|Phu Bai Combat Base|
|Condition||Seized 1975 by PAVN, Now Civil Airport|
|Elevation AMSL||49 ft / 15 m|
The Army Security Agency, operating under cover of the 3rd Radio Research Unit (3rd RRU), established a radio facility at Phu Bai in 1963, 12 km southeast of Huế on Highway 1. The operational unit was later redesignated as the 8th Radio Research Field Station (8th RRFS).
In late November 1967, the base was named Camp Hochmuth in honor of Bruno Hochmuth, Commanding General, 3rd Marine Division, who was killed in a helicopter explosion north of Huế.
Marine units based at Phu Bai during this period included:
On 30/31 January 1968, the base was hit by Vietcong mortar and rocket fire as part of the Tet Offensive. The base was used to support U.S. and ARVN forces fighting in the Battle of Huế. The first relief force was disapatched from Phu Bai to the MACV Compound in Huế City.
On 15 February 1968, General Creighton Abrams established MACV forward at Phu Bai to assume direct control of US forces in northern I Corps, which were then engaged in the Battle of Huế, the Battle of Khe Sanh, and the Tet Counteroffensive. MACV Forward ceased operation on 10 March 1968.:140
In 1969, the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division was moved to Phu Bai.
Units based at Phu Bai during this period included:
The ARVN operated Phu Bai as a forward logistics base, and it was the only airport serving Huế.
In September 1974, after pushing the ARVN defenders off Mo Tau Mountain, the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) targeted artillery fire against the base until they were evicted by the ARVN 1st Division and 15th Ranger Group on 11 December.
From 5 March 1975, the PAVN shelled the base as part of the Hue–Da Nang Campaign. Nonetheless, the base continued to be used for aerial reinforcement of the ARVN, until it was overrun by the PAVN on 23/24 March 1975.
The airfield is now used as Phu Bai International Airport.
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