My Story _- The Vietnam war Tet 1968-69

 

My name is Timothy Malone Youngblood and I was in Vietnam from 1968–1969.
I was with 101st. Airborne 2/501st Inf. "C" (Charlie) company 3rd. Platoon 2nd squad.

I spent many years writing "My Story" because I did not want these events to get lost in history after I die. I did write them and after a few years of posting them on the Web I realized that these events needed to die with me because war is man's destrutive acts and needs to be forgotten.


 

Our main fire base was Camp Eagle but our Company operated mostly out of L. Z. Sally, L. Z. Birmingham, and we did go to L. Z. Boyd once as I remember. (L. Z. Meaning Landing Zone). These bases were known as fire bases as well and is where we called for fire support. Our platoon (3rd.) stayed in the field most of the time and the other three platoons of "C" company would come together when there was a major Battalion Campaign and our company fought in Four of them while I was there. Otherwise 3rd platoon and sometimes 2nd platoon were on ambush duty along the Song Bo river as well as search and destroy missions on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. We did block NVA forces coming from the A Shau Valley in 1969. We fought in the rice paddies around Hue, Phu Bai and Danang for about five months and then we went to the jungles starting on hill 1003 around October 1968 to take out rocket and mortar positions that were hitting our Phu Bai air strip.

I arrived in Vietnam during the mop up of the TET offensive in Hue March 1968 and started out in L. Z. Sally the night the 101st and Marines were fighting on hill 309 (T–Bone) and joined them the next day and later we had to take hill 283 just East of 309. This is where I busted my cherry and was wounded by a grenade which only caused me to piss blood for awhile so I stayed with the platoon without any need for medical attention. There were times I could have went in on a med. check but did not because it was not right to call a chopper in unless a man had a leg or arm off or wounds that were life threating because to do otherwise would endanger a chopper and the pilot and co-pilot as well as two door gunners.

 

 

Timothy Youngblood far right with the ammo and combat gear. That is Phil Homme, (middle) talking to Sgt Pope some where in or near Hue. I had just come in from the Boonies and was going to get something to eat and some rest before I had to go back out. This was sometime in early 1968 and we were still mopping up after the Tet Offensive.

This is all I have to say.