GOD AND COUNTRY

DOES GOD ANSWER A SOLDIER'S PRAYERS FOR REASONS OF COMBAT ?
A historical, biblical, and military look at our foundation of the United States of America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (me)) GREG PAYNE

 

 

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A VETERANS' FAMILY MEMORIAL HALL OF HONOR
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POW/MIA OPERATION JUST CAUSE_HARLEY H. HALL MY ADOPTED POW/MIA
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The Dalles, OR 97058
Served with
D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade
Vietnam / Cambodia
1969 - 1970 .
&
B Company 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry 7th Infantry Division (Light)
DMZ
North & South Korea
1970 - 1971
 
 
MY COMBAT HISTORY 

 

         REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM

                    1969 1970

             1969 TET COUNTER OFFENSIVE PHASE 

                  I & II

                CASUALITY LIST FOR:

             D COMPANY 4th BATTALION 12th

                 INFANTRY

            199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE

             VIETNAM / CAMBODIA

                                                             APO 96279

                                                           1969 - 1970

                                        CASUALITY REPORT

 

 

          (MY SQUADMATES)

         (KILLED IN ACTION)

PFC James Earl Bouyer (KIA)

SGT Richard Allen Thursby (KIA)

SP/4 William Arthur DeBates (KIA)

 

       OFFICERS INVOLVED

CPT Stover CO

LT Blackman XO

LT Grossjean, 1st Platoon Leader

LT Peter Johannades, 3rd Platoon Leader

           NCO's INVOLVED

Sgt Hall, 2nd Platoon

Sgt Thursby, 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon (KIA)

Sgt Claud R. VanAndel, 3rd Platoon (KIA)

(GUYS I CAME IN TO THE COMPANY 

                      WITH)

           (KILLED IN ACTION)

 

PFC David Edward Kenney (KIA)

SGT Claude Richard VanAndel (KIA)

(GUYS IN MY COMPANY)

        (WOUNDED IN ACTION)

 

PFC Pat (Smitty) Smith (Mortar Plt) (WIA)

SP/5 "Doc" Ken Reppart (Senior Medic) (WIA)

LT Peter Johannades, 3rd Platoon Ldr) (WIA)

CAPT Stover CO (WIA)

 

                 (SURVIVORS)

                  (My Squad)

(ME) SP/4 Gregory Payne (Pointman)

PFC "Doc" Crockett (Black Medic)(My Squad)

SP/4 Brent Lake (Black Grunt)(My Squad)

SP/4 Bradley (Black Grunt)(My Squad)

SP/4 Guy Owens (My Alternate Pointman)

PFC Dan Krapinski (My Squad)

 

    (COMMAND POST SURVIVORS)

CAPT Stover (CO)

LT Blackman (XO)

SP/5 "Doc" Ken Reppart (Senior Medic)

SP/4 Pat "Smitty" Smith (Mortar Platoon

PFC Jan C. Scruggs (Mortar Platoon)

 

   (OFFICERS AND NCO SURVIVORS)

CPT Stover CO

LT Blackman XO

LT Grossjean, 1st Platoon Leader

LT Peter Johannades, 3rd Platoon Leader

 

Sgt Hall, 2nd P|latoon

 

*SPECIAL NOTE:

*JAN C. SCRUGGS was the guy who founded and started "the VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
WALL"

 

***************************************************

On one recon patrol near "The Fishnet" we got ambushed by a Squad of 6 Viet Cong in an
open rice paddie, where we stood up and charged the Viet Cong ambush in a typical textbook
classic on line Infantry assault with M-16's on fully Automatic. The firefight ended in our
favor.

I was on three anphibious assaults off of a U.S Navy Landing Craft (LCM) (Landing Craft
Marine) called "THE GREY GHOST)

On one Company operation my Company went up into the deep dark jungles of Bien Hoa, where
we found 50, 100 lbs. of raw rice in an NVA Rice Cashe

On night we got a late night radio call asking us to make enemy contact in an area that was
not to far from our ambush site so we rowed down a canal in a snpan bamboo boat

were we ended up in engagging the enemy in my second "On Line

Assault" only ths on was at
night.

The towns and hamlets we worked or encamped near in our NDP's we operated our combat
Operations and Patrols were: Bien Hoa, Bear Cat, "The Fishnet", Binh Chanh, My Yen,
"The Pineapple" and the Cambodian Border areas.


WE EXPIERIENCED ALOT OF MORTAR

ATTACKS WITH COMMUNIST 82mm

MOTRTARS.


Charlie Company 4/12 199th LIB had a firefight right next to our ambush site about 6:00pm
near My Yen.

My Squad Leader SGT Richard Allen Thursby two weeks before he was killed stepped flat
footed on a "Booby Trap Tripwire" and realizing what he did lowered a can of M-60
Machinegun Ammo off his shoulder and set it down on the tripwire to hold it down until

he could get off the wire and jump to safety. He then had us tie a roll of twine on to the
canvas strap on the ammo can got down behind the rice paddy dyke pulled the ammo can off the
tripwire and blew the "booby trap" in place.

We operated in III Corps Tacticle Zone in War Zone C & D towards the Cambodian Border in
Gia Dinh Province and a geographical area called the "Pineapple."

 

The Company Operations we went on included:

 

1969 TET Counter Offensive Phase I

Operation Strangler I

Operation Strangler II

Operation Strangler III

Operation Lulu

Operation Strangler IV

&

1969 TET Counter Offensive Phase II

        

Hall-Howell Chapter #512
 

P.O. Box 565
  

Vancouver, WA 98666-0565 

   http://www.wavva.org/512.htm

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 A VETERANS' FAMILY MEMORIAL

                  HALL OF HONOR

                                                 

                                         

                           

                                     "LEAVING FOR "BOOT CAMP."  

           

             

               

(Me) Greg        Payne, "Boot Camp" Fort Lewis,

                     Washington, June 1968             W968(Me) Greg

(Me) Greg               Payne, "Boot Camp" Fort Lewis,

                      Washington, June 1968             

 

 

 

 

                     

                                                                 (ME)

                               GREG PAYNE

                                 (Boot Camp

                           Graduation Picture)  

                        Fort Lewis, Washington

                                August 1968       

 

ADVANCED INFANTRY TRAINING FORT POLK,LA

ADVANCED INFANTRY TRAINING

                             "TIGERLAND"

                   FORT POLK, LOUISIANA

             September 1968 - November 1968

            

                             "TIGERLAND" 

                     FORT POLK, LOUISIANA                 

              

                                 WELCOME      

                                       TO                                           

                       FORT POLK, LOUISIANA

     

                                 WELCOME      

                                       TO                                           

                       FORT POLK, LOUISIANA

                                TIGERLAND

          "HOME OF THE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN"

    

(ME) GREG PAYNE IN ADVANCED INFANTRY

   TRAINING AT "TIGERLAND" FORT POLK,

   LOUISIANA 1968. 

(Me) Greg Payne wearing helmet, PFC John Wise

  With cigarette "Tigerland    Home of the Combat

  Infantryman" Advanced Infantry Training, Fort

  Polk, LA November 1968.

                              ~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

 

HOME ON CHRISTMAS LEAVE 1968

AFTER GRADUATION FROM

            ADVANCED INFANTRY TRAINING

  AT "TIGERTLAND" FRT POLK LOUISIANA, IN

LATE NOVEMBER 1968. I WENT ON CHRISTMAS

LEAVE, BACK TO MY FOLKS PLACE IN

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, I THEN HAD TO

GO TO VIETNAM ON JANUARY 19th 1969 THE

DAY THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN WAS THE

DAY I LEFT FOR VIETNAM.      

MY DAD AND MOM

   ON MY DAY OF DEPARTURE JANUARY 19th

  1969.  

      

 MY DAD AND MYSELF.

     THE "NEW YORK CITY SKYLINE PAINTING"

    ON THE WALL IN THE BACKGROUND I DID

    IN MY EXTRA TIME WHILE IN ADVANCED

    INFANTRY TRAINING AT FORT POLK IT WAS

    A CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO MY FOLKS. 

     

                              MY MOM AND MYSELF.       

     

     MYSELF AND MY LITTLE SISTER KATHY

        

                  EVEN OUR FAMILY DOG

               LITTLE "REX" HAD TO SAY

         "GOOD-BYE, GREG, I LOVE YOU!"

                       BY SITTING UP...

  

  (Me) PFC Greg Payne & PVT Doug Cornwell

from  Walla Walla, Washington, with orders to

Vietnam in hand leaving the Portland

International Airport in Portland, Oregon to

Travis Air Force Base, Oakland, California, then

in route to Vietnam for our final assignments

to our Combat Infantry units. Janurary 19th

1969.  So bye, bye, World, Hell-o VIETNAM

BYE, BYE WORLD, HELL-O VIETNAM

"GOOOD MOORNING VIEEEETNAM!!!"

       

           FOR MY FIRST TOUR OF COMBAT

            I WAS THEN ASSIGNED TO THE

           199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE

  WHERE I LANDED IN BIEN HOA, VIETNAM AT

  THE 90th REPLACEMENT DEPOT, AT 2:45 AM

  ON  JANUARY 19th  1969.  I WAS THEN

  SENT OUT TO LONG BINH, VIETNAM FOR MY

  FINAL ONE WEEKS "PEE" TRAINING, AT THE

          199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE's

               "CAMP FREZNELL & JONES"

              THE MAIN (BMB) BASE CAMP.

   199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE

    4th BATTALION 12th INFANTRY

                       1969

               

             199th L.I.B.               4th BATTALION

          BRIGADE CREST          12th INFANTRY

                          

                       

                          I WAS ASSIGNED TO:

                                          B-FIRETEAM

                   3rd SQUAD 1st PLATOON

             D COMPANY 4th BATTALION 12th

     INFANTY 199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE

                             1969 - 1970

                       VIETNAM APO 96279

          

 GOING INTO CAMP FREZNELL & JONES "BMB"

BASE CAMP FOR THE 199th LIGHT INFANTRY

BRIGADE III CORPS, VIETNAM.

     

 ENTERING CAMP FREZNELL & JONES

"BMB" BASE CAMP FOR THE 199th LIGHT

INFANTRY  BRIGADE.                                      

   

ENTERING CAMP FREZNELL & JONES "BMB"

BASE CAMP FOR THE 199th LIGHT INFANTRY

BRIGADE. FREZNELL & JONES WERE ONE OF

OUR FIRST TWO KIA's FOR THE 199th.  JONES'

LAST WORDS WERE PUT ON THIS PLAQUE

NEAR THE MAIN ENTRY WAY OF OUR BMB

BASE CAMP.   

    (ME) GREG PAYNE AT CAMP FREZNELL &

JONES THE MAIN BASE CAMP (BMB) FOR THE

199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE AT LONG

BINH, VIETNAM APO 96279

                          PICTURE #1

 

              

    (ME) GREG PAYNE AT CAMP FREZNELL &

JONES THE MAIN BASE CAMP (BMB) FOR THE

199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE AT LONG

BINH, VIETNAM APO 96279

                            PICTURE #2

       

     (ME) GREG PAYNE AT BINH CHANH, GIA

DINH PROVINCE, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH

VIETNAM.

                  3rd SQUAD 1st PLATOON

 D COMPANY 4th BATTALION 12th INFANTRY

199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE APO 96279

          JANUARY - FEBRUARY OF 1969

            

"THE GRAY GHOST" L.C.M. (LANDING CRAFT  

MARINE) OR LITERALLY  (MARINE LANDING

CRAFT) U.S. NAVY, BINH CHANH, GIA DINH

PROVINCE, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM

         JANUARY - FEBRUARY OF 1969. 

I HAD THREE ANPHIBIOUS ASSAULTS OFF

THIS MARINE LANDING CRAFT.

         

    PFC ROE MORTARMAN BINH CHANH, GIA

DINH PROVINCE, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH

VIETNAM.

            JANUARY - FEBRUARY OF 1969. 

                   

 (ME) GREG PAYNE ON THE LEFT AT  MY YEN,

 GIA DINH PROVINCE, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH

 VIETNAM.

         

  SP/4 BOWIEMR "BOW," MORTAR PLATOON's 

  PLATOON  SERGEANT, SP/4 PAT SMITH

"SMITTY"

        

   SP/4 GUY OWENS MY ALTERNET POINTMAN

   STANDING NEXT TO PFC "RABBIT" VERY

  APPTLY NICKNAMED BECAUSE HE COULD RUN

  LIKE A JACKRABBIT!  "RABBIT" WAS IN MY

  FIRETEAM.

  B-FIRETEAM, 3rd SQUAD, 1st PLATOON.  (I

  NEVER DID FIND OUT HIS REAL NAME

  BECAUSE HE WAS A BRAN NEW GUY AND I

  WAS AN OLD GUY AND LEFT VIETNAM

  SHORTLY AFTER HE ARRIVED!)

  B-FIRETEAM, 3rd SQUAD 1st PLATOON

  D COMPANY 4th BATTALION 12th INFANTRY

  199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE APO 96279

                MARCH - APRIL OF 1969

    MY YEN, WAS WHERE MY SQUAD LEADER

  AND TWO OTHER OF MY SQUADMATES WERE

  KILLED RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME ON  APRIL

  1st 1969. (Please see my memorials on the

NAVIGATION BAR at the top of this page)  or

easier yet just click on this Link:

              MY FRIEND'S MEMORIALS

                     3rd SQUAD 1st PLATOON

               

          J. E. BOUYER             R. A. THURSBY  

          KIA 4/1/69                KIA 4/1/69     

                     

                       W. A. DEBATES

                          KIA 4/1/69

        

                       3rd PLATOON

                            

 D COMPANY 4th BATTALION 12th INFANTRY

199th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE APO 96279

 TWO OTHER GUYS WHO I KNEW AND HAD

 CAME INTO COMPANY WITH WERE KILLED IN

 MAY OF 1969 AND THEY WERE:

 

CLAUDE VAN ANDEL     &     DAVID KENNEY

      KIA MAY 1969                   KIA MAY 1969

 

I CAME IN COMPANY WITH THE BOTH OF 

THEM, NOW I'AM THE ONLY ONE LEFT.    

 

                        (ME) GREG PAYNE

   

(ME) GREG PAYNE's VIETNAM SLIDE SHOW

 

     

                   

 

NORTH & SOUTH KOREA "DMZ BORDER PATROL

   SECOND TOUR OF COMBAT

                  CAMP CASEY

                   BASE CAMP

                  KOREA DMZ

      7th INFANTRY DIVISION          

                    (LIGHT)

                      1970      

            

7th INFANTRY DIVISION  1st BATTALION

              (LIGHT)                  32nd INFANTRY

       

                 7th INFANTRY DIVISION

                             (LIGHT) 

                                     BAYONET BADGE

 

              WHERE I WAS ASSIGNED TO:

 B COMPANY 1st BATTALION 32nd INFANTRY

              7th INFANTRY DIVISION

                            (LIGHT)

   AFTER MY TOUR ON THE DMZ IN KOREA I

ETS'ED  BACK TO THE STATES IN 1970 TO FORT

HOOD, TEXAS ,