William Edward DeanPrivate First Class
509TH ENG CO, 937TH ENG GRP, 18TH ENG BDE, 18TH ENG BDE
Army of the United States
13 March 1949 - 13 March 1968
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From a childhood friend.
I served in the 509th Panel Bridge Company and was in the convoy on that was ambushed that day. I was supposed to be driving Lieutenant Hondel but at the last minute he changed his mind and put me at the back with Steve Hicks as my gunner. I had a radio so I usually was at the front or back. I remember Dave Hampton saying "it was my day to eat dust". We had been hit on the same road about a week earlier, I wasn't in that convoy but Steve Hicks was and he was still a little jumpy. We were always discussing what the best strategy in case we were hit, some thought make a run through it and others said stop and fight.
When the convoy got hit, I didn't have much choice because disabled vehicles were blocking the road ahead. We hit the ditch and got Hick's machine gun set up and he let it rip. I radioed for help, luckily for us we had just passed an ARVN tank about 1/4 mile back so he came up to help us. The front part of the convoy is where the casualties were. These are some of my recollections of that day.
From a fellow soldier,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 13 March 1968 an engineer convoy between Pleiku and Kontum City was ambushed about 14 kilometers north of Pleiku City. Fourteen US soldiers died in the ambush:
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 06 Aug 2006
Last updated 09/27/2006