In the following, you will read the
personal accounts of the men who were there. Often poignant,
sometimes cryptic, nevertheless they are truly captivating. One
thing to keep in mind while reading any of the materials here is that
the "Fog of War" does exist. The view from one spot is
totally different then the next. You will likely note conflicts in
remembrances. Given the circumstances, that is to be
expected. The presentation of these accounts is put forth to help
understand the Battle of LZ 10 Alfa and the men who fought it.
And to a man...... they fought.
||The men who fought the battle of LZ 10 Alfa gave a true
measure of the fighting spirit of the United States Army. Here you
will find the names of our KIA's and WIA's. They will not to be
|Wallace "Stan" Tyson
||COL Tyson has written a captivating account of the
battle of LZ 10 Alfa. As the Executive Officer of the 2/35th, he
was put in charge of the force to reinforce Bravo Company 2/35th.
Through research and information not available at the time, he has added
another dimension to the original report. It is with great
appreciation to COL Tyson that we are able to present this section.
|Anthony "Tony" Bisantz
||CPT Bisantz was the Company Commander of
1/35th. CPT Bisantz's company was inserted a few hours after the battle
began with Bravo, 2/35th, in heavy contact with the NVA. Together the
two companies held off a multi- battalion force of North Vietnamese Army
regulars. This account was prepared by CPT Bisantz while teaching
at Fort Benning, GA. Special thanks to CPT Bisantz for sharing
The Personal Remembrances of the Men
Who Were There
||Sgt. Saunier was an FO assigned to Bravo Company
2/35th. For his actions at LZ 10 alpha he was awarded the Bronze
Star and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross. Not a man of many words, Sgt.
Saunier is to be commended.
||Russell Miller was a part of the first lift of Bravo 2/35th
to land at LZ 10 Alfa. Things got "hot" before the
birds even touched down.
||Sgt. Beauchamp was a Squad Leader with the 3rd Platoon
of Bravo 2/35th. Arriving with the second lift on a hot LZ, Sgt.
Beauchamp and some of his men got a bit of a surprise.
||Larry Conner was the Alfa Co.'s
3d Platoon Leader, 1/35th. He had just taken over the 3d Platoon
26 days earlier and has some vivid memories of the events of the battle.
||Richard Hunter was a member of the 3d Platoon,
1/35th. The 3d Platoon of Alfa got hit hard during the
battle. His story is one well worth the read.
||Jim McTaggart was also a member of
1/35th. Having fought all night against the NVA attacks, his squad
was sent out to patrol the battlefield. It wasn't quite over yet.
||Mike Kellermeyer was a member of HHC 1/35th,
attached as FO for the 4.2 Mortars to Charlie Company. Things
weren't quite completely over when the company landed at 10 Alfa.
For not being a writer, Mike has given us a very good account.
||COL Rabin was the Brigade S-2 at
the time. Was Bravo Company's original mission something other
then a normal S&D operation? Entirely possible. This from a man that
was in a position to know.
||Marcos was also a member of the
3rd Plt, Alpha Company. 1/35th. After 43 years this is his account of
the events from his perspective.
|And a Few More
||Included here are more accounts from some of the men
involved in LZ 10 Alfa. Some were there, some were there in spirit but
not directly involved. All have added something to this account.
Photos and more...
|PUC Bravo Co 2/35th
||Citation of the Presidential Unit Citation B Co. 2/35th
|PUC Alfa Co 1/35th
||Citation of the Presidential Unit Citation A Co. 1/35th
|S. L. A. Marshall
||Excerpt of the account of the Battle of 10 Alfa from
the book "Battles in the Monsoon" William Morrow and Company,
New York, 1967 pp259-268. A few factual errors were made by this
normally meticulous author.
|Paul Revere I
||This account is lifted from the Annual Historical
Supplement 2d Bn 35th Infantry 1966. It contains a good
description of the operation and the events surrounding LZ 10 Alfa.
|John Lorts Photos
||John came along to Bravo Company
shortly after the Battle of 10 Alfa. He has sent along photographs of
some of the men from Bravo who were there.
|Daily Journals 1/35th
||Tony Bisantz has sent copies of
the 1/35th daily journals from 28 May to 2 June. The patrols around 10
Alfa continued and contacts were frequent with smaller forces. Findings
by the line companies shows just how large the NVA base area was.