The Vietnam War started in 1956 when the United States was attempting to stop North Vietnam from spreading communist to South Vietnam. During this time, most men volunteer and some were even drafted. The United States supported South Vietnam in hopes to drive out the communist by fighting them off. The war on American troops was difficult because American troops soon fought communist in the south, called the Viet Cong; yet also fighting against the North Vietnamese (Spector). As the war progressed, many American troops had suffered from injuries fighting hard against the North Vietnam and Viet Cong. Over the years of the war there have been many battles that have been fought; one in ...view middle of the document...
As a PFC or just a private, we are usually uninformed of what is going on unless told otherwise. It seems like Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore, our commander, had given the orders of a search-and-destroy mission into the la Drang Valley using air mobility (Galloway). UH-1B Huey helicopters are being used to airlift the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Battalion, a total of 450 men, into this valley (Galloway). But there seems to be an issue, LZ X-Ray seems to be too small. “The space at X-Ray amounted to more clear ground than a football field” (Moore & Galloway 61). This caused and issue and it seems that there will be multiple trips into LZ X-Ray. Also, if I remember correctly, these helicopters can only hold up to six men (YouTube). Would this be like of retaliation against the North Vietnamese after they attempted to destroy Plei Me? This is a search-and-destroy mission; I just hope we continue to meet light resistant and put an end to them and their supplies.
2137 Hundred Hours
As our squad leaders, SSG Olson, briefed us on tomorrows’ mission after we chow. Understanding the mission better now comforts me a bit more than earlier this morning. So it seemed that after the North Vietnamese failed attacked and failed to destroy a Special Forces camp in Pleime last month in October, Colonel Thomas Brown had instructed to move to Pleiku to seek and destroy the enemy; but were not able to find those who attacked (Hickman). Lucky we, the 7th Cavalry under the 1st Battalion were selected to reconnaissance this area of the Chu Pong Mountain. According to Intel the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) had concentrated in this area; with hope I pray that we will be able to find and eliminate the NVA who attempted to destroy the Special Forces camp at Pleime. Wake up is at 0500 hours so I better myself to sleep, our next briefing is at 0600 hours.
November 14, 1965
0721 Hundred Hours
As we prepare ourselves after breakfast chow; be began filling our canteens, packing our ammunitions, stocking up on grenades, inspecting our M16-A2 rifles, some carried the M-60 machine gun and some had additional equipment to carry. As for me, I will carry all that I have including this notebook and pencil. According to the Intel and the briefing we had this morning, there are about 200 NVA soldiers in the Chu Pong Mountain (Galloway). Lt. Col. Hal Moore the commanding officer for this mission has decided that to land troops in near the enemy (Galloway YouTube). Surprisingly, Lt. Col. Moore had found a clearing that near enough to the enemy in the region. “The la Drang Valley was a remote and inaccessible region in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, a place of mostly scrub bush, nearly no clearings, deep ravines, and sun-baked termites hills (Steinman 13). This allowed for the Huey to land and drop off troops. But the down side to this was the size of the clearing. With the size of LZ X-Ray, it is only big enough to land eight Huey...