Operation Desoto

Operation Desoto
Part of Vietnam War
Sniper Team, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 25 February 1967 (16179931727).jpg
3/7 Marines sniper team
Date27 January-7 April 1967
14°48′54″N 108°57′36″E / 14°48′54″N 108°57′36″E / 14.815; 108.96
ResultU.S. claims victory
 United StatesFNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
Herman Nickerson Jr.
3rd Battalion, 7th Marines
12th Marines
38th Battalion
95th Battalion
Casualties and losses
76 killedUS body count: 383 killed

Operation Desoto was a US Marine Corps operation that took place in Đức Phổ District, lasting from 27 January to 7 April 1967.


As part of the US-Vietnamese combined action plan for 1967, the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines was scheduled to assume the defense of Đức Phổ District from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) 4th Battalion, 4th Regiment 2nd Division which would concentrate on pacification.[1]

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