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The Battle for the A Shau Special Forces Camp
March 9-10, 1966
|A Shau Special Forces Camp.
US Army Photo (USA Center for Military History)
One of the first significant actions in the A Shau Valley was the 1966 battle for the Special Forces camp at the south end of the valley just five miles from the border with Laos.
This outpost stood astride the invasion route to Hué and Danang and was a stumbling block to the NVA offensive strategy.
The NVA struck the camp in March 1966. The defending U.S. Special
Forces and Vietnamese irregular soldiers were supported by U.S.
airpower and put up a heroic two-day defense. Bad weather
limited the effectiveness of air support, and the numerically
superiority NVA forces eventually overran the camp.
The action resulted in the award of the Medal of Honor to Air Force A-1 pilot
Major Bernie Fisher
for the rescue of his wing man, Major Jump Myers, from the runway at A Shau.
|Major Myers' A-1E (circle) on the A Shau airfield, June 1968|
(Click image for close-up view)
Photo © Tom Pilsch
Click here for more on Major Fisher's MOH mission.
PDF version w/ images
Diagram of Mission
Following the loss of the A Shau Special Forces camp, the North Vietnamese used the A Shau Valley as a major staging area for the 1968 Tet Offensive against Hué and Danang.
It would not be until the spring of 1968 that U.S. forces returned to the A Shau Valley.
Click here for details of the ground action at A Shau (pp 92-95)
Click here for a map of the A Shau Valley showing major battle areas.
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