Gio Linh District
|Gio Linh District|
Huyện Gio Linh
|Region||North Central Coast|
|• Total||183 sq mi (474 km2)|
|Time zone||UTC + 7 (UTC+7)|
The planned Quang Tri Airport will be constructed in this district. As of 2003 the district had a population of 73,702. The district covers an area of 474 km². The district capital lies at Gio Linh. Cồn Tiên is part of Gio Linh.
Gio Linh was the site of the northernmost Allied position during the Vietnam war. It was under the command of the 12th Marine, and the 1967 hill commander was then USMC Major Alfred M. Gray, Jr.. who eventually retired in 1991 as General and Commandant of the USMC. The position was on highway 1 and expanded on an existing 1950-era French fort. The fort was occupied by a company of the Army of Vietnam First Division. The USMC command had a typical unit strength ranging from 200 to 600 men, depending on the believed level of ground assault risk. During the period April 1967 to September 1967 they suffered 28 killed and 200 wounded.
Gio Linh District is divided into nineteen districts: