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2/1 INF 23 INF was a US Army unit
for 2/1 INF 23 INF
196 BDE 23 INF
For date 681124
196 BDE 23 INF 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 of an article titled "Fast Support Ends Ambush."
CHU LAI - A company of "Chargers" from the 196th Inf. Bde found out how valuable good support is when "Charlie" is making the going tough. As a 2nd Bn. 1st Inf. company moved toward its night defensive position, the VC sprang a lethal ambush. "They had a good position on an island and seemed to have plenty of ammo," said CPT James Schmit (Brooklyn, N.Y.), D Co. commander. Not long after the first enemy shot was fired, the big 105mm howitzer rounds from the 3rd Bn., 82nd Arty. began to rain on the enemy's fortified positions. While sporadic fire was continuously sprayed at the "Chargers," two F-104 jets swooped out of the sky with their 500-pound bomb payloads to silence the last of the VC guns. The "Charger" company moved out with the reassurance that there is always someone there to help - and fast.
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