C, 1/327, Veghel

Before I went out to Tiger Force, I was assigned as a medic with C company, 1/327. Everything I learned about being a boonie rat, I learned in C company, everything I learned about sneaking in the woods, I learned in C company. If I was anything of a soldier, anything of a medic, anything of a warrior, I learned it with the men of C company. These are a few of those noble men. Click here for stories about Veghel.

A Shau Valley as seen from Bertchesgaden or Eagles Nest. The Air strip at A Shau and the abandonded Special Forces Camp is easily seen below. The low clouds are Artilery strikes from 175 mm and 8" guns. Photo by Bernard Lipke

Tigers walking off Veghel. This is not too long after Veghel was taken, since the bunkers are not yet built, for the perimeter. Instead one can see the rather fresh clearing work, and rudimentary fighting positions.

Tigers being dropped off at Veghel. Tigers had been lifted from another corner of the AO, and dropped here to resupply, and walked off the back side of the Firebase, to go right back out into the field. "B" company men in the forground at their fighting position on the perimeter. Photo by Bernard Lipke

These 2 photos show Firebase Veghel from a helicopeter just before landing, within a few weeks of being taken. Interesting to note that in the Division level reports (click here to see) the site for Veghel was deemed too heavily forested to warrent it's use as a firebase. The report clearly states that too much defoliant, blasting and clearing would have to take place to justify taking it and establishing a fire base. Of course, some bright SOB at division headquarters couldn't let intelligent thinking get in the way of spending a few lives, so we took Veghel in a costly and protracted assault that cost too many lives.