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The First Division Year Book, Volume 1, gives reference to a "Major Battle" known as "Hoa Nhut." The year book says that this battle involved the 2nd/2nd, and took place on 11/06/1966, twenty miles north of Saigon.
I’ve googled "Hoa Nhut" in every way I could imagine, and I can’t find any reference on the internet to a Battle of Hoa Nhut.
Does anyone recall or have any information on this battle?
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Steve, I just googled and got this, which will show Hoa Nhut highlighted near the bottom.
Also, this is where it is.
Hoa Nhut hamlet, Tan Vinh Hiep commun, Dist. Tan Uyen, Binh Duong Province
Roger R Reynolds
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Danger Forward magazine (a quarterly publication of the 1st Infantry Division), Volume 1, Number 4, December 1967, pages 14-15; has an article on the battle of Hoa Nhut. Part of Operation Lam Son II, the battle was fought 15-16 November 1966 when Company C, 2nd Battalion (mechanized), 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division was attacked in the village. The hard fought engagement resulted in 43 enemy KIA, 1 captured. US cultivates were 5 Killed, 23 wounded; including a tank and it's crew from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor.
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The battle did take place on 15-16 Nov 66. The tank you are talking about was bringing out ammo and was knocked out at a bridge.The XO for C 2/2 LT Joyce was killed in that tank. CO and First Sargent were both wounded and taken out by choppers.
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I was with A Co we were pulled off line for a few I remember hearing the turrent got blown off and a few got killed I think A Co was back at PHO LOI
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According to a resume’ of action report the tank in question was first hit in the front by an anti-tank round killing the driver. It was then hit by a second round in the turret. A photo of the tank can be found at the link below, the hole in the turret from the anti-tank round can be seem in the middle of the star. Scroll past the photo to read the description for the photo. http://www.34tharmorphotos.8m.com/rp2.htm