Pacific Stars and Stripes information

For date 680710

Quang Nam Province, I Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Hoi An
Description: Copters Rake VC Sampans SAIGON - Army helicopters attacked a fleet of enemy sampans off the coast of South Vietnam Sunday, killing 40 Viet Cong, sinking four sampans and damaging 36. A U.S. copter spotted the flotilla six miles southeast of Hoi An in Quang Tri [sic] Province and called in copter gunships. The Army gunships raked the sampans with rocket and machine gun fire. Navy swift boats checking the remains of the enemy fleet found 40 enemy bodies in the water and aboard the sampans. A UH1 Huey helicopter from an Army medical unit was hot down Sunday afternoon by ground fire 81 miles southwest of Saigon. Three American soldiers were wounded and the copter was badly damaged, U.S. spokesmen said Monday. A U.S. spokesman said all copters attached to medical units are marked with a large red cross. He said he didn't know what type mission the aircraft was on when it was hit. U.S. warplanes flew 133 strikes Sunday in North Vietnam, meeting what pilots called moderate to heavy anti-aircraft fire. Air Force crews hit targets around Dong Hoi, destroying or damaging 10 warehouses and triggering more than 20 sustained fires and 13 secondary explosions. Navy pilots from the carrier America struck a large highway ferry complex 12 miles west of Vinh. It was described as a transfer point where war materials are shifted between supply barges and trucks. One of the pilots, Lt. Cdr, Scott Greiling of Orange Park, Fla. sank one of the barges with his five inch rockets. "The rocket must gone right through it," Greiling, of Attack Sq. 82, said. "My wingman came back around a minute later and said it was starting to settle in the water and was on its way to the bottom."

The source for this information was 6807PSS.AVN supplied by Les Hines

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