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was at My Loc on the Cua Viet, about 3,000 meters east of the company
and battalion command posts. Company G was positioned another 3,000
meters to the north of the battalion command post near the hamlets of
Lam Xuan and Nhi Ha on both sides of Jones Creek. The previous day,
Weise had lost operational control of his Company E, now positioned
on Route 1, about 5,000 meters to the west of the Napoleon sector, to
the 3d Marine Division. Moreover, according to the battalion commander,
he could not move Company G and the Company F platoon at My Loc from
their positions without first obtaining the approval of the 3d Marine
Division. This, in effect, only left him two maneuverable infantry units
to carry out the mission, Company H and the two platoons of Company
F with him at Mai Xa Chanh. At the time he ordered Captain Williams
to assemble his company, Lieutenant Colonel Weise also told Captain
James H. Butler, the Company F commander, to mount his two platoons
on amphibian tractors and to deploy from Mai Xa Chanh to Bac Vong.13


About 0830, as the initial platoon of Company H advanced through Bac Vong and approached the stream which had been the original boundary with the 2d ARVN Regiment, the platoon came under heavy rifle and machine gun fire as well as mortar and rocket bombardment. The enemy was well entrenched in the hamlet of Dong Huan just across the stream from Bac








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