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Thread: Who Remembers Dog Patch?
10-30-09, 06:31 AM #286
I had a easy tour compared to many. Working in the Comm Center afforded me a few outs...I was one of a very few who could decode off-line messages, therefore I was not allowed to go on patrols around our area. We had our share of rocket and mortar attacks, but that was nothing compared to what you others had to face out in the field. Since my name was already on the disclosure sheet of those messages, it did appointment me as first choice to go on the courier runs to all the major HQ throughout the DaNang area. The only place where I ever ran into "trouble" was in Happy Valley. Being the middle of the night and on the road, I never saw more than a few flashes during the six-months had the job. Heard the shots coming my way, but the driver wouild just speed up and we got the hell out of Dodge...we all had our missions, but mine didn't include close combat. Salute to those of you who spent the time in the bush.
10-30-09, 02:56 PM #287
Was at MAG11, VMCJ 1 from Oct 1967 to Oct 1969, went through Dogpatch a bunch of times. Kind of brings chills sometimes thinking of those days. China Beach, Hill 327, Monkey Mountain, Bob Hope Show, R&R to Bankok, Japan, and a few other places. Yea the dump blew up , there were some not real fun times & the Air Force blew out of town a few times too when things looked a little spooky but we also had some really good times too.
10-30-09, 04:43 PM #288
i was with mass-3 magg-18 on hill 327.your right ,many bad times ,but there were some good times,went to ghina beach and red beach,was at the bob hope show,went through dog patch many times,yes i remember when the dump went up,i was on hill 200 when that happened.never took an r&r.someone has some pictures of dog patch on here ,i remember it well,better than i can remember names. joe semper fi
11-04-09, 07:56 AM #289
Hey Leather neck,
I remember Freedom Hill(Big PX), Dog Patch, 4 Corners, The Ice factory, steam and cream and South China beach. I was @ Mag 11, VMCJ -1 in Danang 70-71, Have a lot vivid memorys, wow how time flys.
Thanx for sharing, Big sarg, Retired, USA
11-04-09, 03:47 PM #290
The Ice Fatory - If I recall, we had to go to I Corps Hq - they are the ones that put cement in the sandbags and then clear coated the bunkers after the cement dried.
S&C - wasn't that near I Corps and located on an Army installation - I remember going to China Beach one day and we stopped there on the way back...
been so long I can't really remember...
11-06-09, 07:27 AM #291
Hey Big Sarg,
You sound like you were there yesterday, It is hard to beleive that over forty years have gone by. What was your mos and when & where did you go to boot camp. I just signed up here and it is so great to hear from an old devil dog, I went to parris Island on the 2nd of Sept. 1968. I was in 1st batt. #1022. Stayed in the usmc till 1974. Got out never to return, In 1986 I went in the army and just retired last year. It was hard to find another soldier around with as many campain metals/patches. Chesty would have been proud. Stay in touch,
Semper Fi, Don Chambers
01-27-10, 08:05 PM #292
I was there too. email me please
01-27-10, 09:12 PM #293
Hello there I was 1 MAW 1st LAAM echo Btry , I did boot camp at MCRD 1966 Plt 3349 MOS 2532 Radio Relay Operator. We may have been there at the same time.
01-28-10, 09:32 AM #294
Hey BVD, did boot at MCRD SD, 6/65, Plt 242. Was on Hill 327, FLSG "A" DaNang, ASP#1. Looks like I was a bit ahead of you.
01-30-10, 12:07 AM #295
I did enjoy when I had off going to China Beach for a swim and R&R in Sydney.
02-03-10, 05:44 PM #296
Yes, I was there....Should have know better
I was with 2/5 out of An Hoa and on an operation in late '68 when we lost about 200 to malaria. I spent a month in the hospital *NAMRU) in Da Nang and had to make several return trips to the hospital after release. I don't know how I found my way there, but had a wonderful afternoon with a beautiful local (with Momma Son & Pappa Son in the next room). Anyway, obvioulsy, no bus service, but got picked up by some senior Marines, kinda of on patrol in a jeep, who took me back to Da Nang. Said there were bad guys in the neighborhood. Glad I didn't have to kill them! Great Escape!
02-03-10, 09:34 PM #297
dakadaka1;598430] I was by dog patch it was across the fence. I was in 1st maw h&hs hq motor transport from 1966 to 1969
02-04-10, 01:41 AM #298
Wow, I can't believe this thread is still going. I responded to it 5 years ago. I was with 1st 8" Howitzers attached to the 12th Marines. We landed as part of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in March of 1965. Spent first two weeks in country on the airbase, then we relocated to a position near the base of Hill 327. We were the only ones out there for a few weeks. The pictures I see on here of Dog Patch don't look anything like I remember it. The dirt road through the village wasn't very wide. I think the guns were about 12 feet wide. We had to go pretty slow passing through Dog Patch so as not to tear the roofs off of the little shacks on each side of the road. I also don't remember any bars or *****houses being there. No telephone poles or power lines either. I remember the VC blew up the fuel dump north of Da Nang by the river in July of 65. I was on an outpost that night and it lit up the night sky and the surrounding rice paddies for quite some time that evening. Also remember when the two Phantoms plowed into Monkey mountain. You could see the brown spot from our position near hill 327. Also the Bomber that crashed on the south end of the runway on takeoff. I had always heard that the Marines on the perimeter outposts pulled the crew from the wreckage before it blew up. But I must have heard wrong. Time does fly. It will be 45 years next month that we landed.
02-07-10, 08:52 PM #299
I was there too 1 st maw motor transport 1966 to 1969,Dale
02-07-10, 09:23 PM #300
Ville by 11th.Mars-HqBTN-Da Nang
I was at the 11MARS-HQBTN located to the North of Freedom Hill and below 1st MARDIV. There was a ville there just outside th wire and we got sappers through our wire and I remember a RVN gal we called "Terry" after Terry and the Pirate. She hated the VC & NVA and warned us of an all out attack 08/11/1969 and sure enough we killed 12 in the wire the next nite. Took a bunch of 122 mm's and ground fire too. Of course, rank didn't listen but we did and were ready. I hope she made it. I got assigned to a reactionary force for patrols and convoy security duty and so went out to Liberty Bridge, Hoi An and An Hoa. Anybody remember those places and times? What was the name of that ville? We didn't go out there very often but when we walked back in from the indian territory we came through "skivvie valley". Some "local trading" went on there for boom-boom for cigarettes and so forth.
Lastly I would like to remember my best friends: Cpl. Samuel A. Williams-2515621 and LCPL carl Joe Russell-2515607. R.I.P. , they died 2 years back. One leukemia and one we don't know. VA said carl "just died".
Semper Fi, Gentlemen.
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