This is Larry Payne (FOB-3) next to the NVA victory monument at the site of Khe Sanh Combat Base. Hills 950 and 1015 are visable in the background. Dave "Bulldog" Smith took this photo in June of 1997. The inscription on the monument reads as follows:
LIBERATED BASE MONUMENT THE AREA OF TACON PONT [sic] BASE BUILT BY U.S. AND SAIGON PUPPET. BUILT 1967. AIR FIELD AND WELL CONSTRUCTED DEFENSE SYSTEM. CO LUONG [town] DONG HA [county] QUANG TRI [province]. U.S. AND ARMY PUPPETS USED TO MONITOR THE MOVEMENT AND TRIED TO STOP ASSISTANCE FROM THE NORTH INTO THE BATTLE OF INDO CHINA (3 COUNTRIES).
AFTER 170 DAYS AND NIGHTS OF ATTACK BY THE SURROUNDING LIBERATION
ARMY, TACON (KHE
SANH) WAS COMPLETELY LIBERATED. THE LIBERATION ARMY DESTROYED THE DEFENSE SYSTEM FOR THE BATTLE OF INDO CHINA. 112,000 U.S. AND PUPPET TROOPS KILLED AND CAPTURED. 197
AIRPLANES SHOT DOWN. MUCH WAR MATERIAL WAS CAPTURED AND DESTROYED. KHE SANH ALSO ANOTHER DIEN BIEN PHU FOR U.S.