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By Keith Nolan

On April 10, 1970, Hill 927 was once occupied via soldiers of the Screaming Eagles of the one hundred and first Airborne department. through July, the actions of the artillery and infantry of Ripcord had stuck the eye of the NVA (North Vietnamese military) and an extended and lethal siege ensued. Ripcord was once the Screaming Eagles’ final likelihood to do major harm to the NVA within the A Shau Valley earlier than the department was once withdrawn from Vietnam and lower back to the U.S..

At Ripcord, the enemy counterattacked with ferocity, utilizing mortar and antiaircraft hearth to inflict heavy causalities at the devices working there. The conflict lasted 4 and a part months and exemplified the last word frustration of the Vietnam conflict: the lack of the yank army to carry to endure its huge, immense assets to win at the battlefield. in spite of everything, the a hundred and first evacuated Ripcord, leaving the NVA accountable for the battlefield. opposite to the chant “We received each conflict yet misplaced the war,” the USA was once defeated at Ripcord. Now, finally, the total tale of this poor conflict could be told.

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It found its spirit in the battle of the Ia Drang Valley—the first major clash between the U. S. Army and the North Vietnamese—which saw a battalion from the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) utterly destroy the NVA regiment that was attempting to destroy it during three savage days on the Cambodian border in November 1965. The old war of advisors and indigenous troops continued on the border with Laos. In May 1965, a third border surveillance camp was established five kilometers northwest of Ta Bat at another abandoned village, A Luoi, where the A Shau Valley narrows to a fissure.

After quietly surrounding Ta Bat and A Luoi, the enemy hit both outposts with mortar and ground attacks in December 1965. Both were evacuated, leaving the stronger Camp A Shau to stand alone in the valley. The enemy made the triangle-shaped outpost their next objective, and on March 10, 1966, after two days of mortar bombardments and human-wave attacks, they took it. The communists paid a real butcher’s bill, piling up bodies in the barbed wire as the Green Berets kept up the fire of their CIDG troops and called in air strikes almost on top of themselves.

The helicopter crashed straight down into the ammunition storage area of one of the howitzer batteries, and the cataclysmic explosions that followed literally blew the top off the hill, completely destroying the battery in the process. Crisis piled upon crisis. On the twentieth day, a company attached to Lucas from the 1-506th Infantry was inserted on a ridge east of Ripcord. The company was immediately engaged in yet another hidden bunker complex. As if to confirm that the NVA were everywhere, one of Lucas’s own companies, commanded by Captain Hawkins, discovered that same afternoon a land line running along a trail in a narrow valley only two kilometers south of the firebase.

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