Battle of Dong Ha information
for 3 MAR DIV

From date 680429 to 680515

3 MAR DIV was a US Marine Corps unit
2/4 MARINES was a US Marine Corps unit
1/3 MARINES was a US Marine Corps unit
2 ARVN REGT was a Vietnamese Army unit
Primary service involved, US Marine Corps
Quang Tri Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Dong Ha
Description: The name given by the 3d Marine Division to a series of actions above the Bo Dieu and Cua Viet rivers (east of Dong Ha and Route 1) to the DMZ. The majority of the action resulted when about 8,000 from the 320th and the 304th NVA Divisions attempt to take the 3d Marine Division's combat base at Dong Ha. The NVA moved past ALPHA 1 to the rivers to cut the Marine's supply lines. The 3d Marines had responsibility for the Operation NAPOLEON/SALINE TAOR. After BLT 2/4 from the SLF, supported by HMM-362, and to a lesser extent the 1/3 Marines sustained heavy casualties in Operation NIGHT OWL and the Battle of Dai Do, 1.5 miles northeast of Dong Ha, III MAF reinforced with the 3/21st Infantry, supported by the 174th AHC, from the 196th LIB, Americal Division which fought the Battle of Nhi Ha. The 1st Cavalry Division also reinforced with two battalions which called their effort Operation CONCORDIA SQUARE. The 2d ARVN Regt had elements at ALPHA 1, CHARLIE 4 and around Dong Ha who seriously disappointed the Marines. The battle, part of SCOTLAND II, ends when the NVA moved north of the DMZ.

The source for this information was Chron P:74; Magnificent Bastards by Nolan P:

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