Casper Aviation Platoon Map of Vietnam



Bong Son was a village situated alongside the very shallow and wide Song Lai Giang River.  Highway QL-1 crossed the river here over two bridges.  Bong Son had been a hotbed of VC activity for twenty years before American troops arrived in the fall of 1965.

Downtown Bong Son, Vietnam 1969

LZ English was a firebase and home to the 173d Airborne Brigade.  These "Sky Soldiers" were arguably the best light infantry in the world and operated from LZ English and several other firebases in the area of the Bong Son plains.  Their missions took them deep into the mountains which framed the An Loa valley and the 506 valley. 

Casper Aviation Platoon was also based at LZ English and supported the Brigade from there between 1968 to 1971.  Casper was the only separate aviation platoon in the Army during the Vietnam war.



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