December 27, 1969 : U.S. and North Vietnamese forces battle near Loc Ninh.

Introduction

In the fiercest battle in six weeks, U.S. and North Vietnamese forces clash near Loc Ninh, about 80 miles north of Saigon. Elements of the 1st Infantry Division reported killing 72 of 250 North Vietnamese soldiers in a daylong battle. Loc Ninh, a village of fewer than 10,000 people, was located at the northern limit of national Route 13, only a few miles from the Cambodian border. It was the site of several major battles between U.S. and Communist forces. On April 5, 1972, as part of their Easter Offensive, North Vietnamese forces overtook Loc Ninh during their attempt to capture the An Loc provincial capital to the south.

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December 27, 1969 : U.S. and North Vietnamese forces battle near Loc Ninh.

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    History.com Staff

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    December 27, 1969 : U.S. and North Vietnamese forces battle near Loc Ninh.

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  • Access Date

    October 22, 2017

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