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
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.
A jeep path ran along Betty's entire perimeter near the bunkers. The bunkers were
used mostly for perimeter watch.
base camp, the men lived in bunkers or tents. The tents were closer to the beach and to breezes from the South China