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 Operation Quyet Thang

                         HEADQUARTERS
                        25th  INFANTRY  DIVISION
                           APO  San Francisco  96225

AVD CDH                                                                                                                                       20 MAY 1968

SUBJECT:     COMBAT OPERATION AFTER ACTION REPORT
TO:                 See Distribution

          Combat Operation After Action Report for Operation QUYET THANG is forwarded for necessary action and/or information.

FOR THE COMMANDER

2 Incl                              J.D.  ZEILER
1. TAB  A - COAAR  2nd  Brigade                           2LT,  AGC
2. TAB  B - COAAR  3rd  Brigade                            Asst  Adjutant

DISTRIBUTION:
     3 - USARV,  ATTN:  AVH CS - MH
     1 - ACSFOR,  DA
     3 - MACV,  ATTN:  MAC - J343
     6 - IIFFORCEV,  ATTN:  G - 3  (D&T)
     1 - Commandant,  USA INF SCH,  Ft Benning, Ga  31029
     1 - Commandant,  U.S.  Army Armor Sch,  Ft Knox,  Ky.  40120
     1 - Commandant,  U.S.  Army  Arty and Missile Sch.  Ft Sill,  Okla
     1 - Commandant,  U.S.  Army  Command & General Stall College,  Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
     1 -  CO,  U.S.  Army Inf Human Research Unit,  Ft Benning,  Ga  31029
     1 -  US Military Academy,  ATTN:  Librarian,  West Point,  NY  10996



                         DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
               HEADQUARTERS  2d  Brigade,  25TH  INFANTRY DIVISION
                              APO  96225

SUBJECT:  Combat Operations After Action Report  (RCS J3 - J2)

TO:           Commanding General
           25th  Infantry Division
           ATTN:    AVDCOP
           APO  US  FORCES  96225

1.   OPERATION QUYET THANG,

2.   BINH DUONG and HAU NGHIA, TAY NINH and DINH PROVINCES,
      Republic of Vietnam.

3.   110001  March  1968 - 082400  April  1968

4.   Control Headquarters:  2d Bde,  25th  Inf Div.

5.   Reporting Officer:  Colonel Raymond O. Miller

6.   Task Orientation:

      1nd  Battalion,  27th  Infantry          LTC  ERNEST F. CONDINA

     2nd   Battalion,   27th Inantry               LTC  WINFRED G. SKELTON

     1st    Battalion,  5th  Infantry (M)          LTC  THOMAS C. LODGE

     2nd   Battalion,  34th ARMOR          LTC  JOHN H. TIPTON JR.

     4th    Battalion,  23rd  Infantry (M)          LTC AVERY S. FULLERTON

     2nd   Battalion,  14th  Infantry          LTC ALFRED M. BRACY

     1st    Battalion,  8th  Artillery               LTC ROBERT A.M. DEAN




INTELLIGENCE:

a. Operation QUYET THANG was conducted in Hau Nghia Province and the western portion of Gia Dinh Province.  The terrain in this area consists primarily of dry, hard rice paddies interspersed with bamboo hedgerow complexes.  In the north, the paddies gradually fade away into the Rome Plowed entanglements of the Ho Bo and Filhol Plantation areas.  During this period, the weather was hot and dry and imposed no operations difficulties on combat operations in the area.

b. The enemy order of battle in the initial stages of QUET THANG consisted primarily of main force (MF) and NVA units that had taken part in the enemy TET offensive in the Saigon area.  These units were attempting to disengage and move to base areas to reinforce and resupply.  Unit stability was effected as the VC/NVA found it necessary to break down into small units in order to achieve this disengagement.  This use of small unit exfiltration resulted in only scattered contact during the early stages of the operation.  The enemy attempted to cover their withdrawal from the Saigon area with harassing attacks against RF-PF outposts, primarily along National Highway 1.  In addition, minoor attempts at harassment of movement along the MSR through the use of mines and roadblocks were attempted.  The enemy units within the Tactical Area of Interest at the initiation of QUYET THANG, together with their strength and probably locations, are listed below.  Strengths shown are the pre-TET levels and probably were considerably reduced during the TET offensive.


UNIT               STRENGTH                   LOCATION
               1ST  mr-4  vc  Inf  Bn             240                                   XT  8403
               2d     Go Mon VC Inf Bn        290                                   XT  8403
               7th    Cu Chi VC LF  Inf Bn   245                                   XT  5716
               27th  VC Regt                        900                                   XT  8005
               272d VC Regt                        900                                  XT  8008
               8th     VC  Arty  Bn                 230                                   XT DISPERSED
               D -16  VC  LF  Bn                 200                                   XT  6101
               267th  VC  Inf Bn                   200                                   XT  5600
               269th  VC  Inf Bn                   150                                   XT  5600
               506th  VC  Inf Bn                   175                                   XT  4603


c. The first significant action of the operation was the 2/14th Inf discovery, on 14 March, of an extensive weapons cache in the lower Ho Bo Woods.  Among the items extracted from this cache were 35 AK-47's, 29 SKS carbines, 2-M1 carbines, 1 Chicom carbine, 1 US M16, 1 RPC-2 RL, o.223 caliber MG's, 1-60mm mortar tube, 1-62mm mortar and 1 BAR.  On 16 March the 2/14 Inf found another cache containing 120 rounds of 82mm mortar ammo and 12 complete 122mm rockets.  The only major enemy contact of the period was initiated on 24 March when the 2/14 Inf engaged an estimated reinforced VC Battalion entrenched at XT655281.  The 2/14 Inf claimed 66 VC  KIA (BC) with an additional 22 VC KBA (BC).  Two  PW's were also taken along with   --17 weapons taken were 4 LPO-50 portable flame-throwers, the newest available to Communist Bloc Military Forces.   Documents found on the bodies, as well as interrogation of the VC PW's indicated that the unit in the contact was the 7th Cu Chi VC LF Inf Bn.  The following day, elements of the 4/23 Inf (M) came in contact with an estimated enemy battalion along several kilometers of Route 1.  The enemy was identified as part of a new infiltration group, D-245, that had moved into SVN only 21 days previously.  These VC were well equipped, but poorly trained.  Later that day, TF 2/34 Armor engaged an entrenched VC company that was part of the D-246 infiltration group.  The results of these two actions were 111VC KIA (BC), 100 VC KIA (POSS) and 16 VC KBA (BC).  Two PW's were taken, as well as 33 weapons.  The next day, the TF 2/34 Armor and 2/14 Inf pursued the remnants of the enemy unit involved in the previous days contacts to the north.  The VC were fixed and engaged at XT548245.   2d Brigade units claimed 60 VC KIA (BC),  58 VC BKA (BC), and 1 VC PW.  Fourteen weapons, ammo and food were captured, further diminishing the enemy long range capabilities in this area.  Enemy forces were forced to withdraw to more distant base areas in order to resume their refitting operations.

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7.    Supporting Forces:

a. Air Support:

         General:  Tactical Aircraft from the 7th Tactical Air Force were used to support the 2nd                
                               Bde Operations.  Tactical Fighter Squadrons flew a total of 44 preplanned missions       
                               throughout the Bde area of Operations 69 immediate and 3 diverted airstrikes were
                               delivered to suppress VC in contact with US Forces.

b. Army Aviation:

                           1.  The four (4) organic OH23[s were used on a daily basis by the battalions for command                     
                                 and control, liaison and reconnaissance missions.  During this period, the four (4)
                                 aircraft flew a total of 336 hours and 40 minutes consisting of 790 tasks and 1043         
                                 sorties with 1-32 passengers carried.  
                           2.  The 25th Aviation battalion provided a UH-1D command and control helicopter to the   
                                 brigade commander on a daily basis.  The brigade commander used the C&C
                                 extensively for controlling multi-battalion combat assaults, making command visits and            
                                 observing tactical operations.
                           3.   The brigade utilized one or more assault helicopter companies on 17 of 27 days   
                                 duration of Operation QUET THANG.  The helicopter companies normally furnished by
                                 the 169th Combat Aviation Battalion were used primarily to conduct combat assaults
                                 and eagle flights.

                          4.   CH-47's allocated daily by II Field Force, resupplied the battalions during Operations    
                                 QUYET THANG.  An average of 10 sorties were used to move more than 7250 lbs of
                                 Classes I, II, IV and V supplies daily.  Personnel and mail were moved to forward areas
                                 by CH47's daily.  Resupply for Operations QUYET THANG was performed without
                                significant problems.
c. Artillery Support:

         (1)      Direct Support:   1st Battalion, 8th Artillery and 6th Battalion, 77th Artillery.

(2)     General Support:  3rd Battalion, 13th  Artillery (155/8”)  and 7th Battalion,  11th      
                  Artillery (105).

(3)     Artillery was employed in the Operation to provide:
      Suppression of Sniper Fire
      Destruction of Attacking Enemy (Direct Fire)
      Landing Zone Preparations
      Suppressive Fires
      H&I Fires
     Counter-Mortar Fires
     Smoke and Screening Fires
     Illumination

(4)   42,948 rounds of 105mm and 8” were fired in support of 2nd Brigade Operations for units within Brigade TAOI.  

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d.      CONCLUSIONS:   The enemy capability to regroup and renew the general offensive was destroyed  by the intensity of the 2nd Brigade operations in the Saigon area.  Saturation night patrolling along exfiltration routes north and west of Saigon destroyed remnants of VC/NVA units as they tried to escape to base camp areas in Hau Nghia Province.  Reinforcement of understrength or disorganized units was effectively restricted by 2nd Brigade operations in Hau Nghia Province with an emphasis on night ambush patrols along infiltration routes and intense daylight operations in possible base camp areas.  No longer does the enemy “own the night”.  His efforts to regroup and reorganize were repeatedly thwarted by the intense 2nd Brigade night patrolling activities land vigorous pursuit and destruction of enemy forces once contact was made.
9.  MISSION:    2nd Bde conducts offensive operations commencing 11 March 68 in TAOI to:

a.    Destroy VC/NVA forces, installations and infrastructures.

b.    Support G.V.N. revolutionary program

(1) ARVN Refresher Training

(2) Improvement Action Team

c.   Conduct operations along Oriental River to deny use of VC/NVA  LOC.

d.   Reinforce 5th and 25th ARVN Division and CIDG camps: TRA CU - DUC HOA - DYC HUE in        
                        TAOI as required.

10.   Concept of Operation:

a.   Chronological Summary:

(1)   OPORD 7-68 issued to participating units on 11 March 1968 initiating Operation    QUYET THANG.

(2)   On 18 March 2-14 Inf made contact with an estimated enemy platoon at XT651289.  Contact continued sporadically form 0851 hrs to 1500 hrs.  On 19 March 2-14 Inf returned to the areas of contact and engaged an unknown enemy force.  Enemy broke contact at 1510 hrs.     

(3)   On 24 March Inf made contact with an estimated enemy company at XS569260.  Contact continued from 0815 hrs until dark.

(4)   On 25 March 4-23 Inf (M) became OPCON to 2nd Bde after making contact with elements of an estimated enemy battalion, later identified as the 7th LF Cu Chi Battalion.  Contact continued on MSR east of Trang Bang
(XT498194) until 1600 hours.

(5)   On 26 March 2-14 Inf made contact with an estimated reinforced enemy company at XT528248.  Contact continued from 1050 hrs until the following day when TF Bracy (2-14 and TF 2-34 ARMOR) destroyed the enemy force.  Contact terminated at 1710 hours.

11.  EXECUTATION:

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11 MARCH

                     1-27  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co C provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 1000 hrs one platoon of Co C, 1-5 INF (M),  2 flame tracks and 2 track OPCON to battalion were released opcon 14440 hrs.  At 1730 hrs Co's B and C, vic XT525245, received S/A and A/W fire from an estimated two VC companies.  Returned fire with all organic weapons, LFT and air strikes.  VC losses unknown.  At 2015 hrs battalion night location, vic XT517218, received 20 rounds of 82mm, negative casualties.  Returned fire with counter mortar.  VC losses unknown.  At 1121 hrs Co D, vic XT519240, located 11 VC KIA (BC) killed by artillery.

                    2-27  INF:  Conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Recon platoon provided security for the 65th Engineer battalion along route 8A.  Co A provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  AT 2030 hrs, Co C, AP, vic XT574163, received S/A, A/W and RPG fire from an unknown number of VC.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W fire.  VC losses unknown.

TF 2-34 ARMOR:  Effective 1000 hrs released OPCON.  1-27 INF returned OPCON to
            TASK FORCE at 1440 hrs and conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 0115 hrs night location received 30 - 60mm and 82mm rounds resulting in 8 US WIA's and 2 US KIA's.  Returned fire with counter mortar.  VC losses unknown.     

12  MARCH

             1-27  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co A provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0045 hrs battalion night location, vic XT578163, received 28 rounds of mortar fire.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with counter mortar.  VC losses unknown.  At 1105 hrs, Co C, vic XT529232, located 1 VC KIA (BC).

                     2-27  INF:   Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 2105 hrs, Co D AP, vic XT563268, engaged 10 VC with artillery with unknown results.  At 2305 hrs battalion night location received 20 rounds of 60mm mortar;  negative casualties.  Returned fire with counter mortar.  VC losses unknown.  At 1045 hrs Co B, vic XT586172, detonated a booby-trapped grenade resulting in 1 US WIA.  At 1445 hrs Co B vic XT568177 received sniper fire from an unknown number of VC; negative casualties.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  VC losses unknown.  At 1645 hrs Co B vic XT568177, received S/A and A/W fire from 6 VC.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  VC losses unknown.

                     TF 2-34  ARMOR:  Conducted motor march from vic XT531139 to vic XT615235 to establish and secure a new battalion night location .  Co. C 1-5 INF (M), with Co C 4-23 INF (M), conducted a road sweep and provided security for the convoy.  At 2030 hrs battalion night location, vic XT 548157, received 8 rounds of sniper fire.  Negative casualties.

ARMOR:  Effective 0700 hrs OPCON  2nd Brigade.  Conducted move to XT639244
To establish and secure a new battalion night location.  Conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Negative contact during the reported period.

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13 MARCH        

          1-27 INF:  Conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  Negative contact during the reported period.

          2-27 INF:  Conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operations.  Co B provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0920 hrs Coi A, vic XT574232, received 10 rounds of AK47 fire.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  VC losses unknown.  At 1400 hrs supporting gunships, vic XT565210, engaged 6 VC resulting in 3 VC KIA (BC).  At 1530 hrs supporting gunships, vic XT560262, engaged 25 VC with negative results.

          TF  2-34  ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1228 hrs Co A, vic XT602271, a tank detonated an AT mine resulting in 1 US WIA and minor damage to the tank.

          2-14  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co B provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 1250 hrs Co A, vic XT624251, received 8 rounds of sniper fire.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with S/A  and A/W.   VC losses unknown.

14 Mar

                       1-27 INF: Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's B and D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0105 hrs Co B, vic XT531200, captured 2 VC POW's and evacuated to IPW.  At 1047 hrs Co A, vic XT511257, received A/W fire from unknown number of VC.  Returned fire with S/A and A/S fire.  VC losses unknown.

                       2- 27 NF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0915 hrs Co B, vic XT566177, received a heavy volume of S/A, A/W, M/G and RPG fire from an unknown number of VC resulting in 1 US WIA.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  VC losses unknown.  At 0930 hrs Co A, vic XT546180, received sniper fire from 2 VC resulting in 3 US WIA's and 2 US KIA's.  Returned fire with all organic weapons and LFT resulting in 2 VC KIA (BC).  At 1042 hrs, Co C,  vic XT542180, received S/A fire from an unknown number of VC resulting in 7 US WIA's.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  VC losses unknown.  At 1540 hrs Co B, vic XT567176, received 1 round of sniper fire resulting in 1 US WIA.

                        TF 2-34 ARMOR:  Conducted move from vic XT613237 to vic XT587267 to establish and secure a new battalion night location.  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations. A 1016 hrs Recon platoon, vic XT566263, apprehended and evacuated to IPW one detainee.  At 1533 hrs Co C 1-5 INF (M), vic XT575268 received S/A and  A/W fire from an unknown number of VC Negative casualties.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  VC losses unknown.

                        2- 14 INF:  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1440 hrs Co A, vic XT650223, detonated an unknown type mine resulting in 2 US WIA's and 1 US KIA.  At 0945 hrs Co B, vicXT646243 discovered a weapons cache containing one M16 Rifle, one Chicom carbine, one rocket launcher, one M1 Carbine, 35 AK47's, 29 SFS Carbines, 1 Pistol, 1-60mm tube, 1-82mm tube and tripod, and 2-30 caliber machine guns.

15 MARCH

                        1-27 INF:  Co's B and D provided security for the battalion night location and prepared for night activities.  Conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operations. At 2115 hrs Co B AP, vic XT535220, engaged 3 VC with S/A, A/W and M79 resulting in 3 VC KIA(BC).  At 2120 hrs battalion night location, vic XT517218, received 3 rounds of 60mm mortar fire.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with counter mortar.  VC losses unknown.  At 1413 hrs Co C, vic XT573305, received S/A and  A/W fire from 3 VC resulting in 4 US WIA's.  Returned fire with unknown results.  At 1413 hrs, supporting gunship, vic XT572305, received A/W fire; negative casualties, gunships combat loss.
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                      2 - 27  INF:  Conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operations.  At 0727 hrs Co A, vic XT548188, located 1 VC KIA (BC).  At 1445 hrs, Co D, vic XT555183, received 2 M79 rounds; negative casualties.  Returned fire with 60mm:  VC losses unknown.  

                       TF 2-34 ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1838 hrs Co C 4-23 INF (M), vic XT574271, located 3 VC KIA (BC).

                       2-14  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D provided security for the Battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0920 hrs Co B, vic XT643233, located 2 VC KIA (BC).  At 1305 hrs Co A, vic XT656239, received 4 rounds of sniper fire resulting in 1 US WIA.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W:  VC losses unknown.  At 1310 hrs Co A, vic XT656239, located 1 VC KIA (BC).

16 MARCH

                 1-27  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations in search of tunnel complex vic  XT572303.  Co B provided security for the Battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0838 hrs, Co D, vic XT573304, located 8 VC KIA (BC) and 7 VC KBA (BC).

                 2 -27  INF:  Conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co D provided 1 platoon for the security of FSB vic XT585215.  Negative contact during the reported period.  

          TF 2 - 34  ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1335 hrs Co C 1-5 INF (M), vic XT595303, located 1 VC KBA (BC).
2-14 INF:  1  platoon of  Co D remains OPCON to TF 2-34 ARMOR.  Conducted    reconnaissance in force operations.   Co  D (-) provided security for the Battalion night location and acts as the RRF.  Negative contact during the reported period.

                        TAC AIR:  At 0800 hrs, vic XT660265, engaged 3 VC resulting in 3 VC KBA (BC).

17 MARCH

                 1-27  INF;  Co's B and D conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A and C provided security for the Battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 2210 hrs, Co B  AP,  vic XT529270,  engaged an unknown number of VC with S/A and A/W resulting in 1 VC KIA (BC).  VC returned fire with S/A, A/W, and RPG fire; negative casualties.  At 1310 hrs Co B, vic XT534201, apprehended and evacuated to IPW 1 detainee.

         2-27 INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's C and D provided security for the Battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  Negative contact during the reported period.

           TF  2 - 34  ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1335 hrs Co C 1-5 INF (M), vic XT595303, located 1 VC KBA (BC)

                  2-14  INF:  1 platoon of Co D remains OPCON to TF 2 - 34 ARMOR.  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D (-) provided security for the Battalion night location and acts as the RRF.  Negative contact during the reported period.  

             TAC  AIR:  At  0800 hrs,  vic XT660265, engaged 3 VC resulting in 3 VC KBA (BC).

18 MARCH

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             1-27 INF:  Co A conducted roving patrols to vic XT507219, XT520235, XT509230, XT527241, XT514239, XT531223, XT524332,  and XT530234.  Co C conducted roving patrols to vic xt533221, XT536208, XT531196, XT528207, XT520206, and XT 51028.  Co D and recon platoon conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A, B, and C remained in night location provided security and acted as the RRF.  At 1920 hrs night location, vic XT517218, received 7 - 8 rounds of 60 mortar.  Returned fire with counter mortar fire resulting in 4 US WIA's.  VC losses unknown.  At 0325 hrs, Co C AP, vic XT539211, engaged 6 VC with S/A and A/W fire.  Resulting in 2 VC KOA (BC) and 2 VC KIA (POSS).   
           2-27  INF:  Co's A, B and C conducted cloverleaf operations to vic XT5817 and XT5717.  Conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0205 hrs, Co A, vic XT599159, engaged 3 VC with S/A; unknown results.  Apprehended and evacuated to IPW one detainee.  At 1445 hrs, Co A, vic XT568214, received S/A and rifle grenades from unknown number of VC.  Returned fire with S/A and LFT.  Resulting in 1 VC KIA (BC).  Supporting gunshuips engaged 2 VC resulting in 2 VC KIA (BC).

           TF 2-34 ARMOR:  Co C 1-5 INFL (M) and Co C 4-23 INF (M) conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Recon platoon conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Negative contact during the reported period.
           2-14k  INF:  Co's A, B and C conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  Negative contact during the reported period.

19 MARCH

                   1-27  INF:  Co D and Recon platoon conducted reconnaissance in force operations vic XT5220, XT5320, XT5120, XT5121, and XT5221.  Co's A, B, and C provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF, and prepared for night operations.  At 2115 hrs Co C AP, vic XT513217, engaged unknown number of VC with unknown results.  At 0125 hrs Co B AP, vic XT529206, received 6 rounds of rifle grenades with negative casualties.

                   2-27  INF:  Co D conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A, B and C provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 1200 hrs, Co B, vic XT577175, detonated 2 booby traps resulting in 6 US WIA's.
            TF  2-34  ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Negative contact during the reported period
           2-14 INF:  Conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0851 hrs Co A, vic XT651289, received S/A and A/W fire from unknown number of VC resulting in 1 US KIA and 1 US WIA.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W fire resulting in 7 VC KIA (BC).  At 1143 hrs LRRP, vic XT654237, engaged 3 VC with S/A resulting in 1 VC KIA (BC).

20 MARCH

                  1-27  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's B, C and D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0451 hrs Co C, vic XT499327, engaged 4 VC with S/A and A/W fire resulting in 4 VC KIA (BC).

           2-27 INF:  Conducted motor march from vic XT578163 to vic XT553171 to establish and secure a new battalion night location.  Negative contact during the reported period.
           TF  2-34 ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1234 hrs Co C 4-23 INF (M), vic XT617288, located 1 VC KIA (BC).  At 1420 hrs Co C 1-5 INF (M), vic XT629293, received S/A and RPG fire from estimated VC company resulting in 4 US WIA's and 2 tanks minor damage.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W fire with 2 VC KIA (POSS).
           2-14 INF:  Conducted air move from vic XT634343 to vic XT637243 to establish and secure a new battalion night location.  Co B, vic XT654283, received S/A and rifle grenades from an unknown number of VC.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with S/A and LFT.  VC losses unknown.  At 1510 hrs battalion night location, vic XT655284, received S/A, mortar and RPG fire resulting in 1 VC KIA (BC).

        21 MARCH  
        (p7)

            1 -27 INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A and B provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 1932 hrs night location received 10 rounds of 60mm and S/A fire resulting in 2 US WIA's.  Returned fire with counter mortar and A/W fire with unknown results.  At 0728 hrs Co D, vic XT54201, apprehended and evacuated 1 detainee to IPW.  At 0800 hrs Co D, vic XT519235 received sniper fire from an unknown number of VC.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with S/A, A/W and M79 with VC losses unknown.  At 1137 hrs Co D, vic XT530212, apprehended and evacuated 1 detainee to IPW.  

            2-27 INF:  Conducted cordon and search operations vic XT550153 (XOM THAP VILLAGE).  Co A provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 2050 hrs night location, vic XT535172 received 5 rounds of 82mm negative casualties.  Returned fire with counter mortar.  VC losses unknown.

    TF 2-34 ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1850 hrs Recon platoon, vic XT515287, an APC detonated a 750 pound bomb resulting in 7 US WIA's and APC combat loss.  At 1038 hrs Recon platoon, vic XT612294, an APC detonated a 12 pound AP mine.  Resulting in 2 US WIA's and minor damage to APC.  At 1447 hrs Recon platoon, vic XT588264, an APC detonated a 5 pound pressure type mine: negative casualties and minor damage to APC.   At 1512 hrs vic XT639302 battalion received S/A fire from estimated 7 VC.  Negative casualties.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W fire.  VC losses unknown.

          2-14  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 1605 hrs Co B, vic XT656282, received S/A,  and A/W fire, resulting in 2 US WIA's.  Returned fire with S/A, A/W and M79 resulting in 1 VC KIA (BC).

 22 MARCH

1-27 INF;  Conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co's A and D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  Negative contact during the reported period.  

                       2-27 INF:  OPCON 3D  BDE effective 1200 hrs.

TF  2-34  ARMOR:  Conducted move from vic XT606303 to Cu Chi Base Camp.     Closing at 1400 hrs.  Conducted stand down, maintenance and care of equipment.  At 1841 hrs vic XT636301, and APC detonated an AT mine.  Negative casualties and major damage to APC.
          2-14  INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 2003 hrs Co B  AP, vic XT651278, engaged 1 VC squad with S/A and A/W fire.  VC losses unknown.  VC returned fire with S/A and A/W fire.  Resulting in 2 US WIA's.  At 0815 hrs Co C, vic XT660284, located 1 VC KIA (BC).  At 1025 hrs Co A, vic XT657276, engaged 1 VC with S/A and A/W fire resulting in 1 VC KIA (POSS).

23 MARCH

             1-27  INF:  At 1225 hrs, battalion conducted motor march from vic  XT517218 to Cu Chi   Base Camp closing at 1340 hrs.  Negative contact during the reported period.  

            2-27 INF:  Remains  OPCON 3D  BDE.                

           (p8)

        Tf 2-34  ARMOR:    Co C 1-5 INF (M) and Co C 4-23 INF (M) conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1920 hrs  Recon platoon, vic XT613236, received unknown number sniper fire with negative casualties.  Returned fire with .50 caliber.  VC losses unknown.  At 2040 hrs Co A, vic XT624148, received 1 round of RPG 7 resulting in 2 US WIA's.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W with unknown results.  At 0731 hrs Co C, 4-23 INF (M), vic XT388305, apprehended and evacuated 1 detainee to IPW.  At 1440 hrs Co A, vic XT599319 a tank detonated a tilt rod AT mine.  Negative casualties and minor damage to the tank.
             2-14  INF:  Conducted move from vic XT655284 to vic XT563176 to establish and secure a new battalion night location.  Conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operations.  At 0904 hrs supporting gunships, vic XT567176, engaged 2 VC,  Results unknown.  At 1642 hrs battalion received 10 rounds of 60mm fire resulting in 1 US WIA.  Returned fire with LFT.  VC losses unknown.

24 MARCH

           1-27 INF:  Conducted battalion refresher training. to include tactics and patrolling techniques.  Negative contact during the reported period.

           2-27  INF:   Remains OPCON to 3d  Brigade..
           TF 2-34 ARMOR:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Recon platoon provided security for bridge site vic XT672279.  At 1332 hrs Co C 1-5 INF (M), vic XT642298, located 3 VC KBA  (BC).
           2-14 INF:  Co's A, B and D conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co C provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0814 hrs supporting gunships, vic XT569260, engaged 2 VC resulting in 2 VC KIA (BC).  At 0815 hrs Co's B and C, vic XT569260, received S/A and A/W fire from estimated VC company.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  LFT and airstrikes, smoke ships, gunships and slicks.  One slick was forced to land due to mechanical difficulties.  The smoke ship received A/W fire and was downed with minor damage.  Results:  22 US WIA's  4 US KIA, and 7 VC KIA (BC).  At 1405 hrs night location, vic XT562175, received 1-60 mm round; negative casualties.  At 1530 hrs  night location, vic XT562175, received S/A, A/W, M79 and 60mm mortar fire.  Returned fire with S/A, A/W and artillery.  Negative casualties,  VC losses unknown.

At 1615 hrs, Brigade C&C ship, vic XT568258, engaged 3 VC resulting in 2 VC KIA (BC) and 1 VC KIA (POSS).

25 MARCH

           1-27 INF:  Conducted battalion refresher training.  Co D conducted air move from 2-14 Infantry's night location at 1105 hrs and closed Cu Chi Base Camp at 1115.

          2-27 INF:  Remains OPCON to 3d Brigade

          4-23 INF  (M)  (-):  Effective 251120 hrs returned to 2nd Brigade control.  At 1015 hrs Co A, vic XT498194, received S/A, A/W and RPG fire from an unknown number of VC.  One APC was hit by an RPG round, negative casualties.  Returned fire with all organic weapons resulting in 27 VC KIA (BC) and 100 VC KIA (POSS).  At 1200 hrs Recon platoon, vic XT514189, received S/A, A./W and RPG fire from an unknown number of VC resulting in 16 US WIA's and 11 US KIA's.  Returned fire with all organic weapons and LFT.  At 1200 hrs Co B, vic XT492210, received S/A, A/W and RPG fire from an unknown number of VC.  Returned fire with all organic weapons with negative results.

          TF 2-34  ARMOR;  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1120 hrs Co C 1-5 INF (M) and Co C 4-23 INF (M) were committed to assist 4-23 INF (M) (-) in their contact at Trang Bang, vic XT523187.  At 1421 hrs Co C 4-23 INF (M) and Recon platoon, vic XT518215, received S/A, A/W and RPG fire from an unknown number of VC resulting in 1 US WIA.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  VC losses unknown.

                 (p9)

          2-14 INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A, B and C conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 1820 hrs convoy, vic XT564165, received 1 burst of S/A fire.  Returned fire with S/A.  At 1830 hrs vic XT564166 a 2-1/2 ton truck detonated an AT mine, resulting in 2 US WIA's and major damage to truck.  At 0815 hrs battalion, vic XT659260, established contact with an unknown number of VC, resulting in 29 VC KIA (BC), 6 VC KIA (POSS), 7 US KIA's AND 17 US WIA's  At 0832 hrs Co C, vic XT568253, captured 1 VC POW-WIA and evacuated to the 12th Evac hospital.  At 1015 hrs Co C, vic XT567253, located 11 VC KIA (BC).  At 1017 hrs Co A, vic XT569260, located 16 VC KIA (BC).  At 1056 hrs Co B, vic XT566254, located 1 VC KIA (BC).  At 1430 hrs Co D, vic XT526140, engaged 3 VC with S/A and A/W; negative casualties or results.  At 1500 hrs night location, vic XT560180, received 5 rounds of sniper fire.  Returned fire with 60mm mortar.  Negative casualties,  VC losses unknown.  At 1100 hrs Co A, vic XT572255, captured 1 PW WIA.

26 MARCH

           1-27 INF:  Conducted battalion refresher training.  Co C  OPCON to TF 2-34  ARMOR  effective 261730 hrs for purpose of securing TF battalion night location vic XT606303.  Negative contact during the reported period.  

           2-27 INF:  Remain OPCON  to 3D  BDE.

           TF  2-34  ARMOR;  1-5  INF  Co C and 4-23  INF Co C ;and Recon platoon conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  1-27 INF Co C OPCON to TF 2-34 ARMOR effective 261730 hrs for purpose of securing Task Force battalion's night location.  At 1421 hrs Recon platoon, vic XT518215, received S/A, A/W and RPG fire from estimated VC company, resulting in 20 US WIA's and 1 US KIA.  Returned fire with all organic weapons, artillery, LFT and air strikes resulting in 16 VC KIA (BC).  At 0820 hrs Co C 1-5 INF (M), vic XT516214, captured 1 VC  POW and located  10  VC KIA (BC) and 16 VC KBA (BC).
          2-14 INF:  Co's A, C and D provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  Co B conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Aat 1050 hrs Co B, vic XT528248, received S/A, A/W and RPG fire from estimated reinforced company.  Returned fire with S/A and LFT.  Results:  7 US WIA, 5 VC KIA (BC) AND 3 VC KBA (BC).  At 1414 hrs night locations, vic XT564178, received S//A and 60mm resulting in 1 US WIA.  

            4-23 INF: (M):  Co's A, B and Recon platoon conducted sweep of vic XT498194.  Co's A, B and Recon platoon conducted sweep and clearing operations of Highway 1 from XT411238 to Cu Chi Base Camp.  At 1300 hrs. Recon, vic XT510189, located 9 VC KIA (BC).  At 1458 hrs Recon platoon, vic XT508191, apprehended 1 male  WIA detainee.

 27   MARCH

            1-27 INF:  Conducted maintenance and training

             2-27 INF: Remains OPCON to 3D  BDE.

        2-14 INF:  Co's A and B remained night location and prepared for future operations.  Co A and Recon platoon conducted sweep and clearing operations of Highway 1.  At 0750 hrs Co's B and C, vic XT528249, received S/A, A/W and RPG fire from an unknown number of VC.  Returned fire with all organic weapons, LFT and artillery.  Results:  31 VC KBA (BC), 1 detainee, and 40 VC KIA (BC).  At 1135 hrs night location, vic XT562169, received 12 rounds of rifle grenades and A/W fire.  Returned fire with A/W and 4.2” mortars.  Results:  1 US WIA, VC losses unknown.  At 1700 hrs Co D, vic XT560179, apprehended 3 detainees.

           TASK FORCE BRACY:  Effective 261730 hrs TF BRACY formed of the following elements:   Co C 4-23 INF (M),  Co C 1-5 INF (M), Recon platoon 2-34 ARMOR and Co's B and C 2-14 INF.  At 0740 hrs vic XT526242, received S/A and A/W fire.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  Results:  18 US WIA,  11 VC KIA (BC), 18 VC KBA (BC), and 1 VC POW.

28 MARCH

(p10)

Special Operations:  Company A 4-23 INF conducted a combined sweep operations from TRANG BANG to vic XT5023 resulting in 1 VC KIA (BC) and 4 VC PW's.  2 VC were released to ARVN control wand two were returned to Cu Chi IPW.
          1-27  INF:  Remained Cu Chi Base Camp and conducted extensive refresher training.
          2-27  INF:  Remains OPCON to 3D BDE.

          2-14 INF:  Effective 271510 hrs Companies B and C released OPCON TASK FORCE BRACY to battalions control.  Companies A and D provided security for the battalions night location and prepared for future operations.  Companies B and C conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1028 hrs Company B, vic XT523240, received S/A and A/W fire on LZ.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  Results:  1 US WIA.  At 1217 hrs Company B, vic XT523244, received sniper fire from unknown number of VC.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W.  Negative casualties.  VC losses unknown.  At 1252 hrs Company C, vic XT525245, located 6 VC KIA (BC) AND 1 VC KBA (BC).

 TASK FORCE BRACY:     Effective 271510 hrs all units released to parent unit control.
            TF 2-34  ARMOR:  Effective 271510 hrs Company C 4-23 INF (M) returned to parent unit control.  Effective 280700 hrs Company B 4-23 INF OPCON to TF 2-34 ARMOR.  Company B 4-23 remained Cu Chi Base Camp.  TF (-) conducted stand down, maintenance and rest and prepared for future operations.  At 0700 hrs Company B 4-23 INF (M) with 19 Rome Plows, conducted motor march from Cu Chi Base Camp to the 2-34's (-) night location, closing at 1700 hrs.  At 1217 hrs Company B 4-23 INF (M), vic XT597264, 2 APC's detonated 1 AT mine each, resulting in 3 US WIA's and 1 tank major damage.     
           4-23 INF (-):  Effective 0700 hrs Company B, OPCON to 2-34 ARMOR.  4-23 (-) remained Cu Chi Base Camp.  Company C provided security for engineers work site vic XT680143.  Company C  (-) conducted sweep and clearing operations of Route 8A from Cu Chi to vic XT580081.  Commencing at 0700 hrs, Company A conducted sweep and clearing operations of the MSR from the Hoc Mon area to Trang Bang.  Company A conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 0918 hrs Company B, vic XT625217, received sniper fire from 2 or 3 VC.  Returned fire with all organic weapons.  Negative casualties.  VC losses unknown.  At 1245 hrs Company A received sniper fire from unknown number of VC.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W.  VC broke contact at 1301 hrs.  At 1500 hrs Company A, vic XT505221, spotted 5 CHIEU HOI's.  Four of them turned themselves in.  The other tried to escape.  Results 1 VC KIA (BC).

At 1018 hrs Brigade C&C ship, vic XT524214. Engaged estimated VC platoon    resulting in 6 VC KIA (BC) and 1 VC KIA (POSS)

29  MARCH

           Special Operations:  Company A 4-23 INF conducted a combined sweep operation with 2 platoons of PF from Trang Bang to vic XT5022 and apprehended 2 detainees who were evacuated.

           1-27 INF:  Effective 2291125 hrs, OPCON to 3D BDE.

2-27 INF:  Effective 291345 hrs, returned to 2D BDE control.

2-14 INF:  Battalion conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1013 hrs 1 - 4 ton truck detonated a 30 lb AT mine resulting in 2 US KIA's and 1 US WIA and 1 - 4 ton truck combat loss.                                                                (p11)                                    
          At 1210 hrs company B, vic XT576207, received 10 rounds of  AK47 fire from 1 VC. Returned fire with S/A and A/W and M79.  Negative casualties.;  VC losses unknown.  At 1346 hrs company B and C, vic XT568213, received sniper fire and 3 rounds of 60mm resulting in 3 US WIA's.  Returned fire with S/A, A/.W and artillery.  At 1620 hrs, Company  A, vic XT563178, received 6 rounds of sniper fire resulting in 2 US WIA's.  Returned fire with S/A and A/W.  VC losses unknown.

          TF 2-34  ARMOR:  Conducted Rome Plow cutting operations.  Company C 1-5 and Company 4-23 provided security for Rome Plow cutting operations.  At 0737 hrs, Recon element conducted motor march from vic XT606303 to Cu Chi Base Camp and provided security for Low Boys closing Cu Chi Base Camp at 1100 hrs.  Returned with 7 Rome Plows to night location closing at 1620 hrs.


           4-23 INF (-):  Company C remained Cu Chi Base Camp.  Company B remained OPCON to 2-34 ARMOR.  Company A conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Company C (-) provided security for engineer efforts along Route 8A.  Companies A and C (-) and Recon platoon conducted sweep of MSR from GO DAU HA SE to the HOC MON  bridge.  At 1237 hrs Company A, vic XT485220, apprehended 2 detainees.

30  MARCH

1-27 INF:  Remains OPCON to 3D Bde.

                    2-27 INF:  Remained Cu Chi Bases Camp.  Conducted extensive refresher training to include weapons and flame warfare training.

                    1-5 INF (M):  Returned 2d Bde control effective 0700 hrs. Co B remains OPCON TF 2-34 Armor.  Conducted a combined cordon and search with elements of PF from Sa Tan Binh district of the village of VIN LOS vic XS715975.  Negative contact during the reported period.
                   TF 2-34  ARMOR:  Task Force conducted Rome Plow cutting operations.  Company B 4-23 INF (M) remains OPCON to TF 2-34  ARMOR.  Company C 1-5 INF (M) and Company  B  4-23 INF (M) provided security for Rome Plow cutting operations.
       2-14 INF:  Company A provided security for the battalion's night location and acted as battalion reaction force.  Companies B, C and D conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 1927 hrs night location, vic XT564177, received approximately 10 rounds of unknown caliber mortar rounds.  Returned fire with counter mortar 4.2” and artillery.  Results:  8 US WIA's;  VC losses unknown.,  At 1207 hrs company C, vic XT579231, received 5 rounds of  AK47 sniper fire.  Returned fire with S/A, A/W, M79 and LFT.  Negative casualties;  VC losses unknown.  At 1215 hrs supporting gunship, vic XT571230, engaged 5 VC;  VC did not return fire.  VC losses unknown.  At 1535 hrs Companies C and D, vic XT564230, received sniper fire from unknown number of VC.  Returned fire with supporting gunship.  Negative casualties;  VC losses unknown.888884-23 INF  (M) (-):  Company A and Recon element OPCON TO 1ST Bde effective 29, 1930 hrs.  Company A and Recon element returned to 2D Bde control effective 30 0700 hrs.  Company B  4-23 INF (M) remains OPCON to TF 2-34 ARMOR.  Company C in conjunction with road clearing operations provided security for Company C 67th Engineer Battalion vic of Ambush gate.  Company C (-) and Recon element conducted sweep and clearing operations of the MSR from TRANG BANG to Cu Chi Base Camp.  At 1337 hrs Recon element conducted motor search from vic XT548194 to vic XT382251 to provide security and escort for the 6-77 Artillery.  Company A and C conducted stand down to perform maintenance of weapons and equipment.  At 1500 hrs company A, vic XT480195, sustained 1 US NBI resulting from individual falling off APC and breaking his left arm.  At 1500 hrs battalion captured 4 VC POW's and found 1 VC KIA (BC) from gunshot wounds.  Two VC POW's were released to  ARVN control and two were evacuated to IPW.

(p12)

Special Operations:  3-5  INF (M) (-)  with one company of PF from SA TAN BINH conducted a combined cordon and search of VIN LOC village, vic XS715975.
1-27 INF:  Effective 31 0700 hrs, returned to 2d Bde control.  Company A provided security for the battalion night location.  Companies B and C conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co C provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  At 0745 hrs Co D, vic XT771074, located 18 VC KIA (BC).  At 0855 hrs Co C, vic XT756064, apprehended and evacuated to IPW, 1 detainee.
2-27 INF:  Remained Cu Chi Base Camp and conducted battalion refresher training to include weapons and flame warfare training.
1-5 INF (M):  Returned 2d Bde control effective 0700 hrs.  Co B remains OPCON TF 2-34 Armor.  Conducted a combined cordon and search with elements of PF from Sa Tan Binh district of the village of VIN LOC vic XS715975.  Negative contact during the reported period.  
TF 2-34 ARMOR:  Released OPCON 2d Bde. Effective 0700 hrs.
2-14 INF:  Conducted motor march from vic XT5563177 to vic XT716030 to establish and secure a new battalion night location.
4-23 INF:  Effective 0700 hrs released OPCON 2d Bde.

1APRIL

Special Operations:  1-5 INF (M) with one company of RF conducted. Combined reconnaissance in force operations to vic XS701980/  CRIP conducted reconnaissance in force operations 1000 meters north and east of Bao Trai and returned to their night locations at 1130 hrs with negative results.

1-27 INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A and D provided security for the night location and acted as the RRF. Negative contact during the reported period

2-27 INF:  Remained Cu Chi Base Camp.  Conducted battalion refresher training.  Co B provided security for Engineer efforts along Route 8A and security for Rome Plows vic ov ambush gate.  Provided one company for the Cu Chi Base Camp patrol.  Negative contact during the reported period.  
1-5 INF:  Conducted a combined reconnaissance in force operation with elements Sa Tan Binh PF troops.  At 1445 hrs a tank from Co A 2-34 Armor detonated a AT mine vic XT708935.  Negative casualties or damage.

D TRP 3-4 CAV:  Remains OPCON 2d Bde.  Conducted VR of the MSR from Tan Son Nhut to the Cambodian border.  At 1040 hrs. vic XT716022, apprehended and evacuated to IPW 1 detainee.

2 APRIL

Special Operations:  1-5 Inf (M) and elements of PF troops from Sa Tan Binh district conducted a combined night AP and engaged 6 VC, vic XT739948 with unknown results.  2-14 Inf with elements of the Hoc Mon National Police conducted combined reconnaissance in force operations.

1-5 INF (M) Conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co's A and B provided security for the battalion night location and acted as RRF.  At 1415 hrs Co B, vic XT786069, received 10 rounds of A/W fire resulting in 2 US WIA's.  Returned fire with A/W, S/A and M79 resulting in 3 VCKIA (BC) and 2 VC KIA (POSS).

(p13)

2=27 INF:  Returned Cu Chi Base Camp.  Conducted battalion refresher training.

INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A and D
                             provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.

D TROOP 3-4 CAV:  CP remained at Cu Chi Base Camp.  Conducted Dawn and Dusk patrols, over-flew canal systems, and provided LFT support.

3  APRIL

Special Operations:   In reaction to an intelligence report of VC moving
through area, CRIP conducted reconnaissance in force operations to vic XT526056.  At 1004 hrs CRIP, vic XT526056, engaged 2 VC with S/A.  VC returned fire with 10 rounds of carbine fire.  Negative casualties;  VC losses unknown.  At 1130 hrs CRIP, closed their Base Camp at Bao Trai.  Company C 2-14 INF and Co B 1-5 INF (M) with 1 platoon of PF from Sa Tan Binh conducted combined reconnaissance in force operations to vic XT6994.

INF (M):  Recon element remains OPCON to 2-27 INF.  Co C 2-14 INF
Remains OPCON to 1-5 INF (M).  Conducted combined cordon and search operations with one company of National Police.  At 1153 hrs Recon element, 1-5 INF (M) vic XS550990, an APC detonated an AT mine resulting in 2 US WIA's and APC combat loss.

INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Conducted a
Combined cordon and search operation with one company of National Police.  At    2220 hrs, Co D, vic XT754076, engaged 4 VC with S/A and A/W fiire.  VC returned fire with S/A and A/W.  Contact was broken at 2235 hrs.  Negative casualties;  VC losses unknown.

     2-27 INF:  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 0130 hrs bunker #35, vic XT650165, engaged 4 VC with S/A and A/W resulting in 1 VCKIA (POSS).

4 APRIL

Special Operation:  Co's A and B 1-5 INF (M) conducted a combined cordon
and search operation with one company of National Police from Sa Tan Binh Village to vic XS708938 (AP TAY Village) and to vic XS715948 (AP GO Village).  Co's A and D conducted a combined cordon and search operation with one company of National Police from SA TAN BINH Village to vic XT715975 (VIN LOC Village).  CRIP conducted a training reconnaissance in force operation to objective 1 and 2 vic XT549050 with negative results.

     TF 1-5 INF:  Recon platoon remains OPCON to 2-27 INF.  Co C remains OPCON to TF 2-34 ARMOR.  Co C 2-14 INF remains OPCON to 1-5 INF (M).  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A and C conducted combined cordon and search operations with one company of National Police.  At 1145 hrs, 1-5 and National Police, vic XT715946, apprehended 10 detainees who were turned over to National Police.  At 0930 hrs Co's B and C, vic XT8782074, engaged 2 VC with artillery.  Negative results.

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      2-27 INF:  Co D provided security for engineers along Route 8A.  Co C organized and established observation points.  Negative contact during the reported period.

INF:  Co C 2-14 INF remains OPCON to 1-5 INF(M).  Co D provides
                             security for battalion night location.  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  
Co's A and B conducted a combined cordon and search operation with one company of National Police.

5 APRIL

Special Operations:  Co's A and B 1-5 INF (M) with one company of National Police from Sa Tan Binh village, conducted a combined cordon and search operation vic XS743955 (Cu Lac Village).  Co's A and D 2-14 INF with one platoon of PF Troops from Tan Binh District conducted a combined cordon and search operation vic XS715975 (Vinh Loc Village).

     TF 1-5 INF (M) (-):  Recon platoon remains OPCON to 2-27 INF.  Co C remains opcon TO 1-5 INF (M).  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co's A and D conducted a combined operation with one company of National Police.  Negative contact during the reported period.  

INF:  Co's A, C and D conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co's A.
C and D conducted airmobile combat assaults.  Co B provided security for the battalion and acted as the RRF.  At 0110 hrs Co B, vic XT64052, engaged 2 VC with M79:  negative results

     2-27 INF:  One platoon of Co D provided for the Cu Chi Base Camp patrol.  Co. D (-) provided security for the Hoc Mon Bridge.  Co's A and B provided security for the battalion night location and for the RRF.  Co C organized and established observation points.  Recon 1-5 INF (M) remains OPCON to 2-27 INF.  Conducted sweep and clearing operations along Highway #1.  At 0025 hrs Co B, vic XT578157, engaged 6 VC with S/A and M79;  VC returned fire with grenades and M79.  Results:  1 US WIA;  VC losses unknown.  At 0021 hrs Co A, vic XT578123, engaged 4 VC with M79 and M16 resulting in 4 VC KIA (POSS).  At 0030 hrs Co A, vic XT578123, engaged 10 VC with claymores, M60 and M79 resulting in 3 VC KIA (POSS).  At 0640 hrs Co A, vic XT678092, engaged 2 VC with S/A and A/W;  negative results.  At 0900 hrs Co B, vic XT577154, located 1 US WIA.  At 0905 hrs Co B, vic XT578157,  apprehended 1 detainee (WIA).  At 1013 hrs, vic XT656112, sustained 2 US NBI's resulting from truck accident.

INF:  Co C remains OPCON to 1-5 INF.  Co B provided security for
1-5 INF.  Co B provided security for the battalion night location and acts as the RRF.  Co's A and D and 1 platoon of PF conducted a combined cordon land search operation.  At 0622 hrs Co D apprehended 1 POW (WIA).  At 0745 hrs 2-14 INF, vic XS715975, located 1 VC KIA(BC) and apprehended 2 detainees.

6 APRIL

Special Operations:  Team E consisting of Co C 2-14 INF (-) and 1 platoon of Co A 2-34 Armor, conducted a combined cordon and search operation ;with 1 platoon of PF from Sa Tan Binh District, vic XS728943 (Ap Dinh Village).

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1-5 INF (M):  Co C 2-14 INF and Co A 2-34 ARMOR, remains OPCON to 1-5 INF.  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations:  Recon platoon 1-5 INF (M) remain OPCON to 2-27 INF.  Team E consisting of Co C 2-14 INF (-) and 1 platoon of Co A 2-34 ARMOR conducted a combined cordon and search operation with 1 platoon of PF from SA TAN BINH District to vic XS728932 (AP DINH HOA Village).  At 1130 hrs Co D, vic XS726964, apprehended 1 detainee who was turned over to ARVN Control.   

1-27  INF:  Co's A and D conducted reconnaissance in force operation.  Co's B and C provided security for the battalion night location and for the RRF. Negative contact during the reported period.

INF:  Recon platoon 1-5 INF (M) conducted sweep and clearing
operation of Route 1 from Cu Chi to Hoc Mon.  Co D provided security for Engineer
efforts along Route 8A.  Co D (-) provided for the Cu Chi Base Camp patrol.  At 2055 hrs Co B AP, vic XT578157, received a heavy volume of A/W fire.  Returned fire with S./A, A/W and artillery.  Results 1 US WIA.  VC losses unknown.  Contact broken at 2102 hrs.  At 2102 hrs Co B AP, vic XT578157, engaged 6 VC with S/A and M79;  returned fire with grenades and M79.  Results:  1 US WIA, VC losses unknown.,  At 0915 hrs Co D, vic XT705140,received 1 ineffective sniper round.  At 1020 hrs Co C, vic XT591143, apprehended 3 detainees which were later classified as innocent civilians

     2-14 INF (-):  Co B provided security for the battalion night location.  Co C remains OPCON to 1-5 INF (M).  Co's A and B conducted airmobile combat assaults and reconnaissance in force operation.  At 1655 hrs 2-14 INF, vic XS725845, sustained 2 US NBI's.  One man was gored by a water buffalo; the other man was shot by friendly fire while chasing water buffalo.  At 1045 hrs 2-14 INF, vic XT565174, a 2-1/2 ton truck detonated a mine resulting in 2 US WIA's.

     D Troop 3-4 CAV:  CP remains at Cu Chi.  Conducted Dawn and Dusk patrols.  Conducted maintenance and stand down and prepared for future operations.

7    APRIL   68

     Special Operations:  At 0800 hrs vic XT848065, 7th battalion, 11th ARVN ABN was inserted by 116th AHC under 1-27 on LZ.
     TF  1-5 INF (M) (-):  Co C 2-14 INF and Co A 2-34 Armor, remains OPCON to 1-5 INF (M).  Recon platoon 1-5 INF (M) remains OPCON to 2-27 INF.  Conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  At 2230 hrs night location, vic XS699931, engaged 3 VC with S/A and claymores;  VC losses unknown.

     1-27 INF:  Co's B and C provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  Co's A and D conducted airmobile combat assaults.  At 1040 hrs Co D, vic XR695127, sustained 1 US WIA resulting from frag wounds received while blowing a tunnel.  

     2-27  INF:  Recon element 1-5 INF (M) remains OPCON to 2-27 INF.  Co A remained Cu Chi Base Camp prepared for night activities.  Co B provided security for the battalion night location and acted as the RRF.  Co C conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Recon 1-5 INF (M) provided security for resupply convoy from Cu Chi to vic XT591145.  Co D provided security for the 554 Engr. Battalion along Route 8A and Hoc Mon Bridge.  At 2304 hrs Co A  , vic XT695096, engaged 3 VC with S/A and A/W  resulting in 3 VC KIA (B

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INF:  Co's A and D conducted reconnaissance in force operations.  Co
C remains OPCON to 1-5 INF (M).  Co B provided security for the Battalion night location and acts as the RRF.  Negative contact during the reported period.

     At 1835 hrs LRRP vic XT25222 engaged unknown number of VC with S/A and A/W .  VC returned fire with S/A:  Results:  2 US WIA's and 1 US KIA, 2 VC KIA (BC) and 1 VC KIA (POSS).

Statistical Results:

                            ENEMY LOSSES:          

          VC  KIA (BC)                                501                                              BOOBYTRAPS                          14
          VC  KIA  (POSS)                         149                                              CBU                                             51
          VC  PW                                          10                                              BOMBS                                         3
          SMALL ARMS WEAPONS       200                                              BANGALORE TORPEDOES    16
          CREW SERVED WEAPONS     40                                              RICE                              54,568   lbs
          122 mm MORTARS                      12                                              SALT                                5,885  lbs               
          122 mmWARHEADS                   17                                              PEANUTS                       1,500  lbs
          122 mm FUSES                            11                                              BEANS                            2,000  lbs
          122mm ROCKET CARRY CASE  39                                            TUNNELS                           123       
          SMALL ARMS AMMO          28,142                                              BUNKERS                       1,072
          RPG ROUNDS                            410                                              VC STRUCTURES               70        
          81 &82mm ROUNDS                   433                                             FOXHOLES                          65
         105mm ROUNDS                            26                                             SPIDER HOLES                  68
         155mm ROUNDS                            12                                             PUNJI PITS                           57
          175mm ROUNDS                             4                                             SAMPANS                            14
          GRENADES                                 566                                             DOCUMENTS                     204 lbs
          75mm ROUNDS                               4                                             MEDICAL SUPPLIES       37 ½ lbs
          60mm ROUNDS                           100                                             PROTECTIVE MASKS       91
          CLAYMORES                                 45                                             RADIO'S                                 2
         AT MINES                                         63     

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UNIT                           KHA          WHA          DOW          (?)              (?)     

1-27  INF                       2                30               1              10                43
2-27  INF                       3                29               0                4                36
                             1-5    INF (M)                6                54               1                0                61
                             2-14  INF                     19               60                0              13               92
                             4-23  INF                     11               52                1                0                64
                             1-8 ARTY                     0                  0                0                0                  0
          TOTAL                                           41             225                3              27               296                                   

13.  Supply and Civil Affairs:

a.  Supply

(1)   CH47's allocated by the II Field Force, resupplied the battalions during Operation QUYET THANG from 11 March to 7 April 1968.  Half the battalions were located to that resupply was conducted by convoy.  An average of ten sorties a day were flown to the forward areas from Cu Chi.  Each sortie averaged 7,250 pounds.  For the whole Operation there were 8,050 gallons of POL and Class III moved to the forward area by air.  

(2)   CH-54 Sky Cranes were utilized several times.  When used the CH-54 can reduce the number of CH-47 sorties by 1-3.  Emergency resupply was handled by UH-1D aircraft on six occasions.

(3)   Combining the convoys with the aerial resupply, the Bds moved 72,500 lbs of Class III to the forward areas during the Operation.  Resupply for Operation QUYET THANG was performed with no significant problems.
b.  Civil Affairs / PSYOPS

(1)  Medcaps:  A total of 49 Medcaps (Medical Civic Action Program) were conducted throughout the Brigade TAOI.  A total of 12,915 patients were treated.

(2)  Distribution of Commodities:  In support of Civic Action report the following commodities were distributed:

FOOD                                              5,275   lbs
RICE                                              12,000   lbs
SOAP                                              3,150   bars
TOOTHPASTE                                       7   tubes
SEWING KITS                                   200   ea.
SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS                   900   ea.
NAILS                                                    12   kilos
SAND                                                    19   cubic meters
BRICKS                                           5,685   ea.
CLOTHING                                            25   lbs.
LUMBER                                              1   2-1/2 ton truckload
CANDY                                                     5   kilos
TENTS                                                      2   GP Medium                              (Salvage)


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c.  RF / PF  and CIDG Outpost Support:

(1)   In support of RF, PF and CIDG outposts, the following materials were      distributed to district advisors (US) for further distribution to the outposts.

     50  CAL AMMO               70,000     rounds
     AMMO  BOXES                        2     5 ton truck loads
     SAND BAGS               11,200     bags
     CEMENT                      80     bags
     STAKES (ALL SIZES)               200     ea.
     HAND GRENADES (M26)             60    ea.

b.  PSYOPS:

(1) During this period there were 33 missions flown .  Total of 293,000 leaflets were dropped.

(2) There were 42 loud speaker missions flown totaling 26 hours of tape time.

14.   Special Equipment and Techniques

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                           DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
                     HEADQUARTERS 3D BRIGADE, 25TH  INFANTRY DIVISION
                             APO SAN FRANCISCO  96268

AVDCTB - C                                                                                                                                  26 APRIL, 1968

SUBJECT:   COMBAT AFTER ACTION REPORT:

COMMANDING GENERAL
25TH  INFANTRY DIVLISION
ATTN:  AC  OF  S,  G-3
APO  96225     



1.    NAME OF OPERATION:  Operation   QUYET THANG

DATES OF OPERATION:  11---1  Mar 68 - 072400  Apr  68

LOCATION:  HAU NGHIA and RINH DUONG Provinces,  RVN

COMMAND HEADQUARTERS:  30  BDE,  25th  INFANTRY DIVISION.

COMMANDERS:

3D BDE  25TH INF DIV               COL.  LEONARD DAEMS

2D BN,  12TH  INF                        LTC.  CHARLES J. BAUER

3D  BN,  22ND  INF                      LTC   ROY K. FLINT

3D  BN, 4TH CAV                        LTC  GLEN K. OTIS

1ST  BN,  5TH  INF                      LTC  THOMAS C. LODGE

2D  BN  27TH  INF                      LTC  W.G. SKELTON

1ST  BN  27TH  INF                    LTC  EARNEST F. CONDINA

2D  BN,  22D  INF (M)                LTC  KING J. COFFMAN

4TH  BN  23D  INF (M)               LTC  AVERY S. FULLERTON

2D  BN,  34  ARMOR                 LTC  JOHN H. TIPTON

     6.   TASK ORGANIZATION:

                         2/12  INF                                                 TF  1/5  INF  (M)
                            1 1 PLT  D/65TH  ENGR  (DS)                      A/2/34  ARMOR
                         3/22  INF                                                              1  PLT  65TH  ENGR (DS)
PLT  D/65TH  ENGR  (DS)
¾  CAV                                                      BDE  CONTROL
        1     PLT  D/65TH  ENGR  (DS)                   D/65TH  ENGR (-)  DJ
                                                                                SIG  SPT  ELM  (SPT)

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6.  SUPPORTING FORCES:

a. ARTILLERY:

(1) Preplanned and on call artillery was used during the operation to cover routes of advance, objective area, and enemy routes of withdrawal.  Artillery was always available and was considered effective and timely.  Extensive H&I fires were used, to include a counter -  mortar program which was fired in conjunction with H&I fires.

(2) Positions Occupied:

BTRY               FSB             COORD          DATES OCCUPIED            MEANS

         HQ/3/77          HARRISON     735 047          11 MAR - 8 APR 68          CONVOY
B/2/77          HARRISON     735 047          11 MAR - 8 APR 68          CONVOY
C/2/77          TAYLOR          713 035          11 - 17 MAR  68                CONVOY
            A/3/13          TAYLOR          713 035          11 - 17 MAR  68                 CONVOY    
            C/2/77          HARRISON    735 047          17 - MAR - 9 APR 68         CONVOY     
            A/3/13          PIKE I              735 995          17 - 24 MAR  68                 CONVOY     
            A/3/13          PIKE II             701 934          24 - 31 MAR  68                 CONVOY     
            B/6/77          TAYLOR          713 035          11 - 17  MAR  68                CONVOY
            B/6/77          PIKE I              733 995          17 - 24  MAR  68                CONVOY    
            B/6/77          PIKE II             701 934          24 - 31  MAR  68                CONVOY    
            HQ/3/13       PIKE II             701 934          24 - 31  MAR  68                CONVOY     
            C/3/13          MCPHERSON     528 290   31 MAR - 6 APR 68           CONVOY     
           C/6/77          TRANG BANG     483 193    31 MAR - 6 APR 68           CONVOY   
C/6/77          HAMPTON II     445- 222          6 -9  APR  68                 CH - 47     
C/3/13          HAMPTON II     445- 222          6 - 9  APR  68                CONVOY
C/1/8            POPE II          561  323          6 - 9  APR 68                      CONVOY
B/3/13          HARRISON     735 047          11 MAR - 9 APR                 CONVOY

STATISTICAL DATA:          TOTALS

1.     HE            9509
2.     BH                   2
3.     PD            8882
4.     MTSQ         311
5.     VT               316



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B.   USAF

(1)  Extensive use was made of TACTICAL AIR MISSIONS to include PREPLANNED, PRESTRIKE, IMMEDIATE,  LZ PREP., COMBAT PROOF (SKYSPOT) and AIR H&I MISSIONS.  All missions flown were requested either through Air Force channels from the FAC to the Division Control Station, or through Army Channels from the S-3 Air at the Brigade TACP to G-3 AIR.



(2)  STATISTICAL DATA:

(A)  MISSIONS:

(1)   PREPLANNED MISSIONS          13
(2)   IMMEDIATE MISSIONS          17
(B)  ORDNANCE EXPENDED:

 (1)   750  lb     BOMBS          22
 (2)   500  lb     BOMBS          132
 (3)   1000 lb         BOMBS             6
 (4)   NAPALM                 66
 (5)   ROCKETS               144

      (C)   TYPES OF A/C SUPPORTING OPERATION:  F-100,  R-4C,  B-57, A-37.

(D)  RESULTS OF TACTICAL AIR:

VC  KBA  (BODY COUNT)     1                          BUNKERS UNCOVERED                            4
VC  KBA  (POSSIBLE)          4                           TRENCHS UNCOVERED (MTRS)          600  MILITARY STRUCTURES                                   TRENCHS DESTROYED (MTRS)           185
          DESTROYED               19                         TUNNELS DESTROYED                             30
BUNKERS DESTROYED     43                         SECONDARY EXPLOSIONS                       2
BUNKERS DAMAGED           0                         SECONDARY FIRES                                     1

C.   ARMY AVIATION
(1)   During OPERATION QUYET THANG, a Bde policy was instituted concerning
     Bn Co's C&C helicopters.  Each operating Bn was provided an organic OH-23G throughout the day.  If enough Bde OH-23G's were not available, additional aircraft were requested from Division.  In order to maintain aircraft availability, a daily flight time limit of four hours was imposed, thus restricting use of the helicopter to  essential missions and eliminating unnecessary blade time.  This time limit was lifted only if the unit was in contact and required in excess of four hours to effectively   control the maneuver elements.  This system has proved to be extremely satisfactory in two areas.  1.  A Bn CO has a C&C aircraft at his immediate disposal for the entire day.  2.  Aircraft availability immediately improved as a result of the reduced flying hours.  A minor disadvantage to the Bn CO is that he is somewhat limited to essential type missions and may not get in all “nice to have” missions.  However, this is readily offset by the fact that whenever a real need exists for an aircraft, one is immediately available for his use.

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(2).  A valuable assist is provided to the program by the various assault helicopter companies (AHC) that support the Bde.  The AHC's provide their C&C helicopter to the Bn they are supporting, thus reducing the need for organic OH-23G.

(3) Assault helicopter companies were employed by the Bde on 15 of the 29 days of  the operation.  This below average usage was due to the fact that only MECH and ARMOR units were OPCON to the Bde during the last nine days of the operation.  The 116th and 187th AHC's provided the majority of the support and continued to render it in an outstanding and cooperative manner.  All LZ's were cold and no difficulties were encountered in any of the assaults.  On 27 APR 68, the 187th AHC was pulled at 1200 hrs to support the 1st Bde.  A light fire team from B Co, 25th AVN Bn was provided escort.  Due to other commitments, this marked the first time since the month of December, 1967, that the :LITTLE BEARS” of Co A participated in a combat extraction.

(4) The “MULSKINNERS” from 242nd support helicopter Co continued to provide their outstanding support with a very cooperative spirit.  This support fell primarily into the area of normal resupply and extraction.  However, they also participated in movements of Bn's.  Such was the case on 22 March, 1968, when three CH-47's moved two Bn's in a “round robin”.  The 2/12 Inf was moved from XT7704 to DAU TIENG and the 2/27 Inf was moved from XT5581 to XT7704.  Due to the flight time, this was a lengthy transfer, but it was completed most efficiently and in the shortest time possible.  This move marked the first time that CH-54's were utilized in a Bn move.  Two sorties, the equivalent of four CH-47 sorties, were employed to move equipment for 2/12 Inf.  This provided a great assist in speeding up the move.

7. INTELLIGENCE

A. Information concerning HOC MON area, TAN BINH District for OPERATION QUYET     THANG` was obtained from  25TH Division G-2 sources,  11 Field Force PERINTRIP,  local ARVN and NATIONAL POLICE FIELD ELEMENTS, and usual reconnaissance missions.  

(1) The main area of operation, HOC MON DISTRICT, was being utilized by VC/NVA units as areas for headquarters of major elements directing attacks against friendly MSR's.  In addition, the “ROCKET BELT” formed an arc through the western portion of HOC MON area.  Many of the rockets used against the airfield at TSN were launched from this “ROCKET BELT”.  

(2) VC/NVA in the entire area encompassing SAIGON, were conducting ambushes on friendly MST's in an attempt to hamper logistical operations and provide themselves time to regroup and reinforce.

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(3) Units believed to be located in HOC MON area were elements of the 271st and 272nd VC Regiments, and the 208th Rocket Regiment.  Document readout and interrogation reports evolving from contacts between friendly and enemy forces tended to support this.

B.  ENEMY OPERATIONS:

(1) Throughout the operation, VC units made little attempt at offensive action.  Enemy forces encountered used basic guerrilla tactics, except when found in a base camp area, at which time they would fight a delaying action so that they could extract supplies.

(2) Fortifications encountered were capable of sustaining very heavy artillery and air attacks.  There were no new designs or types of constructions noted that had not been previously encountered.

C.  As the operation began, a large cache of supplies was captured to include:  1500 lbs of polished rice and 2 ½ lbs of medical equipment in the vic XT747017.  20 VC were engaged with small arms and gunships.  The VC were in bunkers along the river and during the action, 3 sampans were destroyed.  There was no identification of the unit.

D.  On 13 Mar 68, C/3/22 INF conducting a reconnaissance in force, found 18, 122mm rockets buried in a dike in vic XT765061.  The next day the 3 / 4 CAV engaged an estimated company size unit in bunkers in vic XT742015.  The following day the 3 / 4 Cav captured 6 AK-47 rifles, 1 RPG-2 launcher, and 1 VC POW.  The POW stated he was a member of the 3d Sqd, 3d Plt, 7th Co , 3d Bn, 225th Regt operating in work site #9.  He infiltrated into SVN with group 131.  He left NVN on 12 July 67.   During the day, 8300 lbs polished rice was found and destroyed in the BDE TAOR

E.  During the operation, numerous bunkers and tunnel complexes were found and destroyed.  

F.  On 14 March, in vic XT787085, 8X122mm rocket motors and 5 warheads were found.  Also large amounts of other types of ordnance were uncovered in bunkers and along canals and rivers.  

G.  Other VC encounters were as follows:

(1)   Sniper Fire          2
(2)   Mortar fire          2
(3)   Mining          17
(4)   Booby traps            8
(5)   engagements          35
(6)   Fire against A/C       4

H.  Major VC personnel / equipment losses are listed in Para 12.

I.   Enemy Communications:  In the base camps located, communications were found throughout, indicating extensive use of land line communications.  Also found were 3 home made radios, and 2 Chicom AM radios.

J.  Enemy Operations:  See Para 8B.                   

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K.  Weather and Terrain:

(1) Weather throughout the operational period was dry and hot, and had no adverse effects on operational capability.  Terrain trafficability was adequate for armor employment.

9.   (C)  MISSION:   3d Bde conducts offensive operations to destroy VC / NVA forces within CMD HAU NGHIA. And BINH DUONG Provinces commencing 110700H, Mar 68.  Maintains capability to reinforce TAN SON NHUT Airfiedld with mechanized and armor forces.  

10. CONCEPT OF OPERATION:

A. MANEUVER:

(1) Operation was conductd with all battalion / squadrons operating within assigned AO's to interdict and destroy VC/NVA forces.  All battalions prepared to react or reinforce enemy contact in other battalion area.

(2) Conducted combined operations with the 25th ARVN Div in Pineapple area to locate and destroy enemy forces and disrupt his loc.

(3) Conducted combined operations in BINH TRANH (XT8009) with 5th ARVN Div to locate and destroy enemy forces and base area.     


B.   FIRES:

(1) ARTY provided fire support to 3d Bde w/priority of fires to forces in contact.  All units were kept within range of one Light Arty Bn equivalent.

(2) FSB Breckenridge w/1-155 Btry,  FSB Taylor II w/2-105 Btry's; FSB Harrison w/1-155 & 1-105 Btry, contined to support Bde operations.  FSB Green established on 11 Mar 68, w/1-104 Btry.

C.  REFERENCES:

(1)   OPORD  2-68   HQ  3d BDE  25th INF Div   DTD                                        11 MAR  68

(2)    FRAGO  1  TO  OPORD   2-68  HQ  3d   BDE  25th  INF DIV  DTD        12  MAR  68

             (3)    FRAGO   2  TO  OPORD   2-68  HQ  3D  BDE  25TH  INF  DIV  DTD    13  MAR  68

             (4)    FRAGO   3   TO  OPOED   2-68  HQ  3D  BDE  25TH  INF  DIV  DTD  19  MAR  68

             (5)    FRAGO   4   TO  OPORD  2-68  HQ  3D  BD3  25TH   INF  DIV  DTD    31  MAR  68


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 Operation Quyet Thang (Additional After Action Report)

AVDCSB-C     (26 APRIL 1968)                                                                                                  26 April 1968
SUBJECT:     After Action Report  (QUYET THANG)

DA,  HEADQUARTERS 2d BRIGADE,  25th INFANTRY DIVISION,  APO  US FORCES 96225

TO:     Commandiang General,  25th INFANTRY DIVISION,  ATTN:  AC of  S, G3
     APO  US  Forces  96225


     Forwarded:


     FOR THE COMMANDER:



                                   LEX J. MC LENDON
                                   Major,  Infantry
                                   Adjutant

1 Inxl


EXECUTION;

A.     CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY:

(1)   11 MARCH 1968 - COMMENCES OPERATION QUYET THANG

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT7295, XT6995, XT7598.  AT 1310H VIC XT7197 CO B DEST 1 BOOBY TRAPPED GRENADE.  AT 1515H VIC XT7197 CO B DETONATE A BOOBY TRAPPED GRENADE, RESULTING IN 1 US WIA.

(B)  TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT735030 TO XT740005.  AT 100904H VIC XT701000 TRP B APPREHENDED 4 DETAINEES.  AT 1000H VIC XT730020 TRP C FOUND 1 VC KIA.  AT 1035H VIC XT733020 TRP C FOUND 1 VC KIA AND DEST 3 RPG-2 RDS.  AT 1240H VIC XT735018 TRP C FOUND 2 VC KIA AND CAPT 1 AK-47 RIFLE.  AT 1420H VIC XT47017 TRP C CPTR 1500 LBS RICE.

(C)  TF 1/5 INF(M):  MOVED TO VIC XT695145.  AT 0601H VIC XT 773042 SCOUT PLT ENG 2 VC W/CLAYMORES, RES IN 1 VC KIA.  AT 1315H VIC XT804405 CO B APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.

(D)  3/22 INF:  MOVED TO VIC XT766042.

(E)  4/9 INF(-):  MOVED TO HOC MON BY AIR AND THEN BY CONVOY TO TAY NINH AND BECAME OPCON 1ST BRIGADE.

(2) 12  MARCH  1968

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDT C/A AND RIF VIC XT693964, XT695998, XT703926, XT703020.  AT 1230H VIC XT677960 CO A DEST 50 SA RDS.

(B)  TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF AN AN AREA BOUNDED BY XT54958, XT720948, XT701910, AND XT745910.

(C)  TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT720144 TO XT712153:  1 PLT CO A SECURED THE HOC MON BRIDGE.

(D)  3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT768041, XT777045, XT68048, XT760045, XT772032.  AT 0920H VIC XT761046 CO D CPTR 1 .50 CAL MG.  AT 1400H VIC XT761037 CO D CPTR 1X122MM ROCKET

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(3) 13 MARCH 1968  

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDI C/A VIC XT744088 AND XT778084 AND MOVED TO VIC XT773088.

(B)  3 / 4 CAV:  CDT CONVOY ESCORT BETWEEN HOC MON AND FIELD LOCATIONS.  TRP D AERORIFLES WERE INSERTED VIC XT697948 AND XT710991.

(C)  TF 1/5 INF (M):   MOVED TO CU CHI AND THEN TO VIC XT640217.  AT 121600H VIC XT692143 CO B DEST 98 60MM MORTAR RDS.  AT121715H VIC XT686194 CO B DEST 1X82MM MORTAR RD.  AT 1155H VIC XT655199 A SCT PLT APC DETONATED AN AT MINE, RES IN 1 US WIA AND 1 APC DAMAGED.

(D)  3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT766064 AND XT763063.  1 PLT OF CO D ASSUMED SECURITY OF THE HOC MON BRIDGE.  AT 1330H VIC XT7606 CO C CPTR 18 122MM ROCKETS AND 1 LB OF DOCUMENTS.

(4)  14  MARCH  1968

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT7606, 7707, 7607.  AT 1200H VIC XT7875078 CO A CPTR 4500 SA RDS AND DEST 528 82MM MORTAR RDS, 20 122MM ROCKETS, 7 122MM ROCKET WARHEADS, 25 CLAYMORES, 700 LBS OF DEMO, 277 GRENADES, , 181 RPG-7 RDS, 12 BANGALORE TORPEDOES, 800 FT DET CORD, 51 75MM RR RDS.

(B)  TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT471010, XT710000, XT710980, XT740980, AND XT740990.  TRP D AERORIFLES WERE INSERTED VIC XT740913, XT754940, XT727937.  AT 1230H VIC XT42011 TRP'S B & C REC SA FIRE AND AW AND RPG FIRE ALSO FROM AN EST VC CO:  RETURNED FIRE W/ALL ORGANIC WPNS AND LEFT RES IN 12 VC KIA, 2 US KIA, 24 US WIA, 1 TANK AND 2 APC'D DAM.

(C) TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT6321, XT6421.  AT 0820H VIC XT641218 CO A DEST 7 AT MINES.  AT 1220H VIC XT642219 CO A REC SA FIRE , RETUNED FIRE W/SA, AW, AND MORTARS RES IN UNK VC LOSSES, 3 US KIA, AND 24 US WIA.  AT 1930H VIC XT 640217 TF REC 7 RDS OF 60MM MORTAR FIRE:  RETURNED FIRE W/MORTARS RES IN UNK VC LOSSES AND 2 US WIA.

(D) 3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT7605, XT7606, XT7706, AND 1 PLT OF CO D CONDUCTED SECURITY OF HOC MON BRIDGE.  AT 1320H VIC XT769067 A UH-TD SUPPORTING THE BN REC AW FIRE;  RETURNED FIRE WITH AW, RESULTING 1 VC KIA.

(5)  15  MARCH  1968

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDT RIF XT786070, XT790073, AND XT785085 TO XT790077.  AT 141900H VIC XT760073 CO REC SA FIRE:  RETURNED FIRE W/SA, RES IN 1 VC KIA.  AT 1000H VIC XT778076 CO C DEST 150 SA RDS. AT 1020H VIC XT784084 CO B DEST 2 60MM RDS AND 3 RPG-7 RDS.  AT 1445H VIC 792072 CO D DEST 1 GRENADE.  AT 1455H VIC XT790070 CO D DEST 50 SA RDS.

(B) TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT713013 TO XT774024.  FOUND 20 VC KIA ATTRIBUTED TO PRIOR AIR STRIKES.  AT 0940H VIC XT746012 TRP A FOUND 1 VC KIA, CPTR 1 RPG-7 LAUNCHER, AND DEST 1 RPG-7 RD.  AT 1530H VIC XT740998 TRP C DEST 1000 LBS RICE.  AT 1545H VIC XT745014

(C) TF 1/5 INF(M):  CONDUCTED RIF VIC XT637213, XT633216, XT637220, AND XT643215.  AT 0845H VIC XT639214 CO B DEST 2 AT MINES.  AT 1410H VIC XT637217 CO B CPTR 12900 SA RDS.

(D) 3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT768064, XT773067, XT765064, AND XT754068, AND 1 PLT OF CO D CDT SECURITY OF HOC MON BRIDGE.  AT 0236H VIC XT777066 CO D FNG 3 VC IN A SAMPAN W/SA, AW, AND LAW, RES IN 1 VC KIA.  AT 1300H VIC XT760067 CO A DEST 1 GRENADE.  AT 1325H VIC XT76067 CO A DEST 7300 LBS OF RICE AND CAPTURED 1 LB OF DOCUMENTS.  AT 2230H VIC XT767042 A CO C AP ENG 3-5 VC WITH SA AND AW FIRE RES IN UNK UC LOSSES AND 3 US WIA (EVAC).

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(6)  16  MARCH  1968    

(A) 2/12 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT796081, XT778080.  AT 0745H VIC XT784084, CO D DEST 36 RPG-2 RDS, 5 RPG-7 RDS, 1RPG-2 LAUNCHER, 63 GRENADES, 13 60MM MORTAR RDS, AND 572 SA RDS, AND CPTR 5 LBS OF DOCUMENTS. AT 1007H VIC XT796085 CO'S A & D REC SA AND AW FIRE:  RETURNED FIRE W/SA, AW, ARTY, AND LFT, RES IN 5 VC PW, 1 AK47 CPTR, AND 4 US WIA.  AT 1330H VIC XT799084 CO C CPTR 1 AK-47 RIFLE.
(B) TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT730974 TO XT7100026 AND XT736035 TO XT720980.  TRP D CDT ARMED - RECON WEST OF SAIGON AEROPFLIES WERE INSERTED VIC XT723978.  AT 0930H VIC XT723033 TRP B APPREHENDED 2 DETAINEES.

(C) TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT640228, XT665225, XT655215, XT641212.  AT 1937H VIC XT640126 TF REC 7 RDS 60MM MORTARS:  RETURNED FIRE W/MORTARS & ARTY RES IN UNK VC LOSSES AND 4 US WIA.  

(D) 3/22 INF:  CDT  RIF VIC XT760015 AND 1 PLT OF CO D CDT SECURITY OF HOC MON BRIDGE.  

(7)  17  MARCH  1968               

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT791084 AND XT793087 AND RIF TO VIC XT795076.  AT 1100H VIC XT796084 BN C&C SHIP FOUND 1 VC KIA.  AT 1100H VIC XT784016 A SUPPORTING GUNSHIP CPTR 3000 LBS RICE.  AT 1200H VIC XT759088 CO C DEST 3 BANGALORE TORPEDOES.  AT 1235H VIC XT797088 CO FOUND 2 VC KIA, DEST 50 LBS RICE AND 38 LBS TNT, AND CPTR 1 122MM ROCKET PLUS 7 ROCKET MOTORS AND 4 FUSES.  AT 1515H VIC 1796080 CO C FOUND 8 VC KIA.

(B)  TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT734973, XT732998, TRP D CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON.

(C) TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT640205.  AT 0835H VIC XT639208 CO A 2/34 ARM REC 1 RPG RD:  RETURNED FIRE W/ARTY, RES IN UNK VC LOSSES, 1 US WIA AND 1 TANK DAM.  AT 0945H VIC XT632199 CO A 2/34 ARM ENG 9 VC W/SA AND AW FIRE;  VC RETURNED FIRE WITH AW AND RPG, RES IN UNK VC LOSSES AND 1 TANK DAM.  AT 1000H VIC XT633201 TF DEST 21 GRENADES,  1 AT MINE, 3  82MM MORTAR RDS, AND 200 RDS OF SA, AND CPTR 500 SA RDS.

(D)  3/22 INF:  CDT RIF IN AN AREA BOUNDED BY XT755045, XT750030, XT760075, CO D SECURED THE HOC MON BRIDGE.  AT 0250H VIC XT760263 CO D ENG 6 VC IN A SAMPAN W/AW FIRE, RES IN 2 VC KIA.  AT 09405H VIC XT778049 CO A DEST 400 RDS OF SA AND 1 GRENADE.  AT 2105H VIC XT7633063 CO B AP ENG 6-98 VC IN 2 SAMPANS W/SA, AW, AND HAND GRENADES RES 3 VC KIA.

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(8)  18  MARCH  1968              

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT98078 AND XT798081 AND RIF TO XT804074.  AT 0920H VIC XT802078 CO A CPTR 4 122MM ROCKETS AND 12 ROCKET MOTORS,.  AT 1030H VIC XT802078 CO B FOUND 5 VC KIA.  AT 1100H VIC XT804078 CO B FOUND 2 VC KIA.  AT 1215H VIC XT804074 CO B FOUND 1 VC KIA, AND DEST 2700 LBS OF RICE AND 3  60MM MORTAR RDS.

(B)  TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT710970, XT695910, XT720900, TRP D CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON AND AERORIFLES WERE INSERTED VIC XT670970 AND XT708877.

(C)  TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT654197, XT644217, AT 161200H VIC XT650226, TF DEST 1  105MM RD AND 2 AT MINES.  AT 171810H VIC XT633202 SCT PLT CPTR 1 81MM MORTAR.  AT 0940H VIC XT653198 CO B DEST 1 BOOBY TRAPPED GRENADE.  AT 1255H VIC XT658206 CO A DEST 1  122MM ROCKET.

(D)  3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT 763063, XT777066, XT777056, AND XT768064.  1 PLT OF CO D SECURED THE HOC MON BRIDGE.  AT 0145H VIC XT763063 A CO A AP ENG 4 VC IN A SAMPAN W/AW, LAW, AND HAND GRENADES.  RESULTED IN 4 VC KIA.  AT 0805H VIC XT775066 CO C FOUND 1 VC KIA.

(9) 19  MARCH  1968

(A)  2/12  INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT800081 AND XT802084 AND RIF TO VIC XT807087.  AT 1055H  VIC XT803087 CO A DEST 1 250 LB BOMB.  AT 1420H VIC XT804086 CO D DEST 2 GRENADES.

(B)  TR 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF TO VIC XT746023 TO XT740995 AND ALONG RTE 236.  TRP D CONDUCTED ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON AND AERORIFLES WERE INSERTED VIC XT702928, XT772913, XT707935, XT745968, AND XT746973.  AT 1130H VIC XT702928 TRP D APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.  AT 1224H VIC XT740013 TRP B DEST 1 155MM RD AND 5 105MM RDS.

(C)  TF 1/5 INF (M):  CDT RIF TO VIC XT668235 AND EST A NEW  NR POSITION.  

(D) 3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT7606, XY7506, XT7706, XT7704.  AT 111OH VIC XT767055 CO B EST 100 LBS OF RICE.  AT 2257H VIC XT775066 A CO C AP ENG 7 VC AND W/SA AND AW:  VC RETURNED FIRE W/SA AND AW, RESULTING IN 2 VC KIA.

      (10)          20  MARCH  1968

(A)  2/12 INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT805075 AND RIF TO VIC XT810074, 1 PLT CO D MOVED TO AND SECURED THE HOC MON BRIDGE.  AT 1140H VIC XT806074 CO C FOUND 1 VC KIA AND CPTR 1 .45 CAL PISTOL.

(B)  TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT720060 TO XT707016 AND XT700950:  TRP C CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON, AND AERORIFLES WERE INSERTED VIC XT725919, XT712969, XT728884, XT672947, AND XT733896.                               

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(C)  TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT660235 TO XT667240 TO XT           AT 0840H VIC XT664238 CO A DEST 150 LBS OF RICE.  AT 0850H VIC XT661236 CO B DEST 1 82MM MORTAR RD, AND 200 SA RDS, AND CPTR 1 82 CS RD.  AT 0920H VIC XT661236 CO B DEST 2 105MM RDS AND 30 SA RDS AND CPTR 2 LBS OF DOCUMENTS.  AT 1145H VIC XT669241 CO A CPTR 2 LBS OF DOCUMENTS.  AT 1450H VIC XT675230 TF DEST 29 82MM CS RDS, 1 122MM ROCKET WARHEAD, 27600 LBS OF RICE, 500 LB S OF PEANUTS, 200 LBS OF PEAS, AND 200 LBS BEANS.

(D)  3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT751070 AND XT775066, THEN RETURNED TO NIGHT POSITION, AND PREPARED FOR FUTURE OPERATIONS.  

(11)   21  MARCH  1968

(A) 2/12 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT772088 AND MOVED TO VIC XT766043.  AT 0940 VIC XT779082 CO A FOUND 2 VC KIA.

(B) TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT7733942 TO XT723010:  TRP D CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON, AND AERORIFLES WERE INSERTED VIC XT737066, XT716383, XT775065, XT740072, XT711027, AND XT719025.  AT 0930H VIC XT744958 TRP C APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.  AT 1010H VIC XT712068 TRP D APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.  AT 1035H VIC XT701070 TRP D APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.

(C) TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT A DETAILED SEARCH OF CACHE VIC XT680220.  THE TF DEST 1 CLAYMORE, 22 AT MINES, 2 AP MINF, 5 60MM MORTAR RDS, 15 82MM MORTAR RDS, 167 RPG-2 RDS, 82 RPG-7 RDS, 55 82MM MORTAR FUZES, 59 BLASTING CAPS, 1 LAW, AND 4 GRENADES AND CPTR 1 60MM MORTAR CS RD, 2535 SA RDS, 2 122MM ROCKET WARHEADS, 3 CHICOM RADIOS, 1 75MM RR W/TRIPOD AND SIGHT, 31600 LBS RICE, 5300 LBS SALT, 1450 LBS OF FISH , AND 1000 LBS OF CANNED FOOD.   

(D) 3/22 INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT805095 AND RIF TO VIC XT806095.  AT 1945H VIC XT804092 A CO B AP ENG 2 VC IN A SAMPAN W/SA AND AW FIRE, RES IN 2 VC KIA.  AT 2046H VIC XT804092 CO B AP ENG 3 VC W/SA AND AW, VC RETURNED FIRE FROM SAMPAN RESULTING IN 3 VC KIA AND 1 US WIA.

        (12)   22 MARCH  1968

      (A) 2/12  INF:  BECAM OOPCON 1ST BDE;

      (B)   2/22 INF:   CONTINUED OPCON 1ST BDE.

      (C) 3/22  INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT803106.  AT 1100H VIC XT802098 CO A CPTR 1 M16 RIFLE.       
                        AT 1210H VIC XT804100 CO C CPTR 1 122MM ROCKET LAUNCHER TUBE.  REF
                        CONTACT OF CO B AP AT 212045.  MAR 68, CHANGE ENG 3 VC TO UNK NUMBER VC,
                         AND ADD 6 VC KIA.  
      (D) TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF VIC XT700980 TO XT695925 AND XT740995 TO XT740026:  TRP              
                         D CDT ARMED RECON ALONG RT 1 AND AERORIFLES INSERTED VIC XT745928,
                         XT685965, XT712012, XT731002, XT685952, AND XT675070.

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     (E) TF 1/5 INF(M):  MOVED TO CU CHI AND PREPARED FOR FUTURE OPER.  REF CACHE
            VIC XT674229, THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL ITEMS WERE CAPTR: 19600 LBS OF
             RICE, 2000 LBS OF SALT, 1500 LBS OF PEANUTS, 2600 LBS OF PEAS, 200 LBS OF A.
             FISH, AND 100 LBS OF CANNED FOOD.  AT 2040H VIC XT624128 CO A 2/34 ARM
             REC 1 RPG-7 RD;  RETURNED FIRE W/SA, AND AW, RE
             SULT IN UNK VC LOSSES AND 2 US WI
      (F) 2/27 INF:  MOVED TO VIX XT766043 AND BECAME OPCON AT 1200H.  1 PLT OF CO  B
            ASSUMED SECURITY OF HOC MON BRIDGE.
  (13)  23  MARCH  1968

(A)  3 / 4 CAV:  CDT BLOCKING POSITIONS VIC XT744026 TO XT758027;  TRP D CDT ARMED RECON ALONG RT 1 AND WEST OF SAIGON, AND TRPS B AND C CDT A COMBINED CORDON AND SEARCH VIC XT715975 W/ 1 RF COMPANY.  AT 1130H VIC XT696968 TRP D APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.

(B)  TF 1/5 INF(M):K  PREPARED FOR LFUTURE OPER AT CU CHI.

(C)  3/272 INF:  CDT RIF IN AREA ROUNDED BY XT795104, XT808105, XT807112, AND XT792109, AND THEN MOVED BY AIR TO VIC XT719918.  AT 0250H VIC XT807102 A CO B AP DEST 1 SAMPAN W/AW FIRE.  AT 0345H VIC XT807102 A CO B AP ENG 3 VC IN A SAMPAN W/ AW AND GRENADES, RES IN 3 VC KIA AND 1 SAMPAN DEST.

(D)  2/27 INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT763006 AND XT786009 AND RIF TO VIC 1750025.  AT 0915H VIC XT764104 CO C APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.

       (14)      24  MARCH  1968

        (A)   TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT BLOCKING POSITIONS VIC XT695009 AND RIF TO VIC XT728934 W/
                 1 RF CO.  AT 0930H VIC XT742033 TRP DEST 30 SA RDS.  AT 1030H VIC XT697007
                  TRP D APPREHENDED 8 DETAINEES AND DEST 1 LAW.

        (B)   TF  1/5 INF(M):  PREPARE FOR FUTURE OPER AT CU CHI.

        (C)   3/22  INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT726910, XT705920 AND XT717935.

        (D)   2/27  INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT7403, XT7506, XT7405, XT7504.

       (15)      25  MARCH   1968

(A)  TF 3 / 4 CAV:  CDT BLOCKING POSITIONS VIC XT722970 TO XT713000 AND XT644970 TO XT694940:  TRP D CDT ARMED RECON ALONG RT 1 AND WEST OF SAIGON, AND TRP B CONDUCTED A COMBINED CORDON AND SEARCH VIC XT7397 W/ 1 PF  CO.

(B)  TF 1/5 INF (M):  PREPARED FOR FUTURE OPER AT CU CHI.  1 PLT SECURED ENGR OPER ON RT 8A.                                

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(C)  3/22 INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT633915 AND XT656917 AND RIF TO VIC XT6392 AND XT6390.  AT 1515H VIC XT638926 RECON PLT ENG 4 VC W/ SA, AW FIRE,  RES IN 1 VC KIA AND 1 AK-47 CPTR.

(D)  2/27  INF:  CDT RIF OPER VIC XT7403, XT7506, XT7307, AND XT7205.

        (16)        26    MARCH   1968

(A)  3 / 4 CAV:  WAS RELIEVED BY TF 1/5 INF(M) AND MOVED TO CU CHI TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE OPERATIONS.  AT 0150H VIC XT572963 A TRP C TAC DETONATED LAN AT MINE, RES IN 1 TANK DAM.

(B)  TF 1/5 INF(M):  MOVED TO VIC XT698933 AND EST NIGHT AP'S VIC XT6994, XT6995 AND XT6794.

(C)  3/22 INF:  CDT A C/A VIC XT613023 AND RIF VIC XT633915 AND XT 633907.  AT 0700H VIC XT628926 RECON PLT ENG 2 VC WITH AW FIRE, RES IN 2 VC KIA AND AK-50 RIFLE CPTRY.  AT 0835H VIC XT750914 CO C DEST 1 GRENADE.

(D)  2/27  INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT732083, XT746085, AND XT71809 AND RID VIC XT732087, XT736088, AND XT755082.  AT 1034H VIC XT734087 CO C REC SA FIRE;  RETURNED FIRE W/SA, AW AND LFT RES IN 4 VC KIA, 3 RDS DEST, AND 4 US WIA.  AT 251430H VIC XT713071 BN APPREHENDED 6 DETAINEES.

(17)  27  MARCH  1968

(A)  3 / 4 CA:  (--)  PREPARED FOR FUTURE OPER AT CU CHI.  TRP D CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON.

(B)  TF 1/5  INF(M):  CDT RIF ALONG THE CANAL FROM VIC XT683020 TO XT663940.  AT 2135H VIC XT749973 AN AP FNG 3 VC WITH SA AND AW FIRE, RES IN 2 VC KIA AND 2 AK-47 RIFLES CPTR.

(C)  3/22  INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT615924, XT655930 TO XT631926, XT630894, XT665902.

(D)  2/27  INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT774066 TO XT752069 AND XT758048 TO XT768053.

(18)  28  MARCH  1968

(A)  3 / 4 CAV:  (-)  PREPARED FOR FUTURE OPER AT CU CHI:  TRP D CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON AND AERORIFLES WERE INSERTTED VIC XT703972, AND AERORIFLES WERE INSERTED VIC XT708019.         

(B)  TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT RIF FROM VIC XT740995 TO XT74402-, AT 0203H VIC XT692957 A CO A AP, ENG 4 VC W/SA AND AW FIRE, RES IN 1 VC KIA AND 1 MT RIFLE CPTR.  AT 1430H VIC XT743024 CO A CPTR 400 LBS OF RICE.

(C)  3/22 INF:  CDT RIF VIC XT613914, XT607926, XT640913, AND XT660906.  AT 261845H VIC XT728088, GUNSHIPS SUPPORTING THE BN DEST 1 SAMPAN WITH AW AND ROCKETS.  

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(D)  2/27  INF:  CDT C/A VIC XT734080 AND RIF TO XT736073 AND XT666106.  REF CONTACT OF CO C AT 261035H MAP 68, ADD 1 VC KIA, 1 US KIA, AND 7 US WIA.  AT 0700H VIC XT733088 CO D FOUND 1 VC KIA, CPTR 1 AK47 RIFLE.  AT 1200H VIC XT736081 CO A DEST 800 LBS RICE.  AT VIC XT735075 CO A FOUND 1 VC KIA AND CPTR 1 AK47 RIFLE.  AT 1440H VIC XT735075 CO A FOUND 3 VC KIA.

29  MARCH  1968

(A)  3 / 4 CAV:  PREPARED FOR FUTURE OPER AT CU CHI:  TRP D CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON.

(B)  TF 1/5 INF(M):  CDT A COMBINED CORDON AND SEARCH VIC XT735982 WITH 1 RF CO AND RIF TO VIC XT748015 AND XT730040.  AT 282315H VIC XT722976 SCT PLT ENG 7 VC W/ SA, AW, HAND GRENADES, AND CLAYMORES.  VC RETURNED FIRE WITH SA, RES IN 6 VC KIA, 2 AK-50'S AND 1 CHICOM ASSAULT RIFLE CPTR.  AT 0845H 1 VC PW WAS CPTR.

(C)  3/22 INF:  MOVED BY AIR TO VIC XT707017 AND EST A NEW NL.  AT 282115H VIC XT632926 CO C CPTR 200 LBS OF RICE.

(D)  2/22  INF:  BECAME OPCON TO 2D BDE.

(E)  1/27  INF:  BECAME OPCON AND MOVED TO VIC XT762054 AND A NIGHT POSITION.  AT 1320H VIC XT761045 CO B DEST 100 SA RDS.  AT 1645H VIC XT773047 RECON PLT CPTR 1 M-14 RIFLE AND 1 US CARBINE, AND DEST 1 .50 CAL MG.

        (20)     30   MARCH  1968

(A)  TF 1/5 INF(N):  CDT RECON IN FORCE OPER VIC XT746970 TO XT740930.  AT 0755H VIC XT715944 CO A APC DETONATED A MINE RES IN 1 APC DAM.  RELEASED FROM OPCON THIS DATE.
(B)  3/22  INF:  MOVED TO DAU TIENG, BECAME OPCON 1ST BDE.
(C)  1/27  INF:  CDT RECON IN FORCE OPER VIC XT777046 TO XT775063.  AT 1250H VIC XT777061 CO B CPTR 1 AK-47 RIFLE, AT 1255H VIC XT776059 CO B LOCATED 1 VC KIA AND DEST 1 RPG RD.  AT 1255H VIC XT777057 CO C FOUND 3 VC KIA.  AT 1830H VIC XT771076 CO D REC FIRE RES IN 1 US WIA (EVAC).  AT 2210H VIC XT754076 CO D ENG EST VC PLT RES IN 2 VC KIA.  RELEASED FROM OPCON.
(D)  3 /4 CAV:  MOVED TO VIC XT707014 AND CDT RECON IN FORCE OPER TO VIC XT724008, CDT NIGHT PATROL ALONG RT 1, CDT ARMED RECON WEST OF SAIGON, AERORIFLE PLT INSERTED VIC XT689128 AND XT672140.  AT 1131H DEST;  1 AK47 RIFLE,  1AK50  RIFLE  AND 60 SA RDS CPTR.
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(21)   31    MARCH  1968                             
(A)  TF 2/22 INF(M):  BECAME OPCON AT 0700H.  CO C 4/9 INF MOVED BY AIR TO DAU TIENG AND TF MOVED TO VIC XT484404 AND EST A NIGHT POSITION.
(B)  4/23  INF(M):  BECAME OPCON AT 0700H AND CDT ROAD SECURITY FROM HOC MON BRIDGE TO FO DAU HA, CONVOY ESCORT FROM CU CHI TO DUC HOA.  SECURITY OF ROME PLOWS VIC CU CHI, SECURITY IF RT 8A, SECURITY OF ENGR VIC XT583250, AND SECURITY OF TRANG BANG BRIDGE.  AT 1135H VIC XT547002  A TANK TRUCK IN CONVOY REC A COMMAND DETONATED AT MINE RES IN 1 TRUCK DAM.
(C)  TF 2/34 ARM:  BECAME OPCON AT 0700H AND CDT SECURITY OF ROME PLOW CLEARING VIC XT5827.  AT 0806H VIC XT584279 CO C 1/5 INF(M) DEST 1 AT MINE.  0858H VIC XT590271  SCT PLT DEST 1 AT MINE.  AT 0810H VIC XT584279 CO B 4/23 INF(M) DEST 1 AT MINE.  AT 0915H VIC XT595269 CO C 1/5 INF(M) DEST 1 AT MINE.  AT 1000H VIC XT606312 CO C 1/5 INF(M) DEST 1 AT MINE AND CPTR STARLIGHT SCOPE.  AT 1010H VIC XT586278 A ROME PLOW DETONATED AN AT MINE RES IN 3 US WIA.  AT 1045H VIC XT600300 CO C 1/5 INF(M) DETONAED A BOOBY TRAP RES IN 1 US WIA.  AT 1100H SCT PLT APC DETONATED AN AT MINE RES IN 3 US WIA AND 1 APC DEST AT XT613320
AT 1413H VIC XT613313 CO B 4/23 INF(M) DEST 3 AP MINES.  AT 1517H VIC XT613312  2 CO C 1/5 INF(M) APC'S DETONATED AT MINES RES IN 4 US WIA AND 2 APC'S DEST.
.(D)  3 / 4 CAV:  MOVED TO VIC XT488235 AND EST A NEW NIGHT POSITION.  AT 301700H VIC XT724598 TRP C DEST 4 GRENADES.  AT 301900H VIC XT771076,  A TRP D OH-23 REC SA FIRE:  RETURNED FIRE WITH ARTY RES IN 1 VC KIA.  AT 1145H VIC XT580165 A TRP C APC DETONATED AN AT MINE RES IN 2 US WIA AND 1 APC DAM.  AT 1620H VIC XT502215 TRP C APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.
(22)  1   APRIL  1968
(A)  TF 2/22 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT467380,  AT 0930H VIC XT499405 SCT PLT FOUND 2 VC KIA.  AT 1025H VIC XT499405 CO A FOUND 2 VC KIA AND CPTR 300 LBS OF RICE.  AT 1132H VIC XT511397 CO C 4/9 INF CPTR 1 FRENCH PISTOL.
(B)  4/23  INF(M):  (-)  CDT ROAD SECURITY FROM GO DAU HA TO CU CHI, SECURITY OF RAFTING SITE AT GO DAU HA, AND COMBINED RIF WITH 2 RF/PF CO'S FROM TRANG BANG,  FROM TRANG BANG TO XT475220 AT 1845H VIC XT531183 CO C APPREHENDED 2 DETAINEES.
(C)  TF  2/34  ARM:  CDT SECURITY OF ROME PLOW CLEARING VIC XT604275 AND XT600307, CLEARING 165 ACRES.  AT 0845H VIC XT6073312 DEST 1 AP MINE AND 2 105MM DUDS.  AT 1305H VIC XT602307 CO C 1/5 INF(M) DEST 4 BUTTERFLY BOMBS, 2 GRENADES, 1 AT MINE, 1 AP MINE, AND 20 M79 RDS.  AT 1342H VIC XT610277 A ROME PLOW DETONATED AN AT MINE, RES IN 1 ROME PLOW DAMAGED.  AT 1345H VIC XT601308, CO C 1/5 INF(M) DEST 1 AT MINE.  
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(D)  3 / 4 CAV:  (-)  MOVED TO VIC XT530290 AND EST A NEW NIGHT POSITION.  AT 0800H VIC XT496235 TRP A DEST 2 60MM MORTAR RDS.
     (23)    2   APRIL   1968
(A)  TF 2/22 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT468380.  AT 1000H VIC XT512397 BN APPREHENDED 1 DETAINEE.  AT 1110H VIC XT507248 CO A APPREHENDED 2 DETAINEES.
(B)  4/23  INF(M):  CDT ROAD SECURITY FROM GO DAU HA TO BAU DIEU ON RT 1 AND COMBINED RIF WITH 1 PF CO FROM TRANG BANG TO XT502252. AT 0750H VIC XT544177 CO C DEST 1 AT MINE.  AT 2200H VIC XT521201 CO A REC 10 RDS OF 82MM MORTAR FIRE;  RETURNED FIRE W/ ARTY RES IN UNK VC LOSSES AND 7 USL WIA.  
(C)  TR  2/34  ARM:  CDT SECURITY OF ROME PLOW CLEARING VIC XT564307, CLEARING 165 ACRES.  AT 0855H VIC XT586305 CO B 4/34 INF(M) DEST 1 AT MINE.
(D)  3 / 4 CAV:  CDT RIF FROM VIC XT533314 TO XT546330.  AT 0815H VIC XT596300 CO B CPTR 1 CHICOM RIFLE.
     (24)   3   APRIL   1968
(A)  TF 2/22 INF(M):  CDT RIF VIC XT479370.
(B)  4/23  INF(M):  (-)  CDT ROAD SECURITY FROM GO DAU HA TO BAU DIEU ON RT 1 AND RIF FROM VIC XT495218 AND XT535181.  AT 1305H VIC XT543187 CO'S A & C REC AW & RPG FIRE FROM 8-10 VC;  RETURNED FIRE W/ SA AND AW, RES IN UNK VC LOSSES, 1 US KIA,  8 US WIA AND 1 APC DEST.  AT 1340H VIC XT543187 A CO B 25TH AVN, UH-IC SUPPORTING THE BN REC 1 HIT FROM SA FIRE.
(C)  TF 2/34 ARM:  CDT SECURITY OF ROME PLOW CLEARING OPER VIC XT545307 AND XT555304, CLEARING 165 ACRES.  AT 1322H VIC XT559297, A ROME PLOW DETONATED AN AT MINE RESULTING IN 1 ROME PLOW DAM.   AT 1400H VIC XT559297 CO C 1/5 INF(M) DEST 700 LBS RICE.  
(D)  3 / 4 CAV:  (-)  CDT RIF FROM VIC XT540337 TO XT538337 TO XT538325 AND XT638312.  AT 1715H VIC XT512310 TRP C CPTR 2900 LBS OF RICE.
     (25)   4   APRIL   1968
(A)  TF 2/22  INF(M):  CDT RIF FROM XT468380 TO XT510370, XT540360, AND XT540350 AND EST BLOCKING POSITIONS.  AT 1001H VIC XT517366 CO A  DEST 3 GRENADES AND 5 AP MINES.  AT 1530H VIC XT541364 CO B DEST 110 GAL OF GASOLINE AND 3 SAMPANS.
(B)  4/23  INF(M):  (-)  CDT ROAD SECURITY FROM GO DAU HA TO BAU DIEU ON RT 1 AND COMBINED RIF FROM XT533180 TO XT537199 WITH 2 PLTS OF PF/RF FROM GO DAU HA.                     
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(C)  TF 2/34  ARM:  (-)  CDT SECURITY OF ROME PLOW CLEARING VIC XT560296 WITH CO B 4/23 INF(M) CLEARING 242 ACRES, AND EST BLOCKING POSITIONS VIC XT567318 W/  TF(-).
(D)  3 / 4 CAV:  (-)  CDT BIF FROM  VIC XT527290 TO XT554343 AND XT565330 TO XT541350 AND EST BLOCKING POSITIONS, VIC XT554343.  AT 1020H VIC XT55543 TRP B CPTR 600 LBS OF SALT.  AT 1230H VIC XT548350 TRP B CPTR 700 LBS OF SALT.  AT 1545H VIC XT5483 TRP B DEST 2 SAMPANS AND CPTR 2 OUTBAOARD MOTORS.
     (26)  5   APRIL   1968
(A)  TF 2/22 INF(M):  CDT RIF FROM XT528353 TO XT485240, CO A ESCORTED ENGR FROM LCU CHI TO TRANG BANG.  AT 0930h VIC XT510336 CO A CPTR 4600LBS OF RICE.
(B)  4/23  INF(M):  CDT ROAD SECURITY FROM GO DAU HA TO BAU DIEU ON RT 1 AND RIF FROM VIC XT535189 TO XT5216 TO XT5015 TO XT5017.  AT 0925H VIC XT524356 CO C CPTR 600 LBS OF RICE.
(C)  3 / 4 CAV:  (-) CDT RIF FROM VIC XT535235 TO XT567268 AND XT559333 TO XT573260.  AT 0800H VIC XT545314, TRP C DEST 100 LBS OF RICE AND CPTR 900 LBS OF RICE.  AT 0935H BIC XT558347, TRP C REC AW FIRE, RETURNED FIRE WITH ALL ORGANIC WPNS. RES IN 3 VC KIA,  8 VC PW WIA,  3 US CARBINES, 1 AK47, AND 14 LBS OF DOCUMENTS CPTR:  3 GRENADES DEST AND 3 US WIA.
     (26)   6   APRIL   1968
(A)  2/22 INF(M):  CDT CONVOY ESCORT FROM TRANG BANG TO XT530290 AND XT451190, AND SECURED THE TRANG BANG BRIDGE.  SECURED BRIDGE SITE AT XT451190, AND CDT NIGHT AP'S ALONG RT 1
(B)  4/23  INF(M):  WITH CO C 4/9 INF, MOVED TO VIC XT441121.  AT 1035H VIC XT560175 A CO'S APC DETONAED AN AT MINE, RES IN 2 US WIA AND 1 APC DEST..
(C)  TF 2/34 ARM:  SECURED ROME PLOW CLEARING OPS VIC XT554300 AND XT572287, CLEARING 235 ACRES AND MOVED TO VIC XT568303.  AT 0805H VIC XT1574286 A ROME PLOW DETONATED AN AT MINE, RES IN 1 US WIA AND 1 ROME PLOW DAM.  AT 0925H VIC XT574286 A ROME PLOW DETONATED AN AT MINE, RES IN 1 US WIA, AND 1 ROME PLOW DAMAGED.
     (27)  7    APRIL ,  1968  -  TERMINATED OPERATION QUYET THANG.
(A)  2/22  INF (M):  (-)  CDT ROAD SECURITY ON RT 1, SECURED BRIDGE SITE AT XT451190, SECURED ENGR OPS ON RT 19, AND CONDUCTED RIF WITH TRP C 3 / 4 CAV FROM TRANG BANG TO XT495227 TO XT500240 TO XT505225.
(B)  TF  4/23  INF (M):  CDT COMBINED RIF WITH 1 BN  34TH ARVN RANGERS FROM XT440121 TO XT443138 TO XT417147 TO XT410145 TO XT420120.               (p11)
(C)  TF 2/34 ARM:  SECURED ROME PLOW CLEARING OPS VIC XT553325, CLEARING 200 ACRES, AND CDT RIF XT560330 TO XT555345, TO XT565345 TO XT570335,.  AT 0900H VIC 550330 CO B 4/23 INF CPTR 1 LB OF DOCUMENTS.  AT 0930H VIC XT555331, CO B 4/23 INF DEST 1 AT MINE, 1 CLAYMORE, 200 LBS OF PEANUTS, 300 LBS OF BEANS, 100 LBS OF SUGAR, AND 100 LBS OF RICE, AND CPTR 2 .45 CAL SMG'S, 3500 LBS OF CANNED FOOD, 200 LBS OF RICE, 300 LBS OF PEANUTS, 100 LBS OF BEANS, AND 500 LBS OF SUGAR.  AT 1045H VIC XT574287 CO C 1/5 INF(M) DEST 200 LBS OF RICE, ONE 4.2 RD, AND 1 105MM RD.   
(D)  3 / 4 CAV:  (-) CDT RIF FROM XT450245 TO XT450280 TO XT452465 TO XT400260, AND XT486236 TO XT438314 AND EST OUTPOSTS ALONG RT 1 FROM TRANG BANG TO XT381275.  REF CONTACT OF TRP C AT 051530H APR  '68 ADD 5 VC KIA.
12. ©  RESULTS
(A)  US  LOSSES:   41  WIA,   3  KIA
(B)  ENEMY LOSSES:
(1)   PERSONNEL:  153 KIA (BC),   12  KIA  (POSS),  10  POW,  31  DETAINEES

(2)   ENEMY EQUIPMENT  CPTR AND EVACUATED:
     30  INDIVIDUAL WPNS                                 MEDICAL SUPPLIES
MORTAR SIGHT                                                 24  LBS  GAUZE
 1   SIGHT & FIRING DEVICE FOR                   18  LBS  MEDICAL SUPPLIES
      FOR  122MM ROCKET
1   81MM ROCKET                         
1   RPG-7  LAUNCHER                                             FOOD
1   RPG-2  LAUNCHER                                   10900  LBS OF PEANUTS
1   75MM  RR W/TRIPOD & SIGHT                11800  LBS  PEAS
1   US  STARLIGHT SCOPE                            160,254  LBS  RICE
2   CLAYMORES                                                10700  LBS  SALT
2705   RDS OF S/A                                            500  LBS  BEANS
22  CS  82MM  RDS                                           1650  LBS  DRY FISH
                                                                               100  LBS  CANNED FOOD
                                                                               1440  LBS  DRY MILK   
MISCELLANEOUS                                              100  LBS  CANNED TUNA
1  PERISCOPE DEVICE                                    2000  LBS  BRAISED PORK
2  OUTBOARD MOTORS                                   100  LBS  DEHYD EGGS
1  SEWING MACHINE                                         600  LBS  SUGAR                    
12  BICYCLES                                                  COMMUNICATIONS
4  VC  GAS MASKS                                          1  AMPMETER
2  AIMING STAKES W/LIGHTS                        4   CHICOM RADIOS
CANTEENS                                                         2   HOME MADE RADIOS
PISTOL BELTS
PONCHOS
HAMMOCK                              OFFICE SUPPLIES     
                                                        13 ¼ LBS  DOCUMENTS
                                   (P12)
(3)  EQUIPMENT CPTR AND DESTROYED:
ORDNANCE                                                STRUCTURES     
87  RPG-7  RDS                                               260  BUNKERS
48  122MM ROCKET WARHEADS               139  FOXHOLES
42  122MM ROCKET MOTORS                     16  TUNNELS
20  HAND GRENADES                                   75  MTRS  TRENCH
BNAGALORE TORPEDOES
RDS  M-79
AT & AP  MINES                                                        FOOD
 2  CLAYMORE MINES                                      3960  LBS  RICE
BLASTING CAPS
38  LBS  TNT                                                               FUEL           
80  RDS  ,50  CAL                                           1760  GALS  GAS
190  RPG-2 RDS                                                280  GALS  OIL
RDS  12.7MM
TRANSPORTATION                                                CLOTHING           
17  SAMPANS                                                 2  LBS  GARMENTS
 (P13)
13. ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS:
A.  PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATION:  DURING THE OPERATION, THE BDE 2-1 SECTION OPERATED FROM DAU TIENG WITH REPORTS BEING FORWARDED TO AND FROM THE FORWARD LOCATION.
B.  SUPPLY:  OPERATION QUYET THANG WAS SUPPORTED FROM CU CHI.  ON OCCATION, HELICOPTER RESUPPLY WAS EFFECTED.  NO UNUSUUAL DIFFICULTIES WERE ENCOUNTERED.
C.  MAINTENANCE:  MAINTENANCE & SUPPORT SERVICES WERE ADEQUATE THROUGHOUT THE OPERATION.
D.  STATUS OF EACH SUPPLY: L ALL CLASSES OF SUPPLY WERE ADEQUAATE THROUGHOUT THE OPERATION.
E.  PATIENT CARE AND EVACUATION:  HELICOPTERS CONTINUED TO BE THE PRIMARY MEANS OF EVACUATION OF WOUNDED PERSONNEL.  THESE PATIENTS WERE DUSTED OFF TO CU CHI OR DAU TIENG.
14.   SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUES:   NONE.
15.. RECOMMENDATIONS:   NONE
FOR THE COMMANDER:


CHARLES W. CLARK                                                 CAPTAIN,  INFANTRY                                                                   ADJUTANT
DISTRIBAUTION:
5 - CG,  25TH  INF  DIV
30 18TH  MIL HIST DET
1 - S1  
1 - S2  
2 - 2/12  INF
2 - 2/22  INF (M)
2 - 3/22  INF
3 - S3
1 - S4                       
       (P14)
     The following units supported the Brigade during Operation  QUYET THANG.
     1st  Battalion,  27th  Infantry
     2nd Battalion,  27th  Infantry
     1st  Battalion,  5th  Infantry  (M)
     4th  Battalion,  23rd  Infantry  (M)
     2nd Battalion,  14th  Infantry
     2nd Battalion,  34th  Armor
     1st  Battalion,  8th   Artillery
     3rd Battalion,  13th  Artillery
     6th  Battalion,  77th  Artillery
     65st  Engineer Battalion
     554th  Engineer Battalion
     558th  Engineer Battalion
     27th  Land Clearing Task Force
     25th  Aviation Battalion
     25th  Medical Battalion
     25th  S&T Battalion
     125th  Signal Battalion
     12th  Evacuation Hospital
     7th  AA  (CA PLT)
     9th  AA  (CA PLT)
     5th  ARVN  Division
     TF  II  (ARVN)
     116th  Assault Helicopter Company  (Hornets)
     128th   Assault Helicopter Company  (Tomahawks)
     187th  Assault Helicopter Company  (Blackhawk)  
                              (P15)
                 BOBCAT          615          TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
SABRE            308          TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
RAMROD        531          TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
DICE                  70          TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
DEVIL              614          TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
YELLOWJACKET     352          TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
BLADE               35          TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
LITTER               31          TACTICAL FIGHTER WING
BUZZARD          510       TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
RAP                    604       TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON
BOXER               12        TACTICAL FIGHTER WING
MAG PIE                         AUSTRALIAN B57
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 Battle Of Trang Bang        
(See Map)

     24 March 1968:  At 0814 hrs, 2 companies of the 2-14 Infantry were engaged by an enemy force South East of Sa Nho II village in Northern Cu Chi District, Hau Nghia Province.  The battalion was conducting combat assaults into suspected enemy locations and was engaged on the first landing zone.

     The village of Sa Nho had long been suspected to be enemy dominated.  Several known enemy lines of communication pass near the village and agent reports had indicated this to be a communications - liaison station responsible for personnel movement into central Hau Nghia Province.l  So Nho lies out the lower edge of the Ho Bo Woods and west of the Filhol.  Several weeks prior to the contact, TF 2-34 had located large food caches in the area and had been in sporadic contact with small enemy elements.  Agent reports had placed several company size units in the vicinity of the village.  After initial contact was made on 24 March 1968, the 2-14 Infantry moved further into the complex, meeting heavier resistance.  The enemy was in prepared positions in the hedgerows of the village and were well armed.  The battle lasted until 0230 the following morning with the following results:  14 US KIA,  45 US WIA,  66 VC KIA (BC), 21 VC KBA (BC), 7 VC KIA (POSS), 2 VC PW, 4 LPO - 50 portable flame throwers, 1  7.62 AA machine gun, 1 US M-1 carbine, 1 RPD LMG and 10 AK47's.

     Civilians that were interrogated stated that there had been 300 - 400 VC in the village.  They had moved into the area on 19 March and had forced the villagers to construct fighting positions and bunkers.  The cadre included a major and 4 captains.  The soldiers were dressed in mixed green and khaki uniforms and bands of white fabric were on the left wrists of all the unit members.  Documents found in the area of contact indicated the presence of the 7th Cu Chi LF Battalion.  The two PW's were of little use as one was too badly injured to be interrogated and the other had been a worker for the enemy for only a short time.   The enemy force appeared to be well trained and disciplined and of good fighting quality.

     25 March:  Elements of 4-23 Infantry (M) were engaged by an unknown size enemy force to the south east of Trang Bang.  These VC were also dressed in mixed uniforms and carried web gear.  They wore tan canvas pith helmets.  As was the case the previous day, the VC were all well equipped and armed.  The main difference between the action of the 25th as compared to the 2-14 action of the 24th, was that the discipline and combat ability of the troops on the second day appeared to be very poor.  They broke and ran on several occasions and in general, showed none of the combat skill manifested the previous day.  Among the dead were two women, both of which had been carrying RPG-2 RL.  US soldiers stated that they had seen other women involved in the fighting that day.  Documents taken that day indicated contact with the D245; land D246 battalions.  These apparently were infiltrator groups rather than functional battalions.  They had infiltrated from North Vietnam, crossing into and entered South Vietnam on or about 1 March 1968.  They had moved into the Trang Bang area on or about 22 March.  These groups were subordinate to the 9th Regt of the 250th NVA training Division.  It appeared that they were filler personnel for the 9th VC Division.  Results of action on the 25th of March 1968:  10 US KIA,  47 US WIA,  111 VC KIA (BC), 16 VC KBA (BC),  100 VC KIA (POSS), 2 VC PW,  3  7.62 MG,  1 RPD - LNG,  1 Chicom 30 cal MG,
  21 AK47's, 6 RPG-2 RL, and 1 RPG - 2 RL.

     26 March:  Elements of 2-14 Infantry and TF 2-34 combined to pursue the enemy forces to the North.  At Ap Long Mac (XT528249), contact was again made with the remnants of units of the previous days contact.  Action continued until the afternoon of 27 March 1968.  Documents indicated the D245 and D246 infiltration groups were present as well as elements of the 271st Regt of the 9th VC Division.  
Results::  2 US KIA,  43 US WIA,  62 VC KIA (BC), 56 VC KBA (BC),  12 VC KIA (POSS),  1 VC PW,  6 AK47's,  5 RPD  LMG,  1  RPG  2 RL,  1  60mm mortar,  2 US M -1's.

CONCLUSIONS:     

     Several conclusions can be drawn from these contacts in the Trang Bang area.  It was evident that elements of the 9th  VC Division moved from the Saigon Area to the area just north and south west of Trang Bang.  Documents picked up after the contacts, as well as interrogation of VC PW's, indicated the presence of the 9tth Divisions 271st Regiment in the area to the north of Trang Bang and the 272nd Regiment to the south west along the Vam Co Dong.  These Regiments had moved to these locations to resupply and accept replacements.  It is believed that the two infiltration groups D245 and D246 were to provide these replacements for the 9th Division, but were intercepted prior to their integration into the regiments.  These troops were not familiar with the area as they had arrived in the Trang Bang area only two days previously.  These troops were neither well trained, nor well disciplined.  This appeared to be their first exposure to battle.  The North Vietnamese apparently are having to dig deep into their manpower pool to keep the units in the south at sufficient strength.  It is doubtful that they are getting sufficient training to render them combat effective.  In addition, they appear now to be utilizing women in the combat ranks.  Seven to eight women were seen in the fight along Route 1.  All these are indications of a pressing replacement.

     The large losses suffered by these infiltration groups has reduced seriously the effort to bring the 9th VC Division up to strength.

     The engagement of the 7th Cu Chi LF Battalion by the 2-14 Infantry has resulted in severe reduction of the enemy's combat effectiveness.  Prior to this contact, the unit strength was carried by II Field Force as 250 and marginally combat effective.  The losses suffered during the action on 24 - 25 March 1968 would then put their strength at 150, and non-combat effective.

     The fact that the VC forces have received large amounts of good equipment is now clearly established.  Local force units now carry AK47's and RPG rocket launchers as well as flame throwers.  The D245 and D246 groups were known to have 82mm mortars,  75mm RR and 1 radio per company,.  This upgrading of organic equipment has resulted in a corresponding shift in combat effectiveness.  The VC can now out-gun most  ARVN units of equal size.  The VC will provide a more formidable force, especially against allied units.  This will no doubt pose a critical problem in the defense of RF - PF outposts, and in the morale of troops defending these outposts.


 Air Mobile Raid

                    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
               18th MILITARY HISTORY DETACHMENT
                       25th INFANTRY DIVISION
                        APO San Francisco 96225

AVDCMH                                                                                                                                     22 July 1969

SUBJECT:     Combat After Action Interview Report

THRU: Commanding General
             United States Army Vietnam
             ATTN: Command Historian
             APO San Francisco 96375

TO:    Headquarters
          Department of the Army
          ATTN:  O.C.M.H.
          Washington, D.C. 20315


1.     TYPE OF OPERATION:     Airmobile Raid

DATE OF OPERATION: 19 July 1969

LOCATION:  Grid:  XT589269; Sheet Number NC48-1, Map Series 1501;25th Infantry Division TAOR.

CONTROL HEADQUARTERS:  2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

PERSONS BEING INTERVIEWED:

MAJ Ronald L. Baker Jr., 503403348, S3, 1st Battalion (Mechanized) 5th Infantry.

b.   CPT Bruce R. Richardson, 516529365, Arty LNO to 1st Battalion (Mechanized)
      5th Infantry

 CPT John S. Regan, 001304764, CO, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry.

 CW2 James H. Hineline, 027264459, Chief, Imagery Interpretation Section, 25th Military Intelligence Detachment.

INTERVIEWING OFFICER:  Division Historian

TASK ORGANIZATION:

Command Group, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry  (CO, S3, Arty LNO, SGM, RTO)
Airborne in a UH1H helicopter.

Company B, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry (OPCON to 1-5 Mech).


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SUPPORTING FORCES:

Artillery.

Battery C, 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery  (105mm), FSB Devin  (XT557170)

(2)   Battery B, 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery  (105mm), FSB Pershing.  (XT518256).

 Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 13th Artillery  (155mm), FSB Patton II (XT582195)

 One Platoon, Battery D, 3rd Battalion, 13th Artillery (8 inch) FSB Stuart III
(XT499197)

Army Aviation:

9 UH1H helicopters  (Troop Lift), 187th Assault Helicopter Company

1 UH1H helicopter (C&C Ship), 187th Assault Helicopter Company

6 AH1G Cobra gunships, Company B, 25th Aviation Battalion.

2 AH1G Cobra gunships, Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry.

2 AH1G Cobra gunships, Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry.

1 UH1H helicopter  (PSYOPS), Company B, 25th Aviation Battalion.

U.S. Air Force:

1  AC-47  gunship.

2  F-100  fighters.

2  A-37  fighters.

1  OV-10  forward air control aircraft.


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INTELLIGENCE:

a.   ENEMY:   On 5 June 1969, the Tactical Imagery Interpretation Section of the 25th Division Military Intelligence Detachment was performing a routine read-out of low level aerial photographs taken over Tu Duon Hamlet (XT589269) when they noticed that the last two frames indicated a newly constructed hut which was larger than the other huts in the area, and was distinguishable by its wooden roof, in contrast to the thatched roofs of the other huts in the vicinity.  It was also noted that two heavily used trails by-passed this structure and converged at a point approximately 50 meters to the southwest; however, there were no trails leading directly to this structure.  Four excavations were also noted:  (1) a trench approximately 20 feet long, four feet wide, and four feet deep along the southwest side of the house;  (2) two holes, one at the west corner and one at the south corner of the hut;/ and  (3) a hole at the north corner of the structure.  (See Enclosure 1)

     On 13 June, a hand-held photograph of the same structure was taken by the Aerial Surveillance Section, G-2 Air, and the results indicated that  (1) a trench leading from the door of the hut to the trail which passed to the southeast had been excavated, as well as (2) three mounds which resembled graves appeared at the northeast side of the house.

On 1 July, an Air Force photoreconnaissance mission revealed the addition of
approximately twelve excavations which resembled graves on the northeast side of the hut under  surveillance.  Also a possible “well” was observed on the northern edge of these excavations, as well as three new mounds just north of the hut.

     On 10 July, Company B, 2-14 Inf, in the vicinity of Sa Nho (XT575275), captured a prisoner, Trueng Van Thang.  After several interrogations, Thang admitted that he was a member of the 1st Company, 83rd Rear Service Group, and stated that his unit had the responsibility of supplying food for NVA units operating in the Tu Duon / Sa Nho area.  Thang additionally revealed that he knew the location of a house where 20-25 members of his unit stayed each night.  These personnel arrived each night at approximately 1800 hours and remained until dawn the following morning.  He indicated that this house had been used every night for the past seven months.  On 16 July, the IPW Section flew a Visual Reconnaissance mission and hand-held photographs were taken of the Sa Nho area.  The photographs were shown to Thang, who immediately identified the same hut, which had been under surveillance by the Imagery Interpretation Section.

     On 12 July, the Aerial Surveillance Section, G-2 Air, had taken a second set of hand-held photographs of the hut.  These photographs revealed that (1) the trench previously noted as being 20 feet long had been filled in; (2) the hole on the south corner of the house had also been filled in;
(3) the hole on the north corner of the house was covered with an unidentified material; and (4) the area of the suspected graves now resembled row crops.  The area extending from the trench had also been excavated and appeared to be a garden.  The mounds located north of the hut were the same as they had appeared on 1 July.  (See Enclosure 2)             

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     The Counter-Intelligence Section passed the above information to the S2 of the 2nd Brigade who in turn recommended the target to the Brigade S3 for response.  The Brigade decision was to conduct an early evening airmobile raid and the mission was given to the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry.

     After a careful reconnaissance and evaluation of the objective, the Battalion Com-   mander decided to employ heavy preparatory gunship and artillery fires, a close troop insertion, continuous close fire support, and a rapid troop extraction.  Two platoons from Company B, 2-14 Inf, would be employed.



 b.   Terrain:    The terrain in the target area is flat with no dominating features.  There is heavy brush northeast, east and southeast of the hut, while the area to the west is open, being abandoned rice fields.  There are several abandoned huts approximately 150 meters south of the target hut, and a single abandoned hut approximately 80 meters to the north.  Ground observation and fields of fire are excellent on the west side of the target and poor on the east side due to the brush.  Aerial observation over the brushy area is fair since the continuity of the vegetation is broken by many small trails and shell craters.  There are no obstacles to movement by foot in the area.

Weather:  The skies were partly cloudy with light winds from the southwest and no
precipitation in the area on 19 July.  Observation and flying conditions were good. Sunset was at 1922 hours.

10.       MISSION:   Company b, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry  (OPCON 1-5 Mech) was to conduct an airmobile raid at 1800 hours, 19 July 1969, to capture or destroy personnel and equipment of the 83rd Rear Service Group in and around the target structure.

11.     CONCEPT OF OPERATION:

a.   Maneuver:   Company B was to conduct a nine ship (54 man) combat assault to a LZ approximately 100 meters west of the target area (XT587270), assault the target structure and the adjacent area, complete a search of the target area and return to the pick-up zone (XT587270) for extraction.

Fires:

Helicopter gunship preparatory fires on the target hut - H-6 minutes.

(2)   Artillery preparatory fires on the target hut - H-4 minutes.  Preparatory fires shifted east H-4 minutes to H-1 minute.                              

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(3)   Helicopter suppressive fires around the landing zone - H-4 minutes to H-Hour.

(4)   Artillery, helicopter gunship, and Tac air fires on call.

EXECUTION:

a.   At 1730 hours, the command and control helicopter containing the 1-5 Mech Command Group     (CO, S3, Arty LNO, SGM, and RTO) took off from FSB Devin enroute to the target area.

b.   At 1745 hours, the 1st Platoon, 3rd Platoon and Command Group of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 145th Infantry, took off in a nine-ship lift from FSB Patton enroute to the target area.

 1746 hours, the Arty LNO began a nine minute countdown to the time on target for the initial
preparatory fires.  Two batteries of 105mm howitzers, one battery of 155mm howitzers, and two 8-inch howitzers were laid on the target hut.

At 1754 hours, two Cobra gunships made a firing run from west to east against the target hut
and the hut to the north.  Their rockets blew the roofs off of both structures, and as they cleared the target area, the Arty LNO gave the waiting batteries the command to fire.

At 1755 hours, the target hut and an area for 80 meters around it was hit by 34 rounds of artillery.  The battery fires were then shifted into the brush north, northeast, and east of the hut (See Enclosure 3).  Immediately after the artillery fires were shifted, the escorting gunships moved in and placed suppressive fires on the huts and on the area around the landing zone.


The troop ships approached the landing zone from the north and touched down 30 seconds         after the last preparatory artillery round impacted.   At this time, numerous enemy were observed fleeing to the east and south through the brush.  The gunships began firing passes over the area to the east and the Arty LNO shifted all batteries and resumed fire to the south to block that area.  (See Enclosure 4)

As the troops hit the ground, the Company Commander realized that instead of landing in a trail formation as planned, they had landed in a split trail and his 1st Platoon was advancing behind the 3rd Platoon.  He quickly ordered this platoon to move on line to the left, as the company continued the assault.  They received only sporadic and ineffective fire from the withdrawing enemy and they rapidly overran the objective, killing several fleeing enemy.  As they secured their positions around the huts, they began to check the rubble and numerous holes and bunkers in the area, collecting prisoners (10 detainees), recovering abandoned equipment, and counting the enemy dead (47KIA).  When the immediate target area had been policed, both platoons moved forward on a clockwise sweep through the edge of the brush.  Several of the enemy bodies were located in the brush south of the hut.  As the troops advanced, the artillery fires were shifted south along several hedgerows to block enemy escape.  The company completed the sweep back to the LZ without contact and was extracted at 1915 hours, while the gunships again provided suppressive fires.  The troop ships received light fire from the east as they lifted off.
(See Enclosure 5)                                                                                        

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  As the troop ships cleared the area, two F-100 fighters hit the area with fragmentation bombs and napalm.  This strike was followed by another at 1935 hours by two A-37 fighters.  At 2000 hours, the Division G5 Section diverted a UH1H PSYOPS helicopter to the contact area and broadcast “Surrender or Die” appeals for 30 minutes.  At 2100 hours, an artillery attack of 145 rounds was made on the contact area, and this was followed by another PSYOPS mission at 2300 hours consisting of surrender appeals and 30,000 safe conduct passes and :Chieu Hoi” leaflets being dropped.

On the following day, 20 June, the 1-5 Mech conducted a reconnaissance-in-force through the contact area with one mechanized and two rifle companies.  No contact was made with the enemy, but several additional enemy bodies and weapons were found, and large amounts of rice and medical supplies were evacuated.  Another PSYOPS leaflet mission was flown specifically targeted against the 83rd Rear Service Group.

RESULTS:

a.     Friendly Casualties and Losses:     None

Enemy Casualties:

KIA -        54

(2)   Captured - 10             

Enemy Equipment and Supply Losses:

28  AK-47  Rifles.

10  RPG- Rocket Launchers

1  RPD  Light Machine Gun.

2  K54  Pistols

2  RPG  rounds.

1  M1  Carbine

1  Chicom  Radio                         

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30 lbs  medical supplies.

3000 lbs  rice.

6 lbs documents.



Results of Detainee Interrogation:

Le Van Coung               Alias:  Sau Cuong                  Status:  VC  PW

     Position:   Pvt / Laborer
     Unit:  C130, 83rd Rear Service Group    (C130 transports supplies)
     Weapons:  2 Hand Grenades.
     Information Gained:  C-130 has about 30 men;  the unit is subordinate to the 83rd Rear Service Group.   Subject stated his mission was to transport rice by boat on the Saigon River where it would be picked up by civilian laborers at various spots.  
     No other significant information.

Nguyen Van Thanh          Alias:  Hai                Status:  NVA PW

     Position:   Squad Leader - Rifleman
     Unit:  3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, 1st Company, 2nd Battalion, 250 Regt, AKA Bac Son Regt
Weapons:  1 AK-47 Rifle.
Information Gained:  Subject was to recon terrain in vicinity XT5727 for unknown reason.  His unit now located in woods north of Tay Ninh.
No other significant information gained..  

Dang Thi Mung (F)          Alias Hai Mung               Status:  VCG PW  (WIA)

     Position:  Nurse.
     Unit:  A-17 Dispensary.
     Weapons:  None
     Information Gained:  Subject was a nurse; worked in the A-17 dispensary located XT589268 in a bunker.  A-17 is in support of Xom Trai Local Forces who are in support of Cu Chi District Forces.  
     No other significant information gained.

Le Thi Sung (F)                                   Status CD

     Information Gained:  Denies knowledge, participation or support of VC activities.  Subject works in her mother's rice fields XT589266; and as a hat maker.  Classified CD because she lacked the proper ID card; had only a temporary ID issued in 1966.
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Nguyen Thi Bay (F)                              Status:  CD

     Information:   None
     Classified CD because she had no ID card; had not taken the time to get an ID card.

Tran Thi Trung (F)_                              Status:  VCS  CD

     Information:   None
     Classified CD because she had no ID card;  subject claimed she did not think she had to have an ID card until she was 18 years old.  She is 16 years old.

     Three other detainees were classified as innocent civilians and released.

Intelligence Summary:

The installation destroyed in this raid had housed the A-17 Local Force Dispensary, served as a supply point for the 83rd Rear Service Group, and as a way station for VC/NVA elements moving through the area.

14,     ANALYSIS:

The acquisition of this target resulted from the alertness of the imagery interpreters, the
Patient surveillance of a suspected target, and the efficient teamwork of the various sections of the military intelligence detachment.  A suspicious structure had been developed into a confirmed lucrative target.
b.     The success of the operation was due to detailed planning and violent execution.  The precise timing and heavy volume of preparatory fires produced al shock effect from which the enemy was given no opportunity to recover;  the assault troops were inserted close to the objective under covering fire from the gunships while the artillery pursued the disorganized enemy and blocked their escape.  The objective was seized rapidly, while the continuous supporting fires prevented any enemy reorganization.  The ground search was conducted thoroughly and swiftly and the troops were extracted before the enemy could develop any counter action.

c.     It is interesting to note the statements of an enemy senior captain of Sub-Region 1, captured by the 2-14 Inf on 10 July, concerning the efficiency of U.S. operations against the VC/NVA.  Under interrogation, the prisoner stated that, from his long experience, the most effective U.S. tactic against a small target was an artillery preparation followed immediately by a heliborne infantry assault into the target area.  The prisoner had further stated that the VC/NVA could best be engaged during daylight hours by locating specific targets through intelligence resources.     
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                                   MICHAEL D. KEATING
                                   Major,  Armor
                                   Commanding




Incl.
1 - Initial Air Photo                      4 - Sketch - Troop Insertion
2 - Air Photo of 12 July               5 - Sketch - Assault, Search and Extraction
3 - Sketch - Preparatory Fires   6 - Ammunition Expenditure List
     CF:
            1 - COMUSMACV,  ATTN:  J3          1 - CG, 199th LIB, ATTN:  S3
            1 - CG,  USARV,  ATTN:  G3             1 - CO,  11th ACR,  ATTN:  S3
            1 - CG,  II  FFV,  ATTN:  G3                1 - CO, 3rd Bde, 9th Inf Div, ATTN: S3
            1 - CG,  1st Inf Div, ATTN: G3             1 - CG, RTAVF,  ATTN:  G3
            1 - CG,  1st Air Cav Div, ATTN: G3    1 - CG,  ATF,  ATTN:  G3
            1 - CG, CMAC,  ATTN,  G3
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                          AMMUNITION EXPENDITURE LIST





Artillery Ammunition:

`               105mm - 1163  rds  HE
               155mm -    152  rds  HE
               8 inch   -      18  rds  HE

Air Force Ordnance:

500  lb  bomb      - 12  ea
500  lb   napalm   -  4  ea.
750  lb   napalm   = 4  ea.

Infantry Weapons:

Hand Grenades  (Frag)  -    10
7.62mm,  M60 M.G.      -  500
5.56mm,  M16  Rifle     -   500
M-79  Grenades             -     30


ENCLOSURE  6


 Operation Kamuela

                            HEADQUARTERS
                            1ST BRIGADE
                                       25TH INFANTRY DIVISION
                                              APO San Francisco 96225



AVDCFB-A
SUBJECT: Combat Operations After Action Report


TO:      Commanding General
         25th Infantry Division
         ATTN:  AVDCOP
         APO  96225

   1.  Name: Operation KAMUELA

   2.     Dates:  Phase I-200745H Sep-27I22OH Sep 66
             Phase II-270830H Sep-042400H Oct 66

   3.  Location: Upper Boi Loi Woods and Ben Cui Plantation vic Dau Tieng, XT4846.

   4.  Control HQ: 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.

   5.  Reporting Officer:  Colonel William B, Sandlin, Jr,
    
   6.  Task Organization:

       a.  Phase I.  2d Bn, 14th Inf Task Force:

         2d Bn, 14th Inf (-)
         B Btry, 7th Bn, 11th Arty
         VHF Sig Team
         MID Elm (National Police)
         16th RRU Elm
         Plat, 4th Bn, 23d Inf

     b. Phase II.

        (1)  Brigade Control:

           HHC, 1st Bde (-)
           B Btry, 7th Bn, 11th Arty
           VHF Sig Team
           16th RRU
           Elm 25th MID     
           3 Demo Teams, 65th Engrs

                        DOWNGRADED AT 3 YEAR INTERVALS
                        DECLASSIFIED AFTER 12 YEARS
                        DOD DIR 5200.10

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         AVDCFB-A                    4 November 1966
        SUBJECT: Combat    Operations After Action Report
            (2)    2d Bn, 14th Inf (-)    
            
            (3)      2d Bn, lst Inf  (-)
            
            (4)    7th Bn, Uth Arty (DS) (-)        
                
                HHC (-), 7th Bn, 11th Arty
                A Btry  3d Bn, 82d Arty

        7. Support Forces,

           a. Artillery. B Btry, 7th Bn, 11th Arty was attached to 2d Bn, 4th Inf and air lifted to vic Dau Tieng (XT4947) on 20 Sep 66 by CH47 and UH1D helicopter. On 27 Sep 7th Bn, 11th Arty (-) with A Btry, 3d Bn, 82d Arty attached were placed in direct support of the lst Brigade Task force. Elements of HHB and Svc Btry, 7th Bn, 11th Arty were moved to     Dau Tieng by air utilizing CH47 and UHID aircraft. A Btry, 3d Bn, 82d Arty was moved to Dau Tieng from Tay Ninh utilizing C-123 aircraft. C Btry, 3d Bn, I3th Arty was in general support reinforcing. The diversion of 105 ammunition resulted in one emergency and one combat essential request for ammunition being necessary. Fire support for the Brigade Task Force elements was considered timely and effective, One plat 105 and one plat 155 howitzers were utilized to support ARVN elements during joint opera    tions. The 4.2" mortars organic to task force elements were placed under the operational control of the Artillery Battalion Commander. U. S. supporting artillery fired 184 support missions with a total of 5,620 rounds. 672 H&I missions were fired for a total of 2,159 rounds. ARVN artillery fired 2 preparations for 379 rounds and 5 support missions for 113 rounds. No H&I fired by ARVN artillery,

           b. Tactical Air. 64 missions with 136 USAF sorties and 41 VNAF sorties for a total of 177 fighter sorties flown in support of the lst Brigade Task Force. Bomb damage assessment as follows;
        
              (1) Structures destroyed: 32

              (2) VC KIA (BC): 8
    
              (3) VC IUA (Poss): 41
            
              (4) Structures damaged: 9
    
              (5) Bunkers damaged: 7

              (6) VC structures damaged: 9
    
              (7) Bunkers destroyed: 3
    
              (8) Trenches destroyed: 2
            
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        (9) Secondary fires: 3

              (10) Rice cache destroyed: l

        c. Army Aviation.

        (1) Sorties - HU1D Aircraft.
            
            (a) Gunships: 61

            (b) Tactical troop lift: 680

            (c) Resupply: 310


        (2) Sorties CH47 Aircraft.

            (a) Troop lift: 24

            (b) Resupply: 137
        
        (3) Sorties OH23G Aircraft.

            (a) Tactical: 53

            (2) Air evac, C&C, recon and misc: 73
    
    8. Intelligence.

       a.    Intelligence collected prior to Operation KAMUEL indicated that Group 83 Rear Service Unit was responsible for most of the logistical activity in the Boi Loi Woods complex. No Main Force units were expected to be encountered. Elements of the 320 Battalion and security elements from platoon to company size with the mission of protecting Group 83 were expected to be in defense of the important supply and base areas,

       b. Contact with VC forces during the operation was with small sniping cells to platoon size units. The VC employed small arms, AW, rifle grenades, and M-79s. In only one instance can the VC defense be
called aggressive; that on 28 Sep when an ARVN boat convoy assisting in the evacuation of 126.5 tons of captured rice was fired on by an estimated VC platoon from vic XT489442.    This contact had a duration of 10-15 minutes, VC losses are unknown. Identification of VC forces contacted was not made.

       c. The success of Operation KAMUELA is attributed to the accurate intelligence produced for the operational area. All available agencies and sources were tapped for information to form the intelligence picture. Intelligence information furnished brigade units prior to and throughout the operation resulted in heavy losses to the VC.

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        d. The overall evaluation of the accuracy of the intelligence produced during this operation is considered B/2 (Usually reliable, probably true). The operational security of Operation KAMUELA was excellent.

         9. Mission.

        a. To conduct search and destroy operations in AO with one infantry battalion to locate and destroy VC forces and supplies.

        b. On 22 Sep, conduct search and destroy with 2d Bn, 14th Inf between Dau Tieng and area XT44847l.

        c. Commencing 23 Sep, conduct search and destroy operations along the eastern edge of the upper Boi Loi Woods to locate and destroy VC forces and supply caches. Suspected supply cache areas will be thoroughly searched.         

        d. Be prepared to reinforce with one infantry battalion.

        1O.    Concepts of Operation.
        
        a. Phase I. lst Brigade conduct search and destroy operations     in AO by moving 2d Bn, 14th Inf with attachments by UHID/CH47 helicopters on 20 Sep to establish a fire support base vic Dau Tieng (XT4947). 2d Bn, 14th Inf (-) conducted combat airmobile assault with battalion into AO KAMUELA on 22 Sep 66 and conduct search and recon operations within AO for a period of 5-7 days.
    
        b. Phase II. On 27 Sep 66, lst Brigade TAC CP moved from Cu Chi to Dau Tieng. 2d Bn, lst Inf was placed under operational control of the lst Brigade and moved from Tay Ninh to Dau Tieng to conduct search and destroy operations in KAMULEA AO. A Btry, 3d Bn, 82d Arty attached to 7th Bn, 11th Arty and moves by C-123 from Tay Ninh to Dau Tieng for direct support of lst Brigade Task Force. lst Brigade continued search and destroy operations in KAMUELA AO and conducts point operations with 3 Bn, 8th ARVN Regt to secure and move by sampan rice captured in A0. On 3 Oct, lst Brigade Task Force and elements of 7th Bn, 11th Arty moved by UH1D/CH47 aircraft from Dau Tieng to Cu Chi, 2d Bn, lst Inf released from operational control of the lst Brigade on 3 Oct for return to Tay Ninh on 4-5 Oct by UH1D/C123 aircraft

         11. Execution. Frag O 24-66, HQ, 25th Inf Div, received on 17 Sep 66. OPORD 12-66, HQ, lst Bde issued 16 Sep 66, based on verbal orders, Operation KAMUELA commenced 20 Sep 66 and continued as follows:

                   20 September

        2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion commenced their movement by air with all attachments to Dau Tieng at 0740 hours. The move was made by CH47 and

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    HU1D aircraft. All elements of the battalion task force closed into the Dau Tieng area at 1430 hours. A base camp and fire support base was established in the area. Coordination was established with advisory personnel from the district headquarters and the 3d Bn, 8th Regt, 5th ARVN Division.
    
                    21 September

        2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion base remained at Dau Tieng (XT4847). A Co, B Co, and the recon platoon conducted an airmobile assault on a LZ vic XT419452 where they conducted S&D operations along an axis to vic XT445457. An overnight base was established at this location and saturation patrolling was conducted in the area with negative contact during the day. C Co secured the battalion base at Dau Tieng. At 1900 hours a recon platoon patrol received AW fire, 70 rifle grenades and a M79 round vic XT463451. The unit returned fire with SA, M79 and AW and was reinforced with a platoon from B Co. The action resulted in 4 VC KIA (Poss). At 1905 hours an airborne observer adjusted artillery on VC observed vic XT45608 resulting in 8 VC KIA (Poss).

                    22 September

        2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion (-) continued S&D operations in the AO between XT444458 and XT478455 with A Co, B Co, and the recon platoon. At 0910 hours B Co received 11 rounde SA fire vic XT452449. The fire was returned with SA and artillery on the suspected VC locations with no observed results. At 1035 hours B Co engaged a VC MG position in a log bunker vic XT452445 with M72 LAWS. The VC ceased firing and fled. The bunker was destroyed. A search of the area produced 2 VCS, 100 lbs of dried peas and 100 lbs of fish with carbide hidden inside. At 1420 hours the recon platoon captured one VCS and miscellaneous medical supplies vic XT467448. At 1520 hours the battalion (-) closed into an overnight base vic XT473455 and saturation patrolling was initiated. C Co continued to defend the battalion base at Dau Tieng.

                    23 September

        2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion continued S&D operations in the Ben Cui Plantation. At 0730 hours C Co moved from Dau Tieng to vic XT 471468 and established a blocking position. A Co, B Co, and the recon platoon conducted S&D operations from vic XT478455 to XT471468. When the link up was made A Co and C Co exchanged missions, B Co, C Co and the recon platoon continued S&D operations to vic XT473468. A Co returned to Dau Tieng to secure the battalion base area. A Go closed Dau Tieng at 1545 hours. B Co, C Co and the recon platoon closed into an overnight base area vic XT473468 at 1530 hours. At 1619 hours a resupply aircraft received 12-14, rounds of SA fire from an unknown location vic XT487455 with negative hits. 14 spider holes and two tunnels were

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    destroyed during the days operation in the area XT4647. 4,0OO Chieu Hoi (#146) leaflets, 2O,000 VC relative leaflets and 1,000 safe conduct were airdropped vic XT4545-XT4644. One loudspeaker sorty, was conducted in conjunction with this activity.     

                       24 September    
    
        2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion continued S&D operations in the AO with B Co, C Co and the recon platoon, moving at 0835 hours from their overnight base to an objective area vic XT497423. A Co, remained at Dau Tieng until it was helilifted to the battalion overnight base vic XT496422 at 1720 hours.  At 1018 hours the battalion mortar platoon and ENTAC platoon moved to a PF outpost vic XT488458 to provide continous effective support to the operation. The base at Dau Tieng was secured by a plattoon from 4th Bn, 23d Inf.  At 1055 hours C Co received 10 rounds SA fire at XT477440. The fire was returned resulting in 1 VC KIA (BC) and one Chicom 7.62mm carbine captured. At 1235 hours B Co received AW fire and 4-5 rifle grenades vic XT484428. The unit returned fire, maneuvered     against the suspected location and called artillery. The action resulted in 10 VC KIA (Poss) and 8 US WIA. At 1600 hours B Co destroyed 5 VC structures and captured a bicycle vic XT488421. The elements closed into the overnight base at 1700 hours and saturation patrolling was initiated. At 2205 hours B Co engaged 2 VC near the perimeter vic XT496419 resulting in 2 VC KIA (Poss). At 2000 hours A Co engaged an unknown number of VC vic XT490424 resulting in 1 US WIA. The VC broke contact and withdrew. Six VC were KIA (Poss) resulting from an airstrike vic 485422 at 1330 hours.

                         25 September    

          2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion continued operations in the A0 with A Co, B Co, C Co and the recon platoon conducting S&D operations in the areas XT4892 and XT4992. At 0850 hours a resupply aircraft      received 3 rounds SA fire from an unknown location vic XT465427. At 1435 hours C Co located a 3,500 lbs rice cache area vic XT480427. At 1215 hours C Co destroyed 4 VC structures, 4 bunkers and 3 bicycles vic XT485425. At 1500 hours C Co reported that artillery had KIA 5 VC (Poss) via XT481427. At 1650 hours A Co located 1,700 lbs of rice vic XT484424. During the day B Co remained in the vic of the overnight base vic XT497429 and destroyed 36 VC structures 3 bunkers, 15 tunnels, and 2,000 lbs of loose rice. A Co, C Co and the recon platoon returned to the overnight base at 1700 hours and saturation patrolling was initiated.

                    26 September

          2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion continued S&D operations in the AO. A Co conducted S&D operation to vic XT448423. B Co conducted S&D operations vic XT496422. The recon platoon conducted S&D operations to vic XT497423. At 1027 hours A Co engaged a VC squad vic XT487425 with SA and artillery. The action resulted in 2 US WIA and 8 VC KIA (Poss). At 1238 hours A Co located 180,000 lbs of bagged rice vic XT484425. At

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    1052 hours C Co located 5,800 lbs of bagged rice vic XT488425. At 1225 hours C Co located 8O,000 lbs of rice vic XT482427. At 1235 hours the recon platoon located 2,500 lbs of rice Vic XT485423. At 1240 hours C Co located 7,200 lbs of rice vic XT485423. At 1415 C Co located 41,000 lbs of rice and 30,000 lbs of peanuts in the same vicinity. The captured rice was secured pending disposition. The district chief inspected the rice and declared 154.8 tons inedible. Coordination was made with the district chief for the evacuation of the remaining rice by ARVN sampan convoy. At 1421 hours C Co received SA fire and rifle grenades vic XT    486421. The VC were engaged with fire and maneuver resulting in 2 US WIA. The VC broke contact and withdrew. At 1440 hours C Co encountered a booby trapped area which was covered by fire. The fire was returned with fire, maneuver and artillery. The action resulted in 4 VC KIA (BC), 2 US KIA and 2 US WIA. At 2330 hours C Co engaged 5 VC near the battalion overnight base XT497423. At 2130 hours the battalion mortar platoon engaged 3 VC with SA and AW vic XT487457. The VC broke contact and withdrew with unknown results.

                    27 September    

         At 0800 hours HHC (-), lst Bde and the brigade tactical CP was moved by air from Cu Chi to Dau Tieng. The brigade CP closed Dau Tieng and was operationl at 1000 hours. The battalion headquarters (-),
    7th Bn, 11th Arty was placed in direct support of the 1st Brigade with A Btry, 3d Bn, 82d Atry attached. The 7th Bn, 11th Arty (-) moved by air from Cu Chi to Dau Tieng. A Btry, 3d Bn, 82d Arty moved from Tay Ninh by C-123. The 2d Bn, 1st Inf was placed under operational control of the lst Brigade and moved by C-123 and HU1D aircraft from Tay Ninh to Dau Tieng.

         2d Bn, 14th Inf: At first light the battalion secured an LZ vic XT496425 for 2d Bn, lst Inf. At 1015 hours the battalion (-) moved south to an objective area vic XT507405 where it established an overnight     position. At 1330 hours C Co destroyed 2 structures and 2 spider holes. At 1416 hours C Co destroyed 19 structures. At 1710 hours B Co captured and evacuated a 10 lb can of documents vic XT505398. The battalion (-) closed into its overnight base at 1625 hours vic XT505400. At 2050 hours elements of 2d Bn, 14th Inf received 2 M79 and 2 SA rounds vic XT498473 from an unknown source.

         2d Bn, lst Inf: The battalion completed it's airlift by HU1D and CH47 aircraft from Tay Ninh to Dau Tieng with consolidation of LZ vic XT496425 at 1220 hours. The battalion then moved to an objective area
    vic XT489424 to secure the large caches of rice captured by 2d Bn, 14th Inf and continue S&D operations in that area. During the move the battalion located and destroyed 600 lbs of loose rice, 250 lbs of peanuts and 60 gal of gasoline in 5 gal cans between vic XT489423 and XT485424. At 1935 C Co located and destroyed a 500 lb bomb vic XT492423. At 2335 hours a patrol from C Co received one grenade vic XT487423 from an unknown source. An overnight base was established vic XT4894240.

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         3d Bn, 8th ARVN: The ARVN battalion conducted S&D operations in conjunction with KAMUELA. The battalion conducted operations in the KAMUELA AO above the 44th grid line on the west side of the river. Direct coordination was estabalished between lst Brigade and the battalion. 1st Brigade provided reinforcing fires for ARVN operations.

                   28 September

    2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion continued S&D operations in the AO by moving from XT415403 to an objective area vic XT513383. The battalion moved out upon the completion of resupply at 0955 hours. At 1145 hours C Co located and destroyed 23 structures, 11 shelters, miscellaneous ammo, 2 tunnels and captured 51 lbs of documents vic XT509393. The battalion closed into it's overnight base area vic XT500382 without incident and conducted saturation patrolling in the area.

         2d Bn, lst Inf: Battalion continued to secure rice cache area, and conduct S&D operntions in the vicinity, A Co conducted security of the battalion forward base. B Co and C Co moved at 0645 hours to secure the rice caches and the river bank area where the rice was to be loaded on sampans for evacuation to Dau Tieng by ARVN.

         3d Bn, 8th ARVN: The ARVN battalion secured the river on the west side from the 44 grid line north. At 0900 hours a boat convoy of sampans moved under ARVN control from Dau Tieng down the river to evacuate the rice from the cache area. A 1st Brigade LNO rode with the convoy, to effect US/ARVN coordination for the movement. The boats were loaded with approximately 32,500 lbs of rice and began the move back to Dau Tiang. At 1730 hours the lead boat was taken under fire with SA, AW, and rifle grenades from both banks of the river vic XT489442. Four boats went dead in the water and one continued. The four stalled boats were revived then continued up river and were still receiving fire at 1740 hours. The US Forces responded to this action with suppressive fire from artillery and gunships. An immediate air strike was called on suspected VC locations vic XT489442. The fire support was coordinated and directed by the Brigade S3 with artillery FO and FAC airborne. One US WIA resulted from the engagement. The boats closed Dau Tieng at 1800 hours. 2d Bn, 14th Inf distributed toys, clothing and food to the dependents of ARVN personnel in Dau Tieng as a part of the Vietnamese Mid Autumn Childrens Festival.

                     29 September

         2d Bn, 14th Inf: Battalion remained vic forward base XT405503 and conducted S&D operation. At 0915 hours A Co destroyed three 3.75 rockets at XT512389. At 0935 hours C Co destroyed one tunnel vic XT511379. The battalion base area received AW fire at 1000 hours vic XT510390 from 1 VC. The fire was returned by C Co. The VC fled. At 1115 hours A Co destroyed 8 tunnels, 3 VC structures, and 200 lbs of loose rice. At 1540 hours A Co desroyed 100 lbs of salt at XT512386. B Co destroyed 8 VC structures, 9 tunnels and 3 punji pits vic XT506383 to XT510379.

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         2d Bn, lst Inf: Battalion continued to secure rice caches in AO and evacuation site on the Saigon River. The rice is being transported from cache areas to the river loading site by VN laborers and PF personnel. In local S&D operation C Co located 2,500 lbs of salt vic XT484426. Salt was programmed for evacuation with rice. C Co received US WIA from a rifle grenade at 1530 hours vic XT483422. They returned fire and searched suspected area with negative results, LLRP: The Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, 3d Sqdn, 4th Cav was attached with one team. The teams was lifted to position vic XT431441 at     1859 hours.

                   30 September

         2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion continued S&D operations in the AO and conducted S&D operations from XT510383 to vic XT489394. At 0908 hours C Co destroyed 5 VC structures and 3 55 gal drums of rice vic XT510383. At 1006 B Co destroyed 3 bunkers vic XT504393. At 1128 C Co destroyed    a reinforced concrete bunker containing 600 lbs of rice vic XT505385. 25,000 Chieu Hoi leaflets were dropped vic XT4544 during the day. The battalion closed into it's overnight base vic XT490394 at 1545 hours and saturation patrolling was initiated.

         2d Bn, lst Inf: The battalion continue S&D and security operations in the A0. At 0300 hours A Co engaged 6 VC vic XT485423. A search of the area produced negative results. One US WIA resulted. At 0955 hours C Co received SA fire vic XT480427. The unit returned fire with SA and AW. A search of the suspected area produced negative results. At 1010 hours A Co received SA fire from 6 VC vic XT479429. The VC were engaged with SA, AW, and artillery with negative observed results. At 1455 hours personnel from C Co detonated a booby trap vic XT400423 with negative casualties. At 1458 hours vic XT483423 and at 1523 hours vic XT483423 C Co received SA fire from an unknown number of VC. The fire     was returned with SA and mortars with no observed results. The VC engaged were shouting remarks in English at the US Forces, Two VC structures and 1 bunker were destroyed in this area. At 2000 hours C Co received 2 KIA and 1 WIA from a M79 round from an unknown source vic XT485426.

                    1 October

         2d Bn, 14th Inf: The battalion remained overnight in a forward base vic XT489394 and then conducted S&D operations to vic XT498422 with negative contact. An overnight base was established vic XT498422. B Co destroyed 3 tunnels.

         2d Bn, 1st Inf: Battalion continue to secure cache and river loading site, vic XT486424 and continued to conduct local S&D operations. The battalion was instructed to destroy all rice that could not be
    evacuated this day. 2,525 bags of rice had been evacuated from the cache areas to a loading site on the river. 2d Bn, lst Inf secured the

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    loading site and moved to positions along the river on the west side, from the loading site to the 44 grid line to secure movement of the rice. A sampan convoy under the control of the district chief evacuated the rice from the loading site to Dau Tieng.

         3d Bn, 8th ARVN: The battalion conducted a heliborne assault to objective area vic XT488441 to secure the river above the 44 line for movement of the rice.

                    2 October

         2d Bn, 14t Inf: The battalion conducted S&D operations from vic XT489394 to the Dau Tieng base area. 2 VCC and 3 VC were captured enroute and evacuated. 2 VCS were turned over to district officials. The 4.2" mortar platoon was returned by air to the Cu Chi base closing at     1400 hours.

         2d Bn, 1st. Inf: Battalion conducted S&D operations from vic XT479442 to the Dau Tieng base with negative contact. 15,000 Chieu Hoi leaflets and 15,000 special area leaflets were dropped vie XT4842.

                    3 October

         2d Bn, 14th Inf: Brigade HHC (-) and 7th Bn, 11th Arty (-) were moved by HU1D/CH47 aircraft from Du Tieng to Cu Chi at 0800. 2d Bn, lst Inf reverted to operational control of 196th Inf Bde effective upon the move and A Btry, 3d Bn, 82d Arty was detached from 7th Bn, 11th Arty. The lst Brigade elements closed Cu Chi at 1600 hours. 2d Bn, lst Inf remained at Dau Tieng for subsequent move to Tay Ninh by UHID and C-130 aircraft.

                    4 October

         Operation KAMUELA was teminated by 25th Infantry Division order at 042400H October 1966

         12, Results.

         a. Personnel.

            (1) Friendly:

                                 KIA        WIA     MIA     DOW

            2d Bn, 14th Inf        3        16    0    0
            2d Bn, lst Inf        2    3    0    0
            HHC3 lst Bde        0    1    0    0
    
            Total            5    20    0          0

             (2) Enemy :            

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            VC KIA (BC) - l3    
            VC KIA (Poss) - 55
                    VCC - 3
                    VCS - 15

    b. Equipment.

       (1) Friendly.

        UH-1D damaged - 1

       (2) Enemy.

        (a) Destroyed.
        
            1. Rice - 157.1 tons

            2. Peas - 100 lbs    
           
            3. Fish - 100 1bs

            4. Peanuts - 250 lbs

            5. Salt - 100 lbs
    
            6. Gasoline - 60 gal

            7. VC structures - 175

            8. Bunkers - 25

            9. Tunnels - 37
        
           10. Trenches - 2

           11. Spider holes - 16
    
                   12. Punji pits - 3

           13. SA ammo - 30 rounds

           14. 3.75 rockets - 3

           15. 60mm mortar rounds - 1

        (b)    Captured.

            1. Rice - 126.6 tons

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            2. Peanuts - 3,000 lbs

            3. Salt - 2,500 lbs

            4. Kerosene - 240 gal

            5. Bicycles - 5

            6. Russian carbine - 1

            7. Bush knives  - 3

            8. Documents - 40 lbs

            9. Assorted Medical supplies

    13. Administrative Matters.

            a. Supply: Units participating drew necessary supplies as needed and placed them in their holding area for dispatch to the forward area by hellicopter (CH47 and UH1D).

        b. Resupply:

           (1) Resupply was affected without the use of a Brigade Logistic Operations Center.         

           (2.) Supplies were flown in directly from Cu Chi to the requesting units, who in turn directed and controlled resupply as needed.

        c. Maintenance: Support was on an "On Call" basis, no problem areas were noted.

        d. Treatment of Casualties and Evacuation and Hospitalization: Battalion aid stations were positioned at Dau Tieng with "Dust Off" on call. No significant problems arose,

        e. Transportation: Troop movement, transporting of supplies and equipment and resupply were affected entirely by helicopter.

        f. Communications: No problems noted.

        g. Quantities of supplies consumed:

            (1) Class I - 11,033 rations

            (2) MOGAS - 1,200 gal

            (3) DIESEL - 150 gal

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                   (4) Class V - 19.3 sh tons

                   (5) Misc (equip. Class II & IV) - 7,400 1bs

       14. Special Equipment and Techniques.

           a. During this operation the Brigade C.P was moved entire by air without a ground tail. This technique proved effective and sustained     the concept that the brig4de can react quickly and move rapidly by air extending it's area of influence for rapid deployment.

           b. The LRRP was introduced into the AO on 29 September into vic XT4441. They remained in the AO until extracted on 021530 October vic XT440421.

       15. Commanders Analysis.

         a.  When operating from a base with a high density of fixed and rotary wing aircraft it will be necessary to establish a central control of all aircraft in the base area to include Army, USAF, or any allied supporting air forces. An airfield control officer should be appointed for the purpose of control, coordination and safety.

        b. Utilization of the LLRP after occupation of the AO by ground forces does not afford optimum employment of the agency. The LRRP should be employed prior to the entry of main force units to locate potential LZs, VC defenses near LZs, profitable targets and to locate VC LOCs.

        c. The radio relay and retransmssion facility on Nui Ba Den mountain (XT2858) proved to be an excellent aid to effective communications between brigade units when operating at extended ranges and in three separate provinces simultaniously.

        FOR THE COMMANDER:




                       Donald A. Hamlin
                       Major, Infantry
                       Adjutant
                    
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