January 30, 1999 |
Thirty-one years ago, when Khe Sanh was part of the world's vocabulary, one of the defining moments of the Vietnam War was being played out in this mist-shrouded valley near the Laotian border.
September 18, 1986 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1990
Tour the Ho Chi Minh Trail? A friendly jaunt to Khe Sanh? Your two-parter on Vietnam tourism stirred me, a Vietnam vet, to want to go back to Vietnam--in a B-52. GREG HUGHES, Chatsworth
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2008 |
The remains of a Marine from Los Angeles killed during the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to his family for burial, the Department of Defense announced. Lance Cpl. Luis F. Palacios will be buried Friday in Bellflower, the department said. Palacios was among 12 killed when their CH-46A Sea Knight helicopter was shot down on June 6, 1968, near Khe Sanh. Eight bodies were recovered. But Palacios and three other Marines remained unaccounted for. In 2007, military identification specialists, working with the government of Vietnam, excavated a spot where villagers said the crash had occurred.
November 27, 1994 |
Here it's a dirt track, unmarked and unmapped, lazing through lush green like any Carolina country lane except that kids know better than to kick at odd bits of metal in the grass. High up the mountain, it is a widened rut in the rocks and mud where drivers stop their trucks at precarious turns, night or day, to light incense at roadside shrines to the unrecovered dead.
July 20, 2000 |
The Ho Chi Minh Trail, which carried a million North Vietnamese soldiers south and confounded the United States' top military strategists for a decade, belongs to history now, its network of hidden dirt roads reclaimed by jungle, leeches and ghosts of a war long past. But though abandoned, there is hardly anything or anyone, save Ho Chi Minh himself, that the Vietnamese of the north hold more dear than the supply route that was once the world's deadliest road.