Americal Daily News Sheets information
for 23 INF DIV

For date 690101

23 INF DIV was a US Army unit
F/8 CAV 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. 3. No. 2 Thursday January 2. CHU LAI (AMERICAL IO) - Action decreased sharply in southern I Corps yesterday as Americal Division forces reported killing one NVA and nine VC, discovering the body of one VC, detaining 1 VC suspects, relocating 30 refugees, and capturing three tons of rice, all in the Tam Ky and Duc Pho areas. The total body count differed greatly from the average daily count of the previous week which saw 24 NVA and 63 VC killed. The majority of the day's contacts with enemy forces occurred in the 196th Inf. Bde. area where two units killed six VC and relocated 30 refugees, and a third unit discovered three tons of rice. C/3-21 Inf. engaged six VC during the day and killed four in three encounters. At 1750 and 1845 hours, Co. C killed two VC with small arms fire as they fled west 13 miles west of Tam Ky. In later afternoon in the same area, the "Gimlets" took on four VC in a firefight and killed two. Between shooting incidents, Co. C helped 30 Vietnamese refugees move from the area to Nui Loc Son. Elements of the 4-31 Inf. accounted for the other VC kills, both 25 miles West of Tam Ky. C/1-46 Inf. found three tons of rice in 15 large crocks in two hootches 11 miles southwest of Hoi An. The rice was held for distribution to Vietnamese villagers. In the 11th Inf. Bde. area, one NVA and one VC were killed, one VC body was found, and 21 VC suspects were detained. B/4-21 Inf., operating 22 miles northwest of Duc Pho, found the body of an NVA killed by small arms fire in the previous 24 hours and, about an hour later in the afternoon, located the body of a VC killed much earlier by air strikes. B/1-20 Inf., led by CPT John R. Hill (Winchendon, MA), killed an evading VC in a rice paddy five miles northwest of Duc Pho in the morning and then joined Cos. C and D to round up 12 VC suspects in the area. C/4-3 Inf. detained the other nine VC three miles south of Duc Pho. Two VC were killed in the 1st Sqdn., 1st Cav. area by A Trp. and a "Blue Ghost" gunship of F Trp., 8th Cav. Both were working west of Tam Ky. Relative quiet prevailed in the 198th Inf. Bde. area where no major contacts were reported. Troops and medical teams of the 1-6 Inf., operating on K-3 island and in the village of Ky Chanh, brought their two-day total to 429 patients by treating 143 Vietnamese in MEDCAPs. For the fourth consecutive day and fifth day in the last six, no Americal division soldiers were reported killed. Two were wounded and evacuated for medical treatment, according to an initial report.

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