Vietnam - March, 1968 to March, 1969
Eric was in the United States Army in Vietnam in the city of Qui Nhon and then on Vung Chau Mountain working as a company clerk with a signal company.
In the picture you can see the city of Qui Nhon from the top of the mountain. The harbor is in the bay behind and to the right of the smaller mountain with the trails along the crest. To the right is the South China Sea.
This picture shows the seaward side of the city and the crescent shaped land at the end of the city is the Navy Market Time Naval base where the "Swift Boats" were based. Army personnel liked to visit the Navy base because the chow was far superior to that provided to the Army. While assigned in the city, Eric borrowed the First Sergeant's jeep and went across to the Market Time base on the LST ferry. Yes, the food was good; but, he could not return as planned as the rear differential fell out of the jeep and Eric had to borrow some tools to remove the drive shaft and then come back in "front wheel drive."
The beach at Qui Nhon was an "In-Country" R&R location.
These fishing boats were anchored just off shore in the South China Sea.
Right: South China Sea with fishing boats in background and a body washed ashore (why there is a crowd).
Below: Locals riding in rickshaw.
Local bus filled to capacity with natives going to market place to sell wares.
Just another bus!
While Eric was stationed in Qui Nhon, he went to the river to get sand bags filled to use for bunkers in the compound. As he pulled into the village to get his "work crew", somebody stole all the empty sandbags off the truck -- but the sand bags reappeared 5 minutes later when they thieves realized that there was more money in filling than in stealing the sand bags.
The local fire brigade - in training?
Vung Chau Mountain
Eric's company supplied the logistics for the signal site on the mountain and ran a basic radio relay site. Other units on the mountain included a "long lines" relay station (the antennas are at the upper left of the picture), an Air Force locator station and an MP unit which provided security for the site. During the time that Eric was on site, the Viet Cong attacked the site (only once during his time there).
Just to the left of the "new" building ( at the middle of hill in dirt) is a guard station (bunker) under construction. Down the hill is the "old" guard station. The VC dropped satchel charges into the "new" guard station (bunker) but the guards fortunately were still down the hill in the old one..
After the attack, Eric spent much of his time preparing medal recommendations for most of the officers on the mountain, along with glorified Officer Efficiency Reports extolling their bravery under fire. The First Sergeant was awarded a Bronze Star with a V for Valor -- but all he really did was hide under his bunk until the operations Sergeant pulled him out.
We had two medics on the mountain -- they were assigned to the signal battalion by accident and sent up the hill. They had to scrounge all their supplies and equipment -- but, on the night we were attacked, they saved the lives of at least two soldiers -- they also were awarded Bronze Stars with V for Valor.
Three times while Eric was on the mountain, the Ammunition dump in Qui Nhon was blown up. One time there was fog on the mountain and all he saw was a red glow above the fog. Another time, he sat on the mountain and took pictures of the fire works.
We had a USO show up on the mountain. It was not exactly the Bob Hope Show -- not even as good as the local shows that came up from the city. It was the world famous Kikki Page show.
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