During Operation Pershing this unit made frequent and regular contacts
with elements of the 18th NVA Regiment. In addition, there was evidence
indicating the presence of the following enemy units:
93d Bn 2d VC Regt - documents located in the Suoi Ca valley dated May
91st Co 9th Bn 22 Regt - interrogation of Sgt Taun Van Thanh sqd leader
2d Sqd 1st Plt 91st Co 9th Bn 22d Regt.
2d Co 8th Bn 18th Regt - report from POW stating that the E2B VC Bn was
operating with the 2d Co 8th Bn 18th Regt.
2d Co 50th Bn (E-2B) - Hoi Chanh Le Einh Lang member of this unit states
that the Bn mission was to operate in the Phu Cat area.
3d Plt 2d Co 7th Bn 18th Regt - interrogation report of Mai Trong Binh a
member of the above unit indicates its presence in the area of
1st Co 97th Bn 2d VC Regt - captured documents following a contact with
members of this unit indicate its presence in the area.
5001 Co 500 Inf Bn - NVA POW states that this new company was organized
in mid-Aug 66 and infiltrated in Jan at Quang Ngai Province moving south
to Binh Dinh.
124th Mortar Co 18th Regt - two separate interrogation reports indicate
that this unit mortared LZ Crystal and were later ambushed by the 41st
E-210 Bn - intelligence reports indicate that the E210 Bn was working
with the NVA, probably resupplying the 7th Bn 18th Regt.
Intelligence reports indicate that the 18th
Regiment's combat effectiveness had been seriously impaired during the
previous month. A POW reported that he heard his political officer state
that the "18th Regiment had been so badly beaten that it had been assigned
to the Binh Dinh Province as guards. Another POW report indicates that the
7th Bn had a strength of 400 persons of which only 250 were combat
effective. Documents captured 13 February confirmed a close association
between the NVA and VC indicating the enemy's need to consolidate his
efforts. An example of this is the report that the E-210 VC Bn was working
with the NVA probably resupplying the 7th BN 18th Regt. Interrogation
reports indicated that the morale of the VC/NVA units is low. Hai Chanh Le
Einh Lang stated that more VC want to "Cheiu Hoi" but they don't trust the
system. All Cheiu Hois apprehended during Operation Pershing indicated
that conditions were poor and that the course of the war was not going
smoothly for their units. In summary it would appear that the
organizational structure and unit effectiveness of those elements located
in the Luoi Ca and Phu My areas has been disrupted and that the units are
split up and devoting their efforts toward sustaining and rebuilding
themselves. Their units seek refuge in the mountains during the day
traveling and seeking food during the night. There were isolated incidents
of friendly units making contact during the daylight with small enemy
units but the majority of the enemy were killed in the late afternoon and
primary target for enemy units in this area continues to be the abundant
rice crops in the Suoi Ca valley and the coastal plains surrounding Phu My
District. This unit successfully interdicted these two area denying much
needed food to the enemy. by ambushing trails and continuously patrolling
the mountains and valleys this unit was able to successfully block enemy
transportation routes to their previously used markets. Many village
sweeps were conducted to collect excess food stuffs and relocate VC family
members and supporters, which resulted in further denial of subsistence to
the enemy. POW's from the 18th NVA Regt stated that the morale is low
because of hardships and lack of food and the denial of food from the Suoi
Ca valley has seriously restricted the 18th Regt operations and forced
them to go to either Nghia Dien or My Loc for food. Pfo No Ny Lop from the
124th Mortar Co also stated that his unit was forced to go to My Loc for
unit captured a total of 33 weapons, several tons of rice and salt and one
PRC/10 radio (which was set on the Bde frequency.)
During Operation Pershing the unit accounted for the following enemy
Enemy KIA - 77
Enemy CIA - 10
Enemy bodies found - 10
Enemy WIA - 4
- Bn continued S&D in Suoi Ca valley. Neg results
- A Co continued its security mission of LZ HAMMOND. B Co found one dead
body believed to be killed by arty at coord 759648. B Co made contact with
4 VC. Results 2 VC KIA at coord 764649. C Co conducted ambushes in lower
Suoi Ca valley.
- 3/C/1-14 received sniper fire in vic LZ MONKEY. Arty and guns called
with neg results.
- A Co made contact with 2 VC at coord 776587. Results: 2 VC KIA.
- A Co made contact with 2 VC at coord 797578. Results: 2 VC KIA, 1
carbine CIA. B Co made contact at LZ TIP with 1 VC; neg results. Recon Plt
made contact with and killed NVA at coord 822584. The platoon set up an
ambush at 829582 and killed 1 VC during the hours of darkness.
- 3/A/1-14 made contact from ambush loc vic 786543. 3 enemy were seen and
1 enemy KIA. 1 carbine CIA.
- A Co continued ambushes in the lower Suoi Ca valley. 1/A/1-14 made
contact with 2 VC. Results: 1 VC KIA. 3/A/1-14 made contact with 8 VC.
Results: 1 SKS CIA. B Co conducted S&D in the Kim Son valley area.
3/B/1-14 located a weapons cache at coord 750673, (1 bipod for 60mm
Mortar, 1 BAR, 3 US carbines.) 3/C/1-14 found 1 dead VC believed to have
been killed by arty.
- 2/A/1-14 made contact with 3 VC. Results: 3 VC KIA, 1 AK47 and 1 SMG
CIA. At coord 805592 C Co started destruction of a large bunker complex
which consisted of approximately 500 bunkers. LT COL Miller captured 1 VC
with a carbine at coord 814588.
- 2/A/1-14 made contact with 4 NVA at coord 801584. Results: 1 NVA KIA and
1 AK47 CIA.
- 1/A/1-14 spotted 1 man outside of perimeter. Took him under fire with
neg results. 1/A/1-14 made contact with 2 VC at coord 806595. Neg results.
3/A/1-14 made contact with 1 VC at coord 808575. Neg results. 3/B/1-14
made contact with 2 VC at coord 753681. Results: 2 VC KIA. 3/C/1-14 made
contact with 4 VC at LZ AA and killed 2.
- 1/A/1-14 found 1 dead body and weapon (1 SKS.) A Co located the 2 pilots
that had crashed their L19 and evacuated them. 2/B/1-14 received sniper
fire conducting a CA into a LZ at coord 682719; neg results. 3/B/1-14
found some equipment vic coord 692705; (1 MG spring, 1 air mattress, 10
lbs of rice, all destroyed.) 3/B/1-14 spotted 6 NVA at coord 692705,
engaged them with SA fire. Swept area with neg results.
- 2/A/1-14 made contact with 1 VC at coord 819759; neg results. 3/B/1-14
located a field of punji stakes at coord 688704, destroyed same.
- b/1-14 made contact with 4-6 VC at coord 705765. Results: 2 VC KIA.
3/B/1-14 made contact with 5 VC at coord 703761. Results: 5 VC KIA, 1
chicom weapon and 16 chicom grenades CIA. 2/C/1-14 made contact with 3
enemy at coord 808574. Results: 1 VC KIA, 1 AK47 and 2 magazines of ammo
- 1/B/1-14 made contact with 4-6 enemy at coord 691781. Results: 2 VC KIA.
3/B/1-14 made contact with 1 VC at coord 653777. Results: 1 VC KIA.
- 2/A/1-14 made contact at coord 806596 with 1 VC. Results: 1 VC WIA/CIA.
B/1-14 captured 1 VC. A Co made contact with 3 VC at coord 828583.
Results: 1 carbine and 2 chicom grenades CIA. 2/C/1-14 made contact with 8
VC; neg results. Scty/1-14 captured 2 VC, 1 male and 1 female at coord
- Recon made contact with 2 VC, one wearing a black jacket, swept area
with neg results. Blue team found 200 lbs of rice.
Mar - 3/B/1-14 spotted a VC in a tree at coord 775604, called in arty with
neg results. LRRP found 5--- lbs of salt at coord 797688. B/1-14 located a
body approximately 2 weeks old killed by arty fire at coord 784606. C/1-14
received sniper fire at coord 803572 and located 2 dead VC killed by arty
fire. 1/A/1-14 received sniper fire at coord 727644, searched area with
- Assault Plt received sniper fire at coord 850638, neg results.
2&3/B/1-14 made contact with 3 VC at coord 857704. Results: 1 weapon CIA
and 2 VC CIA. Command Group spotted 2 VC vic LZ ILLINI. Results; 2 VC CIA
and 1 carbine CIA.
- B/1-14 received fire from coord 863597 and called arty fire.
Results: 3 VC KIA, 5 grenades CIA. 3/A/1-14 made contact with 5 enemy at
coord 814584; neg results. 3/A/1-14 made contact enroute to an ambush site
with 5 enemy. Results: 1 VC KIA and 1 M-1 and pack CIA. Co B conducted a
CA vic 955665 and received heavy AW fire on insertion, neg casualties.
D/1-12 (OPCON to the Bn) found 2200 lbs of rice at coord 888600.
- 1/A/1-14 made contact with 7 VC at coord 8235605. Results: 3 VC KIA.
2/A/1-14 located 200 lbs of rice vic coord 807608. Assault Plt made
contact with 7 VC at coord 938598. Results: 7 VC KIA and 5 weapons CIA. B
Co received sniper fire from village loc 937613 and detained 1 VCS.
- Recon made contact with 3 VC at coord 970631. Results: 2 VC KIA and
1 VC CIA/WIA. They also found a commo trench 4 ft wide, 5 ft deep and 400
ft long used in last 2-3 months. B/1-14 detained 10 VCS at coord 933587,
all of whom were evacuated to sector. B/1-14 LRRP at coord 955614 spotted
3 VC and engaged with SA fire. Results: 2 VC KIA. Assault Plt made contact
with 1 enemy; results 1 enemy KIA. B/1-14 made contact with 1 VC; results
1 VC KIA. 2/A/1-14 observed 4 enemy with weapons. Results: 2 VC KIA and 1
cook stove and 1 flashlight CIA. C/1-14 detained 4 VCS at coord 822644.
Rcn located about 30 packs coord 968641 and numerous items (magazines,
clothing, misc documents which indicated 8th Bn 18th Regt, 8 grenades,
100rds.30 cal ammo and medical equipment.) A Co LRRP made contact with 2
VC. Results: 1 VC KIA and 2 chicom grenades CIA.
- 3/A/1-14 received sniper fire from village loc 873632, arty called with
neg results. 1/A/1-14 spotted 1 NVA, engaged with SA. Results: 1 NVA KIA.
C/1-14 detained 14 VCS at coord 951619, all of whom were evacuated to
sector. The Bn S2 detained 5 VCS 1 mile south of LZ CRYSTAL and captured 1
carbine. C/1-14 detained 13 more VCS. C/1-14 found 350 lbs of rice at
coord 965625, and evacuated same to sector. C/1-14 captured 1 VC, 600 lbs
of rice, 50 lbs potatoes and 10 lbs tobacco. They also detained 19 VCS in
the same area. B/1-14 detained 28 VCS and evacuated them to sector. They
also located 1000 lbs of rice.
- A/1-14 LRRP made contact with 2 VC at coord 785595. Results: 1 enemy KIA.
C/1-14 detained 15-20 VCS and found 5000 lbs of rice at coord 941601 all
evacuated to sector. C/1-14 found 2 VCS dead about a week at coord 940607.
3/A/1-14 found 2 bodies both dressed in black PJ's rolled up in a poncho
at coord 785606. C/1-14 made contact with 3 VC at coord 950625. Results: 1
- C/1-14 detained 1 VCS. 3/B/1-14 located 4 tin huts at coord 825634
along with 1000 lbs of rice and 1000 lbs of bond paper, destroyed same.
2/B/1-14 at coord 825625 found a PRC/10 radio on 43.00 (bde organic freq)
evacuated same to bde. Assault Plt detained 9 VCS, all evacuated to
sector. The Bn moved from LZ TIP to LZ HAMMOND and conducted a motor march
to Qui Nhon. The Bn was airlifted to the Chu Lai AO by C-130.
- A Co moved out of LZ SAND and conducted operations to the west with neg
results. B Co conducted S&D to the south. At loc 515935 they received 10
rds AW sniper fire. Swept the area with neg results. At loc 524939 the
point man of 2/B/1-14 stepped on a mine. C Co conducted local patrols with
- A Co closed LZ SAND. Co B continued S&D to the south at vic 465943. B Co
received 5-10 rds sniper fire. Arty was called in and B Co made contact
with 4 VC. Results: 4 VC KIA and 2 weapons CIA. At loc 432968 B Co found 7
huts use recently. At 445950 B/1-14 had a man step on a mine. 1/B/1-14
received 3 rds of sniper at loc 468935, swept area with neg results. C Co
conducted S&D to the southwest with Ren attached. They received sniper
fire from vic 470940. Ren returned fire and swept the area. Results: 2 VC
KIA, 1 weapon CIA and assorted documents & clothing CIA.
- Co A conducted local patrols around Bn CP vic 538023. Co C continued S&D
and returned to the Bn CP.
- The Bn moved to Hill 35 and relieved the 3-5 Marine of their
responsibility for defense of that area. At vic 642688 1/B/1-14 received
10 rds sniper fire, returned 25 rds M16. Results: 1 VC KIA and 2 chicom
grenades CIA, destroyed same. Co C conducted local patrols with neg
Operation - On 28 April 1967 Co B 1-14 and B Btry 2/9 Arty were
airlifted to a Special Forces camp located at Ha Thanh coord BS388698 to
conduct a "Fireball Operation". The purpose of this operation was to
demonstrate a show of force to the enemy forces in that area. Both the
District Chief and the American advisor welcomed this force, for it was
the first time that close support artillery had been employed in that
area. During the duration of the operation (28 Apr - 5 May) a total of 64
enemy were killed by actual body count, and 120 more were estimated KIA.
The greatest majority of these kills resulted from artillery fire.