Pete Haley was almost killed in Operation Union II.
It was a search-and-destroy mission in the Queson Valley and involved the 5th Marine Regiment. It lasted from May 26 to June 5, 1967. The North Vietnamese lost 594 killed and 23 captured according to U.S. counts.
The Marines lost 110 killed and 241 wounded.
Facing a battalion of North Vietnamese Army regulars, Marines in Haley's unit called in an artillery barrage.
As the enemy got closer to the Marines, so did the artillery shells. An air burst shell rained shrapnel down on the North Vietnamese and Marines alike, and Haley caught a piece in his arm.
Corpsmen patched Haley up there, and he stayed in the fight, he said. When it was over, he went to the rear for medical treatment, and he received the Purple Heart medal.
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