OPERATION HUMPPosted on 4/28/15 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MinnesotaOn 05 Nov 1965 the 173rd Airborne Brigade initiated "Operation Hump", a reconnaissance in force in an area about 15 miles north of Bien Hoa. The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, deployed south of the Dong Nai River while the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, conducted a helicopter assault on a LZ northwest of the Dong Nai and Song Be Rivers. Little contact was made through 07 Nov, when B and C Companies settled into a night defensive position southeast of Hill 65, a triple-canopy jungled hill.MORE
At about 0600 on the morning of 08 Nov, C Company began a move northwest toward Hill 65, while B Company moved northeast toward Hill 78. Shortly before 0800, C Company was engaged by a sizable enemy force well dug in to the southern face of Hill 65. At 0845, B Company was directed to wheel in place and proceed toward Hill 65 with the intention of relieving C Company.
B Company reached the foot of Hill 65 at about 0930 and moved up the hill. Three things soon became obvious:
There was a very large enemy force in place on the hill;
C Company was getting hammered; and
By chance, B Company was forcing the enemy's right flank.
Under pressure from B Company's flanking attack the enemy force - most of an NVA regiment - moved to the northwest, whereupon the B Company commander called in air and artillery fires on the retreating troops. B Company halted in place in an effort to locate and consolidate with C Company's platoons, managing to establish a coherent defensive line running around the hilltop from southeast to northwest, but with little cover on the southern side.
Meanwhile, the NVA commander realized that his best chance was to close with the US soldiers so that the 173rd's air and artillery fire could not be effectively employed. He attempted to out-flank the US position atop the hill from both the east and the southwest, moving his troops closer to the Americans. The result was shoulder-to-shoulder attacks up the hillside, hand-to-hand fighting, and isolation of parts of B and C Companies - but the Americans held against two such attacks. Although the fighting continued after the second massed attack, it reduced in intensity as the NVA commander again attempted to disengage and withdraw. By late afternoon it seemed that contact had been broken off by the enemy, allowing the two companies to prepare a night defensive position while collecting their dead and wounded in the center of the position. Although a few of the most seriously wounded were extracted by USAF helicopters using Stokes litters, the triple-canopy jungle prevented the majority from being evacuated until the morning of 09 Nov.
The result of the battle was heavy losses on both sides - 49 Skytroopers dead, many more wounded, and 403 dead NVA troops.
2LT David Ugland was graduated with the US Military Academy's Class of 1964.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 10/26/13 - by Curt CarterDear 2LT David Leonard Ugland, sirMORE
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
Peace with HonorPosted on 8/29/13 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MinnesotaYou 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 Dave.MORE
We RememberPosted on 10/13/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgDavid is buried at Holden Lutheran Cemetery, Kenyon, Goodhue County, MN. PH
Rest In PeacePosted on 12/18/05 - by Vietnam Veteran MORE
Gridley High School Social/Political Science Class ProjectPosted on 11/8/03 - by Jordan Meiss email@example.comDuring times of war the eyes of Americans are opened up and our nation becomes stronger together. No longer do citizens take things for granted, such as remembering soldiers who gave their lives in battle fighting for an earlier cause. The truth is the cause was just as important then as it is now. Unfortunately, our generation does not always give credit where credit is due. This recognition is an attempt to restore the undying appreciation we need to have for this great soldier and all those who gave up everything they had and everything they loved for America. God bless.MORE
A Loyal and Trusting FriendPosted on 5/16/02 - by Dick SwensonIt was a most happy day when David moved into our Page Neighborhood in 5th grade and when I saw his West Point graduation in 1964. Many memorable times in between, from the simple to the crazy! Our regular correspondence throughout college and into his tour in Viet Nam was fun and valued. There has been a big hole in my life, since David gave his lifeMORE
for our Country in 1965! I have missed my friend a great deal!
I thank God for 14 years of a terrific friendship!
REMEMBERING A FINE YOUNG ARMY OFFICER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MOREPosted on 1/24/99 - by CLAY MARSTON firstname.lastname@example.orgD LIEUTENANT DAVID LEONARD UGLAND WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT IN THE CLASS OF 1964 WHO WAS SERVING WITH THE 503RD INFANTRY 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE ON THE DATE OF HIS UNTIMELY DEATH ON 11-8-1965 AND WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL.MORE
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