Map Room 2
Cuo Viet is the name of both a river, a river region, and a base camp just north of the river. Just below the DMZ, and north of the mouth of the Cua Viet River, the C-4 base camp is here seen in respect to the surrounding terrain. Photo provided by Richard Lennon, a former resident of the Cua Viet basecamp.
This aerial photo shows the corner of Camp Kistler from a chopper during a rocket attack, with a hit to the fuel dump. A ship can be seen attempting a back-away. The perspective is looking down the mouth of the river toward My Loc. Camp Kistler was the basecamp for the 1st Amphibian Tractor (Amtrac) Battalion of the 3rd Marine Division. Photo provided by Richard Lennon, a former resident of the Cua Viet basecamp.
In an amazing set of coincidences, we have gathered additional material and information regarding this specific incident of the explosions at Camp Kistler shown above. Bob Johnston, who served with the Navy Coastal Operations Unit, was present in one of the small boats that are visible along the shoreline. Bob provides this account of the incident. Additionally, Richard Lennon received these two photographs which were taken by yet a third person who was stationed at Kistler and who captured this same incident with his camera.
In an interesting juxaposition of time, this photo, taken in 1998, looks over a new pier construction and out the mouth of the Cua Viet River. The white tops of breakers rolling in can be seen to the left. Nothing else is visible on this side of the sand dunes.
This series of photos show C-4 bunkers constructed of 12" x 12" lumber and covered with tons of sand. As Richard describes it, "...it was one of, if not the first of the "McNamara Positions"....His "vision" was to build a series of interlocking firebases across the southers edge of the DMZ like a Maginot Line to stop infiltration." Photo provided by Richard Lennon, a former resident of the Cua Viet basecamp.
Here is an aerial photo of Tan Son Nhut, black and white, fairly large but very detailed.
Detail area of PLEIKU (209K)
Detail area of CU CHI (121K)
Detail area of TAY NINH (220K)
Area around CAN THO (129K)
Que Son Valley #3
Very Large Map of Vung Tau peninsula (XA VUNG TAU Sheet 6429 IV Series L7014 - 1:50,000 military map)...it shows complete Vung Tau City (464K)
Chu Lai harbor (North portion), , (146K) surveyed May 1966, corrected to June 19, 1971. Credits to John Hajny (Merchant Marine Officer) and Al Hajny (Company D, 3/21, 196th LIB '67-'69). Also included is Chu Lai harbor (South portion) (232K)