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Hill 724

Hill 724 derives its name from the height of its highest point above sea level in meters. Therefore hill 724 is approximately 2,376 feet above sea level. Hill 724 is approximately 15 kilometers from the Cambodian border and sits astride a major exit of the Ho Chi Minh Trail system.

On November 9, 1967, three companies (Alpha, Bravo, and Dog) of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division were attacked while moving to the summit of this hill. A fierce fight lasted until the next day. The massive application of artillery and air strikes broke the NVA's determined, human-wave attacks. The NVA left 92 dead on the hill. the 3rd/8th lost 18 KIA and 120 WIA. Here is a photo showing the "one-ship LZ" hacked out of the triple-canopy rain forest atop Hill 724 (US Army Photo). The infantry are receiving resupply from a UH-1D. Notice the stumps of trees next to the man guiding the chopper into the LZ and the purple smoke billowing up from a smoke grenade.


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Creation Date: Monday, November 10, 1997
Last Modified: Sunday, July 18, 1999
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