NARRATIVE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

 

OPERATION SHOW LOW

 

1.                  GENERAL

 

a.       11th Brigade CP remained at DUC PHO. A liaison team from 11th Light Infantry Brigade was sent to 2nd ARVN Division to effect
fire support coordination and to assist in general coordination between the two control headquarters.

 

b.      Task Force Barker in the Eastern part of the Operation Muscatine AO which is directly adjacent to the 4-3 Inf AO provided the 4-3
Inf. With Co B 4-3 Inf. Which is normally OPCON to Task Force BARKER (-) continued Operation MUSCATINE during the
conduct of Operation SHOW LOW.

 

c.       The 1st Bn, 20th Inf. Located in the DUC  PHO-MO DUC AO to the South of QUANG NGAI  Provided 4-3 Inf. With Co A
1-20 Inf. OPCON. The 1-20th Inf continued all assigned missions and operations during the conduct of Operation SHOW LOW.

 

d.      The 3rd Bn 1st Inf. had the mission of providing one rifle platoon as an immediate Reaction Force and the company minus to be
committed, on order. Company D was assigned the mission of providing the reaction force. The immediate Reaction force was
deployed to QUANG NGAI AIRFIELD with the Brigade Forward Support Element and Co D (-) remained at LZ Dragon
(BS731528).

 

e.       6th Support Battalion deployed a forward support element to QUANG NGAI Airfield on 6 March 1968.

 

2.                  Phase I (D-2, 5 March 1968): 4-3 Inf commenced deployment of forces at 050700 March 1968 with Co A moving from LZ Sue
(BS565877) to an NDP vic BS514803 and Co B conducting a Combat assault, commencing 050800 March 1968, from LZ UPTIGHT
(BS725856) to LZ vic BS523815. Upon completion of combat assault, Co B secured and initials fire Support Base at BS523815 no
later than 051000 March 1968. Co D moved from NDP, commence 050730 March 1968 and occupied LZ Sue (BS565877). D-6-11
Arty commences airlift from LZ Sue to initial forward fire support base at 051300 March 1968. E-1 Cav Plat and 3-C-26 Engr Plat (-)
released to OPCON of 4-3 Inf. Upon entry of MUSCATINE AO and move to initial forward fire support base vic BS535805 and on
order, move to and occupy NDP with Co A vic (BS514803).

 

3.                  Phase II (D-1, 6 March 1968): A (BS453773) with Co A and 3-D-26 Engr (-) moving on Axis RED and 3-E-1 Cav on Axis Blue,
on order. Co B remained at present location and provided security for B-6-11 Arty; prepared for combat assault on 7 March 1968;
prepared to assist in seizure of blocking position A, on order. Co C moved to and occupied PZ vic BS587850 and prepared for combat
assault on 7 March 1968. Co D secured LZ Sue and conducted platoon size search and destroy operations vic that location; established
squad size ambushes; and provide one Rifle platoon to Co C for duration of operation SHOW LOW. Co E (-) continued present operations.
11th Bde liaison team and Forward Support Element established a forward support base on the West, end of the QUANG NGAI Airfield
(BS604721) at 060800 March 1968. Bde liaison team closed at 2nf ARVN Division HQs 061700 March 1968 and established
communication with 11th Bde TOC at DUC PHO at 061715 March 1968.

 

4.                  Phase III (D-Day, 7 March 1968): 4-3 Inf. Combat assault with Co B from PZ vic BS523815 into LZ OAK; seized and occupied
blocking position P (BS437744). Co C and A 1-20 Inf conducted combat assaults from PZ Vic BS587852 and LZ Dragon (BS731528)
into LZ Oak and Pine, commenced S/D operations in zone of Axis Pawn and Knight respectively; destroying enemy or forcing him into
pre-selected killing zones. Co D (-) secured LZ Sue; conducted platoon size S/D operations vic LZ Sue; established squad size ambushes
until Operation SHOW LOW was completed; Co E (-) continued present operations until termination of Operation SHOW LOW.
3-E-1 Cav screened North of TRA KHUC River in Zone and prepared for employment as reaction force for 4-3 Inf.

 

5.                  3rd Bn, 4th Inf Regiment, 2nd ARVN Division moved from NGHIA HANH (BS617643) 070900 March 1968 for conduct of sweep to
the Northwest to secure objective X (BS565705) and conducted a sweep to the TRA KHUC River. 3rd Bn, 5th Regiment secured
blocking position North of the TRA KHUC River vic of Highway 5B from BS567762 to BS545765. 4th Bn, 4th Regiment conducted a
combat assault from PZ at QUANG NGAI Airfield into an alternate LZ at BS522675 and commenced sweep North to seize objective A
 vic BS540715 and continued sweep north to TBA KHUC River. 2nd Bn, 4th Regiment conducted a combat assault from PZ at
QUANG NGAI Airfield into an alternate LZ at BS522675 and commenced sweep North to seize objective Z vic BS540715 and
continued sweep North to TRA KHUC River. 2nd Div TAC CP, 21st Arty Bn and 1-4 APC Co, accompanied by 11th Bde liaison team
displaced from 2nd Div HQs in QUANG NGAI City to BS578730. 21st Arty provided forward fire support for maneuver units and
1-4 APC Co secured TAC CP and constituted the 2nd Division reaction force. 4th Regiment HQs, initially established at  QUANG NGAI
Airfield BS604712, later displaced forward by accompanying 2-4 Inf on combat assault and remained with that unit throughout the duration
of Operation Show Low.

 

6.                  Phase IV (D+3, 10 March 1968); 2nd ARVN Division with drew the following units from Operation Show Low; TAC CP, 4th Regiment
HQs, 2-4 Inf, 3-4 Inf and 3-5 Inf. 4-4 Inf given mission to support 4-3 Inf continuation of Operation Show Low by establishing a
blocking position from BS510745. The 21st Arty and 1-4 APC Co remained at the forward support Base at BS578703 for purpose of
continued support for 4-4 Inf, 4-3 Inf continued plans and preparation to continue Operation Show Low to the North of the TRA KHUC
River.

 

7.                  Phase V (D+4, 11March 1968); 4-3 Inf conducted S/D operation s in zone to the North and East of the RAKHUC River commencing
110700 March 1968 with Dos B and C moving in zone. Co A-1-20 Inf moved to and established a blocking position vic BS454795.
Upon 4-3 Inf commencing movements of B and C companies to the North of the TRA KHUC River, 2nd ARVN withdrew all elements
from Operation Show Low.  4-3 Inf continued operations North of TRA KHUC River until 13 March 1968 Operation was terminated.

 

EXTRACT OF DAILY JOURAL ENTRIES FOR ALL ENTRIES PERTAINING TO OPERATION SHOW LOW

 

TIME                           INCIDENTS

 

061925                        4-3,S-3: Btry B-6-11 arty closed to BS454774 at 191hrs.

 

070304 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-4-3 BS453772; Received 15-20 rds of 62mm mortar and 15-20

                                    rds small arms fire, Neg. casualties.

 

070340 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Rcn-4-3 BS453772; Called dust-off 2 US WHA. Both litter patients. Chi Com grenade was thrown at track
and bounced into foxhole. 1

                                    man had left foot severed; other had frag wounds in left leg and arm. Leg

                                    broken. Dust-off completed at 0330Hrs.

 

070450 Mar                 4-3 TOC: BS429752; 1st lift TD at 0843Hrs 0843H LZ cold,2nd Lift TD 0856hrs LZ cold CA complete.

 

070945 Mar                 4-3 TOC: C-4-3, BS462682; 1st Lift TD at 0925hrs LZ Cold, 2nd Lift TD at 0943hrs LZ Cold.

 

070945 Mar                 4-3 TOC: B-4-3 closing in blocking position 432746.

 

070953 Mar                 4-3 TOC: C-4-3 0930hrs, BS462682, received light sniper fire, from West. Neg. casualties. Are checking area.

 

071002 Mar                 4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1955hrs, BS442744, observed 5 VC evading. Results 3 VC KIA.

 

071005 Mar                 4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 0950hrs,  BS561862, Received light sniper fire Neg casualties. Checking area.

 

071040 Mar                 4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1031hrs, BS415735, observed large number of people moving SW.

 

071045 Mar                 6th Spt: 3 ammo Trks going North to QUANG NGAI. Request security,

 

071053 Mar                 11th Bde FWD CP has closed destination BS603721.

 

071055 Mar                 Late Entry: 1100Hrs, 6 Mar 68, VP sighted approx. 100 people West ahead of A-4-3 and E Trp Vehicle. Approx. 4
of these people were military age.  At least 3 were observed to evade in bushes at sight of aircraft. Also sighted 12 military
age males crossing river to the South at the same time. No women, children, or old men were observed crossing river. Info
was passed to 4-3 at the time of sighting.

071120 Mar                 4-3 TOC: 1112hrs, 4-4-3 estimated half of mortar rds received last night to be 82mm and half to be 60mm.

 

071130 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-4-3, 1105hrs, BS439745, Found 7 or 8 small holes in area that appears to be stop over position, 3-B-4-3,
1108hrs, BS438735, at 1110hrs, made contact w/unk size element. Arty from BS446630 at 1110hrs, observed hut and
smoke in wooded area BS435625 and smoke along trail complex.

 

071154 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1st Lift TD 1116hrs LZ Cold, 2nd Lift TD 1150hrs LZ Cold. CA  complete.

 

071155 Mar                 Bde LNO REF Item 37. Found downed chopper VIC BS508888, 3 crew members KHA.

 

071320 Mar                 4-3 TOC: 4-3 Unit Locations; A-4-3 RCN,3-E Trp, and Fwd CP BS453773. B-4-3 BS435743, C-4-3 BS458688,
A-1-20 BS478695, A-6-11 Arty BS957703, D-4-3 LZ SUE.

 

071340 Mar                 4-3 TOC: 3-B-4-3, 1200hrs BS4437; Engaged VC on sand bar in river, escaped.  2-B-4-3 observed 25 personnel in
vic BS418738. At 12115hrs B-4-3 found numerous temporary shelters, less than 1 yr old, vic BS439743.

 

071340 Mar                 4-3: 1313hrs, A-1-20, BS496713; observed 1 VC in green uniform, evaded.

 

071520 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Unit locations; A-4-3 no change, B-4-3 no change, c-4-3 BS464685, B-4-51 BS597692, C-4-51 BS520694,
C-3-5 BS560763, all lifts complete, Neg contact, moving as scheduled.

 

071536 Mar                 4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1418hrs, BS469691; engaged 6 VC w-wpns, neg. results VC evaded toward East.

 

071540 Mar                 4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1507hrs, BS476690; found sqd. Size VC base camp, appeared to be undeveloped tunnel. Checking area.

 

071543 Mar                 4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1511hrs, BS415735; OP observed heavy traffic on road. Men, women and kids carrying baskets,
headed SW, will keep under surveillance.

 

071545 Mar                 4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1431hrs, BS442741; OP spotted 2 VC w-wpns observing their 2nd Plat. OP engaged with neg results.

 

071556 Mar                 S-3, 4-3: Due to rough terrain and lack of good fields of vision, unable to move search light to blocking position A.
Will attemp to move tomorrow.

 

071620 Mar                 4-3 TOC: 4-3 Unit locations; A-4-3 no change, B-4-3 no change, C-4-3 BS467690, D-4-3 no change, E-4-3 no change.

 

071625 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1545hrs, BS475708; Found bunker concealed in bushes. Not recently used, destroyed same.

 

071625 Mar                 4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1540hrs, BS469689; Found US field gear, towel canteen, poncho, and straps in open field.

 

071700 Mar                 Div G-3 Air: A sky spot (B57 high altitude radar bombing mission) will be conducted on 072130 Mar at coords
BS47107430. An air strike will be conducted on 071400 Mar at coords BS458762. Limit 71 will conduct the air strike.

 

071752 Mar                 4-3 TOC: 1747hrs, Bon Son Advisor reports VC BN location BS576903, BS581910, BS585911 and BS545906.
Will move tonight. 4-3 will VR with CC ship.

 

071810 Mar                 ARVN SHOW LOW: Unit location; A-4-3 BS538688, D-4-3 LZ SUE, E-4-3 LZ SUE, B-4-3(-) BS440741 w/amb
at BS437749, BS423745 &BS441734, C-4-3 (-) BS465699 W/amb at BS465689, A-1-20 BS477698,
RCN-4-3 BS453773.

 

071945 Mar                 4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1935hrs, BS440750; engaged 3 VC in Sampan come from the North. Results: 2 VC KIA. Sunk the Sampan.

 

072000 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

072200 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

072230 Mar                 (Late Entry) 4-3 TOC: Overnight Unit Locations; Co A BS453773, Co B BS439743, Co C BS459709, Co D LZ SUE,
RCN BS453773, Co A-1-20 BS478711.

 

072400 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

080200 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

080400 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

080600 Mar                 4-3 TOC Situation Report Negative.

                                   

08815 Mar                   4-3 TOC: 0730hrs, C-4-3, BS460710; Received sniper fire from 2 to 3 snipers using semi-auto wps. Called Arty, results
firing ceased.

 

080815 Mar                 4-3 TOC: 0804hrs, C-4-3, BS48416; Received sniper fire from 1 sniper now checking area.

 

080837 Mar                 From 11th Bde LO ARVN Unit C-3-5 at 0630hrs, spotted 67 VC moving in a Northwest direction, called in Arty, Result unk.

 

080843 Mar                 11th Bde LO FAC has spotted many VC, Grid BS5266. Requesting air-strikes.

 

080911 Mar                 11th Bde LO ARVN Unit A-2-4 reports air strike being conducted at BS524661.Would like to put a unit in area.

 

080915 Mar                 4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 0910hrs, BS453769; found one mortar firing position, one hand-grenade made from C ration can,
spotted 1 VC male evading, engaged w-neg results.

 

 081020 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit Locations; B-4-3 (-) BS439743, C-4-3 (-) BS460716, A-1-20 (-) BS482719.

 

081033 Mar                 11th Bde LO: VC moving out of area where air strike was conducted. Carrying dead and wounded. Calling in Arty.

 

081140 Mar                 4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3 1100hrs, BS452769; found and destroyed 2 home made charges made of C-4.

                                   

 081143 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1105hrs, BS473715; found plat size way station, 5 huts with stone wall around them and punji stakes
also located vicinity. New huts destroyed.

 

081145 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1115hrs, BS475715; found huts 10 X 10 recently used, found 1 M-1 carbine magazine, also 2 pigs
and 1 chicken.

 

081220 Mar                 11th Bde LO: in contact with 123 Aero Scouts BS524662, who is now over the area of the air strike.

 

081230 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Unit locations; A-4-3 no change, D-4-3 no change, B-4-3 no change. C-4-3 (-) BS462270, A-1-20 (-)
 no change, negative contact.

 

081320 Mar                 11th Bde LO: 123d Aero Scout; (1) checked out area where air strike was conducted with neg sightings. (2) The ARVN
will have 2 air strikes at BS523718 and BS530722, a preparation of 2 objectives. (3) ARVN unit has a unit closed by,
will check it out.

 

081350 Mar                 11th Bde LO: 4-4 Inf locations: C-BS518695,  A-BS548704, other units no change.

 

181410 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1340hrs, BS475718; found a small bomb in road not buried or Booby trapped. Type BLU 3-B.
Looked like it was hastily put in road and that it would take very little to set it off. Destroyed in place.

 

081430 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1200hrs, BS484720; found 1 MAS serial number 23449, good condition, had 4 rds in it ready to fire.
Also found 300 empty magazines in belt, 1 dud Butterfly bomb underground finance bunker. Appear to be supply documents.
Also found 4 BLU bombs, 1-26 hand-grenades, 1 M-79rd, 16 M-16 rds and 1 canteen cup.

 

081430 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1415hrs, BS485717; found hut with 2 60mm mortar rds

in it and 2 US Hand grenades.

 

081500 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1415hrs, BS476724; found a hut and a small tunnel w-2 60mm rds, 1 bag with 1348rds of 30 cal ammo,
128rds M-16 ammo, 37rds M-14 ammo, 148 rds AK-47 ammo, plus 4  MK-125, 1 M-16 magazine and 2 unk,
large type magazines.

 

081514 Mar                 11th Bde LO: The unit at BS524661 is the 401 Regt. ARVN desires air strike at that location.

 

081620 Mar                 11th Bde LO ARVN Unit C-4-4 received sniper fire from BS518706. Ships assisting them. (Aero Scouts)

 

081627 Mar                 11th Bde LO ARVN: requesting people sniffer mission first thing tomorrow morning vicinity BS 5246 and down valley to
SE, BS5465,  BS5366, BS5267, BS5165, BS5164, BS5163, and BS5166. 4-3 requests the following area be sniffed:
BS4385, BS4284, BS4285,  BS4364, BS4365, BS4463, BS4562, BS4561, BS4560, BS46612 BS4761, BS4760.

 

081645 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Unit locations; C-4-3 BS462722, A-1-20 BS482719.

 

081700 Mar                 11th Bde LO: All other no change. There will be an air strike in area of suspected enemy unit shortly BS524661.

 

081750 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20 1739hrs, BS482728; reported their element received fire

                                    two different times. Approx.10 rds ea.  Arty was called.

 

081755 Mar                 4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1740hrs, BS482719; Re-supply ship received small arms fire when landing and taking off approx.
200 ft altitude. Checked area w/neg results.

 

081810 Mar                 4-3 TOC:  A-1-20, 1721hrs, BS482719; Received sniper fires; results; 1 US WHA. Hit in left leg. Dust off completed
at 1720hrs.

 

081820 Mar                 4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 1734hrs, BS474738; Detained 3 VCS 16 years old, they said there were a lot of VC (90-150)
at this location two days ago, But they left when US Troops moved in. Also there were a lot of VC at BS473710.

 

081825 Mar                 4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 1821hrs, BS454773; Found 1 Chi Com hand grenade, 2 bags of comp B, approx. 1 lb. w-fuse.
Was found while setting up trip flares.

 

081840 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Unit locations; A-4-3 no change, B-4-3 BS440742, w/amb at BS437740.

 

0881845 Mar               4-3 TOC: A-4-3, 1838hrs, BS458774; 1 US troop cutting w-an ax res, 1 US troop hit in head by ax, was dusted off.

 

082000 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

082130 Mar                 Ref Entry: 080820 Mar, 3 VCs were not picked up by RCN-4-3 but by Wasp 6, an aerial observer who dropped down
& picked them up at 1550hrs.

 

082200 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

082230 Mar                 TOC:   Man injured by ax was French, Richard, C-26 Engr.

 

082235 Mar                 11th Bde TOC: Called Bde, AVN and cancelled People Sniffer Mission for 9 Mar upon request from S3, 11th Bde.

 

082400 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

090125 Mar                 6-11 Arty: BS563758; 2400hrs; Took Sampan under fire who returned fire from south side of river, 2400hrs. Broke
contact 0030hrs. 1 ARVN KIA, 3 VC possible KIA 0125hrs, no body count, will await day break.

 

090204 Mar                 4-3 TOC: E-1 Cav BS453773; Had a trip flare set off. Fired 8-10 rds M-79 w-negative results

 

090400 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

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090610 Mar                G2 AIR: Photo mission 4-33-03-68, 6 Mar 68 revealed a possible staging area on ridge line, BS496682-BS500683. 
Abandoned ARVN Type Outpost at BS378617.

 

090800 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20 0742hrs, BS482725; Obs 2 men in black PJs. When seeing US troops stepped into bunker,
fired 1 M-79 rd, neg res.

 

 

090853 Mar                11th Bde LO: In order for S3 to get Aero Scouts he will have to contact 14th Avn Bn directly. 123 Aero Scouts
work for 14th Bn and have been told to support 4-3 ele.

 

090940 Mar                4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 0925 hrs, BS454771; Found sketches or drawings of CH-47 and UH1Ds in dirt. Detained
1 VCS trying to evade; Approx. 40 years old.

 

091005 Mar                11th Bde LO: ARVN Unit A-3-4 Inf BS560725, A-4-4,B-4-4 and c-4-4 moving from their positions.

 

091020 Mar                4-3 TOC: 0957hrs,BS423743; B-4-3 called Dust Off for 2 US WHA and 1 US KHA by booby trap, WM had no
 flack jackets and were group up. Dust Off completed 1016.

 

091020 Mar                11th Bde LO: ARVN ele 3-4 Inf has moved an ele to BS570690. Ele is engaged with approx. 15 VC.

 

091050 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1041hrs, BS481731; found 2 small tunnels appear to be sleeping quarters.  Have destroyed.

 

091050 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit Locations 1035hrs. A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS440742, C-4-3 BS457731, D-4-3 BS453773,
A-1-20 BS475729.

 

091120 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1050hrs, BS448733; Found several rds 7.62mm ammo in a bamboo canteen, also detained 3 VN
women of middle age, 1 no ID. At BS455723, a plat obs 3 VCS moving South, out of range.

 

091139 Mar                11th Inf Bde LO: Results of contact reported earlier 1 VC CIA, by ARVN unit A-3-4 Inf.

 

091155 Mar                11th Bde LO: A-4-4 located at BS535735, B-4-4 BS550725, C-4-4 BS523732, A-3-4 N/C, B-3-4 BS580700.
Air strike for C-4-4 is objective at BS515745.

 

091225 Mar                4-3 TOC: 26th Engrs, 1157hrs, BS454777; Found booby trap in hooch, rigged under floor made from 4.2 aluminum
canister. Destroyed.

 

091225 Mar                4-3 TOC: Aero Scout Gun-ship obs 1 VC with web gear at BS460710. Called in Arty, neg res.

 

091225 Mar                4-3 TOC: c-4-3, 1215hrs, BS458732; engaged 5 VC carrying packs and gear, results, 1 VC KIA, 1 VC CIA and
other 3 fled N & NE pursuit continuing.

 

091230 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit Locations; A-4-3 no change, B-4-3 no Change,C-4-3 (-) BS456728, A-1-20(-) BS482732

 

191234 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1225hrs, BS4633734; Observed 5 VC with web gear, surrounded area, search continues.

 

091315 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1225hrs, BS463734; Observed 10 personnel moving in 3 lines vic of stream. VC broke up into 2 man
groups when entering into hedgerow. Still under surveillance.

 

091330 Mar                11th Bde LO: ARVN Unit A-4-4 BS535742, B-4-4 BS550740, C-4-4 BS520750,  A-3-1 BS562732, B-3-4 BS568701.
At 1600 hrs, A-2-4 will move back to base camp. 4-4 will forward to BS510735 to act as a blocking force.

 

091355 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1340hrs, BS462734; Detained 1 VCS male and 2 children who were hiding in bushes. No ID. Also
 found 1 poncho and 8 straw hats.       

 

091315 Mar                LATE ENTRY: 4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1254hrs, BS458737; 2-C-4-3 found 15 water buffalo hidden in heavy brush and
tied so they wouldnt move. Request what to do with them.

 

091516 Mar                11th Bde TOC: Msg to 4-3 from Div CG: try to turn them over to friendlies. If not possible, try to evac; if not, destroy.

 

091545 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit location; C-4-3 (-) BS455737, A-1-20 (-) BS477742, all others no change.

 

091550 Mar                4-3 TOC: Arty observer spotted 10 VC, B-Batry fired on this force 1450-1535, 3 VC KIA BS165784. A-4-3 sending
a sqd. to check area.

 

091645 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1547hrs, BS456724; 4-3 Patrol found 300lbs rice and complete medical kit. A-1-20 BS475735
found concealed huts, searching area.

 

091645 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations; C-4-3 BS455737, A-1-20 (-) BS474747. All others no Change.

 

091805 Mar                Ref Item 091550: Found 1 more VC KIA results of Arty Fire.

 

092000 Mar                4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

092140 Mar                SON TINH ADVISOR: VC have constructed an underground dispensary outside of village at BS440763.

 

092200 Mar                4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

092219 Mar                B-4-3 TOC: BS432748; 1 VC walked into amb. Claymore detonated-results 1 VC KIA.

 

092400 Mar                4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

100200 Mar

100400 Mar               

100600 Mar                4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

100850 Mar                4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 0845hrs BS441761; Observed 4 VC evading, reults, 1 VC KIA, 1 cal 30rd CIA.

 

100950 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3 0945hrs, BS449748; Hit a booby trap, results: 1 US KHA, 1US WHA, Command & Contol
Helicopter is dusting off WHA.

 

101015 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1010hrs, BS476767; Found 2 men in a hole. They wouldnt come out so hand grenade was
thrown in. Results 2 VC KIA.

 

101030 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations, A-4-3 BS475766 and C-4-3 BS445745.

 

101102 Mar                4-3 TOC: 1043hrs, BS476767, 1-1-20 detained 5 VCS, 2 male and 3 female. One states he is VC and is leading
US troops to loc of other VC.

 

101108 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, Ref Item 101102. The VC states 20 NVA in green and tan uniforms equipped w-1MG,
numerous carbines and AK-47s moved across the river at 0430hrs, vic BS472775.

 

101120 Mar                Ref Items 101102 and 101108: VC POW led A-1-20 to holes with 16 males and 3 females, 3 AK-44s, SNs J9280,
14678, and 51330, and 1 SKS W/folding stock SN1869463, also 1 military radio all found inside hole.

 

101150 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20. 1130hrs, BS476767: Found 2 VC in hole, would not come out, results 2 VC KIA & 5 VC CIA.

 

101150 Mar                4-3 TOC:  D-4-3, 1143hrs, BS460841; 1 VC evading w/wpn and pack results, 1VC KIA, 1 M-1 rifle CIA SN267569.

 

101155 Mar                4-3 TOC: D-4-3, 1154hrs, BS460841; Engaged 3 VC w/wpns, 1 appeared to have an M-16 rifle. Neg res, continuing to search.

 

101230 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations; A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS446743, C-4-3 BS449750, D-4-3 LZ Sue, A-1-20 BS475766.

 

101309 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1234hrs, BS452753; Found hole, threw in hand grenade, result, 1 VC KIA and 2 female VC WIA,
Dust Off completed at 1240hrs.

 

101330 Mar                4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1316hrs, BS444763; Found 5 ea 2.75 rockets, 2ea 105rds and 1 ea 250lb bomb. Destroyed.

 

101330 Mar                4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1316hrs, BS446764; Found tunnel complex which was possible the hospital. Hadnt been used for
quite some time.

 

100400 Mar                4-3 TOC: Ref Item 101150, Found 7 rds 7.62 ammo, 1 Carb mag, 2 pistol belts, 2 rubber tire sandals, 2 hats and 1 can of oil.

 

101520 Mar                Ref Item 100950: C-4-3 KHA was SGT E-5 Warren C. Lane, US54962851. WHA was PFC Paul L Berryman, RA14920874.

 

101535 Mar                11th Bde LO: The ARVN element 2-4 Inf will not participate in his plans due to a prior commitment.

 

101400 Mar                LATE ENTRY: 4-3 toc, a-1-20, 1400HRS, VIC BS473774; Found in tunnel, some med supplies, toilet articles,
1 flashlight, 1 pair rubber tire sandals, 3 radios (2 Soni and 1 Standard), 3 pens, 5 wallets,1 canteen w/cover,
40 7.62 short, 10M-1 ammo, 1 mag for Carbine, 2 cans of milk, 35lbs of rice, misc clothing, 1 hammock and
a number of misc. blankets.

 

101605 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1534hrs, BS447753; Detained 2 VCS, military age males, who had worked for VC Building a tunnel.

 

101620 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit location; A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS439743, C-4-3 BS454765, D-4-3 LZ SUE, RCN-4-3 BS453773,
A-1-20 BS474773.

 

101750 Mar                4-3 TOC: C-4-3, 1650hrs, BS449760; One US WHA, injured in head by water buffalo. Dust Off completed at 1714hrs.

 

101755 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, Ref Item 101120; 12 VCS were released as innocent civilians.

 

102020 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit location; No Change.

 

102030 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit Locations B-4-3 (-) BS440732, C-4-3 BS437763.

 

102055 Mar                4-3 TOC: 2052hrs, BS439725; B-4-3 observed 2 VC, took under fire, res, 2 VC KIA.

 

110800 Mar                4-3 Unit locations: A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS428748, C-4-3 BS445741, D-4-3 LZ SUE, A-1-20 BS474773.

 

110950 Mar                4-3 TOC: C & C ship 4-3, 0830hrs, BS477877, Observed 2 VN Nationals in open. Neg Action taken.

 

110950 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 0943hrs, BS458788; Found 1 M-1 rifle and 48 rds ammo SN 5673438; Also found pistol belt,
poncho and hammock.

 

111100 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations: A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS414752, C-4-3 BS415761, B-4-3 LZ Sue, RCN-4-3 BS453773,
A-1-20 BS467788.

 

111010 Mar                4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 0955hrs, BS454772; Found cache of medical supplies, Also 1 VC type sundry pack contained
cigarettes, tooth paste, razor blades, pens with refills, soap, mirrors, combs, cards, etc.

 

111055 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations: A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS404762, C-4-3 BS421767, D-4-3 LZ SUE, A-1-20 BS464793.

 

111120 Mar                4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 1045hrs, BS456774; Found 1000lbs of rice in hedgerow. Will evacuate.

 

111200 Mar                4-3 TOC: Americal Scout Plat, 1153hrs, BS528828; Destroyed 2 bunkers, and reported 2 VC KIA. Had wpns but
they werent recovered.

 

111435 Mar                c-4-3 TOC: BS405793: observed 4 VC (NVA) with weapons wearing khaki uniforms, Called in Arty.

 

111535 Mar                A-1-20: 4-3TOC: BS460789; Found tunnel containing 1 blanket, l mess kit, 3 hammocks, 3 poncho, 1 khaki uniform and
2 black PJs.

 

111645 Mar                S-3 BDE: Requested DTOC for an AO extension from 120600-120800hrs Mar 68 Coord BS380800, BS380840,
BS460840 and BS490800.

 

111650 Mar                S-3, 4-3 TOC: BS405773; Helicopter #203 from 174th went down, neg casualties, reason unknown at this time.

 

111930 Mar                A-1-20: 1530hrs, BS461792, Det 1 VCS evading.

 

111955 Mar                S-3, 4-3; E troop, BS453767, Observed 5 VC on South side of river entered water trying to swin to North side,
Engaged results 2 VC KIA other 3 evaded back to South.

 

112000 Mar                4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

112020 Mar                4-3 TOC: Observed from BS633447, light went out as aircraft went over BS618401-BS622490.

 

112020 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit Locations; A-1-20 BS454796, B&C-4-3 BS408772.

 

112120 Mar                RE Item 11645, DTOC: AO Extension approved

 

112200 Mar                4-3 TOC: 112400Mar, 120200Mar, 120400Mar, and 120600Mar : Situation Report Negative.

 

120830 Mar                4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 0748hrs, BS402773; Found booby-trapped 60mm mortar rd covered with plastic. Rigged to go
off when plastic was removed. Destroyed in place.

 

121125 Mar                ARVN QUANG NGAI: Aero Scout Gun-ship was hit by 50 cal causing power failure, 1 US WHA with leg wound.
Request we have 174th AVN send maintenance ship up to rig gun-ship for extraction.

 

121300 Mar                4-3 TOC: unit location; A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS410790, C-4-3 BS410780, D-4-3 LZ SUE, RCN-4-3 BS453773,
A-1-20 BS464796.

 

121630 Mar                4-3 TOC:  A-1-20, 1615hrs, BS478811; VC prisoner thinks VC base camp to be vic BS478811. Will check that area.

 

121630 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1618hrs, BS461803; Made contact with 3 VC with weapons. Believe they wounded one. Are
checking it out.

 

121633 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-1-20, 1549hrs, BS448802; Observed 2 VC in green uniforms, moving into that area.

 

121900 Mar                4-3 TOC: Overnight locations: A-1-20 BS455795, A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS455795, C-4-3 BS455796, D-4-3 LZ SUE.

 

121950 Mar                4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 1930hrs, BS465763; Observed 40 VC with weapons moving toward BS465763. VC taken under
ARTY fire. Have obs at least 9 VC KIA.

 

122030 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations; A-4-3 no change, B-4-3 BS458795, C-4-3 BS456798, A-1-20 BS454792.

 

122200 Mar                4-3 TOC Situation Report Negative.

 

122255 Mar                4-3 TOC: BS454773; Forward TOC area receiving mortar fire or rocket fire from BS465764, 15 rds, 2245hrs.

 

122325 Mar                4-3 TOC: A-4-3, BS461761; Observed 15 VC in open, fired Arty, results unknown.

 

122345 Mar                4-3 TOC: BS464764 red 15 rds 82mm. 1 US WHA (M), sight concussion, dusted off 0050hrs.

 

122400 Mar                4-3 TOC:130200Mar, 130400Mar, 130600Mar, Situation Report Negative.

 

130800 Mar                11th Bde FAC: 0800hrs, BS581505; recd 15 rd AW fire.

                                   Also spotted cooking smoke at BS581767 and BS593469.

 

130810 Mar                11th Bde FAC: 0800hrs, BS468767; recd 1rd sniper fire.

 

130900 Mar                4-3 TOC: 4-3 C & C , BS455744 flew over where Arty was fired. Neg bodies sighted; however 10 fresh graves were
spotted. RCN-4-3 is moving toward this location.

 

130945 Mar                4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 0932hrs, BS452758; Detained 3 VCS found in a hut. 2 in late thirties and 1 50to 55 yrs old. No IDs.

 

131015 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations; A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS461806, C-4-3 BS455797, D-4-3 LZ SUE and A-1-20 BS446770.

 

131030 Mar                4-3 TOC: AMERICAL SCOUT, 1000hrs, BS526869; 1 VC CIA,was evading, spotted 5 others evading. Found freshly
dug bunkers and spider holes. 

 

131045 Mar                4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 1042hrs, BS458750; Found 5 freshly dug graves. 1 body of VC in one grave. Apparently killed
by WP, Also found 3 tunnels, will dig up rest of graves.

 

131150 Mar                4-3 TOC: Unit locations; A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS472808, C-4-3 BS45779., D-4-3 LZ SUE, RCN-4-3 BS453773,
A-1-20 BS465797.

 

131430 Mar                4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, 1230hrs, BS468764; Found imprint of mortar base plate.

 

131535 Mar                4-3 TOC: B-4-3, 1501hrs, BS485814; Found 1 60mm mortar rd, 1 105mmrd and a tunnel, all destroyed.

 

131945 Mar                4-3, S-3: Unit locations; A-4-3 BS453773, B-4-3 BS485814, C-4-3 BS486795, D-4-3 LX SUE, RCN-4-3  BS453773,
A-1-20 BS485806.

 

132000 Mar                4-3 TOC: 132200Mar, 132400Mar, 140200Mar, Situation Report Negative.

 

140212 Mar                11th Bde LO: 2nd AARVN DIV; Road clearance granted to use HWY SB from 0730-1600hrs 14 Mar. Using unit is
required to provide own mine sweep. Friendly units will be operating to the east, no radio contact. Using units can return
any fire received.

 

140400 Mar                4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

140600 Mar                4-3 TOC: Situation Report Negative.

 

141015 Mar                 4-3 TOC: 1000hrs, BS453773; When hooks come into forward base they are  receiving a few rds of mortar fire. Aerial
scouts have been called and RCN plat is checking out the area. Reg casualties and neg damage.

 

141104 Mar                 A-1-20, lift to Quang Ngai Airfield.  1st lift  PU 0725, LZ time0940. 2nd Lift PU time 0947, LZ time 0955. 3rd Lift PU time
1006, LZ Time 1012. 4th Lift  PU time 1039, LZ time 1047. 5th lift PU time 1054, LZ time 1100. Lift complete/

 

141105 Mar                 4-3 TOC: B-4-3 move to LZ UPTIGHT:  1st lift Pu 0725, LZ time 0739; 2nd Lift PU time 0750, LZ time 0803, 3rd Lift pu
time 0816, LZ time 0830. 4th lift PU time 0908, LZ Time 0925. Lift complete.

 

141215 Mar                 4-3 TOC: RCN-4-3, closed OP GEORGE  at 1147hrs.

 

141600 Mar                 4-3 TOC: Move of A-4-3 to LZ DOTTIE and LZ UPTIGHT, (1Plat):

                                    1st lift PU time 1404, TD time 1418. 2nd lift PU time 1432, TD time 1445.

                                    3rd Lift PU time 1500, TD time1519. 4th lift Pu time 1530, TD time 1535. 5th lift PU time 1545, TD time 1555.
A-6-11 Arty complete at 1605hrs.

 

EXTRACTS FROM 11TH LIB OPERATION SITREP FOR PERIOD 05-1900 MAR TO 14 1900

MAR 68

 

OPERATION MUSCATINE IS AN AMERICAL DIVISION OPERATION CONDUCTED

BYUSING TWO INFANTRY BATTALIONS MINUS (4TH BN,3D INF MINUS AND TASK

FORCE BARKER, A PROVISIONAL TASK FORCE FORMED TO INFLUENCE US/GVN

CONTROL IN AN EXTENSION OF OPERATION MUSCATINE. IN ORDER TO PRESENT

A COMPLETE PICTORIAL, WE ARE EXTRACTING AND FORWARDING THE

COMPLETE OPERATION SUMMARY FOR THE MUSCATINE AO.

 

PLANNED OPERATIONS FOR PERIOD 051900 MAR TO 06190 MAR 68.

 

11TH LIB WILL CONTINUE OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF (-). 4-3 INF BN WILL CONTINUE

OPN MUSCATINE W/A CO CONDUCTING SECURITY OF FIRE BASE AT BS453773 WITH

NIGHT AMBS AROUND THAT VIC. B CO WILL CONDUCT CA TO BS453773 LZ KOA &

WILL OCCUPY OP VIC BS423743 AND BLOCKING PSN VIC BS435745. C CO WILL EXTB NDP VIC BS584847 W/NIGHT AMBS
THAT VIC & WILL CONDUCT CA FROM BS538878 W/NIGHT AMBS AROUND THAT VIC. RCN IS OPCON TO CO A 4-3, A-1-20
INF IS OPCON TO 4-3 INF & WILL CONDUCT CA FROM LZ DRAGUN (BS781528) TO LZ PINE (BS478695).

            TF BARKER WILL CONTINUE OPN MUSCATINE W A-3-1 CONDUCTING NIGHT AMBS AROUND LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849)
W/LOCAL PATROLS TOMORROW. B-4-3 INF IS OPCON TO 4-3 INF BN. C-1-20 WILL HAVE NIGHT AMBS VIC LZ DOTTIE
(BS632848) AND WILL CONDUCT LOCAL PATROLS OF THAT VIC TOMORROW.

 

 

OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 051900 TO 061900 MAR 68.

 

11TH INF BDE CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-). 4-3 INF CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/D CO SECURITING LZ SIE
(BS568878) AND CONDUCTING LOCAL S&D OF THE LOC W/NEG CONTACT. ALL OTHER UNITS PARTICIPATED IN OPN
SHOW LOW,

            TASK FORCE BARKER CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W8A-3-1 CONDUCTING LOCAL PLAT SIZE PATROLS AROUND LZ
UPTIGHT (BS729849) W/NEG CONTACT. C-1-20 CONDUCTED LOCAL AMBS AND PATROLS VIC LZ DOTTIE (BS632848) W/NEG
CONTACT.

            11TH INF BDE BEGAN OPN OPNSHOW LOW W/1REINFORCED INF BN AND SPT ELEMENTS. 4-3 INF BN BEGAN OPN
SHOW LOW W/A CO ESTABLISHING BLOCKING PSN AT BS453773 W/LIGHT CONTACT. 3-E-1 CAV IS OPCON TO A-4-3 CO B
CONDUCTED CA TO LZ KKOA (429752). CO B (-) OCCUPED OP AT BS423743 AND ESTB BLOCKING PSN AT BS435752 W/LIGHT
CONTACT. COA-1-20 INF CONDUCTED CA TO LZPINE (BS478695) AND S & DTHAT VIC W/NEG CONTACT. RCN PLT IS OPCON
TO CO A-4-3.

 

PLANNED OPERATIONS FOR PERIOD 061900 TO 071900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-),  4-3 INF BN CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/ D CO
CONTINUING DEF OF LZ SUE. (BS568878) W/1 PLAT CONDUCTING LOCAL S & D OF THE VIC.

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPN SHOW LOW W/1 REINFORCED BN AND SPT ELEMENTS. 4-3 INF BN WILL CONTINUE
OPN SHOW LOW W/A CO ESTB NDP AND BLOCKING PSN AT BE453773. B CO WILL ESTB NDP AND LOCKING PSN AT
BS435745. C CO WILL ESTB NDP AT BS464699 AND WILL S & D TO THE NORTH. 3-E-1 CAV WILL CONTINUE SCREEN OF
AREA NORTH OF TRA KHUC RIVER.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/A-3-1 SECURING AND PATROLLING LZ UPTINHT (BS729849). C-1-20
SECURES AND PARTOLS LZ DOTTIE (BS632848) W/NIGHT AMBS IN THAT VIC.

 

OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 061900 TO 071900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LID CONTINUED OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-), CONDUCTED SCTY AND LOCAL S&D OPNS IN THE
MUSCATINE AO, AND EXTENSIVE OPS FOR OPN SHOW LOW IN THE MUSCATINE EXENSION SW OF PRESENT BOUNDARY.

            4-3 INF BN CONTINUED OPN MUSCATINE W/ENTENSIVE OPS IN THE SW AO EXTENSION. CO A  CONTINUED
BLOCKING PSN AT BS474863 W/NEG CONTACT. CO B HELD BLOCKING PSN AT BS435745 W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL
PATROLS OF THAT VIC W/LIGHT CONTACT. C CO CONTD S&D OPS TO THE NORTH OF NDP AT BS846469 W/NEG CONTACT.
D CO SECURED LZ SUE (BS568878) W/NEG CONTACT. RCN REMAINED OPCON TO A-4-3. A-1-20 CONDUCTED S&D OPS TO
THE NORTH OF NDP AT BS478711 W/LIGHT CONTACT. 3-E-1 CAV CONTD SCREEN OF AREA NORTH OF TRA KHUC RIVER.

 

PLANNED OPERATIONS FOR PERIOD 071900 TO 081900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUED OPN MUSCATINE IN ASSIGENED AO AND AO ENTENSION W/2 INF BNS (-) AND SPT ELEMENTS.

            4-3 INF BN CONTINUED OPN MUSCATINE IN ASSIGNED AO AND AO EXTENSION W/A CO CONTINUING TO BLOCK
AT BS453773 W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS IN THAT VIC. B CO CONTINUES TO BLOCK AT BS435745 W/NIGHT AMBS
AND LOCAL PATROLS IN THAT VIC. CO C WILL ESTB NDP AT BS463772 AND WILL CONT TO S&D TO THE NORTH. CO D (-)
SECURES LZ SUE (BS568878) W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS OF THE VIC. CO D 1 PLAT SECURES OP GEORGE (BS474863)
AND 1 PLAT IS OPCON TO A-4-3. A-1-20 WILL ESTB NDP AT BS482719 AND CONT S&D OPS TO THE NORTH.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE IN ASSIGNED QO W/A-3-1 SECURITY LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849) AND
CONDUCTING S&D TO VILLAGES OF AN THINH 1 BS732894. C-1-20 CONTINUED TO SECURE LZ DOTTIE W/NIGHT AMBS
AND LOCAL PATROLS AT THAT VIC.

 

OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 071900 TO 081900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LID CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/3 BNS (-), CONDUCTED SSTY AND LOCAL S&D OPNS IN THE MUSCATINE AO AND EXTENSIVE OPS FOR OPN SHOW LOW IN THE MUSCATIVE EXTENSION SW OF THE PRESENT BOUNDARY.

            4-3 INF BN CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/EXTENSIVE OPNS IN THE SW AO EXTENSION. ACO CONTINUED TO BLOCK
AT BS453775 W/NEG CONTACT. B CO CONTINUED TO BLOCK AT BS435745 W/LIGHT CONTACT. C CO CONTD S&D OPNS
NORTH OF NDP (BS463772) W/LIGHT CONTACT.  D CO CONTD DEF OF LZ SUE (BS568878) W/NEG CONTACT. A-1-20
CONDUCTED S&D OPNS NORTH FROM NDP AT BS452774 W/NEG CONTACT.  A-E-1 CAV CONTD SCREENING OPS NORTH
OF TRA KHUC RIVER W/NEG CONTACT.

            TF BARKER (-) CONTINUED OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF COS AND COMBAT SPT ELEMENTS. A-3-1 CONTD LOCAL
PATROLLING OF LZ UPTIGHT W/LIGHT CONTACT. C-1-20 CONTD LOCAL PATROLLING AROUND LZ DOTTIE W/LIGHT
CONTACT

            D-6-11 ARTY CONTD DS MISSION IN SPT OF THE OPN.

 

PLANNED OPERATIONS FOR PERIOD 081900 TO 091900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUEDS OPN MUSCATINE W/2 BNS (-) IN ASSIGNED AO AND AO EXTENSION TO THE SW.

            4-3 INF BN CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/D CO CONTINUING TO DEFEND LZ SUE (BS568878) AND OP GEORGE
(BS474863). 1 PLAT REMAINS OPCON TO C/4-3. CO A CONTINUES TO BLOCK AT BS453773. CO C CONTINUES TO BLOCK
AT BS435745 W/NIGHT AMBS THAT VIC. CO C WILL ESTAB NIGHT AMBS VIC NDP AT BS454740 AND CONT S&D OPNS TO
THE NORTH. A-1-20 WILL ESTB NIGHT AMBS VIC NDP AT BS475752 ABD CIBT S&D TO THE NORTH. 3-E-1 CAV WILL CONT
SCREEWING OPNS OF AREA NORTH OF THE TRA KHUC RIVER.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/A-1 SECURING LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849) W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL
PATROLS IN THAT VIC. C-1-20 WILL CONT TO SEC LZ DOTTIE (BS632848) W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS THAT VIC.

 

OPERATION SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 081900 TO 091900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/2 BNS (-) IN ASSIGNED AO AND AO EXTENSION TO THE SW.

            4-3 INF BN CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/D CO CONTINUING TO DEFEND SUE (BS568878) AND OP GEORGE
(BS474863). 1PLAT REMAINS OPCON TO C-4-3. CO A CONTINUES TO BLOCK AT BS453773. CO B CONTINUES TO BLOCK
AT BS435745 W/NIGHT AMBS THAT VIC. CO C WILL ESTB NIGHT AMBS VIC NDP AT BS454740 AND CONT S&D OPNS TO
THE NORTH. A-1-20 WILL ESTB NIGHT VIC NDP AT BS475752 AND CONT S&D OPS TO THE NORTH. 3-E-1 CAV WILL CONT
SCREENING OPS OF AREA NORTH OF TRA KHUC RIVER.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/A-3-1 SCURING LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849) W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL
PATROLS IN THAT VIC. C-1-20 WILL CONT TO SEC LZ DOTTIE (BS632848) W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS THAT VIC.

 

OPERATION SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 081900 TO 091900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTD OPS MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-), CONDUCTED SCTY AND LOCAL S&D OPNS IN THE MUSCATINE
AO AND ENTENSIVE OPNS FOR OPN SHOW LOW IN THE MUSCATINE EXTENSION SW OF THE PRESENT BOUNDARY.

            4-3 INF BN CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/EXTENSINE OPNS IN THE BN AO EXTENSION.A CO CONTD TO BLOCK AT
BS453775 AND CONTD LOCAL PATROLS AND AMBS IN THAT VIC W/NEG CONTACT. COB CONTD TO BLOCK AT BS435745
AND CONTD LOCAL PATROLLING AND AMBS IN THAT VIC W/LIGHT CONTACT. CO C CONTD S&D IONS TOWARD THE
NORTH FROM NDP (BS454740) W/LIGHT CONTACT. CO D CONTD SECURING LZ SUE (BS568878) W/LOCAL PATROLS AND
AMBS IN THAT VIC W/LIGHT CONTACT. RCN PLAT REMAINED OPCON, TO A-4-3.A-1-20 CONTD S&D OPNS TOWARD
NORTH FROM NDP (475572) W/LIGHT CONTACT. 3-E-1 CAV CONTD SCREENING OF AREA NORTH OF TRA KHUC RIVER
W/NEG CONTACT.

            TF BARKER (-) CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF COS AND COMBAT SPT ELEMENTS. A-3-1 CONTD LOCAL
PATROLLING AND SCTY OF LZ UPTIGHT W/NEG CONTACT. C-1-20 CONTD LOCAL PATROLLIN AND SCTY OF LZ DOTTIE
W/NEG CONTACT.

 

PLANS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 0-1900 TO 101900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPS MUSCATINE IN ASSIGNED AO W/2 INF BNS AND COMBAT SPT ELEMENTS. 4-3 INF BN
CONTINUES OPS MUSCATINE W/A CO SEC FWP CP AT BS453773 W/AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS INT THAT VIC. CO B
WILL ESTB NDP AT BS543574 W/AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS IN THAT VIC. CO B WILL ESTB NDP AT BS543574 W/AMBS
IN THAT VIC AND WILL S&D TOWARD NORTH FROM THAT PSN. CO C WILL ESTB AMBS VIC NDP (BS453765) AND
CONDUCT S&D OPNS TOWARD THE NORTH . A-1-20 WILL ESTB NIGHT AMBS VIC NDP (BS474773) AND ESTB BLOCKING
PSN AT BS470790. RCN PLAT REMAINS OPCON TO A-4-3. 3-E-1 CAV CONTS SCREENING OF AREA VIC BS463773.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/A-3-1 CO CONDUCTING LOCAL AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS VIC
LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849). C-1-20 CONDUCTS LOCAL AMBS AND PATROLS VIC LZ DOTTIE (BS632848).

            6-11 ARTY CONTNUES DS MISSION IN SPT OF THE OPN.

 

OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 091900 T O 101900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-), CONDUCTED SCTY AND LOCAL S&D OPNS IN THE MUSCATINE
AO AND EXTENSIVE OPNS FOR OPN SHOW LOW IN THE MUSCATINE EXTENION SW OF THE PRESENT BOUNDARY.

            4-3 INF BN CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/EXTENSIVE OPNS IN THE SW AO EXTENSION. CO A SEC FWD CP AT
BS453773 W/AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS IN THE VIC. CO B ESTB NDP AT BS435745 W/AMBS IN THE VIC AND CONDUCTED
S&D OPNS TOWARD THE NORTH. A-1-20 ESTB NIGHT AMB VIC BS474773 AND ESTB BLOOCKING PSN AT BS470791. RCN
PLAT REMAINED OPCON TO A-4-3. 3-E-1 CAV CONTD SCREENING OF AREA VIC BS463773.

            TF BARKER (-) CONTINUED OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF COS AND COMBAT SPT ELEMENTS. A-3-1 CONDUCTED
LOCAL AMBS AND PATROLS VIC BS729849. C-1-20 CONDUCTED LOCAL AMBS AND PATROLS VIC BS632848.

 

PLANS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 101900 TO 111900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPN MUCATINE IN ASSIGNED AO W/2 INF BNS (-) AND CMBT SPT ELEMENTS. 4-3 INF BN
CONTINUES OPS IN MUSCATINE AO EXTENSION W/2 PLATS A-4-3 ABD 1 PLAT D/3-1 CONDUCTING CA VIC BS415835.
A-4-3 (-) BLOCKS VIC BS423803. CO B AND CO C(-) WILL COND SWEEP FROM VIC BS407770 TOWARD NE. 1 PLAT CO C
WILL CLOCK VIC BS405793. CO D (-) WILL CONT SEC OF LZ SUE (BS568898). ONE PLAT CO D WILL SECURE OP GEORGE.
A-1-20 WILL COND SWEEP TO NW FROM BS463793.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/A-3-1SECURING LZ UPTIGHT AND C-1-20 SECRING LZ DOTTIE AND
CONDUCTED LOCAL S&D IN THAT VIC.

 

OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 101900 TO 111900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-), CONDUCTED SCTY AND LOCAL OPNS IN THE MUSCATINE
AO AND SW AO EXTENSION OPNS FOR OPN SHOW LOW IN THE MUSCATINE EXTENSION SW OF THE PRESENT BOUNDARY.

            4-3 INF BN CONTD OPN MUSCATINE IN ASSIGNED AO AND AO EXTENSION W/A CO SECURING AREA VIC BS453775
W/NEG CONTACT. B CO CONTD S&D OPNS VIC BS402772 W/NEG CONTACT. C CO CONTD S&D OPNS VIC BS402772 AND
TOWARD EAST W/NEG CONTACT. D CO SECURED LZ SUE (BS568878) W/NIGHT AMBS AND LOCAL PATROLS W/NEG CONTACT.
RCN PLAT REMINED OPCON TO A-4-3. 3-E-1 CAV SCREENED AREA NORTH OF TRA KHUC RIVER W/LIGHT CONTACT.

TF BARKER CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF COS AND COMBAT SPT ELEMENTS. A-3-1 CONDUCTED MED CAP AT VILLAGE
AT BS714856 FROM 110950 TO 111205 MAR 68. A CO SECURED LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849). C-1-20 CONDUCTED SCTY AND LOCAL
PATROLS AROUND LZ DOTTIE (BS632848) W/NEG CONTACT.

 

PLANNED SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 111900 TO 121900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-) AND CMBT SPT ELEMENTS. 4-3 INF CONTINUE, OPN
MUSCATINE W/A CO SECURING AREA VIC BS452772. B CO WILL S&D FROM NDP (BS207794) TOWARD THE EAST. CO C
HAS AMBS VIC NDP (BS420794) AND WILL S&D FROM THAT PSAN TOWARD THE EAST. CO D SECURES LZ SUE (BS568878)
W/1 PLAT SECURING OP GEORGE (BS474863) AND 1 PLAT OPCON TO C-4-3. RCN PLAT REMAINS OPCON TO A-4-3.
A-1-20 CONTINUES TO BLOCK AT BS429795. 3-E-1 CAV CONTINUES SCREENING OPNS NORTH OF TRA KHUC RIVER.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/A-3-1 SECURING LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849) AND CONDUCTING S&D
OPNS VIC BS7085,7485,7081,AND 7481. C-1-20 SECURED LZ DOTTIE (BS632848) AND CONDUCTS S&D OPNS VIC BS6585,
6885, 6580, AND 6880.

 

OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 111900 TO 121900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-), CONDUCTING SCTY AND LOCAL OPNS IN THE MUSCATINE
AO AND SW AO EXTENSION AND EXTENSIVE OPNS FOR OPN SHOW LOW IN THE MUSCATINE EXTENSION SW OF THE
PRESENT BOUNDARY.

            4-3 INF CONTD OPN MUSCATINE IN ASSIGNED AO AND AO EXTENSION W/A CO SECURING AREA VIC BS453775
W/LIGHT CONTACT. COB CONDUCTED S&D OPNS FROM NDP (BS420794) TOWARD EAST W/NEG CONTACT. CO D SECURED
LZ SUE (BS568878) AND OP GEORGE (BS474863) W/NEG CONTACT. RCN PLAT REMAINED OPCON TO A-4-3. 3-E-1 CAV CONTD SCREENING OPNS NORTH OF TRA KHUC RIVER W/NEG CONTACT. A-1-20 ESTB BLOCKING PSN VIC BS427798 W/NEG
CONTACT.

             

PLANS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 121900 TO 131900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE IN ASSIGNED AO W/2 INF BNS (-) OPN SHOW LOW IN THE SW AO
EXTENSION WILL BE TERMINATED.

            4-3 INF BN CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE W/CO A SECURING AREA VIC BS452772. AT 131400 WILL CONDUCT
CA TO BS525865 AND S&D THAT VIC. CO B HAS NDP AT BS476817 AND WILL RETURN TO LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849) FOR
RELEASE OF OPCON AND STAND DOWN THAT LOC. CO C WILLESTB NDP VIC BS470790, CONDUCT S&D OPS TOWARD
THE EAST AND RELEASES OPCON PLATFROM CO D. CO D SECURES LZ SUE (BS568878) AND OP GEORGE (BS628848) AND
REGAINS CONTROL OF 2D PLAT. RCN RETURNS TO LZ DOTTIE (BS628848) AND IS RELEASED FROM OPCON. 3-E-1 IS
RELEASED FROM CO A-4-3 AND RETURNS TO PARENT UNIT AT LZ DRONCO (BS812383.

            TF BARKER CONTINUES OPN MUSCATINE A-3-1 CONDUCTING S&D OPS OF AREA VIC BS7085,7081,AND 7481.
B-4-3 RETURNES TO CONTROL OF TF BARKER AND CONDUCTS STAND DOWN AT LZ DOTTIE (BS635848). C-1-20
CONDUCTS S&D OF AREA VIC BS6585, 6885, 6580, AMD 6880.

 

OPERATIONS SUMMARY FOR PERIOD 121900 TO 131900 MAR 68.

 

            11TH LIB CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/2 INF BNS (-) AND CMBT SPT ELEMENTS. 4-3 INF BN CONTD OPN MUSCATINE
W/A CO BECOMING OPCON TO TF BARKER. CO B RETURNED TO CONTROL OF TF BARKER. CO C CONDUCTED S&D OPNS
FROM NDP (BS470790) TOWARD THE NORTHEAST W/NEG CONTACT. CO D CONDUCTED DEF OF LZ SUE (BS568878) AND OP GEORGE(BS474863) W/NEG CONTACT. RCN PLAT REMAINED OPCON TO A-4-3 FOR DEF OF OP GEORGE (BS474863). A-1-20
WAS EXTRACTED FROM BS467798 AT 131404H AND RETURNED TO CONTROL OF PARENT UNIT. 3-E-1 CAV AND 6TH ENGR
SQD RETURNED TO CONTROL OF PARENT UNIT. B-6-11 ARTY WAS EXTRACTED FROM BS452772 AND RETURNED TO LZ SUE
(BS568878).

            TF BARKER CONTD OPN MUSCATINE W/A-3-1 CPMDICTOM S&D OPNS OF ARE BOUNDED BY BS7085,7485,8481, AND
7081 W/NEG CONTACT. B-4-3 STAND DOWN LZ UPTIGHT (BS729849) W/NEG CONTACT. C-1-20 CONDUCTED S&D OPNS OF
ARE VIC BS6585,6885,6580, AND 6880 W/LIGHT CONTACT. A-4-3 CONDUCTED STAND DOWN AT LZ DOTTIE (BS632848) W/NEG
CONTACT.

            6-11 ARTY CONTD DS MISSION W/2 BTRYS IN SPT OF OPNS.

 

OPERATION SHOW LOW

 

OPERATION SUMMARY

11th Brigade

 

Friendly losses                          Enemy  Losses

 

KHA    WHA   WPNS                         KIA     CIA     DET     WPNS

1          10        0                                  34        *21      16        7

 

                                                                                                *includes 1 NVA

 

 

2d ARVN Division

 

Friendly Losses                                    Enemy Losses

 

KHA    WHA   WPNS                         KIA     CIA     DET     WPNS

6          39        0                                  38        10        0          1

 

 

transcript by Charles S. Seketa  on November 14, 2003

 

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