Vietnam War's Tet Offensive 50th Anniversary, Jan 25 …
The battle of Khe Sanh (Jan. 21, 1968) was the prelude to the Tet Offensive of January 31,1968. The battle at Khe Sanh was similar to that of Dien Bien Phu in which theVietnamese had surrounded their enemy and cut off all land routes for supplies and evacuation. Khe Sanh had two objectives besides the obvious objective in defeatingthe Marines.
Help locate the Missing Men from the Tet Offensive
The North Vietnamese Army fought the battle at Khe Sanh and the National LiberationFront (VC) fought the Tet Offensive, which attacked the cities and provinces throughoutSouth Vietnam.
A panel of historians looked back 50 years at the ’s Tet Offensive, which started on January 30, 1968 as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces attacking more than 100 cities, towns and outposts across a broad swath of South Vietnam. Also speaking was former , a former U.S. Army sergeant who served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. This event took place at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
intelligence two months before.
Comments: Dear Sir,
I have visited (first time) your Tan Son Nhut Association web site. Very nice, and I read the After Action section which presented the after-actions report of the Tet Offensive against TSNAB with respect to the 377th SPS.
There is one noted mistake with regards to the staffing of the Security section make-up for the evening before the attack. The CSC make-up consisted of three (3) SATs, Golf-1, 2 and 3, and not only two SATs. Somehow Golf-3 was not identified as such in this report. Golf-3 was formed by direction of Captain DeNisio and Lt Grover the evening before the attack and was comprised of a Sgt (from CSC) and 2 Airmen (pulled from two sectors). Golf-3 had tactical responsibility of the outer perimeter road East end, including the POL area, C-130 parking area and north to the 056 gate. In the official after-actions report it is noted that the initial enemy in-coming fire was from the East perimeter and directed towards the C-130 ramp area. That is correct, but the radio notification to CSC was transmitted at about 0320 hours, and was transmitted by Golf-3. Several minutes later Capt DeNisio and Lt Grover arrived at Golf-3's location on the outer perimeter road. Lt Grover instructed Golf-3 to remain in position and engage the enemy as necessary. Following this they drove West towards the 051 gate as radio traffic identified a major ground assualt at that location.
Having read the after-actions report (I have my own [onion skin] copy), I noticed no mention of a Golf 3 SAT. Rather, I believe that reference was made to a sector SAT regarding the initial enemy weapons fire. And that is a shame .... however, the Security Alert Desk Blotter from CSC does reflect "Golf 3" in one entry.
It may appear that I know a lot about the Tet Offensive as do many others of my brothers who were there. However, my knowledge about Golf-3 is first hand as I was the G-3 Leader, Sgt Chris Godfrey. And yes, the day before the actual attack I was performing my assigned duty as Chief Clerk for "C" Flt Scty. After the 54 hour battle I returned to my (CSC) position which included supervising the three main towers and the early posting team, plus being the driver/RTO for the "C" Flt Scty Comdr (Lt) and Chief (MSgt), and a short stint as a map plotter in JDOC and Liaison to the 25th Infantry Division's Crater Analysis team during the numerous rocket attacks following Tet.
I'm glad to have found your TSNA web site. Thank you for your work on this.
"C" Flt Scty, 377th SPS, 1967-1970