Putnam, Ronald Virgil, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/A Company
Service Years
1958 - 1966

Infantry

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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1939
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Huntland
Last Address
Huntland

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 043

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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Attleboro
Start Year
1966
End Year
1966

Description
Operation Attleboro (September 14–November 24, 1966) was a search and destroy operation by the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. The operation was named after Attleboro, Massachusetts, where the brigade had been formed. 

Operation Attleboro turned out to be the largest series of air mobile operations to date and involved all or elements of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 25th Division 1st Infantry Division, a brigade of the 4th Division, as well as numerous Army of the Republic of Vietnam and Regional Forces/Popular Forces and Nungs. 

In the end, the operation became a Corps operation commanded by II Field Forces. U.S. military spokesmen claimed that the most significant result of Operation Attleboro was the severe blow struck against the communists' supply system.
This operation was divided into two phases. Initial fighting was light. In late October, U.S. forces consisting of the 196th and the 1st Battalion of the 27th Infantry Regiment encountered the 9th Viet Cong Division, resulting in a major three-day battle. Fighting was then taken over by the 1st Infantry Division. 

The most significant fighting occurred when Viet Cong forces assaulted the U.S. perimeter at Suoi Da on November 8. The assault was defeated by artillery and air strikes. Afterwards, a large Viet Cong base camp was detected. 

It was certainly one of the largest hauls to date in the Vietnam War: the American forces seized two million pounds of rice; 116 transportation bicycles; approximately 25,000 Chinese-made hand grenades (many containing tear gas); 481 M18 Claymore anti-personnel mines; 80 rocket launchers; 25 machine guns; a myriad number of pistols; rifles like AKMs and AK-47s; clothing; tobacco; miscellaneous foods like cooking oil and salt and fish; and bountiful gallons worth of petroleum.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1966
To Year
1966
 
Last Updated:
Nov 6, 2013
   
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Units Participated in Operation

173rd Aviation Company (AHC)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  60 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Best, Donald, MAJ, (1962-1982)
  • Calef, Rick, CW2, (1966-1988)
  • Crouch, Sam, SP 5, (1965-1968)
  • De La Rosa, Frank, SFC, (1964-1986)
  • Drinnon, Douglas, SFC, (1964-1999)
  • Karwoski, Bob, SP 4, (1966-1968)
  • Martin, Robert, SGT, (1965-1969)
  • Mateos, Andrew, SFC, (1952-1972)
  • McBride, Dean, 1SG, (1960-1982)
  • Mcknight, Larry, SP 4, (1965-1967)
  • Newbolt III, John, SP 4, (1963-1967)
  • NEWMAN, CHARLIE, SGT, (1965-1967)
  • Ovitt, Bert, SFC, (1965-1985)
  • Richie, Clark, SP 4, (1963-1966)
  • Sarver, Kerry, SP 4, (1965-1967)
  • Schemanski, Walter, SSG, (1965-1971)
  • Smith, George, COL, (1964-1994)
  • Stepp, Glenn, SP 4, (1966-1967)
  • Walters, John, SP 5, (1965-1967)
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