Operation Hastings took place from 15 July to 3 August 1966, when Marines engaged increased numbers of uniformed regular NVA soldiers. The author sums up the intense battles and includes commentary from those who participated in the fight in a podcast that is included with this article.
By Mack Payne
The Vietnam Veteran News podcast continues its look at the US Marines in Vietnam in this episode where the US Marine Operation Hastings will be featured. First we will take a look at the events that led up to the operation and how it got started and ended and then listen to the poignant comments by a young (at the time) Marine Second Lieutenant who took part in the battle at Hill 362 portion of Operation Hastings. Another inspiration to look at this particular action was the fact that one of the heroes highlighted in my book “Conversations with Vietnam Heroes”
Wilbur Little who served with A Company, 2/3rd Marines also participated in the battle. In addition to the official description of Operation Hastings the personal comments and observations of Edward P. Conti a former Lima Company, 3/5 Marines XO in Vietnam during 1966 help complete the picture of this hard fought battle.
Operation Hastings took place from 15 July to 3 August 1966. During late June and early July 1966, Marine reconnaissance units operating south of the DMZ between North and South Vietnam observed and engaged increased numbers of uniformed regular NVA troops. Overall commander in Vietnam, General Westmoreland approved a Marine effort to run the NVA intruders back across the DMZ. Immediately Task Force Delta was set up and On the morning of 15 July the battle began with aerial bombardment of LZ Crow and Dove.
Nineteen days later Operation Hastings officially ended on 3 August 1966. During the operation the Marines suffered 126 killed, 448 wounded. It is reported the NVA lost over 700 personnel but no one really knows the true number.
Marine group photo after the operation
Conti said this about the operation: “No single event in my life has had as much of an effect on me as Operation Hastings and Hill 362” and “We, as survivors, must do everything in our power to keep the memory of their courage and supreme sacrifice in the forefront.”
Mack Payne operates a website called, “Vietnam Veteran News – A Podcast for and about Vietnam Veterans.” With each story, he includes podcasts about the event he wrote about. In this case, Operation Hastings. He comes across as a good ‘ol boy and is very easy to listen to. I’ve included his 12 minute commentary within this post.
Mr. Payne has a wealth of information on his website and I encourage everyone to visit. Here is his direct link: http://vietnamveterannews.com/7-2/
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I was at the 8th RRU Phu Bai. I remember the marines returning south on Hwy 1 my first look at the results of war, the looks on the faces of those young soldiers, the damaged vehicles, it opened up my eyes that I was in a war. The marines had a prisoner tied up and setting at the front gate blindfolded another eye opener for a young kid from California. Our team built the large antenna field at PHU BAI. Thanks to all the Marines that were there ,they made it possible for us to do our job safely !
i served with 2/4 fox company on operation hasting near the dmz areas would like some info on my unit i was a grunt field radio operator thank you
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I read and keep all of your emails, articles on Nam. You do an excellent job with regard to providing so much history all of which is critically important. In regard to this particular post I was disappointed with the limited information having to do with Operation Hastings. I proudly served on that operation with my fellow Marines , but our unit isn’t mentioned. Yes, my Combat History sheet shows Hastings as also 18 additional major Search & Destroy Operations, such as Hickory , Prairie, Independence to name a few.
The unit I served with from November 1966 to January 1968, was 2/26th. Marines, 3rd. Marine Division., Fox Company. During that time we were in Phu Bia as a base of operation. Any additional information with regard to our unit and Hastings would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, very thankful for your site and the work you exert into the history staying alive for our fellow Veterans of all branches. Respectfully, Jim Bandy
*James Bandy *
*Member: Marine Corps League Detachment 1217.* *Disabled American Veterans ( certified Service Officer), American Legion, VFW* [image: See related image detail]
On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 3:47 PM CherriesWriter – Vietnam War website wrote:
> pdoggbiker posted: “Operation Hastings took place from 15 July to 3 August > 1966, when Marines engaged increased numbers of uniformed regular NVA > soldiers. The author sums up the intense battles and includes commentary > from those who participated in the fight in a podcast tha” >
why no mention of the ontos
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1the onto is the best tank ever put in Vietnam!!!! It would not get stuck !!!! I followed behind one fore a lot of miles ! Until it was going to fire !!!! I loved that thing !!!!
I participated in operation Hastings with “G 2/9 but not mentioned in this post, I think we were there towards the end of the operation but were there
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@ Mike Yup, doesn’t look good…… WordPress is up to date, but some (rogue) ad-plugins:
(in the footer it says ‘2014’ – usually that means it was last updated then 😦 )
Yes I got the same thing when I tried to connect
Wilbur Little said that he was in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines. I thought 2/3 consisted of Companies E,F,G and H,
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You are 100% correct 2/3
Had E,F,G,H I was with Golf Co 2nd batt 3rd rig 3rd Marine Div.
from July66 Aut 67 we did
participated in Hasting.
was with 2/3 66 67 h&s company communacation field wireman /raido opp
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I was MIA for 36 hours and finally got out in time for hill 362,After that I called home on a ham radio brought in by the press. I have some great stories about that battle so call me when you get a chance @786-426-6666,I was in Lima 3/5 and India 3/5,almost was wiped out
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