20 May

1966…NMCB-8’s Main Body began departing Da Nang for CBC Port Hueneme. The last of 5 flights arrived at Poit Mugu, Ca on 24 May 1966. Personnel on the first 3 flights were transported to the Da Nang Airfield by helicopter from MAG 16 because of road blockages caused by civil strife in the City of Da Nang. NMCB-8 pioneered the use of Vietnamese laborers by Seabees in the Da Nang area. The workers did an excellent job and greatly expanded the Battalion’s productive effort. The Vietnamese were trained in steel tank erection, Butler and Quonset Hut construction, road repair, and concrete work. One important consideration in working Vietnamese personnel was to insure that they were adequately supervised. Productive effort was lost if a supervisor was not constantly available to direct their efforts.
…The NMCB-6 Main Body, consisting of 18 Officers and 470 Enlisted men began arriving at Da Nang. The movement was completed by 25 May 1966.

1967…One nighttime mortar attack on Dong Ha.

1968…NMCB-58’s Nam Hoa Quarry received 30 rounds of mixed mortar and artillery fire. There were no casualties but one Worthington compressor was completely destroyed. Another Worthington compressor and a Euclid rock dump were slightly damaged.
…The third increment of NMCB-40 Detail Golf, consisting of 22 enlisted men deployed to Cam Lo.
…CAPT J.R. Fisher, COM30NCR; CDR C.M. Howe, Prospective Chief of Staff, 3NCB; and CDR R.D. Coughlin, Commanding Officer NMCB-71 visited NMCB-40 at Camp Shields.
…At 0035 Gia Le Combat Base was brought under rocket and ground attack. Camp Wilkinson received several B-40 rounds and small arms fire. There were no NMCB-8 casualties and only very minor damage to NMCB-8 equipment. Approximately 35 of the enemy were killed.
…At 0510, Camp Evans received 7 rounds od 122mm rockets. No rounds landed in the Seabee area and no NMCB-4 personnel were injured.

1969…NMCB-133 Advance Party of 6 officers and 117 enlisted men deployed from CBC Gulfport to Camp Wilkinson, Gia Le Combat Base vis two C-141 aircraft.
…CAPT J.E. Powell, CEC, USN, COM30NCR, visited NMCB-58 at Camp Shields, Detail Golf at Duc Pho, and Detail Foxtrot at Song Tra Bridge to observe construction progress.
…NMCB-8 commenced rebuilding the Freedom Hill Exchange damaged by the ASP-1 explosion.

1970…An NMCB-62 5 ton cargo truck detonated a mine on Route LTL-4 sustaining minor equipment damage and required the MEDEVAC of one Seabee.

1971…Seabee Team 0318 members took cover during a fire fight between PF security forces and a Viet Cong patrol near a team project site in Kien Hoa Province. No casualties or equipment damage.

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