Operation Austin IV

Operation Austin IV was a search and destroy operation conducted by the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade in western Quang Duc and Phước Long Provinces, from 1 to 18 May 1966.[1]

Prelude

Operation Austin IV was a search and destroy operation near the Cambodian border in II Corps.[1]

Operation

On 1 May the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment conducted a helicopter assault near Bu Prang Camp and patrolled the area until 6 May without making any contact with the PAVN. Also on 1 May the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment was deployed by helicopter onto 2 infiltration routes from Cambodia and patrolled the area until 8 May without making any contact.[2]

On 6 May following intelligence indicating the presence of enemy forces near the abandoned Special Forces base at Bù Gia Mập, the 2/502nd was moved from Bu Prang to Bù Gia Mập and were joined by A Troop 17th Cavalry Regiment on 8 May and the 1/327th on 10 May. On 10 May Company A, 2/502nd captured a soldier from the PAVN 141st Regiment who revealed that 4 companies of his unit were waiting in an ambush nearby. On 11 May Company A, 2/502nd and A/17th Cavalry encircled the PAVN ambush position and then called in air and artillery strikes, which resulted in claims of the destruction of most of a PAVN battalion.[3][2]:28-9

On 14 May a B-52 strike took place northwest of Bù Gia Mập and 2/502nd and 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment were sent into the area to exploit the strike but met only scattered resistance. On 17 May 2/502nd was flown out of Bù Gia Mập to Nhon Co (11°58′41″N 107°33′54″E / 11.978°N 107.565°E), while 2/503rd was flown by helicopter to Sông Bé Base Camp. On 18 May 1/327th was flown out to Nhon Co.[2]:29

Aftermath

Operation Austin IV officially concluded on 18 May, with the US claiming PAVN losses were at 101 killed, 148 estimated killed and 6 captured, U.S. losses were 9 killed.[2]:30

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

  1. ^ a b Jones, Frank (2015). The U.S. Army Campaigns of the Vietnam War: Buying Time 1965-1966 (PDF). Center of Military History. p. 48.
  2. ^ a b c d (PDF). Headquarters 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. 1966. p. 28 http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/388883.pdf. Retrieved 23 October 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Hackworth, David (1990). About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior. Simon and Schuster. p. 532-3. ISBN 9780671695347.
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