PETER L TRIPP
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HONORED ON PANEL 30W, LINE 80 OF THE WALL

PETER LEADBETTER TRIPP

WALL NAME

PETER L TRIPP

PANEL / LINE

30W/80

DATE OF BIRTH

12/28/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/08/1969

HOME OF RECORD

GREENWICH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fairfield County

STATE

CT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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LEFT FOR PETER LEADBETTER TRIPP
POSTED ON 8.25.2018

Attack on LZ Grant – March 8, 1969

LZ Grant was an isolated outpost of the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, acting as a tactical control point and logistical supply area for the maneuver elements of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry. Located one kilometer from the Cambodian border in Tay Ninh Province, RVN, it was near a trail down which the North Vietnamese Army funneled supplies and personnel to fight in South Vietnam. At half past midnight on March 8, 1969, the North Vietnamese Army struck LZ Grant, announcing the battle when a 122mm rocket with a delay fuse arched across the sky and slammed into the sandbagged command bunker. The big projectile sliced through three layers of sandbags and detonated inside. The battalion operations officer was outside the bunker checking on the readiness of the base defense when the rocket hit. He raced back and found it demolished. When he looked through the smoke and dust, he could see LTC Peter L. Gorvad dead in his chair at the map board. On the east side of the LZ beyond the second or third row of wire, five Americans from D Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, comprised a listening post. Situated in a large depression in the ground, 10 to 12 feet in diameter, they held their position when the onslaught began. Just before daylight, they decided to try to make it back to the LZ. They got half way back when they ran into NVA. Outnumbered, PFC Charles D. Snyder and PFC Larry E. Evans were hit with very heavy fire and killed. The other three made a mad dash to the LZ, running in a crouched position and made it. At the entrance of the LZ, enemy Bangalore torpedoes blew a hole in the gate as B-40 rockets screamed in from hidden spots, and mortar fire rained down on the landing zone. The NVA launched a human wave assault, sending masses soldiers through the ruptured gate. Another D Company member, 1LT Grant H. Henjyoji, leaped out of his bunker with a M16 rifle to confront the enemy. He was killed almost instantly. The rifle company that defended the camp fought so well that most of the Claymore mines ringing the camp were not needed and were not fired. Air strikes and Spooky gunships peppered the NVA as they charged, and the camp's defenders lowered their artillery pieces and fired point-blank into the on-rushing enemy. At least six enemy made it through two rings of concertina barbwire to die less than 30 feet from the guns of the Cavalry troopers. None made it through the final defense. At 6:15 AM, the enemy withdrew, leaving behind 157 dead and two prisoners of war. U.S. losses were 14 killed in action and 31 others wounded. The lost Americans included Gorvad, Snyder, Evans, and Henjyoji; also CPT John P. Emrath, 1LT Peter L. Tripp, CPT William R. Black, SGT Walter B. Hoxworth, CPL Vincent F. Guerrero, SP4 John R. Hornsby, SP4 Thomas J. Roach, PFC Glenn R. Stair, Akron, PFC Roy D. Wimmer, and SP4 Gordon C. Murray. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, and “GIs Hurl Back Charge by N. Viet Battalion.” Pacific Stars & Stripes, March 10, 1969; “Gentle Warrior.” The Oregonian, May 28, 2000; and information provided by Bob Jones at 12thcav.us]
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POSTED ON 11.23.2015
POSTED BY: Dan Griffin

You are not forgotten, LT

Lt Tripp was the Co. C 2/12 Bn. Ist Cav Division XO; at A shau valley he had to take command of our Company because the CO was unable to command due to blood poisoning. He did an outstanding job; he was killed in the same battle that took the Company CO and the Bn. Co.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT Peter Leadbetter Tripp, 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.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 8.10.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Peter is buried at West Cemetery, Madison,CT. BSM-OLC AM PH
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POSTED ON 6.1.2000
POSTED BY: Michael Allan Haas, LTC (Ret)

A True Leader of Men

Pete and I were two of 13 2LT's commissioned on June 12, 1967 at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Both of us were also Distinguished Military Graduates. While I knew Pete for only two years and only through ROTC activities, I always thought of him as a truly remarkable natural leader. He put great effort into all that he did at Hopkins and I am sure he was well respected by his soldiers in Vietnam. I did not arrive in Vietnam until June, 1969 and retired from the Army after 20 years service. I think of Pete and his sacrifice often. He was the inspiration for many of us in the Class of '67 suggesting during our 30th year Hopkins reunion that a memorial plaque be erected at Hopkins commemorating the loss of our friends and brothers-in-arms.
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