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Operation NameDate/Duration/#BnsDescription/localeCasualties
Starlite18-21 Aug 65
4 days
4 Bns
1 MarDiv operation south of Chu Lai in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 700
US KIA 51
Silver Bayonet23 Oct-20 Nov 65
29 days
5 Bns
1st Cavalry Division operation in Ia Drang Valley of Pleiku ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,771
US KIA 240
Van Buren19 Jan-21 Feb 66
34 days
3 Bns
101 Airborne Division/ROK/ARVN rice security operation in Phu Yen ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 679
US KIA 54
Masher/White Wing
Thang Phong II
24 Jan-6 Mar 66
42 days
5-8 Bns
1st Cavalry Division operation in Binh Dinh Province. USMC operation Double Eagle links in cross border segmentVC/NVA 2,389
US KIA 349
Utah
Lien Ket 26
4-8 Mar 66
5 days
2 Bns
1 MarDiv/ARVN combined operation in vicinity Quang Ngai city against NVA and Main force VCVC/NVA KIA 632
US KIA 73
Texas
Lien Ket 28
20-24 Mar 66
5 days
3 Bns
1 MarDiv/ARVN combined reaction force operation to retake An Hoa outpost in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 623
US KIA 53
Paul Revere
Thang Phong 14
10 May-30 Jul 66
82 days
5 Bns
25th Infantry Division border screening/area control operation in Pleiku ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 546
US KIA 63
Hawthorne Dan Tang 612-21 Jun 66
20 days
4 Bns
101st Airborne Division operation in Kontum ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 531
US KIA 45
Crazy Horse16 May-5 Jun 66
21 days
6 Bns
1st Cavalry operation in area between Vinh Thanh and Soui Ca Valleys of Binh Dinh ProvinceVC.NVA KIA 501
US KIA 67
El Paso II2 Jun-13 Jul 66
20 days
4 Bns
1st Infantry Division operation against VC 9th Division in Binh Long ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 855
US KIA 125
Macon4 Jul-27 Oct 66
116 days
3 Bns
1 MarDiv operation for the An Hoa industrial complex in Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 507
US KIA 23
Hastings/Deckhouse II7 Jul-3 Aug 66
28 days
8 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in Quang Tri Province against NVA 324B Division in area of the DMZVC/NVA KIA 882
US KIA 126
Paul Revere II1-25 Aug 66
25 days
11 Bns
1st Cavalry operation in Pleiku ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 809
US KIA 94
Prairie I/Deckhouse IV3 Aug 66-31 Jan 67
182 days
13 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in the Con Thien/Gio Linh areas of the DMZVC/NVA KIA 1,397
US KIA 215
Colorado
Lien Ket 52
6-21 Aug 66
16 days
1 MarDiv operation in Quang Nam/Quang Tin ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 674
US KIA 23
Byrd26 Aug 66-20 Jan 68
513 days
3 Bns
1 Cavalry economy-of-force operation in Binh Thuan ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 849
US KIA 34
Attleboro14 Sep-24 Nov 66
72 days
18 Bns
196th Inf. Bde., 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions and 173rd Airborne Bde operation in War Zone "C" of Tay Ninh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,106
US KIA 72
Irving2-24 Oct 66
23 days
7 Bns
1st Cavalry Division/ROK/ARVN operation in Binh Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 681
US KIA 29
Paul Revere IV18 Oct-30 Dec 66
74 days
14
4th and 25th Infantry Division operation in Pleiku Province near the border with CambodiaVC/NVA KIA 977
US KIA 156
Thayer II25 Oct 66-12 Feb 67
111 days
13 Bns
1st Cavalry Division operation in the coastal plains and the Kim Son and Soui Ca Valleys of Binh Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,757
US KIA 204
Fairfax30 Nov 66-14 Dec 67
380 days
8 Bns
1st, 4th, 25th Infantry Divisions, 196th Inf. Bde., operation in and around Saigon Capital Military District and Gia Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,043 KIA
US KIA 120
Sam Houston1 Jan-5 Apr 67
95 days
14 Bns
4th and 25th Infantry Divisions border surveillance operation in Pleiku and Kontum Provinces. Follow-up to Paul Revere IVVC/NVA KIA 733
US KIA 172
Palm Beach6 Jan-31 May 67
146 days
3 Bns
9th Infantry Division operation in Dinh Tuong ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 570
US KIA 51
Cedar Falls8-26 Jan 67
19 days
20 Bns
1st, 25th Infantry Divisions, 173rd Abn. Bde., 11th Armored Cavalry Bde. operation in Iron Triangle area of between Saigon and the Michelin Rubber Plantation in Binh Duong ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 720
US KIA 72
Prairie II1 Feb-18 Mar 67
46 days
9 Bns
3 MarDiv operation in the DMZ area Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 693
US KIA 93
Pershing11 Feb 67-19 Jan 68
343 days
14 Bns
1st Cavalry operation against NVA 610th Division in Binh Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 5,401
US KIA 600
Enterprise13 Feb 67-11 Mar 68
393 days
10 Bns
9th Infantry Division operation in Long An ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 2,107
US KIA 253
Junction City22 Feb-14 May 67
83 days
22 Bns
1st, 4th, and 25th Infantry Divisions, 196th Inf. Bde., 11th A.C.R. and 173rd Abn. Bde., operation in War Zone "C", northern Tay Ninh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 2,728
US KIA 282
Francis Marion 5 Apr-12 Oct 67
191 days
11 Bns
4th Infantry Division operation in western highlands of Pleiku Province. VC/NVA KIA 1,203
US KIA 183
Union21 Apr-17 May 67
27 days
6 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in Quang Nam and Quang Tin ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 965
US KIA 110
Kole Kole14 May-7 Dec 67
208 days
3 Bns
25th Infantry Division operation in Hoa Nghai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 645
US KIA 92
Union II25 May-5 Jun 67
12 Days
3 Bns
1 MarDiv operation against NVA forces in Quang Nam and Quang Tin ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 701
US KIA 110
Buffalo/Beaver Track/Bear Claw2-14 Jul 67
13 days
7 Bns
3 MarDiv operation with SLF vicinity DMZ and Con Thien and Cam LoVC/NVA KIA 1,281
US KIA 159
Kingfisher16 Jul-31 Oct 67
108 days
9 Bns
3 MarDiv operation in the DMZVC/NVA KIA 1,117
US KIA 340
Swift4-15 Sep 67
12 days
3 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in Quaang Nam and Quang Tin ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 517
US KIA 127
Bolling19 Sep 67-31 Jan 69
356 days
4 Bns
1st Cavalry Division and 173 Abn. Bde. operation in Phu Yen ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 715
US KIA 60
Shenandoah II27 Sep-19 Nov 67
54 days
8 Bns
1st Infantry Division operation in Binh Long and Binh Duong ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 956
US KIA 107
Mac Arthur12 Oct 67-31 Jan 69
478 days
22 Bns
4th Infantry Division operations in the western highlands of Pleiku and Kontum ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 5,731
US KIA 955
Scotland1 Nov 67-31 Mar 68
152 days
5 Bns
3 MarDiv operation in westernmost area of Quang Tri Province, centered in the Khe Sanh areaVC/NVA KIA 1,561
US KIA 204
Kentucky1 Nov 67-28 Feb 69
485 days
18 Bns
3rd MarDiv operation in the Con Thien area of the DMZVC/NVA KIA 3,921
US KIA 478
Wheeler/Wallowa11 Nov 67-11 Nov 68
367 days
22 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Nam and Quang Tin ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 10,020
US KIA 683
Yellowstone8 Dec 67-24 Feb 68
79 days
11 Bns
25th Infantry Division operation in War Zone "C" area of Tay Ninh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,254
US KIA 135
Saratoga8 Dec 67-11 Mar 68
95 days
15 Bns
25th Infantry Division operation in area west of Saigon and along the Cambodian borderVC/NVA KIA 3,862
US KIA 382
Uniontown17 Dec 67-8 Mar 68
83 days
10 Bns
199th Infantry Brigade operation in Bien Hoa Province, encompassing Tet Offensive operationsVC/NVA KIA 922
US KIA
Muscatine19 Dec 67-10 Jun 68
175 days
9 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,129
US KIA 86
McLain20 Jan 68-31 Jan 68
375 days
2 Bns
173rd Airborne Bde., reconnaissance-in-force operation in Binh Thuan ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,042
US KIA 69
Lancaster II21 Jan-23 Nov 68
308 days
12 Bns
3 MarDiv search-and-clear operationVC/NVA KIA 1,801
US KIA 352
Pershing II22 Jan-29 Feb 68
39 days
9 Bns
1st Cavalry Division operation in Binh Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 614
US KIA 21
Jeb Stuart I22 Jan-31 Mar 68
70 days
20 Bns
1st Cavalry Division operation in Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA3,268
US KIA 284
Hue City31 Jan-25 Feb 68
26 days
5 Bns
1 MarDiv operation to clear Hue City during Tet OffensiveVC/NVA KIA 5,113
US KIA 142
Houston26 Feb-12 Sep 68
200 days
9 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in border region of Thua Thien and Quang Nam ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 702
US KIA 117
Napolean/Saline29 Feb-12 Sep 68
285 days
16 Bns
1 MarDiv operation along Cua Viet River in Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 3,495
US KIA 353
Truong Cong Dinh1 Mar-30 Jul 68
152 days
8 Bns
9th Infantry Division/ARVN operation in Dinh Tuong and Kien Tuong ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 1546
US KIA 149
Quyet Thang
Resolve To Win
11 Mar-7 Apr 68
28 days
22 Bns
1st, 9th, and 25th Infantry Divisions/ARVN operation in Saigon and 5 surrounding provincesVC/NVA KIA 7,645
US KIA 105
Duong Cua Dan
People's Road
17 Mar-30 Jul 68
137 days
3 Bns
9th Infantry Division operation along Route 4 VC/NVA KIA 1357
US KIA
Cochise Green30 Mar 68-31 Jan 69
308 days
6 Bns
173rd Airborne Bde operation in Binh Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 929
US KIA 144
Pegasus
Lam Son 207
1-15 Apr 68
15 days
17 Bns
1st Cavalry, 1 MarDiv operation along Route 9 to Khe Sanh in Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,044
US KIA 92
Carentan II1 Apr-17 May 68
47 days
11 Bns
101st Airborne, 82nd Airborne Divisions operation in lowlands of Quang Tri and Thua Thien ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 2,100
US KIA 156
Toan Thang-Phase I
Complete Victory
8 Apr-31 May 68
54 days
43 Bns
II Field Force operation in Capital Military District around SaigonVC/NVA KIA 7,645
US KIA 54
Burlington Trail8 Apr-11 Nov 68
218 days
6 Bns
198th Infanty Bde., operation along border of Quang Tin and Quang Nam ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 1,931
US KIA 129
Scotland II15 Apr 68-28 Feb 69
320 days
17 Bns
1 MarDiv operation centered on the Khe Sanh area of Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 3,311
US KIA 435
Delaware Valley
Lam Son 216
19 Apr-17 May 68
29 Days
32 Bns
1st Cavalry, 1 MarDiv, 101st Abn, 82nd Abn, 196th Bde, operation into A Shau Valley in western Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 869
US KIA 142
Allen Brook4 May-24 Aug 68
113 days
6 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in southern Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,017
US KIA 172
Jeb Stuart III17 May-3 Nov 68
171 days
11 Bns
1st Cavalry Division operation in central Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 2,114
US KIA 212
Nevada Eagle17 May 68-28 Feb 69
288 days
16 Bns
101st Airborne/82nd Airborne Division operation in Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 3,299
US KIA 215
Mameluke Thrust18 May-23 Oct 68
159 days
7 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in central Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 2,728
US KIA 270
Henderson Hill24 Oct-6 Dec 68
44 days
3 Bns
3 MarDiv search and clear operation in north-central Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 700
US KIA 5
Meade River20 Nov 68-31 Jan 69
73 days
8 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in "Dodge City" area of Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 847
US KIA 107
Speedy Express1 Dec 68-31 May 69
151 days
8 Bns
9th Infantry Division operation throughout IV CorpsVC/NVA KIA 10,899
US KIA 242
Taylor Common6 Dec 68-7 Mar 69
92 days
6 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,299
US KIA 183
Rice Farmer1 Jan-31 Aug 69
243 days
7 Bns
9th Infantry Division/ARVN operation in Dinh Tuong, Kien Tuong and Kien Hoa ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 1,860
US KIA 0
Dewey Canyon22 Jan-18 Mar69
56 days
4 Bns
1 MarDiv operation north of the A Shau Valley in Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,335
US KIA 121
Hancock Eagle4 Feb-31 Mar 69
56 days
2 Bns
101st Airborne Division operation north of Phan Thiet in Binh Thuan ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 654
US KIA
Iron Mountain28 Feb 69-31 Mar 71
732 days
4 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 4,476
US KIA 440
Oklahoma Hills1 Mar-29 May 69
90 days
4 Bns
1 MarDiv operation southwest of DaNang in Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 596
US KIA 53
Wayne Grey1 Mar-14 Apr 69
45 days
5 Bns
4th Infantry Division in Kontum ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 608
US KIA 76
Kentucky Jumper1 Mar-14 Aug 69
167 days
12 Bns
101st Airborne Division operation in Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,675
US KIA 312
Geneva Park18 Mar 69-28 Feb 71
713 days
4 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Tin and Quang Ngai ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 2,237
US KIA 231
Frederick Hill18 Mar 69-28 Feb 71
713 days
5 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Tin and Quang Ngai ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 7,524
US KIA 572
Montana Mauler23 Mar-3 Apr 69
12 days
4 Bns
5th Infantry Division Mech and 1 MarDiv operation vicinity of Con Thien in Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 571
US KIA 35
Montana Scout29 Mar-23 Jun 69
87 days
4 Bns
1st Cavalry Division operation along the southern frontier of War Zone "C" in Tay Ninh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,570
US KIA 64
Washington Green15 Apr 69-1 Jan 71
627 days
8 Bns
173rd Airborne Bde., operation in An Lao Valley of Binh Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 1,957
US KIA 227
Putnam Tiger22 Apr-22 Sep 69
154 days
8 Bns
4th Infantry Division operation in Kontum and Pleiku ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 563
US KIA 81
Virginia Ridge1 May-7 Jun 69
77 days
3 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in northern Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 560
US KIA 106
Apache Snow10 May-7 Jun 69
29 days
8 Bns
1 MarDiv and 101st Airborne Division operation in western Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 977
US KIA 102
Lamar Plain16 May-13 Aug 69
90 days
3 Bns
23rd Infantry and 101 Airborne Divisions operation centrered southwest of Tam Ky in Quang Tin ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 524
US KIA 105
Nantucket Beach20 Jul 69-8 Mar 71
597 days
3 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 630
US KIA 57
Idaho Canyon21 Jul-25 Sep 69
77 days
5 Bns
1 MarDiv/101st Airborne operation west of Tam Ky in Quang Tin ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 565
US KIA 78
Randolph Glen7 Dec 69-31 Mar 70
115 days
11 Bns
101st Airborne Division/ARVN operation on edge of populated lowlands in eastern Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 670
US KIA 120
Texas Star1 Apr-5 Sep 70
158 days
13 Bns
101st Airborne operation in western Quang Tri and Thua Thien ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 1,728
US KIA 406
Jefferson Glen/Op-Ord 13-705 Sep 70-8 Oct 71
399 days
Bns
101st Airborne/ARVN operation in Thua Thien ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 2,026
US KIA
Finney Hill1 Mar-1 Jul 71
123 days
6 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 781
US KIA 37





Operation NameDate/Duration/#BnsDescription/localeCasualties
Hump5 - 9 Nov 65
5 days
2 bns
173rd Airborne Brigade and RAR operation in NW Bien Hoa Province, War Zone "D"VC/NVA KIA 416
US KIA 50
Harvest Moon8 - 20 Dec 65
13 days
3 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in Quang Tin Province 23 miles NW of Chu Lai in Phuoc Ha ValleyVC/NVA KIA 407
US KIA 47
Lincoln I25 - 30 Mar 66
6 days
9 bns
1st Cavalry and 25th Infantry Divisions operation in Pleiku and Darlac Provinces, in area of Chu Pong Massif near border Vietnam and CambodiaVC/NVA KIA 477
US KIA 43
Nathan Hale19 Jun - 1 Jul 66
13 days
9 Bns
1st Cavalry and 101st Airborne Divisions operation in Phu Yen Province vicinity of Dong Tre and Tuy HoaVC/NVA KIA 459
US KIA 62
Adams25 Oct 66 - 2 Apr 67
160 days
5 Bns
4th Infantry Division operation in Phu Yen ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 491
US KIA 46
Prairie IV20 Apr - 31 May 67
42 days
10 Bns
1st MarDiv operation in Quang Tri ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 489
US KIA 164
Beacon Star Phase II26 Apr - 12 May 67
17 days
1 Bn
3 MarDiv operation in Quang Tri Province, TOAR vicinity of Khe SanhVC/NVA KIA 469
US KIA 78
Coronado I1 Jun - 25 Jul 67
55 days
2 Bns
9 Infantry Division operation vicinity of Rach Nui Canal (XS 8466) in Dinh Tuong Province, IV CorpsVC/NVA KIA 478
US KIA 40
Malheur II8 Jun - 2 Aug 67
56 days
5 Bns
101st Division operation WNW of Duc Pho, vic., Song Ne Valley and VC Base Area 122 in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 488
US KIA 30
Bear Claw2 - 14 Jul 67
13 days
1 Bns
3 MarDiv operation in Quang Tri Province vicinity of Con Thien, SLF part of operation BuffaloVC/NVA KIA 424
US KIA 8
Andover1 - 10 Apr 67
10 days
3 Bns
11 A.C.R. operation in Hua Nghai Province vicinity of village of Tan HoaVC/NVA KIA 459
US KIA 2
Vernon Lake II2 Nov 68 - 28 Feb 69
119 days
5 Bns
23rd Infantry Division operation in Quang Ngai Province in the Song Re ValleyVC/NVA KIA 455
US KIA 23
Pipestone Canyon26 May - 7 Nov 69
166 days
6 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in Quang Nam Province centered approximately 13 kms west of Hoi AnVC/NVA KIA 488
US KIA 54
Unnamed26 Jan - 13 Apr 70
78 days
2 Bns
1st Cavalry operation in the Bu Gia Map area of Phuoc Long ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 495
US KIA 34
Middlesex Peak1 Mar - 1 Jul 71
days
9 Bns
196th and 198th Infantry Brigades operation in centered on coordinate ZC 2020 in Quang Nam ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 463
US KIA 50

Operation NameDate/Duration/#BnsDescription/localeCasualties
Dan Thang 2121 - 29 Oct 65
9 days
1 bns
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment operation in Pleiku ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 317
US KIA 71
Double Eagle I28 Jan - 28 Feb 66
23 days
4 Bns
3 MarDiv operation in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 312
US KIA 23
Eagle's Claw11 - 28 Feb 66
18 days
9 bns
1st Cavalry Division operation in Binh Dinh ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 340
US KIA 46
Utah4 - 8 Mar 66
5 days
2 Bns
1 MarDiv operation in Quang Ngai ProvinceVC/NVA KIA 358
US KIA 73
Silver City7 - 23 Mar 66
17 days
3 Bns
Ist Infantry Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade operation in Binh Duong and Long Khanh ProvincesVC/NVA KIA 336
US KIA 22
Texas20 - 25 Mar 66
6 days
3 Bns
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