Camp Evans

Camp Evans was established in late 1966 during what was called Operation Chinook as U.S. Marines was performing operations in the Phong Dien area about 25 kilometers north of Hue. The camp started out small but over time grew in to one of the larger base camps in the country with a Marine Regiment and other units such as artillery and support units in place.

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Early 1968 the 1st Cavalry Division moved in as The Marines moved north to Quang Tri. Later on in 1969 the base was taken over by the 101st Airborne Division.

Please see below a video from our visit to the site where the camp was located.

The camp was used as a launch point for units patrolling and assaulting in to the foothills of the mountains in the west as well as further west in to the Ashau Valley. It was also used as a logistical hub to support the numerous firebases in the mentioned areas.  Considering its vicinity to the Ashau Valley it was the ideal place to have these large units posted on this site.

Today there are very few remains from the base in the area. At our visit we spent about half an hour walking around the site and found more or less nothing indicating that this place once sprawled with activity. Along the road leading in we found concrete foundations that could have been used during the base’s active period. There are industrial parks and reservoirs on the site along with some service roads. We think that driving around on those roads might result in finding remnants of the base. Some caution should be taken as there is also a Vietnamese Army installation on the site and trespassing the property is a serious offense.

 

How to get there

Reaching the site of Camp Evans is very easy at it is located just off the Highway 1 on the west side about 25 kilometers north of Hue.

Decimal coordinates are 16.562, 107.38

 

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7 thoughts on “Camp Evans”

    1. Thanks for sharing that Ralph and thank you for visiting our website. Evans turned out to be quite a large basecamp over time.

  1. I was with Seabee battalion MCB-4 adjacent to the east of Camp Evans in 1968. We built the Navy’s 12th Seabee base in country that year, Camp Haines, as well as rebuilt the Army’s Camp Evans after TET. I was there when the Viet Cong blew up the ammo dump and destroyed the air strip. We rebuilt it it all from the ground up. I was there when a Chinook and a Caribou collided and killed over 20 men on their way home that year too. Our base is no longer there either I hear. Those concrete pads were probably some of our work – probably the 1000 man chow hall.

    Daniel Burd UTP-2, USN MCB-4, 1968

    1. Daniel, thank you for your comment and thank you for visiting our website. That is very interesting information. The pictures and video is taken quite far east of what would have been the camp area. I understand the camp was huge. So I don’t know where the chow hall was located, but it is great if we caught on camera at least some of the remains of the camp. The whole area around there is so built up that most is gone. I understand Camp Eagle is also more or less erased.

  2. Arrived in country Sept 68 & assigned to 101st Ann. After P training at Camp Ray on Bien Hoa base, sent to Camp Eagle. Bout a week later was sent to the boonies as RTO for Arty FO.
    After losing radio antenna, sent to Camp Evans. When your up in Sept 69, flew on loach from Evans to Phu Bai , C130 to Bien Hoa & then freedom bird jet to San Francisco. Saw pics & do remember red clay & the red dust.

    1. Thanks for your comment and visiting our website Charles. Yeah, there isn’t much to see on the site nowadays. For a veteran like yourself I guess the red dirt and perhaps looking west towards the mountains would reveal that you are at the correct place. I understand it’s the same down at Eagle as well. I will go and have look there one day.

  3. HHC 1/7th Cav. Camp Evans From May 25th 1968 til Moving South to Phouc Vinh, Dec. 1,1969 I was near the airstrip and Sadly witnessed the air collision, Which I Believe the Chinook Was A Mail Carrier and the Caribou Transported Troopers who were going on R& R Or Going Home , God Rest All Those Who Were Lost That Day In Tragedy , I know I Will Never Forget How Long After The Accident, Letters Fluttered Down From Sky And The Picture Was Forever Frozen, In My Thoughts.

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