Hi fellow Bastards,
I am hoping that someone may have the whereabouts of Casey Jones. He was my squad leader on Con Thien in Aug of 1967, when I first joined Graveyard Golf. I have been looking for him (and/or Wayne Evans – my fire team leader) to thank them for teaching me their knowledge and saving my life, during my tour.
My tour began in Aug 1967 and I rotated back to the US in Sept.
I was sent to CACo near Danang. Because of the knowledge they taught me, I was able to survive the rest of my tour including being in 3 CAP units, until I rotated back home in Sept of ’67. I was WIA on Oct 14th at the bridge – “Bastard’s Bridge” during the night we were overrun and lost (too many) Marines. I never knew that Sgt Foster lost his life saving his crew. I was able to kill some of the NVA with the blooper that Casey gave me and taught me how to use! I was on the “L” position that some of the gooks came in through, when they took the M-60 at the corner of the “L” and started using it on our position. Every time I saw a burst come into our position from outside our compound, I fired a few rounds from the M-79 until it stopped. The gooks started throwing hand grenades at us and we would get down behind the sandbags, then after they went off, we would get back up. I continued to keep the M-60 as silent as possible because it was not being used by Marines on the enemy, but by the enemy on US. When my foxhole buddy and I were Med-evaced later that morning, some of the guys came up to me and told me about the damage we did, including me destroying the M-60 because of the blooper.
I need to resolve this debt. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!
I have always been “honored” to have been a member of “G” 2/4.
Sgt Erle Mutz USMC
MOPH Chapter 417
Contact Sgt Erle Mutz with any further info
Ssgt. Bill Minton says
Came there in Sept 67, 106 weapons platoon, missed your battle and stayed there till 2/4 pulled out. We got overrun the first night on the way back to Dong Ha. Never was boring, proud to serve with all. Wish I could help you find your buds.
Erle Mutz says
Thanks for the note. Sorry I missed you at the bridge. LCol Weise was our big chief then. I don’t know where he went after the night we got overrun – Fri Oct 14th. I met up with him at a reunion where I found out he was a General, and along with General Gray, we all had a great time. I’m looking forward to the next one – IF I can make it.
If you think of anyone who might be able to help – with ANY clues at all, please let me know!
Sgt Mutz (Mutzie) LOL