22 February IP: 188.8.131.52 Posted on February 22, 2019 at 12:42:27 PM by Terry
1967… MCB-8 deployed to Rosemary Point at Chu Lai continuing the work on projects such as avionics building and control tower for Marine Air Group 36, aircraft revetments for Marine Air Group 12, and an Integrated Worldwide Communications System for the First Signal Brigade.
…NMCB-40 completed testing of FLSG-B Ice Plant well.
…NMCB-9 deployed a detachment to Dai Loc (Map series L8020, SH6640 IV; coord 913588), consisting of 1 officer and 17 enlisted men to build a 400-ft foot bridge across the Ai Nghia River and to construct five sniper towers along nearby roads.
1968…LCDR R.M. Newcomb, CEC, USN; MAJ C.J. Tyson, USMC; and LCDR G.R. Matthews, CEC, USN, conducted COMCBPAC Administrative Inspection of Communications, Ordnance, Plans, and Embarkation of NMCB-128.
…NMCB-121 semi-trailer damaged by road mine at ZD 080987, light damage, no casualties. NMCB-121 Security Patrol made contact with VC on Phu bai perimeter; small arms fire was exchanged with negative results.
…An NMCB-4 Detail of 38 enlisted men and 1 officer arrived at Camp Shields for berthing with NMCB-40 while working in the Chu Lai area.
…Three artillery attacks on Dong Ha
…NMCB-4’s EO2 H.H. Aguayo was injured when the tractor in which he was riding hit a mine on Route 1 south of Phu Bai.
…On 22 February, Hospital Corpsman Second Class Gene Wheat, USN, Naval Support Activity, Da Nang, departed on another of his frequent visits to the Hoa Vang District south of Da Nang to bring medical assistance to the many villagers. When Corpsman Wheat did not return, a search was instituted for Wheat and his assistant traveling with him. Residents of Tau Hanh Hamlet, the site of the intended MEDCAP, advised the search party that the Viet Cong had ambushed the jeep and killed the two riders. Corpsman Wheat had lost his life bringing help to those in need. (Not a Seabee incident but worth remembering)
1969…Ammunition storage boxes lining the runway at An Hoa were blown up by enemy action causing damage to the runway
1970…NMCB-121 Detail Water Witch Alpha rejoined the Battalion at Camp Haskins South
1971….UTCM M.J. Olsen, USN, COMCBPAC Senior Enlisted Advisor visited NMCB-3 at Camp Haskins South.
…NMCB-3’s Detail Libra completed rebuilding the storm damaged 400-foot London Bridge near Hill 37 on Route TL-540. The bridge was opened to traffic on the 22nd.