Accession Number:

AD0392520

Title:

LESSONS LEARNED, HEADQUARTERS, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION

Descriptive Note:

Operational rept. for the quarterly period ending 30 Apr 1968

Corporate Author:

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1968-05-24

Pagination or Media Count:

96.0

Abstract:

During this reporting period, the 101st Airborne Division has conducted combat operations in three of the four Corps Tactical Zones in the Republic of Vietnam, as well as the Capital Military District around Saigon. Elements of the Division have fought Viet Cong, North Vietnamese Regulars and Local Force units from the marshy rice lands southeast of Saigon to the mountainous jungles west of Hue. During the period, the Division has served as a Reaction Force, ready to deploy on a moments notice to any location in Vietnam. At 310300 January 1968, the VCNVA launched their TET Offensive. During the early hours of the battle, a VC Sapper platoon breached the court- yard wall, placing a significant threat on the American Embassy, Saigon. A ready Reaction Force from C-1-502 Inf was directed to conduct an air mobile assault to the roof top of the Embassy building, and to clear and secure the Embassy and surrounding area. After two attempts, the assault force was able to land on the HOT LZ at 010834 February. In less than 1 hour, the Embassy and surrounding area had been secured. The action resulted in 9 VC KIA and 2 AK- 47s credited to the 101st Abn Troopers.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE