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Battle of Dong Xoai

June 9

Battle of Dong Xoai

  • June 10, 1965
  • 11 Green Berets of Detachment A-342, 5th Special Forces (SF) Group
  • 9 Seabees of Team 1104, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11
  • 435 Cambodians and South Vietnamese
  • Dong Xoai, district capital of Phuoc Long province in War Zone D
  • two Viet Cong regiments (1,500 soldiers)

  • 11:30 p.m. on June 9 the opening barrage began with 400 rounds of 60mm mortar fire
  • Two SF members were KIA by mortar fragments
  • 2:30 a.m., the communists had breached the wall, forcing the defenders back to the district headquarters building
  • SF 2nd Lt. Charles Q. Williams & Seabee Marvin G. Shields
  • Williams and Shields were awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Maj. Lawrence T. Holland, of the 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Of the 20 Americans based there, six were KIA (four Green Berets and two Seabees) and 14 WIA. Then there were the five MACV advisers and eight helicopter crewmen KIA. A fighter pilot killed brought the final toll to 19

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