Operation Bold Mariner

Operation Bold Mariner was a US Marine Corps operation that took place on the Batangan Peninsula southeast of Chu Lai, lasting from 12 January to 7 February 1969.

Background

The peninsula was believed to be supporting elements of the Viet Cong (VC) 38th Main Force Regiment, the 48th Local Force Battalion, P-31st Local Force Company and C-95th Sapper Company all of which posed a threat to Quảng Ngãi and allied forces in the area. The operation was planned to be the Marine Corps' largest amphibious assault since the Korean War with Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines and BLT 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines assaulting the north of the peninsula by helicopter and landing craft while the 23rd Infantry Division's Task Force Cooksey, composed of elements of the 46th Infantry Regiment and 1st Cavalry Regiment and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) 2nd Division launching Operation Russell Beach to seal off the southern boundary.[1]

Operation

On 12 January the Marines conducted a feint against Mộ Đức District approximately 20 km south of the operation area.[1]:300–1

At 07:00 on 13 January the Marines landed on the peninsula meeting negligible resistance. Once ashore the Marines linked up with Task Force Cooksey and then pushed east forcing the VC towards the sea. While encounters with the VC were minimal, the Marines encountered extensive networks of mines, booby-traps and fortifications. On 19 January 2/26 Marines captured 56 Vietnamese of military age, under interrogation they were found to be members of the C-95th Sapper Company. The Marines evacuated numerous civilians for screening, eventually totaling some 11,900 people.[1]:301

On 24 January 2/26 Marines returned to their amphibious assault ships.[1]:301

Following the conclusion of the assault phase, Operation Russell Beach continued with Marine combined action teams, the 46th Infantry Regiment and the ARVN 6th Regiment operating to cleanse the peninsula of VC/People's Army of Vietnam forces.[1]:303

Aftermath

The operation concluded on 7 February.[1]:303 During the operation the population was largely removed from the peninsula during the assault phase and a clear and search operation was followed by the construction of new roads and hamlets. The population was allowed to return in April 1969 together with South Vietnamese government institutions[1]:125

Gallery

Marines on Shore, Batangan Peninsula, 1969 (14731716680)

Marines of the 26th Marines wait for the word to deploy after coming ashore

Marines Form an Assault Line, Hill 37, Operation Bold Mariner, 1969 (14918022362)

2/26 Marines prepare to form an assault line on Hill 37

Viet Cong Tunnel, 1969 (14918381925)

A Marine explores a Viet Cong tunnel complex found by 2/26 Marines

Vietnamese Civilians Board UH-34 Sea Horse Helicopters, 1969 (14915303031)

Vietnamese civilians evacuated aboard Marine UH-34 helicopters

Vietnamese Civilians at Relocation Facility, 1969 (14731783438)

Vietnamese civilians evacuated from the Batangan peninsula sheltered at a relocation facility near Quang Ngai City

Notes

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

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Smith, Charles (1988). U.S. Marines in Vietnam High Mobility and Standdown 1969. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 300.

Further reading

  • Goluboff, Benjamin (2004). "Tim O'Brien's Quang Ngai". ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews. Informa UK. 17 (2): 57–62. doi:10.3200/anqq.17.2.57-62. ISSN 0895-769X. (includes a comparison of reports of this operation)
  • Martin, Earl S. (1978). Reaching the other side: The journal of an American who stayed to witness Vietnam's postwar transition. Crown. ISBN 978-0-517-53315-4. (an eyewitness account of the operation)
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