The Last Major Marine Battle of the Vietnam War

Vietnam War

Many veterans who saw action in the Vietnam War have described military operations conducted in the A Shau Valley as hell on Earth. Nevertheless, the young men of the 9th Marine Regiment and the 2nd Battalion 12th Marines bravely penetrated this dangerous zone on January 22, 1969, as part of Operation Dewey Canyon, the last Marine Corps offensive in Vietnam. The operation was planned to wipe the North Vietnamese out of the valley. But as the Americans invaded enemy territory, the People’s Army of Vietnam began to cut off platoons and immobilize them with relentless small arms fire, grenades, and mortars. For over 60 days, the Marines built more than 20 base camps to fight off the Vietnamese and captured large quantities of enemy weapons, equipment, and supplies.

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