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CU CHI, (25th INF-IO)-The co-pilot of a UH-1D "Huey" sat tightly in his seat as he approached Trang Bang, a quiet village eight miles west of here.
The Huey, one of the many just arriving from the United States for use of the 25th Avn. Bn., featured a new, 168-pound armor-plated steel seat.
That seat literally saved the co-pilot's seat.
Automatic weapon fire from a Viet Cong sniper sent one bullet through the floor of the low-flying chopper. It bounced off the bottom of the captain's seat and ricochetted off to the rear. There were no casualties.
The armor plated seat had received its first test under fire and the captain took it sitting down.
CU CHI, (25tH INF-IO) - "We can sink river traffic on a moonless night within two minutes after spotting it without any trouble using the "Lightning Bug,", Major Ronald C. Vines was talking about the 1,750,00 candles in the sky now being used to halt the flow of VC men and materiel on the waterways of South Vietnam.
Major Vines, gunship section leader of Company B, 25th Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, is the man primarily responsible for the "Lightning Bug" project here.
"Lightning Bug" is the name of a combined arms" team of three UH-1B helicopters carrying weapons, flares and bright lights. The light ship has seven landing lights mounted on an adjustable frame on the ship's side. One of the two gunners in the ship doubles as the light operator.
The team's primary mission is to stop river traffic. As the light sweeps along the water, most of it is reflected back; the water looks silvery. But when the light hits a sampan or some other major obstruction, it doesn't reflect the light back. The object appears as a dark shape in sharp contrast against the silvery water.
Now the need for even more light has been established and one of the other ships fires a flare. Then the gunship comes in [to] blast the Viet Cong. The three ships have a devastating combination of 7.62mm machine guns, 2.75 inch aerial rockets, .50 caliber machine guns and 40 mm grenade launchers.
Major James R. Vance, Company B Commander, is particularly proud of his men and their skill in operating this new addition to his company's equipment. Almost all of the men of his unit are involved in operational training to work in coordination with the "Lightning Bug" team.
The Viet Cong now have one less sanctuary as the men of the "Tropic Lightning" Division air arm pursue them into the shadows of the night with the "lightning Bug."
CU CHI, (25th INF-IO) A luminous artillery flare hangs in the wet night air, its brief light silhouetting the forms of five men riding in a helicopter.
The men quickly checkout the rice paddy terrain below, for once the flare has burned out they must work in total darkness. Their mission is to establish a landing zone, using only small landing lights, for a night air attack to be carried out by an infantry unit of the 25th Division.
The five men assigned this most difficult task wear the well known black cap of the 25th Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. With the reputation of "First in, Last out," they are widely respected by the fighting men of the 25th Division, for without the Pathfinders to show the way the air attacks which have proved so effective would be nearly impossible.
As the chopper hovers over the paddies, 1st Lt. James A. Hill and his team jump down into the knee-deep water. There is no need for Hill to bark out orders because each Pathfinder knows exactly what he must do so he silently fades into the darkness.
Suddenly one by one the small lights appear on the narrow berms of the paddies. In a matter of moments, the individual lights take the shape of a landing pad visible to the incoming aircraft, yet much more subdued to enemy detection than the spotlights normally used by the choppers during a night landing.
With the light set out, Cpl. Talmadge Dobbs takes his place at the front of the landing zone. "It's hard enough," explained Hill, "To land one of those whirly-birds during the day, to say nothing about landing one at night with a minimum of lighting."
However, with the guidance of the Pathfinders and the experience of top-notch 25th Avn. pilots wave after wave of choppers loaded with Tropic Lightning troops are landed without a trace of difficulty. Once the infantry has landed, it is the responsibility of the Pathfinders to maintain the landing zone for getting the troops out as they return from their mission. This is often the most risky part of a mission for the Pathfinders, since it is sometimes done under intensive enemy fire. Again the Pathfinders show the way, making sure that every man in aboard a chopper and on his way back to base camp.
08Oct66-Photo Caption-UNLOADING AMMO- Men of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, unload Bangalore Torpedoes from a supply helicopter during a battalion-sized operation south of the Division's base camp in Cu Chi. (Photo by Sp4 Wallace Stachera, 125th SIG-IO)
11Nov66-Photo Caption - DROP AND HIT IT - UH-1D helicopters from Company B, 25th Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, lift from a landing zone after dropping troops of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade during a recent search and destroy operation south of Tay Ninh. (Photo by Sp4 Todd C. Darch, 25th INF-IO)
17Dec66-Photo Caption - HAULING AMMUNITION - A ground handler attaches a sling load of 2000 pounds of artillery ammunition to the cargo hook of an 11th Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Group CH-47 Chinook during action in Operation Attleboro. (Photo by 53rd Signal Battalion)
CU CHI, (25th INF-IO) - A record number of sorties were flown in a one-day period by four aviation helicopter companies during Operation Attleboro in the Viet Cong infested jungles of War Zone C.
As the missions for the day flowed into the 25th Infantry Division Tactical Operations Center (DTOC), each was quickly coordinated with the various aviation companies. This was the job of Army aviation personnel working in the DTOC. "It was our responsibility," explained Maj. Leslie A. Layne, 25th Aviation Battalion, "to get the choppers to the right place at the right time."
The first mission of the day was handed to the Little Bears of the of the 25th Aviation Battalion and the Thunderbirds of the 118th Aviation Company. The mission was to transport the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Inf. Div. to a forward support base. Battery C, 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery, which was supporting the 2nd Bn. was also lifted to this time by four CH-47 Chinooks.
Every chopper that was flyable was airborne. While the Hornets from the 116th Aviation Battalion lifted elements of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, and the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, both of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, the 175th Aviation Battalion Outlaws were hauling supplies to the Tropic Lightning 2nd Brigade forward command post, plus three other forward bases.
With the missions mounting and the need for more choppers increasing, the 127th Aviation Battalion Mustangs were committed to the action. The four aviation companies which had been placed under the operational control of the 145th Aviation Battalion then began to lift the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Wolfhounds, who were involved in a combat assault.
Shortly after noon, with the battle plans changing at higher headquarters, the Thunderbirds and the Hornets started to extract the morning drops of the 2nd Bn. and the supporting artillery. At the same time the Wolfhounds called for extraction and were lifted back to the forward base. The rest of the day was used for resupplying five 25th Division Inf. Div. forward battalions.
The statistics for the four aviation companies totaled 350 combat sorties, 100 resupply missions and 2400 combat troops transported. The four Chinooks from the 178th Aviation Battalion had moved two artillery batteries and flown 30 resupply missions which totaled more than 75 tons of ammunition and supplies.
But shortly after 7 p.m. as the Little Bears were enjoying their supper, a call was received from a Special Forces headquarters requesting helicopter support for a Civilian Irregular Defense Group, engaged with a VC force three miles west of Tay Ninh.
Jumping back into their ships, they returned to make a night combat assault to reinforce the CIDG unit in contact. In the hours to follow they hauled troops and ammunition and evacuated the wounded to the Tay Ninh base camp.
CU CHI, (25th INF-IO) - Captain Charles A. Robinson, helicopter pilot in the 25th Infantry Division, dug his face into the soft dirt of the bunker and waited.
He squirmed as red ants began to crawl inside his fatigues, biting him as they moved. Once more, from outside, came the deadly whooshing sound, then the explosion.
The Viet Cong were making a night attack on the Dau Tieng airstrip the base of Troop D. 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry.
The first round from the VC barrage had landed on the edge of the trees, just beyond two tents where the helicopter crews were sleeping. Fragments had made a ripping sound against the canvas.
The second round had exploded less than 100 meters away, on the far side of two parked gunships, the VC gunners had a bracket with the tents and the helicopters in the middle.
The next mortar round failed to split the bracket. Pilots and crews sprang from the bunker, ran to the two aircraft, and began to pull a pre-flight inspection for damage, ignoring the rounds which continued to fall close by.
Seven minutes after the first round had landed, the two choppers were airborne, searching for their targets.
Team leader, Capt. Francis X. Delvy, spearheaded the attack, his weapons systems spitting rockets and solid tracer from the pylon-mounted machineguns. Hot on his tail was Robinson's ship, which blasted the area with rockets and 40mm grenades.
The gunship pilots had more to worry about than mortars. The VC were executing coordinated ground attacks on several isolated outposts outside the perimeter of the camp.
Heavy enemy fire ripped into an armored column on its way to reinforce the outposts.
As the pilots swooped in low to lay fire into the enemy positions, the VC turned their automatic weapons skyward. "Every now and then I'd hear a crack," recalled door gunner Sgt. Robert E. Price. Each door gunner fired some 5000 rounds that night.
Four hours later, it was all over.
The armed helicopters of Troop D, based here, provide nighttime counter-mortar standby teams for both Cu Chi and Dau Tieng base camps on a regular schedule. They share this duty with the 25th Aviation Battalion and the 116th Hornets Aviation Company.
CU CHI, (25th INF-IO) An elusive snake, slithering around the controls of a helicopter, prompted a 25th Infantry Division aircraft commander to radio in that as far as he was concerned his aircraft was down.
While flying a mission for the 25th Aviation Battalion, Capt. Thomas Fickle felt a snake crawling across his right foot. Pilot WO George Harrison took over the controls allowing Fickle to rid himself of the snake.
Moments later Fickle regained the controls of the aircraft, because it was Harrison's turn to chase the four-foot long snake from his feet.
As the aircraft neared Bien Hoa, the snake slithered under the floor plates. After landing the crew removed all the inspection plates from the fuselage, found the snake, but couldn't reach it because of all the small compartments.
Fickle resumed the flight, and while over Long Binh, the snake reappeared by poking its head out of an opening in the left door.
At this point Fickle radioed to battalion operations stating, ".... as far as I'm concerned this aircraft is down." and immediately returned to the airfield here where he picked up another helicopter.
Ground crew personnel worked four hours with tools, aerosol sprays, and fire extinguishers before capturing and destroying the snake.
PS&S Staff Writer
HOWIE DEANE is just another face behind a desk, as you glimpse him through the door of his office.
Then he stands up, and you notice the limp.
And that's your first clue that Howie Deane isn't what you think he is.
Deane, 37, is a major, a 10-year Army veteran, commander of the U.S. Army Japan Aviation Det., a rated helicopter and airplane pilot and instructor, a Vietnam veteran, and a holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He also has only one foot.
The missing, one, the right, was smashed into uselessness one summer day a year ago 10 feet above a dried-up rice paddy in some forgotten corner of Vietnam by a Chinese submachine gun bullet. They took it off in a dingy, Army quonset-hut field hospital a few hours later.
"There are a lot of people who never even walk again after losing something like a foot. The rolls of rehabilitation centers and disability discharge rosters are full of their names, but Howie Deane's is not on them.
Sitting in his office between flights in his unit's four helicopters, he has to handle the delicate task of telling some of the highest-ranking VIPs in Japan that they just CAN't be flown in an Army helicopter today because the weather won't permit. Deane remembers back to the day fate couldn't like him.
It was July 19, 1966, a hot sunny typical Vietnam day.
"We spent the morning putting two platoons of the 25th Inf. Div. into an area down by the Oriental River, but nothing much was going on down there."
About noon, Deane's flight of 10 Delta-model "Huey" choppers from the A Co., 25th Aviation bn. "Little Bears" got orders on the battalion command radio to pull the troopers out and head for new hunting grounds.
The birds, each carrying about eight combat-equipped infantrymen, flew northward 20 miles to a heavily wooded area near Trun Lap, about 50 miles above Saigon. The escorting gunships picked a likely area, a dried-up paddy field, and pulled the "slicks" down in to the area. It was quiet-like a hornets' nest before you hit it.
The area was a Viet Cong battalion headquarters, and Deane's flight had dropped the platoon strictly by chance, straight between two companies of hard-core VC. They were sandwiched in, and the Yankees were the "meat." But no one knew it yet. There was light ground fire on the way out- "the usual stuff."
The 25th's 105mm howitzers, dug in around an old Japanese airfield at nearby Trang Bang, were still silent when Deane's flight came in and picked up the second platoon. There still was no hint.
Back again in the landing zone, there still was little activity. But this time, the ground fire increased slightly, and one chopper took a hit in the tail rotor that sent it scurrying back to Cu Chi with heavy tail vibrations.
Deane's flight headed back to Trang Bang to stand by, but a curious message came over the radio. "Stand by in orbit over Trang Lap Ranger Camp. You'll be extracting casualties."
"Casualties? We just dropped them in there," Deane said to his 20-year-old copilot, Tommy Hutchins. In back, husky Jim Easterling, crew chief, glanced at his door gunner, a new kid who had been in the company less than a week. They said nothing.
After 10 minutes, the word came, and back they went. Deane was flying today in the number three slot, because flight leader's radio had gone out and that chopper had to drop back in the flight. Ground fire was thick and fast.
"There was a lotta chatter, lotta hits, lotta things goin' on. Both men in the back opened up with M60s (machine guns), and kept firing after we'd landed. It was the first time in my young life I'd seen door gunners firing on the ground."
Tracers were flying everywhere, and the infantrymen ran for their lives into the copter. Deane, who didn't get the word to extract the troops, was surprised. He pulled the chopper out and they made for Cu Chi, to deliver wounded and dead to the hospital there. There were a lot of them.
They gassed up hurriedly at Cu Chi, then back to the battle. This time, coming in, they could really see what was going on.
"We saw a pair of Navy jets slide in just overhead, getting ready for airstrikes. I told Hutchins 'those are mortars in the LZ', and we could really see 'em goin' off. Then I saw the black pajamas moving up at the other end of the paddies. It was the first time I really saw Viet Cong."
Troops on the ground were seeing plenty of them. Deane heard on the radio from another chopper as they came in "They won't come! They won't come! I'm waving 'em on, but they won't come!" Fire was so intense that every time a man raised his head, he got it shot off. The soldiers were paralyzed with fear.
Ten feet off the deck, a spray of AK 47 bullets ripped into Little Bear Three. Deane felt a "mighty sting" in his right foot and looked down. Blood was spilling out of two holes through his foot, just in front of his ankle. "I'm hit," he said on the intercom, "you've got it." Seconds later, Hutchins said, "I think our hydraulics are out." The ship started to drop, fast.
Deane flipped the hydraulics switch to off and wrestled the controls. The chopper flared in for a perfect landing. "Let's see if we can get this thing out of here," Deane said, ignoring his foot. The radio crackled: it was the chopper behind them. "Hey three, you're on fire. Get out of there fast." Deane said. "Let's go," and everyone moved.
Hutchins jumped out. He saw bullets kicking up spurts of dirt all around him, and he froze. He stood there for seconds, watching in helpless fascination the fight rage around him. Then he ran like hell.
Deane staggered out on one foot, waving his .45 pistol. He looked up and saw the next chopper pull up alongside. He remembers spotting the helmeted face of Ira Hartwell watching him from the pilot's window - then he fell flat on his face. He started crawling. Behind him, Easterling was dismounting his machine gun and shouldering its ammo. He was hidden behind the chopper and no one knew where he was.
Two crewmen from Hartwell's bird ran out and grabbed Deane, dragging him into the copter. Just as they were about to take off, Easterling walked out around his helicopter, staggering like a drunk under the weight of the gun. He would have been left behind if Howie Deane hadn't fallen down.
As Hartwell took off, Deane tried to forget the pain in his foot and fired his .45 out of the door. It was a horrible ride back to Cu Chi.
They flew him to the 93rd Medical Evacuation Hospital at Bien Hoa, and there he found out about the foot. "I'd been wounded before, and didn't think it was serious. But everyone who came by kept feeling my toes, and wouldn't tell me what was wrong. Finally, the doctor just said "It's pretty bad - I'll do what I can for it." When they dumped me back in my bed after surgery. I looked down and saw the foot was gone. That bullet had just churned up everything inside."
When they flew him to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington for recuperation, he called his wife from Travis AFB, Calif.
"I tried not to tell her, but she knew something was wrong. But she didn't care-she said she was just glad to have me back, no matter what was wrong with me." Deane also learned that, of all the men who didn't get off the ground that night, none survived. Their bodies were found lying in the paddies the next morning.
While Deane was lying in Walter Reed he was surprised that everyone kept asking him if he was going to get out. "Why, do I have to?" he answered. "I just never thought of it any other way. I wanted to go back to flying, and that was all I kept asking, and finally I found someone who sent me to Ft. Rucker, Ala. for flying tests. "Deane had spent 10 months in the hospital, but he passed his flying tests, and acquired an instrument instructor's rating to boot. "I just never doubted that I'd fly again at all. I want to keep flying still I retire."
So now, here he is, in Japan, commanding his own aviation detachment (all four of his pilots have won the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam). Sharing the Tokyo airways with the 587th Medical Det., which itself has flown over 25,000 Vietnam patients from airfields to hospitals in Japan, he says he's not afraid of Vietnam. "I'll take my turn again if I'm called upon."
He flies everything from ambassadors to privates now-a far cry from the days when he taxied battle weary troops to and from bullet-strewn fields and forests, but the man with one foot and a lot of guts has the feeling that he'll be seeing a lot more mission before they put him out to pasture
CU CHI, Vietnam (Special) --
The toe of the light observation helicopter's right skid perched precariously on a boulder. The rotor blade chomped furiously at nearby trees. The chopper's body hung menacingly to the cliff's edge.
At the base of the cliff nestled a Viet Cong base camp. The six man long range patrol (LRP) realized their fate hung on the cliff with the chopper. They were out of food and water, and the VC knew they were there.
The series of events bringing the courageous pilot to this perilous mountainside began four days earlier, when a 25th Inf. Div. patrol left the U.S. base on the 3,200-foot summit of Nui Ba Den in Tay Ninh Province.
Their mission was to gather intelligence as they moved down the 45-degree, enemy-infested slopes. They were to call for extraction two days later in the rice paddies at the base of the mountain.
On the second day, the men neared the bottom only to find their planned exit blocked by a VC base camp. "We couldn't get through "Charlie so we tried to go back up and around and come down again," explained Sgt. Willard R. Ethridge, 19, of Atlanta, leader of the F Co., 50th Inf., patrol.
They tried . . . once, twice, three times. Each time they ran into "Charlie."
Finally, on the third day, they stopped in a rocky gulch one third up the mountain and radioed for help. One man's leg had been injured by a falling rock. Another man had suffered heat exhaustion.
"We were out of food and water. When it rained we would catch the water running off the rocks in our canteens - a little dirty, but it was good." said Sped. 4 Joseph Hitchens, 20, of New Orleans.
Two other LRP's at the foot of the mountain started moving toward the trapped patrol. They both ran into enemy .50-cal. machine-gun and rocket-grenade fire and had to be extracted.
A 25-man reaction force from F Co. got 200 meters up the mountain before nightfall. The next day they tried to reach their beleaguered buddies but got pinned down in a fire fight with the VC.
Shortly before noon, two Huey Cobra gunships from D Troop, 3rd Sq., 4th Cav., arrived and began spewing hot lead and rockets on the enemy in an attempt to clear the area for a helicopter extraction.
A medevac chopper arrived to get the injured man out first. There was no clearing near the six men large enough for the "slick's" big rotor blade, and the plan was to drop a hoist for the man. The pilot hovered over twice, but both times enemy fire drove him off.
Maj. Fred R. Michelson, 35 commanding officer of D Troop from Clayton, Mo., was flying "command and control" in the OH-6A Cayuse light observation helicopter (LOH). He called for more fire power.
Two Cobras from B. Co. of the 25th Aviation Bn., two Huey gunships form the 4th Cavalry Sq., and two Air Force tactical jets soon joined the other Cobras in pounding the enemy.
A second dust-off ship with a hoist arrived. As the pilot tried to get in close enough to drop his lift, enemy sniper fire knocked out the communications between the pilot and the hoist operator.
To add to the problems, the clouds opened up, and a tropical downpour forced the helicopters to return to the 25th Div.'s base camp at Tay Ninh.
By the time the storm cleared it was nearing dusk. "Michelson decided that the only choice was to try to resupply the patrol and hope they could make it through the night.
The gunships again lit up the foot of the mountain with their rockets and mini-guns as W.O. Stephen R. Patterson piloted the LOH in over the men.
Michelson leaned out on the skid and swung a bag of food, water and radio batteries toward a granite ledge. It bounced, fell over the cliff and rolled into the Viet Cong base camp below.
Then Patterson, 22, of Riverside, Calif. spotted a boulder in a clearing it was just wide enough to get one skid in.
"I hovered down and put the toe of my right skid on the rock to steady the aircraft because of the bad updrafts. The LRP's handed out the injured man to Michelson," said Patterson.
Having made it once, Patterson decided to take his four-seat chopper back for the other men.
Alone this time, he again perched his bird on the rock. Two more men leaped from the rock to the skid and into the chopper.
"Every time they jumped on the aircraft, it would lurch, and I'd cut down a few small trees with my rotor," recalled the pilot.
Three men were left, and it was getting dark. They had one more smoke grenade. Patterson radioed them to save it in case he didn't make the third try. He began hunting the mountainside for the spot. At one point he flew right over the VC base camp but did not draw any fire.
Finally, he found the ledge and hovered in again. The men threw on their radio and packs. Two men jumped on first. To the last man, Pfc. Merilan Henry, 20, the tiny helicopter looked full. And Patterson was fighting to recover the ship from a lurch caused by the weight.
"I couldn't wait. I just dove in," Henry said. "All I could do was throw my feet on- the rest of my body was hanging over the side. I had my right hand up on the pilot's chair, and the team leader was holding on to my left hand."
With Henry hanging out the side, the LOH lifted away from the steep slope 1,200 feet up. What had looked impossible had been accomplished not once but three times. Modestly Patterson admitted: "It did get a little hairy there for a while.
Joint strike guts enemy ridgeline
Helicopter gunships from the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and artillery combined with U.S. Air Force jets in a day-long battle on Nov. 29 to kill 69 NVA troops on a ridgeline 12 miles southeast of Song Be.
Returning to the rolling hills which the Skytroopers had been patrolling for a week, a 2nd Bde. light observation helicopter and a gunship from Co. D, 229th Assault Helicopter Co. began receiving enemy fire.
Artillery and Air Force jets were called in and after eight hours of fighting, 2nd Bde. LOHs reported seeing 40 bodies.Ninety minutes later, the LOHs spotted an unknown number of NVA soldiers carrying the bodies of several of the fallen Communists from an area about 900 yards from the ridgeline. The helicopter crews opened up with minigun and rocket fire and reported observing the bodies of 29 enemy soldiers.
25th Inf Div
In heavy fighting on Nov. 25, infantrymen of Co. D, 3rd Bn., 22nd Inf. 25th Infantry Division, artillery from II Field Force, helicopter gunships of Co. B, 25th Aviation Bn., and the 187th Assault Helicopter Co. and Air Force tactical air strikes pounded enemy hideouts in a day-long battle in the foothills of Nui Ba Den, killing 25 NVA regulars.
On Nov. 26, eight enemy were killed by men of the 3rd Bn., 22nd Inf. patrolling the marshes four miles west of Nui Ba Den.
The same day, men of Co. C, 4th bn., killed two enemy in a brief fire fight six miles south of the mountain.
Two days later, riflemen of Co. C, 1st Bn., 5th Inf. and gunships killed five enemy soldiers two miles southeast of Trang Bang.
Elsewhere, soldiers of Co. A, 1st Bn., 5th Inf. found an abandoned enemy bunker complex four miles west of Cu Chi. Hidden in the bunkers were 22 RPG grenade rounds, 20 boxes of .51-caliber ammunition, 35 Chicom grenades, 20 Chicom anti-personnel mines and eight pounds of TNT.
Further south, soldiers of Co. B, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. found 82 Chicom grenades, seven boxes of 82mm fuses, 20 pounds of C4 plastic explosive and three RPG rounds.
On Nov. 29, four enemy were killed by gunships of the 116th Assault Helicopter Co. four miles northwest of Cu Chi.
The same day, gunships working with elements of the 2nd bn., 14th Inf. killed three more NVA soldiers defending three bunkers nine miles northwest of Cu Chi.
Two enemy were killed on Nov. 24 by elements of the 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. in the tall elephant grass five miles north of Trang Bang.
1st Bde, 5th Inf
Twenty-three enemy soldiers were killed on Nov. 27 by soldiers of the 1st Bn., 61st Inf. and 1st Bn., 11th Inf., 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division, gunships in an all day battle three miles south of the DMZ and less than 900 yards west of the area where the Red Devils killed about 200 members of an NVA battalion in a four-day battle earlier this month. Two Chicom light machine guns, two RPG grenade launchers and 36 Chicom hand grenades were captured in the action.
1st Cav Div
Twenty-three NVA soldiers were killed by artillery from the 1st Cavalry Division FB Mary and U.S. Air Forces jets on Nov. 28 in an area 30 miles west of Quan Loi.
In a series of unrelated contacts throughout the day, hunter-killer teams from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., netted six NVA soldiers near FBs Rita and Caroline, 25 miles north and east, respectively, of Tay Ninh.
Elsewhere, men of A Troop also captured 8,640 pounds of rice buried 25 miles northeast of Tay Ninh.
A day earlier, artillery at AF Ellen and U.S. Air Force jets joined gunships of the 2nd Bde., and Co. D, 229th Assault Helicopter Bn., to kill 21 enemy soldiers in the jungle southeast of FB Ellen.
The same day, a hunter-killer team from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav. accounted for six NVA soldiers along a trail 22 miles northeast of Tay Ninh.
On Nov. 26, 11 NVA troops were killed by a hunter-killer team from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., 22 miles north of Tay Ninh. rocket-firing Cobras arriving on the scene killed four more and artillery accounted for an additional two enemy kills.
An aerial rifle platoon from A Troop then swept through the are, killing two more and later the same evening hunter-killer teams again entered the area killing an additional two enemy soldiers.
In an unrelated action the same day, gunships of the 227th Assault Helicopter Co. killed 10 enemy and destroyed two 12.7mm machine guns in action four miles northwest of Song Be City.
On Nov. 30, seven NVA regulars were killed by men of Co. B, 5th bn., 7th Inf., in a battle eight miles east of Song Be.
Six NVA soldiers were killed in an ambush by men of Co. C, 1st Bn., 7th Cav., on a trail three miles north of FB Jerri on Nov. 25.
Later in the day, three NVA regulars were killed in an enemy bunker complex in the same area.
Elsewhere, five NVA soldiers were killed about 14 miles northeast of FB Jerri on the Song Be by a hunter-killer team of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav.
A day earlier a hunter-killer team from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., killed seven enemy soldiers in Tay Ninh Province.
In the afternoon, 33 enemy were reported killed in the jungles less than two miles north of Bu Dop by hunter-killer teams, artillery and air strikes.
1st Avn Bde
On Nov. 24, helicopter gunships of the 307th Combat Aviation Bn., 1st Aviation Brigade, reported killing 24 VC during a three-hour operation in the Mekong Delta, 17 miles north of Soc Trang.
1st Inf Div
A gunship crew from the 1st Avn. Bn. killed four NVA soldiers on Nov. 25 while patrolling four miles west of Ben Cat.
The same day elements of the 8th Regiment, 5th Inf., Army of the Republic of Vietnam, working with riflemen of the 3rd Bde., 1st Infantry Division, killed three NVA regulars in the thick vegetation five miles southeast of Dau Tieng.
A day earlier, elements of Companies A and C, 2nd Bn., 28th Inf., found 10 enemy bodies in the jungle four miles southwest of Dau Tieng killed earlier in the week. One thousand AK47 rounds, three RPG boosters and an RPG launcher were also found.
On Nov. 27, men of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Armored Cav., while patrolling 10 miles southwest of Lai Khe with a Popular Forces platoon, discovered 5,491 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, and 2,535 rounds of .51-caliber ammunition.
3rd Bde, 9th Inf
Soldiers of the 2nd Bn., 47th Inf., 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division with the aid of artillery overran a NVA base camp and aid station after a three-hour battle with an unknown-sized Communist force nine miles southeast of Tan An on Nov. 30. Thirteen NVA soldiers were killed in the artillery strike.
Three more enemy were killed and five suspects detained in the operation that followed.
A day earlier, four enemy soldiers were killed by members of Co. E, 75th Inf., in a rice paddy one mile south of Tan An.
Earlier in the day, men of the 2nd Bn., 47th Inf., patrolling nine miles southwest of Tan An found the bodies of two NVA regulars killed in a previous night's contact and killed two more enemy soldiers.
On Nov. 24, members of Co. E, 5th Bn., 60th Inf., patrolling a tributary of the Vam Co Dong River, eight miles north of Tan an, engaged and killed three enemy moving along the banks.
The same day men of the 2nd Bn., 47th Inf. killed three more Communist soldiers in as many contacts as they swept an open rice paddy area five miles southeast of their Tan An base camp.
199th Inf Bde
Elements of Co. C, 2nd Bn., 3rd Inf., 199th Light Infantry Brigade, destroyed 10 bunkers in the jungle 10 miles southeast of Xuan Loc and killed five enemy soldiers fleeing the area on Nov. 29.
The same day, riflemen of Co. C, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf. exchanged small arms and automatic weapons fie with a squad-sized enemy force in the jungle eight miles east of Xuan Loc, killing three enemy.
Elsewhere, men of Co. B, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., discovered 60 abandoned bunkers while searching the jungle 11 miles east of Xuan Loc.
On Nov 28, four enemy soldiers were killed by the men of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 3rd Inf., in the jungles 10 miles south of Xuan Loc.
A lone Communist was killed on Nov. 27 along a trail 25 miles northwest of Xuan Loc by men of Co. D, 75th Inf.
Americal Div - Men of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Armored Cav., Americal Division patrolling 12 miles south of Chu Lai on Nov. 30, killed three VC and detained another two.
Other gunships from Troop D patrolling nearby located a hidden enemy compound and accounted for seven enemy dead and detained another five suspected VC.
Twelve Communists were killed the same day by other Troop D gunships, helping to cover the departure of a patrol of Co. C, 3rd Bn., 1st Inf., eight miles southwest of Tam Ky.
On Nov. 29, a patrol from Co. C, 4th Bn., 21st Inf., killed eight enemy soldiers and captured three SKS rifles in a battle four miles southeast of Duc Pho.
Six enemy were killed by gunships of the 176th Avn. Co. on Nov. 27 six miles northwest of Quang Ngai.
101st Abn Div
Patrolling in the rain-soaked hills about 13 miles southeast of Camp Eagle on Nov. 27, infantrymen of Co. D, 2nd Bn., 327th Inf., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), killed one NVA regular.
4th Inf Div
A ranger team from Co. K, 75th Rangers, 4th Infantry Division killed two NVA regulars in a fight on Nov, 27, 13 miles northwest of Pleiku when the enemy soldiers walked past the concealed infantrymen and sat down in a clearing.
On Nov. 25, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cav., uncovered an enemy rice cache. The rice found in an area 16 miles west of Pleiku. The find consisted of seven huts, each containing 100 pounds of rice.
173rd Abn Bde
A ground sweep on Nov. 30 by members of the 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf., 173rd Airborne Brigade, disclosed the bodies of nine enemy soldiers one mile west of FB English. The enemy were killed earlier in the week by minigun fire from a reconning helicopter force and artillery.
Two AK47s, six loaded magazines, 26 Chicom grenades, one B40 rocket and a small quantity of rice and clothing were captured in the sweep.
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08Jun70- Cav deserts 'City,' page 1
CAMBODIA - Battle action in Cambodia declined significantly as U.S. Army troopers moving into their fourth week of across-the-border fighting killed approximately 275 Communist soldiers.
But the enemy's supply stores diminished while plundering Army units continued to uncover caches of Communist weapons and ammunition, vehicles, medical supplies and other equipment.
In the largest battle action on the week, 70 enemy soldiers were killed when Cobra pilots of the 336th Assault Helicopter Co. swept down on a VC base camp near the Cambodian town of Kampong Trach, about 10 miles north of the Gulf of Siam and nine miles inside Cambodia. Forty Cambodian government troops held captive in the camp were freed.
"It was an old French cantonment area," explained Maj. Thomas H. Kilpatrick, commander of the 336th. "I landed after the battle and the area was really torn asunder."
The same day 25th Division soldiers of C Troop, 3rd Bn., 17th Cav., operating six and a half miles north of the Dog Face region, discovered an enemy motor pool. The troopers destroyed five 2 1/2 ton trucks and a 30-by-40 foot bunker. In addition, they found 50 bicycles, several motorcycles and various other items of equipment in the area.
Meanwhile during the week. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) troopers finished tabulating finds in the two biggest caches uncovered so far during Cambodian operations-"The City" and "Rock Island East."
Uncovered in "The City" cache were 1,315 individual weapons, 136 heavy machine guns and mortar tubes and more than two million rounds of various caliber ammunition.
Also found by Skytroopers from Co. C, 1st Bn., 5th Cav., were 51,000 pounds of C2 explosive compound, 21,000 pounds of granulated explosives, 250 cases of detonating cord, 144,000 non-electrical blasting cords, 2,700 fuze lighters, 200 electrical blasting caps and 22 cases of antipersonnel mines.
The Skytroopers also turned up four cases of AK47 repair parts, 18 cases of 106mm recoilless rifle breech block repair kits, 27 gunner quadrants, 20 60mm mortar sights, 14 82mm mortar service kits and 20 60mm mortar service kits.
Another cavalry unit, the 2nd Bn., 12th Cav., at the same time closed down what may prove to be the largest cache of ammunition ever captured in the Vietnam war, a find that totaled seven million round of ammunition in the "Rock Island East" arsenal.
The number of weapons found at the arsenal could not match the number recovered from "The City," but the ammunition captured there takes a back seat to nobody.
A total of 851 weapons were pulled out of the arsenal, including 110 AK47s, 147 SKS rifles, 100 SK50s, 106 Russian Mausers, 114 CKCs, 210 7.60mm pistols, 12 7.62mm machine guns, 33 .30 caliber machine guns and 19 122mm rocket launchers.
The roll call of captured ammunition included 6,538,894 rounds of .51-caliber ammunition, 259,200 rounds of 7.92mm [sic] machine gun ammo, 281,600
14.5mm antiaircraft rounds, 818 Chicom grenades and 800 37mm antiaircraft rounds.
Rockets captured totaled 369 122mm rounds, the largest in the enemy's arsenal, along with 4,002 B40 rounds. Recoilless rifle rounds numbered 3,634 57mm and 1,052 75mm projectiles.
Mortar ammunition included 310 120mm, 1,437 82mm and 1,740 60mm rounds, bringing the total ammo count to more than seven million rounds-seven million rounds that will never be fired at allied forces in the Republic of Vietnam.
08Jun70 Vietnam communique May 18-24
Cobras raid base camp, kill 70
As the Cambodian campaign entered its fourth week, the tempo slowed and American troops settled down to the task of uncovering and evacuating food and munitions caches.
In the largest contact of the week ending May 24, Cobra pilots swept down on a VC base camp near the Cambodian town of Kampong Trach, about 10 miles north of the Gulf of Siam and nine miles inside Cambodia, and killed 70 enemy soldiers.
Forty Cambodian government troops held captive in the camp were freed.
The camp-an old French cantonment area was unprepared for an aerial attack. Its lone .51 caliber machine gun was knocked out early in the battle.
Nine more enemy troops were killed by crewmen from the 16th Air Cav. when the[y] spotted a group of VC at Tuk Meas, about 10 miles north of Kampong Trach on Route 16.
199th Inf Bde
Bulldozers plowed their way through dense jungles May 19 and opened a path to a 210-ton rice cache found May 18 by men of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Soldiers from Co. A, 5th Bn., 12th Inf., found the cache between two fire bases, FB Brown and FB Myron, established during the Cambodian operations. The rice is being evacuated now that better access to the site has been provided.
The reconnaissance platoon of a 199th Light Infantry Brigade unit uncovered an arms cache May 23 in III Corps, 14 miles northeast of Vo Dat. Redcatchers from the 4th Bn., 12th Inf., found six Chicom light machine guns, 22 AK47 rifles, two .51 caliber machine guns with two extra barrels, 50 AK47 magazines, 11 60mm mortar tubes, 10 60mm mortar sights, 55 pieces of web gear and 20 ammo pouches.
25th Inf Div
Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division in Cambodia killed six enemy soldiers, uncovered a small arms cache and found a former enemy camp May 20.
The only division unit to make contact with the enemy that days was the 1st Bn., 5th Inf. The infantrymen were operating six miles southwest of the Cambodian village of Memot in the Fishhook area when they received small arms and RPG fire from an unknown-size enemy force. When the Americans swept the area, they once again received enemy fire and a bitter fire fight ensued. Six enemy soldiers were killed.
A recon element of the 1st Bn., 27th Inf., found the small arms cache in a highly wooded area three miles west of the Dog Face.
During a midday sweep five miles north of Katum inside the Fishhook, men from Co. A. 2nd Bn., 12th Inf., found a former enemy camp with 24 hootches and three bunkers. The camp was complete with mess halls and showers.
Tropic Lightning soldiers found an enemy hospital complex on the border west of the Fishhook area May 19. Men from the 1st Bn., 5th Inf., were sweeping a heavily wooded area 28 miles north of Tay Ninh when they found the complex composed of 50 hootches. 130-150 bunkers, and three kitchens. The facility had been recently evacuated.
1st Cav Div
Units of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) operating in Cambodia found a large rice cache and killed 47 enemy soldiers May 18.
Contact with enemy forces by the 1st Cav task force that day was limited mainly to helicopter actions. Flying over dense jungles 34 miles north of Quan Loi, hunter-killer teams from b Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., made repeated sightings of NVA soldiers and reported killing 20 enemy in the area.
Division troopers found the rice cache 23 miles north-northeast of Song Be. As the skytroopers destroyed the supplies, 33 tons of rice and one ton of corn, (end of column does not seem to continue to next?)
lurking enemy snipers opened fire twice but inflicted no casualties.
Skytroopers operating northeast of the Fishhook and 14 miles southeast of O Rang found a huge rice cache in 25 hootches constructed beneath triple-canopy jungle. The troopers from Co. C, 1st Bn., 8th Cav., were on a ground reconnaissance mission through the area's rolling hills when they spotted the neatly camouflaged tin-roofed structures. The cache is estimated to weigh 154 tons. Ninety tons of rice were destroyed and the rest was readied for evacuation.
Elements of the 1st Cav task force that day accounted for 39 enemy soldiers killed during scattered encounters.
Eight flintlock rifles were among a small arms cache discovered by the division soldiers 16 miles southeast of Karatie opposite Vietnam's Phuoc Long Province May 21. Skytroopers of Co. E, 1st Bn., 5th Cav., found the arms and also counted 120 rounds of unknown type 40mm ammunition, 150 mortar charges, 100 mortar fuses, one utility tractor, one 3/4-ton truck and 900 pounds of rice.
Division units killed 20 enemy soldiers in scattered contacts May 21. Hunter-killer teams from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., sighted a group of enemy soldiers near a stream bed winding through dense jungle 21 miles north-northwest of An Loc. Eight enemy soldiers were reported killed by the swooping gunship crews.
Skytroopers from Co. C, 1st Bn., 5th Cav., uncovered an arms cache 37 miles northeast of Song Be May 23. The cache contained 65 81 mm mortar rounds, 24 rifle grenades, 32 hand grenades, 32 incendiary grenades, 16 smoke grenades, 288 mortar rounds, 800 rounds of .30-caliber machine gun ammunition, 3,200 other .30-caliber rounds, all 60mm mortar rounds, 80 .50-caliber rounds, eight B40 rounds, one 75mm recoilless rifle, five 82mm mortar plates and one automatic rifle.
3rd Bde, 9th Div
In their Long An Province area of operations May 19, elements of the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, were fired on from a sampan as it floated on the Vam Co Dong River 12 miles northwest of Ben Luc. Soldiers from Co. B, 6th Bn., 32st Inf., returned the fire, destroying the boat and killing four enemy soldiers.
Brigade soldiers killed another three enemy and captured two AK47 rifles nine miles northeast of Tan An May 20.
Go Devils engaged an unknown-sized enemy force 13 miles north of Tan Tru May 21. A sweep of the area disclosed two NVA killed.
Brigade Rangers engaged an unknown-sized enemy force in several contacts eight miles west of Tan An may 24. A total of five enemy soldiers were killed in the contacts.
Americal Division infantrymen reported killing 43 enemy soldiers during scattered contacts in southern I Corps May 22.
A recon platoon from the 2nd Bn., 1st Inf., was cutting its way through thick vegetation nine miles northwest of Tam Ky when their point man heard voices from the other side of a hedgerow. The platoon's Kit Carson scout determined that the voices belonged to VC, who were working on a large garden capable of supplying a battalion of soldiers. The Legionnaires broke through the hedgerow and came face to face with 15 enemy soldiers. Seven of the enemy were killed in the brief fire fight that followed. The infantrymen also found a battalion-sized bunker complex in the area.
Division infantrymen killed 32 enemy soldiers and captured six individual weapons during scattered contacts May 20. Ten enemy soldiers were killed by men from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cav., Americal Division, who were operating 23 miles west of Tam Ky when they were engaged by an unknown-sized enemy force.
Another 19 enemy soldiers were killed by division troops in scattered incidents May 23. Men from Co. A, 2nd Bn., 1st Inf., of the 196th Inf. Bde., found 1,000 pounds of polished rice in a village 10 miles northwest of Tam Ky.
Division troops killed 10 enemy soldiers and captured five individual weapons during scattered contacts May 21.
1st Avn Bde
In II Corps' Binh Tuy Province May 22, 17th Air Cav. gunship crews killed 20 enemy soldiers 17 miles north of Ham Tan. The chopper crews, from C Troop 23rd Squadron, were supported by tactical air strikes. In IV Corps that day, 13 Combat Avn. Bn. pilots killed eight enemy soldiers during three engagements.
In the Se San base area of Cambodia May 22, other crews of the 17th Air Cav., flying in support of ARVN forces, found three NVA bunker complexes. Twenty-nine of the bunkers found by the Ruthless Rider pilots were destroyed or damaged.
Crewmen of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. spent May 20-21 sifting through a cache found by the 16th Air Cav. near a swampy stream bed about 10 miles inside Cambodia and north of the town of Kampong Trach. Found were more than 400 rounds of 82mm mortar shells, 84 cases of gelatin dynamite, 30 cases of fuses, 10 cases of blasting caps and an undetermined amount of small arms and ammunition.
Chopper crews from the 17th Combat Avn. Bn., killed three NVA soldiers and destroyed 13 hootches and nine bunkers while supporting ARVN troops in the Se San border area west of Pleiku. Ruthless Riders from B Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., were on a reconnaissance mission over the area nine miles west of Duc Co, Vietnam, when a LOH pilot skimmed over a recently used trail winding into the bunker and hootch complex.
4th Inf Div
Fourth Infantry Division soldiers reported killing three khaki-clad NVA regulars in a contact 42 miles west of Pleiku May 23.
Another five enemy soldiers were killed by the Ivymen during scattered action in the Central Highlands May 19, and three more were killed May 21.
101st Abn Div
Troopers of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) killed 14 enemy soldiers in scattered actions in their northern I Corps area of operations May 21. Crewmen of the 4th Bn., 77th Arty, (Aerial Rocket Artillery), and gunships of the 2nd Squadron, 17th Air Cav,., engaged a group of enemy soldiers moving through double-canopy jungle 40 miles north-northwest of Hue. Eight of the enemy were killed in the action.
Screaming Eagles of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 502nd Inf., were on a recon in force mission May 23 when they found the bodies of 12 enemy soldiers and assorted munitions in a well-camouflaged cache 20 miles southwest of Hue.
The cache contained 31 60mm mortar rounds, 100 RPGs, 100 AK47 rounds, five B40 rockets with boosters and 20 bicycles.
Note: Map of Vietnam marked with areas of reported actions.
08Jun70- Photo Caption page 8
SMOKE FLARES MARK the landing spot as a Screaming Eagle trooper from the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) guides a Medevac helicopter onto the edge of a recently made bomb crater. The infantryman, from the 2nd Bn., 501st Inf., was on a reconnaissance-in-force mission 32 miles west of Hue
08Jun70- Soldiers shop at super store page 8
LZ ENGLISH - It doesn't look like a super shopping center amid Vietnam's coastal plains but if you're a soldier stationed near here and need supplies, the Logistical Support Activity (LSA) 539-1 is where to get them.
Sharing this base camp with the headquarters of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and units of the 4th Infantry Division, Qui Nhon Support Command's LSA 593-1 is the main support area for Army units strung along the northern coast of Upper II Corps Tactical Zone.
As never before in the history of modern warfare, military units in vietnam are separated from their own divisional and non-divisional support. The 1st Logistical Command in Vietnam has responded to this tactical situation by establishing Forward Support Activities (FSAs.) Drawing directly from the assets of the "downtown" supply complexes, FSAs operate in a field situation as a miniature support command.
When continued support is needed as here at LZ English, the FSA becomes a semi-permanent LSA. Qui Nhon Support Command's 593rd General Support Gp. controls LSA 593-1 and others at An Khe and Phu Hiep. It can also establish FSAs as the tactical situation requires.
Service from this compact support center is nearly complete and more efficient than from a distant main supply base. A small detachment of men, for instance, repairs everything from water heaters to artillery barrels and often dispatches contact teams for on-location repairs. Special parts or unusual repairs receive almost immediate attention through the detachment's parent unit, the 5th Maintenance Bn. in Qui Nhon.
In much the same manner general supplies are requisitioned from the U.S. Army Depot, Qui Nhon, the ammo from the 184th Ordnance Bn. and the fuel from the 240th Quartermaster Bn. Daily convoys from Qui Nhon by the 8th Transportation Gp. make one-day service a matter of routine and nearby helicopter support enables nearly instantaneous resupply in a tactical emergency.
Still an LSA is not a suburban shopping center but a supply activity for soldiers at war. Though the two are very similar, the necessity of a mobile support force constitutes a major difference. The 243rd Field Service Co., the mainstay of the operations here, was at Dak To early last year and later transferred to Pleiku before coming here.
08Jun70- 'Loses' three birds page 11
Copter pilot strikes out
CAMP EVANS - "Here we go again!", was the thought of a Medevac helicopter pilot as his aircraft was hit by enemy fire for the third time in 24 hours.
Lt. Larry A. Blackwood, a dustoff pilot for the 326th Med. Bn., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile,), recently "lost" three choppers while on three separate missions near here.
Things started happening early that day when Blackwood and his crew were instructed to pick up two wounded soldiers at a fire base west of Hue. the fire base was under heavy mortar attack, but the Medevac helicopter was able to fly in, pick up the casualties and evacuate them.
Within an hour Blackwood and his crew were on their way back to base for another pick-up. Again under heavy mortar fire, Blackwood landed about 1,000 meters from the fire base, where the wounded individuals were located.. AS the chopper landed, an officer ran toward the helicopter dodging the mortar rounds. "He was waving his hands, warning us to clear out," said Blackwood.
As the helicopter lifted off, the chopper's rotor blade was struck. Blackwood landed inside the fire base.
"by this time the fire base was receiving extremely heavy mortar fire and the NVA seemed to be using the helicopter as a target. We abandoned the ship and helped the medics give aid to the casualties," he said.
Another dustoff helicopter, piloted by WO Barry Barker came in, picked up all the casualties and flew them to Co. C, 326th Med Bn., then returned to pick up Blackwood and his crew. Back at Co. C, Blackwood was given another chopper and soon received an urgent call to return to the fire base.
Because of the continued mortar attack, Blackwood had to make five passes before he could land, but enemy fire had already struck the bottom side of the shopper. Five casualties were picked up and evacuated to Co. C., but the damaged helicopter could not be flown out for another mission. So once again Blackwood and his co-pilot, WO Louie A. Lewis were given another Medevac bird.
Next morning the team got another call,. They were urgently needed for a hoist extraction of three stranded casualties.
Once over the area, Blackwood dropped his chopper into the clouds and hovered over the rugged mountainside within five feet of the treetops while one of the wounded was hoisted up.
Suddenly from about 25 yards away, the dustoff ship began receiving heavy AK47 fire from the ground. Blackwood, following flight safety regulations, quickly flew out of the hot area. Because of the aircraft damage he returned to the company and for the third time he was without an operating chopper. Another Medevac helicopter in the area was immediately sent in for the remaining two casualties.
"We were fired at 10 times within that 24-hour period by mortars and AK47s," said Blackwell. "But after our third bird was hit," he smiled," we go the rest of the day off."
08Jun70- Bizarre incidents page 12
SOC TRANG - Things are supposed to come in threes, but the 13th Combat Aviation Bn., 1st Aviation Brigade, will settle for two of a kind when it comes up with suspected Viet Cong detainees picked up in bizarre ways.
Who would have thought that when the locking pin broke on the machine gun of doorgunner Pvt. Dennis W. Hale the end result would be a detained suspect?
The pin broke while the 336th Assault Helicopter Co. was operating in the An Xuyen Province, and when the M60 plummeted to the earth, the ship was forced to drop down and pick it up. While the crew was retrieving the weapon, the suspect suddenly burst from a nearby tree line with his hands extended skyward. Apparently he thought the troops were preparing to assault his position.
If that isn't enough for a day's effort, two pilots from the 16th Air Cav. were test flying when they encountered a suspect who decided to turn himself in.
Capt. Owen L. Hoskins and Lt. Dennis J. Braddock were testing a light observation helicopter and a Huey when they passed over a sampan within four miles of the Army air field here. As they passed over the vessel a second time, the occupant, wearing blue shorts, jumped out and waded ashore with his hands in the air.
Braddock dropped down to pick up the suspect, who later admitted under questioning that he had been part of a hamlet guerilla force. However, the VC authorities had pressed him into service in a local force unit. He said he was unwilling to leave his family for that purpose.
15Jun70- Cav closes NVA store page 1
CAMBODIA - Communist supply losses continued to mount as U.S. Army units wrapped up their fourth week of plundering enemy sanctuaries in Cambodia.
The latest major find was uncovered by 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) troopers approximately 26 miles north-northeast of Song Be. The latest figures form the area, now called "the Country Store" by men of Co. B, 5th Bn., 7th Cav., who made the discovery, show the captured of 533 individual weapons, five Chicom light machine guns, 51 120mm mortar rounds, 243 82mm mortar rounds, 122 75mm recoilless rifle rounds, 175 57mm recoilless rifle rounds, 484 RPG2s and 444 RPG7 projectiles.
the huge bunker complex was uncovered after soldiers from B Troop fought a savage three-day battle for Hill 434.
In the largest single battle action in a week which claimed approximately 160 Communist lives, Cavalry Cobras and light observation helicopter Pink Teams poured rocket and machine gun fire on enemy trooper near the northern edge of the Cavalry's 3rd Bde. area of operations, killing 32. Seven more kills were credited to aerial rocket artillery.
LOH pilot CWO Richard Gilmore spotted the enemy first. "We were following a trail that had lots of bicycle tracks and footprints," Gilmore said, "and when it rant into a thicker path of woods, we circled but didn't see anything. We had started back south along the trail when the observer spotted several enemy under the trees sleeping on the ground and in hammocks. Our door gunner woke them up with his M60.
The machine gun jammed, however, and the pilot started backing away from the enemy to give the door gunner a chance to clear his gun.
"As we were backing off, we just kept seeing more and more people," Gilmore said. "They were running around on the ground like ants. In one place we could see rucksacks all set up in rows the way used to see gear lined up in basic training.
"We figured there must be at least a company so we dropped a smoke grenade in the middle of them for a marker," Gilmore continued, "and then we moved out of the way and let our Cobra roll in."
The Cobra pilot, CWO Marvin Metcalf, made his first run, while another Pink Team was called in to lend firepower. Rockets from Metcalf's ship released their puffs of smoke as salvo after salvo pounded the enemy below. His Cobra recovered altitude quickly and then came in at the enemy again.
On this pass, he put out six pairs of rockets. One of them blew off a big tree at the base and it came crashing down, pinning five NVA soldiers under it as it fell.
After the battle, involving close coordination between the two Pink Teams, 39 enemy dead were counted. The B Troop pilots also captured several documents by lifting out rucksacks with the use of log hooks.
15Jun70 Vietnam communique May 25-31
Sun defenders kill 43 in attack
Soldiers of Fire Base Sun-two miles south of Tay Linh in Binh Tuy Province-killed 43 enemy soldiers during an abortive attack on the fire base May 29. It was the heaviest contact of the week ending May 31.
The battle began at 11 p.m. May 28 when the enemy fired less than 25 mortar rounds at the base manned by elements of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, gunners of the 2nd Bn., 35th Arty., and two Regional Force companies. The enemy then opened up with recoilless rifle, machine gun and small arms fire as the sappers attempted to breach the perimeter.
Redcatchers from Companies A and E, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., returned the fire and cannoneers employed direct fire with their 155mm howitzers. Gunships and flareships supported the ground forces.
Across the border, as the Cambodian campaign ended its first month, American units met less resistance but continued to find sizeable caches of food and supplies.
3rd Bde, 9th Div
In the early morning hours of May 30, elements of the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, operating on the Vietnam side of the border, encountered small arms fire 10 miles east of the Angel's Wing. An element of the 4th Field Arty, pounded the position and a Nighthawk flight over the area later confirmed one enemy soldier killed. Later in the afternoon the brigade's Ranger Team 24 engaged two enemy soldiers in an area five miles south of Tan An. They called in artillery support, which killed the two.
An element of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment combing an area 22 miles northeast of Katum May 28 found and evacuated a 9,450-pound rice cache and 7 1/2 tons of corn.
Operating 11 miles south of Snoul May 25, troopers from the regiment's 1st Squadron found the graves of 38 enemy soldiers.
25th Inf Div
Tropic Lightning soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division met increased enemy resistance May 25 as they continued their search of the Cambodian border region to the west of the Fishhook area and into the Angel's Wing.
In the largest clash, C Troop, 3rd Bn., 17th Cav., while working with an ARVN unit, engaged approximately 70 enemy soldiers in the swampy area south of the Angel's Wing inside Cambodia. A sweep of the area the following morning revealed 32 enemy killed by the combined forces.
"Tomahawks" of Co. C, 4th Bn., 23d Inf. located an enemy cache containing 24 1/2 tons of rice in a heavily wooded area of the Fishhook, some five miles southwest of Memut.
In addition, an element of the 4th Bn., 9th Inf., located an enemy training area seven miles north of Thien Ngen on the border of the Fishhook. There the "Manchu" soldiers found and destroyed 47 bunkers, several hootches and mockups of a tank and helicopter-each approximately 10 feet in length.
Division soldiers also located and destroyed another enemy base camp-this one inside Vietnam, one mile northwest of Thien Ngen. At this camp men of the 1st Bn., 27th Inf., "Wolfhounds" found 15 hootches, one training site and 40 bunkers.
Another element of the 1st of the 27th located an enemy grouping point four miles northwest of Thien Ngen inside Cambodia. The American troops there located 20 hootches and 10 bunkers containing two Chicom grenades, 25 NVA uniforms, one sewing machine and small amounts of bicycle parts and rice.
Sweeping the border near Memut May 25, division troops found 20 tons of rice six miles southeast of the Cambodian town. Tropic Lightning soldiers from co. B, 2nd Bn., 12 Inf., carefully searched the area around the cache site and uncovered several bunkers housing stores of medical supplies.
Among the items found were 1,000 boxes of assorted medical supplies, 41 cans of vitamins, 25 pounds of plaster for cast-making, 150 five-gallon cans of medical supplies, nearly 2 1/2 tons of gauze rolls and pads, 1,300 pounds of bed linen, 10 pounds of surgical instruments and six surgical masks.
4th Inf Div
Soldiers of the 4th Inf Division uncovered 6,000 pounds of rice and 200 pounds of an unknown type black seed May 28. The cache was evacuated.
1st Cav Div
Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) reported killing a total of 51 enemy soldiers during scattered action May 28.
Hunter-killer teams working in the rugged Cambodian hills 17 miles northeast of Snoul accounted for 39 enemy dead. Twelve Communists were killed after a LOH crew from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., spotted the fatigue and black pajama-clad group resting.
Cobras from the 2d Bn., 20th Arty., reported killing seven enemy soldiers during their operations in the area. Aircrews of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., accounted for five NVA dead 14 miles northeast of Katum.
Skytroopers killed 25 Communists and found several caches May 31 during action in Cambodia.
Fourteen enemy soldiers were killed by crews of two helicopters of the 11th Avn. Gp. A UH-1 and a Cobra gunship from Companies A and D of the 227th Assault Helicopter Bn. were on a reconnaissance mission 15 miles west of O Rang when the Huey received ground fire from an unknown-sized enemy force.
When troopers of the 2nd Bn., 8th Cav., began cutting a landing zone in the jungle 28 miles north of Quan Loi, they received small arms and RPG fire. The Skytroopers killed eight enemy soldiers.
On May 30 division troopers in Cambodia uncovered two caches and killed 22 enemy soldiers.
Skytroopers of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav., were sweeping the site of a morning fire fight in which four NVA soldiers were killed and three AK47 rifles captured. As the troopers moved through the area 27 miles north of Quan Loi, they found a supply cache containing 1,000 four-by-eight-foot tents, 1,000 shirts, 1,000 pairs of pants, and 2,000 red scarves.
Men from Co. A, 1st Bn., 7th Cav., were operating 20 miles north of Song Be when they found a 20-by-15-foot hut containing 6,000 pounds of polished rice.
A larger cache was found by troopers of the 1st Bn., 9th Air Cav., 12 miles northeast of Katum. Men from A Troop spotted 200 bags of rice, each holding 220 pounds, in a bomb crater. The 44,000-pound cache was near three huts and five bunkers which housed several NVA soldiers, one of whom was killed by air-to-ground fire.
In division action May 27, Skytroopers discovered two caches and killed 19 enemy soldiers. Men from Co. C, 5th Bn., 7th Cav., were on a ground reconnaissance mission five miles inside Cambodia when they found a store of enemy supplies 30 miles north of Quan Loi.
Hidden in two eight-by-ten-foot bunkers were 190 pounds of nails, 162 bars of soap, 911 machetes, 1,560 scythe blades, 50 ax heads, two sewing machines, two desks and three bars of C4 explosive.
About one mile northeast of the site, Skytroopers from Co. C, 2nd Bn., 5th Cav., found a well-preserved cache of about 1,000 tin boxes filled with blasting caps and fuses. Some of the find was evacuated and the rest destroyed.
101st Abn Div
Chopper pilots of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) reported killing eight enemy soldiers during two engagements in their northern I Corps area of operations May 31.
Screaming Eagles reported killing three other enemy in mountainous jungle 21 miles southwest of Hue May 26.
Soldiers of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 501st Inf., found a supply cache concealed in shallow holes while searching the jungles 20 miles south of Hue May 30.
Americal Division infantrymen killed 59 enemy soldiers during scattered fighting in their southern I Corps area of operations May 29.
Responding to reported movement by two enemy companies that day, gunners from Btry, B, 3rd Bn., 16th Arty., killed 20 VC seven miles southwest of Tam Ky. Five other enemy soldiers were killed in a mortar barrage fired by men of the 2nd Bn., 1st Inf.
Division units reported 26 enemy killed in scattered action May 30. Approximately 500 pounds of rice were uncovered that day.
Two rice caches totaling 7 1/2 tons were found and evacuated May 27 by division soldiers in an area 11 miles northwest of Duc Pho.
Division infantrymen May 31 called in helicopter gunships after elements of Co. B, 2nd B., 1st Inf., received small arms fire from an estimated enemy platoon about four miles west of Tam Ky. Twelve enemy soldiers were killed by the gunships. Division units reported killing 24 enemy that day. An arms cache was found by men from A, 1st Bn., 46th Inf., during a reconnaissance missions 12 miles southwest of Tam Ky. Hidden in a tunnel complex were 155 Chicom grenades and nine RPG rounds, among other munitions.
1st Avn Bde
Gunships from the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. reported nine enemy troops killed in three separate actions in IV Corps May 30. The 16th Air Cav. was conducted a visual recon of the U Minh Forest when they encountered four VC riding in a sampan. As soon as the VC spotted the helicopter they ran to a nearby hootch and returned with weapons. One was killed by the command and control ship and the other three by accompanying LOHs.
The 336th Assault Helicopter Co. reported killing two enemy soldiers that day 12 miles east of Vi Thanh and three more 15 miles southwest of Soc Trang.
Crews of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. reported killing seven VC in two engagement May 29. The 16th Air Cav. accounted for four enemy killed near the southern tip of the U Minh Forest.
Battalion crewmen reported killing four enemy soldiers during light Mekong Delta action May 27.
Rocket-firing Birddog pilots of the 221st Utility Airplane Co. killed four enemy soldiers 10 miles southwest of Can Tho during t[w]o engagements May 31.
15Jun70- Gunship strike, page 3
downing 11 NVA
CAMP HOLLOWAY - Cobra gunships of C Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Cav., joining forces with Air Force jets, killed 11 North Vietnamese Army soldiers and destroyed approximately 40 bunkers and 35 enemy hootches west of Pleiku.
Just after sunrise, the Ruthless Riders of the 17th Combat Aviation Group began reconning through a heavily wooded area bordering the Tonie San River where NVA soldiers had been known to be operating. The gunships were flying in support of operations of the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Bde.
"I flew over the area in question," said Capt. Barry J. Speare, who was flying the lead light observation helicopter, "and spotted four individuals wearing khakis and carrying AK-47s. We started taking fire, so my observer immediately marked the target with a smoke grenade and the Cobras rolled in."
Both Cobra gunships on stations, flown by Capt. Richard H. Carvill and by WO Dennis H. Redd, expended rocket and minigun fire over the enemy position, killing all four.
The second LOH team on station spotted two more enemy soldiers over the same area; once again the Cobras rolled in, killing both. During this period the scout ships uncovered a large hootch and bunker complex.
After Phantom jets had rolled over the complex, Speare and his wingman returned to conduct a bomb damage assessment of the area.
15Jun70- Tapes play rally 'tune' page 8
LZ HAWK HILL - A lone, local Viet Cong huddles in a concealed hootch near his village, a few ounces of rice cooking-his dinner. Above him a light observation helicopter circles. He listens-from the helicopter he hears his name.
And the rest of the broadcast: "Nguyen, your fighting is futile, your are being used by the North Vietnamese-lackeys of Red China. Voluntarily give yourself up, and the Government of Vietnam promises to give your food and a place to live."
The voice is familiar -one of his comrades who rallied to the GVN only a few days before.
The broadcast is an example of the type of tapes now being produced by the Psyops office of the 196th Inf. Bde. Americal Division. The office's library of tapes is being stocked to cover a wide range of situations to more effectively convince enemy soldiers to rally to the GVN.
"Now we have a stock of more than 20 tapes," explained Lt. Don Bernard. "Twelve are targeted specifically for known VC and NVA units in our area of operations. The remainder are directed to known VC and local populace."
The tape scripts, most of which are written by Bernard, are usually recorded by an ARVN interpreter working for the Psyops office. Whenever possible Bernard uses Hoi Chanh to record the messages to their ex-comrades, increasing the credibility of the broadcast and thus its effectiveness.
"Our main objective now," said Bernard, "is to concentrate on isolating the VC from the populace, to decrease their ability to operate rather anonymously in the villages."
The pitch to the NVA emphasizes the futility in fighting in the South, citing the fact that their equipment is inferior and the people in the South do not welcome them. The NVA are promised, as ralliers, comfortable living until the end of the war when they will be allowed to return home.
The specialized tapes have been very effective. In April a defector on Barrier Island, 15 miles north of Tam Ky, turned out to be a local VC leader. The rallier taped a broadcast, including names of his men. Several of them became Hoi Chanh in the next few days.
Other tapes are public service broadcasts--directed to the civilian population.
15Jun70- Engrs build fire bases page 12
FB BUTTONS - The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) expedition into Cambodia has brought out a superhuman effort from many Skytroopers, and the members of Co. B, 8th Engr. Bn., are no exception.
Working in support of the division's 2nd Bde., the engineers built six fire bases in one week. They also assumed responsibility for the maintenance of four forward air strips used to shorten supply lines for the Cav.'s charge through Communist sanctuaries.
"The squads on fire bases in our Vietnam area of operations were moving with the first Chinook sorties of the morning," said Capt. Richard Estes, the company commander. "The 1st Platoon moved to Loc Ninh, our first staging area; and then just two hours later they moved out to establish the first Cambodian fire base for the 1st Bn., 5th Cav."
That afternoon the 2nd Platoon moved out with the 1st Bn., 12th Cav., to Loc Ninh. The next morning they were building FB Evans.
Back from Evans, the 2nd Platoon soon went in again, this time with the 5th Bn., 7th Cav., to build FB Brown. The 3rd Platoon built FB Myron further north for the 2nd Bn., 12th Cav., as the company completed two fire bases in one day.
A few days later the 5th Bn., 7th Cav., air assaulted into an NVA complex as the Cav leapfrogged deeper into Cambodia. The 2nd Platoon of the engineer company built FB Neil almost on the ruins of the NVA training area.
"The heavy equipment, which usually goes back to Phuoc Vinh for maintenance after each fire base is constructed, was picked up and moved from fire base to fire base," recalled Estes. "In the last four and one-half months we've built 24 fire bases, one-third of those in the last week."
15Jun70- Copters kill 109 page 12
VINH LONG - Gunships of A Troop, 7th Bn., 1st Cav. Squadron of the 1st Aviation Brigade have killed 109 enemy soldiers in their Communist sanctuary approximately five miles east of Takeo, Cambodia.
The troop has been supporting elements of the ARVN 9th Division, which launched attacks against the enemy stronghold.
In the first day of action, the troopers killed 20 NVA while destroying 52 enemy hootches and damaging 50 others. The gunships destroyed nine metal warehouses within the complex and damaged five others. The Cobra gunships also received credit for destroying two large 2 1/2 ton van-type trucks and five tractors. An estimated 2,000 barrels of fuel were set aflame by the squadron's aerial rockets-sending dense, dark smoke over the enemy encampment as well as bright secondary ordnance explosions.
During the next day's action, the troop was credited with 63 more enemy kills while supporting the 14th Regiment of the 9th ARVN Division, which continued sweeping operations in the area.
While supporting the 9th ARVN Division the following day, the troop killed 26 more enemy in the same area.
IN a three-day wrap-up, gunships of the 1st Aviation Brigade have been credited with 304 kills throughout the Republic of Vietnam and Cambodian operations. The gunships have killed 1,929 enemy since the beginning of the month. Military spokesmen speculate it may be a new high for the 1st Aviation Brigade gunships for a 30-day period-other than Tet of 1968 when the brigade's gunships were credited with 4,129 kills.
Alpha Troop, 3rd Bn., Cav., Squadron killed 34 enemy north of the Elephant's Foot eight miles southwest of Chip Hu. The next day they killed four more in the same area.
The 175th Assault Helicopter Co. killed 15 enemy on the Cambodian side of the Seven Sisters mountain range west of the Mekong Delta, while the 335th Assault Helicopter Co. gunships killed 13 enemy in support of Kien Tuong Province troops south of the Parrot's Beak.
Gunships of the 118th Assault Helicopter Co. engaged a platoon of enemy 10 miles southwest of Tan An, destroying four enemy bunkers and damaging six others.
In II Corps gunships of the 52nd Combat Aviation Bn. killed 28 enemy while supporting a CIDG company operation, 12 miles northwest of Dak To.
In I Corps, the 220th Assault Helicopter Co. killed nine enemy in two engagements north of Quang Tri along the DMZ. In the second engagement, the gunships killed five enemy, destroyed four bunkers and observed four secondary explosions.
15Jun70- Photo Captions page 15
TUNING IN ON various frequencies, Spec. 4 Jim McNamara checks the accuracy of a UHF radio from a 4th Avn. Bn. helicopter. The service is performed in the 4th Infantry Division on the radios of every ship brought in for maintenance.
22Jun70- Battalion strikes page 1
hard, downs 79
HILL 882 - Strike Force troopers of the 2nd Bn., 502nd Inf., reported at least 79 NVA soldiers killed recently as the result of numerous fire fights, artillery, F4 Phantom strikes and aerial rocket artillery strikes spread over most of two weeks.
Much of the ground fighting occurred from 10 to 15 yards from enemy positions in thick jungle terrain on and near Hill 882. The area is located 20 miles southwest of Hue.
Supporting the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) infantrymen were 155mm howitzers from the 2nd Bn., 11th Arty. When the Strike Force troopers neared an enemy bunker complex, powerful guns from Btry. A, 1st Bn., 83rd Arty., pounded the suspected enemy locations.
Aerial support for the battalion came from Cobras of the 4th Bn., 77th Aerial Rocket Arty., and pink and white LOH reconnaissance teams from the 1st Bde. Aviation Platoon.
During one of the major enemy contacts, and element of Co. C received RPG rounds, automatic weapons and small arms fire from an unknown-sized enemy force about 20 yards to their front. The element returned the fire and held their ground despite grenades and satchel charges being lobbed at them from enemy soldiers perched in trees. After pulling back so artillery, rockets and F4 air strikes could be employed, the Eagles swept the area and found 27 dead NVA.
Two days later, approximately one miles south of Co. C's position, the Screaming Eagles again hit another enemy position while on a reconnaissance-in-force mission. The Cobras were called in again along with artillery and F4 strikes. Eighteen NVA were killed during the contact and one enemy machine gun destroyed.
Meanwhile, on Hill 882, elements of the Reconnaissance Platoon were rappelling in to build a landing zone, while members of Co. A were attempting to storm the hill from the bottom. "The enemy were well entrenched," said Spec. 4 John Creel, a rifleman with Co. A. "It took us three tries to take the hill, but we made it."
22Jun70- Aviators riddle Delta forces page 1
SOC TRANG - Helicopter gunships and fixed-wing aircraft from the 13th Combat Avn. Bn., reported killing 24 enemy soldiers June 7 in a series of air-to-ground clashes throughout IV Corps' Mekong Delta area.
The 121st Assault Helicopter Co., commanded by Capt. Charles E. Cowan, accounted for a dozen of the enemy fatalities.
Six of the enemy were killed in a morning action when the 121st's Tigers were operating approximately 20 miles south of Can Tho, and the remaining six fell during an afternoon contact 10 miles west of Soc Trang.
"The gunships were taking fire so they put in a couple of rockets," Cowan said referring to the earlier action. "The enemy jumped into a canal trying to escape but we got them with minigun and machine gun fire."
The afternoon contact, the captain said, was very similar except that the enemy soldiers were standing beside a canal.
Fixed-wing aircraft of the 221st Utility Airplane Co. accounted for six enemy deaths approximately 10 miles southeast of Can Tho, while the 191st Assault Helicopter Co. killed a lone enemy soldier 60 miles west of Can Tho to bring the battalion's total for the day to 24.
Another 164th Avn. Gp. unit, the 16th Air Cav., added five enemy deaths to the day's total late in the afternoon about 10 miles south of Vi Thang.
The air mission commander, Lt. Dennis J. Braddock, reported that a LOH took fire from enemy forces dug into machine gun positions in the area. Cobra gunships rolled into the area and silenced the machine guns.
22Jun70 Vietnam communique June 1-7
Copters batter foe in An Xuyen
Helicopters of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. accounted Communist dead June 2 during two encounters. Actions occurred between unknown-sized enemy forces and the gunship crewmen of the 121st Assault Helicopter Co. operating in An Xuyen Province.
Fourteen of the kills occurred during the morning when gunships, while searching for enemy mortar positions, observed several small groups of blue-clad enemy soldiers and engaged them with rocket and minigun fire.
In an afternoon air-to-ground contact in the same area, the Tigers killed an additional three enemy.
101st Abn Div
The Screaming Eagles uncovered the bodies of two NVA and a rice and ammunition cache June 6 in mountainous jungle 15 miles southwest of Hue in northern I Corps. The cache and one body were found by an element of Co. D, 1st Bn., 327th Inf., in heavy jungle near FB Veghel. Included in the cache were 250 pounds of rice, 1000 AK47 rifle rounds, 18 satchel charges, six Chicom grenades, six RPG rounds and assorted military supplies. the other enemy body was discovered by troopers of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 502nd Inf.
On June 7, 101st troopers discovered three enemy bunkers in the jungle 15 miles southwest of Hue. In the bunkers troopers of the 2nd Bn., 502nd Inf., found an AK47 rifle, four 82mm mortars, six 60mm mortar rounds and 100 quarter-pound satchel charges.
199 Inf Bde
A reconnaissance element of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade's 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., supported by helicopter gunships and artillery, engaged six Communist soldiers with small arms and automatic weapons fire 35 miles east of Xuan Loc June 2. Three enemy were reported killed in the morning action. Four individual weapons were reported captured in the contact.
Brigade soldiers June 1 found seven enemy bunkers 20 miles south of Xuan Loc. Several of the bunkers were booby-trapped with 105mm rounds and claymore mines set up for command detonation.
1st Cav Div
The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) continued their fruitful operations in Cambodia during the week ended June 7 Skytroopers from Co. E, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav. found a 150 bunker hospital complex and motor pool 20 miles north of Quan Loi eight miles inside the border June 2.
The hospital was equipped with two laboratories, an operating room, three kitchens and four classrooms containing numerous medical texts. Medical supplies syringes, plastic bags, blood pressure test bands, and a complete field medicine kit. A 220-volt generator, stoves and several gas lanterns also were found.
In the "Blackstone Arsenal" area 20 miles north of Song Be, men from Co. C, 5th Bn., 12th Cav., teamed with 199th Light Infantry Brigade soldiers to find 19 tons of rice and a vehicle repair site.
Captured were nine 1/4-ton vehicles and supplies including gear boxes, transmissions, differentials, air cleaners, brake drums, radiators, distributors, mufflers, axles and a hydraulic jack.
Six enemy soldiers were killed June 2 by 1st Cav elements.
The Skytroopers located an enemy munitions cache June 3 about seven miles southwest of O Rang. Skytroopers from Co. A, 1st Bn., 5th Cav., uncovered 66 82mm mortar rounds, 23 bangalore torpedoes, 28 Chicom grenades, 10 Chicom claymore mines and five antitank mines.
The Cav found another cache the next morning. While operating in an area 25 miles north of Quan Loi and 10 miles inside Cambodia, troopers from Co. A, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav., uncovered an enemy supply cache that included a motorcycle, a 28-volt generator, one typewriter, an adding machine, a sewing machine, a suitcase, carbon paper, clocks, duplicating fluid and other office supplies.
The Skytroopers reported killing 35 enemy troops that same day in an action that also resulted in the capture of 11 individual and three crew-served weapons.
The Cav ground soldiers received a breather in action June 5 while Skytrooper gunships were active. A hunter-killer team from C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., received ground-to-air fire in an area 18 miles northwest of Song Be and two miles inside Cambodia. The gunships responded with rocket and minigun fire, killing three enemy.
Later in the afternoon, in the same area, the helicopter crews spotted several enemy soldiers in green fatigues and pith helmets. Once again the chopper crews foiled in with minigun fire, killing five.
Three more Communists were killed by rockets of the 2nd Bn., 20th Arty., in the same skirmish for a day's total of 11 killed.
Cache finds highlighted other division developments during the day. Skytroopers of Co E, 1st Bn, 5th Cav., uncovered three hundred 220-pound bags of rice 32 miles northwest of Song Be.
Another cache was uncovered 18 miles southwest of O Rang. Co,. A, 1st Bn, 8th Cav., found the cache containing one 83 mm mortar, 130 82mm mortar rounds, 256 60mm mortar rounds, 34 75mm recoilless rifle rounds, 300 Chicom grenades, 16 RPG rounds and 100 grenade vests.
The next day the hunter-killer teams were in action again. A group from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav, flew a reconnaissance mission over an area 36 miles north of Quan Loi and killed 13 enemy soldiers with rockets and miniguns fire. The team had taken ground-to-air fire form 30 to 40 enemy soldiers.
B Troop claimed seven NVA soldiers killed June 7 in two separate actions 30 miles north of Quan Loi and seven miles inside Cambodia. There were killed by air-to-ground fire after the chopper crewmen observed several enemy packs during a reconnaissance of the area.
In Cambodian cache finds on the same day, men of Co. D, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav., uncovered another enemy radio equipment cache 20 miles north of Quan Loi and eight miles inside Cambodia. Found a sweep of the area by the cavalrymen were the following: four large transmitters, headphones and generators, four switchboards, three telephones, field radios and electronic repair equipment.
In one of the largest actions in the Republic of Vietnam during the week, the Americal Division , operating in southern I Corps, killed 41 enemy soldiers June 3 in scattered actions throughout the division's area of operation.
The largest Americal action involved the 3rd Bn., 21st Inf. It reported killing 10 enemy soldiers during operations in an area 21 miles west of Tam Ky.
Division units reported killing 18 Communists and capturing nine individual weapons in several scattered actions June 2. About six miles northwest of Duc Pho, the Americal's Co. A, 1st Bn., 20th Inf., located and evacuated 10 tons of rice.
Americal units reported killing nine enemy soldiers June 4 in scattered action in their area of operation. On the same day, three tons of rice and a ton of potatoes were uncovered by members of Co. D, 3rd Bn., 1st Inf., in an area about eight miles northwest of Quang Ngai City.
1st Avn Bde
In the Mekong Delta June 6, 13th Combat Avn. Bn. helicopter gunship crewmen reported killing 11 enemy soldiers in three separate actions.
In the largest contact, elements of the 336th Assault Helicopter Co., the 16th Air Cav., and the 121st Assault Helicopter Co., combined to kill seven enemy soldiers in southern Kion Giang Province in the northern portion of the U Minh Forest.
Elsewhere in helicopter clashes in IV Corps, other pilots of the 121st AHC reported killing two Viet Cong about 15 miles northwest of Bac Lieu, while crewmen of the 221st Utility Airplane Co. killed two others 20 miles northwest of Soc Trang.
The battalion's gunships accounted for 24 enemy killed in five separate actions June 7 in the Mekong Delta.
A dozen enemy fatalities were the result of efforts by the 121st Assault Helicopter Co.
Six of the enemy were killed in a morning action when the 121st Tigers were operating about 20 miles south of Can Tho and the remaining six fell during an afternoon contact 10 miles west of Soc Trang.
The 16th Air Cav. added five enemy deaths to the day's total late in the afternoon about 10 miles south of Vi Thang. A LOH took fire from enemy machine guns and subsequent pass by the LOH revealed five enemy bodies.
Fixed-wing aircraft of the 221st Utility Airplane Co. accounted for six enemy deaths approximately 10 miles southeast of Can Tho and the 191st Assault Helicopter Co. killed a lone enemy soldier 60 miles west of Can Tho to bring the total for the day to 24.
Gunships of the 121st weathered a driving rainstorm June 5 and reported killing 11 Communists in two separate incidents. The first encounter, which resulted in five enemy killed, occurred south of Ca Mau while the other took place on the edge of the U Minh Forest. In the second incident, the Vikings also destroyed 20 sampans and 10 hootches.
Crewmen of the 221st Utility Airplane Co. reported killing five Communists June 4 southwest of Vi Thanh. 17th Combat Avn Gp. reported killing two enemy soldiers and finding the bodies of two more killed during previous fighting in the Central Highlands. The 13th Combat Avn. Bn. reported killing nine Communists the same day.
25th Inf Div
An element of the 25th Infantry's 2nd Bn., 22nd Inf., reported receiving small arms fire, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated two enemy platoons June 7 in an area seven miles northwest of Phum Krek. Artillery, gunships and tactical air strikes supported the Americans.
The 25th's Co. C, 4th Bn., 23rd Inf., found and evacuated 13.75 tons of rice from an area five miles southeast of Memut.
4th Inf Div
The Ivymen achieved a major success June 2 in the Central Highlands of II Corps. Aided by helicopter crewmen in the battle 24 miles southwest of An Khe, the 4th Infantrymen killed 28 NVA.
Division ground troops killed two enemy soldiers 12 miles northwest of An Khe June 3 in their only action of the day.
22Jun70- Soldiers find pigs, not VC page 8
LZ PROFESSIONAL - The scene was reminiscent of a "greased pig" contest at any American county fair-uproarious laughter as squealing porkers scrambled in every direction from the outstretched arms of pursuing soldiers.
The curious event began when the Americal Division's Co. B, 1st Bn., 46th Inf., 196th Inf. Bde., patrolled the highlands 15 miles southwest of Tam Ky and approached a large enemy shelter nestled among a clump of shade trees.
"We can't see any people, but there are a lot of pits and chickens running around down here," Pfc. Allen Wulff radioed to the headquarters element.
"Set up security and make a sweep," came the reply from the commanding officer, Lt. William Ambrose, "and don't step on any booby traps."
Minutes later it was evident that the only things the Americal Division infantrymen had to worry about stepping on were 150 frightened pits and 50 chickens. It presented a puzzling situation.
"We moved in prepared to fight VC, not a bunch of squawking chickens," said Spec. 4 John P. Schnitz. "What are we going to do with all of them? We can't leave them here for the VC."
Down came another order from the commanding officer. "Get the pig team ready," said Ambrose. "We're going to have some fun."
The next two hours were filled with comedy as some men raced after darting animals, others held large mail bags open to receive the squirming pigs and chickens when they were caught, and still others directed the loading of the extraction helicopters while the pilots looked on bewildered.
When the last chopper lifted off with its unusual payload, bound for the Vietnamese refugee camp in Tien Phuoc, the men of Co. B sat down for a much needed breather.
22Jun70- Medevac proves page 3
PHUOC VINH - The cry of the hurt goes out and Medevac crews scramble.
Nearly five years ago the 15th Med. Bn. of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) became the first such Army unit with organic aviation. Since then the 15th Med has time and again proven its value: unassessable in terms of human suffering lessened and lives saved.
In Vietnam the rugged terrain has often made the air ambulance role difficult. The unavailability of landing zone in areas of dense jungle necessitates the use of a hoist for bringing wounded men aboard the aircraft.
The use of a hoist and jungle penetrator or rigid litter has saved many lives. But the use of these pieces of vital equipment can be extremely hazardous. The Medevac helicopter, hovering above the jungle, is a stationary target for enemy gunners in fact, the wounded man himself is an inviting target.
A ground infantry unit is in contact with an enemy force. The commander informs the Medevac pilot that a hoist mission will be necessary while the aircraft is still enroute to the contact site.
Smoke is popped and the helicopter crew drops a rigid litter to the man below. The helicopter then circles the area as the wounded man is strapped into the device.
When all is ready on the ground the helicopter hovers over the treetops. The ground troops put out an enormous amount of fire in an attempt to keep the enemy's head down. Door-gunner and crewchief open up with their M60s as ugly green tracers scream past their ship. The medic is moving quickly, lowering the hoist to the waiting men below. Then comes the always too slow ascent, as the electrical fishing reel hauls in its catch.
When the wounded man finally reaches the helicopter, the men aboard swing
the hoist inside the ship and pull the man to safety. As the pilot pulls his craft out of the hover and moves out fast the medic is administering to the wounded Skytrooper.
Within minutes the wounded man is receiving the concentrated attention of a hospital staff. For the men of the Medevac crew, another job is done. A feeling of satisfaction and compassion is their reward.
22Jun70- Medical services expand page 10
under ARVN leadership
XUAN LOC - The dust created by the Medevac chopper bites into the faces of the ARVN medics as they remove the seemingly lifeless, blood-stained body and place it in an ambulance.
The wounded ARVN has been hit in the stomach by and enemy AK47 round, necessitating a complex type of surgery not often available at an ARVN infantry division medical center.
However, at this particular complex-supplied with modern equipment by the government's Surgeon General's office-such an operation could be classified routine.
The wounded soldier is wheeled into a pre-operating room where he is quickly prepared for surgery and then taken into the air-conditioned, tile-covered operating area where skillful surgeons' hands use sterile instruments to repair the wound.
Outside the building, 80 ARVN medic trainees have finished their classes for the day in the division's six to eight-week training program. In their spare time, some of them meticulously pour cement into the metal molds from which blocks used for the center's new six-room maternity ward are made. Joined by ARVN masons, they produce 100 blocks daily.
In a nearby village an ARVN doctor, accompanied by five ARVN medics and an American non-commissioned officer from MACV Advisory Team 87, conducts a Medcap-the only direct medical support available to the more than 3,000 residents.
Last year, 18th Division Medcap teams treated 36,000 civilians during their bi-weekly missions. "Our main mission here and at our regimental medical centers is to provide care for our soldiers and their dependents," said Maj. Phan Hua Hao, division surgeon. "But when a civilian asks for help, we don't turn him away."
During his six months as division surgeon, Dr. Hao has initiated a massive information campaign for malaria prevention and urine tests to determine if soldiers in the field have been taking their malaria pills.
"We also have a large screening program for venereal disease," he said. "Out of 1,700 soldiers tested, 4.6 per cent had positive reactions. We treat them immediately and conduct follow-up measures to insure the disease has been arrested."
The division also is conducting a study on the best method of treating immersion foot cases.
Photo Captions: 1) ARVN doctor examines elderly patient on MEDCAP
2) Medics extract wounded soldier from dustoff chopper.
3) Doctor begins surgery while advisor stands by.
4) Medical advisor reviews case with his ARVN associate.
5) Wounded soldier receives shot from medic trainee.
22Jun70- Photo Caption page 11
FLYING NEAR THE Cambodian border and bulging with soldiers from the "Golden Dragons" of the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Bn., 14th Inf., these choppers head into action to secure a bridgehead. The helicopters are part of the 187th Assault Helicopter Co.
22Jun70- Jungle fire base page 11
PLEI DJERENG - A helicopter moved swiftly through the air north of Plei Djereng toward LZ Wildcat, fire base for the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Bn., 14th Inf. The monotony of the unending green sea of jungle was broken only by an occasional burned-out area.
The helicopter began to circle over one of these clearings, which was alive with activity just like any other fire base. The difference soon became apparent. Scattered everywhere on the fire base were hundreds of blackened tree stumps which had given the base another very appropriate name. Someone yelled out as the helicopter landed, "Welcome to LZ Stump!"
Looking like a Smokey the Bear nightmare, blackened stumps of all sizes covered almost every foot of ground. Two soldiers hauled steel planking form the pad, cautiously negotiating the maze of stumps. The man in the rear suddenly found himself suspended in the air as his partner stepped into a depression.
"You just don't walk around here at night, unless you're crazy," said Spec. 4 Charles Bryant. "The stumps just seem to blend in with the ground at night."
The only tree standing on the fire base held a washcloth and towel that flapped furiously in the breeze caused by an incoming Chinook helicopter.
"When we first got here and set up our aiming stakes for the mortars, they always seemed to disappear among the stumps," said Spec. 4 Dave Greenaway, a member of the 4.2-inch mortar platoon. "Well at least at night the stumps look like silhouettes of people. The NVA must get somewhat confused."
As the sun began to drop in the sky, several sweat-drenched members of the mortar platoon were chopping away furiously at some of the stumps surrounding their mortar pits. When darkness fell, the stumps still stood defiant to all efforts to remove them.
Pointing towards a stump, one soldier, a frustrated expression on his face, was heard to remark, "Some things in life you just have to accept gracefully."
22Jun70- Photo Caption page 12
SILHOUETTED AGAINST the early morning light, this LOH from the 4th Infantry Division rests quietly in its revetments at Camp Holoway near Pleiku. It will be another day of dangerous, tree-top flying for the LOH and her crew.
22Jun70- Aviators help resettle Tet refugees page 12
CAMP EVANS - Securing food and furnishing schools may seem like unusual tasks for men of the 158th Avn. Bn. but they have become an integral part of their efforts to resettle more than 200 families in Hai Nguyen Hamlet, 18 miles northwest of Hue.
Residents of the hamlet are now moving back to their former homes after nearly two years of living in temporary refugee camps throughout Huong Dien District. They were forced to abandon their homes during the 1968 Communist Tet Offensive, but now with the help of Screaming Eagles from the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) they are returning home to recultivate their lands, clear the ruins of their homes and establish a new life.
Lt. Martin Nash, civil affairs officer, has been coordinating an active civil affairs effort by the aviators to help the resettlement in Hai Nguyen.
The men of the battalion have collected and distributed several thousand ammunition boxes and supplies of lumber, nails and roofing tin for the villagers to build their new homes.
In addition to the building materials, thousands of pounds of food and clothing have been distributed by the battalion. This action was made possible by donations solicited by the aviators from their friends and families in the states.
Nash has been pleased by the results of the aviators letters: "We have been getting an outstanding response from the letters and, most importantly, the whole battalion has taken part in the program."
The aviators are also active with projects to rebuild and furnish schools throughout the district. Presently three nursery schools are in various stages of completion. These will complement the six elementary schools and one high school in the district. In all these projects, the battalion has helped supply the materials but the actual work has been done by the Vietnamese themselves.
22Jun70- Reciprocal action saves units's lives page 12
LZ HAWK HILL - One good turn deserves another. So it was recently for Americal Division soldiers on an operation near Barrier Island, 12 miles north of Tam Ky.
A crew from a 196th Inf. Bde., LOH stopped Co. B, 2nd Bn., 1st Inf., from walking into a VC ambush. The favor was soon returned when Co. B rescued the three-man LOH crew after it had been forced to land with an AK47 round in the tail rotor.
Working the flat, sparsely vegetated coastal area, Co. B requested the LOH to fly in front of their sweep.
Early in the afternoon, the LOH's M60 gunner spotted a Vietnamese near a rice paddy dike, crouched in some tree roots.
"I kept watching him, but couldn't fire because there were some Popular Forces working in the area," the gunner, Sgt. Leonard Marshall, said.
Marshall observed the lone soldier as Co. B neared his position.
""Then he started to bring his AK47 up to shoot at Co. B's point man. I killed him when the point man was only four or five feet away."
The ambush the VC had set was ruined, so the enemy opened up on the LOH from a hootch area only 10 yards from the first enemy.
The LOH took several hits and was forced to return to LZ Hawk Hill. Seventeen holes were counted in the hull of the chopper.
In a few minutes the entire crew had changed LOHs and was back to the fight.
"The VC moved back about a hundred yards," said Marshall, "But their fire was still heavy,"
It was the infantry's turn to do a good deed.
"We went down in a little open area surrounded by a six-foot dike, "said Gandy. "Co. B got to us in about 10 minutes, but it seemed like six years."
The helicopter crew then got a taste of ground combat. They stayed with Co. B for three hours, continuing the sweep under steady sniper fire.
22Jun70- Combined tactics slay 17 enemy page 12
LZ HAWK HILL - Americal Division soldiers recently used infantry-armor tactics to perfection in a fire fight 11 miles northwest of Tam Ky. The 196th Inf. Bde. Task force killed 17 NVA, detained five more and confiscated eight weapons.
Co. B, 2nd Bn., 1st Inf., was sweeping along a river while the armored vehicles of F Troop, 17th Cav., blocked to either side. Shortly after the movement began, the Americans spotted a force of 20 to 30 NVA near the river.
"They saw us coming and tried to get away before we got any closer," said Sgt. Larry Carr. the retreating enemy, however, suddenly found themselves within 50 yards of F Troop's blocking position.
The 196th Inf. Bde. cavalrymen opened up with automatic weapons fire. By the time the skirmish was over F Troop had killed eight enemy, detained five and confiscated four weapons. Eight fully loaded magazines and 10 Chicom grenades also were found.
"It's amazing just how well our plan worked," remarked Pfc. James Brendel a rifleman with Co. B. "We got them out of the vegetation along the river, and the tracks picked them right up."
As the task force continued to move, a track from F Troop crashed through a hedgerow, almost running over a hidden NVA. Rifle fire cut down the enemy as he tried to escape. The soldiers confiscated an AK47 rifle and two "banana-clip" magazines.
29Jun70- Photo Caption: page 1
Photo Caption: ALERT TO ANY MOVEMENT in a suspected enemy base camp area, the Americal Division's Capt. James Clemons raises his binoculars during an aerial reconnaissance mission. His cockpit window is studded with coordinate notations.
29Jun70- Team run relays, kill 39 page 1
QUAN LOI - Cobras and LOH Pink teams of Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., were on the lookout for action recently and found plenty of it near the northern edge of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) 3rd Bde. area of operations.
By the end of the action 39 enemy lay dead beneath the troop's rockets and machine guns. Seven more were credited to aerial rocket artillery.
A LOH piloted by CWO Richard Gilmore caught sight of an enemy trail first. "The observer spotted several enemy under the trees on the ground and in hammocks. Our doorgunner woke them up with his M60," Gilmore said.
"As we were backing off we just kept seeing more and more people."
The LOH crew dropped a smoke grenade and moved out to allow the Cobra to roll in. The gunship swept in, raining rockets on the scattering enemy.
When the first team began running low on fuel, a nearby second team took over.
The LOH made a low run over the trees and began taking ground-to-air fire. "We took a round right up through the bottom of the LOH's observation bubble," WO Darrell Allman, the pilot, said. "The bullet took a chip out of the observer's pedal, knocked out one of the radios and set off two purple smokes attached to the door post. The whole cockpit was filled with smoke. We couldn't see."
When the smoke cleared and the LOH was still airborne, Allman moved to an open area and set down to examine the damage. It turned out to be light. "So we took our bird back up and killed 10 more NVA before the action was over," he explained.
29un70 Vietnam communique June 8-14
1st Cav thwarts attack, kills 28
In Cambodia June 14, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) troopers at FSB David repelled an early morning ground attack, killing 28 NVA soldiers.
It was the first time the base located about two miles northwest of O Rang and four miles inside Cambodia, had been attacked since it was created in mid-May.
The black pajama-clad enemy opened fire at 2:50 a.m. with B40 rockets, 82mm mortars and automatic weapons after two of their number tripped a flare in the perimeter wire and were killed by guards of the 1st Bn., 5th Cav.
Artillery was directed on the enemy positions and an AC119 "Shadow" gunship and flareships also supported in the action until contact was broken at 4:45 a.m.
Skytroopers recovered nine individual weapons, four crew-served weapons and 150 Chicom grenades.
Elements of the Americal Division's 1st Bn., 46th Inf., killed 43 enemy soldiers June 12 during three separate contacts 21 miles west of Tam Ky.
Five individual weapons and one crew-served weapon were recovered during the actions.
An element of the Americal Division received mortar, small arms and automatic weapons fire from an unknown-sized enemy force June 9. Artillery, gunships, flareships and AC119 supported the action, which resulted in four enemy soldiers killed.
In unrelated skirmishes, Americal reported killing 40 more NVA and VC soldiers.
Several scattered contacts involving division soldiers near Tam Ky June 10 resulted in the death of 27 enemy soldiers. There were no large contacts.
Co. A, 321st [3/21st] Inf. uncovered an enemy base camp suspected to be a battalion headquarters 18 miles west of Tam Ky. Surrounded with enough fighting positions for an NVA company, the base camp contained three .51 caliber machine gun positions, two 82mm mortar pits and six bunkers that were utilized as living quarters. Also uncovered were various amounts of food and commo wire.
Americal soldiers reported scattered actions June 11 resulting in 24 enemy troops killed and a small cache found.
Co. A, 3rd Bn., 21st Inf., soldiers found an abandoned enemy camp in an area 21 miles west of Tam Ky containing seven bunkers and 12 fighting positions. Enemy munitions and combat gear also were captured.
3rd Bde, 9th Inf Div
Go Devils from the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division discovered a weapons cache 16 miles southwest of O Rang June 9. The find yielded 120 85mm field gun rounds, 860 85mm 37mm antiaircraft rounds, 139 Chicom claymore mines, 30 bangalore torpedoes, 40,000 feet of time fuse and 22,500 blasting caps.
Troopers from the unit killed six enemy soldiers and held one detainee in an action near Tan Tru June 11.
The Go Devils accounted for four enemy killed June 12 during two contacts in Long An Province. In an early morning action north of Tan An, Co. B, 6th Bn., 31st Inf. killed two enemy hiding in a sampan. Later, Rangers from Team 21 located and killed two enemy two miles south of Tan An.
1st Avn Bde
Gunships from the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. accounted for seven enemy deaths June 8 in two separate incidents.
Four of the enemy soldiers were killed by the 221st Utility Airplane Co. about 20 miles northwest of Soc Trang while three others were brought down by gunships of the 335th Assault Helicopter Co. in an action 11 miles southeast of Sa Del.
Elements of the 16th Air Cav., 13th Combat Avn Bn., engaged and killed four NVA soldiers June 8 approximately 15
miles southwest of Vi Thanh.
Also in the 13th's area of operations, the 336th Assault Helicopter Co. was credited with two kills 10 miles southwest of Ca Mau.
The 221st Utility Airplane Co. completed the day's total of nine enemy killed when its pilots killed three enemy troops and destroyed four structures in scattered actions.
Light Observation Helicopters (LOHs) of the 16th Air Cav., 13th Combat Avn. Bn. killed six enemy troops in the northern part of the U Minh Forest in IV Corps June 10.
Elsewhere in the Mekong Delta, the 121st Assault Helicopter Co.'s Tiger 13 lightship crew killed four VC three miles north of the Soc Trang Army airfield. The quartet was part of an estimated 50 enemy in that area.
Pilots of the 221st Utility Airplane Co. reported killing two enemy soldiers in scattered actions.
Gunships of the battalion killed eight enemy soldiers June 11 in southern IV Corps.
101st Abn Div
An element of the Screaming Eagles discovered two enemy cache sites while patrolling in double canopy jungle 15 miles northwest of Hue June 8.
The first of the caches found by Co. A, 2nd Bn., 502nd Inf., was hidden in a bunker and contained 100 quarter-pound charges, 70 pressure-type firing devices, 1 machine gun, 4 AK47 rifles, one SKS rifle and one RPG round.
The second cache, found a short time later, contained 170 pounds of rice, two M2 carbines, two NVA entrenching tools, an NVA helmet and an NVA canteen. The rice has been distributed to the local populace.
Two days later, 101st troopers killed 21 enemy soldiers following an early morning ground and mortar attack on FSB Tomahawk from an unknown-sized enemy force. The firebase, located 25 miles southeast of Hue is manned by soldiers from the 2nd Bn., 327th Inf.
The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment opened the week by finding 41 tons of rice June 10 in an area 14 miles northeast of Memut, Cambodia.
Troopers from the regiment killed four enemy soldiers June 11 and detained three others while on operations in heavy jungle 25 miles northwest of Snoul, about five miles inside Cambodia.
The following day troops of the 11th ACR killed three enemy about 28 miles southwest of Snoul.
173rd Abn Bde
Action was moderate for the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the second week in June. A total of 34 enemy soldiers were killed. Eight individual weapons and one crew-served weapon were captured.
The largest single toll was inflicted June 12 by a drop of selective ordnance from a Chinook helicopter in northern Binh Dinh Province. Brigade soldiers the following day found 12 enemy bodies in the area.
4th Inf Div
A team from Co. K, 75th Rangers, attached to the 4th Infantry Division observed two armed enemy soldiers 10 miles southwest of An Khe June 10 and killed one with small arms fire.
Elsewhere, B Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., helicopter crewmen working in support of the division, killed a lone enemy soldier 28 miles southwest of An Khe.
1st Cav Div
Operating inside Cambodia, Skytroopers from the 1st Cavalry Division killed 11 enemy soldiers during 13 actions.
In the largest encounter, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., killed five NVA soldiers during a reconnaissance mission 30 miles Northwest of Quan Loi, six miles inside Cambodia.
Skytroopers killed 11 enemy and uncovered 33 tons of rice June 12. Members of Co. C, 1st Bn., 8th Cav., found 22 tons of rice and 10 tons of salt in a cache 20 miles north of Song Be, some four miles inside Cambodia.
Co. D, 1st Bn., 12th Cav., in a morning contact June 8, reported killing four NVA soldiers in an area 25 miles north of Quan Loi and five miles inside Cambodia.
In another action north of Quan Loi a hunter-killer team from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., killed three enemy soldiers.
Crewmen of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., engaged and reported killing three NVA soldiers June 10 after receiving ground-to-air fire during an early afternoon mission 18 miles northwest of Song Be.
Elsewhere, 36 miles north of quan Loi, men of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 5th Cav., observed and killed two enemy soldiers.
Other 1st Cav. contacts that day resulted in five more Communists reported killed.
The Cav's 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., supplied the action June 9 when helicopter crewmen from C Troop spotted two individuals at an old fire support base.
The two were engaged by LOH and Cobra hunter-killer teams and killed. An aero-rifle squad of D Troop was inserted into the area and promptly made contact, killing two more enemy soldiers.
Three Communists were spotted and killed by Co. A, 1st Bn., 7th Cav., 40 miles northeast of Quan Loi and 12 miles inside Cambodia.
25th Inf Div
In Kampong Cham Province of Cambodia June 9, elements of the 25th Infantry Division's B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Armored Cav., received RPG, small arms and automatic weapons fire from an unknown-sized enemy force. Artillery, helicopter gunships and AC119 supported the action which took place eight miles northeast of Memut.
199th Inf Bde
Cache finds highlighted the week for the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Troopers from the division June 9 found a cache 30 miles southwest of O Rang containing 19 individual weapons, 42 50mm mortar rounds and 3 tons of rice.
The following day men of Co. B, 5th Bn., 12th Inf., under the operational control of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) 2nd Bde. while operating in Cambodia, added to their total of cache finds in the area 24 miles northwest of Song Be and four miles inside the Cambodian border.
Discovered by the infantrymen were 81 SKS rifles, four AK47 rifles, 1,138 60mm mortar rounds, 45 107mm rockets, 252,000 rounds of AK47 rifle ammunition, 66 75mm recoilless rifle rounds, 2,325 rifle grenades, 160 antitank grenades, 80 rocket grenade adapters, 12 Chicom field radios, 6,660 15-volt batteries, 36 boxes of powder charge (144 bags per box), 25 bicycles and a sewing machine.
The third cache was found June 11 two miles northeast of FSB Myron in Cambodia's Fishhook region. Members of Co. D, 5th Bn, 12th Inf., tallied up the following: 51 120mm rounds, 676 rifle grenades, four AK47 rifles, 510 hand grenades, four K62 radios, 27,000 rounds of AK47 rifle ammunition and an unknown number of antitank mines.
29Jun70- Photo Caption: page 11
Photo Caption: A NEW 30-ROUND magazine is inserted into an M16A1 rifle at Ft. Benning, Ga., where the U.S. Army Infantry Board is testing the so-called "banana clip" magazine. It is scheduled for adoption into the Army's inventory.
29Jun70- Real estate office page 11
handles fire bases
DA NANG- "Used fire support base with spectacular view overlooking jungle
valley; 15 bunkers, large helicopter parking area; ideal for commo site....."
No, you won't find advertisements like these in the classified section of your local newspaper, but did you ever wonder what happened to military real estate, ranging from small jungle landing zones to naval shipyards with numerous permanent buildings, after an American military unit no longer has use for them?
A military unit within the I Corps Tactical Zone interested in either disposing of, acquiring or leasing real estate property, should turn to, logically enough, the XXIV Corps real estate office. The office, part of the operation and plans division of corps G4 section is quite different from a commercial real estate operation, yet it fulfills a similar function of negotiating and executing legal documents controlling American use of land in Vietnam.
To do this, the three officers who handle these transactions travel an average of 250 miles a week by ground transportation alone and usually a good bit further by helicopter.
With the current redeployment of U.S. troops, the most frequent type of operation handled involves the transfer of a base, either from one U.S. service to another or from a U.S. service to Republic of Vietnam forces.
Most U.S. bases are acquired in one of two ways either by simple occupation of the area with the tacit consent of the Government of the Republic of Vietnam or through a formal "land use concurrence" agreement drawn up between the respective U.S. forces and the government. In both cases use of the land is free.
Leases come into question only when, in order to perform a given mission effectively, U.S. troops have to be based on privately owned land or in privately owned buildings. The lease is negotiated between U.S. forces and the owner.
These base, though a valuable asset at a given time, may no longer be needed by the original unit after a while. This is when the real estate office is notified of the situation and begins coordination with various other agencies.
The first step is to determine if another U.S. military unit has any use for the base. If no other American units are interested in the site, the commanding general of I Corps is notified and in turn assesses Vietnamese needs for the property in question.
If the Vietnamese armed forces want the base, a transfer agreement is negotiated with the coordination through headquarters, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, and the headquarters of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces in Saigon.
So far about 20 U.S. bases and installations have been turned over to the
Government of the Republic of Vietnam. Ten of these transfers were made within the I Corps Tactical Zone.
Maj. Thomas Loughlin, one of three real estate officers, said that since November 1969 transfer proceedings have been initiated for a total of 18 bases in I Corps, realizing a savings of "millions of dollars."
Lt. Col. L.R. Butler, the Marine Corps officer who heads the office, pointed out that it was virtually impossible to distribute the workload of the section evenly.
Once a new phase of trop redeployment is officially decided on, a number of files on transfers may have to be initiated simultaneously. One of the officers has to go out and inspect each facility, drawing up a detailed description of the area and various physical aspects of the base. In some cases the base may be photographed to provide additional data.
29Jun70- 'Snoopy' sniffs page 11
CAMP RADCLIFF - Talk about being nosy! You haven't seen anything until you've seen the "Snoopy" birds from Co. B, 4th Avn. Bn. "sniffing" around enemy locations.
These intrepid busybodies perform missions daily in this Central Highlands area of operations. the area they cover varies from flat lowland to jungle-covered mountains.
The people-sniffing device is operated by Spec. 5 Warren Richter. The device is flown in a in a Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) piloted by Lt. Jim Singleton, the LOH section leader.
Flying at low levels, the lead LOH flies the contours of the land. A second LOH piloted by WO Randy Wallin flies along. Both pilots and door gunners in the two LOHs act as visual observers.
"We often spot bunkers and enemy complexes by sight," noted Spec. 4 Richeter, "but large concentrations of men are usually detected by Snoopy before we see them."
When a low-level visual reconnaissance turns up an enemy complex, the LOHs hover over the area until the door gunners can place enough firepower on target to destroy the camp site.
This type of low-level flying can be very tricky and tiring for a LOH pilot. He must watch his rotor blades in the trees while keeping both hands busy on the controls.
In the case of a very large complex or one which is impossible to destroy with machine gun fire, such as cave sites, the LOHs mark the area with smoke and bring in the Cobra gunships.
The "Gambler" gunships, called "Snakes" by their LOH buddies, fly in a position where they can keep an eye on the whole situation. They often direct the LOHs to likely target areas. When the LOHs run into more than they can handle, the Snakes take over.
"Those Cobras can really bring some smoke on Charlie," commented Wallin. "It's nice to know they are there."
With Snoopy's sensitive nose doing all that poking around it might pay Charlie to invest in some deodorant lest he become embarrassed to pieces.
29Jun70- Photo Caption page 12
EMERGING THROUGH a blinding cloud of dust, this Chinook hovers overhead while and artillery battery from the 4th Infantry Division gets to attach a howitzer to be airlifted to a new firing base.
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03Aug70- Alone, legs useless, but makes it
CHU LAI - His legs were useless, his arm broken. He was armed only with a bayonet and was stranded in the middle of a company of enemy soldiers. But he made it back.
Perhaps the luckiest man in the Americal Division is Sgt. Talamoni Talamoni,26, who was stranded for 18 hours in "no man's land."
Talamoni, a member of Co, D, 1st Cav., was part of a aerial reconnaissance mission with F Troop, 8th Cav., near Hiep Duc.
The plan called for two helicopters carrying ARPs (aerial reconnaissance patrols) to land on the hill simultaneously, while a number of other gunships provided cover.
The first helicopter, under a barrage of small arms fire, had problems because of limited space for insertion and crashed. Its tail rotor had snagged a tree stump.
With Talamoni on board, the second ship was hovering a few feet off the ground when it was hit by enemy fire. The chopper went into an uncontrollable spin, throwing Talamoni from the ship to the ground, about 50 meters away from where the ship finally crashed.
Talamoni hit a log on the side of the hill and slid to the bottom, where he unconscious.
In the frenzy of enemy fire, not knowing that Talamoni was separated fromthe rest of the crew, the support helicopters dropped down to recover the ARPsand took them to Tien Phuoc for medical care, leaving Talamoni alone.
When he regained consciousness, Talamoni said, "I could see nothing but LOHs (light observation helicopters) firing on enemy positions. And I couldn't see anyone from the helicopters we had been on. I thought I'd try to move back to the helicopter to get a smoke grenade to signal for help, but then the LOHs
were running out of fuel and had to leave. I knew Charlie was somewhere around so I moved so the enemy couldn't get me."
With a broken left leg and right arm, Talamoni, armed with nothing but a bayonet, dragged himself farther from the enemy, where he dug a foxhole.
Talamoni continued: "I lay in the foxhole and couldn't see anything. It was getting dark. I lay there until about 9 (p.m.) when I heard some movement. Someone was talking. It was the VC moving west. They were about 25 meters from me, but they couldn't see me because I was in my foxhole with some rocks
over the top."
After the Viet Cong left the vicinity of Talamoni's foxhole, he slept until about 5 the next morning. "I crawled back to the helicopter to get some smoke grenades. My legs were no use at all. I couldn't use them. But I couldn't find any smoke. I knew if I stayed there, Charlie would find me. I moved so that if the LOHs came they could spot me in the area."
About 7:30, two LOHs from 1st Bn., 1st Cav., did come. Talamoni, who still had his cigaret lighter in his pocket, built a small fire for the observation choppers to spot. They saw it and radioed an eight-man rescue Huey, which let a rescue team down to set up a defensive position while a medevac helicopter
was called in to recover Talamoni.
If the rescue helicopters by some chance hadn't spotted Talamoni, he said that he was planning to crawl to a landing zone eight miles away, where he had recently visited. "I tied two sticks around my leg." Talamoni said.
"I figured that I could make it in about 12 hours."
When asked what he did when he was finally safe, Talamoni said, "I was praying to God."
The troops who engaged the enemy on the hill the day before Talamoni's rescue thought there had been at least a company-size element of Viet Cong in the area.
03Aug70- Infantry blocks
NVA Circle Try
LZ HAWK HILL - In a tense firefight 23 miles west of Tam Ky, an Americal Division company fought off an attempted encirclement by a large NVA force, killing 15 enemy in the process.
The infantrymen from Co. C, 1st Bn., 46th Inf., 196th Inf. Bde., were supported throughout the day by helicopter gunships, air strikes and artillery.
"We were on a search and clear mission and had stopped to set up day laagers to eat chow," said Capt. David Sheehorn, Co. C's commanding officer.
Sheehorn had split the company into platoon maneuver elements and each was establishing a separate laager. After chow, the company was rejoining when the second platoon hit the NVA force entrenched in well-camouflaged bunkers and spider holes.
"The terrain was very thick," said Pfc. Rich Hyland. "We could hear the enemy and knew they were close."
The Professionals laid down a barrage of small arms fire and tossed grenade after grenade at the hidden enemy.
"It was on a little knoll, but the NVA were well dug in and the terrain was so thick we couldn't see where they were," said Pfc. Romie C. Thompson.
The larger NVA force made repeated attempts to encircle the infantrymen, but Co. C managed to keep its freedom of movement. The infantry continued to return heavy fire.
"There was a clearing about five meters wide," said Hyland. "We placed two machine guns there and kept them firing."
Co. C formed a perimeter and called in airstrikes. "We were so close to the strike," Hyland said, "That we had shrapnel falling into our perimeter."
03Aug70- Photo Caption
MONTAGNARD REFUGEES are greeted by Maj. Clarence Cubia (foreground),
the 4th Infantry Division civil actions officer, as they are given
transportation to Montagnard Heights. (Helicopter shown on left of photo).
03Aug70- Guardians strike for 30 dead in two days
SOC TRANG - Guardians of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. accounted for 30 enemy
dead in two day's action recently.
A single gun strike by crews of the 191st Assault Helicopter Co. resulted in the deaths of 15 Viet Cong and the destruction of a large arms supply near Bac Lieu.
Capt. Nicholas L. Miller estimated that his combat package engaged a company-size unit which was "pretty well spread out." The area hit with rockets and machine gun fire was a treeline which was being used to cover
100 hand grenades and 100 mines, all of which were destroyed by the action.
In other 191st action, prowling gunship crews discovered and killed seven Viet Cong approximately 20 miles west of Bac Lieu in the IV Corps Tactical Zone.
"The gunships were just looking around," remarked Maj. Victor S. Conners, the company commander. "They caught two groups of people in the open, running towards bunkers."
There were four VC in the first group and three in the second. In each case the enemy troops successfully reached the bunkers, only to have them destroyed by Boomerang aircraft.
Elements of the 13th accounted for another 10 enemy dead elsewhere in the Mekong Delta.
Seven enemy fell to the guns of the 221st Utility Airplane Co. Crews from that unit killed four enemy troops, two of them about 20 miles east of Tra Vinh and two more approximately 10 miles south of Can Tho. One enemy was downed 10 miles south of Can Tho.
A lone enemy soldier died from action by C Troop, 16th Air Cav., 15 miles south of Can Tho, and the 336th Assault Helicopter Co. killed another soldier five miles west of Rach Soi.
The 336th also destroyed 38 enemy sampans that day. Four days before, gunships from the 336th killed 13 enemy, including 10 in one afternoon engagement.
Operating in what mission commander Capt. Charles P. Hart described as a "very hairy area," the crews encountered local Viet Cong approximately six miles south of Vi Thanh.
"They were in a well-fortified area," Hart added. "We had to use rockets to flush them out of the bunkers and hit the same area with machine guns."
In morning action about 10 miles south of Ca Mau, the same unit killed three Viet Cong as they were carrying ammunition boxes from one bunker to another.
03Aug70 Vietnam communiqué July 13-19
American action relatively light
American battle action was comparatively light throughout the Republic of Vietnam between July 13 and July 19.
Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) were the most active, with actions throughout their area of operations.
Crewmen of the 1st Aviation Brigade saw relatively limited action during the week, primarily in the southern portion of the Republic, while the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade killed 34 enemy soldiers during the third week in July.
Light action also characterized the period for both the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) and the soldiers of the Americal Division operating in I Corps.
Weapons and rice caches highlighted the operations of the Redcatchers of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade.
1st Avn Bde
In IV Corps, crews from the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. killed 15 enemy soldiers July 14 in scattered Mekong Delta action.
Seven of the Communists were killed by crews of the 221st Airplane Co. Four of the enemy were killed 15 miles northwest of Bac Lieu and another three were killed 10 miles southeast of Can Tho.
Ten miles southwest of Long Thanh, helicopters from the 240th Assault Helicopter Co., 214th Combat Avn. Bn., engaged an estimated 15 enemy, killing 14 and capturing three individual weapons.
Five enemy soldiers were killed by crews from the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co. July 17, two in an area about 20 miles northwest of Tra Vinh and three near Vinh Long. Crews of the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co., killed five enemy 15 miles southeast of Can Tho.
In IV Corps July 18, crewmen of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. killed four Communist soldiers, two of the m in the U Minh Forest. The other two enemy soldiers were killed about five miles southeast of Can Tho.
1st Cav Div
Twenty-two enemy soldiers were killed July 18 by 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) soldiers.
Helicopter crews of the 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., and the 2nd Bn., 20th Arty., killed three enemy soldiers in a bunker-dotted area 26 miles northeast of Song Be.
Operating 18 miles west of Phuoc Vinh, troopers of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., found the bodies of four enemy soldiers killed in earlier action. Three enemy soldiers were killed in the same area the previous day and four AK47 rifles, six B40 rockets, one rocket launcher and nine hand grenades were captured by the company.
The bodies of 12 enemy soldiers were found 18 miles northeast of Song Be by men of Co. D, 1st Bn., 12th Cav.
In early evening action July 18, a unit of the 1st Cav.'s 8th Engr. Bn., on a convoy with vehicles from the 20th Engr. Bde. and escorted by elements of the Cav's 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., came under heavy enemy fire along a road 19 miles northeast of Quan Loi.
Air strikes and aerial rocket artillery support from the 2nd Bn., 20th Arty., accounted for 14 enemy killed in that area.
Also on the same day, elements of the 1st Bn., 12th Cav., battled with an unknown-size enemy force in bunkers 18 miles northeast of Song Be. During the 40-minute clash the Skytroopers received small arms and automatic weapons fire. The Skytroopers received support from artillery and aerial rocket
Earlier in the same area the element discovered an NVA soldier who was killed the previous day. One AK47 and a 15-pound land mine were found.
Skytroopers of Co. D, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., discovered a bunker-tunnel complex 12 miles east-southeast of Phuoc Vinh. The soldiers found a 12-gauge shotgun and medical supplies.
Skytroopers reported killing eight enemy soldiers July 15 in addition to finding two cache sites.
Members of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 8th Cav., operating near the Cambodian border 21 miles northeast of Song Be. Another enemy soldier was killed by the unit in the jungle 12 miles northeast of Song Be.
Skytroopers from Co. D, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., found a cache 12 miles east of Phuoc Vinh. The items included nine individual weapons, 500 AK47 rounds, 83 60mm mortar rounds, two sewing machines, one typewriter and 100 pounds of assorted foodstuffs.
Soldiers from Co. B, 1st Bn., 8th Cav., found and evacuated an arms cache six miles northwest of Bu Gia Map.
The following items were evacuated: 199 SKS rifles; five Chicom light machine guns; 92,040 7.62mm rounds; 8,585 .51-caliber rounds and 1,200 pounds of C4 plastic explosive.
Skytroopers killed seven enemy soldiers July 15 and captured three individual weapons during the day's actions.
Four Communists were reported killed by an air strike which followed a Ranger team contact with an unknown-size enemy force 12 miles northeast of Song Be in Phuoc Long Province.
Co. B, 1st Bn., 7th Cav., soldiers killed three Viet Cong soldiers nine miles southeast of Phuoc Vinh. Three Chicom pistols were captured and an M16 rifle was recovered.
Skytroopers from Co. A, 1st Bn., 8th Cav., turned up an enemy cache near the Cambodian border 21 miles northeast of Song Be July 14. The unit found 240 57mm recoilless rifle rounds, 200 Chicom grenades, 150 AK47 magazines, 50 Soviet light machine gun magazines, 400 feet of time cord and 1,260 7.62mm pistol rounds.
On the same day, elements of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., killed three enemy soldiers. The action took place 30 miles northeast of Song Be after six enemy were spotted in the jungle.
Operating in an area 10 miles west of Vinh Long, crewmen of A Troop, 7th Squadron, killed seven VC while supporting ARVN units.
Skytroopers killed two Communists July 14 in three contacts 21 miles north of Quan Loi. Crews of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., killed two enemy soldiers 24 miles northeast of Phuoc Vinh.
199th Light Inf Bde
The 199th Light Infantry Brigade began its week when men of Co. C, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., found a cache eight miles northeast of Ham Tan containing 14.25 tons of flour.
The 199th found another cache June 16. This time elements of the 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., discovered and evacuated eight tons of wheat flour.
Eighteen miles northwest of Ham Tan Redcatchers from the 2nd Bn., 3rd Inf., received RPG, small arms and automatic weapons fire June 17 and drove off an unknown-size enemy force. On the same day, elements from Co. C, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., found and evacuated 11.8 tons of wheat flour eight miles to the northeast
of Ham Tan.
The next day Co. D, 3rd Bn., 7th Inf., found and destroyed 1.1 tons of rice and 800 pounds of salt seven miles northeast of Ham Tan. The same unit found another cache the following day in the same area. This time the find was 1.1 tons of rice and 800 pounds of salt. [the same amount in each find?
173rd Abn Bde
In several isolated actions, the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade killed 34 enemy soldiers, captured five small arms, detained one individual and destroyed 15 enemy base camps during the third week in July.
The day of heaviest action was July 16, when eight enemy bodies were found in northern Tam Quan District as a result of air strikes in the area the previous day. During that day, the paratroopers engaged various enemy elements and reported killing eight enemy soldiers.
Men of C Troop, 7th Bn., 17th Air Cav., spotted seven enemy bodies on the ground after a strike by their own gunships July 14.
101st Abn Div
Screaming Eagles of Co. B, 2nd Bn., 501st Inf., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), engaged an unknown-size enemy force July 14 in bunkers about 26 miles west of Hue.
Five enemy soldiers were killed in the action and one crew-served weapon was captured by elements of the division.
Twenty-four miles west of Hue, the night defensive position of Co. D, 2nd Bn., 501st Inf., received small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire from a Communist force.
The Screaming Eagle troops received artillery and air support. Three of the enemy were killed and individual weapon was captured.
Americal Division soldiers engaged and killed four enemy and detained 10 suspects nine miles southeast of Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province July 16 in action involving the Reconnaissance Platoon, 4th Bn., 21st Inf.
Division soldiers of Co. D, 4th Bn., 31st Inf., found and evacuated two tons of locally grown, unpolished rice 23 miles southwest of Tam Ky July 15.
Elements of the division found two rice caches July 13 outside Quang Ngai City. The 3rd Bn., 1st Inf., found and evacuated a 2.5-ton cache.
03Aug70 Photo Caption Page 3
THE VERSATILITY of the Chinook helicopter is shown during this 4th Infantry Division maneuver. Stationed at a remote fire support base, the men of the 6th Bn., 29th Arty., receive a howitzer via the Chinook.
03Aug70 Cobra pilot sings
When Not In Air
CAMP HOCHMUTH - It's a long way from singing at the Playboy Club to making a Cobra gunship "sing" on a gun run, but for CWO Ron Gibbs, that's life.
Gibbs, a pilot with C Troop, 2nd Squadron 17th Cav., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), has done both. He was a member of the "Winstons," a singing group that has appeared at Playboy clubs in Miami, Atlanta and Louisville, as well as at other nightclubs across the United States. The entertainment group is best remembered for its recording of "Color Him Father," a tune that remained high on the popular music charts for a number of months. Gibbs sang the lead in the song.
At age 23 Gibbs has compiles an impressive record in the music field. Twelve years ago he joined some of his friends in a folk music group that entertained in the Augusta Ga., region. By the time he was 15, Gibbs had
become a professional musician and was playing guitar for a group organized in his high school.
He continued his musical studies and attended the University of Georgia where he was graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in music. Then came his successful association with "The Winstons," which has been interrupted by military service.
"When I leave the Army, I'll go back to music as a career," observed Gibbs in soft Georgia accents. "There is something about it. Once you start working with music, especially in front of a live audience, then there is just nothing else. It gets under your skin and into your blood.
"To me, music is a challenging and rewarding business," he continued. "It's a challenge to face an audience and to give them what they want to hear. You have to please your audience. If I can do that, then they will let me
know it and I feel good."
The Screaming Eagle aviator has not stopped making music since entering the Army. "I joined a group while I was at Fort Eustis Virginia, and we played around the military bases in the area-club shows and the like. Since coming to Vietnam, I've done some singing in various clubs in the 101st. If I can find some instruments to use, I'll try to start a group here and maybe do some club shows."
Why would a dedicated musician become a helicopter pilot? "Well, I had flown in college, the private license type of thing, and I certainly enjoyed it," continued Gibbs. "You might say that flying is my second love."
Gibbs is qualified to fly the UH1H slick helicopter and the AH1G Cobra gunship, and has flown both during his 10 months in Vietnam. At present, he is supervising maintenance for C Troop aircraft. "I don't fly too much
anymore, maybe once in a while. But that does give me some extra time to spend on my music," he concluded.
03Aug70 Old Woman Flies With 'Slick' Pilots
CAMP RADCLIFF - They call her "The Little Old Lady of Armageddon" and she seems to have a penchant for helicopters. The 75-year-old Montagnard woman has logged quite a few-hours in U.S. Army slicks since being adopted by the 1st Bn., 12th Inf.
It all started when an element of the Red Warriors' Co. B discovered her sitting all alone on a bunker in the middle of the jungle north of An Khe. She was extracted from there by helicopter to Landing Zone Armageddon, then flown to Camp Radcliff for questioning.
After displaying a lot of spirit, but no knowledge of enemy activities, when she was flown back to LZ Armageddon. The medics there noticed that she appeared to be ill, so the 2nd Bde. S5 officer, Capt. David O'Brien, arranged for medical treatment.
O'Brien saw to it that another slick was engaged to get the Montagnard woman to the An Tuc dispensary for treatment. After receiving her medication there, she disappeared for two days. When she was found at an interpreter's house nearby, another slick was engaged to take her out to LZ Armageddon.
At last report, a platoon of Ivymen was being sent out to secure the area where she was originally picked up, so she could be reinserted by helicopter among her own people. After that, her flying days may be over for awhile.
O'Brien had this observation, "She's been in the air so much that if I hear of her riding in one of our choppers again, I think I'll put her in for the Air Medal!"
03Aug70 Photographer captures ARVN Sweep Through Enemy Ground
DA NANG - Operation Dong Chen 510 lasted 10 days and accounted for 69 enemy fatalities. The 2nd Bn., 5th Regt., 2nd ARVN Division, was involved in the operation and swept into Vinh Huy Valley, 20 miles northwest of Tam Ky.
The battalion fought on the enemy's home ground, in country where sometimes it was hard to see 20 feet ahead because of the dense vegetation. Supported by tactical air and artillery units, the battalion also captured 11 prisoners.
The photographer, Sfc. Tu Vu of the I Corps Information Office, went with the front elements of the battalion. His photographs, therefore, are of the "tell it like it is" variety. They were taken where the action was, as it
One of the photographs is of a 16-year-old refugee girl. When the battalion occupied a formerly Viet Cong-controlled village, the girl and others like her begged for transportation away from the Communists. When, due to military priorities, that was impossible, the girl decided that going with the battalion on its sweep was safer than remaining within reach of the Viet Cong.
Tu's photo shows her striking back at the Viet Cong as best she can. She helped with the wounded and provided assistance to her ARVN protectors by rushing out into the middle of a firefight to retrieve M16 rifles left behind by two wounded ARVN soldiers. Carrying the M16s by the straps so as not to be mistaken for a Viet Cong, she made it safely to cover. Two days later she was taken to a safe area.
Another of the photos, that of the NVA soldier surrendering, came after the sniper had been holding up advancing ARVN troops. As the ARVN drew nearer, the man from North Vietnam pulled back into a hollow he had dug into the bank of his shellhole below the water level. Completely submerged he might have
escaped capture but for the alertness of one of the South Vietnamese.
The ARVN trooper noticed ripples on the surface of the muddy water and suspicious, fired into the murk with his M16. Up arose one wet, humble version of an NVA soldier, and it was that moment that Tu Vu captured on film.
1) This NVA soldier hid in a water-filled shellhole.
2) Soldiers of the 2nd ARVN Division, disembark from Americal Division
helicopters on Operation Dong Chien 510.
3) A medevac helicopter is on hand to pick up a wounded trooper.
4) Medic offers water to a Vietnamese women suffering from a flesh wound.
5) ARVN soldier pours rounds into a suspected Viet Cong position after his
unit took fire.
6) A girl scurries for cover.
03Aug70 Hold Baggage Bugging You? Ask PPB
DA NANG - Going home in a few weeks, huh? But you have a problem. You want to know how to get that million-watt, super duper stereo set and 20 Hong Kong-made suits home without it costing you a month's pay in duty and mailing charges.
No problem. That is if you take your loot (meaning the articles you've collected over the past 365 days) to the Personal Property Branch (PPB) near the Air Force Exchange in Da Nang.
The Da Nang PPB - largest baggage point in Vietnam - serves more than 5,000 returnees monthly, from all branches of the service, and ships nearly one million pounds of baggage during that time.
Recently taken over from the Navy, the PPB is now a subordinate unit of the US. Army Support Command, Da Nang.
The best selling point the PPB has for its services is the price. If you stay within the determined guidelines, the cost of shipping your goods home will be absolutely nothing. And you've got to admit, that price is right!
How do you initiate the shipment? Easy! Just stuff seven copies of your orders in your pocket and present yourself to the counter at the PPB.
From there, your baggage will be examined by customs inspectors while you're filling out the necessary forms. Remember, certain items cannot be sent home. So don't try to hide a pornographic picture of your favorite pin-up girl or a section from an enemy 82mm rocket that just missed you.
It's noted by the authorities at PPB, however, that contact should be made with your local provost marshal concerning certain taboo articles. With the proper paperwork, certain war souvenirs may be shipped home legally.
Baggage allowances vary according to branch of service and rank. Army personnel in grades E4 and below are allowed 200 pounds. In the Army, E4s with four years or more service are given an allowance of 400 pounds. The figure for all other services for E4s and up is 1000. Officer weight allowances range from 600 to 1,000 pounds, according to rank.
The unaccompanied baggage is flown to three different points in the United States, depending on where the final destination happens to be.
Travis Air Force Base in California serves those in the western half of the States, depending on where the final destination happens to be.
Travis Air Force Base in California serves those in the western half of the States, while the other two bases are located at Dover, Del., for the northern states and Charleston, S.C., for the southeastern United States. Air Force C141s jet the goods home from Da Nang.
According to officials at the PPB, most servicemen receive their baggage within 20 days, depending again on where it is sent. "If it's on some rural route in the sticks, it'll take awhile longer, but it will get there,"
commented the clerk.
On arriving in the States, one of four freight forwarders will haul the baggage to the individual's designated home address or duty station.
All baggage is fully insured by both the U.S. Government and the carrier, according to PPB officials.
So whether you're assigned to a chopper crew in Da Nang or a pipeline crew near the DMZ, you can be certain your baggage can be sent home safely-without charge.
03Aug70- Two elude enemy's intensive manhunt
(This incident occurred June 3, 1970 - Buster L. Scott was the doorgunner).
CHU LAI - Nineteen hours, a relatively short period of time, can become an eternity for a couple of men, especially when they are objects of an intensive
Lieutenants Henry L. Ballance Jr. and Peter R. Perez, both assigned to the Americal Div. Arty., recently experienced such and ordeal.
Ballance, the pilot of an OH6 light observation helicopter and Perez the air observer, were cast in their perilous predicament when their chopper crashed on the side of a mountain after taking enemy machine gun fire.
The incident, which claimed the life of the door gunner, occurred in the dense jungle north of FSB Siberia, in an area still very much infested by the enemy.
"We came down about 100 feet above a river," said 24-year old Ballance as he recalled the outset of what was to become a determined struggle for survival.
Perez received a minor but painful burn on his right forearm in the brief flash fire that erupted in the crash. Ballance emerged from the wreckage with only minor scratches and bruises.
"We could hear the enemy laughing and jabbering below us and on the other side of the river," said Ballance. "They began spraying the area with .51-caliber rounds, hoping that we would return the fire so they could locate us and move in on use."
Ballance and Perez had only a few white phosphorus and incendiary grenades with which to signal rescue aircraft. They settled upon a hiding spot some 15 meters from a clearing that was a bomb crater.
"We figured that the crater would be an ideal spot for a rescue should a helicopter get to us before the enemy found us," Ballance said.
The next hours were to be the most trying ones ever experienced by those two young men. The men were forced to lie on an approximately 60-degree slope to avoid detection Capture or even death seemed inevitable.
"We could hear them rustling in the bushes all around us," said Ballance. It was the beginning of the search that would eventually bring one enemy to within three feet of the two lieutenants.
Darkness finally came, but did not bring the relief that Ballance had first judged. "I had hoped that we would be able to move to a better position at
night," said Ballance, "But when it got dark, all noise ceased. It was as quiet as a mouse."
Ballance, who was lying in "an almost vertical position," strained to
prevent sliding down the slope by digging in with his toes and grasping a root above his head. In addition to this misery, a few hundred black ants swarmed over the men as they tried to remain still.
"It's a pretty weird feeling to have ants crawling around inside your
ear and not being able to move to get them out," said Ballance."
Shortly before dawn, Ballance and Perez spotted an enemy soldier only 10 feet from their position. "He was wearing a black pajama top," said Ballance. "It was unbuttoned, and he was holding an AK47. By this time
I had already resolved that I was going to die. I only hoped that it would be a quick death and that they would not torture me."
Ballance was soon filled with revived hope, however, as he heard the sounds of helicopters in the distance.
Members of the artillery aviation section had volunteered to fly all the choppers available in hopes of finding their lost comrades. Leaving the comfort of their beds, the pilots began their search at the first light of
dawn. Their efforts may have made the difference.
Calling on their reserve strength, the two men stumbled toward the crater where they signaled the chopper with their white phosphorus grenades.
"A chopper passed over and threw us a first aid kit and seconds later a survival radio and a grenade launcher," said Ballance.
More than an hour later the CH-53 helicopter, more commonly known as a Jolly Green Giant, arrived and hoisted the men to safety, but it was all anticlimactic as the gunships above provided the happy officers with more than ample firepower for protection.
Lying safely on the floor of the Jolly Green, they could do no more than exchange smiles of relief.
03Aug70- NVA lose home on former FSB
FSB JAMIE - A 25th Infantry Division Infantry company recently evicted four NVA from their residence in the middle of an American fire support base.
The Warriors of Co. D, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf., were moving in to secure former Fire Support Base Jamie, when they discovered the "residents" and made the eviction - in the process, killing all four of the enemy.
The unaware Warriors, arriving on the scene by choppers, landed approximately 40 meters outside the wire at Jamie. Everything was going according to schedule until personnel aboard battalion commander Lt. Col.
Sheppard H. Phillips' command and control helicopter spotted several enemy inside the perimeter. Guns aboard the chopper, immediately engaged the fleeing enemy, killing one while the others vanished into nearby bunkers.
The company moved cautiously toward the suspected enemy positions, which were marked by smoke dropped from the C and C ship.
"The situation was really something else," commented 2nd Platoon Sgt. Mikel Schow, "It's the first time I've had to assault one of our own perimeters."
The elusive enemy was apparently at home inside Jamie. Sgt. Jim Miller, while looking through a bunker, kicked aside a couple of floorboards and discovered two armed NVA.
"They had a good position and wouldn't rally," said Miller. He called in several of his buddies and, with a few grenades, they made a short business of silencing the two armed NVA.
A short time later, a medic, Spec. 4 Dennis Truscott stumbled onto an NVA soldier occupying a similar underground position. Once again the Warriors used the "indirect approach" to evict the last of the unwanted boarders.
10Aug70- Photo Caption
DRIVING RAIN doesn't hinder a pathfinder of the 68th Assault Helicopter Co. as he takes a last look at the landing zone before popping smoke so choppers can insert 199th Light Infantry Brigade troopers.
70Aug70 Vietnam communiqué July 20-26
Eagles react, kill 61 near Hue
Activity during the week ending July 26 again focused on I Military Region, the northern quarter of South Vietnam.
In the mountainous jungles of western Thua Thien Province July 23, an element of the 2nd Bn., 506th Inf., of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), was hit with RPG, 82mm mortar and small arms fire from an unknown-size enemy force. Artillery and air strikes supported the Screaming Eagles in the battle 25 miles west of Hue.
The combined efforts resulted in 61 enemy soldiers killed.
4th Inf Div
Action increased sharply for soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division during the week ending July 26. Division troops killed a total of 43 enemy soldiers in Military Region July 24 alone.
An element of the 7th Squadron, 17th Cav., working in support of the 1st Bn., 12th Inf., made contact with an enemy element of undetermined size 18 miles northwest of An Khe.
Repeated contacts ensued through out the afternoon in the area. Supported by artillery and air strikes, the battalion's infantrymen killed 39 enemy soldiers before contact was broken late in the afternoon.
In other division action that day, a Ranger team from Co. K, 75th Inf.killed four enemy soldiers in Tuy An District of Phu Yen Province. They also captured three AK47 rifles.
In three scattered incidents in the Central Highlands July 25, division elements killed four enemy soldiers and detained one.
Infantrymen from Co. C, 1st Bn., 12th Inf., killed two enemy troops and detained 1 17 miles northeast of An Khe. Later, Companies A and B, 1st Bn.,14th Inf., each killed one enemy soldier.
1st Cav Div
Skytroopers from the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) reported killing 24 enemy soldiers in two separate action July 24.
Operating 19 miles east of Phuoc Vinh, the troopers from Co. A, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., established contact with an enemy force of undetermined size. Air strikes and artillery supported the men. Twenty enemy soldiers were reported killed in the action.
Earlier, Co. A fought an estimated squad-size enemy element in the same area, killing four of the enemy.
Enemy cache sites located in the area yielded two mortar tubes, one heavy machine gun, six 122mm rockets and 475 rounds of assorted ammunition.
Units of the division's 2nd Bde., supported by air strikes, killed 15 enemy soldiers on an old trail system 13 miles northeast of Song Be July 25.
Crews from the 1st Cav's 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., accounted for six enemy soldiers killed in action throughout the Skytroopers' Military Region area of operations. Three of the enemy killed were engaged 19 miles east of Phuoc Vinh after being spotted during an aerial reconnaissance flight.
Division soldiers from Co. A, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., located an enemy cache 20 miles east-northeast of Phuoc Vinh July 22. The cache yielded 76 120mm mortar rounds, 124 60mm mortar rounds, 197 75mm recoilless rifle rounds, 162 rifle grenades, 76 57mm recoilless rifle rounds, two 82mm mortar rounds, three double 107mm rocket launchers, 25 pounds of explosives, five RPG rounds and nine cases of fuses and charges.
Throughout the division's area that day, 17 enemy soldiers were reported killed by helicopter crews. Twelve of the enemy were killed by crews from the 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., six miles southeast of Duc Thong.
Skytroopers killed 12 enemy soldiers July 20 and captured four individual weapons.
Helicopter crews from C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., killed five enemy soldiers 15 miles east of Phuoc Vinh.
Twenty-eight miles southeast of Song Be, crews from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., killed five enemy soldiers 15 miles east of Phuoc Vinh.
Twenty-eight miles southeast of Song Be, crews from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav, killed a lone enemy soldier after spotting three enemy soldiers in buildings. A damage assessment of air strikes in the area revealed three additional enemy soldiers killed.
Three more Communists were killed by Skytroopers in scattered actions throughout the division's operational area.
Skytroopers killed 10 enemy soldiers July 21 in scattered actions. Troops from Co. A, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., operating 13 miles east of Phuoc Vinh that day, found an enemy cache containing 78 mortar rounds, 13 B41
rockets and 56 hand grenades.
Division soldiers reported killing a total of 14 enemy soldiers in actions July 23. Operating 300 yards from the cache site discovered July 21, Co. A found another cache yielding an 82mm mortar, a 60mm mortar, a .51 caliber machine gun and six 122mm rockets.
Making a sweep of the same general area July 26, the Co. A Skytroopers located another enemy cache, this one containing 164 SKS rifles, 74 bangalore torpedoes, six Chicom claymore mines, 164 sets of NVA web gear, 200 picks, 200 shovels and 75 wire cutters. One enemy soldier was killed by Skytroopers
199th Inf Bde
In their II Military Region are of operations July 21, Redcatchers from the 199th Light Infantry Brigade's Co. B, 5th Bn., 12th Inf., found and destroyed a cache containing 1.5 tons of rice 14 miles northeast of Tanh Linh.
101st Abn Div
Gunships from B Troop, 2nd Squadron 17th Air Cav., flying in support of Screaming Eagles of the 1st Bde., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), killed two enemy soldiers who were manning a machine gun position 25 miles west of Hue July 20, just three days before the division killed 61 enemy in the same area.
The gunship crews also destroyed 20 enemy bunkers in the same general area that day.
1st Avn Bde
Crews from the 13th Avn. Bn., operating in IV Military Region, killed 26 enemy July 21.
Crews of the 191st Assault Helicopter Co. killed 12 enemy soldiers 40 miles east of Can Tho that day.
Aviators of the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co. accounted for another nine of the enemy killed. Four were killed five miles southeast of Can Tho and three more 20 miles southeast of Soc Trang. the other two 221st enemy kills occurred in the southern tip of An Xuyen Province.
In other battalion action that day, crews of the 16th Air Cav. killed five enemy soldiers in a battle 10 miles southwest of Can Tho.
Thirteen enemy soldiers were killed by men from C Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav., in other IV Military Region action seven miles southeast of Ben Tra.
Battalion crews reported killing nine enemy soldiers July 20 in their area of operations.
Seven of the enemy killed were credited to crews of the 221st who were operating about 10 miles southeast of Can Tho.
Two enemy troops were killed by the crews of the 16th Air Cav. in an area 10 miles south of Can Tho.
In other action, gunship crewmen from the 336th Assault Helicopter Co.killed four enemy soldiers five miles south of Vi Thanh, and men of D Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav., killed five more enemy seven miles southeast of Sa Dec.
Another 12 enemy soldiers were reported killed by 13th Combat Avn. Bn. crews July 25.
Pilots from the 221st killed six enemy soldiers in two separate encounters in Kien Giang Province.
Approximately 15 miles west of Phung Hiep, five enemy soldiers were killed by crews of the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co.
Crews from the 16th Air.Cav. killed a lone soldier 25 miles southwest of Vi Thanh. Battalion firepower killed nine enemy soldiers July 23. Six of the enemy killed were credited to the crews of the 121st Assault Helicopter Co. The action took place 10 miles southeast of Can Tho.
In other action that day, crews from C Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav., killed a single enemy soldier seven miles southeast of My An. Another four enemy soldiers fell before battalion guns July 24. Three were accounted for by rocket-firing Birddogs of the 221st. The fourth was killed by crews of the 16th Air Cav., 10 miles south of Vi Thanh.
Aviators of the 221st reported killing three enemy soldiers five miles
southwest of Phung Hiep July 26. Two miles east of Phung Hiep, crews from the 162nd killed one additional enemy soldier.
Battalion crews from the 221st killed three enemy soldiers July 22. The enemy were killed in separate actions 10 miles west of Soc Trang, 10 miles southeast of Soc Trang and 15 miles southeast of Vi Thanh.
In other battalion action, men from the 191st Assault Helicopter Co. killed a lone enemy soldier five miles southwest of Ca Mau.
10Aug70- Hueys save two in face of storm
KONTUM - A quick-acting team of Huey helicopters saved the lives of two injured Special Forces soldiers caught in an enemy ambush near here.
In the early evening the 170th Assault Helicopter Co., 52d Bn., 17th Combat Avn. Gp., received a call from the 5th Special Forces unit there. One of there jeeps returning to Kontum was receiving heavy fire from an
ambush about six miles south of town and needed the slicks to insert a quick reaction force to aid the men in the jeep.
The 170th scrambled three Buccaneer Hueys, which picked up the force and rushed to the area. The lead ship, flown by Lt. Bruce Lawonn, inserted the team and picked up three of four injured men and sped them to the 71st Evac. Hosp. in Pleiku.
10Aug70- Life on mountain poses minor problems
MONKEY MOUNTAIN--The men of Monkey Mountain worry as much about their transportation as a high school boy with his first automobile. And the reasons are not hard to discover. On the average, two of the five vehicles - two deuce-and-a-halfs, a three-quarter ton, and two jeeps - at the site are in for maintenance at any given time, primarily because of the steep and winding mile-and-a-half road which connects the site with the bottom of the hill. The men must travel to the bottom for meals and mail.
Also to be considered is the nearness of China Beach, an in-country R&R center five miles from the bottom of the mountain and a favorite spot of off-duty mountaineers, whose transportation problems usually necessitate the use of their thumbs.
Otherwise, life at the site is comfortable and most of the signalmen there are happy with their lot.
They share the huge mountain just outside Da Nang with Navy and Air Force radar sites, a Navy radio relay detachment and a detachment from AFVN. Below, the peninsula holding most of the military establishment at Da Nang stretches like a toy city bounded by Da Nang harbor and the South China Sea. Freighters mingling with native fishing boats under bright blue skies fraught with screaming jets and air-slapping helicopters make the view and sights unforgettable. China Beach shines near the water like a long, white light. All working areas on the mountain are air-conditioned and most equipment is in modern steel buildings landscaped with sloping rock retaining walls.
Capt. Robert M. Fitz is in charge of the detachment, which is part of Co. B, 361st Sig. Bn. Sfc Charles O'Malley is the energetic NCO who keeps things hopping.
There are both Navy shore patrolmen and military policemen on the site. The MPs handle all security responsibilities including gate guard, perimeter guard and occasional sweeps around the area.
Tropospheric scatter shots and VHF are operated from Monkey Mountain to several other sites in Vietnam and Thailand. The detachment terminates and acts as technical control for telephone and teletype circuits used on the mountain.
Marine patrols operate over the backside of the mountain away from the installations and keep the jungle secured.
10Aug70- Instant raid rocks hilltop
FSB MUSKET - This desolate hilltop fire support base, 29 miles northwest of Da Nang, rocked recently as Btry, B, 1st Bn., 321st Arty., conducted an extensive artillery raid aimed at suspected enemy positions 25 miles northwest of Da Nang.
Within five minutes after the first 105mm howitzer landed at this isolated fire support base from the battery's temporary home at FSB Los Banos, a round was fired at the predesignated target. AT day's end, a total of 130 enemy targets had been engaged by the redlegs of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile).
The targets, which could not have been reached with the artillery on any of the active Screaming Eagle fire bases, were discovered by air and ground reconnaissance teams from the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cav.
The first No Slack troopers to combat-assault onto the base were from Co. C, 2nd Bn., 327th Inf., who provided security during the raid. Meanwhile, Screaming Eagles from Co. C, 326th Engr. Bn., cleared the fire base of enemy mines and booby traps.
The first members of Btry. B arrived at FSB Musket about 45 minutes after the initial assault of the infantrymen and engineers onto the base. Shortly afterwards, the base howitzers arrived.
"We had everything planned out," commented Sgt. Ronald Wasilew. "All we had to do was execute the plans."
Chinook helicopters from Co C, 159th Avn B., made dozens of sorties to the fire base during the first hours it was open.
Shortly after the guns were set up, a deep fog shrouded the hilltop. The fire base was scheduled to be cleared at 4:30 p.m., but the men knew that zero visibility meant an overnight stay.
The sky began to clear shortly before 5 p.m. and the 2nd Bde.'s Brandy Flight pilots began landing at the fire base to extract everyone not required to defend it.
Finally, at 7 p.m. the sky cleared completely, and 30 minutes later the 159th Avn had the last howitzer airborne to FSB Los Banos.
10Aug70- Linehaulers complete one of war's longest runs
CAM RANH BAY - Linehaul members of the 670th and 442nd Transportation Companies here returned from Bu Prang near the Cambodian border recently to complete one of the longest continuous supply convoys of the war, according to the U.S. Army Support Command here.
The convoy was run to supply American engineers with lumber needed for the construction of a CIDG-Special Forces camp near Bu Prang.
Several of the roads along the route hadn't been traveled by an American convoy in more than two years.
The other major problem, besides the roads, were the Viet Bong and North Vietnamese regulars. Since the NVA's extended assault on the Special Forces camps of Duc Lap and Bu Prang in November of last year, the enemy has been increasingly active in the areas the convoy traveled.
The first 160 miles to the mountain city of Ban Me Thuot is a regular run for the experienced linehaulers of the command. The push reached the city in early evening. It was then that final preparations began in earnest for the remaining contested 120 miles to the construction site.
The following morning, with the spotter plane up, gunships in the air and convoy personnel alert from hours of restful sleep, Capt. Michael Brown of the 670th Transportation Co. gave the word to crank up and push out.
The first span of paved road laced toward Duc Lap through the densely forested Plateau du Darlac in the highlands.
Once past Duc Lap, the paved road disappeared and was replaced by a dusty, treacherously winding dirt road.
The convoy spent its second night on a small airstrip at the Nanh Co. Special Forces camp, just 20 miles south of the final destination. However, those 20 miles were to be the toughest the men had to encounter.
Before the convoy left the following morning, the area was swept by Montagnard and American Special Forces soldiers. At the lineup site 120 Montagnard soldiers distributed themselves among the convoy vehicles and rode shotgun wherever they could hold onto a load.
The road was paved and cleared on both sides for the first few miles of the trek, but without any warning, the highway vanished and the jungle closed in upon the convoy.
The going was extremely tough and slow. The overgrown jungle made vehicles crawl and men sweat, but hard-core experience and determination proved the deciding element over the tropical forest.
At the construction site, American engineers had cleared away enough timber and earth for a small but efficient off-loading point. The flatbed trailers were emptied easily. The engineers even had a hot lunch ready for the linehaulers.
Over the meal, Brown spoke of the convoy, "I must say this has been the most meticulously planned, well-organized and sharply executed convoy I have commanded. I cannot say enough about the men and the fantastic cooperation and above all, the confidence and determination inherent in all the personnel."
By now the men's thoughts had turned to the trip homeward. They had come 280 miles over every imaginable kind of road or path and now they would have to do it all over again, the only difference being there was more to look forward to on the opposite end of the return journey.
The convoy moved steadily over the roads through the mountain passes and valleys, and 2 1/2 days later the truckers found themselves triumphantly steaming through the gates of My Ca and onto the Cam Ranh Peninsula.
2) ?ers of the convoy
3) Helicopter gunship provides air cover for the convoy.
4) Having overcome the rugged land obstacles, the lead unit enters Bu
Prang construction site to unload its cargo.
5) Montagnard soldiers swept the area from Nanh Co to Bu Prang before
the convoy entered.
6) The convoy, having completed its mission, prepares for the return
10Aug70- Mechanical bloodhounds sniff enemy
TAN AN - Body odor, not usually considered a problem in a combat zone, is giving the enemy plenty to sweat about, thanks to a vacuum cleaner-like device which is being used to sniff out his presence.
Two mechanical bloodhounds, known as "people sniffers" are being used in the 3d Bde., 9th Infantry Division area of operations, aboard helicopters and just recently, air cushioned vehicles.
The sniffers are operated by the seven-man staff of the 39th Chemical Det. The complicated devices scoop up air samples and analyze them. If anyone has been in the area recently, a telltale trace of body odor will cause a meter on the machine to flutter like a Geiger counter on top of a uranium deposit.
According to Sgt. Phillip Allen, the machine will not react to the odors from the bodies of water buffalo and other animals. Allen, who usually rides with one of the chemical detachment's sniffer units, has been flying sniffer missions for almost a year now.
"However," he said, "the machine will register gasses given off from a campfire, even if it is several days old.
"When we go out on a mission," Allen said, "we usually get two or three readings. The readings not only pinpoint the enemy's location but also give a rough estimate of the number of personnel involved.
"Lower readings indicate a group of six or fewer persons. So when we get a maximum reading, the area is given priority for insertion of infantrymen
to check it out," Allen said.
Sometimes the sniffer team can bring fire on the suspected enemy location immediately if it is riding in a minigun-armed ACV or aboard a Cobra-escorted slick.
Usually the areas where the readings are obtained are targeted for later references.
Allen explained that since the sniffer machines cannot distinguish between friend and foe it is most effective in areas with little or no civilian population such as the Plain of Reeds or the swampy nipapalm thickets along
Sniffing operations have been used in Vietnam for less than two years. Allen added that one of the first big successes for the sniffers occurred while the 9th Infantry was at Dong Tam. "More than 300 enemy were discovered hiding along the banks of a river," he said, "After that the Army started really pushing people-sniffing."
10Aug70- For Montagnards
Volunteer runs hospital
KONTUM - Twelve years ago Pat Smith, a graduate of the University of Seattle Medical School, volunteered to do some missionary work before returning to school for advanced medical studies. She was dispatched to
a small unknown country called Vietnam.
Pat Smith is still here on what started off to be a two-year tour of helping nuns at a small mission. It has evolved into a 100-bed hospital which treats up to 200 patients daily. For the thousands of Montagnard
around Kontum, it is their primary source of medical attention. Much of the success of the hospital can be attributed to the 52nd Combat Avn. Bn.'s 170th Assault Helicopter Co., which is stationed at Kontum.
There is little portable water in Kontum. The hospital's 1,200-gallon daily supply comes from the deep wells inside the helicopter compound. After being treated by 170th medics, the water is moved to the hospital in a water tanker.
The man show drives the water truck Pfc. Michael Jackson, says, "I really enjoy driving for the hospital; the people are hardworking and really appreciate what little I do for them. It's really nice to be thanked warmly."
Spec. 4 John Kennlham, a generator repairman assigned to the 170th, spends much of his time doing electrical repair work for the hospital.
Says Kenniham, "During the warm season we arrive at the hospital with a full tank of water around 4 o'clock in the afternoon and shower time begins in moments. The truck would be surrounded by little kids trying to get washed and playing in the water."
Medics naturally supply much of the technical assistance needed for a large hospital. Spec 4 Brian Ming and Spec. 5 James Cherry have both spent hundreds of hours helping train the Montagnards as lab technicians.
Cherry notes, "When I first started helping at Pat Smith's hospital, I noticed that the men working in the lab were careless in their work habits. This caused problems in their work. The first thing I had to teach them was
clean, neat work habits."
To fill a graduate course requirement, Spec. 5 Cherry visited several villages in Kontum. In his studies, the medic found that 80 per cent of the Montagnards over two years old have hookworm-a direct cause of anemia.
Nearly 34 per cent have hookworm, roundworm and tapeworm. Montagnard are free of these diseases until they are two years old.
Cherry feels his time would be best spent teaching the people sanitation. That would save a lot of time in the hospital; however, transportation to the villages is difficult to obtain and security isn't always assured.
Before the recent elections, there was a series of terrorist attacks on the local villages. The enlisted men of the 170th not on flight status volunteered several pints of blood to the villagers. Montagnards cannot
donate, since their blood is usually anemic.
The 170th also donates whatever supplies they can spare. The motor pool sees so much of their white jeep that they have nicknamed it the White Elephant.
The monsoon is an especially busy time of year for the hospital. A recent measles epidemic caught the hospital short on oxygen. The 170th ships made emergency runs to Pleiku to replenish their supply. Several of the 170th missions have been in direct support of the hospital.
Pat Smith's hospital is another good example of the 1st Aviation Brigade's efforts to increase partners for peace.
10Aug70- Hobby produces
VINH LONG - WO R.C. Boyd, a member of Hq. Co. of the 214th Combat Avn. Bn. recently received a check for $765 from the U.S. Coast Guard for one of his ideas.
Following graduation from Purdue University with a BS degree in physics, he entered the Coast Guard and was assigned to the Aircraft Repair and Service Center (ARSC) in Detroit. "When I entered the service," said Boyd, "the Coast Guard was using three radios in its aircraft which required very lengthy procedures to set up and keep operating. It took a man of experience to work on these radios, and the center was having trouble finding qualified personnel. I felt the radios were poorly designed and thought that I could alleviate the problem if a design change were adopted." Boyd took the three radios home with him one night, and in his spare time drew up the plans for a more simplified design for each of them.
I turned the project into a hobby," he continued. "I worked on the designs off and on for a few months, then submitted the final paperwork through Coast Guard channels. Apparently they liked my ideas, because the designs were adopted, and I've received $765 in the mail for my efforts. Along with the paycheck, Boyd received a report from the Coast Guard stating that his ideas would save the government $18,534 annually! "That's not bade for just realigning a few pieces of equipment," he said.
Boyd served with the Coast Guard for five years, then entered the Army one year ago. This is his second tour in Vietnam, but only his first with the military. He spent 12 months here before as a civilian worker.
17Aug70- 2-day battle kills 39
CAMP HOLLOWAY - A two day battle nine miles east of here claimed the lives of 39 North Vietnamese Army soldiers.
Late on the first afternoon elements of A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., 17th Combat Avn. Gp., encountered a battalion-size NVA sapper unit east of Pleiku.
Capt. Douglas Flenniken, flying the lead LOH in support of the 4th Infantry Division, spotted 75 enemy soldiers dressed in khakis and pith helmets moving up a trail to a bunker complex.
"I popped over a hill and there they were," said Flenniken. "They looked up and started firing. My observer returned fire with his M60 while I called for our Cobra gunships."
Cobra pilot Capt. Raymond Connally claimed one kill in his initial pass over the complex as the NVA scrambled for the nearby bunker.
"I knew we had stumbled across something big," said Capt. peter Blake, who was flying A Troop command and control. "B Troop responded immediately to our call by sending four Cobras and the Air Force assured me they had F4s on the way."
Observation craft continued scouting the heavily forested area, and everywhere they went they drew small arms fire. Blake estimated 200 enemy were in the area.
Meanwhile WO Robert Jackson, a Birddog pilot with the 219th Reconnaissance Airplane Co., 223rd Avn. Bn., discovered an enormous bunker complex two kilometers away and directed the LOHs there. "Fire was so intense, however, that the LOHs could make only one pass, so I called for 4th Infantry Division artillery from Fire Support Base Black Hawk," Blake continued.
Artillery and tactical air strikes pounded the area throughout the night, letting up only to allow Air Force shadow gunships to rake the area.
Early next morning, A Troop returned to the area and inserted an aero-rifle platoon.
After the infantrymen were extracted, Cobras rolled in over the area, destroying six bunkers and causing two major secondary explosions.
17Aug70- Saves downed pilot
Track star wins death race
CAMP HOLLOWAY - A former Furman University track star ran the biggest race of his life recently-and won. He outraced death to free a fellow aviator trapped in a burning helicopter only seconds before it exploded.
Lonnie "Skip" Poole, a slightly built lieutenant who starred as a distance runner at Furman, was an observer in a LOH from Troop C, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., 17th Combat Avn. Gp., on a two-ship mission for
the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
"The lead LOH announced he had spotted what appeared to be an enemy weapon and was hovering closer for a better look," recalled Poole. "But suddenly he began receiving AK47 fire. Smoke began pouring from the back of the aircraft and the pilot shouted he was hit and was going down." Poole's pilot WO Len Smith, followed his partner to a forced landing.
"As we touched down near the flaming helicopter, we were still receiving AK47 fire," Poole said. "I jumped from the ship and sprayed the area with my M16. I could see enemy movement in the treeline to my right."
When Poole reached the crash site, he found the downed aviator was still alive.
"I immediately began trying to free him," Poole said. "I had nothing to work with but my hands and the fire grew more intense by the minute. It was melting my flight gloves."
As Poole frantically tried to free the man by prying away the hot steel and plexiglass, the command and control ship, piloted by Capt. Lee J. Asselin, set down in the embattled area. The crew chief Spec. 5 Van R. Jones, ran to help Poole.
"By this time rounds were cooking off and the heat was unbearable. I was certain a smoke grenade would go off at any second and that would be the end of it," Poole said. "Somehow Jones and I managed to rip away the metal with our hands and get to the wounded aviator. As we pulled him about 10 feet from the wreckage, the aircraft exploded and I put my body over his. I figured he had suffered enough."
Within minutes, the injured pilot was on his way to medical facilities, where his chances for recovery were listed as good.
"I did a lot of running and a lot of winning in my college days," Poole recalled, "but nothing has given me as much satisfaction as this."
17Aug70 Vietnam communiqué
July 27-Aug. 2
Copters kill 44 as action slows
A general stepdown in activity prevailed throughout the four military regions of the Republic of Vietnam during the week ending Aug. 2.
The largest actions centered on the operations of the 1st Aviation Brigade in the Mekong Delta and Central Highlands.
During a heated battle 23 miles south of Pleiku July 30, air and ground elements of A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., supported by tactical air strikes, killed 44 NVA soldiers.
1st Cav Div
Skytroopers of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) killed eight enemy soldiers in several unrelated actions Aug. 1.
Two of the enemy were killed 28 miles northeast of Song Be by men of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav.
Working 15 miles northwest of that contact, Skytroopers of Co. A, 5th Bn., 7th Cav., killed two more enemy soldiers and captured two AK47 rifles and 240 rounds. Four more enemy troops were killed in other small skirmishes that day in the Cav's area of operations.
In their II Military Region are of operations July 31, division soldiers killed four enemy troops during light contact and uncovered an arms cache.
Skytroopers from Co. A, 1st Bn., 5th Cav., were operating 20 miles north of Dinh Quan when they found supplies that included five 105mm artillery rounds, six 122mm rockets, 5,780 AK47 rifle rounds and 15 submachine gun magazines.
The division's Co. A, 1st Bn., 12th Cav., killed two VC soldiers in jungled hills 11 miles east-northeast of Rang Rang. One SKS rifle was captured.
A Skytrooper Ranger team from the 75th Inf. found an enemy munitions cache 20 miles northeast of Rang Rang July 28. The cache included three .51-caliber machine guns, 290 SKS rifles, 35 rifles of an undetermined type, 12 boxes of .51-caliber ammunition and an undetermined amount of small arms ammunition.
Crews of the 1st Cav's C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., killed a single enemy soldier 20 miles northeast of Phuoc Vinh that day.
Skytroopers found a small enemy cache four miles east-northeast of RangRang July 29. Co. A, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., soldiers located the bunker complex, which yielded 11 AK47 rifles, seven Chicom grenades and six RPG launchers.
In action that day 10 miles southwest of Phuoc Vinh, the reconnaissance element of the 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., spotted and killed a lone enemy soldier.
Uncovering further cache sites in an enemy bunker complex 19 miles east of Phuoc Vinh July 27, Skytroopers from Co. A, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., located the following items: 14 SKS rifles, a CKC carbine, eight flame throwers, two 120mm mortar rounds, 53 rounds for 60mm mortars, 65 RPG rounds, 240 rounds
for 75mm recoilless rifles, 3,000 AK47 rounds, 28 bangalore torpedoes, 19 Chicom claymore mines, 500 pounds of TNT, 4,000 pounds of explosives and 6,500 blasting caps.
Division troopers found an arms cache seven miles northeast of Rang Rang in Long Khanh Province Aug. 2. The find was made by soldiers of Co. C, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., during an early afternoon sweep of the area.
The following items were found in the two-bunker cache: one 122mm rocket, two 57mm recoilless rifles, one 75mm recoilless rifle, one light machine gun, two AK47 rifles, four carbines, two submachine guns, 11 pistols, 20 Chicom grenades, 100 rifle stocks, seven crew-served weapons sights, eight 57mm rounds, five RPGs, and 10 pairs of binoculars.
4th Inf Div
Elements of the 4th Infantry Division killed six enemy soldiers during three contacts in the Central Highlands Aug. 2. In the largest, four enemy soldiers were killed 35 miles north of the division base camp, Camp Radcliff.
Working about 30 miles southwest of Camp Radcliff July 30, soldiers from Co. K, 75th Inf., engaged a small enemy force, killing two enemy soldiers.
25th Inf Div
Operating in Tay Ninh Province 10 miles northeast of Go Dau Hau Aug. 1, Tropic Lightning troopers of the 25th Infantry Division's Co. C, 3rd Bn., 22nd Inf., spotted 23 individuals carrying rice moving north out of Trang Bang. After detaining 12 women and 11 children the men captured 1.6 tons of rice, 100 pounds of meat, three five-pound bags of fish, two cans of powdered eggs, 40 pounds of soap and 13 bicycles.
1st Avn Bde
Crews from the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. killed a total of 31 enemy soldiers July 27 in their IV Military Region area of operations.
Working five miles west of Kien Long that day, crews of the 16th Air Cav. killed 15 enemy soldiers in three separate actions.
Eight miles south of Can Tho Aug. 1, crews from the 16th Air Cav. killed three enemy soldiers. And men of the 191st Assault Helicopter Co., rolling in over the Mekong Delta five miles west of Vi Thanh, killed a lone enemy
soldier with minigun fire.
Two more enemy soldiers were killed by helicopter crews of the 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav., as they piloted their Cobra gunships six miles west of Tri Ton.
Ten enemy soldiers were killed by men of the 191st Assault Helicopter Co. The daylong action occurred five miles southwest of Phung Hiep.
The other six enemy soldiers killed by the 13th were engaged by crews of the 336th Assault Helicopter Co., three miles southwest of Thoi Binh.
Crews from C Troop, 7th Bn., 1st Air Cav., operating seven miles northwest of Moc Hoa in IV Military Region killed a pair of enemy that day.
Units of the 13th killed 16 enemy soldiers July 30 in Delta action. The most significant action took place five miles southeast of Kien Long, where crews of the 16th Air Cav. killed 10 enemy soldiers.
In other action, crews from the 191st Assault Helicopter Co. killed five enemy soldiers near Phung Hiep.
The men of the 121st Assault Helicopter Co. killed a single enemy soldier in the southern tip of the U Minh Forest that day.
Battalion aircrews killed 10 enemy soldiers during three contacts July 31. Cobra crews of the 16th Air Cav. killed six enemy soldiers five miles south of Kien Long. Rocket-firing Birddogs of the 221st Reconnaissance
Airplane Co. killed three enemy soldiers during sightings in Ba Xuyen and Bac Lieu Provinces. One enemy soldier was killed by crews of the 121st Assault Helicopter Co. 15 miles south of Can Tho.
Two enemy soldiers were killed July 29 by crews of the 13th.
Operating 10 miles east of Can Tho, crews from the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co. killed one enemy soldier. One enemy soldier was killed by crews from the 16th Air Cav. in An Xuyen Province.
Another six enemy soldiers were killed by men from D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Air Cav., that day in action 30 miles south of Can Tho.
In their I Military Region are of operations July 27, an element of the 1st Bn., 46th Inf., of the Americal Division, was engaged by an estimated company 21 miles southwest of Tam Ky. Enemy casualties were undetermined.
101st Abn Div
Men of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) working in their I Military Region July 31, discovered a cache secreted in the heavy jungle 35 miles west of Hue. Screaming Eagles of Co. C, 1st Bn., 506th Inf.,
counted 24 bunkers containing 300 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, 800 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 38 rifle grenades and one 82mm mortar base plate.
173rd Abn Bde
Action for the paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in northern Binh Dinh Province was mild during the last week in July.
The paratroopers killed 12 enemy soldiers in scattered action throughout the province. One crew-served and 10 individual weapons were captured during the several small-unit engagements.
17Aug70- Photo Caption
AS THE FOOTBALL term this man's gesture indicates, a helicopter makes a touchdown carrying troopers of the 2nd Bn. 3rd Inf., 199th Infantry Brigade.
17Aug70- Aviators execute rescue operation
CAN THO - A crew from the 235th Aerial Weapons Co. has accomplished a feat which may never be duplicated. Four Devil pilots went out on a mission, two each in AH1G Cobras, and returned together except that when they came back, four were inside one Cobra-two of them being rescued and flown back on the
ammo bay doors.
A light fire team of Cobras piloted by WOs Gregory Helsel and John Davis scrambled out of Can Tho Army Airfield to place strikes in an area about 11 miles from their home base. A team of two Birddogs from the 221st Surveillance Airplane Co., also of Can Tho, had been visually reconning the area when they saw eight Viet Cong jump out of a sampan and run into a bunker. The Cobra crews remained in the area making low-level rocket and minigun runs for 45 minutes.
"WE went down on a low level and destroyed some of the hootches and bunkers that were camouflaged and couldn't be seen during the strikes," said Davis. "WE were just about expended when Mr. Helsel took rounds and his engine caught on fire."
The ship was struck several times, with one round causing the engine to fail but Helsel made a successful landing in an open, thickly grassed field approximately 500 meters from the area of contact. This left Helsel and his gunner, Lt. Stephen Black, on the ground and seemingly in the hands of the enemy, who moved very quickly toward the chopper crew.
The rescue attempt began immediately. The airborne Cobra crew know that all their ammunition was gone and they couldn't provide suppressive fire to protect their buddies, who were in extreme danger.
Davis tried to get down the first time, but when the chopper hard landed, they were waved away by Helsel, who said they were receiving fire and was afraid that the second Cobra might also get shot down. Thus, Davis had to circle a second time.
Davis disregarded further orders by Helsel to stay away and then picked up the two men on a third sweep.
"Helsel and Black jumped on the aircraft when I landed and sat on the ammo bay doors," said Davis. "As I was taking-off, I could hear both men shooting their .38s at the VC."
17Aug70- Eagle-eye view of 101st Abn Div in I Military Region
1) A 101st soldier uses a mirror to signal a helicopter.
2) Screaming Eagle and his machine gun wary against enemy action on a
hilltop landing zone.
3) An extraction helicopter is guided to a rest at a temporary landing
zone near Quang Tri.
4) Screaming Eagle pauses for a quick trim by unit's Kit Carson Scout
5) A lull in activity gives a 101st soldier time to rest and collect his thoughts.
6) Field radio keeps an officer in touch with his reconnaissance teams
operating in triple-canopy jungles northwest of Da Nang.
17Aug70- Hac Bao chants
resound at camp
CAMP EVANS -- "Hac Bao, Hac Bao!" members of the spirited Vietnamese ighting unit chant, then quickly seat themselves on the ground in an Indian squatting position. They are perched on a hill outside Camp Evans, waiting to be instructed on the use of demolitions.
The Hac Bao are a unit of special Vietnamese soldiers undergoing a session of training in platoon tactics at the Screaming Eagles Replacement Training School (SETS).
The Hac Bao, translated as the Black Panthers, are an elite company of troops used as a strike force in northern I Military Region.
A special group of U.S. Army Rangers from Co. L, 75th Inf., along with selected SERTS personnel, work together to instruct the six Hac Bao platoons eight-day training cycles.
Throughout the week the Black Panthers learn from practical exercise and classroom study.
During the program the black-bereted ARVNs receive instruction in such areas as repelling, ambush and patrol tactics, map reading and artillery adjustment.
To climax the week of instruction, the Hac Bao are put to the test to gauge their success as a platoon-size force. With expectations of making contact with enemy forces, the Hac Baso are then sent on an actual 36-hour operation somewhere in Thua Thien Province.
1) Pair of Hac Bao soldiers rappel from hovering UH1 Huey helicopter during training at 101st Airborne Division's Camp Evans
2) Instructor observes as Hac Bao soldiers dismount Huey
3) Hands reach out in insertion practice
4) Bellowing, "Hac Bao," Vietnamese soldier descends from rappelling tower.
17Aug70- Photo Caption
JUMPING CLEAR of the supplies, an Americal Division soldier has just
finished securing a load to the Chinook helicopter hovering above.
17Aug70- Stockade counseling aids inmates Page 11
"We let the man rap, ventilate, then listen to his problems and help him solve them."
Staff Sgt. Robert Adkins, NCOIC of the USARV Installation Stockade counseling section, must have a good ear after listening to the variety of problems at the USARV confinement facility.
"Counseling starts when a man enters the sally port (entrance to the stockade). We give him an orientation on what to expect her: the services offered, information on the custodial staff, chaplain, staff judge advocate's
offices, mental hygiene and dispensary facilities, the USARV IG and the services offered by the American Red Cross," stated Adkins.
Prisoners in confinement then may request an interview with representatives of these agencies. Requests are processed through the counselor's office and, "We either contact the agency or representative involved by mail or phone, informing them that the inmate has requested an interview or assistance," commented the NCOIC.
If the inmate needs help with pay, personal property, health or legal assistance, he comes to the counselor assigned to his area of the stockade. It's the function of the MP counselors to find out the problems and get the man on the right course for solving them, trying as far as possible to let the individual solve his problems with the counselors' assistance and guidance.
"The problems may seem small, but we allow the man to get it all out. We let the soldier solve his own problems, when possible; build up his confidence, a self-help type of program," added the staff sergeant.
The counselor section of the USARV Installation Stockade is staffed by an officer in charge, Lt. Andrew Tropko, who has an MA in guidance and counseling;the NCOIC; an MP enlisted man, Spec. 4 Vincent Spence; and an Air Force liaison, Staff Sgt. Charlie Marbs.
Rehabilitation is the goal of the counseling section. "Today it is advantageous for both the military and the individual to resolve a prisoner's future quickly in one of two ways: either return the man to duty in an
MOS-related job or terminate his relationship with the service," commented Adkins.
"It's no use sending a man back to duty if his attitude makes it impossible for him to be an asset to his unit. He's no good in combat and a risk to himself and others," added the counselor.
During talks with the inmate, the MP counselors, as well as the legal advisers, stress the disadvantages to a punitive-type discharge, the educational, monetary and social benefits lost. "But we don't demand, we
don't pressure. We give them the facts and allow the men to make their own decisions."
On counseling in the Army, Adkins said, "Satisfied? Of course. I wouldn't be here doing this if I weren't. Every day there is something new, someone who needs me and my guidance."
Those prisoners whose approved sentences require them to travel to the States to serve sentences at the United States disciplinary barracks meet with the counselors a last time. "We don't lie or mince words. We tell these men where they are going-to prison, behind bars. They're understandably scared.
"But truth about what they should expect, about the services offered at the disciplinary barracks, about vocational training and about pardons and paroles, helps the person to face his future," added the NCO.
Adkins concluded, "We fight fear and anxiety here. I've also seen the hostile and the hateful. We listen, just listen to them; a nod, an understanding reply, and they begin to let down those barriers, begin to
trust people again."
17Aug70- Photo Caption
AN ARVN SOLDIER learns the art of rappelling as he practices under the guidance of American advisers in II Military Region. Making sure the knots around his waist are secure, the soldier gets ready to make the 100-foot descent to the ground.
17Aug70- Legion groups
CAMP EAGLE - "It is little enough that we can do for a few that are doing so much for so many. May all of you enjoy this small token from us."
This note along with a check for $100, was recently sent to the men of Co. E, 1st Bn., 501st Inf., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). The money was contributed by the American Legion Post and American Legion Auxiliary 256 of Canandaigua, N.Y., to provide funds for the company's party while on standdown in Phu Bai.
"We received the money after a series of events that began when our executive officer, Captain William Utley, found out that this auxiliary wished to contribute 100 dollars to a party fund for a deserving infantry
unit," recalled 1st Sgt. Donald Adami. "Captain Utley wrote Mrs. Marlene Milton, president of the group, and told her he thought Company E would be worthy of the money. He explained that our company, a mortar, reconnaissance and radar unit, had compiled an impressive record during operations in the mountainous jungles southwest of Hue."
"Captain Utley was wounded while flying in a helicopter near Fire Support Base Kathryn and after he was medevaced to a hospital in Japan, the responsibility for the party came to rest on my shoulders," Adami explained.
"I wrote Mrs. Milton and told her that although the executive officer had been wounded, we could still put the money to good use. To make a long story short, Mrs. Milton sent us a 100-dollars check and we really had a great party."
The 115 members of Co. E were treated to an old-fashioned cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, cold sodas and all the trimmings.
17Aug70- Bullets can't stop dustoff chopper
QUAN LOI - Everyone started talking at once when the crew of Medevac 1, a 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) dustoff bird, dismounted from its crippled ship. Theirs had been a long, hard day and they had the scars to prove it.
The day's first mission had sent them to pick up five wounded members of Co. D, 2nd Bn., 5th Cav., which had encountered heavy contact.
Lt. Hank Tuell and WO Gregory Simpson and the crew knew every mission was potentially dangerous. "As soon as we got over the area we started receiving small arms fire," said Simpson. "A round crashed through the bubble on my side, continued through the console and hit the stock of Tuell's shotgun, knocking a piece off it." The bullet kept going bouncing off the ceiling and finally plopped down on Tuell's lap. With enemy fire increasing, the young lieutenant lifted out of the hover and headed back.
Similar problems faced them during their second run. "We were in a blind," said Simpson. "Three seriously wounded men were on the ground, but we kept receiving heavy fire. Two rounds went through the belly and knocked out one
of the fuel boost pumps and we were forced to head back again."
A third run was made after a quick check. It was then late afternoon with Co. D still in contact. Once again the enemy fire greeted the bird as it dropped the jungle penetrator on a cable.
"They started walking rounds my way from under the engine cowling," said crew chief and left door gunner Spec. 4 Jimmy Odom. "A round hit the receiver group and knocked the gun right out of my hands."
The hoist was quickly brought up, but no before a round smashed through Tuell's bubble, entered the heel of his boot, ripped his sock and exited rough the rear seam of the boot. More rounds knocked out the radios and
gyroscope, and others added holes to the body and rotor. Without navigational aid or communication, Medevac 1 staggered back to Quang Loi.
After dark another bird, Medevac 2, arrived over the beleaguered company. Despite heavy enemy fire, the most seriously wounded man was lifted from the jungle. However, enemy fire continued to increase and, with the flare ship running low on illumination and the gunships short on fuel it was decided to pick up the remaining men in the morning. This was down without incident, after which the crews indulged in repairs and war stories.
247Aug70- Recon team meets trouble
LZ ENGLISH - A recon team led by Sgt. William Folk ran into trouble when its radio failed on mission in northern Binh Dinh Province.
The radio quit working the second day out on a five-day recon. This forced Folk to move his men to high ground where they could signal for help and more easily defend their position. With a mirror, they attracted a LOH and got it to land on the unfamiliar hilltop. Folk gave the pilot a note requesting that a radio be sent out to them.
While waiting for the radio, they heard movement on the hillside. The enemy had spotted the small American group, and had decided to attack. Charlie was on the south side of the hill, blowing whistles and deploying along the side of the hill.
The recon team initiated contact with the enemy in an attempt to keep them pinned down until help arrived. No such luck. The NVA unit maneuvered until it was partly concealed and then continued to advance. Folk had no choice.
The recon team ran. After an hour's run across rough terrain, they made it to a hilltop that the team could hold yet be out of enemy weapon range. Suddenly they saw a helicopter heading for their previous location. Again flashing the mirror, they attracted the pilot's attention and he changed direction.
The Huey landed with the new radio. Then the team called in air strikes and artillery on the NVA positions. After the firepower subsided, 2d Bn., 503rd Inf., sent a reaction force into the area to deal with the enemy
247Aug70- Americal turns back NVA, kills 590
LZ HAWK HILL - Americal Division soldiers recently helped turn back a major NVA offensive in Hiep Duc Valley. In continual heavy action, the Americans decimated elements of the 1st NVA Reg., killing 590 in the span of two months.
"The enemy's primary aim was to set back and, if possible destroy the pacification program in Hiep Duc District," said Lt. John Hunsinger, a member of the 196th Inf. Bde. "They also hoped to harass the surrounding fire bases."
The enemy triggered their offensive by attacking Landing Zone (LZ) Siberia, secured by Co. D, 4th Bn., 31st Inf., and Btry. C, 3rd Bn., 82nd Arty. The Americans drove off the enemy killing 10.
Fighting the first day took place around the area of Hiep Duc District, 23 miles northwest of Tam Ky. The 4th Bn., 31st Inf., killed 34 in a series of sharp firefights. One of these firefights began when Co. D came under heavy fire in an open rice paddy.
Firebird gunships from the 71st Assault Helicopter Co. responded to the infantry's call and raked the NVA positions. When the enemy retreated, the 196th soldiers swept across the rice paddy and found seven NVA dead.
In the next few days elements of the 3rd Bn., 21st Inf. and 2nd Bn., 1st Inf.--both from the 196th Inf Bde.--were airlifted into the battle area as fighting continued to rage.
At the end of six days of fighting, the Americans had killed 255 NVA. Of the ground units, 4th Bn., 31st Inf., had inflicted the most damage, killing 62.
"At this stage a comparative lull followed as the NVA began to operate in smaller units," said Hunsinger.
Tension mounted during the next month. The action consisted of isolated skirmishes punctuated by heavy firefights. In one of the bitterest engagements, Co. D, 1st Bn., 46th Inf., combined with A and C Troops, 1st
Squadron, 1st Cav., to kill 15 NVA in one afternoon. Two weeks later, Co.B, 3rd Bn., 21st Inf., supported by Btry, B, 3rd Bn., 82nd Arty., killed 18 NVA.
Then the comparative lull ceased as the NVA launched a second offensive. Elements of the 4th Bn., 31st Inf., came into heavy contact near LZ West. Three companies from 1st Bn., 46th Inf., were flown into the area in an
operation which was to climax 1 1/2 months of combat. For four days the 196th Inf. Bde. soldiers searched for the main NVA force, killing 16 enemy in the process. On the fifth day they found what they were after.
Co. B and Co. C, 1st Bn., 46th Inf., were conducting search and clear missions through the rugged jungle terrain.
"We used fire and movement," said Staff Sgt. Charlie Hall of Co. B. "It was a bunker-to-bunker, hole-to-hole fight." In the next four hours, Co. B killed 33 NVA.
24Aug70 Vietnam communiqué Aug. 3-9
Riders rake enemy near Pleiku
During a day of intense fighting Aug. 8, the Ruthless Riders of A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., moved into the hilly region 13 miles northeast of Pleiku City in II Military Region and engaged an estimated enemy platoon, killing 20.
The troop started working at the base of a hill where enemy elements were known to be operating. While following a trail, they discovered a large number of pack - and weapon-carrying enemy soldiers who immediately opened fire.
Cobra gunships rolled in over the area, firing rockets and miniguns, followed by two U.S. Air Force strikes and artillery fire.
As the artillery fire ceased, men from A Troop's aero-rifle platoon were inserted along with an ARVN Ranger element.
At the end of the afternoon engagement, there were 20 enemy dead and five enemy soldiers detained. Captured were six individual weapons, three crew-served weapons and 2,500 small arms rounds.
1st Bde, 5th Div
Fifteen enemy soldiers were reported killed Aug 3. during a 1:30 a.m. attack on the night defensive position of C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Armored Cav. The
1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division tankers were in positions three miles southwest of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province when the undetermined-sized enemy force struck.
Cannoneers of the 108th Arty. Gp. and helicopter gunships supported the cavalrymen. The following items were captured after the contact: three individual weapons, five crew-served weapons, five bangalore torpedoes, 19 RPGs and one radio.
In their I Military Region area of operations Aug. 9, Americal Division soldiers found an enemy hospital complex 14 miles northwest of Tam Ky. One enemy soldier was killed at the site and three detained. Men from Co. A, 3rd Bn., 21st Inf., found two tons of rice, 200 pounds of medical supplies and an assortment of books and propaganda materials.
1st Avn Bde
In IV Military Region Aug. 7, 11 enemy soldiers were killed by the crew of a fast-firing Super Snake Cobra gunship from the 1st Aviation Brigade's 16th Air Cav. The craft's armament consisted of an XM35 20mm weapons system. Two enemy bunkers also were destroyed in that contact.
Crews from the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. reported killing 10 enemy soldiers in the Mekong Delta area Aug 6.
Crews of the 336th Assault Helicopter Co. accounted for eight of those enemy deaths in action five miles south of Ca Mau.
The other two enemy soldiers were killed by a pilot from the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co. in Bac Lieu Province, bordering the South China Sea.
Battalion air crews killed nine enemy soldiers during scattered contacts Aug. 3. Three enemy soldiers were killed and an ammunition-laden sampan destroyed when LOH pilots of the 16th Air Cav. spotted VC in the U Minh Forest.
Four enemy soldiers were killed by rocket-firing Birddog pilots of the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co. during separate sightings in Phong Dinh and Bac Lieu Provinces that day. Two elements of the 13th Combat Avn Bn. killed eight VC soldiers Aug 8.
The 16th Air Cav. killed four enemy soldiers five miles northwest of Kien Long. The 167th Assault Helicopter Co. conducted a mission approximately 20 miles southwest of Cau Mau, killing four enemy soldiers.
Gunships of the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co. of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. killed four enemy troops in the Mekong Delta Aug. 5. After engaging and killing one enemy soldier in the morning five miles southwest of Vi Thanh, the crews killed three more of the enemy 20 miles northwest of Bac Lieu.
1st Cav Div
Units of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) reported killing 20 enemy soldiers during scattered fighting Aug. 4.
In their III Military Region area of operations that day, division troopers found an arms cache about seven miles northeast of Rang Rang in Long Khanh Province.
Skytroopers from Co. C, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav., found the following items: 125 submachine guns, 80 light machine guns, 60 SKS rifles, seven CKR rifles, two automatic rifles, 10 carbines, two 75mm recoilless rifles, one AK47 rifle, one RPG launcher, one 81mm mortar, one .51-caliber machine gun and three other
Division Skytroopers reported killing five NVA soldiers, finding a large enemy base camp and a large weapons cache Aug. 6.
Eight miles west of Bu Giap Map, Co. C, 1st Bn., 8th Cav., found a 68-building base camp and a small cache containing 58 pounds of C4 explosives, one Chicom claymore mine, 30 assorted canteens, 15 bicycles and a large assortment of bicycle parts.
A large cache was found by Co. A, 1st Bn., 5th Cav., approximately 60 miles northeast of Rang Rang, containing 219 K54 pistols, six SKS rifles, two AK47 rifles, 100 82mm mortar rounds, 29 rifle grenades, 720 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, eight 120mm mortar rounds, two 75mm recoilless rifle rounds, 1,560 blasting caps. 100 feet of primer cord, 11 pairs of binoculars, 18 holsters and one sewing machine.
Three NVA soldiers were killed in action 18 miles northeast of Song Be by Skytroopers from Co. D, 1st Bn., 8th Cav. The Americans also captured three AK47 rifles and received artillery and aerial rocket artillery support during the contact.
Division Skytroopers killed four enemy soldiers in scattered actions Aug. 5.
In two morning contacts, men from A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., killed three NVA soldiers 23 miles northeast of Song Be.
In a later action 10 miles north of Rang Rang in Long Khanh Province, a reconnaissance unit from the 1st Bn., 12th Cav., killed a lone NVA soldier and captured one AK47 rifle.
Division elements killed a total of three enemy soldiers Aug 7.
Skytroopers uncovered two arms caches Aug. 3. Soldiers of Co. A, 1st Bn., 5th Cav., were sweeping and area 18 miles northeast of Dinh Quan in Long Khanh Province when they discovered 1,300 .30-caliber rounds, 130 57mm recoilless rifle rounds, 600 Chicom grenades, 8,000 9mm rounds, four RPG boosters and
five RPG charges.
25th Inf Div
Tropic Lightning soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division killed eight enemy soldiers Aug. 5 and detained five enemy suspects.
Men from Co. C, 5th Bn. 60th Inf., killed two enemy soldiers near the Saigon River, five miles north of Cu Chi. They captured one rifle and a pistol, clothing, a radio, assorted small arms ammunition and 40 pounds
In operations three miles north of Duc Hoa that day, men from Co. A, 6th Bn., 31st Inf., destroyed eight enemy bunkers and held three enemy suspects for questioning by Vietnamese authorities.
Men from Co. B, 2nd Bn., 14th Inf., killed one enemy soldier and captured an AK47 rifle 18 miles northeast of Tay Ninh. They also destroyed a bunker complex.
Five additional enemy soldiers were killed in scattered actions that day throughout the 25th's III Military Region area of operations. The Tropic Lightning soldiers destroyed 43 enemy bunkers.
Division troops reported killing eight enemy soldiers and destroying 50 enemy bunkers, 18 fighting positions and a tunnel during scattered actions that centered around Dau Tieng Aug. 8.
Tropic Lightning troopers killed seven soldiers and destroyed 23 bunkers, 14 fighting positions and two enemy tunnels in the area between Saigon and the Cambodian border Aug. 6.
Men from Co. B, 2nd Bn., 14th Inf., killed a lone enemy soldier and captured his assault rifle, three miles east of Dau Tieng. At approximately the same time, soldiers from Co. C, 3rd Bn., 22nd Inf., engaged about 10 soldiers in a hilly region two miles east of Co. B's contact. One enemy soldier was killed and his AK47 rifle was recovered. Two of the enemy soldiers rallied to the Government of the Republic of Vietnam.
A scout platoon from the 2nd Bn., 14th Inf., that day destroyed nine heavily reinforced bunkers three miles southwest of Dau Tieng.
Thirteen miles northeast of Tay Ninh City, men of Co. C, 2nd Bn., 60th Inf.,killed two enemy soldiers and captured their AK47 rifles.
In other action Aug. 6, the scout platoon from the 2nd Bn., 22nd Inf., destroyed two abandoned enemy tunnels while on operations two miles north of the division base camp at Cu Chi.
Division elements reported killing four enemy soldiers during scattered contacts Aug. 7. In addition, Rangers of Co. E, 75th Inf., killed two enemy soldiers near a seven-bunker camp about seven miles south of Duc Hoa.
Later, a Ranger team operating two miles northeast of Tan An found and destroyed 12 enemy bunkers, 100 rounds of AK47 ammunition, one new sampan,assorted cooking utensils and a small quantity of rice.
3rd Bde, 9th Div
Shortly before midnight Aug. 9, an element of the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, at FSB Guin, 11 miles south of Tanh Linh in III Military Region, was attacked by an undetermined-size enemy force.
The enemy initiated the battle by firing almost 90 round of 82 mm mortar shells and several RPG rounds at the Go Devil positions. The shelling was followed by a ground attack. Enemy losses were unknown immediately after the action.
247Aug70- 173rd burns base, kills 9
LZ ENGLISH - Quick reaction to a reconnaissance team's call for help resulted in paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade killing nine enemy soldiers and destroying a base camp.
A recon team from Co. E of the 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf., was observing a well-used trail in northern Binh Dinh Province. They spotted a group of heavily laden enemy troops coming down the trail toward them. The paratroopers opened up with rifle fire and immediately dropped two of the Communists. Then the trouble started. Their radio went dead.
The team leader, Sfc. Willie Snow, pulled his men farther up the ridge to a more secure position. The whipped out their emergency radio and beamed for help. The signal was picked up by a CH47 and relayed to the 2nd Bn.
The VC reacted quickly. A 30-man force was making its way up the hillside to engage the recon team. Pfc. Craig Murphy and Sgt. John Klug began to pick off the enemy troops coming up the hill. Seven were killed and several others were wounded and carted off by other enemy soldiers.
Elements of Co. C and Co. D of the 2nd Bn., were in helicopters on their way to rescue the recon team.
The Air Force brought in jets and joined the 3rd Bn., 319th Arty. in pounding the area.. As the smoke began to clear, Co. D was on the ground. The men spread out and set up their machine guns on two knolls, catching the enemy in the middle.
Co. C joined Co. D and moved down to the valley floor. They swept through a base camp and burned it.
Meanwhile, a reaction force was on its way from LZ English.
[Note the 2nd and 3rd columns were printed out of order, and there may
have been more to the story that wasn't printed.]
247Aug70- Photo Caption Page 5
PULLING A PERIODIC inspection on a CH47 Chinook helicopter, aircraft
mechanics replace a rotor head. The check was being made by men of the 101st
Airborne Division (Airmobile) Co. C, 159th Assault Helicopter Bn.
247Aug70- Photo Caption Page 11
OLD HEAVE HO provides the extra lift to install the tail rotor blade
on a CH47 Chinook. The troopers from Co. C. 159th Avn. Bn., 101st Airborne
Division (Airmobile), provided the manpower for one of their unit's birds.
31Aug70- Photo Caption Page 1
DOG AND HANDLER double-time off a landing zone while on an operation with
the recon element of the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Bn., 12th Inf.
31Aug70- Aviators save crews, kill 24 NVA
CAMP HOLLOWAY - Air and ground elements of Troop A, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., 17th Combat Avn. Gp., rescued two light observation helicopter (LOH) crews downed by heavy fire and killed 24 North Vietnamese Army soldiers in an action near Pleiku.
Capt. John D. Pappas, a Birddog pilot from the 219th Reconnaissance Airplane Co., 223rd Avn. Bn., came upon several individuals in the forested hills.
"I was just flying a normal visual reconnaissance mission over the hills when I spotted 20 individuals following a trail toward an abandoned Montagnard hamlet," he said. "As soon as they saw me, they dropped down and
started crawling. I kept circling around their position and found another group of about 15 people hiding under the trees."
A Troop flew toward the area. "When we arrived," said lead Cobra pilot Capt. Raymond J. Connally, "the lead scout flew over the trail and identified the individuals as NVA. Immediately he opened up with his minigun, killing five.
"As soon as the LOH marked the target," Connally continued, "my wingman (WO Jimmy R. Carpenter) and I rolled in over the enemy position with rockets and minigun fire. Soon after, we were replaced by the second Cobra team, which continued raking the enemy position."
The lead scout and his wingman returned to the area and both took automatic weapons fire. Both ships went down, but the crews managed to crawl out. Maj. Robert L. Racley, flying command and control for the mission, landed his Huey next to one of the downed LOHs and, under enemy fire, extracted the two-man crew.
By that time, Capt. Doughton C. Bare, platoon commander of the aero-scouts, was called on station. "I flew as fast as possible to where the shooting was," Bare said. "Before too long, I spotted the other downed crew. I brought my own LOH down and as soon as the pilot climbed aboard I took off. We were under heavy fire, so the observer (Sfc. Orin Steinolfson) couldn't run to my ship. He stayed on the ground, crouching behind some bushes. My ship took several hits, one striking the fuel cell, so I was forced to land about a half-mile
Rackley, who was carrying the two crew members from the first downed LOH, flew to where Bare had force-landed. He picked up Bare and the rescued pilot.
Elements from the 47th ARVN Regt. were then inserted and while sweeping toward the abandoned village, uncovered eight enemy bodies, bringing the total number of kills for the cav troop to 24.
31Aug70 Vietnam communiqué Aug. 10-16
Light action centers in I Region
Battle activity in the republic picked up slightly during the monsoon-drenched second week in August.
Although action generally remained light, the most significant contacts again were reported in I Military Region, where bunker complexes and enemy troop concentrations were encountered by forces of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), the Americal Division and elements of the 1st Aviation Brigade.
Helicopter crews of the 17th Air Cav., supported by tactical air strike,killed 13 enemy soldiers 27 miles west of Hue Aug. 10. The enemy troops were spotted in several small groups by gunship pilots from B Troop, 2nd Squadron.
1st Avn Bde
Air crews of the 1st Aviation Brigade's 13th Combat Avn. Bn. killed 12 enemy soldiers Aug. 11 in their IV Military Region area of operations.
Cobras from the 16th Air Cav. were patrolling five miles northwest of Their Binh when they received fire from an enemy bunker. Two enemy soldiers were killed when the Cobra pilots dived on the positions.
Shortly afterward the crews noticed seven more Communists pulling a .30-caliber machine gun mounted on wheels. The Cobras struck again and a light observation helicopter later reported three more bodies in the area.
Six enemy soldiers were killed by pilots from the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co. near Can Tho that day.
Battalion pilots killed eight enemy soldiers Aug. 13. Birddog pilots of the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co. accounted for seven enemy dead during contacts in Phong Dinh Province.
In the Delta Aug. 10 battalion air crews killed five enemy soldiers. Another four enemy troops were killed 15 miles southwest of Vi Thanh Aug.15 by battalion crews.
The previous day the aviators killed three enemy soldiers in their areaof operations. Twenty-five miles west of Hue Aug. 12, men of B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Air Cav., observed 22 enemy dead and engaged and killed one enemy soldier.
In the Mekong Delta region that day, crews from the 221st Reconnaissance Airplane Co. killed two enemy soldiers about five miles southeast of Can Tho.
3rd Bde, 9th Div
Rangers from the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, killed two enemy soldiers five miles northeast of Tan An Aug. 14.
4th Inf Div
Fourth Infantry Division soldiers killed five NVA troopers during two Central Highland contacts Aug. 10. Three AK47 rifles and one 9mm pistol were captured as a result of the action.
101st Abn Div
Troopers of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) uncovered a small underground bunker complex in their I Military Region area of operations Aug 14. A mimeograph machine and typewriter were found in the bunkers 30 miles wet of Hue.
One enemy soldier killed by recent helicopter strikes also was found that day.
1st Bde 5th Div
The night defensive position of a 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, element was shelled by mortar fire and received a ground attack from an unknown-size enemy force Aug. 10. Flareships were called on station to support the Red Devils, who killed four enemy soldiers during the attack 15 miles southwest of Quang Tri City.
25th Inf Div
Five enemy soldiers were killed by Tropic Lightning troopers of the 25th Infantry Division Aug 11.
Division soldiers that day uncovered a bunker complex one mile northeast of the Parrot's Beak region of the Cambodian border. A total of 19 bunkers were destroyed.
In their II Military Region area of operations Aug 10, division troops killed three enemy soldiers and destroyed 26 bunkers.
Tropic Lightning elements killed two enemy soldiers in two brief firefights eight miles northwest of Go Dau Ha Aug. 14.
Soldiers of the 25th sweeping the Iron Triangle five miles north of Cu Chi found and destroyed 300 pounds of unpolished rice Aug. 13. Sixteen bunkers also were destroyed by Tropic Lightning troops and one enemy soldier was killed.
An element of the division's 1st Bde. and a mine-sweeping team from the 588th Engr. Bn. were engaged Aug. 15 by an unknown-size enemy force three miles northeast of Phu Khuong in Tay Ninh Province. Gunships and artillery were called in after the enemy opened fire with small arms and RPGs. Enemy losses were not immediately determined.
Tropic Lightning troopers killed a lone enemy soldier and uncovered a small arms cache Aug. 16. Soldiers from Co. C, 4th Bn., 9th Inf., killed the enemy soldier in a wooded area eight miles southeast of Dau Tieng.
Men from the 25th's B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cav., located 25 40mm rounds and 57 40mm round heads 15 miles from Tay Ninh City.
In other action that day, soldiers from the 2nd Bn., 12th Inf., located and destroyed three enemy fighting positions in heavy woods about eight miles northeast of Tay Ninh City.
1st Cav Div
Cobra gunship and light observation helicopter teams from the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) killed three NVA soldiers Aug. 12 while working in the heavy jungle 13 miles northeast of Song Be in Phuoc Long Province.
In other 1st Cav action that day, Cobra gunships from Btry. B, 2nd Bn., 20th Arty., killed three more enemy soldiers in the same area later in the afternoon.
Skytroopers killed six enemy soldiers and found 13 boxes of .30-caliber ammunition Aug. 10. the ammunition cache was uncovered 25 miles southeast of Rang Rang in Long Khanh Province by men from Co. B, 1st Bn., 5th Cav.
In their III Military Region area of operations Aug. 11, division troopers found a bunker complex nine miles northeast of Song Be. Skytroopers from A Troop 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., counted 105 structures at the site. Five enemy soldiers were killed during scattered contacts with 1st Cav elements that day.
Division soldiers killed another three enemy soldiers Aug. 14. Cavmen found a small bunker complex containing a dental facility two miles southeast of Rang Rang Aug. 15. One enemy soldier was killed during
that day's sweeps.
Skytroopers killed another lone enemy soldier Aug. 13 and captured a machine gun 12 miles northeast of Rang Rang.
Division troops killed three enemy soldiers Aug. 16 and uncovered a small enemy cache.
Working one mile north of Rang Rang in Long Khanh Province, soldiers of Co. B, 6th Bn., 7th Cav., found a cache in a 10-bunker complex. The cache included a pair of 60mm mortar rounds, 16 82mm mortar rounds and 300 AK47 rifle rounds.
Elements of the Americal Division's 196th Infantry Inf. Bde. found 50 bunkers and a hut containing 2.25 tons of rice 14 miles southwest of Tamm Ky Aug. 12.
In their Quang Ngai Province area of operations Aug. 10, division soldiers found two rice caches containing a total of 6.5 tons of rice. One half-ton of potatoes also was found and one suspect detained.
199th Inf Bde
In Binh Tuy Province Aug. 15, 199th Light Infantry Brigade soldiers uncovered a cache about nine miles southeast of Tanh Linh. Stored on a platform were 400 reams of paper, 50 boxes of mimeograph paper, 50 bolts of cloth, 50 cans of evaporated milk, 15 vials of penicillin and a small amount of mimeograph ink.
31Aug70- Dustoff, only a radio away
LZ ENGLISH - "When you're out in the boonies, it's sure good to know that if you get hit, a dustoff will get you out in a few minutes," said Spec. 4 Robert Winkler as he watched a helicopter lift off the pad here in northern Binh Dinh Province.
The ship was from the 498th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance). Dustoffs from the same company evacuate wounded troops from most of northern II Military Region. Americans, Korean soldiers and even the VC/NVA have utilized these ships.
"We carry everything from bellyache to booby-trap victims," said CWO William Wollinger, aircraft commander of Dustoff Three. "When we get more than one call at once, we have to decide which is more critical."
Since dustoffs are not armed, they are a good target in the eyes of the enemy. One more than one occasion, a pilot had found his ship being fired on from several directions. Since the pilots are not supposed to risk their
ships on "hot" LZs, they usually use gunships to sweep a contact area before making their pickup. But the VC have often been known to wait until a Dustoff comes in before opening fire.
"We get really good ground support when we work with the 173rd Airborne Brigade," said CWO Charles Clapp, the copilot of Dustoff Three, "but the VC around here will let you land in an LZ before they let anybody know they're there. Then they really cut loose.
"We had a ship get hit with an RPG. The whole ship went down in pieces," he related in the ready area here at English.
Suddenly the phone in their hootch rang. An urgent mission involving four men seriously wounded had come up. The crew moved out to its ship. Wollinger stopped only long enough to check with the Dustoff operation desk and get the map coordinates of the destination. Quickly, the ship cranked up and lifted off.
Within five minutes Wollinger was circling over the smoke of the distressed unit. The troops reported no enemy activity. The four men had been wounded by a booby trap. The Dustoff moved in to land. It was a small LZ. They had to hover directly overhead, dropping straight down onto an old rice paddy. The fliers were tense; that was the moment when the VC could most easily destroy the ship.
As four troopers ran up to the aircraft carrying one of the wounded, Spec.4 Peter Pius, the medic aboard the chopper, jumped off with litters for the others. As the litters were loaded aboard, Pius and Spec. 5 Peter, Torrano, the crew chief and assistant medic, helped the patients as much as they could.
Finally, all were aboard and the ship lifted off. Relieved to be off the bull's-eye, Wollinger sped the ship to the medical detachment at LZ English.
Before the ship was near English, the stretcher bearers were waiting on the chopper pad to rush the patients inside. No sooner did Dustoff Three touch down than the Sky Soldiers were quickly on their way to treatment.
The ship then moved off the pad into the area where it shut down. As the crewmen took off their body armor and survival vests. Clapp lit a cigaret. Pius and Torrano walked to the snack bar. Wollinger went inside to check on the wounded men.
31Aug70- Photo Caption
SPEED IS THE KEY to an artillery raid, as these gunners demonstrate during action at FSB Musket, 25 miles north of Da Nang. The 105mm howitzers and supplies belonged to the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). (Chinook carrying the 105mm is not visible in this photo).
31Aug70- Photo Caption
GENTLY LOWERING a 155mm howitzer is just one of the missions performed by the Screaming Eagles of the 159th Avn Bn., from the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). The weapon is being lowered onto FSB Shepherd.
31Aug70- VMAF's pilots
see first action
SOC TRANG - VNAF pilots who have been integrated into the 336th Assault Helicopter Co., 13th Combat Avn. Bn., got their first taste of heavy action when the Warriors killed eight enemy approximately five miles south of Ca Mau.
The pilots, recent graduates of the flight school at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., are undertaking exactly the same in-country training administered to newly assigned U.S. pilots.
When Soc Trang Army Airfield is turned over to the VNAF sometime in the future, these experienced aviators will remain behind as key personnel for the VNAF.
"Our new pilots did an exceptionally good job today," praised Capt. Charles C. Hart, air mission commander. "I would be very satisfied with any American pilot who did as well.
The heavy part of the day's activity was cramped into a relatively short space of time as the 336th gunships caught eight Viet Cong unprepared while making a gun run through a treeline, using both rockets and miniguns.
The Army Reporter
THE ARMY REPORTER is an authorized weekly publication of the Army, published by the information Office, U.S. Army Vietnam, APO 96375 (telephone Long Binh 4204(4819), The command newspaper circulates 85,000 copies and is printed by PACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES, Tokyo, Japan. Opinions expressed in the Army Reporter are not necessarily those of the Department of the Army. Services of the Armed Forces News Bureau and Army News Features are used.
Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Commanding General
Lt. Gen. William J. McCaffrey, Deputy Commanding General
Col. Alfred J. Mock, Information Officer
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05Oct70- Vietnam communiqué Oct. 12-18
Copters kill 27 near Quang Ngai
Action involving U.S. forces dropped off slightly during the week ending Oct. 18. Gunship crews from the 174th Assault Helicopter Co., supporting elements of the Americal Division nine miles south of Quang Ngai in southern Military Region I Oct. 13, killed 27 enemy soldiers in the largest engagement of the week.
In Military Region 3's Run Sat Special Zone that same day, Maddogs of the 240th Avn. Co., 22nd Combat Support Avn. Bn., were credited with the deaths of 22 Viet Cong while on a routine insertion of ARVN troops 16 miles northwest of Vung Tau. The crews also destroyed 12 structures and one sampan.
4th Inf Div
In their Military Region 2 area of operations, soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division engaged one enemy 19 miles northeast of An Khe Oct. 12. The enemy soldier was killed and one individual weapon captured.
25th Inf Div
Tropic Lightning troopers of the 25th Infantry Division killed five enemy soldiers and destroyed eight bunkers and numerous pieces of enemy supplies and materiel north and east of Cu Chi Oct. 13.
Division elements killed two enemy soldiers, detained one and found five bunkers Oct. 12.
Men from Co. C, 3rd Bn., 22nd Inf., engaged a small enemy force near Xuan Loc and killed two with small arms fire. One person was detained and two AK47 rifles were evacuated.
In another Tropic Lightning operation that day, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf.,located and searched five bunkers north of FSB Wood, north of Cu Chi.
Golden Dragons of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 14th Inf., destroyed 15 enemy bunkers Oct.15 north of the division base camp at Cu Chi.
Americal Division soldiers of the Co. C, 1st Bn., 52nd Inf., Ready Rifles engaged an estimated enemy platoon resulting in eight enemy killed and two crew-served weapons captured Oct. 13. Helicopter gunships supporting the action were credited with three additional enemy deaths.
Division soldiers operating in Military Region 1's Quang Ngai Province uncovered two rice caches Oct. 15. Ready Rifles of Co. D, 1st Bn., 52nd Inf.,uncovered 10.8 tones of rice nine miles northwest of Quang Ngai City. Eleven miles southeast of the city, a tone of rice was found by Syke's Regulars of Co. B, 1st Bn., 20th Inf.
Division soldiers found a rice cache 10 miles southwest of Quang Ngai City Oct 18. Men of Co. B, 1st Bn., 20th Inf., uncovered the four tons of rice.
1st Avn Bde
Air crews from the 1st Aviation Brigade's 16th Air Cav., 13th Combat Avn. Bn., killed eight enemy soldiers in action Oct. 15 in Military Region 4's An Xuyen Province.
Elsewhere in the Delta region that day, D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Air Cav.,assigned to the 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav., killed two enemy soldiers in actions near Vinh Long and Ben Tre.
Crews of the 16th Air Cav. killed six VC soldiers and destroyed four bunkers Oct. 14 in action in the Hatchet area of An Xuyen Province at the southern tip of the Republic. The Darkhorse pilots were pursuing one VC when he led them to the bunker and to the other five enemy.
Elements of the 16th Air Cav. killed three enemy soldiers approximately 15 miles southwest of Cau Mau Oct. 13.
In another action that day, alert gunship crews of A Troop, 7th Squadron,1st Air Cav., killed one enemy soldier six miles southeast of Sadec.
In two separate morning encounters Oct. 17, elements of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn. made enemy contact in An Xuyen Province.
Single enemy kills were reported by air crews of the 16th Air Cav. and the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co.
1st Cav Div
Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) A Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., engaged an enemy force of undetermined size Oct. 18. Fourteen enemy soldiers were killed and 10 bunkers and four structures were destroyed.
Men of the same unit engaged 10 enemy and killed eight Oct. 13 in an area 25 miles northwest of Bao Loc within Military Region 2. Helicopter gunships supported.
Division units killed six enemy soldiers Oct. 16 and uncovered enemy materiel and supplies Oct. 15 in a continuing cache exploitation 22 miles northeast of Phuoc Vinh in Military Region 3.
Crews from B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cav., killed three NVA soldiers with organic helicopter fire in the morning 17 miles southeast of Song Be. Members of the Blue platoon, an airmobile rifle team, upon insertion at the contact site, detained one wounded enemy soldier and captured two AK47 rifles, one AK50 assault rifle and one K54 pistol.
Elements of the 2nd Bn., 5th Cav., Black Knights killed three VC that day in a contact with an enemy force of undetermined size 40 miles southeast of Phuoc Vinh. The initial contact was made at 10:20 a.m. and continued on and off throughout the afternoon. Black Knights countered enemy small arms fire and RPGs with artillery fire and Cobra gunships.
Probing a promising cache area 22 miles northeast of Phuoc Vinh Oct. 15,soldiers of Co. C, 1st Bn., 7th Cav., found 14 120mm mortar rounds, 140 60mm mortar rounds, 16 75mm recoilless rifle rounds, 42 82mm mortar fuses and five 120mm mortar fuses. All were destroyed.
The same Skytrooper unit--Co. A, 1st Bn., 7th Cav.--uncovered a large enemy weapons cache 24 miles northwest of Tuc Trung in Long Khanh Province, Military Region 3, Oct. 14.
02Nov70- VC find Professionals just like name
LZ BAYONET - In an all-night action, infantrymen from the Americal's 198th Inf. Bde., teaming up with gunships and artillery, turned back an enemy attack on their night defensive position, killed six enemy and destroyed a bunker complex northwest of Chu Lai.
Moving through heavily vegetated area, Co. D, 5th Bn., 46th Inf., came upon a group of well-constructed bunkers on a small hill overlooking to rice paddies below. Members of the company carefully began checking the area for booby traps and signs of enemy activity. Inside the structures, the Professionals found rice, other food items and clothing, and plenty of room for shelter from allied artillery attacks.
"The bunkers were capable of housing about 20 enemy soldiers during an artillery attack," said Capt. Gary Watson, company commander of Delta. "They could also take a direct hit from a 105mm round without causing much damage."
The Professionals planted explosives in each of the bunkers and after detonating the devices, it was found that another charge was needed to destroy the bunkers.
After finally destroying the bunker complex, the company moved to lower ground to set up its night defensive position. The infantrymen set up their mortars and adjusted their positions.
Then, about dark movement was detected in the woodline. The mortar platoon was instructed to place several rounds in the area.
A short time later, Pfc. Larry Stevenson and Pfc. Michael Kruse noticed two enemy soldiers crawling toward their positions. As one enemy tried to remove and emplaced claymore mine, Stevenson detonated the triggering device, killing the enemy. At the same time, the other enemy got up and attempted to escape but Kruse brought him down.
A few minutes later more movement was detected and mortars were again called on to provide explosive rounds and illumination. When the illumination rounds went up, the presence of two more enemy soldiers was revealed a short distance from the perimeter. The enemy, realizing their positions had been compromised,
attempted to evade but were killed by a barrage of small arms fire from Delta's position.
"They both ran into a clearing and they made easy targets," recalled Pfc. Richard McCall, a rifleman with the Professionals. "Our entire perimeter opened up on them."
During the remainder of the night, the enemy tried several more times to penetrate the perimeter of Co. D. Watson requested gunship support from F Troop, 9th Cav., and illumination from Btry. C, 1st Bn., 14th Arty. The illumination lit up the area while the gunships pounded the enemy position with rockets and miniguns.
"Each time the gunships left station to reload and refuel, the enemy would come in closer to the perimeter and pick up the dead bodies," recalled Lt. William Kotas a platoon leader with Delta.
The gunships stayed on station with the Professionals the remainder of the night, placing suppressive fire around the perimeter and soon began to take machine gun fire from the site of the destroyed bunker complex. The gunships returned fire on the enemy killing two and bringing the total to six enemy killed.
02Nov70- Photo Caption
BENEATH THE SWIRLING wash of a CH47 Chinook helicopter, men of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) wrestle a 105mm howitzer prior to an artillery raid at FSB Normandy in northern Military Region 1.
02Nov70- Photo Caption
CHINOOK BLAST turns the heads of members of the 1st Bn., 321st Arty., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), as the CH47 from Co. C, 159th Assault Helicopter Bn., supports the operation.
02Nov70- Infantrymen and gunships join, clean out NVA nest (3/21st Inf & 116th AHC)
LZ CENTER - Thirty enemy were killed in a lightning-swift air-ground assault staged by a 196th Inf. Bde. rifle company and gunships of a 116th Avn company on the homeland of the 72nd Local Forces Bn. near Ky Que Village, eight miles west-southwest of Tam Ky.
First indications of new large-scale enemy activity in the area, long a hotbed of Communist insurgency in Quang Tin Province, came at approximately 10:30 in the morning. A Stinger (116th AHC) gunship cruising over the rolling terrain studded with hedgerow-covered knolls took small arms fire from the vicinity of a large rice paddy.
The chopper crew radioed in a report of an estimated 100 enemy positioned all along the woodlines.
Co. A, under the command of Capt. Harmon E. Heed, had been sitting on LZ Center waiting to make a combat assault into another location when the order came for the company to be airlifted into the LZ without carrying their rucksacks, a new wrinkle in Gimlet tactics.
"The original plans had also called for the company to leave their rucksacks, a new wrinkle in Gimlet tactics.
"The original plans had also called for the company to leave their rucksacks on our supply pad to be hauled out to them at a later time to give our air-assaulting troops greater maneuverability immediately upon disembarking," commented Capt. John A. Cope, battalion operations officer.
As five helicopters set the company's 1st platoon down on the rice paddy shortly after 12:30 p.m., gunships cruising overhead spotted and engaged 15 enemy soldiers who had fired on the first wave of Americal Division soldiers.
As the airlift took place, Co. B, operating a mile northwest of the hot LZ, moved south to serve as a blocking force in an effort to cut off the enemy's escape routes.
The ground forces killed 15 enemy on the initial sweep up the knoll and found nine others killed by the gunships.
"After moving up the knoll about 50 yards, two guys some 20 yards to my right yelled over to me after they took fire from a patch of leafy bushes four or five feet high right next to my position," Platoon Sgt. Ronald
With his M16 on automatic, the young platoon sergeant sprayed the bushes killing four NVA soldiers. An 18-year-old female Viet Cong suspect was later captured near the would-be ambush site.
Shortly before 5 p.m. a patrol moving back to the company command post near the LZ heard voices coming from a hootch area. Raiding the hootch complex, the Gimlet troops engaged and killed 10 NVA as the enemy force attempted to flee.
Moments later, another patrol operating nearby killed one VC moving on a trail.
Captured during the initial assault were two AK47s, 24 Chinese Communist grenades, two pistols, five rucksacks and an assortment of ammunition, food,medical supplies, and personal items.
The next day, while continuing their search and clear mission, a Co. A patrol spotted two enemy soldiers fleeing into a hillside bunker. After a short fire fight the enemy troops were seen leaving through an exit hole at
the rear of the structure.
02Nov70-New classes to offer hope
LAP DION - Until recently nearly 400 children of this hamlet attended elementary school irregularly as they had only one cramped classroom.
But today because of a civic actions project of the 269th Combat Avn. Bn. the children have two additional classrooms. The project was so successful that the province government decided to provide the materials for the construction of two more classrooms.
"The people of the village owe much to Col. (John) Hughes (commander of the 269th) and the men of the 269th," said Mr. Long. Tan My Village elder at the dedication ceremony. "They will never be forgotten."
The 269th provided the funds for the materials needed to build the two classrooms. The labor was provided by the villagers.
The 58th Regional Forces Gp., which is responsible for the defense of the hamlet, is providing the labor for the construction of the second two classrooms.
09Nov70- Vietnam communiqué Oct. 19-25
23rd Inf Div blasts enemy platoon (Americal)
As the rainy season pounded the northern quarter of the Republic during the third week in October, contact with the enemy-concentrated in Military Regions 1 and 4-dropped off slightly.
The largest action of the week involved forces of the 23rd Infantry Division in an area nine miles northwest of Quang Ngai City in southern Military Region 1 Oct. 19.
Division troopers engaged an estimated enemy platoon, killing 26 Communist soldiers, detaining 10 suspects and capturing 10 individual weapons. Men of Co. D and the recon platoon, 1st Bn., 52nd Inf., were supported during the battle by elements of the 174th Assault Helicopter Co.
1st Cav Div
Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) E Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Air Cav., engaged and killed 12 enemy soldiers nine miles south of Dong Xoa Oct. 21 in Military Region 3.
One platoon of Skytroopers was inserted into the area, where they engaged two enemy in a bunker, killing both. Gunships of the 9th Air Cav. supporting the ground troops killed the additional 10 enemy soldiers. Two individual weapons were captured.
23rd Inf Div
Gunners of the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division's Btry. C, 3rd Bn., 16th Arty., supported by ARVN artillery, engaged an enemy force of undetermined size Oct. 21 and killed 10 enemy soldiers. The action took place 19 miles southwest of Tam Ky in southern Military Region 1.
Americal troopers discovered a large enemy rice cache at dusk Oct. 25. Five tons of rice were found two miles south-southeast of Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province by soldiers from Co. B, 4th Bn., 21st Inf. The locally grown, unpolished rice was in good condition and was extracted.
173rd Abn Bde
During the third week of October, paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade killed 14 enemy soldiers in scattered action throughout Binh Dinh Province.
The Sky Soldiers detained one VC suspect and three arms during the actions.
The most significant actions of the week was a combined 173rd, MACV and Regional Forces contact in Phu My District, about 20 miles north of Qui Nhon. The combined force spotted 25 enemy soldiers on the move. The RF unit was credited with five enemy dead, while the MACV element and a 173rd Hawk team
accounted for five more. One of the dead enemy soldiers was identified as a member of the hard-core VC cadre in Phu My District.
1st Avn Bde
Air crews from the 1st Aviation Brigade's D Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Air Cav., engaged an enemy force of undetermined size late on the night of Oct.23 and killed 15 of the enemy. The action occurred nine miles southwest of Hue in Military Region 1.
That same day, crews from the 173rd Assault Helicopter Co., 11th Combat Avn. Bn., killed four enemy soldiers while flying a fire support mission in Military Region 3. The gunships were supporting Regional and Popular Forces operating north of Tay Ninh.
In swift, precise maneuvers over Military Region 4 Oct. 19, elements of the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co., 13th Combat Avn. Bn., accounted for five enemy dead in a half-hour period. The Copperheads were working in an area approximately 15 miles southwest of Ca Mau.
Elements of the 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav., reported action in their Delta area of operations Oct. 20, as Cobra gunships of D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Air Cav., were credited with killing four enemy soldiers approximately three miles west of Vinh Long.
In an extended operation which carried over into the early hours of Oct. 23, elements of the 16th Air Cav., 13th Combat Avn., Bn., killed two enemy soldiers and uncovered a hidden 40-bed hospital during maneuvers in An Xuyen Province of Military Region 4.
While working in an area of the U Minh Forest just north of Thoi Binh, the Dark Horses came upon their find. It was shortly after that, in the same area, that the first enemy soldier was killed.
Later in the operation, in an area west of Ca Mau, the Darkhorses spotted a small element of enemy troops trying to evade detection. The gunships expended their ordinance, killing one VC.
Men of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn.'s 162nd Assault Helicopter Co. killed two enemy soldiers in separate encounters south of Vi Thanh in Military Region 4 Oct. 21.
Air crews from the 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav., accounted for four enemy deaths Oct. 25. Cobra strikes by A Troop five miles north of Soc Trang killed one enemy soldier. Gunship crews from C Troop discovered an enemy concentration two miles west of Vi Thanh, destroyed two bunkers and two huts and killed two VC.
While conducting a visual reconnaissance mission five miles east of Can Tho that day, crews of D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Air Cav., killed one enemy soldier.
25th Inf Div
In action within their Military Region 3 area of operations Oct. 21, Tropic Lightning troopers of the 25th Infantry Division killed two enemy soldiers, found the body of another enemy soldier and uncovered a small bunker complex.
The two enemy soldiers were killed on the northern side of Nui Ba Den mountain by troopers of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Armored Cav. The other body was found by the same unit west of Dau Tieng.
Six bunkers and fighting positions were discovered near Xuan Loc by men of Co. A, 4th Bn., 23rd Inf., that day. Two bicycles were discovered in one of the bunkers.
Division units killed two enemy soldiers and found eight bunkers during operations Oct. 22.
Men of Co. B, 2nd Bn., 22nd Inf., were credited with the two enemy killed in action north of Cu Chi. One Ak47 rifle was captured in the encounter.
The bunkers were found east of FSB Kien by Co. C Wolfhounds of the 1st Bn.,27th Inf.
In a thickly wooded area northeast of the Boi Loi Woods, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 22nd Inf., uncovered and destroyed eight bunkers in two separate actions. The other two bunkers were found northwest of FSB Jamie by Co. A Golden Dragons of the 2nd Bn., 14th Inf.
Tropic Lightning units uncovered 12 bunkers and 16 fighting positions Oct. 19. The bunkers were found just east of a rubber plantation north of Cu Chi. Soldiers of A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Armored Cav., located 10 of the bunkers while the Co. C, 2nd Bn., 14th Inf., Golden Dragons found two others about a mile away.
The 16 fighting positions were found by men of Co. A of the 4th Bn., 23rd Inf. A search of a nearby bunker resulted in the uncovering of 25 pounds of medical supplies and a small assortment of ammunition and other supplies.
09Nov70- On former home Troops spring ambush
FSB BUTTONS - From beneath three large trees on a densely vegetated hill, Lt. John Lucas watched the abandoned FSB Betty through his field glasses.
The object of his scrutiny lay 450 yards below. Around him the 32 other members of hi unit, Echo Recon Platoon, 1st Bn., 8th Cav., 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), sat and watched the silent, stripped mound of red earth that was once the home of their battalion.
Beneath Lucas' gaze six NVA soldiers abruptly appeared and walked into the base, searching the torn bunkers and deep ditches for items left behind by American troops when the Cav had pulled out just three days earlier.
The vigil was over. Lucas called FSB Snuffy, a few miles away, for Cobra gunships and fed instructions to the 155mm howitzers there.
While Lucas planned, the NVA roamed the base apparently unconcerned about being in the open under a bright sun. One soldier wearing a white T-shirt stood on an oil drum gesticulating like a traffic cop to his subordinates as he indicated the spots he wanted searched.
He was still giving orders when Cobras appeared in the sky. Seemingly, the NVA ignored the helicopters until the sleek ships rolled in on a rocket run.
When the shooting was over, a platoon from Co. B, 5th Bn., 7th Cav., was inserted in support of Echo Recon. They found one enemy soldier, an AK47 lying beside him, but there were no signs of the others.
Late in the afternoon, the two platoons swept over the area, dropping fragmentation grenades into the underground bunkers. Then the two platoons secured the base for the night.
The following morning Lucas sent his men out once more to patrol the interior of the installation. He told them to search inside the bunkers.
As Sgt. Bill Arnold passed a long deep trench in the center of the base, he spotted a figure beneath a pile of wooden planks and other debris. As he moved down to investigate, an unarmed NVA soldier jumped up.
Arnold, his finger tight against the trigger of his M16 yelled, "Chieu Hoi," at the man, practically ordering him to surrender. However, the soldier had his hands up, and was yelling, "Chieu Hoi," too, so he apparently had no intention of arguing.
The NVA was detained, and in the ditch was found his almost-new rifle.
The detainee, his green fatigues covered in a layer of grayish mud, had only a few pounds of rice and boxes of candy to eat.
That afternoon he was brought here to FSB Buttons for interrogation and Co. B returned to Snuffy. Echo Recon returned to its silent vigil on the hill to wait for another group of curious enemy soldiers.
09Nov70- Photo Caption
STRAINING FOR ALL they're worth, Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) shove a heavy load into a CH47 Chinook helicopter during a recent operation in northern Military Region 1, their area of operations.
09Nov70- Photo Caption
LOOKING LIKE DANCERS in a mechanized ballet, UH1 (Huey) helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division (Airbmobile), lift off from Camp Sally during an operation in the Republic of Vietnam's northern Military Region 1.
09Nov70- 101st 'Outstanding Aviation Unit'
CAMP EAGLE - The 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) has been named the Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year for 1969 and 1970.
The trophy was presented at the Army Aviation Association of America convention in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16.
The division was selected as the top aviation unit for its achievements from April 1, 1969, to March 31, 1970.
The award, sponsored by the Aircraft Division of Hughes Tool Co., Culver City, Calif., is presented annually to a selected aviation unit for outstanding contribution to, or innovation in, the employment of Army aviation over and above the normal mission assigned to the unit.
The five criteria established as a basis for selection of the outstanding unit are tactics, training, doctrine, technology and safety.
Several examples of the division's "over and above" normal mission requirements and innovations in aircraft employment highlight the period for which the award was made.
During that year, Screaming Eagles provided tactical, operational and logistical support to the Americal Division; 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (ARVN); and numerous local Regional and Popular Force units.
In September 1969, the division initiated Operation Lifesaver. The basic plan was to create suitable emergency landing zones throughout the division's area of operation. In seven months, 140 Lifesaver landing zones were constructed, which provided readily accessible area for medical evacuation and emergency landings.
In November 1969, Co. A, 101st Avn. Bn., was redesignated F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cav. It was necessary to retrain all pilots in different aircraft and in air cavalry tactical concepts. Within one month, new aircraft were received, the training was completed and the troop operational.
A high state of flexibility was again demonstrated in March 1970 when the same troop was reconverted to Co. A, 101st Avn Bn. The reconversion was completed in just two weeks.
An airmobility school, including instruction in aerial rocket artillery, tactical air support and aeromedical evacuation, was established to familiarize commanders and staff officers with the policies, procedures and techniques of airmobility. From April 1969 to March 1970, 320 officers and NCOs from the division and attached units attended the course. In addition more than 200 ARVN soldiers attended a similar course.
Two other schools were also established during the year by ..missing line..the 101st flight standardization board: an OH6A pilot transition course and a UH1 instructor pilot course. The courses lifted the burden of pilot training from unit commanders and gave the division a standardized course of instruction for pilots.
Further testimony of the outstanding air year of the Screaming Eagles was the fact that the division's air traffic control platoon, which controls all air traffic in the 101st area of operations, and which handled more than
760,000 takeoffs and landings at one location (the division headquarters base, Camp Eagle), was credited with the safe return of 11 aircraft during poor weather conditions.
The Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year award was initiated in 1960. In its 10-year history, this is the third time a division-size unit has won the award.
09Nov70- Safety officer aids aviators
CHU LAI - The last thing 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division aviators need is their own carelessness or thoughtlessness working against them. It's the job of the division aviation safety officer to make sure the aviators don't terminate their careers early.
Capt. Edward L. Conner, the division's safety officer, is a professional Army aviator with six years experience.
Conner and CWO James Sims begin their day at 5:30 a.m., checking flightlines of some of the aviation companies at Chu Lai. They look for safety hazards in the hangars and aircraft revetments and make sure that aviators are performing thorough preflight inspections on their aircraft.
"Some of our young aviators tend to become lax in their preflights, forgetting how important they can be," Sims said.
"If we have a series of mishaps caused by poor preflights, we start seeing aviators performing thorough inspections of their aircraft before cranking up," Conner said.
After a tour of one or two flightlines, the rest of the day may be spent with briefing new flyers, inspecting LZs and refueling points in the division, or flying around the area of operations looking for aviators operating their
While riding up to 16th Combat Avn. Gp. headquarters, Conner cast a critical eye at an aircraft overhead. The pilot was making a tight 90-degree turn, slipping at low altitude. A moment later he recovered and leveled out again.
If he had continued, he might have received a nasty phone call.
Conner is one of two officers in the 16th Group who can ground a flyer on the spot. The other is Col. B. S. Silver, 16th commander.
"The man we have to watch out for has about 1,000 flying hours and about 10 months in-country. He figures he has it made and sits back-he's complacent," Sims said.
"For the first two or three months, he's still striving for complete mastery of the aircraft," Conner pointed out.
"After he's proficient with the aircraft, he can start looking out the window and reading a map. He has to learn to area of operations-terrain features, LZs, known 'hot' spots and safe areas for emergency or precautionary landings," Conner explained.
By his fifth month, the aviator is qualified as an aircraft commander, and may figure he has it made.
"That's his most vulnerable time. He tends to get careless and lax," Conner said.
So the safety officers talk to each aviator every 90 days, hoping to make the fliers aware of their own changing attitudes. They also use the opportunity to dispel "myths" that crop up about aircraft and flying
techniques, and review air and ground safety procedures to be sure they're being practiced.
In addition to investigating accidents and incidents, the safety officers coordinate closely with the standardization officer for the 16th Capt. William J. Edwards. His job is to be sure that all aviators in the unit
have attained and maintain a degree of proficiency.
16Nov70- In Military Region 1
ARA unit supports ARVN
CAMP EVANS - During a summer of extensive enemy conflict in northern Military Region 1, the 3rd Bde., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), area of operations was guarded from the air by the watchful eyes of a battery of Cobra helicopters.
Btry. C, 4th Bn., 77th Aerial Rocket Arty., is on constant call to all allied units working in the brigade's tactical area.
During the summer, the ARA battery is worked closely with the 1st ARVN Infantry Division in and around the Fire Support Base O'Reilly area. In the months of August and September, when the fighting near O'Reilly was the heaviest, Charlie Battery flew more than 140 fire missions for the ARVNs,killing an estimated 300 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers.
The ARA unit is one of the first in the 101st to work so closely with the South Vietnamese soldiers.
The mission of Charlie Battery is to provide artillery support to ground units in close contact with the enemy. They also assist in the preparation of landing zones.
"We really enjoy flying missions for the ARVNs," said Lt. Donald L. Scott, the battery operations officer. "They appreciate in a big way the support we give them."
"To eliminate the language barrier, the ARVNs are usually accompanied by an Australian or American adviser who acts as the radio telephone operator," said Scott.
"Once our own RTO receives a request for artillery support, the Cobra pilot has two minutes to get his bird in the air," added the operations officer.
"Once airborne, he is briefed on the location and details."
In July, the Griffins, flying a combined mission with two other batteries, killed more than 100 enemy soldiers in actions west of Khe Sanh.
"To the troops on the ground we're known as Sweet Griffin," said Scott. "I guess it's because of our record." Since the beginning of 1970, Btry. C has been credited with more than 830 enemy kills with aerial rocket artillery.
"Being a good ARA unit requires the combined effort of the pilots, crew chiefs, the mechanics and RTOs," said Capt. Stephan L. Proctor, battery executive officer, "and we think we are the best ARA battery around."
UPON INSERTION, Bobcats of the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Bn., 5th Inf.,scurry for cover after leaving their ship on an operation near Bearcat.
16Nov70- Vietnam communiqué Oct. 26-Nov. 1
Artymen allies repel LZ attack
Battle action involving U.S. forces continued light through the week ending Nov. 1, with the largest contact occurring in Military Region 2 Pleiku Province Oct. 29.
In that action, an element of the 52nd Arty. Gp. and ARVN and Regional Forces units, located at LZ Oasis, 16 miles southwest of Pleiku City, received approximately 40 rounds of 82mm mortar fire and rocket grenades. The indirect fire attack was followed by a ground probe by an enemy force of
Helicopter gunships supported the allies during the contact, which continued for almost five hours. Enemy losses were 14 killed and the allies captured eight crew-served weapons and seven individual weapons.
1st Avn Bde
Air crews of the 1st Aviation Brigade's 16th Air Cav., 13th Combat Avn. Bn., killed five VC Oct. 27 in southern Military Region 4.
In a late afternoon action, the Darkhorses spotted enemy troops in an area south of Viet Cong Lake within An Xuyen Province. The light observation helicopter crews fired upon the enemy, killing five. In addition, 18
structures were destroyed during the day's operations.
In an all-day operation within the southern Delta area Oct. 28, gunship crews of the 16th Air Cav. accounted for four enemy killed. The Darkhorses also destroyed 15 enemy structures.
Aviators of the 16th killed one enemy soldier in Phong Dinh Province Oct. 31.
Light observation helicopters from the 16th Air Cav. killed one VC Nov. 1.
Elements of K Troop of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment received approximately 30 mixed RPGs and 60mm mortar and 75mm recoilless rifle rounds five miles southeast of Military Region 3's Lai Khe Oct. 30.
Artillery was called in for support, and two enemy soldiers were killed, while one individual weapon and one crew-served weapon were captured.
25th Inf. Div
Tropic Lightning troopers of the 25th Infantry Division killed three enemy soldiers and uncovered 35 enemy bunkers Oct. 27 north of Cu Chi in Military Region 3.
Two enemy soldiers were killed by men of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Armored Cav.,in the Crescent area. One AK47 rifle, three rucksacks and 30 pounds of rice were taken in that action. In an area nearby, five bunkers were found by Co. B Warriors of the 2nd Bn., 12th Inf.
In other action that day, 30 bunkers were found north of FSB Kien by Co. D Wolfhounds of the 1st Bn., 27th Inf., in the Hobo Woods.
Division elements killed two enemy soldiers and captured their weapons Oct. 28.
One enemy soldier was killed by men of the 3rd Bn., 22nd Inf., during a brief skirmish northwest of FSB Schwartz near Xuan Loc. The other was killed by men of the 2nd Bn., 22nd Inf., southeast of FSB Redleg.
Tropic Lightning soldiers killed one enemy and destroyed 20 bunkers in continued light action near Xuan Loc Oct. 29.
1st Cav Div
Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) found a cache containing enemy weapons 22 miles northwest of Tuc Trung in Military Region 3 Oct. 28.
The find by men of the 1st Bn., 7th Cav., included 49 individual weapons,56 individual weapon barrels, three crew-served weapons, three complete wheel mounts for heavy machine guns, five M60 machine gun bipods, one 20-pound mine, two mine detectors, 13 mortar rounds, 12 75mm recoilless rifle rounds, 30 60mm mortar bipods and 120 60mm fuzes.
A Skytrooper element found a cache containing ammunition nine miles northwest of Dong Bo Oct. 29.
Men from a reconnaissance element of the 1st Bn., 7th Cav., reported finding 309 82mm mortar rounds, 108 120mm mortar rounds, 21,600 rounds of small arms ammunition, 20,635 .51-caliber rounds, two boxes of antipersonnel mines and eight hand grenades. The cache was evacuated.
The Cavmen reported finding: 2.2 tons of C4 explosive, 600 blocks of TNT, 105 82mm mortar rounds, 1,200 hand grenades, nine 75mm howitzer rounds, two 75mm recoilless rifle rounds and 2,200 small arms rounds.
23rd Inf Div (Americal)
An element of the 23rd Infantry Division's 196th Inf. Bde. exchanged small arms and automatic weapons fire with an enemy force of undetermined size six miles southwest of Tam Ky in Quang Tin Province Oct. 26. Four enemy soldiers were killed in the action and a fifth was detained.
101st Abn Div
In their Military Region 1 Region of operations Nov. 1, elements of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) uncovered a well-stocked enemy munitions cache 14 miles northeast of A Shau. The cache contained 132 60mm rounds, 11 82mm mortar rounds, 5,000 small arms rounds, five RPGs, 500 pounds of C3 explosive and 1,430 undetermined-type firing devices.
16Nov70-Photo Caption - Page 8
ENEMY BOOBY TRAPS hidden in thick brush cause combined-force casualties for these troops working about one mile east of Trung Lap village. A 25th ARVN Division Soldier is being placed on the chopper (left) while a member of the 2nd Bn., 22nd Inf., 25th Infantry Division, prepares to board on the right side.
A FAMILIAR SIGHT to nearly every infantryman in Vietnam is the log bird,
such as this 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) chopper seen settling into a
clearing with fresh supplies.
16Nov70-Army aviation assets proficiently aid Vietnamese
BIEN HOA - Several events in the past few weeks have clearly exhibited Army participation in President Nixon's announced policy of Vietnamization.
Most evident of these events has been the transfer of aviation assets from three U.S. Army helicopter companies to the Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF).
However, many other Army aviation units are doing their part to insure that the VNAF will soon possess the aviation capability to defend themselves against aggression.
One such unit is the 68th Avn. Co. (assault Helicopter) at Bien Hoa. There are 18 VNAF pilots currently training with the 68th Top Tigers.
Explaining the training program, Maj. Bobbie G. Pedigo says the VNAF pilots came to his unit after completing pilot training courses in the United States.
"They took the same training as our Army pilots in their stateside program," he continued. "And when they arrived here they got the same in-country orientation ride that our pilots receive.
"After the orientation ride they flew with an IP (instructor pilot) to get the feel of the aircraft following the layoff after flight school Following a few days of flight with an IP, the length depends on the individual, they
began flying direct combat support (DCS) with an IP."
After flying with an IP for three or four days, the VNAF pilots were then released to fly with an aircraft commander on DCS missions. With several such missions completed, they began flying combat assault missions, first with an instructor pilot and then with one of the aircraft commanders.
Pedigo says that the training program is designed to last about 60 days.
"This will take them up to about 250 hours' flight time. At this point they should be completely capable of flying their own missions," he adds.
Army officials explain that the VNAF pilots training with them are all second lieutenants; most of them have less than two years' service. Like
their American counterparts, a majority of their service time has been spent in training.
Pedigo says that the Vietnamese pilots receive no favoritism or special consideration when they are flying with American aircraft commanders.
"They are given a job and expected to fulfill it. Whether they are actually flying the aircraft or serving as copilot, they are required to utilize all their flight skills in a professional manner."
The instructor pilots of the 68th have expressed high praise for the Vietnamese students. "They are mastering the complex task of piloting the utility (UH1H Huey) helicopter one Army pilot proudly stated.
Aviation skills are not the only areas in which the VNAF pilots have surprised and impressed their American counterparts.
Pedigo points out that a language barrier was anticipated when the Vietnamese pilot joined his unit. No such problem arose, however.
"As a matter of fact, all the Vietnamese pilots speak fluent English," he admitted. "To preclude any sort of language barrier, which could be a serious problem in the aircraft, the Vietnamese pilots attended an English course before they were released to attend flight school."
From all reports, the American and Vietnamese pilots quickly developed a friendly working rapport in the aircraft.
One American pilot relates that between missions conversations in the cockpit differ little from those of two pilots anywhere. Such exchanges tend to bridge the cultural gap and range from daily life to the armed forces.
The working rapport goes hand-in-hand with an "esprit de corps" of the VNAF pilots, according to Pedigo.
"Those men are proud to be pilots and they are proud to fly with our company," he says. "When they first arrived here, a pilot was kidding a couple of them about putting Top Tiger patches on their flight suits. To
everyone's surprise, they unzippered their pockets and revealed several patches ready to be sewn on."
He further commented that there is a definite enthusiasm from both parties involved.
23Nov70-Chopper jockeys save thousands
QUI NHON - Thousands were saved the first of this month from rising flood waters in the stricken Binh Dinh Province by helicopters of the 17th Combat Aviation Gp.'s 223rd Aviation Bn.
A battalion spokesman said the effort was the largest search and rescue operation ever conducted in Vietnam.
Pilots and crewmen of the unit's 61st and 129th Assault Helicopter Companies rescued a total of 2,949 people and 53.5 tons of their belongings Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
The flooding came as more than 20 inches of rain fell in a six-day period, half of it coming in nine hours Friday night and Saturday morning.
Streams overflowed and people fled to rooftops or the nearest high ground.
The helicopters, alerted Saturday by MACV advisers, began evacuations of civilians in trouble. Pilots of the two companies, sent out to villages,often found people in need of help even before reaching the intended
destination, and worked long hours in near-impossible conditions of wind and rain.
To rescue those perched on rooftops, two methods were used. Where possible, the crew chief got out and helped the flood victims.
Where this was not possible, people were virtually thrown into the wide doorway so the UH1H. For adults, two or three men swung them like sacks of wheat to safety.
A 61st Helicopter piloted by WOs Robert T. Ford and Gerald E. Gray found a truck carrying soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division washed off the road and floundering.
The two hovered the helicopter so that its bell sat in the water, and the crewmen, Spec. 4 Steven R, Landaker and Pfc. Danny H. Furr began hauling in the troopers.
23Nov70-Ready Rifles kill 6, detain one VC
LZ BAYONET - Infantrymen from the 23rd Infantry Division's 198th Inf. Bde. working with Cobra gunships from the 176th Avn. Co., overcame heavy enemy resistance and then trapped a Viet Cong element to kill six enemy, detain one and capture two individual weapons in the Vin Tuy Valley northwest of Quang Ngai.
Co. C, 1st Bn., 52nd Inf., had just completed a helicopter assault into the area when the unit began taking heavy enemy fire from a nearby treeline to the north. The Ready Rifles returned fire and quickly dispersed the enemy element.
"We saw one VC in a tree when the firing started, but when we returned fire in that direction, he leaped down and started running," said Spec. 4 Floyd W. Gibbs, a radio operator for Charlie Company. "I didn't see any others but we were also taking pretty heavy fire from the woodline."
The Ready Rifles started sweeping the area of contact in pursuit of the enemy soldiers, but an aerial observer spotted several Viet Cong moving onto a bunker in a different direction. The observer contacted Co. C and gave the location of the bunker site. The ground element then shifted its route of travel and closed in on the enemy location.
"When we got to the bunker we began receiving fire again. So we assaulted their position," Gibbs said.
When the Ready Rifles approached a small hootch adjacent to the bunker, a Viet Cong inside the hootch began firing through a small window. Pfc James McDuffie opened up with his machine gun, killing the enemy.
When we got close enough we started throwing hand grenades and firing M79 grenade rounds into the opening of the bunker until all the enemy firing had stopped," said Gibbs.
Meanwhile, gunships from the 176th Avn. Co. were blasting the area to the immediate north with grenade, rocket and minigun fire.
A total of six enemy had been killed in the fighting, and one enemy detained. Two individual weapons were confiscated.
23Nov70-South of Quang Ngai Monsoon's floods endanger outpost
NGHIA HANH - Engineers and aviators of the 23rd Infantry Division teamed up with MACV advisory personnel to bring needed supplies to a flood surrounded outpost five miles south of Quang Ngai early this month.
They evacuated Montagnard families from their isolated positions to feed and shelter them at the district headquarters on higher ground, using the flood that caused the problem as the avenue of approach to the stranded families.
The Phuoc Giang River rose during the night after torrential rains. The mountains ringing the "rice bowl" west of Nghia Hanh District headquarters shook off the rain and the water began its flooding run to the sea, 10 miles away.
Normally, the river runs through Nghia Hanh in one large channel, but because of the heavy rains, the Phuoc Giang left its banks far upstream. It covered miles of rice fields and villages, sweeping away many of the bamboo, straw and mud homes of the rice bowl farmers.
The small Montagnard outpost near An Phuoc hamlet was surrounded by deep water. The wives and children of the strongpoint's defenders huddled together atop bunkers and fortifications. They had climbed above the protective cover, leaving them exposed to the elements - and any Viet Cong in the area.
Enemy attacks on the small outpost are frequent, but the hardy Montagnard tribesmen fend off the Viet Cong. Their families in the bunkers inspire them to hold their position, but with the floods, their families had no protection if the Viet Cong should strike.
The high water kept the soldier's families trapped, unable to reach a nearby village where they might find food and shelter.
The flooded resupply road that parallels the road was impassable. Men of the 26th Engr. Bn. gathered their gear together and left a field position near the mouth of the Tra Khuc River to the west.
They were to be airlifted by the 176th Assault Helicopter Co. "We got the word that it was a tactical emergency, which is a voluntary mission," said Lt. Joseph C. Gross, aircraft commander of one of the two
ships on the mission. "To get to the engineers, we had to hover down Highway 1 at about 30 knots air speed. Visibility was about a mile, but the ceilingwas only about 200 feet."
In spite of the adverse conditions, they reached the engineer compound by the sea.
Once their ship was loaded with engineers and their equipment, Gross and the pilot, Lt. Clifford Brock, turned their ship toward Nghia Hanh District headquarters, where they and another ship unloaded the engineers, equipment and 1,000 pounds of rice. The pilots carefully set their aircraft down on the submerged helipad at the headquarters compound.
"There were four or five inches of water on the chopper pad where we landed. It was the only place we could land around there," said Sgt. Jerry Furlong of Co. E, 26th Engr. Bn.
The engineers transferred their equipment to a truck and moved out toward the bank of the river. "We rolled as far as we could, then inflated and launched our boat," said Furlong.
The party of five engineers then began their hour-long fight against the strong current. Spec. 4 John W. Watkins and Pfc. Wells J. Caster helped maneuver the small craft as Capt. Mark E. Bacon kept track of the party's position.
The banks of the 40-foot-wide river. screened by thick trees and brush,made flank security a problem. Large trees and clumps of bamboo overhung the river in some places. "It's a spooky place to be," said Spec. 4 Gary
The engineers beached their craft at the outpost and began unloading bread to give the defenders something to eat immediately, then returned downstream for another load. Toward later afternoon, they prepared to evacuate the dependents to the district headquarters compound.
By that time, the helicopters were running low on fuel, and night was falling quickly in the shadow of the mountains. Because of the time,the pilots decided not to make the refueling run and safely evacuated the
80 dependents in just three trips.
The engineers and dependents remained at the headquarters compound until the waterreceded three days later. During the first night, the Americans passed out food and blankets to the women and children.
Many of the soldiers of MACV Team 17 slept without blankets so the Montagnard families could have them.
23Nov70- Vietnam communiqué Nov. 2-Nov. 8
Delta crews rip Hatchet Head VC
Battle action involving Army units jumped slightly during the first week in November, a week marked also by rescue, evacuation and clean-up operations in the flooded northern half of the Republic.
The largest contact with the enemy occurred Nov. 5 within Military Region 4, when elements of the 13th Combat Avn. Bn., in support of ARVN forces, accounted for a total of 19 enemy soldiers killed in sporadic encounters.
In the Hatchet Head area south of the U Minh Forest, Darkhorses of the 16th Air Cav. killed 11 VC in an afternoon contact.
After light observation helicopters spotted one VC in a hole and closer investigation turned up a string of bunkers, Cobra gunships were called in. The gunships made three air strikes into the area, killing the 11 enemy soldiers.
Earlier that morning, LOHs from the same unit spotted movement near the mouth of a river approximately five miles southwest of the Hatchet Head area. The helicopter crews fired on the enemy and killed four of them.
The last contact of the day involving the Darkhorses came in the evening south of Can Tho. LOH crews killed one VC in a woodline.
Elsewhere in southern Military Region 4 that day, the Vultures of the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co., 13th Combat Avn. Bn., saw morning action northeast of Thoi Dinh. The Vulture gunships were credited with killing three enemy soldiers.
1st Avn Bde
Prowling aircraft of the 1st Aviation Brigade accounted for a total of 16 enemy soldiers killed Nov. 3.
In a morning action that day, while flying along a river west of Long Thanh in Military Region 4, gunship crews of the 240th Assault Helicopter Co., 222nd Combat Avn. B., spotted a suspected enemy sampan floating close to shore. Five VC suddenly jumped from the sampan, ran into heavy brush nearby and fired upon
the hovering helicopters. The crews of the aircraft responded with retaliatory fire, killing four of the soldiers. Shortly afterward, the fifth VC was fired upon and killed while attempting to cross the river camouflaged beneath a floating bush.
One additional VC was killed that day in An Xuyen Province by the Darkhorses of the 16th Air Cav., 13th Combat Avn. Bn.
In Military Region 2 that day, a light observation helicopter from A Troop, 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., received ground-to-air fire from an enemy force of undetermined size in Pleiku Province. An air strike was directed on the enemy location, killing 10 enemy soldiers.
Men of the 164th Combat Avn. Gp.'s C Troop, 7th Squadron, 1st Air Cav.,killed nine enemy soldiers 14 miles southwest of Can Tho Nov. 6. Another group element, C Troop, 16th Air Cav., 13th Combat Avn. Bn., killed two enemy soldiers Nov. 5, while supporting elements of the 2nd Bn., 33rd ARVN Inf., 18 miles southwest of Ca Mau in southern Military Region 4.
Elements of the 240th Avn. Co., 222nd Combat Avn. Bn., killed five VC Nov. 7 in an area 15 miles southeast of Nha Be in Military Region 3. The gunships were flying in support of the Rung Sat Special A Zone.
In two separate encounters within Military Region 4 that day, the Darkhorses of the 16th Air Cav. accounted for four enemy dead while operating in An Xuyen Province.
In the morning's first action, the Darkhorse's lead gunships spotted enemy troops trying to evade detection while operating northwest of Kien Long. LOHsdescended on the area, killing two enemy soldiers.
Later in the morning, 16th Air Cav. gun crews were flying southeast of Viet Cong Lake when they detected movement on the ground. Taking a closer look,they found and killed two VC in a bunker.
In Delta region action Nov. 2, Cobra gun crews from the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co., 13th Combat Avn. Bn., killed one enemy soldier in An Xuyen Province.
Two days later, crews from the same unit killed another enemy soldier in the province.
Darkhorses of the 16th Air Cav. killed another VC soldier Nov. 8 in An Xuyen Province.
101st Abn Div
Units of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) were inserted into mountainous jungles about 18 miles southwest of Hue in northern Military Region 1 Nov. 5. While moving through the jungles, men of the 1st Bn.,
327th Inf., came upon an enemy machine gun position manned by four NVA soldiers. Cobra gunships called in from B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Air Cav., destroyed the position and killed all four enemy. Troops on the ground killed all three additional enemy soldiers during the day.
Screaming Eagles found an enemy bunker complex and cache site consisting of 18 60mm mortar rounds, three 82mm mortar rounds and undetermined amount of 7.62mm ammunition Nov. 8.
Elements of Co. C, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf., discovered the 80-bunker complex while on a reconnaissance mission about 20 miles west of Hue. The bunkers contained medical supplies, cooking utensils and clothing. The munitions were found in a hut booby-trapped with a quarter-pound explosive. Fresh trails indicated recent enemy activity but search and clear operations by men of the 506th Inf. brought no contact with enemy forces.
23rd Inf Div
In Military Region 1's Quang Tin Province, an element of the 196th Inf. Bde., 23rd Infantry Division, engaged an enemy force of undetermined size Nov. 2. helicopter gunships supported the brief action, which occurred 27 miles southwest of Tam Ky. Enemy losses were four killed and three individual weapons were captured.
Division elements discovered two caches totaling 4.8 tons of rice Nov. 5 and 6.
Men of Co. C, 1st Bn., 20th Inf., found 2.8 tons of rice Nov. 5 while operating 11 miles south of Quang Ngai. The second cache, weighing two tons, was uncovered Nov. 6, two miles southeast of Duc Pho by soldiers of
the 4th Bn., 21st Inf. Both caches were evacuated.
Elements of the 1st Bn., 20th Inf., found 11 enemy bodies in graves six miles northwest of Duc Pho Nov. 8. They were believed to have been killed during a ground contact the previous day.
25th Inf Div
One enemy soldier was killed and 13 bunkers were destroyed by the 25th Infantry Division soldiers near FSB Kien north of the Boi Loi Woods Nov. 5. The enemy soldier was killed in a brief contact by Co. C Wolfhounds of the 1st Bn., 27th Inf. One AK47 rifle and a VC rucksack were captured.
In other Tropic Lightning action that day, five bunkers were destroyed by men of D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cav., and an additional eight bunkers were destroyed by soldiers of Co. D, 1st Bn., 27th Inf.
An element of the division's 2nd Bde. received small arms and automatic weapons fire from an enemy force of undetermined size five miles southwest of Xuan Loc in Military Region 3's Long Khanh Province Nov. 2. Artillery and helicopter gunships supported the 10-minute action, in which enemy losses were not determined immediately.
4th Inf Div
In their Military Region 2 area of operations Nov. 5, an element of the 4th Infantry Division uncovered a rice cache 23 miles northwest of Cheo Reo. A Troop soldiers of the 7th Squadron, 17th Air Cav., found 1.5 tons of rice, which was extracted.
1st Cav Div
Elements of the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) uncovered a rice cache Nov. 2 in Military Region 3s Binh Tuy Province.
Men of Co. B, 2nd Bn., 5th Cav., found a structure containing approximately three tons of rice 16 miles north of Tanh Linh.
23Nov70- Photo Caption Page 2
A QUICK EXIT from a 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) chopper means a quick entrance into combat.
23Nov70- Large cache uncovered by Cav's 1/7th Page 3
FIRE SUPPORT BASE GREEN - Six miles from this fire base in Long Kanh Province, the 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile) has uncovered one of the largest enemy caches ever found in western War Zone D.
The items were found at several locations in the same area over a period of several days. The first day's find was by Co. A, 1st Bn., 7th Cav., and the 1st platoon of Co. C. Alpha's 2nd platoon and the Charlie Company platoon had been brought in to temporarily replace the 1st platoon of Alpha after it had run into an ambush early in the morning.
Traveling up a hill, the Skytroopers found fresh sandal prints in the mud.
Pfc. Wayne Hadley was walking point for the 2nd platoon when he heard movement to the left of the trail. "We moved behind a cluster of bamboo. We didn't see any enemy, but there was a hootch in a small clearing," said Hadley.
No sooner had the cavalrymen found the hootch when an enemy soldier ran out in front of them. Both Hadley and his back-up man emptied their clips into the running man and prepared for contact. "Everybody in our platoon got on line and popped smoke for the Cobras that rolled to help us out," said Hadley.
When the firing had ceased, the men moved forward to find a small amount of equipment inside the hootch. Moving on, it wasn't long before the cavalrymen found another hootch just to the right of the trail.
"We were amazed when we went inside to find it crammed with more weapons and ammunition than most of us had ever seen before," said Spec. 4 Barry Conte, the man who had first spotted the small building.
Inside the building was one 12.7mm heavy machine gun, two 107mm rockets, 42 82mm mortar rounds, more than 200 rifle grenades, 117 B41 rocket boosters, and 100 pounds of explosive.
On the same day, at a location several miles away, Co. D found more than 500 mortar rounds ranging in size from 60mm to 120mm.
At the hootch site, an LZ was cut and, with darkness approaching, a perimeter guard established to protect the booty until a bird could come and pick it up in the morning.
The following morning Co. A's 1st platoon linked up with the other two platoons at the cache and patrol around the area was made. It was a valuable sweep, for another cache was discovered, this one in an underground tunnel complex.
Inside, the men were staggered to find five of the deadly 12.7mm heavy machine guns, type 54, that have proven to be the weapons most feared by Army aviators. A huge stack of 60mm mortar tubes, 47 in all, was also inside the cache, along with 11 .30-cal. machine guns, 36 assault machine guns, 13 AK-47 rifles, 100 SKS rifles and 77 CKC rifles. Co C, continuing to excavate the cache they'd found seven kilometers away along the Song Mada river, discovered an additional 100 mortar rounds.
The search through the huge cache complex continued. Four days after the initial find, Alpha found 185 82 mortar rounds, 56 B41 rounds, more than 500 rifle grenades, and 100 pounds of plastic explosives. At the location of Delta's earlier caches, Co. C came up with 73 more 120mm mortar rounds, 41 82mm rounds, 23 60mm rounds and 16 75mm recoilless rifle rounds.
Apparently into a vital cache complex, the 1st Cav units continued to scour the jungle for further finds, but already the discovery had proven to be one of the most damaging material losses the enemy had ever suffered in the region.
23Nov70- Amateur air enthusiasts flip over model fly-in
PHU HIEP - When the local Sand Pebbles Service Club sponsored a model airplane fly-in, Phantomhawks from the 225th Avn. Co. turned out in strength.
The phantomhawks of the 17th Combat Avn. Gp.'s 223rd Avn. Bn. entered model aircraft of every description. There were sporty control-line "profiles," scale planes, and even a big control-line B29 with four engines.A large biplane was the lone radio-control entry.
Capt. Joel A. Koch began the event with a display of model aerobatics. His skill was evident not only in the performance of rapid and complex maneuver,s but also in his never-failing ability to land this aircraft, empty
of fuel, on its back without damage.
Sgt. Steven J. Anders was not so lucky. His radio-controlled Sopwith Camel taxied gracefully onto the runway, but a gust of wind stalled the plane at liftoff, inverted it and dashed it into three pieces.
The next flight scheduled was the maiden trail [trial?] of the "Enola Gay,"
a huge B29 bomber model belonging to Capt. Terry R. Brown.
The eyes of the crowd riveted on Koch, the test pilot at the controls. The four engines started, roared loudly, and the huge model leaped from the launcher's hands, climbing into the air before it had covered 60 feet of
The crowd held its breath as the model gained altitude, then gasped. The bomber crashed into a jeep which had been parked on the runway between flights. The crash, which had occurred despite Koch's fast reflexes, totally destroyed the plane.
A small-scale Corsair, finished by WO David C. Wiggins, carried off appearance awards, but the owner, perhaps influenced by the previously ill-fated flights vowed never to fly his plane again.
The overall effect of the afternoon was a colorful - if heartrending - display of model aviation skills by the Phantomhawks of Phu Hiep.
23Nov70- Copters scoop ROKs from floodwaters
QUI NHON - The recent torrential rains of tropical storm Katy caused many people in Vietnam inconvenience. Rooms were flooded, electricity often failed and flights were postponed.
But to 33 soldiers of the Republic of Korea (ROK) forces, the storm was more than an inconvenience. To them, it would have been a tragedy had it not been for some timely help from the 17th Combat Avn. Gp.'s 129th Assault Helicopter Co., 223rd Combat Avn. Bn.
A 12-man patrol had been out 10 miles west of Qui Nhon overnight in the storm. They put up with the problems of monsoon operations, but in the early morning hours a nearby stream started to overflow its banks, cutting them off.
A call went out to the 129th headquarters for a flare ship to light the way out, but the dark, wind and rain ruled out any flights at the time.
The ROK base command launched a rescue party of five men in two rubber rafts. However, before they could reach the trapped men, the rafts bogged down in reeds and one raft was lost.
Another call was made to the 129th, this time requesting that the men be evacuated by helicopter. By now it was light, and flying was difficult but possible.
Despite the weather, two Hueys were launched. The weather was so bad, the pilots said they could hardly see, but finally found the 12 men. By then, the raging river was up to the ROKs's necks and their combat packs and weapons were weighing them down.
The slicks hovered low over the water and, with the aid of one of the crew chiefs, Spec. 5 Charles G. Soloman, who jumped into the water to help them aboard, the ROKs were able to climb in.
As the two crafts started back, they spotted the stalled rescue team. The Hueys hovered low again, and once again Soloman went into the water to assist in the rescue.
The visibility was so bad the Hueys had to hover over the road and follow it back to let the dripping passengers off at the nearby Korean Special Forces camp.
No sooner had the choppers unloaded the men than an ROK Special Forces major ran over to tell the pilots that 16 more men had been cut off by the flood.
Out once again, this time the pilots had the luxury of a place to land, for this patrol had been stranded on a sand bar.
Reflecting on the triple rescue mission, CWO Joe Priebe, pilot of the first chopper, estimated that "as far as I could see, the trapped men would have drowned" if they had not been pulled out.
30Nov70 - 101st saves flood victims
CAMP EAGLE - Yearly monsoon rains always cause a threat to operations in northern Military Region 1. With the arrival of Typhoon Joan, Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) gave assistance to thousands of flood victims in the Republic of Vietnam's two northern provinces, Quang Tri
and Thua Thien.
Although Typhoon Joan failed to strike with full force, five days of torrential rains and winds caused extreme flooding in the lowlands of the two provinces.
The first call for emergency evacuation came while floodwaters threatened Phong Dien District in Thua Thien Province. The 3rd Bde. disaster relief control center (DRCC) learned of the circumstances and immediately began coordinating with the district chief.
"We had not received a formal request for assistance from the Government of Vietnam but in this case, with many villagers needing help, it was apparent that only the airmobility of the 10st could accomplish the evacuation," remarked Lt. Philip Thiac, brigade S5(civil affairs) officer.
All tactical elements of the 3rd Bde. were assigned to assist the Vietnamese in any way possible. A contingent of CH47 Chinook helicopters from the 159th Avn. Bn. traveled immediately to the scene while tents and food were delivered to the district headquarters, the emergency relief point. The Chinooks made trip after trip in the rains, evacuating villagers who had taken refuge on rooftops and other high points, with all the personal belongings they could carry.
As the rainfall lessened on the third day, the overall situation improved and floodwaters began to recede. But the plight of still-isolated villagers in remote areas required the assistance of 19 Boston Whaler boats, 18 rubber assault craft and 39 UH1 Huey helicopters. The number of evacuees increased to more than 2,000 while more than 120 tons of supplies were delivered to the homeless.
After five days of intense rain, the skies cleared over Military Region 1 and the 7,768 Vietnamese evacuated by the 101st pilots during the disaster began returning to their homes. Meanwhile, the Screaming Eagle aviators began relaxing after having flown 482 missions totaling more than 215 hours, distributing over 140 tons of food and supplies to the homeless.
Photo Caption: FLOOD VICTIMS await helicopters from the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) to airlift them to safety. (flooded village with a Vietnamese family sitting on the roof of their house.)
30Nov70- Vietnam communiqué Nov. 9-Nov. 15 Page 2
Gunship probes kill 16 in Delta
Battle action remained light during the seven-day period ending Nov. 15,with the largest single day's action occurring in the Delta Nov. 10.
Probing gunships of the 1st Aviation Brigade's 13th Combat Avn. Bn. killed 16 Viet Cong in Military Region 4 that day.
In a morning action five miles south of Viet Cong Lake in An Xuyen Province, light observation helicopters of C Troop, 16th Air Cav., skimmed over an area of suspected Viet Cong mortar implacements. Enemy soldiers were spotted running from a Viet Cong supply point. Three of them were killed at the edge of a treeline.
In the afternoon, the same unit, while investigating the edge of a forest in An Xuyen Province, began to take fire. The gun crews returned the fire, killing seven enemy soldiers.
In other action, Vultures of the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co., while flying 10 miles south of Rach Soi in Kien Giang Province, spotted and killed two Viet Cong seeking safety in a camouflaged structure.
In a later contact occurring near Phung Hiep in Phong Dinh Province, the 162nd Vultures were conducting a reconnaissance over barren marshland when one of their ships was fired upon. The gunship crews responded with rockets, killing four enemy soldiers.
23rd Inf Div
Elements of the 3rd Bn., 1st Inf., 23rd Infantry Division found a cache containing 1.5 tons of rice 11 miles northwest of Quang Ngai Nov. 11. The spoiled rice was destroyed in place.
Ten miles southeast of Quang Ngai Nov. 15, men of Co. A, 1st Bn., 20th Inf.,found a cache containing two tons of rice, which was to be evacuated.
An element of the division's 198th Inf. Bde. received fewer than 15 rounds of 82mm mortar fire Nov. 13. The unit was in a night defensive position eight miles southwest of Tam Ky, Quang Tin Province, at the time of the attack.
1st Avn Bde
In their Delta area of operations Nov. 14, Darkhorses of the 16th Air Cav.swept into Kien Giang Province, killing five enemy soldiers in the northeastern corner of the U Minh Forest.
Elsewhere in Military Region 4 that day, soldiers of B Troop, 7th Squadron,1st Air Cav., were credited with killing three enemy soldiers while supporting the 7th ARVN Division in Dinh Tuong Province 15 miles south of Bien Hoa.
In other action, A Troop soldiers from the same unit killed three VC whilem on operations in Kien Phong Province 15 miles northwest of Vinh Long.
Crews of the 16th Air Cav. struck deep into An Xuyen Province Nov. 12, killing a total of 4 enemy soldiers.
In a area southeast of VC Lake, the Darkhorses' light observation helicopters spotted a camouflaged hootch and bunker complex. Cobra gunships were called in to bring fire on the area. This resulted in three enemy dead.
During the afternoon, south of the Hatchet Head area, LOHs sighted another camouflaged complex and killed one VC as he tried to escape into the bunkers.
Light observation helicopters sighted another 12 enemy sampans covered with grass in the area. They were destroyed.
1st Cav Div
In Military Region 3's Long Kien Province shortly before midnight Nov. 12, an element of the 1st Bde., 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), received small arms fire from an enemy force of undetermined size while operating seven miles southwest of Rang Rang. Helicopter gunships, a flare ship and an AC119 gunship supported the contact, which continued for almost four hours. Enemy losses were two killed.
An element of the division's 2nd Bde. discovered a rice cache 18 miles north-northeast of Phuoc Binh Nov. 13.
That day's cache totaled more than 11 tons in 100-kilogram bags. The Skytroopers uncovered more than 44 tons of rice in the same general area during a one-week period. The rice in the Nov. 13 find was in poor condition and was destroyed.
Sixteen miles north of Tanh Linh Nov. 12, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 5th Cav., found a cache containing 1.1 tons of rice in poor condition. It was destroyed.
A Skytrooper element discovered a large rice cache 13 miles northwest of Bu Dop Nov. 11. Troopers from the 5th Bn., 7th Cav., were operating 15 miles northeast of Bu Dop when they cam upon the complex. The structures and bunkers were destroyed and the rice was evacuated.
101st Abn Div
Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) found a bunker complex 15 miles west of Hue in Military Region 1 Nov. 11. Elements of the 1st Bn., 506th Inf., discovered 540 pounds of TNT, two crew-served weapons,26 individual weapons, one mine and eight telescopic sights.
Enemy materiel continued to be recovered from the bunker complex Nov. 12.New discoveries included 285 pounds of TNT, 16 individual weapons, one crew-served weapon, three large Chicom mines, 38 small Chicom mines, one 60mm mortar rounds, 271 82mm mortar rounds, two RPG rounds, 24 122mm fuses, two
cans of 82mm fuses and one can of fuses of an undetermined type. The total weight of the cache was 2.4 tons.
Screaming Eagle troopers uncovered more than 400 pounds of rice along with some munitions in Thua Thien Province Nov. 10.
Both caches were found by elements of the 2nd Bn., 501st Inf., near FSB Brick in mountainous jungles 24 miles southwest of Hue. Soldiers of Co. Adiscovered a cache containing 22 82mm mortar rounds, eight 82mm mortar fuses and 14 cans of powder charges. Meanwhile, Co. B found four 100-pound bags of
rice, 17 sandbags containing rice and 13 rocket-propelled boosters.
Elements of the 2nd Bn., 506th Inf., were engaged by the enemy 23 miles west of Hue Nov. 13.
25th Inf Div
Elements of the 3rd Bn., 22nd Inf., 25th Infantry Division, received ground fire from an enemy force seven miles southwest of Xuan Loc Nov. 13. The Tropic Lightning unit was reinforced by other elements of the battalion and was provided air and artillery support. Four enemy soldiers were killed, six RPG rounds were captured and eight bunkers damaged.
In Bien Hoa Province Nov. 9, an element of the division's 2nd Bde. and a Regional Forces unit received small arms and automatic weapons fire from an enemy force of undetermined size four miles east of Nhon Trach. Enemy losses in the 10-minute exchange of fire were undetermined.
30Nov70- Quick incision saves life Page 3
LZ STINSON - A field expedient operation, the skilled hands of a battalion surgeon, and a hair-raising flight for life all combined recently to save the life of an infantryman in the 23rd Infantry Division's 198th Inf. Bde.
Co. C, 1st Bn., 52nd Inf., working south of Chu Lai, came under heavy small arms fire from a group of Viet Cong, and a soldier of the Ready Rifles received a severe wound in the neck. From the first cry of "Medic," an
unbelievable series of events were put together to save the man's life.
Pfc. Dennis Johnson, the company medic, crossed an open area under intense fire to see what he could do for the wounded soldier. He found that a bullet had entered through the left side of the neck and had gone through the left side of the neck and had gone through the back side of the tongue and larynx. The patient was bleeding badly from the mouth and, more importantly, he could not breathe.
Taking a surgical knife from his medic's bag, Johnson made a small incision in the throat of his gasping victim in order to clear an airway for the oxygen he so desperately needed.
"The tracheotomy did more for saving the man's life than anything else," said Capt. Randolph G. Emerson, the battalion surgeon of the 52nd Inf. "It was done just right, and we knew if we could just get him to a hospital, he could make it as long as he was getting air."
A call for a medical evacuation helicopter was made by the company and was intercepted by Lt. Marcelle Medina, an aerial observer for 1st Bn., 14th Arty. He and Emerson jumped into a waiting helicopter at LZ Stinson and decided to make it into a makeshift dustoff.
Meanwhile, Johnson was keeping the incision he had made open with his fingers while waiting for the aerial aid. His patient was now getting air, but was still bleeding heavily.
The flight for life got off to a shaky start. The helicopter took several rounds of AK47 rifle fire, and the pilot skillfully maneuvered his aircraft to miss one tree, but the tail section grazed another tree on the left. The bird
continued to rise, however, and continued its mission. However, the craft's radio had been knocked out by one of the rifle rounds.
While streaking toward Chu Lai at a speed of 120 knots, Emerson continued holding the surgical incision open with his fingers so that air could enter the body. The bleeding had not completely stopped, but the patient was still breathing.
The pilot was taking a direct route to the hospital, but when he arrived over Chu Lai, he encountered one more obstacle -- the airport.
The flight for life was unable to contact the ground control center because of the loss in radio communications, but the pilot decided to cross the airfield to save precious minutes of flying time. A light fixed-wing spotter plane appeared out of nowhere, and the pilot of mercy flight dipped straight down, mission a collision by only a few feet. Within seconds the makeshift medevac reached the hospital.
"The few minutes we saved by going across the airfield gave the doctors at the hospital some pretty precious minutes to work with on our patient," said Emerson. "The flight was a little nerve-wracking, but I'm glad it turned out the way it did."
When the helicopter landed, Emerson accompanied his patient until a metal tube could be inserted into the small hole in the throat. Doctors operated almost immediately and the patient was sent back to the States in good condition.
30Nov70- Hustler imports pool table Page 5
CAMP EVANS - "We haven't got a 'Boston Shorty' or a 'Minnesota Fats' here, but now that we have our own pool table we definitely have our own pool sharks."
That's what Spec. 5 Douglas Boostrom, a Screaming Eagle of the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), had to say about the pool table that he carried halfway around the world to make it a permanent fixture at this
camp about 12 miles northwest of Hue.
Boostrom, of Btry. C, 4th Bn., 77th Aerial Rocket Arty., is the manager of the battery's club, "Griffin 55's Den," where the men of the Cobra helicopter unit come to relax after the day's work.
Having come to the Republic of Vietnam in early 1969, Boostrom extended an additional eight months to stay with the ARA battery. Just before leaving on his 30-day stateside leave, he surveyed his club in search of the "something" that would add to the atmosphere of his place.
"That's when the idea of a pool table struck me, so I told my commanding officer that when I came back from the States, I'd have a pool table with me."
As soon as Boostrom returned to his West Coast home, he put want ads in four different newspapers, requesting the donation of a used pool table. "The very next day I had four offers," recalled the Screaming Eagle. "I looked them over and went along with the one that made me the best deal. It was a pool table sales shop in San Francisco, and they told me that in addition to the table, the would pay for the crating and shipping."
Providing transportation for the table from the United States to Vietnam proved more difficult than Boostrom had anticipated. But after 28 days of no success, he finally went to the U.S. Navy at Oakland. "I finally got
shipping authorization from a lieutenant commander there. After I had been back in Vietnam for a month, I received word that I had a 732-pound package waiting for me in Da Nang."
Arriving at Da Nang, the club manager tried without luck to get the crated pool table shipped north to Camp Evans by CH47 Chinook helicopter. Sitting on the Marble Mountain helipad at Da Nang, all alone with his well-traveled cargo, Boostrom curled up and spent the night sleeping on top of his pool table.
"The next day, when a Chinook landed at the pad, I told the pilot of my plight," said Boostrom. "He understood and asked about 20 of his passengers to help me load it in the tail end of his chopper, and away we went."
"Now our establishment is complete," said Boostrom, "and the men of Griffin finally have a place of their own. But even with all of the pool sharks we have, I'm still the best player," smiled the "hustler." "It's a privilege I
think I've earned."
30Nov70- Photo Caption Page 11
AFTER A MISSION, Spec. 4 Randy Krager reloads a minigun on an AH1 Cobra gunship from Btry. A, 4th Bn., 77th Aerial Rocket Arty., 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile).
30Nov70- Aviation group received civic actions citation Page 11
(There are some sections of text missing from the original printing, as this is a good copy of the article).
PLANTATION - Citing the 12th Avn. Gp. for its successful civic actions program, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Minh, commanding general of the Capital Military District, presented the unit with the Civil Action Honor Medal with Oak Leaf in a ceremony here Nov. 12.
Minh attached an award st[r]eamer to the unit colors, symbolizing the presentation of the award to each member of the group and its attached units.
Col. Albart J. Fern Jr., 12th commander, explained that the award was given to recognize civic action from May 1, 1969, to May 15, 1970.
Following the ceremony he voiced appreciation of the group for the recognition.
"It is indeed na honor for our unit to receive this recognition.
More than 130 schools, hospitals, churches, orphanages and market places were .............outstanding program.
"Even though the group was presented this award today, our program was not designed to gain recognition for our unit; it was designed to aid the Vietnamese people with whom we come in contact and to increase mutual understanding between efficient and professional public health services through direct medical attention.
"At our initial meeting we set our goal to utilize available military resources, both manpower and material, to improve the life, security and future of the Vietnamese citizens.
"In addition, we believe that such effort will strengthen the popular support of, and identification with the government of the Republic of Vietnam.
More than 75,000 manhours and over $600,000 (materials and direct monetary assistance) were expended in support of civic actions activities during the cited period.
The program involved many individual projects, including medical civic actions program (MEDCAP), agrarian projects, school and market construction,repair of and putting programs into action that will benefit every school-age child in the......missing.....
Realizing from the start that a centralized, coordinated effort would be needed.
Fern also stated that only one phase of the preventative dentistry program ...... has the six provinces of Phuoc Long, Bien Hoa, Long Khanh, Phuoc Tuy, Hau Nghia and Tay Ninh.
The overall program was then divided into main areas of social welfare, education, economic development and medical assistance.
Each area was designed to have separate goals, yet be interlocked with the others to form a unified civic action effort.
The mission of the social welfare phase was to provide needed clothing,foodstuffs and dwellings for war victims.
During the cited period, the combined allied efforts enabled the civic actions team to visit hundreds of villages and hamlets, distributing more than 34,000 pounds of usable clothing to needy inhabitants.
Concurrently, more than 410,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed.
More than 130 school hospitals, churches, orphanages and market places were constructed, repaired or painted; 1,130 private residences were either built or renovated.
Anchoring the other programs was the 12th Gp. medical assistance program Divided into three types of operations, the program provided the local populace with efficient and professional public health services through direct medical attention, supplies, sanitation consultation, medical testing and immunizations.
The first operation involved visits to neighboring villages, schools and orphanages by teams of doctors (Medcap) and dentists (Dentcap).
The second operation provided for medical attention of the seriously ill at battalion dispensaries and hospitals.
The third operation involved surgeon and medic visits to Vietnamese hospitals, leprosariums and sanitariums.
Evaluating the program to date, Fern is satisfied with past accomplishments but, added that, in a sense, the program is just beginning.
"In the area of preventative dentistry, for example, we are currently developing and putting programs into action that will benefit every school-age child in the area, and hopefully, all of Vietnam.
30Nov70- Psyops operations pay off for allies
LZ BAYONET - Thuan Yen, a leader of a group of local Viet Cong guerrillas, looked closely at the things that were happening around him.
The rains had begun with the early violence of the monsoons, and soon food would be difficult to come by for his family. His 15-day old child was ill and there was no possibility of medical aid.
Thuan's cause no longer seemed important in the wake of a family disaster, and, because he had heard the words from one of his former enemies, a helicopter, that a better life awaited him, he decided to return to the "open arms" of the Government of Vietnam.
The example of Thuan Yen is not an isolated one. Over 20 beleaguered Viet Cong and disillusioned NVA cry the words "Chieu Hoi" (which literally mean "open arms") in the 23rd Infantry Division's 198th Inf. Bde.'s area of
operations each month. Almost all of them do it because they have heard the messages of the brigade's psychological operations program (psyops) which promises a better life.
"We try to emphasize that we can take care of the things they are missing from their units," said Lt. Roderick A. Bayless, brigade civil affairs officer.
"We act on intelligence information and, for example, if we know they are lacking food we can promise to feed them. Or if they are suffering from disease, we can tell them they will be treated."
The mission of psyops in the Chieu Hoi program is to deliver a pitch intended to appeal to enemy soldiers and service personnel to rally to GVN. Potential ralliers are reached through two methods-leaflet drops and broadcasts.
In the last six months, almost 2,000 leaflet drops have been made in the brigade area with over 25,000 leaflets in each drop. A 10-minute tape broadcast accompanied each drop.
The figures are impressive, but are not in itself the reason for the great successes in the program. The manner in which the program is presented plays a large part in the effectiveness of winning ralliers.
There are two types of messages, both of which have been proved effective. The general message is directed to Viet Cong and NVA in the area, while the special message is presented to a specific unit, person or group of people. These latter messages are taped messages made by former Viet Cong or NVA who
have previously rallied.
In fact, Thuan Yen has taped several messages urging his former guerilla band to rally. He tells them that he was treated well and that he received food and medical attention for his family.
The 198th Inf. Bde. has recently inaugurated a new project, the "family reunion program," which urges the families of Viet Cong to make appeals for their relatives to rally.
30Nov70- VNAF takes over Soc Trang Air Base
SOC TRANG - Another step was taken by the allied forces to further Vietnamization in the Delta region, as Soc Trang Army Airfield became Soc Trang Air Base and the U.S. Army 1st Aviation Brigade's 336th Assault
Helicopter Co. was inactivated. The Vietnamese Air Force 227th Tactical Helicopter Squadron was activated from the 336th resources.
The dual ceremony included dignitaries from different branches of the service. After honors were played by the band for the dignitaries and the reviewing party inspected the troops, the Vietnamese Air Force and the
American helicopter crews exchanged salutes symbolizing the transfer of the brigade aircraft to the Vietnamese.
As the U.S. national anthem was played, Old Glory was lowered from the flagpole from shish it had flown since 1964. Immediately following the lowering of the U.S. colors, the Vietnamese national anthem was played, the Soc Trang Army Airfield sign was lowered and the Soc Trang Air Base sign was uncovered.
The history of the airfield dates back to 1944 when the Japanese built it. In the latter years of the World War II it was used as a staging field for Japanese aircraft operating in the Pacific theater. When the war was over and the Japanese had returned to their homeland, the airfield was controlled by the French colonial administration for the next nine years. After the French withdrawal, the airfield was taken over by the Vietnamese until 1964. At that time the 121st Assault Helicopter Co. arrived at the airfield. The airfield
has recently been expanded to accommodate larger aircraft of the cargo type and jet aircraft in an emergency situation.
In May of this year the first turnover of an Army Airfield entered implementation with the arrival of 20 volunteer pilots. Crews nd support personnel came shortly after. For the next months each member received
practical experience through on-the-job training with the U.S. personnel they were to replace. Since the Vietnamese received English tutoring in the United States, the language barrier was minimized.