The Rockpile

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The Rockpile
Drawing showing the Rockpile in relation to the DMZ and other northern bases
Coordinates 16°46′49.82″N 106°51′7.37″E / 16.7805056°N 106.8520472°E / 16.7805056; 106.8520472 (The Rockpile)
Type Marines
Site history
Built 1966
In use 1966-9
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Garrison information
Occupants 3rd Marine Division, 1st Marine Division

The Rockpile (also known as Elliot Combat Base) and known in Vietnamese as Thon Khe Tri, is a solitary karst rock outcropping north of Route 9 and south of the former Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). It rises to an elevation of 240 metres (790 ft) MSL, about 210 metres (690 ft) above the surrounding terrain. Its relatively inaccessible location, reached only by helicopter, made it an important United States Army and Marine Corps observation post and artillery base from 1966 to 1969.


See also[edit]


  • "The Rockpile". Time. October 7, 1966. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  • Jewett, Rus. "Gruntfixer: An accounting of my experiences as a Hospital Corpsman attached to "Ripley's Raiders" Lima Company 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines – 1967".  External link in |title= (help);

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