United States and South Vietnamese troops have begun an offensive against a suspected North Vietnamese infiltration route in the Nuc Ong River valley in South Vietnam.
United States and South Vietnamese troops have begun an offensive against a suspected North Vietnamese infiltration route in the Nuc Ong River valley in South Vietnam. The allied forces have set up a firebase from which to operate, after reports from reconnaissance teams that large-scale communist troop movements had been spotted in the area, a jungle-covered terrain 24 miles (38 kms.) west of Quang Ngai. Possible ammunition dumps on the floor of the valley are also suspected.
Allied sweeps of the valley floor are supported by 105-millimetre artillery fire, but so far few casualties on either side have been reported.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnamese and United States forces have begun an offensive on the Nuc Ong River Valley in South Vietnam. The valley, a jungle-covered terrain 24 miles west of Quang Ngai, is a suspected North Vietnamese infiltration route and ammunition hiding-place. So the allied forces have built a new firebase from which to operate, and are conducting search-and-destroy missions using infantry backed by heavy artillery fine and helicopter reconnaissance.
So far, the enemy has remained elusive, and few casualties on either side have been reported. The South Vietnamese Government claims that 25 communists have been killed so far. One evidence of communist infiltration is casualties of light land-mines -- called toe-poppers -o- which usually blow off a few toes or sometimes a complete foot.
During the first two weeks of the operation, two communists surrendered under an amnesty offer -- this on flagged down an American helicopter to give himself up. Under the terms of the amnesty, the defectors can get a good deal for themselves -- after interrogation, they are usually released Vietnam. Some even go into the South Vietnamese army if they're discovered to be of draft age.