This posting is a revision for the one written below. It appears that the person responsible for creating this page, Ray Smith, stopped updating it in 2007. However, my friend, Ray Ormond, did some digging around and found another of his websites with way more information – even has items of interest for Marines which the sample below did not. So, take a look at his stuff…everything is copyrighted so I am not able to copy/paste anything here. Ray has sent him emails but has not received a response yet.
Here’s the direct link: http://www.rjsmith.com/topo_map.html
I also received this note on my Facebook page and thought I’d share it here in the event readers want to delve into this much deeper. Richard Phelps’ High school classmate and fellow Vietnam Veteran, Ray Bows, has recently completed an eight year effort to record bases, camps, and outposts in Vietnam and the heroes for whom they are named.
THIS IS A FULL Collection of 4 pages of FIRE BASES, AIR FORCE BASES, Naval and Medical, BROWN WATER Naval, and any and all bases DOD during the Vietnam War 1963 to 1975.
It is a work in progress so if your base is not listed, please inform the website owner to get it added.
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Did any one go to Vietnam TDY and it didnt show up on your DD214 on a specal mission
YES – I went TDY from the Philippine’s
trying to find info on camp monoham near danang (7th Seperate Bulk Fuel Co)
There were two Fire Support Bases in Tay Ninh providence (1970) that doesn’t appear on this list. Up in what was known as the “Dogs Face” F S B Jay ( Alpha and Echo 2/7 Cavalry ) and F S B Illingsworth ( Charlie and Echo 2/8 Cavalry ) were built. A book titled ” F S B illingsworth ” goes over the attacks on both Fire Support Base’s.
Another book which is about an 11th Armor Cavalry and that units participation in the rescue/defense of a “Hell Hole” know as F S B Illingsworth in March 1970 is titled ” Black Horse Riders”
The N V A that these foiled N V A attacks on those two Fire Support Base’s pretty much destroyed the 272nd Regiment 9th Division North Vietnamese Army.
That these two Fire Support Base’s were put in place, 1-to lure the N V A unit into attacking the bases 2- to prepare for the attack into Cambodia.
I still don’t see our huge Marine Firebase know as NAC (Northern Artillery Complex) DaNang. I tried to mark the map somehow but could not do so. However, if you were to zoom in to Hill 327 and follow the hill masses northwest to the last set of hills before the open ville and patties south of Elephant Valley you will see a road AH-1 going north/south. Just east of that is another road TL-601 that intersects with An Go road which goes east/west. A little north of that intersection you will see what appears to be two east/west landing strips that are separated by a ville just south of the split. That ville is built upon our old firebase. It was huge and had a battery of SP 8″, another of SP 155 guns, another of SP 155 howitzers and many times amtracs with 105mm turrets. Don’t know if my directions will help but there it is. By the way, OP Falcon was on top of the west end of that last set of hills I mentioned.
Thank you sir for the information. On Jun 11, 2016 4:43 PM, “Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel” wrote:
I have been researching for 20 something years. In looking at the emails
some of you guys need to contact me. My list is over 800 pages.
Firebases/LZ, etc – Have lots of USMC locations. I was 1st Cav Div 68-69
and 23rd Inf Div (Americal) 1970-71
Stationed at An Hoa 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, 1st Marine Div in 1969. Have tried for some time to find the location of the base. If you can give me an idea where it was would like to know. It was close to Da Nang, did not find on map.
EXCELLENT MAP-I WAS IN THE 1ST. CAV; 2/19 ARTY…ALL OVER 3 CORPS. AND 5 CLIKS INTO CAMBODIA…I MADE IT BACK…COUPLA’ GUYS I WENT INTO WAR WITH DIDN’T…
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I got your email reply about some revisions so I came here to see them. Unfortunately I am not all that computer savvy so I am having a very hard time finding anything that might be changed or updated to reflect the true story about the area south of the DMZ. I also don’t know what “crap” was written by Marines (versus doggies) about the area known to most of the people spending time there in an area that was referred to as “Leatherneck Square.”
Sgt. 3rd Tanks USMC
Reblogged this on Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel and commented:
The article is revised with new information…
I cannot figure out how to view just along the DMZ to see if there are bases shown that comprised A-1 (Oceanview) …A-2 (Gia Linh)…A-3 (no name)…I do see Con Thien which was A-4. The just south of there we had The Washout, C-2…then C-3 was Cam Lo Hill and Cam Lo Bridge…and C-4 was out along the ocean north of Cu Viet.
John, unfortunately, we are unable to contact the author of this project to add bases or ask questions. Sorry brother!
I looked at two bases and found crap about Marines that served on them I was Army that served on them at a different time. But was discussed by what was written about the Marines.
Yeah lots of Army bases and FSB but no Marine Corps positions other than a few hills!
Not worth my time!
SGT, USMC (ret)
George, the article is revised. Please check it out again!