Battle of Hill 172 information
for 1 INF DIV

For date 671208

1 INF DIV was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
South Vietnam
Location, Hill 172
Description: After Srok Silamlite III the area around Bu Dop (Bo Duc) was relatively quiet until Dec 8. At 0100 a DUSTOFF helicopter came to an NDP that had been established by the 1/2nd Inf and B/1/5th Arty, 1st Inf Div a few days earlier. The helicopter received fire from an undetected VC force and this warned the NDP of an impending attack. Two ambush patrols returned to the NDP just as portions of the perimeter received heavy enemy fire. Direct artilley fire was used on the woodline from which the enemy were attacking. A second assault came from another area. By 0400 the VC retreated. A daylight sweep revealed 49 bodies but they estimated that 140 were killed in this encounter.

The source for this information was Turner 1st Inf P:25 & 51

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