Operations Report

For Period Ending 31 Mar 1967

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This report covers the Period from 1 Jan 1967 to 31 Mar 1967.  Very Good Description of the Battalion's movement and events for the first three months of 1967.  Transcribed and submitted by MSG (ret) David Butters, Operations Sergeant for the 2/35th.  Without guys like him, much of this information would be lost forever.  Salute!

 

HEADQUARTERS

2D BATTALIO 35TH INFANTRY

(Cacti Blue)

3D BDE 25TH INF DIV

APO 96355

 

AVDC-C-CTB 8 May 1967

SUBJECT: Quarterly After Action Report ending 31 March 1967

TO: Commanding Officer

3d Brigade TF 25th Inf Div

APO 96355

1. NAME OF OPERATION: Sam Houston

2. DATES OF OPERATION: 0001 hours 2 Jan 67 - 2400 hours 31 Mar 67

3. LOCATION:

  1. 2 Jan 67 - Feb 67: Western Pleiku Province
  2. Feb 67 - 28 Mar 67: South West Kontum Province
  3. 28 Mar 67 - 31 Mar 67: Brigade Base Camp at Pleiku, RVN

4. COMMAND AND CONTROL HEADQUARTERS: 2d Battalion 35th Infantry

5. REPORTING OFFICERS:

a. COMMANDERS

UNIT

COMMANDER

PERIOD

     

2d Bn 35th Inf

LTC Clinton E. Granger, Jr.

2 Jan - 31 Mar 67

HHC, 2d Bn 35th Inf

CPT Clifton G. Fouty

2 Jan - 16 Jan 67

HHC, 2d Bn 35th Inf

CPT Jesse L. Horn, Jr.

17 Jan - 31 Mar 67

Co A, 2d Bn 35th Inf

CPT Charles A. Murray

2 Jan - 6 Jan 67

Co A, 2d Bn 35th Inf

CPT S. L. C. Barcena

7 Jan - 31 Mar 67

Co B, 2d Bn 35th Inf

CPT Ralph B. Walker

2 Jan - 31 Mar 67

Co C, 2d Bn 35th Inf

CPT Ronald B. Rykowski

2 Jan - 21 Mar 67

Co C, 2d Bn 35th Inf

CPT James W. Lanning

21 Mar - 31 Mar 67

Battery C, 2/9 Arty

(Attached to 2/35 Inf)

2 Jan - 31 Mar 67

b. STAFF, 2D BN 35TH INF

 

POSITION

NAME

PERIOD

     

Executive Officer

MAJ Frederick J. Siebert

2 Jan - 17 Jan 67

Executive Officer

MAJ Robert F. Carr

31 Jan - 31 Mar 67

S1

CPT Thomas K. Newman

2 Jan - 22 Mar 67

S1

1LT James T. Hennessey, Jr

23 Mar - 31 Mar 67

S2

CPT James H. Harris

2 Jan - 31 Jan 67

S2

1LT Curtis Chase

1 Feb - 31 Mar 67

S3

MAJ Peter G. Vogantanz

2 Jan - 21 Jan 67

S3

CPT James R. Lanning

22 Jan - 13 Mar 67

S3

MAJ Ben G. Crosby

14 Mar - 31 Mar 67

S4

1LT James T. Hennessey

2 Jan - 31 Jan 67

S4

CPT James H. Harris

1 Feb - 31 Mar 67

Arty LNO

CPT Ronald Norris

2 Jan - 31 Mar 67

 

6. TASK ORGANIZATION:

a. 1 Jan 67 - 3 Feb 67.

1.  Team Alpha

  1. A/2-35 (-)
  2. Plat B/1-69 Armor

2.  Team Bravo

  1. B/2-35 (-)
  2. Plat B/1-69 Armor

3.  Team Fitzgerald

  1. B/1-69 Armor (-)
  2. Plat A/2-35
  3. Plat B/2-35

4.  Bn Control

  1. HHC 2/35 (-)
  2. Recon Plt
  3. 107mm Cannon Plt

5.  C/2-35 Attached to 1/10 Cav vic Oasis

6. C/2-9 Artillery attached

b. 3 Feb - 16 Feb 67

  1. 2-35 INF TF
  2. Company A 2-35
  3. Company B 2-35
  4. Company C 2-35
  5. Battery C 2-9
  6. Reconnaissance Plat 2/35
  7. 107mm Cannon Plat 2/35

c. 16 Feb - 18 Feb 67

  1. 2/35 Inf
  2. One CIDG Co/Duc Co
  3. One CIDG Co/Plei Mrong
  4. C/2/9
  5. Sqd/D/4th Eng Bn

 

d. 18 Feb 67 - 8 Mar 67

  1. 2/35 INF TF
  2. 2/35 Inf
  3. C/2-9 Arty
  4. Sqd/D/4th Eng Bn

e. 9 Mar 67 - 28 Mar 67

  1. 2/35 INF TF
  2. 2/35 Inf
  3. C/2-9 Arty
  4. 3 Scout Dog Teams/40th Infantry Platoon Scout Dog

7. SUPPORT FORCES (ARTILLERY)

  1. Battery C, 2d Bn 9th Arty, (105mm Towed, DS to 2d Bn 35th Inf)
  1. Fired preparations for air mobile assaults
  2. Fired H&I fires as requested by CO, 2d Bn 35th Inf and by higher headquarters
  3. Attempted to channalize enemy into ambush sites by fire
  4. Assisted unit commanders in land navigation
  5. Fired countermortar fires
  6. Fired will-adjust missions and blocking fires for units in contact and in pursuit
  7. Fired nightly defensive concentrations around unit locations
  8. Integrated 105mm Howitzer direct fire into the battalion CP perimeter and will-adjust missions for units outside the battalion AO
  9. Fired time-on-target missions at suspected and known enemy locations
  1. ARTILLERY COORDINATION IN SUPPORT OF THE BATTALION
  1. All coordination for artillery fire support for the 2d Battalion 35th Infantry was provided by the artillery liaison section attached to the 2d Battalion 35th Infantry, HQ, 2d Battalion 9th Artillery and HQ 3d Brigade
  2. Coordination for clearance of fires from artillery units outside the battalion AO was coordinated with HQ, 2d Battalion 9th Artillery and higher headquarters
  3. Air and artillery preparations of landing zones for combat assaults were prepared, adjusted and coordinated by the artillery liaison officer
  4. Defensive concentrations, integrated the battalion organic mortars with the artillery, were coordinated by the artillery liaison officer
  5. All fires by artillery or mortar in the battalion AO were coordinated by the artillery liaison section

8. INTELLIGENCE

  1. General
  1. During the period 2 Jan thru 29 Jan, contact was with scattered VC and NMC elements along Highway 19
  2. During the period 30 Jan thru 31 Mar 67, contacts were with elements of the 1st NVA (Le Loi) Division
  3. Confirmation of the above mentioned units was obtained through interrogation of Chieu Hoi returnees and analysis of captured documents and equipment in connection with SAM HOUSTON I
  1. Analysis of significant actions 2 Jan thru 31 Mar 67

2 Jan - 5 Jan 68: There was no enemy contact made or intelligence gained during this period

6 January 1967: At 1945 hours the ARVN radio station in the Mang Giang pass was attacked by a force of unknown strength and sixteen mortar rounds were fired in its support

7 January 1967: At 0730 hours, vic BR216524 a Co A, 2-35 sweep discovered three fresh blood trails from counter-mortar fire. No enemy contact

8 - 9 January 1967: There was no enemy contact or intelligence gained during this period

10 January 1967: Intelligence Platoon, PLEIKU Sector reported two NVA Battalions vic AR944558. No contact was made with the enemy.

11 January 1967

The following contacts were made on this date

At 1007 hours one VC was observed at AR943520; part of suspected NVA force at AR944558. ARVN forces made contact with the enemy, who broke contact and fled in a NE direction.

At 2355 hours RF/PF OP (BR221523) received AW and mortar fire

No results were reported from both contacts

12 January 1967
The following contacts were made on this date

At 0035 hours RF/PF Camp located vic BR234521 received SA and AW fire; three mortar rounds and rifle grenades, from an estimated unknown company

At 1032 hours a convoy traveling on Highway 19 received two rounds of SA fire at AR797463

Sweeps of both areas yielded no results

13 January 1967: At 1900 hours at BR143518, A/2-35 received one round of SA fire from an enemy force (size unknown). Fire was returned with hand grenades and 81mm mortars. A sweep of the area yielded no evidence of enemy casualties

14 January 1967: During this period, no contact was made nor intelligence gained

15 January 1967: At 2000 hours at BR208525, A/2-35 received AW fire from BR215525. Fire was returned with SA and 81mm mortars without results.

16 January 1967: During this period no enemy contact was made nor intelligence gained

17 January 1967: At 1300 hours at AR985415 a RF/PF unit contacted an estimated VC platoon. Contact lasted approximately five minutes with no results. The enemy withdrew to the east

18 January 1967

During this period the following intelligence was gained

An ARNV convoy at BR248486 reported that a large enemy force wearing green uniforms was N to NE of their location at 1400 hours (BR264526)

GVN District Headquarters at Le Trung (AR8848) reported that an unknown number of VC were located at AR905600, AR936605 and AR960584 and the H-15 battalion and main force element at BR009410. Information gained from a captured PW

No contact was established with the enemy

19-20 January 1967: There was no enemy contact or intelligence gained during this period

21 January 1967

The following contacts and intelligence information gained

District Headquarters LE TRUNG (AR8848) reported one VC platoon located AR838414

A patrol from A/2-35 reported finding one blood trail, approximately one week old, running 400 meters from AR211530 to AR210535

No contact was established with the enemy

22 January 1967

(a) The following contacts and intelligence information are gained as follows

District Headquarters LE TRUNG (AR8848) reported approximately 200 VC in uniform were in the vicinity of the road from PLEI BON to Highway 19 (BR093611 to BR083551). VR check was made of the area without results.

District Headquarters LE TRUNG (AR8848) reported an estimated one VC platoon located at BR235525

B/2-35 reported SA fire coming from the vicinity of CP 95 (BR142535), however no contact was made with the enemy

23 January 1967: 4th Inf Div G2 reported an unconfirmed VC Bn is located at BR0456, there was no indications of such a unit on this or subsequent days

24 January 1967: Co A patrol and VR confirmed the presence of 15-20 new living bunkers, holes and caves at BR156485 and BR148493. No contact was made with the enemy

25-29 January 1967: There was no enemy contact nor intelligence information gained during this period

30 January 1967: A patrol from Co C reported two VC located ZA059345. VC were taken under artillery fire with unknown results

31 January 1967: A patrol from Co C located four overhead type bunkers at ZA070337 capable of housing a platoon each. Bunkers were approximately two months old and were destroyed. No contact was made with enemy forces.

1 February 1967: At 2307 hours, vic YA982285, an estimated VC company established contact with a PF ambush. Artillery fired at above coordinates with unknown results. The enemy withdrew to the east.

2-4 February 1967: During this period, no significant intelligence was gained. There was no contact with the enemy.

5 February 1967

Co C, vic YA930037 located approximately 100 bunkers 6-8 months old. There were two company size base camps, with approximately thirty OP type bunkers scattered around the area.

There was no enemy contact during this period

6 February 1967

The following contacts were made on this date.

At 1210 hours, vic YA900080, Co B located 50 bunkers and sleeping positions 2-3 months old. All were destroyed

At 1550 hours, vic YA965105, Co B located company size bunker complex. At this location they also found and destroyed 200 lbs of rice and 50 lbs of salt

At 1625 hours, vic YA954020, Co A located 2 US 20mm cannons (found on US propeller driven aircraft) SN 55768M and 54904M

There was no enemy contact made on this date

7 February 1967: At 1310 hours, vic YA960115, Co B found a bunker complex with fifty positions and an ambush position on an approach to it. 200 rounds 7.62 linked ammunition were found in area of bunkers.

8-9 February 1967: During this period there was no enemy contact nor significant intelligence gained.

10 February 1967: At 1300 hours, vic YA890042, Recon platoon spotted one NVA soldier heading southeast. They pursued the individual but were unable to engage him

11 February 1967

At 0915 hours, vic YA925055, Co C located a company size base area, six months old. Twenty bunkers and thirty hooches were destroyed

At 1130 hours, vic YA935065, Co B observed one NVA soldier with no weapon nor headgear moving east. The company pursued, but could not establish contact

(30) 12-13 February 1967: During this period there was no enemy contact nor significant intelligence gained.

14 February 1967

At 0901 hours, vic YA826085, Co C found a well cut trail with sandal tracks estimated 24 hours old and oriented in a westerly direction

At 1005 hours, vic YA811091, Co C located a well used trail with sandal prints of 40-50 individuals moving west. Footprints estimated to be 24 hours old

There was no enemy contact during this period

15 February 1967: Arty FSC reported jamming by foreign language transmission (possibly Russian) on 34.60 KC

16-17 February 1967: No enemy contact was made of significant intelligence gained during this period

18 February 1967

At 1000 hours, vic YA658495, Co C found a trail 3-4 meters wide

At 1035 hours, vic YA857539, the convoy lead vehicle detonated a mine. The tank tread was blown off, but no casualties sustained. The mine was pressure type, not command detonated and the crater was three feet deep.

19 February 1967: There was no enemy contact nor significant intelligence gained during this period

20 February 1967

At 1235 hours, vic YA684469, Co B located a weapons cache which contained the following:

60mm mortars complete

3

French Chatlerault LMG’s

4

M31 rifle grenades

24

57mm RR rounds

27

and 7.4 mm rounds

6000

C-3 and C-4 demolition compound

250 lbs

Bangalore torpedoes

7

Miscellaneous NVA personal equipment

 

At 1448 hours, vic YA660467, Recon plat located squad base camp with six people moving about. People fled across border before contact could be established

21 February 1967

At 1025 hours, vic YA676407, Co C engaged three NVA believed to be the rear security element of a platoon. Enemy fled to the west

At 1345 hours, vic YA743505, Co A located a 250 lb bomb, which had been dragged toward the nearby bridge. EOD personnel destroyed the bomb

22 February 1967:

At 1945 hours, vic YA668473, Co C fired on one NVA at a range of 300 meters. Individual fled NE

At 2030 hours, vic YA675484, Co C heard movement and voices around their perimeter; OP spotted four individuals. Enemy was engaged with grenades and artillery. A sweep failed to yield results.

23 February 1967: At 1230 hours, vic YA676487, Co C located 60-70 bunkers, 3-4 months old

24 February 1967: there was no enemy contact or significant intelligence gained during this period

25 February 1967: At 1830 hours, vic YA660470, a four man LRRP from the Recon Platoon was inserted

26 February 1967

At 0945 hours, vic YA660469, LRRP located a fresh trail used within the last 24 hours. The trail was oriented east and was one meter wide.

At 1627 hours, the LRRP was extracted and returned to the FSB vicinity YA728508

27 February 1967: There was no enemy contact and no significant intelligence gained during this period

28 February 1967: At 1100 hours, vic YA645609, a four man LRRP from the Recon Platoon was inserted

1 March 1967: At 1505 hours, vic YA 682604, Co B located one NVA KIA by H&I fire

2 March 1967: At 1334 hours, vic YA823627, the LRRP observed five NVA soldiers moving north

3 March 1967:

At 0850 hours, YA656594 Co C found one NVA KIA wearing khaki in hammock. It was estimated that the individual had been killed by artillery two weeks prior to the discovery

At 1230 hours, vic YA754000, LRRP observed five NVA soldiers moving north

4-5 March 1967: During this period there was no enemy contact nor intelligence gained

6 March 1967: At 1430 hours, vic YA762601, Co C located one skeleton totally decomposed. One SKS was also found at this location

7 March 1967: At 1435 hours, vic YA766583, Co A located a camouflaged bin containing 500 lbs of unmilled rice. Rice was destroyed

8 March 1967

At 0850 hours, vic 763592, Co A located 700 lbs of unmilled rice. Rice was destroyed

At 1255 hours, vic YA(unreadable) Co A located one skeleton, 6-7 months old

9 March 1967: There was no enemy contact nor intelligence gained during this period

10 March 1967

At 1125 hours, vic YA677563, Co B located two chicom 82mm mortar rounds and one 4.2 round (US type) in a small bunker complex estimated 3-5 weeks old

At 2030 hours, vic YA723556, Co C observed numerous ground fires. Artillery was fired in the area. There were 10-15 secondary explosions (HE type) and numerous SA, either fired or detonated by artillery. A sweep of the area conducted on 11 March 1967 produced no results

11 March 1967: At 1723 hours, vic YA688003, a four man LRRP from the Recon platoon was inserted to observe the area for activity of recent use

12 March 1967

0900 hours, vic YA654486, Co A moving SW, established contact with what was initially estimated as one NVA company. SA and AW fire was received from dug in positions and snipers. 82mm and 60mm mortar fire was also received. Contact varied from heavy to sporadic during the day. (unreadable) broken approximately 2300 hours

1745 hours, vic YA658485, Co C advancing east to relieve Co A contacted the enemy and began to receive sniper, SA and AW fire from their front and left flank. Heavy to sporadic fire was received throughout the night of 12-13 March 1967

1800 hours, vic YA658488, Co B moving SE received heavy SA and AW fire from the front and flanks from concealed positions. 1915-1930 hours Co B received heavy 82mm fire shot at what appeared to be preplanned concentrations. Co B withdrew and broke contact approximately 0100 hours 13 March 1967

US losses: 14 KIA, 46 WIA

Enemy losses (including related small contacts 13-14 March 1967)

(BC)

 

55

(Observed KIA by SA and Arty)

 

30

(Est KIA from bandages and blood trails)

 

115

Total

 

200

13 March 1967

Sweeps of the area of contact indicated that all three companies had been engaged by OP’s and the main perimeter of an estimated two battalion size base camp (See enclosures 1-5, Combat After Action Report for 12 March 1967, Hq 2d Bn, 35th Inf, 3d Bde, 25th Inf Div APO 96355 dtd 19 March 1967)

There were two distinct units engaged. The unit to the north had old weapons and equipment, indicating that they had been on an extensive campaign. The unit to the south, engaged by Co C had new weapons, equipment, ammunition and uniforms. Their feet were not yet callused indicating that the unit had recently moved in.

The base camp complex was built within the last two weeks as our elements had been over the ground before and there was no complex there at that time.

The enemy policed the battlefield on the night of 12-13 March and withdrew to the SE, leaving a sniper force behind to delay pursuit. The enemy withdrew to the SW among trails running from YA654488, YA658487 and YA659486. The trails had wires strung for night guidelines and were littered with bloody bandages, equipment and shallow graves

Equipment captured included the following:

SKS

 

3

AK47

 

3

Local type hand grenades

 

21

82mm mortar rounds

 

11

Rounds 7.62

 

593

Rice (milled)

 

2000 lbs

Miscellaneous documents, medical supplies, demolition’s and personal equipment

1920 hours, 13 March 1967 2-35 FSB vic YA676535 received 40-50 60mm mortar rounds from NE direction. Counter mortar fire produced unknown results

14 March 1967

At 0430 hours, 2-35 FSB vic YA676535 received approximately eighty rounds of 60mm and 82mm mortar fire. At 0732, received 25-30 rounds 82mm mortar fire

At 1600 hours, vic YA687530, ¼T vehicle from HQ Battery, 16th Artillery in convoy, struck a land mine with the right rear wheel. The vehicle was demolished. Results US one KIA and two WIA

US Losses: 1 KIA, 26 WIA (includes mortar attacks on 2-35 FSB)

15 March 1967: At 1839 hours, vic CP 12, two vehicles in convoy were damaged as a result of land mines. There were no friendly casualties

16 March 1967: There was no contact with the enemy

17 March 1967

At 1732 hours, LRRP 2-35 was inserted vic YA691604 with mission to conduct surveillance of LZ for CA

No contact with the enemy

18 March 1967: No contact with the enemy

19 March 1967

1440 hours to 1600 hours, Co C vic YA682597 located a large enemy bunker complex which included a possible hospital site containing blood plasma containers

1430 hours, Co A, vic YA679601 located a possible battalion size bunker complex

No contact with the enemy

20 March 1967

0530 hours Recon platoon, vic YA676535 observed seven NVA soldiers with packs and weapons. Enemy was engaged with grenades and mortars. Sweeps conducted produced footprints of 12-15 individuals and no sign of enemy casualties

1445 hours, 2-8 Inf, vic CP 9 reported a 2 ½ ton vehicle (HQ 68 2-35) struck a land mine. Front end of vehicle damaged and there were no friendly casualties.

1600 hours, vic CP 9, pilot of resupply ship reported receiving AW fire of unknown caliber. There were no casualties and no hits on the aircraft

21 March 1967

1525 hours, vic YA682567. 2/C/2-35 observed two NVA and engaged them. The NVA fled to the north

1525 hours, vic YA680569, 1/C/2-35 located one NVA in a grave and fresh bunker complex

1620 hours, vic YA681570, Co C received heavy SA and AW fire. All elements were surrounded by estimated battalion size force, which employed human wave attacks, as well as fire from dug-in positions. Engagement was a chance encounter and the enemy initially fled east and then reorganized and returned to contact

1930 hours, vic YA675536, 2-35 FSB received 25-30 rounds 82mm fire. All rounds landed 50-100 meters outside perimeter; no casualties

2000 hours, vic YA679570, one DUSTOFF bird was hit by B-40 rocket launcher and crashed. Results 2 US WIA, 2 US KIA

2035 hours, vic YA682567, Co A received 20-40 rounds mortar fire; no casualties

Results of contact 21-22 March 1967

Friendly casualties (including DUSTOFF and C/2-9 Arty): 24 KIA, 55 WIA, no MIA

Enemy: 45 KIA (BC), 85 (Est)

Enemy equipment CIA: 1 SKS, 6 AK47, 1 RPG, 1 LMG RPD-2, 6 hand grenades, 3 B-40 rounds, miscellaneous equipment

22 March 1967

0627 hours, Co C, vic YA582567 received 25-30 82mm mortar rounds; No casualties

0905 hours, Co A, vic YA682567 received SA, grenades. Enemy was engaged and suffered to KIA

23 March 1967

0235 hours, Co A, vic YA676563 heard movement to north and south of their position. Arty fired and the area was swept without results

0514 hours, Co C, vic YA657536 heard movement north of their position. Contact was not established

24 March 1967

0125 hours, Co A vic YA676563, received an estimated 60 rounds of mortar fire. Rounds landed 200M from friendly positions. There were no friendly casualties

0410 hours, Co A, vic YA676563 received five rounds mortar fire. All rounds landed outside their position; there were no friendly casualties

1150 hours, Co A vic YA679571, located five NVA KIA in graves

25 March 1967: 1345 hours, Co B, vic YA680576, located complex of holes under and around rocks. Holes contained one mortar position and one aid station

26 March 1967

0843 hours, vic YA683570, Co B located five NVA KIA by small arms; estimated 2-4 days old

0945 hours, Co B, vic YA680569, located papers with name of a member of Co B who was KIA 12 March 1967

27-31 March 1967: During this period there was no enemy intelligence gained or enemy contact established

WEAPONS

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

60MM Mortars

3

Rice

3475 pounds

7.5 LMG M1924/29

4

Medical Equipment

assorted

SKS

6

Field equipment

assorted

AK47

9

Bunkers

542

7.62 LMG RPD

1

Hooches

150

Anti-tank grenade launcher

1

Documents

assorted

       

AMMUNITION

     

B-40 RKT

6 rounds

   

57mm RR

27 rounds

   

Bangalore torpedoes

7

   

7.5, 7.9mm

6000 rounds

   

HE rifle grenades

24 rounds

   

C3

8 cases

   

C4

6 cases

   

7.62mm

750 rounds

   

Chicom grenades

39

   

82mm mortar

20 rounds

   

Blasting caps

1 case

   

9. EXECUTION:

1 Jan 67: The 2/35 Infantry received 3d Brigade Task Force operation order 1-6M (Road Runner) placing the 2/35 Infantry under the operational control of the 4th Infantry Division

2 Jan 67: The 2/35 Infantry conducted a motor march from BDE rear CP to the assigned sector of Highway 19 beginning at 1130 hours. The last elements closed their locations at 1430 hours. Company C, went by convoy to the engineer rock quarry vic Oasis and passed to the operational control of the 1/10 CAV.

UNIT LOCATIONS

 
   

TF 2/35 INF (-)

BR125549

A/2/35 INF

BR198522

B/2/35/INF

BR125549

TF Fitzgerald

BR041541

4.2 Inch Mortar Plt

BR198522

Recon Plt

BR041541

C/2/9 Arty

BR125549

3 Jan - 5 Jan 67: TF 2/35 INF provided security in the assigned sector of Highway 19E. In addition to strong points being maintained during daylight hours, all bridges in the assigned sector were continuously secured and an aggressive counter-reconnaissance and combat patrolling program as established.

6 Jan 67: TF 2/35 INF conducted a civic action program to move the rice and personal belongings of 200 Montagnard refugees from a village vic AR922475. The village from which the Montagnards were moved was first entered by an RF/PF element from the Le Trung District. They had received fire from four VC inside the village. The fire was returned and the VC withdrew. Representatives decided to move the villagers from the control of the VC; TF 2/35 supported with security and vehicles. At 1700 hours the mission was completed. Blankets, cooking oil, soap, bulgar wheat and medical treatment by the battalion surgeon were given to these refugees. At 1945 hours, sixteen rounds of 60/81 mm mortar were received at the village, vic BR216524, occupied by the 2d Platoon (-) OF Company A. Counter mortar fire was delivered in the area. There were no friendly casualties or damage. A sweep at first light the following day revealed three heavy blood trails from the area where the counter mortar fire was delivered.

7-8 Jan 67: There was little significant action during this period. The ARVN defenses at Mang Giang Pass continued to be probed by small arms fire. Artillery and mortar fire proved effective in halting the attacks.

9 Jan 67: A civic action team conducted a medcap operation in Plei Herd, vic BR023517, distributing clothing, cooking oil and soap. At 1548 hours, while conducting service practice, three men from the weapons platoon of Company A were injured as a result of an 81mm mortar exploding in the tube at the yoke of the mount. EOD and medical evacuation were called. It was determined that a bad fuse caused the accident.

10 Jan 67: TF Fitzgerald moved to vic AR850484, the rock quarry near Camp Holloway, to cordon the area. Camp Holloway had received sporadic small arms and mortar fire during the period 7-10 Jan. Results of the operation were 480 detainees, who were taken to district headquarters, Le Trung

11-14 Jan 67: Local patrols and small medical civic actions programs were conducted in the battalion area of operations. The ARVN camp above the pass continued to be harassed by small probes.

15 Jan 67: The 2d Platoon, Company A, received small arms fire on their position vic BR208525 from several sites around the bridge. 81mm and small arms fire were returned. There were no casualties

16 Jan 67: The battalion surgeon delivered a baby girl at 1405 hours during a medcap operation at Kon Chara (1) (BR181528)

16 Jan - 20 Jan 67: There was no significant activity or changes during this period

21 Jan 67: At 1007 hours, while accompanying the battalion Reconnaissance Platoon on a patrol through the village of Plei Bon, vic BR093611, Major Peter Vogentanz, the battalion S3, was injured by an AP mine while searching an abandoned position. A medical evacuation helicopter was called, however, the command and control was in the area and evacuated Major Vogentanz.

22 Jan 67: Captain James R. Lanning assumed duties as S3, 2/35 INF

23-24 Jan 67: Villagers from Plei Vot were moved by 2/35 INF to a new location, vic BR042538, to eliminate the threat of the VC working in that area. At their new location, the villagers received medical attention and help rebuilding their homes. Their old homes were destroyed at the request of the GVN after the villagers had left to deny the VC of shelter. The CO, 2/35 INF presented the Government of Vietnam flag to the village chief who immediately had it flying.

25-28 Jan 67: There was little significant activity during this period. Local patrols and strong points between Pleiku and Mang Giang Pass provided for the security of Highway 19. On 28 Jan 67, the battalion received FRAGO 4-1-67 (Sam Houston), which assigned the battalion the following missions:

Move by road to Oasis

Conduct search and destroy operations north and south of Route 19W

Secure the engineer rock quarry, FSA, and engineer construction parties along 19W

Provide one company on one hour alert for OPPLAN Chase and other reserve missions

29 Jan 67: TF 2/35 INF moved to Oasis, vic YA107275, by road, closing at 1715 hours. A/2/35 (-) was designated RRF for the 4th Infantry Division. B/2/35 moved by road to BR198522 to provide route security for 19W. C/2/35 remained in the vicinity of the rock quarry to provide security for engineer work parties. On arrival at Oasis, 2/35 Infantry had A/1/69 Armor attached to replace B/1/69 which had been attached previously.

30 Jan - 1 Feb 67: There was no significant contact or intelligence during this period.

2 Feb 67: At 0800 hours, Co A (-) conducted a combat assault from Oasis to vic YA040252 and patrolled back to the Oasis on two axis. At 1405 hours, the 3d platoon on the southern axis, received approximately ten rounds of AK47 fire. There were no friendly casualties. Efforts to find the enemy were hampered by the extremely thick vegetation.

3 Feb 67: At 0045 hours team Dumont, composed of A/1/69 Armor (-), 3/A/2/35 with one mortar section, A/2/35, was alerted to move to Duc Co to provide assistance to US advisors in quelling an internal disorder by the Duc Co forces against USSF personnel. At 0245 hours, the force (Team Dumont) arrived at the junction of Route 19W and 14N where they were halted pending further orders. At 0345 hours, the team was told to return to Oasis as the disorder had been resolved. Company B/2/35 was released from the operational control of 1/69 Armor and lifted by air to Oasis, closing at 1845 hours, in preparation for execution of a battalion combat assault into the Ia Drang Valley on 4 Feb 67 (2/35 INF FRAGO 4-1-67).

4 Feb 67: At 0752 hours, Company A conducted a combat assault into LZ Cacti (YA940050) with elements of headquarters and Company B following. At 1145 hours, Company C conducted a combat assault in LZ 36C (YA941035). Company B immediately departed LZ Cacti to the northeast, making contact with one NVA soldier, vic YA955052; No results. At the close of the day the battalion was disposed in three company perimeters astride the Ia Drang River.

5-7 Feb 67: TF 2/35(-) conducted search and destroy operations in the Ia Drang Valley, finding and destroying numerous old bunkers and base camp complexes. There was no enemy contact during the period.

8 Feb 67: Company A(-) moved from LZ Cacti to the south to secure a new LZ for the 2/35 INF(-) at YA940010. Company A secured the LZ at the base of the Chu Pong and the balance of the firebase was airlifted to the new location. The battalion (-) closed the location at 1200 hours. Company B moved south to secure LZ Cacti at dusk, to set up ambushes in depth. Company C moved to the southwest closing in a company perimeter at YA941036. Company A secured the battalion fire support base (FSB).

9-12 Feb 67: TF 2/35 INF continued to conduct small local patrols in accordance with established Tet truce policies. Eleven squad size RATS (Reconnaissance and Tactical Surveillance) teams were positioned at different locations throughout the area of operation. During the period, no significant enemy activity was sighted by these teams. On 12 Feb, the teams were extracted and returned to their parent units.

13 Feb 67: At 0730 hours, Company B and Company C departed their respective night locations and moved northwest in accordance with 2/35 INF FRAGO 4-67. A CIDG Company from Duc Co was airlifted to join the battalion reconnaissance platoon at 0830 hours, and the combined team swept to the northwest. Company A was airlifted at 1300 hours to LZ 27D, which has been initially secured by B/2/35 (-), and the battalion closed at 1800 hours, vic YA865135. At 1830 hours, a CIDG Company from Plei Mrong joined C/2/35(-) at their location in preparation for search and destroy operations to the northwest toward Duc Co US Special Forces Camp.

14-15 Feb 67: TF 2/35 INF conducted intensive search and destroy missions in AO 27 moving in all four cardinal directions. There were no significant results.

16 Feb 67: At 1200 hours, the CG 4th INF(+) arrived at the battalion CP and instructed the CO, TF 2/35 INF(+) to move to a new location vic YA776187, northwest of Duc Co, in order to be in a position to reinforce C/2/8, then in contact to the north. Company A moved by foot; Company C moved to YA785215 on foot; the reconnaissance platoon and attached CIDG’s patrolled on foot with recon closing to the new FSB (YA776187) and the CIDG’s to the southwest. Company B provided extraction security and was moved by CH47 and UH-1D closing at 2130 hours. The 4th Division G-3 alerted the CO, 2/35 INF (+) that one company was to be on a one hour alert to support C/2/8 who at the time was heavily engaged to the northwest.

17 Feb 67

At 0800 hours, the battalion was alerted to move to Kontum Province and was placed under the operational control of the 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. At 0830 hours, the first elements of the battalion, with Company B, conducting the combat assault, seized an LZ vic YA648503. At 1420 the command group was shifted to the new location. Company A remained at their location near Duc Co with the remainder of the battalion headquarters. The two CIDG companies reinforced the perimeter to provide extra security for remaining elements, including C/2/9 Artillery.

Upon arrival at the new location, Company C moved to the north, then east and south to their night location, vic YA652503. The battalion reconnaissance platoon moved to the west of the Nam Sa Thay River. There was no enemy contact during the day.

18 Feb 67: The remainder of the battalion, Company A, C/2/9 Artillery, and CP(-) moved by convoy from Duc Co north to the new FSB, vic YA726512. Enroute, the lead M48 tank hit an anti-tank mine, damaging one road wheel and a section of the track. In addition, the convoy received four rounds of enemy 60mm mortar. There were no friendly casualties.

19 Feb 67: At 0935, the battalion command group airlifted to the FSB, vic YA726512, from YA648503. Company C, Company B, and the battalion reconnaissance platoon conducted search and destroy operations in the assigned AO/ Company B closed at YA658485, Company C closed at YA672475, and the reconnaissance platoon returned to the battalion FSB.

20 Feb 67: At 1400 hours, operational control of the battalion was passed to the 1st Brigade 4th Infantry Division. In the afternoon, while conducting search and destroy operations to the southwest of the FSB, C/2/35(-) located a weapons cache vic YA684469. In addition to small arms ammunition and explosives, the cache contained three complete 60mm mortars and four French light machine guns. At 1340 hours, Company B located one satchel charge vic YA673485. All weapons and ammunition, to include the satchel charge were lifted by rope to a hovering helicopter, then evacuated to the battalion fire support base. The mortars were cleaned, checked and then reissued one to each of the rifle companies for tactical employment against the enemy who had provided them.

21 - 22 Feb 67: B/2/35 (-) and C/2/35 continued to conduct search and destroy missions to the southwest of the FSB

23 Feb 67

Company A moved north along the new engineer road to the northwest and dismounted about 2000 meters south of the 2/8 INF FSB. There after the company patrolled the vic YA675485. C/2/35 (-) moved northeast to the battalion FSB to assume the mission of fire support base security. At 1230 hours, while moving toward the FSB, Company C located a recently occupied enemy battalion size base camp vic YA676487. As a result of this and similar indications, CO, TF 2/35 INF requested a B-52 strike in the area.

Companies A and B, with the reconnaissance platoon attached to B/2/35, were directed to sweep north parallel to, and east of, the Nam Sa Thay River to block any enemy attempt to move through the area. This action followed a heavy contact by B/2/8 vic YA682587.

24-26 Feb 67: TF 2/35 INF continued to conduct search and destroy missions in AO 501. Several RATS teams were inserted at possible LZ sites in the area of operation to check the area for enemy activity and secure LZ’s for the displacement of the battalion FSB. It was decided to move the FSB to the north to improve communication with maneuver elements and to provide more complete artillery coverage.

27 Feb 67: At 1046 hours, a RATS Team from the battalion reconnaissance platoon made contact with two NVA, vic YA684471, killing one and capturing one weapon. At 1130 hours, the RATS team was extracted. At 1132 hours, Company C moved by foot along the MSR to secure a new LZ for displacement of the battalion FSB. At 1510 hours, the battalion CP was moved by convoy, north along the MSR, to YA666548.

28 Feb - 1 Mar 67: Company B, with the battalion reconnaissance platoon attached, and Company A, continued to sweep to the east, through the area of B/2/8 INF’s contact. Three RATS teams were inserted at YA73591, YA722628 and YA640606. Two of the teams were to conduct reconnaissance of proposed sites for the battalion FSB while the third team provided area surveillance and served as a radio relay team.

2 Mar 67: At 0745 hours, Company C conducted a combat assault into an LZ, vic YA773591, to secure the movement of the battalion FSB. The battalion CP closed the new FSB and prepared to act as a blocking force to destroy any enemy forces moving east away from B/2/35 (+) and A/2/35. At 2050 hours, an outpost of Company C reported red, green and white lights on the hill mass to the west of the FSB. Maximum organic mortar fire was placed on the area of the lights. A sweep of the area the following day did not yield anything of significance.

4-6 Mar 67: B/2/35(+) and A/2/35 moved eastward toward the new FSB. On 4 Mar 67, both companies closed the vicinity of the FSB at YA741619 and YA743603, respectively. During the 5th and 6th of March, the companies patrolled in depth around their respective base camps with no enemy contact.

7 Mar 67: A/2/35 moved from their night location to the FSB to assume the security mission. C/2/35 searched on two axis to the southwest with B/2/35(+). There was no contact during the period.

8 Mar 67: The 4.2 mortar platoon was airlifted from the FSB to the 2/8 FSB, vic YA767535, in preparation for the movement of the battalion FSB to relieve TF 2/8 INF in place.

9 Mar 67: TF 2/35 INF was airlifted to the new FSB without incident. At 1720 hours, Premier Ky and Madam Ky toured the new FSB, and talked with members of the command.

10 Mar 67: B/2/35 and C/2/35 continued to sweep to the southwest toward the new FSB. Company B was told to move to the FSB and assume responsibility for its security. Company a was alerted to move from the CP on 11 Mar 67, to determine the effects of a B-52 strike to the southwest of the FSB.

11 Mar 67: At 0755 hours, Company A (-) departed the battalion FSB in order to survey the damaged area of a B-52 strike scheduled for delivery at 0900 hours. At 0901 hours, vic YA6647, the scheduled strike took place. Company B closed the new FSB and Company C closed their night location vic YA666548.

12 Mar - 13 Mar 67: "The Border Battle" (See execution AA report 12 Mar-13 Mar 67)

14 Mar 67:

At 0430 hours, the battalion FSB came under a heavy mortar attack. An armed C-47 and a FAC were called, and were on station at 0514 hours. At 0730, the FSB again came under heavy mortar fire. In both cases the attack was a mixture of 60mm and 82mm mortars, directed from the northeast, north and northwest. Counter mortar fire was initiated and the enemy fire ceased. Results:

21 KIA

One 2 ½ ton truck with a load of 105mm Howitzer rounds

One ¾ ton truck with radios

Over 200 incoming mortar rounds, of which 50% landed inside the perimeter.

Companies A, B and C continued to advance to the northeast to close on the fire support base, encountering sporadic sniper fire as they left the area of contact. Results were three enemy KIA.

At 1545 hours, a ¼ ton truck hit a mine on the MSR vic YA687530, wounding three men of a 4th Infantry Division unit. One later died of wounds. At 1530 hours, all three companies closed at the FSB for the night vic YA664479.

15-16 Mar 67: Companies A, B and C continued to conduct search and destroy missions toward the northeast. By 1700 hours, 16 Mar 67, all three companies closed the battalion FSB and were placed in ambush positions along the MSR for a period of 24 hours for rest and resupply.

17 Mar 67: A RATS team was inserted at 1732 hours vic YA693604 to conduct surveillance of a possible LZ for a combat assault by Companies A and C the following day.

18 Mar 67: At 1510 hours, Company C conducted a combat assault into a LZ vic YA (unreadable) without incident. Company A followed and the movement was completed at 1603 hours. At 1812 hours, both companies closed to a night location vic YA695600. Company B and the battalion reconnaissance platoon provided FSB security.

19-20 Mar 67: Companies A and C continued to conduct sweeps in search of the enemy. Moving along a southerly axis, with A/2/35 on the west and C/2/35 on the east, both companies observed recent enemy movement in the AO. Bunkers and base camps with cooking pots still warm increased the certainty of enemy activity. At 1530 hours 20 Mar 67, both companies stopped for the night vic YA665584. They were to continue to the south the next morning.

21-22 Mar 67: "The Battle of One-Niner" (See execution AA report 21-22 Mar 67)

23 Mar 67

At 1410 hours, the downed helicopter was extracted from A/2/35 location. At the same time, the remains of the medical evacuation helicopter was totally destroyed by A/2/35.

Companies A and B continued to search the area of contact, finding several fresh graves and very fresh blood trails. A combat tracker team was attached to A/2/35 to follow the blood trails which led to the northeast. At 1455, A/2/35 engaged two NVA in a bunker complex located vic YA684561. The two NVA were killed and the bunker complex destroyed. During this period, artillery fire was being utilized to maintain a defensive box around the two companies.

24 Mar 67

At 0125 hours, Company A received approximately sixty rounds of enemy mortar fire around their night location. At 0410 hours, they received another five rounds. There were no casualties.

All indications were that the enemy had withdrawn to the north with equipment and casualties. The companies continued to find graves and bunker complexes, as well as scattered NVA equipment.

25 Mar 67: Company B, while searching to the east of the point of contact, discovered a large rock complex vic YA680576, which had been utilized by the NVA for shelter and as a headquarters. The complex had been made by labor utilizing existing overhead rock formations as cover and concealment. It is probable that this area is the place to which the NVA had withdrawn. The area was thoroughly searched by both companies and the installations destroyed.

26-27 Mar 67

A and B/2/35 continued to sweep the area of contact and then, on two axis, patrolled back to the FSB, closing 27 Mar 67.

(Unreadable) /16 Artillery with C/2/35 as security, displaced from the fire support base to the new base, vic YA765495. The reconnaissance platoon 2/35 was airlifted to (unreadable) to provide security for the next FSB location. Company B assumed FSB security while Company A was positioned along the MSR, adjacent to the FSB. This action was in preparation for TF 2/35(+) displacement to vic Oasis for search and destroy operations in AO 12.

29-31 Mar 67

2/35 TF conducted a 48 hour maintenance program, in preparation for deployment to Bong Son, RVN. All personnel were given the opportunity to mail personal baggage home, their shot records were up-dated and personnel records checked. In addition all units prepared for the displacement of the battalion rear to the 4th Infantry Division base camp at Dragon Mountain.

An awards parade and memorial service at the Cacti Blue Chapel were held on 31 Mar 67.

Sic Clinton E. Granger, Jr.

CLINTON E. GRANGER, JR

LTC, Infantry

Commanding

 

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