Southern Cross information
for 198 BDE 23 INF
116 AHC
D/1/1 CAV

For date 710115

198 BDE 23 INF was a US Army unit
116 AHC was a US Army unit
D/1/1 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 of started "Division Recap Weekly Action" column. The subtitle reads "division counts 82." As part of Operation Geneva Park, Infantrymen from the 198th Infantry Brigade saw moderate action during the week as the "Brave and Bold" accounted for 26 enemy kills. In addition several enemy were captured, and several enemy weapons were taken. The 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry saw the heaviest action during the week as the "ready Rifles" killed 11 Viet Cong soldiers in sporadic engagements. Gunships of the 116th Aviation Company, flying security for an eagle flight south of Chu Lai accounted for one VC. The Ready Rifles killed another VC while sweeping the area. Two automatic rifles and five fully loaded magazines were CIA. A recon element from the battalion observed and engaged three enemy soldiers south of Chu Lai. The elements killed one and radioed Company C that the other VC were evading in their direction. Company C set p a blocking force and captured the two Viet Cong. Bravo Company of the "Ready Rifles" conducted a series of eagle flight missions south of Chu Lai which proved to be very effective. Bravo was inserted into an area where four Viet Cong had been spotted from the air, and the "Ready Rifles" killed the four VC. The company was later inserted into another area and engaged two Viet Cong. The "Ready Rifles" killed one and captured another. The captured enemy was extracted to a nearby LZ. Then Bravo made another insertion a tan enemy bunker, site, and killed two more enemy soldiers. The "Ready Rifles" captured two hand grenades in the action. The 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry killed six enemy soldiers in light action northwest of Chu Lai. While on patrol, Bravo Company of the battalion heard loud talking in ??????.????? the Professional maneuvered to a better vantage point and engaged a group of VC. Two enemy soldiers were killed in the action. Later in separate actions, the company killed two more VC with accurate small arms fire. The next day they engaged yet another VC in the same area and killed him too. In a night defensive perimeter, Alpha Company of the "Professionals" engaged and killed one enemy soldier as he neared the "Professionals" position. The "Regulars" fo the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry killed four enemy soldiers in light action southeast of Chu Lai. In the early morning hours Bravo Company ??? engaged several Viet Cong as they neared their laager site. The "Regulars" engaged the enemy with M-79 grenade fire. At the first light, the "Regulars" swept the area of contact and found three dead Viet Cong. Echo Recon of the battalion killed one Viet Cong an a small trail. Captured in the action were an AK-47 rifle, an automatic rifle, five fully loaded magazines, seven Chicom hand grenades, and two packs. The captured equipment was extracted to a nearby LZ. In other action in the 198th Brigade's area of operations, H Troop, 17th Cavalry engaged a group of enemy soldiers. Upon sweeping the area of contact, they found a blood trail that led to a wounded enemy soldier. He was extracted to a Chu Lai hospital for treatment. While escorting a combat assault west of Chu Lai, gunships from the 116th Aviation Company observed and killed four Viet Cong. Flying over an area south of Chu Lai, a LOH from D/1/1sr Cavalry, received small arms fire from one Viet Cong. The LOH returned fire and killed the enemy soldier.

The source for this information was 7101_402_scr supplied by Les Hines 04/05/2000

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