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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Dong Ba Thin, Vietnam


For those of you who may think this is a picture about nothing you may be right. Although there was a time back in 1967-1971 that this little strip of land was known as Dong Ba Thin, home of the 92nd Assault Helicopter Company and the cows in the background are grazing on what's left of the flight line. This is the one side of the base, the larger one on the Cam Rahn Bay side of HWY 1 and below is the side I was stationed on the smaller side. I spent close to 6 months in this location before being restationed to Camp Holloway in Pleiku with the 3rd AHC. Hopefully I will visit Pleiku on my next trip to Vietnam and maybe my friend Tom Han from Los Angeles and formerly of Pleiku will come with me and show me the sites. I heard that most of Pleiku city was destroyed in 1975 upon the take over by the North and with fierce fighting near the center of town most of it was demolished. Notice the mountains in the rear, when I traveled by train through this area last September 2005 the train goes behind those mountains and reappears further up the coast near Nha Trang. Beautiful train travel in Vietnam

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Recognized the airstrip on my last trip through in Dec 06. I didn't remember the name of the company there, but you may have given me a lift a few times when I was at A-502 up the road in Dien Khanh. My last night on my tour in RVN was spent as some Aviation Battalion just outside Cam Ranh, where an OCS classmate named Levy was the adjutant. We had a subdetachment at Soui Dau, which is now an industrial free zone.

Anonymous said...

This was the home of the 243rd Assault Support Helicopter Company (Freight trains) Chinooks. The finest unit in Vietnam.

Herb Godfrey said...

research information before 1967..I was with "C" Company 65th Engineer Btln and we were "TDY" from the 25th Div in Hawaii..We constructed the first airfield in Dong Ba Thin..We bivouced across the street in squad tents nex to the Vietnamese Special Forces camp.
I was there from Sept. 1965- Dec 1965..

Anonymous said...

I too was in C Company 65th Engr. Bn at Don Ba Thin. I recall the name Herb Godfrey but can't recall which platoon he was assigned.

Arnold Ear Cheal then 1st LT

Anonymous said...

I was with the 18th Eng Bde, in 1969. I was a photographer assigned to the PIO. I have many photographs of Dong Ba Thin from the ground and the air. I'll have to pull them out of storage and take a look.

Anonymous said...

Posted earlier today, found 35mm slides of 1969 to 1970 of Dong Ba Thin. If you would like a copy I will provide them at no charge for my brothers in arms. email me at: robertsj164@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I was also with the 18th engineer brigade hdqrs co. From 1966-67. Prior to that I spent 3years in pforzheim germany. I'm getting to the age now where my memory is not so good. Wish I could remember some of my comrades names.

Anonymous said...

I was in the 92nd for just a couple of weeks (July 1969) before being assigned to HHC 10th Avn Bn also at Dong Ba Thin. I was the legal clerk; never did work in my MOS (petroleum storage specialist). email: earpgun@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Welcome home brothers, Don# Bah Thin 69 with 608th.

Unknown said...

I was stationed in Dong Ba Thin during 1970-1971 at the 608th Transportation Company. I supplied aircraft parts.

Anonymous said...

I left there January 1970, airframe specialist.

Steve Schlah said...

I was at the 183rd RAC, at the other end of DBT's Airstrip, across from 608th, in all of 1968, as both also an Airframe Repairman 68G20 and a Public Info Specialist 71Q20. While on Guard Duty, we watched 10th Air Bn. Hueys (10 to 12) get satchel charged during TET, but the rest if the time was "mild".

Anonymous said...

I was with 18th Engineer Brigade HHC Feb 70 to Jan 71--worked in personnel. Spc 5 John Rieman

Anonymous said...

I was in dong BA Thin 1965-1966 with the 1st av Brigsde from fort Campbell Ky as a medic,SP/I Jackson.

stevemo43 said...

Worked in the Engineering and Plans Section of the 18th Engineer Bde. as a structural engineer and construction inspector. Remembered that Cpt Ballard was a pretty good volleyball player. Was there from Dec 69 to Dec 70. 1 Lt Stephen Johnson. Any others that were attached to EPS?

Ken maxwell said...

I was stationed in headquarters co 18th Engineer bed from 1966-67. Worked in food service.

john revis said...

I was at the 608th from May through November '68.

Anonymous said...

my father was Ronald a coleman he was a helicopter pilot there in 1967.. if anyone has any other pictures they would like to share please email at marshall.gerlaugh@gmail.com.. thank you

George Gleadow SP-5 said...

I was with First Single Corp. housed at Dong-Ba-Thin,has we build a receiver site north of the air field to back up Nan-Trang. Then we moved south of Dong-Ba-Thin to build a transmitter site. I was station there 20 months but took leave back to the USA for Christmas.

Byron Pharr said...

My name is Byron Pharr I was with the 608th in 69,my mos was 68g20 airframe repairman.

Anonymous said...

My name is Ray Duran. Our Hq unit was Co D, 36 Sig Bn, right next to the bay. I was there Sep 68 - Dec 68, then on to Phan Thiet about 90 miles SW Jan 69 - Apr 70. Anyone remember Dodge City just before entering the 92nd AHC Hq?

Anonymous said...

My name is Frank Milledge and I was with the HHC 18th eng. bde from 1967 to 1968. Yes I do remember Dodge City.

Jackie L. Davis said...

My name is Jackie L. Davis (davisj@iecc.edu) and I worked in Brigade Personnel almost all of 1970 with MSG Frisbee and SFC Lewis. I was a SSG and Assistant NCOIC there. My brother, SSG William (Bill) Davis was the NCOIC of the 18th Engineer Brigade Officer's Mess there in Dong Ba Thin. I also remember a John Rieman that worked in my department. If I recall correctly, he had a Master's Degree from Princeton. I would appreciate it if anyone would be willing to share their pictures.

Anonymous said...

to George gleadow sp5 do you remember if the reciver site was south of the transmitter site, if so I was stationed at the receiver site 1967-68 our call sign was 19 switch. I can,t find any info about any thing. If you know anything my email is fredbell842@outlook.com thanks

Jack Paton said...

I was also there in fall of 65 with C company. I remember the rains filled all the drain ditches and it looked like we were living on a lake. Lots of laughs when someone forgot where a ditch was.

Anonymous said...

Served in HHC 18th Engineer Brigade from August of 69 to September of 70. I went to Vietnam to build bridges, but I guess they needed a draftsman more than another roustabout, so I ended up in the drafting room. My name is Doug Wynne, and I remember serving with Harry Rutherford, Dennis Bloemker, Dave Almquist, and Terry Schultz. Dave visited with my wife and me in Rockland, MA on his way home, but I have lost all contact with him and never had any with the others. Have lunched with our former supply clerk, Phil Clay a couple of times. He returned to MIT for his doctorate, founded their urban studies department, and retired recently as Vice Chancellor. I linked back up with him when I went to work for the Greater Boston Chamber, and he was on the BOD. Happy to correspond with any who remember my name.

Thomas Clark said...

I severed with 18th engineer brigade hhc s4 June 68 medi-vac feb69 spc5 tom clark

Thomas Clark said...

Spc5 tom clark after I was med vaced joe Macy was killed I got a letter from one of these guys he was my best friends joe served 18 mos in country when he was killed,he reused for 2 6 month extensions joe Macy sp4 hhc 18 engineer brigade RIP

Max W. said...

My unit, the 129th Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Brigade, a Huey outfit, was also based at Dong Ba Thin during my time with them...March '66-March '67. Max W., Sgt, 2nd platoon 'Bulldogs.'