18 March IP: 188.8.131.52 Posted on March 18, 2019 at 11:58:59 AM by Terry
1964…The first 13 men assigned as well drillers arrived in RVN from NMCB-9
1966… Seabee Team 1106 completed their work with CBPAC DET, RVN and returned to CBC Port Hueneme for disestablishment.
1968…BU1 Robert G. Fisher (MCB-10) died of natural causes at Quang Tri
…NMCB-4 maintained a detail of 13 men at the Bridge 5 Ramp at Hue to off-load rock, and another detail of 1 offiver and 70 men from Alpha Company at Landing Zone Sally. Both details worked on the upgrade of Route 1 as did other Seabees from Alpha Company back at Camp Haines. NMCB-4’s area of responsibility stretched from Hue to the village of My Chanh and included the North Hue By-Pass.
…A job that continued over the entire NMCB-4 deployment was the upgrading of QL-1 and the North Hue By-Pass. In addition to the associated bridge construction, the Battalion had the responsibility of maintaining and upgrading Route 1 from Camp Evans south to the Perume River and north to the My Chanh Bridge. In addition, NMCB-4 was tasked to upgrade the Hue By-Pass to MACV standards.
Approximately 4.5 miles of the 7.5 miles between Camp Evans and Bridge 11 (My Chanh) were widened to a final width of 32 feet. Widening was completed in sections, bypassing bridges and culverts which were to be upgraded at a latter date. Most of this widening was accomplished by June before Route 1 south became a higher priority. Maintenance continued, however, throughout the remainder of the deployment.
Seven miles of Route 1 south from An Lo to the North Hue By-Pass were widened and brought up to grade and 2.5 miles were rocked. NMCB-4 personnel placed 98,622 cubic yards of fill and 18,625 cubic yards of rock south of Camp Evans. Crews from both LZ Sally and Camp Haines worked on this section of road in both upgrading and continuous maintenance.
Upgrading operations on the North Hue By-Pass continued at an accerated pace until the monsoon rains slowed progress. The Hue By-Pass was widened to 32 feet over 1.05 miles and rocked to 24 feet. A total of 40,000 cubic yards of fill and 4,500 cubic yards of rock were placed on this 1.6 mile stretch of road. When the monsoons came, work became almost impossible. What little fill could be hauled in during breaks in the weather was lost when the rains came again. Many sections of the oad had to be rewirked many times just to keep the road passable. Responsibility for the By-Pass was with the NMCB-4 LZ Sally detail.
It was evident as soon as NMCB-4 was tasked with the upgrading of Route 1 and the Hue By-Pass that the timely completion of the roadway depended upon the maximum utilization of Battalion personnel and the availability of the proper type and quantity of construction equipment, as well as the continued supply of road rock on a predetermined schedule.
At the request of the 32nd Naval Construction Regiment, NMCB-4 submitted on at least five different occasions, road construction schedules based on anticipated materials and equipment. NMCB-4 was never able to follow any of these schedules for a number of reasons.
First, it was found that rock could not be provided in sufficient quantities to keep up with the Battalion’s capability. Sections of Route 1 were often widened and brought up to final grade and then left unrocked because rock was not available. These sections then became susceptible to the wearing and rutting action of daily traffic. Worse still, when the monsoons started, the saturated base material in these unrocked sections often had to be removed and reworked time after time. Had rock been available in sufficient quantities, an adequate wearing surface and seal could have been constructed, greatly reducing the time and effort involved in reworking miles of roadway.
On several occasions, rock barges destined for NMCB-4 were diverted from the Bridge 5 rock off-loading facility for use at other sites, thereby producing additional delays in NMCB-4’s road construction program.
Another major factor affecting the road building program was the practice of rotating critically needed pieces of road construction equipment within the Regiment. NMCB-4 never knew what equipment might be transferred away or what requested equipment might be received over any period of time.
One trade of equipment that looked good on paper severly affected the hauling capacity of NMCB-4. At the direction of 32NCR, NMCB-4 transferred eight (8) Off-Highway trucks, with a total capacity of 120 cubic yards, to NMCB-8 for five (5) Side Dumps, with a total capcity of 125 cubic yards. It would appear that NMCB-4’s hauling capability was increased, but actually because of weit limitations imposed by the Route 1 timber bridges, the side dumps could never be filled to more than 60 percent of their capacity. The increased width of the Side Dumps also imposed certain problems.
The entire road building effort was a very frustrating experience for NMCB-4. Construction crews were available and eager to do the job, but lack of materials and equipmen piut a brake on the entire effort.
…Team 7101 established a new site at My Tho, Dinh Tuong Province.
…CAPT C.W. Turner, CEC, USN, visited NMCB-128 at Camp Faulkner and the ASP-1 project site.
…NMCB-133/NMCB-121 Advance Parties arrived and departed Camp Campbell, Phu Bai.
…LT Miller, SC, USN, Supply Officer, NMCB-11 and EOC H.N. Knowles, Alpha Company Maintenance Supervisor arrived at the NMCB-10 camp.
…CBMU-301 constructed numerous pot shacks and garbage houses for galleys of various units aboard the Dong Ha Combat Base. Construction of these facilities was part of a continuing program to correct health and sanitation problems. Along with construction of these facilitisa, various other improvements were made to the sanitation facilities, such as construction of grease traps, extension of drainage lines, screening of gally and messing spaces, and construction of leaching fields
…Construction of generator sheds for customer generators was another CBMU-301 improvement program. Constructionof these facilities was deemed necessary to minimize the detrimental effect of having generators exposed to the monsoon rains and the summer dust
…Approximately midway throught CBMU-301’s first year in country, it was found that covered work areas were required in order to provide adequate repair support for the customer forklifts maintained by the Battalion. An R/T Forklift Repair Shop was constructed at the LCU ramps at Dong Ha and at Cua Viet. With completion of these facilities, a moer efficient preventive maintenance and upkeep program could be undertaken with minimum disruption due to adverse weather conditions. The facilities also provided for storage space for repair parts which had previously been exposed to the weather.
1969…RADM J.G. Dillon, COM3NCB, visited Camp Barnes and spoke to the Officers and Chiefs of NMCB-7 and NMCB-62. Accompanying Admiral Dillon was Commodore A.W. Walton, COM32NCR.
…Officers and Chief Petty Officers of NMCB-4 held a farewell luncheon at the Colonial House in Oxnard for Capt R.M. Fluss, CO NMCB-4, LT S. Billy, Dental Officer NMCB-4, and LTJG Collins, X-Ray Company Commander, NMCB-4.
…NMCB-3 issued mortar alert from 0202 to 0237 due to rocket attack on Red Beach area. No casualties or rounds in camp. Approximately 8-10 RPG rounds impacted in camp area at NMCB-3’s Detail Victor at Liberty Bridge. No personnel casualties, however, a tool shed and 80% of its contents were destroyed.
…NMCB-3’s Detail Whiskey returned to Camp Haskins South.
…Radm. J.G. Dillon, CEC, USN, COM3RDNCB, and Capt. A.W. Walton, CEC, USN, COM32NDNCR, on board for a visit and inspection of job sites in the Camp Evans area.
…NMCB-3 completed its portion of the FLC Children’s Hospital at Camp Books , a Dispensary for FLC Bldg. 206, a guardhouse for FLSG Maintenance Facilityelectrical and water distribution system for FLC, drainage at Camp haskins shore-line, air conditioning for 30NCR/3NCB,and a library at FLSG Maintenance Facility.
1970… Seabee Team 7103 members working on a road project in Vinh Binh Province were ambushed by Viet Cong. Negative casualties.
…NMCB-5’s Main Body flights began arriving at Camp Haskins North, Da Nang.
…NMCB-1, consisting of 19 officers and 614 enlisted men began departing Camp Haskins North for CBC Davisville. The entire battalion had returned to Davisville by 28 March 1970
1971… NMCB-74 Detail Foxtrot (Kien An), consisting of 7 enlisted men, rejoined the Battalion at CBC Bien Hoa
…NMCB-3’s Detail Scorpius returned to Camp Haskins South from Tu Hien VNN base after completing its work.