In February 1968 Colone’s unit, A Company, was in the city of Phan Thiet, the regional capital of Binh Thuan province. A coastal city on the China Sea, Phan Thiet is about 100 miles east of Saigon and was one of the locations targeted by the Viet Cong during the Tet Offensive.
In fact, Phan Thiet saw some of the fiercest fighting in any part of South Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. On February 18th, the Viet Cong had attacked and overwhelmed a South Vietnamese army post, overrun a jail and freed 500 prisoners. The nearby Province Chiefs Headquarters was ferociously attacked but successfully defended by soldiers of the Screaming Eagles.