An Hoa Combat Base

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An Hoa Combat Base
An Hoa Base, 1968, 5th Marine Regiment.jpg
Marines waiting to board HMM-164 helicopters at An Hoa in 1968
Coordinates 15°47′06″N 108°04′23″E / 15.785°N 108.073°E / 15.785; 108.073 (An Hoa Combat Base)
Type Marines
Site information
Condition abandoned
Site history
Built 1966
In use 1966–70
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Garrison information
Occupants 3rd Marine Division
1st Marine Division
An Hoa Airfield
Summary
Elevation AMSL 66 ft / 20 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2,700 823 asphalt

An Hoa Combat Base (also known as Duc Duc) is a former U.S. Marine Corps and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) base west of Hội An in Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam.

History[edit]

The base was located approximately 28 km west of Hội An and 4 km west northwest of the Mỹ Sơn temple complex, near to the Tinh Yen River and the An Hoa industrial complex.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]: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.[2]:204–10

In August 1966 the Marines completed the construction of the "Liberty Road" between Danang and An Hoa.[2]:209

An Hoa base was located southeast of a major Vietcong/People's Army of Vietnam base area known as the Arizona Territory across the Vu Gia River.[3]

The airfield was capable of handling C-7, C-123 and C-130 aircraft.[1]

Marine PFC Dan Bullock, the youngest American serviceman killed in action in the Vietnam War died at An Hoa on 7 June 1969.

The 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines handed over the base to the ARVN 1st Battalion, 51st Regiment on 15 October 1970.[4]

Current use[edit]

The base is abandoned and has reverted to jungle. Remains of the runway can still be seen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kelley, Michael (2002). Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–10. ISBN 978-1555716257.
  2. ^ a b c d 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.
  3. ^ Buchanan, William (2003). Full Circle: A Marine Rifle Company in Vietnam. Baylaurel Press. pp. 77–9. ISBN 9781931093019.
  4. ^ 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.