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I was at Bien Hoa Air Force Base the first half of 1965. Additionally, during the operation, II Field Force engineers would clear a new supply … 8. Xa Cam My--April 66--page 2--Danger Forward

Unfortunately, part 1 one of the plan worked as intended.

The results of the Operation were 36 Americans killed and 71 wounded. They discuss Operation Abilene, being stranded in battle against the Viet Cong, and seeing the line and basket dropped down from a helicopter with a descending Pitsenbarger coming to evacuate them and the other wounded. AIRMAN 1ST CLASS WILLIAM H. PITSENBARGER -courtesy of AFNM The Distiguished Service Cross Award that George Steinburg received after participating in Operation Abilene---April 11, 1966--provided by John Libs [1]:11 Two posthumous Medals of Honor were awarded in connection with this action.

[1] Originally planned as a U.S. search and destroy mission intended to lure out the "crack" Viet Cong (VC) D800 Battalion, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment soon found itself fighting for survival in the rubber plantations of Cam My village, approximately 42 miles (68 km) east of Saigon. This primary source comes from the Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1628 – Native American Vietnam Vet showed the way, http://traffic.libsyn.com/vietnamveterannews/1627_-_Operation_Abilene.mp3, Episode 1887– New Yorker Paul Cheng Jr. served in Vietnam, Episode 1886 – Marine Vietnam Vet Jimmy L. Gardner saw the light and lets it shine, Episode 1885 – Blue Water Navy Agent Orange epilogue, Episode 1884 – Virtual Memorial Day event planned in New Jersey, Episode 1883 – Vietnam Vet Lenny Rundle – one tough dude, 1766 – A Conversation with Vietnam Vet John Shoemaker – Unplugged, 562 – Vietnam Ia Drang veterans hold reunion at Port Lavaca, 1726 – Dr. Bob Rodrigues – The Nixon Years, Part 3 – Lam Son 719 and the Pentagon Papers, 036 VVN – Leo Black – US Coast Guard in Vietnam. Our mission is to engage, educate, and inspire all learners to discover and explore the records of the American people preserved by the National Archives. Enemy contact the sweeps was almost non-existent. This was made worse when misdirected artillery fired upon Charlie Company instead of the aggressive VC forces. Medal of Honor recipient Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger. When the VC took the bait, reinforcements would be sent in to wipe out the enemy. By 07:00 on April 12, the VC, having failed to overrun and destroy company C,[5] disengaged from the battle before other U.S. units could arrive. DAVID E. MILSTEN-courtesy of AFNM, EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT BY ARMY SGT. Listen to episode 1627 and discover a greater appreciation for the bravery of our Vietnam Veterans with special emphasis on the deeds of A1C William H. Pitsenbarger during Operation Abilene. Operation Abilene (1966) - a joint US-Australian military operation in 1966 during the Vietnam War. DePuy followed Operation Abilene with other operations designed to find enemy forces and bring them to battle. Through the night, small units from the VC D800 Battalion breached the American perimeter, retrieving their own casualties and slitting the throats of wounded U.S. soldiers along the way. pg 2 of Newspaper Articles from April 11, 66 During Operation Abilene, also known as the Battle of Xa Cam My, Army Vietnam Veterans Phil Hall and Fred Navarro witnessed the sacrifice of Air Force Veteran William H. Pitsenbarger. Summary of Operation Abilene

James Robinson C Co Medal of Honor Xa Cam My--April 66--page 4- Danger Forward

The 16th Infantry Regiment Association will conduct its next reunion in New Orleans, LA, Distinguished & Honorary Members of the Regiment, Pay / Renew Memberships / Program Donations, Operation ABILENE—1st Battalion April 1966, 16th Infantry Area of Operations 1965-1970, Operation ABILENE—2nd Battalion April 1966, Battle of Courtenay Plantation 11-12 April 1966, Operation JUNCTION CITY 22 February-15 April 1967, Battle of Binh Long Province (KENTUCKY COUGAR) 12 August 1969. DePuy followed Operation Abilene with other operations designed to find enemy forces and bring them to battle. EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT BY ARMY SGT. In this episode of Borne the Battle, Hall and Navarro recall their experiences during the Vietnam War. 9. The Battle of Xa Cam My was fought over two days from April 11–12, 1966, 10 miles (16 km) south of the village of Cam My in Phuoc Tuy Province, during the Vietnam War.

ABILENE was designed to be a spoiling attack to destroy the supplies and base camp areas supporting the 5th Division’s attack.

The latter was awarded in December 2000. The purpose of Operation Abilene was to use Company C as bait to lure a VC battalion into battle. PJ in Vietnam--Pits Story Your email address will not be published. This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History. For the next two days, the battalion swept westward, just north of the twin mountains of Núi Toc Tiên and Núi Thi Vai, until it reached Highway 15, four kilometers south of Phú My. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Pictures from the Battle of Xa Cam My Easter weekend April11, 1966 C Company was surrounded by the VC battalion. In response to this build-up, Gen. The Mudsoldiers who fought in Xa Cam My The 3rd Brigade’s portion of that mission was to operate in AO OREGON located in the southern half of the 1st Division’s mission area. The Featured piece appeared in Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia that was titled: Battle of Xa Cam My, Operation Abilene. In early 1966, intelligence efforts began to paint a picture of a build-up of supplies in areas to the east of Saigon to support the 5th PLAF Division. Pictured here was Melvin Sherrell, killed in action [KIA] (December 13, 1966) 11. If you’d like to contribute a story to VAntage Point, learn how you can submit a guest blog at http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/how-to-submit-a-guest-post/, Posted on Aug 27, 2020August 25, 2020 171 views, Posted on Aug 27, 2020July 20, 2020 192 views, Posted on Aug 24, 2020August 21, 2020 1 comment 5k views, Posted on Aug 20, 2020August 4, 2020 904 views, Herman Carl Abelein Jr.: A Jack of All Trades, Vets First Podcast S:1 E:5: When our blood filtration system goes bad: two Veteran viewpoints on kidney disease, Borne the Battle #208: Army Veteran Florent Groberg, Medal of Honor Recipient, Fresh Focus #6: Healthy Plate Podcast – Action Steps, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmiqnAQTTCI, Army Veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. However DePuy's gamble on other rifle companies arriving in time was thwarted by the thick jungle.

10. Part 2 of the plan failed when it was discovered by the 1st Division leader, the jungles around the battle were so thick the rescuers could not get to the action. Since the 2nd Brigade’s arrival the previous June, most of the 1st Infantry Division’s large scale efforts had been largely focused to the northwest of Saigon. There’s hardly a moment that doesn’t feature at least one great actor — William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda, Christopher Plummer, Diane Ladd — in top form. The next large one, Birmingham, was launched on April 24 northwest of Saigon in Tay Ninh province. For the next five days, the battalion remained at the brigade CP location pulling security for the 3rd Brigade’s Tactical Operations Center and the 2nd Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery. By 14:00, VC officers were spotted around the positions of Charlie Company, directing the encirclement of U.S. positions. However, enemy activities were picking up in other parts of the III Corps Tactical Zone as well. On 14 April, the 1st Rangers were airlifted back to Lai Khe after two weeks of almost fruitless searching. The Vietnam War; 1970s America ; World War I; The Civil War ... near Xa Cam My, during Operation "Abilene," a search and destroy mission. The supplies were reportedly being stockpiled to support a planned division-size offensive against the capital. Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Posted on Monday, April 6, 2020 8:00 amApril 2, 2020 Posted in Borne the Battle podcast, Honoring Vets, Top Stories by VAntage Point Contributor 3k views. Seaman ordered the II Field Force to develop plans for a large-scale ground operation in the suspected areas. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A1C William Hart Pitsenbarger Medal of Honor Once the VC attacked the isolated company, DePuy planned to rush in other rifle companies to destroy the VC. August: Operation Passage to Freedom. DocsTeach is a product of the National Archives education division. FRED C. NAVARRO--courtesy AFNM In response to this build-up, Gen. Commencing on March 29, 1966, Operation Abilene was a U.S. search and destroy mission through Phuoc Tuy Province, targeting the VC 274th and 275th Regiments of the 5th Division and their base areas in the May Tao Secret Zone.