Landing Zone Schueller

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Landing Zone Schueller
Coordinates 13°58′10″N 108°33′30″E / 13.96944°N 108.55833°E / 13.96944; 108.55833 (Landing Zone Schueller)
Type Army Base
Site history
Built 1965
In use 1966-71
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Garrison information
Occupants 1st Cavalry Division
4th Infantry Division

Landing Zone Schueller (also known as LZ Road or FSB Schueller) is a former U.S. Army base west of An Khê District in central Vietnam.

History[edit]

The base was first established in 1965 by the 1st Cavalry Division, beside QL-19 and approximately 13 km west of An Khê near the Mang Yang Pass.[1] The base was originally named after 1LT James Schueller, from the 2nd Battalion, 17th Artillery who was killed in a C-130 crash at Camp Radcliff on 17 June 1967.[2]

The base was later used by the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

On 10 April 1968 a People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) force estimated at 250 men attempted to block Route 19 and create an ambush west of Schueller. A booby-trapped artillery round was discovered on the road by MPs and when a bomb-disposal team arrived the ambush was triggered prematurely. A reaction force from the 1st Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment at Schueller was called forward and quickly overwhelmed the PAVN ambushers some of whom retreated to a nearby hill where they were assaulted by the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry. The engagement resulted in 1 U.S. and 40 PAVN killed.[3]

On the night of 21 January 1969 the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry based at Schueller mounted a night ambush along Route 19 4 km west of Schueller killing 6 PAVN sappers who had been sabotaging the fuel pipeline beside Route 19.[4]

Other units stationed at Schueller included:

Current use[edit]

The base is abandoned and largely turned over to housing and farmland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kelley, Michael (2002). Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–460. ISBN 978-1555716257. 
  2. ^ "James Patrick Schueller". The Virtual Wall. 
  3. ^ . 4th Infantry Division. 5 May 1968 http://www.rjsmith.com/ivy_leaf_article.html. Retrieved 18 November 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "After Action Interview Report Ambush at the Dak Po 21-22 January 1969". U.S. Army. Retrieved 18 November 2014.