Episode 2689 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the two ASA Soldiers killed at FSB Sarge in South Vietnam. The featured story appeared on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website and was titled: ASA Soldiers killed during Easter Offensive. The story was submitted by Fiona G. Holter, a historian for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Command.
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In her story, Holter reported that On March 30, 1972, Sgt. Bruce A. Crosby, Jr. and Spec.5 Gary P. Westcott were killed in action at Firebase (FB) Sarge in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Both soldiers served with the 407th Radio Research (RR) Detachment, 8th Radio Research Field Station, 509th Radio Research Group supporting the 4th Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps (VNMC).
In late March 1972, North Vietnam launched the Easter Offensive, a seven-month campaign by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and its allies to invade South Vietnam. In the weeks leading up to the invasion, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops at FB Sarge, one of the northernmost outposts in Quang Tri Province, occupied by the 4th Battalion, VNMC and personnel from the U.S. Army Security Agency (ASA) 8th RR Field Station, witnessed an increase of enemy military activity in the area and experienced more frequent rocket attacks.
The NVA attacked the Fire Support Base. Crosby and Westcott were killed when their bunker was hit by a 122 mm rocket. Their remains were never recovered.
Listen to episode 2689 and discover more about the two ASA Soldiers killed at FSB Sarge in South Vietnam.