PATHFINDER--A Rome Plow
slices through the thick jungle entanglement. (U.S Army
Pleiku (20th Bn) - Army engineers have completed a
massive land clearing operation in the northern portion of II
Corps Tactical Zone.
The operation, divided into two phases, was completed by
the 538th Engineer Company of the 20th Engineer Battalion,
18th Engineer Brigade.
The first phase consisted of clearing 1,318 acres of
jungle near Kontum. The phase lasted seven days as
bulldozers chewed up the thick entanglement.
The second part of the mission required the clearing of
land along an 8,000 meter long trail leading to the village of
Plei Op, south of Kontum. Occasional enemy fire harassed the
engineers during this phase. One thwarted ambush yielded four
enemy dead, several more wounded and various enemy weapons and