Operation Defiant Stand


Dates: 7SEP1969 – 20SEP1969

Area of Operations: Barrier Island, I Corps

Allied Units: USMC 1st Battalion 26th Marines; ROK Marines 2nd Brigade

Allied Casualties: USMC 5 KIA, 39 WIA; ROK 1 KIA, 5 WIA

Enemy Units: Viet Cong

Enemy Casualties: 293 KIA, 6 POW

Objective: Amphibious assault to confront the VC forces on the island

Significance/Notes: This was the first ever amphibious assault performed by the ROK Marines. A landing force swept across the island while naval craft blocked escape routes. The enemy offered little resistance. Over 100 weapons were captured, along with ammunition.


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