OPERATION WAYNE FAST

28 June to 14 July 1970

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This report generously provided by RICHARD CAZEAULT, Delta 2/35 1970

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

HEADQUARTERS, 2D BATTALION 35TH INFANTRY

APO San Francisco 96262

24 July 1970

SUBJECT: combat After Action Report:

Commanding Officer

1st Brigade, 4th Inf Div

APO San Francisco 96262

1. Name of Operation: WAYNE FAST

2. Dates of Operation: 28 Jun 14 Jul 70

3. Location: The general location of the operation was 38 kilometers north of CAMP RADCLIFF.

4. Control Headquarters:

     a. 1st Brigade, 4th Inf Div located at CAMP ARMAGEDDON.

     b. 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry forward Command Post located at LZ WELCH (BR 495879)

 

POSITION

NAME

PERIOD

 

BN CO

LTC WILLIAMS L HARRISON, JR

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

BN XO

MAJ WILLIAM J HARDENBURGH

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

BN S1

1LT CLYDE R WHITE

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

BN S2

CPT KIRK W LARSEN

28 Jun 11 Jul

 

BN S2

CPT GILBERT JACOBS

11 Jul 14 Jul

 

BN S3

MAJ EVERETT R THOMAS

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

BN S3

CPT JERRY S CLARK

28 Jun 7 Jul

 

BN S3 AIR

CPT PHILIP REARDEN

7 Jul 14 Jul

 

BN S4

CPT BURL D MCGEE

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

BN S5

CPT HARRY M WEISMANN

28 Jun 5 Jul

 

BN SPT PLT LDR

1LT RICHARD A WETHERELL

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

A CO

CPT JERRY S CLARK

28 Jun 6 Jul

 

A CO

CPT MELVIN BANKS

6 Jul 14 Jul

 

B CO

CPT GILBERT JACOBS

28 Jun 10 Jul

 

B CO

CPT JACK R VANDERPOOL

10 Jul 14 Jul

 

C CO

1LT RALPH W JAMES

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

D CO

1LT MARSHALL W ERICKSON

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

E CO

CPT KIRK W LARSEN

28 Jun 30 Jun

 

RECON PLT LDR

1LT THOMAS W WAJER

28 Jun 30 Jun

 

RECON PLT LDR

1LT GEORGE W LANIER

30 Jun 14 Jul

 

4.2 MORT PLT LDR

1LT WILLIS M MUSKA

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

A/4-42 ARTY CO

CPT PAUL STEWART

28 Jun 14 Jul

 

A/4-42 ARTY LO

CPT GORDON CAMERON-STUART

28 Jun 14 Jul

6. Task Organization:

A/2-35 Inf (OPCON IDDC 1 Jul 8 Jul)

BN CON

B/2-35 Inf (OPCON IDDC 8 Jul 14 Jul)

RCN PLT/2-35 Inf

C/2-35 Inf (OPCON IDDC 28 Jun 1 Jul)

4.2 MORT PLT/2-35 Inf

D/2-35 Inf

A/4-42 Arty (DS)

Sqd/C/4th Engr (DS)

7. Supporting Forces:

     a. Supporting artillery to include TIC, Night Fire, Quick Reaction Fire, And Defensive Targets, were provided by A/4-42 Arty in direct support of 2-35 Inf.

     b. Gunship support was provided on a mission request basis by 1st Bde, 4th Inf Div, located at CAMP RADCLIFF.

     c. Tactical air support was available on a pre-planned and/or immediate request basis through 1st Bde, 4th Inf Div. Numerous pre-planned requests were submitted by and flown in support of this battalion.

     d. SNOOPY/SCORPION missions were available on a pre-planned basis through S2, 1st Bde, 4th Inf Div. Numerous SNOOPY/SCORPION missions were flown for this battalion, however, none led to any significant findings by ground troops.

8. Intelligence:

     a. Terrain and Weather: The area was a plateau with mountainous regions, but mainly rolling hills. There was triple canopy jungle with sparse undergrowth and LZ s were scarce in certain areas. The weather was hot and humid, with scattered thundershowers in the late afternoon and evening.

     b. Enemy: Elements of the 3d NVA Div were believed to be in the AO. This was confirmed by the CIA of documents and one POW, from the 243rd Trans Bn, 240th Trans Regt, 3d NVA Div.

There were numerous trails and huts in the area. The two main trails exist running generally NNW to SSE, approximately 6 feet wide. The enemy has been using bicycles on these main trails as evidenced by 2 bicycles CIA and bicycles parts in the area.

The enemy appears to be trying to evade contact in the zone, rather than leaving the area completely. This is most likely due to the fact that the enemy is mainly working on food production in the AO.

9. Mission: 2-35 Inf continued aggressive search and destroy operations in AO SCHULTZ to locate & destroy 3d NVA Div HQ and rear service elements, locate and destroy enemy supply bases, and interdict enemy infiltration and supply routes.

10. Concept of Operation: 2-35 Inf maintained the Bn CP at LZ WELCH with the companies operating in AO SCHULTZ; one company provided security for the Golf Course at CAMP RADCLIFF.

11. Execution:

     a. A Company: ON 281025H Jun 70, vic BR 500918, 2/A sweep was moving north when 1 enemy was observed 30 metes to the NE. 2/A engaged the enemy with small arms and the enemy returned 3-5 rounds of AK-47 fire. The enemy fled to the east and 2/A pursued using artillery as blocking fire. A heavy blood trail was found which disappeared after about 75 meters. On 301107H Jun 70, vic BR 493922, 3/A, while on a sweep to the SE, observed one enemy 50 meters to the south. The enemy was engaged with small arms, but did not return fire. Pursuit to the east revealed a blood trail for 200 meters. The blood trail ended at a stream. On 1 Jul, A Co conducted an airlift to CAMP RADCLIFF to begin the Golf Course security mission. At 1224H on Jul 8, A Co completed an airlift from CAMP RADCLIFF to LZ vic BR 410893. A Co departed the LZ to the east and resumed search and destroy operations. On 111700H Jul 70, at vic BR 429899, 1/A located a deserted anti-aircraft position, 15 in diameter and 5 deep. Behind the gun position was a bunker 20 long, 2 wide, with 2 overhead. On 14 Jul. A Co conducted a FE/AL to LZ TWO BITS and began a stand-down in preparation for the next operation.

     b. B Company: At the beginning of this reporting period B Co had the mission of security and training at FSB WELCH. ON 2 Jun, B Co conducted a CA to LZ vic BR 410888 and began search and destroy operations in their assigned AO. On 030929H Jul 70, vic BR 415888, 2/B was sweeping to the NE when they observed 2 enemy 100 meters to the NE. The enemy were wearing green shirts and carried packs and 1 AK-47 rifle. The enemy was engaged with small arms and artillery was employed as the enemy fled to the ENE. A sweep of the area revealed negative findings. At 1354H, vic BR 414885, an ambush was initiated by 3/B on one enemy who was moving to the north. A claymore mine was set off when the enemy was 15 feet away. The results of the contact were 1 enemy WIA/POW and one AK-47 rifle CIA. Also captured were 3 letters which the enemy had been carrying. On 041135H Jul 70, vic BR 410833, an OP on LZ security for 3/B observed one enemy 35 meters to the west. The OP initiated small arms fire on the enemy, and a second enemy appeared and returned 7-10 rounds of AK-47 fire. The enemy then fled to the west. A sweep of the area revealed 1 enemy KIA and a heavy blood trail to the west. Friendly casualties were 1 WIA. At 1400H 5 Jul, 2/B located a 750 lb. Bomb (M-117AIEI) at vic BR 41058970. An EOD team was called in through 1st BDE and the bomb was destroyed. On 8 Jul, B Co conducted a FE/AL to CAMP RADCLIFF to assume the Golf Course security mission.

     c. C Company: At the beginning of the reporting period, C Co had the mission of Golf Course security at CAMP RADCLIFF. On 1 Jul, C Co conducted an airlift from CAMP RADCLIFF to LZ vic BR 505923 to begin search and destroy operations in their assigned AO. On 041705H Jul 70, vic BR 480937, 2/C received 4-5 rounds of sniper fire from the NE. Artillery was employed, however, a sweep revealed that the enemy had fled to the N. On 051242H Jul 70, while set up in a defensive perimeter at vic BR 494922, an OP observed one enemy crawling towards the perimeter from the south. The OP initiated small arms fire when the enemy was 30 meters from him. There was no return fire and a sweep revealed negative findings. On 8 Jul, 1/C found 100 fighting and sleeping positions at vic BR 479938. On 10 Jul, C Co conducted an airlift to FSB WELCH to begin the security and training mission. On 14 Jul, C Co closed FSB WELCH and conducted an airlift to LZ TWO BITS to begin a stand-down in preparation for the next operation.

     d. D Company: On 011225H Jul 70, vic BR 410886, 1/D sweep moving to the north observed 2-3 enemy 30 meters to the north. The point man for 1/D initiated small arms fire and received 15-20 rounds AK-47 fire from the enemy. Artillery blocking fire was employed, however, a sweep revealed that the enemy had fled to the north. On 2 Jul, D Co conducted an airlift to FSB WELCH to begin the security and training mission. On 9 Jul, D Co conducted CA s into multiple LZ s and resumed search and destroy operations. At 1421H, vic BR 467947, 1/D sweep to the SE, observed 1 hootch. Three enemy emerged from the hootch as the sweep approached. 1/D initiated small arms fire on the enemy, who fled to the north. 1/D pursued the enemy, however, they had no further contact with the enemy. On 101735H Jul 70, while moving to their ambush location, vic BR 449945, 3/D point man observed 2 enemy moving to the west. When the enemy was 150 meters away the point man initiated small arms fire and the enemy fled to the E. Artillery blocking fire was employed, however, a sweep revealed negative findings. On 14 Jul, D Co conducted a FE/AL to LZ TWO BITS to begin a stand-down in preparation for the next operation.

     e. Recon Platoon: At the beginning of this reporting period, Rcn Plt was in a stand-down posture at FSB WELCH in preparation for Recondo School to begin on 1 Jul. On 1 Jul, Rcn Plt began Recondo School under the instruction of K/75th Rangers, and graduated on 12 Jul.

12. Results: Operation WAYNE FAST yielded the following results:

11 x contacts

1 x tunnel

1 x NVA/VC KIA

200 x fighting positions

1 x NVA/VC WIA/POW

100 x sleeping positions

2 x AK-47 rifles

1 x cooking area

1 x SKS rifle w/o bolt

1 x anti-aircraft position

1 x 120mm mortar rd.

1 x 750 lb. Bomb (M-117AIEI)

3 x AK-47 magazines

3 x bicycles

23 x hootches

Numerous medical supplies

20 x bunkers

Numerous documents

7 x bridges

Various misc. equipment

13. Administrative Matters:

     a. Supply: Battalion forward trains were located at LZ ARMAGEDDON, and a forward resupply point for emergency Class I and V was maintained at the forward fire base.

     b. Maintenance: Limited organizational maintenance was performed at the trains area, and items requiring repair beyond battalion capability were transferred to C Co 704th Maint.

     c. Treatment of Casualties: Battalion Aid Stations wee located at both the rear and forward fire base. Due to the triple canopy jungle in the area of operation, a majority of casualties had to be extracted with the jungle penetrator of the "Dustoff" helicopters. All casualties wee evacuated to the 17th Field Hospital at CAMP RADCLIFF.

     d. Transportation: The availability of aircraft for resupply and operations was not a problem; however, bad flying weather very frequently caused delay.

     e. Communications: The only communications problem occurring during this operation was due to terrain and weather. This problem was alleviated by relaying between units.

14. Special Equipment and Techniques: The GRC/163 Multiplex radio provided continuous communications with BDE and the rear area of CAMP RADCLIFF.

15. Commanders Analysis:

     a. during the period of this operation only two companies were available for tactical operations in the field; the other two companies were securing the fire base and the Golf Course. The Rcn Plt was in training. Because of the security missions the companies rotated form the field weekly. This rapid rotation noticeably improved the operations of the units in the field; they appeared more rested and aggressive.

     b. The battalion concentrated on interdicting two major NW to SE trail networks. This was successfully accomplished by ambushing the trails, the use of stay behind ambushes and conducting sweeps parallel to the trails.

JERRY S. CLARK

CPT, Infantry

S3

 

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