Operational Report Lessons Learned

4th Infantry Division

1 May - 31 July 1968

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Key personnel by position as of the end of the reporting period.

Division Headquarters

   

Stone, Charles P.

MG

CG, 4th Inf Div

3d Bde, 4th.Infantry Division

   

Forrester, Eugene P.

COL

CO

Buckner, Garrett D.

LTC

XO

Estep, Ronald C.

MAJ

S3

Battalions

   

Mundie, William L.

LTC

CO, 1st Bn, 35th Inf

Moore, William C.

LTC

CO, 2d Bn, 35th. Inf

 

CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES

OPERATION MAC ARTHUR

2 May. At YA934942 Long Range Patrol 3B made contact with an unknown size enemy force. Artillery was employed as the patrol broke contact and linked up with Company C, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry. Enemy casualties could not be determined.

3 May.  At YA945927, Company D, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry found five NVA killed by artillery. 

4 May.  Company D, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry found two NVA bodies, estimated to be three weeks old at YA937926. 

7 May.  Company A, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry received sniper fire wounding one US at YA940911. 

8 May. An ambush patrol from Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry observed two individuals in camouflage suits at YB862142, small arms fire was exchanged, with one US WIA. 

30 May. At YB909273 an individual from Company D, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry was killed when he stepped on a mine.

3. Jun.  At YB855268 Company D, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry found two NVA bodies estimated to be two—three months old.

2 Jun. At YB808278 Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry received 25—30 rounds of 82mm mortar fire resulting in two US wounded.

4 Jun.  Companies A, B, and C, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry received a probe on their perimeter at YB794274 by an estimated two NVA Companies, killing three US, while 23 US were wounded. A sweep around the perimeter found a total of two NVA bodies.

7 Jun.  At ZQ001875 a platoon from Company. D, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry received 82mm mortar fire from an estimated enemy platoon. The platoon from Company D withdrew as gunships were deployed in the area. One US was killed, and 15 US wounded in the contact. One US from Company B, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry was wounded by sporadic small arms fire at LZ MILE HIGH, YA936931,

9 Jun.  At YA942920 Company B, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry found one NVA killed by artillery, estimated to be one month old.

11 Jun. At YA932965 an 81mm mortar round impacted in the proximity of Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry killing four US and wounding four US.

12 Jun. Company B, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry found one NVA body at YA899933. 

15 Jun. At YA898933 the Reconnaissance Platoon, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry tripped a booby trap wounding two US. Four other US were wounded by a claymore booby trap when they went to aid the first two victims.

18 Jun. One US was wounded when a listening post from Company C, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry engaged seven individuals at YA939913.

20 Jun. Company C, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry heard a bugle blowing at YA933903.

26 Jun. At YA870786 Company B, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry exchanged small arms fire with three-four individuals resulting in one US KIA and two US WIA

4 July. One US from Company C, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry was wounded when he stepped on a mine at ZA122287. Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry killed two NVA at AS816194.

26 July. The Reconnaissance Platoon, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry made contact with an estimated 50 man force resulting in three US wounded. Company D, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry found five NVA KIA at ZV233176.

31 July. At AQ858122 Company D, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry received small arms fire wounding one US.

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