U.S. ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY
HISTORICAL RESOURCES BRANCH

VIETNAM INTERVIEW (VNI) COLLECTION

CURRENT AS OF: 11 January 2005


 


This finding aid is an interim guide to the majority of the Vietnam Interview Collection. It does not include materials in the separate Vietnam Interview Tape (VNIT) Collection. The collection consists of interviews recorded in paper format, placed in file folders with supporting documentation. The vast majority of the interviews were conducted in Vietnam by combat historians deployed as part of the Army's official historical effort. Most of the interviews were conducted by Military History Detachments (MHDs) although some were conducted by additional duty historical officers in various units or by special researchers. MHDs in Vietnam normally consisted of one officer (major) and one enlisted man (sergeant). One detachment in Vietnam was attached to each division, separate combined arms brigade, armored cavalry regiment, or corps (XXIV Corps and I and II Field Force, Vietnam). Dedicated MHDs also worked in the Historical Office of Headquarters, United States Army, Vietnam; the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces; the 1st Aviation Brigade; and similar specialized headquarters.

Entries are arranged in numerical order reflecting the sequence in which the tapes were received at the Office of the Chief of Military History (OCMH), which was the title of the agency during the time of the Vietnam War. Each entry normally includes the type of interview; the primary unit or organization forming the subject of the interview; the date on which the interview was conducted; the person or persons being interviewed and their duty positions; and the interviewing agency. Standard interview types most commonly conducted in Vietnam were: exit (or end of tour) interviews in which a subject discussed his entire tour of duty; after-action interviews in which one or more interviewees recounted their experiences in a particular engagement or operation; and subject interviews in which one or more persons discussed the nature of a certain type of activity. The following list identifies many, but not all, of the specific subjects and can be searched by key word or by unit.

*The brief description of the interview topic is followed by the folders contents in parenthesis.

VNI-1 1 st Brigade, 101 st Airborne Division

Special study conducted on the Battle of Tou Morong (Operation Hawthorne) 3-20 June 1966. Prepared by the 22 nd MHD. (Maps, Radio logs, various other documents)

 

VNI-2 1 st Brigade 101 st Airborne Division

Special study conducted on the Battle of Phong Cao, 6-12 November 1966. Prepared by the 22 nd MHD. (Commanding General’s Remarks, CG’s letter to Battalion Commander, Narrative Description of Battle, Statement of participants, Combat After Action Report 1 st Bde. 101 st Abn Division, GERMINO I, Sit Reps 2/502 Infantry and sketches, Journals 2/502 Inf., Sit Reps 1 st Bde. 101 st Abn Division, Interrogation Reports, battle photos, maps)

 

VNI-3 B Company 3/22 Infantry, 25 th Infantry Division

Interview with members of B Company concerning an action near Fire Support Base Burt on 15 January 1968. (Synopsis of interviews with participants)

 

VNI-4 3/44 th Infantry Regiment and C Company 69 th Armor (4 th Infantry Division)

Interviews and supporting documents regarding the battle of an Thuan Hamlet undertaken with the assistance of the 23 rd ARVN Division on 5-6 May 1968. This battle was a coordinated attack on a known fortified enemy position. (Transcripts of interviews with participants, Binh Thuan sector SITREPS (8), Spooky request, contact report, Crossbow report, biographical sketch-CO 888 RF, Psywar Leaflet (with translation), overlay-VN scheme of maneuver, sketch, scheme of maneuver, map of Phan Thiet)

 

VNI-5 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-6 47 th Infantry RGT, ARVN Division

Interviews and supporting documents regarding an ARVN and American battle. Assisted by infantry and mechanized infantry units of the 173 rd Infantry, elements of the 47 th Infantry fight NVA/VC forces in and near Tuy Hoa Cay. ( Battle narrative, synopses of interviews with participants, maps)

 

VNI-7 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-8 Advisory Team 18 th ARVN Division

The materials in this file cover the actions of American Advisory personnel in defending the MACV Compound at Xuan Loc. (18 th Infantry Division Adv Detachment Personnel Status Roster as of 31 December 1967, transcripts of interviewed members of unit, maps and photos, Journal of 18 th Division Radio Room, Extracts from 54 th Arty GP TOC OIC, Notes from 54 th GP S-2 Informal Log, 18 th Division TOC Report, after action report)

 

VNI-9 196 th Light Infantry Brigade

The information contained within this folder describes the 196 th successfully defeated NVA forces in the Que Son Valley on Thanksgiving Day 1967. (Monograph concerning the operations, map overlays)

 

VNI-10 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-11 Recon Platoon, 1 st Battalion (Mechanized) 5 th Infantry

This folder contains information pertaining to an ambush set up by the Recon Platoon of the 1 st of the 5 th on 28 March 1968. (narrative of ambush, sketch of ambush site, map)

 

VNI-11 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-12 3 rd Battalion, 22 nd Infantry Search and Destroy Mission

This group of interviews deals with the unit’s contact with enemy forces during a search and destroy operation. (Transcripts of interviews, battle narrative, battle diagram)

 

VNI-13 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-14 1/5 th Infantry (Mechanized)

These documents and interviews pertain to operations in Filhol Plantation Area on 20-22 March 1968. (The tapes for this interview are filed with VNIT 82, Map, Interview synopsis, photos, battle narrative)

 

VNI-15 Interview of MG Ben Sternberg and Col. A. Whitley

This interview with MG Ben Sternberg (J-1 MACV) and Col. Whitely discusses the consolidation of MACV and SOG. The General discusses the process of consolidation and its major advantages and disadvantages. The interview also discusses the operations of MACV-SOG during his tenure as J-1. (Interview transcribed 34 pages, ReeltR, cassette)

 

VNI-16 47 th Infantry Regiment 22 nd ARVN Division

This folder contains information pertaining to the battle of My Hoa in which the ARVN unit, assisted by American advisors, attacks to forestall an enemy attack on Tuy Hoa City in April 1968. (battle narrative, interview with participants, after action report, maps)

 

VNI-17 Battle of Bu Gia

The 2/502 nd Airborne and Troop A 2 nd Squadron (ABN) 17 th Cavalry attack NVA forces near the Cambodian border during the period 6-17 May 1966. The action resulted in 8 American KIA and 93 NVA KIA. (Tactical Standing Operating Procedure For Counterinsurgency Operations, narrative of Bu Gia Map action, statements from participants, informal after action report, daily situation reports of 2/502, daily journals from 2/502, sit reps from 1 st Bde. 101 st Abn, Interrogation reports from 181 st MI Detachment, photos, diagrams, maps)

 

VNI-18 22 nd Infantry Division

This is an interview conducted with MAJ Martin S. Brumley, the Division Artillery Advisor of the 22 nd Infantry Division (ARVN). (Photos, interview transcript)

 

VNI-19 3 rd Brigade 25 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report concerning the unit’s action defending a firebase during Operation Yellowstone, 1 January 1968. (After action report)

 

VNI-20 2 nd/503 rd Airborne

This is an after action report concerning the unit’s search and destroy operation in the vicinity of Dak To Special Forces Camp. (After action report)

 

VNI-21 2 nd Squadron, 11 th Armored Cavalry Regiment

This is an after action report from action in which the 11 th Armored Cavalry took part in the vicinity of Highway 1 on the dates 24 and 25 September 1967. (newspaper account of the battle, interview transcripts, map overlay of the battle area, unit’s daily journal from 24 and 25 September 1967, S-2 Spot Report Summary and Elaboration, Terrain Appraisal, Sit rep from 24 and 25 September 1967)

 

VNI-22 3 rd Battalion, 22 nd Infantry

This is an after action report on a small unit action in Nha Be District for Operation Fairfax. (After action report)

 

VNI-23 25 th Infantry Division

This is a brief after action report concerning a hasty ambush established at Dau Tieng on 3 January 1968. (battle narrative, and diagram)

 

VNI-24 Combat Service Support

This report deals with the actions of the support elements of the 4 th Infantry Division during Operation Fairfax. (Small unit after action report)

 

VNI-25 25 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report dealing with a search and destroy operation undertaken by the 2/22 (Mech), 25 th Infantry Division on 26 November 1967. (After action report)

 

VNI-26 C Company 4 th Battalion, 9 th Infantry

This is an after action report concerning the ambush of this unit on 2 March 1968 in the Go Vap Province. (maps, photos, interview transcripts, after action report)

 

VNI-27 3 rd Battalion, 22 nd Infantry

This is an after action report concerning action with the enemy during road clearing and convoy operations between Dau Tieng and Tay Ninh on 12 April 1968. (Alpha Company personnel roster, maps and overlays, photos)

 

VNI-28 A Company, 3 rd/503 rd Infantry Division

Combat Assault into a hot landing zone by Alpha Company.

(Maps, battle narrative, interview transcripts, map overlays, company roster)

 

VNI-29 2/8 Mech, 4 th Infantry Division

These are the maps and support documents for a meeting engagement with the enemy. The unit conducted a coordinated armored infantry assault of a fortified enemy position. (Air request data, combat after action report, maps, overlays)

 

VNI-30 1/16 th, 1 st Infantry Division

This folder contains the supporting documents concerning the defense of a battalion perimeter as VC forces attempt to ambush American troops conducting an airmobile assault into a landing zone.( Battle narrative, battle diagram, interview transcripts)

 

VNI-31 Dog Company 4 th Battalion, 503 rd Infantry

These interviews and supporting documents are concerned with this unit’s defense of their installation against the coordinated NVA/VC attacks during the Tet Offensive. (Photos of battle area, maps, roster of persons interviewed, interview transcripts, POW reports, US and NVA scheme of maneuver.)

 

VNI-32 5 th ARVN Infantry Division

This folder contains information on the defense of the Phuoc Qua Compound on 27 th October 1967 by the ARVN 5 th Infantry Division assisted by American advisors. (Sketch of Phuoc Qua Compound, Photographs, interview transcripts, US missions press release)

 

VNI-33 Operation Bullseye V, 1 st Air Cavalry Division

This is a study on the 1 st Air Cavalry and its actions during Operation Bullseye V between 27 and 31 January 1967. (Unit History Report including Battle narrative and diagrams, interview transcripts, photos)

 

VNI-34 1 st Air Cavalry Division

This is documentation collected after the unit’s battle for Hill 534 between 14 and 15 August 1966 near the Cambodian border. (Unit History Report including battle narrative, and maps)

 

VNI-35 1 st Air Cavalry Division

This is documentation collected after the 1 st Air Cav’s battalion sized meeting engagement with the enemy in Central Binh Dinh Province. (Unit History Report including battle narrative, battle maps)

 

VNI-36 Charlie 1 st of the 5 th

This is the documentation collected after this First Cavalry unit’s engagement with the enemy on the Cambodian border on 21 November 1966. (Unit History Report including Battle narrative, battle maps)

 

VNI-37 1 st Air Cavalry

This is documentation collected after elements of the 1 st Air Cavalry surrounded and destroyed a village of Hoa Hoi in Northern Binh Dinh Province. (Unit History Report including battle Narrative, battle maps)

 

VNI-38 1 st Air Cavalry

This is documentation pertains to contact with the enemy established by elements of the 1 st Air Cavalry during a battalion sized search and destroy operation on 10 December 1967.

 

VNI-39 1 st Air Cavalry

This is documentation that pertains to the battle of Pho Hou II, in which the 1/7 Cav engaged the enemy on 1 December 1966 during a search and destroy operation. (Unit Historical Report including Battle narrative, diagrams, photos)

 

VNI-40 LZ PAT

These are maps and the battle narrative regarding the 2 nd Battalion, 8 th Cavalry defending a hot LZ during Operation Pershing. ( Battle Narrative, Maps)

 

VNI-41 An Qui

Included are maps and a battle narrative of the battle of An Qui complied by the 1 st Cavalry’s Office of Information and History. (Maps, battle narratives)

 

VNI-42 Van Thieu

Included are maps and a battle narrative of the battle of Van Thieu in which units from the 1 st Cavalry engaged NVA units. (Unit Historical Report including Battle narrative, diagrams, photos)

 

VNI-43 Operation Lejeune 1 st Air Cavalry

Included are maps and a battle narrative of Operation Lejeune and the 1 st Cavalry’s participation, all complied by the Unit Historical Report. (Maps, diagrams, and battle narrative)

 

VNI-44 Operation Irving, 3 rd Brigade, 1 st Air Cavalry

This historical report on Operation Irving which was one of the division’s most successful operations in Vietnam and provided a key turning point in the pacification of Binh Dinh Province. (Unit Historical Report including Battle narrative, diagrams, photos)

 

VNI-45 Folder empty

 

VNI-46 B Company, 3 rd Battalion, 47 th Infantry Division

This is a report concerning an ambush/security patrol by the 3 rd Platoon, B Company 3 rd Battalion, 47 th Infantry. (Daily Journal, battle narrative, diagram of battle)

 

VNI-47A 4 th Battalion, 12 th Infantry

This is a combat after action report concerning contact with the enemy in the Bien Hoa Province in the vicinity Xa Thuong Lang. (List of persons interviewed, background information, intelligence report, concept of operation, battle narrative, area of operations sketch, bunker sketches, diagrams of platoon movement, daily staff journals)

 

VNI-47B 2 nd Battalion 27 th Infantry Division

Information concerning the units action on 16 June 1968. The action in question was a battalion sized attack by the VC on the American’s night halt location. (List of interviewees, maps, battle narrative, cassette)

 

VNI-48 3 rd Squadron 11 th Armored Cavalry Regiment

This documentation of contact in which the unit was acting in direct support of the 49 th Infantry Regiment, 51 st Ranger Battalion, and the 10 th Cavalry Regiment (all ARVN units). (list of interviewed personnel, map, diagram, battle narrative, radio log)

 

VNI-49 5 th Special Forces

This is an after action report concerning the engagement of American special forces troops and NVA troops. ( Battle narrative, historians notes, “Analysis of VC Targeting of GVN Officials, maps)

 

VNI-50 196 th Infantry Brigade

This is the after action report for a long-range reconnaissance patrol conducted by members of the 196 th light infantry brigade. (list of interviewees, battle narrative, LRRP training schedule, photos)

 

VNI-51 Floating Artillery

This folder contains a study on the Development of the floating artillery platform in the Mekong Delta during the period of 1 January 1967 until 31 January 1967. (Study)

 

VNI 52 9 th Infantry Division

This folder contains the documents enemy contact between a long range patrol from D Troop 5/5 Cavalry and the enemy on 30 November 1967. (After action report containing narrative of action, diagrams, and intelligence bulletin)

 

VNI-53 2 nd Battalion, 7 th Infantry Regiment, 5 th Infantry Division (ARVN)

This is the after action report concerning the reconnaissance in force of an ARVN unit in the An Son area of South Vietnam on 18 June 1968. (Map, synopsis of interview)

 

VNI-54 458 th Transportation Co. (18 th MP Brigade)

This is a study on the history, activation and utilization of patrol boats, river by the 458 th Transportation Company (PBR) assigned to the 18 th Military Police Brigade. The information was complied at the request of the CDC Liaison Office.

 

VNI-55A 18 th Military Police Brigade

This folder contains a Military Police Brigade Regulation 190-32, dated 23 May 1968.

 

VNI-55B 18 th Military Police Brigade

This folder contains the documentation and background information from the 18 th MP Brigade’s ambush conference on 5 July 1968.

 

VNI-56 C Company, 2/12 th Cavalry, 1 st Cavalry Division

On 29 July 1968 this unit was ambushed in an enemy secret base area in the Quang Tri Province. This documentation shows how a number of American causalities were suffered while men tried to reach wounded comrades. (battle narrative, photo of participates)

 

VNI-57 4 th Battalion, 31 st Infantry

While conducting security operations with Vietnamese in the village of Van Tuong, the 2 nd Platoon of C Company, 4/31 st Infantry, 196 th Light Infantry Brigade makes contact with a VC force on 23 May 1967. (photos, after action report, battle narrative)

 

VNI-58 Regional Forces, Binh Thuan Province

On 11-12 May 1968, four RF companies and one US company conducted a sweet designed to locate an estimated three company enemy force. A contact developed at a village pagoda. US Navy Swift Boats and the VN National Police supported the operation. (Maps, overlays, synopsis of interview)

 

VNI-59 F Company, 50 th Infantry (LRP)

Between 3 and 5 May 1968, two six man teams were inserted into an area near Cu Chi, ambushing several VC sampans in two engagements. (map, engagement narrative)

 

VNI-60 RF/PF Operations

On 10 August 1968 one Popular Force Platoon and two Regional Force platoons air assaulted into an read in Bac Liew Sector, searching for an enemy weapons cache. An estimated 10 tons of mines and other explosives were located and destroyed. (Map, interview synopsis, operation narrative)

 

VNI-61 196 th Infantry Brigade

Col Galling, the CO of the 196 th Infantry discusses brigade organization for combat, mission, and briefly summarizes major operations in late 1967 until mid 1968. no significant observations on lessons learned emerge. (Transcript of exit interview)

 

VNI-62 Chief G-3 Plans, HQIFFORCEV

In this exit interview LTC James Lammie discusses the problems involved in planning operations in a corps that had been assigned an economy of force role. He further discusses combined planning executed by US-ARVN-ROK headquarters. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-63 CO 159 th Transportation Battalion

LTC Charles H. Sunder discusses the movement of his unit from Qui Nhoh to I Corps Tactical Zone during the 1968 build up in the north. Subsequent problem areas are covered in a very sketchy manner. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-64 51 st ARVN Regiment

This is documentation pertaining to an operation conducted on 10-12 July that was designed to relieve enemy pressure south of Da Nang. The operation produced 161 enemy KIA and uncovered large amounts of materiel. (After action report including battle narrative, op orders, and interview summary)

 

VNI-65 Operation Coronado X

This is the after action report for an operation whose mission was to conduct riverine, and search and destroy operations in Giong Trom District, Kien Hoa Province. The operations would also cover area in the Cai Be, Huong My, and Giao Duc districts of South Vietnam. The operation ran from 18 January 1968 thru 12 February 1968. (Operational narrative, Operations order, operation after action report)

 

VNI-66 B Troop 1 st Squadron 9 th Cavalry, 1 st Cavalry Division

This is documentation concerning a combined operation with Regional Forces, oriented on a Viet Cong platoon conducting a propaganda campaign in Phong Dieu District. (Battle narrative and diagram)

 

VNI-67 Operation Delaware, 1 st Cavalry Division

This report covers 1 st Cavalry Division operation in the A Shau Valley in April 1968. the operation was the first US penetration in force into the valley since the USSF camp was overrun in 1966. (Intel Report, Concept of Operation, Commander’s analysis, deployment of forces, enemy caches and contacts, causality statistics, key personnel roster, replacements, R&R statistics)

 

VNI-68 5 th Special Forces

In this folder is a group of after action reports from various operations. The after action reports are from:

Operation Thien Ngon (19 February 1968)

Opening of Camp Thien Ngon (9 March 1968)

Closing of Phu Quoc Island Training Center (25 March 1968)

Movement of Detachment A-442 Training Center (25 March 1968)

Operation Thien Ngon (5 April 1968)

Operation Sat Cong (6 May 1968)

Detachment A-352 (9 May 1968)

Operation Toan Thang (10 May 1968)

Operation Katum C43 (24 May 1968)

Operation Dinh C-5-4 (25 May 1968)

 

VNI-69 Popular Force Operation in Bac Lieu Province

On 11 November 1967, a PF platoon, on a routine morning road clearing operation, ran into a VC roadblock. The resultant firefight was short; the VC withdrew after the commencement of somewhat ineffective artillery supporting fire. (Maps, synopsis of interview, battle diagram)

 

VNI-70 Popular Force Platoon at Peng Sial

This is an after action report concerning the action of a PF platoon defending it’s hamlet against a Montagnard Viet Cong company-sized attack. (photos, maps, after action report, synopsis of interview)

 

VNI-71 Defense of Gia Rai

On 30 January 1968, one Regional Force company, two Popular Force platoons, and the local National Police successfully defended a village attacked by a battalion size force as part of the Tet Offensive. ( Synopsis of interview, after action report, map)

 

VNI-72 Defense of Phu Hoa Dong

On 4 June 1968, a battalion size attack was repelled by the 3 rd Battalion, 7 th Regiment, 5 th Infantry Division ARVN. Two advisors are interviewed in this file. (synopsis of interview, map, sketch of area)

 

VNI-73 D Company 2/14 Infantry, 25 th Infantry Division

On 15 August 1968 during a search and destroy operation D Company made a combat air assault into an area and engaged an enemy force. (After action report, synopsis of interview)

 

VNI-74 C Company ½ Infantry

This is a report of the unit’s contact with the enemy on Route 246 on 21 March 1967. The unit was established along this Route in order to conduct a series of patrols each day in order to secure the road and the west bank of a bridge construction site. (Battle Narrative, and diagram)

 

VNI-75 (A) Battle of Ap Bau Bang

This is a report concerning A Troop’s defense of its perimeter from NVA/VC forces. A troop was a part of 3/5 Cavalry, 1 st Infantry Division. (Newspaper article from the Stars and Strips, photos, daily radio log)

 

VNI-75 (B) Exit Interviews

These are two exit interviews with LT Colonels R.M. Springer and J.M. Sabatee, CO of the 54 th Signal Battalion, I Field Force, and XO 21 st Signal Group respectively. They both relate signal activities of their units, and the use of the 17 pt. Questionnaire. (Interview synopses)

 

VNI-76 Battle Xom Bo I

This is an after action report for an engagement of B Company 1-16 Infantry with the enemy. On 14 June 1967. (Battle narrative, diagram)

 

VNI-77 Battle of Ap Tau

This is an after action report for an enemy ambush on the armored column of A Troop 1-4 Cavalry on 7 June 1966. (Battle narrative, diagram)

 

VNI-78 Quan Loi

This is documentation of the 1-26 Infantry of the 1 st Infantry Division defending its position against an enemy attack on 10 March 1967. (After action report, with battle narrative)

 

VNI-79 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-80 A Company, 2/22 Infantry 25 th Infantry Division

This documentation regards a mortar attack on a fire support base on 20 November 1967 and the defense rendered by Alpha Company. ( Battle narrative)

 

VNI-81 D/65 th Engineer Battalion with 25 th Infantry Division

Operating with a section of the battalion recon platoon, 2/22 Infantry (M), 2 Minesweeper teams of the 65 th Engineering Battalion conduct operations on routes 239 and 26 from Dau Tieng to Tay Ninh. (After action report from ambush)

 

VNI-82 3 rd BN. 22 nd Infantry, 25 Infantry Division

This documentation details Operation Soui Cut and a large scale attack on an American fire support base. (Battle narrative, interview transcript, diagram)

 

VNI-83 Squad night ambush

This report reflects the actions of 3 rd squd. 2 nd platoon A Company 5-7 Infantry, 199 th Brigade during a night ambush resulting in actions by elements of A Company and supporting units on 11 May 1967. (After action report, narrative, diagrams)

 

VNI-84 Company C, 4 th Battalion, 31 st Infantry

During operation Junction City an infantry platoon conducts a successful night ambush, and the documents within retell their story. (Narrative)

 

VNI-85 E Company, 4/47 th Infantry, 9 th Infantry Division

E Company’s recon platoon runs into trouble while crossing a stream as the men encounter a command detonated booby trap. (after action report)

 

VNI-86 4/47 Infantry, 9 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report for E company’s recon platoon providing security for the battalion mortar platoon during operations along the My Tho River from 29 September thru 8 October 1967. (after action report, diagram)

 

VNI-87 4/47 th Infantry, 9 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report for the unit’s search and destroy operation after enemy forces during operation Vien Gieng in the Dinh Tuong Province on 23 November 1967. (After action report, diagram)

 

VNI-88 4/503 rd Infantry (ABN) 173 rd Airborne Division

This is an after action report from Dog Company 4/503 rd Infantry of the 173 rd Airborne Division. The unit made contact with an NVA force during the initial stages of the Tet Offensive in at Tuy Hoa. Action described within is the defense of the company perimeter. (Transcripts of interviews, roster of interviewed personnel, POW reports, Journal Copies 30-31 January)

 

VNI-89 C Company, 4 th Battalion, 12 th Infantry

This is an after action report for this unit’s contact with the enemy in the Bien Hoa Province on 30 November 1967. (after action report, roster of interviewed personnel, battle diagram)

 

VNI-90 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-91 4/47 th Infantry, 9 th Infantry

This is an after action report for an enemy contact from 5 thru 7 October 1967 during a mobile riverine search and destroy operation. The unit in question rain into elements of the 263 rd Main Force Battalion. (After action report)

 

VNI-92 2 nd Battalion, 27 th Infantry

This is an after action report for a two platoon ambush along the Saigon River in which eight enemy soldiers were killed floating in two sampans floating down the river. (After action report, diagram of ambush)

 

VNI-93 C Company 2/1 st Infantry, 196 th Light Infantry Brigade

This is an after action report for a reconnaissance in force undertake by this unit on 21 March 1967 while operating during Operation Junction City. A platoon from Charlie Company attempted to find, fix, and destroy an enemy force that had fired on a resupply helicopter. (After action report, pictures of participants, diagram of action)

 

VNI-94 4 th Infantry Division

These interviews cover the topics of search and destroy operations, ambushes, perimeter defense, eagle flights, and air assaults. Since these interviews, for the most part, are in adequate for use in narrative write ups due to paucity of information, no attempt has been made to catalogue them individually. Close examination of each one, however, might reveal something of value to a historian. (synopses of interviews)

 

VNI-95 Mobile Strike Force Company Special Forces, 5 th Special Forces Group

This is an interview with the participants of the 5 th Special Forces Group and their engagement with the enemy during the initial phases of the Tet Offensive in Pleiku. (Transcripts of interview, maps)

 

VNI-96 Assorted Small Unit Action Interviews (101 st Airborne)

These interviews cover the topics of search and destroy operations, ambushes, perimeter defense, eagle flights, and air assaults. Since these interviews, for the most part, are in adequate for use in narrative write ups due to paucity of information, no attempt has been made to catalogue them individually. Close examination of each one, however, might reveal something of value to a historian. (synopses of interviews, diagrams of action)

 

VNI-97 The Battle of Xa Cam My

This is documentation of a contact between the enemy and C Company, 2 nd Battalion, 16 th Infantry. This battle was apart of Operation Abilene on 11 April 1966. (Article for publication in the 1 st Infantry Division Magazine “Danger Forward” concerning the battle, battle narrative)

 

VNI-98 Assorted Small Unit Action Files 1966-67

This is documentation concerning the battle of the Lo Go which took place on 30 April 1966 during Operation Birmingham which began on 24 April 1966 and ended on 17 May 1966 in the Tay Ninh Province. (Article from “Danger Forward”)

 

VNI-99 Battle of Trung Loi

The Battle of Trung Loi occurred in the dusk and early darkness of 20 November 1965. in the short, intense fight that lasted for only two hours and 55 minutes, two units of the 1 st Infantry Division foiled an attempted VC ambush near the village of Trung Loi and dealt a severe blow to the insurgent force. (Article from “Danger Forward”)

 

VNI-100 Battle of Minh Thanh Road

This is documentation of an engagement with various American units and the 272 nd Main Force NVA Regiment. The Battle of Minh Than Road was one of five major actions in which the First Infnatry Division engaged and soundly defeated all three Viet Cong Main Force Regiments of the 9 th VC Light Division during Operation El Paso in June and July 1966. (Maps, battle narrative, lists of interviews involved)

 

VNI-101 1 st Infantry Division

Here within is a brief narrative summary of 1 st Infantry Divisions operations conducted along National Route 13 in Binh Long Province during the period 19 May-8 July 1966. four major battles were fought with regiments of the 9 th VC Division composed of the 271 st, 272 nd, and 273 rd VC Regiments. In each case these VC forces were decisively defeated. (Maps, after action report)

 

VNI-102 Battle of Loc Ninh Rubber Plantation

This is the after action report for an engagement with the enemy made by elements of the 2 nd Battalion 28 th Infantry Division in the Loc Ninh rubber plantation on 12 June 1966. (battle narrative, diagram)

 

VNI-103 Battle of Srok Dong

The 271 st VC Main Force Regiment was defeated on 30 June 1966 near the village of Srok Dong in one of the classic engagements of the Vietnamese conflict. In continuing their efforts to repel the 1 st Infantry Division from the El Paso II area of operations, the VC attempted to ambush Troops B and C, 1 st Squadron, 4 th Cavalry and Company C, 2 nd Battalion, 18 th Infantry. As a consequence the 271 st Regiment suffered heavy losses and was soundly defeated. (maps, overlays, battle background and narrative)

 

VNI-104 Battle of Ho Krignou

This is a short synopsis of action between A Company, 2/18 Infantry and 3 rd Bn, 273 rd VC Main Force Regiment on the dates 1 and 2 July 1966. (synopsis of action, map overlay)

 

VNI-105 Aerial Starlite Scope Mission

This is an interview with two personnel who participated in a night mission in which they hunted the enemy with the aid of a starlite scope from a helicopter. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-106 C Company, 1/18 th Infantry, 1 st Infantry Division

This is an after action interview with participants in an engagement with the enemy which took place in the Rung Sat Special Zone on 21 October 1966. (Interview)

 

VNI-107 B Company, 1/18 th Infantry, 1 st Infantry Division

This is an after action interview with participants in an engagement with the enemy which took place in the vicinity of Phu Cuong and Ap Trey Nhi Vietnam on 25 October 1966. (Interview transcription)

 

VNI-108 Battle of Cam Xe

This is an after action interview with participants in this engagement with the enemy which took place on 28 October 1966 between elements of the 1 st Battalion, 26 th Infantry and the 272 nd NVA Regiment. (Interview)

 

VNI-109 Battle near Di An

This is documentation for a battle between VC forces and C Company 2/18 th Infantry south of Di An on 1 November 1966. (Interivew)

 

VNI-110 A Company, 1 st Battalion, 1 st Infantry Division

This is an interview describing this unit’s engagement with an enemy force in the Run Sat Special Zone on 12-13 September 1966. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-111 1 st Infantry Division

The Battle of Ap Cha Do was described as the most significant engagement by the Big Red One against enemy forces during Operation Attleboro took place on 8 November 1966 some 65 miles northwest of Saigon in the jungles of War Zone C. (map, diagram, battle narrative)

 

VNI-112 2 nd Platoon, B Company, 1/26 th Infantry

During a patrol on 28 November 1966 this unit conducted a patrol with the mission of ambushing the enemy in their area. They ambushed a river crossing and the interview contained within documents the resulting action. (Interview, battle diagram)

 

VNI-113 C Company 1-16 Infantry

On 11 December 1966 elements of this unit conducted a patrol in the vicinity of Suoi Da. This patrol walked into a VC ambush that resulted in 28 US casualties and a body count of 84 VC KIA. A VC force of company size probably set up the ambush hastily. (Interview transcripts, diagrams of battle)

 

VNI-114 Operation Attleboro

This is the after action report for action on 27 December 1966 between elements of 2/16 Infantry and the enemy during operation Attleboro. ( Battle narrative, interview transcription)

 

VNI-115 1 st Battalion 16 th Infantry

This is an after action report for a small unit action that took place on 2 February 1967. Elements of the 3 rd Brigade of the 1 st Infantry Division were ambushed by an enemy unit of unknown size. (Interview, narrative, battle diagram)

 

VNI-116 C Company, 2-18 Infantry

This is an interview with a participant in a short action with the enemy on 3 February 1967. The action took place outside of a village during a mission to assist a “Helper” unit in moving into the village. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-117 Operation Junction City

On 25 February 1967 during Operation Junction City, Company C, 1-2 Infantry, had formed a company base camp near the Cambodian border. Their mission was to act as a blocking force should the VC forces try to withdraw back into Cambodia. The folder contains an after action interview contact one of the company’s patrols made with the enemy. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-118 Battle of Prek Klok I

This is an after action report for contact with the enemy made by elements of the 1 st Battalion, 16 th Infantry during Operation Junction City on 24 February 1967. (After action report, summary of action, diagram, interview transcript)

 

VNI-119 The Battle of Prek Klok II

On the evening of 10 March 1967 during Operation Junction City, the 2 nd Battalion, 2 nd Infantry Mechanized makes contact with the enemy while securing the perimeter of FSB II located in Tay Ninh Province near the Prek Klok stream. (Battle narrative, interview)

 

VNI-120 The Battle of Ap Bau Bang II

On 19 March 1967 during Operation Junction City A Troop 3 rd Squadron, 5 th Cavalry was deployed into the perimeter of Fire Support Base 14 with the mission to occupy and secure the area. During this mission the unit makes contact with the enemy. (After action report, interview transcripts, maps, diagrams)

 

VNI-121 C Company, 1-2 Infantry

This is an after action report and interview with participants in a raid against an VC base camp discovered during a patrol to secure Route 246 in March 1967. (After action report, diagram)

 

VNI-122 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-123 Binh Dinh Province

This is an after report for patrol conducted by a Special Forces unit in the Binh Duong Province and the resulting contact with the enemy. (hand written narrative)

 

VNI-124 The Battle of Xam Bo I

On 14 June 1967 B Company, 1-16 Infantry, engaged an estimated battalion-sized force of the 271 st VC Regiment. Prior intelligence information indicated that the 271 st VC Regiment was in the area of contact. The unit was conducting cloverleaf patrols with the purpose of finding the VC Regiment. (battle narrative, map, after action interview)

 

VNI-125 Battle of Xam Bo II

The battle of Xom Bo was the result of Viet Cong plans to ambush US troops conducting a heliborne assault into landing zone XRAY. Operating in War Zone D 1 st Infantry Division units had found a limited number of clearing suitable for LZ’s and night defensive positions. The enemy found a profitable tactic in predicting US troop assault and employed this strategy effectively during this engagement. (Interview transcripts, battle narrative, after action report, battle narrative, diagram, maps)

 

VNI-126 VC Raid on Quan Loi

This is the documentation concerning a raid by the VC with the intent to destroy heavy artillery and armored vehicles in an attempt to divert Quan Loi’s ability to support neighboring US/ARVN military installations. (after action report, diagram)

 

VNI-127 1-2 Infantry

This is an after action and group of interviews concerning a raid on a VC camp by American troops in AO Strike on 18 July 1967. (Battle after action report, S-3 Journal, Interview transcripts, G-3 Journal, map)

 

VNI-128 Rocket and Mortar Attack on Phuoc Vinh

This is the after action report for an enemy mortar and rocket attack against American forces at Phuoc Vinh on 27 July 1967. (After action report, newspaper article, maps, overlays)

VNI-129 Operation Shenandoah II

This is the after action report for a multi battalion search and destroy operations conducted in the Binh Long Province from 4 October through 7 November 1967. (after action report, October 1967 issue of “The American Traveler”, operations order 22-67, daily staff journal, maps, overlays)

 

VNI-131 1 st Brigade, 1 st Infantry Division

This is documentation pertaining to the Battle of Da Yeu which took place on 6 October 1967 when elements of the 1 st Infantry Division were attacked by the enemy while in a NDP. (After action report, interview transcripts, maps)

 

VNI-132 1 st Battalion, 18 th Infantry

This is documentation regarding this unit’s patrol engagement with the enemy during Operation Shenandoah II on 11 October 1967. (after action report)

 

VNI-133 2-28 Infantry

This is documentation of combat action on 17 October 1967 during Operation Shenandoah II in the Long Nguyen Secret Base area southwest of the Michelin Plantation. (Narrative accounts, after action report, maps, interview transcripts, map overlays)

 

VNI-134 (2 of 8) Continuation of engagement on 17 October 1967

This folder contains additional supporting documents for the engagement of the 2-28 Infantry on 17 October 1967. (Causality reports, log of artillery rounds fired in support of American unit, Intelligence Bulletin #11, after action interview, narrative account of the death of Major Donald W. Holleder, operations summary, diagrams of battle, map overlays, radio log, log of CAS)\

 

VNI-134 (3 of 8) Continuation

(Daily staff journal, interview transcripts, personal observations of battle from LTC Ambrose A. Szlwinski (Artillery))

 

VNI-134 (4 of 8) Continuation

(Narrative of engagement, narrative account of the death of LTC Terry Allen, BN Commanding Officer, map, daily staff journal)

 

VNI-134 (5 of 8) Continuation

(log of events, log of artillery rounds fired in support during the battle, after action reports, casualty lists)

 

VNI-134 (6 of 8) Continuation

(Interview transcriptions, Staff log, after action report)

 

VNI-134 (7 of 8) Continuation

(Interview transcripts, Newsweek Article from October 30, 1967, after action report, map)

 

VNI-134 (8 of 8) Continuation

(Draft copies of interviews)

 

VNI-135 B1-18 Infantry

This is an after action report for an engagement with this American unit and the enemy on 24 November 1967 along Highway 13 and Route Zinc. (interview transcripts, daily journals, maps, after action report,

 

VNI-136 Battle of Xa Cat Rubber Plantation

This is documentation for contact with the enemy made by elements with the 1 st Infantry Division. (after action report, interview transcripts, maps)

 

VNI-137 Battle of Ap Nha Mat

The Battle was fought near the Michelin Rubber Plantation within five miles of the decisive victory in the battle of Bau Bang, was the largest engagement involving elements of the 1 st Infantry Division and took place on 5 December 1965. (Narrative)

 

VNI-138 The Battle of Lo Ke

The Battle of Lo Ke produced the Big Red One’s first Congressional Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam. Lieutenant Robert J. Hibbs was posthumously awarded this nation’s highest recognition for valor. The documentations contained in this folder show how large forces of VC made repeated attacks on the positions of the 2 nd Battalion, 28 th Infantry during Operation Coco Beach. (battle narrative)

 

VNI-139 The Battle of Ap Bau Bang

This is documentation of a battle that took place a month after the 1 st Infantry Division arrived in Vietnam on 11 November 1965. This action was part of Operation Road Runner in support of Operation Bushmaster and the unit’s mission was to sweep and secure National Highway 13 from the Lai Khe perimeter north to Bau Long Pond. (Battle narrative, diagrams)

 

VNI-140 The Battle of Tanh Binh

This battle between three VC battalions and elements of the 1 st Infantry Division at the 1 st Brigade base area at Tan Binh seven miles south of Phuoc Vinh. ( Battle narrative)

 

VNI-141 The Battle of Ap Tau

This is the after action report from the ambush of a mechanized column of A troop 1-4 Cavalry at Minh Thanh along National Highway 13 by the 272 nd VC Regiment. ( battle narrative, interview transcripts, diagrams, magazine article for use in “Danger Forward”, photo negatives)

 

VNI-142 Ambush Patrol

On the evening of 24 October 1967 an ambush patrol of Company B 2 nd Battalion, 18 th Infantry was attacked by a Viet Cong force estimated to be of thirty to thirty-five men. The attached inclosures include a narrative of the platoon’s actions, the composition of the patrol, a chronology of events and a list of equipment lost as a result of the engagement.

 

VNI-143 The Battle of Loc Ninh

This is documentation concerning the 1-18 Infantry fight with enemy forces at the Loc Ninh Rubber Plantation. (newspaper articles, narrative descriptions of the battle, interview transcripts)

 

VNI-144 Battle of Srok Silamlite

This is the documentation dating from 29 October through 7 November 1967 between two VC Battalions, and the 1-18 Infantry in the Loc Ninh District. (This is the same battle as VNI-143 under a different name) (After action interview report, map, map overlays)

 

VNI-145 Battle of Du Bop

This is documentation for a defensive action undertaken by the 1-28 Infantry against the enemy on 29 and 20 November 1967. (After action report, interview transcripts, maps)

 

VNI-146 Battle of Hill 172

This is documentation for an enemy attack on the NDP of 1-2 Infantry on 8 December 1967. (after action report, interview transcripts)

 

VNI-147 Search and Destroy meeting engagement

This is the documentation pertaining to an hostile engagement made by the 1-26 Infantry on 7 November 1965. (After action report, interview transcripts, battle narrative, diagram)

 

VNI-148 Folder Empty

 

VNI-149 No Folder

 

VNI-150 No Folder

 

VNI-151 173 rd Airborne Brigade

This is a narrative of BG R.J. Allen, 13 pages long; a general study of the philosophy of operating in the Bong Song area in 1968.

 

VNI-152 Pleiku

In one of the bloodies battles of Operation Paul Revere, the 1 st Platoon of Company B, 1 st Battalion, 69the Armor, a part of the 25 th Infantry Division’s 3 rd Brigade Task Force was engaged with the enemy near Pleiku on 12 August 1966. (after action report, article from Information Office HQ, 3 rd Brigade Task Force)

 

VNI-153 and 154 No folder

 

VNI-155 Defense of the Ba Bep Bridge

This is documentation of an enemy attack on an ARVN outpost at the Ba Bep Bridge on 20 June 1968. (photos, narrative, maps, overlays, interview transcripts)

 

VNI-156 Tet Offensive, Task Force Ware

This is backup material for the experiences during the Tet Offensive in January 1968. (maps, overlays, HQ unit rosters, miscellaneous source material)

 

VNI-157 Village battle

This is documentation for an engagement with the enemy made by A Troop ¼ Cavalry in a village complex north of Ton Son Nhut on 2 February 1968. (maps, overlays, interview transcript, diagram of the battle)

 

VNI-158 2/18 Infantry of 1 st Infantry Division

This is documentation concerning an engagement with the enemy made by elements of the 1 st Infantry Division on 6 January 1968 in Xom Bung. (Maps, overlays, photos, interview transcript)

 

VNI-159 Tet Offensive

This is documentation on the VC attack on Phu Loi base camp on 31 January 1968 and the defense of that installation. (Maps, overlays, battle narrative, other background source information on the attack and defense on the base)

 

VNI-160 1-4 Cavalry 1 st Infantry Division

This is documentation on an attack on an enemy position on 18-19 April 1968. The information within details the events of the battle as well as the tactical formations used and the use of armor in the jungle. (Interview transcripts)

 

VNI-161 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-164 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-165 Historical Study Operation Hue City

This folder contains a study on the events surrounding Operation Hue City during the Tet Offensive. ( Operation Hue City monographs, photos, operational after action reports, maps, overlays)

 

VNI-165 1 st Brigade, 101 st Airborne Division

This is a sketchy evaluation of small unit engagements and the discovery of caches in the Rao nho Valley, I Corps Tactical Zone. (interview transcription)

 

VNI-166- NO FOLDER

 

VNI-167 25 th Infantry Division

This is a group of assorted after action reports from engagements made by elements of the 25 th Infantry Division. (after action reports, diagrams)

 

VNI-168-169 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-170 18 th Military Police Brigade

Enclosed is a copy of the command briefing given to all incoming officer personnel assigned to the 18 th Military Police Brigade, current as of 17 March 1969. (Command Briefing)

 

VNI-171 Combined US/ARVN operations with the 101 st Airborne Division

The 1-501 st Airborne Infantry, US Navy elements, and Vietnamese National Police Field Force elements move in on a village in a costal flood plain. This operation made use of air cushion vehicles to help secure surprise. (After action reports, maps, interview transcripts)

 

VNI-172 5 th Special Forces Group

This is a group of eight after action reports from action undertaken during the second quarter of 1968. (After action reports, maps, overlays)

 

VNI-173 25 th Infantry Division

This is a combat after action report for this unit’s engagements during Operation Toan Thang on 25 August 1968. (Operation after action report)

 

VNI-174 25 th Infantry Division

This is three after action reports for engagements with the enemy made with the enemy on the 23, 27, and 28 June 1968. (After action reports, maps)

 

VNI-175 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-176 Advisory Effort

These are a group of questionnaires to various advisors. Some are answered well; other are very spotty. Deal with role, counterparts, supplies, etc. of advisors. Also have questions on CORDS. (Questionnaires)

 

VNI-177 RF’/PF After-Action reports

In this folder are eight after action reports pertaining to the action involving RF/PF actions. Some are sketchy, but some bring light upon American advisors. (after action reports)

 

VNI-178 Pacification of Quang Dien District

Inside this folder is information that reviews a campaign conducted from May through October 1968 which succeeded in virtually eliminating Viet Cong influence from Quang Dien District. The combat experience is timely because of current efforts to increase the effectiveness of territorial forces and further pacification. (Information)

 

VNI-179 3 rd MSF Battalion, 3 rd Brigade, 4 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report for a reconnaissance in force operation during the period 17 March through 5 April 1969. (After action report, overlay)

 

VNI-180 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-181 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-182 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-183 Photographs

These are pictures of the triple canopy jungle in II Corps Tactical Zone. (photos)

 

VNI-184 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-185 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-186 Commander’s reports

These are Commander’s Reports from Brigadier General, commander of the US Army Support Command Da Nang. (Reports)

 

VNI-187 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-188 Night ambush and combined ARVN-US operation

This operation, conducted in Quang Ngai Province, uncovered a reinforced enemy position. The action was only in part successful because ARVN elements failed to complete their mission. (After action report, diagram)

 

VNI-189 Attack on Di Linh

RF and elements of 3/503 rd Airborne Infantry repel an estimated two battalions in an action along Highway 20. (Maps, after action report)

 

VNI-190 Ambush at the Dak Poko River and Route 19

A platoon of Company A, 1 st Battalion (Mech), 50 th Infantry routes a NVA force in the act of damaging the fuel pipeline between Qui Nhon and Pleiku. Although successful, several factors contributed to limit the success of this ambush. (After action report)

 

VNI-191 LOTS

The enclosed report pertains to the activation of Logistics over the shore (LOTS) at Wunder, located in the vicinity of Quang Tri South Vietnam. The LOTS was established for the purpose of supporting US Army forces in Northern I Corp Tactical Zone-NICTZ. This was a major joint operation between the Army and Navy force in I Corp Tactical Zone. This reports depicts problems encountered, methods usedto overcome those problems and recommendation for any further operations of the type.

 

VNI-192 Attack on Hoa Da District Headquarters

This after action report and support documentation pertain to an attack on the Hoa Da District Headquarters on 18 September 1968. The attack on Hoa Da is a very good example of the NVA/VC hit and run tactics along with a good account of how poorly one of the advisory teams was organized and operating. (After action report, map, overlay)

 

VNI-193 Special Study-Evaluation of Concepts for the Mobile Strike Force (MSF) and the Long Range Patrol (LRP)

These are three studies that taken together shed some light on Corps level LRP and USSF advised Mobile Strike Forces as they were employed in II Corps Tactical Zone. (studies)

 

VNI-194 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-195 Battle of Thanh Phu

Account of engagement between 1 st Brigade, 19 th Infantry Division and 261 B VC Main Force Battalion at the edge of the Plain of Reeds, Dinh Tuong Province. (story from VC prospective, account of Col. Ira Hunt Jr., and lessons learned)

 

VNI-196 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-197 Border incidents at Special Forces Camp Cai Cai

Including in this folder is a study intended as a report and analysis of significant actions which occurred in 1969 at Camp Cai Cai involving the border between Cambodia and South Vietnam. (After action report)

 

VNI-198 5 th SFGA Briefing Southeast Asia Special Forces

This is the information presented at the Commander’s Conference on 1 April 1969 pertaining to the 5 th Special Forces Group. (report)

 

VNI-199 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-200 Special Study, 5 th Special Forces, S-5 Activities

This is a report on an end of tour survey given to men from the 5 th Special Forces Group detailing their activities while in country. (Study)

 

VNI-201 5 th Special Forces After Action Report, Civic Action at Camp Gia Vuc

This is an after action report for the Civic Actions of the 5 th Special Forces Group. (After action report)

 

VNI-202 Qui Nhon Support Command

This is the Standing Operating Procedures for forward support activities for the reconstruction of a VN I CTZ. (standard operating procedure)

 

VNI-203 Qui Nhon port activities

These are five interviews of transportation personnel that cover the activities at Qui Nhon, in II Corps Tactical Zone. (Interviews)

 

VNI-204 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-205 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-206 Brigade Commander in Central Highlands

In this interview Col. Forrester, CO, 3 rd Brigade, 4 th Infantry Division discusses his tenure with his brigade during the first half of 1968. (interview transcript, cassette, nonstandard ReeltR)

 

VNI-207 Company F 75 th Infantry—LRRP of 25 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report for a ten man patrol that made contact with the enemy while on a recon mission. (Interview transcripts)

 

VNI-208 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-209 Operation Apache Snow

This is a narrative of the 101 st Airborne Division’s battle with the NVA on Hill 937 (Hamburger Hill). (Narrative, photos)

 

VNI-210 Kit Carson Scout Training Program

This is a description of training program for NVA defectors who elect to serve as scouts for US Army combat forces. (pamphlet, photos)

 

VNI-211 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-212 Co A, 1 st Battalion (Mech), 50 th Infantry, 173 rd Airborne Brigade

This describes an ambush that could have been more successful if proper illumination was received. (After action interview)

 

VNI-213 2 nd Squadron, 1 st Cavalry Division (TF South)

This documents a sapper attack against armor which took the form of a night attack and was highly successful from the enemy’s point of view. (After action report, maps)

 

VNI-214 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-215 199 th Infantry Brigade

This is an interview with Major Delano R. Brister, the unit’s aviation officer in July 1969. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-216 Sapper attack on Hawk Hill

Report briefly summarizes tactical situation and intelligence picture prior to attack. This was first enemy attempt to attack base camp of 1-1 Cavalry. The attack was apparently well planned and based on good recon, but failed despite enemy diversionary and harassing tactics because of alertness of defenders and use of the starlight scope. (After action report)

 

VNI-217 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-218 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-219 3 rd MSF Battalion

This is an after action report for an unnamed reconnaissance in force operation undertaken by the 3 rd MSF Battalion during the period 17 March 1969 through 5 April 1969. (After action report, overlay)

 

VNI-220 4 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report for an operation undertaken by the 4 th Infantry Division during the period 26 June through 15 July 1969. The operation took place northeast of Ban Me Thot on Highway 21. (after action report)

 

VNI-221 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-222 1 st Brigade 4 th Infantry

This is a combat after action report for a counter ambush operation on the dates 17-21 June 1969 in the vicinity of Mang Yang Pass on Highway 19. (After action report)

 

VNI-223-224 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-225 Night Hawk Operations in 25 th Infantry Division’s TAOR

This is documentation of the employment of UH-1H helicopters with xenon searchlights and night observation devices in conjunction with mini guns. (Interview transcript, photos)

 

VNI-226 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-227 Police Information Report

Enclosed in this folder are copies of the 18 th Military Police Brigade Police Information Report for the month of September 1969. (Information report)

 

VNI-228 Plans—1 st Signal Brigade

This is an interview with LTC Edwin Reed Jr., Chief, Plans Division, 1 st Signal Brigade on the operations of his plans divisions, but covers very little on plans per se. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-229 Team 12, Company F, 75 th Infantry (Ranger)

This is an after action report for this unit’s contact with the enemy on 10 October 1969 in the Hau Nghi Province. (After action interview transcript)

 

VNI-230 Company A, 2 nd Battalion, 12 th Infantry Division

This is an after action interview report for an air assault conducted by this unit on 21 September 1969 in the vicinity of New Ong Dam. (After action report, diagrams)

 

VNI-231 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-232 1 st Platoon, Company B, 2 nd Battalion, 27 th Infantry

These are after action interviews with participants in an ambush on an enemy unit that turned uncovered information of an upcoming attack on a nearby American installation (After action interview, diagrams)

 

VNI-233 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-234 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-235 4 th MP Company, 4 th Infantry Division

This is an account of an enemy ambush by a NVA unit against a road convoy of 157 vehicles on Highway 14. (Interrogation report, battle narrative, diagrams)

 

VNI-236 18 th MI Detachment, 25 th Infantry Division

This report concerns the joint activities of the 25 th MI Detachment and the maneuver units of the 25 th Infantry Division directed toward the destruction of the Viet Cong Infrastructure in Hau Nghia and portions of Binh Duong Province during late 1968 and early 1969. (Report)

 

VNI-237 Convoy Ambush

These two folders contain information on convoy ambushes on 12 and 14 August 1969 along Highway 13 north of Lai Khe base camp. (after action reports, after action interviews, photos, maps)

 

VNI-238 ARVN MP activities

There are two end of tour reports with III CTZ MP Advisors with enclosures on MP organization. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-239 Operation Holly 69

Enclosed is the after action report for Operation Holly 69. This report indicates some of the detailed planning and coordination that is necessary in order to make a Military Police VIP mission successful. (After action report)

 

VNI-240 Elements of Company C, 1 st Battalion 8 th Infantry Division

This is a report on an unsuccessful stay-behind ambush of an LZ. It describes how poor light discipline, artillery fire and tactical employment worked to hinder the success of the operation. (After action report)

 

VNI-241 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-242 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-243 A Company, 2 nd Battalion, 12 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report from a company sized operation supported by mortars as well as an “eagle eye” airborne patrol. (after action report)

 

VNI-244 Photographs

These are photographs of logistical installations in South Vietnam in 1966-67 time frame. (Photos)

 

VNI-245 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-246 11 th ACR, 2 nd Squadron, F Troop

This unit was attached to the 1 st Cavalry Division, which screened the N and NW portions of III Corps. The unit was airlifted to reinforce Bo Duc SF Camp under threat of heavy attack. The report details the contact of F Troop during this operation. (After action report)

 

VNI-247 1 st Battalion, 28 th Infantry, reinforced

This is an after action interview of participants in the battle of An My which took place during 1-2 and 4 February 1968. (Interview transcripts)

 

VNI-248 Company A, 2 nd Battalion, 18 th Infantry

This is an after action report and interview with participants in the battle of Xom Bung that occurred on 6-7 January 1968. (Interview transcripts, after action reports)

 

VNI-249 1 st Bde, 25 th Infantry Division

This is an after action interview of participants in Operation Cliff Dweller IV which took place between 4 and 11 January 1967. The specific battle dealt with here was a two battalion sweep operation on Nui Ba Den in which 156 enemy troops were KIA. (interview transcripts)

 

VNI-250 3 rd Brigade, 2-16 Infantry

This is an after action report in which LTC McLean, the unit’s XO, covers keeping key people trained and briefed on all tactical principles despite frequent turnovers and “type casting” units. He also discusses the need to keep varying tactical routine to prevent VC from taking advantage of our habits. Techniques to improve airmobile operations, problems of ground movement, and combat and combat services are also covered. (After action report)

 

VNI-251 1-16 Infantry, 3 rd Brigade, 1 st Infantry Division

This is an after action interview with participants in the search and clear operations carried out in Ben Cui on 11 and 12 January 1968. (Interview transcripts)

 

VNI-252 1/D-2/28 Infantry

This ambush on 3 May 1969 was designated as a combat operation requiring submission of an after action report for the purpose of exploiting lessons learned. (Report on lessons learned)

 

VNI-253 196 th Infantry Brigade

This is an interview with COL James. M. Lee, commanding officer of the 196 th. This interview was conducted on 14 February 1970. In the interview COL Lee discusses the differences between his soldiers in 1970 and those he served with during the Korean War and WWII. He also discusses the enemy and the pacification program in the Quang Tin Province. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-254 L Troop, 3 rd Squadron, 11 th Armored Cavalry Regiment

A platoon of armored cavalry following footprints in a rubber plantation, meets a NVA company preparing an anti armor ambush. The recon troop engaged the enemy and killed 26 NVA.

 

VNI-255 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-256 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-257 Ranger Team 45 75 th Infantry, 1 st Cavalry Division

This is an after action report for a LRRP team that discovered an enemy sapper unit preparing to launch an attack on the LZ. (After action report)

 

VNI-258 15 th Medical Battalion, 1 st Cavalry Division

The enclosed after action interview describes the opening phase of an offensive conducted by the enemy in November 1969. (Interview transcripts, photos)

 

VNI-259 Psychological Operations in the 1 st Cavalry Division

The enclosed after action interview describes the opening phase of an offensive conducted by the enemy in November 1969. (Interview transcripts, photos)

 

VNI-260-262 Three Interviews, 5 th Transportation, Command, Qui Nhon

These are a group of exit interviews with three Lieutenants. The interviewing officer believed that these interviews turned into more or less gripe sessions. (Interview transcripts)

 

VNI-263-270 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-271 101 st Airborne Division

This is an after action report for an after action report for an ambush conducted by a small unit on 11 February 1970. (After action report)

 

VNI-272 Team A, Reconnaissance Platoon, Company E, 2 nd Battalion (Airmobile) 506 th Infantry

This is an after action report for a meeting engagement with the enemy on 21 February 1970 with no causalities inflicted to either side. (After action report)

 

VNI-273 Reconnaissance Team 4, Company D, 1 st Battalion (Airmobile), 506 th Infantry

This is an after action report for a small unit ambush on an enemy force that took place on 6 February 1970. (After action report)

 

VNI-274 Recon Team 2, B Company, 1t Battalion 506 th Infantry 101 st Airborne Division

This is an after action report for a recon team that was on a patrolling and surveillance mission when it observed a group of 25-30 NVA. Due to poor visibility and low ceiling, ARA was ineffective but the team had compromised its position and had to be extracted. (After action report)

 

VNI-275 2 nd Battalion 502 nd Infantry, 101 st Airborne Division

This is an after action report made for a sapper attack on FSB Riffe, jointly occupied by elements of the 502 nd and 4/54 ARVN. (After action report)

 

VNI-276 Command Group, Company B, 2 nd Battalion, 502 nd Infantry

This is an after action report of a meeting engagement between this unit and the squad sized enemy unit. (After action report)

 

VNI-277 HHC, 1 st Battalion, 502 nd Infantry

This is an after action report depicting this units contact with the enemy on 27 February 1970. (After action report)

 

VNI-278 2 nd Platoon B Company, 1 st Battalion 502 nd Infantry

This is an after action report from a platoon that was moving into an ambush site of its own when an enemy ambush was attempted at a distance of approximately 80 meters. (After action report)

 

VNI-279 2 nd Battalion, 501 st Infantry (Airborne)

This is an after action report of a patrol’s contact with the enemy during in the vicinity of Ap Lia Bang on 19 February 1970. (After action report)

 

VNI-280 HHC and 2 nd Platoon A Company, 2 nd Battalion, 501 st Infatnry

Enemy activity in 501 st AO on the night of 6-7 February 1970 consisted of a sapper attack on FSB Bastogne and contact with US ambush patrol during withdrawal from Bastogne. This is an exactly of a minor but well planned attack on a FSB and the results of poor US leadership an ambush patrol. (After action report)

 

VNI-281 AT Section 2 nd Platoon, Troop D 2 nd Squadron 17 th Cavalry

This report describes an experiment which used the 106 RR section to conduct nighttime H & I fire along a stretch of RR track in 101 st Division AO which was being harassed by enemy demolition squads. Extreme ranges, lack of visibility and inability to pre plan night aiming devices hampered the mission no causalities were reported on either side. (after action report)

 

VNI-282 2 nd Platoon 2 nd Squadron 17 th Cavalry 101 st Airborne Division

The platoon was assigned duty of escorting approximately 30 artillery vehicles out to a FSB to conduct an artillery raid and to escort empty supply vehicles back to start point. The convoy was poorly organized and numerous vehicles broke down. No enemy contact was made during this operation. (After action report)

 

VNI-283 Team 15 2 nd Platoon Company L, 75 th Infantry, 2 nd Squadron, 17 th Cavalry, 101 st Airborne Division

The team was inserted in an area of suspected enemy activity and observed various sized enemy forces and heard much activity over a period of three days. No contacts were made and apparently no fire was called in on the enemy. The mission of the patrol was passive recon. (After action report)

 

VNI-284 Team 24, 2 nd Platoon, Company L, 75 th Infantry

This is an after action report of a team that was inserted into an area of suspected enemy activity. No sightings until the fifth day when brief contact was made resulting in insertion of Blue Team and 1 VC KIA. (After action report)

 

VNI-285 2 nd Squad, 2 nd Platoon, C Company, 1 st Battalion, 327 th Infantry

This is the report of a squad sized ambush set up in an abandoned hooch. (After action report)

 

VNI-286 2 nd Platoon, C Company, 2 nd Battalion, 327 th Infantry

This is the after action report of a two squad ambush set up along side a trail which netted two enemy KIA. (After action report)

 

VNI-287 3 rd Squad, 3 rd Platoon, Company B 2 nd Battalion, 327 th Infantry

This is an after action report for a squad sized ambush along a main trail entering a village. (After action report)

 

VNI-288 CACO 3-2-5 (CAP Team 5) (US Marine Corps) and 139 th RF Platoon

This is an after action report for a combine ambush with Marines and an RF Platoon on 1 February 1970. (after action report)

 

VNI-289 2 nd Squad, 3 rd Platoon, C Company 1 st Battalion, 327 th Infantry

This is an after action report for a squad sized night ambush set up in an abandoned village and killed one enemy solider. (After action report)

 

VNI-290 Eagle Flight, 3 rd Battalion, 187 th Infantry

This battalion conducted routine eagle flights in AO at last light in order on check on enemy movement during this time of day. The team was specially trained and included VN Nation al Policemen. On 27 February 1970 the team was inserted in an area where movement was observed. This after action report details the subsequent contact with the enemy. (After action report)

 

VNI-291 1 st Platoon, C Company, 2 nd Battalion 501 st Infantry 101 st Airborne Division

This is an after action report of a squad’s contact with the enemy while patrol its assigned AO. (After action report)

 

VNI-292 2 nd Platoon, C Company, 1 st Battalion, 501 st Infantry, 101 st Infantry Division

This is an after action report for a routine night ambush resulting in 3 VC KIA and 1 US KIA. (After action repot)

 

VNI-293 D Company, 1 st Battalion, 501 st Infantry 101 st Airborne Division

This is an after action report for a routine and uneventful cordon and search operation resulting in 15 VC suspects being detained (After action report)

 

VNI-294 B Company, 1 st Battalion, 501 st Infantry, 101 st Airborne Division

United conducted RIF and multiple ambushes in combined operation in AO with RF platoons. No contacts were made but a few small caches were found. The after action reports explains that the language barrier hampered operations in some instances. (after action report)

 

VNI-295 Aero Rifle Platoon, 3 rd Brigade, Air Cavalry, 101 st Airborne Division

A squad from Aero Rifle Platoon was inserted to recover intelligence from VC body KBA. On insertion, the squad found body in freshly dug grave. While obtaining photos etc, squad observed approach of 14 NVA troops. A hasty ambush was set up resulting in two NVA KIA. (After action report).

 

VNI-296 HHC 1 st Battalion, 502 nd Infantry, 101 st Airborne Division

Report describes construction and installation of Hush Flare using thickened MOGAS to augment defenses of FSB Birmingham. No description of its effectiveness under actual combat conditions is included. (After action report)

 

VNI-297 Reconnaissance Platoon, Team 1, Company E, 2 nd Battalion, 501 st Airborne Infantry, 101 st Division

This is an after action interview report from a contact with the enemy made on 4 January 1970. (After action report)

 

VNI-298 3 rd Platoon, C Company, 2 nd Battalion, 502 nd Infantry

This platoon was conducting recon patrols in their battalion AO. During these patrols the unit made contact with the enemy and captured one enemy solider and killed another. (After action report)

 

VNI-299 1 st Platoon, B Company, 2 nd Battalion 506 th Infantry

This is an after action report for a small unit ambush which occurred on 4 February 1970. (after action report)

 

VNI-300 Team C Reconnaissance Platoon, Company E, 2 nd Battalion, 506 th Infantry

The mission detailed in this mission was one to conducted patrolling, surveillance and ambushes to interdict VC/NVA movement along his lines of supply and to prevent him from entering the Nam Hoa District. (after action report)

 

VNI-301 3 rd Platoon, D Company, Recon Platoon, 1 st Battalion, 506 th Infantry 101 st Airborne Division

This unit was inserted into an area in order to construct an landing zone. On completion of the LZ, the recon platoon was to be inserted to conducted patrol operations an 3 rd Platoon was to be extracted. This is an after action interview report for contact during this operation. (After action report)

 

VNI-302 1 st Platoon, D Company, 1 st Battalion 506 th Infantry, 101 st Airborne Division

This is an account of a poorly planned and executed night ambush. The primary failure for this is mission is the lack of a detailed contingency plan and communications between various elements of the patrol. (After action report)

 

VNI-303 1 st Squad, 1 st Platoon, A Company 1 st Battalion, 502 nd Infantry, 101 st Airborne

This squad set up an ambush on one approach to FSB Birmingham on the basis of captured documents indicating enemy was planning a sapper attack on FSB. During routine “mad minute” from FSB, the squad noticed fire being returned at the FSB from their vicinity. (after action report)

 

VNI-304 3 rd Squadron, 17 th Air Cavalry

This information deals with two actions, both resulting from close recon of an area that lead to significant enemy losses. These two brief AAR’s show recon, fix, and destroy missions performed by this unit. (After action report)

 

VNI-305 A/1-12 Cavalry

This is an after action report of an ambush established on a well used road on 15 January 1970. (After action report)

 

VNI-306 101 st Airborne

This is a short, after action report for a platoon sized ambush on a VA squad. (after action report)

 

VNI-307 196 th Light Infantry Brigade

This is a four page vignette concerning the leadership techniques of BG R.T. Knowles. (transcript)

 

VNI-308 Notes and statistics present before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee by COL Wheeler, Senior Advisor, 1 st ARVN Division

Enclosed are notes and statistics used by COL Wheeler during his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of Vietnamization. (notes)

 

VNI-309 164 th Combat Aviation Group

Enclosed are the papers of Col J.M. Tumlinson containing his reflections on his tour of command plus a biography. (biography, and written reflections of command)

 

VNI-310 MAJ David Passamaneck

This is an end of tour interview with MAJ David Passamaneck, Staff Judge Advocate, HQ, US Army Support Command, Qui Nhon. The interview was taken on 21 March 1970. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-311 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-312 4 th Battalion, 47 th Infantry 2 nd Brigade, 9 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report for riverine mobile operations from the dates of 1 July-2 August 1967 through various areas of South Vietnam. (After action report)

 

VNI-313 3-8 th Infantry, 4 th Infantry Division

This is an after action report of the 3 rd Battalion, 8 th Infantry Fire Support Base and related offensive operations. The dates of the operations range from 21 March 1968 to 2 April 1968. (after action report)

 

VNI-314 1 st Squadron, 11 th Cavalry

This is the after action report for an ambush on an American armored column conducted by the 275 th VC Regiment on 2 December 1966. (After action report, photos, narrative, maps)

 

VNI-315 191 st AHC National Police Field Force

This relates to an airmobile raid carried out by the Vietnamese national police on a meeting of the local VCI. The 191 st AHC supported the national police and other friendly elements by providing an airmobile element and aerial fire support. (after action report)

 

VNI-316 Dong Tam ICS Station

Enclosed are a series of photos showing damage caused to the ICS station in Dong Tam by an enemy attack on 230 Hours on 19 May 1970. this was the first successful attack against a fixed ICS installation. (Photos)

 

VNI-317 164 th Aviation Group Cambodian Operations (29 April-19 May 1970)

This is a report on aviation operations in Cambodia in support of friendly forces during this time period. (report)

 

VNI-318 FOLDER EMPTY

 

VNI-319 Col. Nevin L. McCartney

This is an end of tour interview with COL McCartney taken on 8 June 1970. (Interview transcript)

 

VNI-320 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-321 C Troop, 1 st Squadron, 11 th ACR

This is an after action interview report made following an armored reconnaissance of a suspected enemy position on 14 February 1970. (Interview report)

 

VNI-322 1-11 th ACR

This is a report for an attack on an enemy base camp on 27 December 1969 that resulted in a large enemy body count. (Report)

 

VNI-323 NO FOLDER

 

VNI-324 L Troop, 3-11 th ACR OPCON to the 3 rd Brigade, 1 st Cavalry Division

This is a report concerning an ambush sprung on an American unit on 10 march 1970 west of Loc Ninh. (report, map)

 

VNI-325 D Company, 1 st Squadron, 11 th ACR

This is an report on a reconnaissance mission in which this unit captured a NVA replacement school within 160 meters of Cambodia, taking 16 prisoners and killed 27 enemy troops. (Handwritten narratives, after action report)

 

VNI-326 FSB Fort Defiance

This is a report detailing an attack by fire against FSB Fort Defiance, Command Post of 2 nd Squadron, 11 th Armored Cavalry Regiment. (After action interview report)

 

VNI-327 2-11 th ACR

This an after action report concerning the defense of the units command post and fire support base from attack on 15 April 1970. (After action report, photos, handwritten narrative)

 

VNI-328 11th ACR

This is a report of an attempted ambush near AP Thanh Phung, during Operation Kentucky Cougar on 21 January 1970. (after action report)

 

VNI-329 11 th Armored Cavalry Regiment; 2 nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment


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