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Top photo is from the John S. Letten Collection and the
bottom is courtesy of Col Lee R. Bendell, USMC (Ret)

The fight for Mike's Hill, named after Company M,
3rd Battalion,. 4th Marines, would be the pivotal battle in the opening
up of Route 9 to Camp Carroll in January 1968. In the top photo, the
smoke from a Boeing B-52 Arclight strike on North Vietnamese positions
can be seen from aCompany M position on Mike's Hill. Each of the B-52
Stratofortresses could hold 27 tons of ordinance. Below Mike's Hill
after the battle has much of its foliage destroyed. Route 9 can be seen
in the foreground and the Cam Lo River in the background.




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