29 May

1964…The first Seabee to die in Vietnam- EO1 James C. Dye attached to Naval Support Activity-Saigon

1967…Detail of seventy-six (76) NMCB-11 personnel deployed to Khe Sanh to reconstruct SATS runway and various combat-support projects. They worked around the clock for fifteen days and on 22 June completed the reconstruction of the 3,900-foot SATS runway.

1968…Enemy activity during May did not significantly hamper Seabee construction projects. Although work on road upgrading progressed well during the month, one setback was received during a 29 May rainstorm. The eight inches of rain which poured on Dong Ha and Camp Evans areas caused numerous washouts and erosion damage.
…NMCB-128 set Ground Defense Condition One at Camp Faulkner due to a rocket attack on Da Nang installtions. Security personnel provided coordinates of launching positions to the Sector Fire Coordinator. No NMCB-128 casualties or incoming rounds.
…NMCB-40 Detail Project Clarinet Seaward, consisting of 3 enlisted men, completed their work and returned to Camp Shields.
…NMCB-1’s main Body began deploying via three DC-8 and two C-141 airctaft from CBC Davisville to Camp Hoover, Da Nang. The Main Body movement was complete by 03 June 1968
…NMCB-1 took over operation of Phu Loc Quarry producing 2 ˝ inch minus road run
…NMCB-1 deployed Detail Alpha, consisting of 46 men, via Marine aircraft to NMCB’8’s base camp in support of the Road Augment Program
…MCB-9’s Detail Echo completed construction of essential facilities at Camp DeShurley and turned over the cantonment to NMCB-1.
…MCB-9’s main body consisting of 22 officers and 648 men returned to CONUS 29May68-03Jun68 via three Super DC-3 passenger aircraft and two C-141 cargo/passenger aircraft. All flights terminated at NAS Point Mugu, CA, except for one Super DC-8 aircraft which landed at Los Angelas International Airport.
…The draft of approximately 100 NMCB-9 personnel for NSA Da Nang four weeks prior to the Battalion’s deployment required the reforming of company organizations. In the withdrawing of these personnel, gaps were created in the working/military organizations. These gaps nullified the crew-relationships established in crew and military training. This transfer of personnel also resulted in an unexpected large increase in the normally heavy administrative workload preceding mountout.
The loss of 115 Direct-Procurement Petty Officers (DPPO’s) during March and April 1968 seriously depleted UT and CE crews and resulted in a shortage of experienced BU, SW, and EO crew leaders. Replacements received were generally well-trained (many being A school graduates), but were fewer in number, lower rated, and lacking in field experience. The consolidation of crews and the introduction of inexperienced men contributed to a decrease in crew effieciency.

1970…CDR Jack Moger, Commanding Officer NMCB-121, visited Seabee Team 12103 at Go Cong and Team 12104 at rach Goi.
…NMCB-121 Detail Delta, consisting of 10 men, deployed to CAG-2 Hoi An.

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