May 23

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Vietnam War

May 23, 1971:

North Vietnamese infiltrators attack U.S. base

North Vietnamese demolition experts infiltrate the major U.S. air base at Cam Ranh Bay, blowing up six tanks of aviation fuel, which resulted in the loss of about 1.5 million gallons. U.S. commander Creighton Abrams criticized the inadequate security.

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