He believed that some of the VC had remained behind in underground hiding places. STARLITE lasts until August 24. On Operation Starlite, in Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province while engaged in action with enemy forces. Nine prisoners were taken along with 42 suspected guerillas; 109 assorted weapons were seized. Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. [3] The various Marine units reported killing 614 Vietcong, capturing prisoners and 42 suspected guerillas. This is rather a small book that describes the hour by hour fighting that took place during the 18th-20th of August 1965 in the area of the Van Tuong Peninsular, near Danang. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major General Nguyen Chanh Thi, the commander of the South Vietnamese forces in northern I Corps area. India Company was ordered to join Kilo and Hotel companies and clean up any opposition but was caught in a crossfire from Nam Yen Dan Hill 30. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. There were shaky days and nights after RLT-7 started Operation Starlite. It would be a very different battle for the Vietcong, accustomed to fighting with their backs to the sea, knowing that against South Vietnamese forces the water could always be used as an avenue of escape. Operation Starlite 1965 A MAG-16 helicopter evacuates STARLITE casualties, while a Marine M-48 tank stands guard. Starlite was the first step in Vietnam becoming America’s Tar Baby; the more she struggled to find a solution, the more difficult it became. One prisoner was taken and 40 weapons were captured. U.S. Marines in Viet Nam 1965, History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington D.C. Summers, Harry G. Historical Atlas of the Vietnam War. Fightings ceased at nightfall. Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. Both aviation and ground personnel had managed to dig in … Hotel Company established a defensive perimeter and were told to await reinforcements. US Marine Corps News. At a loss of 1 soldier killed and 6 wounded, the Americans claimed 100 VC dead, 7 prisoners and 38 captured weapons. : 242 Operation Starlite was the first major offensive regimental size action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. The Marines killed 54 more VC in the Van Tuong complex … Click to View Online Archive. Corporal Robert E. O'Malley (3/3) and Lance Corporal Joe C. Paul (2/4) received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the operation. Aftermath of victory On August 19, Starlite’s second day, sporadic and isolated fire came from enemy soldiers covering their main force’s retreat, but organized resistance had ended. The United States Navy's USS Galveston (CLG-3) and USS Cabildo (LSD-16) were available for naval gunfire support and 3rd Battalion 12th Marines was the artillery unit in direct support. Because of the number of dead they were being stackedoutside the preparation tent. Despite this, the National Liberation Front also claimed victory, announcing that they had inflicted 900 American casualties, destroyed 22 tanks and APCs, and downed 13 choppers. Mike Co., 3/3 was designated the blocking force and deployed on August 18, 1965 using LVTP-5s to the operational area. [4], The operation was launched on D-Day August 18, 1965, involving 5,500 Marines. The expected reinforcements, were diverted to assist the supply column that was ambushed west of their position. Vietnam: Operation Starlite (Part 2) In my previous report on the Vietnam scenario, Operation Starlite, the US Marines had just uncovered and eliminated a VC political support section near Chu Lai. Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War from 18 to 24 August 1965. Hotel Company,2/4 assaulted the 60th VC Battalion who put up a vicious fight, only being overwhelmed when attack helicopters swooped on their position, peppering it with rocket and machine gun fire. The total Viet Cong strength was around 1,500 men, and backed by several elite mortar units. Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. Enemy Casualties: 614-700 KIA. India Company, 3/3 attacked An Cuong after receiving heavy fire from the hamlet and losing their company commander in the engagement. The operation was originally called Satellite, but a power blackout led to a clerical error and a clerk working by candlelight typed "Starlite" instead. Together the two companies had sustained casualties amounting to over 100 of their original 350 men, including 29 dead, but in return they claimed 281 VC dead. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major General Nguyen Chanh Thi, the commander of the South Vietnamese forces in northern I Corps area. Naval gunfire while engaged in action against hostile forces. The various Marine units reported killing 600+ enemy fighters. A Marine helicopter from HMM-361 brings ammunition to a howtar position during Operation Starlite. [2] It was launched on D-Day August 18, 1965, involving 5,500 Marines. 37mm recoilless rifle fire from the VC positions tore into the 5 LVTs and 3 flame tanks, forcing the Marines to mount a rescue. Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. The next day the Marines denied the story. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major General Nguyen Chanh Thi, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) commander in northern I Corps area. Mike Co., 3/3 was designated the blocking force and deployed on August 18, 1965 using LVT-5s to the operational area. USS Vernon County (LST-1161)embarked elements of the 3d Battalion, 3d Marines (Battalion Landing Team) (BLT) 3, under Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Muir, USMC, at Chu Lai, and sailed south along the coast to An Thuong, where she put the troops ashore in one phase of "Starlite.". It is known as Operation STARLITE and is part of the Marines’ change in primary mission from base defense toward offensive action. Hotel Company established a defensive perimeter and were told to await reinforcements. The United States Navy's USS Galveston (CLG-3) and USS Cabildo (LSD-16) were available for naval gunfire support and 3rd Battalion 12th Marines was the artillery unit in direct support. Lessons learned from the battle include the knowledge that the daily allotment of 2 gallons of water per man was inadequate in the heat of Vietnam and that the M14 Rifle was too bulky for troops cramped into small personnel carriers. Scout units of 3/7's Marines came ashore during the night and the battalion got ready for a morning assault on the Vietnamese positions. When they finally attacked they found the VC unit had already retreated from the encirclement during the night, though pockets of resistance continued from other Viet Cong fighters holed up in bunkers and caves. Viet Cong forces comprised the 1st VC Regiment made up of the 60th and 80th VC Battalions, the 52nd VC Company, and a company of the 45th VC Weapons Battalion. 3/3 made an amphibious landing and were tasked with driving the Viet Cong towards the 2nd battalion 4th Marines who were to be lifted by helicopter into three landing zones west of Van Tuong. They fought for each other. With that out of the way, the Americans now have bigger fish to fry as they attempt to hunt down and destroy an entire VC regiment. Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War.The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major general Nguyen Chanh Thi, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) I Corps commander. The Marines met light resistance moving into the attack, using their M14 semi-automatic rifles to repulse occasional Viet Cong raiders. Blood debt—in Vietnamese hantu—means revenge, debt of honor, or blood owed for blood spilled. USMC. Lieutenant general Lewis W. Walt devised a plan to … [2] In fact, the VC 1st Regiment was not yet totally wiped out, and the VC still had control over some hamlets in the peninsula. 3/3 made an amphibious landing and were tasked with driving the Viet Cong towards the 2nd battalion 4th Marines who were to be lifted by helicopter into three landing zones west of Van Tuong. The artillery barrage was reported to have killed 90 Viet Cong, including crippling several of their mortar units. On 18 August the Marines launched Operation Starlite to secure the area around Chu Lai, the operation lasted until 24 August and resulted in 45 Marines and 614 Viet Cong killed. August 17, 1965: After a deserter from the 1st Vietcong regiment reveals that an attack is imminent against the U.S. Marine base at Chu Lai, the American army launches Operation Starlite. To them, Supply Column 21 did not exist. Fifty-three years ago on August 18, 1965, the United States Marine Corps launched “Operation Starlite” – also known as the Battle of Van Tuong (Vietnamese) or the Battle of Chu Lai (US)- the first major US ground offensive in the Vietnam War. The expected reinforcements, were diverted to assist the supply column that was ambushed west of their position. Thefinal count of our dead and wounded was 46 KIA s and 204 WIAs. When it landed on the beach, it marched 4 miles (6.5 km) to establish their blocking positions. Evacuated to the LPH-2 Iwo Jima he died from multiple fragmentation wounds. A MAG-16 helicopter (below) evacuates casualties while a Marine M–48 tank stands guard during Operation Starlite. Objective (s): To rid the Van Tuong peninsula of the Viet Cong 1st Regiment, as they were a significant threat to the Chu Lai base, with a hammer and anvil attack using amphibious and heliborne forces. Nevertheless, all their forces- ground, air, ship, and artillery- managed to cause almost 700 dead Vietcong, the better part of several battalions. The Marines were hit by intense mortar and rifle fire and suffered 5 dead and 17 wounded. One prisoner was taken and 40 weapons were captured. The Marine on the left carries a M-79 grenade launcher. And they suffered and absorbed each loss and injury like the brothers they had become. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. The operation, code-named Starlite, would be a classic marine encounter, combining land and sea forces, including an amphibious landing and coordination with the navy. It was August of 1965. Operation Starlite: Plus one for the Corps. Over the course of six days, between Aug. 18-24, 1965, units from the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, clashed with the 1st Viet Cong Regiment south of the newly established Marine base at Chu Lai in the I Corps area of responsibility. The Marines admitted to have a total of 45 dead and 203 wounded. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major General Nguyen Chanh Thi, the commander of the South Vietnamese forces in northern I Corps area. The Marines met light resistance moving into the attack, using their submachine guns to repulse occasional Viet Cong raiders. U.S. Marines were deployed by helicopter insertion into the designated landing zone while an amphibious landing was used to deploy other Marines. [4] In fact, the VC 1st Regiment was not yet totally wiped out as expected by the U.S. [1] Despite this, the National Liberation Front also claimed victory, announcing that they had inflicted 900 American casualties, destroyed 22 tanks and APCs, and downed 13 choppers. Articles with Vietnamese-language external links, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2014, Vietnam articles missing geocoordinate data, Articles incorporating text from Wikipedia, Battles and operations of the Vietnam War, Battles and operations of the Vietnam War in 1965, United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, http://www.marzone.com/7thMarines/Hst0101.htm/, Vietnam War > Events >Operation Starlite Begins, https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Operation_Starlite?oldid=4536910, 15 miles south of Chu Lai on the border of Quang Tin and Quang Ngai Provinces. The US general Lew Walt planned a preemptive strike on the Viet Cong to protect the Chu Lai Air Base and its vital communication tower, and it involved ground, air, and naval units. This page was last modified on 19 November 2015, at 09:32. 45 KIA, 120 WIA. LCpl Barton was critically wounded by an errant U.S. They called in artillery and air support to suppress the mortar and automatic fire, F-4 fighter jets dropping cluster bombs, resulting in an avalanche on the hillside which wiped out many of the attacking rifle and mortar squads. Significance/Notes: By Cpl. Secrecy was paramount, and no ARVN commander or units were informed of the impending operation. Lieutenant General Lewis W. Walt devised a plan to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Viet Cong regiment to nullify the threat on the vital Chu Lai Air Base and Base Area and ensure its powerful communication tower remained intact. Chu Lai Base Area - … Lieutenant General Lewis W. Walt devised a plan to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Viet Cong regiment to nullify the threat on the vital Chu Lai base and ensure its powerful communication tower remained intact. Operation Starlite was the first major battle and regimental size clash between U.S. and enemy forces during the Vietnam War. [citation needed]. When they finally attacked they found the VC unit had already retreated from the encirclement during the night, though pockets of resistance continued from other Viet Cong fighters holed up in bunkers and caves. The operation was originally called Satellite, but a power blackout led to a clerical error and a clerk working by candlelight typed "Starlite" instead. DATE NAME RANK WALL… Echo Company, 2/4 spotted Viet Cong in the open and called in artillery fire from 3rd Battalion 12th Marines. "The First Big … The Marines sustained 45 killed and 203 wounded. Operation Starlite Dates: 17AUG1965 - 24AUG1965 Area of Operations: Van Tuong Peninsula, 16 miles south of Chu Lai; I Corps Allied Units: USMC 3d Battalion 3d Marine Regiment, 2d Battalion 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Battalion 7th Marine Regiment Allied Casualties: 45 KIA; 120 WIA Enemy Units: VC 1st Regiment Enemy Casualties: 614-700 KIA We have 45 casualty profiles listed in our archive. 2/4th Marines and 3/3rd Marines returned to Chu Lai on the 20th and 1st Battalion, 7th Marinesmoved into the objective area and joined 3/7th Marines and units from the ARVN 2nd Division for the search. Lieutenant General Lewis W. Walt … The operation was conducted as a combined arms assault involving ground, air and naval units. To the Americans, the battle was considered a great success for U.S. forces as they engaged a Main Force Vietcong unit and came out victorious. They were pushing the main operation, Operation Starlite, as a success, the first big engagement of the war, for the Vietcong had finally fled, the Americans had taken the objective, and the casualty rate was presumed to be roughly ten to one. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major general Nguyen Chanh Thi, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) I Corps commander. The developing engagement necessitated the deployment of Lima Company, 3/7 from the USS Iwo Jima to join India Company to assist the ambushed supply column. A MAG-16 helicopter evacuates casualties, while a Marine M-48 tank stands guard. Come nightfall, the Marines hunkered down into defensive positions. USS Vernon County (LST-1161)embarked elements of the 3d Battalion, 3d Marines (Battalion Landing Team) (BLT) 3, under Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Muir, USMC, at Chu Lai, and sailed south along the coast to An Thuong, where she put the troops ashore in one phase of "Starlite.". DATE NAME RANK WALL PANEL AUG 20 1965 PETRICK, RONALD PAUL CPL 02E LINE 064 On Operation Starlite, in Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province Cpl Petrick was killed in action as a result of multiple fragmentation wounds inflicted by errant U.S. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major General Nguyen Chanh Thi, the commander of the South Vietnamese forces in northern I Corps area. Paris Capers | Marine Corps Base Quantico | August 13, 2013 . The Battle of Van Tuong, also known as Operation Starlite, was the first major offensive action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War. The marine on the left is carrying an M–79 grenade launcher. US Marine Corps teams were inserted by air and sea, and their initial attack was successful. Fightings ceased at nightfall. The Marines, partly supported by fire from U.S. Navy vessels near the coast, inflict heavy casualties on a large enemy force in heavy fighting around Van Tuong, approximately 12 miles south of Chu Lai. Although the cordon phase of Starlite had been completed, Walt decided to continue the operation for five more days so that the entire area could be searched systematically. Enemy Units: VC 1st Regiment. When the feces hit the oscillating blade in that battle, they fought not as separate, self-interested egos, but as Marine brothers. 37mm recoilless rifle fire from the VC positions tore into the 5 LVTs and 3 flame tanks, forcing the Marines to mount a rescue. Hotel Company, 2/4 assaulted the 60th VC Battalion who put up a vicious fight, only being overwhelmed when attack helicopters swooped on their position, peppering it with rocket and machine gun fire. At the end of the six day battle, over 600 Viet Cong were killed […] Naval gunfire round. They came carefully stepping from the north, landing from the skies from on the west and splashing onto the beach near An Cuong(2). Secrecy was paramount, and no ARVN commander or units were informed of the impending operation. Echo Company, 2/4 spotted Viet Cong in the open and called in artillery fire from 3rd Battalion 12th Marines. Viet Cong forces comprised the 1st VC Regiment made up of the 60th and 80th VC Battalions, the 52nd VC Company, and a company of the 45th VC Weapons Battalion. A MAG-16 helicopter evacuates casualties, while a Marine M48 Patton tank stands guard. From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core, "Van Tuong victory raises confidence in defeating US troops", https://infogalactic.com/w/index.php?title=Operation_Starlite&oldid=2025841, Articles lacking in-text citations from August 2011, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2015, Vietnam articles missing geocoordinate data, Battles and operations of the Vietnam War, Battles and operations of the Vietnam War in 1965, United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, About Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core, 15 miles south of Chu Lai on the border of Quang Tin and Quang Ngai Provinces. [5][6] Other sources cite U.S. loses as 54, comprising 52 Marines, a Navy Corpsman and a US Army Major who flew gunship support. Summers, Harry G. Historical Atlas of the Vietnam War. [4][7] Corporal Robert E. O'Malley (3/3) and Lance Corporal Joe C. Paul (2/4) received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the operation. The developing engagement necessitated the deployment of Lima Company, 3/7 from the USS Iwo Jima to join India Company to assist the ambushed supply column. Regimental 2nd Battalion 4th Marines (2/4), 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7) and 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines (3/3), and 3rd Battalion 7th Marines (3/7) the SLF - permission was granted by Admiral Sharp to use Special Landing Force and originally a reserve component) in an assault on the Viet Cong base near Van Tuong. The body orifice’swere then filled with cotton, put in body bags, tagged and finally moved to arefrigeration area. Casualties and losses; 51 killed 203 wounded: US report: 614 confirmed killed 42 captured 40 weapons captured With 200 or so wounded, the Marines suffered 54 mortal casualties. Come nightfall, the Marines hunkered down into defensive positions. India Company, 3/3 attacked An Cuong after receiving heavy fire from the hamlet and losing their company commander in the engagement. It was summer and 110 degrees. [citation needed]. 45 of them include images. Scout units of 3/7's Marines came ashore during the night and the battalion got ready for a morning assault on the Vietnamese positions. The operation was conducted as a combined arms assault involving ground, air and naval units. The Marines were hit by intense mortar and rifle fire and suffered 5 dead and 17 wounded. Regimental 2nd Battalion 4th Marines (2/4), 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7) and 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines (3/3), and 3rd Battalion 7th Marines (3/7) the SLF - permission was granted by Admiral Sharp to use Special Landing Force and originally a reserve component - in an assault on the Viet Cong base near Van Tuong. Part of Lima Company was caught in a horseshoe ambush in their attempt to rescue a downed LVT (amtrac) personnel, 4 marines were killed and 10 wounded. The operation was launched based on intelligence provided by Major general Nguyen Chanh Thi, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) I Corps commander. To the Americans, the battle was considered being a great success for U.S. forces as they engaged a Main Force Viet Cong unit and came out victorious. The total Viet Cong strength was around 1,500 men, and backed by several elite mortar units. The battalion was alerted for possible deployment during the 1956 Suez War and the 1958 intervention in Lebanon. Part of Lima Company was caught in a horseshoe ambush in their attempt to rescue a downed LVT (amtrac) personnel, 4 marines were killed and 10 wounded. When it landed on the beach, it marched 4 miles (6.5 km) to establish their blocking positions. commanders. The artillery barrage was reported to have killed 90 Viet Cong, including crippling several of their mortar units. They called in artillery and air support to suppress the mortar and automatic fire, F-4 fighter jets dropping cluster bombs, resulting in an avalanche on the hillside which wiped out many of the attacking rifle and mortar squads. Operation Starlite was the United States' first regimental-size action of the Vietnam War, fought from 18 to 24 August 1965.. By the end of January 1968 the operation had resulted in 454 VC dead and 103 weapons captured at a cost of 25 US killed. Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive action conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam War from 18 to 24 August 1965. III Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF) … Lessons learned from the battle include the knowledge that the daily allotment of 2 gallons of water per man was inadequate in the heat of Vietnam and that the M14 Rifle was too bulky for troops cramped into small personnel carriers. India Company was ordered to join Kilo and Hotel companies and clean up any opposition but was caught in a crossfire from Nam Yen Dan Hill 30. 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