Paul Holland Mitchell, Jr
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-- Deborah Fazenbaker, November 14, 2012
Photo of Paul Holland before Vietnam.
On the morning of 5 October 1966, during Operation Prarie, K Company was providing covering fire for Company M that was preparing for and assaulting Hill 484. At 10:20 hours, the Battalion Command Post (CP) was hit with two incoming "short" tank rounds. At 11:00 hours, the journal entry noted "Incoming rounds believed to be tank's". The results of that action were 10 K Company Marines wounded and 3 killed during the action. Corporal Vicich, one of the 10 wounded marines, died later that day on the hospital ship USS Repose.
The 4 Marine casualties of this event were:
Later, at noon, Company M was moving up to Hill 484 in order to assualt, when the company
was taken under fire by automatic weapons and grenades from dug in enemy positions. The company returned fire with small arms,
M26 hand grenades (M26s), M-60 Machine Guns (M60s), and Light AntiArmor Weapons (LAAWs). They overcame the enemy.
One more Marine casualty as part of Operation Prairie happened on this day. LCPL David Lee Owens, Headquarters and Services Company, from Holyoke, Massachusetts was a passenger in a truck that overturned.
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