FSB Kien
FSB Kien
The location of this firebase was used on numerous occasions throughout the war. By location, I mean in the general area. It carried several names including Mahone III and Kien. There were two other FSB's northwest slightly, about a click or two away in earlier times, Mahone I & II. The location was used by several different units of the 25th including at one time the 2/28th from the 1st I.D. who were "guests' in our AO around July, 1969. It was located at the very top of the Trapozoid called the Iron Triangle which was east of the Saigon River and above the Boi Loi Woods. It was outside of the Michelin Rubber Plantation and smack in the middle of nowhere. In February of 1970, the 2/12th leaves FSB Pershing and arrives at FSB Kien where it remains until May 16th when the Bn is moved to Katum in preparations for Operation Bold Lancer, the Divisions thrust into Cambodia. After the incursion into Cambodia, the Bn returns to estabish FSB's Ike, Warrior and Jamie before departing War Zone C for Xuan Loc ( Camp Husky) in November, 1970. Mahone was renamed after a ARVN general by the name of Kien. It was also a joint FSB used by both the ARVN's and U.S. Forces at one time. To see the locations of the other FSB's mentioned, CLICK HERE.