As you know me I always want to prepare myself and you to my next project… So this one will be the infamous Battle of Dak to and in particular the phase III on hill 875. I will portray part of a platoon of 173rd AIRBORNE At 09:43 on 19 November, the three companies (330 men) of 2/503rd moved into jumpoff positions from which to assault Hill 875. Companies C and D moved up the slope followed by two platoons of Company A in the classic “two up one back” formation utilized since World War I. The Weapons Platoon of Company A remained behind at the bottom of the hill to cut out a landing zone. Instead of a frontal assault with massed troops, the unit would have been better served by advancing small teams to envelop possible PAVN positions and then calling in air and artillery support. At 10:30, as the Americans moved to within 300 meters of the crest, PAVN machine gunners opened fire on the advancing paratroopers. Then B-40 rockets and 57mm recoilless rifle fire were unleashed upon them. The paratroopers attempted to continue the advance, but the PAVN, well concealed in interconnected bunkers and trenches, opened fire with small arms and grenades. The American advance was halted and the men went to ground, finding whatever cover they could. At 14:30 PAVN troops hidden at the bottom of the hill launched a massed assault on Company A. Unknown to the Americans, they had walked into a carefully prepared ambush by the 2nd Battalion of the 174th Regiment. The men of Company A retreated up the slope, lest they be cut off from their comrades and annihilated. They were closely followed by the PAVN. Private First Class Carlos Lozada held the rear guard position for Company A with his M60 machine gun. As the PAVN advanced, Lozada mowed them down and refused to retreat until he was shot dead. For his actions that day, Lozada was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor. Soon, U.S. air strikes and artillery fire were being called in, but they had little effect on the battle because of the dense foliage on the hillside. Resupply became a necessity because of high ammunition expenditures and lack of water, but it was also an impossibility. Six UH-1 helicopters were shot down or badly damaged that afternoon trying to get to 2/503rd.
The diorama will be divided in 3 sections. I) On the left it will be the position that was hold by Sgt J.Kelly, Pfc C. Lozada and Pvt J.Steer. II) ln the center and the last stand of Cpt. M. Kiley and his command section and wounded III) On the right sad the reinforcments led by Lt. Matt Harrison and his men.. Sgt. Kelly Pvt. Steer(will loose his right arm) and Lt.Harridon will survive the battle all the others Cpt.Kiley his command section, some men of Lt. Harrison and Pfc C. Lozada (MoH) will die…
About 7 months
Read the history……………….
Read the history……………….