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Combat - Command Element
1942 - Present

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41 Members Who Served in This Unit

  • Acoba, Michael, Maj, (1991-2011)
  • Albers, Ronald, CMSgt, (1989-Present)
  • Alxonsin, Mawrin, MSgt, (1986-2001)
  • Ash, Scott, MSgt, (1988-2008)
  • Bilbao, Ariel, SSgt, (1998-2008)
  • Blair, Damon, TSgt, (1985-2005)
  • Boyd, Michael, SSgt, (2001-2008)
  • Capaul, Nathen, SrA, (2002-2008)
  • Carlson, Roidan, SSgt, (2004-Present)
  • Coggan, Jamie, A1C, (2006-2008)
  • DeBose, Barry, MSgt, (1982-2007)
  • Duremdez, Stephen, SrA, (2005-2008)
  • ELLIS, Esmeralda, SSgt, (2004-Present)
  • Gatti, Justin, SSgt, (2002-2008)
  • Goodie, Christopher, TSgt, (1991-2008)
  • Hamms, Candice, SrA, (2003-2007)
  • Hodges, Johnathan, SSgt, (2003-Present)
  • Jones, Nick, WO1, (1965-1971)
  • Loughman, Nicole, SSgt, (1999-2008)
  • Mowatt, Jason, SSgt, (2002-2008)
  • Osborne, John, TSgt, (1981-2001)
  • Rexin, Richard, MSgt, (1986-2008)
  • Robinson, Brett, SSgt, (1996-2008)
  • Rogers, Scarlet, SSgt, (1991-2000)
  • Sanderson, Wesley, SSgt, (1997-2008)
  • Sandoval, Anthony, SSgt, (1998-2008)
  • Shoemaker, Molly, SrA, (2002-2008)
  • Smith, Adam, MSgt, (1987-2007)
  • Smith, Joseph, SrA, (2003-2008)
  • Staehle, Frederick, SrA, (2004-2008)
  • Steele, James, TSgt, (1988-2008)
  • Stripling, Shonda, TSgt, (1989-2003)
  • Turner, Renata, Lt Col, (2003-Present)
  • Urevig, Michael, SSgt, (1986-1996)
  • Veal, Gloria, MSgt, (1976-1997)
  • Veale, Gay, SMSgt, (1988-2008)
  • Wiggers, Doug, CMSgt, (1978-2005)
  • Wilkinson, William, MSgt, (1988-2008)
  • Zurita, Corrine, TSgt, (1992-2008)
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Battle/Operations History Detail
This period was from April 1 -October 31, 1968.
On April 1, 1968 the United States suspended bombing in North
Vietnam north of the 20th parallel to encourage North Vietnam to
agree to peace negotiations which it did 2 days later. At that time,
President Lyndon B. Johnson moved the bombing ban farther south to
the 19th parallel. U.S. and North Vietnamese diplomats met in
Vientiane, Laos on April 25 to choose a site for the peace talks and
on May 3 they agreed to meet in Paris, France. Preliminary discus-
sions between representatives of the United States and the Democratic
Republic of Vietnam began in Paris on May 10. A month later on
June 11. Gen. Creighton Abrams, USA became Commander of
MACV. Then on August 1, Gen. George S. Brown replaced General
Momyer as Commander. Seventh Air Force.

On July 14, 1968, the U.S. began another interdiction campaign
between the 19th parallel and the DMZ. American pilots struck rail
cars. watercraft. trucks. and storage areas. They also bombed roads
leading to Mu Gia and Ban Karai Passes on the Laotian border to
disrupt movement of North Vietnamese supplies and personnel into
Laos destined for South Vietnam. Following the cessation of bomb-
ing north of the 19th parallel. North Vietnam began to rebuild its
industry, transportation network, stores of war materiel, and air
defenses. It also moved its MiGs most of which had been based in
China. back into the country. Still. North Vietnamese pilots generally
avoided the panhandle south of the 19th parallel. Attempting to
encourage progress in the Paris peace negotiations. President Johnson
on October 31, 1968, ordered a halt to all bombing in North Vietnam.
The conflict in Laos became more active in 1968 as the Communists
increased their efforts during April to send supplies, equipment, and
personnel down the Ho Chi Minh Trail before the impending monsoon
wet season (mid-May to early October) made the roads impassable.

To counter this infiltration. between April 19 and June 10. B-52
crews. flying up to 30 sorties each day bombed truck parks and
storage areas along the trail. The Seventh Air Force meantime used
its tactical assets to hit small targets, such as trucks and other surface
traffic on the move and to make follow-up raids on the B-52 targets
along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In northern Laos the USAF continued
to provide close air support to Dorian troops battling the Pathet Lao
and North Vietnamese forces. In May 1968 the enemy massed forces
at Na Khang 150 miles northeast of Vientiane and 100 miles east of
Luang Prabang. The USAF increased its close air support in the face
of this threat and by the end of October, the Laotians had driven the
Communist forces back to Samneua about 35 miles northeast of Na

In South Vietnam, during the summer of 1968. the USAF flew close
air support. interdiction and airlift missions in support of Allied
forces, while the Communists launched another offensive. A typical
Communist attack occurred on August 23 against Duc Lap, a border
camp 3 miles east of Cambodia and 35 miles southwest of Ban Me
Thuot. a town 160 miles northeast of Saigon. The next day the 483rd
Tactical Airlift Wing‘s C-7s joined U.S. Army helicopters in
resupplying and reinforcing Duc Lap. Heavy tactical air strikes drove
the enemy from the camp's perimeter and suppressed enemy fire
permitting aerial resupply. To help check similar attacks, USAF
tactical aircraft and B-52s provided close air support while airlifters
flew in or airdropped supplies to several other Army Special Forces
camps. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were not nearly as well
equipped as they had been during the Tet Offensive and by mid-
September the Allies had blunted this offensive.

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