Fire Support Base (FSB) Hill 4-ll
This “Hill” soon defined our platoon and the Area of Operation (AO) we patrolled.
The morning of July 8, 1969, in a column of twos, our platoon entered the rear of the Chinook helicopter. It lifted off, taking us to secure the new firebase location on a hill seven miles west of Quang Ngai City. The Chinook landed without receiving enemy fire, and we exited through the rear door as soon as it dropped. We moved up the hill, encountering many mines and booby traps along its crest. The Company Commander deployed Sergeant Owens with a minesweeping device to sweep the hill for booby traps. We found booby-trapped grenades, 2.75-inch rockets, and a canister full of napalm with a firing device planted in the ground.
Lt. Baxter, Alpha Company’s First Platoon Leader, taking a break while the platoon and company start building the new firebase Hill-411. Note the small sandbagged shelter to his top left. Each position had the same shelter. They were all we had until the bunkers were built a week later. Combat Engineers built the bunker shells, and we sandbagged them.
2/20/2022 03:19:14 pm
I was a Sp5 in January '71 when I and my Cpt. drove over the access road(built by 39th Eng.) to Hill 411. We were in A Co. 39th Eng. Bt. out of Chu Lai. I was impressed at how lonely/vulnerable Hill 411 was.I have a couple pictures taken from the hill. My worst was walking mine sweeps out from QL1 to My Lai area while building a road from around LZ Dottie. We got messed up often. Let me know if you want the pics.
2/20/2022 03:40:35 pm
Paul, thanks for your comments. It would be great to see the photographs, especially a couple of years after we built it. Email to, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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