What is a Combat Assault?
A Combat Assault is generally defined as a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces. A combat assault is also a concerted effort to reach a goal or defeat an adversary. Combat assaults during Vietnam were generally made by helicopter since it was the most expedient way of moving troops from one location to another.
I do not recall how many Combat Assaults we had – – probabaly more than 25-50. It was sometimes exciting but always made us very nervous since we never knew if it would be a ‘hot’ landing zone (LZ). A hot LZ was one where we landed under fire.
Here are some pictures so you can have some idea of what it was like.