Firebase Bastogne

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Firebase Bastogne
Coordinates 16°21′20″N 107°26′55″E / 16.35556°N 107.44861°E / 16.35556; 107.44861 (Firebase Bastogne)
Type Army
Site information
Condition abandoned
Site history
Built 1968
In use 1968-75
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Garrison information
Occupants 101st Airborne Division
External images
Firebase Bastogne.
Firebase Bastogne, June 1969.
Firebase Bastogne from Checkpoint, January 1971. Copyright images from the web site Just a Little Walk in the Woods, dedicated to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), the "Delta Raiders."

Firebase Bastogne was a United States firebase in South Vietnam, at (MGRS 48QYD620095), located along Highway 547 halfway between the city of Huế and the A Shau Valley, a feeder route from the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Bastogne was constructed in 1968 by the 101st Airborne Division. It was later closed, but reopened in August 1969 by the 2nd/501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.[1] The base was named after the World War II Battle of Bastogne where the 101st Airborne and other U.S. units held the town of Bastogne against 7 German divisions.

It was overrun by the North Vietnamese Army in 1972 during the Easter Offensive. It was recaptured later in 1972 by ARVN forces with American air support. Firebase Bastogne was the largest firebase in Northern I Corps. It was also the closest to the A Shau Valley sitting along QL 547, the road from the City of Huế to the Valley.

Bastogne had three artillery batteries: 105, 155, and heavies (175 and 8 inch two of each in one battery). It also had 2 M42 Duster (from D Battery 1/44th Artillery/108th Artillery group), 2 quad 50's and 1 searchlight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelley, Michael (2002). Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–44. ISBN 978-1555716257.