Thorne M ClarkPrivate First Class
A CO, 2ND BN, 503RD INF RGT, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
13 February 1948 - 22 June 1967
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I think of you often. The motorcycle rides, the trips to Santa Barbara, the good times just hanging out.
I remember the last time I saw you, with your spit-shined jump boots and shiny airborne wings and all of your damned optimism. I wish that I could share with you some of the blessings I've had come my way over the 35 years that I've outlived you. Who knows? Maybe I can.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe "Battle of the Slopes" began as a routine search and destroy mission conducted by the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry. Early on 22 July A Company left its night laager with 2nd Platoon in the lead, then 3rd Platoon, with the Command Group and 1st Platoon bringing up the rear. At 0658, 2nd Platoon's point squad ran into several North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops, initiating an intense firefight which prevented 2nd platoon from linking up with its point squad. The remainder of A Company then came under attack by the NVA, isolating the three Platoons one from the other.
Heavy fighting continued through the morning. A Company's 1st and 2nd platoons were down to fifteen effective men when radio contact was lost at about 1100. At this point the Command Group and 3rd Platoon themselves were surrounded and heavily engaged. Shortly afterwards, the 2nd platoon's senior surviving Sergeant withdrew his remaining men to the Company Command Post, placing thirty-five wounded and thirty effective soldiers within the 3rd Platoon's defensive perimeter. At 1140 the Company Commander decided to move back up the ridge to a more defensible position, a move completed by about noon. Thus at noontime
Further clearing operations on the 23rd and 24th confirmed heavy losses among the NVA troops and identified the NVA unit involved as the 6th NVA Battalion, 24th NVA Regiment.
The final results of the engagement were as follows:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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