Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SGT Gordon D. Yntema, with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam,

On this day 51 years ago SGT Gordon D. Yntema, while serving with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty while advising civilian irregulars from Camp Cai Cai and repelling a Viet Cong attack during their attempts to overrun his position. SGT Yntema was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1969 for these actions. Visit the following link to read SGT Yntema’s Medal of Honor citation:


Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
Born: 26 June 1945, Bethesda, Md.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Detroit, Mich.
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue:  
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Thong Binh, Republic of Vietnam, 16-18 January 1968
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Yntema, U.S. Army, distinguished himself on 16-18 January 1968, while advising civilian irregulars from Camp Cai Cai. Sergeant Yntema accompanied two platoons to a blocking position east of the Village of Thong Binh. They became heavily engaged in a fire fight with the Viet Cong. Assuming control of the force when the Vietnamese commander was seriously wounded, Sergeant Yntema advanced his troops to within 50 meters of the enemy bunkers. After a fierce fire fight, Sergeant Yntema withdrew his men to a trench which offered them protection while still allowing them to perform their blocking mission. Under the cover of machine gun fire, a company of Viet Cong maneuvered into a position effectively surrounding Yntema's platoons on three sides. A dwindling ammunition supply, coupled with a Viet Cong mortar barrage which inflicted heavy losses on the exposed position, prompted many of the South Vietnamese troops to withdraw. Seriously wounded and ordered to withdraw himself, Sergeant Yntema refused to leave his fallen comrades. Under withering small arms and machine gun fire, he carried the wounded Vietnamese commander and a mortally wounded American Special Forces advisor to a small gully 50 meters away to shield them from the enemy fire. Sergeant Yntema continued to repulse the attacking Viet Cong during their attempts to overrun his position until, out of ammunition and surrounded, he was offered the opportunity to surrender. Refusing, Sergeant Yntema stood his ground, using his rifle as a club to fight the approximately fifteen Viet Cong attempting his capture. His resistance was so fierce that the Viet Cong were forced to shoot him in order to overcome him.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thiếu Tướng E. John Deedrick Jr. Chỉ Huy Trưởng Liên Đoàn 1 LLDB trao quốc kỳ cho gia đình Đại Úy Andrew Ross

Maj. Gen. E. John Deedrick Jr., commanding general of 1st Special Forces Command, presents a U.S. flag to the family of Capt. Andrew Ross in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Jan. 8, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lane Hiser).

Credit: The 3rd Inf. Reg. The Old Guard.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

RECONDO School - Liên Đoàn 5 Lực Lượng Đặt Biệt Nha Trang Việt Nam

Happy Holidays from NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION

As we gather with loved ones to enjoy the holidays and as we begin to prepare for a new year, I wanted to take a moment to share how much you are appreciated and say "thank you" for your friendship and loyal support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community and its families.
From the first day of training until they transition back to civilian life, and even beyond, our foundation stands with those we support, equipping NSW service members and families with the programs, tools, and assistance they need to thrive in their unique and demanding environment. And, should the worst happen, we are there to comfort and care for those left behind, not for days or weeks, but for as long as it takes to get them back on their feet. This support is made possible by people like you.

By embodying the spirit of giving throughout the year, you let our warriors and families know that you have not forgotten them--that their sacrifices are recognized and appreciated not only by their loved ones but by all of us who can celebrate safely because of them. Thank you.

On behalf of the Navy SEAL Foundation, I sincerely wish you and yours a safe and special holiday.
Robin King
Chief Executive Officer

Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Holiday !!!

SOAR I ATTENDEE: Robert T "Swede" Ashton SOA #3026-GL

Swede spent a total of 31 months in-country, working as cadre at the MACV-SOG Recondo school for six month in 1969. 

 He then served at CCN from early 1970 until August 1971 as the 1-0 on RT Rattler and as a Covey Rider. Swede’s tour ended when he and Cessna 02 pilot LT Ryan were shot down near Savannakhet, Laos in late 1971. He was medevaced to the states and spent six months in the hospital, then returned to 7th Group (S3) and worked two years for Major Elliott. He was later assigned as the Race Relations NCO for 7th Group, a position he held for about one year, and then moved on to Recruiting duty in Los Angeles, where he was the top recruiter for the west sector two years running. After three years as a recruiter he was assigned to Pirmasens, Germany as the NCOIC for the Director of Industrial Operations for approximately four years. He was then assigned to Warrington, England and worked at the US Embassy as the NCOIC for the Army Attache for the last four years before retiring as a MSG. Swede has been living in England for the last 43 years and takes pride in never having lost a man on his recon team.

LT David Allen Lenchner, KIA 50 years ago today.

Today we pause to remember LT David Allen Lenchner, KIA 50 years ago today. This report was written by LT Dan Thompson after speaking with eye witnesses like Ken Bird, Phil Bauso, and "Smitty". LT Thompson’s and his platoon were ordered up the mountain to find Lenchner and find the hole in the top of the mountain and get the men out.
Marble Mountain Shootout—14 December 1968, Quang Nam Providence, Republic of Viet Nam. During preceding week, Major Moore, S-2, CCN, received actionable intelligence from a wounded POW. The same sapper unit that had attacked FOB#4 on 23 August had slipped back into Marble Mountain. Major Jack Deckard, S-3, sent “A” Company Hatchet Force (Nung) and two Reconnaissance Teams, RT “No Name” (PRU), led by Specialist John “Smitty” Smith and another RT (unk), to find, close with, kill, or otherwise drive the enemy from the mountain. Straphangers, LNO Captain Randy Givens (in country three weeks) LNO LT Francis Bret and others, attached.
First platoon, LT Dan Thompson, cordoned the western base of mountain near old French Fort. One SCU was KIA and two WIA from shoebox mine. Second platoon, LT Fredrick Barbour drove deep into a large grotto. Third platoon, LT Phillip Bauso stood in reserve. Upon entry into the dark, craggy confines, 2nd Platoon came under withering crossfire that scattered the Special Commando Unit, SCU. Salvos of grenades and automatic fire wounded several SCU, Barbour and two straphangers. The platoon was pinned behind rocks as dead and wounded lay exposed to enemy fire. Several attempts to reach the injured were driven back by intense automatic fire. The firefight raged throughout the morning. Each time reinforcements attempted to relieve 2nd platoon, concentrated automatic fire drove them back. LT Barbour, straphangers and six, wounded SCU were driven deeper into the cave. Outside, 3rd platoon engaged in a running gun battle with snipers positioned in caves and spider holes along the southeast wall.
A CH-34 hovered in front of a cave midway up the southern slope of the mountain and exchanged automatic fire. The Kingbee, driven off, trailed smoke from its engine. The nine men, two with serious head wounds, were driven deeper into the cave. Short on ammunition and medical supplies, there was no way out except through a hole in the roof. They faced the imminent prospect of being overrun or hypoxia, from blood loss. Outside, Specialist Smith was critically wounded in a firefight and medevaced.
Assessing the critical situation, LT Lenchner, without directive, climbed the mountain with rope and pistol. As 3rd platoon watched from below, weapons trained to provide cover, Lenchner secured rope, Swiss Seat and carabiner, and without fear or hesitation pushed off. The enemy sprung from the cave, fired and retreated. Lenchner fell mortally wounded.
LT COL Jack Warren arrived at the base of the mountain and asked for volunteers to retrieve Lenchner’s body down. SSGT Ken Bird, RTO, observed men firing M-79 rounds into the cave. LT Bauso, friend and roommate, and unknown officer, responded. Using Lenchner’s rope, Bauso rappelled down the mountain as grenades were thrown into the mouth of the cave. Bauso lowered the body down. For his actions, LT Phillip Bauso was awarded ARCOM/V.
Late afternoon, 1st platoon found a hole on top of the mountain. One each UH1-D, without winch, failed to extract the trapped men and was driven off. By EENT 1st platoon had pulled LT Francis out by hand. That night, LT Barbour and straphanger were extracted by CH-53 as enemy machine gun fired from village. Pilot radioed “bingo” (out of fuel) and cut line. The two men crashed to the ground. With keen insight and savvy skills, SSgt Edward Bartberger was credited with saving the lives of the critically wounded. First platoon secured RON site and ushered wounded down the next morning.
For their actions 14 December 1968; Sp. 4 John “Smitty” Smith (medevaced to Japan) awarded Purple Heart (PH); LT Fred Barbour, ARCOM/V, PH; LNO LT Bret Francis ARCOM/V, PH; and LNO Captain Givens given BS/V, PH.
For selfless acts, above and beyond the call of duty, with complete disregard for his own safety as he attempted to route the enemy and provide relief to nine wounded and trapped men, LT David Allen Lenchner was awarded the Purple Heart, posthumously.