(Courtesy Samuel Zaffiri). article Battle for Hamburger Hill During Vietnam War originally published in the June 1999 issue of Vietnam magazine. "Mike was my good friend," said McGall, pausing for a moment as emotion crept into his voice, "and he passed away four years ago. Colonel Conmy characterized the operation as a reconnaissance in force. Honeycutt ordered Charlie Company to the aid of Delta, but a sudden blinding rainstorm halted the attack and the Rakkasans again reluctantly withdrew back down the mountain. Honeycutt again balked, saying his battalion was not going to sit on the side of the mountain to “get our asses shot off” waiting on the other units. After visiting the 3-187 command post and interviewing a number of soldiers in the area, he met with Zais. Not wanting to give the enemy a chance to reinforce and strengthen his position on the mountain, Honeycutt decided he could not wait for his sister battalion to arrive. Napalm, recoilless rifle fire, and dogged squad and platoon-level actions eventually accounted for the reduction of most fortifications, though at a pace and price thoroughly unanticipated by American forces. After a moment's thought, Deen's eyes welled up and the sentiment was reaffirmed. More than 600 enemy bodies were found on the hill when the battle was over. The terrain also masked the positions of the PAVN 29th Regiment, making it nearly impossible to suppress anti-aircraft fire, while the jungle covered the movement of PAVN units so completely that it created a nonlinear battlefield. "Hard," said Deen. As a Spc. That hill had no military value whatsoever." It's not true….It's just a myth that we can pull back and everything will settle down. Local Degar tribesmen called it Ap Bia "the mountain of the crouching beast." Finally, by 1700, the hill was secured. In theory, the 101st could reposition its forces quickly enough to keep the PAVN from massing against any one unit, while a U.S. battalion discovering a PAVN unit would fix it in place until a reinforcing battalion could lift in to cut off its retreat and destroy it. The battle took place on Dong Ap Bia (Ap Bia Mountain, Vietnamese: Đồi A Bia) in the rugged, jungle-shrouded mountains of South Vietnam, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the Laotian border. The Rakkasans resumed their attack the next day, with Bravo and Alpha companies moving out toward the mountain’s summit by two different routes while Charlie Company conducted movement to the east toward the northern edge of Dong Ap Bia. HistoryNet.com contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines. The 501st and the 506th were to destroy the PAVN in their own operating areas and block escape routes into Laos. The ARVN 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 1st Division participated in the battle. Learn how and when to remove this template message, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), "Battle of Dong Ap Bia - Hill 937 10-21 May 1969", "Người phụ nữ chỉ huy trận đánh trên 'Đồi thịt băm, "Battle of Dong Ap Bia - Hill 937 10–21 May 1969", "Faces of the American Dead in Vietnam: One Week's Toll, June 1969", Oral history interview with Vietnam Veteran, Arthur Wiknik describing his experiences during the Battle for Hamburger Hill, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Hamburger_Hill&oldid=987859511, Battles of the Vietnam War involving the United States, Battles and operations of the Vietnam War in 1969, Battles and operations of the Vietnam War, Articles lacking in-text citations from May 2016, Articles containing Vietnamese-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, American-South Vietnamese tactical victory and withdrawal, This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 17:44.

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