Operation John Paul Jones

Operation John Paul Jones was an operation conducted by the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in Phú Yên Province, lasting from 21 July to 5 September 1966.[1]:251

Prelude

Brigadier General Willard Pearson sought to use semi-guerilla tactics to locate Viet Cong and People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) units and then bring firepower and mobility to bear on enemy units once located. Operation John Paul Jones, named after the U.S. Revolutionary war hero, was to proceed in 3 phases.[1]

Operation

Phase 1 (21-31 July)

On 21 July 1966 the 1st Brigade secured Highway 1 and the Vũng Rô Pass to secure the area for the construction of a new port facility in Vũng Rô Bay. As minimal enemy activity was detected at the end of the month General Pearson began to move his forces north to the Tuy Hòa area.[1]

Phase 2 (2-15 August)

On 2 August B-52s bombed the area west of Sông Cầu and 20 minutes later the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment was landed by helicopter and proceeded to search the area finding no sign of the enemy and withdrawing the following day.[1]:252

On 8 August following another B-52 strike near Dong Tre, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment was landed by helicopter and captured 8 prisoners including a Captain from the PAVN 5th Division. The prisoners confirmed that the 5th Division headquarters was located in the province and that that 18B and 95th Regiments were operating nearby. On 9 August 2/502nd was deployed further west and moved east in an attempt to trap fleeing PAVN/VC but none were encountered. Both units returned to base by 15 August.[1]:252

Phase 3 (16 August-5 September)

On 16 August 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment was opconned to the 1st Brigade. On 17 August 2/8 Cavalry and 2/327th were deployed west of Dong Tre but found nothing.[1]:252

On 26 August intelligence indicated the presence of enemy forces further west and 2/8 Cavalry and 2/327th were deployed further west to try to pin the enemy force against Army of the Republic of Vietnam blocking forces, but once again they found nothing.[1]:253

Aftermath

Operation John Paul Jones officially concluded on 5 September, Viet Cong losses were 209 killed by body count and a further 135 estimates killed, U.S. losses were 23 killed.[1]:253

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Carland, John (1999). Combat Operations: Stemming the Tide, May 1965 to October 1966 (PDF). United States Army Center of Military History. ISBN 9780160873102. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
List of allied military operations of the Vietnam War (1966)

This article is a list of known military operations of the Vietnam War in 1966, conducted by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam, the United States and their allies.

Operation Seward

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Vũng Rô Bay

Vũng Rô Bay (Vietnamese: Vịnh Vũng Rô) is a small bay in Phú Yên Province, Vietnam. Vũng Rô is located in the commune (xã) of Hòa Xuân Nam, Đông Hòa District, Phú Yên Province, located at the edge of Cả Pass mountains. The bay is the natural border of provinces of Phú Yên and Khánh Hòa.

Vung Ro covers an area of 16.4 square kilometres (6.3 sq mi) and is surrounded by Đèo Cả, Đá Bia and Hòn Bà mountains from the north, the east and the west respectively. There are some fine sand seasides by the bay. The bay is home to coral reefs.

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