DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS 1ST SQUADRON 4TH CAVALRY APO San Francisco 96345 AVDB-QH2 12 February 1968 SUBJECT: After Action Report on An My 1 February - 2 February 1968 TO: Commanding Officer 2nd Bde, lst Infantry Division ATTN: S-2 APO 96345 1. General: On 1 February and 2 February 1968 elements of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry were conducting S&D operations in conjunction with the 1-28 Infantry north of Phu Loi in the village of An My. B Trp (-) (-) of 1-4th Cavalry was attached to C/1-28 Infantry on the first day. On 2 February 1968 B Trp (-) (-) was attached to D/1-28 Infantry, 1/C/1-4 Cavalry was attached to A/1-28 Infantry, and C/1-4 Cavalry (-) (-) was attached to c/1-28 Infantry while 1-4 Cavalry assumed overall control, Captured equipment, POW' s and detainees were evacuated by lst Squadron, 4th Cavalry. 2. Enemy Buildup: On 31 January 1968 there was little or no indication of the enemy buildup, identification, or size of enemy units in the Phu Loi area. Reports were received that VC forces were moving in the direction of Phu Loi. During the night of the 31st much movement was observed on the northern side of the Phu Loi perimeter although no contact was made, 3. Enemy Contact: Contact was first made at 0950 hours on 1 February by C/1-28 Infantry. Although action continued throughout the day, no identification of the enemy was made except that indications were that C65 unit was involved. A total of 122 detainees were brought into Phu Loi for interrogation by the 5th ARVN Division interpreters without results. The aerial rifle platoon accounted for 52 detainees plus two apparent POW's. Three detainees plus documents captured by C/1-28 Infantry were evacuated that same night to 2d Bde S-2. On 2 February 1968 contact was reestablished by A/1-28 Infantry at 1029 hours at XT832196 which continued throughout the day. Reports from initial interrogation indicated that elements of the Phu Loi Bn of 300 -350 VC were still in the village. During that day much enemy equipment was captured by 1-28 Infantry and evacuated to Phu Loi later in the evening. At least five POW's were evacuated directly to 2nd Bde. Another five were evacuated to Phu Loi were initial interrogation proved four individuals to be members of the 273rd VC Regt. All POW's were turned over to IPW in Phu Loi. Reports had been received that inhabitants of Tan Phuoc Kanh were leaving the village. A check point was set up and eight individuals were questioned. No results except that the VC were in the village. /signed by GUENTER HENNIG Capt, Armor S-2 Appendix 1 - Consolidation of Enemy and Friendly Casualties by 1-4th Cavalry (An My) 1 February 1968 1. US (1-4 Cav) 5 KIA 19 WIA 2. VC - Although no body count was made, B(-) (-)/1-.4 Cavalry assualted enemy positions killing an estimated 150 VC until withdrawing to establish an LZ. 3. The ARP D (Air) caused 3 KIA (BC) and 20 KIA (Poss), captured 52 detainees and 2 POW's. One POW was proved to be friendly district Cadre. 4. A total of 122 detainees were evacuated to Phu Loi and turned over to IPW Three detainees and captured documents were evacuated to 2nd Bde. 2 February 1968 1. US: 1-28 Infantry 2 KIA 12 WIA 1-4th Cavalry 1 KIA 1 WIA 2-16 Infantry 10 KIA 3 WIA 2. VC: 1-28 Infantry 80 VC (BC) 1-4th Cavalry 40 VC (BC) 2-16 Infantry 12 VC (BC) 3. A total of 10 POW's were captured. 4 were evacuated to hospital and/or 2nd Bde. Four POW's and one old woman were brought to Phu Loi. They were interrogated and turned over to IPW in Phu Loi. One POW died enroute to Phu Loi. Initial interrogation proved that one belonged to C16 and one to the 273 VC Regt. He reported that up to 200 of his comrades had been killed during 1 February 1968. Appendix 2 - List of Captured Enemy Equipment 1. The list compiled indicates equipment that was turned in to S-2, 1-4 Cavalry. The equipment was picked up by 1-28 Infantry and turned over to B Trp ACAVs for transportation back. Indications of discrepancies between claims and turn-in of equipment resulted. 2. The following items were reported by 1-28 Infantry to 1-4 Cavalry: A Company 1 radio (type unknown) 1 heavy MG 1 Light MG 6 AK 47's 62 & 82mm mortar rounds numerous web gear MG ammo M-79 rounds C Company 1 M-1 Carbine (not turned in) 1 recoilless rifle (57mm) (not turned in) 1 radio of unknown type (possibly switchboard) 3. The following items were turned in to the S-2, 1-4 Cavalry: 2 RPG 2 2 Chicom gas masks 2 RPG 7 200 Pounds rice 4 AK47's 3 Claymores 1 Chicom LMG 2 US water pumps 1 82mm mortar 1 Honda Motor Scooter 2 Chimcom HMG 12.7mm 2 Chemical detection kits (1 minus barrel) tools, Shovels and Saw 1 Compass Clothing and packs for 1 RT 77/GRC9 20 - 30 individuals 2 Empty LMG Mag Uniforms-green, black, blue 2 Full LMG Mag 2000 Rounds Caliber .50 1 AA sight for HMG 3500 Rounds 7.62 (AK 47) 1 Chicom switchboard (JCX-1) Cooking utensils (pots) 1 Chicom telephone 2 First Aid kits 3 Bottles plasma 1 TA 312/PT telephone 10 Pounds of documents 1 Bag medical supplies 12 RPG-2 rounds 8 RPG-7 rounds 5 Chicom AT grenades 10 Chicom defen 6 82mm mortar rounds 20 Pounds or explosives 17 Electrical blasting caps 1800 Meters electric cord Appendix 3 - Enemy Evaluation 1. Uniform: During initial contact the enemy wore khaki uniforms with pistol belt and packs. Later he wore dark green uniforms and sun helmets covered with plastic, and carried packs. 2. Enemy Tactics: On 1 February 1968 the enemy was well entrenched in An My. He fought teraciously and withdrew slowly when assaulted . When US troops withdrew he advanced again. Air strikes, conducted on 1 February, proved effective in bringing the enemy into the open. Contact on 2 February was characterized by heavy sniper fire from houses and bunkers. Apparently the enemy had withdrawn partially during the night of 1 February. 3. Enemy Characteristics and Equipment: The enemy encountered in An My appeared to be well trained and coordinated. He was well armed with automatic weapons, and had a large supply of RPG's. As signified from,the equipment captured, ammunition and weapons were almost new. Each individual carried with him three to four days supply of rice and 200 - 300 rounds of ammunition.