LZ Xray

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Lz Xray Day 1

Battle Animation - Initial Assault and Contact

Battle Animation - Main Battle

Lead elements of the under strength 450 man 1st Bn, 7th Cavalry air assault into a small clearing in scrub jungle below the 2300 foot Chu Pong Massif. Within an hour, a fierce battle is underway between the American Air Cav troopers and the aggressive 9th Bn of the 66th Regiment of the Peoples Army of Vietnam - North Vietnamese Regulars. The American Commander, Lt. Col Moore, fighting on the ground with his men, is faced with three on-going tasks to be accomplished simultaneously:

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Lz Xray Day 2

X-Ray. Day 2, 15 Nov 1965

Day 1: Battle Animation - Initial Assault and Contact

Day 2: Battle Animation - Main Battle

Day 2: Battle Animation

Before dawn, Moore orders his company commanders to meet him prior to an attack to rescue the still cut-off platoon. Before this meeting takes place, the PAVN launch a heavy attack which shatters the early-morning stillness like a huge explosion. The attack is carried out by the 7th Bn, 66th Regiment and the H-15 Main Force Viet Cong Bn.

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Lz Xray Day 3

Xray Day 3, 16 Nov 1965

The PAVN Commander, knows that he had severely weakened and damaged the defenders in the Charlie Co sector the previous morning. What he does not know is that a fresh company - B Co 2nd Bn 7th Cav, had taken over the position after that engagement. That company, unmolested the previous afternoon, had cut fields of fire, dug new foxholes, fired in artillery concentrations, carefully emplaced it's machine guns and piled up ammunition.

The PAVN assaults four separate times beginning at 4:22 AM. The last is at 6:27 AM. They are stopped cold, losing over 200 dead. B Co has 6 wounded. At 9:55 AM, a sweep outward is made which results in more enemy dead and the position secured.

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Terrain at Lz Xray

While you can get a good perspective of the terrain by looking at the pictures taken during the battles, here is a gallery of recent pictures.  There are more in the 1997 trip.

Click here for detailed topo maps for Vietnam.

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After Action Report

The PDF contains a copy of the actual after action report prepared by Hal Moore following the battle at Lz Xray.

Click on the PDF file icon to read the report (or follow this link)

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