Khe Sanh

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Khe Sanh

 (kĕ′ săn′)
A village in west-central Vietnam near the border with Laos. In one of the largest battles of the Vietnam War, US marines and South Vietnamese troops successfully defended the military base there against a siege by North Vietnamese forces (January 21-April 8, 1968).
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It seemed as though the backdrop of my childhood and early teen years was a tacked-up sheet upon which played, like surreal home movies, the TV images of the war: a dreary black and white jungle scape, dream-like chaos; soldiers in camos being dragged by buddies; machine gun fire; explosions; and an odd foreshadowing vocabulary: Saigon, Hue, Khesanh, TET, Danang, Camranh, Quantri, DMZ, Dakto, Ho ChiMinh.
Khesanh could well fall, with a terrible loss in American lives, prestige and morale, and this is a tragedy of our stubbornness there; but the bastion no longer is a key to the rest of the northern regions, and it is doubtful that the American forces can be defeated across the breadth of the DMZ with any substantial loss of ground.