Latitude: 16° 54' 30" N Longitude: 106° 59' 5" E
Area use / Military Branches: Former SF/USMC firebase
Con Thien was a firebase located near the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone about 3 km from North Vietnam.
Originally established as a Special Forces/CIDG camp before being taken over by USMC in 1966. Con Thien was intended to be used as a base for the McNamara Line to prevent NVA infiltration across the DMZ. The firebase was important because it offered unfettered views for 15 km east to the coast and north into North Vietnam. It was very vulnerable because it was within range of NVA artillery north of the DMZ which was largely immune to counter-battery fire...
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