Attack on Nui Ba Den: A Viet Nam War Novel by David AllinOn the night of May 13, 1968, the Viet Cong overran a U. S. Army radio relay outpost on the peak of Nui Ba Den, an extinct volcano that looms over the plains of Tay Ninh Province near the Cambodian border. American casualties were horrendous, and because the communists controlled every part of the mountain except the summit, no immediate reinforcements or relief were possible. This little-known battle is the backdrop for a fictional story about Bill Mathis, an Army Security Agency intelligence specialist posted on the peak, and his two friends, John Kasperek, a communications technician, and Daniel McDaniel, a Green Beret sergeant, as they fight side by side to survive the night of slaughter. Based on extensive research, the novel accurately portrays what happened during that long horrible night from the perspective of the men who endured it, bringing to life a terrifying and bloody engagement that has been appropriately called a massacre. Be sure to read this exciting and inspiring story based on real events.
Black Virgin Nui Ba Den
From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. To the Vietnamese the mountain is the center of a myth about Ba Den, a Vietnamese woman. During the Vietnam War the area around the mountain was very active as the Ho Chi Minh Trail ended a few kilometers west across the Cambodian border. As such there were many battles and American and Vietnamese soldiers based in the region remember the prominent land mark. After the war the mountain turned from a battle ground to being famous for the its beautiful temples and theme park. There are trails to hike up the mountain but most take the Nui Ba Den gondola lift to the top.
Despite all the changes and chaos that exist in a movable firebase, almost anywhere my unit landed we had a view of the Black Virgin Mountain, also known as the Black Lady. She was a constant. To the north and west was primarily triple-canopy jungle, while south and east was rice-paddy country. I think only one road ran north and west past the mountain to access a starting portion of the Central Highlands that ran along the Cambodian border. Roads in the remote areas of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos were few. Sacred to Buddhists and Cao Dai, which is a regional religion, most of her was controlled during the war by our enemy.
Black Virgin Mountain is a mountain in the Tay Ninh Province of Vietnam. To the Vietnamese the mountain is the center of a myth about Ba Den, a local deity of Khmer origin. During the Vietnam War the area around the mountain was very active as the Pre-Vietnam War. Variations of the legend of Nui Ba Den exist.
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During the attack 24 Americans were killed and 2 were taken prisoner. All of the material presented has been taken from After Action Reports from both th Signal Battalion and Special Forces A, Daily Logs, Lessons Learned reports, articles found on the internet and personnel reports from soldiers who were stationed at Nui Ba Den, either before or during the attack. I will apologize now for all the reports I have paraphrased. I dedicate this account to my cousin, John Austin Anderson who died in the attack. Two other Manchu soldiers also died in this attack.