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 - Thursday, February 23, 1967 PHONE 567-222 HOME...
Thursday, February 23, 1967 PHONE 567-222 HOME EDITION 10c V mm fa Hi V ffi U S hurls 45 000 into huge assault in Vietnam of big U.S. WAR ZONE C, Vietnam ( AP) United States forces, have unleashed the greatest ground-air assault of the Vietnam war. . They hurled some 45,000 men into a vast encirclement of the Viet Cong's national headquarters and main base near the Cambodian border. , , The drive, ranging 50 to 75 miles northwest of Saigon, began yesterday with the first American combat parachute jump of the war, a drop of about 750 paratroopers into blocking positions behind the enemy lines and barely three miles from Cambodia. The lightning assaults of paratroops, helicopter-borne infantry and foot soldiers had most units in their assigned areas within a matter of hours. ' - The clear skies over the wide combat zone were criss-crossed with helicopters, transports, jet fighters and observation planes, operating in what one officer called fantastic coordination. On the heels of the paratroops, helicopter-lifted soldiers fanned out in, landing zones on the flanks, creating a bristling arc of U.S. firepower on the northern part of War Zone C in Tay Ninh Province, northwest of Saigon. Powerful columns of tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantry moved up from the south and around the flanks to complete a loose encirclement of the area where U.S. forces hoped to trap the political leadership of the Viet Cong. Initial reports from the battlefield indicated Viet Cong resistance to the first assault was confined to sniper fire, booby traps and mines. there were no casualties. Some assault units reported a 'handful of casualties from snipers. Continuous jet air strikes plastered the jungles ahead of advancing U.S. troops. From the air, the vast area was a fantastic scene of criss-crossing aircraft, billowing smoke from the ground, lush jungles dotted with colored parachutes and assault companies in olive drab uniforms hacking forward on the ground. Weather conditions for the assault were nearly perfect There was almost no wind as the paratroopers came down

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  1. Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
  2. 23 Feb 1967, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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