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.
April 11, 1966 Battle of Xa Cam My takes place as part of operation Abilene. C-2/16 Inf, 1st Infantry Division fought this battle 42 miles northwest of Saigon against the D800 VC Bn and killed 41 VC. They were hacking their way through the jungle against sporadic rifle fire when a short round burst in the canopy overhead. The Co halted to evacuate two KIA and 12 WIA unaware that they were only yards from the VC Bn base camp. Automatic weapons and grenade fire suddenly swept their perimet
December 4, 1966 A Viet Cong unit penetrates the 13-mile defense perimeter around Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport and shells the field for over four hours. South Vietnamese and U.S. security guards finally drove off the attackers, killing 18 of them in the process. One U.S. RF-101 reconnaissance jet was badly damaged in the attack. The guerrillas returned that same night and resumed the attack, but security guards again repelled them, killing 11 more Viet Cong during the second battle
April 15, 1965 For the first time, planes from the carriers Midway, Coral Sea, and Yorktown, which are at Dixie Station southeast of Cam Ranh Bay, attack VC forces in South Vietnam, targeting VC positions northwest of Saigon.