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The Ia Drang Battlefield

Ant Hills and Creek Beds

 
 
The Ia Drang Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. The Ia Drang Battlefield Marker
Inscription. The Ia Drang battlefield was dotted with large dirt art hills of varying sizes. They were generally very hard, baked earth and were home to ants and termites. These features made good defensive positions and LTC Moore used one as the site of his battlefield command post during the fighting at LZ X-Ray.

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

Insert - The anthill watercolor image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - The anthill watercolor
the artwork had been done from the photograph rather than the other way around. His memories of that moment in time remain as fresh in his mind as the day he lived the reality.
 
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
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Insert - a dry creek bed image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - a dry creek bed
Inseert - the ant hill photo image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Inseert - the ant hill photo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 13, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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