The War and Peace Military
Show tribute display,
Beltring, England, 21st - 25th July
year tribute display is to honor MAT
I-27 one of the forgotten small
which served in the I
reconstructed scene was inspired by
Cpt Hensler recollection of
December 1970 Pru's mission
This represent Cpt R Hensler, SFC J
Hollis and SSG
Cu'u passing through one of the small Buddhist
on the coast. This display was
part of a much bigger one from Rolling
Thunder, The Vietnam Experience.
Society dedicated to
keep alive the memory of the 50.000 +
American lives and the countless lives
of its allies, including Vietnamese
and French lives lost during the
two Vietnam conflicts.
I like to thanks Cpt R Hensler who shared with me his
recollection of his time in Vietnam.
This Tribute display would have never be possible without all his e-mails and also two friends of mine
Jim Barr and Joe Burton who helped me to bring this display together.
Jean-Luc Delauve (Gia-Vuc & Ha Thanh webmaster)
December 1970 One
mission I recall fairly well was executed on the
evening of 23
It occurred only a KM or two south of the big
Americal Div base at Chu Lai near the coast. It
was in a relatively small area isolated by
several inlets from the S.
China Sea and a river flowing into the inlets. It was
a good place for VC/NVA to hide or simply
"chill out" in present day vernacular.
I believe the mission was to locate some tunnel
complexes, hopefully bag some NVA hiding in same
and also weapons and equipment. I
took Jim Hollis and SSG Cu'u with me. The PRU
numbered maybe 15-20 max.
were airlifted by helicopter in to an isolated
PF outpost to the east of the general objective
area in mid afternoon. We waited till well after dark
then moved out on foot toward the area that
intel indicated where the tunnel complexes were.
We moved slowly stopping frequently to verify
approximate location then would continue. I do
not remember who was responsible for guiding us
to the complexes. I believe there was an agent
who had been to the complexes before.
were guided directly to two or three tunnels
from which we pulled several weapons, rice and
other assorted equipment. No personnel were
encountered. One of the weapons was a U.S. M1
Garand semi auto rifle. It had seen some very
tough use. The stock was quite worn and almost
black in color. The receiver was badly rusted.
It appeared that it would still fire - didn't
operation took all night and we didn't get back
to the outpost until after daylight. I don't
recall how we got back to our team house. It was
Text and photos below were from display boards are are
additional information to the display
Bob Hensler own
103RD RF patch
My MAT Team looked pretty much
like regular troops when we were on operations. We mainly wore the OD
jungle fatigues with the MAC-V patch and usual US insignia as well as the 103RD
Regional Forces patch on our breast as a sign of respect for our counterpart.
It was also for them a status symbol to have US soldiers wearing the same
While on operation with the PRU we wore the US standard issue cammies (ERDL) jungle
uniform, my cammie jacket had name and US army tapes and a shoulder Ranger
tab. We always wore the flop jungle hat
We had the Standard US Load Bearing equipment
with two to three ammo pouches and one or 2 water canteens on our belt. I also
carried a colt 45 in the standard belt black holster and a Korean War K bar
knife given to me by my uncle. Our rucksacks were the standard issue
lightweight frame type, with the ruck attached to the top and equipment
strapped under. I usually had another two canteen attached to my ruck. Our team
weapons were the standard issue M16, but we also had one CAR-15 in our team and one M79 grenade
launcher(carried by my interpreter SSG Cu’u) and an M60 (probably scrounged)
this was not taken on mission as our Vietnamese troops had plenty). Sometime we
carried our own PC25 Radio or it was carried by aRF trooper.
What we took on operation varied according to length of it, but I always carried
in the top of my ruck two M16bandoleers
giving me an extra 16 mags. On some of
the shorter raids with the Pru , I only took my LBE with an extra ammo
bandoleer strapped over my chest.
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