Casper aviation platoon Casper Platoon Story
Casper Kills Nine
This site was last updated: 2/15/15
Reprinted from: Fire Base 173 Newspaper
December 22, 1969
LZ English -
The day before the action, two scout ship pilots had observed 15 NVA rucksacks lying near four tunnels on the mountainside at the north edge of the Bong Son Plains. A door gunner had killed two enemy soldiers nearby.
The next day at dusk, two helicopters from the 173d Aviation Platoon flew from LZ English to check the area again. Door gunners killed one enemy soldier and tossed grenades in the holes of a large cave complex.
Later a recon element from the brigade's 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry was lifted into the area. A search of the tunnels yielded seven additional dead NVA soldiers. The recon team also found two AK-
The paratroopers extracted all captured items to LZ English. There were no friendly casualties.
The photo above is a Casper "Inferno" Scout LOH like the ones mentioned in this story. LZ English 1969.