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Old October 19th, 2005, 01:35 PM
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Default Re: Units used in the LZ_X-ray battle


In the After action report of the LZ X-ray battle it says that each rifle Company took just one mortar with max ammo:

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The tube artillery will be followed by 30 seconds of Aerial Rocket Artillery followed by 30 seconds of gunship preparation just prior to touchdown of the assault company.
All mortars under Company D mortar platoon control.
Position area to be selected after landing. Priority
of fires initially to Company B then to Company A when
move off the LZ begins.

B. Company A:

C. Company B:

D. Company C:

E. Company D:

F. Headquarters Company: Move to Landing Zone on order
utilizing 2 CH-47's.

G. Coordinating Instructions:

(1) Each rifle company be prepared to assume mission of any other rifle company on order.

(2) "C" lift frequency will be used for move.

(3) All rifle companies take one mortar and maximum ammunition.

(4) All mortars will be brought in as internal UH1D loads and placed under Company D control.
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Default Heavy artillery used during \"Broken Arrow\"



X-Ray. Day 2, 15 Nov 1965

Before dawn, Moore orders his company commanders to meet him prior to an attack to rescue the still cut-off platoon. Before this meeting takes place, the PAVN launch a heavy attack which shatters the early-morning stillness like a huge explosion. The attack is carried out by the 7th Bn, 66th Regiment and the H-15 Main Force Viet Cong Bn.

C Company of the Cavalry Battalion bears the brunt of the assault and is soon involved in hand to hand combat. The right portion of D/1/7 is also struck. The code word "Broken Arrow" is sent out over the radio by the Battalion Forward Air Controller. Within minutes, all available fighter bombers in South Vietnam are headed for X-ray to render close air support to "an American unit in grave danger of being overrun". A 3 hour battle that features non-stop 105mm artillery (8" artillery also participated), aerial rockets, and determined American Infantrymen, results in Charlie Company holding it's ground in a stunning display of personal courage and unit discipline. But it pays a terrible price - no officers left and only 49 men unhurt. 42 officers and men killed; 20 wounded. Scores of slain North Vietnamese and their weapons litter the bloody battleground.
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