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Coffee Grows at Site of Vietnam Battle

September 18, 1986|Associated Press

BANGKOK, Thailand — Vietnamese villagers have begun to plant coffee near Khe Sanh, a former U.S. Marine base and site of one of the best-known battles of the Vietnam War, Vietnam's official news agency said Wednesday.

For 77 days, from January to April 1968, the Marines withstood a siege by North Vietnamese forces at Khe Sanh. U.S. warplanes dropped nearly 100,000 tons of bombs on enemy positions in the surrounding mountains.

Authorities said 3,000 people returned to Khe Sanh after the war ended in 1975, and thousands of acres in Khe Sanh recently have been planted with coffee, the Vietnam News Agency said in a report monitored in Bangkok.

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