Phuoc Vinh Base Camp

 

Being one of the earlier bases, established already in 1965, Phuoc Vinh Base Camp was an integral part of the build up of U.S. military presence in Vietnam. Phuoc Vinh Base Camp, also called Camp Gorvad, was to be one of the more important bases covering War Zone D. The base was located along the main road between Saigon and Dong Xoai about 70 kilometers north east of Saigon.

Special Forces camp at Phuoc Vinh Base Camp

Initially it was a base for the 1st Infantry Division and later in November 1968 the 1st Cavalry Division moved in and had its rear here as well as up in Quan Loi. As we understand, the Division Headquarters was located here in Phuoc Vinh, The Cavalry stayed until 1971. The location meant this large installation was isolated in a very hostile area with no larger bases in its immediate vicinity. Convoys used to come up from Bien Hoa with supplies, meaning they had to cross the Song Be river and the old blown up bridge. The Song Be Bridge itself is an interesting destination which has its own page here on the website. 

Base area at Phuoc Vinh Base Camp

Convoys would also continue north to Dong Xoai and further up to Quan Loi. Visiting the site isn’t entirely easy as the People’s Army has a large base there. We weren’t really aware of the presence at our visit as we drove straight in to the runway from the eastern end where the Special Forces camp used to be located. That area is now a shooting range for the People’s Army. Besides of the runway, there really isn't much left of the old camp that we could discover. The only building of significance we could find is a church like building that is clearly visible in old pictures of the camp, it was white then. Now it is painted in a yellow cream color that seems to be popular on many Vietnamese government buildings.

Phuoc Vinh building inside the old camp area

We decided to drive around the camp to enter from the south on the main road from town. There we asked someone who seemed to have authority if we could drive the runway and it seemed to be O.K. We rode along the runway that stretches more than 1000 meters. Although there were no signs saying this was a restricted area, we felt we weren’t welcome on the runway so we made this only a short drive.

At the south side of the runway is also a cemetery where soldiers from the PAVN and possibly VC are buried. We had no time to go in this time but will make sure to pay a visit next time we drive by. Our position on this website is to show our respect for both sides. The cemetery is located on the site of where the base camp itself was. In the video above we are driving around the former camp area. There are mostly Army and other Government installations there now.

Base area at Phuoc Vinh Base Camp

Due to the potential difficulties of visiting this place, we don’t recommend to have Phuoc Vinh Base Camp as the primary destination for a trip in the area. Instead we would recommend it as a secondary site for those who are visiting other places in the area. But as we got there, we were very pleased to see the runway and the surrounding areas and we will go back with the ambition of spending more time on the untouched scrub area adjacent to the runway as we believe there will be remains of the old camp there.

 

How to get there

Access by road from either Bien Hoa or Thu Dau Mot in the south or from Dong Xoai in the north along the DT741 main road. The road is in good condition and it is a couple of hours drive from Saigon.

Decimal coordinates: 11.298056, 106.795278

 

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130 thoughts on “Phuoc Vinh Base Camp”

  1. I was at Phuc Vinh 1968 with A Company 2/506 Infantry, 101st Airborne. I’m looking for anyone who was a member of the unit and also looking for photos.

  2. I WAS IN THE MOVE FROM CAMP EVANS TO PHUOC VINH . I WASIN HEADQUARTERS DIVISION ARTILERY . THIS WAS IN 68-69 WE GOT HIT THE FIRST NIGHT THERE WITH ROCKETS. BUT IT WAS BETTER THAN CAMP EVANS . WE WERE NEXT TO A SCHOOL . I WOULD WATCH THE KIDS PLAY WHEN ON GUATD AND THE VILLAGE WAS A GOOD PLACE TO EAT MD GET BON BON 33 .

  3. My dad was at Phuoc Vinh 66-67 Co B 4th Bn 68th Armor “Big Red 1”, I was wondering if anyone else was here from the same company at that time?

  4. Jonas Iwas with the 168th Engr Cbt Bn C Co. at Phuoc Vinh from Oct 66 to Oct 67 cannot find any info about it.Been searching for any info. Do you know anything about it.

      1. Yes I would like to know about the unit .I have been searching for anything about it . Havent seen anything about it since i left there in Oct 67

        1. Robert, maybe one of the readers here will comment and give you info. Have you checked the other comments here and on the Lai Khe page? Otherwise there is a group on Facebook called Vietnam Buddy Finder or something like that. You might find something there.

  5. Like a lot of guys I came to Phouc Vinh from Camp Evans in Oct 68 with the 1st Cav. We had our Headquarters battery located there and all of our 155’s were scattered in surrounding Lzs. I was in FDC so when we got there i didn’t get to look around to much. Our first night, the 8″ and 175 guns started shooting. That was a shocker, they were hidden by the berm. After that introduction it seems like we got incoming almost nightly. Someone questioned sappers. Yes I remember the night. Lots of flares and Cobras along the perimeter. When we first moved in the FDC houch was slat sides and tin roof. We worked for weeks building a new one with ammo boxes and sandbags. I’m sure every day we complained about the work but 2 days after we moved into the new houch , the old one took a direct rocket hit. No more complaining! I was a Spec 5 with 1st/30th Artillery. Hard Charger 23 ,trying to grow up and not hurt any friendlies.

  6. The Vietnam War Memorial is searching for a photo of Ronald Irwin Krauss of New York for the Wall of Faces project. A2C Krauss served with the Forward Air Control Team, Spec Forces Advisory Team 88, III Corp, and was killed at Phuoc Vinh Air Field on May 22, 1965. Krauss was helping to de-arm an 01 Birddog Acft and accidentally dropped a rocket that exploded, causing fatal burns. If anyone knew Krauss from BT or later, or served with him in Vietnam, and can provide a photo of him, it will be an honor to receive his photo. You can send photo from your cell to mine 352-502-5070 or email to bethbraun8113@yahoo.com. His picture and bio will be posted at http://www.vvmf.org. Thank you. Beth Braun

  7. I was with C 1/7 Air Cav (Kool Killer) in 1969. At that time we transitioned through Phouc Vinh, Quan Loi, and Tay Ninh from time to time.
    We spent all our days out in the boonies so seeing the bases was more like a quick visit than anything else. My biggest memory of Phouc Vinh was that they had a kick ass DJ that played the best rock and roll sets I’ve ever heard. Quan Loi is remembered for the red laterite that was like walking on ice when it was wet (which was about every time I was there). I remember getting into Tay Ninh dead tired from a long transition from I Corp and trying to get some sleep in the middle of the day. We were relaxing and settling in when a cloud of dust rose from the ground to a height of about 1 foot. An “old timer” there said it was a B-52 strike nearby. We couldn’t hear or feel a thing. Just that cloud.
    The remainder of my time in that area was just as spooky.
    As far as Tet 1969 goes, we were positioned at some short distance outside of Phouc Vinh during that period. Kids from the village would come out to sell us Buffalo Burgers, Cokes and other stuff. (How did they find us?). It was the quietest period I ever spent in VN.
    I forget if we were operating out of PV or QL at the time, but one day we came across an actual paved road and started walking on it (which I thought was absolutely nuts). 2nd platoon was on point that day and we came upon a big sign written in several languages. It said “You are now entering Viet Nam….” The lieutenant hustled us off the road but, too late. That’s how I learned we were operating in Cambodia.
    We rode sometimes with the 11th Armored Cav (Black Horse). Those guys are cray-zeee. The bottom of those M113s are paved with machine gun ammo! We got to visit the Montagnards at Bo Dop (?) and tear through the Michelin rubber plantations with them.
    While I’m spewing here, I want to shout out to Blue Max (Apache) and Red Leg (artillery) — all you guys saved a lot of lives I hope you know. Also to every Slick Pilot and crew out there. You are angles.
    I’m glad I had that experience. Fortunately, my closest buds all made it back to the world, which is what counts.

    1. Hey John,
      I was there at all these places Phouc Vinh, Quan Loi, Tay Ninh, Bu Dop or Bo Dop. I was with the Dusters (twin 40’s) Quad 50’s and Search lights. I hated Bu Dop because. The village came right up to the perimeter of the fire base and you could just walk in. I never figured hat out.
      Best Regards, Jack Ryan

    2. Hey John you where in my platoon. Howie from NY. I have pictures of you and Tom Fowler. Melvin Merk, Henry Gotoy , Randy Dixon and all the guts. LZ Strike photos. Email me and I will share them with you. hstillwago@aol.com go on The Vietnam War face book page. I’ve been listening them. Stay safe, Howard Stillwagon, Glen Cove, NY

  8. Iwas in the 595 signal unit at phouc vinh from Dec 66 to late Nov. 67, our camp was near the artillary base, I WAS A 31M20 RADIO RELAY & CARRIER ATTENDANT. GOT OUT BEFORE THE TET OFFEN 68 JAN, THERE WERE ONLY 55 IN OUR UNIT AND LATER FOUND OUT 15 IN MY UNIT HAD DIED. GLAD TO HAVE MADE IT HOME,

  9. Medevac 25 here. Moved down from An Khe with the Cav. Lots of memories of in coming, sun warmed water for showers, GP mediums with pallet wood floors. In the Cav we lived like Marines. After all these years I remember it as good times with friends

  10. We were soldiers. All of us who served because our country asked. We upheld the values of freedom and liberty. We left the street corners, our hot rods, our families, our jobs. We entered a God-forsaken land and committed our very souls and lives to a cause and home that offered 20 hour days, sparse food, and danger all around us. Yes, we were young and soldiers for a time, a time that will always be remembered by soldiers.

    God bless all of the hero’s from that time

  11. I served with bravo battery 6th of the 27th at Phuoc vihn from oct. l965 to aug. l966 an 8-inch artillery unit sent from Ft. Bliss Texas in late septl or early October of l965. We sailed out of San Fran as a unit on the USS Gordon troop ship. I was a Sp-5 at the time in the FDC of the battery. Wow! 55 years ago!

  12. Although I never served at Phuoc Vinh camp, I visited there in mid 1969 for the day when we flew in for my boss ( a British Royal Air Force Officer, full Colonel equivalent) to visit senior 1st Air Cavalry Division staff.

    I as a Royal Air Force Officer, Captain equivalent, with a couple of hours to spare, wandered along a flight line of Huey AH-1 Cobra aircraft and was invited to fly on an air test trip by a pilot, US Army Warrant Officer.

    Delighted to accept, I then spent a very “interesting “ hour or so over War Zone D putting this aircraft through the usual full checks required after a major servicing.

    After all these years I am returning to Vietnam in the Spring and still recall this trip quite vividly.

    I am trying to discover which unit I flew in that day and have narrowed it down to either the 227 or 228 Aviation Battalion – C Company of the former? Can anybody help me?

    Congratulations on your website. I wish the British Military units had similar methods of Veterans keeping in touch!

  13. My time in Phouc Vinh was from Dec 69 to Nov70. I was a 96D2T, image interpreter for the 191st MID, 1st Cav. We had small buildings, for light tables, a photo lab, a data link and a non functioning Tactical Imagery Interpretation Facility. For reference, nearby, was the Chemical Company. I worked mostly at night. Our job was to search for targets and activity, using Air Force and Army imagery. At night Mohawk aircraft would fly a grid and send infrared (Red Haze) imagery in real time back to the data link, the film would be developed and analyzed for hot targets. A report identifying targets with six digits was prepared and delivered to G2. Also at night (SLAR) Side Looking Airborne Radar missions were data linked, interpreted and reported to G2. It was possible to review SLAR imagery as it was data linked, all pretty high tech for 1970.

    We saw a few outdoor movies, my favorite was “The Green Berets”, during the on screen firefight, we had to ran for cover, as real incoming started. If it wasn’t incoming, we could still count on Chemical Company CS.

    Sometime around May I was assigned to a task force, leading up to the incursion. My job was to prepare maps, but not to really know too much. One day a ARVN general paid us a visit, pointed to a map area and said boo-coo GI next week. That remark was way above my pay grade, as a matter of fact, I never officially heard it.

  14. Was at Phuoc Vinh 70-71. Never knew it was Camp Gorvad until I started doing research to pen my first novel, “Knight’s Blessing,” the first of five infantry units I would serve with in Nam. I was the first (and only) veterinarian specialist (91T) to serve with the 62nd Infantry Platoon (Combat Trackers) at Phuoc Vinh. We had 3 hootches and a kennel building for our Labrador retrievers across from the main base camp between a squadron of OH-06s and the 11th Aviation BDE. Technically, I was a canine medic and the only non-infantryman in the platoon, but my first CO, LT Miller, suggested I accompany the teams on missions as a coverman if I wanted to gain their respect. So, I did. Earned the Combat Medical Badge in the process. When the unit stood down, I extended my tour of duty and ended up with the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal). Of all the outfits I would eventually serve with until my retirement from Ft. Bragg, N.C., in 1992, I will always remember the 1st Cav as my first and best unit.

    1. Was at Phouc Vinh Aug 70 to Apr 71 with the 11th Aviation and worked as a 35K Avionics on UH-1 and OH-6. Working the night shift 4 PM – 7AM the closest bunker during incoming was the 62nd, if I could make it. Our 35L radio repairman use to go out regularly with the 62nd, but my closest field duty was flying door gunner during the dayshift. We moved to Ben Hoa in April 71 where I extended until Mar 72. Earned a Bronze Star at Xuan Loc during the siege of Nov 70 and another during Tet 71 supporting the battle of Tay Ninh was discharged in Nov 80 now 100% disabled.

  15. Arrived in phuoc vinh June 67 with co. A 1/2 infantry remember our bunkers faced the rice paddies on East side of camp Also remember going down to village with some of the guys I have lots of photos n memories

        1. Hey Jack I would love to see them also. I was there I believe in 70.
          I was with Co. C 5/7 Cav. We were doing night ambush, I was in charge of taking my team out, I was assigned to HHC and reported to BN Commander.

    1. Dennis I arrived at Phouc vinh right in time for rocket attack that took out medics shower July of 67 alpha co 2nd platoon medic replacement ..jim

    2. Dennis , do remember a soldier named Bill Stein from Illinois ? He is my uncle. He was with the big red 1 medical unit during the same time you were there. Please respond with any information. Thank you for your service. Scott Wyllie

  16. I moved to Phuoc Vinh from up north in November, 1968 with C 2/5. When we first got there it was really bad. Many of our troops had seen little if any action before arriving in PV. We had several casualties & a number of KIA’s in the first weeks. I was an armorer with C company ready to go home Feb. 6 & my friend who was to be my replacement was to come in from the field by Christmas to be trained. Larry was killed on Dec. 20th. Arrived an 18 year old boy, left a 19 year old man.

  17. I was an E5 with Delta Co, 701st Maint Bn in Phuoc Vinh in ‘66-‘67. We pitched our tents next to 1/26th near the “river.” We had the 50 cal in the tree platform. Useless. Spent Feb-May on Op Junction City. Worked DX for awhile. In and out to the units on the go. Several mortar/rocket attacks on the camp. Got ugly when VC marched the rounds down the choppers and hit a barracks. B-52s boiling the earth every am to the south of us. No good memories from there.

  18. I was in Phouc Vinh from Sep 1968 to Sep 1969. My unit was Charlie Battery 6/27 Arty, 8” and 175 mm self propelled. Lots of rockets and mortars and a few ground probes. I was glad to be where I was. Our biggest problem was the concussion from our guns split our sand bags and we were always having to rebuild our bunkers. Nothing recognizable in the video. Things have changed. I do have some pictures of our crossing the Song Be River bridge to get supplies. We had an overage on our 175 ammo count one morning on gun#4. The crew buried the round standing upright using post hole diggers. I wonder if it’s still there?

  19. I was in Phouc Vinh from Sep 1968 to Sep 1969. My unit was Charlie Battery 6/27 Arty, 8” and 175 mm self propelled. Lots of rockets and mortars and a few ground probes. I was glad to be where I was. Our biggest problem was the concussion from our guns split our sand bags and we were always having to rebuild our bunkers. Nothing recognizable in the video. Things have changed. I do have some pictures of our crossing the Song Be River bridge to get supplies. We had an overage on our 175 ammo count one morning on gun#4. The crew buried the round standing upright using post hole diggers. I wonder if it’s still there?

    David Willingham

  20. Came in country January 1970 and assigned to E (Recon) Company 2nd/7th Cavalry. Company headquarters were in Phuoc Vinh. From there we were sortied to a Firebase a few clicks away. Does anyone remember of know the name of the firebase?

    1. Hi. I looked up some history I could find and it seems the Cav opened several fireballs in the area, perhaps too far west, not sure. Do names as Jamie, Garyowen, Heather, Victor, Flasher, Drum and Illingsworth ring any bells?

        1. Tee Crow: I was at LZ Cindy, on a hill overlooking the Song Be. 1/12 Cav. Spring 69. I think it was more than a few klicks out, though.

  21. Outstanding information. I was an M.P. with the 545th M.P. Co.. Feb 8th 1970 to Dec22 1970. We did TOC guard, internal and external perimeter patrol and investigations. Did gate H.Q, CG guard and flew 2 P.W.s at a time down to Binh Hoa. CG guard was done overnight. We were to make sure the General got out to his bunker. Most of the time Gen. Roberts was out the back door while I was at the front. Gen Casey was the same way. I think the village was on limits for less than a week my whole time there. Did some stupid things like standing on a bunker watching 122 rockets fly over. Stood in the Div. HQ guard shack watching mortars walk up the road at my stone shack. Surprised I’m here to write about it.

  22. I was at Phuoc Vinh from Jan 69 to Jun 69, in a Signals Intelligence unit. The area where my company was quartered was pretty obviously an old tree plantation, seemed to be rubber tress – planted in straight, regular rows – and we were told at the time that the place was an old Michelin plantation. Just wondered if you had heard anything about that, or saw anything like that while you were there.

  23. I was a Scout Dog handler with the 37th Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog) in 1970-71. Although our main dog kennel was at Bien Hoa, our forward area kennel was at Phuoc Vinh. During the time I was there our Scout Dog teams, (1 man, 1 dog) were mostly sent up to Phuoc Long Province to the FSBs that formed a “picket line” of sorts. We were on call when elements of the 1st Cav made contact and they used us to walk point on the Jolley Trail System mostly. (Named for Major Charles A. Jolley). Part of our job was to use the dogs to alert on trip wire booby traps, sniff out enemy bunkers and arms cashes. But the because of the German shepherd’s ability to use their ears, eyes and noses to keep patrols from walking into ambushes we lead patrols right on the trails because the bamboo forests up there were often too thick to break trail. The biggest of the fire bases was FSB Snuffy. It was within five miles of the Cambodia border. It was located on a road and had a fixed-wing landing strip in addition to a chopper pad. Other less permanent FSBs up in Phuoc Long along a “picket line” extended W/NW all the way to the border with II Corp. They were FSBs Audie and Betty. At Phuoc Vinh we sometimes were carried by chopper into deep forests in War Zone D directly from Phuoc Vinh (with the 1/12th and or the 2/12th Cav if memory serves). Taking off on combat assault directly into the forest, or sometimes being dropped of at FSB Dragonhead we left Phouc Vinh from a chopper pad with the humorous name the “Guess Who Pad” named after the Canadian rock band. I’ve not met anyone who remembers the Guess Who Pad but if someone does, please confirm for me. While some non-combat personnel considered Phuoc Vinh to be “up country,” to us dog handlers, PV was a welcome relief from living in the bush. We could get a hot meal, a hot shower and even go to the PX. To a grunt in the field, that was like R&R despite the evening rocket and mortar attacks on the runways.

  24. HHC 1/28th..I drove wrecker and did convoys from Long Bing thru Phuoc Vinh, Lai Khe and Quan Loi and every little hole in the wall in between..1968-1969.

  25. The names John Melquist and Robert Maas jumped out at me! I served with you guys at Co. B, 227th AHB from Oct. 69 until we pulled out in 71. I was given a field promotion to straighten out the mess someone made of Tech Supply where I became NCOIC. The C.O. assigned me a full time pilot, Mr Hackett and he helped me make us the flyingest outfit in Nam! He also taught me to fly. I flew as many volunteer missions as I could as gunner. I ran into pilot Troy Wise in Alaska a fellow I flew for quite a bit. I woukd like to find Mr Hackett and Dave Wolfe, anyone else who wants to get in touch. Masher Control……out!
    And I give permission to release my email address to any of you!

    1. Mike just ran across your comments here regarding Co B 227 at Phuoc Vinh. I was with HHC 227 from Nov 69-Nov 70. I came to know a lot of the gunners and crew chiefs serving with B and C Co.’s…Mike Knadler gunned for Bravo during 60-70..I have contacted him on numerous occasions. He is up in Oregon,doing good. I also made contact with John Melquist.He met me at the airstrip and jeeped me to the Co. area on my arrival to Phuoc Vinh. Welocme Home.

      1. Tom, my handle was “moose” in Vietnam. I seemed to remember your name. I was with C Co. 227AHB. Jan70/Dec70. I didn’t realize that there were some many guys from Phouc Vinh on this string of messages. Some sights, sounds and smells that never ever leave you
        John Durda

  26. I was with the 595th signal co white platoon at Phouc Vinh base camp in 1969 and 1970, we were over near the air strip.

  27. Was with the 1/28 Inf. 1 Inf Div. Oct 1966 through Oct 1967. The town of Phouc Vinh only had maybe 5 buildings at the most. An we were allowed to take or weapons into town. Then something bad happened an that was the end of taking our weapons into town. Never visited the town again. If we wasn’t out on a operation we on the highway clearing trees back from the highway if you could call it that. Just before I returned to Ft.Knox, We were getting ready to move to Quan Loa. We would r an r there,beautiful place. They let us the pool but not the club. Didn’t know about agent orange till later in life. When I learned I had ischemic heart disease an parkinson disease. Also came home with PTSD .

    1. Hey Mike ! Do you remember LT Todoroff, ? Nick was his first name. He really got weird when he came home . I was part of the reason no weapons in town we had a shoot-out with a few drunken Cambode soldiers no matter it was kinda fun. They were a great bunch of little guys as long as they stayed off the rice wine.

      Your guys were across the road by Nu Ba Ra : I was with the quad 50’s and search lights what a frekin nightmare. Up all night and drunk all day

  28. I arrived at Phuoc Vinh in January 1966 and left about the end of February 1967. It looked nothing like the photos shown here. Narrow dusty dirt roads. My unit was south of the airstrip. The only attacks at the base while I was there were mortars dropped on the airstrip. The VC got lucky one night and hit an ammo dump. Strange war. You had to leave the village by dusk as, as the story goes, the enemy would make their visit during the night. PV was a staging area for operations to An Loc and Tay Ninh. Been there a few times. Convoys down to Bien Hoa were dangerous. I saw a Deuce and a Half trucks get blown off the road in front of my. Can’t forget the Victory Bar. 🙂

  29. Sp5 John D White
    E Btry 82 Artillary
    556 Transport
    1ST Air Cav
    Arrived in Phuoc Vinh May 1970 was in charge of Avionics,then Sgt of guard and did some night hawk mission.When arrived the crew cheif said this place is know as rocket city and he was’t kidding.Constant incoming.I finally learned to lay down instead of running into the bunkers.Got a lot of sharpnel wounds.I have agent oranges issues,heart and prostate.When 1st Cav left several of us did’t have orders so we hitch hiked to Saigon First Cav head Qtrs and got our orders.We were really disrespected when we got home.Americans need to wake up.Amen

  30. With the Cav November 70 – March 71, C/1/77 arty FO supporting D 2/12 Cav. We were “palace Guard” Feb to end of March. Supposed to be 30 day rotation but we stayed out there as Cav was going home. Did not have enough time in country so I was sent north to B/2/94 Corps Arty.
    When we came in everyone was gone. Went to battery area, duffle bags left on pavement in pile almost everything was gone including “go home clothes.
    Ray

    1. Looking for anyone that was part of the 13 th. Signal at Phouc Vinh. I was there from March 1970 until March 1971. Left before the 1st Cavalry pulled out. I was division Currier. Having problems because of agent orange. I would like to hear from some of the guys from the 13th. Bill Russell

      1. Hi, Bill.

        I served with the 13th Signal at Phuoc Vinh from May 1969 until May 1970. I had been trained as a radio teletype operator at Fort Gordon, but when I got to the 1st Cav I was offered a job as an SOI (Signal Operating Instructions) clerk. We had a crew of 4 or 5 guys and we prepared and distributed the SOIs which included all the assigned radio frequencies and call signs to every unit in the division. I returned home in May 1970 just after the Cambodian invasion. Sorry to read about your problems with Agent Orange disabilities. I got lucky and I don’t have any.

  31. I served with the 227th AHB at PV in 1969, ’70, and early ’71. I recognized some of the descriptions of the place, and even the names of some of the people who posted comments here! There was nothing recognizable in the video, however. Thanks, Jonas, for creating this site.

    1. Thank you for your nice comment John. Yeah I guess the only thing recognizable is the runway. There is an old white church or French colonial building near the runway that I have seen in old pictures. It is still there.Check out the other nearby sites also as Lai Khe, Song Be Bridge and Quan Loi, maybe you came by those places?

  32. I was one of first to go to Phuoc Vihn from Camp Evans in Oct/Nov 1968.I was an RTO in FDC Division Artillery First Air Car.I remember a lot of 107 rockets while there…lot of incoming.I left June 1969.I have had cancer ptsd and other ailments.Agent Orange was heavy.We used to get the coordinates for maps as well as seeing Hueys and trucks spraying.Email me daveaircav@gmail.com

  33. Oct 65, Ft Riley to Oakland, CA by train, sailed under GG bridge, about 21 days at sea. 1 week at temporary base camp-Convoyed from Bien Hoa to Phuoc Vinh in mid Nov 1965, 1st BN, 28th, HHQ Co, RTO & some time in Mortar platoon. Bn Commander Col Haldane, tough and great soldier. 1st few weeks lots of digging, mine field laid at entrance. early casualty was new 2nd Lt who misread map and lost life in our own minefield. Opns usually 3-4 weeks then back to PV for 2-3. Long one in Tay Ninh, lost some friends. What a time that was. I salute all you guys who were there and all vets. Jim Burke

  34. I was with C Troop 1/9th Cav from Jan 1971 thru Jun 1971. We moved our base camp from Phuoc Vinh to Di-An near the end of April 1971. I remember watching the C-130s and C-5A’s being loaded and then struggling to get airborne. They would sit as far back as they could and revved up their engines almost to red line, before rolling down the runway. Prior to their departure additional trees were cut down at the far end of the runway. Even then they seemed to just barely make it. My last look at Phuoc Vinh was several days later from one of our UH-1H’s as we flew to the base at Di-An. At that point in time we were assigned to the 1st Aviation Brigade, since the 1st Cavalry Division (AM) had officially stood down. We stayed at De-An until the end of June 1971 when C Troop stood down and the colors and troops who had been in country 7 full months went to Fort Hood, TX. Forward was at Tay Ninh during this time period. Since I had not been in country that long I was transferred to the 23rd Artillery Group at Plantation.

    1. Walter, thank you for your comment. It brings a great insight in to the activities there and in the general area. I hope you enjoyed the page.

  35. I just found your site and enjoyed the post and video. The area has changed so much from the once single dirt road that entered the main gate. I was re-assigned to HHC 1st Cav to General Roberts and then General Casey staff. I left the camp after the death of General Casey and some very good friends the day his chopper went down. I was suppose to have been on that flight with Ken and the old man that day but by the grace I had to the opportunity to travel to a PX in Bien Hoa instead and did not go. I have so many mixed memories of the camp and the Great men I had a chance to serve with in the Cav. Welcome Home Guys!

      1. Jonas keep the work up; I have read post on other sites and it seems like myself so many men are now searching for buddies they served with. So many of us like you said made it out but left so much of ourselves behind. The connection with others can help heal the scars that people can’t see. By the grace of the past few years I am now rated as a 100% permanent DAV. These benefits help but the recognition has been the best part. I pray that my fellow servicemen no matter where you served, what unit you may have been with or what personal horrors you suffered find recognition and fellowship. The Vietnam Veteran deserves praise and recognition of honor and bravery.

        1. Thank you for your comment. We will keep working on this project. In fact we have some very interesting material soon to be published. We have done work with veterans from one of the most public battles and we visited the battlefield a few weeks ago where we managed to make some very interesting finds. Their 50th anniversary is coming up soon so this will be published in a month or so. You have our deepest respect and an important part of our work is to honor those who fought in this war.

  36. Was with HHB 7/11 arty 25th Inf at Tay Ninh , Fsb Denny south of Katum, and then to Dau Tieng. Assigned to Bn Arty tac ops center as Rto and later acting duty Nco. 25th Inf went back to Hawaii and I got transferred to C 2/19 Arty at Phouc Vinh and later to Firebase Apache near Xuan Loc. I recall waiting all day on the airstrip at Phouc Vinh with our 105mm howitzers to load them on C130s. We loaded 3 of them and one engine would not fire so they decided to take off with 3 engines. Then another engine would not start so had to unload the 105s and return to the parapits and do it all over again the next day. We flew out the next day and landed on some remote airstrip near Bo Dop(not far from Xuan Loc) and the Chinooks took our 105s and us to Firebase Apache. This was in Dec of 1970 and I went home shortly after.

    1. Hi Greg,

      It sounds like you served with my father, Arnold J Stueber. He too was in the 7/11, 25th Division.

      Any chance you remember him?

      Thank you for your service!

  37. Phuoc Vinh was also the home of the 3rd BN 3rd BDE 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans) of the 101st ABN DIV. We deployed from Fort Campbell, KY in Dec 1967 and were based at Phuoc Vinh until moving to Dak To in June of 1968. During that period Phuoc Vinh had the highest concentration of spray of Agents Orange, White and Blue in Vietnam with 484,383 gallons of agent orange, 146,576 gallons of agent white and 12,810 gallons of agent blue totaling 643,769 gallons of defoliant sprayed. I served as a combat squad leader with D company.

  38. I was with the 191st Military Intelligence Detachment of the 1st Cav from Oct 68-Oct 69.
    I was at Camp Evans in I Corps for a short while before we moved to Phuoc Vinh in anticipation of another Tet Offensive for 1969. The Cav’s aerial combat ability was the main reason for the move. The division was to be used to thwart any offensive on Saigon.
    I was responsible for order of battle information on VC and North Vietnamese units operating in the area. I visited many landing zones during my year in country to collect document and to gain other information from Americans serving there.
    The Phuoc Vinh base was frequently shelled during my tour. We all took turns every four or five days manning the well-protected guard sites that encircled the camps. Flares would frequently go off during the night to alert us to any probes of the perimeter wire.
    We worked in small buildings reportedly built by the French that were part of the command tactical operations center, a massive construction piled high with sandbags and surrounded by concertina wire.
    Our living quarters were down the road about one-quarter of a mile. We lived in long tents that held about a dozen guys. The mess hall and the detachment hqs were nearby.
    The village was close to where we worked. Young girls worked at the small commissary and could easily pass through the perimeter wire to return to their homes. I was only in the village market area once. Security was getting stricter during my tour and you needed a written reason to be there. It was not a tourist site.
    I made many friends in the 191st during my time in Phuoc Vinh, but sadly have lost contact with them.
    It’s hard at times to believe over more than half a century has passed since I was there. Thank you for this site. I have just discovered it.

    1. Same time I was there remember what you are talking about…HHB DIV ARTILLERY RTO IN FDC.Pulled a lot of “greenling too”.Also was at Evans and An The

  39. I was at Phouc Vinh Sep66 to Sep 67 with a maintenence detachment with the 162nd Assault Helicopter Co.. It looked nothing like this video then. There was no pavement anywhere then. The village was small and open in daylite hours. I can’t believe what I’m seeing here.

    1. Hello, thank you for your comment and visiting our website. Yes fifty years will bring some change in an area that is developing so rapidly.

    2. I was with Co D, 1st Med Battalion Jun 66-jun67. I agree with you Combs, it looked nothing like these pictures.

  40. The Third Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division replaced the 1st Infantry Division at Phuoc Vinh at the end of November 1967. We were moved North to Camp Evans in September of 1968, when the 1st Air Cav replaced us. We worked in III Corps, and IV Corps, War Zone D, the Iron Triangle, and IV Corps when I left Vietnam in late November 1968. I’m kind of amazed that there is no mention of our presence during that time frame. Delta company 3/187 had a big battle not far from Phuoc Vinh on March 16, 17, and 18th 1968 where we lost a lot of good men. Our company commander Paul Bucha received the Medal of Honor for his actions that day. We had previously secured MACV Headquarters in Saigon during the Tet offensive. Also spent time at the Song Be Bridge on several occasions. Enjoyed perusing your site.

    1. Bill, thank you for your comment. I didn’t know about those units being down there at that time. Let me see how I can add more unit information to the pages. In the other end, our overall aim is to be a travel website, we can not have all historical information on here. We leave that to all the great history websites out there. What we do though is that we put in a lot of effort to make sure the historical information we have on it is correct although it might not be altogether comprehensive, for almost every location we have visited we have direct input from a veteran who were there about some facts. With all the transportation, medical, engineering, helicopter units etc. that were also in these places it would be too big of a task.

      We are very happy with all the additional information you and your brothers add to the site in the comments here. We work hard to keep it clean. Again, thank you for your comment and we would be happy to receive more feedback.

    2. Bill, Sounds like you were part of the “Eagle Airlift” out of Ft. Campbell. I was also part of the 1/506th sent over at that time 1967-68. We were also at the Base Camp at Phouc Vihn. I remember digging large holes for sandbags and putting them around our cot filled barracks along the perimeter. Our group also spent time at the Song Be bridge and in the Iron Triangle. I remember a Company D taking many casualties in a battle and us coming in to support them. Don’t know if it was 3/187th. It was around the same time in 1968.

    3. Hey Bill :
      Your’e right there is no mention of the 101st being there, however i do remember our fire fight at the laterite pit when Chuck overan the quad 50’s bring back any memories ?

  41. Was part of base camp 1967. Located north side from air strip . The further most part with a Arvin camp next door. Rebuilt base camp for a new unit coming in. Dug all position underground. Left and was first unit into song be. A airstrip was built while there. We were Bravo Battery 1st & 5 th arty. 1st infantry Division. We did fire missions for radio unit on the mountian known as the BLACK VIRGIN. We also were the first units set onto the Golf course of Quian Loi my gun was set on number 9 tee. The headquarters company was built on reclaimed trash dump. The swimming pool I never got to see. Once again we were moved before completing our build of camp.
    We moved to the Michelin Rubber Plantation. Located not far from AN LOC . Which was attacked during Tet. The VC WALKED BY US. Not attacking field units but struck the towns and villages. While in Phouc Vhin the town was wide open for all military. I finished my tour in the Plantation never leaving that position. We had Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner in that area.
    Very pleased that you are able to report on these sites for us. Always wanted to see the area. But it would not be the same as it was. Time changes all.
    Just thought it was nice to be reminded of those locations. Time served JAN 1967-thru February 1968. Thank you again for your work. Have research a lot of current photos of Phouc Vhin and Quian Loi which contains a lot of memories for us.
    FRANK

  42. Spent most of my tour at Phouc Vinh with 1st Cav, HHB, DIVARTY, as a Radio Teletype Operator. Our unit was located facing the village just inside the wire next to a Medivac unit. There was a school house on the other side of the wire. Curious if it’s still there.

    Also spent 6 weeks at FSB Katum during the Cambodian invasion as communication liaison to an ARVN Artillary unit. Also, one month on Nui Ba Den which was a communication relay station.

    Grew up over there, mostly great memories.

    Do you know where to get info/plan a trip to those places.

    1. Hi Tom. Thank you for your comment. Sennd us an email on namwartravel@gmail.com and we will be able to help you in the right direction. We have helped several returning veterans before. We do not sell any services through this website, what we do is help you out with advise and some contacts. You will be able to visit Nui Ba Den and Phuoc Vinh without any problems, Katum is possible sometimes but being so close to the border wight mean access is sometimes restricted. Let’s be in touch.

      1. My email is teast11@ gmail.com. Would be interested in info about visiting the three locations I was at (Phuoc Vink, Nui Ba Den, Kathmandu. Want to plan a trip there with my wife. Thanks for any help.

    2. Hi Tom,
      My dad arrived Nov of 1970 as part of the 1st Cav Division Airmobile 2nd&20th Aerial Artillery (he was 1st brigade, 25th division). He was in the Tactical Operations Center as a Radio Telphone Operator – any chance you knew him?
      He is no longer living and never spoke of the war – I am transcribing the letters he wrote home to my grandparents into a book for my family. Anything you have would be greatly appreciated!

      1. Hi Ann, if your dads last name was Chester it does not ring a bell. As far as his unit, it does not sound like he was in associated with mine directly. Also, I left in Nov 1970. I would be more than happy to give you info on websites that might help you locate people that may know your Dad. If interested, reply to my email at teast11@gmail.com.

        1. Tom – You and I were with DIVARTY about the same time. I was there from March 1970 to February 1971, almost all that time in Base Defense in the DIVARTY TOC. I have a picture of the school building you mentioned – it was on the other side of the wire from our volleyball net. Like you, I probably left something of myself over there. I’d be interested to know if you make it back there.

          1. Joe, Good to hear from you. I worked in the TOC for most of the first half of my tour. Our radio teletype rig was located in the rear back by the switchboard operators desk. Delivered many messages to you guys. Best thing about that gig was the rig was air conditioned. Not for us but because the equipment needed to be kept cool 😃

          2. Hi Tom – I remember where the switchboard was. Do you remember Colonel Brady and the other officers who had offices there? I was by the back wall where that large map of our AO was, in a row with the FDC guys. Would be glad to reminisce with you if you’re up to it. My e-mail address is leathamj@hotmail.com.

  43. I was with the 8th Engineer Battalion of the 1st Cavalry Division from September, 1968 until November, 1969. I came down from Camp Evans to Phouc Vinh in early November, 1968. We convoyed from Camp Evans to the docks at Hue. We loaded up on a Navy LST for the trip south via the South Chins Sea and the Saigon River to Newport docks in Saigon. We convoyed to Phouc Vinh after a sleepover on the docks and at Bien Hoa I think. I was with S-3 operations of the 8th Engineers. I spent many hours on a drawing board working on varied projects that were to be built all over the III Corps war zone. I was in and out of the field on Hueys checking on projects, etc. Phouc Vinh, like Camp Evams was under frequent shelling from mortars and rockets with occasional snipers. We were located on the western perimeter of the base camp.. Living conditions were very much better at Phouc Vinh than they were at Camp Evans. However being fortunate to spend the vast majority of my time on a large base camp was a distinct advantage over our brave infantry and artillery units at our far flung LZ’s. I extended my tour two months to get an early out from the military. I am proud to have served with the 1st Air Cav. I am one of the fortunate men that was able to make it back to the world. marry and have children and grandchildren. God Bless!!

    1. Lynn, thank you for your comment. That is very interesting information. For other readers here, Phuoc Vinh might have been a large base camp, but it was certainly located in a very active zone with high concentrations of enemy. Do you remember any of the projects you were working on? Were they most smaller Firebases or any larger base camps?

    2. Lynn,
      My name is David Pettengill. I too was with the 8th Engr. S3 70-71. I too sat at the drawing board there and worked on projects. Also did some surveying. I think we can be very very certain we sat at the same drawing board. My memory is not the best but I believe it was a small building that sat by itself. I don’t remember anyone else in the building or any other actives in the building. Does that sound right?
      Hope this finds you well. My email is zzchops@gmail.com
      Dave

    1. Albert, thank you for the insight. That is very interesting. I would have guessed that your enemy would have been very provoked by your presence in this area. I am glad you had the opportunity to enter the village and meet the people. It is an odd place today, heavy army presence and semmingly not very welcoming, although the guard at the cemetery invited us to drop in for a look. We didn’t have time then but hopefully next time I can go in.

    2. My 1st cousin Larry Keith Deal was killed near Phuoc Vinh, July 1, 1966. I think he was killed by friendly fire while on patrol. Not sure about the details, but that is extent of my knowledge I know. I have no clue on how established the base was at that time.

      1. Hey Randy, I am sorry about your cousin. I would guess the base was quite small at that time since it was fairly new having opened during 1965.

  44. What a difference 49 years can make. I was there Nov 69 thru it closing with Company B 227 AHB 1st Cav. Our company overlooked the dump to our west and the air strip was to our south. There wasn’t a tree for miles and as I remember we were on a hill or high ground. I was young and dumb and clueless , I literally grew up there, an experience that shaped my world view to this day.

    1. Robert, thank you for coming to our website and thank you for sharing a bit of your story here. It is all grown up in the area there now, mostly rubber plantations. We never got up to the north west side of the old camp. We were concerned about the Army camp that is there today and do not want to trespass. The areas we went did not have any signs and there was a war cemetery right in the middle of where the camp was, south of the runway. Did you close to the camp or did you turno it over to ARVN?

      1. Yessir. If you visit the War Museum in Saigon and go to the Agent Orange exhibition, there is a map and you can see the Phuoc Vinh base at the heart of the area from where Agent Orange was sprayed.

        1. James; you where at the aid station in Phouc Vinh around April 2nd 70. You help close my neck up from a piece of S&P that exploded in rocket attack at illingworth. Maj Hottell brought me there. I seemed to remember your name?

  45. Hi All,

    I’m looking for information about the start of “Tet 1969” at Camp Gorvad (Phuoc Vinh) Feb. 23. 1969. I lost a cousin on that day at Camp Gorvad.
    SFC Edward Steele, 229TH ASLT HELO BN, 11TH AVN GROUP, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV.
    He was a Flight Operations Coordinator.
    I hope to visit the area on his 50th anniversary.

    Thanks & Regards
    David

    1. David, thank you for coming to the site. I don’t know much of that offensive but I hope we will get someone here that can shine some light on it. If you manage to go there next year, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the email address available in the “About Us” section. There are some things to think about before visiting this area and we will be glad to help out.

  46. I was at Phouc Vinh with the 15 Med. in 1971 as a cook before we close down Phouc Vinh to move down to Bein Hoa. It was really hectic the last two weeks there. There was a hand full of us and we had to tear down all the hoachs and burn them. Me and a man name Tom that was from Guam took the flag down off of commo. Friends forever.

    1. Thank you for the additional information Malcolm. I was never sure if the base was turned over to the ARVN or just taken down.

      1. Jonas, the ARVN troops could not wait till we left. The final night before we left for Bien Hoa we almost got in to a fight with them if you know what I mean very scary with M16 in our hands. It could have ended real bad.

    2. Do you know exactly when the 1st Cav pulled out of Phouc Vihn? I was there with the sensor platoon attached to the 191st military Intelligence company in the Cav. I got there late October 70. My co sent me to a monitoring station on Nui Ba Ra mtn next to Song Be firebase. I was there until the Cav pulled back and never got back to Phouc Vihn.

      1. Hi,

        I’m looking on behalf of my father. He arrived at the Phouc Vinh base camp in Nov, 1970. He left the 1st Brigrade of the 25th Division and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile, 2nd & 20th Arial Rocket Artillery. He speaks of Major (Mataka?) spelling? And Lt Colonel (Paeta)? – I am transcribing his letters he wrote home to compile a book of some sort for my 4 brothers/sisters. My dad is no longer living and he never spoke about the war. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Rong, thank you for your comment and for visiting our website. I have never heard of that attack. I hope someone will share more information about it. Any idea of which side of the camp was attacked?

      1. I remember being called to green line because of a ground attack in phouc Vinh. Phoo gas pretty much went off all around the green line. I was with the 11thGS Aviation co 01/69-01/70

    2. I was stationed with the 371st Radio Research Company there at Phuoc Vinh, (Camp Gorvad) from Dec. ’68 to Sept. ’69. I do remember an attack on the base camp. Don’t remember when, but May sounds about right. Being in a non-combat unit, I was scared. (If there is any thing as being non-combat in a war zone.) It was the only time I recall now that the base camp was under a ground attack. Usually we were shelled. I remember we had on all the gear and took up positions. I believe there might have been gas. That’s as much as I can recall at this time.

    1. John, thank you for your comment and for visiting our website. Phuoc Vinh was an interesting visit for us, especially since I have been in contact with quite a few people who served there. also because I was told it wouldn’t be possible to visit it as it is an army base today. I went by to have a look anyway and there were no gates as we drove on to the old base area, the army base was off on the northern side of the runway. I wasn’t sure if it was allowed to drive around filming and taking pictures there which is why my material from this visit isn’t the best. We don’t want to trespass or break any laws during our visits as we want to be welcome back to travel the country.

      Did you also move around to other bases in the area such as Lai Khe or Quan Loi?

  47. Served out of Phuoc Vinh with 227 AHB under 1st Cav.Div. ’69-70′. It was a good camp with most needed amenities met there.1st Cav was the greatest.Have many ,many memories of Phuoc Vinh(Camp Gorvad).

    1. Thank you for your comment Thomas. This was an interesting place to visit as there is an army base there today. We do not want to trespass or break any laws on our travels, however there were no signs around saying we couldn’t enter the area. We felt we couldn’t stay too long and take pictures. There are government or army facilities all over the old camp area now and a firing range where the SF camp was.

        1. Malcolm, my apologies for taking time to answer. I had gotten several comments in a short while and thought I had replied to all. Well, driving between Phuoc Vinh and Bien Hoa today is not much of an adventure. 12 hours then might be one and a half to two hours depending on traffic. And the risk of running in to an ambush is very low 🙂

    2. Looking for anyone who might have known my wife’s younger brother. Was with Company C, 227th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter) 1st Calavary Division (Airmobile) His name was Bobby Joe Likens. He died in a attack on the base on 19 August 1969. Commanding Officer’s name was Maj. Charles A. Phipps.

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