Armoured units of the United States 25th Infantry Division clashed with a Viet Cong force yesterday in the Parrot's Beak area of Cambodia.
Armoured units of the United States 25th Infantry Division clashed with a Viet Cong force yesterday in the Parrot's Beak area of Cambodia. The Americans say they lost five dead, but claimed to have killed 13 enemy soldiers.
The mechanized units crossed into Cambodia at the weekend. No opposition was encountered as the tanks and troops carriers moved through several villages searching for enemy activity.
The main target was a suspected Viet Cong base camp about four miles inside Cambodia. There the Americans captured eight soldiers who said there were part of a rear element of the North Vietnamese 9th division.
Night headquarters were set up outside the village. And during the night there was an exchange of rifle and machine-gun fire---but the enemy force was not detected and the Americans suffered no casualties.
As the U.S. troops prepared to move out the next morning, a group of Cambodians from another village arrived. At first the Americans suspected a trick and quickly deployed to cover the village in case of an enemy attack.
But it was no trick...the Cambodians brought food as a peace offering. In return they received cigarettes and emergency rations and professional medical advice for a fe who complained of aches and pains.