Vietnam War Timeline: 1967
Operation Cedar Falls takes place with units of the 173rd / 1st
Inf. / 25th Inf. / 11th Armoured Cavalry and ARVN taking on
the Viet Cong in ‘The Iron Triangle’.
U.S. Navy forms the Mobile Riverine Force, Task Force 117 to support the 9th
Infantry in their operations in IV Corps.
U.S. aid to South Vietnam is increased by $150 million to bring the total for the
year to $700 million.
Australia deploys 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment to join the
First Australian Tactical Force for Operations in III Corps.
It emerges that out of the 464,000 troops in Vietnam, only 50,000 can at present
be used for attacking ground operations.
Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara announces that a barrier, the McNamara Line,
is to be built to block communist infiltration of the eastern DMZ. It will include
fencing and ground sensors.
The Americal Division (23rd Inf. Div.) formed in Vietnam for operations
in I Corps. Division includes previously separate 196th Light Inf. Brigade
and soon to arrive 11th and 198th Infantry Brigades.
Thailand sends ‘Queen’s Cobras’ Regiment for operations in III Corps
Marines establish the Khe Sanh combat base in I Corps.
198th Infantry Brigade (Light) arrives in Vietnam
General Westmoreland tells U.S. newsmen “I am absolutely certain that whereas in
1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing”.
101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) deployed to Vietnam to join its 1st
Brigade that is already in combat.
11th Infantry Brigade (Light) arrives.
Australia deploys 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment to join the
Australian Task Force in III Corps.
New Zealand deploys Infantry Company to III Corps.
486,600 U.S. military personnel in Vietnam.