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Swift

Written June 2017

Operation

Dates: 

4 Sep 1967 - 15 Sep 1967

Area of Operation:

Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces, I Corps

Allied Units:

USMC 1st and 3d Battalions 5th Marines, 2d Battalion 11th Marines; ARVN 21st Ranger Battalion, 37th Ranger Battalion, 39th Ranger Battalion, 3d Battalion 4th Regiment, 3d Battalion 6th Regiment

Allied Casualties:

US 127 KIA, 362 WIA

Enemy Units:

NVA 2d Division

Enemy Casualties:

517 KIA, 8 POW

Objective(s):

Prevent disruption of national elections; search and destroy

Significance/Notes:

The battles of the Que Son Valley during Operation Swift resulted in the awarding of three Medals of Honor. Lt Vincent Capodanno, a chaplain, Sgt Lawrence Peters, and Sgt Rodney Davis were all killed during the fighting.

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