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a     a1 Graphic courtesy of:

Richard J. Holewa
Veterans Service Officer
Dudley, Massachusetts

Sgt William Joseph Cyr
377th Security Police Squadron
Echo Sector

Sgt Cyr manned the O-51 Bunker, where four security policemen died during the, "Attack On Tan Son Nhut, TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968."

Buried Sacred Heart Parrish Cemetery, Webster, Massachusetts.
b     b1 Graphic courtesy of:  

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Charlie Sector
October 1967 - July 1969

Sgt Louis Harold Fischer
377th Security Police Squadron
Echo Sector

Sgt Fischer was the NCOIC of the O-51 Bunker, where four security policemen died during the, "Attack On Tan Son Nhut, TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968."

Buried Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.

Read a portion of the Security Police radio traffic that night.

(Echo-37)  They're completely inside the base, they're all around this position, we're running low on ammo, one man dead and two badly injured. (0354 hours)

(Security Control)   10-20, your call sign.

(Echo-37)   Echo-37.

(Security Control)   Copy, Echo-37.

Echo-37)   That's 10-4.

Sad to say that this will be the very last transmission from Echo-37, better known as the O-51 Bunker.

Once the attack started, my friends only had twenty-four (24) minutes to live.
c     c1 Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Charlie Sector
October 1967 - July 1969

Sgt Charles Edward Hebron
377th Security Police Squadron
Echo Sector

Sgt Hebron manned the O-51 Bunker, where four security policemen died during the, "Attack On Tan Son Nhut, TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968."

Buried Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Bryan, Texas
d     d1 Graphic courtesy of:

Larry Blades
377th Security Police Squadron
Echo Sector
November 1967 - November 1968

Sgt Roger Bertha Mills
377th Security Police Squadron
Echo Sector

Sgt Mills manned the O-51 Bunker, where four security policemen died during the, "Attack On Tan Son Nhut, TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968."

Buried US Army Cemetery, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.
e Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Sentry Dog Section
Oct 1967 - Jul 1968

This is a photograph of Sgt Alonza Coggins, the only man to survive the attack on the 0-51 Bunker, on Jan 31, 1968, during the TET Offensive.

Four of his best friends died this night.

1.  SGT William Joseph Cyr, 22 Oct 45 - 31 Jan 68, Panel 36-E, Line 005
2.  SGT Louis Harold Fischer, 19 Dec 45 - 31 Jan 68, Panel 36-E, Line 008
3.  SGT Charles Edward Hebron, 18 Sep 45 - 31 Jan 68, Panel 36-E, Line 013
4.   SGT Roger Bertha Mills, 30 Aug 46 - 31 Jan 68, Panel 36-E, Line 025
Carl DeNisio Graphic courtesy of:

Carl DeNisio
377th Security Police Squadron

Capt DeNisio, is the Weapons Systems Security Operations Officer

During the TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968, his call sign was "Mobile-56."

If you were to listen to the Central Security Control, tapes of that night, you would hear his calm voice, giving orders and reassurance to all the security policemen.
Gerald Ingalsbe Graphic courtesy of:

Gerald Ingalsbe
377th Security Police Squadron

1Lt Ingalsbe, Assistant Operations Officer

During the TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968, his call sign was "Mobile-59."

1LT Ingalsbe worked the west end perimeter, during the night of the Tet Offensive, Jan 31, 1968.
CSC Graphic courtesy of:

Jim Bloom
377th Security Police Squadron
Central Security Control

TSgt James Bloom, was the NCOIC at the Central Security Control (CSC) on the night of the TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968.

If you were to listen to the tapes of that night, you would hear the calm voice of him giving orders and reassurance to all the security policemen.
Bravo-1     Bravomen Graphic courtesy of:

TSgt Michael Hurley
377th Combat Security Police Squadron
Dec 1967 - Dec 1968

Mike Hurley, is the NCOIC, Bravo Sector, Charlie Flight.  (Charlie Flight, was the midnight shift.)

During the TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968, his call sign was "Bravo-1."
Charlie-1     Charlie Men Graphic courtesy of:

TSgt Arthur Garcia
377th Combat Security Police Squadron
Nov 1967 - Nov 1968

Arthur Garcia, is the NCOIC, Charlie Sector, Charlie Flight.  (Charlie Flight, was the midnight shift.)

During the TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968, his call sign was "Charlie-1."
Steven Rivers Graphic courtesy of:

Sgt Steve Rivers
377th Combat Security Police Squadron
Jun 1967 - Jun 1968

This is view from the top of the Tango-1 tower.

During the TET Offensive, Jan 31, 1968, his call sign was "Tango-1."
Tango-1 Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Sentry Dog Section

This is the largest water tower on Tan Son Nhut Air Base.

It's call-sign is "Tango-1."  It had a security police post on top of it.

On the night of TET 1968, it was manned by Sgt Steve Rivers.
O-51 Bunker Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Sentry Dog Section

This is the O-51 Bunker in which four security police died on the night of TET 1968.  Those four men's photographs and information, are shown above.
j Graphic courtesy of:

Charles Penley
377th Security Police Squadron
Charlie Sector
October 1967 - July 1969

The names of the fourteen security Policeman who died while defending Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  (1959 - 1975)
k
Graphic courtesy of:

Col Farley Peebles
Tan Son Nhut Base Commander
1967 - 1968

TET Offensive Map, Jan 31, 1968, showing most of the security police posts on this night.  Four security policemen in the O-51 Bunker, on the west end of base lost their lives.






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