Camp Holloway

Camp Holloway, Pleiku

Camp Holloway

7 reviews
Very good

Georgetown, TX131 contributions
Limited Appeal
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you served at Camp Holloway during the Viet Nam conflict, it is healing to see the site but there is not much left - bit of the former air strip. A Vietnamese Military facility covers most of the area of Holloway so we traveled pubic roads around that facility to find through neighborhoods to find a the airstrip.
Written 12 December 2018
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14 contributions
Rode my bike around it, nothing there to see
Mar 2016 • Solo
Yeah, a waste of time really, what you can see nowadays is the current Vietnamese military base and that's it.
Written 16 March 2016
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Steve Ballard
Montville, Australia50 contributions
Fifty years wipes away most all physical evidence, but the what had been remains, nevertheless..
Nov 2014 • Solo
Having visited the sites and remains of a great many of the major bases which were built - no one builds bases like the Americans - during the French and American Wars, as the Vietnamese call them – given they have been fighting for their independence and nation for over a thousand years, it comes as no surprise they do not dwell on distinctions, for that small country, it’s been one long series of conflicts for as long as anyone can remember, for a great part of their history, war was their country, the Cham Empire, Thailand, Cambodia and of course, China, and the aftermath of all this, they are still dealing with – I have never been to a site and not found something I could take from it, and that does not mean some cartridge casing, or an old rusted Zippo, or strips of PSP steel perforated plating once used to fabricate airfields, or old Hueys airframes, or M48 tank remains: those things are long gone, the scrap metal dealers transformed anything like long ago into a recycling industry.

And yet, even though very little evidence remains in most places - fifty years tends to do that - what had once been is still there if one knows where to look: the years leave a silence, of course, but if one listens long enough at the old sites, the ground still talks to you...moments stopped in time pour out, images come to the mind from no where, I have found it is a most profound feeling, sometimes terribly spooky, to be certain, as if a cloud has passed over and dimmed the sun and dropped the temperature.

I am not sure what folk expect at these sites - I once overheard one young American couple, not of Vietnam era age, comment at Khe Sanh Combat Base, ' know...I thought there would be more here...' as they wandered about, not really knowing what they were looking at - as without a deep knowledge of the history of this country, visits are somewhat meaningless.

I wondered what the young Americans had expected at Khe Sanh, did they think the whole base would still be there, with Huey's still thudding in and out and C-130's rumbling down the runway, F-4's dropping napalm outside the wire, the 155mm 'Long Tom's' from Camp Carroll firing support missions?

Hill 1015 remains in the distance, as it always has, in the brooding silence of that misty jungle, and slightly away, near the remains of the Lang Vai Special Forces Camp, Hill 881 North and 881 South are still there, the ground has just soaked up those terrible dark times. Nevertheless, in that silence, especially when the crachin, that low, fine drizzle, has not yet burned off in the morning sun, what had once been is still there, one just has to stop, listen to the silence, and the images flow back in.

I have found a great many of the old bases and landing zones in I Corps: Khe Sanh Combat Base, the Lang Vai Special Forces camp, Cam Lo, Camp Carroll, 'The Rockpile', 'Mutter's Ridge', Quang Tri, Dong Ha, 'The Citadel' at Hue, Phu Bai camp remains, Chu Lai camp remains, they are all still there, hidden away, sometimes unrecognisable as farm land, sometimes rubber plantations, sometimes the bare outline of an old airstrip remains, but they still remain, there is enough evidence to see what has once been.

Sometimes nothing at all remains, but the memory will last a thousand years, nothing can wipe it away: at Son My, Tu Cung, a village the world knows as My Lai 4, one can stare at that irrigation ditch where the villagers were machine-gunned, and a lifetime of standing there will never reveal anything more than the fact it is an irrigation ditch, one will never see the horror of what had been, but the ground still overflows with the pity of war.

Lately, I have been in II Corps, the Central Highlands and while they take a little finding, the old bases and hill battle sites are still there: Ben Het Special Forces camp, Dak Saeng Special Forces camp, Dak To 1 and 2 Special Forces Camp and ‘Phoenix’ airfield, Hill 875, Hill 882, 'The Grove' where John Paul Vann was killed, Kontum strip, and further south, near Pleiku, Camp Enari and ‘Dragon Mountain’, LZ ‘Oasis’, Duc Co Special Forces Camp, with the Ia Drang Valley and Chu Prong Massif in the distance, and around Plei Me Special Forces Camp, and I've found mostly what I have been looking for: it takes time and research, but it is all still there, one just has to know where to look.

Mostly, it is around all the time: Camp Holloway is the same, there may not be a lot of objects to see, but it remains nevertheless, despite, or in place of, the absence of evidence... as does Camp Radcliffe and LZ 'Golf Course', the Mang Yang Pass - I have found the spot where the French Groupe Mobile 100 was wiped out in June '54, it is still there, it is just a matter of knowing where it is and knowing the history - and An Khe and the Song Ba River.

Some days I come back from these places overloaded with the history and memories, and over a 333 beer in the later afternoon, I think a lot about it all, and then I am buoyed by watching the Vietnamese who endured it all, and in the fading light, I see finally there is hope, and dreams for better times, and for me, finally, I think it enough for this moment. I can't hope for much more than that...
Written 24 October 2015
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David M
New Smyrna Beach, FL31 contributions
Tour group visit
Jan 2015 • Friends
As noted by others, veterans will be very disappointed if they think they will be able to see anything recognizable from the former Camp Holloway. It was a short distance out of the city in 1969, and is now right in the city due to the growth and development. Pale_Ridah has some of the facts confused. The Pleiku Airport is, indeed, the old Pleiku Air Force Base. But, Camp Holloway was a U.S. Army installation that had it's own runway and several Army Aviation units based there. It was located across a valley from the Air Force base. It is now a Vietnamese Army base and the most you will be able to do is drive or walk by the entrance gates and will not see anything that is familiar. Tour guide told us to be very discreet taking photos out of the bus windows because photos of military installations are not allowed.
Written 23 March 2015
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Washington DC, DC79 contributions
completely frustrating
Mar 2014
As Pale Ridah said in his review Camp Holloway is a no-go place....and practically no local ever heard of it. Google map not of much use either to even find the place. Don't understand why Tripadvisor puts it in top places to visit.
Written 27 March 2014
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