Photo by Mike Kukuk
Tribute by Pat Christensen
This is the only photo that I know of of Stanley Mensing, KIA on August 12,
1969. Stan was driving the M 48 TC'd by SSgt Godwin where we all encountered
about 200 NVA outside of Quan Loi base camp in the middle of the night.
Stan was driving one of 2 big boys which was a ready reaction force for some tracks that staked out a spot on the hardball road leading toward Quan Loi, which was supposed to get a ground attack. There were 2 "blocking forces" that were posted waiting for these enemy forces. We got the radio call that the "other" segment of A Troop was coming under attack. We broke our perimeter and reacted to their location a couple of miles away. We drove into a firefight and Stan's M-48 was one of 2 that was immediately RPG'd. Stan was killed instantly, and the tank set on fire.
My track, A19 was the last of the column responding into this mess. It was a night unforgetable. SSgt. Lawrence Nolan was in the original group staked out which was initially attacked by the NVA.
The point of this is that here in the photo section is a guy we all liked that didn't get to come home with us.
Update: 19 July 2009
The Following email was sent to Pat from Stan's sister
I read the tribute to Stan on the ¼ Cav site and it said that the one picture was the only “known photo”. Here are some others that I have that he sent me. The one with him in the helmet liner was actually taken in Texas but I included it anyway. The one of the helicopter is taken in front of the same building as shown on the web site only the chopper isn’t there. Jean, please pass these on to the rest of your family.