Operation Game Warden

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Operation Game Warden
Harnett County AGP-821.jpg
USS Harnett County (AGP-821) part of CTF 116
Date December 18, 1965
Location Mekong Delta, South Vietnam

American/South Vietnamese operational success

  • South Vietnam’s extensive inland waterways secured
  • Viet Cong fleet decimated

United States United States

South Vietnam South Vietnam
FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
United States William Westmoreland
United States David L. McDonald
Casualties and losses
United States 39 killed
366 wounded
FNL Flag.svg 2,000 Viet Cong craft destroyed, damaged, or captured
1,400+ killed, wounded or captured

Operation Game Warden, Task force 116, was an operation to deny Viet Cong access to the resources in the Mekong Delta which was conceived of in December 1965. U.S. naval forces, backed by Marine artillery on the ground, launching a rapid surprise attack on the dozens of small Viet Cong ports which were scattered around the Delta. Unprepared in the face of intense U.S. firepower, which included U.S. F-4 Phantoms dropping special illumination bombs which blinded the Viet Cong deck gunners, leaving to them being unable to accurately return fire on the attacking U.S. craft, the Viet Cong were incapable of mounting a stiff resistance. Much the Viet Cong fleet and its operators were destroyed.


The U.S. navy had been steadily consolidating its forces around the Delta for months, assembling several new special test weapons, which the naval commanders were anxious to use.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Mintz, J. Game Warden. Mobile Riverine Force and Revolutionary Development Operations in the Delta. Arlington, VA: The Center, 1968.
  • Affield, Wendell. Muddy Jungle Rivers: A river assault boat cox'n's memory journey of his war in Vietnam. 2012. ISBN 0-9847023-0-X

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