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Battle of Dak To

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Battle of Dak To was November 3-22, 1967 involved 16,000 American troops and took place in Kontum Province in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam.  The battles in the hills around Dak To lead to some of the fiercest and bloody engagements of the entire war.  The U. S. suffered 361 fatalities and 1441 wounded along with 15 MIA’s.  Major General William R. Peers was the overall U. S. Commander of the operation.  Among its most memorable actions was the battle at Hill 875 which would result in the 173rd Airborne Brigade receiving the Presidential Unit Citation and three of its members posthumously receiving the Medal of Honor.  The battles costly victory for America resulted in a North Vietnamese withdrawal into neighboring Laos and Cambodia.