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Pacific Stars And Stripes

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01May70-Injured General Going to Ft. Polk

   WASHINGTON (S&S) - Maj. Gen. Lloyd B. Ramsey, who was recently injured in a helicopter crash while commanding the Americal division in Vietnam, is being transferred to the Army Training Center at Ft. Polk, La., the Army has announced.

   Ramsey is presently at Walter Reed General Hospital here.  He will go to Ft. Polk in early June.

03May70-9 GIs, 47 Enemy Killed

   3 Firebases Repulse Red Attacks

   S&S Vietnam Bureau


   Three U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded early Thursday in a 15-minute assault by enemy riflemen and grenadiers on Firebase Siberia, a 196th Light Inf. Brigade, Americal Div. base 45 miles south of Da Nang in southern I Corps.  Five Communist soldiers were killed, a spokesman for the U.S. Command said.


04May70-Allies Slay 128 Enemy in Hand-to-Hand Clash

   S&S Vietnam Bureau

   SAIGON-In savage hand-to-hand fighting, Vietnamese infantry troops backed by American armed helicopters lunged into Hiep Duc village, 33 miles south of Da Nang, Friday rooting out North Vietnamese army troops who had captured half the village earlier at dawn Saturday.

   At least 128 Communists were killed in fighting in and near the village and the

hamlet was in allied hands, an official spokesman said.

   According to informed sources, more than 200 troops, believed to be part of an NVA regiment operating in the Hiep Duc Valley, have been killed by Vietnamese and American forces since the start of a combined operation around the village Thursday.

   The operation involving infantry troops from the 196th Light Inf. Brigade, Americal Div., and the 5th Regt., 2nd ARVN Div., is intended "To lift enemy pressure in the Hiep Duc area" according to an ARVN spokesman in Saigon.

   An official Americal Div. spokesman at Chu Lai Friday was uncertain as to when the NVA troops captured half of the refugee settlement, home for about 4,000 Vietnamese.

   The spokesman said he believed it was sometime between Thursday and early Friday.  A small ARVN compound was also captured he said.

   At dawn Friday, UH1 and Cobra gunships from the Americal Div. began pelting the enemy-occupied portions of the strung-out oblong shaped village with a steady barrage of rockets and machine gun fire which lasted until early evening.  There were no U.S. casualties in the day-long air-to-ground battle, the U.S. command said.

   Meanwhile, Vietnamese foot soldiers combat assaulted to the north of Hiep Duc, moved in to clear the village, meeting resistance from pockets of NVA troops who, according to early field reports killed several civilians and burned more than 50 houses, before fleeing early Friday evening.  Many of the village residents, however, had fled to nearby firebase Karen earlier for protection, informed sources said.

   Vietnamese losses in Friday's fighting were not immediately known, but 33 Americans were wounded early Friday evening in mortar and ground attacks on two Americal Div. temporary night infantry positions within a mile of Hiep Duc village, according to a spokesman for the U.S. command.  Enemy losses in both assaults are unknown, the spokesman said.


04May70-Voices in the Night

  Reds Get Message: 'Come On Over'

   LZ BAYONET, Vietnam (Special)- Viet Cong and NVA soldiers in the 198th Inf. Brigade area keep hearing little voices in the dark urging them to switch sides under the Chieu Hoi Program.  Those bad dreams are staged for them almost nightly by the Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) sections of the Americal Div.

   The sections set up these night operations by mounting a pair of speaker racks on a standard UH-1H helicopter and flying low over a suspected area, beaming a message toward the ground below.  The microphone is handled by Kit Carson scouts or interpreters.

   One of these recent night broadcast flights was directed by the brigade PSYOPS Officer 1st Lt. Vern Christopherson and the Civil Affairs Officer of the 1st Bn., 6th Inf., 1st Lt. Skip Palmer.  Because the ship broadcasts from a low altitude night makes an ideal cloak to hide it from small arms fire, but there are other reasons for flying at that time.

  "At night," explained Palmer, "The people gather in groups in their hamlets and they are easier to reach.  The VC are up and maneuvering at night - so we can get the message across to them more easily."

   These broadcasts do produce tangible results, but generally, the PSYOPS team does not get to see the immediate results of their efforts.

   "We try for long-range results," continued Palmer.  "Some of the Hoi Chanhs (ralliers) have said they have heard our broadcasts.  We like to think we give them additional information on how to rally and influence their decision."

   Night broadcasts are used for other purposes besides Chieu Hoi information.  Instruction on the Voluntary Informant Program pay off when the Vietnamese bring in arms and ammunition to soldiers operating in the field.  The civilians also point out the locations of mines and booby traps.

  "Our instructions on how to rally," said Palmer, "Are all based on solid intelligence.  If we get a rallier out of a certain area, we go back there armed with the facts he provides us with, such as the names of comrades, indications of unit morale or adequacy of food supplies.  We also conduct  instruction on the VIP program in support of our troops on the ground.  Occasionally, we even drop leaflets on these themes during the night."

   And so each night somewhere in the Americal Div., the best of PSYOPS goes on.  If for no other reason, the VC and NVA may start to rally because a lack of sleep.

05May70-Allies, NVA Slug It Out

   Hiep Duc Battle Enters 4th Day


   S&S Staff Correspondent

   FIRE SUPPORT BASE WEST, Vietnam - Vietnamese and American infantrymen battled North Vietnamese troops Sunday in the bomb-smoking Hiep Duc Valley 35 miles south  of Da Nang in the fourth day of heavy fighting.

   At midday Sunday, officers here said the NVA still held one of three sections of sprawling Hiep Duc which they had taken early Thursday morning.

   While elements of the 2nd ARVN Inf. Div. battled the NVA on the valley floor north and east of the village Sunday, three fire support bases in the area took sporadic mortar fire.

   Helicopters in the area and at least one fire support base = Karen, next to the village - were taking .51 caliber machinegun fire as late as Sunday, sources here said.

   Officers at Fire Support Base West, high on a ridge overlooking Hiep Duc valley from the east, said nine helicopters have been hit by ground fire since the fight began.

   No one was killed in the choppers, and several of the ships reached safety or were recovered, the sources said.

   At midday Sunday, officers here said 219 enemy have been confirmed killed by Allied forces since the fighting began early Thursday morning.

   The figure was up from about 175 enemy dead reported Saturday.

   Vietnamese casualties were about a dozen killed and 20 wounded according to incomplete reports Sunday.

   Most of the fighting Sunday was between the Vietnamese infantry troops and the NVA on the valley floor.  A high-ranking American officer here described the fighting as "very heavy".

   American artillery and air strikes zeroed in on the enemy in the valley Sunday.

   Elements of the Americal Div. were also fighting in the area, but they were not in heavy contact Sunday, sources here said.

   In the village, officers here said, the enemy is holed up in bunkers and houses in one section and scattered NVA troops are believed to be still hiding in two other sections of the village which the enemy had taken Thursday.

   The battle, according to sources here, began early Thursday morning after popular forces at an outpost next to the village contacted NVA troops moving in the area.

   Then at 2:15 a.m. a Communist sapper unit covered by mortar and rocket-propelled grenade fire struck up a steep draw and smashed into the Americal Div. Fire Support Base Siberia on a hill about a mile south of the village.

   Ten Sappers died, the sources said.

   Elsewhere, however, the NVA coming in from several directions, overran popular force defenses and took three of seven smaller villages which make up Hiep Duc.

   A high-ranking officer here said there were at least two possible reasons the NVA wanted Hiep Duc.  One was for the rice currently under harvest.  The second was "just to demonstrate they could do it."

   The drive to get the three sections of Hiep Duc back from the NVA began after elements of the ARVN 2nd Div. were lifted into the area Thursday, officers here said.

   Friday night, Americal Div. blocking forces fought with the enemy as they moved out of the village or around the area.

   Two NVA occupied portions of the village were regained in heavy house-to-house and bunker-to-bunker fighting, the sources said.

   But the battle for Hiep Duc continued full-blown Sunday afternoon.

06May70 -I Corps Upsurge Called Unlikely


   S&S Staff Correspondent

   DA NANG, Vietnam - The North Vietnamese Army is not likely to react to allied raids into Cambodia and stepped-up "protective reaction" in the air over the North by increasing their ground action in northern I Corps said a high-ranking American military source here.

   The basic reason, the source said is that it doesn't make military sense.  In particular, the officer explained, the NVA "cannot change the course of the war in the northern provinces unless he introduces more troops" And, it was added, there is no evidence of new units coming into the area.

   The source said one way North Vietnamese troops could get into I Corps quickly would be to come across the Demilitarized Zone but, "We watch that like a hawk," the source said.

   The second way for the enemy to muster a vigorous fight here would be to bring in units through Laos, but that the source said, would take several months.

   Right now, the source said, "In my opinion this guy has not got a significant reserve of regulars to launch a significant reaction."

   Furthermore, the source explained, any response the NVA makes with what it now

has on the ground would be detrimental to the mission of those units, who set up in a delicate balance for a long, low level war.

   Those units in the two northernmost provinces, as far as is known here, are basically six regiments from North Vietnam and four other regiments which the sources called "Pseudo-residential VC".  Those four "live here", the source said "The others walk to work."

   The combined mission for the ten, he predicted is harassing allied units and camps in the corps and reviving and instilling in Viet Cong units the spirit "to keep up the fiction of the VC."

   Attacks like the recent NVA effort to take the Hiep Duc village complex, 35 miles south of Da Nang, the source felt, are completely unrelated to recent major events such as the raids in Cambodia.  Those attacks by the NVA, he said, are planned months in advance.

   Instead, the source predicted, Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) camps in far western I Corps will "get pushed"  The CIDG camps hurt the enemy, the source, said, to the degree that they take Montagnard tribesmen out of the Laotian border area mountains where they could be helping the Communists push ammunition and supplies.

   The net effect on the enemy of the raids on Cambodia from the view point of I Corps, the source said is "just beautiful" because it will keep the enemy worried.

   Asked whether in theory an allied raid on enemy supply areas in Laos would leave allied coastal units uncovered, the source said he didn't think so.  If the enemy supply lines were cut, the source maintained, the enemy's best bet in northern South Vietnam would be "hide - eat little and shoot nothing."

06May70  3 Helos Downed; Shellings Continue

   S&S Vietnam Bureau



   Meanwhile, rockets and mortars slammed into Allied bases and town 54 times in the 24-hour reporting period ending at 8 a.m. Monday, an official spokesman said.  It was the second night in a row of increased shellings by enemy gunners.  Late revised official reports said that 90 rocket and mortar attacks hit Allied installations.

   The latest targets included Chu Lai, headquarters for the Americal Div. along the coast below Da Nang; Quan Loi, 3rd Brigade, 1st Air Cav. Div. headquarters 60 miles north of Saigon,; Phan Rang, and Landing Zone Ross, a 1st Marine Div. battalion headquarters 30 miles south of D Nang.

   One American was killed and 31 wounded in 18 attacks directed at U.S. forces, military authorities reported.

   Nine Vietnamese civilians were killed and eight wounded in an early evening shelling of Que Son 25 miles south of Da Nang.

   Ground fighting throughout Vietnam remained light Sunday centering in the five northern I Corps provinces.  U.S. troops there killed 47 Communists, ..........

06May70-Marine Tactics Pay Off

   LANDING ZONE ROSS, Vietnam (UPI) - U.S. Marines here have returned to the tactics of 1965 and judge their experiment a "tremendous success."  They base this on the number of bullets fired at them.

   Two battalions of the 7th Regt., 1st Marine Div., operating below Da Nang in the Central I Corps region have reverted to the "cordon and search" method of seeking out and eliminating their enemy.

   It has one new twist, the Leathernecks have fully integrated Vietnamese Regional Force (NF) militiamen into Marine companies.

   The Marines "target" a village, block off all exit and entry around it, and send the militia men into search houses for stored rice or other supplies-and Viet Cong sympathizers.

   The RF troopers also offer civilians the opportunity to move to a government-controlled area, but make to effort to coerce them.  In the first week of a recent operation, more than 250 civilians offered to move, according to Marine officials.

   "The people see we are sincerely interested in their protection and are going to stay," said Lt. Col. Vincent Albers Jr., commander of the 2nd Bn., 7th Regt.

   "And for the first time," he said, "they see their own government forces there to protect them.  They start coming over to the government side."

   Albers said the villagers have been "telling us where the caches are, who the VC are.

  "For years the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese have been stealing their crops and forcing them to be bearers.  We don't want their crops and still feed them in the government area and set them up with their own land which they can work unmolested.

   "We know it's working," the colonel said, "because the NVA is hitting us.  We have denied their food, their support, their labor.

   "In the process of doing this," Albers said, "we are also training Vietnamese troops.  My goal is - when we leave - to leave well-trained Vietnamese troops here.  I think this is a good way of doing it.

08May70-25 GIs Killed, 32 Hurt As Reds Attack Fire Base

   S&S Vietnam Bureau


   In I Corps' Quang Tin Province early Tuesday afternoon, an element of the Americal Div.'s 196th Brigade killed at least 22 Reds in a firefight in which one American was killed and four wounded, the spokesman said.  The enemy bodies were found Wednesday morning by another element of the brigade sweeping the battleground, he said.

   Meanwhile the Americal Div.'s base camp headquarters at Chu Lai received less than 25 rounds of 122mm rocket fire resulting in light U.S. casualties and material damage, the U.S. spokesman said.

10May70-Rockets Kill 7 in Da Nang

   S&S Vietnam Bureau

   SAIGON - ........

   Two U.S. bases were each hit three different times-the headquarters of the 1st Air Cav. Div. At Phuoc Vinh, 37 miles north-northeast of Saigon, and Firebase Siberia, an Americal Div. outpost 33 miles south of Da Nang.

   Meanwhile, an enemy road mine planted on a provincial route 14 miles south of Da Nang went off late Thursday morning killing 26 civilian bus riders and wounding five, a Vietnamese military spokesman said.


11May70-Red Shells, Terror Kill 25 Civilians

   S&S Vietnam Bureau

   SAIGON - A fresh wave of mortar, rocket and terror attacks rocked the northern cities of Tam Ky and Da Nang Friday, killing at least 25 civilians and wounding 72, according to military officials.

   Tam Ky, capital of Quang Tin Province and 40 miles southeast of Da Nang, was singled out for the costliest attacks, including rocket bombardments of two schools and the local Chieu Hoi center.

   Meanwhile, an early Friday morning mortar attack on Ba To, 101 miles south-southeast of Da Nang, claimed the lives of 18 civilians.  Seventeen were wounded and 82 homes destroyed in the attack, according to an ARVN spokesman.  Military casualties were said to be light.


12May-Loebig Latches Onto a Lizard

  CHU LAI, Vietnam (Special)

   Cpl. Francis W. Loebig has a unique pet- a 1 1/2-pound lizard.

   An electronics counter-measure technician at the Headquarters and Maint Sq. 13 avionics shop, Loebig was on a security patrol when he caught the lizard, which has red hind legs, black, red and grey body, red and black neck, and was minus a piece of its tail.

   "I haven't thought of a name for it yet," Loebig said.

12May70-A VC Guard Loses His Job

   FSB LIZ, Vietnam (Special)

   - A VC guard recently chose a bad time to get slack on guard duty in Americal Div. territory.

   The enemy soldier was peacefully reclining in a ditch behind a hedgerow, his AK47 carelessly propped against the bank, and was talking with two comrades.

   Meanwhile, a squadron of armored personnel carriers from A Troop, 1st Sq., 1st Cav, was bearing down on the position, two miles north of Duc Pho, from the east, and a combined Popular Force and 11th Infantry Brigade unit was sweeping in from the west.

   Sgt. Melvin B. Welch of Co., B, 1st Bn., 20th Inf., was walking point with one of the PF's when he overheard the VC conversation.

   The combined unit maneuvered on the enemy position while a PF tossed a grenade over the hedgerow.  Then they opened up, shattering the serenity of the enemy coffee break.

   The guard ran off leaving his weapon behind, his friends close behind.

   "The allies followed the enemy trail to a bunker where two the VC turned themselves in.

13May70-14 Die in 2 Huey Crashes;

10 Wounded in Mortar Fire

   S&S Vietnam Bureau

   SAIGON - ....

   To the east along the South China Sea coast, another Americal Div. infantry outfit six miles north of Tam Ky and 34 miles southeast of Da Nang reported killing 14 Reds in a battle Sunday afternoon during a 15-round Communist rocket-grenade attack.


14May70- ALL COMBAT GI'S OUT BY JUNE '71: LAIRD ......(Headlines made by Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird).

14May70 - OPs Give Safety to Farmers

   LZ HAWK HILL, Vietnam (Special) - Many Vietnamese farmers are daily working their fields in safety as a result of the many lonely observation posts (OPs) scattered throughout the area of the 196th Inf. Brigade, Americal Div.

  "The OPs also serve as patrol bases, fire support bases and provide early warning of enemy activity," said Capt. Loren Hobman..  "Most of them are manned by Vietnamese Regional Force (RF) or Popular Force (PF) personnel with perhaps a small contingent of American advisers or a fire support section."

  OP 74, seven miles northwest of Tam Ky, is a typical combined Vietnamese-American outpost.  It accommodates a Vietnamese Popular Force company and mortars from E Co., 2nd Bn., 1st Inf., 196th Inf. Brigade.

  "The PFs here are constantly running night and day patrols from here," said Sgt. David Lingel.  "And they also provide security for the Vietnamese farmers as they work to their fields."

   Lingel is in charge of the mortar section.

   "Our job is to provide fire support for the PFs when they go on patrols," he says.

   This type of combined Vietnamese-American cooperation produces results.  Lingel told of a night patrol the PF conducted recently.

   "The patrol left about 9 p.m." he said, "and returned at midnight with a Hoi Chanh."  The Hoi Chanh told the soldiers the location of a scheduled VC meeting to be held later in the morning.

   The PF company commander coordinated preplanned mortar fire support with Lingel and left to disrupt the enemy meeting.

  "About 4 a.m. we received the call for fire," Lingel explained.

   The combined mortar fire and small arms fire from the patrol netted eleven enemy dead.

15May70-Team Outwits NVA After Close Call

   LZ BAYONET, Vietnam (Special) -It was a matter of evasive action and a series of timely decisions which allowed an Americal Div. long Range patrol to successfully evade a large enemy force.

   The team from G Co., 75th Inf. (Ranger), unfortunately found themselves inserted almost in the midst of a small NVA basecamp.  The long ordeal southwest of Chu Lai resulted in two NVA killed and the precarious extraction of the team from the mountainous terrain of the 198th Inf. Brigade area.

   "We had just set foot on the ground," said Sgt. Gregory A. Kowalczyk, "when we spotted one NVA soldier wearing a green uniform standing near a bunker.  He was pointing at us so we knew there had to be more."

   The element quickly maneuvered to find concealment beneath the thick vegetation and continued to move several hundred meters until they came to a stream.  Here, assuming they had lost the enemy, they decided to establish a nigh laager.

   "We removed our gear," Kowalczyk said, "And sat down to rest in silence when we heard a dog barking and brush breaking to the south.  Our team leader then immediately moved to a vantage point to visually recon the area."

   From his observation point he failed to detect any movement from where the noise had come, but as he continued to scan the terrain he spotted two NVA with weapons approaching his position form the north.  Both carried flashlights with red filters and flashed them about, attempting to locate the team's position.  After warning the others to get ready to move, the team leader returned to observation point.  Another member of the team soon relieved him and as he watched the movement he saw three more NVA following the first two.

   "We decided to call for an extraction," said Kowalczyk.

   The team continued to move down the stream to the coordinated extraction point.  There they set up a defensive perimeter.  The radio-telephone operator began sending coded messages to the relay team As the men waited they spotted five move NVA approaching their location.

   "They were on a trail which lead to our position." sid Kowalczyk.  "We let them get 20 meters away and them tossed several frags in on top of them.  We killed one."

   Soon after gunships arrived an sprayed the surrounding area to allow the team to be extracted by a McGuire rig lowered through the trees.

15May70-American Forces Vietnam Television




Noon  - Wild Wild West

 1:00 - Star Trek

 2:00 - Carol Burnett

 3:00 - News

 3:15 - Movie; How Green Was My Valley

 5:30 - Hawaii Calls

 6:00 - Beverly Hillbillies

 6:30 - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

 7:30 - News

 8:00 - Laugh in

 9:00 - Gunsmoke

10:00 - The Fugitive

11:00 - News

11:30 - Joey Bishop


Noon  - Here Come the Brides

 1:00 - Jackie Gleason

 2:00 - Burke's Law   

 3:00 - News

 3:15 - Tonight Show                      

 4:30 - 21st Century

 5:00 - Get Smart           

 5:30 - Information

 6:00 - Drugged Generation

 6:30 - Felony Squad

 7:00 - Bewitched

 7:30 - News     

 8:00 - Mod Squad

 9:00 - Red Skelton

10:00 - 60 Minutes   

11:00 - News

11:30 - Wrestling   

Midnight - Hollywood Palace

15May70 (Continued)


Noon  - Jim Nabor's          

 1:00 - Bonanza        

 2:00 - Ironside      

 3:00 - News

 3:15 - Movie: The Glass Mengerie         

 4:30 - Beverly Hillbillies

 5:00 - Wrestling           

 5:30 - Gentle Ben  

 6:00 - Information        

 6:30 - High Chaporral [sic]

 7:30 - News     

 8:00 - Sports     

10:00 - Glen Campbell

11:00 - News

11:20 - Tonight Show


Noon  - Laugh-in             

 1:00 - Gunsmoke       

 2:00 - The Fugitive  

 3:00 - News

 3:15 - Joey Bishop           

 4:30 - Animal World        

 5:00 - Have Gun Will Travel

 5:30 - Batman      

 6:00 - Waterfront         

 6:30 - The Outcasts   

 7:30 - News     

 8:00 - Naked City

 8:30 - Dragnet

 9:00 - Route 66

10:00 - Dean Martin    

11:00 - News

11:20 - Movie - The Glass Menagerie

15May70- Continued


Noon  - Mod Squad            

 1:00 - Rawhide       

 2:00 - Dean Martin  

 3:00 - News

 3:15 - Movie: Capt. Horatio Hornblower

 5:30 - Nashville Vietnam

 6:00 - Flying Nun         

 6:30 - Hollywood Palace

 7:30 - News     

 8:00 - Wild Wild West

 9:00 - Star Trek

10:00 - Bob Hope       

11:00 - News

11:20 - Boxing                      


Noon  - Glen Campbell        

 1:00 - Red Skelton   

 2:00 - Sports  

 4:00 - Golf

 5:00 - Movie: Where the Action is

 5:30 - Leslie Uggams     

 6:30 - Information        

 7:00 - Get Smart        

 7:30 - News     

 8:00 - Here Come the Brides

 9:00 - Jackie Gleason

10:00 - Burke's Law    

11:00 - News

11:20 - Movie-Mister Roberts        


Noon  - Religious Hour       

 1:00 - 60 Minutes    

 2:00 - Sports  

 4:00 - Naked City

 4:30 - Amateur Hour

 5:00 - In Town Tonight              

 5:30 - Crossroads        

 6:30 - Information        

 7:00 - 21st Century     

 7:30 - News     

 8:00 - Jim Nabors               

 9:00 - Bonanza        

10:00 - Ironside       

11:00 - News

11:20 - Movie-Capt. Horatio Hornblower

15May70-Dud Round a Lucky Break

   LZ SIBERIA, Vietnam (Special) - "It must have been my lucky day," says Spec. 4 Nate Donaldson.

   For the past eight months Donaldson has been a point man for A Co., 4th Bn., 31st Inf., 196th Inf. Brigade, Americal Div.

   The company was working in an area known as "bend in the river", approximately five miles southwest of Siberia.  Donaldson, walking point for the element, was just rounding a bend in the trail when he surprised three NVA soldiers coming along in the opposite direction.

   The point team reacted quickly, and their initial volley killed one and wounded another.

   "We immediately swept the area," said Sgt. Edward Yarborough.  "The third one got away but we did detain the wounded soldier and captured two rifles, one an AK-47 and the other a short stock AK-50.

   "I wondered at the time why they didn't return fire on us," said Donaldson later."

   Upon examining the captured weapons troopers made a surprising discovery.  The trigger had been pulled on the AK-50, and the chambered shell had been seared by the firing pin.

   "I sure am glad that NVA pointman had some bad ammo," said Donaldson.  "I keep that shell as a souvenir, and that's the only way I ever want to have one."

16May70-Enemy Under Cover in South

  GIs Kill 98 in Northern Clashes

  S&S Vietnam Bureau

   SAIGON - .......

   An Army spokesman reported that Americal Div. troopers killed 37 enemy soldiers Wednesday while losing eight killed and eight wounded in scattered fighting.

   Infantrymen from the Americal's 196th  Brigade killed nine Reds near the South China Sea coast 42 miles southeast of Da Nang Wednesday evening, the U.S. Command reported.

   Earlier troopers from the division's 11th Brigade killed six enemy soldiers further up the coast, 20 miles southeast of Da Nang, the command reported.

   Nearby infantrymen  from the Americal Div.'s C Co., 3rd Bn., called for helicopter gunship support the Army spokesman reported.  When the smoke cleared from the ground and air barrages six north Vietnamese soldiers were dead.

   Meanwhile helicopter gunships from the Americal Div. flying 77 miles southeast of Da Nang killed 11 Reds, the command reported.  No U.S. casualties were reported by the U.S. Command in any of these Americal Div. clashes.

   But an Army spokesman reported eight Americal Div. soldiers killed and eight wounded in other light skirmishes.


16May70-ARVN Operation Foils Enemy Drive

   DA NANG (Special) - The plans and organization of three enemy battalions were dashed to pieces when they were discovered and defeated about six miles south of the village of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province during Operation Duong Son.

   The operation, has been responsible for the death of 620 enemy soldiers.  They were members of the T-89th and V-25th NVA Bns, or the 70th VC Bn.  The ARVN victory not only broke up three enemy battalions but also foiled an offensive that was in the making.  

   The Vietnamese units involved in the operation were the 2nd and 3rd Troops of the 17th Armored Cav. Regiments, 1st ARVN Armored Brigade, and the 37th and 39th Bns . of the 1st ARVN Ranger Group.

   Both units are under the operational control of Quang Da Special Zone, a unique command formed for the defense of Da Nang, the country's second largest city, and the province of Quang Nam.

   By late April, the Vietnamese soldiers had taken 245 prisoners and 43 Hoi Chanhs had been welcomed.  Among the prisoners taken were an NVA company commander and an NVA company executive officer.

   Three of the enemy soldiers killed were an NVA company commander, an NVA battalion executive officer and an NVA battalion commander.

   Documents captured during the operation revealed that the three battalions were gathering in the area for attacks on units and installations in the Da Nang area.  They were in a stand-down position awaiting additional supplies and personnel.

   The friendly forces destroyed the plans by inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy, leaving them virtually inoperative.

   Items captured during the operation included 310 rocket rounds, 24 crew-served and 101 individual weapons.  One cache discovered just south of Hoi An contained 100 kilos of TNT, 212 60mm mortar rounds, 260 grenades, nine bangalore torpedoes and 47 rocket rounds.

   The armored and ranger units were supported by the 64th ARVN Artillery Bn., the 82nd ARVN Eng. Bn. and Vietnamese Air Force squadrons from Da Nang AB, Vietnamese river patrol boats were also utilized in the operation.

   South Vietnamese spokesmen described friendly casualties in the overall operation as light.

18May70-Big Mistake by Reds

   Copters Kill 35 Attackers

   S&S Vietnam Bureau......

....Americal Div. soldiers killed eight enemy soldiers and captured five in a battle Friday 55 miles southeast of Da Nang in coastal mountains south of Tam Ky, according to U.S. spokesmen.  The Americal unit suffered no casualties, the spokesmen said.


19May70-Reds Slay 4 101st GIs At Outpost

   S&S Vietnam Bureau


   Troops from the 196th Inf. Brigade of the Americal Div. tattled and enemy company 35 miles southwest of Da Nang for four hours Friday, U.S. officials said.  One American and at least five enemy were killed.


   (Article on the same day---Volunteer Army Target Date Still Uncertain, Official Says)

20May70-Chinook, 2 Hueys Fall to Red Guns

   S&S Vietnam Bureau


   Americal Div. troops from the 196th Light Inf. Brigade ambushed an estimated 20 to 30 enemy troops 14 miles northwest of Tam Ky late Sunday night, killing five while suffering no casualties according to American officials.

20May70-Footprints on a Trail Turn Up NVA Camp

   LZ HAWK HILL, Vietnam (Special) - An NVA base camp northwest of Tam Ky is no place to be.

   A Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) unit with the Americal Div., Team Arkansas of G Co., 75th Rangers, didn't exactly plan it that way but when they went out to gather intelligence they came to the right-or-wrong place.

   "We knew we might run into an enemy force," said S. Sgt. Richard Keller.  "Our job is to bring in an intelligence report on what we see.  You never know what you might find, though."  Keller is the team leader.

   Working in the 196th Inf. Brigade area of operations, the team was dropped seven miles north of Landing Zone Siberia.

   The first landing zone proved hazardous.

   "When we got down low enough, I saw several bunkers."  Keller shook his head.  "A little lower and we could see NA walking around.  I shouted at the pilot to get us out there.  Neither one of us fired.  I guess we were both too stunned."

   The Huey helicopter moved about a mile north and set down with the patrol.

   The men soon found footprints on a trail and followed them about a half Mile.  Then they heard voices.

   "We didn't see who they were right then," said Sgt. Edward Henderson, radio operator.

   At the time they thought they were civilians.

   The NVA Saw the infantrymen almost as soon as the Americans spied them.

   A volley of fire killed five NVA.  The Rangers said later there were 17 enemy in the small clearing.

   The other men kept a fierce raking fire.  A small observation aircraft was the first to come to their aid.  It flew low over the trees sniping at the enemy force, which was now very large, until gunships arrived.

   "We were lucky to get out of there," said Keller.  "We definitely found out what the division wanted to know.  There is one hell of a base camp.

23May70-Battered GI Patrol Hurls Back Reds

   S&S Vietnam Bureau


    To the south in Quang Tin Province, Americal Div. ground and cavalry units engaged an unknown-size enemy force shortly after noon Wednesday losing four men dead and 12 wounded, according to U.S. officials.  Enemy casualties were unknown.

   Later in the afternoon, enemy troops opened up with rocket-propelled grenades, recoilless rifles and mortars on the same Americal Div. unit, this time wounding 10 GIs, according to U.S. military spokesmen who said the body of the enemy soldier was found after the second attack.

   A patrol from the 11th Brigade, Americal Div. discovered a five-ton enemy rice cache stored inside a group of huts nine miles north-northwest of Duc Pho and 105 miles southeast of Da Nang, according to the U.S. command.

23May70-'Lure' Alerts Patrol

   Marines Buffalo Ambushers

   FIRE SUPPORT BASE ROSS, Vietnam (Special) - The Viet Cong have been using ingenious little tricks of warfare for years.  But one of their latest devices backfired in their faces.

   Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Brown was walking point for a patrol from G Co., 2nd Bn., 7th Marines, 1st Marine Div. when he spotted a full grown water buffalo securely tied to the some brush along the trail.

   Weird? In a way.  Water buffaloes are usually found in the Vietnam lowlands.  But the Marine patrol was operating in the mountainous terrain.

   "I figured there was something a little fishy about a water buffalo being tied along a water trail," said Brown.

   "Something fishy" turned out to be an enemy ambush.  The Marines quickly descended the hill and bombarded the area with M79 grenade rounds.

   Upon entering the area again a few minutes later, the patrol found a deserted Viet Cong base camp.

   "That buffalo saved the day for us," said Brown.

24May70-Enemy Quiet in South

   S&S Vietnam Bureau


   A reconnaissance patrol of the 196th Brigade, Americal Div. killed seven enemy soldiers and captured two weapons without taking any casualties in a brief firefight four miles south-southwest of Tam Ky.

   Farther south, other soldiers from the Americal Div. probed hedgerows and haystacks to undercover a 35-ton rice cache 14 miles southeast of Quang Ngai.


24May70-A Dynamic Dual Flight

   CHU LAI, Vietnam (Special) - Lt. Col. John V. Cox, Marine Fighter Attack Sq. 115 squadron commander, recently killed two birds with one flight.

   He flew his 200th combat mission in the F4B Phantom and chalked up 4,000 accident-free flying hours.

   Now on his second tour in Vietnam, Cox was officer in charge of Chu Lai AB prior to assuming his present command last March.

25May70-GI Says Captain Told Troops: 'Destroy' Everyone in My Lai

   Photo Caption: Spec. 4 Robert W. T'Souvas 20, of San Jose, Calif., facing charges in connection with the alleged My Lai massacre, meets newsmen in Atlanta, Ga., with his attorney, George T. Davis of San Francisco, to give his account of the incident (UPI Radiophoto)

   ATLANTA, Ga, (AP) - An Army enlisted man charged in connection with the alleged My Lai massacre said Friday his unit acted under orders to destroy the village and its inhabitants.

   Spec. 4 William H. T'Souvas told a news conference his company had been told there was nothing in the village but Viet Cong and North Vietnamese "we were told to kill every living thing and destroy all the houses," he said, adding that he did not kill anyone and did not see any other soldiers kill anyone.

   He said he did no wrong, only carrying out his orders.

   T'Souvas said the orders came from Capt. Ernest Medina, his company commander who also has been charged in connection with the alleged massacre of 102 civilians.

   "The whole company was given orders to search and destroy all the inhabitants," T'Souvas said.  "The order came from Capt. Medina."

   "T'Souvas was accompanied at the news conference by his civilian attorney, George T. Davis of San Francisco, who said he will file a civil rights suit seeking his client's release.

   The attorney said T'Souvas was specifically accused of murdering two children at My Lai.  He said if the slayings occurred they were an act of mercy since the children already were mortally wounded.

   Davis said also that the Army has no evidence that the two children were killed.

   "There isn't any proof that the people this boy is supposed to have killed are dead," Davis said.  "The very two people may be walking around Vietnam now and no one has any evidence to the contrary."

   T'Souvas, one of 13 soldiers charged in connection with the My Lai incident, was given an Article 32 hearing-similar to a civilian preliminary hearing- earlier Friday.

   He said he suffered injuries to both legs in Vietnam and was recuperating in Korea when the alleged massacre first received wide publicity last year.  He said he bought an armband and wore it to protest the massacre until he found out it was the action in which he participated.

   "Bill heard about this in Korea," Davis said.  "He didn't even know there had been a so-called massacre at My Lai."

   T'Sourvas was transferred to Ft. McPherson in Atlanta in March to face the murder charges.  He was charged only a month and five days before his three-year enlistment would have been completed.

   Davis said his suit will name Army officials and possibly President Nixon and charge that T'Souvas' civil rights are being violated by his retention in the Army and by the murder charges.

   The attorney said T'Souvas is being held illegally on "charges we feel the Army knows are unfounded."

26May70-GI Happy That He's A 'Tank'

   VAN THIEN, Vietnam (Special) -

   When a tank hits a booby trap, it usually rolls on unharmed.  But when a man steps on one, he usually isn't so lucky - unless he happens to be a "human tank."  This is what happened recently to Spec. 4 David W. Tank an Americal Div. soldier on an operation 15 miles north of Quang Ngai.

   "We were moving through an abandoned village on a sweep," said Tank, a radio-telephone operator with C Co. of the 198th Inf. Brigade's 1st Bn., 6th Inf.  Tank and other members of the company command group moved to the foundations of an old hooch and bunker to coordinate the sweep.

   "There was an old well off to the side of the bunker and I went over to check it out," continued Tank.  "Just as I got there I stepped on a three pronged pressure device and a mine went off.  It was a "Bouncing Betty," but all it did was lift my foot off the ground a bit.  It blew the dirt away so you cold see the mine."

   A "Bouncing Betty" mine is meant to explode twice.  On the first explosion, it pops into the air and then it is supposed to explode again and spray the immediate area with shrapnel.

   "There I stood!  Wow!" said Tank.  "Everyone else seemed to be a lot more scared than I was."

27May70-GIs Ring Up 'No Sale'

   VC Rice Center Goes Broke

   FSB LIZ, Vietnam (Special) - Rice is abundant in the fertile "515 Valley"  but Americal Div. soldiers are making it scarce for VC and NVA rice carriers in Duc Pho District.

   A 1st Bn., 20th Inf., element of the 11th Inf. Brigade recently cleaned out an enemy rice supply center and put two VC rice carriers out of the wholesale food business.

   C Co.'s 1st Platoon had moved into a small hamlet, seven miles northwest of Duc Pho, and set up in a night defensive position.

   On a routine search of the hamlet the next morning, according to Spec. 4 Stu Robertson, the men were "just poking around with their sticks" and came across an 800-pound rice cache buried in the floor of one of the huts.  

   The men then intensified their search and found two tunnels each with a good-sized room, one of which contained an enemy hand grenade.  Just to the left of the first dwelling they found a larger, half-ton stash of rice buried about two feet underground.

   The platoon stayed in the area that nigh and moved back through the hamlet enroute to an ambush site to the west.  On a trail leading to the hamlet, the men spotted two VC with packs and rice-carrying bags.  One of the enemy evaded during the ensuing contact, but the other carrying a hand grenade, was wounded and medevaced.

   The next day, the platoon detained a total of 13 Vietnamese suspected of being involved in the enemy rice supply operations in the area.

   The following day, the me moved to a larger hamlet, 600 meters southeast, and a search revealed almost two tons of rice.  Another rice carrier was wounded in contact, and eight more suspects were detained for interrogation.

   Robertson explained that the VC had hidden much of the rice in five-gallon tin cans camouflaged by a thin layer of dried potatoes.

27Mar70-China Beach Offers Sun-Splashed R&Rs


   S&S Staff Correspondent

   DA NANG, Vietnam - Three days of sun, surf and sand with all the pleasures of home free of charge will be ready for servicemen at China Beach here Monday.

   A month-long remodeling has prepared the China Beach Rest and Recreation Center to become the number one pleasure spot in Vietnam for GIs.  The Vung Tau coastal resort, 41 miles southeast of Saigon, was closed to Americans recently, leaving China Beach as the only in-country R&R site.

   "The troops will really enjoy it here." said Maj. Richard Taylor, officer in charge of the center.  "Just tell them to bring plenty of suntan lotion."

   With a half-mile long, white, sandy beach on the South China Sea, surfing, swimming and - in the future - water skiing, are the rest spot's main drawing cards.

   But men of all branches of service and all frames of mind should find their style of fun at the center.

   Live entertainment in the extensively remodeled enlisted men's club and a double-feature movie at the outdoor theater will be a part of every evening.  A combination library, reading room and tape center may be completed by June 1, and a gymnasium is also nearing completion.

   Olive drab will be taboo, and the R&R center will have a "civilian atmosphere," Taylor said.

   A fresh paint job will color buildings a variety of pastels, and uniforms will disappear into lockers when the men enter the camp.

  Much of the furniture, mess equipment and motor boat gear which had been used at Vung Tau has been moved to China Beach.

   From the moment servicemen check in at the hotel-like reception desk, everything is free except drinks.  Taylor said.  The men get fresh linen daily, maid service and "probably the best food they'll get in the service," he added.

   Capacity will be 232 persons, which is less than the former capacity, Taylor said.  Two double bunks were taken out of each building, reducing the capacity of each to 16 he said to provide more room for each individual.

   Eventually the sandy area around the buildings, shaded by pine trees and overlooking the scenic beach, may be turned into a tropical garden.

   "So much can be done to beautify the area," Taylor said.  "All that's needed is some initiative, some work and a few plans."

   Though the R&R area will be closed to outsiders, the beach will be open to all, Taylor said.  A short military ceremony will reopen the center June 1.

28May70-Artillery Accident Kills 2

   S&S Vietnam Bureau

   SAIGON - ........

   Eight Americal Div. troopers were wounded in a noon fight Monday between an element of the 196th Brigade and an enemy force of undetermined size 22 miles west of Tam Ky in the northern part of South Vietnam, the spokesman said.  The enemy attacked with small arms and mortar fire and were met with American automatic weapons fire and artillery.  Enemy casualties were unknown.


30May70-Battalion Of Reds Battered

   S&S Vietnam Bureau

   SAIGON - ......

   Enemy attacks on two patrols from the Americal Div. 34 and 36 miles south southwest of Da Nang early Thursday killed a total of five Americans and wounded 12, the U.S. Command reported.  Enemy casualties were unknown.