Operation Beaver Cage

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On 5 May as the Battalion headquarters was being withdrawn by helicopters it was attacked by Vietcong mortar and small arms fire, the assault was repulsed without loss.[1]:158–9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