late summer, Bravo Company conducted search and destroy operations in the
Bong Son Plain and the An Lo Valley. We had no contact with NVA forces and
only sporadic contact with small groups of VC. In mid-September our
battalion was alerted to deploy south to Tuy Hoa to reinforce the 173rd
Airborne Brigade, and participate in “Operation Bolling”. The US Air Force
had a large base at Tuy Hoa, home of the 31st Tactical Fighter
Wing that provided air support in the northern provinces of Vietnam.
Intelligence reports indicated a build up of NVA forces in the hills to the
west of Tuy Hoa and these forces had the capability of disrupting US Air
Force operations. During 17-18 September, our battalion moved from LZ
English to a staging area located at a Special Forces Camp west of Qui Nhon.
On 19 September, our battalion was placed under the operational control of
the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and companies were combat assaulted
into different landing zones in the rolling hills west of Tuy Hoa. We had
some contacts, but the NVA threat seemed to fade away. On the light side, we
captured a NVA Finance Officer who was lost until he stumbled into one of
our positions. Our battalion returned to LZ English on 14 October, and we
conducted combat operations in Bong Son until our deployment to Dak To.
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