Tank Battle Vietnam - Ben Het 1969

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MAJ Mike Linnane, USA (Ret) Special Forces, Team A-244 describes 1969 Ben Het battle.



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Industrial military complex $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ( GREED )
13thBear
Het, you are entitled to your opinion. It doesn't much matter to me. You explain what America lost and what Vietnam won, and what America won and Vietnam lost. You may actually be right. If you want to challenge my thoughts, put your thoughts on the public board so we can all evaluate them.
3lullabies
my uncle was door gunner on a gunship,he always spoke of these guys he called 'Ruffpuffs\
7316bobe
The NVA still \
Anthony B D
that's one badass story! you guys had balls of titanium
Aquila Rossa
Three cheers for the NVA. Real heroes
Art
What US should've done was to wipe out all the communists back in 1972 Linebacker II operation and not just to bring them back in the negotiation table. Us politicians f#@$ed it all up that cost 50K plus lives for nothing.
Basile Daliènet
war criminals
BigRedChester
At least in that war they could evacuate wounded quickly. WW2 didn't have helicopters so they just died most often
Black n Tan
It's as if the USA won the war. I bet lots of Americans actually think they won.
Bob Borgheiinck
Was shotgun on a 5ton wrecker on a mission to retrieve a disabled 5ton wrecker from Ben Het in 68, or 69. we towed it back to our 3rd shop at the 62nd maintenance battalion north of Pleiku. They wanted us to stay over night to do some work there, but a Warrant Officer organized a 5 or 6 vehicle unauthorized convoy to get out of Dodge. (they were always under fire I guess) Being young and stupid I wanted to stay. The officer got in trouble cause we traveled on the road back before it had been cleared of mines. We met the soldiers on the road doing the clearing. Oops! On March 7 1969 the 2 disabled PT 76s from the Ben Het battle were dropped off in our Battalion area for a couple days. I still have several pictures of them.
Bob Mitchell
Brave soldiers...we should never have been there trying to prop up a hopeless corrupt government. 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺
Bush Master Wilderness Of
Love you and your troops thanks for your service
California6567
Major Linanne I can never thank you enough. You are what every soldier should aspire to be. GOD bless America !
Carl Deliteris
carl deliteris 25 inf 65. eng at. cu chie track 23=24. flame plt with Tom and red
Carousel Willy
Unfortunate son! BF vietnam!!
Chris M
Wars of Aggression, Wars based on Lies & Deceptions. Wars waged domestically against Us by our Own gvnmt, Wars waged abroad against the very Same factions the U.S. funded, armed, trained, & brought to power. \nWars waged to line the pockets of politicians. Wars to keep profiting Billions for the Military Industrial Complex, International Bankers, Multinational Corporations, & the Globalist Elites & Arms Dealers who Always fund Both sides of conflicts.\n War is a Racket.
DarkVoidDan
My uncle was living in north vietnam at the time of the war started he didn't even know then a few days later the americans carpet bombed a small village where my uncle was staying witch killed my auntie in her home he used to respect the americans before that happened especially being from the u.k so he joined the fight against the americans and killed quite a few of them he survived the war and a year after when captured american pows were supposed to be released the vietkong didn't release 12 american soldiers so he went in one night and freed them and got them to safety I asked him why he did it and he never gave me an answer he just got really upset he is 79 now and still going strong.
Desstrik
Good job soldiers.  RIP to those good guys who fell.
DoubleVisionandco
Attacking a camp with thin armoured russian junk recon tanks was not a very smart idea as a 50 caliber machine gun will turn one of those tanks into swiss cheese.
Dr Carls Jr
My dad was an instructor with electronics. He also instructed fellow soldiers on how to use/maintain the starlight scope.
Egor Zubok
тысяча лет уже прошла, но крестоносцы-грабители папы-римского всё те же...
El Capitan Obvious
The Vietnamese troops lived in Vietnam.
Frank Terry
Not easy to view I was there on 2 tours of duty1966/1970 it is very hard to forget until something reminds you it could be a smell it could some place you never been! It never go's away for 45yrs. I still have them nightmares you can't understand you had to be there. Only VET TO VET You can thank us for are service if you know who we are When We Where Soldiers.\n
Gary Green
You do know You're the bad guys, right? Invading scum after the colonialist French were defeated.
Genx Guy
My dad did 2 tours in the navy. These men never asked for anything other than to be given the respect they deserve. Never once would my dad ever talk about his experiences in Vietnam but I know he was traumatised and always expressed regret and sadness on Memorial day. Thanks dad. I love you.
George Traylor
Few years ago I bought a little wooden box which came with several others in a larger box, nothing special looking, one had gloves, one had buttons, but one had a MAB pistol (france) with the plastic grip on one side melted off, and it smelled like fuel, had some north vietnam coins, a bill or two and some pictures of a women and kid. The box was decorated inside, it was a little larger than the pistol. I sold it to a gentleman and he paid well for that item. Thanks to all our Vets! GBA all the way.
GravelGrunt
I was new in country and had arrived at Dak To about three weeks before the attack. My first week there we'd been mortared, and a few days after that my platoon had been sniped at on a mine sweep of the highway from Tan Canh towards Kontum. We knew Charlie was around, but no one expected anything this big to happen. The night of the attack, we were awakened by the sounds of heavy gunfire in the distance, and the sky to the west was lit up red. We realized that one helluva fight must be going on at Ben Het. We immediately went on red alert, and my company was told we'd be going to relieve Ben Het at daylight. By sunup, however, the NVA had retreated and there was nothing to see but their wrecked vehicles. I was sorry I'd missed the show. One of those NVA tanks looked like it had been open up with a big can opener. Apparently, the NVA didn't realize some of our armor had just been sent there. Their tanks were no match for ours and they probably wouldn't have attacked if they known they were there.
Greatmcwhite
Thanks for serving during such tough times. \nKilling communists is always a good thing.
Groundhog
And 'WE' have still not learnt wars serve no real purpose. Just waiting for day (hopefully not in my lifetime) we see mushroom cloud after mushroom cloud appearing on the horizon and if it is during my lifetime I hope 'we' are all directly in ground zero & know fek all 'we didn't feel a thing' about what happened.
Hilleary Brown
You can really see where some type of defoliant would be of use. Agent orange worked quite good but who knew the devastating effects on those who came in contact with it, My last friend who was exposed to it died in 94.\nHats off to all who served and are serving
Homer B
Military historians place some US infantry in the ground level trenches by the gate. Those were members of the 299th combat engineer battalion. We were the bait for the battle of Dakto. The first shot cleaned off a sleeping tank crew, from what the tankers told me later that morning.
Hub Howard
you have my respect and admiration , now I owe ya a shot and a beer.
Illiminatie overlord Gurglekoks
So, not really that close at all.. Only seven of those fuckers even made it to the wire? They didn't even get trough? Sorry, that doesn't sound very impressive at all. The Vietnamese were unmatched strategists in this war. Particularly in terms of unconventional / other than direct combat strategies and tactics. They knew the Achilles heel of the US was in her unwillingness to take casualties combined with her armed force's inability to deal with asymmetric warfare(And it still is today). But in the field, as soldiers, I think the Vietnamese kinda sucked.
J Adams
I have the upmost respect for you fine American service members. My uncle was a green beret in Vietnam. He never spoke much of it. I still have his picture from the service. He was a good man, father, uncle and operator.
Jack Vansworth
Hey Mike, I re-supplied and medivaced your guys at Ben Het, Dak To, and Dak Seang in March-June of '70 with my buddies from the 119th AHC, the Gators and Croc's. That whole area was a very scary place, and my flight got motared off the strip at Dak To and Ben Het more than once. Lost a friend from the \
Jeffrey P
My pop was there. 4th infantry, 124th transportation battalion. He is really suffering from Agent Orange related illnesses but hanging in there. Thanks, Nam Vets and welcome home!
Jerry Curtis
I see intelligence didn't improve one damn bit, from 1967. if it came down from S-2 it was BS, if the Vietnamese told you, it was on spot.
John Barrett
Every sovereign nation that is illegally and immorally invaded can be said to have lost. \nThe Romans invaded and conquered many.\nThe French, British, Dutch, German imperialist nations did the same.\nAnd the U.S. has this legacy - wage war for profit but tell the people we're doing it in the name of democracy and goodness & peace.\nI feel sorry for all soldiers who are lied to by their country and sent off to illegal and immoral wars for profit.\nThese men and women are the victims not the heroes. \nA hero is a man who stands up against tyranny ESPECIALLY when the tyranny is within his own government. \nI wave the American flag for truth and justice - not for war. \nCareful America . . . all of these war campaigns will be our undoing just as they were for Rome & Great Britain.
John E Osman III
United States Armor units, suffered the highest amount of casualties, during the entire Vietnam war, ... accounting only for the lack of the administration probability to protect our greater assets, the individual tank crew members, ... \nBut with that being said, I do not have any info on whether the units were of the Marine Corp, or Army, ... would be interesting to find out, ... and as another side note, ... isn’t it about frigging time that our military commands got off their high horses, & develop some close combat weapons? \nthe 1911Colt model .45 pistols, & M3 grease guns, have about worn out their usefulness, as well as their capacity to keep our personnel alive in close combat situations, ... xplosive armor, gets more status than the xpensive tank crews who are trained @great cost to operate, as a team, ... \nDuring my time of service, ... (circa early mid 70’s), ... we Dino tankers started our careers in armor, and progressed from loader, to driver, to gunner, & then to TC, as the position with more responsibility, was learned over time spent with a single crew, ... it is my understanding, that times, & methodologies have evolved, ... where a driver, is a driver for his whole time in service, ... and the same, being said for the other crew positions, ... each with their own MOS title, ... so I simply gotta ask, ... who the hell is in charge if the TC gets his ass killed? They have to sit out there on the battlefield to wait for a replacement TC???, ... R E A L L Y? This is kinda, sorta, ... like a dysfunctional family, .., is it not?
Jon Weiss
The essential question in my mind since 1970, has been \
K. S.
Don't understand why these bases weren't constructed better.
Kenneth Hedden
Real men,Real Soldiers,doesn't get any more real than that. True American Heros!!!!
Kirk Boo
Vietnam Vets are some of the most unsung heroes in American history. Regardless of politics, they did what was asked of them as soldiers of a country. That is the most commendable sacrifice that can ever be asked of a person. God Bless them all, and thank you all.
LJPV777
I like watching war footage so I can think about how terrible everybody is and how useless it is to try and save the planet.
LastAvailableAlias
Wonder what the stories on the NVA side were
Marcus Aurelius
i talked to some of the vietnamese veterans and they still don't understand the reason americans came to their country. some of them even said \
Mark Andrews
God Bless the vets,
Marshall Roland
Sorry dude was a grunt in I Cor. Yep did tunnel rating n fought mostly NVA when they would crawl out of cover n make an effort with superior numbers. Never forget stumbling over Hochic slicks(sandals made from tires) ran out of on way to their tunnels. Check with some old vets up there an ask about Delta Daises . Better yet ask if they remember the grunt called \
Mika30041975
NVA chickened down when facing the steel ennemy.
Mike Lcml5c
Damn those guys are lucky to be alive. I got wonder why they'd limit the tanks to that small an area. It looks to me like they'd be sitting ducks in an area that small but then hell what do I know I was 11 years old when they were fighting that out. It's a dang good thing they had the air support when they did other wise it could've got ugly. They are mean dudes that don't take no🐂💩.
Milutin958
Jebite se ameri, odjebali vas žutaći !!!
Mitchell Lawson
AMEN AND GOD BLESS ALL OF Y'ALL AND THANK U SO MUCH FOR OR FREEDOM!!!?
Nguyen Long
Dragon? No they called them \
One World
From what I've read about the Montagnards (sp?), American forces were consistently lucky to have them as allies. As guerilla forces, they were superior to the Viet Cong in terms of knowing the terrain and survival in the jungle. The Montagnards didn't have the political convictions of the VC, but quite apparently had some reason for their loyalty to American forces.\nIt seemed that tank operations in Vietnam were fewer and farther between than they were in other conflicts, or there was less media attached to the tank missions...... curious as to why, considering the potential impact they clearly have.
Paul N
godbless these unsung heroes of the war.may we learn from this conflict.
Radrook
imagine HOW MANY ANIMALS WERE SLAUGHTERED IN THOSE ARTILLERY BARRAGES AND BOMBING RAIDS.
Ravage Gonza
gulf of Tonkin\n\noperation fast and furious\n\nmalon labe
Red Bay
Such brave young men.  In the prime of their lives.  I wish all of them had lived.
Richard Day
does any body remember  captain reed special forces at BEN HET he and i went down on the air strip with some montagnard to get the tractor trailer load of ammo. we were under heavy fire at the time. i was the only truck that made it thru he told me should get thing for it I never did. the next day a chopper took me and the wounded out . 
Rick Barg
Show some respect for those who fought , and died in the Vietnam 🇻🇳 war, I live in 🇨🇦 and met a Vietnam Vet today, he had a Vietnam Pin on his hat, so we talked , I shook his hand a thanked him for his service, thousands of our Canadian boys joined along side the American boys , not knowing what they were getting them selfs in for, but they went any ways, and when they came home , they were called terrible things , I was 10 when that war was going on, so thankyou to all the 🇨🇦and the 🇺🇸 men who fought and died , they were boys going in , but brothers in arms in the end, so thanks again to all who served . I will never forget.
Robert111
It's nice that the Vietnamese beat this criminal thug foreigners out of their country in the end. We (the U.S.) had no fucking business being there.
Salvador Allende
Full respect to all those who fought in Vietnam.  Thanks to user goldworldnet for loading this coverage of the Ben Het battle.  No respect to the war criminals who seized upon the Gulf of Tonkin 'incident' as justification for committing to a war which killed many thousands of civilians.  The same propaganda and commitment to a military engagement based on flakey / contrived 'intelligence' was used to invade Iraq - remember those still not found WMDs? Again the result was many thousands of civilian deaths.
Shyamal Das
Only one ward answer that veitnam proff that what kind patritotism, shows there people.
Stephen Powzinger
I was with the 4th Division at Ben Het earlier, in 1968. I landed by Huey at the airstrip with our mortar and went through there then joined my platoon on one of the surrounding hilltops. ( my chopper had landed there by mistake due to heavy fog). I had to call the battalion by Bet Het’s radio. \n. The battalion commander came with his personal Huey to fly me and the mortar back. We were accompanied with a unit of Montagnards on the hill. . It was a very steep hill and we had muddy trenches and bunkers. It was a very dangerous area.
TheGodParticle
Wo wo wo wo camouflage..
Thom Patten
Was with MACSOG CCC. We were targeted with finding the artillery that was hitting Ben Het. The fire was so intense, we waited for a chance for insertion. In the mean time, our job was to support the medivacs. It was gruesome. They finally pulled the target and sent another team in. They lasted one night. It seems that the artillery we'd be looking for was in fact tanks. My highest praise to the Major and all of the others who fought so hard. You exemplify what Special Forces was all about.
Thomas Bleming
My unit arrived at Ben Het on the morning of May 6th, 1969 and almost immediately we came under fire from N.V.A. artillery.\nLater on that morning we were with an ARVN unit. They were wiped out that afternoon by a much larger N.V.A. force.\nFrom May 6th to July 1st my unit (52nd Airborne Pathfinder detachment) was stationed at Dak To, a special forces camp, down the road from Ben Het, where we fought the North Vietnamese Army.
Tim Matthews
Just a grunt's POV but we believed we were sent to blunt the spread of Communism just as our fathers and uncles had been sent to Korea and were only supposed to hold the line until the Viets could defend themselves with our support. They just didn't have it in them and we had to pull the plug at some point with all the pressure from back home. We did not win the war because that was not our mission and we did not lose the war because it was not OUR war to lose. Sure, we regret the way it turned out but none of us should feel any guilt over it.
Tom Tapp
PT 76 was same tank used by NVA at Lang Vei. The NVA over ran Lang Vei. James Wesley Moreland was one of the SF soldiers Mia. A real hero.
WOLFGANG RAIN
Oh, intense, yeah.  Addictive adrenaline, yeah.  Addictive camaraderie, yeah. But here in Viet Nam it's called the American War.  Almost nobody here understands to this day why American soldiers came to kill, burn, rape, murder and try to subjugate the Vietnamese people, who only wanted to determine their own future and control their own oil, gas, rubber and geographic resources.  The big lie continues with such ignorant, sad, fascist propaganda like this.  Support our Dupes, yeah.  Tell your kids how cool it is to go kill people in faraway places that never threatened the people of the USA.  Tell 'em.
Waltham1892
As soon as the S-2 says there are no tanks...\n\nGet ready for tanks.
William Earl
The South Vietnamese were the big losers, together with communism. America carried on being the worlds most powerfull and richest country. What did the North win? The honour of being just one more kleptocracy.
bigcountry Wrenn
Today's soldiers dont know or can handle this type of war.No a/c bunks and video games to play on down time.sweat n blood to these tested men
bishop Clarke
The united states has always played the role as the international police. Coming to the aid of those countries who people are oppressed and deprived of liberty, I do not for see that role changing anytime soon. With the crisis in the middle east concerning Israel, Gaza, Russia, Ukraine, and Syria the stage is set for world war three.
boipinoi604
Take strategic position on hills which overlooks the ho chi minh trail. Smart.\n\nWhy didnt the americans just take these hills? Better yet, why even go to war in a foreign country? Why mess with other nations political development? Because fear of communism? Hindsight is 20/20 but it seems that communism do not last on its own. Name a successful communist country to date? Russia? North Korea? Nope.\n\nMuch respect to these vietnamese who tried to take own a juggernault in their land.\nMuch respect to these vets who left to fight in a country believing it was the right thing to do. Good on the American people who protested against this war but bad on them for shaming soldiers who came back from this war.\n
clifton gaither
welcome home Vietnam vets , and thank you .
dayward1
Siege of Firebase Gloria?
e james
damn, I love everything about combat. But I was graduating high school as the last amurcan was being airlifted off the roof of the U.S. embassy in saigon. It was all over ,man.
edwinhopkins0
special Ed her bless the mechanized
getl0st
I've never understood why the locals get pissed when you invade their country
greekmarine
thankfully americans lost that war
inoue jerry
Many ask why we didnt used T54/55 OR TYPE59 IN THIS BATTLE BECAUSE IT A HEAVY JUNGLE WITH ALOT OF RIVER ( SMALL BIG VV ) meanwhile the Pt76 are pretty light tank that can swim =\u003e we can used the river at road ( actualy many of our moving sometime used the river with the p76 because the jungle are too thick or there are to high hill , mountain vv ) ( some time ven the t54/55 used the river at a rock ( enginear will go check the deep and if it below 1,5m the tank can go though it ) and those enginear will stand on the 2 side with a light to show the tank where to go ,
jpavlvs
I was in country at that time. Up in I (eye) Corps. Marines. A firebase with the KMC artillery near Hoi An.
loomibiq
This is a great recollection of viet war battle story clear and easy to understand. Thanks. Go USA.
magillasviews
well done.
michael dailey
Thank you my brothers , American heroes each one of you, in the piece, and the comments !!!
mtcarrera
While I didn't participate in the Ben Het fight, I was focused on it because of the intel value around the presence of the PT-76s. Somewhere I have an aerial picture of one of them after the SPADs had finished with it, lying a bit broken in a bunch of bomb craters. Sometime later it, or its running mate, was dragged back to Pleiku on a flatbed and we got a chance to check it out up close. It was pretty well burned out, but I got a few pictures of it and still have a shell base that had cooked off during the fight. I can't seem to post the pictures here, so I'll do it separately.
nowisthetime12
Anyone who believes the Vietnam War was a just war for the US, needs to read former defense secretary McNamara's Fog of War. The war was just for the VC; they were fighting a war against colonialist powers. Did they use Russia? damn straight. The US wasn't going to help them in their war for Independence.
peter R
Viet Nam - one of the most ridiculous of wars, the most ridiculous waste and loss of American and Vietnamees lives. For what? for nothing! Only money for the military industrial complex!
plejaren giants
The war was really about our government's heroin trade with Indochina. We secretly gave them money for their heroin then sold them state of the art military weaponry to get the money back. This process was repeated over and over. We also funded both sides by supplying Russia with supplies for whatever was needed. It was a scam. And we fought and died for the biggest drug dealers and mass murderers in our highest political positions. Good upload!
pracxis prac
but US still lost the war
tiprunner
Remenber My Lai
trang den Trangden
chien tranh la dau thuong mat mat , hay quy trong hoa binh nhe.VIET NAM
william hogan
stay out of other peoples countries,it never ends well...
ytugtbk
Love Mike's attitude and bearing. A true military man.
Übermensch
If you look in to the war crimes the us committed in Vietnam you really start to question who is the terrorist.
журналист
The Vietnam War was pretty badass.