It's 0630 on 1 Feb 1990, and 2nd Marine Company, 6th Infantry Battalion, has just come ashore at the Bay of Pigs landing site (7). The Marines debarked their Amphibious Assault Vehicles, which turned around to go pick up the second wave, then began moving east along the beach. The Marines had met no resistance during the landing (as expected), but when they began fanning out to the east they ran into elements of the 81st Infantry Company, 4th Infantry Battalion, who, as pure dumb luck would have it, were on maneuvers in the area, away from their base at Cienfuegos.
1) B Squadron SOF destroyed a radar site in support of amphibious landings at Playa Colorada (5). B Sqdn then egressed and linked up with CLA rotary wing assets for their follow-on mission in Havana (6).
2) C Squadron SOF destroyed a the Cuban military's communications center.
3) 1st Para Battalion dropped in and seized a bridge to screen the landings at Playa Colorada (5).
4) 2nd Para battalion dropped in and eliminated a Castro-regime garrison to screen the landings at the Bay of Pigs (just west of (4).
5) 1st Marine Company, 3rd Infantry Battalion, made an amphibious assault at Playa Colorada.
6) A Squadron SOF attacked a Castro-regime SAM site near Havana, which failed to clear the way for B Squadron's helo assault into Havana.
7) 2nd Marine Company, 6th Infantry Battalion, landed at the Bay of Pigs then turned east and ran into a strong enemy force.
Commander, 2nd Marine Co, 6th Inf Bn: Captain Spirovales
6th Infantry Battalion, Commanding Officer: Colonel Ricardo Colvasquez
Tm 2 tries to rally, but only gets 'up' to pinned.
You can see the LMG casualties in the road at center and the pinned Tm 2 at top center.
Tm 4 fires on the enemy MG team...
Man, we were getting cut to pieces in the south by the enemy machine gun and mortars, but a lucky 'scurry' let the CO and three teams get to the top of Hill 47. I was really surprised when the Cubans decided to clos atop Hill 47, rather than fall back to the village (the odds were certainly in favor of falling back), but I'm not sure it mattered with the way the Marine shooting dice were coming out. I mean , I had no business getting anything done in the south, but the Cubans closed there too, and so when Tm 4 got a ridiculously good shooting roll it made it possible for the Bn Cmdr to head into close combat (and win).
Both Colonel Colvasquez and Captain Spirovales were decorated for valor (Bronze Star and Silver Star, respectively).
Friendly: ~15 KIA/WIA
Enemy: ~30 KIA/WIA, ~20 POW
I've still got another to write up, maybe more, we'll see.