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Khe Sanh

Last modified: 07 Jan 2019, submitted by: Joker

Country: Vietnam   

Latitude: 16° 39' 14" N     Longitude: 106° 44' 2" E

Area use / Military Branches: Former USMC


Khe Sanh; USMC outpost in South Vietnam (MGRS 48QXD850418) used during the Vietnam War.
Airstrip built in 1962. Fighting began there in late 1967 with the hill fights, which later expanded into the 1968 Battle of Khe Sanh.
Defense of Khe Sanh commanded international attention and was considered the climactic phase of the Tet Offensive. July 5, 1968, the base was abandoned. However closure permitted the 3rd Marine Division to construct mobile firebase operations along the DMZ.
1971, Khe Sanh was reactivated by the US Army and abandoned again within seceral months. 1973, American intelligence reported that North Vietnamese troops had rebuilt the airstrip at Khe Sanh and were using it for courier flights into the South.


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