Sampers, James William, IC1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
IC-0000-Interior Communications Electrician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Interior Communications Electrician
Primary Unit
1969-1969, IC-0000, River Squadron 51 (RIVRON 51), River Patrol Flotilla 5 (RIVPATFLOT 5)
Service Years
1961 - 1969
IC-Interior Communications Electrician
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Storm Lake, IA
Last Address
Storm Lake, IA

Casualty Date
Sep 07, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Marys Cemetery - Storm Lake, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18W 056

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Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
Start Year
1969
End Year
1969

Description
This Campaign period was from 9 June to 31 October 1969.  In the Mekong Delta proper, Swift boat, PBR, riverine assault craft, SEAL, and Vietnamese ground units struck at the Viet Cong in their former strongholds, which included the Ca Mau Peninsula, the U Minh Forest, and the islands of the broad Mekong River system.

After raiding and harassing operations like Silver Mace II, the combined navies often deployed forces to secure a more permanent Vietnamese government presence in vital areas. In June 1969, for example, the U.S. Navy anchored a mobile pontoon base in the middle of the Ca Mau region's Cua Lon River. This operation, labelled Sea Float, was made difficult by heavy Viet Cong opposition, strong river currents, and the distance to logistic support facilities. Still, Sea Float denied the enemy a safe haven even in this isolated corner of the delta. The allies further threatened the Communist "rear" area in September when they set up patrols on the Ong Doc, a river bordering the dense and isolated U Minh area. Staging from an advance tactical support base at the river's mouth, U.S. and Vietnamese PBRs of Operation Breezy Cove repeatedly intercepted and destroyed enemy supply parties crossing the waterway.

By October 1969, one year after the start of the SEALORDS campaign, Communist military forces in the Mekong Delta were under heavy pressure. The successive border interdiction barriers delayed and disrupted the enemy's resupply and troop replacement from Cambodia. The raiding operations hit vulnerable base areas and the Sea Float deployment put allied forces deep into what had been a Viet Cong sanctuary. In addition, American and Vietnamese forces captured or destroyed over 500 tons of enemy weapons, ammunition, food, medicines, and other supplies. Furthermore, 3,000 Communist soldiers were killed and 300 were captured at a cost of 186 allied men killed and 1,451 wounded.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1969
To Year
1969
 
Last Updated:
Jan 3, 2018
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

HHC, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

 
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  • Blackburn, Larry, CPO, (1968-1988)
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  • French, Craig, PO1, (1974-1983)
  • Gaston, Mack, RADM, (1964-1995)
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  • Gingrich, Stewart, LT, (1966-1974)
  • Gisel, Charles, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Hall, Joseph, CDR, (1968-1996)
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