Reyner, David Elliot, Cpl

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1966-1966, 0311, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)/H Co
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1963 - 1966



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Jun 25, 1966
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Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien
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Houston National Cemetery - Houston, Texas
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Panel 08E Line 094

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Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Dagger Thrust I through V
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The Series of DAGGER THRUST Raids

By 10 November both Admiral Johnson and General Westmoreland approved the recommendations of the Saigon conference and the Seventh Fleet amphibious forces began preparing for the next DAGGER THRUSTs. After completion of detailed plans on 26 November, the ARG/SLF, which earlier in the month had been the floating reserve for the BLUE MARUN operations, sailed for the DAGGER THRUST IV amphibious objective area, Lang Ke Ga, in III Corps. This VC-controlled and suspected infiltration point was on the coast, 90 miles east of Saigon.

For DAGGER THRUST IV, the Marines and Navy had made some more changes in command and control. Although Admiral Wulzen in the USS Eldorado (AGC 11) had joined the amphibious task group. Captain Weschler, the ARG commander, retained his position as amphibious task force commander. Colonel Burnett, the SLF commander, was to be the commander of the landing force, unlike the earlier DAGGER THRUST raids when this position was assumed by the TF 78/RAMAB commander. Admiral Blackburn had bowed to the inevitable and, on 24 November, announced his intention to dissolve TF 78. In the interim, he made General Fields commander of both TF 78 and TF 79.31

DAGGER THRUST IV followed the same pattern as the earlier DAGGER THRUST raids. On 30 November, the SLF battalion landed as planned at Lang Ke Ga, but, with the exception of scattered tank traps in the beach area and isolated incidents of small arms fire, it encountered no opposition. The next day the battalion reembarked, ending the operation, with no casualties to either side.

The final DAGGER THRUST raid. DAGGER THRUST V began on 5 December near the Phu Thu village complex, 40 miles north of Qui Nhon. This time the battalion was moderately successful, surprising a small VC force. During the two-day operation, the Marines killed 26 enemy and detained 38 suspects. The Marine battalion sustained casualties of three dead and 10 wounded. In retrospect, the DAGGER THRUST raids failed to achieve their overall objective, the quick exploitation of intelligence and resulting contact with large enemy formations. Admiral Johnson, several years later, observed:

The excessive time involved in planning and coordinating with the MACV levels resulted in completely stale intelligence. Furthermore, by the time MACV had completed his all important coordination and alerting of ARVN forces and Province Chiefs, we had also completely spooked the VC and they had flown the coop.
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Dec 19, 2010
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USS Eldorado (AGC-11)

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Down the Nets for Dagger Thrust III
Dagger Thrust
Echo 2/1 First Action Dagger Thrust

  32 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beckdolt, Mike, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Chavez, Jose, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Ciccariella, Thomas, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Cooney, John, MSgt, (1959-1982)
  • Demopoulos, Arthur, Cpl, (1964-1968)
  • Eck, John, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Frank, Douglas, Capt, (1963-1967)
  • Hendrickson, Mel, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Hicks, Don, Sgt, (1962-1966)
  • Joslin, Dave, Cpl, (1964-1967)
  • Mendoza, Albert, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • PITCHELL, Frank, SSgt, (1964-1976)
  • Robinson, Harvey, Sgt, (1962-1968)
  • Rucker, Thomas, Sgt, (1963-1967)
  • Sewell, Preston, SSgt, (1962-1978)
  • Townley, John.P., Sgt, (1964-1967)
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