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Cold War Files: All Units: Events: U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Deployed, NVA Attack at Plei Me

September - October 1965 two months
U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Deployed, NVA Attack at Plei Me

After the North Vietnamese Army attacks a Special Forces camp at Plei Mei, the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry is deployed against enemy regiments that identified in the vicinity of the camp. The result is the battle of the Ia Drang. For 35 days, the division pursues and fights the 32d, 33d, and 66th North Vietnamese Regiments until the enemy, suffering heavy casualties, returns to bases in Cambodia.

October 19, 1965

North Vietnamese Army troops attack the U.S. Special Forces camp at Plei Me in a prelude to the Battle of Ia Drang Valley in South Vietnam's Central Highlands.

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