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Battle of Ben-Het

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in march of 1969 outside a special forces camp near the cambodian border, a regiment of NVA had attacked and the 1st battalion 69th Armor, which was attatched to the 4th infantry back then engaged and destroyed a column of Russian made pt-76 tanks. My dad who happen to had been involved in that fight (B co 1-69th) was there and took some pictures of the aftermath and some during the onslaught. jut a kool thing i thought some would find interesting.

By the way in the news paper article you see "Thats Me!" that was actually my dad standing there in the pic. (he has the original photo) the tank of choice then was the m48a3

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so to make a long story short, my dad was in 69th AR in vietnam, and eventually got out but he had access to the strings and he pulled em and low and behold i followed his footsteps and i went to iraq with the 2nd 69th. just thought u guys may find these interesting since i noticed 2 Ben Het maps on SBPPE

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Great pics Panther. I was reading about his battle the other day. Most people aren't aware armor even served in Vietnam, much less that the North used them offensively. Some missions depicting the fall of Saigon in '75 would be cool too. Lots of armor action there. My first TC was a Vietnam vet that wore the 4th ID patch... But, he had been a transportation specialist then or whatever they refer to the truck drivers...

Thanks again for posting these pics.

PS. Notice how thin that armor around the hull looks? The dang things were just shredded apart...like cardboard boxes.

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I didnt know your dad was Dwight Yoakam, Panther! Just kidding dude! Killer pics...

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lol @ elf...... well hack believe it or not Ben-Het was the ONLY tank vs. tank battle during the entire vienam war and the Panthers were there to do the ASSWHOOPIN....... Vitesse Et Puissance!!!!! (oh crap BW will have a hayday now hahaha) in English "Speed and Power"

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Panther Not quite true there. From what i've read it was the only US vs NVA tank battle of the vietnam war. However i think you'll find the ARVN and NVA mixed it up at least once too ( around Dak To )

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in march of 1969 outside a special forces camp near the cambodian border, a regiment of NVA had attacked and the 1st battalion 69th Armor, which was attatched to the 4th infantry back then engaged and destroyed a column of Russian made pt-76 tanks. My dad who happen to had been involved in that fight (B co 1-69th) was there and took some pictures of the aftermath and some during the onslaught. jut a kool thing i thought some would find interesting.

By the way in the news paper article you see "Thats Me!" that was actually my dad standing there in the pic. (he has the original photo) the tank of choice then was the m48a3

I was there also on tank number 12 or 13 I can't remember which. What is your Dads name , I'm sure we knew each other.

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I was aware of this battle some time ago although not well known. With your permission I would like to use photos for an article in The Ivy Leaves quarterly magazine of the 4th INF DIV Association. I also have some photos taken by someone who was at Camp Enari in Pleiku when they brought in their trophy PT 76.

I can send these to you if you would like.

All my best!

 

Rusty Armstrong 1/12th INF "Red Warriors"

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52 minutes ago, Rusty Armstrong said:

I was aware of this battle some time ago although not well known. With your permission I would like to use photos for an article in The Ivy Leaves quarterly magazine of the 4th INF DIV Association. I also have some photos taken by someone who was at Camp Enari in Pleiku when they brought in their trophy PT 76.

I can send these to you if you would like.

All my best!

 

Rusty Armstrong 1/12th INF "Red Warriors"

Might be kinda hard to get permission when the poster's last activity on this forum took place over 13 years ago... 

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