Following the vicious fight for Hill 475, the Brigade pulled back to its base and sent out patrols to the west, chasing the NVA towards the Cambodian border. Little contact was made and it appears the NVA made good their escape. Routine patrols resumed until two UH-1s were shot down in two days by HMGs to the west. Aggressive patrolling was conducted to try to locate and destroy the NVA HMGs, which had downed three helicopters so far, to no avail. Intel suggested the NVA was working more closely with the local VC, and the weapons were being kept on the move throughout the local network of villages so as to keep them hidden from the Americans. To counter this, Brigade decided to implement the "Strategic Hamlet" initiative, wherein smaller villages would be packed up and moved to several larger villages which would theoretically be easier for the Brigade's forces to keep an eye on.
Several of these relocations have been conducted by the Brigade and have gone off without a hitch.
It's 13 November 1967 and the squad has been sent west to the village of Kai Yao, where they will pack up the villagers and move them east to a larger village...
Bradley can't take it anymore and he, too, flees. However, he doesn't keep running, instead he runs north and drops behind a paddy dike (this will prove costly for him, but not as costly as it will be for Shell and Fuqua).
Then I apparently missed a picture... Swan, near the eastern end of the US column, opens up on the VC in the east, lightly wounding one, while they return fire and lightly wound him.
Meanwhile, three badly wounded VC (two in the east, one in the south) manage to escape by crawling off board.
The VC suffered 6 KIA, and three WIA. The three WIA escaped, along with three of their uninjured brothers who ran.
Sgt Banaszak - Had a round bounce off his helmet, gave him a concussion, light duty until 18 Nov 67.
Pvt Brown - Took a round through the forearm, China Beach until 26 Nov 67.
Sgt Russell - Took a round in the hip, China Beach until 3 Dec 67.
Pvt Swan - Took some bullet splinters in his face, patched up and back in the lineup.
Spec 4 Shell and Pvt Fuqua are Missing in Action.
Sgt Bradley and Pvt Kolb were reprimanded for cowardice, and Bradley was reduced in rank to PFC.
On a side note, four villagers and two water buffalo went down, so while the village was relocated, not a resounding success...
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