Tet Offensive attack on US Embassy

  • attack on the us embassy in saigon
    part of tet offensive of the vietnam war
    damage done!.jpg
    the embassy after the attack
    date31 january 1968
    location
    embassy of the united states, saigon, south vietnam

    10°47′00″n 106°42′01″e / 10°47′00″n 106°42′01″e / 10.7833; 106.7004
    result us military victory
    viet cong propaganda victory
    belligerents
     united states fnl flag.svg viet cong
    commanders and leaders
    lt col. gordon d. rowe
    captain robert j. o'brien
    bay tuyen 
    ut nho 
    units involved
    716th military police battalion
    marine security guard battalion
    c-10 sapper battalion
    strength
    initially 3 marine security guards
    2 mps
    19 sappers
    casualties and losses
    5 killed 18 killed
    1 captured

    the tet offensive attack on the us embassy took place on the early morning of 31 january 1968 when a 19-man vietcong (vc) sapper team attempted to seize the us embassy in saigon at the start of the vc's tet offensive. while the vc successfully penetrated the embassy compound, they were unable to enter the chancery building and were pinned down by security forces with the lone survivor eventually surrendering to us forces. notwithstanding the attack's failure it had a profound political and psychological impact in the united states.

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Attack on the US Embassy in Saigon
Part of Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War
Damage Done!.jpg
The Embassy after the attack
Date31 January 1968
Location
10°47′00″N 106°42′01″E / 10°47′00″N 106°42′01″E / 10.7833; 106.7004
Result US military victory
Viet Cong propaganda victory
Belligerents
 United States FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
Lt Col. Gordon D. Rowe
Captain Robert J. O'Brien
Bay Tuyen 
Ut Nho 
Units involved
716th Military Police Battalion
Marine Security Guard Battalion
C-10 Sapper Battalion
Strength
Initially 3 Marine security guards
2 MPs
19 sappers
Casualties and losses
5 killed 18 killed
1 captured

The Tet Offensive attack on the US Embassy took place on the early morning of 31 January 1968 when a 19-man Vietcong (VC) sapper team attempted to seize the US Embassy in Saigon at the start of the VC's Tet Offensive. While the VC successfully penetrated the Embassy compound, they were unable to enter the Chancery building and were pinned down by security forces with the lone survivor eventually surrendering to US forces. Notwithstanding the attack's failure it had a profound political and psychological impact in the United States.