Dates: 1OCT1966 – 24OCT1966
Area of Operations: Binh Dinh Province, II Corps
Allied Units: US Army 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile); ARVN 22d Division; ROK Capital Division
Allied Casualties: Less than 40 KIA
Enemy Units: NVA 18th Regiment 3d Division
Enemy Casualties: 681 KIA, 1000+ POW
Objective: To continue to engage the NVA’s 18th Reg.
Significance/Notes: This operation was a follow up to Operation Thayer I. The operation was one of the most successful displays of air mobility to date. It was the first operation conducted by the 1st Cav. Div. to yield more enemy prisoners than KIAs. Ten civilians were killed during the operation, and 10,000 became refugees. The NVA 18th Regiment however soon returned to the region.
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- The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University
- Vietnam Studies: Tactical and Materiel Innovations published by the Department of the Army
- After Action Report: Operation Irving