A viet cong company composed of about 100 tough well-armed men has been dug in here in Gia Dinh province in the North east suburbs of Saigon for days now.
A viet cong company composed of about 100 tough well-armed men has been dug in here in Gia Dinh province in the North east suburbs of Saigon for days now. Despite persistent attempts by South Vietnamese marines to drive them out.
This spot ???is only about a mile and a half from the runways of Tan Son Nhut air/base which has been under V.C. mortar attack for days now and it was imperative that the Viet Cong be pushed back.
Previous night the marines pulled back out of the palm grove and then the Viet Cong attacked them and tried to close the road to military convey traffic.
The marines fought back. They drove the viet cong back into the palm grove and called an air strike. Heavy bombing devastated the area and left dozens of homes in smoking ruins.
But the Viet Cong were well dug in and succeeded in repelling three marine attempts to charge across the road.
"Marines are one of this road and V.C. are on the other and it looks like the V.C. are still going to be dug in when night falls."
The marines poured rifles and mortar fire into the V.C. area and finally called up a tank. The tank raked the palm grove 90 mm and 50 calibre machine gun fire and again the marines moved out, but found it impossible to get across the road.
The american advisor Capt. harry Shane gave his assessment of the situation:
As night fall the marines once again called in air strikes and the Viet Cong continued to hold their position. It is just such persistence determined V.C. resistance as this that has convinced American intelligence experts that the Viet Cong are holding on to their positions around South Vietnam cities waiting for additional rain force support to arrive to launch a scored wave of city attacks.