1969 in the Vietnam War
|1969 in the Vietnam War|
Helicopters of the 170th and the 189th Helicopter Assault Companies, await the leading of troops at Polei Kleng, in the Central Highlands of the Republic of South Vietnam., 04/10/1969
|Anti-Communist forces:||Communist forces:|
|South Vietnam 897,000
United States: 549,500
|Casualties and losses|
|US: 11,616 killed
South Vietnam: Killed
- January 31
- 18 March 1969 to 28 May 1970
Operation Menu was the codename of a covert United States Strategic Air Command (SAC) bombing campaign conducted in eastern Cambodia from 18 March 1969 until 26 May 1970, during the Vietnam War. The supposed targets of these attacks were sanctuaries and Base Areas of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and forces of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF or derogatively, Viet Cong), which utilized them for resupply, training, and resting between campaigns across the border in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).
- May 10
The Battle of Hamburger Hill was a battle of the Vietnam War which was fought between the United States and South Vietnam against North Vietnamese forces from May 10–20, 1969. Although the heavily fortified Hill 937 was of little strategic value, U.S. command ordered its capture by direct assault.
- May 10
Operation Apache Snow was a military operation in the A Shau Valley from May 10 to June 7, 1969. The A Shau Valley was an important corridor for moving supplies into South Vietnam and used as staging area for attacks. Previous sweeps of the valley in Operation Delaware and Operation Dewey Canyon had not been able to keep the North Vietnamese Army from operating in the valley.
- June 6
The Battle of Binh Ba, also known as Operation Hammer, was a hard fought, but one-sided, battle. The action occurred on 6–8 June 1969 when Australian Army troops from the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) fought a combined communist force of North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong in the village of Binh Ba, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy Province.
- August 21
Operation Camden was an Australian Army military operation in support of the 501 Land Clearing Company, United States Army Corps of Engineers who were undertaking land clearing operations in the Hat Dich Area.
- September 2
Year in numbers
|Armed Force||Strength||KIA||Reference||Military costs - 1968||Military costs in 2013 US$||Reference|
|South Vietnam ARVN||897,000|||
|United States US Forces||549,500||11,616|||
- Stanton, Shelby L. (2003). Vietnam order of battle (2003 ed.). Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-0071-2. - Total pages: 396
- United States, Government (2010). "Statistical information about casualties of the Vietnam War". National Archives and Records Administration. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2010.
- Blog covers Widow’s travels to Vietnam in search of her MIA husband’s jet crash site in Que Son Mtns