Operation Manhattan

Operation Manhattan was an operation conducted by the 1st and 2nd Brigades, 25th Infantry Division and the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in the Ho Bo Woods/Bến Củi area, lasting from 23 April to 7 June 1967.[1]:146

Background

The objective of the operation was to destroy Vietcong (VC) bases in the Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Bến Củi area and along the Saigon River.[2]

Operation

The operation commenced on 23 April. On 9 May 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division withdrew from the operation and returned to Củ Chi Base Camp to prepare for Operation Kolekole. On 10 May 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division withdrew from the operation and returned to Dầu Tiếng Base Camp to prepare for Operations Ahina and Operation Diamond Head. The 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division continued the operation, providing security for the 65th Engineer Battalion which used Rome plows to destroy VC fortifications when discovered.[2]

Aftermath

Operation Manhattan officially concluded on 7 June, VC losses were 74 killed, with a further 99 estimated killed, 19 captured and three Chieu hoi. A total of 201 small arms and 18 crew-served weapons were captured.[1][2]

References

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

  1. ^ a b MacGarrigle, George (1998). Combat Operations: Taking the Offensive, October 1966 to October 1967. United States Army Center of Military History. ISBN 9780160495403. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c "Operational Report Lessons Learned period ending 31 July 1967" (PDF). Headquarters 25th Infantry Division. 22 November 1967. Retrieved 22 October 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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US and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces conducted frequent operations against PAVN and VC forces in the woods including Operation Mastiff (21-25 February 1966), Operation Wahiawa (16-30 May 1966), Operation Sunset Beach (2 September-11 October 1966), Operation Manhattan (23 April-7 June 1967), however none of these operations permanently cleared the PAVN/VC and the last attempt by the ARVN to penetrate the area occurred during the War of the flags (25 January-3 February 1973).

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