USS Hue City To Host Annual Battle Memorial

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 10:30 to 12:00

The USS Hue City (CG 66) is hosting its 18th annual Battle of Hue Memorial Service on Sunday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. onboard Naval Station Mayport.

The guest speaker at this year's ceremony, marking the 42nd anniversary of the battle, is Gen George R. Christmas (USMCR), who served as Commanding Officer of Company H, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division and recipient of the prestigious Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.

The Battle of Hue began Jan. 31, 1968, during the Vietnamese holiday of Tet when the North Vietnamese Army launched an all-out offensive against the United States and Republic of Vietnam forces throughout South Vietnam. One target of the attack was the ancient Vietnamese imperial city of Hue. U.S. Marines immediately launched a counter-offensive called Operation Hue City. The ensuing struggle for Hue resulted in a significant American victory.

USS Hue City, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, is the only ship named after a battle of the Vietnam War, said Austin. Each year the ship holds a memorial service to honor the Marines who fought at Hue and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice there. Veterans of the battle from across the country have been invited to attend the memorial service held at the base Ocean Breeze Conference Center.