List Of Vietnam War Battles

List of every major Vietnam War battle, including photos, images, or maps of the most famous Vietnam War battles when available. While it is not a comprehensive list of all skirmishes, conflicts, or battles that took place in the Vietnam War, we have tried to include as many military events and actions as possible. All the battles on this Vietnam War list are currently listed alphabetically, but if you want to find a specific battle you can search for it by using the "search". Information about these Vietnam War battles are included below as well, such as their specific locations and who was involved in the fight.

From Battle of Ban Me Thuot to Battle of Quang Tri, this list of Vietnam War battles comes with locations and photos. 


  • Action of 1 March 1968
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    Action of 1 March 1968

    The Action of 1 March 1968 refers to a co-ordinated attempt by four North Vietnamese trawlers to resupply the Viet Cong and the efforts of Operation Market Time elements to stop them during the Vietnam War. On 28 February 1968, United States Navy SP-2H Neptune aircraft on routine patrol detected a North Vietnamese SL class naval trawler heading towards the South Vietnamese coast from north of the DMZ. By the next morning, three more trawlers were discovered and units of Operation Market Time were deployed for a surprise interception. The suspect trawlers did not fly flags so it was not until the start of the engagement that their origin was discovered. The trawlers were steel hulled ...more
    • Locations: South Vietnam
    • Part of: Vietnam War
  • Action of 23 August 1967
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    Action of 23 August 1967

    The Action of 23 August 1967 was a major air battle which involved elements of the Vietnam People's Air Force and the United States Air Force. The air battle took place over the skies of North Vietnam as part of Operation Rolling Thunder, during the Vietnam War. On 2 January 1967, the United States Air Force launched Operation Bolo with the aim of luring North Vietnamese MiG fighters into an air battle, where they could be destroyed in an ambush. The operation, led by Colonel Robin Olds, turned out to be a major success after five North Vietnamese MiG-21 fighters of the VPAF 921st Fighter Regiment were shot down. Stung by that devastating defeat, the North Vietnamese Air Force grounded ...more
    • Locations: Vietnam
    • Part of: Operation Rolling Thunder, Vietnam War
    • Combatants: North Vietnam
  • Attack on the USNS Card
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    Attack on the USNS Card

    The Attack on the USNS Card was a Viet Cong operation during the Vietnam War. It took place in the port of Saigon in the early hours of May 2, 1964, and mounted by commandos from the 65th Special Operations Group. The Card was first commissioned into the United States Navy during World War II, playing a significant role in destroying German Navy submarines as the flagship of Task Group 21.14. Decommissioned in 1945, the Card was reactivated in 1958 and entered service with the Military Sea Transport Service, transporting military equipment to South Vietnam as part of the United States military commitment to that country. With the USNS Card a regular visitor to the port, it became a target ...more
    • Locations: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    • Part of: Vietnam War
    • Combatants: Viet Cong, United States of America
  • Battle of A Shau
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    The Battle of A Shau was waged in early 1966 during the Vietnam War between the North Vietnamese Army and the forces of the United States and South Vietnam. The battle began on March 9 and lasted until March 10 with the fall of the U.S. Army's Special Forces camp of the same name.
    • Locations: A Sầu Valley, Vietnam
    • Part of: Vietnam War
    • Combatants: South Vietnam, North Vietnam, United States of America
  • Battle of An Lao
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    The Battle of An Lão occurred after the Viet Cong captured the district headquarters of An Lão, Binh Dinh, about 300 miles from Saigon. Viet Cong rebels launched an early morning surprise attack, attack squads scaling the fence and lobbing grenades to disable the Army of the Republic of Vietnam machine gun positions ringing the base. A second wave of attackers infiltrated the base and took control. The Viet Cong were successful in repeatedly beating back large numbers of counterattacking ARVN troops, who rushed in by jeep and APC. Inserted by helicopter, a U.S. scout team engaged the VC at range of only 100 meters, inflicting significant casualties but proving unable to break the rebel grip ...more
    • Locations: An Lão District, Vietnam
    • Part of: Vietnam War
    • Combatants: South Vietnam, Viet Cong, United States of America
  • Battle of An Lộc
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    The Battle of An Lộc was a major battle of the Vietnam War that lasted for 66 days and culminated in a decisive victory for South Vietnam. In many ways, the struggle for An Lộc in 1972 was an important battle of the war, as South Vietnamese forces halted the North Vietnamese advance towards Saigon.
    • Locations: Bình Long Province
    • Part of: Vietnam War
    • Combatants: South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Viet Cong, United States of America