Americal Daily News Sheets information
for 23 INF DIV
123 AVN
F/8 CAV
174 AHC

For date 681019


23 INF DIV was a US Army unit
123 AVN was a US Army unit
F/8 CAV was a US Army unit
174 AHC was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
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. 184 Sunday October 20. CHU LAI (AMERICAL IO) - Units of the Americal Division accounted for 20 VC and seven NVA killed, 16 VC suspects detained, one NVA detained, and eight individual weapons captured in southern I Corps yesterday. Action was moderate in the 11th Inf. Bde. yesterday. "Jungle Warrior" units reported 12 VC killed, six VC suspects detained, and four individual weapons captured. Gunships of the 174th Avn. Co. killed five VC six miles south of Duc Pho yesterday. A 4th Bn., 3d Inf. company commanded by CPT John J. Murphy (Springfield, PA) moved into the area and detained two VC suspects. One of the suspects was carrying a lensatic compass. One of the VC had been carrying a roster of names and two large propaganda posters. The company also confiscated one altered ID card and one document believed to be a letter of introduction. A search of the area turned up one MAS-36 rifle, one M-16 rifle, and one K-44 rifle. Later the 11th Inf. Bde. command and control helicopter commanded by COL John W. Donaldson (Alexandria, VA) engaged six VC in the same area. Five VC were killed and one suspect was detained. The 4th Bn., 3d Inf. command and control helicopter later killed one VC seven miles south of Duc Pho. A 4th Bn., 3d Inf. company commanded by CPT Grady Middleton (Quincy, FL) detained two VC suspects in two separate incidents in the same area. Later CPT Murphy's company found one M-1 carbine in the area. A 4th Bn., 3d Inf. recon plt. commanded by 1LT George H. Kinney (Taylor, MI) detained one VC suspect five miles south of Duc Pho. At the same time the "Old Guard" headquarters section, sweeping the same area, killed one VC. "Shark" gunships supporting the 1st Bn., 20th Inf. killed one VC 18 miles northwest of Quang Ngai City. The 198th Inf. Bde. reported 6? NVA and four VC killed with five suspects and one NVA detained. In the Burlington Trail area 1st Bn., 46th Inf. company led by 1LT David O. Bergeron (Fairfield, OH) found the bodies of two VC west of Tam Ky. The two VC had been killed by fire from the 1st Bn., 14 Arty. The NVA lost a mess hall to a 1st Bn., 46th Inf. company led by CPT Roger Dimsdale (Washington, DC) yesterday. The "Professionals" discovered the mess hall while on a reconnaissance in force mission northwest of Chu Lai. They captured 3000 pounds of rice, 500 pounds of potatoes, candy, 150 dishes, and 15 portable radios. A further search of the area resulted in one military age male detained and evacuated for interrogation. A coordinated action by "Ready Rifles" of the 1st Bn., 52d Inf. netted three NVA killed. Also, the 1st Bn., 52d Inf. recon. plt. led by 1LT Barry Luther (Orange Park, FL) sweeping an area west of Tam Ky forced a small group of NVA to hit a 1st Bn., 52d Inf. company led by CPT Floyd W. McLean, Jr. (Ft. Sill, OK). CPT McLean's company opened fire killing the first NVA. The company then followed a blood trail. In a fight that followed two additional NVA were killed. The next action for the brigade was a series of contacts by 1LT Bergeron's company. The company detained one VC suspect while on a reconnaissance in force mission southwest of Tam Ky. Next they found the bodies of two NVA who had been killed by small arms fire and a VC who had been killed by artillery fire. Later the company engaged a VC with a 90mm recoilless rifle fire, resulting in one VC killed. "Ready Rifles" of a 1st Bn., 52d Inf. company led by 1LT Michael J. Deal (Arlington, VA) reported receiving small arms fire west of Tam Ky. The unit returned the fire wounding one NVA who was detained and evacuated for interrogation and medical treatment. One NVA was killed by Dimsdale's company late in the day. In the Chu Lai area a 5th Bn., 46th Inf. company led by 1LT James J. Frazier (Decatur, IL) wounded and detained one VC. "Aero Scouts" of the 123d Avn. Bn. detained two VC suspects south of Chu Lai. Civic action soldiers treated 264 Vietnamese during two MEDCAPs yesterday. 196th Inf. Bde. "Charger" units killed four VC and one NVA, detained two VC suspects, and captured four individual weapons. In an area centered 10 miles south of Hoi An, a 4th Bn., 21st Inf. company killed two VC in two separate incidents. The 3d Bn., 21st Inf. recon. plt. engaged a small group of VC 111 miles west of Tam Ky, resulting in one VC killed and one AK-47 rifle captured. In an area 12 miles west of Tam Ky, a 3d Bn., 21st Inf. company killed one NVA, detained two VC suspects, and captured one SKS rifle and one M-1 carbine in two separate incidents. "Guardians" of a 2d Bn., 1st Inf. company engaged a small group of VC 14 miles southwest of Hoi An, killing one. Another company of the battalion found an SKS rifle 24 miles northwest of Tam Ky. The 1st Sqdn., 1st Armored Cav. reported three VC suspects detained in the Burlington Trail area. One was detained by "B" Trp., 1st Cav. and the other two by "Blue Ghosts" of "F" Trp., 8th Cav. One Americal Division soldier was killed and eight wounded and evacuated for medical treatment yesterday.

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