These "empty chairs" sit at the table which is the life of "LP" Grunt Lima Co. 2nd Platoon, 2nd Squad 3/3/3, 68-69

          #160I have lived for 29 years wishing I could do something for the brave men that were in my squad in Quang Tri Province in the vicinity of Ky Lam and Ky Truc....as we called this area the Sand dunes....!!!
          My squad was on line advancing towards an tree line 4 or 5 hundred meters away....we received enemy small arms fire...very intense from the tree line...all we had to get behind was an about 12 inches of sand...
          After we hit the ground....automatic weapons fired upon us...this is when L/cpl Fred L.Thrift tried to advance towards the automatic fire...he was hit and fell...wounded by the small arms fire....at this time PFC Ronnie W. Smith went to his aid...where he was wounded also....both KIA's at this time.....!!!
          I was 20 feet or so from them and couldnt do anything but return fire and stay behind the 12 inch mound of sand....after awhile Tanks came up from 3rd Tank Bn. to fire point blank into the automatic weapons to stop them....
          Both of these FINE men were from Alabama....and had become friends while in Nam....
          Both of these men were KIA's on 28 May 68.....
          According to intelligence reports:
          We were fighting the 64th and 52nd regiments of the 320th NVA Divisions that day....plus elements of the 4th and 6th infantry Battalions along with a supply unit...all NVA units....



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