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
C O N F I D E N T A L
MARKET TIME SPOT REPORT (C)
NSAD QUI NHON, COASTAL DIVISION 15
(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.
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
240200Z DEC 67
- CG22, US ARMY GUNSHIP HELOS, USAF DRAGONSHIP AND FAC, CBMU 302, EOD TEAM 20, LCPL DET.
- VC SAPPER TEAM
- 222315H TO 231130H
- CR 2122
- 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
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