Army Reporter information
for 173 ABN

From date 710215 to 710221

173 ABN was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
Kontum Province, II Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Kontum
Description: 08Mar71- Vietnam communiqué Feb. 15-21 Page 2 173rd Abn Bde In Kontum Province of Military Region 2 during the afternoon of Feb. 16, helicopter gunships of the 173rd Airborne Brigade spotted 20 enemy in the open, 31 miles southwest of Kontum. Ten of the enemy were killed by the gunships. There were no friendly casualties. Also in the same military region the next afternoon, an element of the 173rd, while on a search operation eight miles north-northwest of An Khe in Binh Dinh Province, was engaged by an unknown-size enemy force. The action resulted in six of the troopers wounded. Enemy casualties are unknown. Late in the morning of Feb. 18 in Kontum Province, helicopter gunships of the 173rd observed and engaged an estimated 40 enemy bunkers and 100 enemy personnel 39 miles west of Kontum City. U.S. tactical aircraft supported. Results were 27 enemy killed and five bunkers destroyed. There were no friendly casualties. In Military Region 2 that evening, an artillery element of the 173rd, while in a night defensive position 19 miles southeast of An Khe in Binh Dinh Province, received fewer than 35 rounds of 60mm mortar fire resulting in light casualties with no fatalities and no reported materiel damage. In Pleiku Province of the same military region, helicopters of the 173rd, on a visual reconnaissance mission, engaged 10 enemy in an area nine miles north-northeast of Pleiku City on the morning of Feb. 19. Five of the enemy were killed and there were no friendly casualties.

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