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Posted: January 21 2018 at 7:59pm | IP Logged Quote LAH

The battle began on this day, 1968 with a firefight
involving the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines and a North
Vietnamese battalion. It lasted for roughly 66 days.
Anyone here take part in this?

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No - but it is a battle to be remembered.

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I have the book, "I PROTEST" by David Douglas Duncan, the
photographer who recorded much of that battle. Very telling.
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Not my A.O.

There was another battle that took place in January
that's always caused me to ponder the meaning of being an
exemplary soldier.

January 22, 1879. Natal Africa.
Co. B, 2nd Bat. 24th Foot. Her Majesty's Royal Army.
150 men defending a run down mission named Rorke's Drift
Station against an army numbering over 4,000 battle
hardened Zulu warriors. And earlier that day an
overwhelming victory by another Zulu army annihilated an
entire Regiment of infantry with their artillery support
of 1,500 officers, men, combined with their native
contingency were wiped out by a force over 25,000 strong.

The defenders of Rorke's Drift held a slightly larger
than a 4 acre area of a few stone/sod buildings for 48
hours of near constant assault by a fresh and determined
enemy bent on destroying the British soldiers as their
other force had accomplished.

The soldiers at the station would not yield and stood
their ground with remarkable courage and exercised their
equally remarkable skills as soldiers. Fighting from
barricades of boxes and bags of meal, and in the end of
the battle, a partial hollow square, the soldiers
repelled assault after assault by the vastly larger force
attacking them. After two days of attacking the British
soldiers at the little station proved to the Zulu
commander that the assault on this highly determined foe
was no longer a fight he wished to continue.
The Zulu did not engage in siege warfare, and further,
their tactics were geared towards quick overwhelming and
overpowering assault upon their enemy. The Zulu commander
chose to withdraw from the field as he believed it was an
unwinnable fight.

11 Victorian Crosses were awarded to soldiers at Rorke's
Drift. A tribute to those that stood their ground and
indeed went far and above the call of duty.

I may not understand most British folks when they talk,
but I sure as hell can recognize good soldiers when I see
'em. SALUTE!

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My neighbor SSgt Jon Dean USMC (H company 2nd Battalion 26 Marine) was at Khe Sanh. He passed away 2013. Judy (my wife) took care of Jon until the end and saw to it he got a military funeral and that his last request was carried out. I would like to find anyone that served with Jon and just hear about what my hero was like during that time and his time in the Marine Corp in general. Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

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Lynn

I was in the country at that time but was in Army artillery about a hundred miles south of there. I have a lot of respect for those guys.

Randy

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Me too Randy.

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rich2 wrote:
My neighbor SSgt Jon Dean USMC (H company 2nd
Battalion 26 Marine) was at Khe Sanh. He passed away 2013.
Judy (my wife) took care of Jon until the end and saw to it
he got a military funeral and that his last request was
carried out. I would like to find anyone that served with Jon
and just hear about what my hero was like during that time
and his time in the Marine Corp in general. Can anyone steer
me in the right direction?


You might begin here:
http://www.khesanh.com/

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Thank you LAH!

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