Americal Daily News Sheets information
for 23 INF DIV
F/8 CAV

For date 680912


23 INF DIV was a US Army unit
F/8 CAV was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Operation CHAMPAIGN GROVE
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. 146 September 13 CHU LAI (AMERICAL IO) - Action remained scattered in the Americal Division's southern I Corps Tactical Zone yesterday as Division forces and supporting elements accounted for 22 VC killed and one weapon captured. Operation Champaign Grove began on 4 Sept. in an area 20 miles west of Quang Ngai City. Elements of the 11th Inf. Bde. and the 2nd ARVN Div. have killed 110 VC and 13 NVA, detained 27 suspects, and captured one crew-served and 14 individual weapons in the combined operations. Light action in Quang Ngai Province yesterday resulted in eight VC killed, one suspect detained and one weapon captured during operations by 11th Inf. Bde. "Jungle Warriors". The U.S. Air Force accounted for two VC killed yesterday morning when a Forward Air Control plane returned fire on two ground gunners, killing both nine miles west of Quang Ngai. Troops of a 4th Bn., 3d Inf. company found three VC killed by air strikes 10 miles west of Quang Ngai City. Infantrymen of a 1st Bn., 20th Inf. company detained two VC who led them to a near tunnel near huts nine miles north of Quang Ngai City. Soon after the two VC entered the tunnel there was a large explosion, killing both VC. Later they killed another VC in the same vicinity. "Old Guard" soldiers of another 4th Bn., 3d Inf. company found one automatic weapon in bushes by a trail 11 miles west of Quang Ngai City. Cavalrymen of "E" Troop, 1st Cav. detained one VC suspect by a trail near a mortar site which had been used to attack LZ Bronco. The mortar site was less than two miles west of the "Jungle Warriors" home. Elements of the 196th Inf. Bde. killed nine VC yesterday in the Operation Wheeler/Wallowa area. A reconnaissance element of the 4th Bn., 21st Inf. in three separate actions yesterday killed a total of six VC nine miles south of Hoi An. Two 3d Bn., 21st Inf. companies killed three more VC in the same area in two separate contacts Two air strikes were flown in support of the 196th yesterday resulting in one secondary explosion. Action centered west and northwest of Chu Lai yesterday in the 198th Inf. Bde's. area of operations as one light contact, the discovery of a rice cache, and one VC killed highlighted activity. A 5th Bn., 46th Inf. company commanded by 1LT Nicholas Holmes (St. Cloud, MN) found 400 pounds of rice yesterday during a search and clear mission in the Burlington Trail area. The rice was booby-trapped with two M-26 grenades which were discovered and destroyed. A reconnaissance element of the 5th Bn., 46th Inf. accounted for one VC killed yesterday. In other action a 1st Bn., 6th Infantry company commanded by CPT. Francis X. Brennan (Boston, MA) ran into an unknown size enemy force in bunkers on the "rocket ridge" west of Chu Lai. Two air strikes were called in on the NVA unit which was firing on the "Regulars" with automatic weapons and rolling grenades down a hill into the 1st Bn., 6th Inf. soldier's positions. Results of the contact are unknown at this time. The remainder of the Bde's action centered south of Chu Lai where a 1st Bn., 52d Inf. company commanded by CPT Peter L. Lawson (Taunton, MA) discovered two M-16 anti-personnel mines, several spider holes, and documents during a search and clear mission. "H" Troop, 17th Cav. soldiers operating with the "Ready Rifles" found and destroyed one 8 inch dud round. Civic Action soldiers of the Bde. treated 301 Vietnamese yesterday during five MEDCAPs. The 1st Sqdn., 1st Armored Cav. reported four VC killed yesterday in the Burlington Trail area. "F" Troop, 8th Cav. accounted for three of the VC killed and "C" Troop, 1st Cav. accounted forth other VC killed. Division forces suffered two soldiers killed and 35 wounded and evacuated for treatment.

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