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Hill 55 or Nui Dat Son 15°55′15.73″N 108°9′23″E / 15.9210361°N 108.15639°E / 15.9210361; 108.15639 (Hill 55, Vietnam) was a hill southwest of Danang, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The hill was located 3 km northeast of the confluence of the Yen, Ai Nghia and La Tho Rivers.[1] In the First Indochina War, two battalions of the French forces were wiped out on Hill 55.[2] The hill was extensively mined by the Vietcong. As the hill was the dominant terrain feature in the area, the 9th Marines, supported by mine-clearing LVTE-1s of the 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion and engineers from the 3rd Engineer Battalion took control of the hill, demined it and established a base there in late January/early February 1966.[3] Captain Edward James Land[4] operated a sniper school on the hill.[5][6] The 1st Battalion placed a 105 mm artillery battery there.[7] Notable snipers Carlos Hathcock and John Roland Burke were stationed on Hill 55.

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  1. Shulimson, Jack (1982). U.S. Marines in Vietnam: An Expanding War, 1966. History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. p. 48. 
  2. "Small Unit Action in Vietnam Summer 1966" History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps Retrieved June 14, 2008
  3. Shulimson, p.48-49
  4. http://www.tactical-life.com/online/tactical-weapons/the-father-of-usmc-sniping/
  5. "SHARPSHOOTER EMPLOYMENT OFFICER" Retrieved June 14, 2008.
  6. "U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Cierley: Bulk Fueler Brings Bulk of Experience to Iraq" DefendAmerica News - Profile Article Retrieved June 14, 2005
  7. "CHAPTER 17 Artillery and Reconnaissance Artillery Operations, 1910-1971—Reconnaissance Operations, 1970-1971 Artillery Operations, 1970-1971" Retrieved June 14, 2008.

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