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  1. Operation Montgomery Rendezvous

    June 8th 1969

    Operation Apache Snow ends and Operation Montgomery Rendezvous begins with the 3rd Brigade 101st Airborne Division continuing their sweep of the Ashau Valley along the border with Laos with the most significant action being the Battle for Hill 996 which started on July 10th with B & Dco 1/506th Air Assaulting to the mountains of the Rao Lao Valley to assist Alpha Troop 2/17th Cav who had been in contact with an undetermined size NVA element the night of July 9th
    506th Infantry ... "Stands Alone"

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    hey bill, can you tell us more about Operation Montgomery Rendezvous ?

  3. O.K. Bombardier, I'll give a quick synopsis of the operation and then next month I'll get into the battle for Hill 996 on the anniversary of it.

    Operation Montgomery Rendezvous was against the NVA in the high ground to the east of the Ashau in the vicinity of FSB Airborne and in the mountains north of the Rao Lao Valley

    The task force organization from June 8 to July 10th was as follows;

    1/506, 2/506, 2/327, C/2/34 Armor ( first tanks in the Ashau Valley since the French were in Vietnam ), 3/5 Cav, A/2/17 Air Cav and units of the 3rd ARVN Regiment

    Contact was sporadic. Probably due to Operation Apache Snow which dealt a big blow to the NVA in the Ashau and they seemed to be avoiding any major contact while they re-grouped except for the two following actions;

    On the Night of June 14th FSB Berchtesgarden was attacked by sappers of the 6th NVA Regiment. They penetrated the wire and hit the Brigade TOC and the 2/327th command post and the bunker line. The sappers had breached the wire by tying down the trip flares and using an intensive barrage of 82 mm mortars on the 2/327th command post and the bunker line which prevented the reinforcement of the Brigade TOC.

    33 NVA were killed and 3 POW's taken. Friendly casualties were 11 KIA and 47 wounded including the Brigade commander.

    On June 16th sappers attacked FSB Currahee. Unlike FSB Berchtesgarden, the perimeter was not penetrated due to an alert trooper who spotted a sapper at 1600 trying to get through the wire on the west side of the FSB. Due to being detected they didn't start their attack until 0200 hrs of the 17th by attacking the entire northwest side of the perimeter. My company was the RRF and we made a night CA directly into the firebase on the southeast side to provide reinforcements ( received my 3rd Air Medal for that CA ). During this attack, it was the first time I had seen direct fire by the 105's using beehive rounds. It was something to see them level the guns with the ground and cut loose. At 0400 hrs they attacked the west side of the perimeter and an hour later they attacked the north side of the perimeter and gunships directed their fire within 150 meters of the perimeter which caused the enemy to charge the wire with RPG's but again direct fire from the 105's broke up that attack.

    54 NVA were killed and 3 POW's taken. Friendly casualties were only 7 WIA's.

    On July 10th the task force was changed when the 2/327th went Opcon to the 2nd Brigade to support operations in Bach Ma.

    Contact during Op M R was still sporadic until July 8th when contacts were made that eventually led up to the battle for Hill 996.
    506th Infantry ... "Stands Alone"

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    LT Schwartz Guest

    Operation Montgomery Rendezvous

    My "A" and "C" Batteries of the 1st Battalion 83rd Artillery shot support for Operation Montgomery Rendezvous It commenced 07Jun69. I don't recall it specifically but "A" Battery shot 1211 Missions for 2814 Rounds of 8" Artillery Rounds, and "C" Battery shot 1589 Missions for a total of 4127 Rounds of 175mm. About all I remember is that is a hell of a lot of big artillery for any mission or missions. I'm attempting to put together our mission information from "Lessons Learned" that one of our people acquired from St. Louis.

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    I would have loved to have seen the 175mm GUN in action. When I enlisted in the US Army in 1977, the 175mm GUN was being retired from service, and the short tube 8 inch replaced it. I received my training on the M109 self-propelled 155mm Howitzer, and when I finally got to my duty station with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, 3rd Armored Division in Butzbach, West Germany in 1978, I was on 155mm M109A1's, with the extended tube. All of my sergeants were Vietnam Vets, and I heard some pretty wild stories of what went on in the firebases, especially when the VC would try to overrun them. I'm glad I wasn't old enough to go to Vietnam, because at 6 feet, 8 inches tall, I probably would have been saddled with the M-60. As it was, I carried the M2 .50 on my GOER. I was assigned to the Ammo Section. I'm currently active in my American Legion Post, and know a lot of vets from Vietnam. I'm proud to know them, and am proud to be a veteran myself.
    IF THE WORLD WERE TO END TOMORROW, KNOW THAT WE BROTHERS IN ARMS WILL NOT GO INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN ALONE.

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    Unregistered Guest

    Hill 996

    I was there. Still have dreams about it.

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