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Battle of Trà Bình

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Battle of Trà Bình
Part of the Vietnam War
DateFebruary 14–15, 1967
Location
Result South Korean victory
Belligerents
 North Vietnam
Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam Viet Cong
 South Korea
 South Vietnam
 United States
Commanders and leaders
Unknown South Korea Jeong Kyung-Jin[1][2]
Units involved
1st Regiment and 21st Regiment

11th Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Brigade (Blue Dragon Unit)

Sub-Unit One, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Strength
PAVN : 2,400+[3]
VC : 600[4][5]
294[2][1]
Casualties and losses
246-306 killed, 2 captured,[6] 30 weapons recovered (per Korea)[1]
Minimal/Light (per PAVN)[4]
15 killed
33 wounded[7]

The Battle of Trà Bình (Vietnamese: Trận Quang Thạnh;[8] Korean: 짜빈동 전투 Tjabin-dong) was fought in the Trà Bình village, Trà Bồng District, on February 14–15, 1967 during the Vietnam War. The 11th Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd ROKMC Brigade defeated a regimental-sized attack in four hours of close quarters combat. The People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and Viet Cong (VC) penetrated the company's perimeter on two occasions. The 11th Company Marines fought using every weapon available; much of the fighting was hand-to-hand.[9] Two U.S. Marines assigned to Sub Unit One, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), Lance Corporals Jim Porta and Dave Long, were instrumental to the company's success, killing enemy infiltrators, coordinating air support, joining a counterattack to restore the perimeter and aiding the wounded.[10]

The battle took place after a VC defector, a former commander of a training camp, revealed that the PAVN was planning an attack on the ROKMC's 11th Company[citation needed]. On February 14, the PAVN 40th and 60th Battalions moved into their positions in the forest surrounding the perimeter of the ROKMC 11th Company. The regular PAVN battalions were also supported by one VC local force battalion from Quang Ngai[citation needed]. With their troops built up around the area, the PAVN/VC forces planned to cut all communication lines and wipe out the South Korean forces in the area.

Battle

At dawn on February 15, the battle began with the VC attempting to cut through the wires of the South Korean base. The ROKMC were dug in and waiting with requests for air-support. Due to foggy weather, the supporting AC-47s could not engage the VC, so the South Koreans only had artillery support. When the PAVN/VC had penetrated Korean positions, heavy fighting followed. Initially, the outnumbered South Koreans, though vastly superior in firepower, were pinned down, but the ranks of the PAVN/VC forces soon started to break up as the South Koreans counterattacked[citation needed].

Aftermath

When the fighting ended, South Koreans claimed that 243 PAVN/VC were killed.[9][11] In addition, they reported retrieving three flamethrowers, five anti-tank rocket launchers, two machine guns, 29 rifles, 100 pieces of dynamite, and over 6,000 rounds of ammunition.[12][13][14][3] ROK forces claim victory for having defended the base and preventing its capture. In the morning following the battle, the III MAF Commander visited the scene of the fighting, followed by the Commanders of I Corps, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, the ROK Minister of National Defense and the South Korean Prime Minister.[citation needed] The South Korean Government awarded more decorations for the battle than any other action during the Vietnam War, including the first unit-wide promotion of enlisted Marines since the Korean War. Captain Jeong Kyung-jin and Second Lieutenant Shin Won-bae each received the Taeguk Medal, the only instance in which Korea's highest honor was awarded to two individuals.[9]

The New York Times reported the battle as the "South Koreans' greatest victory in their 15 months in South Vietnam."[15] Following a briefing to foreign journalists, the phrase "Myth-Making Marines" began to appear in the press, continuing the legacy of the "Ghost-Catching Marines" and "Invincible Marines" of the Korean War."[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c 파월한국군전사 (Volume II ed.). Republic of Korea: 국방부.
  2. ^ a b Vietvet. Vietvet.co.kr http://www.vietvet.co.kr/sugy/trabin/trabin.htm. Retrieved 6 May 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b http://www.ec47.com/storage/UserFileFolder/1967_Timeline_-_February_-_Blue_Dragons_&_Tally_Ho_Article.pdf
  4. ^ a b "Tướng Nguyễn Chơn và những giai thoại".
  5. ^ http://www.quangngai.gov.vn/vi/sovhttdl/pages/qnp-ditichdoitranhquangthanh-qnpnd-587-qnpnc-20-qnpsite-1.html
  6. ^ https://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/2017/02/anglico-marines-tra-binh-dong
  7. ^ [1] Archived 2013-02-08 at the Wayback Machine. Multiple Korean articles state losses of 15 killed quoting a book titled "파월한국군전사" (translated as Battle History of Korean Army sent to Vietnam), which was published by Ministry of National Defense of Korea.
  8. ^ Trận Quang Thạnh - Battle of Tra Binh Dong, 15/2/1967 Archived 2013-02-08 at the Wayback Machine(in Vietnamese)
  9. ^ a b c d Durand, James (May 2005). "The Battle of Tra Bihn Dong and the Korean Origins of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program". Marine Corps Gazette.
  10. ^ Durand, James (February 2016). "ANGLICO Marines at Tra Bihn Dong". Leatherneck. 100.
  11. ^ "해병대와 월남전 - 짜빈동 전투(펌)".
  12. ^ "[삶과 추억] 베트남전 '짜빈동 전투' 영웅 정경진 예비역 중령". 2015-10-15.
  13. ^ "[베트남파병] 발표 : 국군의 베트남 파병의 경제적 의미".
  14. ^ "Famous Vietnam Battles". 2013-01-19.
  15. ^ "Koreans kill 242 in Vietnam clash". The New York Times. 16 February 1967. p. 3.

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