Fire Bases, Fire Support Bases and Patrol Bases were the norm for the soldiers of the 4th Battalion Mechanized 23rd Infantry Regiment. We lived, played, ate, slept and went to work, daily from these bases. The Tay Ninh Province was sitting astride the North Vietnamese Army's main infiltration route from Cambodia, into South Vietnam. Consequently, there were many major operations and battles in the province throughout the entire war.
The Division and Brigade commanders, set up the Fire Support Base/ Patrol Base concept as a means of providing overlapping artillery support for the men in the field as well as utilizing the "Tomahawks" and other mechanized infantry units, to their utmost ability as rapid reactionary forces.
Thousand of such bases existed all across South Vietnam.
Division / Brigade sized Fire Bases
Battalion / Company sized Fire Support Bases
Battalion / Company sized Patrol Bases
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The naming of Fire Support bases in Vietnam, was generally left up to the Artillery Commanders. The names chosen for these bases were in some cases creative, many were recognizable names, places, or historical events. In which case, it didn't take much effort to understand who or what they were named after.
However, the Artillery units of the 25th Infantry Division, named many of their bases after heroic but not so famous Military Commanders from the past. Most are names the average person would never recognize.
In an attempt to clarify these, or at least to answer the question "Where in the hell did that name come from?", the following pages give brief, biographies of a few of the men from history, who's names were placed on our War Zone C, real estate