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Full color "pictomap" of the TRANG BANG AO - FSB Pershing / FSB Stuart, etc. - courtesy of Co. A's rifleman Spc4 John "Randy"Cornett (1969-70) who "liberated" it from his platoon leader (Lt. Tony Alcaraz) in 1970.
The map number is an easy way to reference maps.
VILLAGE NAME (or) COMMONLY KNOWN AREA NAME OR NICKNAME (or) GEOGRAPHIC AREA
GRID CO-ORDINATES (vicinity)
[i.e.: In Map #1 below, XT5424 is the military way of describing a location on a map - kind of like longitude (54) and latitude (24).
WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT IN THE PHOTO
The black line are ONE KLICK(kilometer) APART [Six-tenths of a mile or about 11 football fields apart.] One and a half klicks is one mile (approx.). 1 1/2k+1mile.
In our example XT5424:
The black line to the left is the east/west 54 line. The black line to the right is 55.
The back line at the bottom is the north/south 24. The black line at the top is 25.
In between the area is divided into tenths. So the "S" of Sup is at XT545245. The "X." is near XT542245. "Bic?"
The photos for the most part are taken of a "pictomap" from a 1969 era map. Many of the geographic features on the pictomap changed or were non-existent - like when we Rome Plowed an area - but the map serves as a good guide to the geography of the area because a lot of it never changed.
Vietnam Field Forces Maps - Trang Bang Area
Fire Support Base Pershing (vic XT5125)
1. Suoi Sup (vic XT5224)
2. Tam Dinh (vic XT5524
3. Bo Heo (vic XT5423
4. "Six Alpha (vic XT5026)
CHECK POINTS GOLF (G) TO HOTEL (H)
Fire Support Base Pershing - is one kilometer
south-east of Check Point H
5. Vic XT5025
6. Vic XT5024
CHECK POINTS FOXTROT (F) TO GOLF (G)
XT508259 Check Point G was located where Six Alpha crossed a little stream near a triangular ARVN compound - abandoned by 1969.
XT502253 Check Point F was located at the bend in the road Six Alpha - just south of, and within sight of the white "School House" - abandoned by the Spring of 1969.
7. Vic 4924
CHECK POINT ECHO (E)
XT500245 Check Point E was on the southern edge of "that nasty little VC village." From Echo you
could see the Rubber Plantation off to the west.
8. Vic XT4923
CHECK POINT CHARLIE (C)
XT496235 Check Point Charlie.
The green area to the east of CP C is Bao Tram
9. Vic XT4922
CHECK POINT BRAVO (B)
XT494226 (approx) Check Point Bravo -- a hot
place in the middle of nowhere!
10. Vic XT4921
CHECK POINT ALPHA (A)
XT492218 Check Point Alpha. Most Vets remember the cemetery as the location of Check Point Alpha. [Cemetery symbols - red - at left of 6A.]
11. Vic XT4821
NORTH OF TRANG BANG
The red line at left is the paved highway LTL-19.
TL-6A (Six Alpha, a dirt road) is the faint red line running up to CHECK POINT ALPHA.
12. Vic XT4920
The SIX ALPHA / LTL-19 INTERSECTION at
Ap LOC TRAC which was considered the
northern part of TRANG BANG.
XT488203 The intersection. Correct me if I'm
wrong, but it seems to me that there was a
casket or monument manufacturing place at
LTL-19 ran north-west through rice paddies and
scattered rubber plantations. It was paved out of
Trang Bang and then turned into a dirt road. "The
Culvert" was out this road
13. Trang Bang (vic XT4919
XT489194 Downtown and the ESSO gas station.
XT495195 at the bend in the road was the
TRANG BANG TEMPLE. "The girl in the photo"
- Kim Phuc - ran up the road towards the bridge.
XT501194 "The Bridge" on highway one (QL-1).
XT498195 Fire Support Base Stuart (III).
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