South Vietnamese forces reported killing 140 enemy troops, wounding 60 others and capturing 40 during and operation last week in the area around Phang Mr, about 40 miles south-west of Saigon.
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MV Soldier from tall grass with captures rifles
MV Dead Viet Cong
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MCU Dead Viet Cong (2 shots)
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Background: South Vietnamese forces reported killing 140 enemy troops, wounding 60 others and capturing 40 during and operation last week in the area around Phang Mr, about 40 miles south-west of Saigon. The South Vietnamese Regular Army (ARVN) said they knocked out the headquarters of the 88th regiment of the North Vietnamese army.
The South Vietnamese first struck with helicopter gunships and aircraft bombing runs before dropping troops on to the ground. The ARVN troops were from the 10th Regiment. As the South Vietnamese troops moved swiftly through the jungle, the clearing operation developed into a sizeable battle.
In other parts of Vietnam on the same day, South Vietnamese forces reported killing 88 Vietcong and North Vietnamese for the loss of five killed and 21 wounded. The Americans said their forces killed a further 99 Vietcong and North Vietnamese for the loss of two men killed and 21 wounded.
In the action near Phang My, the South Vietnamese captured large quantities of weapons. Many were loaded on board helicopters and taken back to Saigon.