Left to Right: Ray Hildreth, Vinh our guide, Hoang Minh Tien (NVA Lieutenant), two VC women
This video is courtesy of Max Harris who was one of four that accompanied me on my pilgrimage back to Hill 488 on June 15, 2011. The video starts with a Northeast view and then pans clockwise taking in the surrounding area. When the battle for Hill 488 took place on June 15-16, 1966, the hilltop was a little different. Primarily, there was just the big rock that SSgt Howard used as his command post, the knee high grass, and weeds, no trees.
Left to right: Ray Hildreth, John Adams, Ricardo Osorio, James Mc Kinney
Arrival of Charlie 1/5
Briefing room with Officers of the USS Howard talking about their ship's namesake, Jimmy Howard, and the battle on Hill 488