Battle of Hiep Hoa

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Battle of Hiep Hoa
Part of Vietnam War
DateNovember 22, 1963
Hiệp Hòa, South Vietnam

10°54′50″N 106°18′58″E / 10.914°N 106.316°E / 10.914; 106.316 (Hiep Hoa Camp)[1]
Result Vietcong and North Vietnamese victory
FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
 North Vietnam
 United States
 South Vietnam
500+ 219
Casualties and losses
Unknown, 7 bodies left behind 41 killed
32 missing
2 captured

The Battle of Hiệp Hòa was a minor battle of the Vietnam War. On the night of November 22, 1963, an estimated 500 Viet Cong (VC) fighters overran the Hiệp Hòa Special Forces Camp, resulting in four American personnel missing. South Vietnamese commando units and the American Special Forces resisted heavily using machine guns but were overwhelmed by the arrival of a People's Army of Vietnam 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 VC POW camp.[2]


  1. ^ Kelley, Michael P. (2002). Where We Were In Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–219. ISBN 1555716253.
  2. ^ Morin, Eddie (June 2000). "Isaac "Ike" Camacho: Escaped from Captivity During the Vietnam War". Vietnam Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-04-22.