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6th Battalion 14th Artillery - Vietnam - Album #1

U.S. Army's 6th Battalion 14th Artillery Regiment

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"Siege of Ben Het" - Special thanks goes to Ken Bailey for all the articles.

"An Ordeal In Dirt and Death... Ben Het at night is a scene that is at once beautiful and fascinating, weird and horrible. Dali, Goya, Bach, The Beatles, Hemingway and Zanuck would understand. Flares hang in the sky, casting milky, light purple shadows. A plane drones and circles overhead, periodically spitting streams of fiery tracers at enemy positions."
- B. Drummond Ayers, Jr. June 30, 1969 - New York Times

No words from the print media ever quite captured a moment in Vietnam battle history like these of Drummond Ayers and perhaps no besieged, ragged, jungle-matted mountain locations other than Ben Het, Dak Seang and Dak To could have inspired them. Due to their proximity to the tri-border and Ho Chi Minh Trail this was no doubt some of the most important and fought over terrain in the Central Highlands.
Year after year Ben Het was in the center of the NVA's sights and 1968 and 1969 were no exceptions. One of the many 6/14 Warbonnets entrenched at Ben Het May through July 1969 was brother Ken Bailey. There were several batteries of artillery under LTC Kenneth R. Bailey, some quad-mount anti-aircraft guns in a ground defense role, M-48 tanks, and reinforcing companies of Civilian Indigenous Defense Group (CIDG) strikers from the camps at Dak Pek and Mang Buk. Command of all U.S. Artillery forces physically located at Ben Het was assigned to LTC Kenneth R. Bailey, who was the current commander of 6th Battalion 14th Artillery.

Ken kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings gathered by his wife, other family and friends. Also Stars and Stripes editions collected by Command Sergeant Major Richard Chrapczynski that covered the daily dramatic events from June 23rd through July 11th.

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#1 - 1969-06-23 - Ben Het, Vietnam
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#6 - 1969-06-27 - Ben Het, Vietnam
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#10 - 1969-06-28 - Ben Het, Vietnam
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#11 - 1969-06-27 - Ben Het, Vietnam
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#12 - 1969-06-28 - Ben Het, Vietnam
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#19 - 1969-07-01 - Ben Het, Vietnam
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#20 - 1969-07-01 & 02 - Ben Het, Vietnam
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#25 - 1969-07-11 - Ben Het, Vietnam - "The Lesson of Ben Het"
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