Adams, Edward Cody, SW2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
SW-0000-Steelworker
Last Rating/NEC Group
Steelworker
Primary Unit
1967-1968, SW-0000, CBMU-301
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pennsboro, WV
Last Address
Pennsboro, WV

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hardman Chapel Cemetery - Harrisville, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
50E 010

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Khe Sanh, South Vietnam (FOB)
Start Year
1962
End Year
1971

Description
Khe Sanh Combat Base was a United States Marine Corps outpost in South Vietnam used during the Vietnam War. The airstrip was built in September 1962. Fighting began there in late April 1967 with the hill fights, which later expanded into the 1968 Battle of Khe Sanh. U.S. commanders hoped that the North Vietnamese Army would attempt to repeat their famous victory at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, which would permit the U.S. to wield enormous air power.

On April 1, 1968, the U.S. Army's First Air Cavalry Division launched Operation Pegasus to break the siege of the Marine combat base---the second largest battle of the war. All three brigades from the First Cav participated in this vast airmobile operation, along with a Marine armor thrust. B-52s alone dropped more than 75,000 tons of bombs on North Vietnamese soldiers from the 304th and 325th Divisions encroaching the combat base in trenches. As these two elite enemy divisions, with history at Dien Bien Phu and the Ia Drang Valley, depleted, President Johnson ordered an air and naval bombing halt to most of North Vietnam as a gesture of peace.

The defense of Khe Sanh commanded international attention and was considered the climactic phase of the Tet Offensive. On July 5, 1968, the combat base was abandoned, the U.S. Army citing the vulnerability of the base to dug-in enemy artillery positions in neutral Laos and the arrival of significant airmobile forces in I Corps (1st Air Cavalry and 101st Airborne Divisions). However, the closure permitted the 3rd Marine Division to construct mobile firebase operations along the DMZ.

In 1971, Khe Sanh was reactivated by the U.S. Army (Operation Dewey Canyon II) to support Operation Lam Son 719, the South Vietnamese incursion into Laos. It was abandoned again in early April of 1971. In March 1973, American intelligence reported that North Vietnamese troops had rebuilt the airstrip at Khe Sanh and were using it for courier flights into the South.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1967
To Year
1968
 
Last Updated:
May 20, 2017
   
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  39 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Armistead, Jerry, SCPO, (1956-1988)
  • Bullens, Jesse, PO3, (1964-1975)
  • Cox, Norman, SCPO, (1963-1991)
  • Dowd, Wayne, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Hecker, Leonard, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • Hummel, Walter, PO1, (1954-1973)
  • Hunsaker, Robert, PO3, (1965-1971)
  • Miyake, Notch, LTJG, (1964-1968)
  • Phillips, Robert, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Powell, Thomas, LCDR, (1965-1995)
  • Price, Carl, PO3, (1966-1969)
  • Primrose, Kenneth, PO2, (1967-1973)
  • Sutton, Thomas, SCPO, (1961-1980)
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