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gled through the tall grass, he had his artillery and air officers
"calling mission after mission . . . ." The situation tor Company I
was already desperate when Colonel Hall, the 7th Marines commander,
radioed Barnard that the 3d Battalion, 27th Marines would make a helicopter
assault to the south in order to relieve the pressure on his battalion.11


Lieutenant Colonel Tullis J. Woodham, Jr., the commanding officer of the 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, remembered that his unit had been on alert for Allen Brook and was to relieve the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines. In fact the 27th Marines, under Colonel Adolph G. Schwenk, Jr., was scheduled to take responsibility for the operation rrom the 7th Marines later that day. Early on the morning of the 17th, Lieutenant Colonel Woodham had received orders to truck his battalion down to Liberty Bridge and then cross the bridge on foot to make the planned relief. At this point, he had only two of his companies with him, Companies K and L. His Company M was the Da Nang Air Base security company and Company I, of course, was attached to Barnard's battalion. Upon learning of the predicament of his Company I, Woodham conferred with Schwenk and agreed upon the helicopter assault. For the time being, Woodham's battalion would be under the operational control of the 7th Marines.12


After some unexpected delays in the arrival of the aircraft and in coordination with the air preparation of the landing zone, about 1500 on the 17th, Marine helicopters finally brought the battalion into An Tarn (l) about 1,000 meters southeast of Le Nam (l). Even

Photo
courtesy of Col Tullis J. Woodham Jr. USMC (Ret)

Heavily sweating
Marines from the Command Group of the 3d Battalion, 27th Marines assist
in the evacuation of an injured Capt Robert R. Anderson, who had attempted
to reach the embattled Company I, With temperatures reaching 110 to
120 degrees, heat was as much the enemy as the NVA.









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