December 04, 1966 : Viet Cong attack Tan Son Nhut airport

Introduction

A Viet Cong unit penetrates the 13-mile defense perimeter around Saigon’s Tan Son Nhut airport and shells the field for over four hours. South Vietnamese and U.S. security guards finally drove off the attackers, killing 18 of them in the process. One U.S. RF-101 reconnaissance jet was badly damaged in the attack. The guerrillas returned that same night and resumed the attack, but security guards again repelled them, killing 11 more Viet Cong during the second battle.

Article Details:

December 04, 1966 : Viet Cong attack Tan Son Nhut airport

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    December 04, 1966 : Viet Cong attack Tan Son Nhut airport

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-tan-son-nhut-airport

  • Access Date

    October 23, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks