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1969 EOD Actions

1969 EOD Actions

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Published by Mike Eldredge
US Army History of EOD Action in 1969. Includes injuries, deaths and awards given.
US Army History of EOD Action in 1969. Includes injuries, deaths and awards given.

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Published by: Mike Eldredge on Jul 10, 2011
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INJURIES AND DEATHSDuring the first half of 1969, there was an increase in casualties as a result of hostile action. The following is a list of deaths and injuries sustained by EOD personnelfrom 1 Jan 69 thru 30 Jun 69:1. The first day of the new year started badly when CPT Briggs K. Sicilia, 170th Ord Det,was killed by an accidental gunshot wound, while responding to an incident in Saigon.2. SP4 Donald G. Robbins, 44th Ord Det, was injured on 8 Mar 69, when a BLU 42/BBomblet detonated approximately ten feet behind him. SP. Robbins was treated andplaced on light duty for three weeks.3. On 14 Mar 69, SSG David Keller and SP5 Raymond Zipprich, 44th Ord Det, wereinjured while evacuating personnel from a burning ASP. SSG Keller was treated andreturned to duty, while Zipprich was placed on light duty for two weeks.4. SP4 John Caffy, EOD Section, 3d Ord Bn, received lacerations while recovering adamaged 2.75" rocket on 28 Apr 69. EM was returned to duty after treatment.5. SP4 James Randolph, 133d Ord Det, was wounded by fragments from incomingmortars during EOD clean-up of an ammo bunker on 12 May 69. He spent five days inthe hospital and was returned to duty.6. On 28 May 69, SP5 David Caufield, 287th Ord Det, was injured when a minefunc
tioned during breeching operations. SP5 Caufield’s left foot had to be amputated,
and he was evacuated to CONUS.7. SFC Dale Smith, 170th Ord Det, was injured on 5 Jun 69 by an antidisturbance firingdevice. SFC Smith received numerous fragmentation wounds to his hands when ablasting cap functioned. SFC Smith has been evacuated to CONUS, where full recoveryis expected.8. On 20 Jun 69, MSG Franklin Forester and SFC Boyd Kidd, 25th Ord Det, receivedfragmentation wounds when a dud 40mm grenade functioned during disposal operation.MSG Forester was treated for minor fragmentation wounds and returned to duty. SFCKidd was hospitalized, but returned to light duty the following day.9. SSG Leo Conahan and SP4 William Richards, 269th Ord Det, were wounded on 29Jun 69, when a booby trap functioned. SSG Conahan was treated and released the nextday, however SP4 Richards was evacuated to 3d Field Hospital and then to Japan. Heshould recover completely in a few weeks.Inclosure 5
 
10. The following injuries occurred during EOD clean-up of Qui Nhon Ammunition BaseDepot:a. SP4 John Claffy, EOD Section, 3d Ord Bn, received lacerations when anXM716 PD fuze functioned. EM was treated by medics and returned to duty.b. SP5 Timothy Roumph, 59th Ord Det, received WP burns on his legs from aleaking 60mm WP mortar. He was treated by medics and returned to duty.c. SP5 Philip Kirwan, 25th Ord Det, received burns and bruises to his right sideand arm, when he was hit by a base plate when a l05mm Illumination round functioned.He was treated and returned to duty.d. SP5 Stuart Steinberg, EOD Section, 184th Ord Bn, received lacerations andburns of neck and ears, and punctured eardrums when an 81mm HE mortar (with a M524fuze) detonated in the rear of the truck he was driving. After treatment by dispensarypersonnel, he was returned to duty.Note from Stu: I was wounded May 10 in the Qui Nhon Ammo Dump and was awardeda Purple Heart. It's in the 1969 report under the Qui Nhon Ammo Dump section. Theaward certificate says May 13, but my medical records show treatment on May 10-12. Iwas wounded a second time during an incoming attack on May 19. I was treated at a 51stMed. Battalion aid station and nothing ever got into my records.Page 2 of Inclosure 5
 
AWARDS AND DECORATIONSDuring the first half of 1969, EOD Personnel have continued to receive manyawards and decorations. Tabulated below, by award and grade are those received byEOD personnel for the period 1 Jan 69
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30 Jun 69:SILVER STARSP5 Arthur CanizalesLEGION OF MERITCPT Briggs Sicilia (Posthumous)SOLDIERS MEDALSFC Charles L.D. Ball SFC Edward F. HocheckerSSG Patrick Campbell SSG Leroy D. JacksonSSG James D. Phipps
BRONZE STAR W/ “V”
 CPT Ronald R. Casper CPT Russel HuntCPT Dennis J. Lorance CPT Allen K. RossonCPT Michael J. TavnaoMSG Norman H. Lier Jr. MSG Lee. A. McClainSFC Donald W. Douglas (2) SFC Franklin G. LewisSFC Leslie Champ SFC Dale N. SmithSSG Edward Jones SSG Harold D. LewisSSG David A. Keller SSG Leo E. ConahanSSG Patrick Campbell SSG Frank HornbakerSSG Willard A. Small SSG Donald A. AnkermanSP5 Thomas Brown SP5 Allan S. CumminsSP5 Leslie L. McKimson SP5 James L. ScottSP5 Raymond A. Zipprich SP5 Howard SmithSP4 Donald G. Robbins SP4 Kraig D. DernSP4 James S. RandolphInclosure 6

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