12 - 18 April 1969
Captain Mike Battle
As a result of the previous operation, Quintus Thrust,
individual companies were deployed into AO (Area of Operations) Quintus with ambush and reconnaissance tasks at
company and platoon level. Battalion headquarters remained at
Nui Dat. During the three
day operations each company commander had under his command a two man team from the
assault pioneer platoon, and a tracker team.
contact was made by B. Company some four thousand metres to the south west of
Nui Dat. At
2045 hours enemy movement was heard to the north (rear) of the ambush position occupied by
company headquarters and 5 Platoon. The sentry
Private A. Remeljej fired a burst of
killing one enemy twenty five metres from the perimeter. The enemy squad immediately
replied with heavy automatic fire and RPGs.
M60's on the perimeter suppressed the enemy
position while casualties were evacuated and the
Dustoff was called in.
Further enemy movement was heard on the eastern flank and engaged with artillery from
Dat. The Dustoff was fired on from the east as it carried out the evacuation.
Sixty five minutes after the initial fire fight was joined the enemy withdrew.
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