Operation Beaver Cage

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Operation Beaver Cage
Part of Vietnam War
Date April 28–May 12, 1967
Location Que Son Valley, South Vietnam
Result U.S. victory
Belligerents
Flag of the United States.svg United States FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
COL James A Gallo jr. Unknown
Strength
1st Battalion 3rd Marines Unknown
Casualties and losses
55 killed, 151 wounded 181 killed, 66 captured

Operation Beaver Cage was a U.S. Marine Corps operation in the Que Son Valley that took place from 28 April through to 12 May 1967.

Background[edit]

Operation Beaver Cage was an operation by Special Landing Force Alpha comprising 1st Battalion 3rd Marines and HMM-263 against the Vietcong base areas in the Que Son Valley south of Danang[1]

Operation[edit]

The operation commenced with a helicopted assault into the valley at 07:00 on 28 April. Contact was minimal until the night of 2 May when a Vietcong unit attacked Company C's night defensive position and was forced back by artillery and AC-47 gunfire.[1]

On 5 May as the Battalion headquarters was being withdrawn by helicopters it was attacked by Vietcong mortar and small arms fire, the assault was repulsed without loss.[1]:158-9

On 9 May Beaver Cage was joined with Operation Union. On 10 May Companies B and C engaged a large Vietcong unit killing 86 Vietcong.[1]:159

Aftermath[edit]

The operation concluded on 12 May, Marine losses were 55 dead and 151 wounded, while Vietcong losses were 181 killed and 66 captured.[1]:159

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Telfer, Gary (1984). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: Fighting the North Vietnamese 1967. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 158. ISBN 978-1494285449. 

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