body count after the vicious battle was 647 Viet Cong KIA, and unknown Viet Cong WIA. LTC. John Vessey who assumed command 16 March was later presented the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Soui Tre by MACV commander, General William Westmoreland.
On 25 March ** LTC Fred Merrit
received command of the Battalion from LTC Vessey.
From that date forward the operation was uneventful for the Battalion, although
they were constantly on the move. The following months the Battalion
participated in numerous operations including
Throughout the time the Battalion had been
During September and October the Battalion supported Search and Destroy missions in the Michelin Rubber Plantation. On 26 October LTC Merrit was wounded while flying in an OH-23 while near the site of Fire Support Base Vickie Shortly after the Battalion had moved to a new position. LTC ALLEN
Linnholm assumed command of the Battalion on 30 October. The Battalion moved south in November to support Operation Atlanta, returned to Dau Tieng early in December and moved North to Fire Support Base Grant at Loc Ninh on 7 December in support of Operation Yellowstone. On 9 December a brush fire started by ******