Along and north of what is now QL49 between Hue and Aluoi there were a number of Fire Support Bases established in order to monitor and stop the infiltration of PAVN troops from the Ashau Valley towards the lowlands where Hue is located. These bases also served as artillery bases as well as launch points for operations in to the Ashau Valley and Dakrong Valley.
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You can follow our drive there from Hue in the below embedded video:
Today FSB Bastogne has a lot to offer for the visitor. Walking around the area one will find remnants of the old artillery pits and some of the other structures. Scraping the ground will reveal a lot of different items still lying around. One will find old sandbags, boot soles, artillery shell packing material and lots of other stuff.
At the top of the camp lies the old Command Post, standing up there one easily understand why this was a superb site for this camp. There is a 360 degree making it possible for the artillery to fire in all directions, also up towards the areas north towards the Song Bo Valley that were very active as NVA used it as an infiltration route.
At FSB Birmingham there are also plenty to see if you look close. The old chopper pad is still there but now it is built up around it and one will also find old items lying around on the ground even here. These sites offer great insight for the history traveler as to where the bases were placed in relation to each other, what the terrain looks like and the overall geography of the area. And they do tell a compelling story of how life could have been there during the war.
Even so close to Hue and the large camps of Camp Eagle and Camp Evans, this was considered hostile territory through the war due to the location right on the PAVN infiltration routes.
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The rivers in the area such as Song Bo and Song Huong were frequently used by PAVN troops for transport of men and material. The returning veteran should be able to seek out his old location and the history traveler will be rewarded with discovering two of the legendary bases that played a very important part in the war in central I Corps.
How to get there
Travel south west along the QL49 towards Aluoi and you will shortly arrive at the sites.The coordinates below gives a spot of where the bases were located, but remember that they often stretched over hundreds of meters across several hills.
Decimal coordinates for FSB Bastogne are: 16.356455 107.454210
Decimal coordinates for FSB Birmingham are: 16.363 107.533Back to I Corps