NUI BA DEN MASSACRE 13 MAY 1968 v4.wmv

The video tells about the May 13, 1968 battle on Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin) Mountain, Viet Nam. Go to for more battle details.
This video is in honor of the soldiers killed in the battle:
* SGT Joseph Adams, New Orleans, LA, Prov Sig Co, 125th Sig Bn
* SP4 John A. Anderson, Williamsville, NY,HHC, 4th Bn, 9th Infantry

* SP4 Ralph R. Black, Crystal Falls, MI, C Co, 121st Sig Bn
* SGT Fernando Calle-Zuluaga, Los Angeles, CA, 587th Sig Co, 86th Sig Bn
* CPT George Coleman, Birmingham, AL, Prov Sig Co, 125th Sig Bn

* PFC Samuel G. Connelly, Hammond, IN, A Co, 2nd Bn, 18th Infantry
* SP4 Moses J. Cousin, Detroit, MI, Prov Sig Co, 125th Sig Bn

* SP4 Albert E. Dahl, Aurora, IL, B Co, 125th Sig Bn
* CPT Arthur L. Davis, Beaufort, NC, 587th Sig Co, 86th Sig Bn
* SP4 James A. Davis, Orlando, FL, B Co, 125th Sig Bn

* SP4 Gary J. Gilin, Detroit, MI, A Co, 4th Bn, 9th Infantry
* SP4 Jeffrey W. Haerle, Minneapolis, MN, HQ, 3rd ASA Fld Station
* SP4 Paul R. Hoag, Poughkeepsie, NY, Prov Sig Co, 125th Sig Bn
* SP4 Michael J. Juneau, Hessmer, LA, B Co, 125th Sig Bn
* SP4 Paul R. Lozano, Bay City, TX, 587th Sig Co, 86th Sig Bn
* SP4 Frank J. Makuh, Placentia, CA, C Co, 121st Sig Bn
* SGT Timothy J. Noden, Linwood, PA, A Co, 2nd Bn, 18th Infantry
* SSG Ray W. Owen, Columbia, SC, Prov Sig Co, 125th Sig Bn
* 2LT Thomas N. Teague, Mountlake Terrace, WA, Prov Sig Co, 125th Sig Bn
* SSG Harold A. Stone, Champaign, IL, Prov Sig Co, 125th Sig Bn

* SSG Bobby C. Wood, Monroe, LA

Video by Ivan Katzenmeier, Sr. Medic, Co. C, 3/22nd, 25th Inf. Div. on Nui Ba Den Oct 1968

Narrative and research by Ed Tatarnic, cousin of John A. Anderson, KIA
Please contact Mr. Tatarnic if you knew his cousin, John A.Anderson

Vietnamese version go to


All Comments

  • I was Air Force radio operator for FACs in town Tay Ninh City, and remember listening to aircraft during the battle, but details are becoming fuzzy

    Norman Linden February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Núi bà đen khu vực tây ninh vnam. Tôi đã leo lên chóp núi nầy rất mõi chân,trên núi nầy có một cái chùa hang mái đá,toàn trồg chuối móc cúng, có rất nhiều dấu vết đạng chiến tích nơi đây có chiến sự át liệt.

    Lion Võ February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • My dad was with the 25th ID at Nui Ba Den from 3-'67 to 3-'68.

    6.4 HemiDriver February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I drove Hueys in 69 and quickly learned when landing at the top that we were always shot at from the sides of the mountain. We usually controlled the top and the bottom, but not the sides. When there were low clouds we had to hug the mountain and hover up the side of it and it was always interesting and gave our gunners something to do. Every life lost in Vietnam, including all Vietnamese, was absolutely wasted for our military industrial complex and this includes the life of my buddy who I named my son after.

    Joseph Stokes February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • My uncle was 25th ID 4th/9th Co.A stationed at Cu Chi December 67 – December 68. He was wounded March 10, 1968 in Hoc Mon. He wasn’t at Nui Ba Den but he told me stories from friends of his who were there. Brutal place.

    TheRodFarva February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply

    RS Tipton February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Please if it offends you that much for your own good don't visit these sites let the rest of us offer our respect to the fallen and their families

    Larry Bond February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • My Father was 25th Infantry Div 125th Signal Bat 68-69

    Support 16's EASTCOAST16MADNESS February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • FYI – This video is not for blind people.

    Sources Say February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • ohh so when the americans was bombing entire villages with napalm was a battle but when Vietcong killed 20 armed soldiers is called a massacre ? think the correct title should be the battle of NUI BA DEN

    Reese Lazara February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was a Huey crew-chief from the 135th Assault Helicopter Company who was called to Tay Ninh on March 13, 1968 and was parked on the ramp to assist any help on Nui Ba Den when needed. It was night time and since the top had been over run, all we could do at the time was watch the explosions and fireworks, since there wasn't any communication with anyone on top. It was along nite to watch the action, feeling helpless to do anything. But, when daylight came and we got word, We were the first helicopter with gunship and artillery protection along with our guns firing to take troops in and pick up the first 6 KIA's . The camp was a disaster, and I wondered how this could have happened. Rumor at that time , said it was a response to an ambush the 25th infantry successfully did at a waterhole on the mountain prior to this night. We also heard the 2 special forces soldiers blew up the radio towers and escape down the mountain to Tay Ninh. This probably never should have happened, had the soldiers been better equipped and protected. Buildings and bunkers were made of wood and without sandbag protection. This was a night that I will always remember.

    Alan Jankowski February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Where was the massacre it mentions nothing about it?

    Thomas Quinn February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I too was on Nui Ba Den . I arrived there in Feb. 1969 till April, after another over run had happened. We were told it was the Wolfhounds from the 25th Infantry Div. that were attacked. All the trip flares in front of the bunkers ( I think I was in bunker 5 or maybe 6) had been blown by the claymores and there were grenades all over the mountain side that had been thrown in panic that never had the pins pulled. I was with the 3rd and 22nd Infantry Delta Company of the 25th division. Like to hear from others there at the same time. Phil Colley, Memphis, TN

    Bill Johnson February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • i saw the carnage at 4 years old.. interrupted cartoons to see fire and death…thats why i research.. confused and terrified i wrote letters before the age of ten to the white house in crayon sometimes asking him to stop..i still see the girl on fire…I ran out of the house to make sure the neighbor girls next door were ok… absolutely terrified of the t.v. Would not go into tv room for some time.

    Bobby Fhet February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was in the 2nd BN, 32nd Field artillery in 1968 and 1969. For some reason almost everything that happened in Western Tay Ninh province during that time has been lost to history. Some years after I was back in the states I went to our local library and found much about the war from what news reporters had written, however, that time period for that place seems to be left out of history. The only thing easy to find is TET 1968 and then most of the action that was later pushed in to Tay Ninh Province occurred in the Iron Triangle.

    I recall a soldier telling me how much combat he was in while in the Iron Triangle, I responded that yes I had been there many times. In his mind the Iron Triangle was "the" hot spot and it seemed he felt that someone stationed anywhere else was less of a soldier for not seeing much combat. Yes, I remember Western Tay Ninh area being quiet for a short while late in the year 1969, October or November? However, I believe it was in mid to late September 1968 the infantry reported an enemy division including armor moving to attack us. A division! Look for that in the history of the Vietnam War.

    In fact I recall someone later telling me that the enemy in Vietnam had no armor, well, they did. While I was there I never heard of a reporter in our AO let alone see one. There were reports of some fighting in Western Tay Ninh, I read some of it in a military magazine I used to get in Vietnam. I cannot recall the name of the magazine, my memory is poor.

    ZZstaff February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • What about Tommy Lanarith from the 3rd /17 air cav who sustained fire with 50 caliber machine gun until the battle was over and survived the attack.

    joe rondinone February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • My brother was there about the same time, 1970. He carried a scrambler and his nickname was ricochet rabbit? He would always lose the trail and would use the scrambler to beat down the grass to get back on the trail. Captain Strand was captain. My brother Bill left LZ Mary Ann just prior to the destruction of the base. Just 3-4 days before the attack. Says he has the captain's contact info.

    Dave B February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was on that mountain for a stint from the 23rd Artillery in Tay Ninh. The bunkers were pathetic wood structures that could protect no one from being hit from enemy fire. It was a very poorly defended mountain top when I got there. We used Bangalore Torpedos to blow down and expand the perimeter jungle from what it had been.
    I was pretty upset with the sloppy job being done in a vulnerable spot. The bunkers didn't even have sand bags around them. I was really pissed so one evening took a fist full of C4 and a blasting cap (from the Bangalore Torpedos), lit my home made bomb and tossed it into the perimeter when no one was looking. We went on high alert the rest of the night. Not long afterward we were filling sand bags and stacking them around the bunkers. Sometimes you gotta do crazy things to wake folks up.
    I was sent back to Tay Ninh not long before the big battle. I hope the sand bags saved someones butt.
    The only people have I ever told we the guys with me in the bunker that night.

    David Randall February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Iconic Mountain- The Black Virgin. Anybody that was in III Corps remembers it.

    Forward Observer February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • We had problems every time we got close or close by. Ctrp. 3/4 cav 25th inf.div and I trp.11th acr 1970.

    Ronald Clark February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Re read the story and admired the drawings. The drawings help make the story real.
    Thank You.

    Bobby Ingram February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I think the VC just wanted to visit the EM club. Did they have a band that night?

    Bill Miller February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • You guys are real.hero's living and dead .I have nothing but respect and honor for you guys Welcome home Thanks

    John Hudson February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was on Nui Ba Den August 18th, 1968, I was in bunker 22 when we got hit. The bunker was destroyed, 1 kia, a sgt, lost some of his face and the guy who helped him to the aid station never returned. I spent the night behind the bunker by myself in a defensive position. I saw a Vietnamese crawl up on a rock, he never saw me, I had an easy shot but I was under the impression that we had friendly VN up there so I didn't shoot. I think I made a horrible mistake… soon after I heard an ak47 go off near the next bunker and in the morning we found a dead American there. We where very poorly prepared for Nui Ba Dihn. We where a line company looking forward to 3 hots a day and no humping the boonies. We thought it was a vacation and I think our leadership did also. We lost 7 guys that night and killed 15. The whole perimeter was every man for himself, again, terrible leadership and a poorly prepared fighting unit.

    Robin Lauer February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • was a tunnel rat Binh-duong

    Nick Mad February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was with the 194th M.P. Co, 1st Signal Bde attached to the 25th Infantry Div. not sure who Tom was with.

    Rudy Frausto February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Any one know or remember a Thomas Duffy, use to call him "Moon" because I shaved his head completely.  He and I bunked together in bunker 2.  I don't remember where he was when we got hit, but  after playing dead for hours, he came up looking for me and we spent some time under our bunker.  The slopes and thrown a satchel charge into it when I was laying outside.  We stayed there for awhile watching the NVA move up the hill to the como center.  We later got down to the cave and sat in the mouth, him with his 16 and me and my 60.  Been trying to find him for years.

    Rudy Frausto February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was on top from October of '67 to January '68. Left foe a month and was back up in February. I left for good on 23, May'68.  I was in bunker 2 when we got hit at about 9:45PM.  I think about the men I fought with, filled band bags with, drank beer, and ate with.  I also remember the men I helped carry down to the helipad and later onto the Chinook.  I have never forgotten you.

    Rudy Frausto February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • My name is Sp4 Deane A James .I was there on May 13,1968. A member of the 25th Infantry Tropical Lighthing ,attached to Nui Ba Den as a Artillery Surveyor 1310.Currently living in Dallas,Texas. 214-859 8703 "holla at ME ".

    Deane James February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I never understood why the US forces took these observation Hills with little firepower and munitions to defend it A lot of them bases and no use and many times the US forces would take them with great human loss and I week later they would them a.k.a. hamburger Hill …. very poor planning by the higher ups I would say

    racecaeta1978 February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • need to flash the pictures a little faster.

    Ro Ki February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was a radio operator with the 25 inf out of Dau Tieng. We heard about it he next day.

    bob32648 February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • my grandpa was wounded during this massacre Abel Anthony Garcia

    Anessa Mendoza February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Carbon crank is a total douche my brother was at Nui Ba Den and a lot of good men died there to dwell on whether it should be called a massacre not is something only some more on who's never been in combat would bring up. You are correct that words should mean things and when politicians or people with agendas attempt to spend things by manipulating language it can be a problem but only some self-important douche bag would make a statement like yours concerning event such as this you sir are an idiot for doing so. In the context of this blog it matters not whether it was called a battle in engagement were a massacre good soldiers and patriots died on that stinking hill and for you to quibble about whether it should be called a massacre not shows that you are in utter moron and that's all I had to say about that.

    Rod Williams February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • My good friend and high school classmate 2nd Lt Tom Teague died during this battle. I believe he was with 125th Signal Bttn. Up until I came across this video I knew little of the circumstances of Tom's death.

    Mary Policastro February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I'm glad that someone has finally mentioned this "battle". I believe our chaplain was the first to set foot on the site the next morning, but that is hearsay. I was with 3rd/17th Air Cav and we had some troops on the mountain that night. 10 days later the perimeter was over-run at Tay Ninh West.

    Dennis Morkert February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • No disrespect intended.. why is this called a massacre? An engagement between armed opponents in a war is not a massacre. The attack on an Indian village at Sand Creek was… Mỹ Lai was.

    Reading the details of this the word cluster*uck comes to mind.

    Carbon Crank February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was on top of that mountain in Dec 67 with Martha Raye ,,, an entertainer and patriot ……. we did a skit for one hour and took off from that helipad and took AK fire ,,,,,,, we all peed our pants …… But the troops enjoyed the visit

    Brian Donnelly February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • my uncle was Michael Joseph Juneau if anyone remembers him or knew him can you please message me thanks it would greatly be appreciated!!

    dawn juneau February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I was attached to the 587th signal company in April 1967 at Cu Chi and then after the 'TET' offensive was transferred to Tay Ninh. I remember those times. I would like find anybody that was in the 587th and stationed at Tay Ninh.

    Klon Shugart February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Don"t remember any 1ST  INF troops on Nui Ba in April of 68

    Garry Ratcliffe February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Nice account of the siege. Here's an historical novel about the offensive of 68 that ends with a "payback" on top of Nui Ba Den.

    Richard Barone February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • FM: H. Bruce McIver Vietnam 1969-70  I saw Nui Ba Den many times and focused on it
    always thinking it's an ominus  site…a mountain springing up in the Mekong Delta….I was at Go Da Hoa, Tra Cu-etc. Operation Gient Slingshot…WIA #3 
    6/3/69 between those two vills. while on patrol..RPG hit my River Assault Boat + AW fire

    Bruce McIver February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • I spent 14 months on Nui Ba Den with 121st Sig. Bn, 1st Inf. Div. I left when I was med_evaced after we were overrun in May of 68 in the "massacre" as described here. My call sign was "Granite Romeo Tango" or "34 Ugly Ambush" depending on the channel and the mission. May 13 was a bad night. I still have memories embedded in my hip and leg as well as my mind.
    Laura Brocato your Dad may have been one that loaded me on the chopper. I have no idea who those men were but I was happy to see them when the fog lifted and they were able to land. God bless your father for his service and his horoism on that day.
    Stephen Rudyk, I think you were there during my tour. If I remember correctly you're from NYC and went to the same PS as O'Neil.

    joe okie February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • My dad was awarded a bronze star for helping the wounded to the choppers the following morning, helping bring down the corpses, and evacuate confidential equipment.  It took a very long time for him to tell me this story…  He was with the 83rd RRSOU unit assigned to the 25th infantry on temporary duty.  To this day he is saddened by the tragedy he witnessed. 

    Laura Brocato February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Arnie…please please please contact me, my dad is Robert Langley!!! Email me at He has mentioned"needles", "bagman", "sharky"…and i have been trying to locate Freddy for years!

    strawberryhillphoto February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply
  • Arnie, go to strawberryhillphoto below, click on reply, type in your question and she will receive an e-mail from you. It sounds like you know her father.

    Ivan Katzenmeier February 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply

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