Pleiku, Dragon Mountain, Camp Enari and Vicinity

Pleiku, Dragon Mountain, Camp Enari and Vicinity


The journey through the Central Highlands began in Pleiku. We roamed north and south of Pleiku to various local spots, many of which were important to the U.S. 4th Infantry Division's operations in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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The city of Pleiku is now a "metropolis" complete with paved roads, sidewalks and a healthy commercial attitude. As with the rest of the country, Pleiku's population has doubled in the last 30 years. However, the outskirts of town still have narrow roads and pleasant scenery.

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South of Pleiku sits Dragon Mountain which loomed over the 4th Infantry Division's base at Camp Enari.

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Camp Enari, the 4th Infantry Division's main base camp while in Vietnam in the later 1960s, stretched from Dragon Mountain to Hensel Army Airfied, where this group of photographs were taken. The first couple photos are of the Army Veterans in the tour group hold a flag with the 4th Infantry Division insignia. The remaining photos are within the airfield area. The runway (which was formed by linking perforated-steel-plating together) still is there, but the steel plating is gone. However, the impression of the plating on the hard-packed clay still remains. Note also the coffee beans drying on the south end of the runway.

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South of Camp Enari was another forward base, Landing Zone Oasis. Now a restricted area, we could only get near the entrance road and no further. Additional photos of Highway 14 south of Camp Enari are encloses, as well as photos of the Catecka Tea Plantation which still operates.

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Camp Holloway still exists, but as a Vietnamese Army base.

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