Plei Djereng MACV Fighting Camp A-251 Vietnam War Laos

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  • Sold Date: Dec 04, 2006
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Polei Djereng

Polei Kotang

Plei Hep

Plei Ken Ngo

MACV Camp A-251

(from the US Army website...)

"The physical facilities and configuration of the camps underwent a significant change in the course of the year (1966) with the development of first the fighting camp and then the floating camp. The fighting camp was an austere, functional, easily defended camp, which employed the principle of defense in depth. It was designed not as an isolated, walled fortress in the midst of hostile territory, but as a base for extended operations throughout the A detachment tactical area of responsibility. The fighting camp concept was based upon aggressive combat operations backed up by a capability toreinforce rapidly. Both kinds of camps were constructed with locally procured materials and labor at a saving of approximately ten thousand dollars per camp over the previous camp construction costs. The first camp then to be built according to the fighting camp specifications was at Plei Djereng A-251 , Pleiku Province, in II Corps Tactical Zone. Construction was begun on 13 December 1966 by the Special Forces Engineer Team KB-7 of the 539th Engineer Detachment, engineer augmentation for the 5th Special Forces Group. The floating camps were constructed in areas inundated annually by the floodwaters of the Mekong River. To insure that the camps would be able to function in spite of the flooding, buildings were constructed a story and a half high, with a floating floor that rose with the water; medical bunkers, ammunition bunkers, and crew-served weapons positions were built on reinforced platforms that also floated; and floating helipads were made capable of supporting a loaded UH-1D."

From the II Corps Tactical Zone

The most central military region of South Vietnam, consisting of the Provinces of Kontum, Pleiku, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Phu Bon Darlac, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Lam Dong, This is a somewhat rare set for the 1965 Army Corps of Engineers map 6553, sheets I, II, III, IV. Pleiku and Kontum Provinces, and adjacent regions. Legend info in English, French, and Vietnamese. Scale 1 : 50,000. Each p reference number 6654, series L701, sheets I, II, III, IV, which comprise the map for this sheet covers over 96 square miles. As you probably know, t are 4 sheets (quadrants) needed to complete a map in the US Army Corps of Engineers map series, so these 4 sheets complete one map. Each sheet measures 22" x 29". Very good condition, aside from some darkening at folds (please see images). Each map has a pre-1975 Vietnamese government rubber stamp. You do not often find all four sheets together..... I will also be listing other maps from this series, and you may be able to complete maps from the sheets directly adjoining this map, as I have quite a few to sell, and will have an inventory data base to search soon, by series number and map title. So you will be able to complete large areas of your collection, or start a collection with large sections of S. Vietnam completely mapped out.

(Will have additional fold to fit in mailing envelope).

Maps currently awaiting repatriation in Vietnam... they have been in-country 40 years. Air Mail 10-14 days, $6.00. Paypal, money order, check, sent to U.S. address.