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  Battle of Hué (Tet 1968)
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    • Rules of Engagement
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    • Battle at Hua Cu
    • McNamara Line
    • Choke Points
Ranch Hand
  Trail Dust Mission
Arc Light
  Hammer 51 Rescue
  Search for Jolly 23
    • Msn Reports
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A pre-1968 view of the citadel at Hué looking northeast across the Perfume River.   The Imperial Palace is located in the square area just below the center of the image.   The Hué Citadel airfield is just beyond the Imperial Palace grounds, slightly left of the image center.

Hué was the imperial capital of Vietnam until 1945.   It still is revered as a cradle of Vietnamese history and culture.

Map of Hue - 1968
Hué - 1968

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Map courtesy of US Army Combat Studies Institute
Hue New City
Hué New City (foreground) - 1969

(Click image for detailed map of New City)
Photo courtesy of
Henry Boe

The city is located along the Perfume River about five miles in from the South China Sea.   It is at the geographic north-south center of Vietnam.   The focal point of the city is the citadel located on the north side of the river.   The more modern New City on the south side of the river is home to the University of Hué.

During the Tet Offensive (January 1968), Hué was the largest city captured and held by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA).   The city was recaptured by U.S. and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces in the bitterly fought 25-day Battle of Hué.

Hue MACV Compound
Hué MACV Compound
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I arrived in Hué in May 1968, less than three months after the battle.   I was assigned to the tactical air control party (TACP) supporting the 1st ARVN Division headquartered in the citadel.   We flew from the Hué Citadel airfield inside the walled city and lived in a Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) compound, a former hotel, just south of the river.   This compound was one of only two areas in the city not captured during the Tet 1968 attack.  

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Link to images of Hué and the MACV compound c 1967 (pre-Tet 68)

FAC Missions           MACV Compound