The Cambrian

Vietnam battle story to be told Wednesday in Cambria

A three-day battle in May 1968, said to have been one of the most intense of the Vietnam War, will be the subject of a talk Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Cambria.

Greg Sanders, a lieutenant at the time, was one about 900 infantry troops who, with a handful of Special Forces personnel and the biggest airpower support for any engagement of the war, held off 5,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars while the Kham Duc Special Forces Camp was evacuated.

Sanders said a high-risk battle plan in the wake of the Tet Offensive produced more U.S. missing-in-action service members than any other battle in the war.

Now a land-use and environmental attorney and president of the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors, Sanders has written a book about the battle and his experiences as a member of the Americal 23rd Infantry. The book, "Bait," is set for publication soon.

The public talk begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday during the first part of a meeting of American Legion Post No. 432 in its clubhouse in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

Refreshments will be served following Sanders’ presentation during the first half of the Legion post's monthly meeting.

— Tribune staff report