Operation Hump

Operation Hump was a search and destroy operation initiated on 8 November 1965 by the 173rd , in an area about 17.5 miles north of Bien Hoa . The 1st Battalion , Royal Australian Regiment , deployed south of the Dong Nai River while the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, conducted a helicopter assault on an LZ northwest of the Dong Nai and Song Be Rivers . The objective was to drive out Viet Cong fighters who had taken position in several key hills. Little contact was made through 7 November, when B and C Companies settled into a night defensive position southeast of Hill 65, a triple-canopy jungled hill.