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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: 26
Latest Activity: Feb 3

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NSA?NSF Danang

Started by Kenneth M Ryken Nov 11, 2015. 0 Replies

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 Allen Williams on February 3, 2018 at 2:26pm

My first assignment at NSA Danang was in the electronics repair shop at the White Elephant where I was the lead petty officer for the radar repair group.  We maintained the radars on the small craft going up and down the coast delivering delivering supplies to the distribution sites. The radars were civilian makes and it was always exciting to climb up the mast, open the outer box and get a face full of water.

After 4 months I was transferred to the new Sea Anchor transmitter site just to the south side of the Marble Mountains where I was the only technician.  So we were far forward REMF's.

It is good to find this web site and I have already found a friend from that time 50 years ago. On the ninth of this month I celebrate that flight out of Danang airfield on a Continental airlines 707 whose captain told the loader to put those sailors and marines on the plane as he was not going to leave with out them.  The loaders concern, it was the middle of TET 68 about the mortar and rocket rounds hitting the south ond of the runway.  I feel obligated to that pilot still even though we had to make our landing at LAX in stead of San Bernadino because one of our wheels did not indicate that it was in the down locked position.

Comment by Andrew J. Coker on December 20, 2017 at 9:30am

I was assigned to the Lighterage Division, NSA Da Nang from May '69 to May '70. I spent the first six months ferrying materiel from Da Nang to Sa Huynh & Cua Viet/Dong Ha and all the detachments in between on the YFU 4 & LCU 1477. Most of the second six months we spent preparing the 1477 for turnover to the Vietnam Navy as part of the ACTOV program. Here's a link to the turnover ceremony of the 1477 and other vessels. After the turnover I was assigned to LCU 1628 for a few weeks until my time was up. In the intervening time I've only been in touch with two of my shipmates from that time, but I hope some others will show up here.

Comment by David Hartman on November 20, 2017 at 9:41pm

I was stationed at NSA Da Nang from Feb 1966 to Oct 1967. First month aboard APL27 then moved to camp Tien Sha. Worked mostly aboard the YR70 where I established the transmission repair shop. Also ran ferry duty on a Mike 6 when needed and was sent out to pontoon ferries to assist with repairs. As you can tell from time in country I was enticed to extend for 6 extra months by 1 month basket leave.

Comment by Morgan Stevenson Bragg on May 1, 2017 at 10:15am
I was attached to NSA Danang as a supply officer from August 66 to August 67. Lived on APL27 FOR about a month, then transferred to Camp Tien Sha. On shore I was in charge of supply parts, working closely with repair crews on YR-70 and searching for needed parts (especially cylinder liners) in Covered Storage warehouses. SK3 Valdez worked for me manning the parts supply store on board YR-70.I was an Ensign , then promoted to Ltjg.
Morgan S. "Mike" Bragg
Comment by Tom Gabrielson on April 20, 2017 at 3:16pm

I was stationed at Camp Tien Sha from Apr 68-Apr 69, I also remember the ammo dump blowing up, I was right there in the middle of driving an ambulance from the dispensary on Tein Sha, Was also right there when all the booze blew also, remember my first week an rocket hit an LST and 90% of the amry guys sleeping on deck never made it past there first day.

Comment by George T Sutherland on January 3, 2017 at 12:20am

I was at Camp Tien Sha  Oct 66 I was attached to YR 70 worked on YFU,s alongside until Dec 66 moved over to night crew E&R ramp Mar. 67 went to Cau Viet stayed there until Oct.31.

Comment by Alfred T Evans Jr. on December 27, 2016 at 7:36am

I was assigned to NSA Danang (Reefer Rats) July '68 to July "69. I was TAD on the YFR 888 as the load master traveling From Chu Li to Tam My to the Cau Viet River. I recall being tied up at the deep water pier when we received incoming mortar rounds. Actually I was at the Air Force base EM club when it started. I also recall when the ARVN ammo dump was hit and there were many explosions during the night. I was also at Tien Sha when they got hit. I was in a bunker next to the barracks that got hit. I have a photo of the damage.

Comment by Leland E. House on August 10, 2016 at 2:15pm

Walt McCoy,  Did you know Dale F. Glawatz and Fred B. Mooers?  I went to EM "A" School with them before we all got orders in-country Vietnam. I was assigned to the YFUs 7, 61, & 57.  I was on a YFU in the AFDL-23 alongside the YR-70 a time or two.  EM1 Leland House

Comment by Leland E. House on May 18, 2016 at 12:52pm

I looked up the YFUs 7,61 and 57 looking for information on them and on one of the websites I found a picture of the YFU-7 sitting high and dry on the bank/beach somewhere and it looked like it had been mined or hit somehow and burned by fire.

Comment by Leland E. House on May 18, 2016 at 1:19am

Hi Guys, I was assigned to NSA DaNang, Literage Div, Apr 66-Apr 67. I was an EMFN on YFUs 7, 61 and 57. (Junior man kept changing boats.)  We transported cargo from Merchant ships in DaNang Harbor to Tien Sha Sand Ramp, Deep Water Piers and Red Beach.  We Back-loaded at Tien Sha Sand Ramp, T-Pier, Museum Ramp, Bridge Ramp and Red Beach and took the back-loads to Hue, Dong Ha and Chu Lai.  We took on chow from APLs 5,27 and 30.  Every so often we were given a day off and went out to the beach at the base of Monkey Mountain and had a Beer-Bust and Picnic.  What a year! 

 

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