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Losing VietnamHow America Abandoned Southeast Asia$

Ira A. Hunt, Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142081

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142081.001.0001

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(p.349) Appendix D Excerpted Entries from a Mekong Convoy SITREP

(p.349) Appendix D Excerpted Entries from a Mekong Convoy SITREP

Losing Vietnam
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In January 1975 the KC positioned forty battalions to interdict the Lower Mekong. They were assisted by several NVA/VC battalions. The communists successfully occupied both banks of the Mekong at several of the narrows. Thus, for the first time Mekong convoys were required to run a gauntlet of fire from many KC positions throughout most of the length of the river in Cambodian territory. The following excerpts of a SITREP provide pertinent details concerning the transit of convoy TP-113 (TP was the nomenclature for northbound convoys, Tan Chau to Phnom Penh, and PT was for the southbound convoys). On 28 January 1975 the first large convoy (consisting of eleven vessels—two ammo barges, three rice coasters, and four POL ships) attempted to transit the interdicted Mekong. The rice and POL vessels with their bulky profiles were very vulnerable.