Turnbow, Clentis, SSG

Adjutant General (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Adjutant General Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
71L40-Senior Administrative Specialist
Current/Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 71L40, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Previously Held MOS
711-Clerk Typist
71B10-Clerk-Typist
71J-Pay Records Specialist
71H10-Personnel Specialist
71L10-Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1962 - 1982
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Certificate Of Achievement
Cold War Certificate
Soldier of the Month
US Army Disabled Veteran Certificate

Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes



Five Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

Adjutant General Corps Shoulder Cord Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary


 Military Association Memberships
Member-at-LargeNavy Together We ServedArmy Together We ServedPost 57
Police Together We ServedChapter 70TWS Profile IntegrityAmerican Veterans (AMVETS)
Chapter 875Wounded Warrior ProjectATWS Advisory Group
  1994, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Member-at-Large (National President) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1994, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Kentucky (Member) (Louisville, Kentucky) - Chap. Page
  1996, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 5409, Denver Hudgens Post (National President) (Bardwell, Kentucky) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2001, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4862, Jones-Walker Post (Life Member) (Union City, Tennessee) - Chap. Page
  2009, Navy Together We Served
  2009, Army Together We Served [Verified]
  2011, American Legion, Post 57 (Member) (Union City, Tennessee) - Chap. Page
  2012, Police Together We Served
  2018, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 70 (Member) (Memphis, Tennessee) - Chap. Page
  2018, TWS Profile Integrity
  2018, American Veterans (AMVETS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 875 (Member) (Memphis, Tennessee) - Chap. Page
  2018, Wounded Warrior Project
  2019, ATWS Advisory Group [Verified]


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I am retired.

  

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Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
Start Year
1969
End Year
1969

Description
This campaign was from  23 February to 8 June 1969. From Tet 1969 through the month of June, the enemy again tried to sustain an offensive. His inability to do so can be largely attributed to aggressive allied ground operations. Between 23 February and 8 June 1969, a total of 70 significant named ground operations were terminated resulting in heavy enemy loss of life and materiel. The main operations concluded during this period were:

(1). The 3d Marine Division's Operation KENTUCKY aimed at preventing enemy infiltration through the Demilitarized Zone in central Quang Tri Province. Throughout the early part of January 1969, Viet Cong/North Vietnamese Army forces continued to avoid major contacts with Free World Forces. Their continual movement to avoid friendly forces or to search for food and supplies contributed to a decrease in the enemy-initiated ground attacks and attacks-by-fire in Quang Tri Province.

(2). Operation NEVADA EAGLE, initiated on 17 May 1968 in Thua Thien Province, continued in 1969 as the U.S. 101st Airborne Division continued to defeat enemy personnel, and capture rice caches, material, and installations within its large area of operations, where it undertook offensive sweeps along Route 547 and around Song Bo.

(3). Two battalions of the 4th Marine Regiment were engaged in Operation SCOTLAND II. Initiated on 15 April 1968, this multi-battalion search and clear operation was centered in and around Khe Sanh.

(4). The IV Corps Tactical Zone Dry Weather Campaign began on 1 December 1968 in support of the overall mission to prevent Viet Cong units from interfering with pacification efforts. This operation, "Speedy Express," interdicted lines of enemy communication and denied him the use of base areas. In 1969 the 1st Brigade, 9th U.S. Infantry Division continued the operation in Dinh Tuong Province, using its highly successful night ambush tactics while the 2d Brigade continued its mission with the Mobile Riverine Force. Although engagements in Operation SPEEDY EXPRESS were typically small, the 9th Infantry Division fought several sizeable engagements with impressive results.

On 23 February U.S. Navy units and installations at Da Nang, Tan An, Ben Luc, Go Dan Ha, and Tra Cu came under numerous and widespread attacks associated with a new enemy offensive, but since many units in these areas were poised to meet these attacks they caused only minimal damage. April saw the heaviest cumulative enemy activity in the barrier interdiction camapign to date.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1969
To Year
1969
 
Last Updated:
Aug 10, 2017
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
I remember it was around 0100 when the first rockets came in, making direct hits on the BOQ and the HQ USARV Building. The NVA and VC launched a ground attack on the perimeter of the base where clerks and cooks assigned to USARV HQ were on guard duty. I was assigned to reaction force that night. That meant in the event of an attack the 50 man reaction force went to the perimeter to support those on guard duty. When we reached the perimeter a full scale battle was underway. The flares that lit up the sky in front of us revealed a large NVA and VC force coming toward the perimeter. Those on guard duty were already returning fire. Those of us on reaction force crawled into position behind sandbags and started returning fire also. Shortly after, the gunships arrived and with their mini-guns started strafing the enemy with everything they had. The battle lasted most of the night. The NVA and VC retreated back into the foliage from which they came. Later I learned that the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment had swept the area and reported a body count of 311 dead NVA and VC. It was also reported that Long Binh was the hardest hit area in Vietnam that night. Apparently the enemy knew that only clerks and cooks were guarding that perimeter. Most of the dead NVA and VC had P-38's. They thought they could kill the clerks and cooks, take over the base, and eat all the c-rations they wanted. Unfortunately for them, we had other ideas.

   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

173rd Aviation Company (AHC)

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

 
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  3791 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abate, Sam, SP 4, (1968-1970)
  • Ables, Roger, SP 5, (1968-1970)
  • Adams, Ralph, SP 4, (1968-1974)
  • Alford, Terry Lanier, CW2, (1968-1969)
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