An Hoa Combat Base
|An Hoa Combat Base|
Marines waiting to board HMM-164 helicopters at An Hoa in 1968
3rd Marine Division|
1st Marine Division
|An Hoa Airfield|
|Elevation AMSL||66 ft / 20 m|
The base was first used by the Marines in January 1966 during Operation Mallard when the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines established a firebase there while the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and a Company from the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines swept the surrounding area. On 20 April 1966 the Marines returned to An Hoa on Operation Georgia, the 12th Marines reestablished a firebase while the 3rd Battalion 9th Marines provided security, the base would become permanent at this time as the Marines sought to pacify the area.:93 On 6 July 5 Marine Battalions launched Operation Macon around the An Hoa area, the operation continued into October resulting in 24 Marines and 380 Vietcong killed.:204–10
In August 1966 the Marines completed the construction of the "Liberty Road" between Danang and An Hoa.:209
Marine PFC Dan Bullock, the youngest American serviceman killed in action in the Vietnam War died at An Hoa on 7 June 1969.
The base is abandoned and has reverted to jungle. Remains of the runway can still be seen.
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- Shulimson, Jack (1982). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: An Expanding War 1966. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 41. ISBN 978-1494285159.
- Buchanan, William (2003). Full Circle: A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam. Baylaurel Press. pp. 77–9. ISBN 9781931093019.
- Cosmas, Graham (1988). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: Vietnamization and Redeployment 1970–1971. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 102. ISBN 978-1482384123.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
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