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Cedar Falls

Written May 2013



8 Jan 1967 - 27 Jan 1967

Area of Operation:

Iron Triangle and Thanh Dien Forest Reserve; Bình Dương Province, Hậu Nghĩa Province, Tây 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


Search and destroy VC elements near Saigon


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.


Vietnam War Almanac by James H. Willbanks

The Vietnam Center And Archive (at Texas Tech University)

Further Reading:

Operation Cedar Falls After Action Report - 25th Infantry Division - Vietnam Center and Archive

Operation Cedar Falls After Action Report - 1st Infantry Division - Vietnam Center and Archive

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