90th Replacement Battalion

Processing and Assignment in Long Binh
“They had you coming and going!”

VIETNAM 90th Replacement Entrance Road

There were a couple of busses at the Bien Hoa Air Base patiently awaiting our arrival to take us to our next destination. That was 90th Replacement Battalion, situated on the road to Saigon between the village of Bien Hoa and the huge base at Long Binh. There we would be assigned a unit we would serve with in Vietnam.
The bus ride to 90th Replacement was relatively short and everyone seemed exhausted from the long flight.

VIETNAM 90th Replacement Barracks

When we arrived, we filed off the busses and were assigned to barracks where we were to await processing and assignment. We were marched into the long building, which had a concrete floor, wooden walls that were built with each slat at an angle so the wind could blow through and ventilate the building, wire screen on the inside of the walls and a tin roof.

VIETNAM 90th Replacement PX

90th Replacement Post Exchange

The next morning after chowing down at the mess hall, we all lined up on the parade field where they called names of those who have been assigned a unit. These were called shipping formations and were held every two or three hours. My name was not called the first day, so I had to wait at least another day to find out where I was going.

That night two of us were assigned perimeter guard duty. Around the perimeter of each firebase, there were bunkers constructed with sand bags where you stand watch for any enemy infiltration. The other guy with me said just a week ago a sapper came through the perimeter wire and slit the throats of the guys on our bunker. I figured he just made that story up, so I would stay up all night and pull his watch while he slept. Well, it worked, as I didn’t get one wink of sleep.

There was rumors floating around, that our units up north were experiencing heavy casualties. I just had a feeling, I would be one of their replacements, especially with my MOS of 11 Delta (recon).

VIETNAM 90th Replacement Out-processing

The next day as a large group of us was lined up in formation, the guy next to me offered me a chew. I did smoke at that time, but had never tried a chew before. I accepted his offer and put a small wad of Red Man in my mouth. Just as my name was called with orders for my new unit, everything started spinning around me. I heaved my last two meals all over the parade field. Needless to say, that was a moment of great embarrassment!

Call it a case of the nerves or the affects of chewing tobacco on my system, or maybe a combination of both, I just received orders to report to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division…

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Photos courtesy of SP4 David Ross Diser (Payroll Specialist
90th Replacement Battalion, 12/10/66-12/01/67)

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171 responses to “90th Replacement Battalion

  1. Jim Dugan

    This memory of the first days at the 90th Replacement Bn. in Long Binh is very accurate. It is very similar to my memory of the time. The only difference is, when my assignment came, it was to the 90th Replacement itself, but not at Long Binh. I was assigned to its R&R processing company at Camp Alpha, Tan Son Nhut, a much better assignment.

    • Bill Kling

      I also was at the 90th from 9/68-8/69. I worked about 6 months of this time as an interpreter managing the searches of Vietnamese nationals and foreigners who worked somewhere in the Battalion area. The remainder of the time, I ran the 8pm-8am shift at the guardhouse and also helped keep things under control at the Enlisted Man’s Club since there was always a fight brewing there. I spent a lot of time in my off hours in the commo van (it was air-conditioned) and helped man the switchboard if the guy on duty needed a break.

      • December 68 to January 70 I think that i took your job at 90th Replacement. My Vietnamese came because I spent so much time with the Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian staff at the gate. Tet nerves by USARV for 1969 led to them putting all of us on guard through the night at the wires, etc. Each of us got a few grenades and extra ammo. In fact I was one of the guys who got an M 14 rather than the M 16. I got to squat in the swamp between the gate and the main battalion grounds from dark until the AM. It is amazing how shapes in the darkness began to take on form after a few hours. Small world.

      • Welcome Home Robert…

      • Daniel Brister

        I probably saw you guys hundreds of times,i drove one of the Busses picking up replacements at Bin Hoa air base .I was there 4/68 until 6/69 ,I was in country from 2/68 thru 8/69 i was transferd from 1ST Log Com. to Saigon Support Com.

      • Welcome Home Daniel…

      • RbtGalt@aol.com

        Yup. Coming into country, I [like everybody] just sat wide-eyed, trying to figure out my new surroundings. At time of departure, I prayed silently, that nothing untoward would happen to prevent us from boarding the out of country jet.

    • What year at camp alpha?. I I was a pay clerk from 12/12/66- 12/1/67 at the 90th. one of my memories is of processing in a new co for ALPHA. a few weeks later I was just one those standing in line to go to Tokoyo, He spotted me, took me into his airconditioned hootch and had all the R&R stuff done there. Upon return from R&R he spotted me waiting for transportation back to Lon BIen. saif his driver had just for there but i I could take his jeep and they would pick it up in day or. Not the way e4’s are normally treated!!!!. I am working on my RVN memoirs now

      some rambings can be seen at the web site below..

      • usastruck

        Welcome Home David…

      • Jim Dugan

        I was at Camp Alpha from June 1969 to June 1970.

      • Joe Melchiorre

        I arrived in Nam, August 16th 1967. I was assigned to Bien Hoa Army camp, 2 days later. When I got there they did not need me, so shipped me back to the 90th Repo Depot. At one time we were the 91st Finance & then however the Military works we got switched to 10th Finance. Our SSG was Bob Schnug, our LT, was Ken Pierce. Other guys in the unit included Merle Breymeyer, Don Kanable, Frenchy Lamouriex ( not sure of spelling), Sam Cotter, Thurmond Munson ( I think), a black guy named Holland, Flap Henson. My DEROS was August 3rd, 1968. Does this help?? I was from the Philadelphia, PA area.

      • Rod Jones

        I came through the 90th Replacement in June 1967 and was stationed at Tan San Nhut with Hq MACV. I ended up staying in Vietnam for 33 months because I was single and made more money there with the combat pay.

      • Bud Shoemate

        I had a Major like that in the AG’s office, he didn’nt like for you to even salute unless other officers were around.

    • Harold E Hayes

      I to was assigned to the 90th Replacement Battalion. I worked in the Battalion S-2/3 section as the operations sargent from April 69 until May 1970. Harold Hayes, also known as Sugarbear. I made monthly visits to Camp Alpha (22 Replacement Co.) to inspect training and security records. When were you in Vietnam?

      • usastruck

        Welcome Home Harold…

      • Robert G. Galt

        Sugar Bear? You were the fellow who handled the radio communications while was there. I hardly remembered a single name of the people that year, but “sugar bear” was one name that stuck. I got there December 1968 and left January 1969.

    • Dennis Alt – Sp/5, 178th Replacement Co., 90th Replacement Bn., USARV, 20Jun1968 – 8Sep1970

    • Bud Shoemate

      I worked at the Camp Alpha R&R processing from June ’67 – Jan ’68.

      • Robert G. Galt

        You served until January 1968? Were you at 90th Replacement for the Tet?

      • Jim Dugan

        I missed you by a year and a half Bud. I was assigned to Camp Alpha from June 1969 to June 1970.

      • David Diser, sp4m 73C20

        this is a repeat from above.”i, an e4 finance clerk processed in your CO, i don;t remember the date. I was at camp alpha on my way to japan for r&R (had two, august and november 67″) and he saw me, welcomed me like a long lost friend, took me into his air conditioned hootch, had the money changers etc come there to processs me. upon returning to RVN he saw me. said the jeep to Long Binh had just left but if I wanted to take his jeep, he would send someone to get it the next day. I declined as I was not familiar with the routeback, but thats not the way e4′s are normally treated. and not like the officers later at FT Meade, MD.,

  2. usastruck

    What really stands out in my mind was the rumors floating around, that our units up north were experiencing heavy casualties.

    • Jim Dugan

      In 1969, I think the media wanted to see heavy casualties, especially since the U.S. was responding to the ’68 Tet Offensive. It made for better headlines. And remember in the North you had the Marines, 4th Infantry, Americal Division, 173rd, and 101st Airborne, plus a smattering of 5th Special Forces all over the place. This was story stuff. If they had no story, they were invented by the media. I’m certain every unit saw its share of fighting and casualties, but during my tour, ’69-’70, it was pretty calm.

  3. usastruck

    Speaking of the media wanting to see heavy casualties. It was all about ‘body counts’ as a way of keeping score to see who was winning or losing the war.
    Sadly to say it was almost like a game. We had a guy in our Scout platoon that had at least sixty confirmed enemy kills…

  4. Kurt Schatz (Cav 12)

    All that I can recall about that place was someone over a PA system asking if anyone wanted to volunteer to go to the 1/9 Cav and I did!!!

    I was at that place for an hour before departing (maybe they didn’t want me to know something)

  5. Mike Klauer

    Served at the 90th Replacement Bn from 1967-68 as a Finance clerk. Would like to hear from others who served at that time–Lt. Kikuchi was our commanding officer at HQTRS.

    Mike Klauer

    • Jim Dugan

      Mike, there are several places where you can hook up with veterans of the 90th Replacement. One is Military.com, they have a page for the 90th or, Two, I have started a Facebook page for the 90th Replacement Bn-Vietnam. The Facebook page is designed to get all members together in one place, all companies regardless of date of tour. Check it out, I think you’ll like it.

      Jim Dugan, Sp/5
      178th Repl Co
      Camp Alpha 69-70

    • Larsen G.R.

      Just saw your post. I also was at the 90th, 259th from Feb 67 to Feb 68, I worked in the commo van, as years have gone by I have less bad things to say about the 90th, I could have had it worse. I do remember some of the people in finance, or maby where they changed the money from greenbacks to MPC since there names fit there MOS one was named Penny the other Cash.

    • Joe Melchiorre

      Hi Mike:
      I was attached to the 90th Repo Depot from August 67-August 68. I was a Finance Clerk, 10th FDS, 73C20 MOS. Lt. Pierce was our CO, SSG Schnug was our NCOIC. I do not remember you. Get in touch & I will throw some more names of the guys in my unit. We were second floor hooch, above transportation.
      Joe Melchiorre

      • Joe,
        I remember you. I was Sgt/SPC 5 Nick Nichenko. Actually, my first name is Leonard. People at work call me Len. Being in Finance was like the M.A.S.H. TV show. As I think back on it there were many laughs. I work at a company called FLIR Systems, Inc. I live in West Linn Oregon which is south of Portland. What’s going on in your world?


    • Gary Larsen

      Just saw your post I was at the 90th 67-68 (feb) most time spent in the commo van don’t think we had a commanding officer, do not remember one anyway Bn commanding officer was something like LTC Bingham or something like that.
      Gary Larsen

    • George Schwartz

      I was assigned to the 90th in January 68 and got there about a week before TET. Worked in the data processing section.. Our hootch was up by the road and at the far end from the Officer’s Club.

    • Mike Klauer I was down the road from your billets 1968/69 ti ti time then to main post with USARV palace guard, Jeff Kessen sp/4 us army. 11b20

    • I was a pay clerk from 12/12/66- 12/1/67 at the 90th. You may have replaced me. I am working on my RVN memoirs now.
      I don’t recall Lt. Kikuchi , my original personnel officer was DH WHeeler, wo4, replaced by SFC Nelson and LT Robin S kent.
      two names I remember from our office were Jim Cousins and Tom Scully. some of my “other duites” included trips to Long Binh to 91st Fiance and pickup messagess and drive Wheelers laundry to bien Hoa.

      my temporary web site is http://ddiser.tripod.com/RVN_MEMOIRS/RVN_MEMOIRS.htm.

      • i just came across a plaque was given to me by cohorts when I left the 90th for “outstanding performance.” not sure about all that and I just trashed the plaque as the part was mssing. but i did find the names of those giving it to me.
        It had at one time a map of vietnam and the unit logo. the list of those giving it to me where ”
        Jim Cousins,
        Tom scully,
        Chas (i assume SFC neilsen) ,
        R.S.K, ( aka Lt Robins S kent,
        G Kikuch,
        “ARM” (no idea)
        KLAUER, I just cannot place you in my photo’s
        W dunn
        Henry Prior. N

    • i note that you write “at that time–Lt. Kikuchi was our commanding officer at HQTRS. ” and I don’t remember him but he is llsted as contributing to my “outstanding perfromance ” award that Jim Cousins and Tom Scully initiated but even so, Robins S kent was the personnel officer and SFC Neilsen as his assistant. also, your write about the “10TH Finance, That is strange to me also. our dsibursing office was the 91st Fin, at Long Binh Post.

    • John Davis

      Mike I was at the 10 Finance Section in Oct. 67. Did you know anyone there.

      • I have numerous recent blogs here so I am not going to be redundant but I don’t remember you nor the 10th, I only dealt with 91st. I have pictures on ritz pics that I can give you asscess to, so please send me your real email address. Also my memoirs are at the web site below.They have become verbose and I am going to clean them up. Where you located at Long Binh post or LBJ?

      • John Davis

        We were at Ton Son Nhut. I understand after I left they combined with the 91st finance company. Our building and living quarters were near the golf course it was our line of defense. I usually went to Long Bien, Bear Cat, Bein hoa, and CuChi, and all other places around Saigon that the Sgt. Major wanted to go.

    • David Diser, finance clerk, 90th Repln


      • Joe Melchiorre

        I arrived in Vietnam August 16Th 1967 & DEROS, August 3rd 1968. I was assigned to the Finance Unit at Bien Hoa Army Camp & when I got there they reassigned me to the 9OTH REPO DEPOT. Lets see, their was Lt. Ken Pierce, SSGT Bob Schnug, Sgt. Don Kanable, Spec 4 Merle Breymeyer. Other guys were Thurmond, Holland, Cotter, Lamorieux, Greenhall, Henson A black guy from Mississippi, first name was George. Yes, I remember them hitting 3rd Ord, a couple times when I was there.

    • Rob Bicknell

      Hello Mike,
      I’m looking for information on S/Sgt Andrew J. Dawson who was sent to the 90th from Ft Campbell. Don’t know the year.
      Could you help?

  6. Harry D Worley

    I was at the 90th, May through December of 1969. I assigned people to all units under the 20th Engr Bde.

  7. I am looking for contact with brothers from my first unit I was with permanent party with 19th dpu @ 90th repl bn. anybody out there? tet 1968

  8. Steven Kennedy

    I was assigned to HHC, Saigon Support Command and detailed to the Transportation Section on the 90th at Long Binh. (First Ride In / Last Ride Out) We would transport outbound personnel to the Air Base at Bein Hoa and return with inbound personnel. We also made runs from LBJ to the Third Field Hospital in Saigon and on occasion we would transport personnel to Camp Alpha at Tan Son Nhut AFB.

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Steven! I’ll never forget the bus ride from Bein Hoa Air Base to 90th Replacement, late at night, when I arrived ‘In-Country’…

    • Joe Melchiorre

      Transportation lived in the hooch below Finance . Often rode shotgun for you guys going into Bien Hoa Airbase. Was there from August 67-August 68.

    • Brian Hjort


      I try to find any photos of Sergeant First Class Hugh William McQueen served in 90th Replacement Bn, Camp Alpha from 7th july 1965 to 06th August 1966, can anyone help me


    • danny brister

      Steven, my name is Danny Brister; I was with the transpotation section at the 90th in 68 and 69 what year were you there, cannot forget those night rides thru Bien Hoa driving blackouts, we look like a train going thru town we were so close together, I know we sure scared some new replacements, scared myself sometimes. We carried troops to Saigon Cu Chi, Bear Cat and places; I don’t remember the names we had some intresting trips, we even crried the white house press when Nixon came over, we carried the Bob Hope show, we transported prisoners to airport transported wounded to airport we hauled just about any kind of warm body over there night and day.

      • usastruck

        Welcome Home Dan…

      • Joe Melchiorre

        Hi Danny, WELCOME HOME. I was with the finance team, we hooched above transportation. I was there from August 67- August 68. Sometimes rode shotgun for transportation, something to do when we had a lull. We changed currency for incoming & outgoing troops. We were usually the last unit to get them when they came through processing
        My name is Joe Melchiorre.

      • Dan Coleman

        Hi Danny.I was at the 90th from Sep 68 to Aug 69 – I just came across this in hope of making contact with anyone who was there at that time. I was part of the processing team sending the troops to their various assignments. Regards, Dan dan.coleman@live.com.au

      • Steve Donovan

        Hi Danny, I was at the 24th Evac in Long Binh, ’66-’67. If possible I’d like more details on the blackout runs thru Bien Hoa. I had to drive to Bien Hoa a few times around midnight to spring somebody out of the drunk tank. It was spooky in a single vehicle. We also drove blackout, but we had no idea what the true security situation was. Once we came around a curve and zoomed right between two columns of armed
        Vietnamese wearing khaki type uniforms. They were patrolling the two ditches on either side of the road. No idea if they were local militia or friendlies or what. Please send me your email address, thanks!

  9. norm theriault

    I was with the 352nd Trans. Co. all of 1968..within walking distance of the 90th….

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Norman…

      • Norm Theriault

        Thanks very much…didn’t spend much time at the 90th…my Company area was a 2 or 3 minute walk up from the 90th…(actually rotated to the 261st TC after my first 6 months)…good to hear from you…I revisit that place often in my mind….

  10. Glenn Shawgo

    I too was with the 90th Replacement Battallion, 259th Replacement Co. 70-71. I worked in the Customs Shakedown Building. Quite an interesting job. Miss the guys from the 259th!

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Glenn…

    • do I have story for you. I was payroll clerk from 12/12/66-12/1/67 at the 90th . I suppose it was your type that searched outgoing bags for contraband., most likely a hand grenander , chiness weapon etc. One night they came across a hugh snake. I have a picture of it in box/crate taken from about 30′ , i was not getting any closer. we finally were ordered to destroy it, those dam AGC type. It will be on my web page soon. but in the meantime anybody want it, email me. Sitting on the box crate are thompson and scully

      PS that was the end of using thier bare hands to search.

  11. Jim Dugan

    We have a few guys who served with the 259th at the 90th Replacement Bn-Vietnam on Facebook. It’s the gathering place for members of the battalion only. If you are on Facebook, you are welcome to join.

    • Glenn Shawgo

      Thanks! Yes, I am on facebook. Do you have a list of names?

      • Jim Dugan

        The group is composed of members from all 5 companies of the 90th Replacement Bn. I started the group just for cadre and those who were attached. No outsiders who are looking for non-90th members who happened to have passed through and then moved on. I have members from all compaies, all eras of the war. I have become a historian of the battalion and, although I don’t know the whole story yet, I have managed to piece together 90% of a summary history of its time in Vietnam from 1965 to March 29, 1973 when it left Vietnam. My e-mail is: jimdugan1@msn.com. I was a Sp/5 at the 178th at Camp Alpha, 1969-70.

  12. Danny Brister

    I was in the saigon support command,assighened to the 90th replacement bus company.I drove from April 1968 to june 1969.Was anyone there when Mike Verhaighe was killed in a car wreck.

  13. john Flanagan


    Did you know Gary Hayes? He was the 20th Engr liason at the 90th from June 1969 to August 1970. He and I went to AIT together and arrived at 90th on the same plane. I ended up at HHC in Bien Hoa, and would substitute for Gary when he went on R&R/leave. The guys at the 90th threw a nice party for me when I was leaving for home.

    John Flanagan

  14. Joe Melchiorre

    Hi Len:
    I think I remember you. After I came back to the WORLD, I barbered for a living. I had my own business for 9 years, got divorced, went to work for Lockheed Martin Corp (LMC) I suffered a knee injury in Nam, finally went after the VA for comp & got 70% disability, but am IU, so have the benefits of 100%. Happily married, to a LADY I went to high school with. She retires April 2012 & we plan on spending winters in Florida. All in all, life is good. We live about 2 miles west of Valley Forge, PA, in the town of Phoenixville. We have a nice 3 bedroom rancher. Send me a picture of yourself. My e-mail address is haircutter65@gmail.com

  15. Harry D Worley

    Hi John. I don’t remember the name, but I’ve always been terrible with names. I was also 20lth Engr laison at long bihn, from May to December of ’69, so I’m sure I knew him. Do know where he is now? What did he look like? Maybe I can remember him by that. Good to hear from you.

    • john Flanagan

      Harry: Email address is jflanagan7@verizon.net. Let’s take offline and I’ll send you old/new photos of Gary and me.
      Your name is so familiar to me and since I subbed for Gary when he went on R&R/leave and TDY at Tan Son Knut I do believe we worked together…been 42 years now so memory is not spot on.



  16. Arrived at the 90th in Long Binh long after dark on 01/12/70. All barracks were full so our plane load had to sleep on the parade ground on cots. Was sent to Phu Bi with the 101st, not needed there(I was a comcenter specialist), sent DaNang(DaNang Signal Co). After a month was sent to NaTrang, not needed again. Ironically I ended back at the 90th and stayed there until December. I worked in the warehouse handing out Jungle uniforms to those coming in country and Khakis to those going home.

    • usastruck

      Sounds like you made the rounds!
      Welcome Home Fred…

    • Just for the record, the sign in front of our warehouse at Long Binh had a sign in front that said. “Central Issue Facility” “29th General Support GP.” “Operated By” “299th S &S Battalion” I was assigned there from mid to late February thru mid December 1970. While there I was promoted form PFC to SP/4, in the only open slot, Graves Registration. When I got sent back to the World, I was assigned to the morgue at Ft Lee VA. I had to do a lot of talking to get out of the morgue and assigned to a Signal Unit, my training and MOS was Communications Specialist. Got assigned to a Signal unit and mowed grass, picked up cigarette butts and worked in a mess hall for the next year, before I got a six month drop. Swore I would never wear a government uniform again. Was wrong, since March 1985 I have been A Letter Carrier with the USPS. Post Office time plus Military combined, I have almost 30 years in uniform.

      • Fred L Harris

        FYI: blew out a knee and retired from the USPS on March 31st 2013. 30 1/2 years of Government service.

  17. usastruck

    Welcome Home Fred and Merry Christmas…

  18. terry ferguson

    worked in motor pool and drove a wter truck 1968-70 ferguson

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Terry…

    • I worked for CIF at the 90th and drove a raggidy duce and a half out of that motor pool. It had the record for the number of gigs for any truck there. Painted the wrong color OD green, I believe it had a 5 Ton engine in it, it smoked, was very loud and I drove it with the top off and winshield folded down(wore goggles). We used it for our “trash” truck at CIF for trips to the dump. Was a lot of fun driving it to the dump. The locals really stared at it.

  19. George K. Rosenbaum

    I am George Rosenbaum, I served at Long My Depot outside Qui Nhon September 69 – June 70.
    From June 69 thru September served as Security Guard on the DPO yard in Phu Tai. Pulled guard duty on all the towers and at the Tank Farm in Qui Nhon ( fuel storage). At Long My pulled guard and did inventory in all the warehouses. Memories are vague as I drank/smoked too much. I was called Chicken Man.

  20. Jimbo

    Arrived at the 90th in May 1968, and got stuck there for days. We were to arrive at Bien Hoa airfield But, the war had other plans. So, I arrived at Tan Son Nhut field, and we were transported on a non-A/C bus out to Long Binh. No gear no clothes, they got ‘lost or misplaced’ So, I was stuck at the 90th Replacement for days, I remember – it was hot, in those dang khakis. They refused to give us any jungle gear. Also, since we were inappropriately dressed, we generally did little to no KP or any duty just hung around and sweated our b***s off. Finally, near a week there was sent upto II Corps, where I did most of my Nam duty. Oh, my lost duds caught up with me — months later in II Corps. Never, went back to the 90th. Oddly, did depart from Nam, @ Tan Son Nhut, not Bien Hoa. Thanks for your sharing.

  21. Don Schibbelhut

    Donald Schibbelhut , Worked in out processing in the 259th Replacement Co. from Jan 1968 to Sept 1969 gave orientations to troops leaving country worked right under the “Going Home Report Here” sign. Worked for Lt. Nehuis (not sure if I spelled his name right)

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Don…

    • James F. Dugan

      Welcome Home Don! My name is Jim Dugan. I was assigned to the 178th Replacement Co. at Camp Alpha (June ’69-June ’70). We did R&R Processing for the 90th and MACV out of Tan Son Nhut. I have become an amateur historian of the 90th Replacement Bn. I know most of where it has been and what eventually happened to it after Vietnam. The last U.S. soldier to leave Vietnam in 1973 was one of ours. My e-mail is: jimdugan1@msn.com

      • usastruck

        James, if you have any photos of 90th Replacement that you would like to share, send them my way and I will post them…

    • I was also with the 259th, 90th replacement Battalion 68 and 69. Don I remembered you so well and wondered how you were doing and hoping every thing was great with you. I have tried to locate you, with no success.
      would love to get in contact with you, if possible. Jerry Smith Oct. 2014

  22. Mike Goodrich

    My father was assigned to the 90th Replacement Battalion in Vietnam during both tours. He was Captain Thomas B. Goodrich, Jr. Not sure of the exact dates but believe first tour began in 1967 and the second in 1970. Not sure of the specific company. He passed away in 1998 of cancer. The VA ruled his death service connected due to exposure to Agent Orange. Would like to hear from anyone who remembered him and may have pictures. He talked very little of his time in Vietnam and I only have one photograph of him while he was there.

    • usastruck

      This is a great place to begin your search…

      • Mike Goodrich

        This past weekend, I found a gold mine of documents that my mom had stored in a large Rubbermaid bin. It was most of my father’s military records from the time of his appointment in April 1962 until his retirement in June 1984. I found orders, award citations and other documents. Initial reading indicates he was assigned to the 178th Replacement Company, 90th Replacement Battalion during his second tour from 1970 until 1971. I still need to find the exact dates.

    • tom laitinen

      Hi, Your Dad was known in the Battalion HQ as “Tom 1″. I served with him as “Tom 4″. Sorry to hear of his passing. I do have some pic’s. I’m in Florida for the winter but will get to the photo’s next summer. Glad to share them with you. We also had a “Tom 2″ who was the Bn S2. We served under Col. Ed Weber

      • Mike Goodrich

        Thanks so much for response and would absolutely love to see any photos you may have.

      • Mike, the only photos that I can offer at this time are on my post about 90th Replacement…

      • MT_Goodrich

        Hello…..was responding to someone who remember my dad and worked with him. Said he was in Florida for winter but would look when he returned home.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Mike Goodrich

        Hoping Tom Laitinen is still checking this site. Still hoping to see photos he mention. Thank you!

  23. Bud Shoemate

    Don’t know if this site is still running or not, but I was with the 9th div Admin. but attached to the 178th at Camp
    Alpha. I processed R&R for my unit from June ’67 through Jan ’68.

  24. Richard Weeks

    I was stationed at the 90th as a liaison for the 34 General Support Group. You story and picture brings back many memories.

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Richard…

    • Joe Melchiorre

      What year were you at the 90th. I was with the 10th Finance Section, August 67- August 68. Where was your hooch? We were right next to the officers swimming pool, built right before I rotated home.

      • pool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we were luck to have any water (other than rain) at all, potable or non potable. On most occassions the shower water was used up by casuals as we had to work from 7:30-7;30Pm. (except Sunday) We only had warm water if had been in the water tower all day and was heated by the sun. Ps if you fogot, potable water was clear enough to see the bugs, non potable was too murky to see the bugs.
        as for 10th Finance Section, our disbursing was done by 91st Finance at Long BInh Post. as for “Often rode shotgun for you guys going into Bien Hoa Airbase’, I often drove there and back by myself , and every sunday, Dh Wheeler, CW4, Personnel Office would have me drive is :Laundry to Bien HOa and also get the jeep washed, same place, same water. I abstained from other available activites. You have to read my web page to see why! I am searching Special orderes and my final unit in RVN was the 381st Repl Co. It seems to me that we personnel office types were in 18th and HDQ & HDQ units.

      • You guys have not talked about the wonderful sanitary conditions at the 90th and since we may have over lapped you may be in one of my

  25. Denis O'Connor

    I was at the 90th foriic Worked with Nick Nichenko never knew his name was Lenoard// Larry Tronco Neil MIranda Lt Weisgerber Greg Chapman Jack Bonney John Claudell and Flap \Sp5 Denis O’Connor

  26. Joe , in the short period I have been active on this blog a lot of things I remember and many not. I left 90th (long binh junction on 12/1/67) , spo we should have over lapped. The plaque I found that my co workers gave me for “outstanding” service, not sure about all that but has the following names.
    Jim Cousins, Tom Scully, chas ( assume that was sfc Neilsen), Lt Robin S kent, G Kikuchi (don’ remember him), “ARm”, KLauer, (he Has stuff here but cannot place him), W Dunn, George ?, Henry Prior. I trashed the plaque as it was rotting but saved the metal list of contributors.
    I don’t recall a 10Th Finance, all my memory is of 91st Finance which was located at Long Bing.
    I expect to get a memory boost as I just ordered a copy of My 214 from Army Archives. At least see what units at 90th I was assigned to.


    as of my departure, we were just beginning to process low officers at long binh as they were processed at Camp Alpha. So we did not have enough officers at LBJ to warrant separate clubs etc.

    where was the 10TH physically located.

    oh ya, as far as I recall, Camp Alpha was kept open at Ton son Hut mainly because all R&R flights where via Pan AM and they did not like the security at Bein HOa.

    I note that james Dugan, and others above refer to alpha as the 178th Rep company and others as the 22nd. I think the 22nd replacement battalion, up north opened in Mid 1967! I am not writing a history fo he 90th but only the way I remember it.

    • Jim Dugan

      Dave, The information I have from my historical research was that the 22nd Replacement Bn was at Camp Alpha for a short time before they were sent to Cam Ranh Bay permanently. That’s probably why they are confused with the 178th. The 90th Repl Bn moved to Long Binh in 1967 with the rest of the support units. The move was Westmoreland’s idea and was called, Operation M.O.O.S.E. The 178th was chosen to run MACV’s R&R program so they returned for that purpose. The 90th served under 3 commands during its time in Vietnam, 1st Log 65-67, USARV 67-72, and MACV at the end 72-73. The 90th was the last intact unit to leave Vietnam. It was deactivated by the Army on March 29, 1973 at Oakland. It is no longer a replacement battalion and has been activated and de-activated under various designations since. The 90th Personnel Company at Ft. Stewart, Georgia is the current designation.

      • ok, yes we were under 1st log. I remember there logo being a blue titled out house. Our commander at USARV was a General Cole. he lost his star and became Colonel Cole due his lack of oversight of the Px’s scandle in Germany. Sgt major of the Army wooldridge was repirmanded for the same thing and served his time on as a sgt major. I reaserchedsome this on the web, I found more about woolridge than Cole.

        The only show we were allowed to see was Nancy Sinatra, at 1st Log.
        I live in the baltimore washington area and it seemed to me that a local construction company was using the same logo as 1stlog.

      • Jim Dugan

        Most of the units who were under 1st Log continued to wear that shoulder patch. After the move to Long Binh, 1st Log fell under USARV command along with 1st Avn, 44th Med, 18th MP’s and most of the engineer groups. The 90th Repl Bn however, was placed directly under USARV and wore the USARV shoulder patch until 1972 when USARV was deactivated. The 90th then wore the MACV patch. In fact, everyone left in Vietnam in 1973 was under MACV command directly until they processed out.

      • You guys have not talked about the wonderful sanitary conditions at the 90th and since we may have over lapped you may be in one of my pictures so send me your email address and I will send a link to my temporary photos, snake, helicopter crash, dungy burning and more.

    • Joe Melchiorre

      Yes, we were 91st Finance, & then in early 1968 the mucky mucks decided to change to 1oth Finance. I remember a George Lewis, a black guy from Mississippi. Their was a LT. Ken Pierce, SSGT. Bob Schnug, Merle Breymeyer, Sgt. Don Kanable, I remember a guy from California, not his name, but he was gay, some guy named Thurmond, from Kentucky, Sam Cotter, from Chicago, Duane ( Frenchy) Lamoreaux, frfom Sacramento, Calif, a guy named Flap Henson, he was in the watts riots. That about all I come up with now. Where do you live?

      • ok, i would drive guys from LBJ to 91st Finance to get paid or a casual for H & C part pay. Often there would be long lines to the cashiers and we would be escorted to the back to get them paid quickly so we would help get 91st personnel on flight out quickly for R &R or home.
        I remember reading in a post paper that “lost near 91st Finance a small brown pag.” after picking up cash, the officer’s would place the bag on the top of the jeep, take out their sidearm, reload, get into the jeep and drive off forgetting the bag on top.

  27. Richard A. Clarey

    I was cadre personnel at Camp Alpha from Dec 65 to Dec 66. LBJ was just being built when I returned to US. We would transport troops to LBJ at night in caravans when they started processing in country personnel toward the end of 66. I was originally assigned to the 1st Infantry Div, however when I got there it didn’t matter what your MOS was, they needed lots of positions filled just to handle the incoming troops. It was the start of the big buildup. I became a processing person for enlisted at Camp Alpha for the first six months, then processed in officers for a few months, then kept the camp population on a board until I rotated. I haven’t seen much info about people there when I was. I live in the New Orleans area and would like to hear from anyone stationed there when I was. I think I have a few pictures of Camp Alpha somewhere and will try to find them and post if I can get some email addresses. Had to spend a few nights up at LBJ when it was jungle, scary times.

  28. bud shoe

    It sounds like we were all around Camp Alpha about the same time.. I was with the 9th Division but was attached to the 178th as R&R laison for my division from June ’67 untill mid Jan ’68.

    • I know that we were in several companies, HHD, 18th but I was surpised to see that my orders leaving RVN show my Unit as 178th. do you have photos of you at that time? send me soem and i will try to mact up with the few cadre photos. MY work on my memoirs was delayed by recent health issues.

    • Ken Schauer

      I remember the 9th Div laison, were you not out of Chu Lie? I think you or another laison were there after getting hit by 50 cal rounds ? We also had an Aussie Laison for awhile. In the states I was on the Fire Dept in Westlake OH with Jack Clare he was with the 9th, don’t remember when though.

  29. Ken Schauer

    Just decided to look up my old Unit in Nam. I was with the 178th at Camp Alpha, March ‘ 67 to April ’68. Luckily on my way home one day prior to TET. I was the medic known only as “Doc ” Don’t remember to many names, Mike Kelly, Reagan, Bob Gambatese, Lyman Low (Chinese kid we called Ho Chi Low). Any names ring a bell??

    • David Diser, finance clerk, 90th Repln

      i, an e4 finance clerk processed in your CO, i don;t remember the date. I was at camp alpha on my way to japan for r&R (had two, august and november 67″) and he saw me, welcomed me like a long lost friend, took me into his air conditioned hootch, had the money changers etc come there to processs me. upon returning to RVN he saw me. said the jeep to Long Binh had just left but if I wanted to take his jeep, he would send someone to get it the next day. I declined as I was not familiar with the routeback, but thats not the way e4’s are normally treated. and not like the officers later at FT Meade, MD.,

  30. Randy Helmer

    I arrived at the 90th July 31 1968. The first night I was there we went on red alert. I was scared out of my mind. They told us to stay on our bunks for one reason or another. I couldn’t figure out at the time why they didn’t give us a weapon. After all we were in Vietnam. The next four days was not a pleasant experience. For the next two days I carried shit to the burn pit. I wasn’t a very big guy so I had to wrap both of my arms around the cut off barrels. As I struggled to carry the barrels the shit slopped all over my uniform. What a mess. Many of the guys with me were throwing up. For the next two days I was promoted to burning shit. I didn’t have to carry it so it was a step up. On the fifth day in country my unit picked me up. I ended up in Long Binh at the 44th signal bn as a com center specialist. So as you can see I do have a very good memory of the 90th replacement.

  31. Danny Jones

    Danny Jones
    Arrived at the 90th in July 67 with orders to 16th Sig Com down in Saigon. The army, in it’s infinite wisdom, had awarded me a Commo MOS without benefit of advanced training. Was told in morning formation to report to H&HD, where I was offered a job right there at 90th commo. I eagerly took it, learned as I went, and did my entire tour right there at the commo van. Not bad duty. Glad to see a post from Gary Larsen. I remember ‘Laser’ very well, along with Sligh, Faulkner and others whose faces I can see, but whose names no longer come to mind. Long ago and far away……

    • The only person I can think of at the 90TH in communications was ????
      he had a bullet go between his ear and his radio.He was transfereed to the 90th after recuperation. I :assume” you were one of those who “twixed” the 201 file to USARV for assignments. send me an email and I will send you the link to my pictures on ritzpics. CWO d.h wheeler referred to that as the stream and he oftened has searches done for those not with army training in a field but civilian experience. ythey were then kept at 90th

      • Danny Jones

        The guy you’re thinking of must be Faulkner. Lost part of an ear in a near miss with the Cav. He was at 90th Commo when I got there. Good guy. As were most of ‘em.

  32. Bob Raymond

    I was the Saigon Support Command Liaison Personnel Management Specialist for the 520th/538th PSC in Bien Hoa. I was stationed at the 90th Repl Bn from April 67 until August 1967. I worked next to the the data processing hooch, but usually late at night when it was cooler. My job was to assign all E4 and below to units in the Saigon Support area. So, I dealt with cooks, drivers, finance, clerks, just about anything other than combat arms. That was another team. So, I sent you guys to good places! I maintained a manual inventory of MOS’ and authorized levels at each of the units. I would update the inventories with rosters of soldiers coming in and leaving and try to maintain levels at each unit, Nothing personal about it, just numbers. I remember how bad the chow was there. I hope they shot that cook, although I must admit the midnite chow wasn’t too bad. Never went to the clubs. I was reassigned when I came back from R&R.

    • David Diser, 73c20

      do you remember DH wheeler,CW4? He was the 90th’s personnel office for the first part my tour which was 12/10/66-12/1/67. (ALL AT THE 90TH) He often had you guys pull 201s from the “stream” if he was looking for an mos but wanted those with civilain experience in that area? LIKE 73C20 WHICH is how I would up as up assigned there.

  33. Joe Melchiorre

    I must have just missed you. I arrived in country, August 16th, got assigned to Bien Hoa Army Base & when Igot there they then sent me back to the 90th. I was assigned to the Finance Team. I was 73C20. How about these names to remember, Schnug, Kanable, Breymeyer, Pierce?

  34. David Diser, sp4m 73C20

    SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND i WIll send a link to my pictures

  35. Rob

    Hello and Welcome back! I’m looking for information on ANDREW J DAWSON RA36119426. All I know at this time is that he was deployment to the 90th AG BN HHG Ta Son Nhut. Can anyone decode the abbreviations for me? I

  36. I arrived at the 90th Replacement Xmas of 69. There was a large hard bound book with lined pages I signed it and noticed 3 guys I went through basic with had also signed it within hours of me. I wonder where that book ended up anyone know?

  37. I remember the area with the post I was called to stand behind the one labeled Vinh Long. While I was at the 90th getting my gear I slept on a wooden platform with a huge tent next to a fence. Behind the fence was a large area of dog houses and dogs. My first night there I was listening to outgoing when all of sudden there was incoming what a way to get welcomed to Nam.

  38. Mike Jennings

    Had two trips to the 90th, second more enjoyable than the first. Spent my year with army transportation unit on the Saigon river. You guys remember sitting in the pews waiting for the flight home. Welcome home everyone,we are the fortunately ones!

  39. quillerm

    Arrived at 90th on Sept 13, 1968 (Friday the 13th) how appropriate. I was there for a few days waiting for transport to the 82 ABN but they changed my orders and I ended up with the 173rd at AN KHE, then down to Bao Loc. I had a pleasent vacation with the 173rd, taking in the sights and hiking trails from Tay Ninh to who knows where. One day while enjoying my day in the tropical paradise around Bao Loc My platoon Sgt and I ambushed a couple of VC that were hiking down a stream bed parallel to our positions. My Platoon Sgt wounded one of the VC. I had left my HE Rounds with my pack and couldn’t return fire with standard M-79 Shotgun rounds. They were over 50 years away, how embarrassing. We were following his blood trail which led us to a VC/RVN Base Camp. I was part of the point element and was greeted warmly by the residents via AK-47 fire. The rest of the morning was spent hugging trees while green tracers impacted around my location, at the front of the lead element on a plateau. The rest of my unit was stuck below the plateau and couldn’t help return fire. I ran out of M-79 rounds in about 20 minutes, most of my rounds impacted on vines and not the intended target. After about an hour the VC holding team stopped firing and the bad guys managed to vacate the camp with only one wounded. The date Friday the 13th of December, 1968. How appropriate.

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