Comeback to I-Corps for another of our 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Tours with our 1968 "Operation Mameluke Thrust" Commemoration. I-Corps is the northmost of the four Tactical Zones during the Vietnam War and was the operational area of the U.S. III Marine Expeditionary Force and the Army's XXIV Corps.
Operation Mameluke Thrust was a military operation in I-Corps to eliminate North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces in Happy Valley & the “Arizona Territory” by the 7th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines & elements of the 9th Cavalry Regiment started “spoiling attacks” that became a series of running battles west of Da Nang. The fighting was intense as India Company 3/5 Executive Officer 1stLt Joseph Campbell although wounded took command of the company when al the other officers were KIA secured a landing zone and evacuated the wounded before succumbing to his wounds. For his selfless devotaion to his men he was the recipient of the Navy Cross. NVA/NLF forces lost 2,728 killed from the 308th Division.
Meanwhile Operation Maui Peak kicked off with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines effort to relieve the Special Forces camp at Thuong Duc. The Marines defeated three NVA regiments. It was during this period that future Secretary of the Navy and author of “Fields of Fire” 1stLt James “Jim” Webb serving as a platoon commander with Delta Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism as well as the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
Come back to walk the places that profoundly shaped the rest of his life 50 years ago--- places that have deep meaning for him --- places with names like: the “Arizona Territory”, Elephant, Happy & Antenna Valleys, Liberty Bridge, Cam Lo, Razorback, the Rockpile, Con Thien, Hoi An, Hanoi, Khe Sanh, Dong Ha, Route 9 & Hwy 1, Hue City, Con Thien, Leatherneck Square, Da Nang, An Hoa, the Que Sons, China Beach, the Hai Van Pass, and many, many more.
The highly experienced, Vietnam Veteran battlefield tour leaders of Military Historical Tours have walked them all. We have an outstanding working relationship with the Vietnam government that allows us access to areas previously restricted to other travelers. Each tour is custom-tailored from our time-proven basic itinerary. This ensures the most complete tour package possible, taking you to the most important places of your particular time or interest in the war. Vietnam is eager to welcome the returning American veterans. The Vietnamese people are gracious and sincerely happy to have us with them again. The scenery is great, the food is delicious and plentiful, and the hotels in which we stay are beautiful and very comfortable. Your family would love it, too.
And now the best part at only $ 2,495 per person, this tour is an outstanding value, making it not only affordable for you to travel, but also to bring other family members. You can invite your friends to come along, too. Together we will visit the sites at which we fought and which are written in our collective history. The price includes everything you see except your airfare, drinks and souvenirs. The single supplement is only $ 695.
If you need to visit any place in Vietnam that is not on the itinerary, please contact us and we will get you there! We are always prepared to customize this itinerary to satisfy your request.
Tour Price: $ 2,495
(Based on double Occupancy)
Single Supplement: $ 695
Tour Price Includes:
- Vietnam Visa Processing & fees
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- MHT Historical Trip information packet
- Admission fees to all sites & museums
- Services of experienced Battlefield Tour Leaders and English- speaking local guides
Airfare Not Included: Optional Airfare Available - Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your hometown airport to Vietnam priced upon registration.
Don’t Miss the Dien Bien Phu Post Tour Only $995. 31 Aug – 3 Sep visit the site of the French loss of Indochina.
19-20 Aug Sun/Mon - (Day One & Two) Depart on a flight to Vietnam—Cross International Dateline, lose a day transfer in Inchon. (International Air will be quoted upon registration and can be tied into domestic flights upon request.) Arrive Da Nang. Hotel: Brilliant (D-Dinner)
21 Aug Tue - (Day Three) This day will be devoted to touring of Da Nang, Red Beach, Marble Mountain, China Beach, and the old Air Facility. Lunch at Kim Do and the remainder of the day devoted to exploring Da Nang. Hotel: Brilliant(B-Breakfast/L-Lunch/D)
22 Aug Wed - (Day Four) After breakfast, we start down Highway 1 with stops at LZ Baldy, Tam Ky, Hill 54, 69 and 43. We will visit the Chu Lai Air Base which is currently a commercial and military airfield. Hotel: Brilliant (B/L/D)
23 Aug Thur - (Day Five) This morning we get an early start for a full day of touring along the Tu Bon – Vu Gia River basin, including the western edge of the “Rocket Belt.” Our emphasis includes Hill 55, 65, 37, An Hoa Combat Base, Liberty Bridge, the Arizona Territory, Go Noi Island, & other sites. Hotel: Brilliant (B/L/D on own)
24 Aug Fri - (Day Six) Our day begins with a drive north to Hue City, passing over the top of the Hai Van Pass, and down through Lang Co and the Phu Loc Region - one of the prettiest and most photogenic in all of Viet Nam. We'll have plenty of time to stop along the way for any special requests. Upon entering Hue, we proceed to our hotel and check in and have lunch at a local restaurant. The remainder of the day will be devoted to personal exploration of the city. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/D)
25 Aug Sat - (Day Seven) Today we begin our exploration of the start of the Tet Offensive in the Phu Bai area of operations as 1st Battalion (Bn), 1st Marines (1/1) and the 1st & 2nd Bns of the 5th Marines react to the attack including the relief of the CAP position and the movement to Hue to defend the MACV compound and the assault across the Nguyen Hoang bridge. In the afternoon there will be a walking tour, in the footsteps of the original participants in January-February of 1968. Key objectives will be the treasury and postal buildings as well as the pivotal provincial capital building. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/D)
26 Aug Sun - (Day Eight) Early morning departure as we travel west on Route 9 towards the Lao Border. Our objective is Khe Sanh, with side visits to Lang Vei Special Forces Camp, a view of the Lao Border and Co Roc. We will travel the extent of Route 9, stopping at Camp Carroll, The Rockpile, The Razorback, Khe Gia Bridge, Da Krong, LZ Stud, and Khe Sanh Village. If time allows, a stop at a Bru tribal village. Hotel: Saigon Tourist (B/L/D)
27 Aug Mon – (Day Nine) Today we tour “Leatherneck Square” in Quang Tri Province and visit these important sites - Con Thien, Cam Lo, the “Washout”, Gio Linh, The Peace Bridge at the Ben Hai River and the Dong Ha Bridge. After lunch in Quang Tri, we head for Hue. Hotel: Saigon Tourist (B/L/D)
28 Aug Tue – (Day Ten) Return to Hue this morning with stops in Quang Tri, Camp Evans, LZs Sharron and Nancy. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/-)
29 Aug Wed – (Day Eleven) Morning flight to Hanoi and sites to include the National Army Museum, John McCain Monument and other sites as time permits. We check into our hotel with a chance to enjoy Hanoi’s nightlife. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/D on your own)
30 Aug Thur – (Day Twelve) We finish our visit to Hanoi with a walking tour of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Presidential Palace plus a trip to the Hoa Lo Prison (“The Hanoi Hilton”). Remainder of the day for preparation for evening flight home. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/D)
31 Aug Fri – (Day Thirteen) We cross the International Dateline (gain a day) and arrive home the same day.
50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War 1968 I-Corps & Operation "Mameluke Thrust" (19 - 31 Aug 2018)
- Product Code: 1808-VCT-ICO
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