Ban Me Thout (later known as Camp Coryell by the Army),
was located about 70 nautical miles North East of Cam Ranh Bay AB.
It is midway between the coast and the Cambodia border and between the tip
of the Mekong Delta and the Demilitarized Zone, just south of the infamous
La Drang Valley in the Central Highlands. Ban Me Thuot also was the focus
of an NVA attack which began on March 10, 1975 by three NVA divisions
which marked the beginning of the final NVA offensive which culminated in
the fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975. The Army had a Special Forces Camp, helicopter company, and the
headquarters of an artillery regiment. The 212 Military Police
Company had sentry dogs assigned.
Forward Air Controllers (detached from the 19th
Tactical Support Sq. assigned to the 23rd ARVN Division) were assigned here, with their own aircraft ground crews.
The 19th TASS was a unit of the 505th TCG
till about 1968, when it became part of the 504th TCCG. Combat Control Teams (Coordinated gunship air strikes and
other air support) was also assigned.
In 1962, Ban Me Thout was the scene
of an infamous attack on a civilian hospital. This hospital treated
Vietnamese infected with leprosy. The missionary doctors and nurses were
massacred. Their remains of most, were found. However, several members of
the medical staff were captured and were never seen again. Their remain
MIA to this date. The NVA and VC denied any knowledge of this. Actress
Jane Fonda, "AKA Hanoi Jane" never mentioned this while supporting North
Attack on Ban Me Thout Leprosarium
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