Attack on Qui Nhon MARKET TIME Base

   On 22 December 1967, the MARKET TIME support base at Qui Nhon was attacked by an estimated platoon of enemy sappers. The well coordinated attack was initiated at 2329 when a Coastal Group 22 command junk, located in the middle of a nest of junks, was blown up and sunk. The attack continued throughout the early morning hours of the 23rd and resulted in two Navy men killed and 16 others wounded, two of whom died later during treatment. Material damage resulting from the attack included extensive damage to the CPO quarters and light damage to the mess hall and enlisted barracks. Seven enemy were killed (four probable) during the attack and the following ordnance was captured: 10 Chinese communist fragmentation grenades, five grenades that were improvised from 61mm mortar hears, two Chinese communist copies of the Russian AK-47 assault rifle, and one automatic pistol. The Qui Nhon base continued to receive harassing fire through the 27th of the month. 


P 230325Z DEC 67
FM COMCOSDIV ONE FIVE
TO CTU 115.2.1/CTG 115.2/COMCOSRON ONE
INFO CTF 115/NSAD QUI NHON
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MARKET TIME SPOT REPORT (C)
NSAD QUI NHON, COASTAL DIVISION 15

  1. CG22, US ARMY GUNSHIP HELOS, USAF DRAGONSHIP AND FAC, CBMU 302, EOD TEAM 20, LCPL DET.
  2. VC SAPPER TEAM
  3. 222315H TO 231130H
  4. CR 2122
  5. 3 VC KIA (BC), 2 CHICOM AK-47 RIFLES, 1 CHICOM AUTO PISTOL, NUMEROUS CHICOM GRENADES, WEBGEAR AND MAPS CAPTURED. 2 US NAVY KIA, 1 KOREAN CIVILIAN KIA, 16 US NAVY WIA, INCLUDED IN FRIENDLY CASUALTIES ARE 1 COSDIV 15 ENLISTED KIA (EN2 Carl Raymond Goodfellow), 1 OFFICER WIA (LTJG Wilbur Lee Fry Jr) AND 4 ENLISTED WIA (BMC Robert M. Christian, the other three injured are not known). 1 CG22 COMMAND JUNK DESTROYED, MARKET TIME CPO QUARTERS HEAVILY DAMAGED, ENLISTED BARRACKS AND MESS HALL IN AREA HAVE LIGHT DAMAGE.
  6. AT 222315H, CG22 COMMAND JUNK DESTROYED AT PIER BY SATCHEL CHARGE. SECOND CHARGE DISCOVERED AND REMOVED FROM PCF 64 BY SWIFT CREW. NSAD QUI NHON AND COSDIV 15 SET GQ. COSDIV 15 UNDERWAY AND PROVIDED 81MM ILLUMINATION FOR BASE PERIMETER. COSDIV 15 ARMED REACTION SQUAD PROVIDED SPOTS FOR PCF ILLUMINATION. CG22 KILLED 1 VC (BC) SWIMMER AND WOUNDED ONE VC (PROB) IN WATER VICINITY JUNK PIER. ALL FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS NEGATIVE. NSAD SECURED FROM GQ AT 230121H. ALL COSDIV 15 UNITS ANCHORED IN INNER HARBOR DUE INABILITY OF SEARCH PERSONNEL TO LOCATE SATCHEL CHARGE REMOVED FROM PCF 64 IN VICINITY OF SWIFT PIER. AT 230213H SATCHEL CHARGE EXPLODED ALONGSIDE CPO QUARTERS AND VC IN VICINITY OF ENLISTED BARRACKS COMMENCED AUTOMATIC SMALL ARMS FIRE AND THREW GRENADES INTO ENLISTED BARRACKS. ALL BUT ONE FRIENDLY CASUALTY OCCURRED DURING THIS ACTION. 1 VC KIA (BC) AND 2 WIA (PROB) BY FRIENDLY SMALL ARMS FIRE. COSDIV 15 UNITS PROVIDED ILLUMINATION UNTIL ARRIVAL OF USAF FAC WITH USAF AC-47 DRAGONSHIP AND ARMY US-1B GUNSHIP HELOS. AIRCRAFT PROVIDED ILLUMINATION AND INTERDICTION FIRE AROUND PERIMETER OF BASE. COSDIV 15 AND NSAD SECURED FROM GQ AT 230747H. AT 230815H, COSDIV 15 AND NSAD ARMED REACTION SQUADS INITIATED SWEEP OF BASE PERIMETER FOR POSSIBLE VC WIA'S. COSDIV 15 ARMED REACTION SQUAD DETECTED BLOOD TRAIL AND WEBGEAR INSIDE PERIMETER ON NORTH SIDE OF BASE. SQUAD FOLLOWED BLOOD TRAIL AND ENGAGED 1 VC. COSDIV 15 OINC (LTJG Wilbur Lee Fry Jr) LEADING SQUAD WAS WOUNDED IN LEFT HAND BY VC SMALL ARMS FIRE. SQUAD SURROUNDED AND KILLED VC. CAPTURED 1 CHICOM AK-47 AND CHICOM GRENADES. US ARMY TROOPS ARRIVED AND RELIEVED COSDIV 15 AND NSAD PATROLS. US ARMY TROOPS CONTINUING SWEEP OF PERIMETERS. CG 22 PERSONNEL RECOVERED CHICOM AUTOMATIC PISTOL, HOLSTER AND BELT AND DIVING KNIFE WITH CYRILLIC MARKINGS FROM WATER VICINITY OF THEIR PIERS AT 231045H. TWO OF THE TOTAL 3 VC KIA'S WERE EQUIPPED WITH DETAILED MAPS OF MARKET TIME BASE INCLUDING INFILTRATION AND ESCAPE ROUTES AND TARGETED STRUCTURES AND VESSELS.
  7. NONE
  8. 240200Z DEC 67

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