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VMO-2 was a US Marine Corps unit
For date 660704
HMM-265 was a US Marine Corps unit
MAG-16 was a US Marine Corps unit
Primary service involved, US Marine Corps
Description: After the Marine company sprung the VC ambush, MAG-16 helicopters inserted another company near the site but they would not link up until the next morning. Heavy enemy machine guns drove off several attempts at helicopter evacuations. A third Marine company moved overland to the rear of the VC. By 1730, the VC had had enough of the artillery and air strikes and tried to withdraw before being completely hemmed in. A VMO-2 UH-1E spotted 200-250 VC moving NW and shifted the fires. Estimates of enemy KIAs vary from 12 to 62. HMM-265 was finally able to reach the units to evacuate their wounded but two aircraft sustained hits and one crewman was wounded. At 1800, HMM-265 inserted a fresh company and extracted the ambushed company. On the afternoon of the 5th, III MAF initiated operation MACON with the goal to eliminate the VC R-20 Battalion. These actions constituted Phase I of the operation.
The source for this information was USMC 1966 H, Page 201-210
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