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« on: October 23, 2008, 08:43:50 PM »

Operation Pershing tactical battle
February 27-March 1, 2009
Camp Flying Eagle, BSA Scout reservation
Bradenton, FL.

Operation PERSHING was officially terminated on 21 January 1968, after almost a full year of fighting in, over and around Binh Dinh Province. PERSHING had come to mean an area of operation rather than a single campaign. During this time the 1st Cavalry Division had been continually fighting at least two different battles, often more.
The primary battle was the tedious task of routing out the Viet Cong infrastructure—that very real shadow government that had been strong in this area even during the French occupation. Working with the National Police Field Force, the 1st Cavalry participated in over 970 combined operations, which had resulted in the identification and removal of over 1,600 members of the Viet Cong political and administrative structure. About 200 Viet Cong were identified as key leaders. Under the Cavalry umbrella, the National Police Field Force searched more than 340,000 individuals and 4,300 dwellings. At the close of PERSHING we felt that 50 percent of the Viet Cong cadre had been rendered ineffective. The pessimist would have to conclude that this left half of the infrastructure intact, but the fact remained that the Government of Vietnam had held an election in this troubled province, wherein 96.9 percent of the people eligible to vote, voted. This compared with a nation-wide average of 80.9 percent.
The second continuous battle in Binh Dinh was the regular North Vietnamese Army 3rd Division units. The enemy lost 5,715 soldiers killed in action and 2,323 enemy were captured.
This will be a continuous fighting scenario beginning promptly at 1700 hours Friday, February 27th. US elements may begin their patrols of the area.

Plans are being aggressively made for real-time scenarios

Time Frame: January-February 1967

Authenticity guidelines will be strictly enforced.

Costs: 35.00 for Us Elements, 25.00 for VC/NVA

We are planning a Friday and Saturday dinners in both camps, tentatively.

Camp Flying Eagle is a 185-acre Boy Scout Reservation located in Manatee County Florida (45 minute driving south of Tampa). It is a secluded reservation with cut trails and fire breaks. It is convenient to several grocery stores, hotels, and other amenities. There is water, bathrooms, showers, and dining facilities for all groups. It is bordered on the north side of the property by the Manatee River and has several structures to fight for. The bridgehead borders a large lake.

For information please contact Mike Bloski at: worldwar2livinghistory@hotmail.com
(941) 737-3509

WEB SITE: http://mysite.verizon.net/res87mcd/operationpershing/index.html

Look forward to seeing you.

Thanks,

Mike Bloski
Event Coordinator
 
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