Battle of Kontum

The Battle of Kontum

At the end of January, 1968, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese launched an offensive throughout the entire country of South Vietnam. Every major city and every Provincial Capital was attacked.

The attack on Kontum, the capital of Kontum Province, was initially hampered by elements of the South Vietnamese Army, who prevented the enemy from taking complete control of the city. However, during the attack, enemy forces managed to occupy large areas of the city and some of the outlying territory.

The US Army force responsible for this area of operations was the 4th Infantry Division. Several units of the Division were tasked with clearing the enemy out of the city and pursuing him into the countryside. LTC William P. Junk, Commander of 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, was given ground command of the operation and was directed to assume command of all 4th Infantry Division forces in the area.

For the duration of the operation the elements at his disposal were organized into Task Force 1-22.  The ensuing 14 day battle became known as the Battle of Kontum.

Background, Operational Planning & Deployment

Operations – Phase I & Phase II

Operations – Phase III

Fire Support – Artillery & Air Support

Newspaper articles & photos of the Battle

Tet 1968 Special Forces

–  Info from SSgt Tom Heckman, RTO on FAC Team

Tet 1968 1/22

–   Vietnam Magazine, The Battle for Kontum, February 2003

Sam Drake sent this February 3-5, 1968 view:

Mike Meadows, writes:

Had an unusual situation happen this past weekend. A guy who was in the guard tower at Kontum during TET sent me some pictures of the MACV compound and one after the battle. Thought you might like to post them on the C co site . He found me thru another military site about Vietnam and he was assigned to C company 43rd signal and  was on the corner with the four towers. #4 was close to the withe brick fort next to MACV that housed the interrogation center during the fighting. His name is Jack Mahan and should get the credit for the pictures.

The other pictures were taken by Charlie Company troops.

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