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  • Attack on Nui Ba Den – May 13, 1968

    Posted on 11/9/18 - by
    On May 13, 1968, a U.S. military communications relay facility on the 3000-foot of summit of Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain) in Tay Ninh Province, RVN, was attacked by a Viet Cong force using 82mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, and satchel charges. The base was occupied by over 140 American personnel from numerous 25th Infantry Division and non-divisional units which were under one administration as D Company (Provisional), 125th Signal Battalion. The main unit atop Nui Ba Den was the 372nd Radio Relay Unit (RRU) out of Sobe, Okinawa, a special section of the American Security Agency. The attacking force was successful in breaching the perimeter of the mountaintop compound and destroyed all of the buildings on the two-acre camp built among rocks and boulders. Twenty-two Americans were killed in the attack, and one person went missing. The assault on the camp began at 9:45 PM with a combined 82mm mortar and rocket propelled grenade (RPG) barrage. U.S. personnel from the manned bunkers opened fire on the advancing enemy force, but the mortars and RPG’s destroyed several of the bunkers allowing the Viet Cong to pour into the camp. Many of the U.S. personnel displaced by the destroyed bunkers sought safety outside the camp’s perimeter in the rocks. The enemy secured a helicopter pad as a Command Post and mortar location, then split into groups at approximately 10:00 PM. A large group moved west up the hill behind a barrage laid down by the mortar crew on the helicopter pad. A smaller force continued along the south perimeter of the mountain, securing bunkers 11, 12, and 13. As each bunker was approached, the enemy threw satchel charges or hand grenades into the doorways. The personnel in each bunker manned their positions till they were forced to evacuate. The enemy spread out and placed satchel charges in the operations building and the officer’s quarters, destroying them and all the other buildings on the mountain. A lone radio operator was able to direct supporting forces which came to assist the besieged Americans. U.S. Air Force C-47 gunships and flare ships combined with UH-1C helicopter gunships provided fire and illumination during attack. By 2:30 AM, the enemy had left Nui Ba Den. No medical evacuations of survivors were possible until morning due to rain, fog, and gusting winds. The lost U.S. personnel included SP4 John A. Anderson, SGT Joseph Adams, SP4 Ralph R. Black, SGT Fernando Calle-Zuluaga, CPT George Coleman, PFC Samuel G. Connelly, SP4 Moses J. Cousin, SP4 Albert E. Dahl, CPT Arthur L. Davis, SP4 James A. Davis, SP4 Gary J. Gilin, SP4 Jeffrey W. Haerle, SP4 Paul R. Hoag Jr., SP4 Michael J. Juneau, SP4 Paul R. Lozano, SP4 Frank J. Makuh, PFC John P. McGonigal Jr., SGT Timothy J. Noden, SSG Ray W. Owen, SSG Harold A. Stone, 2LT Thomas N. Teague, and SSG Bobby C. Wood. PFC Donald G. Smith, who had been reported missing, was captured during the attack held for 243 day before he was released on January 1, 1969. Twenty-five Viet Cong were reportedly killed. [Taken from,, and]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/19/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Paul Richard Hoag Jr, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/17/10 - by Robert Sage
    Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie,NY. PH
  • A Place In Our Hearts

    Posted on 8/2/05 - by Ron Leonard
    He VOLUNTEREED to go on a 30 day mission to NUI BA DIN and help with the food preparation for the 125 Signal Bn.

    On May 13,1968, the unit was overran and became hand to hand combat. After the battle we lost 12 men and PAUL RICHARD HOAG was one of them.

    I know this to be true--he is on the wall in D.C. He and I took an R&R to Hong Kong together, and I have what I believe to be the last known photo of him.He would be a ringer for Radar on MASH.

    Please honor him someway as I have always thought of him---I cannot find any close relatives but I know he has 2 sisters alive.

    Give him a place in our group.

  • The Wall That Heals, 2004

    Posted on 12/28/04 - by Timothy Holls
    The Wall That Heals, 2004
    Cairo, N.Y.
    30 July 2004
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