operation report information
for 1 BDE 1 CAV
2/8 CAV
2/20 ARA

For date 660516

1 BDE 1 CAV was a US Army unit
2/8 CAV was a US Army unit
2/20 ARA was a US Army unit
South Vietnam
Location, Vinh Thanh SF Camp
Description: On the 15th a local CIDG patrol ambushed a VC mortar team and discovered plans for an attack against their Vinh Thanh SF camp. As part of CRAZY HORSE, B/2/8th Cav air assaulted onto the highest nearby mountain. As it walked a ridgeline, their forward platoon suddenly had a squad overrun and the company was engulfed in combat. A heavy downpour washed out the horizon but two 2/20th ARA ships edged up the side of the mountain and discharged volleys of rockets just yards from the trapped company's collapsed perimeter. This broke the attack long enough for A Co to reach them after nightfall. Early the next morning the position was blasted with recoilless rifle and grenade fire. Only the approach of C Co saved the remaining force from annihilation.

The source for this information was Rise & Fall P:107
Rise & Fall = The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1963 - 1973 by Shelby Stanton.

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