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Thread: Who Remembers Dog Patch?
04-17-11, 05:47 PM #391
If You wanna see Bobby Garwood in real Life...He work's in a Gas Station in Fall's Church,Va...But He has a bunch of very Onry,very Biggg Brothers hanging around Him like White on Rice.Oh & tha Gas Station is owned by Company Boy's AKA.(CIA) out of Langely,Va...Have a very Nice Day,Boy's & Girl's
04-17-11, 06:40 PM #392
Your link was messed up, but I managed to find the album, via your profile. Some good pics there, a few were familiar. I think the one from the mountain, was from the ridge above 1St Mar Div, looking across toward 11'th Motors. Dy Lac pass is just to the left, out of the picture, and the dead end trail on the far montain side was our (11th Motors) water point.
04-18-11, 06:23 AM #393
Thanks for the info brother, 40 years ago, and I'm now 60 sooo my memory is getting a little fuzzy but I was pretty sure it was 1st MarDiv.
Here's that link again. This one works.
04-19-11, 01:21 AM #394
Heck, 60 ain't as old as it once was!
It is funny though, how some things stand out and others, that we thought we'd never forget kind of fade.
Semper FI, brother.
04-26-11, 07:28 AM #395
I was up there several times. Including the day our comm bunker for the Saigon tropo-shot was hit by a short round from a mortar the gooks had set up on the west side of the hill. They were trying to send it over into the 1st Mar Div compound. That kind of stuff was pretty common up there.
Great views of Da Nang, and the ocean on the east side of the hill, and you could see Death Valley all the way to Laos on the west side. At night on the east side, Da Nang would be all lit up, and you could see the lights from the ships out at sea. On the west side, it was pitch black except for the flashes of gun fire and explosions of the various firefights happening in the valley, and around An Hoa. It was weird ... life on one side ... death on the other.
04-26-11, 07:47 AM #396
Hi Radio Relay, I was Radio Relay Technican with the 1st MAW Headquarter Group Radio Relay Central in DaNang (Dog Patch) and also was on Monkey Mountain with MCAS-4. We had TRC-97s & TRC-27 Microwave, we also had VHF links with An Hoa using AN/GRC-10 with three bay. I was in country February 1969 through March, 1970. I graduated from RRRC in November, 1968.
04-26-11, 08:04 AM #397
Radio Call Sign and Check Request
Cherry dumplings apple pie I hear your station 5 x 5 , eennie minnie minney mooo, how do you hear my radio, over – 1963 author unknown, 2nd Light Anti Aircraft Missile Battalion
04-26-11, 08:58 AM #398
With 7th Comm, I was helping transition a TRC-97 & MRC-35 site to the ARVN's. The whole thing was a joke, because the ARVN's were lazy and never around. I was glad to be reassigned to 5th Comm.
5th Comm BN HQ, was in Da Nang, on China Beach, right next to MAG 16 Marble Mountain (awesome beach and location). We had a TRC-97 on Monkey Mountain, too. Shooting to Chu Lai, and then I think they had one shooting to Saigon, too. I was up there a few times taking parts up, assisting with fixes, and filling in. Worked with TRC-27's at a site just down from the Rock Pile, and Angry-10's in a lot of places (mostly around Da Nang, and along rte 9, and the DMZ) ... great duty! Saw a lot of I Corps.
04-26-11, 05:22 PM #399
Yes we had links also to most of the same sites: we had TRC-97 links to Chu Li, Phu Bai actually drove up Route 1 from DaNang to Phu Bai to deliver parts, and Dong Ha. We had TRC-27 links between Radio Relay Central and Monkey Mountain, and Angry 10 (I never heard it call that, I like it) to An Hoa. All of our users were Air Wing Groups and I wonder if they still segregate the Air Wings from the Marine Divisions communications links.
I went to China Beach when I had off. Most of the time had to hitch a ride there. I still remember the Bar there and the beach. I remember I could buy hard liquor at PX there, but could not buy it at the PX on base.
04-26-11, 09:25 PM #400
Dogpatch, spent some nights there for BoomBoom. Another Hawker from the hill 327 in '66-'67. Also spent time with Bn as a driver, then ran a few convoys carrying bridging.
05-26-11, 02:45 PM #401
I was with Echo battery 2/11 at An Hoa 1969-70. As the driver for gun #5, I made a ton of trips to Da Nang and drove through Dog Patch to get to Freedom Hill. After that, I was chosen to be the Co's driver and made even more trips to Da Nang. Had a lot of free time to see the sites, but was warned to stay away from Dog Patch by a MP friend I went through Boot Camp with. Oh, the memories.....(what little I still have)
06-11-11, 10:45 PM #402
Anybody out there former members of VMFA-513, Danang, 6/65 - 10/65?
06-24-11, 07:02 AM #403
In another thread, I gave some bum scoop on the aircraft that had crashed into H&MS-17 hangar.I originally said I thought it was an A-4 Skyhawk, but after getting some 35mm slides printed up, I saw it was a Navy A-7 Corsair with max combat damage loaded with sidewinder missiles that I'd helped download. I was a Staff Sergeant running the flare crew at the time with VMGR-152. I was attached out of Iwakuni, Japan. Go-men nay? (Japanese for "sorry 'bout that)
06-24-11, 09:39 AM #404
I believe that sorry about that is 'Gomen nasai' pronounced gomen nasigh. Could be wrong thopugh as I am boocoo dinkydau.
06-24-11, 11:08 AM #405
Charles, it could have been an F-8 Crusader instead of the A-7. The F-8's were given to the Navy from the last Combat Squadron Based at Danang, Mag-11, VMF(AW)235, 'The Death Angels', bout june'68. We were the northern most hangar at Danang. We gave all of our U's to them, and had to go to Iwakuni, and de-moth ball 29 F-8 C's, and get them combat ready in 29 days, at NAHA Okinawa. Made it by one day. The only reason the F-8 was droped, was it only had one engine, and the phantom had 2. The F-8 beat it in every combat test they could test them, but the phantom still made it. I believe it was a command decision, as they say. All the Plane Capt's hated the phantom as it took twice as much maintenance to make the missions. I worked on the J-79's a lot, and it was a piece of junk. The J-57 on the F-8's hummed like a hummingbird. I believe the A-7 came out in '70, not sure. Dave, you are so right on the 'Gomen-nasigh'. I believe we all had a case of the dinkydau. Semper Fi, and READY-APP.
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