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Operation Game Warden

Operation Game Warden

USS Harnett County (AGP-821) part of CTF 116
Date December 18, 1965
Location Mekong Delta, South Vietnam
Result American/South Vietnamese operational success
  • South Vietnam’s extensive inland waterways secured
  • Viet Cong fleet decimated
United States South Vietnam Viet Cong
Commanders and leaders
William Westmoreland
David L. McDonald
Casualties and losses
39 killed
366 wounded
2,000 Viet Cong craft destroyed, damaged, or captured
1,400+ killed, wounded or captured

Operation Game Warden, Task force 116, was an operation to deny Viet Cong access to the resources in the Mekong Delta which was conceived of in December 1965. U.S. naval forces, backed by Marine artillery on the ground, launching a rapid surprise attack on the dozens of small Viet Cong ports which were scattered around the Delta. Unprepared in the face of intense U.S. firepower, which included U.S. F-4 Phantoms dropping special illumination bombs which blinded the Viet Cong deck gunners, leaving to them being unable to accurately return fire on the attacking U.S. craft, the Viet Cong were incapable of mounting a stiff resistance. Much the Viet Cong fleet and its operators were destroyed.


The U.S. navy had been steadily consolidating its forces around the Delta for months, assembling several new special test weapons, which the naval commanders were anxious to use.


See also


  • Daniels, Victory and Judith C. Erdheim. Game Warden. Arlington, VA: Center for Naval Analyses, 1976. Appendix A-E, Appendix F-I

Further reading

  • Mintz, J. Game Warden. Mobile Riverine Force and Revolutionary Development Operations in the Delta. Arlington, VA: The Center, 1968.
  • Affield, Wendell. Muddy Jungle Rivers: A river assault boat cox'n's memory journey of his war in Vietnam. 2012. ISBN 0-9847023-0-X

External links

  • Gamewardens of Vietnam, Inc.
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association - CTF-116 page
  • United States Naval Operations Vietnam, Highlights; January 1966
  • United States Naval Operations Vietnam, Highlights; February 1966
  • United States Naval Operations Vietnam, Highlights; March 1966

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