05 July IP: 188.8.131.52 Posted on July 5, 2017 at 11:33:20 AM by Terry
1966…NMCB-6 held a Change of Command Ceremony with CDR J.C. Day, Jr., CEC, USN, relieving LCDR H.A. Tombari. CEC, USN.
1967…Three artillery attacks at Dong Ha
1968…NMCB-128 officers hosted customer and supporting activities at a ####tail party held in the Officers Club. Honored guests included:
Radm J.V. Bartlett, CEC, USN, COM3NCB; BGEN H.C. Olson, USMC, CG Force Logistics Command; BGEN Yound, USA, CG Da Nang Support Command; and CAPT J.R. Fisher, CEC, USN, COM30NCR.
…NMCB-58 was in Condition I Alert for approximately one hour due to an enemy rocket attack on near-by Camp Brooks, Headquarters of FLC.
…New Seabee camp (Camp Rhodes-NMCB-11) was inspected by representatives of 3rd MARDIV, 3rd MAF, 3rd NCB, and COM32NCR
1969…The Cam Lo Bridge is completed by NMCB-62. A 486-foot experimental design with no diagonal bracing between the steel columns that had the look of a series of steel tables set end to end
…NMCB-62 Detail Dolphin and Detail Hammerhead (Cam Lo Bridge) rejoined the Battalion at Camp Barnes
1970…Naval Construction Action Team (NAVCAT) 16’s Block Plant marked the production of it’s one millionth concrete block, a construction material which was a vital factor in the Vietnamization Program.
Concrete block produced by the team, a unit of CBMU-302 was the mainstay of local Vietnamese construction projects throughout Military Regions 1,2,3,and 4 in the Republic. Tons of block were transported north and south by air, land, and water to where CBMU-302 Seabees had construction sites.
Warrant Officer Elmer L. McDuffee was the officer in charge of NAVCAT’ 16’s plant at the naval air facility about 10 miles north of the base camp at Cam Tanh Bay. He was assisted by Chief Machinery Repairman Gerald Katzensyein.
“Making block may not sound very interesting,” McDuffee said. “Portions of sand, aggregate, cement, and whatever crude machine you can devise will yield a block. But when the demand is greater than the supply, as was the situation in 1971, bock had to be produced in mass.”
The plant was set up in December 1969, and within 30 days it started full operation. The huge block machine had an overall output of 540 blocks per hour.
An ordinary block measures 16” x 3” x 6” or 16” x 8” x 8” and weighs approximately 31 pounds.
The crew was aided by 25 Vietnamese women. An average or 6000 blocks a day meant mixing 8 cubic feet of sand, eight cubic feet of aggregate, and four bags of cement. That mixture yielded 90 blocks.
Sand is the only material that is free in this operation, since there is plenty at Can Ranh Bay,” said MsDuffee.
Cement was paid for by the government and the Seabees bought the aggregate from the largest civilian construction company in Vietnam.
“We use approximately 200 tons of aggregate a weel,” said McDuffee.
Working at the plant were 13 Seabee-type ratings, assisted by 31 seamen, airmen, and firemen from the fleet units. The block plant was in operation 24 hours a day.
“We’ve proved our worth and so did the machine in June of 1970, when the demand was at its peak. The plant was able to produce 145,800 blocks during that month, breaking the all-time record.