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Re: Task Force Faith
In a message dated 3/31/02 9:28:08 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Subj: Task Force Faith
Date: 3/31/02 9:28:08 PM Eastern Standard Time
In a message dated 4/1/02 12:21:11 AM, ChicoRamos1889@aol.com writes:
<< Great contribution,Ron! I'm sure folks in this List would appreciate
about Task Force Faith and the men who survived and those who died. Thanks a
million! Chico Ramos
Hi Chico, thanks-
"If we can hold for another 30 minutes we will get air support".
Col. Faith selected Company C, 32 Infantry, as advanced guard of the
column. Lt. Mortrude's platoon, the least hurt, was to take the point
position for the company. Supported by a dual 40 mm half track this platoon
would clear the road for the vehicle column. Mortrude who was woulded in the
knee planned to ride the half track.
Friendly planes appeared overhead. Mortrude moved his platoon out about 1
PM. Lt. Smith led out Company A. The men of these units had walked barely
of the area that had been their defense perimeter when enemy bullets
past or dug into the ground behind them. At almost the same time four
friendly planes in close support of the breakout action missed the target
dropped napalm bombs on the lead elements. The half track in which Mortrude
planned to ride was set ablase, Several men were burned to death
About five others, their clothes afire, tried frantically to beat out the
flames. Everyone scattered. Disorganization followed. Jesus Christ!
Most of the squad and platoon leaders and the commanders of the rifle
companies were dead or wounded.
thanks my friend,thanks a helluva lot! I hope folks never forget what those
overthere. As for me,they deserve the utmost respect! I don't care what
it,police action or whatever: all I know is that soldiers,Marines sacrificed
Whether MacArthur was right or not,so what? What matters is Task Force
Task Force Faith, the Marines and others did their job the best they could.
their critics have done eeny better under the circumstances? I doubt it !