27 April

1965…On 27 April Rear Admiral Kenneth L. Veth, USN, relieved Rear Admiral Ward and assumed the duties of Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
1966…Gen Lewis W. Walt, USMC, CG III MAF, commended: “The achievements of 30th NCR are to be envied by all, whether in the construction field or on the field of battle, men in your command have displayed ingenuity and resourcefulness beyond all expectation in coping with highly technical and extremely difficult engineering problems. “
…NMCB-11’s A Company was building the road on Monkey Mountain for various commands occupying that stragic site. The 1st Platoon under EOC Wilson was providing transportation to and from work sites. The 2nd Platoon under EOC Knowles and EOC Tarter was working on a Helicopter Pad for NSA Hospital. The 3rd Platoon under EOC Bishop was responsible for upkeep and maintenance of all Battalion equipment.

1967…NMCB-58 completed well drilling, begun on 21 January 1967, at several locations in the Da Nang Air base vicinity. One for the Transient Center, one for the 2/3 Marines, one for the 2/12 Marines, and one at the hanger area of MAG-11.
…CAPT H.J. Johnson, CEC, USN, Deputy Commander Pacific Division, NAVFACENGCOM; CAPT A.R. Marschall, CEC, USN, COM30NCR; CAPT B.W. Vanleer, CEC, USN, Assistant Commander for Military Readiness, NAVFACENGCOM; and CAPT C.J. Baker, CEC, USN, Ceputy Commander 3NCB, visited NMCB-133 at Camp Faulkner.
…LTJG Larry Lord, CEC, USNR and NMCB-58 Drill Team participated in Change of Command Ceremonies in Saigon, for RADM Kenneth L Veth, USN relieving RADM Norvell G. ward, USN, as Commander Naval Forces, Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
…The first concrete block made by Seabees in Vietnam was produced by NMCB-5 at the East Da Nang Block Plant.
…Seabee Team 0308 arrived in Saigon in April 1967. On 27 April the Team left Saigon and convoyed to it’s deployment site at Thu Duc Village, Gia Dinh Province. Here the Team established a construction apprentice training program for the education od Hoi Chanh graduates who desired to learn construction skills. The least trainees under the instruction of the Team at one time was 14 and the most was over 100. The team’s accomplishments were many and varied. They designed and built their own compound, built two brisges, one box culvert, and a 1400-gallon water storage tank. They also created a dispensary for Tang Nhan Phu village which grew quite popular. Unfortunately it was destroyed by the Viet Cong shortly after the Team left the area. The most important thing the Seabee Team did was to build a desire in the Vietnamese people to better their own environment. Team 0308 left Thu Duc in October 1967 after being relieved on site by another Team.

1968…NMCB-10 went on Red Alert from 1105 hours until 1145 hours as a result of 11 incoming rounds into the southern are of the Quang Tri Combat Base.
…An NMCB-4 MRS detonated a mine 3 miles south of Camp Evans on Route 1. The right wheel assembly of the MRS was damaged. No personnel were injured.

1969…An explosion at ASP-1 Danang caused 90% of Camp Hoover (NMCB-5) to be destroyed. After twelve hours of continuous explosions, the men of NMCB-5 crawled from their holes shaken but ready to clean-up and re-build.
…NMCB-4 was called upon to provide a fire-fighting detail to NMCB-5 as a result of the ASP-1 fire and resulting explosions.
…CAPT W.H. Sturman, CEC, USN, COM3NCB REP Saigon and CAPT T.C. Williams, CEC, USN, CINCPACFLT Staff visited NMCB-58 at Camp Shields at Chu Lai to observe progress on major construction projects.
…NMCB-4’s Detail Foxtrot was dispatched to Dien Ban to continue construction support to the Republic of Korea Force located in that area.

1970… NMCB-62 personnel received sniper fire enroute to the Bau Nit Dam project site. Negligible equipment damage and no personnel injuries resulted.
…NMCB-62 Detail Decatur, consisting of 11 Alpha Company personnel, deployed to Hoi An to upgrade the ROK Marine main service road.

1971…A bulldozer, operated by Seabee Team 0518 in Ba Xuyen, struck and detonated an unknown piece of ordnance resulting in minor injuries to Vietnamese security troops. No Seabee or equipment casualties.
…CBMU-302 Advance Party was deployed from CRB to the new base camp at Bien Hoa
…In the dependant shelter program, 1350 of CBMU-302’s tasked 3,000 dependat shelter units had been completed and turned over by NAVCAT Teams throughout RVN. The dependant shelter projects begun by Seabees of NMCBs 3 and 74, who redeployed to CONUS during the month, at Long Phu, Cho Moi, Nam can, and Chau Doc, remained to be carried on by the Vietnamese units at those ACTOV bases. At Chau Doc NMCB-3, Detail Aquarius nearly completed the 160 dependant shelters assigned before departure. With the great reduction of USN construction forces in RVN, the burden of dependant shelter construction at many sites had fallen on Vietnamese shoulders. However, according to CHNAVADVGRP and CNO VNN, since December 1970, the participation by VNN/VNMC at dependant shelter construction sites had steadily decreased from 110 to a March 1971 low of 34, markedly reducing the dependant shelter construction rate.
…Sharing the Bien Hoa Center with CBMU-302 was the newly arrived NMCB-5, which relieved NMCBs 3 and 74 during April and began work on three projects left by the two departing battalions: ACTOVRAD sites #8 at Mui Dinh and #9 at Nui Ta Kou and ISB Nam Can. The tasking for sonstruction of an ISB at Tan An was cancelled due to forecasted lack of time during the deployment on NMCB-5 and a late start. Other Seabee units remaining in RVN were the 3rd NCB and, temporarily, small delay parties of NMCBs 3 and 74.
…Seabee teams remaining in RVN were 03-18 at Ben Tre and 03-19 in Xuan Loc at work on community projects for USAID. There were also two teams from NMCB-10 deployed in Vietnam, 10-19 in My Tho and 10-20 at Phu Vinh. Seabee Team 10-19 redeployed from Rach Gia to My Tho and relieved 74-07 which redeployed to CONUS.
…Sweep teams found a total of seven mines during the month of April on the Route 341 road under construction at the ACTOVRAD site at Ta Kou. NMCB-5 Detail Bronco personnel detonated the mines in place, causing craters approximately three feet deep and five feet in diameter.
…CBMU-302 completed 130 units of dependant shelters at Thu Duc and the 32nd NCR completed 160, with 40 units complete except for the rear section. The remaining dependant shelter construction work at these sites was to be completed by Vietnamese personnel. The barracks at Cam Ranh Bay vacated by CBMU-302 in its move to Bien Hoa was transferred to the Vietnamese Navy.

1972…The last Seabee Team in-country, Team 0321, departed Vietnam.

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