Arnold Ralph PalmerPrivate First Class
G BTRY, 29TH ARTILLERY, 1 FIELD FORCE
Army of the United States
19 October 1943 - 04 July 1967
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I will never forget you and all the other KIAs who served in Army searchlights.
A Note from The Virtual WallIn late June 1967 NVA activity had increased around An Hoa. At 1035 on 03 July Vietnamese civilians reported that 200 NVA troops were moving toward a position at Nong Son held by Fox 2/5; a mortar section from 3/11 Marines; a searchlight section from G Btry, 29th Artillery; and guns from Btry E 2/11 Marines. The observed NVA forces were taken under attack by supporting arms and apparently dispersed, but not all of the NVA hed been detected - and just before midnight on 03 July they attacked the Nong Son position.
The first warning was from a Fox 2/5 listening post downhill from the main positions. In three rapid transmissions beginning at 2327H, the LP Marines reported
"I have movement to my front"
Shortly thereafter the main positions came under heavy mortar fire, followed by ground attack. Within minutes, Echo 2/5 was directed to begin a night march from its position to reinforce Fox 2/5. In confused hand-to-hand fighting, the Marines and soldiers were partially pushed from the hilltop before regrouping and advancing against the defensive positions which had been taken by the NVA. Echo 2/5 arrived at about 0045 04 July and assisted in clearing the hilltop and slopes of NVA. Supporting arms fires harrassed the NVA troops as they withdrew from the Nong Son perimeter. By 0200 the hilltop was secure. When the battlefield was swept at daybreak, 39 NVA bodies were found - but 14 Marines and 3 soldiers had been killed in the action:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Jul 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009