June 23, 1969 : North Vietnamese encircle Ben Het

Introduction

Ben Het, a U.S. Special Forces camp located 288 miles northeast of Saigon and six miles from the junction of the Cambodian, Laotian and South Vietnamese borders, is besieged and cut off by 2,000 North Vietnamese troops using artillery and mortars. The base was defended by 250 U.S. soldiers and 750 South Vietnamese Montagnard tribesmen. The siege lasted until July 2 when the defenders were reinforced by an allied relief column.

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June 23, 1969 : North Vietnamese encircle Ben Het

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    June 23, 1969 : North Vietnamese encircle Ben Het

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  • Access Date

    November 24, 2017

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