PANO – The Binh Thuan Provincial Military Command, war veterans from Commando Battalion 200c, (under old Military Region 6) and people in Ham Lien Commune, Ham Thuan Bac District, found a mass grave in Ham Lien Commune and collected 27 sets of remains of martyrs.
After three days of searching, the team collected 27 sets of remains of martyrs in the rice fields of Nguyen Ngoc Thong and Nguyen Van Binh in Village 1, Ham Lien Commune.
A memorial service will take place at the Binh Thuan Provincial Martyrs’ Cemetery tomorrow, hosted by the People’s Committee and departments of Binh Thuan Province. These martyrs will be buried in the Binh Thuan Provincial Martyrs’ Cemetery.
Local war veterans reported that these martyrs died in a battle to attack the Tan Nong post of American invaders and their puppets on January 12 th , 1969.
Witnesses recalled that on the night of January 11 th , 1969, Commando Battalion 200c cooperated with guerilla forces and local troops to shell Tan Nong post, newly set up by American troops. At night, troops started carrying out the attack plan. American troops discovered the commandos when they were approaching the post and 17 troops of Commando Battalion 200c and 10 others of local troops sacrificed their lives in the battle. The following day, American troops buried those Vietnamese soldiers in a mass grave. Translated by Tran Hoai