The Tet Offensive at Da Nang
Allied Dispositions-The Enemy Plans His Offensive-The Attack-The Fighting Continues A Brief Lull and Renewed Fighting
By the time of Tet, Operation Checkers had ended and at Da Nang the situation was precarious. With the departure of the 5th Marines, there was only one Marine infantry regimental headquarters in the extensive Da Nang tactical area of operations. Colonel Ross R. Miner's 7th Marines with all three of its battalions had the responsibility tor the northern, western, and southwestern sectors. The 2d Battalion was in the north, the 1st Battalion was in the center, and the 3d Battalion was in the south. With the departure of the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines in mid-January for Phu Bai, the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines extended its area of operations to include An Hoa to the south. Colonel Miner attached two additional companies to the 3d Battalion-Company L, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines and Company H, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines-to cover its extended area.'
A conglomeration of Marine support units, ARVN, Korean Marines, and two Marine infantry battalions attempted to secure the remaining area. In the Da Nang Vital Area, the artillery regiment, the llth Marines, continued to oversee the Northern Sector Defense Command and the 1st Tank Battalion, the Southern Sector Defense Command. In both these sectors support cnx)ps doubled as infantry, manning fixed defensive positions and conducting patrols. Major General Donn J. Robertson, the 1st Marine Division commanding general, kept under his direct control the 3d Battalion, 5th Marines and the 2d Battalion, 3d Marines. Located between the Cau Do and Thanh Quit
A U.S. Marine amphibian tractor fnmi the 3d Amphibian Tractor Battalion transports Korean Marines during a sweep operation necir Hui An. Thu tractor is armed u'ith a K)6mM recoilless rifle.
Photo is from the Abel Collection