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Photographer Tim Page took one of his most famous shot during this operation when B-2/503 was ambushed by a VC company on October 10, suffering 8 KIAs and 25 WIAs
4 Jan 1966, Mekong Delta, South Vietnam --Crossing The Stream. Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade cross a small muddy stream typical of the operational area of the Mekong Delta near the Cambodian Border where the troops are stationed Jan. 4th. U. S. Military headquarters in Saigon revealed that an undisclosed number of American paratroopers had fallen victim to a friendly artillery barrage in the early stage of the allied sweep through the delta area.
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.
October 26, 1967 General Westmoreland presented the Silver Star medal on behalf of the President of the United States to Colonel Nguyen Van Toan, Commanding Officer, 2nd ARVN Infantry Division.
A Radio Telephone Operator (RTO)of the 101st Airborne on patrol near Mai Loc, twelve miles from the DMZ. A Light Observation Helicopter (Loach) of the 17th Cavalry flies overhead. Photo taken: October 1969.
August 24, 1965 The Bien Hoa airbase is bombarded by 300 enemy shells which include mountain guns, mortars and 75mm RCLs. Eleven US aircraft are damaged and 29 personnel are wounded.
November 8, 1965 While conducting Operation Hump, companies B and C of the 1/503 of the 173d Airborne, contact the enemy near Hill 65. A multibattalion Viet Cong force attacks at close quarters and forces the Americans into a tight defensive perimeter. Hand-to-hand combat ensues as the enemy "hugs" the American troops to prevent the delivery of supporting air and artillery fire. Medevac teams are scrambled from Tan Son Hut and Bien Hoa at 1230 (at which point over 100 casualties have bee