Americal Daily News Sheets information
for 23 INF DIV
174 AHC

For date 690111

23 INF DIV 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. 3. No. 12 Saturday January 12. CHU LAI (AMERICAL IO) - Companies of the 3-21 Inf. continued their personal assault on the enemy as Americal Division forces reported killing three NVA and 29 VC, finding one NVA body, detaining 19 VC suspects, and capturing one individual weapon and 6 1/2 tons of rice in southern I Corps yesterday. Cos. B, C, and D of the 3-21 Inf. raised their three-day body count to 29 by killing 14 of 21 VC who died in the 196th Inf. Bde. area. In addition 196th units captured 6 1/2 tons of rice and relocated 100 refugees. At 1000 hours, D/3-21 Inf. engaged and killed four VC 12 1/2 miles west of Tam Ky and, in two late afternoon encounters, killed two more VC in the same area. Co. C killed three VC in as many incidents 14 miles northwest of Tam Ky. Co. B, with 11 kills Thursday and Friday, added five more yesterday. At 1815 hours, Co. B spotted seven VC 9 1/2 miles west of Tam Ky and adjusted artillery fire to kill three. Earlier, the "Gimlets" had found a VC killed by artillery near the same area and, a half hour later, killed a VC with small arms fire. An element of the 4-31 Inf., operating 20-21 miles west of Tam Ky, killed six VC in three contacts within 20 minutes. The other VC kill was credited to F Trp., 17th Cav. which surprised a VC at 0545 hours 20 1/2 miles northwest of Tam Ky. In addition to its three kills, C/3-21 Inf. captured 4500 pounds of rice 14 miles northwest of Tam Ky in the largest of seven rice discoveries totaling 6 1/2 tons in the 196th area. Units of the 4-31 Inf. accounted for 2700 pounds taken farther west. Cos. B, C, and D of the 4-31 Inf. also relocated 100 Vietnamese refugees from an area 23-26 miles west-northwest of Tam Ky to Nui Loc Son. Co. D moved 74 refugees, Co. B 20, and Co. C 6. Two incidents dominated action in the 11th Inf. Bde. area where three NVA and five VC were killed, one NVA body found, a weapon captured, and 16 VC suspects detained. During the afternoon, B/4-21 Inf. engaged and killed three NVA in a brief firefight 18 miles northwest of Duc Pho. The NVA were wearing green uniforms with pistol belts and ponchos, and one yielded a K-44 rifle with 40 rounds of ammo. An Americal Long Range Patrol, working 10 miles west of Quang Ngai City watched four VC moving in the area and called in the 6-11 Arty to kill three. C/4-21 Inf. discovered the body of an NVA apparently killed several days ago 18 miles northwest of Duc Pho. Other VC kills went to a "Shark" gunship of the 174th AHC a half-mile southwest of Mo Duc, and to A/1-20 Inf. four miles southeast of Quang Ngai City. Elements of the 4-3 Inf. detained eight VC suspects within three hours in an area four miles southeast of Duc Pho, and A/1-20 Inf. detained five in the same area where it killed a VC. Scattered actions southwest of Tam Ky accounted for the three VC killed by artillery fire and three VC suspects detained in the 198th Inf. Bde. area. At 1540 hours, D/1-52 Inf. saw two VC eight miles southwest of Tam Ky and called in artillery fire to kill both. Almost three hours later, a 198th aerial observer directed artillery to kill one VC spotted nine miles further southwest. The medical platoon of the 1-6 Inf., led by CPT David Phillips (Norristown, PA), treated 45 patients in a MEDCAP at K-4. Five Americal Division soldiers were killed, and 24 were wounded and evacuated for medical treatment, according to an initial report.

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