New York Times information

For date 651212


Quang Tin Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Quang Tin
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "U.S. Patrols Out at Dawn." Saigon, Sunday, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The United States marines sent extensive patrols out at dawn today to locate the main body of a Communist regiment believed hemmed in between the marines and a force of South Vietnamese Government troops. The marines counted 72 more Communist bodies after sloshing through knee-deep mud and water under heavy fire and capturing a Vietcong stronghold later yesterday about three miles west of a marine command post at Queson, 20 miles south of Danang. The marines moved out toward a line of hills west of the valley battleground of the past five days near Vietan. Late yesterday the marines stormed across rice paddies and took a treeline position where the Communists had dug in and held up the marine advance for two days. Shortly after dark, a Marine spokesman in Danang reported that the Communists had counterattacked with a "heavy force." He said moderate, and at times intense sniper fire in the battle zone made it appear that the Communists were trying to drive the marines out of the positions they had just occupied. Later, the spokesman said that it appeared the snipers had been fighting a delaying action to protect a larger Communist force.

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