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Last Stand at LZ Hereford

by on April 7, 2013

Last Stand at LZ Hereford

The fight at LZ Hereford was part of Operation Crazy Horse, which began on May 15, 1966, to "find, fix and destroy" the enemy force. (Photo: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)

The fight at LZ Hereford was part of Operation Crazy Horse, which began on May 15, 1966, to “find, fix and destroy” the enemy force. (Photo: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)

Soldiers shield themselves as best they can from dirt and debris stirred up by a Huey squeezing into the tight, one-ship landing zone around noon. The pilot touches down and two officer’s jump from the helicopter and land in a large mud puddle. One GI chuckles, pokes his buddy and laughs quietly at the officers in fresh jungle fatigues, stamping the mud off their polished boots. A dirty, unshaven captain greets them wearing torn jungle fatigues and mud-covered boots, toting an M-16.

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