It is called Hill 881 because it is 881 meters high, 25 hundred feet of devastated, twisted earth.
Long shot hill positions
choppers soar in, drop supplies and get out quick.
Schneider (Helmet, flak jacket, no blouse.) moving about.
Troops in trenches
view of hills
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Background: It is called Hill 881 because it is 881 meters high, 25 hundred feet of devastated, twisted earth.
It has artillery and mortar emplacements and these weapons fire at communist guns that hit Khe Sanh.
The position is supplied by air for it is surrounded by Viet Cong. 24 hours a day communist gunners fire at the crest of 8 8 1. It is usually spend, firing during daylight hours for U.S. aircraft continually bomb the surround hills and valleys. At night the incoming fire is heavy but the marines have dug. There are still casualties.
Casualties were high during the first three months of this year. Then the seige was broken around Khe Sanh by the army.
But the army troops with their great numbers and hundreds of helicopters have moved on. They are fighting throughout Quang Tri province.
In their isolated positions the marines feel that the communist forces are moving back into the hills surrounding them. The marines wait for them.
A question constantly asked by these young marines is "what's the news from home?" By that they mean any progress toward peace negotiations?"
If they are told of little movement in the talks there is little or no rancour shown. They shrug and continue their work.