JULY 1969
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Operation LAMAR PLAIN

May 15th to August 14th, 1969

*After Action Report


*Original military document edited by Gary M. Joyner


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JULY 1st:


The 1st Brigade and the 1-502 observed the new fiscal year with the largest cache discovery of Operation LAMAR PLAIN as all units continued extensive RIF operations with light enemy contact.

At 10:34am D/1-502 had their point man engage and wound 1 NVA at a range of 75 meters. The NVA and two weapons were captured and evacuated.

At 12:04pm C/1-502 observed and engaged an NVA and in the ensuing fire fight suffered 1 US KIA and 1 US WIA.

At 2:45pm Recon/1-502 found 5 huts measuring 15 by 12 feet and containing approximately 10 tons of weapons and munitions to include 29 SKS, 72 AK47, one M-1, 3 60mm mortars, 37 122mm rockets, 13 cases AK47 ammunition, 13 75mm RR rounds, 284 RPG rounds, 8 assorted artillery rounds, 10 cases SKS ammunition, 19 cases of blasting caps and numerous mortar fuses.

At 6:10pm C/1-502 found a small lean-to containing two hundred 82mm mortar rounds and 78 RPG rounds.

JULY 2nd:


Activity was light throughout the AO. At 7:40am B/1-46 vic detonated an unknown type of boobytrap resulting in 2 US WIA.

At 7:45am B/2-17 Cav engaged an enemy soldier in a hut with white phosphorous and M60 machinegun fire accounting for 1 VC KIA.

At 10:20am a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed and killed 1 VC with small arms fire.

JULY 3rd:


The enemy continued to avoid major contact as all units continued to search for the enemy. The 1-501 conducted multiple CA's into an LZ east of LZ PROFESSIONAL with negative enemy contact.

At 9:20am B/1-46 engaged one NVA moving down a trail resulting in 1 NVA KIA.

At 10:45am D/1-502 received sporadic sniper fire resulting in 1 US WIA.

At 10:47am C/1-502 recorded a second sniper incident resulting in 1 US WIA.

At 3:20pm C/1-502 engaged 2-3 enemy recording 1 NVA KIA and 2 IWC.

JULY 4th:


Activity was light in the AO as the lull in the ground fighting continued.

At 2:50pm a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team received heavy ground fire and crashed. The aircraft then exploded and burned resulting in 3 US KIA.

At 4:50pm Recon/1-501 tripped a pressure type mine resulting in 4 US WIA.

At 7:10pm D/1-46 found the remains of 1 NVA KIA by small arms fire.

JULY 5th:


The 1st Brigade continued RIF
*(recon in force) and search in the area with light enemy contact reported.

At 6:54am A/1-502 found a recently abandoned PW compound containing US and NVA clothing, 2 SKS rifles and 1 US 1903 Springfield rifle.

At 8:30am B/1-46 found a hut containing 1 US Garand and 1 Russian SMG *(small machine gun).

At 9:25am D/1-502 triggered an unknown type boobytrap resulting in 2 US WIA.

At 11:30am A/1-502 engaged a three man enemy force at 50 meters capturing 1 VC and his weapon.

At 12:20pm D/1-46 observed movement in a hut. The element engaged the hut capturing 4 detainees and one US M-79 grenade launcher while suffering 1 US lightly wounded.

JULY 6th:


The tempo of activity was escalated in Operation LAMAR PLAIN with two B52 strikes in the area at 4:40am and 6:49am followed by a major BDA*(bomb damage assessment) effort conducted by the 1-501. Also B/101st AHB*(assault helicopter battalion) was placed OPCON to 1st Brigade replacing A/101st AHB.

At first light B/2-17 Cav conducted extensive aerial BDA in the area and received ground fire from several locations.

AT 8:20am 1-501 began the BDA by conducting a CA into an LZ and began establishing FSB HUSTLER.

At 1:01pm two more companies combat assaulted into the B52 strike area for an extensive ground BDA. Elsewhere in the AO 2-17 Cav continued its aerial BDA.

At 9:30am A/1-502 engaged an unknown sized enemy force resulting in 1 US KIA.

At 10:10am A/1-502 engaged and killed 1 VC and captured his weapon.

At 1:35pm B/2-17 Cav observed 4 VC KIA by the air strike and at 3:50pm a fifth VC KIA was observed.

At 3:20pm A/1-502 engaged two VC, resulting in 1 VC KIA and the other fleeing to the east.

JULY 7th:


Activity was limited to one incident.

At 2:25pm B/2-17 Cav engaged and killed 1 VC.

JULY 8th:


Bitter fighting erupted in the 1st Brigade AO as elements of the 1-502 were engaged by a superior NVA force in the extreme western section of the AO.

At 8:00am C/1-46 observed six enemy and engaged them with air cav elements and artillery resulting in one NVA KIA.

At 12:10pm elements of A/1-502 were engaged by an estimated enemy platoon. The lead elements of the company were moving forward by squad bounds when the lead squad came under effective small arms fire from a well concealed enemy force. This squad was immediately reinforced with a second squad and the composite group came under heavier fire as the fight continued. The rest of the company began to maneuver in an attempt to relieve the beleaguered force in place.

At 2:00pm, radio contact was lost with the trapped force though the unit continued to fight against the strong NVA force. Supporting air and artillery were employed throughout the area in an attempt to break the determined enemy.
At 9:10am the following day the company regained contact with the separated force. The entire unit suffered 11 US KIA (1 US KIA was listed as MIA until recovered on 10 Jul 69) and 6 US WIA. Enemy losses were confirmed at 4 VC KIA and 3 IWC.

**(Commentary re: July 8th from John Conroy, A 1/501. "Another action, the one where I was medevaced, was on 8 July and is not included in the report. There were a good number of us hit that night and 4 of us taken out through the trees in a basket to the chopper come morning. It was Jones, me, Arrowood, and Darnall that were medevaced in the baskets. 5 or 6 others were later medevaced and sent on to the hospital at Chu Lai. (Purdy, Fraser, and others I can't recall due to time and the fact that I was drugged from my first operation when I saw them.)

JULY 9th:


Activity quieted in the area as the 1-502 linked up with its separated element and assessed the battlefield after the previous day's contact.

At 9:08am C/1-46 engaged one enemy with small arms fire at 300 meters recording 1 NVA KIA.

JULY 10th:


Activity was light throughout the AO as 1-502 reported scattered contact with small enemy forces.

At 10:40am a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed and killed 1 NVA.

At 11:00am B/1-502 captured 1 NVA who wandered into the company position as it waited near an LZ.

At 11:45am a 1/4 ton truck from 2-320 Arty detonated a boobytrap near the brigade water point resulting in 1 US WIA.

At 2:43pm D/1-502 engaged a small enemy force and in the ensuing fire fight suffered 3 US WIA. There was negative enemy assessment.

At 4:00pm A/1-502 found a hooch and bunker complex containing two individual weapons.

JULY 11th:


At 7:00am A/1-502 found 1 NVA KIA in an earlier fire fight.

JULY 12th:


There was no significant contact in the AO.

JULY 13th:


Activity increased in the AO as the 1-501 reported light contact and a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team recorded significant contact.

At 8:00am the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged 10 VC with the Minigun resulting in 3 VC KIA.

At 11:40am B/1-501 observed and engaged 1 enemy recording 1 VC KIA.

At 1:50pm B/1-501 found the remains of 1 VC KIA by an earlier airstrike.

JULY 14th:


Activity was light in the AO as all units continued RIF and search operations, uncovering numerous enemy KIA from previous contacts and air/artillery strikes.

At 8:24am B/2-17 Cav observed and engaged 4 enemy soldiers with M60 machineguns resulting in 4 NVA KIA.

At 9:10am B/2-17 Cav in the same area killed another NVA with a well placed white phosphorous grenade.

At 10:00am the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed a platoon of enemy soldiers. The team called in ARA *(aerial rocket artillery) and recorded 1 NVA KIA.

At 10:30am B/2-17 Cav observed two enemy moving toward their position and allowed the enemy to close. The element then engaged and killed the two VC soldiers.

JULY 15th:


Contact was sporadic throughout the LAMAR PLAIN AO as all units continued to seek the enemy with 1-501 uncovering numerous enemy KIA from earlier air/artillery strikes.

At 9:04am B/1-501 found the remains of 1 NVA KIA in a grave.

At 11:00am D/1-501 found two small huts, one of which contained the remains of 1 NVA KIA by an earlier air strike and a US Browning automatic rifle.

At 11:25am A/1-502 engaged 1 NVA soldier with small arms fire resulting in 1 NVA KIA and 1 AK47 captured.

At 12:10pm B/2-17 Cav observed 4 NVA. The element called in an air strike on the fleeing enemy listing 3 NVA KIA.

At 1:35pm B/2-17 Cav observed 3 huts with bunkers and one enemy soldier in the area. The Cav element engaged the area destroying the huts and recording 1 VC KIA.

JULY 16th:


Contact continued light in the AO as 1-501 continued to uncover the effects of the previous intensive air/artillery strikes in the area and 1-502 reported one small clash in the late afternoon.

At 10:45am B/1-501 found a small hut complex containing 1 British SMG*(small machine gun).

At 2:30pm D/1-501 found 2 AK47 and 1 Russian SMG as well as other miscellaneous equipment.

At 2:40pm B/1-501 found an NVA base camp containing 1 NVA KIA by an airstrike, 3 carbines and miscellaneous weapons parts.

At 7:05pm A/1-502 engaged 3 enemy with small arms fire at a range of 50 meters resulting in 1 NVA KIA.

JULY 17th:


Activity was light in the 1st Brigade AO as 1-502 began to extract from the AO and assume security missions throughout the Brigade AO for the next 12 days and 1-46 began an aggressive RIF operation to the southwest, south and southeast of LZ PROFESSIONAL.

At 7:45am a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed and engaged one enemy recording 1 VC KIA.

At 10:15am the same team recorded a second NVA KIA.

At 11:10am D/1-501 engaged and killed 1 NVA with small arms fire. The element also captured an AK47.

At 1:26pm B/2-17 Cav observed and engaged two enemy hiding in a hut resulting in 2 VC KIA.

At 3:50pm A/1-46 found two graves with the remains of 2 VC KIA.

JULY 18th:


Contact was limited to light ground to air contact with elements of B/2-17 Cav and the Brigade LOH reconnaissance teams. At 9:55am B/2-17 Cav observed and engaged 6 enemy in the open resulting in 2 NVA KIA.
At 10:24am the same Cav unit engaged and killed a single VC.
At 2:50pm the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged and killed 1 VC with M60 fire.

JULY 19th:


Contact was limited to light ground to air contact with elements of B/2-17 Cav observing and engaging 6 enemy in the open resulting in 2 NVA KIA

At 10:24am the Cav engaged and killed a single VC.

At 2:50pm the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged and killed 1 VC with M60 fire.

JULY 20th:


Brigade units reported small clashes in the AO as Operation LAMAR PLAIN continued with light enemy contact.

At 7:05am B/1-46 engaged and killed 1 NVA with small arms fire.

At 10:15am the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged one enemy soldier with ARA recording 1 VC KIA and suffering 1 US WIA.

At 10:24am D/1-501 engaged an enemy soldier at 200 meters accounting for 1 NVA KIA and 1 AK47 captured.

At 6:00pm D/1-501 received small arms and automatic weapons fire that killed the US point man. The element returned fire but the enemy broke contact with negative assessment.

JULY 21st:


Activity continued light in the AO as the 1-46 recorded only small contacts.

At 11:30am C/1-46 engaged a five man enemy force with small arms fire at a range of 25 meters resulting in 2 NVA KIA.

At 12:50pm Recon/1-46 found two graves with the remains of 2 NVA killed in an earlier contact.

At 3:00pm a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged 1 VC with the Minigun and M60 killing the enemy.

JULY 22nd:


All units continued their current mission with light contact reported.

At 12:13pm D/1-501and B/2-17 Cav observed and engaged one enemy soldier resulting in 1 NVA KIA.

At 6:05pm A/1-46 observed 60 enemy soldiers moving in a valley below their position at a range of 2500 meters. ARA was employed resulting in 6 NVA KIA. The Air Cav was also employed but the deteriorating weather and rainfall precluded an accurate assessment.

JULY 23rd:


At 11:45am a C/159 ASHB Chinook received two rounds of small arms fire and one hit, resulting in 1 US lightly wounded.

At 2:45pm Recon/1-46 found a single grave containing the remains of 1 VC.

JULY 24th:


Activity remained light in the LAMAR PLAIN AO as the 1-502 conducted a two company combat assault into the HILL 376 area, the area of heavy fighting in early June.

At 9:30am A/1-502 conducted a CA into a cold LZ and commenced RIF*(recon in force) operations.

At 9:35am D/1-501 found the remains of one NVA KIA.

At 9:49am B/1-502 followed A Company into the LZ and commenced supporting RIF operations in the area.

At 12:43pm A/1-502 found a grave containing the body of one NVA KBA.

At 4:05pm B/2-17 Cav reported the results of a BDA listing two NVA KIA by the airstrike.

At 4:27pm B/1-502 engaged three VC with small arms fire killing two in the ensuing fire fight.

JULY 25th:


The 1st Brigade continued Operation LAMAR PLAIN with sporadic contact in the AO and the recovery of the crew of a disabled F4C that crashed in the AO.

At 11:00am B/1-46 engaged a five man enemy force with small arms fire. The enemy broke contact and fled in a disorganized fashion, leaving behind seven SKS rifles and assorted equipment that was captured by the pursuing element.

At 1:00pm A/1-502 found the remains of two VC KIA by an earlier air strike.

At 2:03pm an F4C aircraft conducting an air strike for the 1st Brigade experienced mechanical failure and spun out of control. The crew ejected before impact and were recovered uninjured at 2:10pm by B/2-17 Cav and at 2:12pm by a USMC recovery CH46.

JULY 26th:


The 1st Brigade continued to record sporadic contact as all elements conducted extensive RIF operations in the AO. The 1-46 conducted a combat assault into a cold LZ with its provisional reserve company (PROSERVCO) composed of the administrative and logistical personnel of the battalion rear.

At 9:55am PROSERVCO/1-46 conducted a CA into an LZ with negative enemy contact.

At 10:20am A/1-502 found a grave containing one NVA KIA by an air strike.

At 11:25am PROSERVCO/1-46 observed and engaged two NVA soldiers at a range of 100 meters killing one NVA.

At 11:45am B/1-502 engaged and killed one VC at 15 meters.

At 11:55am a B/101 UH1H*(Huey) received small arms fire forcing the aircraft to land. One passenger in the aircraft was wounded.

At 3:30pm B/2-17 Cav engaged a single NVA resulting in one NVA KIA.

At 3:40pm B/1-502 found the remains of 3 NVA KIA by artillery.

At 4:10pm B/2-17 Cav found two NVA KIA in an earlier air strike.

At 6:00pm B/1-502 found a hut containing one M16.

JULY 27th:


There was negative ground contact in the AO.

At 11:15am a USAF FAC supporting QUANG TIN Province observed 4 enemy soldiers in the open and engaged them with artillery resulting in one VC KIA.

JULY 28th:


At 8:40am a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed and killed one enemy standing in a bunker entrance.

At 11:00am A/1-502 apprehended two VN females and evacuated them as detainees.

At 12:05pm a Brigade reconnaissance team engaged one enemy killing him with M60 fire.

At 2:35pm B/1-502 discovered hut with a bunker, tunnel and five coops with chickens. Detecting movement the element reconnoitered by fire which resulted in four women and four children being detained. Two of the women were wounded and a medevac was made.

At 5:25pm A/1-501 evacuated two males, one female and two children as detained. One male had napalm burns which were covered with an NVA bandage.

JULY 29th:


Activity through the AO was characterized by extensive reconnaissance missions, both ground and aerial, which indicated recent activity. A number of bunker and hut complexes were found and various materials and foodstuffs were uncovered. All were destroyed thereby denying the enemy use of these needed facilities and resources. No contact was recorded.

JULY 30th:


Reconnaissance activities increased and numerous signs of recent activity and bunker/hut complexes were found.

At 8:22am C/1-501 conducted a move by air from CHU LAI Beach to TAM KY Refuel pad for the purpose of constituting a readily deployable RRF*(Rapid Response Force).

At 8:45pm the intensive reconnaissance developed positive enemy action as a LOH from B/2-17 Cav was fired upon with 15 AK47 rounds while flying at 40 feet and 40 knots. One round passed through the main beam thereby damaging the aircraft.

At 9:00am a LOH from B/2-17 Cav took a .30 cal round in the transmission causing it to make an emergency landing. The RRF *(Rapid Response Force) was inserted at 9:44am and the air-craft was secured and prepared for evacuation which was accomplished by 10:51am.

At 9:01am C/1-502 conducted a CA and began reconnaissance in force operations to the northeast.

At 9:25am B/1-502 was extracted from the field returning to the TAM KY refuel Pad.

At 10:00am a scout dog working with A/1-502 tripped a booby trap. No injuries resulted.

At 10:25am A/1-501 uncovered a grave which contained one male body. The cause of death determined to be by air strike four days prior. Some 20 minutes later, while searching the same area, the unit found a 68 year old man hiding in a hut. Further search disclosed medical supplies and a grave which contained the body of a female who had been killed by an air strike approximately four days prior. Results: One VC KBAS and one detainee.

At 11:20am a scout from B/2-17 Cav observed one enemy moving SW. The enemy was engaged with artillery with no further results.

A change in plans diverted Recon/1-46 from RIF operations to LZ PROFESSIONAL.

At approximately 11:30am a LOH from B/2-17 Cav received moderate AK47 and AA fire but no hits were taken.

At 11:35am the Aero Rifle Platoon found 10-15 large bunkers.

At 11:58am 200 meters to the north the platoon observed and engaged five enemy. Five NVA were killed and one female, obviously wounded, fled to the west.

At 2:10pm a scout from B/2-17 Cav observed ten large huts. Indications were that this was an exploitable area and the RRF was inserted a approximately 2:25pm. One female and four children were apprehended and evacuated as detainees.

While observing an air strike at 2:55pm members of the Aero Rifle Platoon of B/2-17 Cav witnessed one body flying through the air as a result of the strike recording 1 NVA KBAS *(killed by air strike).

At 3:50pm the Aero-Rifle Platoon was extracted from the AO and returned to TAM KY airstrip.

At 5:05pm Recon/1-502 observed ten enemy moving to the south. The enemy was taken under fire resulting in one VC KIA.

JULY 31st:


Extensive ground and aerial reconnaissance continued and ground contact was light.

At 10:00am D/1-46 located a bunker/hut complex and apprehended 3 VN males, 9 females and 14 children. All were evacuated as detainees.

At 10:40am Recon/1-502 apprehended and evacuated as a detainee, one VN female approximately 35 to 40 years of age.

At 11:00am B/1-501 detained and evacuated 7 male and 4 female VN persons.

At 11:05am C/1-502 apprehended one male and one female VN and evacuated the two detainees.

At 1200pm A/1-502 located 2 VN males, documents and 1500 pounds of salt. The VN were evacuated as detainees and the salt destroyed.

At 2:56pm scouts from B/2-17 Cav conducting a BDA for air an strike assessed 2 NVA KBAS and five bunkers destroyed.

At 4:20pm a B/2-17 Cav LOH received .30 cal and AK47 fire while flying at 40 feet and 40 knots. Four to five rounds were taken in the cockpit wounding one US and damaging the aircraft.

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