The 1/92nd Field
Shells Fail To Hit Crowded Hole
Reds Drive GI Into "Lucky" Bunker
Dak To Vietnam (IO)-First Lt. Roger Fleming of Westlake, Fla., considers himself awfully lucky.
A platoon leader with Co. C, 1st Bn., 8th Inf., he was recently waiting impatiently at the battalion's old firebase named "Dog Bone" for a ride to the new battalion location which was almost completed.
"I was standing by the heli-pad, hoping that I'd be able to get out on the next chopper," Fleming said, when the rounds started in."
North Vietnamese soldiers striking with 75mm recoiless rifle fire, hit the almost-vacant firebase. "I think they were trying to destroy the artillery fire direction center," Fleming recalled.
"I grabbed my steel pot and started hunting real quick for a bunker to crawl into," the platoon leader continued, and found one. Although there were eight men in it, I squeezed in anyway."
Flemings bunker was flanked by two other sandbagged fortifications. "I guess we were just lucky as hell," Fleming said, "because the bunkers on each side of us took direct hits and a tree stump four feet away hit and completely destroyed."
Within seconds, a battery of 155mm howitzers was in action, pouring rounds into the suspected enemy location.
"After 16 rounds, the NVA broke off the attack," added Fleming, "and I got a chopper out as fast as I could. There were no casualties but a lot of lucky guys there."
LZ Hambone or Dogbone?
More than a few people have ask the question about the name of the LZ mentioned. Was it LZ Hambone or LZ Dogbone (as mentioned in the above article)?
Infantry and chopper pilots would often refer to it as the Dog Bone. While I was there I frequently talked to chopper pilots and as the were coming in with resupply etc., I would pop smoke and the they would ask if it was the one that looked like a dog bone.