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Operation FRANCIS MARION Combat AAR 11 Oct 1967

Operation FRANCIS MARION Combat AAR 11 Oct 1967

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UNCLASSIFIED
AD
NUMBER
AD387627
CLASSIFICATION CHANGES
TO:
unclassified
FROM:
confidential
LIMITATIONCHANGES
TO:
Approved
for
public
release,
distribution
unlimited
FROM:
Distribution
authorized
to
U.S.
Gov't.
agencies
and
their
contractors;
Administrative/Operational
use;
25
Nov
1967.
Other
requests
shall
be
referred
to
Assistant
Chief
of
Staff
for
Force
Development
[Army],
Washington
DC
20310-0000.
AUTHORITY
25
Nov
1979,
DoDD
5200.10,
26
July
1962.;
PER
OAG
D/A
ltr
29
Apr
1980.
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PAGE
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SEFDISTRAIBUTION.I
MAR-ION
i,
The
attached
Combat'
Operations
After
Action
Report
-
-FFM
MARION
is
submitted
for
the
information
•of
all
concerned.
.2.
a.
I.The
t
and;.2d..Brigades
intiated
Operation
FRANCIS
MARION
on6
April
by
redeploying
from
the
area
west
of
New
PLEI
DJERhNG;
the
ist
Brigade
establishing
their
OP.
nrftheast
of
DUC
'00
at
LE
TI',NH
(Jackson
Hole);
the
2d
Brigade.
at
THANH.AR1'(the.Odsis..):
.
This.
repositioning
put
the
division
in
a
post.ure
to
screen:
the
NVA's.-traditional
infiltration
routes
--
just
north....
of
DUC
C.,0'
along
Route-194
and.
through
the
IA.DRANG
Valley
--
and
to
operateagainst,.increased
small
unit
NVA/VC
activity
in
areasadjacent
to
PLEIKU
City,..
b.
The
initial:
contacts:-came
in-the
latter
part
of
April
when
the
1st
Battalion,
8th
Infahtry;
had
10
da'ys
of-brief
contact:with.small
NVA
reconnaissance
groups
close
to
the
border
between
the
GHUw
PONG
massif
and
DUC
CO,.
During
the
same
period
the.2d
Battalion,
8th
Infantry,
had
a
series
of
contacts
that.
eventually
led
to
an
engagement
with
an
NVA
battalioni
on
30
April
-
1
May
in
a
large,
.well-fortified',.base
area
between
the
Oasis
and
PLEI
HE,*
The
NVA
battalion
had
infiltrated
.before
the-division's
redeployment
and
was.preparing
for
offensive
operations.in
this
area
north
of
the
IA'
MUMER.River.
Following
an
intensivearti.1le-
and
aii-'preparation,"
a
mechanized
infantry
company
led
-by
a:
section
of
tanks.
from
the
Ist.
Squadron,
10th
Cavalry
movedinto
the
enemy
complex
on
the
second
day...,
The
tanks
used
cannister,
machineguns,
and
the
crushing
weight
of
thevehiclesto
beat
down
the
jungle,
reduce
the
bunkers
and
routethe
enemy.The
two
day
action
accounted
for
133
NVA
ki-lled
at
the
cost
of
..
hree
US
lives.
o.
In.MAy,
the
battalions
of
the•1st
Brigade
were
positioned
in
the
rugged
CHU
GOTJINGOT
-
CHU
YIA
Mountains
tothe.
west
of
Route
14B
between
DUG
CO
and
PLEI
DJERENG.,On.
18
May
Company
B,
1st
Battalion,
8th
Infantry
made
contact.,
with
a
large
NVA
force"-northwest
o
f
DUG
CO,,
This
began.
nine
days
of
vicious
contact
during
the
period
18-26
May,
"n
which
the'
ls
Brigade
t
s
three
battalions
-
lst
Battalion,.
8th
Infantry,
3d
Battdlion,
12th
Infantry
and
3d
Battalion;--8th
Infantry.-
hadalmost
continuous
contact
with'
never
less
than
a
battalion
of
the
two,:well-armed
and
well-trained
NVA.
Regiments
contacted.
During
this'
period,
31,304
:rounds
of
artillery'and.
219
sorties
.of
TAG
air
were
placed
into
the-area
of'
contac.t..
As
May
ended,
.the
enemy
had
been,
driven'
out
of
this.area,;
leaving
367",bodies
they"weretnot
able
to
carry
_away,
'
Again,
n
July,
after
-refitting
and'
replacing
their
losses,-,
hese
sate"
IL
LA"
,,
Regraded
Uncle.sifibd
When
1")l
T
Z
,N-,
V
X.-
..
Separated
from
Clds.ified
Inciosures
,,.:3..-.,
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,

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