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The following information is taken from 129 pages of National Archives and Records Administration: Paper-paper copies/Description Rg 472, 5th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade S-2/S-3 daily journals, July 30 - Aug 5 1969 Boxes 6-7, 270/29/31/6

References to the number of a platoon and wording taken as is from the reports we made no attempt to clarify or correct any spelling or grammar.

UNDER OPCON TF 1/61

30 JULY 69

A 4/12 provided security for land clearing opns (YD332436) and conducted S/C opns vic land clearing SE of LZ Sharon

A 4/12 at LZ Sharon; prepare Night Defensive Positions and conduct night ambushes.

SITREP H2100

A 4/12 LZ Sharon

1/A 4/12 LZ Sharon

2/A 4/12 YD338438

4/A 4/12 YD351445

31 JULY 69

A 4/12 secured land clearing opns S of LZ Sharon and conducted S/C opons SE of land clearing site.

SITREP H2100

A 4/12 LZ Sharon

2/A 4/12 YD355458

3/A 4/12 YD331456

1 AUG 69

A 4/12 conducted S/C opns S and SE of LZ Sharon

SITREP H2100

A 4/12 LZ Sharon

1/A 4/12 YD317412

2/A 4/12 YD348429

2 AUG 69

A 4/12 conducted S/C opns SW of LZ Jane while CP A 4/12 remained at Sharon as RRF. A 4/12 LZ Sharon secured Night Defensive Positions and conducted night ambushes.

SITREP H2100

A 4/12 LZ Sharon

1/A 4/12 YD334414

3/A 4/12 YD347427

3 AUG 69

 

1750 HRS

1/61 spotrep. A. A 4/12 B. 031320H Aug 69 C. YD318421 D. Came in contact with unk size enemy force. E. Returned fire, called in air strikes and arty and are sweeping area. F. Neg G. 5 WIA (E). H-N Neg

2021 HRS

1/61 spotrep. A. A 4/12 B. 031320H Aug 69 C. YD318421 D. Team in contact with an est 10 NVA, Team came under SAF and RPG fire, 1 APC was totally destroyed when hit by RPG, caught on fire and burned. E. Returned fire, called arty and air strikes. Ele. then swept area. F. Neg G. 5 WIA (E) H. Neg I. 1 NVA (unit unk), 2 NVA KBA (Napalm) J-L. Neg M. 2 RPG-2 rounds N. 1NVA helmet, 1 NVA canteen.

2208 HRS

1/61 spotrep. (Elaboration of JE#33). A. A 4/12 B. 031320H Aug 69 C. YD318421. D. At above time and coord an M113 from the 4th plt was moving on a trail toward the plat CP when it was ambushed by an est NVA squad armed with RPGs and AK47s. An RPG round hit the track immediately setting it on fire and wounding 2, also in theinitial burst of AK47 fire 3 other friendly WIAs occurred. Arty and TAC Air immediately pounded the area to assist the 4th plat. In addition B 1/77 was moved to vie YD300425 to establish a blocking position. An initial sweep of the area resulted in 2 NVA KBA (Napalm) and 1 NVA KIA. Sweep cont. until dark. E. See line D. F. Neg G. 5 WIA (E) H. Neg I. 2 NVA KBA (Napalm), 1 NVA KIA. J-M. Neg N. 1 NVA helmet, 1 NVA canteen, 2PRG-2 rounds.

A 4/12 conducted S/C opns NE of LZ Anne. Approx 1400 hrs 2/A 4/12 departed LZ Sharon to reinforce A 4/12 vie LZ Anne.

SITREP H2100

A 4/12 YD303420

1/A 4/12 YD317412

3/A 4/12 YD296398

4 AUG 69

1/5 TO 1/77: Request to know if 1/77 desires to regain opcon of A 4/12 Cav and release B 1/61 to TF 1/61.

A 4/12 conducted S/C operations S of LZ Sharon

SITREP H2100

A 4/12 YD331426

1/A 4/12 LZ Sharon

4/A 4/12 YD346433

EN ACTY: EN ACTY DECREASED IN THE BDES AO. There were 3 NVA KIA as a res of A 4/12 contact on 3 Aug 69.

(1) TF 1/61 Inf: (AO Black, Red & Gary)

(a)    A 4/12 031320H, YD318421-(Late Rpt)-amb by est NVA sqd w/RPGs & SAF. RPG rd set 1 APC on fire, wounding 2. There were 3 additional WIA (E). (5 US WIA E carried in intsum 215-69) by SAF. 1st & 2nd plt reinf. B 1/77 formed a blocking force to NW. Called arty & TAC Air. Swept area, fnd 1 NVA, 2 NVA KB Napalm. Res 3 NVA KIA.

5 AUG 69 1325 HRS

TOC To 1/61: Effective 060800H Aug 69 A 4/12 Cav reverts opcon to TF 1/77 and B 1/61 returns opcon to 1/61 Inf.

A 4/12 conducted S/C opns S of LZ Sharon while 1/A 4/12 remained at LZ Sharon as RRF.

SITREP H2100

A 4/12 LZ Sharon

2/A 4/12 YD333426

4/A 4/12 YD347434

FOOTNOTE:

The following information comes from the same reports and you may find it interesting.

Weather information for the period and TTL CUMULATIVE ENEMY LOSSES.

WEATHER:

30 Jul 69 TEMP: H92 L84 HUM: 73% VIS: UNRES, -3 MILES IN BLOWING SAND

OUTLOOK: (48HR) CLOUDY WITH DECREASING WINDS AND INCREASING SCATTERED SHOWERS

31 JUL 69 TEMP: H91 L82 HUM: 78% VIS: UNR, -2 MILES IN RAINSHOWERS

OUTLOOK: (48HR) CLOUDY,GUSTY SURFACE WINDS, SCATTERED SHOWERS

1 AUG 69: TEMP: H100 L79 HUM: 54% VIS: UNRES

OUTLOOK: (48HR) PARTLY CLOUDY, LITTLE CHANGE

2 AUG 69: TEMP: H95 L82 HUM: 61% VIS: UNR, 1-3 MILES IN BLOWING SAND

OUTLOOK: (48HR) LITTLE OR NO CHANGE

3 AUG 69: TEMP: H97 L84 HUM: 60% VIS: UNR, 4-6 MILES IN BLOWING SAND

OUTLOOK: (48HR) LITTLE OR NO CHANGE

4 AUG 69: TEMP: H96 L82 HUM: 60% VIS: UNR, 1-3 MILES IN BLOWING SAND

OUTLOOK: (48HR) PARTLY CLOUDY WITH GUSTY SURFACE WINDS

5 AUG 69: TEMP: H95 L85 HUM: 70% VIS: UNR

OUTLOOK: (48HR) INCREASING THUNDERSTORM ACTY.

TTL CUMULATIVE ENEMY LOSSES; 310001 JUL 68 051800 AUG 69):

KIA TTLS 1508

KIA CREDITED TO 1/5 UNITS WHILE OPCON TO ANOTHER HQ 3 287

KIA TTLS 1795

DET 0 AWC 0 TTLS 0 / 0

CIV DEF 0 SINCE 1 FEB TTLS 25

PW: NVA 0 VC 0 TTLS 37/36

RTNEE: NVA 0 VC 0 TTLS 2 / 8

IWC 1 CSWC 0 TTLS 317/73

 

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