25 February IP: 22.214.171.124 Posted on February 25, 2017 at 03:22:27 PM by Terry
1967…An Hoa runway came under mortar fire. There were no NMCB-4 casualties, but the runway and staged matting were damaged.
1968…The “Ghost Patrol” Khe Sanh… A patrol of two squads from 3rd Platoon 1/26 led by Lt. Don Jacques left the Khe Sanh Combat Base at 08:00 on 25 February 1968. The patrol was caught in an ambush as they entered the tree line outside the base. Casualties were 9 dead, 10 seriously wounded, and 19 missing.
…NMCB-58 turned over to NMCB-53 a project at the Package POL area (L7014 6641 III; AT988722) consisting of the construction of a concrete bunker command post.
…NMCB-128 set Ground Defense Condition One at Camp Faulkner due to a rocket attack on the Marble Mountain Air Facility. No NMCB-128 casualties or incoming rounds.
…Six artillery attacks on Dong Ha
…During February the tactical situation prohibited MCB-8 from working on Route #1, Col Co Road, and the Hue by-pass. As a result, MCB-8 redirected their horizontal effort to the completion of three pads in the Force Logistic Service Group ASP area; the upgrading of 30,000 square yards of new taxiway for the Phu Bai airstrip; the grading and completion of the Tan My temporary LST facility; and the preparation of numerous pads for future vertical construction. MCB-8’s vertical efforts during the month included the erection of two 3,000-barrel fuel tanks at Phu Bai.
…In the hospitals, especially during February, it seemed the chaplains were omnipresent as the wounded were brought in from the field. Two new wards were opened in February at the Naval Support Activity Da Nang Station Hospital and the following remarks by Chaplain Robert M. Harrington, best illustrate the situation as it was:
“February 1968 was the busiest month in the two-year history of NSA Hospital, Da Nang, RVN. The bed capacity now is 597 beds, two new wards having opened this month. Two thousand one hundred and seventy five patients were admitted. During the peak days the walking wounded and the Vietnamese nationals were not counted, simply put in the holding barracks until evacuation facilities could be found for them. Some times the helicopters had to hold over the landing pad, waiting their turn to unload the wounded”
Chaplain Marion McCoy reflected:
“Sleep became a commodity that one thought of often but found only in naps of an hour or two during brief lulls while waiting for more casualties to arrive. I even learned on a couple occasions that it is possible to get a quick nap on a canvas stretcher tucked away in a quiet corner, though I would not recommend this as a permanent arrangement…Each patient was seen by Chaplain Harrington and myself as they came into the hospital for treatment as well as being visited on the wards by the chaplains if they remained as patients. One of the bright spots each week is the visits that the many field chaplains make to the men of their command who are hospitalized. I never cease to be impressed by the devotion of our many chaplains who regularly visit the sick and wounded. The men deeply appreciate and look forward to these visits”.
1969…LT Gothband, SC, USN, 31NCR Logistics Officer, conducted NMCB-121’s Annual Supply Inspection.
…Fourteen ARVN Engineers began training at Camp Wilkinson under NMCB-121.
…CDR L.J. Green, CEC, USN, 30NCR Chief Staff Officer, arrived at Camp Shields in preparation of the COM3NCB and COM30NCR visit the following day.
…At 0600 an incoming 140mm rocket landed in Camp Hoover. There were no personnel casualties and material was damaged by fire from the rocker impact.
…NMCB-5 set Condition III during the workday going to Condition II at 1845 until 0700 26 February 1969 when Condition III was again established.
1970…RADM J.G. Dillon, CEC, USN, COM3NCB and CAPT J.E. Washburn, CEC, USN, COM32NCR, attended an awards ceremony at Camp Shields at which seven NMCB-7 Seabees were decorated.
1971…HM1 Dennis A. Davison, San Antonio, TX (MCB-10/Seabee Team 10-20) Phu Vinh