February 2013

The Road to Khe Sanh: U.S. Marine Tanks Fight to Keep Route 9 Open

Volume 96, Issue 2

Roxanne Estrada-Baker

In early March 1967, U.S. Marines from the 11th Engineer Battalion undertook the arduous task of converting an ancient cart path that meandered from Cm Lu to Khe Sank in the Republic of South Vietnam into a viable roadway for "Rough Rider" resupply convoys. That road to Khe Sanh officially was designated Route 9. Recognizing the vulnerability ofthat extended supply route, the North Vietnamese Army commenced ambushing convoys traveling Route 9 to Khe Sanh. By the end of August, no more convoys ventured beyond Ca Lu. Khe Sanh would have to be resupplied by air.

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