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Naval Support Activity Da Nang

Da Nang Air Base (1957–1975) was a Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) facility. The United States used it as a major base during the Vietnam War (1959–1975), stationing Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine units there.

Location: Danang, Republic of Vietnam
Veterans: 28
Latest Activity: Apr 7

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NSA?NSF Danang

Started by Kenneth M Ryken. Last reply by Roger Osborne Mar 13. 1 Reply

I was stationed at NSF/Danang (formally NSA) at Camp Tien Sha 1971-1972 as a Gate sentry.Continue

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Comment by Ray Norton on April 7, 2018 at 11:57am

I was at Tien Sha from Aug. 69 until July 1970.  I was in TSP Security, then NSA Investigations.  I will be at the NSA/NSF Danang reunion in Kississime, Fl at the end on April.  Please visit my website, www.texasvietnamvet.com 

Comment by Cary Chapman on March 14, 2018 at 5:19pm

Sorry for the bad pictures.  they were actually 35 millimeter slides.  I don't remember why I got my pictures back as slides.  They were developed when I was in Danang.  Don't remember where it was done unless maybe at the "Exchange" in Danang.  They were in a box that had been out in a metal storage shed all these years and I guess it's just deterioration that made them look that way.  Too bad because I had some other great pictures but they were not even viewable. I remember that picture of the tug on it's side was a really great picture.

Comment by Cary Chapman on March 13, 2018 at 5:22pm

I found these two pictures from AFDL-23.  As I said we took in the big civilian tug "Naca Tacoma" It was as big as the Navy's YTB. With about two feet of water left in the dock basin, the thing fell over.  It must have made one heck of a bang.  I wasn't there at the time, I was on R&R in Bangcok.  My buddy grabbed my camera and took that picture for me.  I guess it was starting to get dark at the time.  After it fell, they immediately went back down and blocked it up again.  This time it stayed up and we did the work required.  

I think we put a new screw on it.  Such a long time ago that I don't remember if it was the Navy YTB or the Tacoma.  You see the Tacoma's screw in the other picture.  It was bigger than a man is standing.  To get it off, they loosened the big nut holding it on and placed an explosive charge on it, then the dock went down again so that the screw was covered with water and set off the charge.  That did it. They removed it and put on a new one.

Comment by Andrew J. Coker on March 9, 2018 at 9:05am

Gaylin, is there a link with information?

Comment by Gaylin Russell King on March 9, 2018 at 8:42am

Are you aware of the reunion coming up April 30th - 5 May in Kissimmee, Fl.  This is for anyone who served at NAS/NSF DaNang.  I can’t make it this year but I’am hoping next year I’ll be able to go.  

Comment by Lon Bennett on March 9, 2018 at 7:21am
When I was at Tien Sha, open barracks,no chow halls,nothing. Later on I heard there were clubs,movies etc. We showered in buckets.
Comment by Andrew J. Coker on March 8, 2018 at 10:50pm

Lon, I lived in the transit barracks at Tien Sha for a few days before I got assigned to the Lighterage division. We usually went to the EM club at Tien Sha annex and ate at the roach coaches, but sometimes we went to Tien Sha for the movies or the club, but mainly for the chow hall. They had awesome meals.

Comment by Andrew J. Coker on March 8, 2018 at 10:43pm

Actually, now I think about it, the 2 boat was the Tucumcari. There were only two boats made in that class and they changed the hull design between the two.

Comment by Cary Chapman on March 8, 2018 at 9:47pm

Could that "2" boat possibly be the hull of a PT boat.  I remember that there was a PT boat that ran around Danang harbor.  Some said it was equipped with water jet engines.  We never did find out what it's mission was over there.  Any time any other small craft attempted to get close to it, it's crew would wave them off in a threatening manner.  I also remember that beautiful Admirals barge that ran around the harbor.  Ii hardly looked like a barge.  It was a civilian type craft with a black hull and white super structure.  Quite a beautiful boat.  Tinted windows too if I remember right.

Comment by Lon Bennett on March 8, 2018 at 9:20pm
I was at NSA Danang 9/65-8/66 Worked at the White Elephant as a duty driver and also Motor Pool. Lived at Camp Tien Sha. No hot showers or chow. Lived on C rations for 3 months. I also was Admiral Weschlers driver for 30 days while his regular driver was on emergency leave.
 

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