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LCU at the Hué ramp, 1967.
Photo courtesy of Joel Packman
One-half kilometer north of the MACV compound on the Perfume River was a boat ramp that served as the military port for Hué and Thua Thien province.
It was called the LCU ramp because of the
Landing Craft, Utility, that were its most frequent
This ramp is mentioned in several accounts of the Battle of Hué.
Some of the Trail FACs under siege at the MACV compound during Tet 1968 made their escapes through the LCU ramp area.
They found their way to Danang where they picked up new O-2s to join the fight at Hué.
Click here for stories of the Trail FAC's during Tet 1968.
Much of the bulk resupply and rolling stock that came into the Hué area arrived through this river port facility.
Before the 1968 battle, the line of communication from the
major deep water port of Danang by sea then up the Perfume River was much preferred to the road convoy route up Highway 1 over the treacherous Hai Van Pass.
During Tet the situation changed drastically for the Army and Navy
crew members of the supply craft plying the Perfume River.
The VC and NVA units besieging Hué made a determined effort to
cut this supply line.
Several of the boats were sunk or heavily damaged.
Army veteran Robert Scott was a crewmember on an LCU making the run
into Hué during the fighting in February 1968.
Click here to read his account.
The operation to supply northern I Corps from Danang through the river ports of Hué and Dong Ha was run by the joint service
Transportation Management Agency (TMA).
This effort has been document by Army veteran Joel Packman who worked at the Hué LCU ramp and lived at the MACV compound.
Click here or on link above to read his story.
Battle of Hué