I was with 1/10 Cav, 4th Inf. Div. in '69-70. Found your site from 4th
ID site and remembered a photo I have.
The included photo was taken sometime in late Jan. or early Feb., 1970.
2nd Platoon was mine sweeping a dirt road west of Pleiku running north from QL 19 to Spec.
Forces/CIDG base at Plei Djrang. We were ambushed by a platoon or larger group of NVA. Due
to very poor planning/execution, things went very badly for them. We had 1 WIA, they had a
bunch of KIA and WIA. We found several escape routes with blood trails.
The dog/handler were flown out to us. As I remember, we did not have to
wait very long. Did some searching around for awhile, then we continued the mine sweeping.
Info on your site indicates you always operated in 4-5 man teams. I
only remember the dog/handler. It is possible that another person was with him and I was
unaware or just do not remember that. I feel certain there was not a "team."
However, I was just as certain I had never seen a CAR carbine while I was in country, and
obviously that was not true. Maybe the rest of the team joined up later and I was not
Anyway, thought you would like to see the photo and figure out who he
was. Seems like this may have been a somewhat unusual situation/mission?
Wallace "Doc" Vaughn"
Does anyone remember this
mission? The name of the dog and handler? Thanks Wallace for sharing this image.