23 April IP: 18.104.22.168 Posted on April 23, 2017 at 11:13:53 AM by Terry
1967…Team 0307 closed out its site at Dran, Tuyen Duc Province.
1968… During NMCB-5’s ’67-’68 deployment, the Battalion spent a significant amount of effort improving facilities for the 3rd Marine Division at both Dong Ha and Quang Tri Combat Bases. Improvements to the cantonments included 210-16’x32 wood frame, tin roofed SEA huts, 57 4-hole heads, 6 company size showers, 3 500-man galleys, plus water and power distribution to these facilities. Certain electrical and plumbing materials were difficult to obtain and caused delays in the completion of several of the galleys and showers.
Several methods of constructing 16’x32’ SEA huts were employed during the deployment. At first the hut components were only precut in the shops and assembled in the field. However, due to the increasing demand for these huts it became necessary to prefab many of the compenents in the shop.
NMCB-5’s Delta Company chose to prefab only endwalls and roof trusses and to precut studs, joists, and blocking. Charlie Company chose to prefab not only yje endwalls and trusses but also the decks and sidewalls. Neither method proved to be superior to the other as usually the time required to load, transport, and unload the fully prefabbed units from the shop to the field would offset the faster field erection time.
At one time during the deployment, to meet a requirement by 3rd MARDIV, it became necessary to construct 60 SEA huts in a two week period. During this time, hut production reached a peak with 60 huts produced with an expenditure of 832 mandays, an average of 13.9 mandays per hut.
All appliances placed in the 500-man galleys were supplied by the Marine unit for which the galley was being constructed. No two galleys constructed contained the same equipment which usually led to problems of having to add additional electrical or plumbing service to handle extra allpiances, or in some cases, having the services in place bu no appliances top be connected.
Corrugated sheet metal shipped to Dong ha came from three different manufacturers each manufacturer producing corrugations of a different size. This often led to the problem of trying to mate two sheets of metal with different size corrugations.
Water and power distribution systems presented other problems. Generators, which were customer furnished, were never of adequate size to furnish the power required by the system which was installed. This problem could be rectified only by the acquisition of additional generators of sufficient capacity or by the installation of a central MUSE system on the Combat Base.
Capacity and reliability of wells were the chief problem with water distribution systems. Of the four wells drilled on the Combat Base, one produced 15gpm, one 12gpm one produced 6 gpm for about one month and then went dry, and one never produced at all. All of these wells were from 180’ to 200’ in depth.
…CDR W.L. Wilson, CEC, USN, of COMCBPAC Staff, arrived at NMCB-10’s Quang Tri camp for a management Inspection.
…Radm Heaman, COMCBPAC, visited CBMU-302 facilities
1969…The Commanding Officer, Operations Officer, Supply Officer, Alpha Company Commander, and Supply Chief of NMCB-11 arrived for a predeployment visit.
…MCB-10 Detail Foxtrot returned to base camp from Bridge 5, Hue.
1970…CAPT J.E. Washburn, CEC, USN, COM32NCR, visited NMCB-7 at Camp Shields.
…The Vietnamese Deputy Director of Air Bases visited the MCB-10 Phu Bai Airfield re-paving project.
1971…NMCB-3 completes it’s fifth and final deployment to RVN becoming the last MCB to occupy Camp Haskins South which was first occupied by NMCB-58 in November of 1966