Kent Wonders Remembers LZ Margo (continued)
The Mission Changes
The changed mission now called for two Arc Lights (each with three B-52s carrying about one hundred 750-pound bombs per plane, flying at about 30,000 feet, which meant that the planes were out of sight and sound from the ground).
A B-52 strike -- an Arclight -- northwest of the DMZ in July 1968. Photo courtesy of Kent Wonders.
These air strikes were to be followed quickly by the helicopter landings of two Marine battalions along the Ben Hai. This river was the center of the DMZ which separated North and South Vietnam.
The other units were the 1st Battalion of the 4th Marines and the 1st Battalion of the 9th Marines. They were to sweep south while we moved north more or less toward them.