Search and Destroy
and Destroy, or Seek and Destroy, or even simply S&D, refers
to a military strategy that became a component of the Vietnam
What do you know about Search and Destroy?
Take this Vietnam War History Made Easy Trivia quiz.
1. The idea was to insert ground forces into hostile
territory on special missions to target enemy forces and
withdraw immediately afterwards, a strategy that was thought to
be ideally suited for counter-guerrilla / jungle warfare.
2. The complementary conventional strategy, which entailed
attacking and conquering an enemy position, then fortifying and
holding it indefinitely. What was it known as?
- Clear and Hold
- Gun and Down
- Take Over
3. Missions were mainly assigned to the second phase along
with operations “Clear and Secure.” What were the years the
mission was used?
- 1963 thru 1965
- 1966 and 1967
- 1968 to 1970
4. Search and destroy missions entailed sending out platoons,
companies or larger detachments of US troops from a fortified
position to locate and destroy Vietcong or NVA units in the
countryside. Where did it most commonly involved hiking out
- "hamburger hills?
5. The mission set up an ambush in the brush, near a
suspected VC trail. The ambush typically involved use of fixed
Claymore anti-personnel mines, crossing lines of small arms
fire, mortar support, and possibly additional artillery support
called in via radio from a nearby firebase.
6. In February 1967, the largest mission was operated in an
area located between Saigon and Routes 13 and 25. What was the
area known as?
- Delta Gold
- Iron Triangle
7. The largest mission began with an offensive began where
the American units assigned had destroyed hundreds of tons of
rice, killed 720 guerillas, and captured 213 prisoners. What was
the operation known as?
- Operation New Signs
- Operation Victory
- Operation Junction City
8. Large numbers of Viet Cong troops would be killed or
captured, however they were quickly replaced. Although enemy
forces were pushed out of certain territories, as soon as the
American forces left the areas, the North Vietnamese returned
with more reinforcement.
9. The missions created millions of refugees who lost their
homes. This hurt the economic system, the political and social
system in South Vietnam. What food production areas were often
- Rice paddies
- Corn fields
- Cranberry fields
10. In one of the first Search and Destroy missions northwest
of Dau Tieng, named Operation Attleboro, the North Vietnamese
lost 1,106 soldiers. How many U.S. soldiers were killed?