Fighting the elusive guerrilla or the North Vietnamese regular in Vietnam is, for the most part, a war of patrol and ambush.
Fighting the elusive guerrilla or the North Vietnamese regular in Vietnam is, for the most part, a war of patrol and ambush. Large unit operations are the exception, but patrols are almost constant in an effort to locate "Charlie" and pin him down.
Before embarking on a patrol action sweep near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Vietnam, these Marines check their gear, clean their weapons, and conduct an intensive map study of the area.
When helicopters arrive to lift these Marines from L Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, the men board the CH-46 Sea Knights and the lift-off is quickly accomplished. This time, its only a short flight to the Cam Le area where the Marines debark and prepare to move out.
As the Marines move through elephant grass and down well-used trails toward in the initial objective, a firefight develops as harassing enemy sniper fire is received by the Marines. They move quickly to the attack, using M-14 rifles, M-60 machine guns, and 3.5 rocket launchers. In addition, the Marines call in air strikes on the enemy, pinpointing the positions for the pilots with mortar shells.
Here the Marines use a combination punch of air and ground firepower to rout the enemy from his defensive positions.