68 TET OFFENSIVE – HUE CITY

3rd Bridge Company
3rd Bridge Company

1 Feb 68 the NVA had taken over the countryside. Route 1 was under their control, we knew THAT from our trip the day before, but that night they hit us all over the place. When the dawn cracked, there was no lower feeling then the view, two clicks North of us, of the NVA Flag flying over the compound of the CAP Unit (Combined Action Platoon) in place of the stars and stripes. The children from the village at Namo Bridge were walking into the First Aid Station at FLC, those that could at least, most were being carried in by their playmates. We knew these children from our time at Namo. I suppose it was the Big Brother in us, but I know all we wanted to do was get a little payback. Late afternoon, we were recalled to the 3rd Bridge Co. area, to load up bridging to go on LCU’s (Landing Craft Utility’s). For a beach assault landing in Hue City, the first Combat Beach landing since Korea. We would be involved in the first door to door City Combat, the Marine Corp had done, in One Hundred years. Mike Moran
All photo’s from M. Moran

Deep Water Pier was were we loaded up for Hue. Right: Three man group to the right is Sgt. M. Hall ??? L/Cpl. R. Brannon
Deep Water Pier was were we loaded up for Hue.
Right: Three man group to the right is Sgt. M. Hall
??? L/Cpl. R. Brannon  img53

 

PFC. J. Smith scooting down pier. L/Cpl Jordan with hand/foot on LCU
PFC. J. Smith scooting down pier. L/Cpl Jordan with hand/foot on LCU
Jordan writing home. Him, I and another spent three days in the forward Port 'hole' waiting for a nasty Typhoon to pass us before we set out to the China Sea.
Jordan writing home. Him, I and another spent three days in the forward Port ‘hole’ waiting for a nasty Typhoon to pass us before we set out to the China Sea.

 

When we finally set sail,…I knew the United States Navy had lied to us. The wind was howling, the seas were rough, and the rain was coming down in buckets. I still have not forgiven them. Sick,…is not really a good enough word to describe our condition on that trip.