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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

7 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.