operation DELAWARE/LAM SON 216 information
1 CAV DIV was a US Army unit
for 1 CAV DIV
23 INF DIV
1 BDE 101 ABN
1 ARVN DIV
From date 680419 to 680517
23 INF DIV was a US Army unit
1 BDE 101 ABN was a US Army unit
1 ARVN DIV was a Vietnamese Army unit
Quang Tri Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, A Shau Valley
Description: This was the first large A Shau Valley operation. The 1st Air Cav, 101st Airborne Div, and elements of the 196th Inf Bde joined by the ARVN 1st Div and an ARVN Airborne task force move through the valley to preempt enemy preparations for an attack on the Hue area and to take advantage of the damage done to the enemy by PEGASUS. It was also described as an airmobile raid of this enemy strong hold. The 1st Cav committed seven Infantry Battalions plus the 1/9th Cav; the 196th Infantry Brigade committed three more as did the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne. Casualties: US - 142 KIA, 731 WIA, 47 MIA; enemy - 869 KIA.
The source for this information was RAND, OOB, Rise & Fall P:248; Chron P:75
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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