List of Tailwind B company personnel & Annex B
from Steve Sherman

MACV COMMAND HISTORY 1970 - ANNEX B (Studies and Observations Group)
Declassified from Top Secret. From the National Security Archive, George
Washington University, the Gelman Library, 2130 H St, NW, Suite 701,
Washington, DC 20037. Provided through Reed Irvine (AIM) [retyped for
transmission by Steve Sherman, fax copy on file]
Appendix VIII
On 4 September 1970 CCC was alerted for the requirement to conduct a
company sized operation in support of a larger CAS operation near
Chavane, Laos.  Project nickname was "Operation TAILWIND". Following LZ
preparation by TAC AIR and the insertion of a pathfinder team, CCC,
Company B, was inserted about 20 km SE of Chavane at 1232 hours 11
September 1970. Four CH-53's were used for airlift and four AH1G Cobraís
for gunship support.  Small arms fire was received from southwest of the
insertion LZ,  All CH-53ís and AH1G's received hits, but all aircraft
were able to return to base.
The company moved northwest 600 meters where they encountered a series
of hootches. used for the storage of 140mm rockets, 82mm mortar
ammunition, 23mm AAA ammunition, B-40 rockets, small arms ammunition
and  approximately 40 dismantled bicycles. Charges with delay fuses were
placed on the 140mm rockets, and the company moved Northwest 1,500
meters. The company counted thirty secondary explosions immediately
following detonation and 75-100 during the following five hours.
Later the company made contact with approximately 40 enemy. The
engagement lasted an hour and tactical air strikes were employed. When
the enemy broke contact the company moved south where they began
preparation of  an LZ for the extraction of wounded.  The LZ was
completed when the company again came under attack from 140-150 enemy.
Nine US were wounded in the encounter, but extraction of wounded was not
possible due to adverse weather.
Enemy contact continued throughout the night and fire support continued
to be provided by Spectre (C-130) gunships. When enemy action decreased,
the company moved to secure an LZ at a different location. A CH-53
helicopter attempted to land for medevac of wounded but was struck by
numerous small arms and B-40 rocket rounds causing it to lose power and
crash.  The crew was successfully extracted by ladder. The company was
directed to another LZ but weather prevented extraction.
Contact was again made with enemy units. This time they appeared to be
defending. The company advanced on the enemy who withdrew beyond a
battalion sized base camp containing 8,000 kilograms of rice as well as
numerous hootches and latrines. There was evidence that the area had
been used as a truck park and maintenance point as some vehicle parts
were found. A 120- mortar was found and destroyed.
The company, still receiving small arms and B-40 rocket fire, then moved
to an extraction LZ. Thirty six sets of TAC AIR were used during the
extraction. The company was extracted using 3 CH-53ís and returned to
Dak To. Total casualties for the operation were 3 SCU KIA, 33 SCU WIA,
16 US WIA, 144 enemy KIA, 50 enemy WIA (estimated) and 288 enemy KIA
(estimated).

Annex - Awards

NAME RNK AWARD# AWD DATE OLC FROM TO DUTIES COMMENTS
Adair, Morris N MSG 5S GO 70-2045 PHFW 10/1/70   9/14/70
Adair, Morris N MSG 5S GO 70-2280 BSMV 11/22/70 3  9/11/70 *
Beaudreau, Donald J SGT 5S GO 70-2282 BSMV 11/22/70   9/12/70 Sqd Ldr
Beaudreau, Donald J SGT 5S GO 70-1995 PHFW 9/21/70   9/14/70
Brevelle, James L Jr SGT 5S GO 70-2283 BSMV 11/22/70  9/12/70 9/14/70
Plt Sgt
Brevelle, James L Jr SFC 5S GO 70-2045 PHFW 10/1/70   9/14/70
Bright, Bernard SFC 5S GO 70-2281 BSMV 11/22/70  9/11/70 9/14/70 3 Plt
Ldr
Bright, Bernard SFC 5S GO 70-1991 PHFW 9/21/70   9/12/70
Bright, Bernard SFC 5S GO 70-2046 PHFW 10/1/70 1C  9/14/70  CF 71-0078
Bright, Bernard SFC 5S GO 71-0078 PHFW 1/21/71 1R  9/14/70  CF 70-2046
Browne, John F SSG 5S GO 70-2091 AMFV 10/8/70   9/13/70 Chase Medic
Hagen, Michael E SGT 5S GO 70-2284 BSMV 11/22/70   9/11/70 Sqd Ldr, 2
Plt
Hagen, Michael E SGT 5S GO 70-1991 PHFW 9/21/70   9/12/70
Landon, Peter E 1LT 5S GO 70-2285 BSMV 11/22/70  9/11/70 9/14/70 2 Plt
Ldr
Landon, Peter E 1LT 5S GO 70-1993 PHFW 9/21/70   9/14/70
Lucas, James D SP5 5S GO 70-1994 PHFW 9/21/70   9/14/70
Lucas, James D SGT RV GO 71-0345 SSFV 1/30/71  9/12/70 9/14/70 Sqd Ldr
McCarley, Eugene C Jr CPT 5S GO 70-1992 PHFW 9/21/70 1  9/12/70
McCarley, Eugene C Jr CPT 5S GO 70-2046 PHFW 10/1/70 2  9/14/70
McCarley, Eugene C Jr CPT RV GO 71-0451 SSFV 2/9/71  9/11/70 9/14/70 B
Co Cdr
Minton, Denver G SFC 5S GO 70-2286 BSMV 11/22/70  9/11/70 9/14/70 Plt
Sgt
Myers, Roy L SFC 5S GO 70-2045 PHFW 10/1/70   9/13/70 Radio Op**
Orozco, Manuel J SGT 5S GO 70-1995 PHFW 9/21/70   9/13/70
Orozco, Manuel J SGT RV GO 71-0347 SSFV 1/30/71  9/11/70 9/14/70 Sqd
Ldr, 1 Plt
Padgett, John E SSG 5S GO 70-2094 AMFV 10/8/70   9/13/70 Chase Medic
Plancich, Keith E SGT 5S GO 70-1991 PHFW 9/21/70   9/13/70
Plancich, Keith E SGT 5S GO 70-2046 PHFW 10/1/70 1C  9/14/70  CF 71-0078

Plancich, Keith E SGT 5S GO 71-0078 PHFW 1/21/71 1R  9/14/70  CF 70-2046

Plancich, Keith E SGT RV GO 71-0493 SSFV 2/12/71  9/11/70 9/14/70 Sqd
Ldr
Rose, Gary M SGT 5S GO 71-0078 PHFW 1/21/71 1R  9/14/70 Medic CF 70-2046

Rose, Gary M SGT RV GO 71-0143 DSCV 1/16/71  9/11/70 9/14/70 Medic
Rose, Gary M SGT 5S GO 70-1994 PHFW 9/21/70   9/12/70
Rose, Gary M SGT 5S GO 70-2046 PHFW 10/1/70 1C  9/14/70  CF 71-0078
Scherer, William J SSG 5S GO 70-2287 BSMV 11/22/70 3 9/12/70 9/14/70 Sqd
Ldr*
Scherer, William J SSG 5S GO 70-1993 PHFW 9/21/70   9/13/70
Schmidt, Craig D SP5 5S GO 70-1994 PHFW 9/21/70   9/12/70
Schmidt, Craig D SP5 5S GO 70-2046 PHFW 10/1/70 1C  9/13/70  CF 71-0078
Schmidt, Craig D SP5 5S GO 71-0078 PHFW 1/21/71 1R  9/13/70  CF 70-2046
Schmidt, Craig D SGT RV GO 71-0450 SSFV 2/9/71  9/12/70 9/14/70 Sqd Ldr
Shockey, Randall G SSG 5S GO 70-1993 PHFW 9/21/70   9/13/70 Chase
Medic**
Van Buskirk, Robert L 1LT 5S GO 70-1995 PHFW 9/21/70   9/13/70
Van Buskirk, Robert L 1LT 5S GO 70-2046 PHFW 10/1/70 1  9/11/70
Van Buskirk, Robert L 1LT RV GO 71-0399 SSFV 2/4/71  9/11/70 9/14/70 1
Plt Ldr
Young, David L SGT 5S GO 70-1995 PHFW 9/21/70   9/13/70
Young, David L SGT 5S GO 70-2288 BSMV 11/22/70 1 9/12/70 9/14/70 Sqd Ldr

*Adair, Scherer and four SCU made up the Pathfinder team.
** Not on team, possibly involved with extraction.

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