MORELAND, JAMES LESLIE "Les" Remains ID'd 02/2011
Name: James Leslie Moreland Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Special Forces Unit: Company C, Detachment A-101, 12th Mobile Strike Force, 5th Special Forces [SEE BELOW] MOS: 91B4S Date of Birth: 29 September 1945 (Bessemer AL) Home City of Record: Anaheim CA, Joined Service October 1, 1965 Started Vietnam tour Oct 1, 1967 Loss Date: 07 February 1968 Parents notified of MIA status 13FEB68 On 23 FEB 68 a recommendation was made that his status be changed to KIA. Parent's notified their Son is not on the list of POWs from Paris 28JAN73. Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 163602N 1064058E (XD795360) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 1 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1040
Note: All County Running Back, class of 1963, Western High School, Anaheim, CA. Attended Fullerton Junior College, Fullerton CA for 2 years. (1964-1965 school years)
Les Moreland, # 29
All Orange Country; All Sunset League; All Pioneer; Plyer of the Westminster game.
Western 0 Westminster 26
Photo Top Left, Les Morelan, Senior Halfback
"Against Westminster, the Pioneers not only lost the game, but they lost their strating quarterback, Andy Messersmith. Due to injury, Andy was forced to sit out the rest of the season. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the game was the discovery of Les Morelan who made 86 tackle points."
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 98/99, Nov 2002 with information from B. Jacobs and 05/2009 with information from Dennis Thompson.
Personnel In Incident: Dennis L. Thompson; William G. McMurry; Harvey G. Brande; (all released 1973). Kenneth Hanna; Daniel R. Phillips; James W. Holt; James Moreland; Charles Lindewald; (all missing); Eugene Ashley Jr. (killed)
REMARKS: OVERRUN AT SF CAMP
Prior Military Assignments:
01 OCT 65 - 26 NOV 65, Co D, 4th Bn, 1st Tng Bde, Ft Polk, LA: Trainee 11 DEC 65 - 03 FEB 66, Co A, 2d Bn, 3rd Bde, Ft Jackson, SC; AIT 04 FEB 66 - 01 MAR 66, 45th Co, 4th Stu Bn, TSB, Ft Benning, GA; Basic Abn Tng 02 MAR 66 - 17 JUL 66, Co B, USA, SFTG (Abn), Ft Bragg, NC; Med Spec 18 JUL 66 - 09 SEP 66, Co I, USA, SFTG (Abn), Ft Bragg, NC; Med Spec 17 OCT 66 - 20 NOV 66, Hl MFSS (3410-02) BAMC, Ft Sam Houston, TX; Special Forces Aidman 21 NOV 66 - 20 JAN 67, SF, USAFG, Ft Bragg, NC, atch USAH, Ft Rucker, AL; Medical Corps Tng 22 JAN 67 - 19 MAY 67, Co D, USAF SFTG (Abn), Ft Bragg, NC; Med Spec (SF) 04 JUL 67 - 07 FEB 68, Co C, 5th SFG (Abn), 1st SF (atch); Med Spec Recommended for promotion 05 FEB 68.
SYNOPSIS: The Lang Vei Special Forces camp in the northwestern corner of South Vietnam along Route 9, a mile and a half from the Laotian border.had been established in late December 1966 as a result of the Special Forces Detachment A101 having been moved out of its former Khe Sanh location. It seemed ill fated from the beginning.
In March 1967, one of the worst tragedies to befall the Special Forces CIDG program during the war occurred. U.S. Air Force released napalm ordnance on the nearby village which spewed exploding fire over the camp, landing zone, minefield and village. 135 CIDG and native civilians were killed, and 213 were horribly wounded, burned or disfigured.
Only two months later, on May 4, a Viet Cong night attack on the camp wiped out the Special Forces command group, all in one bunker, and killed the detachment commander and his executive officer, as well as seriously wounding the team sergeant. This attack was a prelude to the larger siege of Khe Sanh, and was a grim reminder of the dangerous neighborhood Special Forces had moved into.
By January 1968, several North Vietnamese Army divisions had encircled the Marine combat base at Khe Sanh, placing the more westerly Lang Vei Special Forces frontier surveillance camp in imminent danger. The camp was occupied by Detachment A101 commanded by Capt. Frank C. Willoughby. Willoughby was rebuilding and reinforcing the camp at the time, while soldiers and dependants from the Kha tribal 33rd Laotian Volunteer Battalion streamed into the camp after being overrun by NVA tanks across the border.
On the evening of January 24, the camp was pounded by mortars in conjunction with a heavy shelling of the Marine Khe Sanh base, which prevented any effective artillery support for Lang Vei. 1Lt. Paul R. Longgrear had only recently arrived with his Hre tribal 12th Mobile Strike Force Company to help shore up defensive firepower.
The influx of the Laotians caused some problems. For example, the Lao battalion commander refused to take orders from the American captain, forcing the Company C commander, LtCol. Daniel F. Schungel, to come to Lang Vei on his first Special Forces assignment on February 6 to provide an officer of equal rank.
Camp strength on February 6 totalled 24 Special Forces, 14 LLDB, 161 mobile strike force, 282 CIDG (Bru and Vietnamese), 6 interpreters and 520 Laotian soldiers, plus a number of civilians.
Shortly after midnight on February 7, 1968, a combined NVA infantry-tank assault drove into Lang Vei. Two PT-76 tanks threatened the outer perimeter of the camp as infantry rushed behind them. SFC James W. Holt destroyed both tanks with shots from his 106mm recoilless rifle. More tanks came around the burning hulks of the first two tanks and began to roll over the 104th CIDG Company's defensive positions. SSgt. Peter Tiroch, the assistant intelligence sergeant, ran over to Holt's position and helped load the weapon. Holt quickly lined up a third tank in his sights and destroyed it with a direct hit. After a second shot at the tank, Holt and Tiroch left the weapons pit just before it was demolished by return cannon fire. Tiroch watched Holt run over to the ammunition bunker to look for some hand-held Light Anti-tank Weapons (LAWs). It was the last time Holt was ever seen.
LtCol. Schungel, 1Lt. Longgrear, SSgt. Arthur Brooks, Sgt. Nikolas Fragos, SP4 William G. McMurry, Jr., and LLDB Lt. Quy desperately tried to stop the tanks with LAWs and grenades. They even climbed on the plated engine decks, trying to pry open hatches to blast out the crews. NVA infantrymen followed the vehicles closely, dusting their sides with automatic rifle fire. One tank was stopped by five direct hits, and the crew killed as they tried to abandon the vehicle. 1Lt. Miles R. Wilkins, the detachment executive officer, left the mortar pit with several LAWs and fought a running engagement with one tank beside the team house without much success.
Along the outer perimeters, the mobile strike force outpost was receiving fire. Both Kenneth Hanna, a heavy weapons specialist, and Charles W. Lindewald, 12th Mobile Strike Force platoon leader, were wounded. Hanna, wounded in the scalp, left shoulder and arm tried to administer first aid to Lindewald. The two were last seen just before their position was overrun. Harvey Brande spoke with them by radio and Hanna indicated that Lindewald was then dead, and that he himself was badly wounded. Daniel R. Phillips, a demolitions specialist, was wounded in the face and was last seen trying to evade North Vietnamese armor by going through the northern perimeter wire. . NVA sappers armed with satchel charges, tear gas grenades and flamethrowers fought through the 101st, 102nd and 103rd CIDG perimeter trenches and captured both ends of the compound by 2:30 a.m. Spearheaded by tanks, they stormed the inner compound. LtCol. Schungel and his tank-killer personnel moved back to the command bunker for more LAWs. They were pinned behind a row of dirt and rock filled drums by a tank that had just destroyed one of the mortar pits. A LAW was fired against the tank with no effect. The cannon swung around and blasted the barrels in front of the bunker entrance. The explosion temporarily blinded McMurry and mangled his hands, pitched a heavy drum on top of Lt. Wilkins and knocked Schungel flat. Lt. Quy managed to escape to another section of the camp, but the approach of yet another tank prevented Schungel and Wilkins from following. At some point during this period, McMurry, a radioman, disappeared.
The tank, which was shooting at the camp observation post, was destroyed with a LAW. Schungel helped Wilkins over to the team house, where he left both doors ajar and watched for approaching NVA soldiers. Wilkins was incapacitated and weaponless, and Schungel had only two grenades and two magazines of ammunition left. He used one magazine to kill a closely huddled five-man sapper squad coming toward the building. He fed his last magazine into his rifle as the team house was rocked with explosions and bullets. The two limped over to the dispensary, which was occupied by NVA soldiers, and hid underneath it, behind a wall of sandbags.
At some point, Brande, Thompson and at least one Vietnamese interpreter were captured by the North Vietnamese. Thompson was uninjured, but Brande had taken shrapnel in his leg. Brande and Thompson were held separately for a week, then rejoined in Laos. Joined with them was McMurry, who had also been captured from the camp. The three were moved up the Ho Chi Minh trail to North Vietnam and held until 1973. The U.S. did not immediately realize they had been captured, and carried them in Missing in Action status thoughout the rest of the war, although Brande's photo was positively identified by a defector in April 1969 as being a Prisoner of War. A Vietnamese interpreter captured from the camp told Brande later that he had seen both Lindewald and Hanna, and that they both were dead. In his post-captivity debriefing after his release in 1973, Dennis Thompson stated "Moreland was alive and fighting attackers at Lang Vei Special Forces Camp on 07 FEB 68 when seen last."
Several personnel, including Capt. Willoughby, assistant platoon leader SP4 James L. Moreland, the medic for the mobile strike force, and Lt. Quan, the LLDB camp commander, were trapped in the underground level of the command bunker. Lt. Longgrear had also retreated to the command bunker. Satchel charges, thermite grenades and gas grenades were shoved down the bunker air vents, and breathing was very difficult. Some soldiers had gas masks, but others had only handkerchiefs or gauze from their first aid packets.
The NVA announced they were going to blow up the bunker, and the LLDB personnel walked up the stairs to surrender, and were summarily executed. At dawn, two large charges were put down the vent shaft and detonated, partially demolishing the north wall and creating a large hole through which grenades were pitched. The bunker defenders used upturned furniture and debris to shield themselves. Willoughby was badly wounded by grenade fragments and passed out at 8:30 a.m. Moreland had been wounded and became delirious after receiving a head injury in the final bunker explosion. Incredibly, the battle was still going on in other parts of the camp.
Even in her grief, Les Moreland's mother wanted to thank a soldier who had aided him.
THE ARMY TO The Moreland family:
"I regret that I cannot provide you the name and address of the individual who aided your son at Lang Vei. It is Department of the Army policy not to release the names of other personnel involved in military actions. I have, however, forwarded a copy of your letter to the individual so that he will know of your appreciation of his efforts to help your son." -- Kenneth G. Wickham, Major General, USA.
"According to the statements of those who were with your son, he was critically wounded....James was given medication to help ease the pain... Kenneth G. Wickham, Major General, USA.
Aircraft had been strafing the ravines and roads since 1:00 a.m. Throughout the battle, the Laotians refused to participate, saying they would attack at first light. Sfc. Eugene Ashley, Jr., the intelligence sergeant, led two assistant medical specialists, Sgt. Richard H. Allen and SP4 Joel Johnson as they mustered 60 of the Laotian soldiers and counterattacked into Lang Vei. The Laotians bolted when a NVA machine gun crew opened fire on them, forcing the three Americans to withdraw.
Team Sfc. William T. Craig and SSgt. Tiroch had chased tanks throughout the night with everything from M-79 grenade launchers to a .50 caliber machine gun. After it had become apparent that the camp had been overrun, they escaped outside the wire and took temporary refuge in a creek bed. After daylight, they saw Ashley's counterattack force and joined him. The Special Forces sergeants persuaded more defenders fleeing down Route 9 to assist them and tried second, third and fourth assaults. Between each assault, Ashley directed airstrikes on the NVA defensive line, while the other Special Forces soldiers gathered tribal warriors for yet another attempt. On the fifth counterattack, Ashley was mortally wounded only thirty yards from the command bunker.
Capt. Willoughby had regained consciousness in the bunker about 10:00 a.m. and established radio contact with the counterattacking Americans. The continual American airstrikes had forced the North Vietnamese to begin withdrawing from the camp. Col. Schungel and Lt. Wilkins emerged from under the dispensary after it was vacated by the North Vietnamese and hobbled out of the camp.
The personnel in the bunker also left in response to orders to immediately evacuate the camp. They carried Sgt. John D. Early, who had been badly wounded by shrapnel while manning the tower, but were forced to leave SP4 Moreland inside the bunker. 1Lt. Thomas D. Todd, an engineer officer in charge of upgrading Lang Vei's airstrip, held out in the medical bunker throughout the battle. That afternoon, he was the last American to pass through the ruined command bunker. He saw Moreland, who appeared to be dead, covered with debris.
Maj. George Quamo gathered a few dozen Special Forces commando volunteers from the MACV-SOG base at Khe Sanh (FOB #3) and led a heroic reinforcing mission into Lang Vei. His arrival enabled the Lang Vei defenders to evacuate the area, many by Marine helicopters in the late afternoon.
"Enemy troops occupied the Lang Vei area for several days afterwards. However, the base camp was later retaken by our forces A complete search has been made of the ruins of the area, but no evidence of your son's fate or whereabouts has been found.... Kenneth G. Wickham, Major General, USA.
Sgt. Richard H. Allen - Survivor Sfc Eugene Ashley, Jr. - Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for Lang Vei Harvey Gordon Brande - Captured - released POW in 1973 SSgt. Arthur Brooks - Survivor Sfc. William T. Craig - Survivor Sgt. John D. Early - Survivor Sgt. Nikolas Fragos - Survivor Kenneth Hanna - Missing In Action James William Holt - Missing In Action SP4 Joel Johnson - Survivor Charles Wesley Lindewald, Jr. - Missing In Action 1Lt. Paul R. Longgrear - Survivor SP4 William G. McMurry - Captured - released POW in 1973 James Leslie Moreland - Missing In Action Daniel Raymond Phillips - Missing In Action Maj. George Quamo - Killed in Action April 14, 1968 Lt. Quy - Survivor LtCol. Daniel F. Schungel - appointed deputy commander of the 5th Special Forces Dennis L. Thompson - Captured - released POW in 1973 SSgt. Peter Tiroch - Survivor 1Lt. Thomas D. Todd - Survivor 1Lt. Miles R. Wilkins - Survivor Capt. Frank C. Willoughby - Survivor
Five investigations have been undertaken SINCE 1992, none prior to that time. The first, interviewd witnesses and concluded all five missing had died in the incident. An investigation and excavation of a bunker in '93 concluded it was the wrong site. Another witness interview and another site were excavated in '94. A portion of a human skull was found. Uncertainty caused 3 more new areas to be excavated in '95. "One human, and one possibly human bone fragment" were found.
From: Willing, Will Sent: Friday, March 17, 2000 09:54 AM Subject: I'm confused
Can you help clarify someting for me please?
When I checked on the bio for James L. Moreland - the name I've been associated with since Oct '73 - I found the incident report in which it was mentioned that a Capt. Willoughby (I believe that's who it was was the last one to see James and that he appeared to be dead and buried under some rubble. There was also mention of Jaqmes' being wounded by some shrapnel and then becoming delerious from a head wound caused by a collapsing bunker.
Here's where I get confused - James is also listed in the "Last Known Alive" section as "being on the ground and unwounded". Can you help me understand?
The answer came from friends....
James "Les" Moreland was indeed wounded. In fact -- all the men in the bunker were wounded. How he was wounded is not certain. The original bio seems to indicate he received his wounds from the satchel charges. Actually the NVA dug down beside the bunker wall, all night, to place a shaped charge to breach the 8 inch concrete walls. William Phillips, (Cousin to Daniel Phillips) in his book, "Night of the Silver Stars" indicates that Moreland was wounded in the Bunker's gun tower retrieving an M60, 30-caliber machine gun. Phillips claims a PT-76 fired its main cannon at the gun tower. Moreland was given Morphine, which is contraindicated for a head-wound. Apparently he had the Team Sergeant pinned under his own rifle. Those who played football with Moreland knew him to have exceptional strength. They had to hit him with Morphine multiple times to get off.
Moreland was last seen by an Engineer who was in camp named 1LT Thomas D. Todd. Todd, who remained hidden during the battle, passed through the bunker hurriedly, as he was almost left by the waiting choppers. He made the statement that he saw Moreland and he appeared dead. But he did not check him. Was he dead? Or, out on Morphine?
The "last seen alive" comes from the debriefing of former POW, Dennis Leroy Thompson - Captured - released POW in 1973. When Thompson last saw Moreland, he was alive and fighting.
When Lang Vei was returned to friendly control, Moreland's body was not found. On 23 FEB 68, SFC Gilbert Secor of the C&C detachment gave a sworn statement to a Board of Officers that the only body found at Lang Vei was that of SFC Eugene Ashley, still on the jeep, where he had been left in the haste to evacuate.
The Photo is Moreland's senior year photo from Western High School, Anaheim CA. Moreland is survived by his Mother who lives in Washington State. I wrote to her recently, but she did not reply.
For more photos of James "Les" Moreland, see -- http://home.earthlink.net/~rbtjacobs/Moreland.html
Bob Jacobs Pasadena CA
From: "Robert Jacobs" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: more accurate scenario for Lang Vei Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 21:43:40 -0800
I have a lengthy scenario for Lang Vei -- it is too long to send.
I will cut and paste those passages relating to Les Moreland. It's in segments -- so it won't read as the entire story
The excerpts I sent are from a monograph : Battle of Lang Vei by John A. Cash (Maj., US Army) USACMH/SOPFOR/SFGC
Sad news is, Les' mother, Gladys Parks, passed away April 1, 2001 in Yelm Washington. I wrote to her in 1999 -- I hope my letter was a comfort.
Frustrated, Schungel grabbed another LAW, and with Fragos raced after the tank to get a closer shot. Spec. 4 James L. Moreland, a medic with the mobile strike force who had observed the action from the team house, joined them. When he thought he was close enough, Schungel fired his remaining weapon. Misfire! Desperately, amidst a hail of enemy small arms and machine gun fire, the three Americans fired their M16's at the tank's apertures and tossed grenades at its treads, but to no avail.
Specialist Moreland and Sergeant Fragos ran for the ammunition bunker on the western side of the 2d Combat Reconnaissance Platoon area where an ample supply of explosives was stored, but as they passed the 4.2-inch mortar pit, an enemy artillery round landed in a fuel dump next to the ammunition bunker. The dump exploded with a roaring flame, belching thick, boiling, black smoke skyward. The path to the ammunition now blocked, Moreland and Fragos turned back toward the center, picking up two law's on the way.
Quy ran for the team house, but as Wilkins and Schungel started to follow, the second tank that had passed Lieutenant Todd approached from the west. Schungel and Wilkins hurried back to cover just as the tank fired at the observation tower on the command bunker. The explosion caught Specialist Moreland on the ladder as he was attempting to enter the tower and wounded him. Sfc. Hugh E. Earley, who was already in the tower, suffered wounds in the head and shoulders from shell fragments.
While both injured men (Moreland and Earley) climbed down from the tower and into the bunker, Schungel rushed forward and tossed two hand grenades under the tank. Almost simultaneously a rocket from a LAW struck the tank in the rear. The tank commander's cupola hatch flipped open with a metallic clang, but only flames emerged. Possibly affected by the sight, the crew of the other tank attempted to leave their stalled vehicle, although it was still operable. As each crewman crawled out, Colonel Schungel killed him with an M16.
Although the enemy appeared to be all but in possession of the camp, Lang Vei's defenders had not given up. The tank attack had demolished both entrances to the deeply dug command bunker. Inside were Captain Willoughby, Lieutenant Longgrear, Sergeant Brooks, S. Sgt. Emanuel E. Phillips, Sergeant Earley, Sergeant Fragos, Specialist Moreland, and Specialist Dooms, most of them wounded. With them inside were the Vietnamese camp commander (Willoughby's counterpart), the Vietnamese sergeant major, the Company 104 commander, an interpreter, a CIDG communications man, and twenty-five other Civilian Irregular Defense Group soldiers.
After the explosions all was quiet except for the digging sounds, which were coming steadily closer to the wall, and the talk between the CIDG troops and their captors above. Fragos moved back to the door, this time with Longgrear and Moreland. Up above they saw a North Vietnamese summarily shoot a CIDG soldier who had been stripped to his shorts. The three men eased back into the bunker as a voice called out in English from upstairs. "We want to speak to your captain. Is he still there?" Fragos replied defiantly, "Yes!" "Have you got a weapon?" "Yep!" "Do you have ammo?" "I've got plenty for you!"
All three fired their Ml6's up the stairwell. In response the enemy tossed down another barrage of grenades.
It was 0630, almost dawn. As Willoughby lay there on the cold concrete floor, trying not to think of his thirst, he noticed that the digging sounds had ceased. On the other side of the north wall of the bunker he could hear Vietnamese voices. Suddenly, with an ear-splitting roar, the wall disappeared in a boiling cloud of dust and smoke, and chunks of concrete flew about the bunker. When the smoke and dust cleared, there was a gaping hole in the wall, six feet wide and four feet high. Now the North Vietnamese soldiers had direct access to the bunker.
The blast had knocked Fragos unconscious and seriously wounded Moreland in the head. Dragging both men well back from the hole, Willoughby and the others steeled themselves for the final enemy assault. Yet the North Vietnamese did not seize the advantage and seemed satisfied instead to continue tossing random hand grenades into the operations center.
The time was 0800. Inside the operations center, the Americans waited. Before Ashley's attempt, they could hear heavy enemy machine gun fire from just above them on each air strike pass. The enemy would not give up his prize easily. Meanwhile, Fragos busied himself with tending the wounded as best he could. His biggest worry was Specialist Moreland, who was delirious from a dangerous head wound. Willoughby worked at his radio, trying to re-establish communication with Khe Sanh which he had just lost a few minutes before. A grenade sailed through the hole in the wall, knocking him unconscious.
Now leaderless, the Americans decided to play dead in the hope that the enemy would go away. Fragos, administering morphine to Moreland to calm him, was overcome by nausea from the gas fumes, acrid smoke, and lack of water, and started to vomit. Specialist Dooms stopped his work on the radio to quiet him as the waiting game with the enemy continued. The men spoke only when necessary and then in brief whispers.
In the command bunker at the Lang Vei Camp, Captain Willoughby had regained consciousness during Ashley's final assault. When the attack failed, he called the survivors together. Occasional grenades were still being tossed into the bunker, and the men could hear enemy weapons firing above them. It was getting late and they had been without food or water for almost eighteen hours. Convinced that no help was on the way, Willoughby told the men that he would radio for all available air strikes and that afterward they would make a break for it. Because Moreland was mortally wounded and the others in their injured and exhausted condition would have had difficulty carrying him, the decision was made by all to leave Moreland in the bunker. Willoughby planned to return for him later.
Although the men did not know it, Lieutenant Todd was still in the Lang Vei Camp. During the afternoon he too had realized it was now or never, and shortly after Willoughby's band had escaped he himself had left the emergency medical hunker. lie drew automatic weapons fire that came Horn behind him as he went first to the operations center, hoping to find some Americans still alive. Instead, he found Moreland inside, apparently dead, half-buried in debris from a direct bomb hit on the operations center. As he left the bunker he looked in the direction of the old camp just in time to see one of the rescue helicopters land there. Elated, the lieutenant, despite his wound, ran to the old camp. ===================================
Bracelets preserve memories of POWs, MIAs
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WALNUT CREEK - She's never met him, and it's likely that he's dead. Yet Kathy Strong feels a powerful bond with James Leslie Moreland. .....
From: DENNIS L THOMPSON
Subject: RE: www.pownetwork.org/bios/t/t007.htm
Date: Fri, 1 May 2009 19:58:24 +0000
In a nutshell there were several different types of special action units
within the Special Forces of the 1960's i.e. SOG, Delta Project and Mobile
Strike Force or Mike Force. There were two separate and distinct SF
detachments at Lang Vei before and during the battle on 6 & 7 February 1968,
the resident detachment A-101 Co C, 5th SFG and 12th Co, A-113 Mobile Strike
Force 5th SFG.
If you are interested in learning what the Mike Force was or did you can
Google "The Mike Force Association" website. Basically we were an
airborne/airmobile Kamakasi force of indigenous troops commanded by American
and Australian Special Forces that was sent in before during or after the
shit hit the fan.
Of the 7 USSF and 161 Rhade tribesmen that made up A-113 MSF only 2 of the
Americans made it out alive. The rest were killed, captured or remain
missing. The Mike Force POW/MIA's at Lang Vei were SFC Harvey G Brande, SFC
Charles W Lindewald, SSG Dennis L Thompson and Sp4 James W Moreland. Of
these only Moreland is listed as being part of A-113. Could you please make
the necessary corrections for us?
SFC Harvey G Brande
12th Co, A-113 Mobile Strike Force 5th SFG
SFC Charles W Lindewald
12th Co, A-113 Mobile Strike Force 5th SFG
SSG Dennis L Thompson
12th Co, A-113 Mobile Strike Force 5th SFG
Sp4 James W Moreland
12th Co, A-113 Mobile Strike Force 5th SFG
.....Strong vowed to wear the bracelet until Moreland came home. And now,
just days after the 43rd anniversary
of his disappearance on Feb. 7, 1968, Strong is preparing to remove her bracelet -- Moreland's remains have been found.
They will be flown to Alabama, where they will be buried May 14 alongside
those of his mother and father in the family plot.
Strong plans to attend the services and to bury her bracelet with the remains......
After 43 years, MIA hero is 'coming home'
He would later be awarded a Silver Star for heroism he showed that night and be promoted to sergeant first class
while listed as MIA – missing in action. Now, his remains positively identified using DNA from five family members, the Green Beret medic ...
Moreland memorial at American Village AL, 13 May 2011
Another link to story… some photos are the same.
Woman honors memory of fallen soldier after wearing his bracelet for 38 years
It started as a simple promise made by a 12-year-old girl who got a POW/MIA bracelet for Christmas. Kathy Strong was a seventh-grader growing up in ...