John Delane VolnerPrivate First Class
B CO, 1ST BN, 12TH INFANTRY, 4 INF DIV
Army of the United States
21 September 1946 - 17 February 1967
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REMEMBEREDby his brother,
E-mail address is not available.
On Flag Day, 2007, I saw your name on the KIA monument at the Henderson County Court Square in Lexington, TN along with all the other veterans from our other wars who, like you, gave the surpreme sacrifice, that we can remain free. Freedom comes with a price, it is not free. On behalf of all our local citizens, I want to say "Thank You". We honor you this day.
From a friend.
A Note from The Virtual WallSAM HOUSTON was a border-clearing search and destroy operation along the Cambodian border in western Kontum and northwestern Pleiku Provinces - essentially the Plei Trap Valley area. On 02 Jan 1967 elements of the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division initiated the operation by establishing a brigade headquarters at the new Plei Djereng airfield and a fire support base 20 kilometers further west. Apart from a few mortar attacks, which caused little damage, the North Vietnamese Army did not respond to US operations during the first six weeks of SAM HOUSTON. That changed in mid-February.
Reports of an NVA buildup west of the Nam Sathay River led to movements by the 2nd Bn, 8th Infantry and 1st Bn, 12th Infantry into the Plei Trap Valley proper. Late on 14 Feb Charlie 1/12 reached Landing Zone 501 North, just east of the river, advising Battalion headquarters that the treelines around the LZ area contained freshly built but unoccupied bunkers and fighting positions. C Company established a defensive perimeter, anticipating that the remainder of the battalion would arrive on 15 Feb - but the North Vietnamese arrived first.
At dawn on 15 Feb Charlie 1/12 was attacked by the 8th Battalion, 66th NVA Regiment, beginning a fight that lasted throughout the day. Air and artillery support prevented Charlie from being overrun, and by late afternoon Bravo Company had arrived via combat assault into LZ 501N. Alpha Company also arrived, but was positioned to threaten the NVA's flanks. Fighting tapered off after nightfall and the NVA did not elect to attempt a second attack. 1/12 spent 16 and 17 Feb sweeping the area around LZ 501N and reorganizing; both Bravo and Charlie Companies had been hard hit. The fighting on 15 Feb resulted in 10 men killed and 42 wounded from 1/12, while the 4th Aviantion Bn had one helo aircrewman killed when a Huey was shot down in the LZ. Two more men from 1/12 were killed during the sweeps on 16 Feb, and an artillery short round killed one soldier on the 17th. The NVA left 128 bodies on the field of battle and four NVA soldiers were captured.
The US dead were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Oct 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009