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LZ X-Ray Means River. Airbase attacked by VC on Feb. 6, 1965 Killed 8 Americans, 128 wounded Became justification for putting troops in South Vietnam.

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1 LZ X-Ray Means River

2 Airbase attacked by VC on Feb. 6, 1965 Killed 8 Americans, 128 wounded Became justification for putting troops in South Vietnam Camp Holloway

3 Two Part battle Nov 14-18, 1965 First major battle between U.S. & NVA Note : PAVN (Peoples Army of Vietnam) Located Central Highlands South Vietnam along Drang River Ia Drang Valley

4 CIA had seen build up of NVA in the area U.S. Strategy : Test air power especial of helicopters-send in 3 air cavalry units NVA Strategy: Engage in close fighting-have 6 infantry units

5 6 Other Landing Zones including LZ Albany NVA Leader Nyugen Huu An Lt General Hal Moore & 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry -LZ X- Ray

6 There is a dry creek bed to the west Herricks platoon will be separated In the first few hours the U.S. bunches up in low area surround by trees because there are less than 200 U.S. troops vs. 1,600 NVA in mountains

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11 U.S. Casualties: over 300 KIA, over 500 Wounded U.S. Estimates NVA/VC casualties over 1,500 Both Sides claimed victory Why is this battle significant in the war?

12 Visit: to see photos used etc.http://www.lzxray.com


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