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Members of the US 1st Air Cavalry, march through the forest en route to Chu Phong mountain, in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, 1965.

In November 1965, the 1st Air Cavalry fought some fierce battles in the Ia Drang Valley region of the Central Highlands. The battle marked the first military engagement between US and North Vietnamese ground forces. The US inflicted heavy casualties on the North Vietnamese (2500 dead) and lost 234 of its own soldiers with an additional 300 being wounded.