GREY
FEATHERS

Led By Love of Country

2nd Edition

The story is about the 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Division serving in the Republic of South Vietnam 1967-1970. The story is derived from operation reports, battle scenes, magazine articles, interviews, and experience incurred in battle conditions. The book describes the events and shows how unselfish and brave the unit responded to overcome enemy advances. It also shows the difficulties of decision-making under fire. The pressures of battle forced quick decisions and movements. Each man earned their grey feather which was a symbol for each being brave in adverse conditions. We all watch each other’s back and ensure that all hostilities are met honorably and with force.

Excerpts:
1. “A grey feather is an Indian term. The braves were given colored feathers for every feat accomplished. The grey feather was the first step.”
2. “At times NVA soldiers emerged from bunkers and attacked the platoon perimeter. The fighting was intense in close combat including hand-to-hand combat.”
3. “The Plei Trap Valley involved three operations–infiltration routes were blocked, enemy strongholds demolished, and was successful in minimizing NVA operations in Kontum province.”

“Grey Feathers” by Daniel M. DeWald