Kroger and Geoghegan. Edwards (C Company) ordered SSgt. B3 Field Front Command fell for the subterfuge, decided to postpone the attack on Plei Me camp, and met the new threat with its 7th and 9th Battalions, while the remaining units of its force were put on hold at their staging positions.[32]. Using a plan devised by Lt. Col. Moore, Lt. Col. Tully (2/5) commanded B/1/7, A/2/5, and C/2/5 in a third major effort to relieve the lost B Company platoon of 1/7 under Sgt. Most of this was uneventful until they were approaching X-Ray. The 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (1/7) was typical for U.S. Army units of the time, consisting of three rifle companies and a heavy weapons company: A-Alpha Company, B-Bravo Company, C-Charlie Company, and D-Delta Company... about 450 men in total of the 765 of the battalion's authorized strength. Five minutes later, Capt. Near 17:00 hours, the lead elements of Bravo Company of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (2/7) arrived at LZ X-Ray to reinforce the embattled 1st Battalion; the company closed in at 18:00 hours. The American lines at X-Ray were harassed during the night of 15 November by NVA probes. Soon, Lt. Herrick radioed in to ask whether he should enter or circumvent a clearing that his platoon had come across in the bush. It is notable for being the first large scale helicopter air assault and also the first use of Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers in a tactical support role. Making use of four artillery batteries, Lund organized fire into separate concentrations along the battlefield with devastating consequences for the waves of advancing NVA. McDade and his group walked across the clearing and into a clump of trees. As the Americans rested in the tall grass, NVA soldiers were coming toward them by the hundreds. Tony Nadal's A Company. Vietnamese communist forces had operated in this area during the previous decade in the First Indochina War against the French, winning a notable victory at the Battle of Mang Yang Pass in 1954. Why don't libraries smell like bookstores? U.S. forces had suffered 79 killed and 121 wounded and had been reinforced to levels that would guarantee their safety. The North Vietnamese forces withdrew west towards the Chu Pong Massif. By 15:00 the attack had been stopped, and one hour after launching the assault the NVA forces withdrew. 4s Clinton Poley, Nathaniel Byrd, and George Foxe) were instrumental in preventing the North Vietnamese advance from completely overrunning Lt. Geoghegan's lines. [62], On the last day of the battle (November 18), General Westmoreland and General Cao Van Vien, visited the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. There were two troopers – one black, one Hispanic – linked tight together. He got the assurance from Col Brown that the friendly troops had enough lead time and will meet the 3 km safety limits by then. Lt. Col. Bob Tully, commanding the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, went to LZ Columbus about 4 km (2 mi) to the northeast, and Lt. Col. Robert McDade, commanding the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, went to LZ Albany about 4 km (2 mi) to the north-northeast, close to the Ia Drang. Their advance was quickly stopped by Lt. Walter "Joe" Marm's 2nd Platoon, A Company, situated on B Company's left flank. Shortly after 05:00 a third attack was launched against B Company, which was repelled by Lt. James Lane's platoon within 30 minutes. Lefebvre passed command of D Company to SSgt. https://www.c-span.org/video/?401286-1/the-battle-ia-drang-valley Ray Lefebvre.