Ambush Valley: I Corps, Vietnam, 1967—the Story of a Marine Infantry Battalion's Battle for Survival

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Pacifica Military History, Jan 24, 2010 - History
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AMBUSH VALLEY

I Corps, Vietnam, 1967—the Story of a Marine Infantry Battalion's Battle for Survival

 Eric Hammel

 In the summer of 1967, the Marines in I Corps, South Vietnam’s northernmost military region, were doing eveything they could to lighten the pressure on the besieged Con Thien Combat Base.

Still fresh after months of relatively light action around Khe Sanh, the 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, was sent to the Con Thien region to secure the combat bases’s endangered main supply route. On September 7, 1967, its first full day in the new area of operations, separate elements of the battalion were attacked by at least two battalions of North Vietnamese infantry, and both were nearly overrun in night-long battles.

On September 10, while advancing to a new sector near Con Thien, the 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, was attacked by at least a full North Vietnamese regiment, the same NVA unit that had attacked it two days earlier. Isolated into two separate defensive perimeters, the Marines battled through the afternoon and evening against repeated assaults by waves of NVA regulars intent upon achieving a major victory. In a battle described as “Custer’s Last Stand—With Air Support,” the Americans prevailed by the narrowest of margins.

Ambush Valley is an unforgettable account of bravery and survival under impossible conditions. It is told entirely in the words of the men who faced the ordeal together—an unprecedented mosaic of action and emotion woven into an incredibly clear and vivid combat narrative by one of today’s most effective military historians.  Ambush Valley achieves a new standard for oral history. It a war story not to be missed.

 

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Contents

Section 1
17
Section 2
21
Section 3
33
Section 4
40
Section 5
50
Section 6
65
Section 7
76
Section 8
99
Section 16
206
Section 17
215
Section 18
232
Section 19
244
Section 20
255
Section 21
266
Section 22
276
Section 23
288

Section 9
121
Section 10
136
Section 11
144
Section 12
162
Section 13
173
Section 14
183
Section 15
194
Section 24
307
Section 25
325
Section 26
336
Section 27
342
Section 28
344
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