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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

"Khe Sanh was just a remote region in Quang Tri Province of the Republic of South Vietnam. The United States' army occupied the region in 1952 and built a camp there. Later on in 1966 the US marine established a garrison adjacent to the camp. In 1967 the People's Army of Vietnam was deployed in the area alerting the American troops on possible attacks. Americans contemplated letting go of the territory but decided to hold on after agreements between President Lyndon Johnson and General Westmoreland. One morning on the 21st of January 1968, the awaited attack was finally launched. There was controversy on the reasons behind the invasion. General Westmoreland claimed that the northern communists were attempting a siege on the northernmost regions of South Vietnam. This conclusion was drawn from a similar incident that had been earlier witnessed in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. General Giap of the PAVN on the other hand, argued that their main agenda was to drive the US forces away from the populated areas in South Vietnam. Up to date the Khe Sanh War remains the most controversial, longest and deadly of the Vietnam War…."
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Outlaw Tor08 May 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

Established in 1962, not 1952.

Yet more failure of the current authors to review, proofread or enlist an editor. (Pet Peeve)

Legion 409 May 2018 5:07 a.m. PST

Agreed …

As a side bar, that many don't know. The US ARMY had some AAA detachments there. Armed with M42 Dusters and Quad .50s … Not for air defense but to stall massed Infantry assaults …

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP09 May 2018 3:09 p.m. PST

Also, it was actually the "BATTLE of Khe Sanh -- not the "WAR" of Khe Sanh.

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