Americal Daily News Sheets information
for 23 INF DIV

For date 681021

23 INF DIV 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. 186 Tuesday October 22. CHU LAI (AMERICAL IO) - Americal Division units accounted for 20 VC and one NVA killed, 10 suspects detained, and one individual and one crew-served weapon captured yesterday in southern I Corps. "Charger units of the 196th Inf. Bde. accounted for 14 VC and one NVA killed and one 60mm mortar tube captured in the Operation Wheeler/Wallowa area yesterday. 11th Inf. Bde. "Jungle Warriors" accounted for four VC killed, nine suspects detained and one individual weapon captured in their area of operations yesterday. Elements of the 1st Bn., 20th Inf. operating 15 miles northwest of Quang Ngai City, accounted for three VC killed yesterday. The 1st Bn., 20th Inf. command and control helicopter commanded by LTC William D. Guinn (Greeneville, TN) killed the first VC. The 11th Inf. Bde. command and control helicopter, also providing support for the "Sykes Regulars," engaged two VC. One was killed and the other detained by the helicopter commanded by COL John W. Donaldson (Alexandria, VA). The third VC was killed by a 1st Bn., 20th Inf. company when the "Sykes Regulars" spotted him hiding in a spider hole with a false cover made from wood, dirt and grass. Early yesterday afternoon a 4th Bn., 3d Inf. company commanded by CPT Alfred N. Webb (LaJolla, CA) observed a VC hiding in a fortified bunker. He was engaged and killed when he refused to surrender. Meanwhile, another "Old Guard" company, commanded by CPT John J. Murphy (Springfield, PA) detained three VC suspects just outside the western perimeter of LZ Bronco, at Duc Pho. Later another company of the battalion, led by CPT Robert F. Woodruff (Columbus, OH) detained four VC suspects during a combat sweep two miles west of Duc Pho. Late yesterday afternoon the brigades S-2 detained one VC suspect 12 miles southeast of Duc Pho during an aerial reconnaissance mission. One 4th Bn., 3d Inf. company found a French MAC pistol five miles south of Duc Pho. 198th Inf. Bde. soldiers killed two VC and detained one suspect in their area of operations yesterday. "Professionals" of a 1st Bn., 46th Inf. company, led by 1LT David O. Bergeron (Fairfield, OH) killed one VC west of Tam Ky. Another company of the battalion. led by CPT Roger Dimsdale (Washington, DC), found a tunnel containing two Chicom compasses, maps, 50 pounds of small arms ammo in the same area. Nearby, one VC suspect was evacuated for interrogation after he had been detained by "Brave and Bold" soldiers. The suspect had been hiding in a cave. "Regulars" of a 1st Bn., 6th Inf. company, led by 1LT Larry Sovall (Hendersonville, TN) killed one VC while making a sweep west of Chu Lai. The 1st Sqdn., 1st Armored Cav. reported negative contact in their area of operations yesterday. The Americal Division suffered one soldier wounded and evacuated for medical treatment yesterday.

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