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Friendly Fire is not so Friendly

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The personal reason behind The Vietnam Veteran’s Photo Club Facebook Page and the Book “Fallen Never Forgotten” is the event that took place 50 years ago today, 3/26/68.

A friendly Fire event took the lives of 13 troopers from B Co 1- 502nd Inf 101st Airborne Division. The number 12 was officially used because the 13th trooper Don J Yelverton died as a result of his wounds on March 31st.

There is a picture of one of the pages of a diary I kept for the entire year. This is the first public showing of any of that memory keeper. There is mention of artillery coming in also. Some of the guys said yes and some said no. I had a conversation 5 years ago with the officer who ran the investigation of the incident and he says it was only the slipping base plate of the 4.2 mortar that caused the carnage.

I salute the troopers who struggled through the aftermath and are still living it today. Fred Gahreeb, John Stillman, John Schmidt, Wayne Dugger, Bradley Jimerson, Ron Long, Keith Askin and many more who are still with us and those who have passed. I salute you for your strength at that time and today. 22 troopers were wounded as well.

It was the worst day of my life,,,,.AATW “Airborne all the way”

Ronny Ymbras, Author of Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA

Bco 1/502, 101st ABN Div
RVN 67-68




ronald ymbras July 28, 2018 9:33:22

The event is documented by many reports. 2nd Brigade Commander Col John Cushman for one. the worst is that the RTO had his mike blocked open and the fire support eam heard all the aftermath… Message me your phone number and we can talk. I have other documents I can send you,,, A very sad day,,,

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