Comeback to I-Corps for another of our 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Tours with our 1967 "Operation Swift" 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 Swift (4 – 15 Sept, 1967) was a U.S.M.C. military operation in I-Corps to eliminate North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces in the Que Son Valley by the 5th Marine Regiment. 1st Battalion, 5th Marines started the “search & destroy” operation supported by units of 3/5, 2/5 & 1/1 in a series of running battles west of Da Nang. The fighting was intense as Father Vincent Capodanno “The Grunt Padre” was already twice wounded during the first day near the village of Dong Son but continued caring for his Marines. The Chaplain went to the aid of a wounded corpsman and was killed by enemy machine gun fire while shielding him. For his bravery and selfless sacrifice in battle he was posthumously recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Also on the first day, 4 September Sgt Lawrence Peters of Mike/3/5 gallantly gave his life while overcoming a superior NVA force that was entrenched and had ambushed his squad. He was also a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor and tenacious determination.
According to estimates by the American command, NVA/NLF forces lost 600 killed from three different NVA Regiments the 1st, 3rd & 21st. The 1st and 3rd were destroyed as effective fighting units.
Come back to walk the places that profoundly shaped the rest of his life 45 years ago--- places that have deep meaning for him --- places with names like: Cam Lo, Razorback, the Rockpile, Con Thien, Mutter’s Ridge (Nui Cay Tre) Hills 400 & 484 as well as places like: 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
- Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
- 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 or Los Angeles to Vietnam priced upon registration.
Don’t Miss the Dien Bien Phu Post Tour Only $795. 14-17 Sep visit the site of the French loss of Indochina.
2—3 Sep Sat/Sun - (Day One & Two) Depart Los Angeles for flight to Vietnam—Cross International Dateline, lose a day transfer. (International Air will be quoted upon registration and can be tied into domestic flights upon request.) Arrive Da Nang.
4 Sep Mon - (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: Almanity (B-Breakfast/L-Lunch/D-Dinner)
5 Sep Tue - (Day Four) A full day tour of all of the military interest sites as we proceed through the Chu Lai area with stops at LZ Baldy, Hill 69 and 43. We head into the Que Son Valley to reach all the sites required incuding LZ Ross, Dong Son and Death Valley. Hotel: Almanity Hotel (B/L/D)
6 Sep Wed - (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: Almanity (B/L/D)
7 Sep Thur - (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 including the Troui River Bridge. Upon entering Hue, we proceed to our hotel and check in and have lunch at a local restaurant. We begin our exploration 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. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/D)
8 Sep Fri - (Day Seven) This morning 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. The afternoon focus is on the battle areas south of the Perfume River and the battle for the Citadel. The primary focus will be on the battle of the “Phase Lines,” the ARVN Headquarters, and the old airstrip. The remainder of the day will be for R&R at the pool or exploration of this former French colonial capital. Hotel: Imperial (B/L/Dinner on your own)
9 Sep Sat - (Day Eight) 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. Hotel: Saigon Tourist (B/L/D)
10 Sep Sun – (Day Nine) This morning we go west along Route 9 with stops at Camp Carroll, Khe Gia Bridge, the Rockpile, the Razorback, Vandergrift and the new Da Krong Bridge. After lunch we proceed to Lang Vei on the Lao border. This was the scene of the first use by the NVA of tanks when they assaulted the Special Forces Camp in 1968. We then head back to the old Khe Sanh Combat Base. Hotel: Saigon Tourist (B/L/D)
11 Sep Mon – (Day Ten) We depart Dong Ha for the Da Krong Bridge and Bru Village. We continue south on highway 14B which is one of the feeder roads of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. We return to revisit all of the action in the northern A Shau Valley. We will also stop at Tam Boi, Tiger Mountain, A Luoi and any other significant LZs. We return to Hue by way of highway 14B, the Ho Chi Minh Trail down the A Shau Valley. After our day of touring we arrive in Hue and check into our hotel. Hotel: Hotel: Imperial (B/L/D)
12 Sep Tue – (Day Eleven) Morning flight to Hanoi and sites to include the National Army Museum, John McCain Monument, the Army Museum 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)
13 Sep Wed – (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 some last minute shopping and preparations for our evening flight home. Hotel: Silk Path (B/L/D on your own)
14 Sep Thur (Day Thirteen) Today we fly in the late morning crossing the International Dateline (gain a day) and arrive back at LAX in the evening on the same day.
50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War I-Corps 1967 & "Operation Swift" (2 - 14 Sep 2017)
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