husband, Carl H. Boyd, is looking for members of his units
(41st, 459th and 43rd Signal Battalions) in Viet Nam. He
remembers last names only (Thomas, Kincaid, Day, Morris and Sgt.
Wilbur) He's trying to verify some incidents and get in touch
with those persons who would remember him and the incidents.
He started in Co. D, 459th Signal from 1/69-7/69 - Nha Trang
From there he transferred to Co. B, 41st Signal, from 7/69-12/69
- Vung Chua Moutain.
Finally, he was in Co. B, 43rd Signal from 12/69-2/70 - Quin
Nhon - Pleiku
He moved around a lot so we aren't sure the exact place where
the incidents happened. He was sent to Phu My and An Khe
and Quin Nhon on Vung Chua Mountain during his year in Viet Nam
and other places for short periods of time to help out.
The incidents involving the ROK soldiers: The
first incident was while he was on guard duty alone. He
remembers a rocket attack and a Lt. running up the stairs to
him. But he didn't know who it was because of the noise
and yelling. When the door opened, he pulled the trigger
of his rifle. It was the Lt. saying it's o.k. Boyd.
By then my husband had pulled the trigger, but it was on safety.
He heard later that ROK soldiers had the wrong coordinates and
fired on them by accident. He also heard that the soldiers
were executed within days of the incident.
The second incident involved his friend named Ghost. Ghost
went into the village and found out that some ROK soldiers had
raped the ten year child of his Vietnamese girlfriend. He
found the soldiers and started fighting with them. The
soldiers either killed him or hurt him so badly that they
shipped him out. Carl and some other friends went to the
village to find the Koreans, but it was too late. They
never saw their friend Ghost again.
Another incident involved he and some friends in town in
"off-limits" areas. This kid signaled them that
the MPs were coming. The MPs chased them and they ran on
the tops of the people's houses, which fell in. To get
away, they had to jump this high wall and one guy that wasn't
with them, but was running too, couldn't make the jump because
he was short. The other guys took the wall and passed him
up. Carl said the guy kept saying, "help me, help me,
brother!" Carl stopped and helped him up, but almost got
caught because he was laughing so hard at this guy jumping up
and down trying to get over the wall.
Another incident involved being in the village in a hooch filled
with smoke. When the smoke cleared after about an hour, he
and his friends were face to face with some VC soldiers.
Everybody was paralyzed with fear and amazement at seeing VC up
close, instead of being sniped at and papasan said, "G.I.,
be cool, ok?" Each side backed out of the hooch and
went their separate ways.
One last incident we know happened on Vung Chua Mountain.
He and Thomas (his last name) were bringing village women to the
mess hall. The mountain was muddy and slippery and the
truck started sliding backwards off the mountain. Thomas
jumped from the truck and Carl was trying to getting the girl
sitting in between him on the front seat to let go of the
steering wheel. She had panicked and couldn't let go.
He had to hit her and throw her out of the truck. He then
jumped and fell on his back. The truck went over the
mountain and hit the ground below.
During all these incidents, he was attached to the 21st Signal
Group, if that helps. Please let us know if anyone
remembers these incidents or can provide a map of the Tiger
location or any of the other places mentioned above.