The Fight at Landing Zone Xray


Lz Xray Day 1

Lead elements of the under strength 450 man 1st Bn, 7th Cavalry air assault into a small clearing in scrub jungle below the 2300 foot Chu Pong Massif. Within an hour, a fierce battle is underway between the American Air Cav troopers and the aggressive 9th Bn of the 66th Regiment of the Peoples Army of Vietnam – North Vietnamese Regulars. The American Commander, Lt. Col Moore, fighting on the ground with his men, is faced with three on-going tasks to be accomplished simultaneously: Shuttle in the rest of his men from 14 miles to the rear on 16 Huey

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Lz Xray Day 2

X-Ray. Day 2, 15 Nov 1965 Before dawn, Moore orders his company commanders to meet him prior to an attack to rescue the still cut-off platoon. Before this meeting takes place, the PAVN launch a heavy attack which shatters the early-morning stillness like a huge explosion. The attack is carried out by the 7th Bn, 66th Regiment and the H-15 Main Force Viet Cong Bn. C Company of the Cavalry Battalion bears the brunt of the assault and is soon involved in hand to hand combat. The right portion of D/1/7 is also struck. The code word “Broken Arrow” is

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Hal Moore in foxhole

Lz Xray Day 3

Xray Day 3, 16 Nov 1965 The PAVN Commander, knows that he had severely weakened and damaged the defenders in the Charlie Co sector the previous morning. What he does not know is that a fresh company – B Co 2nd Bn 7th Cav, had taken over the position after that engagement. That company, unmolested the previous afternoon, had cut fields of fire, dug new foxholes, fired in artillery concentrations, carefully emplaced it’s machine guns and piled up ammunition. The PAVN assaults four separate times beginning at 4:22 AM. The last is at 6:27 AM. They are stopped cold, losing

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After Action Report

The PDF contains a copy of the actual after action report prepared by Hal Moore following the battle at Lz Xray. Click this link to read the report For a full size view,

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Terrain at Lz Xray

Here are a number of pictures taken of the landing zone. There are more in the 1997 trip. Click here for detailed topo maps for Vietnam.

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