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Ground Operations

Summaries of operations and offensives carried out predominantly on the ground with infantry forces.

Most operations discussed were efforts by the United States, South Vietnam, and their allies. This is due to the availability of information.

Where statistics, particularly for causalities, are presented as a range of numbers, there were discrepancies between sources.

National Archives photo no. 100310308

Apache Snow

To cut off the North Vietnamese so that they could not attack coastal areas.

Dates:

Area of Operation:

A Shau Valley, Thua Thien Province

10 May 1969 - 7 Jun 1969

Binh Tay I

To clear Base Area 702 as part of the Cambodian Incursion.

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia (northeastern Cambodia)

6 May 1970 - 16 May 1970

Buffalo

Defend Con Thien Combat Base

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Quang Tri Province, I Corps

2 Jul 1967 - 14 Jul 1967

Cedar Falls

Search and destroy VC elements near Saigon

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Iron Triangle and Thanh Dien Forest Reserve; Binh Duong Province, Hau Nghia Province, Tay Ninh Province; III Corps

8 Jan 1967 - 27 Jan 1967

Crimp

Search and destroy, with particular focus on locating and destroying the headquarters of Viet Cong Military Region IV.

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Binh Duong Province, Hau Nghia Province, III Corps. Particularly the HoBo Woods, west of the Iron Triangle

8 Jan 1966 - 14 Jan 1966

Defiant Stand

Amphibious assault to confront the VC forces on the island

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Barrier Island, I Corps

7 Sep 1969 - 20 Sep 1969

Hammersley

Reconnaissance

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Long Hai hills area, Long Tien District, Vung Tau Province

2 Feb 1970 - 9 Mar 1970

Irving

To continue to engage the NVA’s 18th Reg.

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Binh Dinh Province, II Corps

1 Oct 1966 - 24 Oct 1966

Jefferson Glenn

Search and destroy, pacification support

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Thua Thien Province, Quang Tri Province; I Corps

5 Sep 1970 - 8 Oct 1971

Manhattan

Search and destroy

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Boi Loi Woods, Binh Duong Province, III Corps

23 Apr 1967 - 12 May 1967

Prairie

A follow up to Operation Hastings wherein the Marines were tasked with making sure the 324B NVA Division did not cross the DMZ into Quang Tri Province.

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Quang Tri Province, I Corps

3 Aug 1966 - 31 Jan 1967

Rolling Stone

To provide security for the 1st Engineer Battalion as it worked on highways within the province; search and destroy.

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Binh Duong Province, III Corps

7 Feb 1966 - 2 Mar 1966

Sam Houston

Search and destroy, border surveillance

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Pleiku Province and Kontum Province; II Corps

1 Jan 1967 - 5 Apr 1967

Starlite

To rid the Van Tuong peninsula of the Viet Cong 1st Regiment, as they were a significant threat to the Chu Lai base, with a hammer and anvil attack using amphibious and heliborne forces.

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Van Tuong Peninsula, 16 miles south of Chu Lai; I Corps

17 Aug 1965 - 24 Aug 1965

Swift

Prevent disruption of national elections; search and destroy

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces, I Corps

4 Sep 1967 - 15 Sep 1967

Tuscaloosa

Search and destroy

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Quang Nam Province, I Corps

23 Jan 1967 - 28 Jan 1967

Union

Search and destroy communist strongholds in Que Son Valley; Gain control of Que Son Valley

Dates:

Area of Operation:

Que Son Valley of Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces, I Corps

21 Apr 1967 - 17 May 1967