Pacific Stars and Stripes information
for 3 BDE 1 CAV

For date 680118


3 BDE 1 CAV was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Quang Nam Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Que Son Valley
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "Reaction Force Kills 13, Routs Red Ambushers ." Saigon - S&S Vietnam Bureau (The following is a selective extract from this article) In the Que Son Valley east of Tam Ky, 31 enemy were killed as action continued by the 3rd Brigade, 1st Air Cav. Div. Pacific Stars and Stripes photographer John Olson accompanied a force sent in to recover the helicopter of a battalion commander downed four days earlier. He reported three bodies recovered, all from shallow graves near the burned-out chopper, apparently dug by North Vietnamese. Communist snipers hampered the intended rescue operation. Olson also reported intense anti-aircraft fire in the area. Ground operations in the valley are now being directed he said, from the ground instead of from airborne command helicopters, due to the heavy .50 caliber fire. "Four helicopters are still down in enemy territory according to Olson and LZ Ross, a staging area for U.S. operations into the Que Son Valley, has been attacked six times in two weeks. (The following is a selective extract from the rest of this article) In Quang Nam Province, 375 miles northeast of Saigon, a large Viet Cong force attacked a company of Vietnamese troops- about 130 men - on a road clearing operation and inflicted what officials called "heavy" casualties before reinforcements could be rushed up, UPI reported. When they arrived, the reinforcements chased the attackers and killed 40; government spokesmen reported.

The source for this information was 6801pss.avn supplied by Les Hines


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