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JYD73
03-15-2014, 22:39
Putting out the word, SFC Patrick N. "Mandolin" Watkins will be presented with the DSC for his above and beyond courageous actions while a member of MACVSOG on 23 AUG 1968. This ceremony will be most graciously hosted by the 7th SFG(A) at Eglin on Thursday, 22 MAY 14. 46 years later, but never too late to recognize a true and valorous American fighting hero! Many thanks to all those that have worked to make this recognition possible!

The Distinguished Service Cross Ceremony of Patrick N. Watkins will be held at 1500hrs at the Liberty Chapel of the 7th SFG(A) Cantonment area, Eglin AFB, FL 32542.

Richard
03-16-2014, 08:08
The attack on FOB4 (CCN) which resulted in the loss of 17 SF NCOs/OFFs and many more wounded.

Watkins' actions that morning as described by Tilt Meyer.

http://macvsog.cc/nva_through_the_wire.htm

Richard

cbtengr
03-16-2014, 08:48
It's good to see SFC Watkins recognized for his actions CONGRATS! Richard thanks for the link, it was a very good read. Can someone expand on the definition of a Sand Table?

The Reaper
03-16-2014, 10:25
It's good to see SFC Watkins recognized for his actions CONGRATS! Richard thanks for the link, it was a very good read. Can someone expand on the definition of a Sand Table?

Terrain model.

TR

Richard
03-16-2014, 11:08
Can someone expand on the definition of a Sand Table?

3D visual aid for operations planning and briefing.

Richard

JJ_BPK
03-16-2014, 18:34
Very hearty congratulations to SFC Pat "Mandolin" Watkins.
Long over due, but better late than never..

:lifter:lifter:lifter

JYD73
04-03-2014, 14:39
Action Brief of then SSG Patrick N. Watkins:

On the evening and morning of 22-23 August 1968, SSG Patrick N. Watkins,FOB#1 Phu Bai SOA(CCN), 5th SFG(A), 1st SF, MACVSOG, was waiting to attend a promotion board at the "secure" HHC compound in Da Nang, RVN. That evening, while setting down for the night, a large enemy force of over 250 elite NVA Sappers attacked the compound. The NVA violently assaulted the billets with AK-47s,hand-grenades, RPG’s, satchel charges, and mortar fire, where many of the men were already asleep. SSG Watkins, immediately sprang into action to furiously engage the enemy and rescue fellow Americans. All that night while under constant NVA fire, as the base was completely overrun, SSG Watkins dug out his fellow wounded from the rubble of destroyed billets while engaging and killing numerous elite NVA Sappers roaming the area. SSG Watkins organized rescue efforts and led a small band of fellow warriors to engage the enemy with little more than his .45, unstopping until the base was finally secured the morning of the 23rd. Over 75 NVA sappers were killed inside the wire that very long night. SSG Watkins was wounded multiple times, but heroically continued in his mission to save as many men as he could and defeat the enemy. 18 Americans and over 25 indigenous allied Special Commando Unit (SCU) members were killed that night with over 30-SF personal WIA, and the toll would have been severely greater if not for the above and beyond courageous actions of SSG Patrick N. Watkins.

Snaquebite
04-03-2014, 16:18
Congratulations

Local newspaper 2012
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/55239037-78/watkins-veterans-utah-taylorsville.html.csp

mark46th
04-04-2014, 09:11
Congrats!