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Subject: Vietnam Archives

John T Brown III
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Date Posted: 08:29:04 04/18/05 Mon

Letter forwarding the casualty reports to the Vietnam Archives

Mr Stephen Maxner
Archivist, Associate Director
The Vietnam Archive, Texas Tech University
15th and Detroit
Lubbock, Texas 79409

Subject: Casualty reports for the 526th CC& S Company

Dear Mr. Maxner,

Enclosed are the after action reports pertaining to the attack on the 526th CC&S Company at Phu Tai, South Vietnam, April 9, 1968. Specialist 4 Billy Smith, a member of my company, the 5th Headquarters and Main Support Company (DS), 5th Maintenance Battalion, was a battalion clerk who typed up the formal casualty report. He kept the handwritten casualty lists all of these years and recently forwarded them to me. A copy of the note he attached to the files is also included in the attachment.

The 5th Maintenance Battalion Headquarters were located about 2 miles south of the 526th CC&S Company compound on Highway 1, west of Qui Nhon, South Vietnam. At the time of the attack I was the Executive Officer of the 5th Main Support Company (DS) and became Company Commander a month later.

After all the years that have passed I have begun to get notes and letters, such as the one from Billy, from individuals who served under me thanking me for taking care of them and keeping them safe. It brings tears to my eyes whenever I read or just think about those kind thoughts.

If you are interested in learning more about the attack on the 526th CC&S Company there are pictures and personal accounts of the attack at http://www.geocities.com/jadzgreg1/ccs/526thCCS.html

Thank you again for accepting these relatively minor documents for your archives. All those involved are very appreciative that the memories of those that perished will be retained in a safe haven.


John T. Brown III

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