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Final Act – LZ Albany

November 17-18, 1965

 
 
Final Act – LZ Albany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Final Act – LZ Albany Marker
Inscription. Following the close of the fighting around LZ X-Ray, The NVA forces disengaged and disappeared into the surrounding foliage. Us commanders began to remove their troops from the field primarily by helicopter. Because of the extensive air traffic the 2nd battalion, 7th cavalry was ordered to march overland to an adjacent landing zone about two miles away designated LZ Albany. This movement was supposed to be merely a short march in the sun.

Unknown to these forces, the NVA had moved elements of their reserves and survivors from the fighting at LZ X-Ray into the area near the new landing zone. The American troops were strung out for over 500 yards along the line of march when the NVA sprung an ambush all along the column. Prevented from establishing a cohesive defensive perimeter the Americans had to fight in small clusters, isolated from their company commanders who had been called to the head of the column just before the ambush. The Americans were outnumbered and fought desperately. NVA attacks overran many positions in the vicious and confused fighting.

The enemy continued the pressure on the Americans through a terrible night, and darkness only added to the defenderís (sic) uncertainty. By daylight the NVA had withdrawn allowing the Americans to consolidate, gather their dead and wounded, and be extracted from the area.

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Insert - the battle for LZ Albany image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - the battle for LZ Albany
Albany was as tragic final act of the incursion into the Ia Drang Valley.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.3′ N, 77° 9.456′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guard Tower (here, next to this marker); COL. Joseph D. Newsome (here, next to this marker); The Ia Drang Battlefield (here, next to this marker); The Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (a few steps from this marker); Bill Beck and Russell Adams (a few steps from this marker); Duty (within shouting distance of this marker); Army Aviation in Vietnam (within shouting distance of this marker); 360 Degrees of Fire (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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