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  • Final Mission of SP4 Charles E. Manzanares

    Posted on 7/5/17 - by
    Operation Bloodhound, later renamed Operation Bushmaster II, commenced on December 1, 1965, when 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment (2/2nd Infantry) was put on the ground at Landing Zone (LZ) Dallas inside the Michelin Rubber Plantation in Binh Duong Province, RVN. LZ Dallas served as the command post in the operation. From December 2–5, the Americans searched the area southeast of LZ Dallas in the Viet Cong 272nd Regiment’s base area known as the Long Nguyen Secret Zone. At midday on December 5th, three companies from the 2/2nd Infantry came under fire from Viet Cong bunkers. A U.S. attempt to outflank the Viet Cong position was repulsed, and a Viet Cong force then attempted to outflank the Americans who withdrew into a defensive perimeter. The 2/2nd Infantry commander, LTC Shuffer, called for air and artillery support and the 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery Regiment, and 2nd Battalion, 32nd Artillery Regiment, provided fire support on the southwestern perimeter, while air strikes were conducted on the east and helicopter gunships strikes on the north. The Viet Cong attempted to escape this firepower by "hugging" the American positions, but were forced back by small arms fire. The barrage continued for over four hours, allowing the 2/2 Infantry to secure their position and permit Companies A and C to move south behind a creeping barrage and eventually overrun the Viet Cong bunkers. By 2:30 PM, the Viet Cong were abandoning their positions and fleeing the battlefield, leaving behind their dead and weapons and equipment. LTC Shuffer decided not to pursue the retreating Viet Cong, fearing further ambush, and withdrew into a night perimeter. After spending the night defending the landing zone and evacuating their wounded by helicopter, the men of 2nd Battalion resumed their search of the battle area to recover their dead comrades and prevent the Viet Cong from salvaging equipment from the battlefield. Their actions resulted in 300 dead Viet Cong, the wounding of an estimated 200, the capture of many enemy weapons, and the destruction of their base camp and training facility. The 272nd Regiment disappeared for the next four months, presumably to recover its losses. U.S. losses in the battle numbered 43 killed. The lost American troopers included PFC Douglas V. Andre, PFC Steven H. Boyer, PFC David L. Brodeur, SP4 Frederick C. Cadille, PFC Morris F. Dibble, SGT George J. Eisenberger, PFC Richard M. Facondini, PFC Henry Gentry Jr., SGT Robert Goines, SP4 James Graham, SP4 John P. Greene, PFC Michael A. Gruber, PFC Jorge M. Jaramillo, PFC Norman W. Johnson, PFC Grandville R. Jones Jr., SP4 Leonard A. Jones, PVT George E. Joyce, SP5 Raymond E. Kellems, SP4 Richard Killens, SP4 Patrick W. King, SSGT Czeslaw Kowalczyk, SP4 O’neal Legette, SP4 McGeary Littlejohn, SSGT James E. Lofgren, PSGT Luis B. Lopez, SP4 Charles E. Manzanares, 1LT Edward K. Marsh, PSGT Donald W. McCammon, SGT Philip J. McCarthy, PFC Warren S. Oshiro, SGT Leonidas Raisis, PFC Joseph D. Riggle, SP4 Julius Roberts Jr., PFC Carlos H. Ruiz, PFC Michael P. Schwebel, PVT Milton Solomon, SGT Roger W. Spradlin, PFC Don G. Stallard, SSGT John L. Thibeault, SSGT Harry S. Thompson, PFC David J. Tungate, SSGT Edward C. Upner, and SFC Willie S. Right. [Taken from,, and 2/2nd Infantry’s Valorous Unit Award citation]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/6/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Charles Edward Manzanares, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 9/9/13 - by Robert Sage
    Charles is buried at Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Boulder County,CO. PH
  • Johnny

    Posted on 5/1/13 - by Sandy Manzanares Kissinger

    You and Dan were supposed to be discharged on the same date. You went to Heaven and he came home. We have always felt a little guilty but know you are taking care of all our family in Heaven. You will always be missed and forever in our hearts. Loving you Forever. Sandy

  • From your friend.

    Posted on 11/11/10 - by Tom Benton
    Johnny, I think of you so often. I'll never have a better friend.
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