On 21 August, a Marine armoured supply column became lost in a field, and was subsequently ambushed by VC.
This event was covered by journalist Peter Arnett and proved an embarrassment to the LBJ administration, who wanted to retain a secrecy of the operation.
Lessons learned from the battle include the knowledge that the daily allotment of 2 gallons of water per man was inadequate in the heat of Vietnam and that the M14 Rifle was too bulky for troops crammed into small armored personnel carriers (APCs).
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Company I was ordered to join Companies H and K and clean up any opposition, but was caught in a crossfire from Nam Yen Dan Hill 30.
Company H established a defensive perimeter and were told to await reinforcements.Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action conducted by a purely U. The operation was conducted as a combined arms assault involving ground, air and naval units. It was launched on D-Day August 18, 1965, involving 5,500 Marines.