October 30, 1966 1 ATF, with under units including 5 RAR and 6 RAR, begins Operation BUNDABERG, a combined operation with Phuoc Tuy sector to cordon and search the village of Hoa Long, 1 km south of the 1 ATF base. The village of 3756 people includes the former population of a pro-VC village, Xa Long Phuoc, who were resettled here in May 1966, and its northern sector is now VC-dominated, with VC cadres, hard-core VC, and their supporters gathering intelligence, taxes and food; conducting
May 27-29, 1967 Battle of Tan Phong. The 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry on Operation BAKER fights a two-day battle north of Duc Pho against the 60th VC Battalion, killing 116 and capturing 8 while losing 4 KIA and 27 WIA. BATTLE OF TAN PHONG - AFTER ACTION REPORT
October 17, 1967 Battle of Ong Thanh. While supporting operation SHENANDOAH II some 12 miles northeast of Lai Khe, Companies A & D, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry, fought a violent engagement with a reinforced battalion from the 271st VC Regiment. The VC left 163 dead but LTC Allen, the 2/28th CO, and MAJ Holleder, the 1st Bde S-3, were KIA in this battle. Mike Gormley's Recollections of the Battle of Ong Thanh Battle of Ong Thanh AAR
October 27, 1965 The month-long Ia Drang campaign begins as the US 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry passes through the Plei Me CIDG camp and retakes the southern outpost from the NVA, marking the first time an American infantry unit has battled in response to a besieged SF CIDG camp.
(Marine of “M” Company, 3/5 returns fire at close quarters with a sniper 20 miles southwest of Danang.)
November 27-December 9, 1965 The 3d Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and the 7th ARVN Regiment begin operation Bushmaster II, a search and destroy mission in reaction to the VC attack on the Michelin Rubber Plantation in Tay Ninh Province, III CTZ. 1000 grenades and 15 weapons are destroyed while 301 VC are KIA.
August 18-21, 1965 The major part of the US Marines Operation Starlite opens up on the Van Tuong Peninsula, some nine miles southeast of Chu Lai, in terrain that is dominated by sandy flats and broken by numerous streams and an occasional wooded knoll. The Marines engage three battalions in this operation, 3/3, 2/4 and the Special Landing Force 3/7 Marines. The 60th and 80th VC Battalions, part of the 1st VC Regiment, are virtually destroyed. Casualties are 614 VC KIAs and 9 prisoners, M