Operation Tuscaloosa


Dates: 23JAN1967 – 28JAN1967

Area of Operations: Quang Nam Province, I Corps

Allied Units: USMC 2d Battalion 5th Marines

Allied Casualties: 17 KIA, 52 WIA

Enemy Units: Viet Cong

Enemy Casualties: 79 KIA, 2 POW

Objective: Search and destroy

Significance/Notes: During the operation, elements of the 2d Bn, 5th Marines crossed the Thu Bon River and walked into an ambush. They were pinned down on a sandbar in the river. The story has been told in a book titled Operation Tuscaloosa by John Culbertson.


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