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By James P. Coan

A memoir/history of a much-beleaguered Marine outpost of the DMZ.Throughout a lot of 1967, a distant usa Marine firebase merely miles from the demilitarized area (DMZ) captured the eye of the world’s media. That artillery-scarred outpost was once the linchpin of the so-called McNamara Line meant to discourage incursions into South Vietnam via the North Vietnamese military. As such, the combating alongside this territory used to be fairly severe and bloody, and the physique count number rose daily.Con Thien combines James P. Coan’s own studies with info taken from information, interviews with conflict contributors, and reputable files to build a robust tale of the everyday life and strive against at the purple clay bulls-eye often called "The Hill of Angels." As a tank platoon chief in Alpha corporation, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine department, Coan used to be stationed at Con Thien for 8 months in the course of his 1967-68 provider in Vietnam and witnessed a lot of the carnage.Con Thien used to be seriously bombarded by means of enemy artillery with impunity since it used to be positioned in politically delicate territory and the U.S. govt wouldn't enable direct armed reaction from Marine tanks. Coan, like many different squaddies, started to believe as if the govt used to be as a lot the enemy because the NVA, but he persisted to struggle for his kingdom with all that he had. In his riveting memoir, Coan depicts the hardships of lifestyles within the DMZ and the ineffectiveness of a lot of the U.S. army attempt in Vietnam.

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Keep him in the dark about your intentions. Sometimes what seems a victory isn’t really a victory, and sometimes a defeat isn’t really a defeat. —General Vo Nguyen Giap America’s War The national elections agreed to at Geneva in 1954 did not happen two years later, which was predictable. Diem believed it to be an unfair setup and had no intention of following through. ”1 In November of 1963, President Diem was assassinated in a coup, and an ongoing power struggle made the South Vietnam government unstable.

S. Army general Maxwell Taylor. S. 3d Marine Division was based on the island of Okinawa when elements of the 9th Marine Regiment landed at Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, on March 8, 1965. S. airbase at Da Nang. By July 1965, all three of the division’s regiments (3d, 4th, and 9th) were operating in the southern and middle provinces of the I Corps zone. For the remainder of the year and through the ¤rst half of 1966, units of the 3d Marine Division successfully fought the Viet Cong and forced them out of the Da Nang and Hue-Phu Bai tactical areas of responsibility (TAORs).

To continue would have meant being relieved, and his premature departure would have incited even more internal dissent at the highest levels of command. In October, Walt moved the 3d Marine Division north from Da Nang. Under orders from Westmoreland to establish strongpoints along the DMZ, Walt chose Gio Linh and Con Thien, the two former French forts just below the DMZ, and Cam Lo, Camp Carroll, the Rockpile, and Ca Lu along Route 9 leading to Khe Sanh. Westmoreland was growing ever more con¤dent.

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