[The day Task Force Smith get clobbered]
During the critical days of July when the 24th and 25th Divisions were being committed to action, the Fifth Air Force employed its full resources in close support. Tactical air control parties joined the 24th Division on 5 July, and thereafter these parties shared the combat life of the infantrymen: two controllers and five airmen had been killed or were missing in action by 28 July.
The emergency action by which FEAF placed primary effort on the main battle line during July has been noted. An air strike along the road near Kiem Dong, reported EUSAK's headquarters diary on 17 July, caused considerable confusion and the retreat of the enemy forces. [They did not write about this confusion of the enemy anyplace except here.]