Operation Fillmore

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Operation Fillmore
Part of Vietnam War
Date 26 March - 21 July 1966
Location
Result Inconclusive
Belligerents
 United States Vietnam North Vietnam
Commanders and leaders
BG Willard Pearson
Strength
1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Casualties and losses
8 killed U.S body count: 134 killed

Operation Fillmore was an operation conducted by the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in Phú Yên Province, lasting from 26 March to 21 July 1966.[1]

Prelude

Operation Fillmore was a continuation of the harvest security operations of Operation Harrison.[1]

Operation

The 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment was retained as a reserve force at Tuy Hoa Air Base, while the 2/327th Infantry and the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment patrolled the rice-growing plains and the western foothills.[1]

In early April, 2/502nd Infantry was rotated to Tuy Hoa Air Base and 1/327th and 2/327th began a block and sweep operation in the mountains northwest of Tuy Hòa. On 7 April a company from 1/327th engaged an entrenched company-sized force, killing 28 defenders.[1]

Given that the PAVN had apparently withdrawn from the Tuy Hòa Valley, on 9 April 1/327th and 2/502nd were redeployed, leaving only the 2/327th Infantry to continue operations.[1]:194

Aftermath

Operation Fillmore officially concluded on 21 July, the US claimed PAVN losses were 134 killed and 35 captured, U.S. losses were 8 killed.[1]:194

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.

  1. ^ a b c d e f Carland, John (1999). Combat Operations: Stemming the Tide, May 1965 to October 1966. Government Printing Office. p. 193. ISBN 9780160873102.
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