Saturday June 11 th 1966
On Saturday, the 11th of June 1966 18 members of the 2nd Bn 28th Inf's Recon Platoon were killed at the Battle of the Loc Ninh Plantation. This site is their site and those that survived, I never want to forget them ,and after you view this site I hope you have a little place in your Heart for them.
The Battle between the 28th Inf and the 273rd Viet Cong Regt, took place on a foggy morning, The fight started with A and B company ,later joined by C company and Recon. C company assaulted Hill 177 on line from east to west, Recon moved on the VC west along a ridgeline running north .The VC opened up with intense automatic rifle fire and grenades. With no cover the Recon Platoon and part of C company rushed toward a trench, Unknowing to them the VC had placed a machine gun at one end of this trench, the VC fire took a heavy toll on the men of Recon and C company. The enemy over ran the Recon platoon, C company called up their reserve platoon and they captured Hill 177.
On July 9th 1966, The 4th Cav,28th Inf,16th Inf,2nd Inf and the 18th Inf, Fought the 272nd Main Force Regt, at the Battle of Minh Thanh Road.(the 272nd was the sister unit that fought the battle against the 28th at Loc Ninh),The Viet Cong lost 238 men that day, after the battle, the Americans found weapons that were taken from Recon June 11th.
This site is for my platoon but I don't want anyone to forget the other men that gave their lives that day ,some of them trying to save Recon.
18 men died from Recon- Ronald J Brissette, Dannie G Braswell, Kenneth A Babb, Thomas S Cameron, Thomas W Chatburn, Willie Cole Jr, Ernest K Duran, Grady L Elder, Charles E Ford, James E Hill,Louis A Jefferson,Glen D Lofton,Richard A Mitchell,Jack R Price,Jessie E Shannon, Michael T Sukara, John R Thompson, JC Williams.