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    U. S. Army Special Forces took advantage of the military situation involving other units of?

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    Special Forces preparing to go on mission to set up camp, gathering gear, boarding helicopters, etc

    Air-to-air shots enroute to area

    Aerial view of area where camp is to be established

    Helicopters landing at area

    Caribou aircraft dropping supplies by parachute

    Chinook helicopter bringing in heavy equipment

    C-123 and C-130 aircraft para-dropping equipment and supplies

    Special forces & Vietnamese gathering supplies

    Vietnamese engineers assembling heavy equipment

    Surveying the area, setting up camp


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    Background: U. S. Army Special Forces took advantage of the military situation involving other units of the Army and Air Force to set up an "A" camp at Ben Cat, about ten miles northwest of Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam.

    While members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade were engaging the Viet Cong in ground action, and while the Viet Cong positions in the area were being hit by U. S. Air Force strikes from the air, Special Forces soldiers were airlifted into the area to establish the camp.

    After the area had been secured, U. S. Army Chinook helicopters brought in heavy construction equipment to be used in clearing the area. Because of the weight, bulldozers and other pieces of heavy equipment were delivered broken down, and were reassembled on the ground by South Vietnamese engineers. Air Force C-123 "Provider" aircraft and U. S. Army Caribou aircraft para-dropped supplies while flying low over the newly established camp.

    An "A" camp is the "nerve centre" of Special Forces operations in South Vietnam. They are generally located deep in enemy territory, and it is from these "A" camps where teams go out on patrols to gather intelligence about enemy concentrations and movements, and feed this information to larger striking forces. Members of the camp also work directly with local villagers on civic action projects.

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