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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Montagnard Memorial

 
 
Montagnard Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Montagnard Memorial Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to
"The Forgotten Army"-
the Montagnard soldiers of Vietnam

The Dega people (termed Montagnards or "Mountaineers" by the French) of Vietnams' central highlands, was one of our most loyal and endearing allies. They fought and died by the thousands alongside U.S. Army Special Forces from 1960 until 1975. Recognized as fierce, courageous fighters, the Montagnards fought bravely along side American forces during some of the most hazardous operations.

Montagnards continued fighting for 11 years until 1992, 7 years after U.S. withdrawal.
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.871′ N, 86° 42.006′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker is on Oneal Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bird Air Memorial (here, next to this marker); Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (here, next to this marker); Air America Memorial
Montagnard Memorial (on the far right of four markers) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Montagnard Memorial (on the far right of four markers)
(here, next to this marker); Airman First Class John Lee Levitow (a few steps from this marker); C-47 Sky Train (a few steps from this marker); Spooky (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Also see . . .  The Montagnards and the US Special Forces in Vietnam. Slate.com. The Vietnamese tribesmen who fought alongside American Special Forces won the Green Beretsí admiration—and lost everything else. (Submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryPatriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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