unit history information
for 361 AWC

From date 691025 to 691026

361 AWC was a US Army unit
MACV SOG CCC was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Kontum Province, II Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Kontum
Description: The 361st Escort Company's unit history states that the Panthers covered the insertion and then forced extraction of a 30-man Special Forces-led platoon. Eventually, the fire became so intense by the surrounding enemy that five of this force were KIAs and the remainder WIAs. The fire was so intense that one UH-1H received nearly 40 rounds of 50 cal and somehow managed to fly back to the FOB. One Panther pilot took a round through his boot which fortunately left him with only a small bruise. The action continued through the night and the Panthers volunteered to return through the darkness and 6,000+ foot mountains in near-IFR conditions on a cloud covered night. Unfortunately, this attempt also resulted in another UH-1H aircraft receiving severe battle damage and no more attempts were made doe the dangers of the weather. The following day, another attempt was successful in extracting the platoon despite the very intense enemy fire.

The source for this information was 1969 Annual Sup Unit Hist by CPT Manns provided by Bettie Lou Jordan 1998

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