Paul Revere IV
Extracts of Operation Paul
I Field Force Vietnam, Combat After Action Report
(Prepared for 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Historical Reference)
AVDDH-GC 28 January 1967
Combat Operations After Action Report (RCS: MACV J3-32)
I Field Force Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96350
U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96222
DATES OF OPERATION: 181000
October 1966 to 312400 December 1966.
LOCATION: Paul Revere IV area of
operations is shown at enclosure 1. (Reference: Map, Vietnam, scale: 1/250,000;
Series: JOG(G) 1501, Sheets: ND 48-8, 48-12, 49-9)
CONTROL HEADQUARTERS: Headquarters,
4th Infantry Division
Enemy situation prior to commencement of Paul Revere IV. During the early days
of October, intelligence reports and enemy activity indicated there were
significant enemy forces in the southern portion of Kontum Province and near the
Plei Djereng CIDG Camp.
(2) The Division continued operation PAUL REVERE IV on 19
and 20 October. Light contact was made by the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry
on the 19th which resulted in two NVA soldiers KIA vicinity YA920520 and
numerous items of equipment captured.
(3) On 21 October the 3d Brigade Task Force, 25th Infantry
Division closed into a new forward command post at YA866465.
(a) Light contact was made by the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry
in the vicinity YA924521. One NVA soldier was KIA and two AK-47 rifles and eight
82mm mortar rounds were captured.
(4) On 22 October, the 2d Brigade closed into a forward
command post at YA862455. On 23 October 3d Brigade Task Force, 25th Infantry
Division had light contacts as follows:
(b) The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry also
had contacts while conducting search and destroy operations at YA928560,
YA933559, and YA931532. Results were one US KIA and 14 US WIA. Enemy losses were
16 NVA soldiers KIA and two captured. Six small arms, 350 rounds of small arms
ammunition, four 82mm mortar rounds, and numerous items of equipment were
captured also. Eight huts and one bunker were destroyed.
(5) On 24 October, 3d Brigade Task Force, 25th Infantry
Division had light contact when the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry located
an unknown size enemy force vicinity YA923564. Results of the ensuing engagement
were five NVA soldiers KIA and the capture of one light machine gun with some
ammunition and five pieces of web gear.
(c) 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry continued
operations on 28 October along the Bo’Lah River towards Ya Krong with light
contacts resulting in seven NVA soldiers KIA.
c. The second phase of PAUL REVERE IV started on 30 October
with the 4th Infantry Division continuing operations in the PAUL REVERE IV
(a) The only action reported by 1st Battalion,
14th Infantry on 31 October was when one NVA soldier turned himself in
with a "Safe Conduct Pass".
November) The Division had the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry and
1st Battalion, 12th Infantry plus A and C Companies from 2nd Battalion,
8th Infantry along with Task Force PRONG west of the Nam Sathay River.
(c) Elements of A Company, 1st Battalion 14th Infantry contacted
an estimated NVA company vicinity YA564510 at 1200 hours on the 13th. The enemy
was defending a prepared position and seemed determined to hold the ground. The
enemy commenced firing when the company point was within 50 meters of their
position. Only four to five men in the point were initially engaged. This
contact lasted 45 minutes and was broken by the enemy unit. The company then
continued its mission. Contact was again made at 1527 hours in the vicinity of
YA570509, this time with an estimated two NVA companies. Again the enemy
initiated the attack, firing approximately 200 weapons continuously for 60 to 90
minutes, expending an estimated 10,000 rounds of ammunition. The company
organized a hasty defensive perimeter. The attack commenced 50 meters from the
perimeter, closing to within 15 meters. The entire friendly element was under
fire. C Company moved to assist A Company and linked up at 1705 hours. Results
of the overall action were 15 US KIA and 38 US WIA. Enemy losses were 35 NVA
(b) C Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry,
while conducting search and destroy operations, located a regimental size NVA
base area consisting of 208 bunkers at YA600501 and YA606502.
(21) On (19
November), B and C Companies, 1st Battalion 14th Infantry,
with a CIDG Company from Plei Me had heavy contact with an estimated two NVA
(a) The contact started at 1205 hours at YA610500 and did
not diminish until approximately 1640 hours that day. B Company, 2nd Battalion,
35th Infantry, part of the division reserve, was committed to the 1st Battalion,
14thInfantry area of operations. The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry
planned to destroy the large 208 bunker complex discovered the previous day. B
Company was to maneuver on an axis parallel to the CIDG Company from YA614525 to
LZ "Rio" located at YA605516 and then south to the bunker complex
located at YA604502. In the vicinity of the bunker complex a LZ was to be cut so
that an engineer platoon (2nd Platoon, D Company, 65thEngineer Battalion)
could be lifted in to destroy the bunker complex. B Company, 1st Battalion,
14th Infantry, was to act both as a security force for the engineers and as
reaction force for the sweep of C Company and the CIDG Company to the south and
west of the bunker complex. They would then close back to LZ "Rio" for
the night. C Company, located at LZ "Rio" at YA605516 planned to
patrol south to the bunker complex in front of B Company and the CIDG Company.
With one squad of engineers that accompanied them, C Company was to start a LZ
near the bunker complex. After B Company and the CIDG Company closed into the
bunker area, C Company was to patrol in conjunction with the CIDG Company to the
south then to the west and then to the north, back to LZ "Rio". They
were to go within 11/2Km of the Cambodian-Vietnam border, keeping the CIDG on
their right flank as they made a sweep clockwise around the bunker complexs. The
CIDG Company planned to patrol on an axis parallel to B Company from YA614525 to
LZ "Rio" and the south to the bunker complexes. From the bunker
complex they planned to patrol on an axis parallel and on the right flank of C
Company in their sweep of the area around the bunker complex. The Recon Platoon
coordinated with the CIDG Company and planned to work with them. The movement
went as planned during the morning of 19 November. C Company moved to the bunker
complex with B Company and the CIDG Company following on two axes. C Company
reached a fairly open area and broke for chow while B Company and the CIDG
Company moved through them toward the bunker area. The CIDG was on the west and
B Company was on the east as they moved south. At 1207 hours B Company’s right
flank began to receive small arms fire and grenades from the southwest. Shortly
thereafter the point of the CIDG Company made contact with a well defended
fortified enemy position employing numerous snipers. The enemy attempted to
infiltrate the friendly forces and also demonstrated a determined effort to hold
their position. The enemy initiated the action when the advance guard of 20 to
30 men were within 50 meters of the fortified enemy position. Since the CIDG was
moving in a file, their point fell back to bring their company on line. This put
the Recon Platoon, B Company and CIDG on line in that order, from east to west.
The CIDG was to the right of the Recon Platoon. They began to advance under
heavy small arms fire and were hit from the west, on the Recon Platoon’s right
or west flank. B Company was also receiving heavy fire from the front. In all
there were approximately 360 friendly troops engaging what was later confirmed
by a POW to be two Battalions of the NVA 33d Regiment, Le Loi Division. B
Company moved to assist the CIDG Company and became heavily engaged from the
west. C Company maneuvered to aid B Company and the CIDG, but also became
heavily engaged and pinned down at 1525 hours. One platoon from C Company was
left at YA606503 to clear and secure an LZ to extract the wounded and the CIDG
pulled back to help secure it. At this time B Company maneuvered two platoons
against the enemy and heavy contact was broken at 1640 hours. At this point the
decision was made to pull back to the new LZ, extract the friendly WIA and bring
artillery and air in on the NVA positions. This decision was carried out during
the rest of the afternoon and early evening under harassment from NVA snipers
fighting from trees and bunkers until 1843 hours. A total of four airstrikes
were called on the enemy positions. Approximately 1800 rounds of 105mm and 100
rounds of 8 inch artillery fire were expended. The 4.2 inch Mortar Platoon
expended 300 rounds on the enemy. For the night B and C Companies with the CIDG
Company and Recon Platoon closed into a perimeter around the LZ located at
YA606503. It is interesting to note that on two separate occasions during the
day’s operation the battalion primary frequency was jammed. Results of this
contact were 19 US KIA and 47 US WIA, 3 CIDG WIA, and 2 USSF WIA. Enemy losses
were 166 NVA KIA, 1 NVA captured, 6 AK-47 rifles, 2
(a) It was at this stage of the operation that a series of
B-52 bomber strikes were planned and requested to support the units in the
southwestern portion of the AO. One strike was requested for 20 November on the
large bunker complex. It was necessary to move units out of the area to meet
minimum safety requirements.
(a) A and C Companies, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry and
2d Battalion 35th Infantry, with an engineer team arrived at the northern
edge of the 20
November B-52 strike area at 1215 hours. A Company sighted five
NVA soldiers vicinity YA610497 at 1235 hours and killed two of them. B Company,
2d Battalion, 35th Infantry and the engineer team received small arms fire
from trees and bunkers in the vicinity YA605493. The area was searched and 14
bodies were found in a grave. Also found were one machine gun and eight AK-47
(26) There was no significant contact on 24 November.
(a)The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry discovered
a cave complex vicinity YA601501, while searching a B-52 strike area. There were
50 NVA bodies found in the cave and 16 other bodies found in the surrounding
(28) On 27
November the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry was
airlifted back to 3d Brigade Task Force, 25th Infantry Division base camp
for rest and refitting. There was no significant contact throughout the AO
during the day.
(a)(2 December) The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry,
conducted an air-assault to landing zone 511A at YA761625, closing at 1225
hours. The unit located 35 enemy bunkers in the vicinity of YA752640.
(7) On 9 December, only minor enemy contact occurred during
the day’s operations. No change was made in unit missions.
(a) The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry reported
the capture of two NVA soldiers with small arms and 100 rounds of ammunition.
They also destroyed one hut and 800 pounds of rice in the vicinity of YA762646.
(9) There was light contact reported on 11 December.
(a) The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry located
an enemy base camp vicinity YA732643, with 33 bunkers, four foxholes, four
shovels, two picks, 11 grenades, three one-quarter pound sticks of
(a) (17 December) The Recon Platoon, 1st Battalion,
14th Infantry located and destroyed 14 huts at YA932556, two huts, 600
pounds of wheat, 300 feet of communication wire and miscellaneous equipment at
YA933563, and two huts and 30 pounds of rice at YA932564.
(4) On 19 December there was no enemy contact
(a) B Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry heli-lifted
to the 3d Brigade Task Force, 25th Infantry Division Base Camp to
participate in the Battalion training and refit program.
(10) Operations continued on 26 December with only light
(a) The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry was
heli-lifted into a new area and initiated search and destroy operations in the
vicinity of their fire support base established at AR835635, and also in the
vicinities of AR819732 and AR814724. They apprehended 17 VMCS who were
identified by local villagers at AR805738.
(11) On 27 December increased day and night air
reconnaissance was implemented.
(a) The 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry continued
search and destroy operations in conjunction with two ARVN Ranger Battalions and
Task Force LUAT in an area of operations north of Pleiku. A Company and a RF/PF
unit provided security for the fire support base. C Company searched south to
the vicinity of AR811725 and B Company searched the east side of the Ia Krom
River (2000 meters east).
(14) On 30 and 31 December there was no significant
contacts reported in the area of operations. Intelligence information and lack
of significant contact indicated that the majority of the NVA units formerly in
the area had either been rendered ineffective or had exfiltrated west into
Cambodia. This lack of enemy activity and the New Year truce period provided the
logical termination point for OPERATION PAUL REVERE IV; thus at 312400 December
1966, the operation came to a close.
Golden Dragon, Brothers
Our special thanks to George Heidt, of the 1-22nd Infantry,
for supplying the After Action Reports.
Edited & Transcribed by our Historian, Robert Wilson