979 – ‘Magnificent Bastards’ battalion story to be told in Charleston

Brig. Gen. William Weise, Maj. Gen. James Livingston, vietnam veteran news, mack payne

Brig. Gen. William Weise (left) and Maj. Gen. James Livingston will speak abroad the aircraft carrier Yorktown on Aug. 3 about serving in the Magnificent Bastards Marine Battalion during the Vietnam War. Provided

Episode 979 of the Vietnam Veteran News will be telling about a special event occurring in Charleston, South Carolina. Decorated Marine veterans from the “Magnificent Bastards” battalion who fought in the Vietnam War will speak on Aug. 3  at Patriots Point. The speakers will be Brig. Gen. William Weise and Maj. Gen. James Livingston. They will share their stories and war strategies from the Battle of Dai Do in 1968 at a free symposium aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point.

Patriots Point was established in the 1970s. It is a naval & maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece. It’s also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum.

A story about the event appeared in The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina and was titled: Members of ‘Magnificent Bastards’ battalion to share experiences from Vietnam War at Patriots Point. The story was submitted by Mina Corpuz mcorpuz@postandcourier.com

Background on the importance of the Battle of Dai Do is included in the episode. It comes from Colin D. Heaton in an article he authored titled: Valor at Dai Do that was published on the History Net website.

The brunt of the battle was borne by the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. The Marine forces numbered 600 men. They faced off against an experienced and hardened NVA division of 10,000 troops intent upon taking Dong Ha and the surrounding environs. That would have caused a collapse of the entire northern front. The long and short of the event was that the Marines prevailed and saved the day and as a result gained the moniker “Magnificent Bastards.”

This is why it would be such a rewarding experience to be able to hear these brave Marines tell their stories about the significant battle at Dai Do.

Discover more about the event at episode 979.

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