Alan wrote: Say - if you were at Song Be until April
of '70 - where you there when the MACV compound - and the det's
hootch was hit - when Ed Deleon spent the night firing an M-60 until
he warped the barrel?
Alan: I saw that on the
website and have been thinking. I have to go back and check my
stuff (letters) as to when I got to Song Be. I went there
before the big attack, and right after it, taking some pictures of
the rubble. But I had not yet been stationed there...so the
date I saw of January 1970 threw me, since I was there then, but not
during the attack...
I came later, and we stayed at a fairly new MACV compound down
the road from the airfield, near the ARVN regional headquarters...we
took some rounds from time to time (some on my very last day there)
but that big attack was before I got there.
The closest “incoming” to my underground hootch was when a stoned
out Army guard on the perimeter fired his M-60 grenade launcher into
our compound at the beer hootch, which exploded about ten feet from
my rack, fortunately, at ground level so over my head.
I was in charge of the Det. there, and some of the guys had been
there for the big attack that wiped out the compound...names I am
terrible with...but I saw that one photo and those two guys lounging
in our flight line shack I know but cannot name...very familiar
looking. A couple of my guys stayed at the airfield in a
bunker, the rest of us stayed at the MACV compound.
I think I got there around the end of 69, cause when I got back
from R&R to Australia in late October 69, Ray Rubel approached
me about going to Song Be.
8th APS Lt. James Knight in jeep with 1st Cav Sgt
Song Be, 1970
Me and some 1st Cav dude at Song Be. You can see the infamous red dust smeared
on my face.
Lt. Knight at Song Be receiving a plaque
from an unknown general, of a chrome-plated 122mm rocket that hit
USAF & USA officers at Song Be in 1970
8th APS Commander Col. Victor Lisec on left, 8th APS Det Commander of Song Be, Lt. Knight on right.