NUI BA DEN / BLACK VIRGIN MOUNTAIN 1968

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AS SR MEDIC, CHARLIE CO. 3/22ND, 25TH INF. DIV. I SPENT A MONTH ON THIS VIETNAMESE MOUNTAIN BASE CAMP IN 1968. OUR ENEMY, THE VIET CONG, OVERRAN THE CAMP May 13, 1968.

OUR JOB WAS TO PROTECT THE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.

BELOW OUR CAMP THE ENEMY SURROUNDED US, HIDING IN CAVES ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE, CONSTANTLY SEEKING OPPORTUNITIES TO ATTACK US.

BETWEEN THE BOULDERS, BONES OF SKELETONS COULD BE SEEN FROM PRIOR BATTLES.

A PAGODA SAT ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AS A SHRINE TO THE ‘BLACK VIRGIN.’ COMMUNICATIONS ANTTENNAS ‘CROWNED’ ITS ROOF.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Was ontop mt dec 1967 588th engineer btn
    Use to go to the radio shack where this solder had reel to reel tape deck and listen to tapes of California dreaming with mama cas

  2. salute you my son is the army my other boy is air force my nephew did three tours kandahar afghanistan i have nothing but respect for you my dad was in africa italy with british navy all five of my uncle served matt from canada

  3. I was a crewman on a CH-47C Chinook helicopter out of Phu Loi ( Black Cat 814) and I brought supplies and landed up there twice. It was an amazing view from up there and I also remember how cool the temperature was as compared to where I was stationed…

  4. I was an engineer stationed at the base of the mountain in 68-69. I remember seeing the camp fires the VC had throughout the middle of the mountain.   

  5. Thank you for the video. I was with A Co/3rd/22nd/25th on Operation Cliff Dweller in January 1970, and we were sweeping the base of the mountain. I remember some of the guys from my platoon going to get water from a stream similar to the one in the video. We were ambushed a well. My platoon was sent out into the rice paddies below the saddle between Nui Baden and Nui Cao, and we came under heavy fire as well. Some of the guys in my platoon died, many where shot , and a helicopter which came in for a rescue was shot down.

  6. I was on top of that Mountain for 10 days in May of 1970 after coming back from Cambodia, they said it was to give me a break, HA! HA! They probed us in broad daylight and we went down the side of the mountain after them until they reached the Holy Temple and we were told to stand down. I'll never forget the Black Virgin!!!

  7. A guy I work with was in the 25th infantry and he was talking about the Hobo woods and the Black Virgin Mountain the other day.

  8. @ivankatz Thank you my brother and the same to you. It was a long time ago and far away but to this day I greet all my Vietnam Brothers with " Welcome Home" and when I see an emblem on a hat or shirt that identifies a person as a Veteran I shake their hand. It is the tie that binds. We came home to a Government and Nation that wanted to forget the War and Us. We don't need them now, we have each other for whatever time is left. RV

  9. I served with the 116th AHC in Cu Chi from Sept.1966 to Nov.1967 supporting the 25th Inf. Div. From our base camp you could see the Black Virgin Mountain and at least two operations, Cedar Falls and Junction Cit,y were in that area of Tay ninh province along The Hobo Woods, Michelin rubber plantation and the Iron Triangle. It was not a resort area! God Bless my brothers who did not make it home and all those who served for an unappreciative Nation. RV

  10. Saw it often in 69 making flights to and from LZ Ike which was nearby. We were part of an interdiction force of the 1st Cavalry Airmobile. I was in the 3rd platoon of A Co,2/5. Carried the M-60 back then. Weighed all of 107lbs when I came home in October 69. Jungle heat is great for burning calories.

  11. God bless. My grandfather was a Wolfhound from WW2. Even though I didn't follow in the military, I am one with you.

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