Ia Drang Valley, Battle of the (1965)
Thwarting an NVA plan to cut South Vietnam in two by attacking eastward across the central highlands to the South China Sea, the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, made a heliborne combat assault directly into the enemy assembly area. Supported by massive air and artillery fires, including strikes by B‐52 bombers, the NVA were routed and forced to retreat back into their Cambodian sanctuaries. The victory was marred, however, by the ambush of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, by remnants of the NVA force as it withdrew from the battle area. Casualties totaled 234 killed in action during the landing zone X‐Ray and Albany actions.
[See also Guerrilla Warfare; Helicopters; Vietnam War: Military and Diplomatic Course.]
Harry G. Summers, Jr. , The Bitter Triumph of the Ia Drang, American Heritage (February 1984).
Harold G. Moore and and Joseph L. Galloway , We Were Soldiers Once … And Young, 1992.
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