Episode 2581 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the brave Marines who served at Con Thien, South Vietnam. The featured story comes from The American Forces Online and is titled: Endured Arduous Fighting At Con Thien During the Vietnam War. The story was submitted by Rosemary Giles, Guest Author.
She is a history content writer with Hive Media. She received both her bachelor of arts degree in history, and her master of arts degree in history from Western University. Her research focused on military, environmental, and Canadian history with a specific focus on the Second World War. As a student, she worked in a variety of research positions, including as an archivist. She also worked as a teaching assistant in the History Department.
Since completing her degrees, she has decided to take a step back from academia to focus her career on writing and sharing history in a more accessible way. With a passion for historical learning and historical education, her writing interests include social history, and war history, especially researching obscure facts about the Second World War.
Con Thien (meaning the “Hill of Angels”) was a military base that started out as a U.S. Army Special Forces camp before transitioning to a United States Marine Corps combat base. It was located near the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) about 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) from North Vietnam in Gio Linh District, Quảng Trị Province. It was the site of fierce fighting from February 1967 through February 1968.
For two years during the Vietnam War, the camp witnessed several intense battles. The NVA, intimately familiar with the terrain, launched assaults on the American and South Vietnamese troops stationed there. These were often sudden and fierce, leading to a high number of casualties on both sides.
Listen to episode 2581 and discover more about the brave Marines who served at Con Thien, South Vietnam.