Viet Cong guerrillas wiped out a hamlet defence post in a perfectly executed attack 24 miles (40 kms) Northwest of Saigon early on New Year's Eve.
SV Road Sign.
GV PAN Outpost.
MV & GV Troops and Vietnamese repair damage. (5 shots)
GV PAN Helicopter flies over Vietnamese house.
GV & SCU Coffins with candles burning and family. (3 shots)
Initials SAW/AH/CO/23.27 SAW/AH/CO/23.32
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Background: Viet Cong guerrillas wiped out a hamlet defence post in a perfectly executed attack 24 miles (40 kms) Northwest of Saigon early on New Year's Eve.
The attack was said to have taken place 20 minutes after the Viet Cong 72-hour New Year ceasefire went into effect.
About 20 Viet Cong were believed to have carried out the assault which killed all but two of the post's defence force.
The next morning Government soldiers and villagers cleared up after the attack which had pierced the hamlet's defences using satchel charges, grenades and small arms fire.
Two boys who were home for the truce holiday to visit their family were also killed in the clash. In their village home, the family mourned the death of the boys.