13 July IP: 22.214.171.124 Posted on July 13, 2016 at 11:09:58 AM by Terry
1967…The Directly Procured Petty Officer (DPPO) program was begun at the Gulfport CBC. By the time the program was ended in February 1991 more than 10,000 Seabees had gone through the program.
… NMCB-4’s EOC G. Tarter was presented the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “v” for performance as POIC An Hoa.
…NMCB-3’s Detail Storm Quebec, consisting of 13 men began developing a rock crusher and quarry site.
…NMCB-4 completed the AF Reventments at Khe Sanh
1968…Seabee Team 5801 rejoined the Battalion from Chau Phu and was disestablished.
…NMCB-53 Detail Charlie One, consisting of 1 officer and 10 enlisted men, deployed to Tra Bong (L7014, SH 6730IV, BS 335895) to construct a timber trestle bridge and tactical operations center for Company “C”, 5th Special Forces Camp.
…During NMCB-62’s clearing of the Da Nang Barrier, in conjunction with the USMC 7th Engineer Battalion, it became apparent that bulldozer operators and the equipment were not sufficiently protected from shrapnel to prevent injury to the operator or damage to the bulldozer from enemy mines or bobby traps. On one occasion, a bulldozer was placed out of commission from relatively minor shrapnel damage to the oil and fuel lines which would have been prevented with anti-shrapnel engine side panels.
The solution was to install ½ inch plate carbon steel anti-shrapnel shields around the bulldozer operator and vulnerable parts of the dozer when working in areas which were known to be mined and bobby-trapped
1969…The Seabee Team 0514 compound at Phu Vinh, Vinh Binh Province, received shrapnel from 105mm artillery rounds when Viet Cong overran the ARVN artillery position and turned the guns on the city
…NMCB-62 Delta Company commenced construction of the 537 foot, 6 span steel bridge at Dong Ha. Estimated completion of the project was 30 November 1969. Note that on Easter Sunday, 1972, then CAPT John Ripley would almost single handedly place explosives and bring the bridge down to stall the NVA Easter Offensive. CAPT Ripley was awarded the Navy Cross for his inititive. The story of CAPT Ripley’s exploits that day is featured in the book “The Bridge at Dong Ha”
…NMCB-1 Advance Party 2nd flight arrived at Camp Campbell
1971… On 13 July, two Seabees of NMCB-5’s Detachment Mustang were injured when an explosive round of some type landed inside the west boundary of ISB Ca Mau. The two injured men, SF3 James J. Schmidt and BM2 B.F. Lee, were injured running for the bunkers. Schmidt suffered a broken leg and was medivaced while Lee’s injuries were minor