19 August 1968
By 0900 hrs bodies of 2 US KHAs of the 1st platoon were evacuated. Additional forces were airlifted from Chu Lai to BT 928 270 for reinforcement.
1000 - 1200 platoon moved forward to check river crossing at BT 914 281. SSG Popov sent recon team leading by SGT Torres to find the safest way to cross the river. At 1150 PVT O'Brien spotted enemy forces moving on the road along the river. The next few minutes 1st plt opened automatic fire on targets. By 1205 hrs, firing stopped resulting no US KHA as well as no enemy casualties.
1215-1500 1st plt moved forward, crossed river at BT 905 275 and found long time abandoned enemy training camp on Hill BT 902 280. On 1235 1st plt was ordered to provide search-and-destroy operation along the ridge west of Lo Cam Xa and especially Hill BT 889 250.
At 1300 SP4 Van York spotted enemy forces resting on the Hill BT 883 260. SP4 Van York initiated hasty ambush and in the next few minutes 1st plt opened automatic fire on targets. By 1315 hrs, firing stopped resulting 2 US WHA (SP4 Van York and SGT Torres) as well as 2 VC KHA.
It should be noted that this action resulted in 2 VC KIA, 2 Chi Com AK-47 captured. Documents, map and orders taken from the body of an black dressed VC identified the attacking forces as elements of the 72nd Local Battalion of VC.
By 1515 1st plt reached Hill BT 889 250 and on 1600 was drived out by 1st Bn truck convoy from BT 881 239.
12. (C) Results:
13. (C) Commander's Analysis.
Photo by SP4 Sheffield and PFC Davion, The Gunfighters 84Cs
The rest of 1st Platoon - survivors of the Wolf's Mud Operation
From the left to the right.
Standing: SP4 Bruster, PVT O'Brien, PFC Davion, SP4 Falconnen, SP4 Sheffield
Sitting: SGT Liberman, SSG Popov, SP4 Van York, SGT Torres, SP4 Freeman
Wolf's Mud Operation Participants