Go Noi Island was not technically
an island. The monsoons would flood the Ky Lam, Thu Bon, Ba Ren,
and Chiem Son Rivers and isolate it.
The Marine command was especially concerned about the Go Noi
Island sector, about 25 kilometers south of Da Nang. Liberty
Bridge over the Ky Lam River connected An Hoa and Go Noi
Island to Da Nang.
see image The Communists had controlled the area for years. With
the continued existence of both a Communist political and
military command infrastructure there, the local populace
maintained a strong Viet Cong orientation, making the island a
relatively 'safe haven' for both NVA and VC military units. Although the terrain was flat with relatively clear
fields of fire, the local units were familiar with the locale
and took full advantage of the advantages offered by the
fortified hamlets that dotted the Go Noi. The fire
fights became so intense on the island it was labeled "Dodge
Island bell captured
by the 2nd Bn 27th Marines. It was used by VC and
NVA as a signaling device.
Most Americans who fought on Go Noi Island had
compassion for the local people. I am reminded of PFC
Robert C. Healey, "Alpha" Company, 1st Bn 27th Marines
Vietnam 1968, under machine gun fire attempted to resuce
a vietamese baby and was killed in the attempt. Such
couragae and compassion never makes the news. The Marines had
specific operations to resettle refugees and food
Click Here... However, the war had tragic
consequences for the local people of Go Noi Island,
somehting far removed from any political view.