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By Michel Robertson
WNC Military History Museum 

Vietnam Veterans: Ranger Phil Mayrand Recounts His Last Mission


Last updated 1/14/2019 at 3:04pm

Sgt. Phil Mayrand in ambush position on a mission.

The U.S. Army website describes the 75th Ranger Regiment as the U.S. Army's premier large-scale special operations force, which is made up of some of the most elite soldiers in the world. What follows is an account by Phil Mayrand, Sgt. U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment, of his last mission in Vietnam.

On the morning of Aug. 5, 1969, Ranger Sergeant Joe Little, team leader and I, assistant team leader, received the warning order for Ranger Team 2-1's next mission. We were to go in "heavy" with an atypically large team of eight Rangers to be inserted on the west bank of the Vam Co Dong River...

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