Crane, Andrew, SSG

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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Infantry
Current/Last Primary MOS
11D10-Armor Reconnaissance Crewman
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1983-1985, 76Y10, HHC, 24th Medical Battalion, 24th Infantry Division
Previously Held MOS
57A-Duty Soldier
91A10-Medical Corpsman
76Y10-Unit Supply Specialist
Service Years
1962 - 1985
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur

Staff Sergeant


Seven Service Stripes



Five Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

18th Military Police Brigade 1st Infantry Division 25th Infantry Division 2nd Infantry Division

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) US Army Retired (Post-2007) French Fourragere




 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Manchu Mile Cold War Medal

Order of The Spur Cold War Veteran Blue Star


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartNational Rifle Association (NRA)3/4 Cav Association25th Infantry Division Association
22nd Infantry Regiment Society
  1986, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  2011, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]
  2011, 25th Infantry Division Association [Verified]
  2011, 22nd Infantry Regiment Society [Verified]


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Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
Start Year
1969
End Year
1970

Description
This campaign was from 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970. An increase in enemy-initiated attacks, at the highest level since 4-5 September signaled the start of the first phase of the Communist winter campaign. This was highlighted by intensified harassment incidents, and attacks throughout the Republic of Vietnam. In November-December these were heaviest in Corps Tactical Zones III and IV (around Saigon), primarily directed against Vietnamese military installations in order to disrupt the pacification program. The most significant enemy activity occurred in November with heavy attacks upon By Prang and Duc Lap in CTZ II (Central Vietnam).

By February 1970 the focus of enemy activity began to shift to CTZ I and II. Attacks increased steadily, reaching a peak in April 1970. Hostile forces staged their heaviest attacks in the Central Highlands near Civilian Irregular Defense Group camps at Dak Seang, Dak Pek, and Ben Het in I CTZ. The enemy also conducted numerous attacks by fire and several sapper attacks against U.S. fire support bases. This high level of enemy activity began in I CTZ in April and continued through May.

During the period 1 November 1969 through 30 April 1970 U.S. and allied forces concentrated on aggressive operations to find and destroy enemy main and local forces, the penetration of base camps and installations and the seizure of enemy supplies and materiel. These operations sought to deny the enemy the initiative and to inflict heavy losses in men and materiel. Further progress was made in Vietnamization through improving the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces. As a result of these advances three brigades of the 1st U.S. Infantry Division and several major U.S.M.C. units were withdrawn from Vietnam during this period.

The enemy made several efforts to take the offensive at Dak Seang, which was attacked on 1 April 1970 and remained under siege throughout the month, and at Quang Duc in the By Prong-Duc Lap area which ended on 28 December. Only Vietnamese forces were engaged in both of these operations, the Quang Duc campaign involving some 12,000 ARVN troops. South Vietnamese forces again took the offensive on 14 April in a bold 3-day operation in the Angel's Wing area along the Cambodian border. The Vietnamese Army completed this mission in an aggressive professional manner without U.S. support-further evidence of their growing proficiency.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1969
To Year
1970
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

29th Civil Affairs Company, I Corps

1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

630th Military Police Company

18th Military Police Brigade

16th Military Police Group

545th Military Police Company

300th Military Police Company

212th Military Police Company

66th Military Police Company

272nd Military Police Company

716th Military Police Battalion

23rd Military Police Company

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  3481 Also There at This Battle:
  • Abate, Sam, SP 4, (1968-1970)
  • Ahles, Robert, SGT, (1968-1970)
  • Akin, James E, SSG, (1976-1982)
  • Alford, John, SFC, (1969-1972)
  • Alford, Terry Lanier, CW2, (1968-1969)
  • Allen, Abraham, SP 5, (1967-1971)
  • Anderson, Hank, SGT, (1969-1972)
  • Andrus, Laurence, CPT, (1957-1977)
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