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3/26 in 1968
From 1-31 January, the Battalion provided "Kilo" Company for the defense of Hill 861 at XD803443 and "India" Company for the defense of Hill 881S at XD777437. For the entire month, "Lima" Company defended the Red Sector of the KHE SANH Combat Base perimeter. These companies also conducted day and night patrols to destroy enemy forces and to detect enemy infiltration.
From 1-29 February, the Battalion provided "Kilo" Company for the defense of Hill 861 and "India" and "Mike"(-) Companies for the defense of Hill 881S. "Lima" Company defended the Red Sector of the KHE SANH Combat Base perimeter.
From 1-31 March, the Battalion provided "Kilo" Company for the defense of Hill 861 and "India" and "Mike"(-) Companies for the defense of Hill 881S. "Lima" Company defended the Red Sector of the KHE SANH Combat Base perimeter.
From 1-7 April the Battalion provided defense of Hill 881S, Hill 861, Hill 861A and the Red Sector of the KHE SANH Combat Base. From 7-9 April the Battalion moved to Hill 881S and prepared to attack Hill 881N, which was seized on 14 April. On 15 April, the Battalion returned to KSCB and completed its move to QUANG TRI Combat Base on 16 April.
On April 17 the Battalion assumed the defense of LZ BETTY in the vicinity of YD335505, LZ SHARON at YD304487 and began operations in a new AO to the south and west of QUANG TRI CITY.
From 1 to 17 May the Battalion conducted squad, platoon, company and battalion size operations in an AO which was generally to the south and west of QUANG TRI City. During this time frame, the Battalion guarded the GA Bridge, was prepared to defend either QUANG TRI City or the QUANG TRI Base, and continuously conducted rice denial operations. From 1-5 May the Battalion provided for the defense of LZ BETTY at YD335505 with 1 company and LZ SHARON at YD304487 with 1 company.
From 1 to 14 June the Battalion attacked to the west of Hill 10 at AT923691, towards Hill 1235 at ZC200620 in Happy Valley to find, fix, and destroy the enemy forces and installations in its zone of action.
From 1-5 July the Battalion conducted search and destroy operations in the HAPPY VALLEY area in the vicinity of ZC110670.
From 1-31 of August the Battalion was Opcon to the 26th Marines and operated in the Operation HOUSTON AO.
From HAI VAN Pass
During September 1968, 3/26 carried out the primary mission of providing security for the main supply route, National Route #1 from HAI VAN Pass, at the southern boundary of THUA THIEN Province, north to PHU LOC Village. This mission was accomplished through the use of platoon strong points and aggressive small unit maneuvers. The presence of K 3/5 in an OpCon status enabled the battalion to keep a mobile force operating in the mountain terrain south and north of the highway. This unit's use of Killer Ambush Teams and imaginative use of supporting arms enabled the battalion to approach a seemingly defensive mission with an offensive attitude.
From HAI VAN Pass
During the first sixteen days of October, 3/26 was engaged in Operation OWEN MESA. The primary mission of the Battalion was that of providing security for the National Route #1 from the southern boundary of THUA THIEN Province, north to PHU LOC Village: to seek out and destroy harbor sites and base camps from which the enemy could launch attacks on Route #1 and harass the local populace. This mission was accomplished by the use of supporting arms in an offensive matter and extensive use of killer/ambush teams and company sized sweeps through areas of suspected enemy habitation.
Combat Base in a forward area at AT929887.
During the first 14 days of November, 3/26 was engaged in Operation NICOLLET BAY. The primary mission of the Battalion was to establish a combat base in a forward operating area in the vicinity of AT929887 in the assigned AO and conduct reconnaissance in force operations to find, fix and destroy enemy forces, materials and caches. This mission was accomplished by conducting mutually supporting, company size. reconnaissance in force sweeps through the AO.
During the first 9 days of December this Battalion was engaged in Operation MEADE RIVER. The mission of the Battalion, was to set up along Route 4 in the southwest sector of the Regimental cordon, and to capture or destroy the enemy within the vicinity of the cordon.