Hill 43 at BS 685 916 was a Night Defensive Position
(NDP) for land clearing operations by
the 59th Engineer Company (Land Clearing) from 20 Aug to 22 Sep 70.
from the 1st Bn 6th Inf tasked with supporting the 59th Engineers divided
into platoons to provide
local security for the dozers clearing land and to set ambushes in
the surrounding area.
1970 photos provided by Ray Tyndall, B/1-6 Inf.
M551 General Sheridan light tank from H Trp.17th Cav used to provide
local security for land
clearing operations in the vicinity of Hill 43. The light tank
had a four man crew and fired a
152mm gun/missile launcher. Soldiers from B Co, 1st Bn 6th Inf
(Ray Tyndall, Ray Mendez,
and ?) take a break and have a good view of the surrounding area in
this 1970 photo.
In addition to the Sheridan light tank, several M113 APCs (Armored
Personnel Carrier) from H Troop
17th Cav were used to provide local security for the land clearing
dozers. Armed with a .50 cal.
machinegun, the APCs were able to keep up with the dozers in the rough
The shower at Hill 43 with a Sheridan light tank in the background.
The night defensive position
(NDP) was approximately 200 m. in diameter and consisted of several
berms of dirt to protect
the occupants from direct fire. It was used by the 59th Engineer
Land Clearing Company and
rotating units from the 1st Bn 6th Inf from 20 Aug to 22 Sep 1970.
View of the infamous "Athletic Field" (BS 680 920) to the west of Hill
43 in Sep '70. The area was
heavily mined in 1970. The mountains of the "Rocket Pocket" are
visible in the distance, approximately
17 km to the west of Hill 43. Photo provided by Gary "Mule" Phelps,
59th Engr. (Land Clearing)
Soldiers from B Co, 1st Bn 6th Inf, on an early morning patrol in 1970.
They are returning to Hill
43 after being at a night ambush position. While one infantry
platoon pulled security at the NDP,
the other platoons in the company set ambushes and patrolled near Hill
43. The objective was to
prevent the Viet Cong from planting bombs and artillery shells as booby
traps that would disrupt
the land clearing efforts of the 59th Engineers.
Read The Legacy of Hill
43 for additional information about combat operations and land clearing.
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