Company H

2d Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment

Vietnam

1966 - 1970


Operation Chinook (3dMarDiv)

On 10 December, VC units in well-coordinated attacks struck three South Vietnamese strongpoints, including the Phong Dien Distric Headquarters, and the An Lao Bridge across the Bo River.   Suspecting that elements of the 6th NVA again were attempting to infiltrate from their mountain base areas into the coastal populated region, the 3dMarDiv ordered the just-arrived 3d Battalion, 26th Marines from Dong Ha into the Co Bi-Than Than corridor, 13 miles northwest of Hue.  Traveling by truck from Dong Ha, 3/26 established its CP west of Route 1, some 3,000 meters south of Phong Dien.  After minor skirmishes with the Marines during the first two days, the enemy 802d VC Battalion launched two sizeable attacks against the Marine positions in the early morningn hours of 22 and 23 December.  In both cases, the enemy employed the same tactics; a mortar barrage, followed by a ground probe of the Marine perimeter.   The VC would then withdraw, taking most of their casualties with them.

At this stage, the 3dMarDiv reinforced the operation, now codenamed CHINOOK.   The 4th Marines Headquarters was in charge.   On 24 December, the 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, deployed from the Pawnee area into the CHINOOK sector, north of the O Lau River.



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 24 DEC 1966 -
20 JAN 1967

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