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12-16-02, 12:30 PM
Finding the high ground in the Republic of Vietnam's Mekong Delta for the emplacement of an airlifted radio relay van proved tough in 1962. <br />
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Photo courtesy of Barry MacDonnell <br />
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By Chet Decker <br />

12-16-02, 01:29 PM
Interesting. I was in 3d MarDiv, Comm Co, Hq Bn during that exercise in P.I. I didn't know that helos were involved.

But that's beside the point. Helos in pairs, and an airborne infantry squad in reserve were tactics that I learned, and accepted as being comon sense.

What I didn't know was that this "common sense" procedure did not exist before 1962.

Granted, Col. Clapp said that his operation was unlike anything seen since the '20s.

I sense a failure of the deskbound military strategic planners to recognize and promote a concept which is now considered to be "common sense". Two up, one following in reserve.

12-17-02, 01:42 PM
Thanks Roger,
Was kind of a strange feeling reading this.

We left the Philippines exercise to return to Okanawa. The only thing we were told was to store all extra gear and return to the ship with our standard issue and one "civvie" shirt. That was strange then as no civilian cloths were allowed on board ship. We would later learn that it was for our passport photo.

We were at sea for about two weeks. Had total comunication and light blackout. The ship, with an escort of two destroyers even "hid out" in a typhoon. What a ride!

The time at sea was used for brifing and to insure that the birds were up to speed. The truth is, we really did'nt know what to expect. We were issued 160 rounds and three grenades. Had M-1s and 38 cal. pistols. We drove the Navy crazy! I don't think they could get rid of us soon enough! The USS Princeton was "owned" by the Marine Corps. The gunny's cooking was great!

Enough for now. I'll tell more tid-bits if there is an interest.

Thanks again Roger, the 40 year trip home was well, a surprise!

Semper Fi

11-29-06, 01:30 AM

05-15-07, 12:17 PM
The PI exercise was named Tulungan...I still have one of those head hunter machetes picked up as a souvenire.....Semper Fi

03-26-08, 06:16 PM
I served on Princeton during Shufly and Tulungan. Remember the guys from 362 (YL), especially the AE's. We had taken in Army "Flying Bananas" two months prior and they were all shot down. After being relieved in Subic by the Valley Forge, we circled Okinawa for three days with a BLT and two squadrons, waiting for orders home or to Hanoi.

08-07-08, 02:17 PM
The history of SHUFLY


10-02-13, 12:04 PM
I provided the photos for the Leatherneck Magazine article (April 2002) mentioned in the first post above. If anyone who was there (or maybe their relatives) might be interested in seeing more photos of ShuFly and surrounding sites, here is a small collection, which includes the centerfold photos in the Leatherneck article:

https://picasaweb.google.com/barrymacdonnell/USMarinesInSouthVietnamSocTrangSoVietnamAprilSept1 962?authuser=0&feat=directlink

08-23-14, 08:37 PM
Thank you very much for sharing! I enjoyed seeing the photos of Soc Trang.

Semper Fi,


--------Dang, that was a long time ago!!!!! :)

08-24-14, 12:45 PM
Yup.... but sometimes it feels like I was there the day before yesterday. ;)