Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 6th Infantry sometimes were given the
mission of conducting a
"cordon and search" operation. Frequently this involved surrounding a village or hamlet late at night,
placing ambushes along all the trails, and then entering at first light. Local PF soldiers, called "white
mice" assembled all the villagers and began searching among the huts and population for any Viet
Cong who may have attempted to hide supplies and equipment or to blend in with the villagers.
The villagers were segregated by age and sex while ID cards where checked. Photos below from
Aug 68 provided by Bill Kelley, 1/6 Inf 1968.
Children on the left and village men on the right. Sometimes US Forces provided the cordon around
the village while local Vietnamese officials checked ID cards.
Looking after a thirsty little brother while the soldiers and officials go about their long and boring business.
Another view of the children, with women on the left. Student nurses standing in the rear waiting to treat the villagers were trained by the 1st Bn 6th Inf Surgeon and Bn S-5 to treat minor ailments.
Later in 1968, the 1st Bn 6th Inf stopped conducting this type of cordon
and search operation because
they were unproductive when coordinated with Vietnamese officials. Because of leaks to spies in the
Vietnamese hierarchy, the cordon and search operations were conducted without PF involvement.
Select additional photos from the index at left, or link to the 1st
Battalion 6th Infantry Home Page.