Operation Beaver Cage

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Operation Beaver Cage
Part of Vietnam War
DateApril 28–May 12, 1967
Result U.S. victory
Flag of the United States.svg United States FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
COL James A Gallo jr.
1st Battalion, 3rd Marines
Casualties and losses
55 killed US body count: 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.


Operation Beaver Cage was an operation by Special Landing Force Alpha comprising 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and HMM-263 against the Viet Cong (VC) base areas in the Que Son Valley south of Danang[1]{[rp|158}}


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

On 5 May as the Battalion headquarters was being withdrawn by helicopters it was attacked by VC mortar and small arms fire, the assault was repulsed without loss.[1]:158–9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 VC unit killing 86 VC.[1]:159


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


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  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. ISBN 978-1494285449. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.