Thường Ðức Camp

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Thường Ðức Camp
Coordinates 15°50′24″N107°55′52″E / 15.84°N 107.931°E / 15.84; 107.931 (Thường Ðức Camp)
TypeArmy Base
Site history
Built1966
In use1966-74
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Battle of Thượng Đức (1974)
Garrison information
Occupants 5th Special Forces Group
Ha Tan Airfield
Summary
Elevation  AMSL 66 ft / 20 m
Runways
Direction LengthSurface
ftm
2,300701dirt/clay/rock

Thường Ðức Camp (also known as Thường Ðức Special Forces Camp) is a former U.S. Army and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) base southwest of Da Nang in Quảng Nam Province, central Vietnam.

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History

The 5th Special Forces Group Detachment A-109 [1] first established a base here in March 1966 to monitor communist infiltration into the Da Nang vital area. The base was located near Route 14 approximately 40 km southwest of Da Nang. [2]

On 28 September 1968 the PAVN attacked and temporarily overran the base. [3] In response the U.S. Marines launched Operation Maui Peak from 6 to 19 October to relieve the siege. The forces involved included the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines and resulted in an estimated 353 PAVN killed for the loss of 28 Marines. [4]

In July 1974 Thường Ðức was attacked again by a Regiment of the PAVN 324th Division starting the Battle of Thượng Đức (1974). At the conclusion of the battle in November 1974 the PAVN occupied Thường Ðức. [5]

Current use

The base is now partly a cemetery while the remainder has returned to jungle.

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References

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  2. Kelley, Michael (2002). Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–510. ISBN   978-1555716257.
  3. "September 28 1968 Battle for Thuong Duc begins". History Channel. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  4. Shulimson, Jack (1997). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: 1968 The Defining Year. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. pp. 418–423. ISBN   0160491258.
  5. Veith, George (2012). Black April The Fall of South Vietnam 1973-75. Encounter Books. pp. 95–7. ISBN   9781594035722.