Attack on Ngok Tavak information
for A-105 SF DET

For date 680509

A-105 SF DET was a US Army unit
CIDG was a Vietnamese Army unit
D/2/13 MARINES was a US Marine Corps unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Quang Tin Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Ngok Tavak
Description: Prior to the attack on Kham Duc intelligence continued to indicate enemy movement around the southern and western edges of the TAOR. Also reported was the improvement of the old French road running between YB950814 and ZB025852. This enemy activity indicated preparations for offensive operations. The Ngok Tavak outpost, about 5 kilometers southwest of Kham Duc, was manned by a Mobile Strike Force Company with eight Special Forces and three Australian advisors plus 33 Marine artillerymen with two 105mm howitzers from D/2/13th Marines. CPT Christopher J. Silva, the CO of SF Detachment A-105, helicoptered into Ngok Tavak during the day in response to growing signs of NVA presence in the area. Foul weather prevented his scheduled evening departure. During the evening a Kham Duc CIDG platoon fleeing a local ambush also arrived and was posted to the outer perimeter. It was later learned that this CIDG force contained VC infiltrators. This set the stage for the battle that would begin early on the 10th.
Comments: CPT Silva, Christopher J.; CO A-105 SF DET; ;

The source for this information was Green Berets at War P: 183+

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