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    Today at 1800 (6:00pm) on the anniversary of their sacrifice, many of their Marine Brothers will raise a toast to these brave men to let them know that as long as we live, they will never be forgotten. God Bless Team Rush Act.

    "Not for fame or reward, not for place or rank, not lured by ambition, or goaded by necessity. But in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. These men suffered all, dared all and died"

    God Bless Team Rush Act - Never Forget.

    48 years ago today, 15 Marines were killed during a rescue attempt in the Que Son mountains of Vietnam. These Marines will never be forgotten by their buddies who served with them. Many of us will raise a toast to them at 1800 on 18 November as we do every year. Here is their story:

    Reconnaissance Company, Headquarters Battalion (Reinf.), First Marine Division (Reinf.) Fleet Marine Force Pacific
    1st Reconnaissance Battalion Operation Order
    #1187-70 of 12 November, 1970 ordered the insertion of
    1st Recon Team “Rush Act” from the Battalion’s Bravo
    Company into a haven in the Que Son Mountains, some
    22 miles or so south of their base at Da Nang. The patrol
    was ordered to Conduct reconnaissance and surveillance
    operations within an assigned haven to detect possible
    VC/NVC troop movements or arms infiltration and
    to be prepared to call and adjust Air and/or Artillery on
    all targets of opportunity.
    Team Rush Act, consisting of: Cpl John Frank Stockman,
    the Patrol Leader; HM2 Russell Glen “Doc” Daniels,
    the team’s Navy Medical Corpsman; LCpl David Vincent
    Delozier; Cpl Randall Paul Manela; LCpl Charles Alfred
    Pope Jr.; LCpl Robert Eugene Tucker and Cpl Fernando
    Villasana was inserted by HMM-263 on 10 November,
    1970.
    While executing their mission at least two of the
    Team members became debilitated by the notorious Vietnam
    FUO (Fever of Unknown Origin) and were being
    doctored by HM2 Daniels. As fate would have it, Doc
    Daniels suffered a broken leg as he slipped on a wet
    mountain slope during one of the Teams movements.
    The Patrol’s orders called for an extraction on 19
    November but Doc Daniel’s condition became a major
    concern of the Team and they requested an early extraction..
    The urgency of their request prompted two attempts
    to extract. Both attempts were cancelled due to
    heavy rain and fog in the Team’s haven area.
    Rain and fog notwithstanding the Thunder Chickens
    of HMM-263 were determined to extract their brothers
    and mounted a third extraction attempt on 18 November.
    The short account which follows is a narrative from
    HMM-263 regarding the third extraction mission:

    Three days overdue for extraction from their monsoon-soaked haven in the
    Que Son, 1st Recon Battalion Team “Rush Act” had monitored two aborted
    previous attempts to lift them out. They had sick and injured Marines and
    they were out of food and water.
    The “Thunder Chickens” of HMM-263, would try,
    once again, to penetrate the fog.
    Editor’s Note: Reflections is grateful to Charlie Kershaw
    and Dave Snider, President and Historian respectively, of the
    1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association, for suggesting the
    theme of this issue and for providing valuable resources. We
    all do well when we reflect, even with remorse, upon the
    legacy which the brave men of Team Rush Act, the 1st Reconnaissance
    Battalion, the pilots, crewmen and gunners of
    Medium Helicopter Squadron HMM-263 and MAG-16 have
    left us. We consider it an honor to aid in the preservation of
    that legacy. God Bless The United States Marine Corps.

    Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man's eyes— Euripides
    A recon team from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion call
    sign, "Rush Act" was 3 day overdue from extraction and
    was out of food and water with several Marines injured. They
    were located on a high peak in the Que Son mountains (AT
    967407) on a difficult slope. Many attempts were made to
    extract them in the days prior to November 18th but were
    thwarted by monsoon rains and clouds. On November 18th
    Major Ted Tobin set out from the recon helo pad with Lt Curt
    Rogers flying his wing. Tobin's aircraft carried the CO of the
    1st Marine Reconnaissance Battalion, Lt Col William
    G. Leftwich, his operations officer and several other
    extract certified Marines. While flying to the location of
    Team Rush Act, Tobin's CH-46 experienced RPM surges that
    required it to land at LZ Baldy, several clicks south of their
    intended mission. At LZ Baldy it was determined that the
    "SPIE" rig would be transferred to Lt Curt Rogers CH-46
    (Bureau# 154837). Once the transfer was complete the section
    departed for the pickup. LT Rogers flew over the team in
    bad weather but was able to spot them and began the extraction.
    During the extraction the weather deteriorated quickly
    resulting in extremely poor visibility. Lt Rogers reported he
    had the team and was departing the area. He was not heard
    from again. During the retrograde operation the following day
    it was clear that the CH-46 carrying Team Rush Act and all
    their command staff made a turn in IFR conditions and flew
    into the side of the mountain killing all 15 Marines.
    USMC/COMBAT HELICOPTER ASSOCIATION popasmoke.com
    Recon Reflections Issue #25 - 1 December 2011- Page 2

    TEAM RUSH ACT
    Daniels, Russell Glen HM2 Corpsman1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    Delozier, David Vincent LCpl 1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    Hudson, Gary Duane LCpl Passenger 1stMarDiv
    Pope Jr., Charles Alfred LCpl 1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    Stockman, John Frank Cpl 1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    Tucker, Robert Eugene LCpl 1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    Villasana, Fernando Cpl 1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    HELICOPTER PASSENGERS
    Leftwich Jr., William Groom LtCol CO/1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    Harvey, Cleveland Ray 1stLt 1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    Manela, Randall Paul Cpl 1stReconBn 1stMarDiv
    HELICOPTER CREW
    Bajin, Enver Cpl Gunner H&MS-16 MAG-16
    Buttry, Richard Russell LCpl Gunner H&MS-16 MAG-16
    Donnell II, Robert A Sgt Crew Chief HMM-263 MAG-16
    Rogers Jr., Orville Curtis 1stLt Pilot HMM-263 MAG-16
    Stolz Jr., James Edward 1stLt Co-Pilot HMM-263 MAG-16


    My Thanks to Hubert "HU" Campbell, 1st Recon Battalion for permission to use his narrative.
    Last edited by popasmoke; 11-18-2018, 12:27.

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    RIP Brave Marines
    Semper Fidelis
    Joe


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