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Red Beach Base Area

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Type  Marines/Navy/Army
Battles/wars  Vietnam War
In use  1965-present
Year built  1965

Red Beach Base Area (also known as Camp JK Books, Camp Haskins, Camp Viking, Paddock Compound or Red Beach Camp) is a complex of former U.S. Marines, Navy and Army and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) logistics and support bases northwest of Danang.



The base was located along Highway 1, 8 km northwest of Danang at Red Beach, the site of the landing of the 9th Marine Regiment, the first US combat troops deployed to South Vietnam on 8 March 1965.

The area comprised a number of separate adjacent bases as follows:

  • Camp JJ Books, Headquarters of USMC Force Logistics Command
  • Camp Haskins, split into Camp Haskins North used as a base for the 30th Naval Construction Regiment and Camp Haskins South used as the Headquarters III Marine Amphibious Force
  • Camp Viking, base for the 58th Transport Battalion from February 1968 to April 1972 and the 39th Engineer Battalion
  • Paddock Compound, base for the 18th Engineer Brigade
  • The base area was handed over to the ARVN in March 1972. Camp Viking was used by the ARVN 102nd Artillery Battalion.

    Current use

    The area has largely been turned over to housing although part of it remains in use by the People's Army of Vietnam.


    Red Beach Base Area Wikipedia

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