I Corps was the most northern tactical zone during the war. With its location bordering to the north it saw heavy fighting almost all through 1956 to 1975. It covered the southern part of the DMZ, the bases along the Route 9 in Quang Tri province down through Thua Thien province with the Ashau valley, Quang Nam province where the first Marines landed in 1965 and down to the VC infested Quang Ngai.
Aluoi Airfield – LZ Stallion
Aluoi town is located about halfway through the Ashau Valley where the road from Hue joins the Ho Chi Minh Highway. In this small town was once a small Special Forces Base located, today the old runway is a road through town and it makes for a nice stop for the history traveler coming through the area.
The legendary Ashau Valley still holds its secrets hidden for the adventurous traveler to discover.
Bunker Hill – Hue
A mysterious installation of bunkers west of Hue overlooking the Perfume River still holds its history hidden.
Once the location of a a U.S. Special Forces camp, this site sits quietly on the floor of the Ashau Valley.
Camp J.J. Carroll
Camp Carroll was one of the highly strategic bases along Route 9 covering the central DMZ.
As one of the largest U.S. Base Camps during the war, the site of Camp Evans is an important landmark to visit.
Dakrong Valley stretches from the Dakrong bridge at Route 9 in the north to the Ashau valley in the south. It was the site of some of the largest operations during the war as well as an important infiltration route for both Viet Minh and later NVA.
DMZ – Quang Tri Province
Quang Tri was the home of the DMZ, Street Without Joy and it required of the fighting forces to master everything from coastal amfibious warfare to fighting in dense jungle on the steep mountains of the western province.
FSB Bastogne & FSB Birmingham
FSB Bastogne and FSB Birmingham were located south west of Hue just where the mountains starts to climb up towards The Ashau Valley. A visit to these sites is a must for any history traveler due to the importance of these bases during the war,
Hai Van Pass
Convoys going between Hue and Da Nang had to pass through this bottleneck making it one of the most dangerous places during the war.
Hill 937 – Hamburger Hill
The legendary Hamburger Hill is possible to visit, it’s not the easiest destination to reach, but when you get there you know you have come to a special place.
Located on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue City the former capital of Vietnam and the home of the Nguyen Dynasty offers a lot to the traveler. History is present everywhere, centuries old buildings combined with the more recent history of the Vietnam War and the vicinity to the Demilitarized Zone makes Hue one of the country’s most compelling destinations.
Kham Duc Special Forces Base
The former Special Forces camp in Kham Duc is located along the Ho Chi Minh Highway and anyone who passes through the town will have the opportunity to stop and look around.
Khe Sanh Combat Base
The former USMC base is located in the north west of I Corps along Route 9 featuring a museum well worth visiting.
LZ Peanuts – A special journey
During the night of May 5th 1968, a few kilometers west of Khe Sanh a fierce battle took place when the men from 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry stood their ground against hundreds of attacking NVA troops pouring in from across the Laotian border. The hill today is a peaceful place, one among many in the highland farmlands. but it has a special history and it will reveal some of it for those adventurous enough to seek it out and climb it.
LZ Stud – Vandegrift Combat Base
One of the important LZs later Combat Bases along Route 9 in Quang Tri province south of the DMZ. There might not be much left to see there, but the mountains ridges will be recognized from some of the most classic photos by Larry Burrows.
Many will have heard of My Lai. It is possible to visit this site just outside Quang Ngai City
Quang Tri Combat Base
Quang Tri Combat Base was established between Dong Ha and Quang Tri city in order to provide a new logistics center out of range from PAVN artillery located north of DMZ.
Vinh Moc Tunnels
Not actually located in I Corps, but north of the Ben Hai river, these tunnels will show you another side of the war.