Tuscaloosa

Written September 2014

Operation

Dates: 

23 Jan 1967 - 28 Jan 1967

Area of Operation:

Quảng Nam Province, I Corps

Allied Units:

USMC 2d Battalion 5th Marines

Allied Casualties:

17 KIA, 52 WIA

Enemy Units:

Viet Cong

Enemy Casualties:

79 KIA, 2 POW

Objective(s):

Search and destroy

Significance/Notes:

During the operation, elements of the 2d Bn, 5th Marines crossed the Thu Bon River and walked into an ambush. They were pinned down on a sandbar in the river. The story has been told in a book titled Operation Tuscaloosa by John Culbertson.

Sources:

The Vietnam Center And Archive (at Texas Tech University)

Further Reading:

"War Story: Operation Tuscaloosa" by John Culbertson (article)

Operation Tuscaloosa by John Culbertson (book)

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