Landing Zone Kate

Landing Zone Kate (also known as Firebase Kate, LZ Kate or Firebase White) is a former U.S. Army base northwest of Quang Duc Province in southern Vietnam near the Cambodian border.[1]

Landing Zone Kate
Coordinates12°14′17″N 107°21′47″E / 12.238°N 107.363°E
TypeArmy
Site history
Built1969
In use1969
Battles/wars
Vietnam Service Medal ribbon

Vietnam War
Garrison information
Occupants5th Special Forces

History

The base was defended by men from 5th Special Forces Detachments A-233 and A-236 and their Montagnard forces and elements of the 5th Battalion, 22nd Artillery and 1st Battalion, 92nd Artillery when it was subjected to a siege by the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) 66th Regiment from 27 October to 1 November 1969.[2] On the morning of 30 October a PAVN force attacked the base but was beaten back with artillery and air support. A Bell UH-1B Iroquois helicopter gunship #63-08587 was shot down with the loss of 4 U.S. killed.[3] By 31 October 2 of the 3 artillery pieces at the base had been disabled and the artillerymen were fighting as infantry and 1LT Ronald A Ross of 5/22 Artillery was killed by a B-40 rocket.[4] The base was abandoned on the night of 1 November and the US and Montagnard forces evacuated towards the nearby Bu Prang Camp. PFC Michael Norton disappeared during the escape and evasion and was listed as missing in action.[5] The base was bombed on 2 November to destroy any materiel that had been left behind.

Current use

The base has reverted to jungle.

See also

  • Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate

References

  1. ^ Kelley, Michael (2002). Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–270. ISBN 978-1555716257.
  2. ^ Sharp, Arthur (2014). The Siege of LZ Kate: The Battle for an American Firebase in Vietnam. Stackpole Books. p. 213. ISBN 9780811713863.
  3. ^ "Helicopter UH-1B 63-08587". Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ "CPT Ronald Alan Ross". The Virtual Wall. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. ^ "SFC Michael Robert Norton". The Virtual Wall. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

External links

Escape from Fire Base Kate, a 2015 documentary

Bu Prang Camp

Bu Prang Camp (also known as Bu Prang Special Forces Camp) is a former U.S. Army and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) base in Quang Duc Province 5km from the Vietnam-Cambodia border.

Firebase (U.S.-Vietnam War)

Firebases in the U.S.-involvement Vietnam War, were a type of military base, usually fire bases.

It may refer to:

Firebase 6, Central Highlands

Firebase Airborne, central South Vietnam

Firebase Argonne, Quảng Trị Province

Firebase Atkinson, southwest South Vietnam

Firebase Bastogne, Thua Thien Province

Firebase Berchtesgaden (Firebase Eagle's Nest) Thừa Thiên–Huế

Firebase Betty, Bình Thuận Province

Firebase Bird, southern South Vietnam

Firebase Birmingham, Thừa Thiên–Huế Province

Firebase Checkmate, central South Vietnam

Firebase Crook, southwest South Vietnam

Firebase Cunningham, central South Vietnam

Firebase Currahee, central South Vietnam

Firebase Delta, Central Highlands

Firebase Fuller, central South Vietnam

Firebase Gela, southern South Vietnam

Firebase Gio Linh, central South Vietnam

Firebase Granite, central South Vietnam

Firebase Hawk Hill, central South Vietnam

Firebase Henderson, Quảng Trị Province

Firebase Illingworth, southwest South Vietnam

Firebase Jaeger, Dinh Tuong Province; involved in Operation Hop Tac I

Firebase Jay, southwest South Vietnam

Firebase Kate (Firebase White) Quang Duc Province; aka Landing Zone Kate

Firebase Maureen, central South Vietnam

Firebase Mile High, Central Highlands

Firebase Neville, Quảng Trị Province

Firebase Pedro, central South Vietnam

Firebase Ripcord, Thua Thien Province

Firebase Ross, Quảng Nam Province

Firebase Russell, Quảng Trị Province

Firebase Sarge (Firebase Dong Toan) central South Vietnam

Firebase St. George, Central Highlands

Firebase Thunder III, southern South Vietnam

Firebase Tomahawk, central South Vietnam

Firebase Veghel, central South Vietnam

Firebase Vera, central South Vietnam

List of United States servicemembers and civilians missing in action during the Vietnam War (1968–69)

This article is a list of U.S. MIAs of the Vietnam War in the period 1968–69. In 1973, the United States listed 2,646 Americans as unaccounted for from the entire Vietnam War. By August 2017, 1,604 Americans remained unaccounted for, of whom 1,026 were classified as further pursuit, 488 as no further pursuit and 90 as deferred.

List of landing zones in the Vietnam War

Landing Zones during the U.S.-involvement in the Vietnam War include:

Landing Zone Albany, Central Highlands; involved in the Battle of Ia Drang

Landing Zone Baldy, Quảng Nam Province

Landing Zone Brace, Central Highlands

Landing Zone Brillo Pad, Central Highlands

Landing Zone Center, Quảng Tín Province; involved in the Battle of Landing Zone Center

Landing Zone Colt (Landing Zone Ordway) Quảng Nam Province

Landing Zone Dot, Tây Ninh Province

Landing Zone East (Landing Zone Mary Lou) Quảng Nam Province

Landing Zone English (Landing Zone Dog) Bình Định Province

Landing Zone Hereford, Bình Định Province

Landing Zone Kate, Quang Duc Province; U.S. Army base

Landing Zone Leslie, Quảng Nam Province

Landing Zone Liz, Quang Ngai Province

Landing Zone Loon, Quảng Trị Province

Landing Zone Mack, Quảng Trị Province

Landing Zone Margo, Quảng Trị Province

Landing Zone Oasis (Landing Zone Tuttle), central South Vietnam

Landing Zone Peanuts, Quảng Trị Province

Landing Zone Professional, Quang Tin Province

Landing Zone Robin, Quảng Trị Province; involved in Operation Robin

Landing Zone Schueller (Landing Zone Road), central South Vietnam

Landing Zone Sierra, Quảng Trị Province

Landing Zone Two Bits, Bình Định Province

Landing Zone Uplift, coastal South Vietnam

Landing Zone Virgin, Central Highlands

Landing Zone X-Ray, Central Highlands

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