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Cedar Falls

Written May 2013

Operation

Dates: 

8 Jan 1967 - 27 Jan 1967

Area of Operation:

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

Allied Units:

US Army 2d & 3d Brigades 1st Infantry Division, 3d Brigade 4th Infantry Division, 1st Division 26th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, 196th Infantry Brigade, 173d Airborne Brigade, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; ARVN 5th Division; VN Navy 3d Riverine Company

Allied Casualties:

US 72 KIA, 337 WIA; RVN 11 KIA, 8 WIA

Enemy Units:

VC 165th Regiment, 272d Regiment

Enemy Casualties:

720-750 KIA, 280-488 POW

Objective(s):

Search and destroy VC elements near Saigon

Significance/Notes:

Operation Cedar Falls was a two phase operation using the hammer and anvil tactic. During the operation, American forces found a widespread and intricate tunnel complex. In the end, Cedar Falls seemed to have little to no long lasting effects on the VC presence in the Iron Triangle area.

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