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 City."