14 December
IP: 71.47.136.74

1966… NMCB-58 completed Building #99 at Camp Books, Red Beach, Da Nang. The project, which had been begun on 13 July 1966, consisted of constructing an open shed storage building of 50,400 sq. ft. The main highlight of this project was its size. The structure consisted of three inter- connected sections 70’ x 240’ of bolted wood trusses. The trusses had been partially fabricated and the pad in place when NMCB-58 took over the project. A total of 1,100 ½” diameter bolts were required with a major delay encountered in acquiring that quantity of bolts. The facility was completed without accident during the height of the monsoon season.

1967… LCDR Ahrens, NMCB-121 Executive Officer, departed the Battalion for duty in Hawaii. LCDR Purington reported onboard as the new NMCB-121 Operations Officer. LCDR Harwell took over as Executive Officer.
…CAPT C.W. Turner, COM30NCR and CAPT H.H. Loeffler, Director Construction Northern I Corps, visited NMCB-40 at Camp Shields.
…NMCB-5’s Detail Foxtrot came under enemy fire while deployed at site A-3 (Con Thien). The resultant enemy action resulted in one KIA, Roger E. Huestis, BUHCN, B11 19 72 and one WIA, William D. Thompson, BUR2, 327 19 71, who later died as a result of wounds received in this action.

1968… Capt J.R. Fisher, COM30NCR and LCDR H.M. Andress visited NMCB-1’s Detail Foxtrot to view the completed bridges #1 and #2 and the work in progress on Bridge #3
…NMCB-12 completed revetment covers and were turned over to the Executive Officer of Marine Air Group 16.

1969…The NMCB-4 Delayed Party returned to CBC Port Hueneme from Camp Adenir, Da Nang.

1970…LCDR E.W. Buckner, CEC, USN, assumed duties as OIC, CBPAC DET RVN (Operational Control of all Seabee Teams in RVN), relieving LCDR R.B. Bell, Jr., CEC, USN.


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