Elements of the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Task Force, 25th Infantry Division, and other units?
Elements of the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Task Force, 25th Infantry Division, and other units in Vietnam's central highlands, have moved into pre-dominantly Viet Cong controlled Duc Pho district of Quang Ngai Province. Of the area's 80,000 inhabitants, only about 30,000 are considered loyal to the South Vietnamese government; the remaining 50,000 are considered Viet Cong and North Vietnam sympathizers.
The Viet Cong place heavy taxes upon farmers in the area for their use of the roads. They also confiscate most, if not all, of the farmers' rice crop.
Units of the 25th Infantry "Tropic Lighting" Division were given the mission to search the area and assist the friendly villagers.
When the U.S. troops landed in their operational area some 400 miles north of Saigon, their supplies had to be brought in by Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC) boats.
Major General William B. Rosson, Task Force Oregon Commander, receives information from members of a long range reconnaissance patrol on the possible locations of Viet Cong strongholds in the area. Patrol are set up and head for villages in the immediate area to search and clear them.
Tanks and armored personnel carriers are used to support the troops.
As part of the civic action mission of the unit, soldiers protect some of the villagers during their planting and harvesting of the rice crops.