At 0900 the CO, Lt. Collins, with Lt Watkins and seven men moved NE
along the road for the purpose of locating a platoon outpost.
Approximately 900 yds. from the perimeter the group was ambushed by
several enemy armed with automatic weapons. S/Sgt. Wister, platoon sgt.
of the attached machine guns, was killed and the intensity of the enemy
fire did not allow the group to neutralize the enemy fire
or recover S/S Wister's body. The group withdrew but were again fired
upon at approximately 100 yds. along the road. Pvt. Buchanan of the attached machine guns was
killed. A patrol of two squads under S/Sgt. Davis, which had left the CP
at 0930 to reconnoiter the area to the north of the road, heard the
firing and assaulted the enemy on the left flank. The attack was
repulsed. and S/Sgt. Davis was wounded in the leg. The patrol
reorganized under S/Sgt. Minor and again assaulted the position causing
the enemy to withdraw. Reinforcements consisting of the 3rd platoon,
mortar platoon, and one section of machine guns were ordered from the
CP. Attempts to lay mortar preparation on the area failed because of the
heavy rain ruining the available ammunition. The attack continued with
one squad under S/Sgt. Howard and one section of light machine guns
moving up the road to east and the 3rd platoon under Lt. Watkins moving
up the ridge to the port. As the 3rd platoon moved thru the area as
skirmishers an enemy automatic weapon opened fire on the right flank
killing Pfc. Slowe, but because of the thick undergrowth and heavy rains
the enemy could not be located. The platoon continued on until it joined
the machine gun section on the road and then under covering machine gun
fire and small arms fire the first squad under Sgt. Dablock advanced and
recovered S/Sgt Wister's body. The enemy had stripped the body of all
equipment and some clothing. The Co. returned at 1400.
Extract from "Bless 'em All"