Army Reporter information
for 9 INF DIV
D/3/5 CAV
5/60 INF

For date 680525


9 INF DIV was a US Army unit
D/3/5 CAV was a US Army unit
5/60 INF was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
South Vietnam
Location, Saigon
Description: The following is an edited version from the weekly Vietnam Communique column in the 25 May 1968 issue. Infantrymen of the 9th Inf Div, supported by artillery, helicopter gunships and Air Force tactical airstrikes, killed 213 VC just south of Saigon. At 4 AM, a platoon of VC soldiers attacked an ARVN outpost guarding a bridge leading into Saigon. One company of the 5/60th Inf was immediately deployed to the outpost to reinforce the ARVN infantrymen while another company moved into a blocking position on the bridge. The battle continued throughout the morning and the enemy, unable to fight their way across the bridge, withdrew into a factory complex. At 2 PM, the U.S. infantrymen moved towards the complex and surrounded it. As the fighting continued, gunship crews from the 3/5th Cavalry, and Air Force tactical airstrikes and artillery pounded the enemy. After contact with the enemy was lost, the infantrymen swept the battlefield, counting 213 enemy bodies. One U.S. soldier was killed in the fighting. Seventeen others were wounded, five of whom were evacuated for further medical treatment. In another battle soldiers from the Division's 3/39th Inf killed 85 VC 500 yards from the Y Bridge on the Kinh Dol Canal south of Saigon. Earlier in the day, the soldiers found 20 VC bodies which were believed to have been killed in a firefight in the same area.

The source for this information was 6805AR.AVN supplied by Les Hines


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