Lai Khê

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Lai Khê Base Camp
Khe Lai from the air in 1965.jpg
Khe Lai from the air in 1965
Coordinates 11°11′42″N 106°37′01″E / 11.195°N 106.617°E / 11.195; 106.617 (Lai Khê Base Camp)
Type Army Base
Site history
In use 1960-1975
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Garrison information
Occupants ARVN 5th Division
US 1st Infantry Division
Lai Khê Airfield
Summary

Lai Khê (ấp Lai Khê – xã Lai Hưng, Bến Cát, Bình Dương) (also known as Lai Khê Base) was a former Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and U.S. Army base, located along Highway 13 to the northwest of Saigon and about 20 km north of Thủ Dầu Một in southern Vietnam

History[edit]

During the Vietnam War Lai Khê was a garrison town as the ARVN 5th Division was based there for most of the 1960s/70s.[1]

Lai Khê was also the Headquarters for the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division from October 1967 until October 1969.[2]

Other U.S. Army units based at Lai Khê included:

Current use[edit]

Most of the base has been turned over to housing and farmland while part of the base remains in use by the People's Army of Vietnam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tucker, Spencer (2000). Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. ABC-CLIO. pp. 526–33. ISBN 9781851099610. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Stanton, Shelby (2003). Vietnam Order of Battle. Stackpole Books. p. 74. ISBN 9780811700719.