McAnally, Loren, MAJ

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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Major
Current/Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
92A-Quartermaster, General
Current/Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 062B, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
Previously Held MOS
0006-Student Officer
062B-Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
062C-Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Tandem Rotor
1982-Airfield Commander
11A-Infantry Officer
11C-Mechanized Infantry Officer
90A-Logistics -QM
4600-Property Disposal Officer
2510-Adviser Group Commander/Senior Adviser (Reserve Component)
Service Years
1965 - 1986
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Quartermaster Corps

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Four Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) 1st Cavalry Division


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 Military Association Memberships
1st Cavalry Division AssociationVietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA)Combat Helicopter Pilots AssociationMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)
Military Order of the Purple HeartDistinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)American Legion
Tennessee Valley ChapterRedstone-HuntsvilleNational Infantry Association (NIA)
  1967, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  1996, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) [Verified]
  2005, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association [Verified]
  2007, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), Tennessee Valley Chapter (Surgeon) (Huntsville, Alabama) - Chap. Page
  2013, Association of United States Army (AUSA), Redstone-Huntsville (Member-at-Large) (Huntsville, Alabama) - Chap. Page
  2013, National Infantry Association (NIA)


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What are you doing now:
Retired from AT&T Wireless as a Labor Relations Manager.
   
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Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
Start Year
1968
End Year
1968

Description
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale attack and communist buildup around Khe Sanh, the cease fire order was issued in all areas over which the Allies were responsible with the exception of the I CTZ, south of the Demilitarized Zone.

Determined enemy assaults began in the northern and Central provinces before daylight on 30 January and in Saigon and the Mekong Delta regions that night. Some 84,000 VC and North Vietnamese attacked or fired upon 36 of 44 provincial capitals, 5 of 6 autonomous cities, 64 of 242 district capitals and 50 hamlets. In addition, the enemy raided a number of military installations including almost every airfield. The actual fighting lasted three days; however Saigon and Hue were under more intense and sustained attack.

The attack in Saigon began with a sapper assault against the U.S. Embassy. Other assaults were directed against the Presidential Palace, the compound of the Vietnamese Joint General Staff, and nearby Ton San Nhut air base.

At Hue, eight enemy battalions infiltrated the city and fought the three U.S. Marine Corps, three U.S. Army and eleven South Vietnamese battalions defending it. The fight to expel the enemy lasted a month. American and South Vietnamese units lost over 500 killed, while VC and North Vietnamese battle deaths may have been somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000.

Heavy fighting also occurred in two remote regions: around the Special Forces camp at Dak To in the central highlands and around the U.S. Marines Corps base at Khe Sanh. In both areas, the allies defeated attempts to dislodge them. Finally, with the arrival of more U.S. Army troops under the new XXIV Corps headquarters to reinforce the marines in the northern province, Khe Sanh was abandoned.

Tet proved a major military defeat for the communists. It had failed to spawn either an uprising or appreciable support among the South Vietnamese. On the other hand, the U.S. public became discouraged and support for the war was seriously eroded. U.S. strength in South Vietnam totaled more than 500,000 by early 1968. In addition, there were 61,000 other allied troops and 600,000 South Vietnamese.

The Tet Offensive also dealt a visibly severe setback to the pacification program, as a result of the intense fighting needed to root out VC elements that clung to fortified positions inside the towns. For example, in the densely populated delta there had been approximately 14,000 refugees in January; after Tet some 170,000 were homeless. The requirement to assist these persons seriously inhibited national recovery efforts.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1968
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
Jan 7, 2019
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
1/9th Cav, 1st Cav

   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

29th Civil Affairs Company, I Corps

 
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  9898 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adams, John, LTC, (1966-2001)
  • Adkisson, Jim, (1966-1969)
  • Agard, George R, SP 5, (1968-1971)
  • Agner, Stanley Eugene, SGT, (1969-1971)
  • Aho, Milt, SP 5, (1969-1971)
  • Akins, Donald, CW4, (1963-1985)
  • Akridge, William, COL, (1966-2007)
  • Aldridge, Jon, SP 5, (1968-1971)
  • Alexander, Brian, SP 4, (1970-1973)
  • Alfred, Harry, SGT, (1967-1969)
  • Allen, Lee, SP 4, (1966-1968)
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