Appendix A

Key Personnel of BLT 2/4, 9th MAB (opcon to the 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division), during Operation Night Owl and the Battle of Dai Do (27 April-3 May 1968):

CO: Lt. Col. William Weise (until WIA on 2 May); then Maj. Charles W. Knapp (acting until relieved by Lt. Col. Louis A. Rann on 6 May)

XO: Maj. Charles W. Knapp

Sgt. Maj.: Sg. Maj. John M. Malnar (until KIA on 2 May)

S1 (Personnel): IstLt. R. L. Jones

S2 (Intelligence): Capt. Richard J. Murphy

S3 (Operations): Maj. George F. Warren

S4 (Logistics): Capt. L. L. Forehand

Medical Officer: Lt. Frederick P. Lillis, USN; with Lt. Runas Powers, USN, and HM1 Walter R. Gorsage, USN

CO, H&S Company: 1st Lt. Edward S. Dawson

ECHO COMPANY

CO: Capt. James E. Livingston (until WIA on 2 May); then 2d Lt. Michael L. Cecil (acting)

XO: 1 st Lt. David R. Jones (until WIA on 2 May)

FO: GySgt. James Eggleston (WIA on 2 May)

1st Sgt.: not available

GySgt: GySgt. Roscoe Chandler

1st Pit. Comdr.: 2d Lt. Michael L. Cecil

1st Pit. Sgt.: not available

2d Pit. Comdr.: 1st Lt. James Sims (until WIA on 2 May)

2d Pit. Sgt.: not available

3d Pit. Comdr.: 1 st Lt. David R. Jones (acting until WIA on 2 May); then Sgt. James W. Rogers (acting)

3d Pit. Sgt.: not available

FOXTROT COMPANY

CO: Capt. James H. Butler

XO: 1 st Lt. James Wainwright

FO: 2d Lt. J. M. Basel (WIA on 30 April)

1st Sgt.: 1st Sgt. Theodore D. Duchateau

GySgt.: SSgt. Pedro P. Balignasay (acting until WIA on 1 May); then the assigned company gunnery sergeant, GySgt. P. E. Brandon, who had been in the battalion rear on an administrative run when the battle began

1st Pit. Comdr.: 2d Lt. David K. McAdams (until WIA on 2 May)

1st Pit. Sgt.: LCpl. Ronald J. Dean (acting until WIA on 2 May)

2d Pit. Comdr.: SSgt. Richard L. Bartlow (until KIA on 2 May)

2d Pit. Sgt.: Sgt. Albert Archaleta (until WIA on 2 May)

3d Pit. Comdr.: 2d Lt. Robert Lanham (until WIA on 1 May)

3d Pit. Sgt.: SSgt. Chateau

GOLF COMPANY

CO: Capt. Robert J. Mastrion (until medevacked on 28 April); then Capt. “J. R.” Vargas (acting until medevacked on 3 May)

XO: 1st Lt. Jack E. Deichman (WIA on 2 May)

FO: 2d Lt. Peter A. Acly (WIA on 2 May)

1st Sgt.: not available

GySgt.: GySgt. Billy R. Armer (until WIA on 27 and 28 April); then SSgt. Reymundo Del Rio (until medevacked on 2 May)

1st Pit. Comdr.: SSgt. Reymundo Del Rio (until he became company gunnery sergeant on 28 April); then SSgt. Wade (acting)

1st Plt. Sgt.: SSgt. Wade

2d Pit. Comdr.: 2d Lt. Frederick H. Morgan

2d Pit. Sgt: Sgt. Richard F. Abshire (until KIA on 2 May); then Cpl. Pless (acting)

3d Pit. Comdr.: 1st Lt. James T. Ferland (until WIA on 2 May); then 1st Lt. Jack E. Deichman (acting)

3d Pit. Sgt.: Sgt. Robert J. Colasanti (WIA on 30 April and IMay)

HOTEL COMPANY

CO: Capt. James L. Williams (until WIA on 30 April); then 1 st Lt. Alexander F. Prescott IV (acting until WIA on 2 May); then 2d Lt. Bayard V Taylor (acting until WIA on 2 May); then 1 st Lt. Alexander F. Prescott IV (acting after returning to duty on 3 May)

XO: 1st Lt. Alexander F. Prescott IV (in field); and 2d Lt. Bayard V Taylor (in battalion rear until battle began)

FO: 2d Lt. Carl R. Gibson (until KIA on 30 April); then the FO team radioman, LCpl. Carl M. Spaethe (acting)

1st Sgt.: 1st Sgt. Clifford Martin

GySgt.: GySgt. Bobby B. Wagner

1st Pit. Comdr.: 2d Lt. Boyle (WIA on 30 April)

1st Pit. Sgt.: SSgt. Richard A. Kelleher (until WIA on 30 April)

2d Pit. Comdr.: SSgt. Robert J. Ward (until medevacked on 1 May); then Sgt. Bruce Woodruff (acting)

2d Pit. Sgt.: not available

3d Pit. Comdr.: SSgt. Ronald W Taylor (until WIA on 30 April); then Sgt. Joe N. Jones (acting); then 1 st Lt. William B. Zimmerman (acting until returned to the battalion headquarters on 1 May); then 2d Lt. Bayard V Taylor (acting until he assumed command of the company on 2 May); then Sgt. Joe N. Jones (acting)

3d Pit. Sgt.: Sgt. Joe N. Jones

If you find an error please notify us in the comments. Thank you!