Operation Lejeune

Operation Lejeune
Part of Vietnam War
Date7-22 April 1967
14°48′54″N 108°57′36″E / 14°48′54″N 108°57′36″E / 14.815; 108.96
ResultUS operational success
 United States Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
MGen John J. Tolson
Lt. Col. Karhohs
2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
Casualties and losses
US body count: 176 killed
127 captured

Operation Lejeune was an operation conducted by the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Đức Phổ District, Quảng Ngãi Province, lasting from 7 to 22 April 1967.[1]:132


The south of Quảng Ngãi Province formed the boundary between I Corps which was the responsibility of the III Marine Expeditionary Force and II Corps which was the responsibility of the U.S. Army. Đức Phổ District, located in the south of Quảng Ngãi Province had been under the control of the Viet Cong (VC) since the beginning of the war. On 28 January the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines began an operation in the Đức Phổ District, joined in late February by the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. By early March only the 3/7th Marines remained in Đức Phổ and it was needed further north in I Corps. On 6 April the 1st Cavalry Division was ordered to move a Battalion and then a Brigade into Đức Phổ to take over from the 3/7th Marines.[1]:130-1

The operation, code-named Lejeune after Marine General John A. Lejeune, first required the 11th Aviation Brigade at Landing Zone Two Bits to deploy the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment into Đức Phổ.[1]:131-2

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