Americal Daily News Sheets information
for 23 INF DIV
123 AVN
174 AHC

For date 681231

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. 257 Wednesday January 1. CHU LAI (AMERICAL IO) - Americal Division forces reported killing one NVA and 38 VC, discovering the bodies of one NVA and one VC, capturing one VC, four individual weapons and a ton of rice, and relocating 84 refugees in heavy action yesterday in southern I Corps. Units of the 11th Inf. Bde. and supporting gunships killed one NVA and 21 VC, found one VC body and three weapons, and detained 28 VC suspects in the Duc Pho area. An early-morning encounter with a large VC force produced nine VC dead and 13 VC suspects detained for D/1-20 Inf. and "Shark" gunships of the 174th AHC. At 0750 hours, Co. D, led by CPT Jerald D. O'Leary (St. Louis, MO) was fired on by an undetermined number of VC and immediately returned fire and called in the "Sharks." In minutes the gunships were on target to kill five VC. Co. D followed the air assault with a barrage that killed four more VC and corralled 13 VC suspects. The action, which lasted only 15 minutes, occurred in and around a village near a lake 10 miles southeast of Quang Ngai City. Almost 12 hours later at nightfall, Co. D surprised two VC in the same general area and killed both with small arms fire. Cos. B and C of the 1-20 Inf. and a supporting element accounted for three VC dead in as many other incidents west of Duc Pho. "Aero Scouts" of the 123rd Avn. Bn. flying eight miles west of Duc Pho, caught and killed four VC in a clearing. Three companies of the 4-21 Inf. were busy in an area 20-24 miles west of Duc Pho where two VC were killed, an AK-47 rifle captured and an M-72 LAW rocket found and destroyed. The body of one VC, killed by air strikes, was found in a grave near a stream. In three incidents south of Duc Pho, units of the 4-3 Inf. killed one VC and detained 14 VC suspects, two of whom presented altered ID cards. Action was light as units of the 196th Inf. Bde. operated between Hoi An and Tam Ky and killed eight VC and captured one in six incidents, detained two VC suspects, relocated 84 refugees, and found a ton of rice. C/1-46 Inf. relocated 57 refugees from an area 22 miles south of Hoi An to Nui Loc Son, and Co. C's second platoon found 1800 pounds of rice nearby. Later, F Trp., 17th Cav. raised to 85 the number of refugees it has relocated to Nui Loc Son in the past four days by moving 27 people from an area 18 miles west of Tam Ky. Three VC were killed in one fire-fight with a recon element of the 3-21 Inf. 16 miles west of Tam Ky. All were attempting to flee north. Nearby, Co. C, 3-21 Inf. killed a VC in a khaki uniform as he ran west. Further west, a 3-21 recon element located 200 pounds of rice in hooches. One VC was killed by D/1-46 Inf. as he started to lob a grenade near the unit's perimeter 17 miles south of Hoi An. Later, the "Professionals" captured a VC and his AK-47 rifle six miles southwest of Hoi An. Three incidents in the 198th Inf. Bde. area resulted in seven VC dead and one VC suspect detained. The body of an NVA killed by artillery was found. An element of the 1-52 Inf. killed six VC in two encounters four miles east of Tien Phuoc in mid-afternoon. Three VC were caught running into the jungle and killed. After a secondary explosion, three more VC attempted to flee the site and were killed. An attempted VC ambush backfired about noon southwest of Tam Ky as B/1-52 Inf., led by CPT Larry D. Allgood (Columbus, GA), killed one VC with small arms fire. D/5-46 Inf. found and destroyed a large booby-trapped tunnel and then discovered the body of one NVA who had been killed by fire from Btry. B, 1-14th Arty. C/1st Sqdn., 1st Cav. killed one VC seven miles west of Tam Ky, and "Blue Ghost" gunships of F Trp., 8th Cav. killed one VC in the same area. No Americal Division soldiers were killed, and 15 were wounded and evacuated for medical treatment, according to an initial report. ARTILLERY UNIT TOPS 900 KILL MARK ARTILLERY HILL - The 3rd Bn., 166th Arty. recently topped the 900 kill mark when Alpha Battery reported killing two enemy soldiers.

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