Gaines, William F, SP 4

Military Intelligence (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Specialist 4
Current/Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
04B-Linguist
Current/Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 95B10, 18th Military Police Brigade
Previously Held MOS
95B10-Military Policeman
Service Years
1970 - 1971
Foreign Language(s)
Vietnamese

Specialist 4


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


 Official Badges 

Army Military Police


 Unofficial Badges 

Military Police


 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 820Veterans of the Vietnam WarAmerican Legion
  1986, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 820 (Life Member) (Bend, Oregon) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1989, Veterans of the Vietnam War [Verified]
  1992, American Legion [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page


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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
Start Year
1970
End Year
1971

Description
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 30 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most significant operation during this campaign.

Lam Son 719 was conducted out of I Corps by Vietnamese troops with US fire and air support. Their object was to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and to destroy enemy bases at Techepone, Laos. The operation consisted of four phases. In Phases I, called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, the 1st Brigade, US 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) occupied the Khe Sanh area and cleared Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. In the meantime, the US 101st Airborne Division conducted diversionary operations in the A Shau Valley. The US 45th Engineer Group had the mission of repairing Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. This lasted from 30 January to 7 February 1971. During Phase II US forces continued to provide fire support, helilift, and tactical and strategic air support for ARVN units. This phase was 8 February to March 1971. Phase III ran from March to 16 March 1971; Phase IV was the withdrawal phase.

Faced with mounting losses, Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Lam, the commander of the invasion forces, decided to cut short the operation and ordered a withdrawal.

Lam Son 719, though it was less than a signal success, forestalled a Communist offensive in the spring of 1971. Enemy units and replacements enroute south were diverted to the scene of the action.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1970
To Year
1970
 
Last Updated:
Oct 21, 2016
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)

29th Civil Affairs Company, I Corps

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  2290 Also There at This Battle:
  • Aakre, Keith, LTC, (1968-1994)
  • Abbey, Brian, SGT, (1969-1971)
  • Akin, James E, SSG, (1976-1982)
  • Allen, Abraham, SP 5, (1967-1971)
  • Allman, Timothy, SGT, (1965-1973)
  • Andrus, Laurence, CPT, (1957-1977)
  • Angelo, Chuck, CW3, (1969-1989)
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