The Battle of Ia Drang Valley (Day 3
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Battle of Ia Drang Valley? Try this U.S. History Made Easy: the Vietnam War
What time did the PAVN launched a fierce assault against Diduryk's
Bravo/2nd Battalion/7th Cavalry men?
2. At the end of these attacks, with daybreak approaching, Diduryk's
Bravo Company had only six lightly wounded among its ranks. How many
3. By the morning of November 16, the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry had
been reinforced by the remaining elements of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
and 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry. This would have put the U.S. forces on
rough parity with the original PAVN forces, three battalions, or about
one complete brigade each. That afternoon, 1st/7th Cav. withdrew from
the battle zone while the 2nd/7th Cav. and 2nd/5th Cav. took up
defensive positions for the night.
4. The battle was ostensibly over. U.S. forces had suffered 79 killed
and 121 injured and had been reinforced to levels that would guarantee
their safety. Who demanded that the 2nd/7th Cav. and 1st/5th Cav stay at
X-Ray in order to avoid the appearance of a retreat.
- Col. Thomas Brown
- Lt. Col. Harold Moore
- General Westmoreland
5. The two remaining battalions abandoned LZ X-Ray and began a
tactical march to new landing zones, 2nd/5th under Lt. Col. Bob Tully to
LZ Columbus about 4 km to the northeast, and 2nd/7th under Lt. Col.
Robert McDade to LZ Albany about 4 km to the north-northeast, close to
the Ia Drang. What was the reason for the withdrawal?
- B-52 Bombing nearby Chu Pong
- Attack on Chu Pong tunnels
- Attacks coming down the Ho Chi Minh Trail
6. At , When did Bob Tully's men, the 2nd/5th Cav, log into their
objective, LZ Columbus?
7. The 2nd/7th was halted in unprepared, open terrain, and strung out
in 550-yard line of march. Most of the units had flank security posted,
but the men were worn out from almost sixty hours without sleep and four
hours of marching. The elephant grass was chest-high so visibility was
limited. The column's radios for air or artillery support were with each
8. As the Americans rested in the tall grass, North Vietnamese
soldiers were swarming towards them by the hundreds. It was 13:15 when
the close quarters, intense battle began. The North Vietnamese forces
first struck at the head of the 2nd Battalion column and rapidly spread
down the right or east side of the column in what appears to be an
L-shaped ambush. How long did the fight last?
- Six hours
- Twelve hours
- Sixteen hours
9. Bravo Company, 1st /5th Cav under Captain Buse Tully began
marching from LZ Columbus to the rear of the 2nd /7th Cav column that
was about two miles away. By 16:30, they came into contact with the
Alpha Company perimeter under Captain George Forrest.
10. At around 16:00, Captain Myron Diduryk's Bravo Company, 2nd
Battalion, 7th Cavalry, veterans of the fight at LZ X-Ray, got the word
that they would be deployed in the Battalion's relief. The first lift
ships swept over the Albany clearing and the troopers deployed into the
tall grass. When did Bravo come to the rescue?
11. The battle at LZ Albany cost the Americans 124 wounded. How many
men were killed?