November 3, 1967 - In the Central Highlands of Vietnam, the Battle of Dak To (right) begins as American and North Vietnamese forces clash. The Battle of Dak To began as a North Vietnamese attempt to isolate and destroy a brigade-sized American force, with the goal of drawing US forces out of South Vietnam's cities and Lowlands. This plan was disrupted by the arrival of US troops in the Dak To area. In a series of bloody engagements, the Americans were able to force the North Vietnamese from a series of fortified hills and ridges around Dak To, causing them to retreat back across the border. While the battle was a tactical victory for the Americans, the North Vietnamese achieved their goal as over half of all US combat troops were drawn north to the border areas by January 1968.
Photograph Courtesy of the US Army