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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19 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.

  4. I was with the 3rd Bn 26th Marines who moved into area Dec of 1966 to establish base camp there. It was operation Chinook later named camp Evans after our rocket man Cpl Evans with India company was killed first or second night during perimeter attack. Constant rain and cold. RIP Cpl Evans. It is hard to recognize anything now . I also left Camp Evans to Danang for CONUS Oct ‘66

    1. Hello Cary, thank you for your comment. Yes there is basically nothing left of the base. I am not certain about those concrete slabs along the road, if they could be from the camp?

  5. I was there from July 1970 to July 1971 working out of the aid station as a combat medic. After watching the video I felt safer on the base than riding on those roads now.

    1. Charles, thank you for your comment and visiting our website, yes traffic in Vietnam can be intense but staying to the right and not taking chances will go a long way. As you could see in the video and the pictures there is very little that reveals this was once a very large base.

  6. Watching the video it appears the vehicle was traveling south on Highway 1 and turned west toward Evans. I served with MACV Team 3 at Phong Dien, located about 3 Ks NE of Evans. We were a U.S. Army 6-man advisory team with an Aussie warrant officer and lived with and fought with a PF company. I was there in Fall 1967 when Evans was a Marine camp. The Marines would send a squad to help with our nighttime perimeter security. We used to get our drinking water from Evans. The Marines departed in Dec. 67 or early Jan. 68 when the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division moved in. In the Spring of 68 the 101st Abn. began moving in, occupying an area by Evans’ water point. One night a firefight broke out inside the perimeter, and I stood atop our command bunker and watched red tracers going in each direction. Something had obviously gotten screwed up. We called Evans to tell them it appeared to be a friendly fire incident. It was the Cav and 101st firing at each other. Originally, Evans was quite a distance from the highway, but when I rotated home in May 1968 the camp stretched all the way to the highway.

  7. I served as a Shake-N-Bake infantry squad leader with Co. A 2/506th out of Camp Evans from April 1969-March 1970. Whenever we were in base camp for a stand down, the sight I will always remember is the stark mountain range that rose tall from the edge of the flatlands such a short distance away. To me, those mountains always looked ominous and sinister.

  8. Albert Miral
    4th Marine Sniper Platoon, 4th MarRegt
    At Camp Evans, Feb. 19-Nov 20 (on or about) 1967. Not one round of incoming. Regiment moved to Camp J. J. Carroll where it rained rockets constantly. What happened at Camp Evans after 4th Marine Regiment left?

    1. Albert, thank you for your comment. I am not sure what happened when the 4th left as I am not sure when that was. The camp was eventually turned over to ARVN and later overrun by NVA when ARVN command had struck a deal with the NVA. US Advisors had to get out under dramatic circumstances.

  9. Interesting. I served with B Troop 1/9 1st Cav at Evans from May 68 until we left to head south after chasing NVA through the Ashau Valley on their retreat to Laos. I do have some photos of Evans if anyone is interested. Very very proud of the men I served with..

    1. Steve. Thank you for your comment. I am happy you made it home. We would be interested in seeing any photos you might want to share. Send us an email on namwartravel.com and we can talk via email.

  10. I was an Air Force weatherman at Camp Evans, 1/2 of a two man combat weather team, from Oct. 1970 – Sept 1971. I was a SSgt, a part of 5th Weather Squadron. 5th Weather provided weather support for Army units in Vietnam. Our weather unit in northern I Corps, OL-D, provided support for the 101st Airborne. Our hooch/weather station was within a few dozen yards of the control tower at Evans, just south of the air strip on a slight rise overlooking the strip. Other than a unit of Air Force FAC’s across the runway from us, my partner and I were the only Air Force unit at Camp Evans during my year there.

    1. Thanks for your comment and for visiting our website Jimmy.I remember talking about Khe Sanh and Camp Evans with you in one of the history groups on Facebook where you have shared some of your pictures. Glad to see you hear. Thank you for sharing some insight on Evans, it really adds to this site gettings some historical context.
      /Jonas

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