Tuesday, May 29, 2012

220 not 327

The Memorial Day remembrance below happened on Hill 220 not 327; The antenna for Danang Alpha was destroyed, LT Joe Matussic and others were wounded, Cpl Sheehan, Sgt Johnson, LT MOrgan got Silver Stars, PFC Rod Lindsay got a Bronze. Altogether a night to remember. Not sure why those two hills get confused but they do. A Memorial Day hello to all the folks who were up there on 220 that night including (but not limited to) Stan Galindo, Bill Pavano, Cpl Murphy, Cpl Orange, Skip (directing the defense) Joe, Tim and Alfie at the antenna, that friend of Lindsay's who had gotten out of the brig just in time to be overrun that night, and to that odd mob of characters who came pelting up the hill to retake A11 after the choppers arrived. Present Arms! Ready Front. SF Jeff Mead

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  1. Jeff: Thanks for the information on Hill 220. We knew that hill simply as Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie lines in 1969. Being REMF Band Musicians we didn't get much tactical info. In researching Marine Corps Maps of the time, I saw the large horseshoe shaped hill labeled "327" (for it's highest point) with no direct references to Hill 220. All other website references also referred to Hill 327. That's where we pulled our info from for the Memorial Day article. Lt. Morgan's Silver Star citation was the only direct reference to Hill 220 that I could find. I'm sure you guys in MASS-3 had more complete information than we did. Could you give me additional info on Hill 220 so I can reference it properly in future writing. Was 220 a reference used by MASS -3 to differentiate A,B,C lines from the other MASS -3 site above the PX on 327? Thanks for whatever information you can send my way. james.l.kring@gmail.com

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  2. Jeff: Thanks for the information on Hill 220. We knew that hill simply as Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie lines in 1969. Being REMF Band Musicians we didn't get much tactical info. In researching Marine Corps Maps of the time, I saw the large horseshoe shaped hill labeled "327" (for it's highest point) with no direct references to Hill 220. All other website references also referred to Hill 327. That's where we pulled our info from for the Memorial Day article. Lt. Morgan's Silver Star citation was the only direct reference to Hill 220 that I could find. I'm sure you guys in MASS-3 had more complete information than we did. Could you give me additional info on Hill 220 so I can reference it properly in future writing. Was 220 a reference used by MASS -3 to differentiate A,B,C lines from the other MASS -3 site above the PX on 327? Thanks for whatever information you can send my way. james.l.kring@gmail.com

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    1. Anonymous8:59 AM

      pvt Rodney Lindsey my bronze star citation mentions hill 220,i also removed the nav flag from the rock bunker, and captured an nva officer, i gave the flag to Gunnery Sgt. R.S.Yale. our C.O. was Major Huffman. oohrah

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  3. Was 220 the ridge line below Hill 327 and above the 1st MarDiv CP ?

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    1. Graig: I was doing further research on Hill 327 and come up with this.

      From: A Rumor of War by Phillip Caputo (macmillan) Part I, Chapter 4: “Later in April, we relieved Three-Nine on Hill 327, which was not a single hill but a range of heights that formed a natural wall between Danang and the VC-controlled valley to the west. Happy Valley it was called, for nothing about it was happy.”

      From: “Stanley Kubrick and the Art of Adaptation: Three Novels, Three Films” by Greg Jenkins

      Page 129: “ In the source [book], as in the film, Joker’s relation to his commanding officer, major Lynch, has decided that a’really inspiring piece” could be written about Hill 327, the first position permanently occupied by American forces.”


      Jeff's information was extremely helpful. While the entire horseshoe "range" is referred to as Hill 327 (it's highest point), I believe that it is essential to have accurate information confirming that the Feb. 23, 1969 attack on Alpha Line occurred at elevation 220 above 1st MarDiv CP.

      In researching, there appear to have been multiple attacks (have not had time yet to establish all dates) on the 327 meter elevation. A major one being the sapper attack that took out the original HAWK Missiles in the mid-1960s (which was a source of my initial confusion about later 3-MASS position at 327 meter elevation).

      There have also been a couple references to an "ammo dump" explosion near the 327 elevation. Love to have the exact dates/info on any other enemy attacks. --- Also building info on other units "around the base" of Hill 327 to sketch out a brief history of this important landmark, from first occupation by marines through to the final days of the war. Thanks for all your help and interest in this story. James L. Kring, squad leader, Alpha Line Feb. 23, 1969

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