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|01/20/71||Doug McCoy's tour ends.|
|01/30/71||Scout Dog Prince #74X1 killed.
While leading a patrol through triple
canopy jungle near Firebase Brick in Northern I Corps, Prince,
handled by Dan Tupper, ran ahead of the patrol and stopped in the
middle of the trail. Dan moved up to investigate and spotted a 60MM
mortar round. He signaled his dog to return and began backing down the
trail when the round was detonated by the enemy who had planned to
ambush the unit. Prince was killed from the blast but no American
soldiers were killed. Dan received the Bronze Star medal.
Dan recalled the events 30 years later (in a 1/30/01 e-mail) as follows:
"It was 30 years ago today that Prince 74x1 was blown up in an ambush. He realistically saved an entire platoon on that day. We were in an NVA basecamp and couldn't get out, but had their bunkers for our protection. It took until 8Feb71 for us to get out of it. We tried every day and were hit every day. They finally brought lots of help from outside to get us out. Prince made it possible for us to not lose a single life, even though there were some injuries after he was killed when we tried to move out. An amazing dog he was and a great job he did. 30 years and Prince still lives, at least in my memories."
Bob Altieri was the infantry platoon leader during this incident and described the following in a 07/31/01 e-mail to this web site:
"I was the platoon leader of 3d platoon Charlie Company, 2d Battalion 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne on the day Tupper describes in his diary. I was 5 feet behind Tupper when Prince was blown away by a mortar round signaling the start of an ambush. I am eternally grateful that Prince sacrificed his life by tripping that round. Otherwise, I and the rest of the lead element of my platoon would have walked into a well staged ambush. That day is my most vivid memory of Viet Nam."
Walter R Murley (Ronnie) who served with C Co 2/501st 101st, signed the Platoon Guestbook on 11/11/2007 and wrote the following:
"Just want to say thanks to all the handlers and let you know how much difference you made during the war. Jan . It was my turn to walk point but we had Dan Tupper and his dog Prince with us, we walked into an ambush and because of Prince they blew the ambush early Prince was killed but all of 3rd platoon made it. I was talking to Don Jestes in DC Sat and told him I was planning on posting this.Thanks Dan you did make a difference, I am forever grateful."View the press clipping describing this event.
|02/11/71||The Army Commendation Medal "For exceptionally meritorious achievement" is awarded to PFC Richard T. Murray, PFC John Pinezaddleby, SSG Jon C. Wilde, PFC Paul M. Miller, and SP4 Kenneth Nywening.|
|03/??/71||Cass Casimano returns to the States a few months early due to a death in his family.|
|03/08/71||Draft exemption for conscientious objectors, the Supreme Court ruled, must be based on opposition to all war, not just the Vietnam War.|
|03/15/71||While supporting Company D, 1st Bn (AMBL) 502nd Infantry Spec 4 Edward Reeves with his Scout Dog Prince 986A and James P. Kuezek with his Scout Dog Fat Albert 7K10 discover an incredible 12 enemy booby traps which prevented possible death or injury to a platoon of infantrymen. Reeves and Prince 986A discovered eight booby traps and Kuezek and Fat Albert 7K10 replacing the Reeves team discover another four earning them both the Bronze Star with "V" device. Fat Albert literally blocked Kuezek from advancing into the danger area. The 4 booby traps were rigged to go off simultaneously.
This incident is documented in the March 15, 1971 issue of the Screaming Eagle.
|03/??/71||On a mission with his handler Frank Steinhebel, Scout Dog Bullet 6M29 falls down a waterfall and is unable to pull any further missions. Bullet also has a bad case of Red Tongue. Frank recalls that Bullet "bit quite a few people, but he did his job."|
Frank is assigned Scout Dog Fritz who, according to Frank was "fat and out of shape so after two missions with him getting a bloody nose and walking behind me, I ended up walking slack for a few new guys until my time was up."
|04/??/71||John Pinezaddleby heads to Bangkok, Thailand for R&R. Dan Tupper leaves for Thailand on his R&R 3 days later.|
|05/03/71||In what was called the Mayday antiwar protest in Washington D.C., the culmination of several weeks of antiwar activities in the nation's capital, thousands of demonstrators were arrested and confined when they tried to stop government activities by blocking traffic in the city.|
|05/??/71||Scout Dog Duke 96M0 WIA. While on patrol with his handler Steve Lemish, Duke stepped into a hole on a trail that some say was designed for a scout dog. It was on a "red-dot mission*." Duke and Steve were medivac'd via jungle penetrator to Phu Bai, where the dog was attended to in the MASH unit. They were then flown to Danang to catch an Air Force C-130 to Cam Rahn Bay, where Duke spent 5+ hours in surgery. He recovered fully after a period of physical therapy.
Steve was assigned to Scout Dog Lobo X958 during Duke's recovery time. Steve's Lobo recollection:
"Lobo was a very cool dog. Everyone thought he had wolf in him... By the time I got him, he could see out of one eye only. He was also an intense and very predictable dog-fighter. He always had an attitude, but then so did his handler."
|06/01/71||Scout Dog Dug #112M killed. His handler Lewis Paventy sent him
out to walk the first leg of a mission. That afternoon Dug didn't go more than 300 meters before he was killed, saving his
handler from harm (report from Sgt. Frank Stevens who was also on the mission with his dog King).
(e-mail from Lewis Paventy's wife to Bill Sawyer, Dug's first handler with the 47th, dated 4/15/06):
"My husband was in NAM 70-71.
|06/04/71||Scout Dog King #72M4 killed off of Firebase Tomahawk.
Charles Frank Stevens with his dog Scout Dog King #72M4 were on patrol ahead of a unit of about 90 men who were following a map
that had been found on an enemy officer. Twice King stopped and laid down
on the trail in front of his handler and growled. Twice Stevens praised his
dog until King got up and moved forward. The third time King left he did not return.
The men were ready to go down a hill, when Stevens heard rustling off to the
side. Stevens followed the noise and saw King pulling a North Vietnamese
soldier out of a ditch. He had the man by the neck and was shaking him.
Stevens started firing at the other men in the ditch and at that point "the
whole world blew up". Machine gun fire ripped through the jungle killing
King and wounding Stevens and his slack man. Stevens reported that his dog, "in his act of bravery (he) saved my life and the lives of countless others..."
Sgt. Stevens was sent to the 95th Evac. and from there to Japan. Once he left Japan he was sent to the hospital in Ft. Gordon and when released he finished his duty at the MP Dog School.
|06/13/71||The New York Times begins publication of the 'Pentagon Papers,' a secret Defense Department archive of the paperwork involved in decisions made by previous White House administrations concerning Vietnam. Publication of the classified documents infuriates President Nixon.|
|07/01/71||6,100 American soldiers depart Vietnam, a daily record.|
|07/02/71||Edward Reeves returns to the States.|
|07/??/71||In anticipation of the platoon stand down, the dogs are prepared for shipment and sent down south to Bien Hoa to an uncertain fate. The two mascots (Flexible and Sally-J) were sent to the 2nd Brigade Headquarters Company where they became mascots of that unit. Their ultimate fate is unknown.|
|07/21/71||47th Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog) officially stands down, ending the platoon's service in Vietnam.|
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