Patrol Report

Ice Bound 

February 11th-15th, 1968 #79-68

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Patrol Report #94-68

PFC Southall 6th Patrol 103 hours in Elephant Valley.

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Members of PFC Jim Southall's 6th patrol were:

Cpl J.A.Mattson will work with Jim Southall on four more patrols. Patrols 7-10 in 1968.

LCpl Dye will work with Jim Southall on two more patrols. Patrols 7 & 10

Cpl Elorini will work with Jim on this one patrol only. 

PFC  Whiting will  work with Jim Southall on four more patrol. Patrols 7-10 in 1968.

PFC  Beck will work with Jim Southall four more time on patrol. Before being killed on Hill 200 6/3/68.

Corpsman Kenny will work with Jim Southall two more times on patrols. Patrols 7-8 

PFC  Douglas will work four more times with Jim Southall. Patrols 7, 11, 19 & 21 in 1968.

This patrol in Elephant Valley resulted in one sighting of a total of 4 VC (Viet Cong) one Air Strike was called, resulting in 4 VC KIA. 

The Viet Cong (Vietnamese: Việt Cộng; pronounced, also known as the National Liberation Front of Southern Vietnam or FNL, was an armed communist political organization in South Vietnam and Cambodia. Its military force, the Liberation Army of South Vietnam, fought against the United States and South Vietnamese governments during the Vietnam War, eventually emerging on the winning side. The LASV had both guerrilla and regular army units, as well as a network of cadres who organized peasants in the territory the Viet Cong controlled. During the war, communist insurgents and anti-war activists insisted the Viet Cong was an insurgency indigenous to the South, while the U.S. and South Vietnamese governments portrayed the group as a tool of North Vietnam.

North Vietnam established the National Liberation Front on December 20, 1960, to foment insurgency in the South. Many of the Viet Cong's core members were volunteer "regroupees", southern Viet Minh who had resettled in the North after the Geneva Accord (1954). Hanoi gave the regroupees military training and sent them back to the South along the Ho Chi Minh trail in the early 1960s. The NLF called for southern Vietnamese to "overthrow the camouflaged colonial regime of the American imperialists" and to make "efforts toward the peaceful unification". The LASV's best-known action was the Tet Offensive, a gigantic assault on more than 100 South Vietnamese urban centers in 1968, including an attack on the U.S. embassy in Saigon. The offensive riveted the attention of the world's media for weeks, but also overextended the Viet Cong. Later communist offensives were conducted predominantly by the North Vietnamese. The organization was dissolved in 1976 when North and South Vietnam were officially unified under a communist government.

The flag of the Viet Cong

viet cong weapons

Air Strike