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Click the link below to read "Bobby Burke, Youngest
Vietnam MOH Recipient" by Terry Rigney
PFC Robert Burke - Medal Of Honor
Lt.Col. Ernest Fitzgerald (Ret) pins the Silver Star onto the utility jacket of Sgt. Ray Allison for gallantry and heroism
while serving with 3/27 in 1968 Vietnam. First Lt. Bill Prish (Ret) looks on.
Click the link below to read the speech
delivered by President Lyndon Johnson to members of 3/27 departing for
Vietnam, 17 Feb 1968.
LBJ El Toro Speech
President Lyndon Johnson bids members of the 3rd Bn., 27th Marine
Regiment Good Luck as they depart El Toro, CA for Vietnam.
Sgt. Andrew Boyko, Company I, second from left, is next to
greet the Commander In Chief.
HEARD THE HUM OF OUR MOTORS,
THEY COUNTED THE ROTORS,
AND WAITED FOR US TO
"GOODNIGHT SAIGON"; BILLY JOEL
INTERESTING INFO ABOUT OUR UNIT
Interesting Facts about the 3rd
Battalion, 27th Marines
& the 27th Marine Regiment
Please send additional facts and corrections
to Terry Rigney
number of booby trap casualties that 3/27 was sustaining, "The TAOR
of 3/2hrmy Major, who was sent to investigate the large number of
booby trap casualties that 3/27 was sustaining, "The TAOR of 3/27
had the highest number of booby traps than any other sector in the
history of land we."
From Every Marine, Robert A. Simonsen
Same Flag 1998 at 3/27's 30th Year Reunion
with 1st Platoon, India Company Survivors
Allen Ciezki, Dale Camp, Robert
Simonsen, Shelby Monk, Raul Fonseca, Mike Lutz
25 May: After ordering more prep fires on Le Bac (1), the Battalion moved out with Co L
leading the way. After receiving small arms and mortar incoming fire, the Battalion withdrew to avoid another heavy fight with a well dug in enemy. They moved westward towards the river and called in heavy air and arty strikes on the ville. Later in the afternoon, Co I, 3/27, one platoon from 1st Tank Battalion and some leading elements from 1/27 joined the battalion.
26 May: Co L and Co M, along with tanks, moved back in Le Bac(1)from west to east and discovered 29 dead NVA. Sporadic enemy mortar and rifle fire throughout the day caused several casualties and one enemy soldier was captured by Silver Star earner, Marlin Jackson. Rain broke out and the enemy withdrew toward Le Bac (2)in the late afternoon.
27 May: Co C, 1/27 relieved Co K and Co M, 3/27 who then returned to their Cau Ha base. Meanwhile, Co I and Co L continued to search Le Bac (1) and captured another NVA soldier and discovered 27 more dead NVA and a large number of weapons and documentation.
28 May: Orders were received that 1/27 would relieve 3/27 with a linkup at Liberty Bridge. Enroute to the bridge, 2nd Platoon, India Co ran into an NVA hornet nest in Cu Ban (4). A battle ensued and one tank was knocked out by RPGs. 9 Marines were killed and several more trapped in advanced positions. The Regimental CO then ordered 3/27 to continue to move to Liberty bridge, insisting
that 1/27 would assist the trapped Marines and help recover the bodies. After much protesting by both 3/27 officers and men, the unit moved on towards their destination. Two Marines were awarded, posthumously, Silver Stars. The exchange of units was made in the afternoon during a heavy downpour of rain and India Company was ordered to remain with 1/27 until May 31. 1/27 did recover the missing and dead Marines later that day.
Sgt. Ray Allison of India Company was awarded on Sept. 10, 2010 the Silver Star for his actions on May 28, 1968 as well as for his actions on May 17, 1968 at a ceremony delayed by 42 years, after final approval by the Secretary of the Navy and the President of the United States.
Overall Allenbrook Remarks: 3/27 lost 68 enlisted men and 4 officers along with 247 wounded during this phase of Allenbrook. There were hundreds of heat casualties but most returned to the battle within a few days. Known enemy losses were put at 225 and 6 were captured. A total of 586 fixed wing sorties were flown in support which expended 2628 rockets and 1,584,800 pounds of bombs. In addition, 660 artillery missions were fired utilizing 17,000 rounds of various ordnance.
POST ALLENBROOK HISTORY:
During June, 3/27 continued patrolling the rocket belt with its never ending booby traps and VC skirmishes. In July, 3/27 returned to the Go Noi Island sector to partake in a land clearing/defoliation operation with few significant enemy contacts.
Afterwards, it went right back to the Cau Ha TAOR until September when the 27th Marine Regiment was ordered to return to CONUS. This was the beginnings of Nixon's "Vietnamization"
strategy. The Marine Corps could simply not maintain proper troop levels in Vietnam with the 27th Regiment overseas. Short timers and Marines on second or more tours returned with the Regiment and were even honored by a parade in San Diego, CA. The remaining Marines were transferred to needed voids in other battalions/regiments. Most non infantry Marines were returned to units based on their original MOSs.
During its 7 months in combat, the 27th Marines were credited with killing 2000 enemy soldiers/guerillas while losing 245 of its own (nearly 175 from 3/27 alone). It is estimated that 2000 plus Purple Hearts were awarded for wounds received in action.
3/27 HAD MET THE CHALLENGE OF WAR AND HAD PROVEN, MORE THAN ANY OTHER TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE MARINE CORPS, THAT "EVERY MARINE" WAS INDEED A RIFLEMAN FIRST AND FOREMOST!
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