On Jan 31, 1968 during the Vietnamese holiday the predawn quiet was shattered as the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regular army launched an all out offensive catching the South Vietnamese forces off guard as an unofficial cease fire had been declared between the north and south. All Areas of Operation of the 218th MP Co were initially involved including headquarters in Cam Ranh Bay, as well as the detachments at Dalat and Ban Me Thuot. Some members of the 218th MP Co were dispatched to reinforce the 504th MP Bn in Nha Trang where the unit responded to several locations in the city. The 272nd MP Co area came under attack and members of the 218th MP Co responded there as well as at the RVN National Police Station. Photographs on this page are of Nha Trang. As photos of other areas where the 218th MP Co was involved become available they will be added.
<Left, Gill Bunell 272nd MP Co seen here at guard post provided these photos of the aftermath of the VC atack on the 272nd MP Compund, Nha Trang, Tet '68.
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Above, Downtown Nha Trang, Viet Cong held up in this villa during the attack on the MACV compound and 272 MP Co area during Tet 1968. Members of the 218th MP Co responded and helped repel the attack.
Above L & C: Views from the VC occupied villa.
Above: Roy Hammond (?) pictured with one of the VC KIA who launched the Tet offensive in Nha Trang, '68.
Above, L to R, Cpt Blankenship, Wayne Kirby, & Jimmy Ritter, with some of the VC who launched the Tet offensive in Nha Trang, Jan '68. (Photos J. Ritter)