Fire Bases, Fire Support Bases and Patrol Bases were the norm for the soldiers of the 4th Battalion Mechanized 23rd Infantry Regiment. We lived and worked daily from these bases. The Tay Ninh area was sitting atop the North Vietnam Armies main infiltration routes into South Vietnam. Consequently, there were many major operations and battles in the province throughout the entire war.
The Division and Brigade commanders set up the Fire Support Base/ Patrol Base concept as a means of utilizing the "Tomahawks" and other mechanized infantry units to their utmost ability as rapid reactionary forces.
Thousand of such bases existed all across South Vietnam.
Division / Brigade sized Fire Bases
Battalion / Company sized Fire Support Bases
Battalion / Company sized Patrol Bases
The naming of the Fire Support bases in Vietnam, was left up to the Artillery unit commanders. The names of these bases were in some cases creative, many were recognizable names of historical places or events. In which case, it didn't take much effort to understand who or what they were named after.
However, the Artillery units attached to the 25th Infantry Division, named their bases after heroic but not so famous Commanders from history. Most are names the average person would never recognize.
In an attempt to clarify this, or at least answer the question "I wonder where that name came from?", the following pages give brief life histories of a few of the men who's names were placed on these pieces of war zone real estate.