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    When the South Vietnamese moved into Laos...most of their support from the Americans consisted of?

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    helicopter air strikes

    tank goes by

    arvns on the move

    another tank moving


    howitzers fire

    men sitting on tanks

    men working, etc.

    lewis standupper.


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    Background: When the South Vietnamese moved into Laos...most of their support from the Americans consisted of air strikes. Now that the bulk of the fighting has shifted to South Vietnam...the Americans are helping the South Vietnamese from the ground as well. American tanks from the First battalion, 77th armour are keeping Highway nine open to allow South Vietnamese troops freedom of movement near the Laotian border.

    Elements of the ARVN 54th INFANTRY regiment are marching to the area of the border north of the highway to prevent the North Vietnamese from pouring across from Laos as the allies make their withdrawal.

    The Vietnamese troops and the American tanks form a blocking force to protect installations like Khe Sanh farther to the east.

    The US tank battalion operates out of Lang Vei...now the closest American outpost to the Laotian border.

    The 155 millimetre howitzers at Lang Vei continually fire at suspected enemy positions. And the enemy hits back....usually with rockets and mortars.

    The GI's here say the North Vietnamese have Lang Vei and the highway west of here fairly well zeroed in. And the Americans have had heavy contact almost every day. Many of the men will be leaving Lang Vei soon and they're glad it's almost over.

    While some of the men in the first hattalion, 77th armour are leaving in a few days...the entire battalion won't be out of Lang Vei for about two weeks. And then the tanks will probably be needed elsewhere in the northernmost part of South Vietnam.

    The first of the 77th is the last American tank battalion in South Vietnam. And it looks as if this battalion will be one of the last American units to go. George Lewis, NBC News, Lang Vei, South Vietnam.

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