Americal Daily News Sheets information
for 23 INF DIV

For date 680505

23 INF DIV was a US Army unit
F/8 CAV was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Quang Tin Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Chu Lai
Description: The following is an edited version from the Americal Daily News Sheets Vol. 2 No. 17 dated May 6. CHU LAI (AMERICAL-IO) - After a night of mortar, rocket and ground assaults on many of the Americal Division's installations in their area of southern I Corps, only light damage was reported yesterday. Contacts included a rocket assault on the Chu Lai air base causing minimal damage. During yesterday's fighting, Americal units killed 25 VC and 18 NVA and captured 11 individual and five crew-served weapons. Combat units of Americal's 198th Infantry Brigade killed 23 enemy yesterday in heavy fighting. The kills occurred when infantrymen fought off attacking enemy forces who were firing mortars and rockets into the brigade's fire base camps in Quang Tin Province. Enemy attacks in the Que Son Valley, began early yesterday morning with all but one of the brigade's bases receiving rocket, mortar and ground assaults. Only light damage was reported throughout the brigade's area. A unit of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry repulsed the heaviest attack at a fire support base center 15 miles west of Tam Ky. After receiving heavy mortar and rocket fire the company killed 18 NVA and captured eight AK-47 rifles, five RPG-2 rocket launchers and a 9mm pistol. The enemy withdrew from the area at daylight. Elsewhere in Operation Wheeler/Wallowa, a unit of the 1st Battalion, 52d Infantry killed one VC. Two more VC were killed by an air strike in support of ground troops. Another two Viet Cong were killed in the Chu Lai area by artillery which was supporting 198th ground troops. Troops from the 17th Cavalry found the bodies while moving on Hwy#1. Elements of the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry killed 12 VC and detained 20 suspects in increased fighting yesterday. "F" Troop, 8th Cavalry saw the most action in contacts seven miles northwest of Tam Ky in Operation Burlington Trail. "F" Troop killed seven VC, captured two suspects. Another element of the 1st Cavalry killed one VC and detained 12 suspects in operations seven miles southwest of Tam Ky. Late in the evening, elements at a base camp killed three VC while turning back an attacking force. "F" Troop killed another VC yesterday afternoon in Operation Wheeler/Wallowa two miles north of Thang Binh. Increased activity in the Duc Pho area resulted in eight VC killed by elements of the Americal's 11th Brigade 3d Battalion 1st Infantry yesterday. A total of 33 suspects were detained for questioning by the "Jungle Warriors" throughout southern Quang Ngai Province. "Always First" soldiers led by CPT Joe Rhinehart (Canton, NC) killed four VC in separate contacts during a reconnaissance patrol five miles north of Duc Pho. The unit also detained 12 suspects. Another 3d Battalion, 1st Infantry unit led by CPT William Riggs (Houston, TX) killed two VC following a combat assault yesterday seven miles east of Quang Ngai. A platoon of the same company and APC personnel of the 1st Armored Cavalry flushed out to VC from rice paddies 11 miles northwest of Duc Pho. The Viet Cong were killed by door gunners of the battalion's command and control helicopter. Division units suffered nine soldiers killed and 17 wounded and evacuated for treatment during yesterday's activity.

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