Kathleen. We had work details all day. It was very hot. 102 degrees.
Jan 19, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
Jan 20, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
(Nored) Jim Bakowski, the "Professor", joins Delta comp. at L.Z. Kathleen in Jan. 1970.(no specific date) He remembers he arrived with Craig Sherwood, Randolph Forest, Leonard Bauer and John Sanchez. All 4 went to 3rd. plt. He also remembers one man named Fergason. This info is based on a post war letter sent to me in 87-88. Jim also adds he left Nam on the Nov. 22, 1970 with John Sanchez, Larry Antici and John Farrior. Antici and Farrior were also from 3rd. plt.
Jan 21, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
Jan 22, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
Jan 23, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
(J.W.) Went out on a minicav. While pulling security on a road we had movement about 20 meters in front of us. A few tense minutes passed before 5 wild boars came out of the bush. We stayed out for the night. ( Jim does not day say if this was just 3rd platoon on the minicav or that 1st or 2nd platoon may have been with them.).
Jan 24, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
(J.W.) We returned to Kathleen and soon after are assigned to work details. We had some jet air strikes placed near Kathleen because of information suggesting the enemy was headed in our direction.
Jan 25, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen
(J.W.) L.Z. Kathleen. Details all day.-guard duty at night. I got 4 hours sleep.
Jan 26, 1970 L.Z. Kathleeen
(J.W.) Work details in the morning. In afternoon we took it easy. Guard at night.
Jan 27, 1970 L.Z. Kathleen / Boonies
(J.W.) Had work details in the morning. In the afternoon the company saddled up heavy with full packs and moved off of Kathleen into the boonies to begin another mission.
Jan 28, 1970 Boonies / L.Z. Kathleen
(J.W.) The company spends the night just off of Kathleen in the bush. In the morning when they started to move out. 2nd. platoon spotted several individuals at Kathleen or what is left of it. They opened fire on them but did not hit any of them. The company moves back to Kathleen and finds footprints that suggest 6-10 enemy soldiers had been on the now deserted base during the night. Most likely just scavenging what might have been left behind. 3rd. platoon is ordered to stay at the base overnight and set up an ambush. The remainder of the comp. is air lifted to L.Z. Bill. The night passes with out incident for 3rd. platoon.
Jan 29, 1970 Boonies
(J.W.) 3rd platoon is air lifted from Kathleen and flies to L.Z. Bill and rejoins the rest of the company. The company humps off of Bill about 1 click in a S.W. direction and set up in a growth of rubber trees. Everybody got very wet moving thru a swamp.
Jan 30, 1970 Boonies (Log Day)
(Nored) I rejoin Delta Comp. out in the bush on Log day. From Jim Wastrodowski's diary (JW) adds. A trip flare goes off early in the morning. A claymore is detonated with no results. The company humped 1 click. Its Log day and very hot. *One man passes out (heat stroke) and is medavac'd. The company patrols thru the remains of a bombed out village located in a rubber plantation.
*Nored/Dol At 1510 2/6 (2nd. platoon) requested an urgent Medavac for a heat stroke victim considered critical. Louis Lopez was picked up and extracted using the jungle penetrator with rigid litter.
Jan 31, 1970 Boonies
(Nored) The company meets up with an armored unit (this would be 11th Armored Cav Division) and spends the night with them. My letter says we set up in an open area with 6 APCs (armored personnel carriers) (click here for photo of APC.)
On Dec. 17 I wrote 3rd platoon was broken down into 2 squads.due to a shortage of people. After returning from the C.L.C. course I wrote that they had expanded it back to 3 squads thanks to a large amount of replacements. 3-3 squad leader is Ron McGlothlin. I continue to walk backup for point man Jay( first name Orbie on orders) Selby from Texas. Dick Fowler also is in the newly formed 3-3 as well as other new guys. In 3-2 squad I believe that Stanley Krzyminski ("Ski") continued to be a squad leader.Also in 3-2 were Earl Falkinburg, Doug Gorton and Vinny Sciaretti and more new guys. I made no notes on who was in 3-1 or who was squad leader. Perhaps it was Gary Borkowski.
Doc Steve Sipe ,shown above standing by the APC explains the camo shirt, grease gun and other things. "I took my basic training at Ft. Polk Louisiana in November of 1968. I qualified sharpshooter with the M-14. (Never saw an M-16). After basic I went to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas for medical training. After Ft. Sam I got stationed in Aurora, Colorado (near Denver) at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital for advanced medical training. That's where I finally got my orders for Vietnam. I arrived in Nam in November of 1969. I was at a location where we were being issued fatigues and weapons. One of the clerks there handed me an M-16 and said "Here troop". I looked at him and said, "Brad! Holy shit, small world". He looked at me and couldn't believe it either. Brad and I played quite a bit of billiards together back in our home town of Wheaton Illinois. After looking at the M-16 he gave me I told him that I had never fired the M-16, but had qualified with the M-14, then took medical training and so here I am. Brad said, "Well, I can give you an M-14". I replied "The M-14 is more of sniper rifle and that I would be a combat medic". Brad replied, " Man, you have to carry something! Here, try this 45 cal. "grease gun" on for size." He also gave me 5 long heavy clips of 45 rounds. I took the weapon cause it seemed pretty basic...........Later on one of the LZ's, I had just given our CO Capt. Perkins his malaria pills when he asked. "Doc the next time we have a mad minute here or on one of the next LZ's let me fire that bad boy "grease gun". I admit, it was different. I shot one clip off during a "mad minute" and it sounded a lot different then the M-16. The gun got real hot and the barrel actually glowed red. ....My friend Brad is also responsible for providing me with the camo shirt shortly after being issued the weapon."