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9 INF DIV was a US Army unit
for 9 INF DIV
3 BDE 9 INF
For date 681019
3 BDE 9 INF was a US Army unit
D/3/5 CAV was a US Army unit
A/3/17 CAV was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Long An Province, III Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Tan An
Description: The following is an edited version from the weekly Vietnam Communique column in the 19 Oct 1968 issue.
Ninth Inf Div troops killed 180 enemy soldiers, including 138 in a two-day operation in the Mekong Delta. The operation began when B/1/16th Inf was inserted into a hot LZ. In the ensuing firefight, three helicopters were downed by small arms and automatic weapons fire. Six more companies from the 3rd Bde were brought into the area and succeeded in surrounding the enemy. Airstrikes and artillery were called in to pound the enemy. A sweep of the area began the next morning, and contact was quickly re-established. As the pressure of the sweep mounted, the enemy began leaving their bunkers in an attempt to infiltrate through the lines of the advancing soldiers. But once outside their protective bunkers, they became targets for ground forces and gunship crews from D/3/5th Cav. In addition to the 138 killed, eight VC surrendered under the Chieu Hoi program. In another action, eight miles NW of Tan An, soldiers of the 9th Inf Div teamed with elements of A/3/17th Air Cav to pursue and estimated enemy battalion. They killed 16 enemy soldiers.
The source for this information was 6810AR.AVN supplied by Les Hines
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