An SF Dude uses his empty rifle as club to fight 15 Viet Cong to the death

Mar 18 , 2023

An SF Dude uses his empty rifle as club to fight 15 Viet Cong to the death

"Special Forces Sgt. Yntema refused to abandon his wounded brothers in a two day long firefight. After running out of ammo, Sgt. Yntema stood his ground, using his rifle as a club to fight the approximately 15 Viet Cong attempting his capture. His resistance was so fierce that the Viet Cong were finally forced to shoot and kill him in order to overcome him..."

On January 16th 1968, near Thong Binh province Vietnam, Sgt. Yntema and the two platoons of irregulars he was with were involved in a heavy firefight with the Viet Cong.

After the group's Vietnamese commander was seriously wounded, Sgt. Yntema took over command and led the force for the remainder of the two-day battle as ammunition dwindled and losses mounted. Sgt. Yntema advanced his troops to within 50 meters of the enemy bunkers.

After a fierce 30 minute fire fight, the enemy forced Sgt. Yntema to withdraw his men to a trench in order to afford them protection and still perform their assigned blocking mission. Under cover of machinegun fire, approximately 1 company of Viet Cong maneuvered into a position which pinned down the friendly platoons from 3 sides.

A dwindling ammunition supply, coupled with a Viet Cong mortar barrage which inflicted heavy losses on the exposed friendly troops, caused many of the irregulars to withdraw. Seriously wounded and ordered to withdraw himself, Sgt. Yntema refused to leave his fallen comrades.

Under withering small arms and machinegun fire, he carried the wounded Vietnamese commander and a mortally wounded American Special Forces advisor to a small gully 50 meters away in order to shield them from the enemy fire.

Sgt. Yntema then continued to repulse the attacking Viet Cong attempting to overrun his position until, out of ammunition and surrounded, he was offered the opportunity to surrender.

Refusing, Sgt. Yntema stood his ground, using his rifle as a club to fight the approximately 15 Viet Cong attempting his capture. His resistance was so fierce that the Viet Cong were forced to shoot in order to overcome him.

Sgt. Yntema's personal bravery in the face of insurmountable odds and supreme self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself, the 1st Special Forces, and the U.S. Army.

Yntema, aged 22 at his death, was buried in Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland, Michigan.

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  • 18 Mar 2023 Scott Davenport

    How do we come to have such brave men of courage? Rest in peace Sgt, and thank you, thank you for your sacrifice.

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