AMBUSH VALLEY I Corps, Vietnam 1967–The Story of a Marine Infantry Battalion’s Battle for Survival


On 10 September, while advancing to a new sector near Con Thien, the 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, was attacked by at least a full North Vietnamese regiment, the same NVA unit that had attacked it two days earlier. Divided into two separate defensive perimeters, the Marines battled through the afternoon and evening against repeated assaults by waves of NVA regulars intent upon achieving a major victory. In a battle described as ‘Custer’s Last Stand―With Air Support’, the Americans prevailed by the narrowest of margins.

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