From Mike Kovitch
The Atlanta Journal newspaper
article to the right dated
Thursday, August 4, 1966 about
A Company is a good indicator
of what was going on at the

If you check out the two
envelope dates and return
addresses from NAM that I
mailed home during Aug 1966,
you will see one letter is
postmarked the week of Aug
9th, and I was in C Company.
However, the very next week I
was now in A Company which
was just 3 weeks or so into my
(Click here to see my
letters mailed home on page 8)

After A Company's 3rd Platoon
ordeal, they took about 17 of us
from Charlie Company and
immediately transferred us to
Alpha Company.

None of us knew the reason at
the time, however as we
awaited our flight out to Alpha
Company on a C-130, I will
never forget this Buck SGT
from Alpha Company created a  
big scene by refusing to get on
the plane. Some LT overheard
the SGT's refusal and came
over and gave the SGT a direct
order to get on the plane.

The SGT refused and started to
loudly cuss and curse. "I'm not
getting on that g _ _  d _ _ _
plane."  The LT said, "Soldier,
you need to calm down and
control yourself in front of all
these men, do I make myself
clear?  Now get on that plane
or I'll have you court
martialed." The SGT said, "I
don't give a F _ _ _ what you do
but I'm not going back out
there", and then the SGT
started to bawl like a kid.  

The rest of us, myself included,
didn't know what to think
(perhaps, the SGT was one of
the 9 survivors talked about in
the article).

I remember thinking to myself,
what had this guy been
through?  What the hell had he
seen? What was going on?

I promised myself that very day
that I would try and do
whatever I could to never get
that bad off, never ever act like
that. He never got on the plane
and another officer placed his
arm around the SGT and
escorted him away from the
company area.

And now the 7th CAV, including
Alpha Company was off to
Phanthiet.  My war was just
beginning, and I just knew the
world had forgotten about Mike

It was only about 10 days after
this that I was wounded in my
first ambush on Sept 2, 1966.

I never saw the SGT again and
wonder to this day what
happened to him. It is obvious
now that he had PTSD to the
extreme.  I still wonder if they
got him proper help or if they
court martialed him. I'll
probably never know.  Poor
SGT Mike Kovitch, RTO
NAM Photos and Information
A Company 2nd BN 7th CAV
July 1966 - July 1967
Posted With Permission June 2013/jb
From Mike Kovitch
It would always be good to hear from a
fellow 1st Caver, no matter the year served.
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Americans Played Dead To Escape Red Attackers
SAIGON.  Aug 4, 1966  (UPI)---US 1st Air Cavalry troopers Thursday reached a blood-
soaked clearing in the Central Highlands where a “lost platoon” of 26 Americans made a
last stand against swarms of North Vietnamese.  They found 9 survivors who had “played
dead” to live.

The last message from the reconnaissance platoon from Alpha Company 2nd Battalion
7th Cavalry of the 1st Air Cavalry Division, received two days ago, said:
“Casualties heavy…….For God’s sake, get us out of here……can’t talk
anymore….Got to shoot.”  Then silence. Later: “They’re coming at us from

The platoon was part of the massive U.S. Forces sweeping the Ia Drang Valley region in
Operation Paul Revere. U.S. Spokesman said the reinforcements who reached the
clearing today found 46 dead Communist troopers and signs that other bodies had been
dragged away. Of the nine surviving Americans, six were wounded. The nine “played
possum,” pretending they were dead, and were ignored by the Reds when they overran
the camp, a spokesman said.

A U.S. Military spokesman in Saigon said today American planes flew 103 missions
Wednesday over the panhandle coastline of Communist North Vietnam, destroying or
damaging 28 anti-aircraft batteries.

Giant B-52 bombers from Guam today struck the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating
North and South Vietnam for the third time. The buffer zone is being used as an infiltration
route and supply base by the Communists, U.S. Spokesman said. The B-52’s earlier hit
Communist positions 30 miles north-northwest of Saigon.

The American Military command in Saigon reported today 99 Americans were killed in
action during the week ended July 30, raising to 4,539 the number of U.S. combat deaths
in the war. Another 534 Americans were wounded.    South Vietnamese troops suffered
200 combat fatalities during the same period while other allied Forces—from Australia,
South Korea and New Zealand—had 12 killed and 21 wounded.