operation BEACON STAR information
for SLF

From date 670422 to 670512

SLF was a US Marine Corps unit
HMM-164 was a US Marine Corps unit
Primary service involved, US Marine Corps
South Vietnam
Description: Just returning from a one month rehabilitation period on Okinawa, this was the first operation for SLF Bravo (Task Group 79.5) into an area on the boarder of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Provinces. HMM-164 supported this SLF. The operation when quietly, except for the heat, until the 26th. The landing battalion was extracted by helicopters to Phu Bai, then moved by Marine and USAF C-130s to Khe Sanh, linked up with the resident Marine Bn and made contact - all in seven hours! Thus phase II of Beacon Star is more commonly known as "The Khe Sanh Hill Fights."
Comments: LTC McKitrick, Rodney D.; CO HMM-164; ;

The source for this information was USMC H 67 P 156

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