Operation Hong Kil Dong

Operation Hong Kil Dong (홍길동작전) was the largest South Korean operation of the Vietnam War.[2] The 48-day-long operation was claimed by South Korea as a major success as they claimed to have forces thwarted People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN)/Viet Cong (VC) infiltration into friendly areas. The results of the operation were a claim of a kill ratio of 24:1 in the Korean's report primarily killed by heavy artillery, aerial bombardment and B-52 Arclight strikes : 638 PAVN/VC. 98 crew-served and 359 individual weapons were found in the aftermath.[3]

Vietnam veterans such as Commander of the ROK Army Forces in Vietnam and the Chief of Staff of the ROK Army, General Chae Myung-shin, and Colonel (Retired) Choi Hee Nam, wrote about Operation Hong Kil Dong in their Vietnam War memoirs.[4][5]

Operation Hong Kil Dong
Part of Vietnam War
DateJuly 9 – August 26, 1967
Location
16°10′N 108°55′E / 16.167°N 108.917°E
Result South Korean tactical victory
Belligerents
Vietnam North Vietnam
Viet Cong
 South Korea
Commanders and leaders
Lt. Gen.Chae Myung Shin
Units involved
5th Division
85th Regiment
95th Regiment
Capital Division
9th Infantry Division
Casualties and losses
Korean body count: 638 dead
88 captured[1]
26 dead
63 wounded

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/apocalypse-now-reliving-vietnam-war-decades-later-963191
  2. ^ "ROK Marine Corps Vietnam War and the Stories that Remain". 백마부대현황 White Horse Unit Status (in Korean). ROK Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 12 Feb 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 홍길동작전 7.9 - 8.26
  3. ^ http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/star/images/107/1070204003.pdf
  4. ^ Chae, Myung-shin (24 April 2014). 베트남전쟁과 나 Vietnam War and I. 팔복원. p. 541. ISBN 9788985840187. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ 최Choi, 희남Hee-nam (2010). 나의 푸른날: 베트남 전쟁터에서My Blue Days: In the Vietnam Battlefield. South Korea: Dabit Publishers. p. 40. ISBN 9788991615021. Archived from the original on 18 Jan 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 만약에 그 포로를 산채로 잡지 않았더라면 홍길동 작전 후에도 그곳이 월맹군 연대본부가 주둔했던 곳이 었는지를 얼른 알아채지못했을 것이고 그 결과 그곳으로부터 사방으로 숨어드는 적들의 기습에 꽤나 곤란한 처지에 놓였을 게 틀림없었다 If Jung did not capture the captive alive, even after the Hong Gil Dong operation, we weren't able to notice quickly that that area was the place where the regimental headquarters of the Vietnamese troop was stationed, and as a result of that, we must have fallen into a quite difficult situation since the enemies who sneaked in and hid everywhere from that place could have ambushed us.
9th Infantry Division (South Korea)

The 9th Infantry Division (Korean: 제9보병사단), also known as White Horse Division (Korean: 백마부대; hanja:白馬師團) after the victory of Battle of White Horse, is an infantry division of the Republic of Korea Army. The unit is composed of the 28th, 29th and 30th Regiments.

Capital Mechanized Infantry Division

The Capital Mechanized Infantry Division (hangul: 수도기계화보병사단; hanja:首都機械化步兵師團), also known as Tiger Division (hangul:맹호부대; hanja:猛虎部隊), is currently one of the six mechanized infantry divisions in the Republic of Korea Army. It is part of the VII Corps, 3rd ROK Army (TROKA), tasked with covering approaches to Seoul from North Korea and counterattack operations.

This division saw extensive combat both during the Korean War and the Vietnam War, where it was dispatched in September 1965, as a part of the Republic of Korea's contribution to the South Vietnamese war effort. The 1965 deployment became possible when in August of that year the Republic of Korea's National Assembly passed a bill authorizing the action. Recently, elements of this division were sent as Republic of Korea's contribution to the "coalition of the willing" in Iraq.

Hong Gildong

Hong Gildong may refer to:

common placeholder name, similar to John Doe

Hong Gil-dong (Korean thief)

Hong Gildong jeon, a Korean novel often translated as The Story of Hong Gildong

Hong Gildong (character)

Hong Gil-dong (TV series), a Chinese TV series

Operation Hong Kil Dong

List of allied military operations of the Vietnam War (1967)

This article is a list of known military operations of the Vietnam War in 1967, conducted by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam, the United States and their allies.

List of allied military operations of the Vietnam War (G–L)

This article is a list of known military operations of the Vietnam War conducted by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam, the United States and their assorted allies. This is not a complete list. Operations are currently listed alphabetically, but are being progressively reorganised as a chronology.

South Korea in the Vietnam War

The South Korean government, under the administration of Park Chung-hee, took an active role in the Vietnam War. From September 1964 to March 1973, South Korea sent more than 300,000 troops to South Vietnam. The South Korean Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force all participated as an ally of the United States. The number of troops from South Korea was much greater than those from Australia and New Zealand, and second only to the U.S. military force for foreign troops located in South Vietnam. The military commander was Lieutenant General Chae Myung-shin of the South Korean army.

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