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October 31, 1965 The VC attack the Bien Hoa Airbase, killing five Americans and destroying a number of aircraft.

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.

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.

April 19, 1967 Eight Australian Canberra (B-57) bombers of Squadron Number 2 arrived at Phan Rang Air Base to make Australia the second country to support the RVN with a tri-service contingent

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

December 28, 1966 At 1815 hours in Bien Hoa Province 27 miles E of Saigon, a UH-1B helicopter gunship was downed by enemy ground fire. Five US were injured and the helicopter was destroyed.

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.

in the early 1950s programs were started to issue dog-tags to children. There was concern that in the event of a surprise atomic attack it would be difficult to identify the millions of children killed while at school.

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

U. S. First Division soldiers are waist deep as they ford a stream near Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, in search of Viet Cong, Aug. 7, 1965. The division has been seeking the communist guerrillas around their positions since the American arrival in Vietnam in July. (AP Photo/Horst Faas). #VietnamWarMemories

Nov 4, 1965. Chaplain John McNamara administers the last rites to photographer Dickey Chapelle in South Vietnam. She became the first female war correspondent to be killed in Vietnam and the first American female reporter to be killed in action. She was given a full marine burial. Photo by Henri Huet who was later killed in action in Vietnam.