MHT IS EXCITED TO TAKE THE RED DEVILS & THEIR FAMILIES BACK TO VIETNAM.
Military Historical Tours (MHT) is offering this special trip to shake off the cobwebs and hit the road on this once in a lifetime trip to Vietnam. Go back to see ALL of I-Corps...The 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division’s (ID) advance party arrived in Quang Tri on July 2, 1968. The remainder of the Brigade and three maneuver battalions were located at separate base camps outside Quang Tri base proper by the 22nd.
Tour Leaders: Shayne A. Jarosz, USMC
A Company, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor was the first unit of the Red Diamond Brigade to be tactically committed. On August 12, they moved north to Con Thien to support the 1st Marine Regiment to interdict North Vietnamese Army (NVA) units attempting to infiltrate through the DMZ. A Company made five contacts and was credited with 80 kills as the “Steel Tigers” entered the fight.
The Red Devils operated in an area in North I-Corps known as "Leatherneck Square," assisting the 3rd Marine Division deny the NVA access to the south through the DMZ. During April and May 1969, the Red Diamond Brigade attempted to deny the enemy an opportunity to disrupt the rice harvest. To accomplish this, the Brigade provided security for the friendly populace as they harvested their crops and patrolled at night to inhibit the movement of NVA tax collectors. The Red Diamonds showed that mechanized forces could be effective, even though the “Leatherneck Square” terrain was not optimal for armored forces.
In August 1969, the Red Devils assumed full responsibilities for "Leatherneck Square." For six weeks, constant activity kept all units of the Brigade busy in this area. On October 22, the Brigade was removed from the operational control of the 3rd MarDiv and placed directly under the commanding general of XXIV Corps. In conjunction with the 1st ARVN Div, the Brigade now had sole responsibility for the defense of Quang Tri and Dong Ha Combat Bases.
In January 1971, the reinforced 1st Brigade, 5th ID, initiated operation Lam Son 719. The Brigade opened the Route 9 (QL9) from Dong Ha to the Laotian border; at the same time, engineers constructed access roads from the Rock Pile through the Punch Bowl to Khe Sanh. Following this, a 20,000-man ARVN Task Force moved to the Laotian border. The Red Diamond Brigade's missions were to secure QL9 as a supply route and provide mobile defense for the huge forward support area at FSB Vandergrift and Khe Sanh. For 69 days of increasingly bitter fighting, the Red Devils prevented the enemy from disrupting any of these vital links in the ARVN offensive. A body count of 400 NVA and the primary mission to keep the logistical support channels open were accomplished. When the last of the logistical units had withdrawn, the Red Diamond resumed its search and cordon patrols and rice crop protection efforts in eastern Quang Tri Province.
The Red Devils received orders for stateside redeployment to commence on July 1, 1971. Brigade activities were limited to base security in anticipation of a NVA effort to achieve a propaganda victory over the departing unit. The Brigade colors departed Quang Tri on August 8, 1971, returning to Fort Carson, leaving the defense of Quang Tri in the hands of the ARVN 1st Division, a unit that they had trained.
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 in the war.
And now the best part at only $ 2,345 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 your collective history. The price includes everything you see except your airfare, drinks and souvenirs.
I-Corps Tour Price: $ 2,345
(Based on double Occupancy)
Single Supplement $ 495
Saigon Post Tour: $ 795
(Based on double Occupancy)
Single Supplement $ 265
Tour Price Includes:
* Vietnam Visa Processing and fees
* First Class Hotel Accommodations
* Air-conditioned motorcoachs
* Meals as indicated in itinerary
* MHT Historical Trip information packet, containing maps and other information
* Admission fees to all sites, & museums
* Services of experienced Tour Leaders, and English- speaking local guides
Airfare Not Included: Optional round-trip economy or business class airfare from your city or Los Angeles to Vietnam quoted upon registration
Siege of Dien Bien Phu Post-Tour Available 1-4 Apr for only $995. Visit the site of the French loss of Indochina. You can also tour Beijing, China, or Cambodia or Ha Long Bay (see the link above!)
4 Apr – 5 Mon/Tues - (Day One & Two) (Day One & Two) Depart Los Angeles in the afternoon 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.
6 Apr Wed - (Day Three) After breakfast, we will start a light day of touring the ancient cultural city of Hoi An with its Japanese Bridge and the many shops including the famed Silk & Embroidery Guild. Before we end our day of touring will stop by Marble mountain (B/L/D)
7 Apr Thur - (Day Four) This day will be devoted to touring of Da Nang, Red Beach, China Beach, and the old Air Facility. We will then 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 and also will stop at the Phu Bai Area. 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. (B/L/D)
8 Apr Fri - (Day Five) Today we begin our exploration of the start of the Tet Offensive. 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. Tour of the Citadel. (B/L/D)
9 Apr Sat - (Day Six) 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, Huong Hoa, Cam Lo, 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. Stay the night in Dong Ha (B/L/D)
10 Apr Sun - (Day Seven) Today we tour the Quang Tri Province and visit these important sites - Con Thien, LZ Angel, Hill 100 aka Gallagher Ridge, Hill 162 aka Old Baldy, the “Washout”, Gio Linh, The Peace Bridge at the Ben Hai River and the Dong Ha Bridge. Stay the night in Dong Ha (B/L/D)
11 Apr Mon - (Day Eight) Return to Hue this morning with stops Qua Viet/Wunder Beach (B/L/-)
12 Apr Tues - (Day Nine) 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. (B/L/D on your own)
13 Apr Wed - (Day Ten) 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 flight home. (B/L/D)
14 Apr Thur - (Day Eleven) We cross the International Dateline (gain a day) and arrive home the same day.
Post Tour to Saigon
14 Apr Thur - (Day Eleven) We catch our flight to Saigon followed by starting our city tour. Hotel: Le Meridien (B/L/D)
15 Apr Fri - (Day Twelve)
This morning we head for the famous Cu Chi Tunnel system. We then continue to the Michelin Rubber Plantation, Lai Khe, Dau Tieng, and Nui Ba Den. As we end the day in Tay Ninh, we will stop to see the fabulous Cau Dai Temple. Hotel: Le Meridien (B/L/D)
16 Apr Sat - (Day Thirteen) Morning departure for the Mekong Delta to board a boat in the quaint provincial town of My Tho and then wind our way through the labyrinth of small canals bordered by tiny villages. After viewing the endless fields of rice paddies tended by peasants in their traditional conical-shaped hats we transfer to a sampan for a tour of scenic Thoison Island. We will have lunch on the island and view the unique pottery produced on the island. We finish the day by returning to Saigon for some exploration of Saigon’s markets before dinner. Hotel: Le Meridien (B/L/D)
Note: Early departure for the US available today. Invoice will be reduced by $175 if this option is used.
17 Apr Sun - (Day Fourteen) After breakfast, we depart Saigon (cross international dateline) arrive in Los Angeles or your hometown same day.
5th Infantry Div "Red Devils" Return to I-Corps (4—14 April 2022)
- Product Code: 2204-VCT-RED
- Availability: In Stock