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40 years today - A Vietnam War Timeline

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  • Originally posted by DeltaOne View Post
    This pic reminds me of one aspect of Vietnam I never missed - up one hill, cross one ridge, down the other side, repeat and then repeat and then repeat...
    Oh brother, I share your pain.

    Iíve often had to man pack Jerries of Diesel fuel myself. A 20 litre jerry of Diesel weighs a tad under 20Kg. I always carry two, one in each hand, for the balance.

    Just carrying one, tears your arm out of the shoulder, the resulting imbalance means a visit to the Physioí over any distance more than 400m. At least, thatís my mileage.

    If hills are involved I decant half of one jerry into an empty can and carry the two half full. Good balance means less strain on the back. With a twenty Kg. load Iím good for a fair few kilometers.

    Up hill, or if soft sand is involved, Iím lightening them again. Maybe a third full jerry each side? Soft sand and uphill is a regular bastard.

    After carrying that sort of load any sort of distance, Iím guessing that the weight of the Zippo was negligible?

    Cheers

    Mick

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    • July 18, 1969
      • The 1st and 5th Marines begin Operation DURHAM PEAK in Antenna Valley southeast of An Hoa, Quang Nam Province.

      • At 1000, a mechanized element of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, engaged an unknown size enemy force 6 miles north-northeast of Tay Ninh City. Results were 27 enemy killed and no US casualties.



      (Antenna Valley)

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      • So named because there was a major VC HQ, I believe it was Military Region 5, located in the mountains in the top center, originally found because of the radio antennas. Also known as Death Valley or Dragon Valley.

        LZ Karen is on the ridge line out of the picture to the right and one more ridge line over is LZ West, known to the Vietnamese as the Mountain of Leeches. Just north of LZ Karen is hill 102 or as helicopter crews knew it, Million Dollar Hill because of the large numbers of helicopters scattered around it.

        To the left rear of the photographer is AK Valley and The Shooting Gallery, quaint sounding places indeed. We got into a fierce firefight with a 12.7 in the hills just to the left. It is hard to see, but Route 534, what we called the Old French Road went up the right side of the valley and crossed over to LZ Ross.

        Memories.

        RW
        "Dost thou not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?" -Count Oxenstierna (ca 1620) to the young King Gustavus Adolphus

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        • Originally posted by rotorwash View Post
          So named because there was a major VC HQ, I believe it was Military Region 5, located in the mountains in the top center, originally found because of the radio antennas. Also known as Death Valley or Dragon Valley.

          LZ Karen is on the ridge line out of the picture to the right and one more ridge line over is LZ West, known to the Vietnamese as the Mountain of Leeches. Just north of LZ Karen is hill 102 or as helicopter crews knew it, Million Dollar Hill because of the large numbers of helicopters scattered around it.

          To the left rear of the photographer is AK Valley and The Shooting Gallery, quaint sounding places indeed. We got into a fierce firefight with a 12.7 in the hills just to the left. It is hard to see, but Route 534, what we called the Old French Road went up the right side of the valley and crossed over to LZ Ross.

          Memories.

          RW
          Boonie's pic and your commentary: It IS like being there. Thanks. Those very antennae no doubt brought us (Radio Research) much good listening.

          -- RR
          www.RadioVietnam.net

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          • July 20, 1969
            • The 198th Brigade, AMERICAL Division, begins Operation NANTUCKET BEACH on the Batangan Peninsula, Quang Ngai Province.

            • Operation DO KAE BI 13, a combat operation conducted by elements of the 9th ROK Division in Phu Yen Province, terminates. Operation commenced on 7 July 1969. Results are 202 enemy killed, 8 ROK KIA and 28 ROK WIA.

            • Operation HAE SAN JIN 9, a combat operation conducted by elements of the 26th ROK Division in Phu Yen Province, terminates. Operation commenced on 7 July 1969. Results are 136 enemy killed, 4 ROK KIA and 25 ROK WIA.

            • The 32nd ARVN Infantry Regiment makes contact with an estimated enemy company 14 km east-southeast of Thanh Tri in Ba Xuyen Province. Results are 36 enemy killed, 1 detained and no friendly casualties.


            Last edited by Boonierat; 20 Jul 09, 14:04.

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            • July 21, 1969
              • The 1st Infantry Division begins Operation STRANGLE to neutralize the VC Subregion 1 forces in the Trapezoid and Iron Triangle areas of Binh Duong Province.

              • The Capital ROK Infantry Division begins Operations JAE KOO 22 in Binh Dinh Province.

              • Elements of the 1st ARVN Division, while searching an area 26 km southwest of Quang Tri, find a mass grave containing 118 enemy bodies.

              • Operation RUSSELL BEACH, a combat operation conducted by elements of the 198th Brigade, AMERICAL Division, in Quang Ngai Province, terminates. Operation commenced on 13 January 1969. Results are 158 enemy killed, 211 detained, 56 US KIA and 268 US WIA.


              Last edited by Boonierat; 23 Jul 09, 22:29.

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              • July 24, 1969
                • SLF BRAVO with 2/26 Marines as BLT begins Operation BRAVE ARMADA southeast of Chu Lai in Quang Ngai Province.

                • The 21st ARVN Division and 2 VNMC battalions begin Operation QUYET THANG/21/31 in Chuong Thien Province.


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                • July 27, 1969
                  • Operation JAE KOO 22, a search and clear operation conducted by the Capital ROK Infantry Division in Binh Dinh Province terminates. Results are 69 enemy killed and 2 ROK WIA.

                  • Helicopter gunships from the 1st Cavalry Division engage enemy in two contacts 30 km southwest of Song Be, Phuoc Long Province. 29 enemy are killed and no US casualties.

                  • An element of the 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division engages an unknown size NVA force east of Trang Bang in Hau Nghia Province. Results are 24 enemy killed and no US casualties.


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                  • July 28, 1969
                    • 2-12 Inf and 1-5 Inf (Mech) from the 25th Infantry Division begin Operation NUTCRACKER in the 'Citadel' area of Hau Nghia Province.

                    • At 1120, infantry and mechanized elements of the 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, engaged an unknown size enemy force 4 miles east of Trang Bang in Hau Nghia Province. Results were 53 enemy killed, 3 US KIA and 14 US WIA.


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                    • July 29, 1969
                      • In Operation DOUBLE SHIFT, 105 US and VN riverine craft are rapidly concentrated on the Vam Co Dong north of Go Da Ha to protect against enemy threats to Tay Ninh City.

                      • 5RAR begin Operation CAMDEN south of the Hat Dich Secret Zone in Phuoc Tuy Province.

                      • CIDG elements contact and engage an unknown size enemy force while sweeping an area 24 km west-southwest of Duc Hoa in Hau Nghia Province. Elements of the 3d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division reinforce. Results are 63 enemy killed. Friendly casualties are 10 KIA and 12 WIA.

                      • Helicopter gunships from the aviation battalion of the 25th Infantry Division observe and engage an unknown size enemy force 30 km northeast of Tan An in Long An Province. Resulst are 20 enemy killed and no US casualties.


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                      • July 30, 1969
                        • President Nixon arrives in RVN for discussions with President Thieu and with US embassy and military officials.

                        • The Capital ROK Infantry Division begins Operation BUN KAE 6 in Binh Dinh Province.


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                        • July 31, 1969
                          • The 9th ROK Infantry Division begins Operation DONG BO 2-18 to clear Hill 1451 27 km west of Cam Ranh Bay.

                          • LTG Chaveng Youncharoen assumes command of the Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force.

                          • US military strength in RVN is 537,914.


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                          • August 1, 1969
                            • B Sqn, 1st Arm from the 1ATF begins Operation PLATYPUS II to interdict VC movement across Route 15, Phuoc Tuy Province.

                            • The 2d ROK Marine Brigade begins Operation VICTORY DRAGON XIV in Quang Nam Province.

                            • A ranger element from I FFORCEV Task Force SOUTH engaged an unknown size enemy force 10 northeast of Song Cau in Binh Thuan Province. Elements of the 44th ARVN Regiment reinforced the contact. Results were 24 enemy killed, 2 friendly KIA and 12 friendly WIA.

                            • Combat elements of three battalions of the 31st ARVN Regiment and the 9th ARVN Armored Cavalry Squadron made contact with an estimated enemy battalion 7 km east of Rach Gia in Kien Giang Province. Results are 88 enemy killed, 12 ARVN KIA and 25 ARVN WIA.



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                            • August 3, 1969
                              • Operation BUN KAE 6, a search and clear operation conducted in Binh Dinh Province by elements of the Capital ROK Infantry Division which commenced on 30 July terminates. Results are 59 enemy killed and no friendly casualties.

                              • Elements of the 3d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, while sweeping an area 24 km west of Duc Hoa in Hau Nghia Province, engage an unknown size enemy force, killing 29. US casualties are 2 WIA.

                              • A reconnaissance team from the 1st Cavalry Division engages an estimated enemy platoon 18 km southeast of Phuoc Binh in Phuoc Long Province. Results are 23 enemy killed and no friendly casualties.


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                              • great thread we should essemble a photo library on the nam . funny shots combat shots in the rear with the gear pics and equipment in action good idea for korean war alos what say yee all a common site pic cataloge that we can down load and keep for ever the story of these conflics
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