Maynard, Ralph, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment/A Company
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Specialist 4


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1948
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilsondale
Last Address
Wilsondale

Casualty Date
Apr 15, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27W 089

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 25th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
US Army Vietnam (USARV)25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 11B10, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1968-1969, 11B10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1969, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment/A Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
I received this email recently:

I WAS LOOKING FOR SOME INFO ON MY UNIT THAT I BELONGED TO WHILE SERVING IN VIETNAM. THIS HAS TO BE FATE. WHAT I AM ABOUT TO TELL YOU MIGHT BE HARD TO BELIEVE.

I WAS AN EQUIPMENT OPERATOR WITH SEABEE TEAM 0913. I WAS STATIONED IN A SMALL VILLAGE CALLED GO DAU HA. IT WAS ABOUT 25 MILES FROM CU CHI, AND ABOUT 35 MILES FROM SAIGON.

ONE DAY AN ARMY MAJOR CAME TO OUR COMPOUND NEEDING AN AIR LIFTABLE DOZER TO DO SOME IMPORTANT WORK FOR THE ARMY. AT THE TIME I WAS THE JUNIOR MAN AND WAS ELECTED TO GO. ABOUT AN HOUR LATER, A FLYING CRANE HELICOPTER CAME, PICKED UP MYSELF AND MY DOZER AND TOOK ME TO FLAT AREA I BELIEVE WAS IN CAMBODIA.

THE TIME I ARRIVED WAS ABOUT 2 P.M. I WAS TOLD BY THE OFFICER IN CHARGE THAT I WAS TO BUILD A BERM AS HIGH AS I COULD MAKE IT. HE INSTRUCTED ME TO MOVE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE, AS I HAD A VERY LARGE CIRCLE TO BUILD. I WORKED UNTIL DARK, BUT WAS NOT FINISHED. I COULD NOT USE THE LIGHT ON MY DOZER, SO SOMEONE WAS IN FRONT TELLING ME WHEN TO RAISE THE BLADE. I FINISHED AROUND 11:30 P.M.

I WAS TOLD THAT THE FIREBASE WAS CONSTRUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF BODY COUNT. INTEL HAD VERIFIED A LARGE TROOP MOVEMENT HEADED THAT WAY, AND THE SOLE MISSION WAS TO ELIMINATE AS MANY ENEMY AS POSSIBLE.

THE MAJOR WAS NOT GOING TO STAY AND SAID HE HAD ONE SEAT LEFT IN HIS CHOPER. IF I WANTED TO STAY OK, IF NOT, I COULD LEAVE WITH HIM. I LEFT.

THE NEXT MORNING I WAS PICKED UP AND TAKEN BACK TO THE FIREBASE TO RETREIVE MY EQUIPMENT. IT HAD TAKEN A DIRECT HIT FROM AN RPG AND WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED.

MY COMMANDING OFFICER PUT ME IN FOR A BRONZE STAR, BUT THE ARMY REJECTED IT. I DID GET A LETTER OF COMMENDATION FROM THE ARMY, AND I STILL HAVE IT IN MY OFFICE. THAT LETTER, MY S.E.R.E. TRAINING CERTIFICATE, AND MY HONORABLE DISCHARGE ARE AMOUNG MY DEAREST POSESSIONS.

I WAS ONE OF 13 SEABEES IN TEAM 0913. IN AUGUST 1969, WE LEFT VIETNAM AND HEADED FOR HOME


Donald Koressel
Evansville, IN


Email Address: rockindon@wowway.com


Patrol Base DIAMOND III was established on 14 April 1969 about 32 kilometers southwest of Tay Ninh City and manned by A Company 2/27 Infantry and artillery from 1/8th Arty. Perhaps it may seem odd, but the Navy's SeaBees actually built the patrol base:

 
"April 14, 1969 - SeaBee Team 0913 [from NMCB-9] completed construction of a defensive berm at Fire Base DIAMOND III in response to an emergency request."
From Timeline, US Navy SeaBees in Vietnam
 

Only hours after completion, Patrol Base DIAMOND III was attacked. The 25th Infantry Division's Div Arty Operational Report contains the following entry:

"Patrol Base Diamond III was established on 14 April 1969. By nightfall on the 14th the patrol base (XT 327215), a duplicate of Diamond II, was well fortified and ready for action. At 0300 hours the next morning, three battalions of NVA soldiers launched a coordinated heavy weapons and ground attack against Patrol Base Diamond III. The Patrol Base also received a total of 350 RPG's and 150 82mm mortar rounds. The two howitzer sections at Diamond III fired 350 HE and 12 Beehive rounds while the remainder of the battery fired indirect support of more than 500 HE and 40 firecracker rounds in an attempt to ward off the enemy attack. Enemy losses were listed at 228 NVA dead and an estimated 200 additional casualties."
Although many reports mention only the 13 infantrymen who died at DIAMOND III, 15 Americans were killed in the fight:
 
  • A Co, 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry
    • SP4 Billy C. Alston, Brighton, TN
    • SGT Stanley A. Carter, Moses Lake, WA
    • SP4 John G. Glassey, East Meadow, NY
    • SP4 Michael E. Harr, Blountville, TN
    • SP4 Willie B. Jacobs, Augusta, GA
    • SGT Lawrence O. Keller, Chicago, IL
    • SGT Jimmy D. Lester, Eldon, MO
    • SP4 Ralph Maynard, Wilsondale, WV
    • SGT Anthony A. Proietti, Chicago, IL
    • SP4 Peter T. Rasmussen, Paramus, NJ
    • SP4 John L. Smith, Canton, OH
    • SP4 James W. Taylor, Wilbar, NC
    • SP4 Larry P. Tregre, Hahnville, LA

     
  • C Btry, 1st Bn, 8th Artillery




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