In December 1974 the Democratic Republic of (North) Vietnam launched a series of large-scale offensives against the Republic of (South) Vietnam.
Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral were established by 1ATF north of Bien Hoa City to intercept and disrupt the approach of enemy forces towards Saigon and the large United States air base at Bien Hoa.
The dry season still had a few months to go before the first monsoonal rains of the wet season. We were still enjoying our time in country. The feeling of being at the centre of pivotal world events was exciting and we were still healthy from our year in Malaysia.
It was the dry season - long, hot cloudless days and cool nights. Though we didn't know it at the time in a few months when we would be wet almost all the time and our foul uniforms would be rotting on our backs and everybody's crutch would be a mass of itchy, pungent Tinea cruris.