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  • Final Mission of SP4 John J. Lyons

    Posted on 11/5/17 - by
    On April 2, 1970, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, was committed as a reaction force when a 13-man Ranger element developed a large contact in the Renegade Woods, Hieu Thien District, Tay Ninh Province, RVN, while searching for an enemy main force operating in the area. Two companies from the 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 22nd Infantry, were committed to the action. The mission of the reacting forces was to conduct a ground reconnaissance of the area, and to extract the bodies of the two Rangers who had been killed. Company B, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, was airlifted into a landing zone to assist Company C/2-27. The seven UH-1H helicopters took the commanding officer and his command element with the 1st and part of the 2nd Platoons on the first lift. The second lift brought in the remainder of the company. The element from the initial lift formed on line with 2/B/2-27 Infantry on the right and moved forward 300 meters until they reached Company C. As 2nd Platoon moved up on line, highly accurate sniper fire immediately pinned them down, killing in rapid succession SP4 John J. Lyons, the RTO (radioman), and 2LT Orville E. Kitchen Jr., the Forward Observer (FO) from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 77th Artillery. A squad leader from the 1st Platoon, Company B, and a medic from HHC attached to his platoon, attempted to retrieve the body of a dead point man from C Company killed earlier in the day. A light-machine gun opened fire on them and kept them pinned down until SP4 Orlando Noriega, a machine gunner from 1/B/2-27 fired to his rear with his M60 and an M16 which he took from his assistant gunner and silenced it. This action also enabled the forward elements to commence a fighting withdrawal as they began to run out of ammunition. They were forced to leave two bodies at the limit of the farthest advance, as well as a dead point man from C Company, and abandon some equipment. The dead were recovered the following day. [Taken from]
  • Renegade Woods

    Posted on 1/7/17 - by Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    On 02 Apr 1970 a recon team from F Company, 75th Rangers, was sent into an area called the "Renegade Woods" to investigate reports of a large NVA/VC force. The Rangers found the enemy - all they could handle and more besides. Companies B and C, 2nd Bn, 27th Infantry, were inserted as the initial reaction force; A/2/27 joined in the late afternoon, and two additional companies from 2/22nd Infantry came in the next day. By the time the fighting ended several days later, over 100 NVA/VA troops from the 271st NVA/VC Regiment were dead, a large base camp was in American hands, and twelve American soldiers were dead:
    • 2nd Bn, 27th Inf Rgt, 25th Infantry Division
    o CPL Dwight H. Ball, Sardis, OH, A Company (KIA 04/03/1970)
    o SGT John J. Lyons, Yonkers, NY, B Company
    o SSG William T. Smith, Marshfield, WI, B Company
    o SGT Mickey E. Griffith, San Gabriel, CA, C Company
    o SSG Melvyn H. Kalili, Hauula, HI, C Company
    o 1LT Ronald V. Kolb, Washington, DC, C Company
    o SGT John E. Rarrick, Beaver Dams, NY, C Company (Dist Svc Cross)
    o CPL Severiano Rios, Oak Creek, WI, C Company

    • F Co, 75th Inf Rgt
    o SFC Alvin W. Floyd, Augusta, GA, (Dist Svc Cross)
    o SSG Michael F. Thomas, Louisville, KY
    o SGT Donald W. Tinney, New York, NY (DoW 04/14/1970) (Silver Star)

    • B Btry, 2nd Bn, 77th Arty Rgt
    o 2LT Orville E. Kitchen, Dayton, OH
  • Rest in Peace & Honor

    Posted on 1/7/17 - by Bob Ahles, Wolfhound Brother, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor John.
  • Old comrade

    Posted on 11/3/16 - by Chuck foley
    We were newbies together,scared, unsure of ourselves. He was Yonkers, I was jersey we had a lot in common so we buddied up for awhile. We went on to do different jobs. I cannot say I have been quite the same since his death. I wish
    John's family all the peace and serenity possible. He was a good man , the kind of person a family can be proud of.
  • Rest in Peace Brother

    Posted on 2/27/15 - by John P. Kashchy
    I was assigned to the Radar Section of Company E 2/27 Infantry (Wolfhounds) and met John in Feb or Mar 1970 while his squad was pulling overnight security for our Radar site in the village of Binh Than, which was Northwest of Cu Chi, about 3700 meters from the Cambodian Border. We hit it off immediately since I grew up in Dobbs Ferry, we talked a lot about home during our short times together. I lost track of John after his squad moved on and our Radar Section moved to a new location at the end of March. It was only after we returned to Cu Chi that I found out of his death. I am still not able reflect on my time in Viet Nam, without John coming to mind. Rest in Peace Brother.
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