There was heavy fighting between U.S. Army troops and Viet Cong forces near the Cambodia?
There was heavy fighting between U.S. Army troops and Viet Cong forces near the Cambodia border on Saturday and Sunday (5 and 6 Nov). The United States claims to have killed 319 Viet Cong in the continuing battle called -- Operation Attleboro. The U.S. admits suffering "moderate" losses.
This film focuses on a bitter skirmish between Viet Cong troops and the U.S. Army's "Alpha" Company, First Battalion, of the 25th Division.
"Alpha" Company - in a search mission -- stumbled upon a large contingent of Viet Cong, who were entrenched in a chain of heavily fortified bunkers and trenches. The U.S. troops got as close as 20 yards of the Viet Cong forces.
The Battalion commander, Major Guy Meloy, called for heavy artillery support. Because the U.S. troops were so close to the Viet Cong, the U.S. artillerymen had to be perfectly accurate. It developed that several shells fell short of their mark and caused casualties among the United States infantrymen.
Viet Cong snipers in the trees made it difficult for the U.S. troops to carry their wounded to a clearing for helicopter pick up. The heavy U.S. artillery fire finally forced to Viet Cong units to retreat, thus allowing "Alpha" Company to ship its wounded to military hospitals closer to Saigon.