TET, 1/30/68 - 9/23/68 Remember our brothers and sisters of th

Posted by:
Harold Schrage (Events Director)
Wednesday January 31, 2018 10:21 am

At about 0230 on that morning my Seabee base and almost every other American post was attacked by VC and the Peoples Army of Vietnam simultaneously. It was a campaign of surprise attacks against military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam.The name of the offensive comes from the Tet holiday, the Vietnamese New Year, when the first major attacks took place.

During the Battle of Huế, intense fighting lasted for a month, resulting in the destruction of the city. During their occupation, the North Vietnamese executed thousands of people in the Massacre at Huế. Around the US combat base at Khe Sahn, fighting continued for two more months. Although the offensive was a military defeat for North Vietnam, it had a profound effect on the US government and shocked the US public, which had been led to believe by its political and military leaders that the North Vietnamese were being defeated and incapable of launching such an ambitious military operation.

American and allied forces suffered the following losses during the first phase of this series of battles.

4,124 killed
19,295 wounded
604 missing

The battles coming out of the Tet offensive lasted through September 23, 1968.

This offensive was the largest military operation conducted by either side up to that point in the war. American public support for the war soon declined and the U.S. sought negotiations to end the war.