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My Vietnam Experience -Tour 2 Da Nang
Tour #2 & 3 - DaNang, Vietnam.  This was in 1967 - 68.  We worked many projects during this tour through out the Northern territories of South Vietnam.  We provided construction services to the US Marines of the 3rd Marine division. This included KaSahn, Pleikiu, Hill 55, Red Beach, The longest bridge over the Song Thu Bon river (Liberty Bridge) and other points North & West.
Album by Artistic Concepts Photography. Photos by Bob Thickman. 1 - 82 of 82 Total. 3847 Visits.
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Soda break

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The local bazaar - market

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The Medical Staff

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going on liberty

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high bunker under constr

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Hot - You betcha

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Local Transport

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Medcap in Doc Tran

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My truck hit a mine

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Rice Paddies

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Camp Hoover - Hill 327 in back

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Chess game again 2

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Chess game again

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DaNang AB Attack damage

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Runway damage
Here the remains of a F4 Phantom and a C-130 Hercules lie next to each other.

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DaNang July 1967
Here are photographs of some of the damage as a result of the Attack on the DaNang area in July 1967.

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DaNang AB burns

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DaNang AB damage 1

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DaNang AB damage 2

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DaNang AB damage 4

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EM Club DaNang AB 2

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EM Club DaNang AB

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hill 357
Keeping watch while the construction of the listening post bunkers is completed.

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327 LP under constr

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Hill 327 Listening Post

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Happy Valley from 327 LP

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Hill 327 LP Reggie on watch

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Hoover to the left and right

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Lady on watch

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Main Street in the rain

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Marble Mountain 2

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Marble Mountain

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Me at the Air Field

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Me

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Mekong Delta

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Package from home

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R&R time

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Shared the Hooch

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Spector GS fire

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these folks did not exist

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Villiage Medical visits 3

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Tour # 2 - Da Nang 1966-67
Our Main gate sign showing the insignia of my battalion, MCB-4 at Camp Hoover, Da Nang 1966-67.. with visitors!  The kids loved to hang out.. never know when a hunk of chocolate would appear..;o)

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The Watch
Every once in a while, I would draw the "Petty Officer of the watch" detail.

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The warning
A sign we put up around the DaNang area so that the Marines would know that we were setting off explosives at certain times.

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The Tree
The tree.. we never did know what it was, but it was big, strange and pretty.. the roots grew from the branches to the ground for water.

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Transport - a rare thing
My squad and I on liberty in DaNang.  Look Ma.. no armor plating.. in fact NO doors... ;-)

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The new school
This is a school and orphange that we built in DaNang.   The kids were great.. we would all have candy sent from the states for them..

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The new school
Another shot of the school.

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The Main Gate
Our front gate.. and check point.

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The Girls School
A Catholic girls school in DaNang.

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Sunrise - DaNang
1st Marines bunker.. and water tower... at least they turned off the damn perimeter lights.

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Sunrise - DaNang
The sun is still coming up... scariest part of the day.. prime time for charlie to come calling.

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Sunset
Sunset from a bunker.. as the sun goes down over Hill 357... DaNang.

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Village Medivac
We would take doctors, medics and our Vietnamese nurse to villages out in the bush to provide medical treatment.

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Village Medivac
Another view of the Med. visit.

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Rolling Thunder
evidence of operation Rolling Thunder.. all the craters from 2000 pounders dropped from the B-52s.. god knows how many water buffalo hate us now.

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Rains come
When it rained.. it really rained.. weeks on end.. mud, mud and more mud...

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My bunker
My home away from home.. just me, my M-60, and lots of time on my hands...

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Monkey Mountain
That is monkey mountain.. it got its name because of the hundreds of monkeys on the mountain.. and they all were great rock tossers..

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Red Beach Marine AS
The Marine Air Station we just completed at Red Beach, north of DaNang 1967.

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Medivac DUST off
Medivac helicopter.. Huey slick.. evacuating the wounded from the Lok Bon bridge site.  Look in the dust storm, you can make out the chopper..

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Line of defence
First Line of defense in the happy valley.

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incoming mortor fire
Our camp is taking incoming rounds, did not happen often, but it sure woke you up quick..

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Liberty Bridge
Liberty Bridge, the longest wooden bridge in RVN, 2040 feet long over the Song Thu Bon River.

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Liberty Bridge dedication
The dedication of the Liberty Bridge.

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LB pilings
Here pilings are being driven to support the bridge structure.

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Liberty Bridge
Nasty photograph (39 year old photograph), but this shows the bunkers and storage areas spread out on the beach along side the bridge.

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Liberty Bridge Panorama
Here is the bridge, or as much as I could get into three photographs.  heck of an accomplishment with the little in the way of equipment we had to work with.

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Liberty Bridge - under construction
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heading for the beach
Going on liberty in DaNang or off to the beach..

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game time
When there is some time off.. card games, chess games and football were sure to break out.

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Family Junk
Family Junk (which in many cases served as their house off the DaNang Docks).

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Downtown DaNang
Down town DaNang.. 1967.

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DaNang from 357 - 2
The City of DaNang from our listening post position on hill 357.

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Coolie in the paddy
Vietnamese working the rice paddy.

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Buddhist Grave - Hoover behind
A Buddhist Priest grave, approx. 200 years old.. just outside of Camp Hoover.

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Buddhist Temple - Con Thien
A Buddhist Temple just north of Con Thien.

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Bad Guys incoming
Flares lighting up the hill as a AC-130 Spectre gun ship responds to a Viet Cong attack out side of Ka Sahn.

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at the Hooch 2
Me in front of our tent, our mortor trench is to my right.

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AC130 - 357
AC-130 Gun Ship softening up the hill.  Photo is of 20mm shell explosions.

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Homeward Bound 2
Going home.. C-130's with web seats.. and soldiers today complain... BTW.. my parents thought the sandwich in my hand was a bandage.. it gave them a scare.

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Homeward Bound
Flying over Siagon enroute to Japan, then California.. tour #2 is complete.

 
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