Dak Seang Camp

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Dak Seang Camp
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Type Army Base
Site history
Built 1964
In use 1964-70
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Battle of Dak To
Garrison information
Occupants 5th Special Forces Group
Dak Seang Airfield
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Elevation AMSL 2,156 ft / 657 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1,400 427 clay

Dak Seang Camp (also known as Dak Seang Special Forces Camp) is a former U.S. Army and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) base northwest of Kon Tum in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

History

The 5th Special Forces Group and CIDG forces [1] first established a base at here in 1964 to monitor communist infiltration along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The base was located 10 km from the Cambodian border, 23 km northwest of Đắk Tô and approximately 64 km northwest of Kon Tum.[2]

5th Special Forces Detachment A-245 was based here in October 1966.[1]:248

On 18 August 1968 the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) 101D Regiment, supported by artillery attacked the camp. The attack was beaten back with small arms and artillery fire.

On 1 April 1970 the PAVN attacked the camp starting a siege that last until 8 May. At the same time the PAVN attacked the Dak Pek Camp. On 15 April 1970 the 170th Assault Helicopter Company dropped the 3rd Battalion, 42nd ARVN Regiment into a landing zone near Dak Seang, resulting in the loss of two helicopters.[3] Sergeant Gary B. Beikirch a 5th Special Forces Group medic would be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the siege. SFC Gary L. Littrell would be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the siege as an advisor to the ARVN 23rd Battalion, 2nd Ranger Group.

Accidents and incidents

  • 2 April 1970, C-7A Caribou #61-2406 was shot down while dropping supplies to Dak Seang killing all 3 crew[4]
  • 4 April 1970, C-7B Caribou #62-4180 was shot down while dropping supplies to Dak Seang killing all 3 crew[5]
  • 6 April 1970, C-7B Caribou #63-9746 was shot down while dropping supplies to Dak Seang killing all 3 crew[6]
  • 15 April 1970 UH-1H #68-16203 was shot down while landing ARVN troops resulting in 2 U.S. and 2 ARVN killed
  • 15 April 1970 HH-3E #66-13280 of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron was shot down while trying to rescue the crew of UH-1H #68-16203 resulting in 1 crewman killed

Current use

The base has been turned over to forestry and housing and sits adjacent to the Ho Chi Minh Highway.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Stanton, Shelby (2003). Vietnam Order of Battle. Stackpole Books. p. 246. ISBN 9780811700719.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kelley, Michael (2002). Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–133. ISBN 978-1555716257.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Rosendo Montana SP5". The Virtual Wall. Retrieved 25 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "de Havilland Canada C-7A Caribou 61-2406". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "de Havilland Canada C-7B Caribou 62-4180". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "de Havilland Canada C-7B Caribou 63-9746". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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