Battle of Nam Dong

Battle of Nam Dong
Part of the Vietnam War
DateJuly 5–6, 1964
16°07′03″N 107°40′41″E / 16°07′03″N 107°40′41″E / 16.1175; 107.678[1]
ResultAllied victory
 South Vietnam
 United States
FNL Flag.svg Viet Cong
Vietnam North Vietnam
Commanders and leaders
United States Roger H. C. DonlonUnknown
South Vietnam 360 ARVN/CIDG
United States 12 Green Berets
Australia 1 Advisor
Casualties and losses
South Vietnam 50 killed
United States 2 killed
Australia 1 killed
62 killed

The Battle of Nam Đông took place from July 5–6 1964, when the Viet Cong (VC) and People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) attacked the Nam Đông CIDG camp in an attempt to overrun it.


Nam Đông is situated 32 miles (51 km) west of Da Nang in a valley near the Laotian border; it was manned by South Vietnamese personnel with American and Australian advisers, and served as a major thorn in the side of local VC militants.

The PAVN/VC struck at the camp at 02:30 on 5 July to achieve the element of surprise, and reached the outer perimeter where CIDG forces managed to hold out. At 04:00 the senior officer, Captain Roger Donlon, radioed for support and 2 hours later 6 HMM-162 helicopters carrying reinforcements escorted by 2 U.S. Army UH-1B helicopter gunships left Da Nang Air Base for Nam Dong, but on arriving over the camp they were unable to land due to intense fire and had to return to Da Nang.[2].

A U.S. Army CV-2 Caribou managed to drop ammunition into the camp and Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVNAF) A-1 Skyraiders carried out airstrikes on the PAVN/VC around the camp.[2]:158

At 09:45 18 HMM-162 UH-34Ds escorted by 4 UH-1Bs and 2 RVNAF A-1s began landing a 93 man relief force and extracting the wounded. At 15:45 a further flight of 10 UH-34s delivered ammunition and equipment to the camp but by this time the battle was over.[2]:158

Allied losses were 2 U.S., 1 Australian and 50 CIDG killed, while the PAVN/VC left 62 dead around the camp.[2]:158

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