Operation Reahou was the operation in the Vihear Suor marshes in the area north-east of Phnom-Penh - over the Mekong.
Operation Reahou was the operation in the Vihear Suor marshes in the area north-east of Phnom-Penh - over the Mekong. The closest fighting came within about 10kms of the capital - i.e. heavy fighting, there are often light probing attacks - and was spread over the area enclosed on the west and north by the Mekong River - extending as far away as 35kms from Phnom-Penh. Heaviest fighting took place in the dense marshlands located about 12-20kms north-east of the capital. Heaviest fighting took place over a 5 week period, commencing the final week in May, and lasting till the end of June.
During 1970 the marshlands had been totally occupied and controlled by the communist forces - giving them virtual control of Phnom-Penh as well as a vital storage area. It was from here that VC/NVA rested before launching attacks into South-Vietnam, and of course within the Khmer Republic as well. Although taking heavy losses and seemingly on the point of defeat many times, the khmers hung on and eventually gained control, there are still sparodic clashes.
Prime Minister Delegate - on behalf of Marshal Lon Nol - presented the ribbons. Among the recipients were the hard fighting, successful khmer Krom 7th Infantry Brigade, and their very popular leader Colonel Danh Kroch.