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American involvement began to escalate under President John F. Kennedy’s administration (January 1961–November 1963). North Vietnam, had by then established a presence in Laos and developed the Ho Chi Minh Trail through that country in order to resupply and reinforce its forces in South Vietnam. The Vietnam War continued until US combat forces left the country in 1973 Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement. We did not come home to parades and homecoming events like soldiers before or since, we quietly went on with our lives, and America was not interested in hearing from us or about our experiences, so we didn’t share.


1967 marked the United States 3rd year in the war since the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by Congress, “August 7, 1964”.

Reference the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution



Beginning 1967 the statistics were:

Troops in Country: 389,000

Casualties so far:

KIA: 11,153

A Few Highlights of January 1967 actions by US Forces in Vietnam.

January 2, 1967 – Operation Bolo occurs as 28 U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom jets lure North Vietnamese MiG-21 interceptors into a dogfight over Hanoi and shoot down seven of them. This leaves only nine MiG-21s operational for the North Vietnamese. American pilots, however, are prohibited by Washington from attacking MiG air bases in North Vietnam.

January 6-15 – Operation Deckhouse Five

Conducted by the United States Marine Corps and South Vietnamese Marine Corps forces along the Mekong River Delta, as part of the Vietnam War. The operation was notable in that it was a sizable, combined U.S. Marine and Vietnamese Marine amphibious operation and it was the last Special Landing Force (SLF) amphibious landing to take place beyond the boundaries of I Corps. The operation occurred January 6–15, 1967.

January 8-26 – Operation Cedar Falls

It is the largest combined offensive to date and involves 16,000 American and 14,000 South Vietnamese soldiers clearing out Viet Cong from the ‘Iron Triangle’ area 25 miles northwest of Saigon. The Viet Cong choose not to fight and instead melt away into the jungle. Americans then uncover an extensive network of tunnels and for the first time use ‘tunnel rats,’ the nickname given to specially trained volunteers who explore the maze of tunnels. After the American and South Vietnamese troops leave the area, Viet Cong return and rebuild their sanctuary. This pattern is repeated throughout the war as Americans utilize ‘in-and-out’ tactics in which troops arrive by helicopters, secure an area, then depart by helicopters.

Do you have a story from 1967 you would like to share?

Submit your story to Incountry1967@wavva.org your story will be edited for space and content.

Please include your name, your unit, the date of action and location, thanks for your service and welcome home.



The Washington State Vietnam Veterans of America is part of the nationwide link of VVA’s across the country and we want to hear from you,
we want to help. No matter where you served or when, contact us, we’re here to help you.
•Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans
•Seek full access to quality health care for veterans
•Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service
•Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans’ health care
•Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans
•Seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs
•Support the next generation of America’s war veterans
•Serve our communities


Vietnam Veterans of America Washington State Council Officers

Name                                     Position                                Contact

Francisco F. Ivarra            President                           president@wavva.org

Jim Daugherty                   Vice President                  vicepresident@wavva.org

Ande Mitchelle                  2nd Vice President          vicepresident2@wavva.org

Odis Warren                      Treasurer                           treasurer@wavva.org

Pete Sill                              Secretary                           secretary@wavva.org



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