Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ankhe Pass Vietnam

The following is an epitaph on the monument of the war victory erected at Ankhe Pass, Vietnam.

This is a Sanctuary of those ROKA crusade who had won bloody triumph and shall be permanently maintained in commemoration of their proud dedication. Around April, 1972, when the South Vietnam was in a precarious situation because of the all-out attack by the North Vietnam Army, ROKA forces, the Tiger Division totally suppressed the main body of the enemy's 12th Regiment under the 3rd regular Division of North Vietnam Army and won the ever admirable victory that shall be remarkably remembered forever in Vietnamese war history. With an attempt to occupy the central high land areas, the enemy launched an attack in waves from April 11th onto the tactical strategic point of the Cavalry Regiment under the Tiger Division. This operation was one of the most awful one ever conducted that continued for exactly 15 days till April 26th leaving tremendous casualties between the friendly force and the foes mainly conducted at the central area of the height 638.

Nonetheless, with the strong determination to resume the peace and the democracy for the allied nation, South Vietnam, the soldiers of the Tiger Division had so bravely fought against the sticky enemy that they were able to reopen the traffic of the No.19 road which was the vital to the daily life of the Vietnamese people. This victory was finally named as ROKA's first triumphal record made in Vietnam, which had been the real turning point for the Korean troops in obtaining the best reputation therefrom.

People of the both countries Korea and Vietnam should not forget the very fact that there had been tremendous sacrafices of the Korean young soldiers costing their valued lives to win in the bloody operation at Ankhe Pass. So, today we are erecting this War Victory Monument here in the great name of the Tiger Division (Maeng Ho), the Command of ROK Forces-Vietnam to inscribe the indescribable dedication of the war heroes who had led the operation to the final victory.

October 1, 1972


Anonymous said...

biet cai gi ma noi
im di cho nguoi ta nho
nghe chua

Richard B. Johnson said...

The Vietnamese response by "anonymous" that; "I don't know what I am talking about, therefore I should remain quiet," is somewhat misplaced because I simply published what was written on the monument as explained in the first sentence; "The following is an epitaph on the monument of the war victory erected at Ankhe Pass, Vietnam." Perhaps, with the ongoing rewrite of history, the monument may not even exist anymore.

Anonymous said...

My name is Steve Fisher. I was on Hon Con Mountain in Ankhe, in 1970,a radio operator,for 7th battalion 13th artilary. I ran the retransmitting station up there, until the last of July, then transfered to Artillary Hill in Pleiku, until November of 1970 and Ets'd from there back to the States.