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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

20 Nov.66-14 May 67.
Operation: FORT NISQUALLY
Location: Bearcat, Dau Tieng, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: deployment. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (20 Nov-22 Dec), 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div (from 23 Dec). Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art. Execution: the purpose of this operation was to support the deployment of the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div from Bearcat to its new base camp at Dau Tieng with the 25th Inf Div as the sponsoring unit and subsequent actions to secure the base camp and eliminate enemy influence in the brigade's TAOR. Results: 28 enemy killed, 26 detained.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

1 Dec. 66-14 May 67
Operation: ALA MOANA
Location: Cu Chi, Duc Hue, Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa Dong, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy , reconnaissance-in-force, saturation patrolling. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 2d Bde: (1 Dec 66-22 Feb 67): 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 3-4 Cav (-), 1-8 Art; 1st Bde (22 Feb-14 May): 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: 381 enemy killed, 25 detained.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

22 Feb-14 May
Operation: JUNCTION CITY
Location: Katum, Prek Klok, Suoi Da, Quan Loi, Minh Thanh, Bo Tuc, Ap Gu, Suoi Tre, Ap Bau Bang, War Zone C, Dog's Head13, FSB II, FSB 20, FSB GOLD, FSB MUSTANG, FSB PANTHER, FSB PARRY, FSB THRUST, Route 4, Route 13, Route 22, Route 246, Route 247, DZ "C", LZ GEORGE, LZ SILVER, Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (22 Feb-15 Apr). 25th Inf Div (16 Apr-14 May). Task organization (Phase I): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-5 Art; 3d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-16 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav, B/2-34 Arm, 2-33 Art, A/5-2 Art; 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf14, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 2d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 2-12 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 196 t h Inf Bde (Lt): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR : 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 4-23 Inf; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div (from 4 Mar): 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); Task Force WALLACE: 35th ARVN Rgr Bn, 3rd Troop 1st ARVN ACS; VNMC Task Force ALPHA: 1st and 5th VNMC Bns. Task organization (Phase II): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 1-2 Inf, 1-18 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav (-), 1-5 Art; 2d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 2-16 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-7 Art, 2/11 ACR, 36th ARVN Rgr Bn; 173d Abn Bde (20 Mar-13 Apr): 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-34 Arm (-), 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); 196 t h LIB (18 Mar-9 Apr): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR (1-15 Apr): 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Task organization (Phase III): 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 2-34 Arm (-), 7-9 Art (-), 36th ARVN Rgr Bn. Intelligence: COSVN, 9th PLAF Div (101st PAVN Rgt, 271st, 272nd and 273rd PLAF Rgts), 70th PLAF Guard Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... . Results: 2,728 enemy killed, 34 captured, 65 detained, 139 returnees, 282 US KIA, 1,576 US WIA

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

2 Apr.-9 May
Operation: HARVEST MOON
Location: DZ BELLMONT, LZ 1, LZ 2, LZ 3, Bunard CIDG Camp, Phuoc Long Province. Type: search and destroy, security. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA (2-5 Apr); 1st Inf Div (from 5 Apr). Task organization: TF BLUE: A-503, Elts Co E (Prov), 5th SFGA, 2d and 3d Cos, 5th MSF; 1st Inf Div: 1-16 Inf (+). Execution: HARVEST MOON was mounted to protect the construction of a new CIDG Camp at Da Diem Bunard. On 2 Apr, 18 USSF pathfinders were dropped by a CH-47 helicopter followed by 8 C-123 transports carrying 350 strikers, 29 USSF and 3 LLDB jumping onto dry rice paddies called DZ BELLMONT. Suffering only 10 jump injuries, the strikers immediately secured three landing zones for additional MIKE Force units. On 5 Apr, 1-16 Inf from the 1st Inf Div closed in to Bunard and began offensive operations to protect US engineers building a new C-130 capable airfield there. Several enemy base camps were found but there was no contact or significant enemy activity observed in the area and the operation was terminated on 9 May. Results: (no info)

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

12 Apr-11 May
Operation: RUNG SAT/69/67
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 1st VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAGs 22, 26 and 28. Results: (no info).

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEACON STAR
Location: Song O Lau, Street Without Joy, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF BRAVO; 3d Marines (from 26 Apr). Task organization: BLT 2/3 Marines. Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt, 810th and 814th PLAF MF Bns. Execution: BEACON STAR was the first operation for newly designated SLF BRAVO. The target was a major VC stronghold and supply area along the border of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, 27 km northwest of Hue, on the edge of the area known as the Street Without Joy. On 22 Apr, 2/3 Marines conducted heliborne and amphibious assault and proceeded inland along the Song O Lau but met few resistance. On 26 Apr, 2/3 was extracted from its AO and and flown from Phu Bai to Khe Sanh to reinforce the 3d Marines which had discovered strong Communists formations in the hills surrounding Khe Sanh25. The BLT was heavily engaged in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights until 12 May when it reverted to SLF BRAVO control. Results: Included in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights. BLT 2/3 Marines lost 71 KIA and 349 WIA during the period 27 Apr-12 May.

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

23 Apr.-11 May.
Operation: MANHATTAN
Location: Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve, Michelin Plantation, LZ JOE, LZ AL, Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div. Task organization: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 2-33 Art; 34th ARVN Rgr Bn Intelligence: Military Region 4 HQ Execution: Operation MANHATTAN reentered the Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve west of Lai Khe already visited during Operation CEDAR FALLS and extended north to the Michelin Plantation. On 3 May a very large cache containing 350 weapons and 314,450 rounds of assorted ammunition was discovered by A/2-18 but VC resistance was limited to harassing tactics. Results: 58 enemy killed, 8 detained, 8 US KIA, 57 US WIA.

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

28 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEAVER CAGE
Location: Nui Loc Son, Que Son Valley, Quang Tin and Quang Nam Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF ALPHA. Task organization: BLT 1/3 Marines. Execution: (see Operation UNION I). Results: 181 enemy killed, 66 detained, 56 US KIA, 183 U WIA.

2-8 May
Operation: LISMORE
Location: Dat Do, Phuoc Hai, Route 23, Song Rai, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav (-), 161 Bty RNZA. Intelligence: D445 PLAF LF Bn, C25 PLAF LF Co. Execution: Operation LISMORE took place in area bounded by Route 23, the Song Rai and the fence between Dat Do and Phuoc Hai with minimal contact. Results: 5 enemy killed, no friendly casualties.

2-10 May
The 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Khanh Duong is transported by sea lift from Nha Trang to RAZORBACK Beach in I CTZ to become part of TF OREGON.

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

4-11 May
Operation: HAPPY DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Execution: (no other info)

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

7-8 May
Operation: BINH QUANG 4
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 82 enemy killed, 10 ARVN KIA, 55 ARVN WIA.

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8-9 May
Operation: HAI SU 5
Location: Binh Dai Secret Zone, Kien Hoa Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: Kien Hoa Sector. Task organization: 907th and 983rd RF Cos, Coastal Groups 32, 33, 34 and 37. Execution: operation took place at the mouth of the My Tho River. Results: 6 enemy killed.

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

20 Nov.66-14 May 67.
Operation: FORT NISQUALLY
Location: Bearcat, Dau Tieng, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: deployment. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (20 Nov-22 Dec), 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div (from 23 Dec). Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art. Execution: the purpose of this operation was to support the deployment of the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div from Bearcat to its new base camp at Dau Tieng with the 25th Inf Div as the sponsoring unit and subsequent actions to secure the base camp and eliminate enemy influence in the brigade's TAOR. Results: 28 enemy killed, 26 detained.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

1 Dec. 66-14 May 67
Operation: ALA MOANA
Location: Cu Chi, Duc Hue, Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa Dong, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy , reconnaissance-in-force, saturation patrolling. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 2d Bde: (1 Dec 66-22 Feb 67): 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 3-4 Cav (-), 1-8 Art; 1st Bde (22 Feb-14 May): 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: 381 enemy killed, 25 detained.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

22 Feb-14 May
Operation: JUNCTION CITY
Location: Katum, Prek Klok, Suoi Da, Quan Loi, Minh Thanh, Bo Tuc, Ap Gu, Suoi Tre, Ap Bau Bang, War Zone C, Dog's Head13, FSB II, FSB 20, FSB GOLD, FSB MUSTANG, FSB PANTHER, FSB PARRY, FSB THRUST, Route 4, Route 13, Route 22, Route 246, Route 247, DZ "C", LZ GEORGE, LZ SILVER, Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (22 Feb-15 Apr). 25th Inf Div (16 Apr-14 May). Task organization (Phase I): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-5 Art; 3d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-16 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav, B/2-34 Arm, 2-33 Art, A/5-2 Art; 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf14, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 2d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 2-12 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 196 t h Inf Bde (Lt): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR : 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 4-23 Inf; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div (from 4 Mar): 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); Task Force WALLACE: 35th ARVN Rgr Bn, 3rd Troop 1st ARVN ACS; VNMC Task Force ALPHA: 1st and 5th VNMC Bns. Task organization (Phase II): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 1-2 Inf, 1-18 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav (-), 1-5 Art; 2d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 2-16 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-7 Art, 2/11 ACR, 36th ARVN Rgr Bn; 173d Abn Bde (20 Mar-13 Apr): 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-34 Arm (-), 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); 196 t h LIB (18 Mar-9 Apr): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR (1-15 Apr): 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Task organization (Phase III): 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 2-34 Arm (-), 7-9 Art (-), 36th ARVN Rgr Bn. Intelligence: COSVN, 9th PLAF Div (101st PAVN Rgt, 271st, 272nd and 273rd PLAF Rgts), 70th PLAF Guard Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... . Results: 2,728 enemy killed, 34 captured, 65 detained, 139 returnees, 282 US KIA, 1,576 US WIA

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

2 Apr.-9 May
Operation: HARVEST MOON
Location: DZ BELLMONT, LZ 1, LZ 2, LZ 3, Bunard CIDG Camp, Phuoc Long Province. Type: search and destroy, security. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA (2-5 Apr); 1st Inf Div (from 5 Apr). Task organization: TF BLUE: A-503, Elts Co E (Prov), 5th SFGA, 2d and 3d Cos, 5th MSF; 1st Inf Div: 1-16 Inf (+). Execution: HARVEST MOON was mounted to protect the construction of a new CIDG Camp at Da Diem Bunard. On 2 Apr, 18 USSF pathfinders were dropped by a CH-47 helicopter followed by 8 C-123 transports carrying 350 strikers, 29 USSF and 3 LLDB jumping onto dry rice paddies called DZ BELLMONT. Suffering only 10 jump injuries, the strikers immediately secured three landing zones for additional MIKE Force units. On 5 Apr, 1-16 Inf from the 1st Inf Div closed in to Bunard and began offensive operations to protect US engineers building a new C-130 capable airfield there. Several enemy base camps were found but there was no contact or significant enemy activity observed in the area and the operation was terminated on 9 May. Results: (no info)

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

12 Apr-11 May
Operation: RUNG SAT/69/67
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 1st VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAGs 22, 26 and 28. Results: (no info).

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEACON STAR
Location: Song O Lau, Street Without Joy, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF BRAVO; 3d Marines (from 26 Apr). Task organization: BLT 2/3 Marines. Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt, 810th and 814th PLAF MF Bns. Execution: BEACON STAR was the first operation for newly designated SLF BRAVO. The target was a major VC stronghold and supply area along the border of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, 27 km northwest of Hue, on the edge of the area known as the Street Without Joy. On 22 Apr, 2/3 Marines conducted heliborne and amphibious assault and proceeded inland along the Song O Lau but met few resistance. On 26 Apr, 2/3 was extracted from its AO and and flown from Phu Bai to Khe Sanh to reinforce the 3d Marines which had discovered strong Communists formations in the hills surrounding Khe Sanh25. The BLT was heavily engaged in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights until 12 May when it reverted to SLF BRAVO control. Results: Included in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights. BLT 2/3 Marines lost 71 KIA and 349 WIA during the period 27 Apr-12 May.

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

23 Apr.-11 May.
Operation: MANHATTAN
Location: Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve, Michelin Plantation, LZ JOE, LZ AL, Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div. Task organization: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 2-33 Art; 34th ARVN Rgr Bn Intelligence: Military Region 4 HQ Execution: Operation MANHATTAN reentered the Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve west of Lai Khe already visited during Operation CEDAR FALLS and extended north to the Michelin Plantation. On 3 May a very large cache containing 350 weapons and 314,450 rounds of assorted ammunition was discovered by A/2-18 but VC resistance was limited to harassing tactics. Results: 58 enemy killed, 8 detained, 8 US KIA, 57 US WIA.

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

28 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEAVER CAGE
Location: Nui Loc Son, Que Son Valley, Quang Tin and Quang Nam Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF ALPHA. Task organization: BLT 1/3 Marines. Execution: (see Operation UNION I). Results: 181 enemy killed, 66 detained, 56 US KIA, 183 U WIA.

2-10 May
The 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Khanh Duong is transported by sea lift from Nha Trang to RAZORBACK Beach in I CTZ to become part of TF OREGON.

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

4-11 May
Operation: HAPPY DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Execution: (no other info)

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-9 May
Operation: HAI SU 5
Location: Binh Dai Secret Zone, Kien Hoa Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: Kien Hoa Sector. Task organization: 907th and 983rd RF Cos, Coastal Groups 32, 33, 34 and 37. Execution: operation took place at the mouth of the My Tho River. Results: 6 enemy killed.

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

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9-10 May
Operation: LONG PHI/999/J
Location: Kien Phong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 9th ARVN Div. Task organization: 9th ARVN Div (elts), RAGs 23 and 31. Execution: Operation conducted 15 km north of Sa Dec. Results: 10 enemy killed, 10 detained.

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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

20 Nov.66-14 May 67.
Operation: FORT NISQUALLY
Location: Bearcat, Dau Tieng, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: deployment. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (20 Nov-22 Dec), 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div (from 23 Dec). Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art. Execution: the purpose of this operation was to support the deployment of the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div from Bearcat to its new base camp at Dau Tieng with the 25th Inf Div as the sponsoring unit and subsequent actions to secure the base camp and eliminate enemy influence in the brigade's TAOR. Results: 28 enemy killed, 26 detained.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

1 Dec. 66-14 May 67
Operation: ALA MOANA
Location: Cu Chi, Duc Hue, Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa Dong, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy , reconnaissance-in-force, saturation patrolling. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 2d Bde: (1 Dec 66-22 Feb 67): 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 3-4 Cav (-), 1-8 Art; 1st Bde (22 Feb-14 May): 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: 381 enemy killed, 25 detained.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

22 Feb-14 May
Operation: JUNCTION CITY
Location: Katum, Prek Klok, Suoi Da, Quan Loi, Minh Thanh, Bo Tuc, Ap Gu, Suoi Tre, Ap Bau Bang, War Zone C, Dog's Head13, FSB II, FSB 20, FSB GOLD, FSB MUSTANG, FSB PANTHER, FSB PARRY, FSB THRUST, Route 4, Route 13, Route 22, Route 246, Route 247, DZ "C", LZ GEORGE, LZ SILVER, Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (22 Feb-15 Apr). 25th Inf Div (16 Apr-14 May). Task organization (Phase I): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-5 Art; 3d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-16 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav, B/2-34 Arm, 2-33 Art, A/5-2 Art; 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf14, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 2d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 2-12 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 196 t h Inf Bde (Lt): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR : 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 4-23 Inf; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div (from 4 Mar): 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); Task Force WALLACE: 35th ARVN Rgr Bn, 3rd Troop 1st ARVN ACS; VNMC Task Force ALPHA: 1st and 5th VNMC Bns. Task organization (Phase II): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 1-2 Inf, 1-18 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav (-), 1-5 Art; 2d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 2-16 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-7 Art, 2/11 ACR, 36th ARVN Rgr Bn; 173d Abn Bde (20 Mar-13 Apr): 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-34 Arm (-), 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); 196 t h LIB (18 Mar-9 Apr): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR (1-15 Apr): 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Task organization (Phase III): 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 2-34 Arm (-), 7-9 Art (-), 36th ARVN Rgr Bn. Intelligence: COSVN, 9th PLAF Div (101st PAVN Rgt, 271st, 272nd and 273rd PLAF Rgts), 70th PLAF Guard Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... . Results: 2,728 enemy killed, 34 captured, 65 detained, 139 returnees, 282 US KIA, 1,576 US WIA

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

12 Apr-11 May
Operation: RUNG SAT/69/67
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 1st VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAGs 22, 26 and 28. Results: (no info).

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEACON STAR
Location: Song O Lau, Street Without Joy, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF BRAVO; 3d Marines (from 26 Apr). Task organization: BLT 2/3 Marines. Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt, 810th and 814th PLAF MF Bns. Execution: BEACON STAR was the first operation for newly designated SLF BRAVO. The target was a major VC stronghold and supply area along the border of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, 27 km northwest of Hue, on the edge of the area known as the Street Without Joy. On 22 Apr, 2/3 Marines conducted heliborne and amphibious assault and proceeded inland along the Song O Lau but met few resistance. On 26 Apr, 2/3 was extracted from its AO and and flown from Phu Bai to Khe Sanh to reinforce the 3d Marines which had discovered strong Communists formations in the hills surrounding Khe Sanh25. The BLT was heavily engaged in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights until 12 May when it reverted to SLF BRAVO control. Results: Included in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights. BLT 2/3 Marines lost 71 KIA and 349 WIA during the period 27 Apr-12 May.

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

23 Apr.-11 May.
Operation: MANHATTAN
Location: Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve, Michelin Plantation, LZ JOE, LZ AL, Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div. Task organization: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 2-33 Art; 34th ARVN Rgr Bn Intelligence: Military Region 4 HQ Execution: Operation MANHATTAN reentered the Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve west of Lai Khe already visited during Operation CEDAR FALLS and extended north to the Michelin Plantation. On 3 May a very large cache containing 350 weapons and 314,450 rounds of assorted ammunition was discovered by A/2-18 but VC resistance was limited to harassing tactics. Results: 58 enemy killed, 8 detained, 8 US KIA, 57 US WIA.

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

28 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEAVER CAGE
Location: Nui Loc Son, Que Son Valley, Quang Tin and Quang Nam Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF ALPHA. Task organization: BLT 1/3 Marines. Execution: (see Operation UNION I). Results: 181 enemy killed, 66 detained, 56 US KIA, 183 U WIA.

2-10 May
The 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Khanh Duong is transported by sea lift from Nha Trang to RAZORBACK Beach in I CTZ to become part of TF OREGON.

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

4-11 May
Operation: HAPPY DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Execution: (no other info)

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

9-10 May
Operation: LONG PHI/999/J
Location: Kien Phong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 9th ARVN Div. Task organization: 9th ARVN Div (elts), RAGs 23 and 31. Execution: Operation conducted 15 km north of Sa Dec. Results: 10 enemy killed, 10 detained.

New Operations

10-12 May
Operation: BOWEN
Location: Long Tan, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: C/6RAR. Execution: Operation searched Long Tan for possible presence of VC liaison agents. Results: none.

Other

10 May
Kien An Airfield, 5 miles southwest of Haiphong hit for first time.
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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

20 Nov.66-14 May 67.
Operation: FORT NISQUALLY
Location: Bearcat, Dau Tieng, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: deployment. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (20 Nov-22 Dec), 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div (from 23 Dec). Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art. Execution: the purpose of this operation was to support the deployment of the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div from Bearcat to its new base camp at Dau Tieng with the 25th Inf Div as the sponsoring unit and subsequent actions to secure the base camp and eliminate enemy influence in the brigade's TAOR. Results: 28 enemy killed, 26 detained.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

1 Dec. 66-14 May 67
Operation: ALA MOANA
Location: Cu Chi, Duc Hue, Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa Dong, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy , reconnaissance-in-force, saturation patrolling. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 2d Bde: (1 Dec 66-22 Feb 67): 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 3-4 Cav (-), 1-8 Art; 1st Bde (22 Feb-14 May): 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: 381 enemy killed, 25 detained.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

22 Feb-14 May
Operation: JUNCTION CITY
Location: Katum, Prek Klok, Suoi Da, Quan Loi, Minh Thanh, Bo Tuc, Ap Gu, Suoi Tre, Ap Bau Bang, War Zone C, Dog's Head13, FSB II, FSB 20, FSB GOLD, FSB MUSTANG, FSB PANTHER, FSB PARRY, FSB THRUST, Route 4, Route 13, Route 22, Route 246, Route 247, DZ "C", LZ GEORGE, LZ SILVER, Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (22 Feb-15 Apr). 25th Inf Div (16 Apr-14 May). Task organization (Phase I): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-5 Art; 3d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-16 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav, B/2-34 Arm, 2-33 Art, A/5-2 Art; 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf14, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 2d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 2-12 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 196 t h Inf Bde (Lt): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR : 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 4-23 Inf; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div (from 4 Mar): 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); Task Force WALLACE: 35th ARVN Rgr Bn, 3rd Troop 1st ARVN ACS; VNMC Task Force ALPHA: 1st and 5th VNMC Bns. Task organization (Phase II): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 1-2 Inf, 1-18 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav (-), 1-5 Art; 2d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 2-16 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-7 Art, 2/11 ACR, 36th ARVN Rgr Bn; 173d Abn Bde (20 Mar-13 Apr): 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-34 Arm (-), 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); 196 t h LIB (18 Mar-9 Apr): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR (1-15 Apr): 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Task organization (Phase III): 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 2-34 Arm (-), 7-9 Art (-), 36th ARVN Rgr Bn. Intelligence: COSVN, 9th PLAF Div (101st PAVN Rgt, 271st, 272nd and 273rd PLAF Rgts), 70th PLAF Guard Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... . Results: 2,728 enemy killed, 34 captured, 65 detained, 139 returnees, 282 US KIA, 1,576 US WIA

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

12 Apr-11 May
Operation: RUNG SAT/69/67
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 1st VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAGs 22, 26 and 28. Results: (no info).

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEACON STAR
Location: Song O Lau, Street Without Joy, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF BRAVO; 3d Marines (from 26 Apr). Task organization: BLT 2/3 Marines. Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt, 810th and 814th PLAF MF Bns. Execution: BEACON STAR was the first operation for newly designated SLF BRAVO. The target was a major VC stronghold and supply area along the border of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, 27 km northwest of Hue, on the edge of the area known as the Street Without Joy. On 22 Apr, 2/3 Marines conducted heliborne and amphibious assault and proceeded inland along the Song O Lau but met few resistance. On 26 Apr, 2/3 was extracted from its AO and and flown from Phu Bai to Khe Sanh to reinforce the 3d Marines which had discovered strong Communists formations in the hills surrounding Khe Sanh25. The BLT was heavily engaged in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights until 12 May when it reverted to SLF BRAVO control. Results: Included in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights. BLT 2/3 Marines lost 71 KIA and 349 WIA during the period 27 Apr-12 May.

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

23 Apr.-11 May.
Operation: MANHATTAN
Location: Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve, Michelin Plantation, LZ JOE, LZ AL, Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div. Task organization: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 2-33 Art; 34th ARVN Rgr Bn Intelligence: Military Region 4 HQ Execution: Operation MANHATTAN reentered the Thanh Dien Forestry Reserve west of Lai Khe already visited during Operation CEDAR FALLS and extended north to the Michelin Plantation. On 3 May a very large cache containing 350 weapons and 314,450 rounds of assorted ammunition was discovered by A/2-18 but VC resistance was limited to harassing tactics. Results: 58 enemy killed, 8 detained, 8 US KIA, 57 US WIA.

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

28 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEAVER CAGE
Location: Nui Loc Son, Que Son Valley, Quang Tin and Quang Nam Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF ALPHA. Task organization: BLT 1/3 Marines. Execution: (see Operation UNION I). Results: 181 enemy killed, 66 detained, 56 US KIA, 183 U WIA.

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

4-11 May
Operation: HAPPY DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Execution: (no other info)

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

10-12 May
Operation: BOWEN
Location: Long Tan, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: C/6RAR. Execution: Operation searched Long Tan for possible presence of VC liaison agents. Results: none.

New Operations

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

Other

11 May
Eight-foot center section of Soviet air-to-air missile found by Marines unit in Quang Tri Province.

11 May
AMB Bunker announces Revolutionary Development programs will be under COMUSMACV.
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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

20 Nov.66-14 May 67.
Operation: FORT NISQUALLY
Location: Bearcat, Dau Tieng, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: deployment. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (20 Nov-22 Dec), 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div (from 23 Dec). Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art. Execution: the purpose of this operation was to support the deployment of the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div from Bearcat to its new base camp at Dau Tieng with the 25th Inf Div as the sponsoring unit and subsequent actions to secure the base camp and eliminate enemy influence in the brigade's TAOR. Results: 28 enemy killed, 26 detained.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

1 Dec. 66-14 May 67
Operation: ALA MOANA
Location: Cu Chi, Duc Hue, Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa Dong, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy , reconnaissance-in-force, saturation patrolling. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 2d Bde: (1 Dec 66-22 Feb 67): 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 3-4 Cav (-), 1-8 Art; 1st Bde (22 Feb-14 May): 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: 381 enemy killed, 25 detained.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

22 Feb-14 May
Operation: JUNCTION CITY
Location: Katum, Prek Klok, Suoi Da, Quan Loi, Minh Thanh, Bo Tuc, Ap Gu, Suoi Tre, Ap Bau Bang, War Zone C, Dog's Head13, FSB II, FSB 20, FSB GOLD, FSB MUSTANG, FSB PANTHER, FSB PARRY, FSB THRUST, Route 4, Route 13, Route 22, Route 246, Route 247, DZ "C", LZ GEORGE, LZ SILVER, Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (22 Feb-15 Apr). 25th Inf Div (16 Apr-14 May). Task organization (Phase I): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-5 Art; 3d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-16 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav, B/2-34 Arm, 2-33 Art, A/5-2 Art; 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf14, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 2d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 2-12 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 196 t h Inf Bde (Lt): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR : 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 4-23 Inf; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div (from 4 Mar): 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); Task Force WALLACE: 35th ARVN Rgr Bn, 3rd Troop 1st ARVN ACS; VNMC Task Force ALPHA: 1st and 5th VNMC Bns. Task organization (Phase II): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 1-2 Inf, 1-18 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav (-), 1-5 Art; 2d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 2-16 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-7 Art, 2/11 ACR, 36th ARVN Rgr Bn; 173d Abn Bde (20 Mar-13 Apr): 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-34 Arm (-), 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); 196 t h LIB (18 Mar-9 Apr): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR (1-15 Apr): 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Task organization (Phase III): 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 2-34 Arm (-), 7-9 Art (-), 36th ARVN Rgr Bn. Intelligence: COSVN, 9th PLAF Div (101st PAVN Rgt, 271st, 272nd and 273rd PLAF Rgts), 70th PLAF Guard Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... . Results: 2,728 enemy killed, 34 captured, 65 detained, 139 returnees, 282 US KIA, 1,576 US WIA

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEACON STAR
Location: Song O Lau, Street Without Joy, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF BRAVO; 3d Marines (from 26 Apr). Task organization: BLT 2/3 Marines. Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt, 810th and 814th PLAF MF Bns. Execution: BEACON STAR was the first operation for newly designated SLF BRAVO. The target was a major VC stronghold and supply area along the border of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces, 27 km northwest of Hue, on the edge of the area known as the Street Without Joy. On 22 Apr, 2/3 Marines conducted heliborne and amphibious assault and proceeded inland along the Song O Lau but met few resistance. On 26 Apr, 2/3 was extracted from its AO and and flown from Phu Bai to Khe Sanh to reinforce the 3d Marines which had discovered strong Communists formations in the hills surrounding Khe Sanh25. The BLT was heavily engaged in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights until 12 May when it reverted to SLF BRAVO control. Results: Included in the Khe Sanh Hill Fights. BLT 2/3 Marines lost 71 KIA and 349 WIA during the period 27 Apr-12 May.

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

28 Apr.-12 May
Operation: BEAVER CAGE
Location: Nui Loc Son, Que Son Valley, Quang Tin and Quang Nam Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF ALPHA. Task organization: BLT 1/3 Marines. Execution: (see Operation UNION I). Results: 181 enemy killed, 66 detained, 56 US KIA, 183 U WIA.

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

10-12 May
Operation: BOWEN
Location: Long Tan, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: C/6RAR. Execution: Operation searched Long Tan for possible presence of VC liaison agents. Results: none.

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

New Operations

12-13 May
Operation: LONG PHI/999/K
Location: Phong Ding Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 9th ARVN Div. Task organization: 9th ARVN Div (elts), RAGs 25, 27, 29 and 32. Execution: Operation conducted 25 km southeast of Can Tho. Results: 1 enemy killed, 25 captured, 4 detained, 3 ARVN WIA, 1 VNN WIA.

Other

12 May
Prime Minister Ky announces his candidacy for President.

12 May.
The 84A PAVN Artillery Regiment attacks Bien Hoa AB with 53 rounds of 122mm rockets and 150 rounds of mortar and recoillless rifle. 49 US and South Vietnamese planes are destroyed or damaged.
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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

20 Nov.66-14 May 67.
Operation: FORT NISQUALLY
Location: Bearcat, Dau Tieng, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: deployment. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (20 Nov-22 Dec), 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div (from 23 Dec). Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art. Execution: the purpose of this operation was to support the deployment of the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div from Bearcat to its new base camp at Dau Tieng with the 25th Inf Div as the sponsoring unit and subsequent actions to secure the base camp and eliminate enemy influence in the brigade's TAOR. Results: 28 enemy killed, 26 detained.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

1 Dec. 66-14 May 67
Operation: ALA MOANA
Location: Cu Chi, Duc Hue, Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa Dong, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy , reconnaissance-in-force, saturation patrolling. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 2d Bde: (1 Dec 66-22 Feb 67): 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 3-4 Cav (-), 1-8 Art; 1st Bde (22 Feb-14 May): 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: 381 enemy killed, 25 detained.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

22 Feb-14 May
Operation: JUNCTION CITY
Location: Katum, Prek Klok, Suoi Da, Quan Loi, Minh Thanh, Bo Tuc, Ap Gu, Suoi Tre, Ap Bau Bang, War Zone C, Dog's Head13, FSB II, FSB 20, FSB GOLD, FSB MUSTANG, FSB PANTHER, FSB PARRY, FSB THRUST, Route 4, Route 13, Route 22, Route 246, Route 247, DZ "C", LZ GEORGE, LZ SILVER, Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (22 Feb-15 Apr). 25th Inf Div (16 Apr-14 May). Task organization (Phase I): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-5 Art; 3d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-16 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav, B/2-34 Arm, 2-33 Art, A/5-2 Art; 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf14, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 2d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 2-12 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 196 t h Inf Bde (Lt): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR : 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 4-23 Inf; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div (from 4 Mar): 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); Task Force WALLACE: 35th ARVN Rgr Bn, 3rd Troop 1st ARVN ACS; VNMC Task Force ALPHA: 1st and 5th VNMC Bns. Task organization (Phase II): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 1-2 Inf, 1-18 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav (-), 1-5 Art; 2d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 2-16 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-7 Art, 2/11 ACR, 36th ARVN Rgr Bn; 173d Abn Bde (20 Mar-13 Apr): 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-34 Arm (-), 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); 196 t h LIB (18 Mar-9 Apr): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR (1-15 Apr): 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Task organization (Phase III): 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 2-34 Arm (-), 7-9 Art (-), 36th ARVN Rgr Bn. Intelligence: COSVN, 9th PLAF Div (101st PAVN Rgt, 271st, 272nd and 273rd PLAF Rgts), 70th PLAF Guard Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... . Results: 2,728 enemy killed, 34 captured, 65 detained, 139 returnees, 282 US KIA, 1,576 US WIA

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

12-13 May
Operation: LONG PHI/999/K
Location: Phong Ding Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 9th ARVN Div. Task organization: 9th ARVN Div (elts), RAGs 25, 27, 29 and 32. Execution: Operation conducted 25 km southeast of Can Tho. Results: 1 enemy killed, 25 captured, 4 detained, 3 ARVN WIA, 1 VNN WIA.

New Operations

13 May
Operation: ARMIDALE
Location: Xa Long Phuoc, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: cordon and search. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR (-), 101 Fld Bty, A Sqn 3 Cav (-). Execution: 6RAR responded to sighting of 40 VCs 5 km south of Nui Dat but no contact was made. Results: none.

13-18 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 41C/ARROWHEAD
Location: Chi Lang, Nui Giai. Seven Mountains, Chau Doc Province. Type: search and destroy, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task organization: A-503, E (Prov)/5th SFGA, 3rd, 4th and 5th Cos, 5th MSF, MGF 399, A-149 Binh Gia (elts), A-421 Ba Xoai (elts), A-423 Tinh Bien (elts). Intelligence: 512th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: The operation was mounted to exploit intelligence gathered by the IV Corps Company D MSF indicating that the 512th PLAF Bn was entrenched on Nui Giai Mountain in the Seven Mountains area of Chau Doc Province near the Cambodian border. On 13 May, 374 strikers and 20 USSF from A-503 and the 5th MSF were flown from Nha Trang in C-130s and jumped east of the mountain (Operation ARROWHEAD) while other blocking elements sealed off Nui Giai. Contact was made with the enemy everyday except on 15 May but there were simply too many places for the enemy to hide and they used the numerous caves to move from one position to another. The 5th MSF was withdrawn on 16 May and the operation was terminated when it became apparent that the VC could not be flushed out. Results: 40 enemy killed, 9 CIDG KIA, 1 MSF KIA, 12 CIDG WIA, 4 MSF WIA, 9 USSF WIA.

13-18 May
Operation: AHINA
Location: Dau Tieng, War Zone C, Route 13, Nui Dong, Song Saigon, Suoi Ba Hao, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, B/1-11 Art, C/4th Eng; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 2-47 Inf (M), 4-39 Inf, 2-12 Inf A/15th Eng. Intelligence: 101st PAVN Rgt, 82nd Rear Service Group. Execution: Operation AHINA was a search and destroy operation conducted in the east central portion of War Zone C northwest of Tay Ninh, an area already visited during JUNCTION CITY. On 13 May, the 3d Bde crossed the Saigon river into the AO while the 1st Bde established blocking positions along Route 13. Numerous bunkers and caches were found but contact was minimal. Results: 9 enemy killed, 15 US KIA, 38 US WIA.

13 May-16 Jul. Operation: CROCKETT
Location: Khe Sanh, Hill 861, Hill 881S, Hill 950, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 26th Marines (Forward). Task organization: 1/26 Marines, 3/26 Marines (from 13 Jun), A/3d Recon. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: After the end of the First Battle of Khe Sanh ('Khe Sanh Hill Fights'), 1/26 Marines replaced the two battalions from the 3d Marines there. The mission was to occupy key terrain, deny enemy access into the vital areas, conduct aggressive patrolling withing the AO and provide security for the base and adjacent outposts on nearby Hill 881S, 861 and 950. Numerous sightings of the enemy were made during May but there was only occasional contact. On 6 Jun, the radio relay site on Hill 950 received a ground probe, 10 enemy were killed, 6 US KIA and 2 US WIA. The next day, a patrol from B/1/26 made heavy contact with an estimated enemy company. 66 enemy were killed, 18 US KIA and 28 US WIA. Due to the increasing number of enemy contacts, 3/26 Marines arrived at Khe Sanh on 13 Jun. Both battalions had many contacts with isolated enemy forces during the last weeks of the month. On 27 Jun, I/3/26 ran into two NVA companies, killing 35 but during July enemy activity decreased in the Khe Sanh AO and the operation was terminated on 16 Jul. Results: 206 enemy killed, 5 detained, 52 US KIA, 255 WIA.

Other

13 May
Seven MIG-17s downed over NVN by USAF pilots.

13 May
First increment of New Zealand infantrymen arrive in RVN at Nui Dat and are placed under operational control of 1ATF.
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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

20 Nov.66-14 May 67.
Operation: FORT NISQUALLY
Location: Bearcat, Dau Tieng, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: deployment. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (20 Nov-22 Dec), 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div (from 23 Dec). Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art. Execution: the purpose of this operation was to support the deployment of the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div from Bearcat to its new base camp at Dau Tieng with the 25th Inf Div as the sponsoring unit and subsequent actions to secure the base camp and eliminate enemy influence in the brigade's TAOR. Results: 28 enemy killed, 26 detained.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

1 Dec. 66-14 May 67
Operation: ALA MOANA
Location: Cu Chi, Duc Hue, Duc Hoa, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa Dong, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy , reconnaissance-in-force, saturation patrolling. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 2d Bde: (1 Dec 66-22 Feb 67): 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 3-4 Cav (-), 1-8 Art; 1st Bde (22 Feb-14 May): 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: 381 enemy killed, 25 detained.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

22 Feb-14 May
Operation: JUNCTION CITY
Location: Katum, Prek Klok, Suoi Da, Quan Loi, Minh Thanh, Bo Tuc, Ap Gu, Suoi Tre, Ap Bau Bang, War Zone C, Dog's Head13, FSB II, FSB 20, FSB GOLD, FSB MUSTANG, FSB PANTHER, FSB PARRY, FSB THRUST, Route 4, Route 13, Route 22, Route 246, Route 247, DZ "C", LZ GEORGE, LZ SILVER, Tay Ninh, Binh Long and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV (22 Feb-15 Apr). 25th Inf Div (16 Apr-14 May). Task organization (Phase I): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 1-2 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-5 Art; 3d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-16 Inf, 2-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav, B/2-34 Arm, 2-33 Art, A/5-2 Art; 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf14, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 2d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 2-12 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 196 t h Inf Bde (Lt): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR : 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR, 4-23 Inf; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div (from 4 Mar): 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); Task Force WALLACE: 35th ARVN Rgr Bn, 3rd Troop 1st ARVN ACS; VNMC Task Force ALPHA: 1st and 5th VNMC Bns. Task organization (Phase II): 1 s t Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 1-2 Inf, 1-18 Inf, 1-28 Inf, 1-4 Cav (-), 1-5 Art; 2d Bde, 1 s t Inf Div : 2-16 Inf, 2-18 Inf, 1-26 Inf, 1-7 Art, 2/11 ACR, 36th ARVN Rgr Bn; 173d Abn Bde (20 Mar-13 Apr): 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-34 Arm (-), 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 7-9 Art (-); 196 t h LIB (18 Mar-9 Apr): 2-1 Inf, 3-21 Inf, 4-31 Inf, 3-82 Art; 11 t h ACR (1-15 Apr): 1/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Task organization (Phase III): 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 4-39 Inf, 2-47 Inf (M), 3-5 Cav, 2-34 Arm (-), 7-9 Art (-), 36th ARVN Rgr Bn. Intelligence: COSVN, 9th PLAF Div (101st PAVN Rgt, 271st, 272nd and 273rd PLAF Rgts), 70th PLAF Guard Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... . Results: 2,728 enemy killed, 34 captured, 65 detained, 139 returnees, 282 US KIA, 1,576 US WIA

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

13-18 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 41C/ARROWHEAD
Location: Chi Lang, Nui Giai. Seven Mountains, Chau Doc Province. Type: search and destroy, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task organization: A-503, E (Prov)/5th SFGA, 3rd, 4th and 5th Cos, 5th MSF, MGF 399, A-149 Binh Gia (elts), A-421 Ba Xoai (elts), A-423 Tinh Bien (elts). Intelligence: 512th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: The operation was mounted to exploit intelligence gathered by the IV Corps Company D MSF indicating that the 512th PLAF Bn was entrenched on Nui Giai Mountain in the Seven Mountains area of Chau Doc Province near the Cambodian border. On 13 May, 374 strikers and 20 USSF from A-503 and the 5th MSF were flown from Nha Trang in C-130s and jumped east of the mountain (Operation ARROWHEAD) while other blocking elements sealed off Nui Giai. Contact was made with the enemy everyday except on 15 May but there were simply too many places for the enemy to hide and they used the numerous caves to move from one position to another. The 5th MSF was withdrawn on 16 May and the operation was terminated when it became apparent that the VC could not be flushed out. Results: 40 enemy killed, 9 CIDG KIA, 1 MSF KIA, 12 CIDG WIA, 4 MSF WIA, 9 USSF WIA.

13-18 May
Operation: AHINA
Location: Dau Tieng, War Zone C, Route 13, Nui Dong, Song Saigon, Suoi Ba Hao, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, B/1-11 Art, C/4th Eng; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 2-47 Inf (M), 4-39 Inf, 2-12 Inf A/15th Eng. Intelligence: 101st PAVN Rgt, 82nd Rear Service Group. Execution: Operation AHINA was a search and destroy operation conducted in the east central portion of War Zone C northwest of Tay Ninh, an area already visited during JUNCTION CITY. On 13 May, the 3d Bde crossed the Saigon river into the AO while the 1st Bde established blocking positions along Route 13. Numerous bunkers and caches were found but contact was minimal. Results: 9 enemy killed, 15 US KIA, 38 US WIA.

13 May-16 Jul. Operation: CROCKETT
Location: Khe Sanh, Hill 861, Hill 881S, Hill 950, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 26th Marines (Forward). Task organization: 1/26 Marines, 3/26 Marines (from 13 Jun), A/3d Recon. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: After the end of the First Battle of Khe Sanh ('Khe Sanh Hill Fights'), 1/26 Marines replaced the two battalions from the 3d Marines there. The mission was to occupy key terrain, deny enemy access into the vital areas, conduct aggressive patrolling withing the AO and provide security for the base and adjacent outposts on nearby Hill 881S, 861 and 950. Numerous sightings of the enemy were made during May but there was only occasional contact. On 6 Jun, the radio relay site on Hill 950 received a ground probe, 10 enemy were killed, 6 US KIA and 2 US WIA. The next day, a patrol from B/1/26 made heavy contact with an estimated enemy company. 66 enemy were killed, 18 US KIA and 28 US WIA. Due to the increasing number of enemy contacts, 3/26 Marines arrived at Khe Sanh on 13 Jun. Both battalions had many contacts with isolated enemy forces during the last weeks of the month. On 27 Jun, I/3/26 ran into two NVA companies, killing 35 but during July enemy activity decreased in the Khe Sanh AO and the operation was terminated on 16 Jul. Results: 206 enemy killed, 5 detained, 52 US KIA, 255 WIA.

New Operations

14 May.-7 Dec.
Operation: KOLE KOLE
Location: Duc Hoa, Bao Trai, Hiep Hoa, Loc Giang, Trang Bang, Song Vam Co Dong, Rach Tra, Xinh An Ha, Route 10, Hau Nghia and Tay Ninh Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art. Intelligence: 2nd Go Mon and 269th PLAF LF Bns. Execution: Operation KOLE KOLE was initiated by the 2d Bde in Hau Nghia Province using EAGLE FLIGHTS and airmobile operations based on current intelligence. Cordon and search, outposting and country fair operations were also conducted in conjunction with the 25th ARVN Div, CIDG and RF/PF. On 17 May, elements of 1/27 Inf and 2/27 Inf fought an eight-hour engagement west of the Vam Co Dong with a VC company. Results were 27 enemy killed, 2 US KIA and 9 US WIA. There was intermittent contact during June and July, particularly along the An Ha canal and near Loc Giang. The brigade also secured engineer operations along Route 10 to improve the GVN's authority and control west of Trang Bang. In early August, the reconnaissance platoon of 1/27 Inf with helicopter support intercepted VC recon elements from Long An Province, killing 26. During September, KOLE KOLE shifted to northern Hau Nghai and southwestern Tay Ninh Province. 1-5 Inf (M) conducted extensive dismounted ambush patrols around Loc Giang along the Vam Co while 2-27 Inf engaged scattered elements of the 269th PLAF Bn. On 21 Oct, an EAGLE FLIGHT from 1-27 Inf engaged an estimated enemy platoon south of Tay Ninh, killing 18. On 31 Oct, 2-27 Inf made contact with elements of the 2nd Go Mon Bn north of the Rach Tra, killing 28 and capturing 2. Enemy activity decreased for the rest of KOLE KOLE and the brigade concentrated on pacification and land clearing operations. Results: 797 enemy killed, 150 detained, 34 returnees, 144 US KIA, 876 US WIA

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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-15 May
Operation: BUCKNER
Location: Kontum Province. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-50 Project OMEGA. Execution: operation took place in western Kontum Province. There were 13 reconnaissance team and two company operations in the AO. Results: 12 enemy killed, 4 captured, 1 MIKE WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

13-18 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 41C/ARROWHEAD
Location: Chi Lang, Nui Giai. Seven Mountains, Chau Doc Province. Type: search and destroy, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task organization: A-503, E (Prov)/5th SFGA, 3rd, 4th and 5th Cos, 5th MSF, MGF 399, A-149 Binh Gia (elts), A-421 Ba Xoai (elts), A-423 Tinh Bien (elts). Intelligence: 512th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: The operation was mounted to exploit intelligence gathered by the IV Corps Company D MSF indicating that the 512th PLAF Bn was entrenched on Nui Giai Mountain in the Seven Mountains area of Chau Doc Province near the Cambodian border. On 13 May, 374 strikers and 20 USSF from A-503 and the 5th MSF were flown from Nha Trang in C-130s and jumped east of the mountain (Operation ARROWHEAD) while other blocking elements sealed off Nui Giai. Contact was made with the enemy everyday except on 15 May but there were simply too many places for the enemy to hide and they used the numerous caves to move from one position to another. The 5th MSF was withdrawn on 16 May and the operation was terminated when it became apparent that the VC could not be flushed out. Results: 40 enemy killed, 9 CIDG KIA, 1 MSF KIA, 12 CIDG WIA, 4 MSF WIA, 9 USSF WIA.

13-18 May
Operation: AHINA
Location: Dau Tieng, War Zone C, Route 13, Nui Dong, Song Saigon, Suoi Ba Hao, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, B/1-11 Art, C/4th Eng; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 2-47 Inf (M), 4-39 Inf, 2-12 Inf A/15th Eng. Intelligence: 101st PAVN Rgt, 82nd Rear Service Group. Execution: Operation AHINA was a search and destroy operation conducted in the east central portion of War Zone C northwest of Tay Ninh, an area already visited during JUNCTION CITY. On 13 May, the 3d Bde crossed the Saigon river into the AO while the 1st Bde established blocking positions along Route 13. Numerous bunkers and caches were found but contact was minimal. Results: 9 enemy killed, 15 US KIA, 38 US WIA.

13 May-16 Jul. Operation: CROCKETT
Location: Khe Sanh, Hill 861, Hill 881S, Hill 950, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 26th Marines (Forward). Task organization: 1/26 Marines, 3/26 Marines (from 13 Jun), A/3d Recon. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: After the end of the First Battle of Khe Sanh ('Khe Sanh Hill Fights'), 1/26 Marines replaced the two battalions from the 3d Marines there. The mission was to occupy key terrain, deny enemy access into the vital areas, conduct aggressive patrolling withing the AO and provide security for the base and adjacent outposts on nearby Hill 881S, 861 and 950. Numerous sightings of the enemy were made during May but there was only occasional contact. On 6 Jun, the radio relay site on Hill 950 received a ground probe, 10 enemy were killed, 6 US KIA and 2 US WIA. The next day, a patrol from B/1/26 made heavy contact with an estimated enemy company. 66 enemy were killed, 18 US KIA and 28 US WIA. Due to the increasing number of enemy contacts, 3/26 Marines arrived at Khe Sanh on 13 Jun. Both battalions had many contacts with isolated enemy forces during the last weeks of the month. On 27 Jun, I/3/26 ran into two NVA companies, killing 35 but during July enemy activity decreased in the Khe Sanh AO and the operation was terminated on 16 Jul. Results: 206 enemy killed, 5 detained, 52 US KIA, 255 WIA.

14 May.-7 Dec.
Operation: KOLE KOLE
Location: Duc Hoa, Bao Trai, Hiep Hoa, Loc Giang, Trang Bang, Song Vam Co Dong, Rach Tra, Xinh An Ha, Route 10, Hau Nghia and Tay Ninh Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art. Intelligence: 2nd Go Mon and 269th PLAF LF Bns. Execution: Operation KOLE KOLE was initiated by the 2d Bde in Hau Nghia Province using EAGLE FLIGHTS and airmobile operations based on current intelligence. Cordon and search, outposting and country fair operations were also conducted in conjunction with the 25th ARVN Div, CIDG and RF/PF. On 17 May, elements of 1/27 Inf and 2/27 Inf fought an eight-hour engagement west of the Vam Co Dong with a VC company. Results were 27 enemy killed, 2 US KIA and 9 US WIA. There was intermittent contact during June and July, particularly along the An Ha canal and near Loc Giang. The brigade also secured engineer operations along Route 10 to improve the GVN's authority and control west of Trang Bang. In early August, the reconnaissance platoon of 1/27 Inf with helicopter support intercepted VC recon elements from Long An Province, killing 26. During September, KOLE KOLE shifted to northern Hau Nghai and southwestern Tay Ninh Province. 1-5 Inf (M) conducted extensive dismounted ambush patrols around Loc Giang along the Vam Co while 2-27 Inf engaged scattered elements of the 269th PLAF Bn. On 21 Oct, an EAGLE FLIGHT from 1-27 Inf engaged an estimated enemy platoon south of Tay Ninh, killing 18. On 31 Oct, 2-27 Inf made contact with elements of the 2nd Go Mon Bn north of the Rach Tra, killing 28 and capturing 2. Enemy activity decreased for the rest of KOLE KOLE and the brigade concentrated on pacification and land clearing operations. Results: 797 enemy killed, 150 detained, 34 returnees, 144 US KIA, 876 US WIA

New Operations

15 May
Operation: LAM SON 57/XDNT
Location: Thua Thien Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 188 enemy killed, 4 detained, 8 ARVN KIA, 62 ARVN WIA.

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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

8-16 May
Operation: BINH QUANG/4/11
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 51st ARVN Rgt. Results: 95 enemy killed, 49 detained, 10 ARVN KIA, 25 ARVN WIA.

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

13-18 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 41C/ARROWHEAD
Location: Chi Lang, Nui Giai. Seven Mountains, Chau Doc Province. Type: search and destroy, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task organization: A-503, E (Prov)/5th SFGA, 3rd, 4th and 5th Cos, 5th MSF, MGF 399, A-149 Binh Gia (elts), A-421 Ba Xoai (elts), A-423 Tinh Bien (elts). Intelligence: 512th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: The operation was mounted to exploit intelligence gathered by the IV Corps Company D MSF indicating that the 512th PLAF Bn was entrenched on Nui Giai Mountain in the Seven Mountains area of Chau Doc Province near the Cambodian border. On 13 May, 374 strikers and 20 USSF from A-503 and the 5th MSF were flown from Nha Trang in C-130s and jumped east of the mountain (Operation ARROWHEAD) while other blocking elements sealed off Nui Giai. Contact was made with the enemy everyday except on 15 May but there were simply too many places for the enemy to hide and they used the numerous caves to move from one position to another. The 5th MSF was withdrawn on 16 May and the operation was terminated when it became apparent that the VC could not be flushed out. Results: 40 enemy killed, 9 CIDG KIA, 1 MSF KIA, 12 CIDG WIA, 4 MSF WIA, 9 USSF WIA.

13-18 May
Operation: AHINA
Location: Dau Tieng, War Zone C, Route 13, Nui Dong, Song Saigon, Suoi Ba Hao, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, B/1-11 Art, C/4th Eng; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 2-47 Inf (M), 4-39 Inf, 2-12 Inf A/15th Eng. Intelligence: 101st PAVN Rgt, 82nd Rear Service Group. Execution: Operation AHINA was a search and destroy operation conducted in the east central portion of War Zone C northwest of Tay Ninh, an area already visited during JUNCTION CITY. On 13 May, the 3d Bde crossed the Saigon river into the AO while the 1st Bde established blocking positions along Route 13. Numerous bunkers and caches were found but contact was minimal. Results: 9 enemy killed, 15 US KIA, 38 US WIA.

13 May-16 Jul. Operation: CROCKETT
Location: Khe Sanh, Hill 861, Hill 881S, Hill 950, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 26th Marines (Forward). Task organization: 1/26 Marines, 3/26 Marines (from 13 Jun), A/3d Recon. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: After the end of the First Battle of Khe Sanh ('Khe Sanh Hill Fights'), 1/26 Marines replaced the two battalions from the 3d Marines there. The mission was to occupy key terrain, deny enemy access into the vital areas, conduct aggressive patrolling withing the AO and provide security for the base and adjacent outposts on nearby Hill 881S, 861 and 950. Numerous sightings of the enemy were made during May but there was only occasional contact. On 6 Jun, the radio relay site on Hill 950 received a ground probe, 10 enemy were killed, 6 US KIA and 2 US WIA. The next day, a patrol from B/1/26 made heavy contact with an estimated enemy company. 66 enemy were killed, 18 US KIA and 28 US WIA. Due to the increasing number of enemy contacts, 3/26 Marines arrived at Khe Sanh on 13 Jun. Both battalions had many contacts with isolated enemy forces during the last weeks of the month. On 27 Jun, I/3/26 ran into two NVA companies, killing 35 but during July enemy activity decreased in the Khe Sanh AO and the operation was terminated on 16 Jul. Results: 206 enemy killed, 5 detained, 52 US KIA, 255 WIA.

14 May.-7 Dec.
Operation: KOLE KOLE
Location: Duc Hoa, Bao Trai, Hiep Hoa, Loc Giang, Trang Bang, Song Vam Co Dong, Rach Tra, Xinh An Ha, Route 10, Hau Nghia and Tay Ninh Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art. Intelligence: 2nd Go Mon and 269th PLAF LF Bns. Execution: Operation KOLE KOLE was initiated by the 2d Bde in Hau Nghia Province using EAGLE FLIGHTS and airmobile operations based on current intelligence. Cordon and search, outposting and country fair operations were also conducted in conjunction with the 25th ARVN Div, CIDG and RF/PF. On 17 May, elements of 1/27 Inf and 2/27 Inf fought an eight-hour engagement west of the Vam Co Dong with a VC company. Results were 27 enemy killed, 2 US KIA and 9 US WIA. There was intermittent contact during June and July, particularly along the An Ha canal and near Loc Giang. The brigade also secured engineer operations along Route 10 to improve the GVN's authority and control west of Trang Bang. In early August, the reconnaissance platoon of 1/27 Inf with helicopter support intercepted VC recon elements from Long An Province, killing 26. During September, KOLE KOLE shifted to northern Hau Nghai and southwestern Tay Ninh Province. 1-5 Inf (M) conducted extensive dismounted ambush patrols around Loc Giang along the Vam Co while 2-27 Inf engaged scattered elements of the 269th PLAF Bn. On 21 Oct, an EAGLE FLIGHT from 1-27 Inf engaged an estimated enemy platoon south of Tay Ninh, killing 18. On 31 Oct, 2-27 Inf made contact with elements of the 2nd Go Mon Bn north of the Rach Tra, killing 28 and capturing 2. Enemy activity decreased for the rest of KOLE KOLE and the brigade concentrated on pacification and land clearing operations. Results: 797 enemy killed, 150 detained, 34 returnees, 144 US KIA, 876 US WIA

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16-18 May
Operation: WEBSTER
Location: Thuong Duc, Hill 52, Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 3/7 Marines. Execution: Operation conducted between Thuong Duc and Hill 52 with light contact. Results: 2 enemy killed, 5 detained, 1 US KIA.

16-27 May
Operation: THUNDER DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Results: 147 enemy killed, 6 detained, 14 ROK KIa, 45 ROK WIA.

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16 May
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16 May
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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-17 May.
Operation: UNION I
Location: Thang Binh, Hiep Duc, Binh Son, Song Chan, Que Son Basin, Hill 110, Nui Loc Son, Nui Nong Ham, Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1st Marines (21-26 Apr): 1/1 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 3/1 Marines, 3/5 Marines, 1/11 Marines; 5 t h Marines (26 Apr-17 May): 1/5 Marines, 3/5 Marines, F/2/1 Marines, 1/11 Marines; SLF ALPHA (28 Apr-12 May): 1/3 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Rgr Grp : 21st, 37th and 39th Rgr Bns Intelligence: 3rd and 21st PAVN Rgts (2nd PAVN Div). Execution: Operation UNION marked the beginning of a bitter campaign for the control of the Que Son Basin. In mid-January 1967, Co F, 2/1 Marines had relieved an ARVN unit on Nui Loc Son to establish a modicum of control over VC/NVA access to this rice-producing area. The arrival of TF OREGON in southern I Corps in April relieved III MAF from its responsibility over the Chu Lai TAOR and freed enough forces to mount a major operation in the Que Son. On 21 Apr, F/2/1 Marines moved out of Nui Loc Son where the CP of the 1st Marines had been established and encountered strong enemy resistance at Binh Son, 4 km to the northeast. During the day, 3/1 and 3/5 Marines where helicoptered in to join the battle. At the same time, the 1st ARVN Rgr Group at Thang Binh on Route 1 pushed on foot into the valley to link up with the embattled Marines. The Marines drove the enemy out of their positions and maneuvered to force them northward but the pursuit produced only scattered contacts. By 26 Apr, the 5th Marines CP arrived at Nui Loc Son, allowing the 1st Marines to be returned to their Da Nang TAOR. On 28 Apr, SLF ALPHA landed southeast of Nui Loc Son and joined 3/5 Marines24. Both battalions met only light resistance as the swept their respective areas but intelligence reports indicated that major enemy forces were still in the area. On 1 May, 1/5 Marines was inserted by helicopters 13 km east of Hiep Duc and began a sweep along the Song Chan. As the operation progressed, all three battalions had brief contacts with small enemy units, but in each case the NVA withdrew. On 10 May the Marines engaged a large and more determined enemy force entrenched on Hill 110, 4 km north of Que Son; The battle lasted until the evening of 11 May when the Marines forced the enemy to withdraw to the north. 116 NVA bodies were found but US losses were also high with 33 KIA and 135 WIA. On 13 May, 3/5 Marines engaged an enemy battalion 5 km east of Que Son, killing another 122. The last major contact of the operation took place on 15 May when Cos A and M of the 5th Marines overran a bunker complex, killing 22. Then next day, the Marines departed the valley and returned to Da Nang and Operation UNION was officially closed down on 17 May. Results: 865 enemy killed, 110 US KIA, 473 US WIA, 2 US MIA.

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

5-17 May
Operation: DAYTON
Location: May Tao Secret Zone, Blackhorse, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 3-319 Art (-), D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 274th and 275th PLAF Rgts. Execution: Operation DAYTON took place in the May Tao Secret Zone and searched for the two regiments of the 5th PLAF Division. Operating from BLACKHORSE base camp, the brigade maintained sporadic contact with the enemy but no major fight developed. Results: (no info).

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

13-18 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 41C/ARROWHEAD
Location: Chi Lang, Nui Giai. Seven Mountains, Chau Doc Province. Type: search and destroy, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task organization: A-503, E (Prov)/5th SFGA, 3rd, 4th and 5th Cos, 5th MSF, MGF 399, A-149 Binh Gia (elts), A-421 Ba Xoai (elts), A-423 Tinh Bien (elts). Intelligence: 512th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: The operation was mounted to exploit intelligence gathered by the IV Corps Company D MSF indicating that the 512th PLAF Bn was entrenched on Nui Giai Mountain in the Seven Mountains area of Chau Doc Province near the Cambodian border. On 13 May, 374 strikers and 20 USSF from A-503 and the 5th MSF were flown from Nha Trang in C-130s and jumped east of the mountain (Operation ARROWHEAD) while other blocking elements sealed off Nui Giai. Contact was made with the enemy everyday except on 15 May but there were simply too many places for the enemy to hide and they used the numerous caves to move from one position to another. The 5th MSF was withdrawn on 16 May and the operation was terminated when it became apparent that the VC could not be flushed out. Results: 40 enemy killed, 9 CIDG KIA, 1 MSF KIA, 12 CIDG WIA, 4 MSF WIA, 9 USSF WIA.

13-18 May
Operation: AHINA
Location: Dau Tieng, War Zone C, Route 13, Nui Dong, Song Saigon, Suoi Ba Hao, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, B/1-11 Art, C/4th Eng; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 2-47 Inf (M), 4-39 Inf, 2-12 Inf A/15th Eng. Intelligence: 101st PAVN Rgt, 82nd Rear Service Group. Execution: Operation AHINA was a search and destroy operation conducted in the east central portion of War Zone C northwest of Tay Ninh, an area already visited during JUNCTION CITY. On 13 May, the 3d Bde crossed the Saigon river into the AO while the 1st Bde established blocking positions along Route 13. Numerous bunkers and caches were found but contact was minimal. Results: 9 enemy killed, 15 US KIA, 38 US WIA.

13 May-16 Jul. Operation: CROCKETT
Location: Khe Sanh, Hill 861, Hill 881S, Hill 950, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 26th Marines (Forward). Task organization: 1/26 Marines, 3/26 Marines (from 13 Jun), A/3d Recon. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: After the end of the First Battle of Khe Sanh ('Khe Sanh Hill Fights'), 1/26 Marines replaced the two battalions from the 3d Marines there. The mission was to occupy key terrain, deny enemy access into the vital areas, conduct aggressive patrolling withing the AO and provide security for the base and adjacent outposts on nearby Hill 881S, 861 and 950. Numerous sightings of the enemy were made during May but there was only occasional contact. On 6 Jun, the radio relay site on Hill 950 received a ground probe, 10 enemy were killed, 6 US KIA and 2 US WIA. The next day, a patrol from B/1/26 made heavy contact with an estimated enemy company. 66 enemy were killed, 18 US KIA and 28 US WIA. Due to the increasing number of enemy contacts, 3/26 Marines arrived at Khe Sanh on 13 Jun. Both battalions had many contacts with isolated enemy forces during the last weeks of the month. On 27 Jun, I/3/26 ran into two NVA companies, killing 35 but during July enemy activity decreased in the Khe Sanh AO and the operation was terminated on 16 Jul. Results: 206 enemy killed, 5 detained, 52 US KIA, 255 WIA.

14 May.-7 Dec.
Operation: KOLE KOLE
Location: Duc Hoa, Bao Trai, Hiep Hoa, Loc Giang, Trang Bang, Song Vam Co Dong, Rach Tra, Xinh An Ha, Route 10, Hau Nghia and Tay Ninh Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art. Intelligence: 2nd Go Mon and 269th PLAF LF Bns. Execution: Operation KOLE KOLE was initiated by the 2d Bde in Hau Nghia Province using EAGLE FLIGHTS and airmobile operations based on current intelligence. Cordon and search, outposting and country fair operations were also conducted in conjunction with the 25th ARVN Div, CIDG and RF/PF. On 17 May, elements of 1/27 Inf and 2/27 Inf fought an eight-hour engagement west of the Vam Co Dong with a VC company. Results were 27 enemy killed, 2 US KIA and 9 US WIA. There was intermittent contact during June and July, particularly along the An Ha canal and near Loc Giang. The brigade also secured engineer operations along Route 10 to improve the GVN's authority and control west of Trang Bang. In early August, the reconnaissance platoon of 1/27 Inf with helicopter support intercepted VC recon elements from Long An Province, killing 26. During September, KOLE KOLE shifted to northern Hau Nghai and southwestern Tay Ninh Province. 1-5 Inf (M) conducted extensive dismounted ambush patrols around Loc Giang along the Vam Co while 2-27 Inf engaged scattered elements of the 269th PLAF Bn. On 21 Oct, an EAGLE FLIGHT from 1-27 Inf engaged an estimated enemy platoon south of Tay Ninh, killing 18. On 31 Oct, 2-27 Inf made contact with elements of the 2nd Go Mon Bn north of the Rach Tra, killing 28 and capturing 2. Enemy activity decreased for the rest of KOLE KOLE and the brigade concentrated on pacification and land clearing operations. Results: 797 enemy killed, 150 detained, 34 returnees, 144 US KIA, 876 US WIA

16-18 May
Operation: WEBSTER
Location: Thuong Duc, Hill 52, Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 3/7 Marines. Execution: Operation conducted between Thuong Duc and Hill 52 with light contact. Results: 2 enemy killed, 5 detained, 1 US KIA.

16-27 May
Operation: THUNDER DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Results: 147 enemy killed, 6 detained, 14 ROK KIa, 45 ROK WIA.

New Operations

17 May
Operation: TIEN SHA 1
Location: Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: First Naval Zone. Execution: The newly activated RAG Detachment at Da Nang transported two platoons of VNSF on the Tien Sha Peninsula, 5 km east of Da Nang. Results: none.

17-23 May
Operation: CINCINNATI
Location: Bien Hoa, Long Binh, Cay Gao Plantation, Bien Hoa Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf 3-319 Art, E/17 Cav, D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 273rd PLAF Rgt, D800 PLAF LF Bn, 84A PAVN Art Rgt, 58th PLAF Art Bn. Execution: Operation CINCINNATI was initiated to secure the Bien Hoa-Long Binh area against possible enemy ground, mortarand rocket attacks, such as occurred on the night on 12 May. The brigade maintained sporadic contact with small groups of VC but no major engagement developed and findings were limited to abandoned base camps and bunkers scattered throughout the AO. CINCINNATI was the last operation of the 173d Abn Bde in the III CTZ area, the following day it was alerted for immediate departure for Pleiku Province (see Operation WINCHESTER). Results: (no info).

17-25 May
Operation: DALLAS
Location: Tan uyen, Ong Dong Jungle, Vinh Loi Woods, Song Be, Route 16, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div. Task organization: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-11 ACR, A/2-18 Inf, B/2-34 Arm, 1/7 Art (-). Execution: Operation DALLAS was mounted in reaction to the rocket attack on Bien Hoa on 12 May and simultaneous mortar attacks on Phuoc Vinh and Tan Uyen. The AO extended east from Route 16, from the Song Be River south to Tan Uyen and the Ong Dong Jungle, and the Vinh Loi Woods to the west of Route 16. Several small base camps were found but contact was minimal. Results: 17 enemy killed, 6 detained, 4 US KIA, 81 US WIA.

17-28 May
Operation: HICKORY/LAM SON 54
Location: Con Thien, Gio Linh, Demilitarized Zone, Song Ben Hai, Hill 117, Route 1, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div; 1st ARVN Div. Task organization: 3d Mar Div: 3/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Div : two Inf Bns and three Abn Bns32. Intelligence: 31st and 812th PAVN Rgts. Execution: On 8 May, after the Con Thien attack, Washington changed its DMZ policy. MACV then authorized III MAF to conduct ground operations in the southern half of the DMZ. The basic concept called for ground attacks by the 3d Mar Div and 1st ARVN Div along parallel routes, as far north as the Ben Hai River. Operational code names were HICKORY for the 3d Mar Div units and LAM SON 54 for the ARVN forces. Both SLFs were to support the attack with Operations BEAU CHARGER and BELT TIGHT. The ARVN portion of the operation jumped off on schedule. Surprise was complete as ARVN units moved to the Ben Hai along Route 1 then started sweeping their AO east of the road. On 19 May, the airborne battalions engaged elements of the 31st and 812th PAVN Rgts and kept constant contact until the operation ended on 27 May. Operation HICKORY commenced on 18 May when 2/9 and 2/26 Marines advanced northward from Con Thien. At the same time, 3/4 Marines was air-assaulted near the Ben Hai to provide blocking forces. Shortly after, 2/26 made contact with an estimated two NVA battalions. Heavy fighting ensued, lasting until nightfall. 31 enemy were killed, 5 US KIA and 142 US WIA. On 19 May, 2/26 finally overran the enemy bunker complex, killing 34 more. That same day, 2/9 Marines also made heavy contact, losing 7 KIA and 12 WIA; enemy casualties were unknown. To the southwest, 3/9 Marines screening the western flank was attacked on 20 May. Losses were heavy with 26 KIA and 59 WIA while the Marines counted only 36 enemy killed. After a brief cease-fire period on 23 May observed for Buddha's 32 No info on exact units. birthday, 3/4 and 2/26 began sweeping the DMZ to the southwest toward the mountains west of Con Thien and made heavy contact on 25 May with a large NVA company in mutually supporting bunker complex near Hill 117. Results for the day were 41 enemy killed, 14 US KIA and 92 US WIA. The next day, after Marine air and artillery had blasted the hilltop during the night, 3/4 Marines secured Hill 117, meeting no resistance. It proved to be the last significant engagement of HICKORY, in the last few days, the Marines found and destroyed numerous well-fortified areas, capturing 50 tons of rice and 10 tons of ordnance. Results: 789 enemy killed, 37 captured, 142 US KIA, 896 US WIA, 22 ARVN KIA, 122 ARVN WIA.

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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

13-18 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 41C/ARROWHEAD
Location: Chi Lang, Nui Giai. Seven Mountains, Chau Doc Province. Type: search and destroy, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task organization: A-503, E (Prov)/5th SFGA, 3rd, 4th and 5th Cos, 5th MSF, MGF 399, A-149 Binh Gia (elts), A-421 Ba Xoai (elts), A-423 Tinh Bien (elts). Intelligence: 512th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: The operation was mounted to exploit intelligence gathered by the IV Corps Company D MSF indicating that the 512th PLAF Bn was entrenched on Nui Giai Mountain in the Seven Mountains area of Chau Doc Province near the Cambodian border. On 13 May, 374 strikers and 20 USSF from A-503 and the 5th MSF were flown from Nha Trang in C-130s and jumped east of the mountain (Operation ARROWHEAD) while other blocking elements sealed off Nui Giai. Contact was made with the enemy everyday except on 15 May but there were simply too many places for the enemy to hide and they used the numerous caves to move from one position to another. The 5th MSF was withdrawn on 16 May and the operation was terminated when it became apparent that the VC could not be flushed out. Results: 40 enemy killed, 9 CIDG KIA, 1 MSF KIA, 12 CIDG WIA, 4 MSF WIA, 9 USSF WIA.

13-18 May
Operation: AHINA
Location: Dau Tieng, War Zone C, Route 13, Nui Dong, Song Saigon, Suoi Ba Hao, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, B/1-11 Art, C/4th Eng; 1 s t Bde, 9 t h Inf Div : 2-47 Inf (M), 4-39 Inf, 2-12 Inf A/15th Eng. Intelligence: 101st PAVN Rgt, 82nd Rear Service Group. Execution: Operation AHINA was a search and destroy operation conducted in the east central portion of War Zone C northwest of Tay Ninh, an area already visited during JUNCTION CITY. On 13 May, the 3d Bde crossed the Saigon river into the AO while the 1st Bde established blocking positions along Route 13. Numerous bunkers and caches were found but contact was minimal. Results: 9 enemy killed, 15 US KIA, 38 US WIA.

13 May-16 Jul. Operation: CROCKETT
Location: Khe Sanh, Hill 861, Hill 881S, Hill 950, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 26th Marines (Forward). Task organization: 1/26 Marines, 3/26 Marines (from 13 Jun), A/3d Recon. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: After the end of the First Battle of Khe Sanh ('Khe Sanh Hill Fights'), 1/26 Marines replaced the two battalions from the 3d Marines there. The mission was to occupy key terrain, deny enemy access into the vital areas, conduct aggressive patrolling withing the AO and provide security for the base and adjacent outposts on nearby Hill 881S, 861 and 950. Numerous sightings of the enemy were made during May but there was only occasional contact. On 6 Jun, the radio relay site on Hill 950 received a ground probe, 10 enemy were killed, 6 US KIA and 2 US WIA. The next day, a patrol from B/1/26 made heavy contact with an estimated enemy company. 66 enemy were killed, 18 US KIA and 28 US WIA. Due to the increasing number of enemy contacts, 3/26 Marines arrived at Khe Sanh on 13 Jun. Both battalions had many contacts with isolated enemy forces during the last weeks of the month. On 27 Jun, I/3/26 ran into two NVA companies, killing 35 but during July enemy activity decreased in the Khe Sanh AO and the operation was terminated on 16 Jul. Results: 206 enemy killed, 5 detained, 52 US KIA, 255 WIA.

14 May.-7 Dec.
Operation: KOLE KOLE
Location: Duc Hoa, Bao Trai, Hiep Hoa, Loc Giang, Trang Bang, Song Vam Co Dong, Rach Tra, Xinh An Ha, Route 10, Hau Nghia and Tay Ninh Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art. Intelligence: 2nd Go Mon and 269th PLAF LF Bns. Execution: Operation KOLE KOLE was initiated by the 2d Bde in Hau Nghia Province using EAGLE FLIGHTS and airmobile operations based on current intelligence. Cordon and search, outposting and country fair operations were also conducted in conjunction with the 25th ARVN Div, CIDG and RF/PF. On 17 May, elements of 1/27 Inf and 2/27 Inf fought an eight-hour engagement west of the Vam Co Dong with a VC company. Results were 27 enemy killed, 2 US KIA and 9 US WIA. There was intermittent contact during June and July, particularly along the An Ha canal and near Loc Giang. The brigade also secured engineer operations along Route 10 to improve the GVN's authority and control west of Trang Bang. In early August, the reconnaissance platoon of 1/27 Inf with helicopter support intercepted VC recon elements from Long An Province, killing 26. During September, KOLE KOLE shifted to northern Hau Nghai and southwestern Tay Ninh Province. 1-5 Inf (M) conducted extensive dismounted ambush patrols around Loc Giang along the Vam Co while 2-27 Inf engaged scattered elements of the 269th PLAF Bn. On 21 Oct, an EAGLE FLIGHT from 1-27 Inf engaged an estimated enemy platoon south of Tay Ninh, killing 18. On 31 Oct, 2-27 Inf made contact with elements of the 2nd Go Mon Bn north of the Rach Tra, killing 28 and capturing 2. Enemy activity decreased for the rest of KOLE KOLE and the brigade concentrated on pacification and land clearing operations. Results: 797 enemy killed, 150 detained, 34 returnees, 144 US KIA, 876 US WIA

16-18 May
Operation: WEBSTER
Location: Thuong Duc, Hill 52, Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 3/7 Marines. Execution: Operation conducted between Thuong Duc and Hill 52 with light contact. Results: 2 enemy killed, 5 detained, 1 US KIA.

16-27 May
Operation: THUNDER DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Results: 147 enemy killed, 6 detained, 14 ROK KIa, 45 ROK WIA.

17-23 May
Operation: CINCINNATI
Location: Bien Hoa, Long Binh, Cay Gao Plantation, Bien Hoa Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf 3-319 Art, E/17 Cav, D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 273rd PLAF Rgt, D800 PLAF LF Bn, 84A PAVN Art Rgt, 58th PLAF Art Bn. Execution: Operation CINCINNATI was initiated to secure the Bien Hoa-Long Binh area against possible enemy ground, mortarand rocket attacks, such as occurred on the night on 12 May. The brigade maintained sporadic contact with small groups of VC but no major engagement developed and findings were limited to abandoned base camps and bunkers scattered throughout the AO. CINCINNATI was the last operation of the 173d Abn Bde in the III CTZ area, the following day it was alerted for immediate departure for Pleiku Province (see Operation WINCHESTER). Results: (no info).

17-25 May
Operation: DALLAS
Location: Tan uyen, Ong Dong Jungle, Vinh Loi Woods, Song Be, Route 16, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div. Task organization: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-11 ACR, A/2-18 Inf, B/2-34 Arm, 1/7 Art (-). Execution: Operation DALLAS was mounted in reaction to the rocket attack on Bien Hoa on 12 May and simultaneous mortar attacks on Phuoc Vinh and Tan Uyen. The AO extended east from Route 16, from the Song Be River south to Tan Uyen and the Ong Dong Jungle, and the Vinh Loi Woods to the west of Route 16. Several small base camps were found but contact was minimal. Results: 17 enemy killed, 6 detained, 4 US KIA, 81 US WIA.

17-28 May
Operation: HICKORY/LAM SON 54
Location: Con Thien, Gio Linh, Demilitarized Zone, Song Ben Hai, Hill 117, Route 1, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div; 1st ARVN Div. Task organization: 3d Mar Div: 3/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Div : two Inf Bns and three Abn Bns32. Intelligence: 31st and 812th PAVN Rgts. Execution: On 8 May, after the Con Thien attack, Washington changed its DMZ policy. MACV then authorized III MAF to conduct ground operations in the southern half of the DMZ. The basic concept called for ground attacks by the 3d Mar Div and 1st ARVN Div along parallel routes, as far north as the Ben Hai River. Operational code names were HICKORY for the 3d Mar Div units and LAM SON 54 for the ARVN forces. Both SLFs were to support the attack with Operations BEAU CHARGER and BELT TIGHT. The ARVN portion of the operation jumped off on schedule. Surprise was complete as ARVN units moved to the Ben Hai along Route 1 then started sweeping their AO east of the road. On 19 May, the airborne battalions engaged elements of the 31st and 812th PAVN Rgts and kept constant contact until the operation ended on 27 May. Operation HICKORY commenced on 18 May when 2/9 and 2/26 Marines advanced northward from Con Thien. At the same time, 3/4 Marines was air-assaulted near the Ben Hai to provide blocking forces. Shortly after, 2/26 made contact with an estimated two NVA battalions. Heavy fighting ensued, lasting until nightfall. 31 enemy were killed, 5 US KIA and 142 US WIA. On 19 May, 2/26 finally overran the enemy bunker complex, killing 34 more. That same day, 2/9 Marines also made heavy contact, losing 7 KIA and 12 WIA; enemy casualties were unknown. To the southwest, 3/9 Marines screening the western flank was attacked on 20 May. Losses were heavy with 26 KIA and 59 WIA while the Marines counted only 36 enemy killed. After a brief cease-fire period on 23 May observed for Buddha's 32 No info on exact units. birthday, 3/4 and 2/26 began sweeping the DMZ to the southwest toward the mountains west of Con Thien and made heavy contact on 25 May with a large NVA company in mutually supporting bunker complex near Hill 117. Results for the day were 41 enemy killed, 14 US KIA and 92 US WIA. The next day, after Marine air and artillery had blasted the hilltop during the night, 3/4 Marines secured Hill 117, meeting no resistance. It proved to be the last significant engagement of HICKORY, in the last few days, the Marines found and destroyed numerous well-fortified areas, capturing 50 tons of rice and 10 tons of ordnance. Results: 789 enemy killed, 37 captured, 142 US KIA, 896 US WIA, 22 ARVN KIA, 122 ARVN WIA.

New Operations

18-26 May
Operation: BEAU CHARGER
Location: Demilitarized Zone, Song Ben Hai, LZ GOOSE, LZ OWL, GREEN Beach, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF ALPHA. Task organization: BLT 1/3 Marines. Intelligence: 812th PAVN Rgt. Execution: Operation BEAU CHARGER was initiated by SLF ALPHA in support of Operation HICKORY/LAM SON 54. 1/3 Marines conducted amphibious and airmobile assaults along the coast between the Ben Hai and the southern boundary of the DMZ in the ARVN AO. Air assault on LZ GOOSE was aborted due to heavy enemy fire and diverted to LZ OWL 800 meters to the south. At the same time, Co D landed in LVTPs at GREEN Beach. The landing was unopposed and the Marines moved inland to link up with Co A at LZ OWL. Both companies then moved out to rescue a beleaguered platoon at LZ GOOSE with Co B reinforcing. Fighting lasted all day and 67 enemies were killed. Action during the rest of BEAU CHARGER consisted of light contact and continuing artillery harassment until the operation ended on 26 May. Results: (included in Operation HICKORY/LAM SON 54).

18-21 May
Operation: DAN CHI/287/C
Location: Vi Thanh, Chuong Thien Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 21st ARVN Div. Task organization: VNMC TF BRAVO: 1st and 3rd VNMC Bns, C/VNMC Art Bn. Results: 98 enemy killed, 21 detained, 8 VNMC KIA, 29 VNMC WIA.

18-22 May
Operation: WELLINGTON
Location: Dat Do, The Horseshoe, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: V1 Coy, 1RNZIR. Execution: This was the shakedown operation for V Coy where it joined 6RAR at the Horseshoe north of Dat Do. Results: none.

18 May-7 Dec.
Operation: BARKING SANDS
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa, Iron Triangle, Ho Bo Woods, Song Saigon, Hau Nghia and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: The 1st Bde employed counter guerrilla warfaretechniques including saturation patrolling, checkmate, bushmaster and cordon and search operations to pacify Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts in Hau Nghia Province and Phu Hoa District in Binh Duong Province. Buddy operations were also conducted with local PF platoons and RF companies. On 30 Aug, 4-9 Inf conducted an airmobile assault against an entrenched VC battalion in the Iron Triangle resulting in 4 enemy killed, 11 US KIA and 43 US WIA. During September, primary emphasis was placed on denying VC access to populated areas during the National Elections. Land clearing operations were also initiated along the Song Saigon to eliminate VC concealment. In October, 9,645 acres of the Ho Bo Woods were cleared by Rome Plows following Operation KUNIA. Contact during BARKING SANDS was limited to squad and platoon size elements and no major engagement occurred. Four sub-operations were conducted in the BARKING SANDS AO during the period: KAWELA, AKUMU,WAIMEA and KUNIA (see individual operations below). Results (inclusive of the four sub-operations): 370 enemy killed, 85 detained, 10 returnees, 110 US KIA, 1114 US WIA.

18 May-8 Jun.
Operation: ASHLAND
Location: Bien Hoa and Long Khanh Province. Type: security.
Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-5 Cav. Execution: (no other info, might have been a sub operation of KITTYHAWK).

18 May-7 Dec.
Operation: DIAMOND HEAD
Location: Tay Ninh West, Dau Tieng, Suoi Da, Prek Klok, Ben Cui, Michelin Plantation, Boi Loi Woods, The Crescent, The Trapezoid, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div33. Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, 2-34 Arm (-) (from 22 Sep), C/1-10 Cav, C/4th Eng. Execution: The mission was to conduct search and destroy operations in Tay Ninh Province, cordon and search operations in the Michelin Plantation, and security and reinforcement missions in the Tay Ninh and Prek Klok areas. With one battalion detached to Operation UNIONTOWN and another providing security for the Dau Tieng and Tay Ninh West base camps, contact in the AO were very limited during the months of May, June and July. On 1 Aug, the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div was redesignated the 3d Bde, 25th Inf Div. No movement of troops or units were involved in this redesignation. On 15 Aug, an airmobile cordon and search of Thanh An was conducted by 3-22 Inf in conjunction with VN National Police. 6 enemy were killed and 42 detained. In September, the brigade provided security during the National elections. In October, continued battalion size search and destroy operations were conducted in the Michelin Plantation to prevent its use as an enemy haven, in and south of Ben Cui, and in the northern portion of the Trapezoid, which extends 15 km to the southeast of Dau Tieng. Bushmaster operations were conducted in an area known as the Crescent, 8 km northwest of Dau Tieng. All operations were marked by extremely light contact. In November, operations were conducted in the upper Boi Loi Woods and in the Ben Cui Plantation, again with light contact. During this period operations were curtailed due to two battalions being opcon to the other brigades. On 25-25 Now, 2-22 Inf (M) made contact with a VC company near the Mushroom bend on the Saigon River, killing 20. This was the last contact during DIAMOND HEAD before the operation came to an end on 7 Dec. Results: 237 enemy killed, 496 detained, 4 returnees. (US losses unknown).

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Ongoing Operations today in 1967

26 Aug.66-20 Jan.68
Operation: BYRD
Location: Phan Thiet, LZ BETTY, Binh Thuan Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: I FFORCEV. Task organization: TF 2-7: 2-7 Cav, C/1-9 Cav, A/1-21 Art, C/2-20 Art (-), C/8th Eng Bn (-), C/229th Avn Bn, Det 228th Avn Bn. Execution: Planned as a short-term, economy-of-force measure, BYRD became a continuous offensive that would last into 1968. Upon I FFORCEV request, the 1st Cav Div detached at battalion-size task force to help pacify isolated Binh Thuan Province in southern II Corps. Results (at year's end): 351 enemy killed, 151 detained, 8 US KIA, 85 US WIA.

1 Oct.66-17 Jan 68
Operation: DAZZLEM
Location: Camp Radcliff, An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization: Base Defense Task Force. Execution: Operation DAZZLEM was the contingency plan for the defense of Camp Radcliff provided by one infantry battalion with supporting artillery and
reinforcing personnel from residence units. On 17 Jan 68, the 173d Abn Bde relieved the 1st Cav Div from the mission of defending An Khe. Results: 80 enemy killed, 9 detained.

11 Oct.66-17 Nov.67
Operation: UNIONTOWN II
Location: Long Binh, Bien Hoa Province Type: security. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV. Execution: Operation UNIONTOWN was a security operation designed to protect the Long Binh logistical complex, RMK Rock Quarry and II FFORCEV Headquarters. Units were assigned on a rotation basis from each major command under II FFORCEV.

30 Nov. 66-15 Dec.67
Operation: FAIRFAX/RANG DONG
Location: Nha Be, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts, Gia Dinh Province. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: II FFORCEV, CMD. Task organization: 1st Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 2-16 Inf; 4th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3-22 Inf; 25th Inf Div (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 4-9 Inf; CMD (30 Nov 66-31 Jan 67): 3rd and 5th ARVN Abn Bns, 30th Ranger Bn; 199th LIB (31 Jan-15 Dec.): 2-3 Inf, 3-7 Inf, 4-12 Inf, 2-40 Art; 5th ARVN Ranger Group (31 Jan.-15 Dec): 30th, 33rd and 38th ARVN Ranger Bns. Intelligence: Military Region 4, 165A PLAF Regiment. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE... Results (end of 1966): 149 enemy killed, 40 detained, 11 US KIA, 67 US WIA, 23 ARVN KIA, 58 ARVN WIA, 1 ARVN MIA.

28 Jan.-31 May
Operation: PALM BEACH
Location: Dong Tam, Ap Bac, 20/7 Heartland Zone, Cam Son Secret Zone, Ban Long Base Area, Base Area 470, Route 4, Song My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province. Type: security, search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div (28 Jan-10 Mar); 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div (10 Mar-31 May). Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 3-34 Art, USN Task Force 117. Intelligence: 263rd PLAF MF Bn, 514th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: PALM BEACH began as a security operation aimed at protecting engineer parties dredging the future base of the Mobile Riverine Force at Dong Tam. On 10 Mar, the 2d Bde headquarters arrived at Dong Tam, assuming control of the operation, and was joined a few days later by 3-47 Inf which had completed riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. In April, COL Fulton, commander of the 2d Bde, learned that the 514th LF Bn had moved into Ap Bac where a much publicized battle had taken place in Jan 1963. Mounting an operation with 3-47 Inf, 3-60 Inf and elements of 5-60 Inf (M), American forces attacked the village on 2 May, killing nearly 200 enemies and losing 15 KIA and 27 WIA. On 13 May, 4-47 Inf joined the brigade after riverine training in the RSSZ. With his full brigade assembled at Dong Tam, COL Fulton began a sustained riverine campaign against the 20/7 Heartland Zone, a major insurgent sanctuary located immediately west of the base. On 15 May an operation was launched with 3-47 Inf and 4-47 Inf on the north bank of the Song My Tho in the western portion of the base area known as the Cam Son Secret Zone, trapping the 514th PLAF LF Bn once again. Enemy casualties were over 100 killed while US forces sustained 1 KIA and 25 WIA. On 18-19 May, a similar operation against Base Area 470 in western Dinh Tuong some 36 km inland from the My Tho turned to be a dry hole. On 31 May, PALM BEACH phased into the CORONADO series of operations. Results: 570 enemy killed, 97 detained, 51 US KIA, 321 US WIA.

1 Feb.-23 Sep.
Operation: LAM SON 142/AB/P3
Location: Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 435 enemy killed, 33 detained, 172 ARVN KIA, 420 ARVN WIA, 31 ARVN MIA.

8 Feb.67-31 Jan.68
Operation: LAM SON 67
Location: Phu Loi, An My, Ong Dong Jungle, Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, security, jungle clearing. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div (8 Feb-17 Mar, 17 Apr 67-31 Jan 68); 3d Bde, 1st Inf Div (17 Mar-17 Apr). Task organization: 1st Inf Div Revolutionary Development Task Force (various infantry, cavalry and support units were assigned on a rotation basis during the period). Execution: The operation supported the GVN's Revolutionary Development Program in conjunction with ARVN units in Binh Duong, Bien Hoa and Gia Dinh Provinces. LAM SON 67 consisted of cordon and search, reconnaissance in force, harassment, jungle clearing, population control, civic action and psychological warfare operations directed against priority targets. Contact in the AO was characterized by light sporadic incidents with local VC elements. On 6 Jan 68, the Phu Loi base camp received 123 rounds of mixed mortar fire, 46 aircraft were damaged and 6 US WIA. Reacting to the attack, A/2-18 Inf and B/2-2 Inf (M) swept the area to the north of the base and contacted two enemy companies of the Phu Loi PLAF Bn. 92 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 14 US WIA. Operation LAM SON 67 was terminated on 31 Jan 68 with the beginning of the enemy's Tet Offensive. Results: 527 enemy killed, 263 captured, 2,327 detained, 346 defectors, 56 US KIA, 572 US WIA.

12 Feb. 67-18 Jan. 68
Operation: PERSHING
Location: Bong Son, Tuy An, Tam Quan, Hoa Tan, Sa Huynh, Truong Son, An Qui, Trung Xuan, An Lac, An Lao Valley, Kim Son Valley, Suoi Ca Valley, 506 Valley, Nuoc Dinh Valley, Phu My Valley, Song Re Valley, the Crescent, Nui Mieu, Nui Sang, Cay Giep, Dam Tra-O Lake, Route 1, LZ BRONCO BEACH, LZ CRYSTAL, LZ ENGLISH, LZ GARNET, LZ GERONIMO, LZ GLENN, LZ HAMMOND, LZ IRON, LZ MEADE, LZ PAT, LZ SANDRA, LZ STEEL, LZ TOM, LZ TWO BITS, LZ UPLIFT, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Cav Div. Task organization (As of 12 Feb): 1 s t Bde: 1-8 Cav, 1-12 Cav, 5-7 Cav, 2-19 Art (-), D/2-17 Art, C/1-21 Art, A/3-18 Art; 2d Bde: 2-5 Cav, 1-5 Cav (-), 1-7 Cav (-), 2-12 Cav, 1-77 Art (-), B/1-8 Art, A/1-21 Art, C/1-30 Art, B/8th Eng; 3d Bde: 2-8 Cav, C/1-5 Cav, 1-21 Art (-), 2-17 Art (-), C/6-16 Art, C/2-19 Art, C/8th Eng; 3d Bde, 25 t h Inf Div (12 Feb-19 Apr): 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf (4-19 Apr), 2-9 Art, A/1-77 Art, 5-16 Art, C/3-4 Cav, D/65th Eng; Div Arty: 2-20 Art (-), 7-13 Art (-), B/29 Art, E/82 Art, 3-18 Art (-); Div Troops: 1-9 Cav, 8th Eng Bn (-). Intelligence: 3rd PAVN Div: 18th and 22nd PAVN Rgts, 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results: 5,
388 enemy killed, 2,356 captured, 10,609 detained, 221 returnees, 852 US KIA, 4,119 US WIA, 22 US MIA.

13 Feb. 67-10 Mar. 68
Operation: ENTERPRISE
Location: Tan An, Rach Kien, Ben Luc, Binh Phuoc, Tan Tru, Doi Ma Creek, Plain of Reeds9, Base Area 371, Route 14, Long An Province. Type: search and destroy, cordon and search, saturation patrolling, eagle flights. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-39 Inf, 2-60 Inf, 5-60 Inf (M), 2-4 Art, C/15th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF MF Bn, 506th PLAF LF Bn. Execution: ENTERPRISE was the continuation of the pacification effort of Long An Province initiated the previous year by the 25th Inf Div with Operation LANIKAI. On 13 Feb, 3-39 Inf relieved 2-14 Inf at Rach Kien. Strength of division elements in the province were subsequently increased to brigade size with movement of 2-60 Inf into Tan Tru, 5-60 Inf into Binh Phuoc and Headquarters, 3d Bde into Tan An. The first major engagement occurred on 9 Apr when 3-39 Inf made contact with the 506th PLAF Bn on the bank of Doi Ma Creek. Additional companies were brought in, killing 247 of the enemy. On 2 May, the 506th Bn exacted vengeance on the 3-39 Inf, attacking one of its companies in night defensive position near Route 4. 17 US were KIA and 48 WIA but no enemy bodies were found. The operation was temporarily extended north to the Plain of Reeds area on 8-14 May with sub-operation NIRVANA II directed against the enemy's Base Area 371. Elements of the 3d Bde joined forces with the 4/50 ARVN Bn of the 25th ARVN Div but found nothing, killing only 14 of the enemy. On 14 May, the 2nd PLAF Bn struck the compound of the 2/50 ARVN Bn in Rach Kien, killing 31 South Vietnamese soldiers and wounding 34. 3d Bde units were committed but couldn't regain contact with the attacking force. After that, contact with the enemy dropped sharply for the remainder of 1967, indicating an apparent enemy desire to avoid friendly forces. On 31 Jan 68, the brigade responded to the Tet Offensive, 5-60 Inf engaged in heavy fighting southwest of Saigon in Gia Dinh Province, killing 128 enemy soldiers. From 1-5 Feb, 3-39 Inf and 2-60 Inf were sent to Kien Hoa Province to help recapture Ben Tre, the provincial capital. On 10 Feb, the brigade HQ at Tan An came under attack from an unknown size enemy force. 33 enemy were killed, 4 US KIA and 53 US WIA. During March, brigade elements conducted "Aquabush" operations along the numerous canals south of Saigon in conjunction with the 199th Inf Bde (Lt). Pacification activities decreased sharply during the Tet Offensive and the operation was terminated on 10 March. Results: 2,107 enemy killed, 74 US KIA, 380 US WIA.

14 Feb.67-21 Mar.68
Operation: KITTYHAWK
Location: Long Binh, Xuan Loc, Long Giao, Gia Ray, Suoi Cat, Blackhorse, Route 1, Route 2, Long Khanh and Bien Hoa Province. Type: reconnaissance-in-force, cordon and search, security, road clearing. Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div (14 Feb 67-15 Feb 68); 11th ACR (15 Feb-21 Mar 68). Task organization: 3-5 Cav, 1/11 ACR, 2/11 ACR, 3/11 ACR. Intelligence: 275th PLAF Rgt. Execution: The purpose of KITTYHAWK was to secure LOCs and selected installations within Long Khanh Province, conduct reconnaissance-in-force operations and cordon and search of selected hamlets within the AO, secure Blackhorse base camp and the Gia Ray rock quarry and provide ready reaction forces along Route 1. On 21 May, K Troop, 3/11 ACR was ambushed by an estimated reinforced enemy battalion near Suoi Cat on Route 1. 30 enemy are killed, 12 US KIA and 13 US WIA. On 27 Jun 1/11 ACR moved to reinforce the 52nd ARVN Rgr Bn which was in heavy contact with elements of the 3rd Bn, 275th PLAF Rgt, killing 49 of the enemy11. On 30 Dec two enemy companies ambushed Troop C, 3-5 Cav on Route 2. Friendly losses are 10 KIA, 29 WIA and 3 MIA. On 31 Jan 68, in reaction to the VC Tet Offensive, the 3-5 Cav was alerted to respond to enemy activity in the Long Binh-Bien Hoa area. A/3-5 Cav bypassed several roadblocks, breaking through enemy forces and reached the Bien Hoa airfield, sweeping nearby wood lines and killing 40. During the period 2-3 Feb, C/3-5 Cav was sent to defend Xuan Loc against an intense ground attack, killing nearly 50 enemy soldiers. On 15 Feb the KITTYHAWK mission was assumed by the 11th ACR as the 3-5 Cav (-) was directed by HQ USARV to deploy to Da Nang, I CTZ. On 21 Mar, the operation was phased into Operation ALCORN COVE. Results: 201 enemy killed, 7 captured, 1 returnee, 62 US KIA, 224 US WIA.

16 Feb.-22 May.
Operation: CHAPMAN/RIVER RAIDER I
Location: Ly Nhon, Tac Ong Nghia, Rach Don, Rung Sat Special Zone, Nhon Trach District, Gia Dinh and Bien Hoa Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-47 Inf, 4-47 Inf, C/4-39 Inf (8-12 May), 3-34 Art (-), RAS 9. Execution: CHAPMAN was a shake-down operation in the Rung Sat Special Zone to clear the Long Tau Shipping Channel and test the new Mobile Riverine Force concept. There was no contact with large enemy units but numerous base camps, bunkers and supply caches were destroyed. The first portion of the operation (16 Feb-20 Mar) was known as RIVER RAIDER I and conducted by the 3-47 Inf. On 20 Mar 4-47 Inf took over Operation CHAPMAN, conducting many company-size riverine insertions in the AO. During the period 8- 12 May, 4-47 Inf and C/4-39 Inf conducted sub-operation SALOMON in the Nhon Trach Disctrict north of the RSSZ with negative contact. Results: 12 enemy killed, 8 US WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: LEETON
Location: Dat Do, the Horseshoe (Hill 82), Lang Phuoc Hai, Route 44, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: interdiction barrier. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 5RAR, 6RAR, 7RAR, A Sqn 3 Cav, 1 Fld Rgt, A/1-83 Art. Execution: Operation LEETON consisted in establishing a company-size defensive position atop the Horseshoe, a low hill north of Dat Do, and building a 10 km long anti-infiltration fence of barbed wire and anti-personnel mines from the Horseshoe to the sea at Lang Phuoc Hai along the eastern side of Route 44. 20,292 mines were laid within the fence system but it proved ineffectual against enemy infiltration as the VC lifted the mines in great numbers and redeployed them against Allied forces. Results: 5 enemy killed, 7 AUS KIA, 12 AUS WIA.

6-Mar-1 Jun.
Operation: AYR
Location: Xa Binh Ba, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: 6RAR, 101 Fld Bty. Execution: Operation AYR was conducted 4 km east-southeast of Xa Binh Ba to practice airmobile assault techniques. It generated no contact with the enemy. Results: none.

16 Mar.-19 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 24
Location: Dak Pek, Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: A- 219 MIKE Force, A-217 MGF, A-242 CIDG. Execution: operation took place in northwestern Kontum Province. 16 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 11 enemy killed, 1 captured, 1 USSF KIA, 1 MIKE KIA, 1 USSF WIA, 9 MIKE WIA.

5 Apr.-11 Oct.
Operation: FRANCIS MARION
Location: Plei Me, Duc Co, Plei Djereng, Plei Mrong, Plei Do Lim, Buon Blech, Se San, Ia Drang, Ia Tchar, Dak Ayun, Dak Payou, Chu Pong, Chu Prong, Chu Goungot, Chu Groh, Route 14, Route 14B, Route 19E, Route 509, Hill 521, LZ OASIS, LZ JACKSON HOLE, Pleiku and Darlac Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Inf Div. Task organization: (effective 7 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, B/4-42 Art, C/3-4 Cav (-), A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (-), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, Plt B/1-69 Arm, 4-42 Art (-), B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), Plt C/2-8 Inf (-), Cav Plt 1-10 Cav, B/3-6 Art, A/5-16 Art; TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 26 April): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), C/4-42 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h In f Div: 2-8 Inf, 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), A/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); TF 1-10 Cav: 1-10 Cav (-), A/3-6 Art; TF 3-8 Inf: 3-8 Inf, C/6-29 Art, A/5-16 Art; Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 30 May): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 3-8 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 6-29 Art, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 2-8 Inf (M), 1-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art, B/4th Eng (-); 173d Abn Bde: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf, 3-319 Art, D/16 Arm, E/17 Cav, 173d Eng Co; TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 5-16 Art (-); Div Troops: D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Task organization: (effective 24 Sep): 1 s t Bde, 4 t h Inf Div : 1-8 Inf, 2-8 Inf (M), 3-8 Inf, 6-29 Art (-), A/4-42 Art,, A/4th Eng (-); 2d Bde, 4 t h Inf Div: 1-12 Inf, 3-12 Inf, 1-22 Inf, 4-42 Art (-), B/6-29 Art, B/4th Eng (-); TF 1-69 Arm: 1-69 Arm (-), 3-6 Art (-); Div Arty: 6-14 Art, 5-16 Art (-), 1-92 Art; Div Troops: 2-1 Cav, D/4-60 Art (-), 4th Avn Bn, 4th Eng Bn. Intelligence: B3 Front, 1st NVA Div (32nd, 66th and 88th Rgts), 10th NVA Div (95B and 101C Rgts), 200th NVA Art Bn, 407th PLAF MF Sapper Bn, H-15 PLAF LF Bn.. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE.... Results: 1,204 enemy killed, 122 detained, 11 returnees, 198 US KIA, 982 US WIA, 8 US MIA.

7 Apr.-10 Jul.
Operation: SABER THRUST
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha, Loc Thanh, Phuoc My, Trung Lap, Ap Bau Dung, Filhol Plantation, Hau Nghia Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-4 Cav (+). Execution: This operation was conducted by 3-4 Cav (+) as an intermittent security operation. All phases involved search and destroy and patrolling operations in the vicinity of Cu Chi and along the Main Supply Route. Phase I was conducted 7-8 Apr vicinity of Trang Bang; Phase II (9-10 Apr) involved a sweep of Loc Thanh with Trps B & D, C/4-23 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art. Phase III took place between 13-15 Apr around the hamlet of Phuoc My with Trps B & D and B/1-5 Inf (M). Phase IV (17-19 Apr) involved Trps A & D, A/1-5 Inf (M) and A/2-13 Art conducting search and destroy operations vicinity of Trung Lap. Phase V (20-22 Apr) saw trps A & D, B/4-23 Inf (M) and A/7-11 Art sweeping the village of Ap Bau Dung. Phase VI was conducted from 22 May to 5 Jun throughout Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts. Finally, Phase VII (5-8 Jun, 2-10 Jul) took place in AO centered north of Go Dau Ha. Results: 22 Aka VC Valley. 68 enemy killed, 13 captured, (no info on US losses).

10 Apr.-15 Jun.
Operation: 5-67/PIROUS
Location: Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Dong Da, A Shau Valley, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: reconnaissance. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-52 Project DELTA, 91st Abn Rgr Bn, 281st AHC. Execution: Project DELTA conducted this reconnaissance operation initially from Khe Sanh and subsequently from Phu Bai with a FOB established at the Dong Da Training Center. A total of 48 reconnaissance and search and destroy operations were conducted during the period in combination with continuous aerial reconnaissance withing the assigned AO (A Shau Valley and adjacent areas). Results: 46 enemy killed, 1 US KIA, 7 US WIA, 4 ARVN KIA, 7 ARVN WIA.

15 Apr.-20 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 25
Location: Kontum Province. Type: mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: (no info). Execution: operation took place in central Kontum Province. 11 contact were made with enemy forces. Results: 19 enemy killed, 7 captured, 2 MIKE KIA, 9 USSF WIA, 20 MIKE WIA.

20 Apr.-31 May
Operation: PRAIRIE IV
Location: Quang Tri, Dong Ha, Cam Lo, Gio Linh, Mai Loc, Ca Lu, Ba Long, Khe Sanh, Con Thien, Hill 861, Hill 881N, Hill 881N, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div. Task organization: 3/3 Marines, 1/4 Marines, 1/9 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: ... SEE ABOVE ... Results23: 505 enemy killed, 8 detained, 164 US KIA, 1,240 US WIA.

21 Apr.-14 Jun.
Operation: -
Location: Nha Be District, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy, pacification. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 2nd VNMC Bn. Execution: The 2nd VNMC Bn conducted search and destroy and pacification operations in the Nha Be District in conjunction with Operation FAIR-FAX. Results: (no info).

21 Apr.-12 Jul.
Operation: BAC THIEN 817
Location: Tam Quan, Bong Son, LZ ENGLISH, Binh Dinh
Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Task Force ALPHA. Task organization: 4th and 5th VNMC Bns, B/VNMC Art Bn. Execution: On 18-19 Apr, Task Force ALPHA flew to LZ ENGLISH to relieve TF BRAVO and began search and destroy and pacification operations in a TAOR including Tam Quan on the north, Bong Son to the south, the portion of Route 1 connecting the two towns, with the South China Sea serving as the eastern boundary, coordinating with the 1st Cav Div's Operation PERSHING. After termination of BAC THIEN, TF ALPHA remained in the area until 26 Jul when it was relieved by TF BRAVO (2nd VNMC Bn and C/VNMV Art Bn) and returned to Thu Duc to prepare for CORONADO II. Results: (no info).

22 Apr.-21 May
Operation: SHAWNEE
Location: Co Bi-Thanh Tan, Hai Lang National Forest, Base Area 114, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 4th Marines. Task organization: 2/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines, 2/12 Marines (-). Intelligence: 6th PAVN Rgt. Execution: The 4th Marines mounted Operation SHAWNEE to clear the enemy's Base Area 114 west of Phong Dien, from the Co Bi-Thanh Tan Valley northwest to the Hai Lang National Forest. It produced only light to moderate contacts, uncovering several enemy base camps and supply caches. Results: 128 enemy killed, 7 captured, 13 US KIA, 139 US WIA.

22 Apr.67-2 Jan 68.
Operation: BAKER
Location: Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Vinh Hien, Tan Phong, Dien Truong, An Ba, An Tach, Song Tra Cau, Song Ve, LZ MONTEZUMA (later renamed LZ BRONCO), LZ GUADALCANAL, LZ OLIVE DRAB, LZ LIZ, LZ DRAGON, RAZORBACK Beach, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde TF, 25th Inf Div (redesignated 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div on 1 Aug). Task organization: 1-14 Inf, 1-35 Inf, 2-35 Inf, 2-9 Art, C/3-4 Cav, B/1-9 Cav, C/2-34 Arm. Intelligence: 1st PLAF Rgt, 2nd PLAF Rgt, 22nd PAVN Rgt. Execution: ...SEE ABOVE... Results: (no info).

27 Apr.-24 May
Operation: BLACKJACK 33
Location: Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Chi Linh, War Zone D, Binh Duong and Phuoc Long Province. Type: reconnaissance, mobile guerrilla. Controlling headquarters: 5th SFGA. Task Organization: Det B-56 Project SIGMA, A-303/MGF 957. Execution: Operation BLACKJACK 33 was conducted on request from the 1st Inf Div. It was the first time mobile guerrilla elements were employed in conjunction with long range reconnaissance teams. Operating from FOB Phuoc Vinh, Det B-56 and MGF 957 conducted operations in AO BLACKJACK between Phuoc Vinh, Dong Xoai and Chi Linh. Results: 320 enemy killed (friendly losses unknown).

2 May-25 Jun.
Operation: AN DAN II
Location: Lam Dong Province. Type: security. Controlling headquarters: 23rd ARVN Div. Results: 101 enemy killed, 223 detained, 3 ARVN KIA, 13 ARVN WIA.

11 May-21 Jul.
Operation: -
Location: Rung Sat Special Zone, Gia Dinh Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: VNMC Brigade. Task organization: 6th VNMC Bn, A/VNMC Art Bn, RAG 22. Results: (no info).

11 May-8 Jun.
Operation: MALHEUR I
Location: Base Area 124, Song Tra Cau, NORMANDY AO, LZ CARENTAN, Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div. Task organization: 1-327 Inf, 2-327 Inf, 2-502 Inf, 2-320 Art, C/2-11 Art, A/2-17 Cav, A/326th Eng. Intelligence: 2nd PLAF Rgt. Execution: After relocating to Duc Pho and establishing a new base camp called CARENTAN near RAZORBACK Beach, the 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div commenced operations in the enemy's Base Area 124 located in the mountains west of Duc Pho. On 11 May, 1-327 Inf conducted airmobile assaults from CARENTAN into the northwestern portion of NORMANDY AO, followed by 2-502 Inf conducting similar air assaults into the southwestern portion. Both battalions began to sweep east but met little resistance. On 13 May, near the headwaters of the Song Tra Cau, twelve separate firefights occurred, the largest against an entrenched enemy company. 29 VC were killed at the cost of 1 US KIA and 7 US WIA. On 18 May, B/2-502 fought a six-hour long engagement with an estimated 100 man VC force. Results were 31 enemy killed, 12 US KIA and 41 US WIA. The brigade completed its scouring of BA 124 in early June with only light contact. Results: (see Operation MALHEUR II).

13 May-16 Jul. Operation: CROCKETT
Location: Khe Sanh, Hill 861, Hill 881S, Hill 950, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 26th Marines (Forward). Task organization: 1/26 Marines, 3/26 Marines (from 13 Jun), A/3d Recon. Intelligence: 325C PAVN Div. Execution: After the end of the First Battle of Khe Sanh ('Khe Sanh Hill Fights'), 1/26 Marines replaced the two battalions from the 3d Marines there. The mission was to occupy key terrain, deny enemy access into the vital areas, conduct aggressive patrolling withing the AO and provide security for the base and adjacent outposts on nearby Hill 881S, 861 and 950. Numerous sightings of the enemy were made during May but there was only occasional contact. On 6 Jun, the radio relay site on Hill 950 received a ground probe, 10 enemy were killed, 6 US KIA and 2 US WIA. The next day, a patrol from B/1/26 made heavy contact with an estimated enemy company. 66 enemy were killed, 18 US KIA and 28 US WIA. Due to the increasing number of enemy contacts, 3/26 Marines arrived at Khe Sanh on 13 Jun. Both battalions had many contacts with isolated enemy forces during the last weeks of the month. On 27 Jun, I/3/26 ran into two NVA companies, killing 35 but during July enemy activity decreased in the Khe Sanh AO and the operation was terminated on 16 Jul. Results: 206 enemy killed, 5 detained, 52 US KIA, 255 WIA.

14 May.-7 Dec.
Operation: KOLE KOLE
Location: Duc Hoa, Bao Trai, Hiep Hoa, Loc Giang, Trang Bang, Song Vam Co Dong, Rach Tra, Xinh An Ha, Route 10, Hau Nghia and Tay Ninh Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 1-5 Inf (M), 1-27 Inf, 2-27 Inf, 1-8 Art. Intelligence: 2nd Go Mon and 269th PLAF LF Bns. Execution: Operation KOLE KOLE was initiated by the 2d Bde in Hau Nghia Province using EAGLE FLIGHTS and airmobile operations based on current intelligence. Cordon and search, outposting and country fair operations were also conducted in conjunction with the 25th ARVN Div, CIDG and RF/PF. On 17 May, elements of 1/27 Inf and 2/27 Inf fought an eight-hour engagement west of the Vam Co Dong with a VC company. Results were 27 enemy killed, 2 US KIA and 9 US WIA. There was intermittent contact during June and July, particularly along the An Ha canal and near Loc Giang. The brigade also secured engineer operations along Route 10 to improve the GVN's authority and control west of Trang Bang. In early August, the reconnaissance platoon of 1/27 Inf with helicopter support intercepted VC recon elements from Long An Province, killing 26. During September, KOLE KOLE shifted to northern Hau Nghai and southwestern Tay Ninh Province. 1-5 Inf (M) conducted extensive dismounted ambush patrols around Loc Giang along the Vam Co while 2-27 Inf engaged scattered elements of the 269th PLAF Bn. On 21 Oct, an EAGLE FLIGHT from 1-27 Inf engaged an estimated enemy platoon south of Tay Ninh, killing 18. On 31 Oct, 2-27 Inf made contact with elements of the 2nd Go Mon Bn north of the Rach Tra, killing 28 and capturing 2. Enemy activity decreased for the rest of KOLE KOLE and the brigade concentrated on pacification and land clearing operations. Results: 797 enemy killed, 150 detained, 34 returnees, 144 US KIA, 876 US WIA

16-27 May
Operation: THUNDER DRAGON
Location: Quang Ngai Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d ROKMC Bde. Task organization: 1st, 2d and 3d ROKMC Bns. Results: 147 enemy killed, 6 detained, 14 ROK KIa, 45 ROK WIA.

17-23 May
Operation: CINCINNATI
Location: Bien Hoa, Long Binh, Cay Gao Plantation, Bien Hoa Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 173d Abn Bde. Task organization: 1-503 Inf, 2-503 Inf, 4-503 Inf 3-319 Art, E/17 Cav, D/16 Arm. Intelligence: 273rd PLAF Rgt, D800 PLAF LF Bn, 84A PAVN Art Rgt, 58th PLAF Art Bn. Execution: Operation CINCINNATI was initiated to secure the Bien Hoa-Long Binh area against possible enemy ground, mortarand rocket attacks, such as occurred on the night on 12 May. The brigade maintained sporadic contact with small groups of VC but no major engagement developed and findings were limited to abandoned base camps and bunkers scattered throughout the AO. CINCINNATI was the last operation of the 173d Abn Bde in the III CTZ area, the following day it was alerted for immediate departure for Pleiku Province (see Operation WINCHESTER). Results: (no info).

17-25 May
Operation: DALLAS
Location: Tan uyen, Ong Dong Jungle, Vinh Loi Woods, Song Be, Route 16, Bien Hoa and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 2d Bde, 1st Inf Div. Task organization: 2-2 Inf (M), 1-11 ACR, A/2-18 Inf, B/2-34 Arm, 1/7 Art (-). Execution: Operation DALLAS was mounted in reaction to the rocket attack on Bien Hoa on 12 May and simultaneous mortar attacks on Phuoc Vinh and Tan Uyen. The AO extended east from Route 16, from the Song Be River south to Tan Uyen and the Ong Dong Jungle, and the Vinh Loi Woods to the west of Route 16. Several small base camps were found but contact was minimal. Results: 17 enemy killed, 6 detained, 4 US KIA, 81 US WIA.

17-28 May
Operation: HICKORY/LAM SON 54
Location: Con Thien, Gio Linh, Demilitarized Zone, Song Ben Hai, Hill 117, Route 1, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Mar Div; 1st ARVN Div. Task organization: 3d Mar Div: 3/4 Marines, 2/9 Marines, 3/9 Marines, 2/26 Marines; 1 s t ARVN Div : two Inf Bns and three Abn Bns32. Intelligence: 31st and 812th PAVN Rgts. Execution: On 8 May, after the Con Thien attack, Washington changed its DMZ policy. MACV then authorized III MAF to conduct ground operations in the southern half of the DMZ. The basic concept called for ground attacks by the 3d Mar Div and 1st ARVN Div along parallel routes, as far north as the Ben Hai River. Operational code names were HICKORY for the 3d Mar Div units and LAM SON 54 for the ARVN forces. Both SLFs were to support the attack with Operations BEAU CHARGER and BELT TIGHT. The ARVN portion of the operation jumped off on schedule. Surprise was complete as ARVN units moved to the Ben Hai along Route 1 then started sweeping their AO east of the road. On 19 May, the airborne battalions engaged elements of the 31st and 812th PAVN Rgts and kept constant contact until the operation ended on 27 May. Operation HICKORY commenced on 18 May when 2/9 and 2/26 Marines advanced northward from Con Thien. At the same time, 3/4 Marines was air-assaulted near the Ben Hai to provide blocking forces. Shortly after, 2/26 made contact with an estimated two NVA battalions. Heavy fighting ensued, lasting until nightfall. 31 enemy were killed, 5 US KIA and 142 US WIA. On 19 May, 2/26 finally overran the enemy bunker complex, killing 34 more. That same day, 2/9 Marines also made heavy contact, losing 7 KIA and 12 WIA; enemy casualties were unknown. To the southwest, 3/9 Marines screening the western flank was attacked on 20 May. Losses were heavy with 26 KIA and 59 WIA while the Marines counted only 36 enemy killed. After a brief cease-fire period on 23 May observed for Buddha's 32 No info on exact units. birthday, 3/4 and 2/26 began sweeping the DMZ to the southwest toward the mountains west of Con Thien and made heavy contact on 25 May with a large NVA company in mutually supporting bunker complex near Hill 117. Results for the day were 41 enemy killed, 14 US KIA and 92 US WIA. The next day, after Marine air and artillery had blasted the hilltop during the night, 3/4 Marines secured Hill 117, meeting no resistance. It proved to be the last significant engagement of HICKORY, in the last few days, the Marines found and destroyed numerous well-fortified areas, capturing 50 tons of rice and 10 tons of ordnance. Results: 789 enemy killed, 37 captured, 142 US KIA, 896 US WIA, 22 ARVN KIA, 122 ARVN WIA.

18-26 May
Operation: BEAU CHARGER
Location: Demilitarized Zone, Song Ben Hai, LZ GOOSE, LZ OWL, GREEN Beach, Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: SLF ALPHA. Task organization: BLT 1/3 Marines. Intelligence: 812th PAVN Rgt. Execution: Operation BEAU CHARGER was initiated by SLF ALPHA in support of Operation HICKORY/LAM SON 54. 1/3 Marines conducted amphibious and airmobile assaults along the coast between the Ben Hai and the southern boundary of the DMZ in the ARVN AO. Air assault on LZ GOOSE was aborted due to heavy enemy fire and diverted to LZ OWL 800 meters to the south. At the same time, Co D landed in LVTPs at GREEN Beach. The landing was unopposed and the Marines moved inland to link up with Co A at LZ OWL. Both companies then moved out to rescue a beleaguered platoon at LZ GOOSE with Co B reinforcing. Fighting lasted all day and 67 enemies were killed. Action during the rest of BEAU CHARGER consisted of light contact and continuing artillery harassment until the operation ended on 26 May. Results: (included in Operation HICKORY/LAM SON 54).

18-21 May
Operation: DAN CHI/287/C
Location: Vi Thanh, Chuong Thien Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 21st ARVN Div. Task organization: VNMC TF BRAVO: 1st and 3rd VNMC Bns, C/VNMC Art Bn. Results: 98 enemy killed, 21 detained, 8 VNMC KIA, 29 VNMC WIA.

18-22 May
Operation: WELLINGTON
Location: Dat Do, The Horseshoe, Phuoc Tuy Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1ATF. Task organization: V1 Coy, 1RNZIR. Execution: This was the shakedown operation for V Coy where it joined 6RAR at the Horseshoe north of Dat Do. Results: none.

18 May-7 Dec.
Operation: BARKING SANDS
Location: Cu Chi, Trang Bang, Phu Hoa, Iron Triangle, Ho Bo Woods, Song Saigon, Hau Nghia and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: pacification. Controlling headquarters: 1st Bde, 25th Inf Div. Task organization: 4-9 Inf, 2-14 Inf, 4-23 Inf (M), 7-11 Art. Execution: The 1st Bde employed counter guerrilla warfaretechniques including saturation patrolling, checkmate, bushmaster and cordon and search operations to pacify Cu Chi and Trang Bang Districts in Hau Nghia Province and Phu Hoa District in Binh Duong Province. Buddy operations were also conducted with local PF platoons and RF companies. On 30 Aug, 4-9 Inf conducted an airmobile assault against an entrenched VC battalion in the Iron Triangle resulting in 4 enemy killed, 11 US KIA and 43 US WIA. During September, primary emphasis was placed on denying VC access to populated areas during the National Elections. Land clearing operations were also initiated along the Song Saigon to eliminate VC concealment. In October, 9,645 acres of the Ho Bo Woods were cleared by Rome Plows following Operation KUNIA. Contact during BARKING SANDS was limited to squad and platoon size elements and no major engagement occurred. Four sub-operations were conducted in the BARKING SANDS AO during the period: KAWELA, AKUMU,WAIMEA and KUNIA (see individual operations below). Results (inclusive of the four sub-operations): 370 enemy killed, 85 detained, 10 returnees, 110 US KIA, 1114 US WIA.

18 May-8 Jun.
Operation: ASHLAND
Location: Bien Hoa and Long Khanh Province. Type: security.
Controlling headquarters: 9th Inf Div. Task organization: 3-5 Cav. Execution: (no other info, might have been a sub operation of KITTYHAWK).

18 May-7 Dec.
Operation: DIAMOND HEAD
Location: Tay Ninh West, Dau Tieng, Suoi Da, Prek Klok, Ben Cui, Michelin Plantation, Boi Loi Woods, The Crescent, The Trapezoid, Tay Ninh and Binh Duong Provinces. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div33. Task organization: 2-12 Inf, 2-22 Inf (M), 3-22 Inf, 2-77 Art, 2-34 Arm (-) (from 22 Sep), C/1-10 Cav, C/4th Eng. Execution: The mission was to conduct search and destroy operations in Tay Ninh Province, cordon and search operations in the Michelin Plantation, and security and reinforcement missions in the Tay Ninh and Prek Klok areas. With one battalion detached to Operation UNIONTOWN and another providing security for the Dau Tieng and Tay Ninh West base camps, contact in the AO were very limited during the months of May, June and July. On 1 Aug, the 3d Bde, 4th Inf Div was redesignated the 3d Bde, 25th Inf Div. No movement of troops or units were involved in this redesignation. On 15 Aug, an airmobile cordon and search of Thanh An was conducted by 3-22 Inf in conjunction with VN National Police. 6 enemy were killed and 42 detained. In September, the brigade provided security during the National elections. In October, continued battalion size search and destroy operations were conducted in the Michelin Plantation to prevent its use as an enemy haven, in and south of Ben Cui, and in the northern portion of the Trapezoid, which extends 15 km to the southeast of Dau Tieng. Bushmaster operations were conducted in an area known as the Crescent, 8 km northwest of Dau Tieng. All operations were marked by extremely light contact. In November, operations were conducted in the upper Boi Loi Woods and in the Ben Cui Plantation, again with light contact. During this period operations were curtailed due to two battalions being opcon to the other brigades. On 25-25 Now, 2-22 Inf (M) made contact with a VC company near the Mushroom bend on the Saigon River, killing 20. This was the last contact during DIAMOND HEAD before the operation came to an end on 7 Dec. Results: 237 enemy killed, 496 detained, 4 returnees. (US losses unknown).

New Operations

19-21 May
Operation: LAM SON 59
Location: Quang Tri Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st ARVN Div. Results: 352 enemy killed, 5 detained, 53 ARVN KIA, 103 ARVN WIA, 10 ARVN MIA.

19-25 May
Operation: DUVAL
Location: Elephant Valley, Quang Nam Province. Type: search and destroy. Controlling headquarters: 1st Mar Div. Task organization: 1/7 Marines. Execution: Operation conducted in Elephant Valley 25 km west-northwest of Da Nang with no contact. Results: 1 US WIA.

Other

19 May
NGFS forces concentrates at DMZ in support of Operation HICKORY: USS ST PAUL, BOSTON, A. M. SUMMER, JOSEPH STRAUSS, FLETCHELER, and HMAS HOBART
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