Ngày 12 tháng 7 năm 1972 là ngày anh Ba của tôi đang được sinh ra đời nhưng ba của tôi không có mặt bên cạnh mẹ trong lúc vượt cạn tại bệnh viện Lê Hữu Sanh ở xã Rừng Cấm, quận Thủ Đức. Ba tôi đang bận lơ lửng trên không trung và chứng kiến chiếc máy bay số 21 phía trước chở đại đội chỉ huy của Thủy Quân Lục Chiến (không có tiểu đoàn trưởng Nguyễn Đăng Hòa tự là Hòa Râu trên đ
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A little piece of history on 7/12/1972 at Quảng Trị during the Summer of (Hell) Fire 1972 told by Bao Chau Kelley from Boston
B C Kelley's father was a company officer , under the command of the well-known brigadier general Bui thế Lân at the time. He and his company were brought into the battlefield that day in a strategy to win back the city of Quang Tri, which at the time was under heavy attack and encirclement from the North VN troops. The very bold and dangerous tactical maneuver was to drop Vietnamese marines by air to charge right in the middle of the enemy's stronghold in Trieu Phong, near Cua Viet seaport to drive them out with help from the artillery force. This post was partially controlled by Vietcong and an important place for them to receive their foods, ammunition and supplies. In that effort of the day, 29 out of 33 airplanes from the US 7th fleet received some shots from Vietcong air 'defense'. They fortified this stronghold with advanced air defense artillery and heavy shooting. One fell down , which was the #21, with 5 surviving : three Americans and 2 Vietnamese, one a Vietnamese doctor. That's all who survived the wreckage. After some fighting, on the next day 7/13/1972, the company received the order to look for the five missing men. Again, after much fighting and under heavy artillery from both sides, the group of Kelley's father was lucky enough to find the five men and saved them, otherwise the men could have been killed, or captured by Vietcong. The three Americans, and the wounded doctor were then airlifted out to get some treatment.
Five were saved out of approximately one third or two thirds ( 20 to 40 members) of a company from the plane. Quite a lucky ending for these men in the shot down plane.