Rumors filled the air days
before the annual TET cease fire, that there was a
planned enemy offensive. Every Screaming Eagle went on
alert, anticipating such a move. At 3 a.m. on January
31, the attack began. Rockets and mortars poured into
the Bien Hoa Army and Air Force complex, allowing the
enemy maneuver elements to move within striking distance
of the base areas.
At 5 a.m., the enemy
force launched their ground attack. At the same time
there was an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. A
platoon of paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade made a
rooftop assault and secured the embassy floor by floor.
The attack on Bien Hoa was driven off by gunships and
organic weapons fire by 10:00 that morning. The same
day, the 2nd Bn., 506th Abn. Inf. was airlifted from
Phuoc Vinh to sweep the immediate area surrounding the
Eagle base camp. During the fighting and a succeeding
follow-up operation named Uniontown, the Division
amassed a total of 851 enemy killed.