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Date Posted: Sat, July 11 2009, 23:37:19
Author: Ronald Squires
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Subject: LZ Oasis, Mother's Day story

I was a Loach and Cobra pilot with D Troop 1/10 Cav (68-69). In the early dawn hours of May 11th, '69, our loaches and Cobras were scrambled to LZ Oasis, which was under attack. I don't remember the details of the attack, but after we strafed the wire and there was no more enemy movement or fire we were cleared to landed on the PSP ramp for a briefing in the TOC. There were burned enemy bodies and body parts strewn all over the ramp.

I only vaguely remember the Listening Post action, but it is starting to come back now. I do remember there were a lot of bad guys everywhere that day.

I will never forget that morning and the God awful sight and smell on the PSP ramp. Didn't remember it was May 11th. After reading your story this is the first time I ever knew it was Mother's Day. I was born on Mother's Day, but part of me was lost forever that morning.

After the briefing we went after them with our Air Cav Troop and the rest of the day was just another war story.

Ronald Squires
D 1/10 68-69'

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