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Operation Prairie
Part of the Vietnam War
U.S. Marine with 3d Battalion, 4th Marines moves forward during Operation Prairie.jpg
American Marines from 3rd Battalion 4th Marines during Operation Prairie.
DateAugust 3 – October 27, 1966
LocationVietnamese Demilitarized Zone
Result United States victory
Flag of the United States.svg United States
Flag of South Vietnam.svg Republic of Vietnam
North Vietnam North Vietnam
Commanders and leaders
Lew Walt Col. Alexander D. Cereghino
LtCol. Arnold E. Bench
Vo Nguyen Giap
Units involved
2/4, 1/4, 3/4,2/5, 2/7, 2/9 and 3/12 Marine Battalions 324B NVA Division
Casualties and losses
200 Marines killed
1000+ Marines wounded
US claim: 1,329 killed

Operation Prairie (August 3 – October 27, 1966) was a military operation in northern South Vietnam. Its job was to eliminating North Vietnamese Army forces south of the DMZ. During August, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines and other units saw heavy fighting with the NVA 324B division. Prairie was a string of battles that was fought in the foothills south of the DMZ. Some of these areas were called: Mutter's Ridge, the Razorback, Hill 400, Hill 484 and The Rockpile. The Commander of E Company 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, Capt. Howard V. Lee was awarded the Medal of Honor for his outstanding bravery during this operation.

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