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Operation Medina 003


South Vietnam - I Corps -  The Hai Lang Forest - October 1967









1. REGION: Hai Lang Forest, I Corps, South Vietnam

2. WEATHER: Clear Skies; 97F ; Wind <1kn NNE; Dawn 0415 IGT; Dusk 1900 IGT

3. TERRAIN: Jungle, Rice Paddies, Rural

During last weekends operation we took a prisoner. Our South Korean attache extracted some vital intelligence. We know believe that the entire PAVN Battalion has regrouped and is preparing an immediate assault on our Company's Headquarters. This intel has been corroborated and seems to be confirmed as the locals have fled the villages in proximity to the camp. We lack the manpower & firepower to fend off the force coming our way. The Company Commander has called for immediate assistance from Battalion. The nearest friendly forces are approximately 2 hours out. Our Platoon which is the most undermanned, has been given the task of acting as a tripwire for the company headquarters. The CO has ordered our platoon to move into the enemy's axis of advance & set up an ambush. Our mission is to delay the enemy column for as long as possible, setting up ambushes in the jungle and retreating back to the camp.

If we can buy enough time, QRF may just make it to Camp Striker in-time. We will be alone in the jungle without any flank security, so speed and stealth will be essential. Double down on claymores, e-tools, and flares. This will be a night-time operation, however; there should be limited visibility with the moonlight.

Once we have run out of jungle, and have fallen back to the camp, make sure to radio ahead of time to avoid blue on blue. 1st Platoon will then fold into the company's defenses & prepare to hold the perimeter. 

a. Enemy Disposition

  1. PAVN Forces have gone to ground in the area, in the wake of our arrival

    1. Battalion Sized Element (300-400 Men)
    2. Possess Rocket Artillery tubes
    3. Possess Light Anti-Aircraft guns scattered across the countryside

b. Friendly Disposition

  1. Alpha Company, 1/7th Cavalry Division

c. 1960s - Rules of Engagement

On order from your commander, enemy military and paramilitary forces are declared hostile and may be attacked subject to the following instructions:

  1. Positive Identification (PID) is required prior to engagement. PID is a reasonable certainty that the proposed target is a legitimate military target. If no PID, contact your next highest commander for decision.
  2. Do not engage anyone who has surrendered, or is unarmed or wounded. 
  3. Any requests for fire support or close air support within 600 Meters of a civilian center must first get authorization from commanding officer. 
  4. Require authorization & PID, before High Explosives are cleared within 200 meters of a village. 



Maps of the Province:

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Map of the AO:







Notes from Commander:

  • All requests for Close Air Support/Medevac/Resupply/Insertion are to go to Mako 1-6 on FREQ 60.0. Mako 1-6 will contact Rattler 1-6 on FREQ 50.0 to request an asset to assist 1st Platoon as necessary. Once the asset is in the area of Operation for Mako 1-6, Infantry can contact the bird via CAS Net FREQ 45.0 to guide in the bird/direct close air support.
  • If an infantry element is in threat of being overrun and requires immediate assistance, they may declare a "Tactical Emergency" to Mako 1-6, who will then have Rattler 1-6 redirect all available air assets to Mako 1-6's Area of Operation to prevent the unit from being overrun.





1st Platoon, A. Company, 1/7th Cavalry

Our Objective will be to conduct a delaying action. Set up an ambush, retreat, ambush, retreat, until falling back all the way to the camp.

1st Platoon

PRIMARY TASKING: Move 1-2km into the jungle along the enemy's axis of advance, set up a defensive line.

SECONDARY TASKING: Delay the enemy


71st Assault Helicopter Company

PRIMARY TASKING: Support 1st Platoon







Call Signs

  • "Mako 6",                    1LT J. Kauffman
  • "Mako 1-6",                SSG D. Jordan
  • "Mako 1-6 R"             N/A
  • "Mako 1-1",                SGT B. Snurka
  • "Mako 1-2",                SSG K. Kersemeier
  • "Rattler 1-6",              N/A
  • "Rattler 1-1",              CW4 T. Sadler

Hand Signals

  • Control + Num 5 = Rally/Set//Affirmative
  • Control + Num 2 = Halt/Hold/Stop/Negative
  • Control + Num 6 = Engage
  • Control + Num 4 = Go/Move/



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