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Two operations of the 5th Mech out of the AA's; with information in regards to  A Troop 4/12 Cav activities.

1/C/1-11, 1/5 Infantry Division (Mech)--Quang Tri Province

3/A/2-506th Infantry (Ambl), 3/101st Airborne Division (Ambl)--Thua Thien


Lam Son 719 Significant Events entries in the Combat After Action Report of

the 1/5 Mech. According to the AA, A/4-12 Cav had 25 WIA'S and  no KIA'S during this


28 JAN 71

1/A/4-12, 282217H, YD107694 (4km SW S-4).

The unit reported that a trip flare was detonated approximately 75 meters

north of the NDP.  They also received 3-4x rounds of AK-47 fire from the

north.  Organic weapons fire was placed on the area, and pink light and

radar were employed, but with negative sightings.  The area was swept at

first light with negative results.

29 JAN 71

2/A/4-12, 291200H, YD157687 (4km ESE A-4).

An M551 Sheridan detonated a PM60 mine buried near a tank trail.  There was

1x US WIA; the vehicle sustained moderate damage.  The unit then received

approximately 10x rounds of AK-47 fire from 100 meters west of their

location.  The area was engaged with organic weapons fire and was swept

with negative results.  There were negative further friendly casualties.

The resulting crater was 5'x3'x7'.


 2/A/4-12, 291430H, YD163700 (5km east A-4)

An M551 Sheridan detonated a PM60 mine buried in a tank trail.  There was

1x US WIA; the vehicle sustained moderate damage.  The crater was 7'x7'x'5.

12 FEB 71

A/4-12, 121145, YD158698 (3km E A-4).

A M551 hit a PM60 pressure activated mine which was buried in an open field

resulting in a crater which was 4' by 4'.  There were negative friendly

casualties, the vehicle was a combat loss.

3 APR 71

1-77, 032310H, XD820418 (2km N Khe Sanh).

Team received AK-47 fire and grenades from an estimated 6x NVA.  Small arms

fire and grenades were returned.  A/4-12 reinforced team.  Results:  1x US

KIA, 1x US WIA, 2x NVA KIA.  Sniper team at 040800H, made a sweep of area

where there was contact resulting in the following items captured:  2x RPG

rounds, 1x RPG cleaning kit, 1x estimated one pound type of explosive, 1x

homemade bangalore torpedo, 1x hunting knife with scabbard, 1x first-aid

packet, 1x NVA pistol belt with fish cakes.  There were heavy blood trails

and drag marks throughout the area.

Montana Mustang Significant Events entries in the Combat After Action

Report of the 1/5 Mech.

According to the AA, A/4-12 Cav had 19 WIA's and 2 KIA's during this

operation.  They were attached to Task Force 1-77 Armor with the 1-77 Armor


20 APR 1971

201025H, YD238460.  2/A/4-12.  Track detonated an unknown type

boobytrap--negative casualties or damage.  Area was checked with negative

results.  No recent area activity.

201230H, YD331445.  3/A/4-12.  M551 detonated a 20 pound plastic pressure

activated mine--negative casualties.  No recent area activity.  2 vehicles

had passed over mine previously.

1 MAY 1971

011340H, YD290458.  2/A/4-12.  M113 hit Arty shell having claymore type

clacker detonator--negative casualties.  One roadwheel was blown off.

5 May 1971


051000H, YD249484.  2/A/4-12.  M551 hit aluminum type rocket mine blowing

off 2 roadwheels--1 US WIA.

051145H, YD258486.  2/A/4-12 discovered mine made up of 1 RPG and 1 82mm

round.  Mine was blown in place.

18 MAY 1971


182040H, YD112719.  2/A/4-12 spotted 3 personnel 50 meters from their

position while on an 8-man ambush and engaged with M16 and M79 fire, the

enemy were engaged with M16 and M79 fire to the South.  4.2" blocking fire

was used to the West.

19 MAY 1971

192115H, YD131684.  CP/A/4-12 took 3 unknown rounds of incoming--1 US WIA.

No counterbattery fire.

23 MAY 1971

230900H, YD100642.  A/4-12 took 4x 82mm rounds--negative casualties or

damage.  Counterbattery and 81mm fire employed.  Scts/1-61 swept area with

negative results.

30 MAY

301440H, YD263485.  A/4-12.  M113 set off a TM-41 mine with 4.2" round on

top of it blowing off 2 roadwheels and damaging hull around sprocket.  4 US


31 MAY

031000H, YD355453.  A/4-12.  Individual set off anti-personnel mine--1 US

WIA.  No recent area activity.  Area swept with negative results.


040835H, YD304409.  With mine detector, 1/A/4-12 detected boobytrapped

155mm round which was blown in place.

041255H, YD361477.  2/A/4-12.  Individual set off pressure activated mine

(anti-personnel)--3 US WIA.  No recent activity.

7 JUN 1971

070908H, YD232435.  3/A/4-12.  M551 set off suspected 155mm/4.2" round

blowing off 1 roadwheel arm and 2 pads--negative casualties.  Area swept

with negative results.  No recent area activity.

8 JUN 1971

081400H, YD222456,  2/A/4-12.  M113 set off anti-personnel mine wounding

individual on next track--no vehicle damage.

081742H, YD262487.  A/4-12.  M551 hit unknown type mine which tipped

vehicle on its side with one man trapped inside--2 US WIA.

2 JUL7 1971

021850H, YD137632.  A/4-12 took AK-47 and 2 RPGs from unknown size enemy

force and returned organic weapons fire.  Negative casualties or damage.

Area swept with negative results.

7 July 1971

071200H, YD095683.  A/4-12 found 1 mortar site which they destroyed.


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