Tam Ky: The Battle for Nui Yon Hill

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iUniverse, Nov 24, 2009 - History - 103 pages
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From 5 May through 19 May, 1969, units of the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry were ordered to clear elements of the VC (Viet Cong) from the Tam Ky area in the wake of the Post-Tet Offensive of 1969. They began an assault on a hilltop, Nui Yon Hill, which was a South Vietnamese Army outpost that had been overrun by VC and NVA troops a few days before. After the initial assault to retake the hill failed, the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment was air assaulted in to reinforce the 1st Cavalry. A, B, C, and D Companies of the 3/21 were committed to this operation.

On 13 May, 1969, the men of C Company were combat assaulted into a hot landing zone near the South Vietnamese village of Tam Ky. Their objective was to take Nui Yon Hill. As the Hueys carrying C Company began to descend, they were hit by heavy enemy fire. Once the U.S. soldiers had their boots on the ground, they became embroiled in a fierce two-day battle that claimed the lives of twelve Charlie Tigers. This is the compelling story of that battle told by the men who were there.


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I was a medic with c troop, 1st/1st cavalry at Nui Yon. We actually had grunts with us from the 3/21, but we almost get no mention. There were 28 kia (14 of them mia) and 40% casualties, yet we aren't mentioned. I had to leave a dead grunt behind, yet he's not mentioned (I believe he was teddy r moore, the rto sitting next to the captain when the rpg hit them. We had 3 days worth of cavalry assault across an open killing zone untill the 101st airborne came in to relieve us. I'm proud that a bunch of shmucks charged into intense fire again and again. I'm glad the 3/21 got credit, but the cav and grunts with us took a lot of casualties as well. 

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Interesting to read about the Battle for Nui Yon Hill, we vietnamese are still dont forget the bloody days of the American war time. Last August, Vietnam Tour Pedia ( http://www.vietnamtourpedia.com ) a travel agent based in Hanoi has invited some of the American war veteran to visit this famous battlefield. 


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