Quan Loi Base Camp

Quan Loi Runway
The area northeast of Saigon saw as intense fighting as anywhere during the war. It is a rugged region carpeted with thick jungle, rolling hills and criss-crossed with rivers and streams. With infiltration routes coming in from west and north, it was a highly active area for the PAVN and VC. To support the many operations they launched here, U.S. forces set up landing zones and fire support bases of varying sizes. Some became permanent installations that ended up being used all the time, while others were eventually abandoned after serving their purpose in a particular operation.

Quan Loi runway with craters

The Quan Loi Base Camp was established in 1966 for the 1st Infantry Division, in the general area were also other large bases such as Lai Khe Base Camp and Phuoc Vinh Base Camp. It was originally a French rubber plantation and the U.S. Army kept the plantation buildings and even the swimming pool. There was also a golf course next to the runway. In 1969, the camp was turned over to the 1st Cavalry Division who stayed here until after the Cambodian incursion.

Quan Loi base road

In 1972, PAVN forces overran the base during the Easter Offensive, holding it for several months until August when ARVN forces managed to wrest it back.

Visiting the area today is easy, it’s just a short drive east from An Loc. The runway is still visible and possible to drive on, though it is hidden within a large rubber plantation. Most of the pavement is still there and there are a number of craters from bombs or rockets in it where bushes have sprung up. Apart from the runway, however, there is not much to see here in terms of remaining buildings.

At our recent visit it was very wet so we couldn’t really access the areas outside the runway, but we believe there it should be possible to at least find remnants of the old French swimming pool and we did see what we think were berms from the camp.

With the runway easy to find, it is possible to make out where the rest of the base was located using old pictures as references. The perimeter and access roads are possible to drive on as well, since they are still in use. Make sure not to get too close to the People’s Army’s compound at the east end of the runway though.  Overall this is a destination we do recommend for the history traveler.

Quan Loi base area

In our research before our visit to Quan Loi, we found this excellent website and we used it extensively to map our visit. It is run by veterans who served at Quan Loi during the war. We find quanloi.org to be the best online resource on the base with thousands of photos, stories and maps. We hope you will appreciate the current pictures and video from the base here as well as the war time information you can find on their website



How to get there

From Saigon, follow the QL13 up to An Loc where you turn east and follow the smaller road No. 303 about five kilometers past the small town. About five hundred meter after the town there is a small road to the left leading up to the western end of the runway. Decimal coordinates: 11.674921 106.664814

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164 thoughts on “Quan Loi Base Camp”

  1. I was at Quan Loi 3/17 Air Cav, Mar-Jun, as a R TO, supporting the ARVNs in Cambodia. The base had been turned over to the RVNS

  2. I was with the 576 ordinance company. We ran the 11 pad ammunition depot at Quan Loi. Mid 69 to feb 70. Does anybody remember us at all, we were a company of 20 guys. Our underground bunkers were at the end of the runway on the left side as you takeoff. I just turned 74 and I’m still in half decent shape. God bless you all

    1. I was with A btry, 6th Battalion, 27th field artillery (A/6th/27th) in Quan Loi from March 69 to May 70. I was on an 8″ self-propelled howitzer at the front of the airstrip. I survived deployments to multiple fire bases but can only remember Joe, and Defiance. Now, I am dying from agent orange exposure. Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, plus other stuff. I’ve had a good full life but at 72 will not last much longer. The men in our firing battery were the best. Brave, humorous, self-sacrificing. Best men I ever knew.

      1. I was in Quan Loi in 1970 with the 185th and was on a M88 retriever tank and was sent all over loading blown up equipment to get it out before charley booby trapped

        I spent some time in Quan Loi in 1970 also and I have had trouble with agent orange n PTSD also. Agent orange effected my heart and at 71 yrs old thats not a good thing. There was a small camp west of there that provided a lot of fire power when charley came calling that I had to go load up a couple of 175 tanks . We ran between Cu chi and An Loc and cu chi . Prayers for you brother.

  3. Made the move down from the DMZ with 1st Cav Division aboard a Navy transport ship. Docked in Saigon and road convoyed to Quan Loi with the 1/30th Artillery 155.
    C Battery used Quan Loi as a base camp and was a split battery for most of my tour. We moved in and around the AO setting up 28 different LZ’s in the 14 months I was there. We continued to move around chasing the Viet Cong and NVA. Ah yes the red dirt, still have papers with that red stain.

    C 1/30th Artillery 68-69

    1. I was in C Battery FDC with you and Phil Bologna among others during my tour from March 69 thru April 70. I believe you were from Elmira, NY. Would like to speak with you.

  4. Looking for anyone who served with or was in combat with David Martin Peterson who was killed in combat near Quan Loi, May 9th 1969. David Martin Peterson was with A Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, US Army.

  5. I was at Quan Loi with the 1st inf. from April 1968 to around December 1968 and then I went to Lai Khe with the 1st division. I was with S&T. My job was with POL. We took care of all of the fuel, JP/4, Mo-Gas and Diesel. Our hooches were right off the airstrip and next to Graves Registration. I spent four days at Loch Ninh. We set up a mini fuel dump. This allowed our gunships to fuel up at Loch Ninh instead of having to return to Quan Loi. At Quan Loi we took care of the mini port where all of the gunships would refuel, this was located right off of the airstrip. Two of us worked 12 hour shifts manning the mini port. Our unit was close to the 701st maintenance battalion and the 6th of 27th artillery unit.

      1. Me too, D co, 1/2 Inf from about Oct 10 to when we moved to Lai Khe in 12/68. Then back to QL in March up June, I think. I remember the place well. The second trip, we were in bunkers on the west side of the perimeter. There was a ground attack one night, mostly on A Co. one of our guys did kill a sapper tho, trying to get back through the wire.

        I went back to An Loc in Aug 2014. You wouldn’t recognize the place now. There’s a SPA there (an loc hotel & spa, google it), and a girl’s school. Had a nice bowl of pho there in a little restaurant. Put some ghosts to bed.

    1. I was in Quan-Loi in 1968. I was with D btry 1/5th FA. we later moved the batallion to Lai-Khe and the 1st Armored cav moved to take our place in Quan-Loi.

  6. I was with HHC 2/8 Cav. Communications Platoon. In November of 1968 The 1st Cav Division did a massive move from I Corps near the DMZ to III Corps West of Saigon. My unit moved onto Quan Loi replacing units of the First Infantry Division. One of the first actions our command did at this new location was to order the removal of all locals from the base following general policy to not have an impact on the local economy. The only civilians to remain were Korean contractors who operated and maintained some base infrastructure systems. That change did not last very long. I remember a delegation of local leaders protested the action and a compromise was reached that some limited tasks previously done by locals could resume such as KP. No more personal or living area servants were allowed. I divided my time among Tay Ninh , French Fort and a reactivated Special Forces Camp near Tay Ninh. At one point a unit left Quan Loi leaving fewer troops to guard the perimeter and just about everyone was required to do guard duty. I was with two senior NCO’s who were complaining that they hadn’t pulled guard duty since WWII, I left country in May of 1969 thankfully avoiding some of the attacks to come. I still have things with red dirt embedded in them. Thanks to all who served there and for the comments here.

    1. Looking for anyone who served with or was in combat with David Martin Peterson who was killed in combat near Quan Loi, May 9th 1969. David Martin Peterson was with A Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, US Army.

      1. Hi. I’m Jeffrey Dye. I served in Alpha Co
        1st batallion, 2nd infantry at Quan Loi and came home on March 31st, 1969. I don’t recall David but I know he served under Capt. Higgins while I served mostly under Capt. Conroy. Sorry to hear about his loss of life. We did suffer quite a bit of losses at Loc Ninh in Aug. 1968 where I carried the radio for Capt. Conroy.

        1. Hi Jeff, I served with Alpha 1/2, black scarves Dec. 14, 67-68. Welcome home! was an experience not to forget.

    2. I was a spoon with HHC 2/8 when we move from Quan Tri, I’m sure u had some of my chow. I derosed June 69

      1. Hey Foster, I think I served with you . I was injured as grunt in the field and they sent me to the rear to recover and made me a spoon. I remember the mess hall and our sleeping tent. Take Care. I left Nam in March 69.

    3. Yes I remember the red dirt and dusty roads. The would wet them but soon dried up and was dusty again.

  7. I served with company B 121st signal bat, 1st inantryf division. We handled UHF and VHF radio communication from Quan Loi. I developed a system to talk to the MARS station to enable anyone from anywhere to call home from a hand held radio like a PRC25 and even from aircraft flying over our area.. I was the Sargent of the platoon and we worked around the clock allowing 3 minutes for anyone who called in to get a specific time to call home and was only charged the tax on the call. I wondered if anyone remembered using the system. Our call sign was Granite 61 and we were busy with calls 24/7 on our own time. The idea grew to be used all over but we started it there and always wondered if anyone remembered us.

    1. Hi Dan. I was also with the 121 as a 31M, including other volunteered assignments while in Quan Loi in 1969. Later, I moved to other locations until we went back to the States with our colors. (No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice too Great, Duty First!) BRO. Hear from you soon at moclans@aol Respectfully Ken Neder Retired MSG

    2. I remember pulling duty at one of the bunkers the night of the Aug 1969 ground attack. I was picked as the goofer to get sodas from the club for the rest of the men (I think there was 13 laying on the cots, smoking, joking, reading their letters from home). When I was returning to the bunker, there was a big flash from the bunker, trip wires were set off, and tracers coming from and to the firing line. While I was running to the bunker, there was incoming walking behind me until I reached my station. I was able to see that all the men were still in their relaxed position like statutes when I had left them. All my fallen comrades lay to rest that morning. I assisted in going in pulling out their remains, and to this day I can remember everything to this day.

    3. I remember you guys. You helped me get through to my mom and dad in late 68 or early 69 at Quan Loi in the middle of the night. Thank you so much for what you did!!

    4. I was an RTO with Headquaters and Headquaters 3rd Bde, 1st Cav. I came to Quan Loi in late June 1970 as the Cav was winding down the Cambodian operation. We moved from Quan Loi to Fire Base Nancy in August, then on to Mace and evenutually the Cav returned home, although the 3rd Brigade remained in Saigon for a good while longer. I returned to the States in May of ’71 and ironically was assigned to Company B121st Signal Battalion 1st Infantry in Fort Riley, Kansas. I too was a Sargeant and in late summer the CO assigned me to go to the NCO Academy there, even though I told him it was a waste of time because I was leaving the Army as soon as my 3 years were up. He sent me anyway, I went and graduated, and a few days later I was on a C-5A with the Big Red One on my way to Germany for 30 days of Reforger. Crazy I was given an opportunity for an early out in February of 1972 which I took. I fondly remember those wonderful 3 minute Mars calls to my wife and to my parents. I recall geting a time slot and then I would write my wife and alert her to the time. I was able to utilize it a few times throughout my tour and it brought me and my family much joy. I think we were able to utilize it in Mace also. To be able to to actually hear your love ones voice live was absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much for your efforts and Blessing to you.

    5. I was in Quan Loi with METRO weather balloons next to the French Pool. 1968-69. Looking for pictures of weather station and balloons releases.
      HHB 1/5 Arty METRO

    6. I was in Quan Loi with METRO weather balloons next to the French Pool. 1968-69. Looking for pictures of weather station and balloons releases.
      Attached to 1/5 Arty.

  8. I was a medic with Delta 1/7 Cav, Nov ’69 to Aug ’70 . From the 1/7 aid station in Quan Loi, where the rear medics, who had done their bush time, told me to forget everything I’d learned at Fort Sam, I was assigned to Delta Co, at the time just in from patrol on LZ Compton. Many patrols, skirmishes, the occasional ambush, the periodic fire fight or rocket or mortar attack later, we CA’d into Cambodia. After forty-six days in the NVA’s back yard, none of them pleasant, we walked back to LZ Ramanda in Phuc Vinh. In August I rotated out, could not deal with the rear, volunteered to burn s*** on LZ Green, which kept me warm during monsoon, as it did our head medic, the college graduate Roy Abbott, before me. Once home, five article 15s, two court-martials, five days in the stockade, loss of all rank and a months pay–but a snappy black and white general discharge thanks to my civilian lawyer—here we are, fifty years later, a proud E-1 Vietnam veteran.

    In 1994, I backpacked Southeast Asia, and spent several months traveling in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos. I spent a week at An Loc, where the locals said I was the first foreigner they’d seen in nine months. I hung my old GI hammock in the rubber, and was immediately attacked by a battalion size force of mosquitoes. I found a bombed out hospital, walked the deserted and ruined halls, and spoke with a doctor there who said a woman on a gurney had tried to kill herself with poison. The police questioned me at their jail/hq. Why was I here? What did I want? Did I take photographs? I had to fill out forms in triplicate. I visited Quan Loi, riding on the back of a fiesty Honda Cub—my guide had been ARVN, he survived the re-education camps–which that day was sweltering and flat as a field, all things salvageable long collected to build with or sell as scrap. I took photographs, and spoke with impoverished peasants, one of whom said he worked with the Cav. After a day in Loc Ninh I was thrown out by an enraged police chief. At the time I was unaware of the Eastertide Offensive, which leveled An Loc and Loc Ninh. In hindsight, the police chief was likely an NVA vet. I had many adventures in Vietnam, and was fortunate to meet many good Vietnamese people, but my war stress, when I could not shake it, was not pleasant. I write about my war and postwar experiences on my website, Medic in the Green Time.com.

    1. Mark, I was injured in and on the last day of the Cambodia INCURSION. Medivacked to the Aid Station in Quion Loi. Would you remember and one who was at this station. Please call me 910 465 0683, or email at r_nance@ bellsouth.net

    2. Hi Marc Levy,
      I was HHC 1/7 Cav company clerk under CPT Carter and 1ST SGT Geighen (sp) ;moved from PhoucVinh to Quan Loi I think May 1969; DEROS January 1970.
      Two fine medics picked me up and treated my wound as a result of a fragging; wish I remembered their names. I think that was early fall of 1969.
      Welcome home!!
      Steve Canaday

    1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

      1. Did any one know my Uncle W.O.Terrance Ledden? Him and Captain Fred Jackson were killed in there Cobra helicopter Sept. 1969.

    2. thank you for everything you did.1st/11th ACR 04/1969 to 04/70.Vietnamization kept me from last battle.Cambodia.Thankful and grateful

  9. I was in Quan Loi in Feb 1968. I was with the 1st Battalion ,26th Infantry in the 1st Infantry Division. We ran convoys up and down the highway to 1st Division headquarters in Dian, did some perimeter guard duty, and ran night patrols on the highway. We moved to Lai Kai later that year. I left Vietnam Nam in September 1969.

    1. I was there during that time period and remember the move also. I was with Delta Battery 1/5th FA. I was assigned to base camp motor pool duty as a deuce and half truck driver. We transported supplies from Saigon PX to Quan-Loi PX.

  10. I was with Alpha (Foggy Day) 1/5th Cav. We moved to Quan loi from Tay Ninh right after I came in country June 6, 1969. We are in the bush most of the time but Quan loi was our rear. Experienced several rocket and mortar attacks while on palace guard a few times when we came in. Our road was directly across from the atc tower. Was there when mortars walked up and down thr airstrip a few times and a few sapper attacks. It seems whenever we rotated out of the field to Quan loi for a days it was always in time for an attack
    Best to all of my brothers
    Dan. 1st Cav. 69–70. A 1/5

    1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

  11. I’m Steve Costigan 72. I was stationed at quan loi in 1969 April I left in July to Japan Medivac I was with HHC 2/8th Inf 1st air Cav. Basecamp defense and base camps main radio operator.. I was either on base bunker perimeter guard or on the radio with surrounding support units. I even went AWOL to Saigon for five days in 69. I was always glad to see the cobra gun ship and loch in the mornings

    1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

  12. Hi doing well took time came home driving with a axe in back seat
    Was at Liz Andy quan look during both ground attacks plus numerous mortar and rocket attacks
    Wei was with f bury 16 th arty we were located on the perimeter where enemy sappers came thru but moved our position a fshort time before??
    We were on 100% alert and waiting for the nova to come they mortar and rocketed us but did not come at us?
    The takeaways were next morning talking to guys who were attacked and the base ready reaction force the engineers suffered a bunch of casualties protecting us as the NVA were in the base looking to kill us !
    I saw the personal effects of some of the dead nva soldiers had with them ,there were propgana pieces ,and translation handouts for them to use when they took us as captives!
    they had a few family photos in the knapsacks which I left there!
    Off I went to check out the killing fields and I saw hundred s of dead twisted many hiding behind Fougas 55gallon barrels of liquified gasoline which they had disabled the igniter,the cobras or snoppy got them .
    I took and received about 50 photos which I later had to destroy for mental health !
    The area we were in Days previously was devastated with major Americans Kia
    The next night they had me and a couple of us guard the ammo dump right behind the breech on top of a dirt berm .
    They moved in the 11th armored. Cav to resupport the perimeter like 2 or 3 tanks per destroyed bunkers
    story was tanks saw a light and did not realize it was friendly smoker and discharged a round unintentionally Kia Sad
    The 6/27 battery artillery guys were subjected to big time fighting
    Respect harry

  13. I was CO Company C 1st Medical Battalion with the 1st Infantry Division from Sept. ‘67 to Jul. ‘68. Would appreciate any comment from friends from that era.
    Acisclo (Cisco, Mike) MD Thanks,🤪

    1. Hello, I was a medic with C Co. 1st Med in 68. I believe our CO was Anunciado Manncinni. I am shure I slaughtered the spelling of that name. I believe our 1st Lt. was a man named Steen. Does any of this sound familiar>. I was spec. 5 Christenson.

    2. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

  14. Stationed Quan Loi base camp Jan 68 till we moved to Lai Khe. 20th Engineer BG, 168th Engineer BN (cbt) C Company.

    1. I was at Quan Loi in the 168 Eng. Bn. from Oct 67 to Oct 68. Spent a lot of time in the bunkers and building tropical huts! Did the welding on the helicopter revetments on the air strip.

    2. I was in Quan Loi with C co 168th Engr from Jan-July on 1968. Myself and five others were transferred to Tay Ninh, Co D 588th Eng Bn. I was with that unit from July to July of 1969.

      1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

    3. I was also with C co 168th from Jan to July 1968. Many incoming round all night. I was transferred to D Co 588th Engr from July 68 to July 69 at Tay Ninh.

  15. I was in charge of D Co, 701st Maint Bn Contact team at Quan Loi during March 1967. I had moved the team by road from Minh Than at the conclusion of Junction City. A memorable time was working with the Maintenance Manager for the rubber plantation there. We were able to trade resources many times which lead to the betterment of our operations. Got to spend some time in a house with indoor plumbing and the Club house was not too bad either.

    1. I was with D company 701st maint Btn arrived at Quan Loi sept 67, small arms repairman. I derosed late June 68. I took many photos. Photos were on 701mb.com. Wily Rabe C company set up web site, now trying to set it back up. Still have photos from slides on cd.

      1. Hi Mike. I look forward to see those photos. Please send us an email when the website is up again. I would be happy to link to it from the Quan Loi article here. Our email address is namwartravel@gmail.com

        1. I tried to pull it up again, cane back like dangerous site, then went back down. Some of my photos are at Gun & Game Forum, search community, Life in the field Viet Nam.

  16. I was there as an Air traffic controller ,in the tower. My First shift was the day the C 130 took a rocket in the wing right in fron of the tower. So Close I could feel the heat. To this day I can remeber it vividly. Some of my pictures are posted on youtube,if interested, (jimhigginsquanloivietnan) should get you there. May all of you have found peace and happiness since those days. I am almost there,,,after 50 some years.

  17. I was with the 16th infantry 3rd Brigade 1st Infantry Division out of Lai Khe. I served Nov 66 to Nov 67. Our Bn. known as Rue’s Rangers after Lt. Colonel Rufus Lazzell. We were engaged in most of the 1967 large battles except Ong Thanh in Oct 67.
    In my time infantry battalions rotated in and out of Quan Loi as ready reaction forces for a week or two. The golf course was used for slicks to pick us up when needed. We manned the perimeter and went out on ambush. I recall the quad 50 which once in while put on a demonstration. For us grunts it was easy duty at Quan Loi . We rested and I can’t recall a hostile incident. Worst of it was the red dust in dry season and red mud in monsoon.

  18. Hi Jonas, I also left a comment for a Sgt Wright but now I dont see it. Also, the runway looks intact. Wonder why they removed the PSP from the runway. They could have used it when they took over(NVA) . Hope to get there before the dirt nap.

    1. Hey. I have approved your comment. You really provided some interesting historical context. I check in between five or six times per day to approve commments so they don’t come up immediately.

      About the runway, yeah most metal would have been sold off after the war as the country was very poor then. If you plan to go back, send me an email at namwartravel@gmail.com I will be honored to help with some tips for your travel.

      1. Thanks Jonas. You will be the first I will contact. Great site. Lots of memories some good, some mmmm.

      1. There was a Cobra from another LZ, Buttons I think it may have been, that was giving fire on our perimeter. He ran low on fuel and out of ammo. Rather than return to his LZ to rearm, he tried to land at Quan Loi. He was hit by an RPG. Call sign BLUE MAX. His story is on line. He’s one of the KIA August 13 1969. I won’t post his name as I don’t feel it’s my place, but I think of him often. He was hit just in front of our compound. Hero to me.

  19. I was with the 27th Maint. Division, B Detachment, 1st Calvary Division in Quan Loi from May 69 until April 70. On August 12, 1969 I was on guard duty on bunker 20 with two other guys from my company. I remember the attack well as they came in through the wire at bunkers 13 and 14. Bedlam ensued for several hours and a number of guys were wounded with some killed. It was a night I still think of vividly. If anyone else was out there that night I would love to hear from you.

    1. I was on an AP 1.5 clicks SE of there that night with the 1st Infantry Division 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry as a forward observer. I remember that night well.

    2. i also was there that evening.i was a radio operator with hhc 2/12th . i dojnt remember the bunker number but it must have been `13 or 14 because they came right over our bunker iwas preparing to leave for home in a few days as were thew other 2 soldiers on our bunker we heard snipping noises and called in for illumination. the bunker next to us by 3 newer in country black soldiers. they called in also. finally an illumination round was delivered, and seemed to be teaming with vc sappers

      1. Hi I was with the first of the eigth Hdq in 1968 -Nov 1969. I have been trying to figure out if I was in Quan Loi. I was known as Big Duke 50. One of my classmates from college (LT Donald Miller )was there also and I met him when he arrived. He says Quan Loi but I thought it was LZ Elrod (Captain Elrod) He asked me to be his executive officer (short on officers) but died the next day before making it formal. do you have Who was you commanding officer?

        I was at a lot of LZ’s and I don’t remember all their names.

      2. I was with the second platoon of Charlie Company 1-8 Cav 12Aug69. We walked off Quan Loi the afternoon of the 11th up QL13 about 2 klicks to block the NVA. They went around us and we didn’t fire a shot that night. Sorry for your friend, glad you’re still around. Edward Cannon. edcannon@comcast.net

    3. my brother John Rocha was there during this time frame. I would like to hear from some of his friends. He didn’t share much and was very quiet about most of his time in Vietnam. He passed back in Oct 2010.
      Gregory Rocha

      1. I was there with a Robert Rocha. We started at Camp Evans in October of 1968,Quan Loi in November and finally to Dian a few months later. I have a picture if needed.

    4. My name is larry dillaber i was on bunker 13 with neil laffond from minasota snd shaw from illinios shaw was killed at approx 11o5 the trip flares started to go off there a line of vc sneaking threw the wire. I engaged them with 16 fire the fighting was real heavy and they let our bunker have it rpgs they blew our bunker to pieces the fighting and we killed many in the wire was a long night of fighting

      1. Larry, I got chicken skin when I read your post about bunker 13. I was the lieutenant in charge of that section of the green line on August 12th. Lee Shaw was walking with me between bunkers when the trip flares went off. He took a hit from an rpg just before we got to your bunker. That night has haunted me for more than 50 years. I wish I could have changed things for Lee Shaw and the nine others who died at the hands of friendly fire one week later. I am glad you made it home safely. Garry

        1. I’ve read your account of the action on 12Aug69 at Quan Loi and comments about your heroic action that night. I was in C 1-8 and did some research for a story for the Eighth Cavalry newsletter. On the afternoon of 11Aug69 we walked off Quan Loi and up QL13 about 2 klicks north to block the NVA attack. They went around us and we watched the entire battle from the ridge line in the rubber trees. The bunker I had been on was overrun and two Cav brothers were killed. On 19Aug a squad from our 1st platoon went down to reinforce the OPs that had taken AK fire and were killed by the flechet round from the Sheridan. We are all haunted by the war but you saved GIs lives that night!

    5. I remember August12, 1969; I was Hq CO clerk of 1st/7th Cav. The sky lite up from the tracer rounds of the helicopter gun ships. I drove the perimeter the next morning and the reality of the Vietnam War became clear. I DEROS out of country 4 January 1970. Long time ago but we never forget.
      Steve Canaday

      1. hi my husban was there, he was the 1st of the7th cav . i have some of his letters from there but no names of his buddies he has past a little over a year ago. i would like to know more about his time there

        1. Hi Susan,

          I was a medic in Delta 1/7 First Cav in ’70. Over the years, via the internet I’ve made the acquaintance of several guys in Bravo during your husbands time in Vietnam. The website LZ Bravo has hundreds of photographs of B Company throughout the war, and also reunion photos. The site was down this morning but you could try it later today. The URL is LZbravo.org. Or you can view the site on the Internet Archive using the Way Back Machine. Enter lzbravo.org in the search bar. When the calender comes up, under March 6 click on 22.57.43. There are many photos of men from 1970. If you contact me, I’ll put you in touch with the Bravo guys I know, who may have known your husband. Lastly, my website is Medic in the Green Time.com.

          Marc ‘Doc’ Levy

      2. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

        1. Hi Steve Hummer,
          I remember the night of Oct. 10, 1969 very well. I was at Quan Loi May 1969-Jan 1970. I was HHC company clerk 1/7 Cav under CPT Carter and 1ST SGT Greighen.
          Welcome Home
          Steve Canaday

    6. I was there Feb 69 to Feb 70 and I do remember the ground attacks in May and Aug of 69, I was with 6/27 Arty 175 and 8”. Nice to hear from former QuanLoi warriors.

    7. I was up on the air strip in Air Cav Troop/11th ACR that night. One of our ARPs got shot by one of the NVA that had gotten all that way from the perimeter. I remember it well also.

  20. 2nd 7th cav c company 1970 .I really need help with May 1970 story about event in fish hook.trying to get disabled from va

  21. I left a long message with some questions here yesterday. Now I don’t see it anymore. Has it been pulled? Did I do something incorrectly?

      1. Hi Jonas, I also left a comment for a Sgt Wright but now I dont see it. Also, the runway looks intact. Wonder why they removed the PSP from the runway. They could have used it when they took over(NVA) . Hope to get there before the dirt nap.

    1. HI my husband was the 1st of the 7th cav in quan loi 1969 1970 he pasted jan 4th 2019. i have some of his letters. we are hoping to do the wall this year

    2. Hhq..1/8th. 1st.Cav. June69-June70. I happen to be in Quan Loi that night before going to the L.Z.. A Lt. from the 11 cav. ordered his men to fire their tank over a bunker with men of the 1st.Cav on it and killed them !! His men told him firing a round would kill the men on the bunker but the 2nd. Lt. ordered them to fire !!Heard the LT. was transferred that morning!! Can’t remember the Kia , 100 ? Used to go by “Big Duke 28A. Relay or Big Duke 6A.

  22. Great site. Thank you for all. In 1968 and ’69 I was a military journalist ,print and radio, with the 1st Cav. And in early December ’68, although I was assigned to the 15th Admin Company, headquartered in Phouc Vinh at the time I had a press pass and traveled freely with in our area of operations. During that period — the first 2 weeks of December– I was quartering with the second Brigade and I had thought quite surely it was at Quon Loi. But this article says the Cav didn’t take it over until 1969. So am I wrong? And if so where WAS the 2nd and 3rd Brigade Hqs (they were together) at that time? I hope to go back late this year or early next and I would like to visit.
    (Also want to go to Tay Ninh and Hue. Spent some time in both of those AOs

    1. Hi Bruce. Thank you for your comment. I base the historical facts in the articles on what I can find on the internet if I don’t have direct sources, which I have in many cases, not for this particular info though. I try to cross reference through at least three sources to make sure I am correct. It might be that they came there earlier though, or at least just parts of the Cavalry. For your journey back, send me an email on namwatravel@gmail.com if you want some pointers on how to plan your trip. I will be happy to help.You can cover III Corps in two days with a driver, then Hue in a couple of days depending on what you want to see there. Stay in touch.

    2. Hello Bruce, I was a radio teletype operator 13th Sig Bn 1st Cav. The Cav moved South in Oct 68.I was stationed at Quan Loi Oct 68 until September 69. I remember the May 12, June 6, and August 12-13 battles frequently in my nights. Arthur Wood

    3. I was in the 1st Infantry attached at times to 1/16 from August ‘69 to January ‘70. Based out of Lai Khe. I remember attempting to land at Quan Loi sometime in the Fall of ‘69, but it was under ground assault and our slick circled a number of times before abandoning any further attempts. I seem to remember a full sized gas tanker truck going up in an explosion which was quite spectacular from 1500’.

      1. Jim that was probably September 7-10, 1969. Quan Loi was under attack all three days. I was radio teletype operator at Qaun Loi from Oct 69 to Sept 69, 13th Signal Bn, 1st Cav Div

      2. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

    4. Bruce, I was sent from Tay Ninh to Quan Loi to take over for our battalion. My self my assistant and 1 medic. We arrived about noon on Oct. 8th.1969. To the north end of the LZ. It was a tent city, rotting canvas tents over 2×4’s with ten nailed over canvas . 55gal.dirtfilled agent orange barrels stacked two high around them .I spent the first night in my jeep seat . On the next morning Oct 9th. I sent my assistant on the first flight out to Tay Ninh ,to bring the rest of out equipment and mule over. About 11: a.m. a twin engine civilian plane landed and the large chain link gated to the French compound opened and a large black car approached the plane, several Women and and young children got in the plane and it flew off. That evening about 8:p.m. I started seeing twinkling flickering lights comming up and across the ridge to the north and east of the kill zone . At about 9: p.m. I herd a a bugle blow ,and 40 guys ran out of the tree line, across the kill zone with wooden ladders. They through there ladders up on the wire, two men to a ladder . About 8 feet apart ,I herd a whistle blow 3 time . Then a horrific explosion, no ladders no men and no wire. That’s when the motors, RPG’s and small arms and machine gun fire started. The next this saw was the hoard of men running to and past the bunkers . The Green line bunker where not manned. I fought from About 9:30 till about a little after 3;A.M. It came down to using a entrenching tool. NO one from the LZ ever came to debrief or take statements . They screwed up and cover it up. I know where the 243 bodies where buried. I left Oct. 12th. 1969.

    5. Hi Bruce , I was with A-co. 2nd /12 cav. our Battalion rear had been in Tay Ninh most of 68 and 69. I was sent to establish a presence in Quan Loi on Oct .8th. 1969. I just left a detailed reply fore you , further down in this blog. Sgt. S.C, Hummer.

      1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi.

    6. I was with 1st./8th. 1 Cav. In the beginning of June 1969 and our rear was in Quan Loi until 1970 the rear moved to Buttons (Song Be).

  23. I serve a 12 month tour ai An Khe SVN
    I was on a second tour with the 1st CAV 2/8 infantry Near the city of Quan Loi. I was the radio operator and pulled a lot of perimeter guardFrom April to July in 1969. I was medivaced to Japan in later to Fitzimmons Colorado wear I live today.

  24. My unit co A 1/2 infrantry was sent there some time in October 67 what I remember mostly was the red clay on everyone boots only spent a week there . After that got accepted in the LLRPs in lai khe left Vietnam June 68. 1 infrantry div

    1. Dennis I was 1/2 alpha co 2nd platoon medic when we moved to Quan Loi from Phouc Vinh platoon leader Lieut Lulla KIA later on ..

  25. I arrived in country in Aug 67 and was assigned to HQ & Co A, 701st Maint Bn, 1st Inf Div in Dian. In Jul of 1968 I was transferred to Phouc Vinh with Co D, 701st. I was a Wheel and Track Mechanic and drove the 5 Ton Tractor Trailer. In Nov 68, I was assigned to the Maintenance Contact Team and went to help establish the Brigade Base Camp at Quan Loi as a Wheel Mechanic. One of the memories I have is one night working on the fork lift at the air strip that had broke down. Another is having Thanksgiving Dinner at the tent at the end of the airstrip. As mentioned in an earlier Reply, I also remember when the rubber workers left, it was going to be an anxious night. When the Company finally moved up to Quan Loi and set up, I again started driving the Company 5 Ton Tractor Trailer parts and supply truck from Quan Loi to Dian. Remember going through the rubber trees and past the Mountain Yards’ (?) Village. Remember the TET rocket attack and the rocket attack the night they chased me out of country in Apr68. Often wondered what happened to the Base Camp when the Army left. What a great site you have created.

  26. Co. B44/36th Signal was there. The tower was ours. Quan Loi Queen was hit in front of our area.
    We shared mess tent with 11th armored. Good memories….mostly. Aug. 12, 69 made it real.
    Still Miss you guys.

    1. Steve, I got there during the Cambodian incursion in May of 70 and the tower and GCA were run by the 3 duck duck (322 ADD) of the 165th combat aviation. left in July and went to I corp. Place was a madhouse of helo detachments moving into Cambodia. Flights of 25-45 were not uncommon. It was the largest airlift since the Berlin airlift. Turned 21 while there and the 11th ACR on the greenline gave me lots of tracer fire to celebrate. 11thACR also had the best radio station in country.

  27. We had a Stand down in 1970 not long after coming out of Cambodia (2nd Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. On our 3rd day in we (accidently) blew up our ammo dump where we unloaded all our ACAV’, M-48’s and Sheridans. They kicked us out and we had to set up outside the perimeter and finish our repairs before heading back out in the field. Casualties were the 1st Infantry mess hall and church!

  28. I agree. Hard to believe Aug. 12, 1969 was 50 years ago. Felt I was the only one thinking about it. W19 on the wall.

    1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi

  29. I can still smell the poncho liners. So many memories, just….well you know. I arrived in Sept. 20. Repairman. Minniguns. Gernade launchers. I left too work at the re-arm point. Learned to op. 12 k forklift. My friend “Specks” and I worked the nightshift during Cambodia that we went in. Had the opportunity to op. the forklift, got to know to area pretty well. I have so much more, better leave some room for…. what are we. Thank You. Enjoyed. Later.

  30. Thinking of Quan Loi today and the 12 August 69 attack… hard to believe it was fifty years ago.

    God Bless all who were there.


  31. I was sent to Quan Loi in October 1969 I arrive seated in my jeep in the belly of a C7A old caribou, towing a loaded trailer. I was to establish a presence in the far north east corner of the LZ. My jeep driver and I arrived to find the entire battalion area deserted. The accommodations were sparse and old , there were platoon size tents stretched over 2×4 s that had tin nailed to them as a roof, the out sides were surrounded by agent orange 55 gallon drums filled with dirt and stacked two high .They wreaked of mold and rot. the air strip ran in front of the tents . and there was a large open area gently sloping down to the perimeter bunkers, then a small dirt road in front of them then the perimeter wire .long story short , the second night there we got hit and over run. The green line bunkers were unmanned,and we did not know.Until about 21:00 hours.By 03:30 I ran out of ammo.

  32. Very Good! I was at Quan Loi January thru April of 1968 with the First Infantry Division Graves Registration Team. Difficult but necessary duty in a combat zone.
    I have been back to NAM three times on battle field tours. In 1997 with the Society of The 1ID when nine old veterans traveled up to Quan Loi. My second trip alone in 2001 when I rented a motorcycle to head up Rt. 13 for a day at Quan Loi. Then in 2011 up Rt.13 again with my Son when we rented a car and driver for a day trip.
    In 2016 and 2018 I’ve attended the 6/27th Arty Reunions where their focus is on Quan Loi. A good group of “Old Soldiers”.

    1. Jack, thank you for your comment and encouraging words. I hop you have enjoyed your visits to Vietnam. Quite a different place today compared to fifty years ago. Stay in touch with us here are namwartravel.com and please let us know if you have any questions about the site today.


      1. I was with you assigned to the 1S&T at Quan Loi. We were together at Loch Ninh. We set up a 50 gpm pump and fuel bladders for a fueling station for gunships. I recall you received a Bronze Star.

  33. Great idea and nicely executed. I have had a website centered on Quan Loi and the 6/27th Artillery since 2002. http://www.quanloi.org. The 6/27th Arty was there from Jan 67 to June 70. If you have not done so already I hope you will visit. There are over 15,000 photos, stories, maps etc.

    I would b very interested if you guys get a chance to go back to Quan Loi and are able to check out what remains of the French swimming pool a, tennis courts and club house at QL. That area holds special memories for everyone who served at QL and had a chance to visit that special area and to swim in the pool.

    Thanks so much for your time and efforts with your website!

    Best Regards!

    1. John. Thank you for your comment and visiting pur website. I know your website very well, I have looked at it a lot while doing research for my visit to the base.

      My colleague who is based in Vietnam will probably get back to the base within a couple of months. We talked about it recently. The pool and the plantation house are gone but it seems there are some concrete remnants where the pool was. I can send you an email and we can stay in touch. I am happy to share any material i have with you.


    2. John, I recall reading many years ago that the NVA placed an anti aircraft weapon in the drained pool for protection. So that was a primary target for ARVN artillery and aircraft as the battle continued and the pool was blown to smithereens. Their idea to protect the crew and weapon failed.
      Have a good day in covid 19 Lockdown Land
      Jack Curry 1ID Graves Registration 67-68


  34. I was at quan loi at the end, April 1972. Non American ” Green Beret” teams were running recon into Cambodia. I was the last Special Forces medic there . Then the Easter offensive by the nva.

  35. anyone serve there with the 2nd battalion 18th infantry first infantry division in june of 1966 during operation el paso 11 along with the 4th cav. my cousin
    harry tracey richardson jr was kia june 26th 1966 night ambush in rubber plantation.

    1. yes 66 and68 lighthorse charlie and bravo sp 5 hughes 22 months total.my 1st night there in 66 a large snake crossed over me.

  36. I was at quan loi 67/68 i ran the ammo dump there .the pool that was there got blown up with 32vc in it while I was there 8”” guns 4of them In 67 I’ll never for get the red dirt i slept on and never had a hot meal to this day I can’t sleep at night still see it when I dream a lot of in coming rocket all the time

    1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi
      Will Bailey says:

  37. I began and ended my tour at Quan Loi, probably spending about half my tour there. I was an S-3 Operations radio operator in the TOC for 1st Infantry, 1st Brigade. We were the mobile brigade, so we were in and out of Quan Loi during my year there. Flying in the initial impression was of a lunar landscape of artillery crater holes in red laterite soil. Quan Loi was 6 inches of mud or 6 inches of dust, depending on the time of year. We lived in tents among the rubber trees of the still-working plantation. Whenever the rubber workers left early we knew it would be a long night. Can’t exactly say the memories are great ones, but certainly Quan Loi will always hold a special significance that does not fade over time.

  38. Got to QL in May 1971 as an Air Liaison Officer to MACVSOG. We had between 6 and 10 USAF Forward Air Controllers (FAC)s flying 0-2s and a smaller contingent group of Army pilots flying 0-1s out of Bien Hoa. We rotated our pilots, airplanes and some maintenance people in and out of Quan Loi to meet the SOG mission requirements and launched our missions from there. SOG had a small compound north of the runway which we shared with the Army component of SOG. Got to know the Frenchman who owned the rubber tree plantation and spend time at his house and pool with everyone. We closed most of SOG’s combat missions from QL by Nov ’71 and I went back to SOG HQ in Siagon but occasionally flew pre-planned missions out of QL as part of SOG’s Joint Personnel Recovery Command (JPRC). DEROSed home at end of Dec. ’71 always thinking I’d like to go back someday, but haven’t. Now I’m too old to make the trip. Thank you to all that served at this FOL with the red dirt and a thousand rubber trees.

    1. Thank you Frank. You really give some more context and insight to this article and Quan Loi. Thank you for sharing that. I didn’t know they were operating SOG out of Quan Loi so late in the war.

  39. Leonard Mushrush 11th ACR: Just returned from Quan Loi Feb 2019. Walking the runway,you are VERY visible with the entrance to their army base. An Loc Hotel & Spa is where I stayed the few days I was there. Tell the local taxi driver ,you want to go to Waterfall #4. As you pass by the army base on the right , the road you’ve been noticing on the left is the air strip. pull off down farther and have a look see. NOTE : It is a restricted area . Do not take pictures of the army base .

    1. Thanks Leonard, I hope you enjoyed your visit there. I found it to be a very interesting visit with the runway in such a good condition. Apparently there are some remnants of the French pool and house there. Maybe I can find it on my next visit.

    1. Hello Dung, thank you for your comment. As you can see in the pictures we went around the old runway during our visit as well as some of the old base roads. I hope to dig a bit deeper next time to find the remains of the old pool and plantation building. I suspect there might be at least some remains there.

  40. I spent a lot of time at Quan Loi during 1969 and 1970. When I got in Vietnam the 11th Cavalry had jus closed down there base camp at Xuan Loc and moved to Quan Loi. When I finished Newby school upon arriving VN we boarded a Caribou aircraft and flew to QL. We worked in and out of that area a lot. We worked up and down QL13 a lot. The thunder bases were between QL and Lai Khe. I spent Christmas Eve at QL and New Years Eve 69 at An Loc. I have several pictures of both in my book I wrote. I drove a Sheridan tank and hit four landmines in three and a half months, last mine 1KIA, 3 WIA,whole story and more in the book. Thanks for what you are doing.

    1. My Uncle was there in August of 1969 and him and Capt Fred Jackson were killed on Sept 6 flying a Cobra Helicopter,

    2. Hello Chuck, March 69 I was with the 2nd Field Force 6th Bn 15th Arty, at Thunder 4 a 105’s Battery, we moved in may or June not sure to Quan Loi for couple weeks before we were sent to other LZ’s . Xuan Loc, to Bear Cat and then Home. Received a lot of incoming fire at Quan Loi. and yes the Red Dirt.

      1. After moving from Thunder 4 in Am Loc. We went to Quan Loi for a few days until we were air lifted to LZ White. I was walking from the Latrine we we begin incoming rockets and mortar fire. I was near the open to the bunker where FDC was located. There a squad or Platoon right outside of the perimeter requesting air support. Apparently when the Cobras arrive the wrong grid and quadrant were given. The RTO with Platoon said stop shooting because shooting their own men. I was told by FDC to leave the bunker because they want me to hear anything else from the RTO. I left and the incoming rounds continue to land inside the compound. The next day we were lifted out to LZ. Another hell hole location. May or June 1969

        1. Did you know David Martin Peterson, Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry, killed in action may 9th 1969 near Quan Loi

    3. I spent a good deal of time attached to the 11 ACR as an MP working with the convoys from the south.

  41. Was with 2/19th Arty, 1st Cav 69~70. Came out of Cambodia 1970 and stayed at Quan Loi for a few months. Remember that red clay/dirt very well.
    Would like to visit Vietnam again, looks like things have really improved since my time there. How are returning Vets treated?
    Thanks for your great website.

    1. Hi Bob. Thank you for your nice comment. If you are thinking of going back, let us know through the email address you can find on the “About Us” page. We will be very happy to help you out with some tips on logistics, how to get around, where you can and can not go etc. We have helped a few of your brothers on their trips. No charge of course.

      About returning veterans, well the ones we have spoken to have all been treated well. Vietnam is a very friendly country overall. It is also very safe to travel around. The only thing one has to be careful with is UXO in some places but as long as you stick to the trails and roads you are normally fine. Food and hotels are very affordable and so is transportation. Renting a car with a driver for a full day is a great way to get around to the old bases and if you were mostly stationed in III Corps you can use Saigon as a base and take day trips.

      Get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help you.

      1. I served with the 11 ACR at Quan Loi (’68-’69). I returned to Vietnam in 1998 as a missionary. Though I did not broadcast that I was a missionary, I was very welcomed. Though here were some rough moments for me in the War Crimes Museum in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, it was a significant time in my life.

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