Final Mission of SSGT Brian R. FoleyPosted on 1/22/17 - by firstname.lastname@example.orgAt approximately 1600 hours on February 6, 1971, elements of 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, were inserted into the Nui Be Mountains in III Corps, a region known as the Iron Triangle in Binh Duong Province, RVN. The objective was to run patrols and seek out the NVA over the next several days. The 33rd NVA Division in the area, however, had no misgivings about letting the Americans know they were there, and that night began banging on pots, smoking marijuana, and making all manners of noise. They probed the U.S. position after dark, keeping everyone on edge. Nobody slept. At daybreak, Blackfoot Platoon was sent into the area of noise where they came upon a blue communications wire laid out in a ravine. The find was reported to the company CO (commanding officer) who admonished them not to follow the wire as it was an ambush. For reasons unknown, the lieutenant leading the patrol decided to follow the wire and he was the first to be killed in the ambush. A reaction platoon was sent in to aid the besieged patrol and a seventeen-hour firefight ensued. More troops were sent in, but the thick jungle and rugged terrain delayed their arrival. Six members of B Company, 2/8th were lost in the engagement. They included SSGT Bruce A. Van Dam, SSGT Brian R. Foley, 1LT Thomas P. King, SGT Richard S. Kulwicki, CPL Theodore R. Mason, and SGT Lewis R. Yates. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by John E. Schulz]MORE
Boyhood friend & fellow Vietnam VeteranPosted on 11/11/16 - by USMC Nam Vet 1967As boys, Brian was full of energy and always on the go. We had a lot of fun roaming the lakes shore in Hamburg, NY. In latter years I realized that in his youth he had all the qualities of leadership. Thanks for your service Brian!MORE
Served together!!Posted on 8/19/15 - by Michael Cook email@example.comBrian was the least person we thought we would ever lose in our platoon and company B-2/8th Cheyenne platoon First Cavalry Division (AM), he was everything you would want a squad leader to be plus he had a personality that just drew people to him. I'll never forget the day he died but I will always remember the days he lived among us more.MORE
Pleasure to serve.Posted on 8/10/15 - by Michael CookBrian was was one of the most liked people in our platoon, when we lost him we lost our heartbeat, he was so energetic and fun to be around.MORE
I rememberPosted on 2/20/14 - by Michael J FoleyBrian lived just down the street from me. He was 4 years older than I yet we were both in Viet Nam at the same time...I with the 173rd and he with the 1st Cav.MORE
My name is Michael J Foley and my mother received one or two phone calls offering condolences when Brian was killed in 1971. I did not know him well since the difference in age but a tear erupts whenever I think of the waste America created at that time and how so many of our young who never had a chance to grow old...
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