Captain Slaters written account of Alpha Company’s fight on July 6-7, 1967 — “The Corridor”

Captain Albert Slater’s Navy Cross Citation

LCpl Michael Stewart’s Navy Cross Citation

Ray Linebaugh was drafted into the Marine Corps 1966. Ray was a rifleman and a squad leader in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines during the most costly Marine engagement of the Vietnam War — OPERATION BUFFALO.  Ray joined ALL MARINE RADIO as part of our BATTLEFIELD STUDIES SERIES to discuss the events of early July 1967 and hopefully lessons that any Marine or student of “peer to peer” warfare can learn.

In Part 2 of this interview Ray recounts the events of July 6, 1967 when Alpha and Charlie Companies of 1st Battalion, 9th Marines headed northwest from Con Thien towards the Ben Hai River inside the DMZ to support a 3rd Recon Battalion mission to recon the River and discover how NVA units were crossing the river so quickly. July 6, 1967 would be an incredible victory for the Marines and Sailors of A/1/9 — at the end of the fight the official reported killed in action numbers were NVA-200 (believed to be multiples of that number, with estimates approaching 1,000 EKIA); USMC-2.  Ray account of the fighting during and beyond OPERATION BUFFALO should be mandatory listening for any small unit leader who is studying peer-to-peer warfare.

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