08 April
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1967…NMCB-7 begins three weeks of infantry training at Camp LeJeune
…NMCB-71 Main Body, consisting of 16 officers and 684 enlisted men airlifted on nine C-141 aircraft to Camp Shields, Chu Lai from CBC Davisville, relieving NMCB-40. The movement was completed by 12 April 1967.
…NMCB-5’s Dong Ha detail completed the upgrading of the Dong Ha runway.

1968…The Siege at Khe Sanh ended as the overland relief effort named Operation Pegasus broke thru to end the Seige. The defense of Khe Sanh was code named Operation Scotland and the aerial bombardment campaign to support the base was code named Operation Niagra.
2,097 were killed at Khe Sanh-427 Army, 1391 Marines, 57 navy, 42 Air Force, and 175 Civilians
... NMCB-71 Detail Charlie 2, consisting of 1 officer and 61 enlisted men, deployed via convoy to Tam Ky.
…NMCB-4 Charlie Company personnel at Red Beach also built two 40’ x 100’ two-story barracks and an administration building for the First Marine Air Wing in Da Nang. Because of the scarcity of scaffolding, it was necessary for the men to pre-assemble the walls and then raise them as a finished unit.

1969…Song Nong Bridge reopening ceremony was attended by LTGEN Stillwell, USA, CG, XXIV Corps; MGEN Troung, ARVN 1st ARVN Infantry Division; COL Thanh, Thuythien Province Chief. The following NMCB-121 personnel were decorated with Vistnamese Gallantry Crosses’ for work on the Nam Hoa and Ammi Bridges:
LCDR Davis, LCDR Purinton, LT Brodie, BUC Morrow, EOC Mattingly, SWC Frieze, SW2 Laco, SW2 Chesson, BU1 Mays, and EO2 Dunkerson.
…NMCB-3’s Detail Victor returned to CONUS via military aircraft.

1970…MCB-10 Detail Oscar departed Camp Wilkinson for Thuan An to commence work at the Vietnamese Naval Base.

1971…CAPT A.W. Walton, Jr., of NAVFAC, visited the Construction Battalion Center at Bien Hoa and toured facilities.


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