USMC Debrief of Colonel D.E. Lownds by Colonel R.H. Mample, Q&A (2 of 2)
29 July 1968
Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
Audio (Reel-to-Reel - 2 Track Mono [3.75])
This is the continuation of 992au0696 (1 of 2) the debrief of Col. D.E. Lownds. This is a question and answer session.
Col. Lownds feels that a body count is irrelevant to winning the war and is only useful to pacify the press. Col. Lownds then explains the evaluation of obtaining the data from sensors. Originally the information went from the ground to the aircraft to Thailand and then to Khe Sanh. Following time the base at Khe Sanh received information at the same time that Thailand was receiving it. The use of the sensors and a quick air strike in Col. Lownds opinion destroyed two battalions that would have attacked the base. Scout dogs were used in the defense of Khe Sanh but at a very limited basis because the dogs could not endure the constant shelling. If used properly the dogs have a place, but not in a defensive posture.
The artillery at Khe Sanh was relatively untouched, the enemy were either poor shots or never focused on knocking out the U.S. artillery pieces. The U.S. forces could not locate the positions of artillery pieces, otherwise the siege would not have been as bad. Col. Lownds does not believe that the enemy was tunneling under the Khe Sanh base. The troops only water supply could have been compromised, but for an unknown reason the Vietnamese never tried to do this. Operation Pegasus while not necessary was appreciated.
USMC Debrief of Colonel D.E. Lownds by Colonel R.H. Mample, Q&A (2 of 2), 29 July 1968, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 4 May. 2015. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=992AU0697>.
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992AU0697, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 15 Aug 2002[Updated: 27 Nov 2013]