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TALMADGE HORTON ALPHIN JR


is honored on Panel 47W, Line 36 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Attack on FOB-4 Compound

    Posted on 3/17/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On August 23, 1968, the Command & Control North (CCN) MACV-SOG field command compound FOB-4 at Da Nang was attacked by approximately 100 members of North Vietnam’s Special Operation Brigade. Called sappers, they were Hanoi’s most elite commandos. They entered the CCN compound along its 300-yard wide beachfront beginning at 2:30 AM. Their bodies greased to squeeze through fences, they wore only loincloths or khaki shorts and carried AK-47’s, grenades, hand-thrown RPG’s, and woven baskets containing demolition charges. As the intruders opened fire in the camp, the Green Berets poured out of their billets. Many, like SMAJ Richard Pegram Jr. and SSGT Howard Varni, were cut down by the waiting NVA. A sapper squad reached the CNN communications bunker and threw an explosive charge in, killing three Americans instantly. Simultaneous explosions and bursts of fire killed five E-7’s—SFC Don W. Welch, SFC Albert M. Walter, SFC Tadeusz M. Kepczyk, SFC Donald R. Kerns, and SFC Harold R. Voorheis. In another building, 1LT Paul D. Potter was gunned down, the only officer to die, although twelve others would be wounded. Several of the lost Green Berets were young: PFC William H. Bric III (19), SP4 Anthony J. Santana (20), and Sergeants James T. Kickliter (22) and Robert J. Uyesaka (23). Old soldiers died too, SMAJ Pegram (40), MSGT Gilbert A. Secor (36), and MSGT Rolf E. Rickmers (34). Other lost SOG personnel included SSGT Talmadge H. Alphin Jr. and MSGT Charles R. Norris. Despite the carnage, the Green Berets fought back with M16’s, grenades, and AK-47’s taken from dead sappers. Personal heroics were displayed by the men of MACVSOG. One lieutenant raced a jeep repeatedly back and forth across the compound in front of astonished enemy sappers, carrying wounded men to safety and medical treatment. By dawn, the skirmish had ended as the Americans retook their compound. Dead sappers lay in ones and twos everywhere, a total of 38. Sixteen Green Berets had died, the greatest loss of Army Special Forces’ lives in one incident. Another 48 were wounded. In addition, 16 indigenous Allied soldiers were killed. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the book “Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG” by John L. Plaster]
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  • SEEING YOUR PICTURE

    Posted on 5/26/17 - by Regan B
    im just a girl..a middle school girl. i go through thie wall of faces on this site as i sit in social studies. as i was going through the faces, so many faces on this wall. yours stood out to me. such a young fresh faces. a picture taken in such pride. i want to thank your for your service and i will remember you on this momorial day.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/27/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR STAFF SERGEANT ALPHIN,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A SPECIAL FORCES QUALIFIED RADIO OPERATOR.
    REST IN PEACE.
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  • My college boyfriend...

    Posted on 8/17/16 - by Sharon (Smith) LaVier sharon.lavier@yahoo.com
    He was fun and he was funny. He was shy, reserved and so thoughtful of others. We were together long enough to feel a special love for one another but a career called to me and the service called to him. I have visited his place on The Wall each time I am in the area; through tears, I have done a rubbing of his name and said a silent prayer. He is the biggest of angels in heaven.
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  • Mother's Day 1968

    Posted on 11/9/15 - by Bill Schneider,,,, "A" Co 1/46th Inf "Grunt."
    SSgt,,, we served together at the same place for one day,, Never got a chance to meet you, or the Others like Sgt Norris who flew INTO kham Duc as we were trying to get out of that dangerous SF Camp Kham Duc. You came into danger to help get us out, Mother's Day 12 My 1968.. But that is what you did and who you were,
    "God Bless"
    Bill Schneider
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The Wall of Faces

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