23 June IP: 188.8.131.52 Posted on June 23, 2016 at 11:50:44 AM by Terry
1967…NMCB-1’s construction detail consisting of 1 officer and 63 enlisted men at Dong Tam completed its project and rejoined the Battalion. The Detail, formed and deployed on 26 May, mounted out by C-130 aircraft to the My THo area of the Mekong Delta to construct a cantonment facility for the River Boat Squadron operating out of the newly constructed Dong Tam River Basin.
Originally the scope of the project called for one 500-man galley, twenty four 16’x44’ tin roof huts, ten Quonset huts, two 16’x32’ showers and four 4-hole heads. A construction time of 30 days was established as the maximum allowable due to impending arrival of additional troops.
During the progress of the construction it became evident that the project would be completed ahead of schedule; consequently the project scope was increased to include a wood frame generator building and the conversion of twenty-seven strongback tents to tin roof huts. A total of 34,930 square feet of new facilities were constructed and 13,820 square feet of strongback tents were converted within the originally envisioned project time of 30 days.
…Elements of the CBMU-301 Main Body began arriving on 23 June as Ens. M.J. Kux and the An Hoa Detail arrived in Da Nang. The second and third flights, composed of Alpha and Charlie Companys, arrived in Dong ha on the 25th of June. Bravo Company flew in early the morning of the 26th. And the final flight with Headquarters Company and the Khe Sanh Detail arrived on 27 June thus establishing CBMU-301 in the Republic of Vietnam
1968… NMCB-71 Detail Alpha 2, consisting of 1 CPO and 31 other enlisted men, deployed to Da Nang via Marine aircraft.
…One ARVN 81mm mortar round mistakenly impacted in the NMCB-58 construction site at 3rd Battalion camp of the 2nd ROK Marine Brigade. No damage or casualties.
…CBMU-301 Detail Bravo was relocated from the Khe Sanh Combat Base to Landing Zone Stud (Vandergrift Combat Base)
…NMCB-128 was assigned to Camp Faulkner, which was just north of Marble Mountain. The basic security requirement was to defend the camp from attack, provide 81mm mortar illumination support for the POW Camp, and maintain a close survailence on the open waterways on the west defensive perimeter.
The existing camp defenses consisted of ten timber and sandbag bunkers with search lights, about 60 squad size perimeter fighting holes, perimeter lights, and barbed wire obstacles, encirclingthe camp, consisting of double apron, triple concertina and tanglefoot. Most of the existing defensive perimeter wire was deteriorated on the battalion’s arrival and was restrung. Each of the bunkers and fighting holes were in poor condition and were completely rebuilt and sandbagged.
Aside from rebuilding the perimeter positions, an extensive program was started, and completed, for the reconstruction of all mortar pits in berthing spaces throughout the camp. During the mortar pit renovation program, new ideas were employed for more secure protection from mortar/rocket attacks. The most significant change in mortar pits was the use of culvert pipe that was used as a cover and sandbagged.
Several Condition I drills were held to ensure that the Battalion reacted to an emergency situation. In addition drills were held of the duty sections and mortar crews.
The mortar crews supplied 81mm and 60 mm mortar illumination on request, and was capable of delivering illumination within minutes to two different areas of concentration. NMCB-128 mortar crews provided illumination for the POW Camp, Marine Patrols from Bravo Company of the 1st Marine MP Battalion and the reaction platoon based in the POW camp and NMCB-128’s Security Platoon. During the TET Offensive, the mortar crew fired over 800 rounds of 81mm and 60mm illumination.
Upon arrival, NMCB-128 was under tactical control of the Bravo Company Commander from the 1st Marine MP Battalion. All tactical situations were relayed to the “B” Company for illumination fire missions and patrols requests.
The Battalion Action Program delt with many visits to the Vietnamese village in the immediate area. The Dental Officer, Medical Officer and Chaplain made frequent visits to the hamlets, always accompanied by security personnel to ensure their safety.
The Battalion’s Security Platoon was composed of (1) O-2 Security Officer, (1) E-8 USMC NCO, (3) E-6 SOG’s, (3) E-4 COG’s and (33) E-4 to E-1 personnel who were gate guards, bunker captains and sentries. The NCO, SOG’s and COG’s were considered permanent party while all others were rotated at three week intervals. When rotation time came, 50% of security was released to the companies for replacement. Before the releasing, the new personnel were trained and qualified on all weapons held by the command and stood three days of watches before they would replace any of the departing personnel. This system proved to be effective both in dividing the security requirements among many personnel for military training, and good security with the minimum of disciplinary problems.
The NMCB-128 Security Platoon had scheduled weapons inspections and weapons firing once a week which proved to be one of the outstanding assets during the TET Offensive on the Da Nang TAOR. As reflected by Major Tyson, COMCBPAC, on his inspection tour and by the following excerps of letters to this command:
From:Commanding Officer, 1st Military Police Battalion, Force Logistics Command
“2. During the recent NVA attempt to attack Da Nang, the Trien Mien Ti Bridges and the I Corps Headquarters, maximum effort of Company B and the cooperation of each unit in the area was necessary to block attempted infiltration of Da nang East.
3. The timely illumination support, the alert detection of attempted enemy infiltration and the effective automatic weapons fire delivered from your defensive bunkers contributed immeasurably to the successful prevention of enemy forces infiltrating Da Nang East. Your officers and men can take pride in their outstanding contribution to the successful defense of Da Nang East.”
From: Commanding General, III Marine Amphibious Force
“2. Your effective defensive efforts during the recent enemy ground assault on Da Nang contributed significantly to the protection of vital installations in the Da Nang East area and subsequent defeat of the NVA/VC assault forces.”
From: Commander, Third Naval Construction Brigade:
“2. The Seabees are more noted for their ability to build than to fight, but fighting is part of the Seabee tradition as wel;l. It is heartening to know that when called upon toprovide combat support, you responded in such an exemplary manner”
1969… At 2111 two 107mm rocket rounds impacted in and south of Camp Barnes. No NMCB-62 personnel or equipment casualties were sustained. The Camp remained in Condition Blue until 2210.
…NMCB-11/NMCB-10 BEEP completed.
…NMCB-8’s Detail Whiskey, consisting of 20 enlisted men, deployed from Camp Haskins South to An Hoa via convoy. The Detail was tasked with constructing bunkers.
…CDR C.R. Whipple, CEC, USN, CO NMCB-3 and party arrived for the pre-deployment visit.
…The USO show “Okay Miller Show” performed at NMCB-4’s Camp Adenir. This was one of the best shows to play in Vietnam.
1970… CDR P. Oliver, Jr., CEC, USN, CO NMCB-7 departed Camp Shields on the last Main Body Flight to CBC Davisville.
…The Honorable John H. Chafee, SECNAV, VADM J.H. King, COMNAVFORV, Dr. Robert A. Frosch, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (R&D), and party visited NMCB-5’s Detail Golf at Nam Can.
…a mining accident took place about 20 kilometers south of Da Nang (AT 967 600 and BT 005 566) and resulted in the loss of a dozer respectively with one man medevaced
2005…First female Seabee KIA-CS1 Regina Clark killed in action Iraq