Fighting continued on Monday (14 Sept) around the beleaguered O'Reilly artillery base in the Ashau Valley in North Western South Vietnam which has been pressure from the North Vietnamese for several weeks.
PAN troops in helicopter to Ashau Valley.
Aerial view valley & O'Reilly firebase
MS Convoy with troops
GU PAN troops at firebase.
MS Helicopter arrives with troops.
MCU Troops off Helicopter.
GU Troops in bunker.
MS More troops from Helicopter.
MS Troops board helicopter for patrol.
MS Helicopter away towards Laotian border.
CU Troops inside helicopter.
Aerial view border area ( 2 shots).
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Background: Fighting continued on Monday (14 Sept) around the beleaguered O'Reilly artillery base in the Ashau Valley in North Western South Vietnam which has been pressure from the North Vietnamese for several weeks.
While United States B-52 bombers and Phantom jet bombers pounded North Vietnamese positions near the firebase, South Vietnamese forces maintained patrols around the hilltop garrison. The O'Reilly base, 15 miles from the Laotian border, is manned by 2,500 men from a South Vietnamese Infantry Regimental group.
In one action over the weekend, South Vietnamese government forces fought an hour-long battle with North Vietnamese troops just two miles from the firebase. Ten North Vietnamese soldiers were killed in the fighting in which they poured about 100 mortar rounds into the Government positions. South Vietnamese casualties were said to be two killed and five wounded.
Government troops are keeping up ground and helicopter patrols over a wide area of the Ashau Valley around firebase O'Reilly. But the main attack had been from their air support.
In six days up to last Sunday, American Phantoms and Superabres and Australian Canberras made nearly 150 air strikes on North Vietnamese positions in the Valley. One American pilot said: "We're giving it all we can."
An Air Force spokesman said monsoon rains in the mountainous region required the fighter bombers to operate at low levels, forcing them down among the hills poking up into the clouds.
The Ashau Valley has long been the major point of entry for North Vietnamese forces moving into South vietnam from the Ho Chi Minh trail.