14 January

1968… A Team 4001 member was involved in a vehicle accident in Binh Duong Province which resulted in fatal injuries to a Vietnamese male adult.
…An inspection was held of a prototype bunker display constructed and set up in the 3NCB area by NMCB-58. GEN W.C. Westmoreland, COMMACV; LTGEN R.E. Cushman, CG Thiird Marine Amphibious Force; LTGEN Hoang Xuan Lam, CG I Corps and First Tactical Zone; and MGEN R.L. Murray, Deputy Commanding General Third Marine Amphibious Force, were escorted through the bunker area by RADM J.V. Bartlett, COM3NCB. Early in its deployment, NMCB-58 was tasked with the construction of five different types of prototype bunkers. Each bunker was completely different in design, but all were light enough to be airlifted and strong enough to support a three foot layer of sand. As a result of Gen Westmoreland’s inspection and test data provided by the Battalion, two bunkers were selected for mass production. The Battalion expended 662 mandays of direct labor on this project.
…The NMCB-7/NMCB-53 BEEP was completed.
…MCB-9 EONCN H.G. Hodges, USN, was killed and EON3 J.G. Stotko, USN, was wounded as the result of an enemy grenade detonation at approximately 0140 while manning a defensive position at the “Project Beaver” helicopter repair facility project at Red Beach, Da Nang. Stotko was flown by MEDEVAC to the 1st Marine Medical Battalion where he was listed in good condition. Preliminary investigations indicated that Hodges shielded the force of the blast from Stotko while attempting to hurl the enemy grenade from the bunker. Subsequently, The Silver Star Medal was posthumously awarded to Hodges for his heroic actions. These men were part of a 16-man security detail from NMCB-9 charged with manning the perimeter of the project site from 25 Dec 67 to 14 Jan 68.

1969… Seabee Team 0513 convoyed to a new team site four kilometers northwest of Ben Tre, Kien Hoa Province.
…NMCB-5/NMCB-1 completed BEEP in Camp Hoover.
…Seabee Team 0513 departed for Ben Tre.
…The men of NMCB-22 detached at the Vinh Dai Crusher established a new record for a twelve-hour period by producing 2,829 tons of crushed rock.
…Hospital Rehab, Hoi An complete NMCB-22 was the fourth battalion to be assigned this project which included the installation of a new water distribution system, including two water wells with their own chlorination systems, one new water tower with a 100-barrel steel tank, a new sanitary sewer system with three septic tanks each with drain fields, and the rehabilitation of shower, toilet, laundry, and galley facilities in some twelve (12) buildings of the hospital complex.
A detachment of thirteen (13) men, mostly Bravo Company personnel, with support equipment was dispatched to Hoi An in mid-August (1968). Plagued by continuing hostile militarysituation and periods of extreme inclement weather and flooding conditions, both of which adversely effected local progress and critical logistic support, the detail completed the project after 4 ½ months. Other problems encountered included:
A. limited berthing and material storage facilities which restricted the size of the detachment and increased importance of timely logistic support.
B. Difficulty of completing the water wells due to unusual sandy subsoil conditions, unavailability of deep well pumps, incapability of pump electrical requirements and existing service and unavailability of step down transformers. A special filtering system had to be contrived to eliminate sand particles in the water by packing the casing sides and bottom with gravel and installing a baffle system at the well top.
C. Unavailability of as-built conditions of underground utilities and subsequent difficulty of determining scope of work.
D. Sabotaging of work in place and equipment which was compounded by the uncontrollable theft of materials and tools by the Vietnames.
E. Difficulties in preventing the bolted steel tank from leaking made it apparent the tanks should be erected in their final position.
F. This being MCB-22’s first sizeable detachment except for the Nam Hoa Quarry revealed the importance of maintaining continuous logistic support and communications.

1970… NMCB-133’s well drilling team rejoined the Battalion at Camp Wilkinson via convoy from Mai Loc.
…NMCB-74 Crew Oscar, consisting of 6 enlisted men from Charlie Company, deployed to Hill 55 to make repairs to Golden Gate Bridge destroyed by enemy activity. The Detail rejoined the Battalion on 29January 1970.

1971…Sixty Seabees from the NMCB-3 were detailed to Ca Mau to begin work on an ACTOV base there. Most construction equipment and some base defense material arrived on 18 January by Mike 8 boats from Bien Hoa, the remainder later in the month by Army truck convoy.. The 5000 tons of material required for the project continued to pose a problem for adequate transportation through the rivers and canals of the Delta.
…14 Seabees from NMCB-74 arrive at Kien An as Detail Foxtrot to mainly repair battle damage but also to improve the base security.

1972… Minister of Education, Republic of Vietnam, officiated at the dedication of a 12-room high school constructed by Seabee Teams 0104, 4004, and 0417 at Xuan Loc, Long Khanh Province

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