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DAK TO, Vietnam, 1969-1970

Photos of DAK TO, Vietnam, around 1969-1970 time.

I don't remember where I got these pictures, but I sure do appreciate them.

1-Operational Reports of the 1st Battalion 92nd Artillery, my Unit: http://www.bravecannons.org/History/hist_benhet.html
2-Another good story is at http://www.thebattleofkontum.com/memories/15.html
3-An excellent YouTube video also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-eYoL6IZXg
4-The battle of Ben Het Vietnam (1969): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adQnb_0cz4o&feature=related

 
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BEN HET - You Decide! Some say it is and some say it is not.
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BEN HET - You Decide! Some say it is and some say it is not.

Yes that is ben het i was there, 1969 and yes through the tank attack I got hit there and went to hospital in japan for 2 months and then went back to the same camp the one thing that stands out about the pic is the 50 cal. tower to the right that's where I got hit with Shrapnel, they were trying to hit the tower while I was pulling up 50 cal. ammo and one piece came through the opening of the entrance door and hit me in the knee - ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEWS: June 23, 1969 - Ben Het, a U.S. Special Forces camp located 288 miles northeast of Saigon and six miles from the junction of the Cambodian, Laotian and South Vietnamese borders, is besieged and cut off by 2,000 North Vietnamese troops using artillery and mortars. The base was defended by 250 U.S. soldiers and 750 Montagnard tribesmen. The siege lasted until July 2 when the defenders were reinforced by an allied relief column.

http://www.bravecannons.org/History/hist_benhet.html

http://www.daktoreunion.com/Siege_of_Dak_To_1969.html

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  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    3 months ago
    was  there with eng unit the road to the left of air strip was not there thats where the nva had bunkers dug in but its been a long time and im getting old  got there couple days after the tank battle
  • Robert Stone (Private)
    5 months ago
    I was there, TDY, as an engineer mechanic attached to the 4th division, from February until I ETS the 6th of June 69. I do not remember the air strip being this large. I was billeted right next to it. Also, I do not see the small motor pool area where we worked that was north and on the other side of the strip. The whole area looks bigger than I remember.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    6 months ago
    yes that is ben het i was there, 1969 and yes through the tank attack I got hit there and went to hospital in japan for 2 months and then went back to the same camp the one thing that stands out about the pic is the 50 cal. tower to the right that's where i got hit, Shrapnel they were trying to hit the tower while i was pulling up 50 cal. ammo and one piece came through the opening of the entrance door and hit me in the knee ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    6 months ago
    This is not  Ben Het.  I spent a year there in 1970 on SFODA-244.  P
    • E. RAY AUSTIN Premium user United States (Private)
      6 months ago
      Everyone, please look at the pictures in this Album from someone who provided me with a lot of BEN HET pictures, and maybe it will help in identifying this picture here as NOT being BEN HET.


      Let me know your thoughts.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    7 months ago
    I am pretty sure that is Ben Het the airfield could handle up to C130 I can see the 50cal machine gun tower and I remember repairing the air strip many of times
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    1 year 2 months ago
    This not Ben Het, this camp is far to big and the airstrip is we had was basically for Caribous. 
    • (Anonymously) (Private)
      1 year 1 month ago
      Looks like Ben Het to me, spent a few sorties looking out the back after airdrop.See  

      Denny Dillon
      This not Ben Het, this camp is far to big and the airstrip is we had was basically for Caribous. 
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        1 year 1 month ago

        Looks like Ben Het to me, spent a few sorties looking out the back after airdrop.  See my photos on the c-7a website. 

        Denny Dillon
        This not Ben Het, this camp is far to big and the airstrip is we had was basically for Caribous. 
    • E. Ray Austin (Private)
      1 year 2 months ago
      I appreciate you saying that because I never thought it was BEN HET either.  Any ideas on where it was?
      • (Anonymously) (Private)
        11 months ago
        I have been watching this thread. Agreeing this is not Ben Het. We all pretty much crapped our drawers flying over Ben Het. An amazing site.
  • E. Ray Austin (Private)
    1 year 1 month ago
    Well, I didn't think this was BEN HET either until I saw this picture  and it sure looks a lot of the same place, just a different angle.
    • E. Ray Austin (Private)
      1 year 1 month ago
      Let me try it again:  
      Well, I didn't think this was BEN HET either until I saw this picture  and it sure looks a lot of the same place, just a different angle.