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Military Monday Yearbook: Vietnam, 1967

Army Special Forces Captain, Allen B. Clark and his fellow soldiers "scrounged" materials to help build a school for camp children during the Vietnam War.

Dak To Special Forces Camp, Vietnam, 1967: Army Special Forces Captain, Allen B. Clark and his fellow soldiers “scrounged” materials to help build a school for camp children during the Vietnam War.   

Dak To sat squarely in the middle of one of the most hotly contested regions of South Vietnam during the war. Deep in the mountains of the Central Highlands and perilously close to the juncture of Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam, Dak To was critically important to the Allied Forces, who were convinced that if the North Vietnamese controlled Dak To and the Central Highlands, South Vietnam would fall.

The Dak To Special Forces Camp was part of the Civilian Irregular Defense Group [CIDG] program. Devised by the CIA to counter expanding Viet Cong influence in the small villages of South Vietnam’s Central Highlands, “Development Centers” were established, as early as 1961, to arm and train villagers to defend their territory.  Later, the CIDG units took part in more conventional operations including border surveillance.

 

 

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