JUNE 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


The heavy fighting continues....

JUNE 1st:


The enemy still avoided contact as evidenced by minimum activity throughout the AO.
*(The calm before the storm)

At 10:15am B/1-501 found two graves containing the remains of 2 NVA KIA by artillery or air strike.

At 12:00pm 1st Brigade initiated the new operation specifically against the 1st MF VC Regiment with the 1-502 conducting combat assaults into a SONG TRAM Valley LZ *(landing zone) and closing companies A, B, and C on the LZ at 12:47pm. There was negative enemy contact and all elements began RIF operations northeast along separate axes.

At 12:15pm B/1-501 observed one enemy hiding in a bunker. The element engaged the bunker with hand grenades killing one VC.

JUNE 2nd:


Activity increased in the AO as the units reported scattered enemy contact. The Aero-Rifle Platoon of B/2-17 Cav became decisively engaged by a numerically superior enemy force and was reinforced later in the day by B/1-501.

At 7:40am B/1-502 captured 1 NVA with an AK47 while conducting an area sweep.

At 8:55am B/2-17 Cav received ground fire from an enemy soldier. The element returned fire recording 1 VC KIA.

At 9:15am A/1-502 engaged 5 VC with small arms fire. The enemy broke contact and fled leaving behind 1 VC KIA.

At 10:00am D/1-502 found a grave containing 1 VC KBA*(killed by artillery).

At 10:15am C/1-502 found one grave with 1 NVA KBA.

At 12:30pm the Aero Rifle Platoon of B/2-17 Cav was inserted into an LZ to conduct ground reconnaissance in the area. This area had been a source of ground fire throughout day with numerous reported incidents. Immediately after moving from the LZ the platoon came under heavy fire from a well concealed enemy force. Gunships, ARA and tube artillery were all employed in support. The supporting fires were lifted and the platoon moved forward in the assault. The platoon was met with withering fire that inflicted moderate casualties and pinned down the element. Air and artillery were employed at close range and the decision was made to insert a reaction force to extricate the trapped platoon.

At 2:40pm a platoon from B/1-501 was inserted into the LZ to link up and relieve the pressure on the Aero Rifle Platoon.

At 3:50pm the C&C*(command and control) of B/2-17 Cav was hit by 12.7mm AA*(anti aircraft) fire and forced down seriously wounding the artillery LO aboard. The crew and aircraft were recovered without further incident.

At 5:00pm B/1-501 enroute to the relief of the Aero Rifle Platoon engaged an enemy force firing from bunkers. The company quickly returned fire and reduced the enemy bunker accounting for 2 NVA KIA and 3 IWC. There was 1 US WIA.

At 5:45pm B/1-501 closed into the LZ thus completing the relief and reinforcement. The situation was stabilized and the Aero Rifle Platoon became OPCON to B/1-501 for the night.
The fighting had been extremely bitter throughout the afternoon and the outnumbered platoon had been pinned down a majority of the time from the well concealed and bunkered enemy. The unit had accounted for 6 NVA KIA and 1 IWC and had suffered 5 US KIA and 4 US WIA .

Elsewhere in the AO, at 2:00pm B/1-46 engaged an unknown size enemy force with artillery accounting for 3 NVA KIA.

JUNE 3rd:


The 1st Brigade continued to develop the situation in the area in which the B/2-17 Cav Aero Rifle Platoon had been in heavy contact the day prior. The 1-501 combat assaulted two more companies into the area, encountering light enemy resistance.

At 9:00am D/1-501 conducted a CA and initiated RIF operations to the southeast. The Aero Rifle Platoon was extracted at the conclusion of the CA.
At 9:15am A/1-501 conducted a CA into the same LZ and closed the entire unit at 9:31am. The unit then conducted RIF operations to the northeast.

At 12:40pm B/1-501 received small arms fire from two enemy soldiers who immediately fled. The element returned fire with negative enemy assessment and suffered 1 US WIA.

JUNE 4th:


Action increased sharply as the 1-501 continued to search the area. The 1-502 continued RIF to the northeast toward the 5th ARVN
*(Army of the Republic of Viet Nam) Regiment with negligible enemy contact.

At 2:55pm a HU1H from A/101 AHB*(assault helicopter batallion) was hit by an unidentified type explosive round from an undisclosed location and crashed, killing all five passengers aboard. The mysterious incident was immediately investigated but the findings were inconclusive.

At 3:55pm fighting erupted in the 1-501 area as B/1-501 received heavy small arms and machine gun fire from an unknown size enemy force. B/1-501 returned fire and employed air strikes and artillery against the enemy. Simultaneously D/1-501 received mortar and machine gun fire from a concealed enemy force and the element returned fire. The fighting continued throughout the afternoon as both elements attempted to find and fix the well hidden enemy. Contact was broken with no decisive results. B/1-501 accounted for 1 NVA KIA, 1 IWC and suffered 1 US KIA and 1 US WIA, while D/1-501 suffered 1 US KIA and 6 US WIA.

At 5:45pm A/1-502 tripped an unknown type booby-trap resulting in 2 US WIA.

JUNE 5th:


Significant contact continued in the 1-501 area as the enemy demonstrated a determination to stay and fight, though elsewhere in the AO, contact was light and sporadic.

At 8:15am B/1-46 engaged one enemy soldier moving east resulting in 1 US KIA and 1 IWC.

At 2:00pm B/1-502 found 1 VC KIA by artillery.

At 3:30pm D/1-501, discovered the remains of 1 US KIA during the previous afternoon fighting. While recovering the remains the element was hit by a command detonated mine and began receiving small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force. The element returned fire with negative results. In the fighting D/1-501 suffered 4 US KIA, all killed by the mine, 1 US MIA and 1 US WIA. The MIA was recovered on June 16th 1969 and reclassified as KIA.

JUNE 6th:


Activity increased throughout the AO as all units reported enemy contact.

At 9:50am B/1-46 found a grave containing the remains of 1 NVA KIA.

At 10:20am A/1-502 observed two NVA and the point element engaged the enemy force killing 1 NVA and capturing the other and one weapon.

At 2:50pm an aerial observer from C/2-320 Arty engaged an enemy 12.7mm AA position with artillery resulting in the destruction of the weapon.

At 4:50pm D/1-502 observed and engaged two enemy soldiers resulting in 1 VC KIA.

At 5:50pm D/1-501 received automatic weapons fire from a dug in position resulting in 2 US WIA.

JUNE 7th:


Bitter fighting continued in the 1-501 area as all three companies were in significant contact while the 1-46 recorded sporadic contact in its operations to the west.

At 8:00am D/1-501 received automatic weapons fire from an unknown size enemy force. The element returned fire but was pinned down by the volume and accuracy of the enemy fire. A brigade LOH reconnaissance team flew into the area to assist the ground unit and was subjected to heavy ground fire resulting in one aerial observer being sightly wounded. Contact was broken that morning with D/1-501 suffering 1 US KIA and 2 US WIA during the fighting.

At 10:35am C/1-46 engaged and killed 1 NVA with 1 IWC.

At 10:45am B/1-501 received heavy small arms fire from an enemy bunker position on the side of a trail. The element returned fire and maneuvered against the stubborn enemy. During the fighting B/1-501 lost 3 US KIA and 3 US WIA and accounted for 1 NVA KIA and the capture of an enemy RPG launcher.

At 11:40am Recon/1-46 engaged three enemy soldiers recording 2 NVA KIA and 2 IWC.

At 12:50pm D/1-501 received small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force from two locations suffering 1 US KIA and 3 US WIA. The element returned fire with negative assessment.

At 1:20pm, A/1-501 received small arms fire and 82mm mortar fire from an unknown size enemy force. The element returned fire and maneuvered against the enemy force. During the afternoon of fighting A/1-501 suffered 2 US KIA*(Frederic "Hutch" Davis and Michael Oleary) and 10 US WIA and accounted for 6 NVA KIA and 3 IWC. In the 1-501 area the enemy fought tenaciously against the attacking forces fighting from fortified and prepared positions. The NVA were able to extract a considerable toll from the dogged yet determined troops of the 1-501 as they methodically drove the enemy from the battlefield.

JUNE 8th:


Fighting continued into the fifth day in the area of HILL 376 as the 1-501 again met determined enemy resistance while elsewhere in the AO contact was light.

At 3:45am A/1-501 detected movement outside the unit NDP*(night defensive perimeter) and engaged with claymores. The enemy returned RPG fire. A first light sweep confirmed 1 NVA KIA and 1 IWC.

At 6:03am the Command Post of 1-46 at LZ PROFESSIONAL received 10 rounds of RR*(recoiless rifle) fire resulting in 3 US WIA.

At 7:50am C/1-46 observed and engaged a 7 man enemy force resulting in 1 US WIA and negative enemy assessment.

At 12:00pm B/2-17 Cav observed a hut complex and a well used trail network and began receiving small arms fire from the area. The element employed gunships and artillery accounting for 4 VC KIA.

At 12:10pm A and D/1-501 received small arms, light machinegun and grenade fire from an unknown size enemy force. The elements returned fire and employed air and artillery against the enemy. The fighting continued until 6:40pm with the units accounting for 2 NVA KIA and 1 IWC while suffering 1 US MIA and 9 US WIA. **(Commentary from John Conroy, A 1/501. " Lt. Geiger and Cochise Bunner were WIA on 8 June and refused medevac. Geiger with a minor hand wound was KIA the next day. Cochise, a frag in the throat, never left the field.)

JUNE 9th:


Heavy fighting broke out in the area of HILL 376 as the 1-501 clashed with determined enemy forces throughout the day. Elsewhere in the AO the tempo of activity increased as all units were engaged during the day.

At 9:00am B/1-46 received heavy sniper fire from three enemy resulting in 2 US KIA and 4 US WIA. The element returned fire and maneuvered against the enemy, pursuing them as they attempted to break contact and flee. The determined element accounted for 3 NVA KIA and 1 IWC.

At 9:35am B/2-17 Cav observed and engaged one enemy soldier resulting in 1 VC KIA. One hour later at 10:35pm the cav unit observed and engaged another enemy soldier resulting in 1 VC KIA.

At 11:00am D/1-46 found one AK47 rifle hidden in the bushes.

At 11:55pm D/1-502 engaged one enemy in a tunnel. Using hand grenades the NVA was killed and his weapon captured.

At 11:55pm Recon/1-502 found 1 VC sleeping in a hammock. When confronted the VC surrendered and was evacuated.

At 1:00pm A/1-501 received 82mm mortar and small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force resulting in 1 US KIA *(Lt. Waldemar "Walt" Geiger) and 4 US WIA. The element returned fire with negative enemy assessment.

At 2:10pm D/1-501 received small arms and mortar fire from a well hidden enemy force. The element returned fire and maneuvered against the enemy force employing air and artillery in support. D/1-501 recorded 7 NVA KIA while suffering 1 U.S. KIA and 3 US WIA in the fighting.

At 2:45pm C/1-501, after having airmoved into the area some five hours earlier, came under heavy small arms, automatic weapons and RPG fire from an unknown size enemy force resulting in 2 US KIA and 5 US WIA. The element returned fire but the enemy was able to break contact without apparent casualties.

At 3:20pm, Recon/1-501 received a heavy volume of accurate small arms, automatic weapons and RPG fire that effectively pinned the platoon down. Fighting from an untenable position the element suffered 2 US KIA and 3 US WIA but continued to return fire and employed air and artillery against the dug in enemy. Contact was broken with negative enemy assessment.

At 4:05pm C/1-46 observed an enemy soldier run into a hut. The hut was engaged with artillery and the unit accounted for 1 NVA KIA.

At 6:30pm A/1-501 found a small arms cache containing 4 AK47, 1 Mauser rifle and 1 RPG launcher.

At 8:45pm C/2-320 Arty received 30 to 40 rounds of 82mm mortar and one round undetermined caliber RR*(recoiless rifle) fire, resulting in 2 US WIA and 3 ARVN WIA. The element called for counter mortar fire.

JUNE 10th:


Activity slackened around HILL 376 as the 1-501 continued to search the battlefield while the 1-46 continued to move north in the direction of HILL 376 to block any enemy forces attempting to withdraw from or reinforce the contact area.

At 6:20am Recon/1-502 engaged and killed 3 NVA.

At 7:35am B/2-17 Cav observed 1 NVA KIA floating in a creek.

At 9:00am A/1-501 found 1 NVA KIA by artillery.

At 10:00am A/1-501 found two AK47 and another NVA KIA by artillery.

At 10:53am C/1-502 found a grave containing the remains of 1 VC KIA.

At 4:10pm B/2-17 Cav observed and destroyed one complete 82mm mortar. While the gunships were destroying the mortar they received fire from an enemy force. The element called in an airstrike and the BDA revealed 2 NVA KIA.

At 4:20pm D/1-501 received 5 rounds of sniper fire lightly wounding 1 US. The element employed artillery accounting for 1 NVA KIA.

At 6:25pm B/1-502 and C/2-320 Arty received 8 rounds of 82mm RR fire resulting in 8 US WIA. The element returned fire to the suspected enemy locations with negative assessment.

JUNE 11th:


Activity decreased in the LAMAR PLAIN AO as the 1-501 continued to search in the area of HILL 376 while 1-46 continued RIF south of the area to interdict any enemy movement to and from the HILL 376 AO.

At 3:40am C/1-501 observed one enemy solider moving along a trail. The element engaged the enemy accounting for 1 NVA KIA.

At 9:00am C/1-46 observed approximately 12 enemy. The element engaged the enemy with artillery resulting in 2 NVA KIA.

At 10:15am B/2-17 CAv observed and engaged two enemy soldiers in the open accounting for 2 NVA KIA.

At 1:05pm C/1-501 engaged two enemy with small arms fire resulting in 2 NVA KIA.

At 8:10pm B/1-501 engaged two enemy soldiers with small arms fire killing one.

JUNE 12th:


Sporadic activity continued in the AO as 1-501 was extracted from the HILL 376 area after 9 days of continuous fighting and given security missions elsewhere in the AO. The 1-46 continued RIF operations toward the HILL 376 area and reported sporadic contact while the 1-502 continued RIF in the eastern portion of the AO in conjunction with the 5th ARVN operations in the area.

At 10:30am C/1-46 engaged three enemy with small arms fire. The enemy broke contact and fled leaving 1 VC KIA.

At 12:05pm C/1-46 engaged three enemy with small arms fire resulting in 3 NVA KIA and 2 US lightly wounded. C/1-46 continued to encounter small numbers of the enemy throughout the afternoon as they accounted for 1 NVA KIA and 1 IWC at 1:40pm. Just 5 minutes later they killed another NVA in a brief fire fight.

At 6:00pm B/1-502 tripped an unknown type boobytrap resulting in 2 US WIA.

JUNE 13th:


The enemy resorted to attacks by fire as the 1-46 continued RIF operations to the north toward HILL 270 and the 1-502 conducted combat assaults into multiple LZ in the SONG TRAM Valley.

At 8:00am B/1-46 received small arms, automatic weapons and 82mm mortar fire from an unknown size enemy force. The element returned fire accounting for 1 NVA KIA while suffering 1 US WIA.

At 10:00am B/1-46 in the same area received a heavy attack of 82mm mortar fire resulting in 3 US KIA and 25 US WIA. The element returned fire and accounted for 6 NVA KIA in the subsequent fighting.

At 10:45am a gunship from A/4-77 ARA *(aerial rocket attilery) crashed from tail rotor damage resulting in 1 US KIA and 1 US WIA.

At 11:35am, A/1-502 engaged one enemy with small arms fire resulting in 1 NVA KIA and 2 IWC.

At 11:50am B/2-17 Cav engaged one enemy accounting for 1 NVA KIA.

At 3:55pm B/1-502 engaged an unknown size enemy force. The element captured one enemy weapon and suffered 1 US KIA and 6 US WIA.

At 6:30pm a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed and engaged three enemy with ARA resulting in 3 VC KIA.

At 9:30pm A/1-502 captured 1 NVA who walked into the unit NDP*(night defensive perimeter).

JUNE 14th:


Activity decreased in OP LAMAR PLAIN as 1-46 and 1-502 continued RIF operations in the AO.

At 5:30pm A/1-502 found two SKS*(a Russian semi automatic model rifles.)

At 5:50pm B/1-502 engaged 10 to 15 enemy with small arms fire resulting in the capture of 1 NVA.

At 9:05pm LZ PROFESSIONAL received 5 rounds of 82mm mortar fire resulting in 1 US KIA and 8 US WIA. **(Commentary from John Conroy, A 1/501. "I was slightly wounded June 14th. That was on LZ Professional. Alpha 1-6 (Lt. Judkins) was WIA and medevaced that same episode. I patched him up. The KIA was an arty or mortar guy I saw in the aid station.)

JUNE 15th:


Activity was light in the AO as the enemy continued to avoid decisive contact despite the aggressive RIF operations in the AO.

10:00am B/1-502 found a weapons and ammunition cache containing 2 RPG rocket launchers, four 60mm mortars and 1 AK47 as well as assorted types and quantities of small arms and crew served weapon ammunition.

At 3:15pm B/1-46 engaged one enemy at 50 meters with small arms fire resulting in 1 NVA KIA.

At 6:35pm B/1-502 engaged an unknown size enemy force with tube artillery and ARA accounting for 2 VC KIA.

A verified report was received from the 5th ARVN Regiment that at 1:15pm elements of the 5th ARVN Regiment found 10 NVA KIA by artillery during the fighting with the 1-501 around Hill 376.

JUNE 16th:


Activity continued to decrease in the AO as 1-46 and 1-502 conducted RIF operations in the area.

At 9:45am D/-502 received a burst of small arms fire from a range of 15-30 meters which wounded 1 US The element returned fire with negative assessment.

At 5:30pm, A/1-502, engaged 5-7 enemy with small arms fire accounting for 1 NVA KIA. At 7:30pm B/1-502 engaged an enemy soldier who had ignited a trip flare resulting in 1 NVA KIA.

JUNE 17th:


Activity was light in the LAMAR PLAIN AO.

At 11:40am A/1-46 received small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force resulting in 1 US KIA and 3 US WIA. The element returned fire and employed a gunship accounting for 8 NVA KIA.

At 12:45pm A/1-502 found the remains of 1 NVA KIA by artillery approximately one week earlier.

At 6:00pm a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged 2 enemy soldiers with M-60 machineguns recording 2 VC KIA.

JUNE 18th:


Activity continued to decrease as only the 1-502 reported significant activity.

At 12:30pm D/1-502 observed and engaged 2 VC in the open. The enemy broke contact and fled south leaving behind 1 VC KIA and 1 IWC.

JUNE 19th:


The enemy continued to avoid contact as the 1-46 and 1-502 conducted RIF operations in the AO with negligible enemy activity reported.

At 9:30am B/2-17 Cav found a small hut complex and engaged one enemy hiding in a hut. The element accounted for 1 VC KIA.

At 11:05am the far ranging B/2-17 Cav conducting a search of the immediate area confirmed 2 VC KIA.

JUNE 20th:


The 1st Brigade AO was quiet in the LAMAR PLAIN AO as the enemy avoided contact. 1-502 conducted a CA into with negative contact and B/2-17 Cav conducted a maintenance standown which significantly limited the brigade aerial reconnaissance capability.

JUNE 21st:


Enemy activity increased as the 1-502 reported sporadic contact and B/2-17 Cav returned to the air over the LAMAR PLAIN AO with numerous enemy sightings and contacts.

At 7:30am B/2-17 Cav observed three enemy running into a hut. The element engaged the hut with gunships recording 2 VC KIA.

At 9:45am Recon/1-502 received scattered small arms fire. The element returned fire and captured one AK47 in the ensuing search.

At 10:09am B/2-17 Cav 30th observed two enemy hiding in the river. The element employed artillery and confirmed 2 VC KIA.

At 11:15am B/2-17 Cav observed and engaged one enemy hiding in the bushes resulting in 1 VC KIA.

At 12:05pm A/1-502 engaged five enemy with small arms fire accounting for 1 NVA KIA.

At 5:45pm a Brigade LOH Reconnaissance team observed and engaged two enemy soldiers with an M-60 machinegun killing both.

At 6:30pm the same team observed and engaged one enemy with the Minigun accounting for 1 VC KIA.

JUNE 22nd:


Ground activity remained light in the AO as the air activity increased proportionately as the aggressive aerial reconnaissance program continued.

At 9:10am B/2-17 Cav engaged and killed 1 VC.

At 9:20pm B/2-17 Cav engaged another enemy soldier and accounted for 1 VC KIA.

At 5:30pm D/1-502 found a hospital complex and a search of the area revealed the graves of 10 NVA KIA.

At 6:00pm a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed 5 enemy run into a bunker. The element directed ARA into the area and confirmed 1 VC KIA.

At 6:17pm A/1-46 found three graves containing the remains of 3 VC KIA.

JUNE 23rd:


Activity was limited in the AO as B/2-17 Cav reported heavy ground fire and the 1-501 was targeted for that area on the following day.

At 5:23pm C/1-502 found a grave containing the remains of 1 NVA KIA.

At 6:00pm C/1-502 found another grave containing the remains of 1 NVA KIA.
Also at 6:00pm C/1-502 had one platoon accidentally fire on another platoon during the search of an enemy bunker complex resulting in 1 US KIA and 2 US WIA.

JUNE 24th:


Enemy contact was again light in the AO as the 1-501 conducted a CA into a highly suspect area and the other battalions continued aggressive RIF operations in their respective areas.

At 9:01am elements of the 1-501 began landing as the battalion conducted a CA with two companies and the reconnaissance platoon. The LZ was cold and all elements commenced RIF operations in the area.

At 10:45am A/1-501 engaged one enemy with small arms fire and hand grenades accounting for 1 NVA KIA.

At 11:30am A/1-501 detained 23 VN civilians for evacuation and further interrogation. Subsequent questioning confirmed that one detainee was a VC.

At 5:50pm A/1-46 engaged and killed 1 NVA.

At 7:05pm the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged two enemy in the open with M-60 machinegun and Minigun fire killing both enemy.

JUNE 25th:


The enemy continued to avoid contact as all elements conducted extensive RIF operations in the AO.

At 9:10am B/1-502 found 1 SKS hidden in a hut complex.

At 12:10pm, B/1-502 detained two VN civilians in the area and upon interrogation one was determined to be a VC.

At 4:30pm C/1-46 found the graves of 5 NVA KBAS.

At 5:45pm the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team engaged two enemy hiding in a bunker killing one.

JUNE 26th:


Activity was extremely light in the AO as the 1st Brigade elements continued RIF operations with negligible enemy contact and B/2-17 Cav conducted aerial and ground BDA
*(bomb damage assessment) of two B52 strike areas adjacent to the AO.

At 9:11am a B52 strike was placed at map coordinate AS930975 and at 11:25am a second B52 strike was placed at AS930955.

B/2-17 Cav began extensive aerial reconnaissance and at 11:55am inserted the Aero Rifle Platoon for a ground assessment. The BDA revealed little evidence of enemy damage or casualties but at 3:15pm the Aero Rifle Platoon found 1 AK47.

Elsewhere in the AO at 11:35am A/1-46 received 5-10 rounds of small arms fire. No casualties were reported.

JUNE 27th:


Activity remained light throughout the AO as 1-502 conducted multiple combat assaults into the area of the B52 strikes conducted on June 26th.

At 11:00am C/1-502 conducted a CA into an LZ with negative enemy contact.

At 2:00pm, D/1-502 conducted a CA into an LZ also with negative enemy contact.

At 2:55pm B/2-17 Cav received small arms fire from one enemy. The Cav returned fire resulting in 1 VC KIA.

At 3:10pm D/1-502 found one grave containing the remains of 1 VC KIA.

At 6:35pm B/1-502 received small arms fire from a hut. The element returned fire registering 1 NVA KIA.

JUNE 28th:


The tempo of enemy activity increased as the 1-502 began to encounter small groups of enemy forces in sporadic contact throughout the day. The 1-501 recovered two HOI CHANH
*(denotes a US program encouraging volunteer surrender) and several other Vietnamese civillians.

At 7:48am D/1-502 found 6 AK47 rifles wrapped in cosmoline and paper.

At 9:00am Recon/1-502 engaged 4-5 enemy and captured 1 AK47.

At 9:25am B/1-501 detained 13 Vietnamese in the area. Upon questioning it was determined that two were HOI CHANH and the remaining 11 had recently escaped from the VC.

At 11:15am a Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed three NVA KIA who had been killed in the B52 strike on 26 June.

At 11:47am D/-502 received small arms fire from an unknown size enemy force resulting in 1 "Kit Carson" scout*(denotes HOI CHANH's that have been retrained to fight alongside US troops) KIA and 1 US WIA. The element returned fire with negative assessment.

At 12:38pm Recon/1-502 engaged a small enemy force accounting for 1 NVA KIA.

At 4:20pm the Command and Control aircraft for 1-502 near LZ PROFESSIONAL received small arms fire forcing the aircraft to land at LZ YOUNG and resulting in 1 US WIA.

JUNE 29th:


Activity was light in the LAMAR PLAIN AO with the day marked by a sharp clash in the 1-502 AO.

At 8:35am D/1-502 received intensive small arms, machinegun and RPG fire from an unknown size enemy force at a range of 75 meters. D Co returned fire and employed gunships and ARA in support. The enemy broke contact and fled leaving behind 4 NVA KIA and two individual weapons. D Co suffered 2 US KIA and 7 US WIA in close intense fighting.

At 9:55am B/1-502 engaged and killed a lone enemy soldier.

At 4:15pm D/1-502 found a Russian SKS semi-automatic rifle.

JUNE 30th:


All units continued RIF operations in the AO as activity continued on a minor scale. The enemy was apparently avoiding decisive contact.

At 6:18am an element of B/2-17 Cav received a burst of small arms fire resulting in slight aircraft damage and 1 US WIA.

At 7:00am B/1-46 engaged two NVA at 100 meters recording 1 NVA KIA with the second fleeing to the west.

At 12:15pm the Brigade LOH reconnaissance team observed and engaged three NVA fleeing toward the river resulting in 1 NVA KIA.

At 1:24pm D/1-46 conducted a CA*(a battalion first, as the 1-46 is not an airmobile unit) into an LZ and the LZ was cold.

At 2:15pm D/1-502 observed two NVA swimming in the river. The element engaged the swimmers killing NVA.

At 5:05pm C/1-502 received enemy small arms fire that resulted in 1 US KIA and 1 US WIA. The element returned fire with negative assessment.

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