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2017 Vietnam Battle Scenario Background

A Walk in Their Boots is proud to announce that for the first time in 2017 the event will honor the proud legacy of the Vietnam War in a mock tactical demonstration.  Vietnam Era reenactors are few, and even fewer that portray the then enemy, but we will do our best to honor the legacy and service of those who lived in one of the most difficult times in American history. 

As the 60's began, the Cold War struggle against Communism boiled over into Southeast Asia.  By 1967, American troop strength in Vietnam escalated to 485,600, 100,000 additional troops over the year before.  As part of the escalation, in the early part of 1967, the largest ground operation of the Vietnam War, Operation Cedar Falls, began on January 8, 1967, and ended on January 28, 1967.

Operation Cedar Falls consisted of 2 U.S. Army Divisions as well as one armored cavalry regiment involving a total of 30,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops.  The Viet Cong chose to evade this massive military force by fleeing across the border to Cambodia or hiding in a complex system of underground tunnels. Allied forces uncovered and destroyed some of the tunnel complexes as well as stockpiles of Viet Cong supplies by infiltrating these tunnel complexes with individual soldiers armed merely with a pistol and a flashlight.  These brave men were nicknamed "tunnel rats", and they routed out the Viet Cong within these well hidden tunnels and caves.

In an attempt to permanently destroy the Viet Cong stronghold called the Iron Triangle, Operation Cedar Falls also entailed the complete deportation of the region's civilian population to so-called New Life Villages, the destruction of their homes, as well as the defoliation of whole areas.  Beginning in 1961, Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant was widely used to destroy crops and vegetation to force the indigenous population to abandon their homes in the countryside and take up residence in a more urban environment.

If you are a reenactor or even a veteran that would like to participate in this unique scenario we urge you to contact Johnathan Morrison who is taking the lead in assembling this addition to the event.  If you are a veteran of the Vietnam war and want to share your experience in Vietnam with the public, please contact Veteran Program Coordinator Eric Montgomery.

The Scenario Plan at the 2017 Event

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