Khe Sanh airstrip ~ Old DMZ, Vietnam
Dec 05 2001

The bombardment of the marine base at Khe Sanh from the surrounding hills was so heavy that planes had difficulty landing and most supplies had to be airdropped. The airstrip was once paved with large steel plates which have long since been removed by the scrap metal scavengers who still come here to dig for 'treasure'. Today, after more than 30 years, nothing grows on this strip of land while all about coffee plants now obliterate any other sign of what occured here. Just 3 months after the bloody siege was lifted, US troops were redeployed and the infamous hill that as many as 500 Americans died to protect was left to the Vietcong.

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nigel & julie snow