Berets Smash NVA Road
NHA TRANG – Detachment B-52 (Project Delta) a joint U.S. and Vietnamese
Special Forces reconnaissance unit, recently received the Valorous Unit
Award for helping smash an NVA attempt to cut a road into the Hue-Phu Bai
Lt. Gen William R. Peers, former commanding general, I Field Force
Vietnam, presented the award to Project Delta, the most decorated long
range patrol unit of the Vietnam War, at a ceremony in the quadrangle of
the 5th Special Forces Group Headquarters here.
Project Delta received the award for extraordinary heroism during an
operation near the A Shau Valley.
The unit had to locate and interdict a new road system the NVA had
developed which left the Hue-Phu Bai area open to an all-out attack
supported by enemy armor.
Early in the operation, elements of Project Delta discovered the road
extremely well-hidden beneath a stretch of triple canopy jungle leading
from the A Shau Valley. They monitored the extensive traffic on this road
which ranged from motorcycles to Soviet-built trucks, tanks, and heavy
Then, in a daring daylight raid, elements of Project Delta and the 81st
ARVN Airborne Ranger Bn. thrust deep into enemy territory and ambushed a
convoy of eight Russian-made cargo trucks. After the initial blow was
dealt, helicopter gunships from Delta’s air elements, the 281st Assault
Helicopter Co., completed destruction of the vehicles and extracted the
Having had their own ambush tactics used against them, the NVA greatly
curtailed the use of their new road. Soon after Project Delta’s successful
operation, an Allied operation in the A Shau Valley was launched to
complete the denial of this avenue of approach for the enemy.