El Paso II

Written January 2021

Operation

Dates: 

2 Jun 1966 – 13 Jul 1966

Area of Operation:

Bình Long and Phước Long Provinces, War Zone C, III Corps

Allied Units:

USA 1st and 2d Battalions 28th Infantry, 1st and 2d Battalions 18th Infantry, 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry; ARVN 5th Infantry Division

Allied Casualties:

US 200 KIA, 424+ WIA; ARVN 22 KIA, 71 WIA, 16 MIA

Enemy Units:

VC 271st Regiment, 272d Regiment, 273d Regiment, 9th VC Division

Enemy Casualties:

855 KIA, 167+ WIA, 8-37 POW

Objective(s):

To determine 9th VC Division strength and locations along Route 13 and to destroy said forces and installations, particularly around Lộc Ninh and An Lộc.

Significance/Notes:

The second portion of the El Paso operations lasted just over a month US and ARVN forces fought in three major encounters. The first occurred on June 8 when the VC 272d Regiment ambushed an armored column of 1/4 Cavalry just outside the village of Ap Tau O. The second major engagement occurred on June 30 when the VC 271stRegiment ambushed elements of the 1/4 Cavalry and 2/18th Infantry along Route 13 near Srok Dong.


The third major engagement was a counterambush by US forces on July 9 on Minh Thanh Road. Drawing on the experiences of the first two encounters, 1/4 Cavalry successfully lured VC forces into a battle. This encounter in particular has been studied by armored commanders since as an example of learning and adapting to enemy actions.

Sources:

The Vietnam Center And Archive (at Texas Tech University)

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