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Unknown to the Americans, they had walked into a carefully prepared ambush by the 2nd Battalion of the th Regiment. The men of Company A retreated up the slope, lest they be cut off from their comrades and annihilated. They were closely followed by the PAVN. For his actions that day, Lozada was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor.
Soon, U. Resupply became a necessity because of high ammunition expenditures and lack of water, but it was also an impossibility. One of the bombs exploded, a tree burst above the center of the position, where the combined command groups, the wounded, and the medics were all located. It killed 42 men outright and wounded 45 more, including the overall on-scene commander, Captain Harold Kaufman. Company A's commander had been killed in the retreat up the slope. Chaplain Major Charles J. Watters , was killed in the blast while ministering to the wounded.
For his gallantry in repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire to retrieve the wounded on Hill , he was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor. Because of intense PAVN sniper and mortar fire and the terrain it took until nightfall for the relief force to reach the beleaguered battalion. On the afternoon of 21 November, both battalions moved out to take the crest.
During fierce, close-quarters fighting, some of the paratroopers made it into the PAVN trenchline but were ordered to pull back as darkness fell. The following day was spent in launching airstrikes and a heavy artillery bombardment against the hilltop, totally denuding it of cover. This time the Americans gained the crest, but the PAVN had already abandoned their positions, leaving only a few dozen charred bodies and weapons.
Army to pay a high price. Army claimed that 1, PAVN troops had been killed by body count, but this figure quickly became a source of contention due to allegations of body count inflation. Another figure of some significant contention was the claim from the Vietnam News Agency quoted in an Associated Press report that 2, U.
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In his memoirs, General William C. Westmoreland , U. Marine Corps General John Chaisson questioned "Is it a victory when you lose friendlies in three weeks and by your own spurious body count you only get 1,? MACV asserted that three of the four PAVN regiments that participated in the fighting had been so battered that they played no part in the next phase of their winter-spring offensive. Only the 24th Regiment took the field during the Tet Offensive of January The rd Airborne Brigade and two battalions of the 4th Infantry Division were in no better shape.
General Westmoreland claimed that "we had soundly defeated the enemy without unduly sacrificing operations in other areas. The enemy's return was nil. The border battles fought that fall and winter had indeed cost the PAVN dearly, but they had achieved their objective.
By January , one-half of all U. Several members of Westmoreland's staff began to see an eerie resemblance to the Viet Minh campaign of , when seemingly peripheral actions had led up to the climactic Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Yet, no understandable analysis seemed to explain Hanoi's almost suicidal military actions. They could only be explained if a situation akin to Dien Bien Phu came into being.
Then, almost overnight, one emerged. Three members of the rd Airborne Brigade Maj.
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Barnes III and Pfc. Carlos Lozada all posthumously received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Military engagements during the Vietnam War. Further information on U.
Army War College. Ground Forces in Vietnam, — Vietnamkrigen: — Historiska Media. New York Times. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain. Archived from the original on 6 December Retrieved Merle L. Modern War Studies [Series. Boston Publishing Company. Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. The Telegraph-Herald.
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Based on meticulous research of actual vehicles, official photographs, factory specifications, and, in some cases, the original design plans, each Bennett collects oral histories from the soldiers As of , the U. As the Vietnam War continued inconclusively and became more unpopular with the American public, morale declined and disciplinary problems grew among American enlisted men and junior, non-career officers.
Drug use, racial tensions, and the growing incidence of fragging —attempting to kill unpopular officers and non-commissioned officers with grenades or other weapons—created severe problems for the U. By , a U. Army colonel writing in the Armed Forces Journal declared: "By every conceivable indicator, our army that now remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse, with individual units avoiding or having refused combat, murdering their officers and non commissioned officers, drug-ridden, and dispirited where not near mutinous The morale, discipline, and battleworthiness of the U.
Armed Forces are, with a few salient exceptions, lower and worse than at any time in this century and possibly in the history of the United States. Eighty-three officers were killed and almost were injured. Ron Milam has questioned the severity of the "breakdown" of the U.
Investigating one combat refusal incident, a journalist declared, "A certain sense of independence, a reluctance to behave according to the military's insistence on obedience, like pawns or puppets The grunts [infantrymen] were determined to survive The morale and discipline problems and resistance to conscription the draft were important factors leading to the creation of an all-volunteer military force by the United States and the termination of conscription.
The last conscript was inducted into the army in One of the most controversial aspects of the U. They were used to defoliate large parts of the countryside to prevent the Viet Cong from being able to hide their weapons and encampments under the foliage. These chemicals continue to change the landscape, cause diseases and birth defects, and poison the food chain. Early in the American military effort, it was decided that since the enemy were hiding their activities under triple-canopy jungle, a useful first step might be to defoliate certain areas.
This was especially true of growth surrounding bases both large and small in what became known as Operation Ranch Hand. Corporations like Dow Chemical Company and Monsanto were given the task of developing herbicides for this purpose. American officials also pointed out that the British had previously used 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D virtually identical to America's use in Vietnam on a large scale throughout the Malayan Emergency in the s in order to destroy bushes, crops, and trees in effort to deny communist insurgents the concealment they needed to ambush passing convoys.
Kennedy on 24 November , that "[t]he use of defoliant does not violate any rule of international law concerning the conduct of chemical warfare and is an accepted tactic of war. Precedent has been established by the British during the emergency in Malaya in their use of aircraft for destroying crops by chemical spraying.
The defoliants, which were distributed in drums marked with color-coded bands, included the " Rainbow Herbicides "— Agent Pink , Agent Green , Agent Purple , Agent Blue , Agent White , and, most famously, Agent Orange , which included dioxin as a by-product of its manufacture. About million gallons Navy patrol boats were vulnerable to attack from the undergrowth at the water's edge. In and , the Kennedy administration authorized the use of chemicals to destroy rice crops. Between and , the U.