Submitted by: Ted Zoutis, CAP Delta 6
Theodore C. Zoutis
May 13, 1997
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I am going through some of my personal logs and diaries that I managed to save. Some of these items may be of interest to place on the website or file under a miscellaneous section.
Are you familiar with "Thrush Points"? These were code names for certain coordinates on the map.
River was coordinate 0059.
To use - you would say "Mississippi" right or left how many clicks. Then you would use another "Thrush Point" i.e.
Rank, which was 1158 and go either up or down so many clicks.
These were used to prevent the enemy from determining our positions if they were monitoring our frequencies.
Here are a list of "Thrush Points" used on 2/24/67:
Here is one sample of a radio message to me:
DELTA 6 from CIRCUMFERENCE 3"
Do not activate DSP5. Do not allow DSP5 to travel east of 07 grid line or north of 68 grid line. VC company spotted with motars and rockets. Hold position as blocking force.
We will move toward enemy contact and push them to your location. I say again, hold position, do not activate. Enemy will be pushed into your sector. How copy over?
Roger that Circumfrence 3, D-6 out.
Are you familiar with BLUE MONDAY? There are ten letters and each letter represents a number; for example one day you'll receive a code "DN", that means letter D represents the number 1, and the letter N represents the number 0.
Another code is given; example, FKLBOTA - the new radio frequency is 49.2 For more clarity
D A Y B L U E M O N 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
The only letters in FKLBOTA that corresponds with BLUE MONDAY are the letters BOA = 49.2
Battalion Tac 66.20 M-621 Call sign: ANDREW 54.50 M-147 & M-180 ARTILLERY 39.9 M-72 Call sign: HEAD COLD BRAVO CROW'S NEST 37.9 M-72 Call sign: CROW'S NEST TACTICAL AIR 40.6 M-72 Call sign: BLACK RAVEN CONTROL MEDAVAC BUTTON YELLOW 43.5 BUTTON VERMILLION 35.5 M-177 GOLF HQ'S 53.80 51TH ARVN'S 44.60 Call sign: LUSH PEARL DELTA CAG 49.2 Call sign: OLDFIELD FOB4 (forward observer) 38.6 Call sign : KOKOMO F BATTERY CHARLIE 5 66.75 Call sign: HAMBONE FOXTROT SIDEBELL KILO (K3/1) 59.55 M-184 SIDEBELL (BATTALION) 57.10 M-725 Call sign: CIRCUMFERENCE SIDEBELL MIKE (M 3/1) 45.65 M-431 SIDEBELL INDIA (I 3/1) 62.75 M-216 SIDEBELL LIMA (L 3/1) 68.05 M-355 ARTILLERY PREPLOTS: Effective Feb 21,1967 SIERRA SIERRA (SS) Coordinates Azimuth SS025 06356772 3900 SS026 06046789 4200 SS027 06786790 3200 SS043 07286790 1600 SS048 06276816 3400 SS049 06856852 1000 SS049 07146787 2400 ILLUMINATION SIERRA BRAVO SB1019Z 06606800 3800
Three villagers, 2 children and 1 woman were traveling from Binh Ky to Tho San by boat. They were reported killed by small arms from crowsnest . People shot out of boat and boat sank. The bodies are at bottom of river. Village chief requests person to retrieve the bodies from bottom of river.
Review; 3 civilian KIA's , fired allegely fired upon by crowsnest location, west side of river, at appx 1715hrs at 063707.
Calling COC Circumfrence for persmission to retrieve victims from river for the people of Tho San.
Called COC, explained situation.
Permission granted for recovery at first light tommorrow.