Battle of Bien Hoa (1964)


Bien Hoa, the capital city of Bien Hoa Province, is located about 20 miles north of Saigon on the Dong Nai River. Early in the war, the United States constructed a large airfield and military headquarters just outside Bien Hoa, and on November 1, 1964, the Vietcong attacked the installation. Since the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 and the subsequent bombing of North Vietnam, the Indochinese struggle had been consuming increasing amounts of time and resources in Washington, as well as in the public mind. Vietcong sappers attacked the base, destroying five aircraft, and killing four American soldiers. Although the administration did not respond at once to the attack, it was becoming more and more clear that if the United States was going to conduct an air war over North and South Vietnam, with aircraft and personnel stationed in the south, regular ground troops would be required to defend those installations. Escalation of the conflict became one indirect consequence of the attack on Bien Hoa in 1964.

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