Originally posted by MikeboydUS
reply to post by P12SOLD
No we don't know what all happened there, Vietnam or Korea, otherwise you wouldn't have said that.
The NVA never won a major battle and after a massive bombing campaign they signed a treaty with the South. The only reasons they were able to go into
and defeat the South after we left was due to legislation passed by a Democratic congress preventing us from going back, the Watergate scandal which
stopped Nixon from going back regardless of the legislation, and the oil crisis which kept the South from having fuel for their mechanized and armored
The thing that messed up operations in Korea was Truman, who relieved MacArthur of command. Had MacArthur remained and been allowed to use tactical
nuclear weapons against the Chinese hordes, the war would have ended and the course of history would have been radically altered.
24/11/11 by MikeboydUS because: (no reason given)
1. Attack on Da Nang - North Vietnamese Army (NVA) sappers infiltrated this airbase on July 1, 1965. They destroyed three large C-130 transport
aircraft, three F-102 fighters, and damaged three more F-102s. The sappers escaped leaving behind one dead.
2. Iron Hand Air Strikes - American aircraft had suffered losses from North Vietnamese Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems. On August 13, 1965, the
Navy aircraft carriers USS Coral Sea and USS Midway launched 76 low-level "Iron Hand" missions to seek out and destroy SAM sites. Five aircraft and
three pilots were lost to enemy guns, and seven other planes were damaged, but no SAMs were discovered.
3. Battle for LZ Albany - The 1st battalion of the 7th Cavalry barely survived its now famous 1965 battle in the Ia Drang valley. After saving its 1st
battalion, the exhausted 2nd battalion headed for LZ Albany for an aerial extraction. It was in a long column in open terrain when it ran into a
concealed NVA battalion, which attacked and shot it to pieces during a bloody battle that claimed the lives of 155 Americans, with 124 wounded.
4. August 1967 Air Battle - This war produced two American "Ace" fighter pilots (i.e. more than five aerial kills), yet the North Vietnamese had 16,
including Nguyen Van Coc , the top Ace of the war with nine kills. On Aug. 23, 1967, Coc led several MIG fighters to intercept a group of 40 American
aircraft on a bombing mission. They shot down three American F-4D fighters and one F-105D fighter-bomber without losing a single MIG. Eight American
aviators were killed or captured.
5. Battle for Hill 861 - In 1967, Bravo Company, 1st battalion, 9th Marines went to search for caves on Hill 861. After a skirmish, the company
attacked up the hill without knowing that it had encountered a large enemy force. Most of Bravo was wiped out and the survivors were pinned down until
rescued by Kilo company that night.
6. Kingfisher Battle near Con Thien - In 1967, "Operation Kingfisher" was launched to destroy NVA forces just south of the DMZ. On Sept. 21st, the
2nd battalion, 4th Marines began a "search and destroy" mission and quickly encountered the entrenched 90th NVA regiment. The Marines lacked tank
support because recent rains limited road mobility, while the dense vegetation and close proximity of the enemy restricted air and artillery support.
After a day-long battle, the Marines had suffered at least 16 dead and 118 wounded while trying to break out of the enemy's kill zone. The battalion
withdrew at dusk, although flee may be a better term since 15 dead Marines were left behind. Details are sketchy, but the battalion didn't return to
collect its dead until three weeks later. Veterans of the battle state they lost 34 KIA that day.
7. Ambush at Hoc Mon - In 1968, 92 American soldiers of C Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division began a search-and-destroy
mission near Saigon. They were looking for a Viet Cong force that had been firing rockets into their Tan Son Nhut Air Base. As they rushed along a
road without flank security to catch up with their battalion, they ran into an ambush. Within eight minutes, 49 American soldiers were dead or dying,
and 29 were wounded.
8. Battle of Kham Duc - This large Special Forces camp was abandoned as it was overrun, despite reinforcement by an American rifle company. Hundreds
of friendly civilians and militiamen were left behind as Americans escaped aboard helicopters and C-130s.
9. Battle of the Slopes - A company of American paratroopers was searching for the NVA in rough terrain when it was attacked by a large force. It
suffered 76 KIA as it fled, with two platoons wiped out.
10. Battle of Dai Do - A Marine Corps infantry battalion was mauled and forced to retreat after a disorganized attempt to
a large North Vietnamese force near the DMZ. The Marines suffered.