Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, South Vietnam
12 May 1968: Battle of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, South Vietnam
During the “Mini-Tet” offensive mounted by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces in May 1968, the 1st Australian Task Force deployed two battalions to an area 20 kilometres north of Bien Hoa city to intercept and disrupt enemy forces withdrawing from the capital, Saigon, and the Bien Hoa–Long Binh base complex. Several fire support bases (FSB) were established to provide defended firing points for artillery and mortars which would cover foot patrols to be sent out by the battalions (1RAR and 3RAR). One of these FSBs was dubbed “Coral”, situated 7 kilometres north of the town of Tan Uyen.