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A harrowing New Year’s Day attack on US special operators during the Vietnam War featured a sinister tactic | Yahoo News

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As the Vietnam War was a largely unconventional conflict, American SOF played an outsized role. Individual units like the Green Berets and Navy SEALs supported the war strategy, but a dedicated special-operations organization was required for greater cohesion.

The Pentagon authorized the creation of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG), a covert special-ops unit authorized to conduct cross-border operations. The unit was extremely effective earning NVA bounties, but their work was dangerous. The unit had a 100% casualty rate counting the wounded and casualties.

On New Year’s Day 1969, just months after the NVA attacked a forward operating MACV-SOG base near Da Nang in August resulting in the deadliest day in Green Beret history, the North Vietnamese attempted to recreate their success.

When New Year’s Eve 1968 approached, the SOG camp commander at Forward Operating Base 1 in Phu Bai, near Hue ordered his troops to prepare for an ambush. They had received corroborating intelligence and noticed markers on camp structures. The camp held but a reconnaissance team originating from the base operating in Laos came under heavy fire and requested extraction. The recon team was comprised of Americans and South Vietnamese soldiers, typical of the time, the NVA routinely only killed the American members to sow distrust within the units and give the impression the Southerners were working with the NVA.

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/harrowing-years-day-attack-us-132400360.html


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