1/9 CC Jul 67 & AAR Op Buffalo
2/9 CC Jul 67
& AAR Op Buffalo
3/9 CC Jul 67 & AAR Op Buffalo
BLT 1/3 CC
Jul 67 & AAR Op Buffalo
BLT 2/3 CC Jul 67 & AAR Op Buffalo
3rd Tk Bn CC Jul 67
OPERATION BUFFALO, USMC Fight For
The DMZ, by Keith William Nolan
CON THIEN, The Hill Of
Angels, by James P. Coan
MARINE CORPS TANK BATTLES in
Vietnam, by Oscar Gilbert
U. S. MARINES IN VIETNAM Fighting
the North Vietnamese 1967, By Maj. Gary L. Telfer, USMC, LtCol.
Lane Rogers, USMC and V. Keith Fleming Jr.
2nd Plt. Bravo Co., 3rd Tks. W/1/9 on Jul
B-25 GySgt Eckler
B-24 SSgt. Sloan
Holston, Greg Martin, Terry Hunter, Hank Brightwell (A
Conversation about Operation Buffalo)
(2nd Plt. (Rein), Co. A 3rd Tks
2nd Lt. O’neal ?, attached to BLT 2/3) (2/3 AAR) (1st Plt.
B/3/Tks?) B11 Fred Mace, B13 SSgt. Max Fallagan, Charlie Carson,
Driver of B13 Leonard Miramontez KIA Jul 6, 67. B14 Bill Nelson,
Ron Shuppy, Jerry Wahl. 2 tks w/E/2/3 2 tks w/H/2/3 then all 4
Munoz, Jim Moyer, Four Gates to Hell Church (YD
Det., H&S Co. 3rd Tks
1st Plt. Co.
C 3rd Tks Jul 5-6, 67 (1/3 AAR) w/H sec of tks 1st Lt. Wayne M.
Hayes KIA Jul 6, 67.
1st Plt. Co. A 3rd Tks Jul 7, 67 (1/3
2nd Plt. Co. C. 3rd AT Bn. Jul 2-9, 67
Plt. Co. A. 3rd Tks Jul 2-9, 67
3rd Plt. Co. C.
3rd Tks Jul 2 + 2nd Lt. Anderson w/3 gun tanks & 1 flame tank
(F23 Guy Wolfenbarger). (Guy's
for Operation Buffalo in .PDF format.
|Jul 02, 67; At (approx. 1000)
B/1/9 ambushed on Rt. 561 (Market Place
9th Mar for Op Buffalo. W/ 3rd Plt. Co. A 3rd Tks. (2/9 AAR)
At (approx. 1200)
a reaction force is sent from Con Thien, (3/D/1/9 and 4 tanks
B22, B23, B24, B25 on sweep W/1/9 through
(YD 1370-1371-1372). Two tanks hit mines
(USMC #202136) another at (YD 133-716)
(USMC #201983), 1 tank
took RPG hits (w/1 penetration), another tank took 10 RPG hits w/no
penetrations 4 WIA
(med-evac 40 NVA KIA (probable). (3/Tk CC)
At (approx. 1230)
the first part of 2/C/1/9 and HQ began landing at the forward LZ
grunt from C/1/9's story) (1/9 AAR)
All 4 tanks (2 towed by 2 loaded w/WIA’s and KIA’s returned to Con Thien an put in defensive positions (by 1600). (1/9 AAR).
3/9 landed at LZ
(YD 130-706) and was OPCON to 1/9, (3rd Plt. Co. C. 3rd Tks Jul 5-6,)
w/3 gun tanks & 1 flame tank (F23 Guy Wolfenbarger). Where did they
from?). (2/9 AAR)
|Jul 03, 67; At 1030-1400
BLT 1/3 lands at LZ Hawk (?) (BLT 1/3 AAR)
At 1935 BLT 1/3 linked up with 3/9 and the 2
Battlaions set up a night defensive line.
(BLT 1/3 AAR)
|Jul 04, 67; At 0700
1/3 and 3/9 w/ tanks from A/3/Tks (English, JJ Carroll,
Langley, ?) move north to retrieve B/1/9 KIA’s.
(YD 135-720) (BLT 1/3
& 3/9 AAR)
At 0945 three
RPG’s fired at tanks w/K/3/9 Tks fired cannister back. (3/9 AAR)
At 1015 a tank
w/L3/9 was hit by RPG, disabeled and evacuated. From 3/9 AAR.
(YD 131-701). 3 RPG rounds fired at tanks w/Co. K. A tank w/Co. L was hit with
an RPG and disabeled. No matching report in 3rd Tks CC.
At 1045-1150 Co.s
K and L w/Lt Sec (C/3/Tks ?) Tks pull back to
At 1130 Alpha Co.
Tks at (YD 117-714) fired on suspected NVA Mortar position.
4 tanks at
(YD 123-733 (?)), Alpha Co., 3rd
Tks w/K/3/9. Fired on NVA
fortified position, 10
NVA KIA (probable). (3/9 AAR says vic
127-710 & 129-717)
(3/Tk CC says
At 1630 Co. K w/2
Plt. Co. I and Tks resumed sweep, secured at 1830. (3/9 AAR)
At 1630 Alpha
Co.Tks at (YD 114-712) fired H&I.
From 2200 Jul 06 to 0530 Jul 07;
From 3/9 AAR. Jul 4, Vic. (YD 128-713).
Howitzer, 81mm Mortar and tank fire brought to bear on advancing enemy, The enemy
unsuccessfully concentrated his effort on destroying the tanks w/the front line Co’s w/RPG’s.
|Jul 05, 67; At 0900
BLT 2/3 OPCON to CO 3rd Mar. (LZ Canary ?) (BLT 2/3 AAR)
At 1200 1st Plt. B
Co. 3rd Tks OPCON BLT 2/3. Vic
146-613) (BLT 2/3 AAR)
At 1330 Sec of (2)
Tks w/F/2/3 and sec of (2) Tks w/H/2/3 from 1st Plt. B Co. 3rd
readied for sweep.
(BLT 2/3 AAR)
At 1730 All units
positioned for night west of MSR (561).
|Jul 06, 67; At 0650
Recieved tanks from A Co. 3rd Tks. (BLT 1/3 AAR)
At 1000 1st Plt. A Co. 3rd Tks OPCON BLT 2/3.
(BLT 2/3 AAR)
At 1115 Co A sent 1/9 KIA’s to rear on tanks.
(BLT 1/3 AAR)
At 1315 Alpha Co. Tank (#217780) hit mine at
(YD 133-725). (C Co. Tk OPCON to
Co.) (3/Tk CC)
At 1945 Alpha Co.Tks at (YD 125-720) w/3/9
picking up KIA’s. (3/9 AAR) (3/Tk CC)
|Jul 07, 67; At 1210
(1st Plt. Co. C 3rd Tks w/ BLT 1/3 ,) Jul 5-6, 67 +H sec of tks
Wayne M. Hayes KIA Jul 6, 67. 57mm RR hit tank (USMC #201991) setting it on fire.
(Not in 3rd Tks. CC). (BLT 1/3 rpt RR at
At 1245 Alpha Co.Tank at
(YD 140-718) hit by RPG, 2 WIA (med-evac). (3/Tk CC)
At 1730 Alpha Co.Tank at
(YD 124-720) rced heavy mortar and arty fire. (3/Tk CC)
At 1745 Alpha Co.
116-701) Flame tank from Camp Dobbins (?) burned out
treeline. (3/Tk CC)
At 1800 Alpha Co. At
133-723) 2 tanks hit by RPGs, 1 caused a fire in the
5 WIA. (3/Tk CC)
|Jul 07, 67; At 0800
Tanks w/H/2/3 rec RPG fire from Church at
(YD 123-674) 1 hitting turret
and 1 hitting tracks,
both tanks still operatable. (2nd Plt. (Rein), Co. A 3rd Tks 2nd
O’neal, ?) SSgt. Max Fallagan Driver KIA Jul 6, 67.
Four Gates to Hell Church
123-674) (Flame tank ?) (Gilbert) (BLT 2/3 AAR)
At 1030 Attached
tanks (BLT 2/3) fired on spotted NVA resulted in 16 KIA (conf),
10 KIA (prob). (BLT 2/3 AAR) (3/Tk CC states time as 0815)
Bravo Co. Tanks at (YD 115-673)
fired on NVA positions. Results, 4 WIA,
10 NVA KIA (confirmed), 12 NVA KIA (Probable). (3/Tk CC says
(YD 115-815 ?))
At 1567 Bravo Co.
Tk at (YD 115-673) recon by fire.
(1/B/3 Tks WIA for
Jul 6, PFC. C. A. Carson, (B13) Cpl. F. P.
Mace, (B11) SSgt. M. R. Flanagan, (2nd Wound),
(B13) LCpl. L. Miramontez KIA (B13)) (Munioz (Montiz) &
J. Moyer were also crewmen of
|Jul 08, 67; At 1110
Alpha Co. Tank at (YD 116-701)
under artilery fire. (3/Tk CC)
At 1145 Alpha Co.
Tank at (YD 156-735) took 10 RPG
hits, total loss of tank.
1 WIA. (3/Tk CC)
At 1320 Alpha Co.
Tank at (YD 125-719) set in
defensive positions. (3/Tk CC)
Jul 09, 67; At 1805 Alpha
Co. Tank at (YD 136-712) under
mortar and artilery fire.
(med-evac), 2 WIA. (3/Tk
(1/B/3 Tks WIA for Jul 8, LCpl. J. K. Wahl no
grid given, near
Four Gates to Hell Church)
Jul 10, 67; At 0900 3/9 droped OPCON of 1/9.
(From C.O.’s Analysis,) “That trccked vehicals
LVT' s be utilzed extenslively when operating in ths area in a
suport role. TheRPG l has been found to
be relatively innaccurate at ranges g:reater than
150 meters. By
careful employnent of lnfentry forces the effects of the RPG’s can be
minimized. The tanks supporting 3/9 were
fired at daily with RPG’s and only one was hit.
That tank left the battlefield under1t's own power.”
Jul 11, 67;
Jul 12, 67; At 0800 a tank
w/E/2/3 hit AT mine at (YD 128-636)
damaged road wheels,
track and shock absorber.
(B Co. Tk. 3rd Tks CC.) (BLT 2/3 AAR)
Jul 13, 67; At 0810
A Co. Tank at
rcd 4 rounds arty fire. (3/Tk CC)
Jul 14, 67;
Jul 15, 67; At 0659
BLT 2/3 secured from Buffalo and comences Hickory II.
Jul 16, 67;
Operation Buffalo secured.