One of the fiercest battles in the Vietnam war was fought in the graveyard in Bon San last Saturday and Sunday (29-30 January).
One of the fiercest battles in the Vietnam war was fought in the graveyard in Bon San last Saturday and Sunday (29-30 January). The U.S. troops - members of the First Cavalry Division - won the battle, but victory did not come easily. The U.S. suffered heavy casualties and lost six helicopters. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese lost 175 men; 53 others were captured by the Americans.
The North Vietnamese soldiers in this battle were part of the 325th Division, the same unit which fought in the Ia Drang Valley battle. They had weapons made in the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. A Russian anti-aircraft gun; manufactured in 1944, was used against the U.S. helicopters. These guns shot down six helicopters and hit 50 others.
The U.S. military command said it troops in the "graveyard" battle could have defeated their enemy sooner had they had mortars. The mortar platoon that was to take part in the battle was killed when their transport plane slammed into the side o a mountain.
Medical said was slow getting to the U.S. troops. Most of the American sounded had to wait 20 hours before receiving any treatment.