Bien Hoa, 18 miles north of Saigon, suffered widespread damage in Vietcong mortar attacks on Sunday (February 23), part of the co-ordinated wave of rocket, mortar and ground attacks throughout South Vietnam.
LS Activities in Bien Hoa (2 shots)
CU Bullet-riddled police station
CU Damaged roof tilt down building
CU Dead vietcong - people walk pass with covered noses (4 shots)
MLS Activities in area
MLS Flattered houses
CU More dead Vietcong (3 shots)
MLS Troops search area for Vietcong
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Background: Bien Hoa, 18 miles north of Saigon, suffered widespread damage in Vietcong mortar attacks on Sunday (February 23), part of the co-ordinated wave of rocket, mortar and ground attacks throughout South Vietnam.
South Vietnamese troops rushed in and searched the village and surrounding areas. A number of Vietcong were killed as the village was reoccupied, but otherwise were described as light.
Two miles from Bien Hoa village is the giant United States Bien Hoa Airbase, from which bombing raids are carried out on Vietcong positions in South Vietnam.
There was further fierce fighting in Bien Hoa early yesterday (February 26) when North Vietnamese troops seen in the area by South Vietnamese guarding the base.
United States officials said they believed the North Vietnamese were part of a force of three battalions ordered to attack the base, but none reached the target.
They said a battalion of about 600 men held out in Bien Hoa village against attacks by South Vietnamese Rangers and Marines. Later bombers were called into blast the area with high explosives and napalm.
Officials said 147 North Vietnamese troops were killed and at least 55 wounded.
Refugees were today (February 27) returning to Bien Hoa, but this village of 1,000 inhabitants is now almost totally destroyed.