09 April

1966…The NMCB-1 Rear Echelon was transported to Red Beach One, Da Nang, on three C-130 aircraft, the last of which arrived at Da Nang on 09 April, 1966

1967…NMCB-58 turned over to NMCB-74 the 1st FSR Water System at 1st FSR, Red Beach, Da Nang on 05 June 1967.(l701, 6659III; 945801) . The project, begun on 09 April 1967, consisted installing 1 well point arrayed at eigth well points, however, the location proved unproductive and the well point system was removed to be re-installed at the direction of OICC design. At the time of turnover the project was 91% complete
…NMCB-133 deployed 50 men under LTJG Williams to Saigon to perform well drilling operations at various locations.
…An NMCB-4 detail departed Dong Ha by convoy for Con Thien.

1968…Quang Tri Combat Base received five 122mm rocket rounds. No rounds impacted in the NMCB-10 area.
…CAPT J.M. Hill, CEC, USN, COM32NCR arrived on a Management Inspection of NMCB-10.
…Men and material moved about in Vietnam in three ways-through the air, on water, or over land by convoy. Travel by convoy provided security and enabled large quantities of material to arrive together, ready to function immediately. It was a means of transportation which was frequently used in Vietnam. On one such convoy, Seabees from NMCB-4 joined an Army and Marine convoy which was two miles long, traveling north from Da Nang to Dong Ha. They were moving a well-digging crew, its equipment, and a ditching machine to the Navy Seabee forward combat base at Dong ha. The equipment was to be used to provide potable water and improved sanitation facilities for troups stationed near the DMZ. The two-day journey along Vietnam’s main thoroughfare, National Route #1, covered over 100 miles. The first day’s travel was from Da Nang to Phu Bai, a distance of about 58 miles. During this part of the journey the convoy passed through the mountainous Hai Van Pass north of Da Nang.
The pass is the highest point that Route #1 crossed between Da Nang and Dong Ha. It is also the most difficult point to defend owing to the terrain. As the 200 trucks approached the pass, tension increased. A convoy had been ambushed there less than a week before. The tree-covered cliffs above the narrow winding road provided excellent cover for snipers. The narrow bridges were other dangerous hazards. The long, bulky semitrailers had to go slowly over bridges, forcing the main body to stop frequently to allow them to catch up. It was imperative that the trucks stay together or they would become too easy a target.
After leaving the mountains the convoy moved through farming country, twice passing Seabee units working on the road which was damaged during the Tet offensive. As the convoy drew close to Phu Bai, damage to the civilian populace became evident. It’s easy to identify houses that once belonged to pro-western Vietnamese-for they are the ones destroyed. At Phu Bai the convoy divides. The Seabee vehicles go on to the NMCB-8 base camp. The Marine and Army units go to their respective area camps. The next morning the convoy reforms early and begins its journey through the ravaged city of Hue and on northward through desolate farming country. By nightfall the convoy reaches Dong Ha, 12 miles south of the DMZ. Here the convoy again divides and the units go to their various campsites. The journey is over. (All Hands July 1968)

1969…MGEN R.C. Davis, CG, 3rd MARDIV, laid the cornerstone for the 3rd MARDIV Children’s Hospital for which NMCB-128 provided construction assistance.
…CAPT Howe, CEC, USN, Chief of Staff, 3NCB, visited NMCB-121 at Camp Wilkinson.
…NMCB-62 Detail Sea Robin, consisting of 9 Delta Company personnel, deployed to Dual Blade Site C-1, to construct gunpads.
…NMCB-62 Detail Sailfish, consisting of 7 Construction Electricians from Bravo Company, deployed to Cua Viet to complete an electrical distribution system at the 1st AMTRAC Battalion camp.
…CDR C.J. Mathews, CEC, USN, Commanding Officer, NMCB-58, departed Camp Shields for a 6 day visit to Detail Hotel in the Delta region via a one-day CO’s conference at 30NCR.
…NMCB-58 Detail Hotel, consisting of 1 officer and 35 enlisted men, deployed to classified locations in the Delta Region to conduct riverbank clearing.
…The NMCB-3 Delay Party returned to CONUS via military aircraft.
…Mortar attack on An Hoa

1971…NMCB-5’s Detail Palomino, consisting of 2 Enlisted men, was tasked with direct support of Detail Maverick at Mui Dinh including the procurement and delivery of food, beverages, ammunition, main, and supplies as well as the arrangement of helicopter flights from Phan Rang to Mui Dinh for visitors.
…NMCB-5’s Detail Maverick, consisting of 1 Officer and 35 Enlisted men, deployed to Mui Dinh (BN 8356), relieving NMCB-74’s Detail Juliett, to continue construction of the 50-man ACTOV Radar facility and cantonment, including the rehabilitation of two existing masonry structures at the site of an abandoned French lighthouse at Mui Dinh, a 225 meter hill 20 miles south of Phan Rang. Also included were the installation of utilities and the pioneering and construction of a 1 mile, double bituminous surface treated road from a cove on the South China Sea to the ACTOV site. Detail Maverick received logistic support and transportation ervices from NMCB-5’s Detail Palomino, based at Phan Rang.

1972…Seabee Team 7411 evacuated their compound due to a threat of enemy ground attack. They relocated to the MACV compound at Tan An, Long An Province. The Team returned to the compound during daylight hours of the 10th and 11th to remove equipment and material prior to closing the site on 12 April 1972.

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