Aguilar, Rudolph Rene, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
1964 - 1965

Private First Class


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles, CA
Last Address
Los Angeles, CA

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Los Angeles, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 033

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 Unit Assignments
 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1965-1965, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1965-1965, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Colleges Attended 
East Los Angeles College
  1963-1964, East Los Angeles College
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Last Known Activity
 

On 05 Nov 1965 the 173rd Airborne Brigade initiated "Operation Hump", a reconnaissance in force in an area about 15 miles north of Bien Hoa. The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, deployed south of the Dong Nai River while the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, conducted a helicopter assault on a LZ northwest of the Dong Nai and Song Be Rivers. Little contact was made through 07 Nov, when B and C Companies settled into a night defensive position southeast of Hill 65, a triple-canopy jungled hill.

 

At about 0600 on the morning of 08 Nov, C Company began a move northwest toward Hill 65, while B Company moved northeast toward Hill 78. Shortly before 0800, C Company was engaged by a sizable enemy force well dug in to the southern face of Hill 65. At 0845, B Company was directed to wheel in place and proceed toward Hill 65 with the intention of relieving C Company.  B Company reached the foot of Hill 65 at about 0930 and moved up the hill. Three things soon became obvious:

 

  • There was a very large enemy force in place on the hill;
  • C Company was getting hammered; and
  • By chance, B Company was forcing the enemy's right flank.
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Under pressure from B Company's flanking attack the enemy force - most of an NVA regiment - moved to the northwest, whereupon the B Company commander called in air and artillery fires on the retreating troops. B Company halted in place in an effort to locate and consolidate with C Company's platoons, managing to establish a coherent defensive line running around the hilltop from southeast to northwest, but with little cover on the southern side.

Meanwhile, the NVA commander realized that his best chance was to close with the US soldiers so that the 173rd's air and artillery fire could not be effectively employed. He attempted to out-flank the US position atop the hill from both the east and the southwest, moving his troops closer to the Americans. The result was shoulder-to-shoulder attacks up the hillside, hand-to-hand fighting, and isolation of parts of B and C Companies ... but the Americans held against two such attacks. Although the fighting continued after the second massed attack, it reduced in intensity as the NVA commander again attempted to disengage and withdraw. By late afternoon it seemed that contact had been broken off by the enemy, allowing the two companies to prepare a night defensive position while collecting their dead and wounded in the center of the position. Although a few of the most seriously wounded were extracted by USAF helicopters using Stokes litters, the triple-canopy jungle prevented the majority from being evacuated until the morning of 09 Nov.
 

The result of the battle was heavy losses on both sides - 49 Skytroopers dead, many more wounded, and 403 dead NVA troops.

   
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