Episode 1112 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will highlight what Khe Sanh veterans are doing to commemorate the 77 day battle that took place 50 years ago. There was a story about their plans in The Military.com website titled: Khe Sanh Veterans Mark 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Battle.
Individual commemoration events are happening across the country while a national remembrance is being planned to held in Washington DC this coming August. The battle started on January 21, 1968 and ended on July 9, 1968. According to historians 6,000 US Marines went up against 100,000 NVA fighters.
The NVA had a twofold mission when they attacked the Khe Sanh Combat Base located in an isolated plateau in the northwestern corner of South Vietnam on that January 21. Their first aim was to create another Bien Dien Phu for the Americans. Bien Dien Phu was the climactic battle in 1954 where the Viet Minh defeated an isolated French outpost. The resulted in the French pulling out of Indo-China and the creation of North and South Vietnam.
That mission was a failure. The US did not leave Vietnam until 1972 after the Paris Peace Accords were agreed to by the warring sides. The second mission of the NVA at Khe Sanh in 1968 was to create a diversion for the Tet Offensive that began on February 1. That turned out to be a big failure for the NVA. The Tet Offensive was a catastrophe for the North Vietnamese militarily. It turned out to be a huge public relations coop for the North.
A heavy price was paid by the North in the Battle of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive. Some estimates put their losses at 100,000 KIA.
The Marines have every right to be proud of their performance at the Battle of Khe Sanh.
Listen to episode 1112 of the podcast to get the full story about the Khe Sanh veterans plans to commemorate the 77 day battle.