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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 7/2/18 - by
    Camp Evans was located north of the old imperial capital of Hue in Thua Thien Province, RVN. The camp harbored the 1st Cavalry Division, dozens of its support units, and a number of other U.S. military units as well. There were mortar, RPG, and rocket attacks almost nightly on the base. In the weeks following the Tet Offensive, there was a lot of action in the area surrounding Hue and numerous attacks on U.S. camps and installations. The night of March 25, 1968, seemed routine enough at the 371st Radio Research Company, the Army Security Agency’s direct support unit for the 1st Cavalry. There were the usual mortar explosions, followed by 122mm rockets whistling in. CPT John M. Casey, an Electronic Warfare Cryptologic Staff Officer with 371st RR Company, rousted the ASA troops out of their hooches and sent them running to the relative safety of their bunker. The men could hear and feel the impact of the explosive rounds pounding their area of the camp. When the attack was over, CPT Casey had been killed by a mortar explosion and SP4 Ross Applegate, an intelligence analyst in the 583rd Military Intelligence Company (1st Cavalry), was critically wounded. SP4 Applegate was admitted to the 18th Surgical Hospital where he expired the following day. Casey had given his life trying to protect his men. In his efforts to ensure that all of his troops made it into their bunker, Casey was unable to reach safety himself, and had been killed by a mortar round. Four other 1st Cavalry Division personnel were killed during the attack. They included SP4 Richard E. Heil, an infantryman from the 15th Administration Company; 2LT John O. Sherrill, a Field Artillery Unit Commander from Headquarters & Headquarters Battalion (HBB), Division Artillery; SP5 Herbert F. Weltz Jr., a Personnel Specialist with the 15th Administration Company; and SP5 Robert J. Wiedeman, an Intelligence Analyst from the 191st Military Intelligence Detachment. [Taken from and 1st Cavalry Division at]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/21/16 - by SP4 David L Baugh
    I was on guard duty at our DTOC area the night of the mortar attack that took Ross's life. Bob Wiedemann was also killed by the same mortar round. It came through their tent and landed on Bob. I was so afraid that night because I was practically out in the open. I did some praying. I'm so sorry about Ross and Bob and so many more. Why I can home and so many didn't that year I'll never know. Bob and Ross have never been forgotten. God Bless their families who had to go on without them all these years. My heart still aches for all those we lost.
  • Remembered

    Posted on 9/20/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Ross Applegate, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • The ultimate sacrifice by a good man

    Posted on 2/13/14 - by Walter H. Mizell
    I served with Ross Applegate in the 191st M.I. Detachment, 1st Air Cavalry Division in 1967-68, As a First Lieutenant, I was not his Commanding Officer, but for a time in the latter part of 1967 and early 1968 he worked for me. We were stationed at the division rear headquarters in An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, South Viet Nam. He was a conscientious, competent and cheerful soldier--always dependable and pleasant to be around. I grew to like him very much and appreciated the quality of his work while we worked together. About the time of the Tet Offensive in early 1968, his duty station changed and he was transferred from An Khe in the Central Highlands, to Camp Evans, just northwest of Hue City in Thua Thien Province. In the aftermath of Tet, there was a lot of action in the area around Hue, which activity lasted several weeks. Night mortar attacks on American installations in the area were fairly common, with an occasional rocket attack. Mortar attacks were cause for concern, but rocket attacks were serious business. In the night of March 25-26, 1968, Ross was killed in a rocket attack on Camp Evans. I believe he was he only casualty of any kind suffered by the 191st M.I. Detachment that night. I did not know until much later that he was only 18 years old at the time of his death. Based on how he had conducted himself I had always thought he was several years older. I believe our unit commander wrote Ross' parents a letter of ccodolence. I could not bring myself to do it then, although I should have because I had worked directly with him and knew him better than the commander did. I hope this remembrance makes up, at least in part, for my failure to communicate with his parents at the time. Ross was a good man and a good soldier. His parent, his other kinfolks, and his friends have good reason to be proud of him. Those of us who served with him were shocked and saddened by his death and I struggle to this day to understand how he happened to be the random victim of that attack. Ross served his country willingly and cheerfully, and wore the uniform proudly. Whether he supported the war or opposed it, I do not know, and don't feel that it matters: his country called and he answered the call and paid the ultimate price. No man can do more. I will never forget him, and hope this remembrance will help others understand and remember this good man. He and all our other fallen heroes deserve the respect and gratitude of all Americans.
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The Wall of Faces

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