Battle of Hiep Hoa

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Battle of Hiep Hoa
Part of Vietnam War
Date November 22, 1963
Location Hiep Hoa, South Vietnam UTM Grid XT 443-065[1]
10°54′50″N 106°18′58″E / 10.914°N 106.316°E / 10.914; 106.316 (Hiep Hoa Camp)
Result Vietcong and North Vietnam victory
Belligerents
FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
 North Vietnam
 United States
 South Vietnam
Strength
500+ 219
Casualties and losses
Unknown, 7 bodies left behind 41 killed, 120 wounded, 32 missing and 2 captured

The Battle of Hiep Hoa was a minor battle of the Vietnam War. On the night of November 22, 1963, an estimated 500 Vietcong fighters overrun the Hiep Hoa Special Forces Camp, resulting in four American personnel MIA. South Vietnamese commando units and the American special operation forces resisted heavily using machine guns but were overwhelmed by the arrival of a NVA mortar unit. It was the first CIDG camp to be overrun during the war. Isaac Camacho, one of the four missing Americans, later became the first American to escape from a Vietcong POW camp.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelley, Michael P. (2002). Where We Were In Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–219. ISBN 1-55571-625-3. 
  2. ^ Morin, Eddie (June 2000). "Isaac "Ike" Camacho: Escaped from Captivity During the Vietnam War". Vietnam Magazine. Retrieved 2007-04-22.