In April 1963 the U.S. Special Forces established a triangular-shaped fortified outpost at the southern end of the remote A Shau Valley in what was then the northern part of South Vietnam. The purpose of the A Shau Special Forces Camp, manned by Green Berets and South Vietnamese civilian irregulars, was to monitor NVA infiltration from Laos and report the enemy movement up the chain of command. The camp was protected by barbed wire and earthen walls and positioned next to a dirt airstrip. Just

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