"When I arrived in January of 1964, it was night, raining and a lot colder than San Diego was supposed to be! We were huddled together under an open air pavilion waiting for our company, (074), to be formed. When they finally got around to us we were…"
"Hello Chief, I am not sure of the exact timing of all this, but my tour started in the fall of 1968 when I was the RMSN on the LCU-1622. That lasted until about Thanksgiving 1968, when I was transferred to the White Elephant Comm Center (on the…"
You still at Washburn H.S.? If so, I am just a few blocks south of your location, OK about 10 blocks. I am working out of the Minneapolis Police Warehouse at 6024 Harriet Ave, just a block east of the Bauchmans Garden Center on 60th and…"
"Camp Nimitz...Special Company 944; Company Commander, Signalmen Chief Simmons. 944 was Chief Simmons last group. It was easy, and boy did we get around everything (and everyone!). I was in charge of "theiving" on Nimitz-side, and became…"
"Fall of 72! In Nimitz we were in building 73, which is actually still there in use by the Fire Dept. Once we went over to the other side I was in one of those "special" companies, 941. I was in the Bluejacket Choir.
On one of those trips…"
"Arrived in Da Nang September 1967 and was assigned to be the radioman on the LCU 1622. We were based at the Lighterage, Tien Sha Annex and made trips as far north as Cua Viet/Dong Ha on the Cua Viet River and Tan My/Hue on the Perfume…"
"Yeah, laundry was important! In Viet Nam you had to make sure you had your number stamped on everything or you would never see it again. It was more important than your ID# or your SSN! I still remember mine - AH 3567 - and all the fatigue…"
Boot Camp in San Diego (67-68), NSA Da Nang, RVN (68-70) LCU1622, White Elephant CommSta, Triangle CommCtr, and NavRadSta Fort Allen Sta, Puerto Rico (70-71) near Ponce. Discharged Charleston July 1971.
You still at Washburn H.S.? If so, I am just a few blocks south of your location, OK about 10 blocks. I am working out of the Minneapolis Police Warehouse at 6024 Harriet Ave, just a block east of the Bauchmans Garden Center on 60th and Lyndale. I am there Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., counting down to my retirement date in July 2012. Maybe we can get together sometime and talk about Ft Allen, as I think we were down there at the same time....got to run. Bye