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BDA, B Co. 1/12, '67

I just finished reading a story in the Ivy Leaves about a BDA done by B&C Co 1/12 in July of '67, in the Ia Drang Valley. In a battle
that lasted an hour and a half, the NVA all but destroyed B company, which was their initial goal. We were too predictable, it seems to me. The NVA lured us into the trap, by having a large force move into the Ia Drang.
They stay there long enough for our sensors, and patrols to locate
them, then quietly move back to Cambodia, and wait. It will take a
day or two for B-52's to strike. As soon as the bombings are over the
NVA rush back to the Ia Drang and kick ass when our BDA team moves in
as per standard operating procedure.

Re: BDA, B Co. 1/12, '67

I read about that and the POWs. Just got me thinking about the tactics that the Inf. Btns. used back then like sending out three line companys and one recon plt. looking for some NVA Reg or more thats out there somewhere. Also all the line companys were undermanned and pity the first line company that runs into the NVA because they got pounded most of the time. I remember that and like I said just got me thinking.

Re: BDA, B Co. 1/12, '67

We(A/1/22)did a number of BDAs at platoon strength - what stood for platoon strength in Nam (30 or so)anyway. We found a lot of NVA sign - bunkers, clothing, etc. and a couple of times some bodies.

We also had contacts a few times - luckily not with any Battalion sized units. And we (2nd platoon A/1/22)once got sent out looking for evidence of the 66th NVA Regiment in the area. We found it - dinks and signs of movement everywhere - but we avoided contact. There were 24 of us on that patrol and I had no intention of engaging even part of a regiment.

Re: BDA, B Co. 1/12, '67

Seems we all read this article. Seems the NVA 66th did not get enough of the 4th they came back for more March 69 during Wayne gray