December 28, 1964 : South Vietnamese win costly battle at Binh Gia

Introduction

South Vietnamese troops retake Binh Gia in a costly battle. The Viet Cong launched a major offensive on December 4 and took the village of Binh Gia, 40 miles southeast of Saigon. The South Vietnamese forces recaptured the village, but only after an eight-hour battle and three battalions of reinforcements were brought in on helicopters. The operation continued into the first week of January. Losses included an estimated 200 South Vietnamese and five U.S. advisors killed, plus 300 more South Vietnamese wounded or missing. Battles such this, in which the South Vietnamese suffered such heavy losses at the hands of the Viet Cong, convinced President Lyndon B. Johnson that the South Vietnamese could not defeat the communist without the commitment of U.S. ground troops to the war.

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December 28, 1964 : South Vietnamese win costly battle at Binh Gia

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

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    December 28, 1964 : South Vietnamese win costly battle at Binh Gia

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  • Access Date

    October 18, 2017

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