22 October

1966…NMCB-1 constructed a 23,000 square yard addition to the South West parking apron at the Da Nang Air Base (L701 6659 III 175202). The project entailed the demolition of three large frame buildings, relocation of two others, tearing out existing concrete slabs, relocation of drainage ditches, water and sewer lines, site preparation, and grading and construction of a 8” sand cemt base with a 2” hot mix surface. Upon completion of the demolition phase, a high priority interim project was designated for the area which consumed the major portion of the remaining NMCB-1 effort. Completion of the original project was transferred to the relieving battalion.
…NMCB-1 completed a covered storage project for MAG-11 at Da Nang (L701 6659 III 175-200). The project consisted of site preparation and erecting two 40’x100’ rigid frame buildings placed side by sde on a 6” wire mesh reinforced concrete slab.
…Team 0805 closed their site at Tay Ninh, Tay Ninh Province and convoyed to a new site at bao Trai, Hau Hngia Province

1967… NMCB-128 Main Body began arriving at Camp Faulkner, Da Nang East. The entire movement was completed by 26 October 1967 utilizing eight C-141 aircraft.
…RADM J.V. Bartlett, COM3NCB attented NMCB-71 Awards Ceremony at Camp Shields.
…Six daytime artillery attacks on Dong Ha.

1968… RADM Bartlett, CEC, USN, COM3NCB, visited NMCB-121 at Camp Wilkinson and toured project sites.
…NMCB-3’s Commanding Officer visited Seabee Team 0310 at Long Xuyen and Team 0311 at Can Tho returning to base camp on 25 October..
…One artillery attack on Dong Ha
…The first NMCB-4 Main Body flight departed Camp Evans by C-130 aircraft for Da Nang. The first NMCB-4 Main Body flight of 170 men left Da Nang at 0055 on 23 Oct 68 on a United Super DC-8 aircraft for Point Mugu, CA. All Main Body flights left Camp Evans on C-130 or C-123 aircraft for Da Nang, then switched to commercial aircraft for the flight to California. The fifth and final commercial flight left Da Nang at 1905 on 27 Oct 68 and landed at Norton AFB, CA, at 2358 on 27 October. Bus transportation was provided from Norton AFB to CBC Port Hueneme.
…NMCB-3 completed observation towers for 3rd Amtrac Battalion
…Dong Ha Combat Base received a total of 20 rounds of incoming 130mm artillery during the day and early evening. NMCB-7 sustained no casualties or equipment damage, however, other units on the Base incurred 6 KIA, 13 WIA, and damage to several buildings and huts.
…From 12 to 22 October, heavy rains hindered construction in the Phu Bai area, however, despite the weather, NMCB-133 crews continued pouring concrete deck slabs for 250 man mess halls at Camp Eagle. Eight slabs were completed during the period.

1969… Because of NMCB-1’s various details during the ’68-’69 deployment, the Chaplain found himself to be a “circuit riing Chaplain.” Once a week he would fly. Either by fixed wing aircraft or by helicopter, to the battalion’s quarry detail which was located approximately 10 miles south of Phu Bai. This weekly visit was an overnight trip, usually going up on Monady, conducting services that night, then returning to base camp on Tuesday.
…At 0346 Dong Ha Combat Base received one unknown size rocket. No damage or casualties were sustained in Camp Barnes which remained in Condition Blue until 0415.
…CDR C.A. Merica, CEC, USN, CEC Detailer, visited NMCB-53 giving the officers a presentation illustrating the career patterns of the CEC officer.
…NMCB-7’s Detail India, consisting of 10 Enlisted men deployed to Duc Pho (UH-1 Hanger).
…NMCB-7’s Detail Hotel, consisting of 10 Enlisted men, deployed to LZ Baldy.

1970… CBC Bien Hoa was officially turned over by NMCB-5 to NMCB-74. CDR J.D. Kirkpatrick, CEC, USN, Commanding Officer NMCB-74, relieved CDR R.A. Schade, CEC, USN, Commanding Officer NMCB-5 of command of CBC, Bien Hoa.
…CDR W.M. Zobel, COM3NCB REP Daigon, visited NMCB-74 Detail Charlie Site.

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