Revisit Hight Point 1015 – Charlie Hill
Hight point 1015 or Charlie hill or Sac Ly hill in Vietnamese pronunciation – where the Battle of Charlie hill occured and hundreds of young soldiers from the regiment of the 320th Division commanded by General Khuat Duy Tien died in battle when fighting with 11th Airborne Battalion by Major Nguyen Dinh Bao.
Writer Khuat Quang Thuy told me, “High point 1015 is the peak desert”. Each time back to the top 1015, I again saw Khuat Quang Thuy is right …
When arriving in Kontum and asked to rent a car to the Hight point 1015, everyone shook their heads and was surprised because just few peoples want to come there. When chatting with the hotel boss. Luckily, he said that he used to be Secretary of Dak To District Party and called one paper company to ask for help. He said to that company. “Remember, try to go, trying to get a soldier who once fought there to plug incense to teammates.” After the thank you, he turned off the phone and talk to me cheerfully:
“Just sleep peacefully, tomorrow, the car will pick you up. Going Sa Thay road, up 1015 and to Ngoc Hoi about 12am, then returned to Dak To stand there looking at the Sac Ly hill again”
Night. It will be cold. Too quiet. Tomorrow I know what to say to the nearly 400 fallen heroes I fell on the peak here? The remaining 500 wounded my friends are struggling in the dream, where the mountains in the North know that I will go to that peak?
In 1972, the Liberation Army launched the 1972 Easter Offensive, which was also called The 1972 Spring – Summer Offensive. The South Vietnamese Army formed the Rocky High Belt with a series of Charlie bases guarded by the 11th Airbonr Battalion, Delta base by 7th Airborne Battalion, … to protect the offensive road from Laos – Cambodia – Viet Nam border to Kon Tum province, Tan Canh town. The people of Kon Tum rememberd that, at that time, ARVN airplane continued bombing for support defensing at Charlie hill
Night. It will be cold. Too quiet Tomorrow I know what to say to the nearly 400 fallen heroes I fell on the peak here? The remaining 500 wounded my friends are struggling in the dream, where the mountains in the North know that I will go to that peak?
In 1972, the Liberation Army launched the 1972 Easter Offensive, which was also called The 1972 Spring – Summer Offensive. The South Vietnamese Army formed the Rocky High Belt with a series of Charlie bases by the 11th Battalion. Jumping the guard, Delta base by 7th Airborne Defense Battalion, to project the offensive road from 3 Border Gate to Kon Tum Township, Tan Canh. The people of Kon Tum at that time, the days of attacking Charlie base, for a week they looked at the peak of 1015 only a red color and black smoke smoke bombs, continuous bombardment support for Charlie’s Hill.
From Sa Thay town go another 5 km along the foot of Chu Mom Ray mountain to the village of Ro Ko. Suoi Roi Stream is peaceful in the early morning. Ethnic women in the E de laundering clothes on the white pebbles. The men casually walked up the slope. This place is the pedal, starting to let the 64th Regiment take over the 1015 from the southwest. Where we were standing was the coordinates of the B52 carpet spread throughout the early days of April 1972. Before the shooting, our troops were significantly damaged by B52 bombing of the enemy.
At 11 , we came to the top of hill 1015, I chose a place without hay, set incense sticks for allies. I turned to the west, the blue Chu Mom Ray and fanciful Ngoc Rua Rua. Incense burns in the forest at noon. I stood up to the high point called High Point 1015 that you ask. I turned to the west and bowed to you, I was in the midst of those who had dissolved into the red earth 1015 peak. I know almost martyrs in sacrifice in 1015 no relics sent. You burned the battlefield burned napalm, suffered B52, three days, clothes B52 ragged, backpack is no longer. All the soldiers were thirsty in the mountains with guns, but the bullets to the level of 1000 hit the enemy. Here, my regiment has removed a battalion despite the name “Song Tran Tran”. Here, my Regiment declared the pride of the paratroopers never be subdued battalion level. The western door of Po Ko was opened to fourteen days later, Dak To – Tan Canh campaign destroyed the 23rd Division of the Republic of Vietnam began …
We are sorry for your soul. Sorry to know how many mothers, your wife. Hill 1015 is a wild grass, a resting area of the young soldiers of the 64th Infantry Regiment. Feeling the debt in their hearts a memorial stele on the top of the mountain. There are no high peaks that humans can not climb. Only fear of the peak of the mountain is forgotten.
Nguyen Trong Luan