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Breaking Through Hell - Operation Pegasus

Published 7 months ago

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In early April of 1968, President Lyndon Johnson ordered an operation that demanded the cooperation of the Marines, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Army and involved the deployment of over 15,000 soldiers in less than a week.


The US services teamed up to relieve a strategic base at Khe Sanh in South Vietnam, where the 26th Marines had been surrounded and harassed by the North Vietnamese for months. Soldier Don Sykes summed it up well when he said: (QUOTE) “I’m counting the days till I’m out of the Godforsaken place.”


Determined to retake the base at all costs, Operation Pegasus was launched with the objectives of not only relieving Khe Sanh and reopening its main artery but also neutralizing as many North Vietnamese units in the area as possible.


The brutal battle became one of the largest offensive campaigns of the Vietnam War and would require all the bravery and faultless communication that the US forces could muster…


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -


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Published 7 months ago

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In early April of 1968, President Lyndon Johnson ordered an operation that demanded the cooperation of the Marines, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Army and involved the deployment of over 15,000 soldiers in less than a week.


The US services teamed up to relieve a strategic base at Khe Sanh in South Vietnam, where the 26th Marines had been surrounded and harassed by the North Vietnamese for months. Soldier Don Sykes summed it up well when he said: (QUOTE) “I’m counting the days till I’m out of the Godforsaken place.”


Determined to retake the base at all costs, Operation Pegasus was launched with the objectives of not only relieving Khe Sanh and reopening its main artery but also neutralizing as many North Vietnamese units in the area as possible.


The brutal battle became one of the largest offensive campaigns of the Vietnam War and would require all the bravery and faultless communication that the US forces could muster…


- As images and footage of actual events are not always available, Dark Docs sometimes utilizes similar historical images and footage for dramatic effect. I do my best to keep it as visually accurate as possible. All content on Dark Docs is researched, produced, and presented in historical context for educational purposes. We are history enthusiasts and are not always experts in some areas, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with corrections, additional information, or new ideas. -


austin marino

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