The next day, Colone’s A Company, under the command of Lieutenant Joe Alexander, was ordered to move north-west from Phan Thiet towards the Ca Ty River. Their mission was to prevent the Viet Cong from withdrawing from engagements with other units of the Screaming Eagles who were involved in intense combat with the enemy.
A Company was to make sure that the Viet Cong would not be able to launch any further assaults on Phan Thiet, and they now crossed the Ca Ty River. The unit established a position not far from the banks of the river before proceeding again towards rice paddies. The men were now in an extremely vulnerable position with no cover anywhere near.