The Ia Drang Battleﬁeld
Ant Hills and Creek Beds
Another feature that played a pivotal role in the battle was a dry creek bed that wound through the battlefield. It served as a defensive position for the American forces and as an avenue of approach for the North Vietnamese troops attempting to penetrate the American positions.
Mr. Bill Beck, who was serving on a machinegun crew, made several trips through the fighting to obtain ammunition. During one trip he noticed an American Soldier taking cover behind an anthill, while on the opposite side were North Vietnamese Soldiers doing the same thing, neither party aware of the other. Bill tried to warn the American Soldier and then drew his 45 automatic pistol and fired on the Vietnamese soldiers in an attempt to draw them off and warn the American soldier.
Years later Mr. Beck drew a watercolor image of his memory of that ant hill. In 1993 he returned to the Ia Drang battlefield and found and photographed that same ant hill. upon his return home he found that his photograph fit perfectly over the watercolor artwork as if
Location. 40° 12.3′ N, 77° 9.452′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Located at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (Open to Public). Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. COL. Joseph D. Newsome (here, next to this marker); Final Act – LZ Albany (here, next to this marker); Guard Tower (here, next to this marker); The Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (here, next to this marker); Bill Beck and Russell Adams (here, next to this marker); Duty (a few steps from this marker); Army Aviation in Vietnam (within shouting distance of this marker); One-Oh-Five (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
More about this marker. Part of the Vietnam Fire Support Base exhibit
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