Some of the fiercest fighting in the Viet Nam war is taking place near the de-militarized zone in South Viet Nam.
Some of the fiercest fighting in the Viet Nam war is taking place near the de-militarized zone in South Viet Nam. The rugged topography and mud are proving to be sticky obstacles for both sides, and the United States Marines and the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong troops. The battle for hill number 484 which took place on Tuesday (October 4) was one example of the bitter fighting and miserable conditions near the de-militarized zone.
The Third Battalion of the Fourth U.S. Marine Division, which had had some success in driving off North Vietnamese troops from a number of hills, never siezed hill 484.
At first, the Marines-though slowed down by mud - made it near the top of the hill with relative ease. About two hundred yards away from the summit, the Marines ran into a hail of gunfire and grenades.
A U.S. Marine officer at the battle scene said the North Vietnamese soldiers were "well trained, well disciplined and extremely tenacious."
"They hurled grenades," he said, "with deadly accuracy."
The Marine attack was repulsed. A Marine officer explained later that the hill was not worth any more lives or wounded.