U.S. Marines are combing the swamps and marshes 35 miles southeast of Saigon for Viet?
U.S. Marines are combing the swamps and marshes 35 miles southeast of Saigon for Viet Cong units that have been harassing cargo ships heading for South Vietnam's capital. The guerrillas were reported hiding out along the Long Tao River - a waterway that runs into the South China Sea.
Twelve hundred Marines, stationed aboard several warships in the South China Sea, boarded special amphibious craft Saturday (26 March), headed up the Long Tao River, and landed on several different spots along the river bank. They met no resistance from the Viet Cong, nor did 150 other Marines, aboard helicopters, who landed deeper in the Viet Cong-held territory.
The amphibious and helicopter landings were the easy part of "Operation Jack Stay". Later, the hard part came -pushing into the 400 square mile swamp that is infected with snakes, crocodiles, red fire ants and Viet Cong.
About 1000 guerrillas are believed to be hiding out in the area.
General William Westmorland, the Commander of the U.S. military operation in Vietnam, ordered "Operation Jack Stay" because he wanted the guerrillas harassment of U.S. shipping up the Long Tao River stopped.