I have been with the 5thID, 4/8 Battalion for 10 months and had experienced only some minor contact with the enemies until this moment.
The National Route 13, starting from Saigon, went to Binh Duong, An Loc, and Loc Ninh then continued to the Snuol district of Cambodia. The alpha base was the last military post of ARVN on the south side of the border. At about five kilometers north of Binh Duong, the route split at Nga Tu So. From there, the 13-bis route ran to Phu Giao, Dong Xoai, Bunard, and Phuoc Binh, the capital city of Phuoc Long Province.
Dong Xoai, the major town of Don Luan District, was about 88 kilometers from Saigon. It was a very important location in term of military strategy.Continue reading My First Real Battle: Dong Xoai