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Old 01-27-2018, 02:41 PM
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Our 50 year 'anniversary' of Tet '68 is almost here.
So far, no flashbacks and I don't expect any.
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Old 01-28-2018, 09:56 AM
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Hey NamVet I really like your posting of these picturesand keeping our history alive for us to see..
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Just after I arrived at the MACV HQ barracks compound for the enlisted personnel (Aug 1967) there was some construction going on to bring in mobile homes for the officer personnel, to bring them closer to the HQ complex.

Most of the officer personnel (and many of the upper grade enlisted personnel) lived in hotels downtown Saigon. Not only did it cost for the housing but it also cost for the transportation back-and-forth, meals, and created some security problems with so many personnel scattered all over the city.

While we did not have the sniper attacks from the Viet Cong there were the "cowboy" attacks. These were attacks on individuals who were out by themselves (or in small groups) and usually WE U.S. personnel were unarmed. Young Viet Cong men would ride two on a motor scooter, with one driving and one on the back using a pistol or a hand grenade, coming up along side walking personnel and shoot them or drop a grenade into an open window of their vehicle. Being on a motor scooter they could then speed off and disappear into the city before anyone could do anything about it.

So, to curb these kind of attacks the plan was to bring more personnel into the barracks compounds, thus they had to provide housing, and mobile homes were their idea. The next few pictures show some of the construction (digging trenches for drains and pipes) and you can see the mobile homes they were trying to set up.
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The Army takes care of theirs , Marines not so much!
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There was an Army Radio Unit right next to the Marine camp at Phu Bai. They were in an old French complex and had Mobile Home Trailers w/ac for their shops. Their E-Club had no Limits on beer and/or hard liquor while the Marines next door had a two beer limit per day, per Marine.
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There was an Army Radio Unit right next to the Marine camp at Phu Bai. They were in an old French complex and had Mobile Home Trailers w/ac for their shops. Their E-Club had no Limits on beer and/or hard liquor while the Marines next door had a two beer limit per day, per Marine.
And THAT's why (In my Humble Opinion) the Marines were a superior fighting force. My last unit commander in Nam was a Marine Colonel and I would have walked through fire for that guy!
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