unit history information
for 1/46 INF 23 INF

From date 680413 to 680415


1/46 INF 23 INF was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Quang Tin Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Chu Lai
Description: These two days of S2/S3 1/46 Inf journals were obtained with the assistance of 1/52 Inf Bde veterans. Hats off to the 1/52nd Inf veterans! Les Hines ADVA Historian 2002. Abbreviations: ACAV- Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle ARVN- Army Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnamese Soldier) Baldy - LZ in northern Americal Area of Operations. At the time this was the headquarters for the 196th Light Infantry Bde. Blue Ghost - F/8 Cav 123rd Avn Bn helicopter unit. BDE - Brigade CA - Combat Assault ChiCom- Usually referring to Chinese Communist manufactured war materials. CLDC - Chu Lai Defense Command. DO - Dust Off - Helicopter medical evacuation. Firebird - 71st AHC gunship call sign. HE - High Explosive H&I - Harrassment and Interdiction artillery fires. Helix - Air Force Forward Observer LAAM site- HAWK anti-aircraft missile battery located north of Chu Lai. Logger [sic] (laager) Temporary defensive position. LZ - Landing Zone M-60 - 7.62mm allied machine gun M-79 - 40mm allied grenade launcher Muskets - Call sign for 176th Assault Helicopter Company gunships. (Napom [sic] (napalm) jellied gas bomb that burns the enemy Neg sit rep - Negative situation report. NDP - Night Defensive Position. OPCON-Operational Control (temporary assignment to another command) PAX - Passengers on a helicopter. PF - Popular Forces - South Vietnamese allies. PZ - Pick up Zone RIF - Reconnaissance In Force RR - Recoiless Rifle SA - Small Arms (fire) Spooky - Air Force C-47/DC-3 cargo airplane converted to fire mini-guns. Shadow - Air Force C-130 cargo plane converted to fire heavy mini-guns. Vn - Vietnamese national War Lord Lead - B/123rd Cbt Avn Bn lead gunship NL - Night Laager HOOK(S) - Chinook helicopters provided by 132nd or 178th Avn Cos. LOACH, LOCH, LOH - variants of Light Observation Helicopter. DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 1 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 13 Apr 68 2400 13 Apr 68 1 0001 Opened Journal J JEH 2 0100 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 3 0200 Sitrep: All elements, no change Notif Bde JEH 4 0300 Sitrep: All elements, no change Notif Bde JEH 5 0355 Indulge 111 (122315H) Hand flare caused fire at BT346200. Sent force to aid and check out area. Requested illumination - neg. 6 0400 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 7 0500 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 8 0600 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 9 0625 Foxhole report to Bde. S,F JEH 10 0635 B6 receiving sniper rds (15) from north and Notif Bde JEH west - 2 snipers. 11 0725 Kilo 4 sending a patrol of 20 men to BT452075. S,F JEH Will leave at 0800. 12 0815 Bulldog 33: Make sure someone checks out area B&D informed JEH where mortar fire was received last evening. 13 0830 Dustoff - Indulge 113. 1 Vn sick for 11 days, Notif Bde DRW unable to hear. Called 0804, complete 0820 (BT325181). 14 0840 Doughboy 29 on Hill 68: Found some tail fins D DRW from 60mm mortar in the area. 15 0845 Unit locations: D6 287088. Also have 32 Vn Inf S3 Air DRW to be extracted, also bring out explosives. 16 0850 Gave Bde report on incidents last night. DRW GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, INF, S-3 DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 2 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 13 Apr 68 2400 13 Apr 68 17 0915 D6 now has 63 old men, women, and children Inf S3 Air DRW 18 0915 Dog team on 68 requests M60 mach gun. Bde said neg. DRW 19 1000 Unit locations passed to Bde. S,F DRW 20 1013 Helix 23: Air strike at BT347085. D DRW 21 1050 Unit locations same. D6 has two more lifts Vn. D DRW 22 1235 Col Owens going to An Tan Bridge. D DRW 23 1240 D6: 68 Vn have been evacuated & charges are being set. Inf S3 DRW 24 1300 Unit locations: R1 BT436006, others same. Notif Bde DRW 25 1330 R1 & R2: PZ for tomorrow - R1 440015, R2 424069. Inf S3 Air DRW 26 1428 Patrol from Hill 68 found mortar site and S3 Inf DRW tunnel at BT302128, also found sniper position at 366136. 27 1438 B (-) requests gunships. Have 20 VC trapped Contacted Bde DRW at BT253085. Also found carbine on ground. 28 1450 B Co found one more Chicom carbine. Notif Bde DRW 29 1503 Gunships on station at 1503 hrs, made contact D DRW with B6 at 1508 on internal push. 30 1510 CLDC reaction force - plts Alfa, 61 pax, Notif Bde DRW PZ 396145. A6 cmdr Alfa push. 31 1525 Bde given report on operations tomorrow. D DRW 32 1530 Musket breaking station, ammo expended D DRW 33 1538 D6 will be in B Co location shortly. B6 neg Inf S3 DRW results with gunships, will move to nite logger. 34 1600 Passed unit locations to Bde. S,F,M JEH TYPED NAME AND GRADE OF OFFICER OR OFFICIAL ON DUTY GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, Inf, S3 SIGNATURE DA FORM 1594 1NOV62 DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 3 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 13 Apr 68 2400 13 Apr 68 35 1618 CO E: R2 now located at 424069. S,F,M JEH 36 1718 D(-) and B(-) will logger at 259089. S,F,M JEH 37 1730 Ly Tin Agent Report: 121800 Apr 68 60/1 MF Notif Bde JEH Company located at 469986, 475989, 469992, intend to mortar Chu Lai. (C3) 38 1732 Agent Report (C4): 130600 Apr 706th VC Co Notif Bde JEH located at 408072, 399081. 39 1735 Agent Report (C3): 121800 Apr a Co of VC Notif Bde JEH at 428053, 423048. 40 1738 Agent Report (C4): At 1800 hrs 2 VC Companies Notif Bde JEH (706th and 113th) appeared at Xuan Tri hamlet at BT384122. 41 1835 Passed up US NDP to Bde. D JEH 42 1845 Rattler 614: Dropped off 1 Vn female with Notif Bde JEH frag wounds which she received "dud" grenade south of An Tan Bridge. Dutoff called 1855, complete 1902. PZ 462072. 43 1910 Passed PF ambush loc to Bde. S,F,M JEH 44 1920 Requested EOD team to go to C2 to blow 2 dud Maj Sanders roger JEH rds (M79 and frag). 45 1927 Co B: Have 2 VC KIA (BC) at 252028. Have Notif Bde JEH documents from one body and other confirmed by field glasses and by D6 and B6. 46 2000 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 47 2017 17th Cav: One incoming grenade landed close Notif Bde JEH to the track. 48 2056 Passed US ambush loc to Bde. Bde rogered JEH TYPED NAME AND GRADE OF OFFICER OR OFFICIAL ON DUTY GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, Inf, S3 SIGNATURE DA FORM 1594 1NOV62 DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 4 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 13 Apr 68 2400 13 Apr 68 49 2100 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 50 2200 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 51 2300 Sitrep: All elements, no change. Notif Bde JEH 52 2340 B6: Receiving mortar fire and SA. Request Gunships requestJEH gunships. from Brigade. 53 2350 B6: Have 11 patients. Need 2 Dustoffs. Musket S,F JEH 54 2400 Closed Journal. J JEH SUMMARY: At 1428, a patrol from Hill 68 found a mortar site and tunnel at BT302128. A sniper position was found at BT366136. At 1438 hr,s B(-) trapped 20 VC at BT253085. Gunships were called in. Neg results. Two Chicom carbines were found in the vicinity. At 2340, B Co received mortar fire and small arms fire, resulting in 11 patients. Gunships and flare ship was called in. All other operations during the period produced no significant results. TYPED NAME AND GRADE OF OFFICER OR OFFICIAL ON DUTY GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, Inf, S3 SIGNATURE DA FORM 1594 1NOV62 DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 1 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 14 Apr 68 2400 14 Apr 68 1 0001 Opened journal. J JEH 2 0025 Spooky enroute to D6. Have all birds switch to 44.40 and D6 will be controller. Notif elements JEH 3 0030 Dust Off complete at this time for 17 people from Co B. PZ BT259089. Called at 2347 hrs. Complete 0027 hrs. Notify Bde JEH 4 0031 All elements switched to Air Ground push. SF JEH 5 0035 Spooky arrived on station. SF JEH 6 0052 Co B. At 2335 have received 20-25 incoming mortars on AZ of 2400 mills, range 700 meters. Vicinity of grid BT263085. Believe they were 60mm mortars. Had 17 casualties, 7 litter, 10 ambulatory. B6 & B2 included. Notify Bde JEH 7 0135 Spooky returned to home base. Notify Bde JEH 8 0200 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notify Bde JEH 9 0300 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notify Bde JEH 10 0400 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notify Bde JEH 11 0500 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notify Bde JEH 12 0600 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notify Bde JEH 13 0620 Fox Hole report sent to Bde. Notify Bde JEH 14 0700 Road is clear. SF JEH 15 0820 Co D. Has 59 packs, and Bravo has 44 packs in Dragon Valley. SF DRW 16 0910 From D6. Fox holes were 3-4 Ft deep. Mortars were walked in on Bravo side of perimeter. Also lots of trees on Bravo side causing mortars to burst Gave information above the ground. to Bde. DRW TYPED NAME AND GRADE OF OFFICER OR OFFICIAL ON DUTY GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, Inf, S3 SIGNATURE DA FORM 1594 1NOV62 DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 2 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 14 Apr 68 2400 14 Apr 68 17 1000 Unit locations; B(-) & D(-) at BT259089 & R2 & D3 are presently moving to new location. Notif Bde DRW 18 1020 D6. Request position of new site of night logger to have aerial surveillance team, utility to bring in resupply and pick up excess gear. Notif S3A DRW 19 1045 Saber 77. On way to our location. Blew siren DRW 20 1125 Recon elements and D elements have completed insertions. SF DRW 21 1223 Hellcat 24. Request to take 2 elements and go to Hill 54 to pick up resupply. SF DRW 22 1300 Unit locations; D3(-) BT440015, D3A BT424069. Notif Bde DRW 23 1325 Doughboy 6 & 3. Departing Hill 68. Notif Bde DRW 24 1330 HC. Resupply 2. Now complete. SF DRW 25 1400 Squad of D Co, 5/46 lifted to Hill 68. Notif Bde DRW 26 1430 Doughboy 6. With Bull Dog 6 at Kansas 6 location. Doughboy 3 returning to our location. SF DRW 27 1500 Unit locations; D2 BT257086, D3(-) BT432018, D3A BT41305[?3 missing digit?] SF Notif Bde DRW 28 1520 Passed plans for tomorrow to Bde. SF DRW 29 1525 Lt Mosebrook. Requested ships for possible CA, 15Apr 68 SF DRW 30 1525 CLDC Reaction Force. 2 Plt's, Co A, 61 packs, PZ BT396145, A6 Cmdr, Alpha push. Notif Bde DRW 31 1555 Unit locations; B(-), D(-) BT242078, D3(-) BT435019, D3A BT413053, D2 returned to D6, Laam Site sweep complete. Notif Bde DRW TYPED NAME AND GRADE OF OFFICER OR OFFICIAL ON DUTY GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, Inf, S3 SIGNATURE DA FORM 1594 1NOV62 DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 3 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 14 Apr 68 2400 14 Apr 68 32 1555 Strongman 3. Co A will depart his location at 0930 hrs tomorrow. Arrive at 1030 hrs. Doughboy 6 said time was fine. SF GW 33 1615 Bulldog 6. To Doughboy 6. We will receive 2 mortar tubes and 1 platoon from 5/46 tomorrow. SF GW 34 1735 Ly Tin. PF operations for next 5 days 0600-1700. Rice harvest, BT420070, 420010, 460010, 460070, 420040, 460040. Notif Bde SF GW 35 1745 Bde. Convoy from Baldy will be coming through our AO late tonight. SF Notif Co C GW 36 1750 Passed PF locations to Bde. SF GW 37 1820 D6 received 3-4 rounds of carbine fire to the west. Negative results. Notif Bde GW 38 1822 B6 & D6. NDP BT243074, D3(-) BT44015, D3A BT413053, Notif Bde GW 39 1825 D4. Lifted to D5 location. Notif Bde GW 40 1835 B3. Request to have two more dogs to replace the ones they have. Notif Bde GW 41 1845 Bull Dog 3. Negative on dog replacement, till SF GW their time is up. 42 1910 Bull Dog 33. Use Red & white smoke in base camp and colored in the field. Due to shortage. SF GW 43 1940 D6 to the 3 or 6. In good location. Set up wagon wheel, would like gunships on standby. Have B4 and D4 at this location. All set up ready to go. Notif 3&6 GW 44 1948 Bunker control 6 M60's, 8 M79, 11 50 Cal, 13 M79, 15 M79, 18 M79. SF GW TYPED NAME AND GRADE OF OFFICER OR OFFICIAL ON DUTY GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, Inf, S3 SIGNATURE DA FORM 1594 1NOV62 DAILY STAFF JOURNAL Page No. 3 of 4 1st Bn 46th Inf Chu Lai, RVN From To 198th Inf Bde (Lt) BT462072 0001 14 Apr 68 2400 14 Apr 68 45 2015 US ambushes, C21 BT502075, A12 BT506125, A14 BT514092.Notif Bde GW 46 2100 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notif Bde GW 47 2200 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notif Bde GW 48 2220 India III. Dust Off for one VN with shrapnel in thigh. Called 2200. Complete 2215 hrs. Notif Bde GW 49 2300 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notif Bde GW 50 2310 D6. Received 8 - 10 sniper rounds from due west. Notif Bde GW 51 2354 Sitrep from all elements no change. Notif Bde GW 52 2400 Journal closed. J GW Summary: At 0027 hrs Dust Off completed 17 US personnel from Co B. PZ BT259089. Called 2347 hrs. At 2335 hrs Co B received 20-25 incoming mortars on AZ of 2400 mills, range 700 meters vic grid BT263085. Believed they were 60mm mortars. Had 17 casualties: 7 litter, 10 ambulatory, B6 and B2 included. At 0910 D6 reported fox holes were 3-4 feet deep. Mortars were walked in on Bravo side, of perimeter. Also lots of trees causing mortars to burst above ground. At 1820 hrs D6 received 3-4 rounds of carbine sniper fire to the west. Negative results. All other activities were of a routine nature with negative significant results. DECLASSIFIED BY ORDER OF THE SEC ARMY BY TAG PER D-7 01/05/81 TYPED NAME AND GRADE OF OFFICER OR OFFICIAL ON DUTY GARY A. VALIMAKI, CPT, Inf, S3 SIGNATURE DA FORM 1594 1NOV62

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