The purpose of this page is for Red Warriors and families to locate LZs and FSBs that they may identify with. We do not attempt to identify other unit locations. This is strictly an attempt to show 1/12th LZ and Fire Support Base locations. We will also identify some major fire fight locations within the Areas of Operation in which Red Warrior units were involved. You will be able to open and zoom into features of the map. If you wish a copy of one of the maps, follow the instructions below on "How to Download a map You Want"
NOTE: We've made every attempt to be accurate as possible, but inaccuracies will occur due to conflicting or unknown grid coordinates. We keep adding LZ's as they become known. If you can you can contribute information this page, please Email: JIM We know we are missing data from the BanMe Thuot area. If you have information as to LZ/s in the south, please inform us. All of these full sized maps are available on a single CD, with Firebases and LZs identified. See the PX.
Like all maps, the top of the map is north. Each grid square represents 1000 meters in width and height.. On each map there are 2 digit numbers going left to right, and another 2 digit set numbering bottom to top. The maps segment example below displays 16 through 23 west to east. Notice how the horizontal numbers increase in size moving left (West) to right (East) on the map. Again, the distance between each number is 1000 meters. The vertical numbers increase bottom (south) to top (north) on the map. In our example 78 to 80. Map Sections increase in size until they reach 99, where they recycle back to 00, and the numbers again begin to increase from 00 to the next 99.
Grid coordinates are always shown in 6 digit groups. More detailed map coordinates could contain 8, but most common are in 6 digit groups and this is how our map pages are represented in 6 digit coordinates. The first two numbers in a coordinate are the west to east numbers on the map. The third digit is in 10ths of the 1000 meters, or 100 meters. Likewise the 4th and 5th digit of a map coordinate are the major south to north numbers. The 6th digit is 10ths of 1000 meters. For the 10ths digit, we imagine the grid in 10ths, and then eyeball the location.
Thus, for example; the coordinate below for LZ Nicole is 172-783. First find the horizontal number 17 on the west to east grid. Find 17, then continue to point 2 (.2) or 200 meters to the right of 17. This now becomes your 172 mark. Then vertically go up to 78, add .3, or 300 meters on the grid. Now see where they intersect. The point where the north/south east/west intersect is the coordinate for 172-783.
The simple rule is first determine your left to right point on the map, then vertically to the last three coordinate numbers. Where those two imaginary lines meet is the coordinate. LZ Nichole, in the example below, is at coordinate 172-783 and LZ Carmen is at coordinate 181-775
Simply stated, Map Sheets are large and contain a single Sheet number, such as Sheet 6537. A Map Section is 1/4th of a sheet. There are four sections to a Sheet. Most maps in the field were in Sections since they were smaller and easier to handle, where as in the battalion CP they would use large Sheet maps to hang on a wall. Map Sections are numbered I,II,III, and IV. Map Sections are named with the Sheet number, followed by a section number of I, II, III, or IV. Section numbers start in the upper right of the Sheet, and move clockwise. Thus Map Sections 6537-I is the upper right quadrant of Sheet 6537. Section 6537-II is below 6537-I. Section 6537-III is in the lower left quadrant. Section IV is in the upper left Quadrant. (See example below)
Like Grid coordinates, Map Sheets numbers increase moving left to right (west to east). Thus to the right of Map Sheet 6537 is 6637. To the right of that Sheet is Sheet 6737, and so on. Note the 37 (the last two digits) remains the same. Similarly Map Sheets moving bottom to top (south to north), the last two numbers of the sheet increase. Thus with Map Sheet 6537, the map sheet above it is Sheet 6538. South of Map Sheet 6537 is 6536. (See example below)