Raydon Hubbard

The Way We Were

Ray served as a medic with Delta Company 1st BN / 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division in Pleiku, Vietnam from March 1969 to March 1970. 

THEN

NOW

Vietnam Veterans of America

The 175mm guns of the 2/94th Battalion, along with the 1/40th Battalion a 105mm SP howitzer Battalion, were some of the first Army combat units introduced into the northern I Corps Tactical Zone in October of 1966. B Battery 6/27th is thought to be the first Army Combat unit in that Theater. B Battery 6/27th would be attached to the 2/94th as D Battery. The 2/94th and the Marine Fire Support Base at Camp Carroll would become the linchpin for the defense of the entire DMZ. The 2/94th, from its Battalion Headquarters at Camp Carroll, supported every Marine Operation from 1966 to 1969 along the DMZ. From supporting 3rd Marine Strikers ; supporting perimeters under attacked; knocking out the enemies artillery, rocket positions, and anti-aircraft sites; and firing deep into North Vietnam itself.  Notable is the support of the continuous Marine hill fights from1967 to 1968, the history making artillery dueling at Gio Linh for months on end against massed enemy batteries, support of the Con Thien base, and the defense of the Khe Sanh Combat Base in 1968. During Dewey Canyon II and the Lam Son incursion into Laos and the border the 2/94th proved to be an outstanding lead Artillery Battalion.  Two of the 2/94th Batteries were the last units to leave the border during those operations as the ARVN forces retreated around them.  The two Batteries dug in and stood alone for three days until they could be evacuated down "Ambush Alley" with assistance of the 1/77th  M48 tanks. The 2/94th would later support the 5th Mechanized Brigade in it's defense of the DMZ area after the Marines were stood down. Later the 2/94th supported the 101st and the 196th LIB.  Notable is the A Shau and the defense of Ripcord.
On 9 April 1972 at1400 hours, C Battery, 3rd Gun Section, of the 2nd Battalion, 94th Artillery fired the last American Heavy artillery round in Vietnam from Hill 34 in the Republic of South Vietnam.


Ray with the things he carried.

 On 1 October 1963 the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry was activated. The 4th Infantry Division deployed from Fort Lewis to Camp Enari, Pleiku, Vietnam on 25 September 1966 and served more than four years. Two brigades operated in the Central Highlands/II Corps Zone. Throughout its service in Vietnam the division conducted combat operations ranging from the western Central Highlands along the border between Cambodia and Vietnam to Qui Nhon on the South China Sea. The division experienced intense combat against NVA regular forces in the mountains surrounding Kontum. The 1st Battalion 8th Infantry and the 4th Div. won nine campaign streamers for action in Vietnam from 1966 to 1970, participating in operations Sam Houston, Francis Marion, Don Quin, Paul Revere III, Wayne Grey. The Vietnamese government awarded the battalion the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Civil Action Medal First Class. The Battalion sought out, engaged and decisively defeated an overwhelmingly larger force by deploying small, isolated patrols and conducting company and platoon size reconnaissance-in-force operations. It deactivated on 10 April 1970 at Fort Lewis, Washington and reactivated on 13 September 1972 at Fort Carson, CO.

Gary Hutchison Memorial Chapter 1028

It's been decades since we served. But to many of us, it seems like only yesterday.  Today we are old and slow; but once we were young and swift.  For those who never knew us then; and for those who can't remember when, take a look back at‚Äč  the way we were: