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Album 6 - LZ Betty (Base Camp)

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In January 1968, the 3/506 battalion of the 101st Airborne Division was deployed to LZ Betty. The battalion's new base camp was located on the South China Sea coast one  mile south of Phan Thiet, the province capitol. Soon after arriving, the enemy launched their ambitious and bloody Tet Offensive. When it was over three weeks later, one-third of the men in my company's four rifle platoons were casualties. 
Perimeter Bunkers and Observation Tower.
Between these hulking sandbag bunkers and the Phan Thiet countryside lay barbed wire fences and minefields.

LZ Betty BunkerWatch Tower, LZ Betty
A jeep path ran along Betty's entire perimeter near the bunkers. The bunkers were used mostly for perimeter watch.
Company tents.  Tent Area on LZ BettyTent City at Phan Thiet
When in base camp, the men lived in bunkers or tents. The tents were closer to the beach and to breezes from the South China Sea .
POW make-shift prison 
at LZ Betty
POWs at LZ Betty
Aide Station and 
Battalion HQ building
Aid station Headquarters Buildings

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