It is with a sad heart I’m forced to report the death of R. Lee Emrey. Known best for his iconic roll as drill sergeant gunny in the Stanley Kubrick film, Full Metal Jacket. A real drill sergeant himself, Ermey brought his intensive personality alive on the screen, and was one the most memorable characters from movies for me. RIP, a damn good Marine and man.
Operation PEGASUS initiated. This operation featured 17 U.S. and four ARVN airborne battalions to relieve the siege of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. Virtually the entire 1st Air Cavalry Division was committed along with five Marine battalions, mostly from the 26th Marines. The bulk of the NVA units had already departed the Khe Sanh area. The operation consisted for combat assaults to take the high ground on both sides of route 9 and systematically reopening the road. The forces discovered several caches of NVA supplies, hundreds of enemy corpses, and a "pockmarked, burnt, and ruined" landscape "like the surface of the moon." The companion ARVN operation was named LAM SON 207. Casualties: U.S. 92 KIA, 667 WIA, 5 MIA; ARVN 33 KIA, 187 WIA; enemy 1,044 KIA and 9 POWs.
March 31st 1968 - Betrayed by his personal advisors, President Johnson announces his surprise decision not to seek re-election. He also announces a partial bombing halt and urges Hanoi to begin peace talks. "We are prepared to move immediately toward peace through negotiations." As a result, peace talks soon begin. The bombing halt only affects targets north of the 20th parallel, including Hanoi.
"With America's sons in the fields far away, with America's future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world's hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office--the Presidency of your country.
Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President." #unitedstates#america#unitedstatesofamerica#planes#tanks#guns#cars#boats#helicopter#huey#m16#m14#m60#m1helmet#army#marines#usmc#historiansunion