19 April IP: 220.127.116.11 Posted on April 19, 2017 at 02:06:39 PM by Terry
1967…NMCB-58 began a 100’ x 300’ soil-cement helipad and access road for 1st MARDIV. The soil-cement operation undertaken for this project specifically omitted the use of a ########y roller because of the high water table of the surrounding rice paddies. A satisfactory helipad was provided by the use of a rubber tired roller.
…In the early part of April 1967 Seabee Team 1108 deployed to southern Vietnam in Binh Duong Province. Together with the aid of the Lai Thieu Popular Forces, Seabee Team 1108 carried on a program of both aid and pacification. Some of the projects that were outstanding during the deployment were the Binh Duong Hospital electrical and plumbing installation, the widening of an irrigation canal for local villagers, several miles of road repair work, and the erection of a 3000 gallon water tank. Medical assistance was given to surrounding population through the efforts of the Team Corpsman. Work slowed with the coming of the monsoon season but team spirit remained high. Seabee Team 1108 returned from detachment on 10 October after being relieved by Seabee Team 4001.
…NMCB-4’s detail at Con Thien completed the earthen runway.
1968…The first of three NMCB-11 Advance Party flights arrived at Quang Tri with the last arriving on 22 April.
1969… NMCB-128 held a Change of Command Ceremony where CDR J.J. Gawarkiewicz relieved CDR D.W. Wittschiebe, as Commanding Officer. Distinguished guests included MGEN W.K. Jones, CG 3rd MARDIV; MGEN C.I. Quilter, Wing Commander 1st MAW; RADM J.G. Dillon, COM3NCB; CAPT J.E. Powell, COM30NCR; and CAPT A.W. Walton, COM32NCR.
…RADM J.G. Dillon, CEC, USN, COM3NCB; CAPT A.W. Walton, Jr., CEC, USN, COM32NCR; and members of the 3NCB Staff conducted an Arrival Conference with the officers and CPO’s on NMCB-62.
…The first NMCB-12 Main Body flight departed Da Nang for return to CONUS. The movement consisted of one (1) aircraft to Boston, MA.; one (1) aircraft to Brunswick, ME.; one (1) aircraft to Quonset Point, RI with an intermediate stop at Boston; and three (3) aircraft to Gulfport, MS. The movement was completed on 25 April 1969.
1971…NMCB-5’s Detail Mustang, consisting of 1 Officer and 81 Enlisted men, deployed to Ca Mau (WR 1713), to relieve NMCB-3’s Detail Borealis in the construction of an intermediate level support ACTOV base. The Detail was tasked with the construction of a 500-man Vietnamese Navy Intermediate Level Support Base at Ca Mau. Included were berthing, messing, administration, storage, medical, and boat repair facilities as well as utilities distribution systems and perimeter lighting and fencing.
…NMCB-3 Delay Party departed Camp Haskins South for Camp Ten Sha, Da Nang, to complete the retrograding of equipment.
…On 19 April SW3 Kenneth M. Hatcher, of Team 03-19 near Xuan Loc, Long Khanh Province, died of burns and injuries suffered in an airplane crash the day before. The cause of the crash of the light observation plane was still under investigation at month’s end. Remains were taken to the Tan Son Nhut Morgue for further transfer to CONUS.