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VIETNAM 2013 #159

More views of the activities in the pagoda at the top of the Black lady Mountain and a different story linked to this place.

“The Mekong Delta is generally a flat region with the exception of the Black Virgin Mountain. The mountain commands everything in its sight and was therefore a strategic location for both sides during the war.
In 1964 the mountain top was assaulted by special forces and the peak was held by American forces as a radio relay station. Supplied by helicopter for much of the war the Americans controlled the top and the Viet Cong (VC) controlled the bottom and surrounding plain.

In 1968 the station was once overrun by the VC, who killed all 23 Americans manning the station.
In January 1969 the mountain was extensively searched by 1st Brigade elements of the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry regulars, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, and tanks from the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armour. In the tunnels that honeycombed the mountain they found arms caches, and engaged VC units stationed on the mountain. Throughout the war the VC returned to the mountain and its cave bases.

Colonel Donald Cook was the first Marine captured in the Vietnam war. For a time he was held near Black Virgin mountain. In 1973 the mountain was closed as an American base. During the closing days of the war when the mountain was abandoned by Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops, the local population left the region afraid of the approaching communist soldiers.” (Wikipedia)

This link will tell you more about this mountain and the people who gave their youth there.

Tags: Mountain Temple Vietnam South west Landscape and travel TAY NINH TAY NINH PROVINCE NUI BA DEN BLACK LADY MOUNTAIN

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20 Nov 2013 5:52PM
Nice interesting collection.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
20 Nov 2013 7:24PM
A great series of very informative shots Jean-Noel.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2013 7:38PM
A very informative narrative Jean-Noel. of which I knew some, but not allBlush

jdinne 18 16 England
20 Nov 2013 7:59PM
Fascinating Narrative to accompany this great set Jean-Noel

12 10 10 England
20 Nov 2013 8:37PM
Love the detailed history you supply Jean Noel and appreciate the excellent photography.
20 Nov 2013 9:35PM
An excellent set of images and very interesting info.
vickyf 16 8 8 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2013 9:54PM
Your photos and write-ups always tell an interesting story - wonderful.

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