90th Replacement Battalion


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

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Entrance to the 90th Replacement Battalion in Long Binh, 24 June 1971.
Photo by Sp5 Logan L. McMinn, DASPO

VIETNAM 90th Replacement Entrance Road

There were a couple of buses 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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  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.,

    • Doug Viant

      January 1967. Listened to the first Super Bowl (though they didn’t call it that) on Armed Forces Radio while drinking water out of a Lister bag. Went to the 159th Engineer Group, which was right there in Long Binh. Bien Hoa what a wonderful, charming, quaint little town. Yikes!

  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

      • I don’t use face book, any other way to send stuff, especially pics.

      • Norman Ahearn

        I was one of the original 90th Replacement Battalion personnel that deployed from Ft Benning in summer of 65. Is the facebook page still active?

      • Jim Dugan

        No Norman it’s not active. When FB made changes a few years back they wiped out all the members who had joined. The pictures also. They are constantly changing things I just let it go.

      • Welcome Home Norman…

      • David Diser

        A recent Message mentions being with the 90th in FT BEnning. That’s interesting as I did not know anything about the 90th pre Long Binh. I, from Nothern Ohio had basic, 4/30-66- 7/8/66 at Benning, Harmony Church and then assigned to it in 12/66 in RVN. But I went from Ft Benjamin Harrison, Indiana unassigned. As for the comment about messages such as can “anybody type,” A similar message, “any finance clerks?” got me assigned in time to avoid sanding bagging also.

    • 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?

        Len

    • 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
        George,
        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

      i WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU AS YOUR NAME AS WELL AS Kikuchi ARE LISTED AS AS DONORS ON THE PLAQUE I WAS GIVEN FOR FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE. i NO LONGER HAVE THE PLAQUE BUT RETAINED THE DONORS LIST. i LEFT 12/1/67. BUT I CANNOT PLACE EITHER OF YOU. AND I HAVE PICTURES TO WHICH I CANNOT PLACE NAMES. i REMEMBER COUSINS, SCULLY, NEILSEN, ROBIN KENT, DH WHEELER AND FEW OTHERS.. DO YOU REMEMBER THE SNAKE? OR 3RD ORDANCE BLOWING UP?

      • 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?
      Rob

    • spk 4 david kissner

      worked in commo van aug 69 to aug 70 at 90th repl hq co Lt Ricketts co 122 rocket hit just behind “lifers” hooch went on r&r tet of 70 loved loon foon restraunt on main post mp otis holcomb at the main gate with his pet monkey

      • Welcome Home David…

      • david diser

        I am confused about where Mike Klauer fites into this thread date wise as he has never responded to me and I don’t rememeber him but his name is a on farewell plaque give to me by me co workers when I departed 12/1/67. I don’t remember lt K either, my bosses wee DH WHEELER, CW, LT ROBIN s KENT and conviving e6 C Neilsen, waana be e7 who put E4 promotion orders in his desk and forgot about them in August 67!

    • Steve Donovan

      Hello Mike, I was a medic at the 24th Evac (Long Binh) in 1967. I’m currently doing some research on the 90th Repo. If possible, please send me your email address so that I can ask you a few questions pertaining to anyone who worked there during that time. Thanks in advance. You can email me at:
      Steve Donovan

      • Steve Donovan

        My email is stdonova@sprynet.com

        Steve Donovan

      • david diser

        I cannot remember Klauer or Lt K at all yet both donated to a farwell ” outstanding service plaque for me. ! I remember Sgt Neilsed, DH Wheeler and Robin S Kent as bosses. I was a finance clerk in 90th Post Headquerters, MY sentence was s 12/11/66- 12/10/67 but left on 1st place out 12/1/67. Much to my own surprise my transfer order had me departing form 279th REPL CO, !!! My picture shows HHQD. all well time has passed. PS my only ailment were ingrown toenails. coworkers included Cousins and Skully.

    • Russ Sargent

      I was stationed at the 381st Repl Co. in 1968. I knew Lt. Kikuchi, and others in the assignment processing shack -can’t remember last names, but there was a Dave & Jerry, who went home when the guard tower by us collapased during heavy rains, and he got injured in it. I also recall a finance clerk named Koziol?

    • JAMES (Jim) COUSENS

      My visit to the 90th was from Jan 67 to Dec 67. Got lots of photographs of all my pals. Would like to share….. Good seeing this site for the first time.
      Jim Cousens Sp5, records clerk for E7-8-9 & Officers. The Officers were all crooked…

    • David Friend

      Mike I served at the 90th Mar 67 to Mar 68. I was there during Tet were you there at that time? I am trying to find someone who can recall what happened at the 90th during Tet. I worked with assignments of new personnel. I remember serving on perimeter guard duty nightly. Thank you for your service in Nam.

      • Joe Melchiorre

        I was a finance clerk, at the 90th REPO DEPOT, August 67-August 68!! I remember sleeping, when the shit hit the fan, then guys yelling incoming & I woke up, slept in my fatigues, threw boots on & grabbed my M-16, from the weapons rack & headed to the finance hooch!! I remember thinking, I am going home in a body bag!! This was the first time, inside the wire, that I was scared shitless!! Thanks for your service!!

      • david diser , sp4 , 173c20

        Joe, your name is familiar, I have a lot of blurbs on here but I was at 90th 12/11/66-12/1/67 as finance clerk and i really want to chat with Mike KLauer but cannot find his message to you. I don’t recall him but his name is on a plaque my friends got me as a farewell present, it thanked me for “outstanding service”, which i did not earn but the thought is well remembered. also he mentions Lt K and his name is listed also and i have no idea of him.lt Robin S Kent and Sgt Neilsen replaced DH Wheeler and they are the only bosses I remember. Also, Jim Cousens is now on here, he did senior NCO’s and Officer personnel Records I keep promising to send people pictures and so far its been all talk. But I have bunch including copter crash on Parade field and snake.

      • Danny Jones

        Hi David,
        In regard to the Tet offensive – I was in country July 67 – Jun 68 at the 90th Commo section and have a fairly clear recollection of that morning. Wow, fifty years ago. Hard to imagine. We were bounced out of our racks by incoming about 3:00 am. and several of us up at the HQ detachment up at the front of the compound were trucked to the back end as a reaction force. Charlie was threatening to come through the wire back there. He never did. The standoff ended about dawn when a lone gunship hovered above us and opened up his miniguns and shredded the brushline about 50 clicks away, ending that episode. I returned to the commo van where, immediately, a single round popped through the little window by the switchboard. Turned out to be a .30 cal round, a friendly. Since the window was below the level of the Quonset hut next door, I have always assumed it was a stray from a gunship engaged in a fight on the far side of the compound. Man, that was a long time ago…..

      • David Diser

        I missed tet as I left 90th 12/1/67. When I checked in a officer decided I needed a rifle, probably around 200 rifles assigned to cadre. A little under armed consider the number of casuals we held daily. It was dedided l should have amo! I had, think the term is banderos and more bullets than rest of 90th combined. My rift was fired on 3 occasions, 4th of July, news eve and yes, we went to rifle range for qualifying, even in a combat zone.

        Some others had booze in canteens and other threw their helmet liners in air and shot at them. Fun was by all

      • David & Sharon Friend

        Danny, I believe that I was on the other side of our compound. I can vaguely recall a lot of small arms firing at us. I do remember what I thought was a Cobra Helicopter firing over all of us into a lot of activity just outside our fence line. I have always tried to forget that year in Nam. However, as I get older I want to try and patch together some of my time there. Thanks for your input. David

      • SP4, 73C20, DAVID DISER 12/66- 12/67 ,90th repln

        PBS has a new Documentary on RVN a 8Pm, Sunday , EDT.

  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

      Hi

      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
      Sincerely
      Brian

      brihj@hotmail.com

      • Norman Ahearn

        Brian, I was with the 90th when we deployed from Ft Benning in 65. We were flown to Oakland where we boarded the Gen RMS Blatchford for our voyage to Nam. I only remember a few of the names from then and unfortunately SFC McQueen is not one of them. I may remember him if you can give me any further information. The only SFC that I can remember was a black man who was First Sargeant. I remember his face and even have a photo of him but can’t remember his name.

      • David Diser

        I am challenged to get the correct reply to the commenter , sorry about that, but I have pictures of cadre in my tour that I cannot recall name. a black Sargent with a pet monkey is one of them. send me your picture and I will send you a link to ritzpics where mine can be seen.

    • 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.

      • JAMES (Jim) COUSENS

        Whats your email address Dave? They didn’t kill it right away…. I remember the Python….those guys would feed it a live chicken….tied the Chicken to a post in the ground…released the Python…and watched it go after the bird. Just as it opened its mouth to grab the bird…”The Chicken Shit!”. True story….where did you think that expression came from.

      • DAVID R DISER, SP4 73C20.

        CATCHING UP ON ALL YOUR POSTINGS AND I REMEMBER MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN, HAVE LOTS OF PICTURES OF SNAKE, HELLICOPTER CRASH AND CO WORKERS. AS FOR DH, HE WAS TOUGH BUT WHEN I WOUND UP AT FT MEADE IN MD FOR MY LAST 18 MONTHS, I KNEW MORE ABOUT MILITARY PAY THAT CAREER GUYS AND IT ALMOST COST ME MY E5 BECAUSE AT THE PROMOTION BOARD FOR 6TH CAV, A MAJOR SAID I WAS WRONG ON AN ISSUE AND THE RANKING OFFICE SAID I WAS CORRECT. LEAST RATING CAME FROM THAT MAJOR. DH’S ANSWER TO MOST OF MY QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED BY HANDING ME THE REGULATIONS.

        SEND ME YOUR SNAIL MAIL ADDDRESS AND I WILL SEND PICTURES.. OH , LAST THING, MY TRANSFER FROM 90TH INDICATES WE WERE WITH 279TH, I REMEMBER 18TH AND heaqquarters company but 279th throws me for a loop! NOT YELLING , STUCK IN CAPS. and WHEELER DID NOT ALLOW ANY TYPO’S SO I HAD A HELL OF A TIME DOING MORNING REPORTS,, afternoon reports, next morning reports, like Klinger on MASH.

      • I was a mechanic with the 56th DPU stationed at the 90th I was 17 yrs old. our Sargent Major’s Name was Quimby our CO was Major Brummit

  11. Jim Dugan

    Glenn,
    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

    Harry:

    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
    “JOE”

  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.

      Best,

      John

  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.

      • Joseph Priest

        J.Priest 90th CIF 7/70-9/71 14 monthes and ETS,d at Oakland. Nixon give me a drop. No such truck when I was there. I was in the big tin warehouse. 3/4 qtr ton 5 ton 18 wheeler and rt fork lift. CIF was really a detachment of 266 SS BTN 624 CO SS Long Binh Post just up from 93rd EVAC along highway 1

    • Jim Back

      Was your unit 54th Ord?

      • Joseph Priest, while I do not remember your name, you are the first person who seems to have worked a CIF while I was there. I went home(about three weeks) early on a Christmas drop,1970. The vehicles, you describe, with the exception of a small fork are the one that were in the ware house. The Duce and a half in question, was kept at the motor pool. I lost my driving privilege, after a couple of Sergeants took the 3/4, and and tore the drive shaft out, and expected me to fix it, I said no. SGT Dieter Schuster was the NCOIC. Towards the end of my tour, I dislocated my right shoulder and spend a couple of months in a sling. I had a room on the first floor of the barracks(actually two rooms, one with beds other a “living” room, I shared with Bruce Choen, until he went home, then A kid that was a Canadian Citizen(jail or ARMY). On the outside of the door was painted…”IT’S A GOOD LIFE…RE-UP ARMY”. Room was painted all black except for one wall and a lighted panel in the ceiling, and a square shipping crate turned into a lighted, zebra stripped coffee table.

      • See my last post….also I had a dog we all called “Big Dog,” he slept in my room and stayed with me daily, and when I worked the night shift. Looked into bring him back to the States, but the paper work would have taken months to fill out. He was missing a back toe, because a truck ran over it, when he would not move. He hate the Hooch Maids.

  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.

    • usastruck

      Many of our memories have become vague; Welcome Home George…

    • Juan Rodriguez

      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.
      My name is Juan Rodriguez. I served at Long My Depot, November 1969 – Feb 1970. Guarding the same places you did. I remember when the VC blow up the ammo dump in Phu Tai. Then was send up north to Da Nang and them camp Eagle. Left Nam on April 1971. Last place I was station was Pleiku and An Khe. As you don’t remember much (as I drank/smoked too much too.) Remember going to Pleiku from Long My to Pleiku thru road 19.

  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…

      • Jerry Joseph

        My name is JerryJoseph. Assigned to Camp Alpha, 178th Replacement co from Sep 67 to Sep 68. Looking for other guys stationed there at least thru the Tet Offensive the first few months of 1968. I was a SSG, doing R&R manifests, customs briefings and worked at air terminal. (something like a walmart greeter, hey welcome to Viet Nam). remember Lt Larry Bess, SSG Arnie Beck, Sp4 Charles OBrien, SSG Johnny Evers, and SFC William Henderson (deceased).

    • 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

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      • 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.

    • usastruck

      Welcome Home Bud…

    • Jerry Joseph

      I remember a SSg Blackwell, 9th Div R&R Rep during my tour from Sep 67 to Sep 68.

      • DAVID R DISER, SP4 73C20.

        I was probably your finance clerk at 90th , Long Bihn at least until 12/1/67. I made a few trips to ‘Alpha , at least one of which was on an R&R, I had two, aug67 & thanksgiving 67. I point that out because one at least one of those, I, an E2 OR 3 had just processed in your CO., He saw me in line and took me into his A/C hootch and all the paperwork done for me in there. The Icing on the cake was when I came back he spotted me, greeted me like a long lost wealthy relative and offered to let me take his jeep to the 90th and he would send someone to get it the next day. e nothings are not treated that way. Also, your wrote you were an e6, one of my bosses was an e6 NEILSEN, he spent most of his time plotting to get rid of any e6’s may have a shot at getting an E7 SLOT he was trying to create!

      • Bud Shoemate

        I think Blackwell came toward the end of my tour. I worked with first sgt. Bradley sent to help me because of some medical problems. Do you remember the girls name in the office that handled the manifest?

    • Bud, I was the Medic for R&R,Camp Alpha April 67 to March 68, your name sounded familiar. Know just as”Doc”, Served with Kelly, Reagan, Dunlap any names ring a bell? Contact me.

      • Bud Shoemate

        Ken I remember Dunlap because we have a town near here by that name. I will post a picture of myself from that time when I get a chance.

  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.

    NPRC.Vetrecs@nara.gov

    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.

    • Norman Ahearn

      I was NCOIC of officer processing and assignment from arrival in RVN end of August 65 till Sep 66. LtCol Clyde Carroll was Commanding Officer at the time.

      • David Diser

        I must have missed you by a couple of weeks, I arrived 12/11/66, and was plucked out of formation to be a finance clerk. by DH wheeler, cw0, Personnel Officer.. he referred to the assignment team as the stream. and acted as if it was his personnel tool. it was until usarv had enough. If you knew him, you probably hated him like everybody who worked for him or even heard of him. He plucked people from the stream or out you back in it if you displeased him. But he wanted cooks, clerks,carpenters etc with civilian experience rather than just 6 weeks of army training.
        There are names in this site that I don’t remember that also must have been there around 12/1/66.

      • David Diser

        ps, I have picture of DH should you need to be reminded!

    • Norm Ahearn

      Richard, I was with the 90th during its deployment from Ft Benning and rotated back to the states in Sep 66. I live up in Bossier City. I handled Officer Processing at Camp Alpha. Sounds like we probably knew each other then. Contact me at nahearn@bellsouth.net and we can talk.

  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

      Bud,
      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

  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.

  40. Reed Waden Jr

    I was at 90th replacement Oct. 1966 I can not remember the date, but the company attacked with mortar and small arms fire. If anyone was their please send me an email thank you

    • david diser

      I ARRIVED AT 90th on 12/11/66 so the attack was before me and I don’t remember any talk about it. But with new guys & scared like me on guard duty we often had fire fights with the units next door. We did not load rifles unless sgt of guard gave us permission. 3rd ordance did explode within a few days of my arrival. Never did know if it was accidential or cong work.

      only casualties I remember during my 90th experience were a sucide and hear attack!

      • Danny Jones

        My tenure at the 90th (in Commo) was from 7/67 to 7/68 and of course Tet fell right in the middle of my tour. Interesting time, the only time I was actively involved in a firefight. I only remember one minor casualty associated with that. We did take a rocket round (in March 67, I think) that destroyed one of the big two story hooches on the hill and killed one of our cooks who had cleared country and was on a flight manifest for home the next day. Those occasional mortar & rocket rounds were usually ineffective.

      • Remember the 3rd Ordinance exploding….the concussion was more than scary.

      • Good afternoon David,
        I hope you remember me. My name is Gary Mills,I was writing e-mails to you about things that happened to me in Vietnam. I had sent you three or four e-mails before we lost contact. One e-mail was a photo of a helicopter crash in the parade field at the 90th Replacement Batt area. If at all possible could you resend me the e-mails of my experience that I had sent to you. I can not find the originals I sent you. I hope all is well and your in good health. Thanks David

        Gary

      • david diser , sp4 , 173c20

        I don’t think i have the emails but i remember trading pictures and i just had them rescanned by a professional outfit,scancafe so i can send you all of them just send me your address. A lot of recent comments about audio equipment,, our Px was well stocked with recorders,, amps , cameras etc. I bought an AKAI self contained Reel to Reel,amp and Maimya sekor camera. The problem our hootch had was keeping all the electronics powered . and Tv and AF TV had a lot of screen test to fill its few hours. If you remember, the overseas Px’s could sell components while those in the states could only sell consoles so as not to compete against retail stores,

      • Good morning David and thank you for responding so quickly. My e-mail address is g31e20x@aol.com. It stands for 31e20 was my MOS ( field radio repairmen ) g the first letter in my name Gary and x I’m no longer a field radio repairmen. Have a good day and watch yer 6…….out

  41. Danny Jones

    March ’67 above is obviously in error. S/B March ’68. Sorry…

  42. I arrived at the 90th in Feb 67. I was on a detail that moved px goods from one hooch to another. Like there were 5 hooches and one was empty. So we moved the goods from the full one to the empty one making that one empty then filling it from the other full one. While I was there in the afternoon formation just before we were dismissed a Huey was taking off and made a lot of dust. It sucked the dust into the intakes and caused it to crash. Right then I thought hell I’m not going to make it to a unit with crap like this happening. To my surprise the next day I was shipped out to my unit First Field Force Vietnam 54th Signal Batt. Nha Trang.
    ” WELCOME HOME BROTHERS ”

      • David Diser

        I was cadre at the 90th . My hootch, (well more a tent on concrete) was next to the parade field
        when the crash occurred, I have pictures. Same crash you rremember? I don’t see a way tp attach them
        here. so email me and I will send them to you.

      • Nice to hear from you David. I also have a photo of the crash. A trooper had a Polaroid camera. I asked him if I could buy one of the photos. He said yes. I well locate the photo and scan it and send it to you. My e-mail is g31e20x@aol.com. My name is my MOS field radio repairmen. G for Gary and X because I’m no longer a repairmen. I’m located in Northern California about 90 miles north of San Francisco. Cloverdale, Sonoma County. Keep in touch David. Oh yeah the billets were concrete but wooden barracks when I was there Feb 19 1967. Remember the milk substitute by Foremost?……………….out

      • david diser

        I remember what started off tasting great , cold milk or ice cream but just after passing the lips actually tasting like chalk. Something drastically bad had happened to it be between the cow and our lips.

        Our supposedly drinking water (potable) was clear enough that you could see the bugs , nonpotable was too murky to see them, I faithfully took my malarya bill for 7 weeks after returning to the states/

        as for your make work, elsewhere here and this is site is getting long, a casual wrote that you casuals did the choirs for the
        cadre and he was correct, especially shit burning, guard duty and kp, I was greatful but it was only a miracle that got me from casual to cadre as I arrived e nothing unassigned also. I may have been filling sandbags all night my self.

    • Remember it well……also got pic’s. One of the guys in the PX, thought it was shot down…he ran out the door, tripped over a tent stake, broke his angle. Archie would call him a “meathead”.

      • DAVID R DISER, SP4 73C20.

        NOT THE JIM COUSINS THAT DID OFFICER PERSONNEL FILES AND KEPT BLACKMAIL FILE ON THE COMINGS AND GOINGS OF CO’S. yOU AND TOM SCULLY INSTIGATED A NICE FARWELL PLAQUE FOR ME WHICH HAS ROTTED BUT I STILL THE SILVER PLAQUE WITH THE NAMES. LET SEE, SMOKES A LOT AND CAM E FROM PONTIAC ( NORTH OF OHIO)
        there are names on the placque which other than you, scully, Robin S kent and Neilsen I don’t remember such as and some have even had comments here way back at the beginning. in closing for now, remember the snake and of course DH wheeler ??????

  43. Seems all you guys were with the 90th before me. I was processed at the 90th in early January 1970, sent to Phu Bi, then to Da Nang, then to Na Trang(yep getting mail was hell) then back to the 90th in March, assigned to the Central Issue Facility. Ended up processing some friends for my home town(Galesburg, Illinois). AND my DI, Sgt Cunningham from Ft Bragg. He was coming in, gave him a bunch of extra stuff. Even though he rode my ass……… HAARRISSS, he made me a Man. Turned 21 @ the 90th(July). Have not seen any one I worked with on this site(3/70 to 12/70). Would love to hear from any of you guys I worked with, PFC(most of the time) very later on SP/4 Fred L Harris…..

  44. P. Sotelo

    Just ran across this a few minutes ago looking for information on Long Binh. I arrived in-country at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Oct of 66. My first impression of Saigon was trying to keep from gagging when they opened the door to the commercial flight I arrived on. The smell was AMAZING! A small group of us about 16 were led through the air terminal (straight out of a 1940’s movie set) to wait for a bus to the 90th Replacement Battalion. My first indication I could be in the shit was when the bus driver stood up and gave this little spiel. “Who knows how to drive a bus? OK! you sit behind me and if I get hit drag me out of the seat and take over the wheel”. Then he explained the windows were covered in cyclone fencing wire to keep out hand grenades but would not stop bullets. Needless to say the trip to Long Binh ( I think that is where we went) was not an enjoyable one. Welcome to Viet Nam you are not in Yakima anymore.

    I remember 90th replacement as just being a huge wire enclosed patch of ground with GP tents everywhere. A helicopter landing area off to one side of the field where formations were held. The place was nothing but crazy while I was there. Small arms fire and flares all night long. Guys would tear the name tags off their uniforms so that they could skip out of work details (burning shit) and other various jobs. I remember standing in formation while they were calling out names for replacement. At those formations I would hear things like “Is there anyone who knows how to type? Do you know how to cook? Does anyone want to go to 1st CAV?”. Most memorable was a huey landing and an ambulance taking two guys away and then two guys with duffle bags boarded to take their place. I was there 5 days before my name was called and I ended up going to 1st Field Force Artillery HQ in Nha Trang.
    I noticed the photo had wooden buildings and streets. It was nothing like that during my short stay.

    • I enjoyed the read!
      Welcome Home…

    • Hey P, WELCOME HOME. I came in country Feb -67 Through the 90th . I was with IFFV 54th Sig Batt Camp McDermott HQ Co. until Feb-68 tasted a little of ”TET”. Was very happy to come home to the land of the ”round eye”………out

    • SP5 Ray Bosnich

      I got there in October of 66 as well. Your first impression of TSN was the same as mine. I kept looking around for the cameras. The group I arrived with was a fully loaded 707 and we got there right around midnight. I remember the guys that showed up to move us over to Camp Alpha were carrying all manner of weaponry from holstered handguns and big-assed Bowie knives and all kinds of shoulder weapons slung over their shoulders. As soon as the door was cracked on the plane everyone broke into an instant sweat. Soaked before I could get out of the plane. There seemed to be some kind of music in the background that sounded like a cat in a meat grinder. All kinds of people running around in pointy straw hats. It looked like somebody stepped on an anthill at a Baptist picnic. I spent two days at Camp Alpha. The first day I got guard duty with no weapon at one corner of the transient nurses quarters. I was posted at a corner near a taxi-way for Hueys. No cover anywhere and a monsoon rolled in. It wasn’t bad enough that I was soaked to the skin in about two minutes, then a Slick came down the taxi-way and rocked a bit to further soak me. Sadistic sense of humor on that chopper jockey. It took me another day to dry out and by the time they hauled us outta there for Long Bihn my low quarters were still soaked. That rain turned a new pack of Marlboros into a box of mush. Great first impression of my new digs. I would up being stationed not far from TSN for the rest of my tour. What an introduction!!!

  45. Danny Jones

    Someone mentioned a spoiled milk problem. I don’t remember that, but I do recall a shipment of beer (Rainier, I believe) that went flat in transit and was free for the taking. Weren’t many takers, though. That stuff was rancid, though it was better than the so-called potable water. As for the casuals burning the crap for us – I was casual for 8 days before becoming cadre and burned more than my share.

    • David Diser

      I was cadre 12/66- 12/1/67 and never burned shit,filled sanbags or go on ambush patrol but about the time I left patrols were being discussed. as for beer, I only remember ROK beer (Korean) and Lone start, which I always heard was owned by the presidents daughter(s) But then we got bud. and coke cola. But we had plenty of real alcohol and I had my share

      • Danny Jones

        Yeah, later in my tour we had cold Bud and cokes. Prior to Tet we spent time (too much) in the village. Who remembers the Cherry Bar, behind the Esso station? We drank lots of “33” there and were ordered back to the compound a couple times by the MPs. All that ended at Tet.

  46. Bud Shoemate

    When I got in-country the only beer we had was San Miguel in rusty cans!

    • David Diser

      wHEN WAS THAT? I arrived on 12/11/66 and when I became cadre, I bought my footlocker from my predecessor and as I recall it was made on the local ecomony from recycled beer cans. Thus, since they were not army issue, they could not be inspected. Nude pinup came at no extra cost. I was embarrassed to have family see it so I tried to touch up parts,

  47. David Diser

    TO USASTRUCK. at the very beginning of this blog, starting with “they had you coming and going.” are some pictures and below the 90th Front sign it gives me credit for the pictures and other that the welcome sign they are not mine. IN fact it may not be mine either as it is often close to one i took. They must have been taken after I left, as the place almost looks civilized!!! I have pictures from my tour but I may have an offer for them which I don’t want to jeopardize at this time.

  48. joe Melchiorre

    Anyone know a Sam Cotter or Duane (Frenchy) Lamoreaux with the Finance Unit, at the 90th?? 67-68

    • David Diser

      Joe, please send me an email so I can send you link to my photos as we must have been there together but cannot recall you and same with Cotter/Lamoreaux. I was in finance until 12/1/67 when I left. my bosses were CwO DH Wheeler followed by Robin s Kent, lT and SGT, wanna be E7 Neilsen. There are names in this blog that I don’t remember Klauer, LT k and others but then I see they contributed $$$ to my “outstanding service plaque.” . The plaque fell apart but I kept the part which had the names like, Cousins (officer personnel) and scully, finance with me, kent, neilsen and many more.
      Did we by any chance windup spending some time together in Japan on RR in Early November 67?

      • Joe Melchiorre

        I was there from August 67-August 3, 1968. I went on R&R in July 68. Cotter, Lamoreaux, Thurmond, Holland, Lewis, Pierce, Schnug, Greenhall, Breymeyer, Kanable were there when I was!!

      • David Diser

        does not compute, none of those names are on my plaque. or did not give, no problem but am surprised by my memory or lack thereof. anyway, there must be others still alive who may want to join our fun. a couple of final questions, Did you see Nancy Sinatra at 1st log. It ws the only show we were allowed to see and do remember a very large snak found in an outward going guys bag? back to waiting for new comments from passerby’s.

      • Joe Melchiorre

        Saw the Bob Hope Christmas Show, Christmas Day, 1967, at Long Binh.

      • David Diser

        well, something is missing. I have reread several all the blogs here and nothing hits home. There was a 91st Financing (disbusring ) at Long Bin Post. and I don’t think we will ever get it straightened out. If you have any ideas email me at ddiser@comcast

      • Joe Melchiorre

        when I arrived in country, & for assigned to my unit. It was the 91ST FDS. At some point it was changed to the 10TH FDS.

      • David Diser

        WEW !!!!Solved, just read your comment from 2013 and you mentioned 91st/10th. I have been talking about 90th Replacement Battalion, at Long Binh Junction while you were at 91st Finance at Long Binh Post. Near long binh Jail (all lbj’s, same as president!!!!! ) I drove people to you for part pays or back pays. Because I was with the 90thrBN, I was lead into the back for personal service as opposed to waiting in long lines from for other units.

        90THRPLN ‘s Manifest team, in preparing flight manifests for planes out, took care of those who treated 90th personnel nicely

        memories are still good, just failure to communicate!!!!!
        Have a good night

      • Joe Melchiorre

        NO!! I was stationed at the 90TH REPO DEPOT, assigned to the 91st FDS. We were attached to them, our Finance Unit was assigned from Bien Hoa Army Camp. We were a motley dozen, never really belonging to the 90TH, but part of them!! I just did my job & went home, to try & sort it out!!

  49. Danny Jones

    Yeah, I saw the Christmas show at Long Binh, too. 48 years, and I still vividly recall that dress Raquel Welch wore. Some memories fade, some don’t.

    • SP5 Ray Bosnich

      I saw Bob Hope with Phyllis Diller at TSN Xmas eve 1966. Bless his memory!!!!! I’m glad I have that as part of my memories. Nobody like him.

      • David Diser

        As cadre at 90th, I was only allowed to see nancy Sinatra sometime in 67′
        My bosses thought we should save the space for combat troops that they deserved it. And I agree. It was at 1st log command which was next to us in long binh.

      • David, thank you for your contributions on my blog…

  50. David Sturgeon

    I often wonder what were happened to the 90th Replacement Battalion. I served in the 90th from Oct 1963 which was stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash. and in July 1964 the unit was transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia. On September 1, 1965 the unit was once again transferred to Viet Nam. Being that my ETS was August 8, 1965 I was transferred to another unit in Fort Benning. During my tour with 90th I had many great times and met many wonderful people. I am presently living in Minneapolis, Mn. God bless the men in the 90th and all those who processed thru the 90th.

      • Norm Ahearn

        I was with the 90th when it was deployed from Ft Benning in 1965. Would enjoy hearing from anyone else who was with the 90th at that time.

      • DAVID DISER

        Where in RVN was the 90th physically located when when you deros’d and I assumed you left in 1966! I was stationed with it in Long Bink 12/11/66- 12/01/67

      • Norm Ahearm

        David, I left in September 66 and we were still at CAmp Alpha at Tan Son Nhut

      • David Diser

        Thanks , I arrived on 12/11/66 and became cadre a few days later. Enlisted processing and low grade officers( until late 67″) went thru Alpha and it was our sole processing pt for R&R’s as Pam am apparently did not like the security or lack of at Ben Hoa. We were in setup mode and a different place place than later years as reading others blogs will show. officer swimming pools , officer clubs etc. . I have a lot of replies here so you can read for your self, I am surprised that most of the comments here seem to be from Casuals who just breezed thru but remember it. .I was at benning, harmony church for basic in may-june 66 but did not wander far, especially not to PHEONIX CITY. I was 24 and most of the guys around 18-20 and they got drunk there, new drinkers and fight. . I am upset when I see the welcome to Saigon sign at Ton son Nhut as both Pan Am and Saigon are gone and bank of America is still around, Have a happy/safe…….

      • Norm Ahearn

        We were in Camp Alpha at Tan Son Nhut AFB

  51. DAVID DISER

    that s/b Long Binh

  52. SP5 Ray Bosnich

    I arrived in Nam in Oct 66. Came in on separate orders so I arrived on a commercial flight at Tan Son Nhut. Was housed at Camp Alpha for a couple days and then transferred to Long Bihn. I think I spent a week or more there before I was rescued by my permanent duty outfit. I was with the 525th MI Group about 20 miles south of Long Bihn. When I got to Long Bihn it was a huge tent city. The only permanent buildings were the mess hall, some personnel buildings alongside the main road, and some crappers along the middle of all the tents. There was a water tower just about in the middle for the showers but unless you were among the first 100 guys in line you weren’t likely to get wet. I came back thru a year later to find that all the tents were replaced with more permanent structures. Looked like a whole different place. I thought about how lucky the new replacements were to be able to sleep in a screened building rather that a dirt-floored tent. Don’t know if the sanitary facilities had been improved. To say that it was an experience is an understatement.

  53. SP5 Ray Bosnich

    I arrived in Nam via Tan Son Nhut Oct 8,1966. Spent a day or so at Camp Alpha. Then bussed to Long Bihn. What a treat that was. Camping Army style. Rows and Rows of troop tents. The only wooden buildings were the mess hall, the crappers, and some Quansit huts being used by personnel stationed there. Some other new treats to experience…..reconstituted milk!!!
    When I returned a year later all the tents were gone. Replaced by wooden, screened buildings. No more dirt floored, open troop tents. Almost felt sorry for the new incoming FNGS who didn’t get to experience what I did coming into country. Maybe they did where they finally wound up. It was an experience to say the least. One i’d rather not repeat, but an experience just the same. I was stationed about 20 miles southwest of there in a hamlet named Cau Bihn Loi. I recall just a few weeks after I left LB when the VC blew up the ammo depot up there. Shook the hell out of us 20 miles away and the resulting fire ball looked like we’d just gone nuclear!!!!

    • David Diser

      I was new at the 90th when 3rd Ordnance blew, I arrived on 12/10/66. I later became permanet party there and yes, I remember the milk and ice cream, nice and cold but about the time it hit the back of the mouth tasted like chalk!!!

  54. Danny Jones

    Imagine how ‘nuclear’ it appeared to us on alert at the 90th that night. In what appeared to be the light of noon, I caught a glimpse of the shock wave in the instant before it hit. My head still rings to this day. Of course, at 70, it would be ringing anyway.

  55. Michael Thomas Goodrich

    Good evening all. I had posted a while back asking for any information from those who may have served with my father, Thomas B. Goodrich, Jr. during either tour of his service in Vietnam. More specifically, looking for photos. I only have one. He served with the 90th Replacement Battalion twice. First tour was January 1967 to December 1967. Second tour was September 1970 to September 1971. I know he served with the 178th Replacement Company his second tour. His first tour he was a 1st Lieutenant and second tour he was a Captain. My father retired in 1984 at the rank of Major. He passed away in 1998 due to cancer that was deemed service related from exposure to Agent Orange. Someone on here did reply that they had photos, but have never heard back from that person. I spent most of today looking through the treasure trove of his military paperwork he saved. However, no photographs. Also, he never spoke much about his time in Vietnam. Thank you all so very much for your service!

  56. I arrived at the 90th on Aug. 8, 1968. I was there for 2 days…..scared, thinking hordes of VC were going to attack any minute now that I was there. I got lucky and was assigned to the 29th Gen. Support Group, HQ Co., SP&O. We were across from Long Binh Jail. Left from Tan Son Nut a year later 8/7/69.

  57. DAVID DISER, SP4, 73C20

    I have been fighting a virus/allergies whatrever for over a month and my email has changed to drdiser@GMAIL.COM. I CANNOT REPLY VIA THIS PAGE AND MY GMAIL web based acct so my apology to anyone trying to reach me.
    Several years ago I was contacted by a Ken Burns rep(does documentaries for PBS) that they are planning a documentary on the 90th. (Why i know not) I recently contacted them and they said it was moving forward and chose not to use my pictures or insight. I do not know what/who they may be using with more information than I have as I was in the very early days of Long Binh 12/11/66-12/1/67 and the also the transition from the war to army rules being reinstated. I admit that some of my chats with the others here show some gaps in my memory so I will be anxious to see what they have. The name of the film company is

    FLORENTINE FILMS,
    THE VIETNAM FILM PROJECT, INC.
    59 MAPLE GROVE ROAD, P.O. BOX 613
    WALPOLE, NH 03608

    • Larry G. Hutchings

      I was in the 90thReplCo. 12/31/1965-12/17/1966. Actually in the 18th repl co 90th repl bn at Camp A lpha from 12/65 and transferred to Long Binh, 90th repl 4/1966 when the camp was being initially built. We were the initial party that help build the camp in early 1966. You must have just gotten to Long Binh a few day before I left in 1966. It has been 50 years since arriving Vietnam for me. Some one made the comment that Camp Alpha at Ton Son Knut was much better assignment, I agree, It sure was. The little village outside Long Binh called Tam Heip was off limits, s o we had to go to Bein Hoa when we had some off time. Thank you for your service and welcome home.

      • Welcome Home Larry…

      • Steve Donovan

        Hi Larry, my buddy and I were medics at the 24th Evac in Long Binh from July ’66 to July ’67. We are currently collecting entertaining or humorous stories about what life was like in Long Binh at that time. If we get enough good material, we will put it in a book. (If Tam Hiep was off limits, somebody forgot to tell us!) I have a few questions I’d like to ask you about Bien Hoa and the 90th Repo. Please email me at: stdonova@sprynet.com
        Thanks…. Steve Donovan

      • David diser

        What was your mos at 90th? I was finance clerk but may not may not have been cadre before you left. I arrived on 12/10 or 12/11 ,at long Bing. left on 12/1/67 @ around 3 am. We had a tent along ditch behind speaker stand on parade. Need pictures? My first tent as cadre held company clerk, personsell types and cooks. I think we were18th but not sure.

  58. jay caldwell

    my name is jay caldwell, was from fla. got incountry nov 71, ended up at 90th as a securty guard with doug, flip and a few other son of guns. hot as hell, bad smell, dirty, and thank god did’t have to burn everyones shit. now living in kansas.

    • david diser , sp4 , 173c20

      some where in this thread a casual wrote they did all the dirty work for cadre, that was nice of them, One of my favorite , UGH, memories is the sweet smell of shit burning in the valley between our hootch and camp on sunday morning.

  59. henry bucki

    At Bin Hoa . does anyone remember seeing FTA on the backs of the guys flak vest guarding the perimeter. Thought that was so cool. thought they had nerve enough to tell UNCLE SAM what we thought of the army. turns out it meant (first team academy )

  60. Umberto Mendia

    Arrived in Ben Hoa at midnight December 31, 1969. As we approached to land I noticed that the perimeter there were outgoing fire all over the place. There was a steady stream of pink rounds going out. I knew that a tracer was every 5th round. I thought, that if they had to provide cover for our jet to land it was a very dangerous place. Once we landed we became aware the outgoing rounds was to celebrate New Years and we had landed at midnight. But still remember the smell once we got of the jet with the humidity and the smell of jet fuel. After landing we were herded onto busses with wire mesh windows and taken to Long Bihn and 90th Replacement. It was total darkness and I remember we didn’t have anything to defend ourselves. While at the 90th I was given a detail to accompany a finance clerk to go from pay station to pay station. I think I got the detail since I was 11Bravo, Infantry and knew how to handle a weapon. I was given an M-16 to protect the money. I would sit outside one pay station in a chair to protect the guy inside giving out the pay. But on traveling from pay station to another the finance clerk told me, “if we have incoming mortars and you run, I will shoot you”. I thought that was kind of weird comment. He appeared to little high stung and very nervous. Was assigned to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade the next day.

  61. Wayne Young

    I arrived in Vietnam in 1969 and stayed 14 1/2 months. I was assigned to HHC 90th Repl. Bn, Long Binh. I worked in data processing as a keypunch operator. I got lucky to get that assignment as we were all from Texas except one from New York. I don’t know how he got assigned there but he did. he He was the computer operator. Maybe there wasn’t anyone from Texas smart enough to run a computer. You have to understand that a computer in 1969 was the size of a quansant hooch. The two that I remember from there were a guy named Livesay and Cliff Womack from Waxahatchie Tx. Cliff was my hooch mate. We found some red paint some where and painted the inside of our hooch, walls, ceiling and floor blood red. It was tough to live in and we evenually had to give in and repaint itl If you were with HHC data processing around this time I would love to talk to you. wyoung6869@aol.com.

    • David Diser, SP4. 173/C20

      I was a finance clerk at 90th in Long Binh from 12/10/66-12/1/67. I have numerous blogs here. From what others have written, =most casuals passing through it sounds like a different place then during my stint. such as officer swimming pool. If you read my stuff, we were lucky to have shower water, no way pools and diffinitley not paved roads.

      my last hooch was next to barb wire along route 1a? by Front Gate,

      You good see people on road and vice versa while you peed| luckily never shoot at.

      forgot my pmos, 173c20?? Have TO LOOK IT UP LATER.

      my email had changed from pre 2016 postings.
      god. almost 50 years ago, I arrived in RVN, WOW, hard to believe.

      • ROBERT GALT

        I got there December 1968 and left February 1969. Funny thing, I took very few photos and I can only remember the name of one guy I served with while there. I wound up as the NCOIC at the front gate with a team of nationals who screened the 600 or so nationals who came and went. That time is just a foggy memory.

      • Joe Melchiorre

        Bob, name rings a bell,was at 90th as a finance clerk, 73C20. I arrived 08/16/67, DEROS on 08/03/68. Stationed with Schnug, Kanable, Breymeyer, Thurmond, Holland, Lewis, Lamoreaux, Cotter!!

      • H Edward Gooden

        Was at 90th from 12/22/66 to 4/15/68. Was, pulled out to stay at 90th and be on the carpenter crew putting up buildings to replace the tents. I have pictures of the snake you talk about. We were 3 or 4 or 5 hootches down from front gate along wire by the hwy.

      • Welcome Home H Edward…

      • David Diser

        Wow, somebody from my era. Yes, my hootch in a Same line. Could see people on road and vice versa as we “p… d” I remember one carpenter, not by name, of which it was said he never drank at home, but made up for it in rvn. Youprobaly got picked for 90th the same way I did, dh wheeler, cwo, personnel officer had assignment team go thru files for those with civilian expereriemce in construction as opposed to military training. I had a college (typing not a course) degree in accounting. As for pictures, email me and I will try to get you some. Oh did you get pictures of the copter crash on parade field.

        Sent from my iPhone

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    • Elvis wright

      Don’t remember the exact date but at 90th replacement June 68 to June 69. After a couple of times at the big group assembly waiting to have my name called it was and a sergeant took me to the commo van and asked me if I would like to work there. Yep, absolutely. Forget his name but he was responsible for the van and heading back stateside in a few days. He was also from Texas. Air conditioned and located close to the Quonset hutch where the computers were located. It was air conditioned also but seem like quite a bit cooler. Went there a few times and still remember the thousands and thousands of key punch cards where some would occasionally jam and bring things to a halt but didn’t last long. Also remember having to adjust the speed of the motors (calibrating?) on the teletype machine with a tuning fork pulling or pushing the center shaft of the motor until the white dots on a disk didn’t move. After a few months worked for Captain Officer (actual name) maintaining communications and electrical parts of the buildings on the compound. Seems like the other upper level officers were colonel Voetch and major White. Also remember the first time the showers had heated water, when any of my buddies came through would get them a warm shower before they returned stateside. People waiting to be processed were assigned duties, one of the worst was getting rid of the solid human waste from the latrines. There was a long length of boards with holes cut for sitting. Under each hole was about one foot height of 55 gallon drum end to collect the poop. Persons on sh#t duty would pull the container out, slide it several feet away then mix paper/rags/whatever with diesel and burn it until nothing was left. Saw lots of guys lose their cookies performing that duty. Lots of other memories but this post is too long, I was lucky about my time there, still remember those who weren’t. Hope they Rest In Peace.

  62. Hi Edward,
    You might be interested in a humorous book coming
    out about Long Binh in ’66-67. You can read about it here:
    http://www.longbinhdaze.com
    Steve Donovan

    • DAVID DISER / 173C20.

      I am email challenged as I hate gmail and lost my link with Outlook 2016. so if I don’t respond I will try to get back to you. Anyway, I reviewed the book and will attempt to get it. I am not sure what the connection is to the 90th but it sounds familiar. I did get contacted by Ken Burns (PBS) staff about doing a documentary on the 90th, they had seen some of my pictures and offered me $75 / pic but apparently don’t need my pictures or my rambling about how the 90th was in the very early days. I think the film company is “Florentine FILMS. ” And Finally for now, where you there when the 3rd Ord went BOOm? at that time we had a tent on the edge of the Parade Field . it went boom boom boom for about 24 hours, I think we bombed it to finish it off!

      • Hi Dave, yes we were there when the ammo dump blew up in Oct. ’66 due to sabotage by VC sappers. (Probably before you arrived.) We were medics at the 24th Evac Hospital, down the road a piece from the 90th Repo. We were watching the evening “outdoor movie” when the screen lit up as if the sun had suddenly come up on the northern horizon. It took maybe 5 or 10 seconds for the sound to arrive— BOOOOOOMMMMM!!! Largest explosion I’ve ever heard in my life. We had unarmed artillery shells landing in our compound, roughly 3/4 of a mile south of 3rd Ord. EOD had to come and disarm them the next day. The event is described in the book.
        The 18-hour Ken Burns documentary titled “Vietnam” is scheduled to air on PBS in November 2017 in ten episodes. It would be a great place to advertise the book, except PBS doesn’t accept commercials!
        The paperback book is not available yet but if you go to the website you can put your name on the notification list and they will alert you as soon as the book is out. The website is http://www.longbinhdaze.com

  63. DAVID DISER / 173C20.

    I don’t know if this will work but early in this blog, there is a picture of the 90th from the road for which I am credited, not sure but if you see it, my hootch , I think is just off the picture on the right. nope only the link appears.

    https://usastruck.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/rvn-097-copy.jpg?w=1000&h=652

  64. Danny Jones

    As I have previously mentioned, I was in the little commo unit at the 90th from July ’67 to June ’68. Some of the names I see here dimly ring a bell, most don’t. My hooch was up front, near the wire and the road about three down from the o club. Sligh, Southard, Hawksford, Frenchy, a North Carolina guy that went by “gums” and a couple of carpenters named, believe it or not, Black and Decker are the few hooch mates I recall by name. I can see the faces of others, though. Fifty years! Unbelievable.

    • Elvis wright

      If you were from Texas and could do a one leg squat I was the guy who took your place. Thanks again, there were lots worse places to spend the year. My hooch was about the second one past the officers club, about 20 feet from the concertina wire on the perimeter. Interesting memory, one night on guard duty flares on the wire went off, there were a couple of new incoming on duty with me. I had them stay in the sandbag guard area in case more people tried to get through while I chased the guy down. Still happy I didn’t shoot him, he was a GI who had escaped from LBJ and was trying to figure out a way to get back home. Another possibly interesting memory was when going into the sandbag guard post is you had a field phone that had to be hooked up. In the corner of the post were two pairs of wires (wd9?), one connected to the main switchboard and the other was connected to claymore mines in the concertina. In that year never heard an explosion caused by someone’s goof.

      • Welcome Home Elvis…

      • david diser , sp4 , 173c20

        our hootches must have been next to each other or even the same hutch. we were next to the highway, club at the end of the road, we we weweed, you could see the activiyt on the road and they could see you, We had a drainage ditch between us and the weweer,,hahaha .do you remember the snake? somebody had it in his baggage.

    • Elvis wright

      If Southard was an electrician I remember him also.

  65. H Edward Gooden

    Just got back on to see if there was any more since I posted mine a few weeks ago. Some more of the carpenter names, Woods, Kaelke, Broadstreet, Fox, Wilson, Smith, Wedow, Slim (nickname), McMillan, Wyble, Raeyle, Baker, Oleavas, Franko, Sgt. Sherrill, Sgt Sapp . There are more but I can’t recall all their names right now. I think Frenchy’s name was Joe Gamanche or something like that.

  66. Nick Dontas

    Got to the 90th Aug 7 68….guarded the dump my 1st night there. Scared, I imagined getting killed protecting the garbage..LOL. Got assigned to HHC SP&O 29th General Support Group at Long Binh….across from LBJ. Went home Aug 69.

    • Rob

      If you don’t mind sharing, what were some of your duties? What was a typical day like? Where did you R&R.
      Thanks for your service and welcome home!

    • Hello Nick,
      If you were across from the LBJ then you must have been just about right next to the 24th Evac Hospital where I was a medic. There’s a humorous book coming out about Long Binh in ’66-68 and it contains a funny story about guarding the garbage dump. The book is “Long Daze at Long Binh” and you can read a few sample chapters here: http://www.longbinhdaze.com

  67. Phil

    Arrived at 90th in March 1970. Stayed approx 3 days. Sent to 79th Engineer Gp down the road. Later to 79th Engineer Co at Camp Frenzell Jones on Long Binh near Ho Nai.

  68. Michael

    My unit (19th Data Processing Unit) was assigned to the 90th in March of 67. We arrived by a troop carrier ship, The Nelson M. Walker. I think it was 22 days at sea. We ported in Vung Tao and were transported to Long Binh via deuce and a half trucks. We were crammed in our only barracks building until the 2nd one was built.
    We operated out of semi trailers, air conditioned, only because of the computer equipment we were using. We would received Morning Reports from most of the companies in Nam. We processed everything that happened to you, once you hit the ground, until you left for home.
    When you got assigned to your first unit, promotions, demotions, injuries, deaths, and awards. Some say we had it made, ,but we worked some long days and nights and we still had to pull perimeter guard duty. I remember one of our guys went mental, while on guard duty. Started firing out into the jungle. Base went on lock down, perimeter was reinforced and the MPs took him away. Never saw him again after that, but did process his hospitalization transfer to the states.
    I was there from 3/67 to 12/67, then I was transferred north to Qui Nhon and the 527th Personnel Company, doing the same job. The end of February, 68, I got orders to go to Ft. Dix, NJ then to transfer over to Germany for the duration of my time in service. That meant going over there for the last 17 months of my 3 year commitment. I didn’t want to do that, so I opted for a program they had where I got to go home for a 30 day non-chargable leave, the come back to Nam with my choice of duty (19th DPU) and a promotion to Sergeant. I was a night shift supervisor. Our company had been moved to a concrete building that was in the General Westmorland compound.

    I think I can speak for all of us in saying we grew up really fast and most of us will remember our service time for the rest of our lives.

    Welcome Home to my Brothers and Sisters.

  69. John Davis

    I arrived at the 90th replacement in Oct 67. Stayed there 3 days where I just missed the burning detail. I was later sent to the 10th Finance at Tan Sun Nhut. where I was made the company driver. Got to go to Cu Chi, Bear Cat, Long Bin, and other surrounding cities. I remember the rice paddies along highway 1 like yesterday. My name is John Davis and I would really love to hear from someone from those days of my life. It’s been over 50 years and I haven’t seen anything about the 10th since I left. I only worked in there maybe a couple of days and that was to pull records of KIAs, that was a downer. Well welcome home to my brothers and sisters that came back. I hate some of the stuff that came with me though.

  70. Al Dube

    I arrived @ the 90th RB on Nov.22nd 1968,spent 9 days there before being assigned on Dec 1st to the 61st H.E.M. Company,79th Maintenance Bn,1st LOG,Long Binh and came back to “THE WORLD” on Nov. 21st 1969.
    I had good days and bad and thought I’d never get to be a short timer but finally did and was so glad to get back on that “FREEDOM BIRD” on the way home for leave before reporting in at FT. Hood,Tx. for my last 5 months.
    Our Company area was located about 1/4 mile north of where Bob Hope performed at the outdoor theater.To the best of my memory,T.E.T. started on Feb. 17th 1969 while I was there.
    After reading and checking names on these comments,I don’t see any that I’m familiar with.I’m still looking for Larry Troxtell,McBeth,Smitty,PFC Frost,and others that were in my company.I’ll probably never see them again but I did hook up with one of my buddies,Elmer Brown from Vancouver,Washington.
    It’s so great to at least find one of my buddies(Brother).I’m now a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1082 in Fitzgerald,Ga. and we meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.I believe the happiest day of my life was when I left “VACATION LAND” and was on that “FREEDOM BIRD” at Binh Hoa coming home.
    I remember the Stewardess giving us steaks on the way home.What a treat that was after a year of S.O.S. in the Mess Hall.But it was short lived when we got off the plane at Travis in Oakland and not one person there to greet us and welcome us back home.No small flags no where.
    Their welcome home is about 48 years too late as far as I’m concerned.We should have never been in that conflict fighting some one else’s Civil War.I was so glad and honored to visit the V.V. Memorial Wall in Washington not once but twice.

  71. Al Dube

    I highly recommend to all Vietnam Veterans to consider joining the Vietnam Veterans of America near your area.They are all over the Country and they are a great organization to help Vietnam Veterans.I’m so glad I joined in Dec. 2015.
    I have about 70 brothers in my Chapter and we enjoy so much each other’s company each month.And to me,that’s the best medicine to cope with PTSD.But I say the Dept of the VA still “SUCKS” BIGTIME and always will because they could care less for Vietnam Vets.This is how much the Gov’t honors our sacrifice.
    To the tune of a measly $255.00 from SS to put us in the ground.That’s how much we’re thought of folks.Then we have those that hate our flag but love our welfare.But I do try to keep a positive altitude.
    I’ve been a Southern Gospel DJ for many years going back to Dec. 1973 and worked for Civil Service for 28+ years and retard,lol, in Jan. 2009.And I still enjoy so much DJ’ing each Sunday for 6 hours.

  72. Al Dube

    Thanks Brother,just very thankful to be back as over 58K brothers gave all they had.And I honor their memory every day.They are why I fly that flag in my front yard.And 2 more for good measure.And am fixing to add a 3rd one on another pole on the other side of my front yard.
    And the biggest flag I can put on the 25′ pole.I’ve been buying up flags on the bay for over a month and am up to 16 flags with different sizes.Plus some Vietnam Veterans flags.We have a beautiful American flag flying in Rochelle,Ga. 10 miles west of me that is very huge,about 15×25 or larger.I had to get some pix of it a few days ago.It really makes you feel so good seeing it wave in the breeze.
    I started buying the flags when I saw the sorry no good trashy Iranians burning our flag on Fox news recently.I love my flag and I love my Country and our new President.Tuesday night,I will be giving several Vietnam flags to our VVA Chapter in Fitzgerald.The sewing seeds of kindness will be presenting 10 of us with quilts of valor Tuesday night and I’m so grateful to be getting mine.
    It took about a year for the ladies to sew it.Also,Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal via Mike Robey,Director of the Ga. dept. of Veterans service presented 2 of us with Certificates of Honor last Dec. in Waycross.And I was so humble to receive it.Gov. Deal is a Vietnam Veteran also.

    • Patricia A Biggs

      Nurses coming into country were also housed at the 90th Replacement. Each nurse (in 1968) had an interview with the chief nurse before being assigned incountry. The second night I was there, I was awakened in the middle of the night, loaded into a helicopter and transported to the 71st Evac in Pleiku….about 10 days before Tet.

  73. Al Dube

    Coming home after Vietnam wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.Because just after I got back,here come The Carpenters releasing “Close to you” and all those other beautiful hits that followed which eased a whole lot of pain I felt inside.Karen had one of the most beautiful female voices ever heard besides Connie Francis.That woman could flat sing your heart out of you.What a beautiful voice.She’s still missed by millions and millions today.I’ve played so many of her songs on the radio and was so glad every time.One of my favorites is “Top of the World”.How many remember our anthem song in Vietnam? “We gotta get out of this place” by The Animals.We gotta get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do,we gotta get out of this place girl there’s a better life for me and you.Music can be good medicine for PTSD.

  74. Elvis wright

    Don’t remember the snake but do remember in the transient area when I first got there multiple locations where 55 gallon drums had been buried, open end up, and were used for urinals. An aroma that can’t be forgotten. Also remember some guy sticking m80s in between the slats of mamasan restroom, sneaking up and lighting them when it was occupied. Lots of noisy activity afterwards.

  75. Al Dube

    Hi Steve,thanks for your reply.I surely enjoyed AFVN Radio in Saigon.They had good announcers and played decent oldies.I remember my locker being filled up with R2R tapes for my Teac A4010S tape deck,my receiver and decent speakers.I think I ordered 4 R2R factory tapes from an add I saw in Stars and Stripes and darned if they didn’t arrive.A couple were the best of The 4 Seasons and The Doors and two other good ones.I played them all the time.
    I never went on R&R because I spent most of my $ on music and equipment.R&R didn’t last but a week,stereo equipment and music last for years.When TET started on Monday night Feb. 13th 1969,I couldn’t go anywhere to fight and kill Charlie,or be killed.
    I was on crutches from being ran over by one of my buddies driving a deuce and a half tractor.It happened 4 days before TET started.I was on crutches for over 7 months and was finally off of them by late September 1969.
    Then I drove in a convoy all night to Saigon and back delivering supplies for about a month and a half before getting ready to split the scene for good and get on that “FREEDOM BIRD”.And leave “VACATIONLAND”.My one Brother Elmer Brown and I stay in touch and so good to talk to him on the phone.I’m so glad I never had to pull KP again after leaving A.I.T. at Ft. Leonardwood before coming to ‘Nam.Man I sure hated KP,especially in Basic @ Ft. Benning,Ga.
    And I also hated Ft Hood,Tx after coming back for my last 5 months.I hated the Army for shoving their discipline down my throat day after day.And I still despise them today.I just don’t see how my Brother could take Army life for 20 years,so many darned “LIFERS”.But it’s all water under the bridge now so need to let bi-gones be bi-gones.Life goes on.But We’ll never forget those on the wall,the P.O.W’s and MIA’S.
    I’m still enjoying the oldies but goodies even today after so many years.Up to close to 30K 45’s,about 10K albums and over a thousand CD’s of great music.And a whole bunch of stereo equipment including the awesome Pioneer SX-1980 receiver and several pairs of awesome speakers,real radio station record players,and the Techjnics SL1200MK2 turntables,3 each,all courtesy of Ebay since 2005..And I don’t mean to brag.Just proud to have what I have.Plus several Teac tape decks.I could rattle the neighborhood if I wanted.But best not to.I wouldn’t want the cops @ my door.

    • Rob

      I just picked up a book called “We gotta get out of this place” by Doug Bradley and Craig Warner. It is about the role of Music during the Vietnam War. You might enjoy it as well!

      Welcome Home.

    • Fred L Harris

      I arrived in-country in the First week of January 1970 at the 90th Replacement Battalion at Long Bien. Was sent to Phu Bia, then to DaNang then to NaTrang and then back to Long Bien at the 90th. This was in March 1970, I went back t the World in December 1970……I worked a C.I.F. at the 90th at Long Bien. A Previous, poster, has said I was not there during this time, or not at all. DAMIT I was. Our NCOIC was Dieteter Schuster (Probably Misspelled)……I
      lived on the first floor. Bruce Cohen & I took two rooms and cut a door between them and a made a bunk room and a party room. All was painted BLACK except on wall that I painted copies of posters on. As a Goof. I painted on the door from the Barracks, “IT’S A GOOD RE-UP ARMY” and occasionally a Lifer would come by……I did my Job……I didn’t want to be there……..But…….I Served Proudly…….

  76. Doug Viant

    Al, I bought a Sony 260 tape recorder (built in speakers) in mid 67 at the Long Binh PX. When I got it home in December it was partially frozen. Thawed it out and it still works in 2017! Thats 50 years. Song I remember best: Somebody to Love Jefferson Airplane.

    • Al Dube

      Hi Doug,yep,I remember that song very well,got it on a 45.But the one I really like is Starship’s “Nothings gonna stop us now” from the “Mannequin” movie.Also “The girl with the hungry eyes” by Starship.I have a brother named Doug who is the last weightlifter to defeat a Russian weightlifter.He won the super heavyweight class in the World Weightlifting Championships in Warsaw,Poland in 1969.
      The Russian lifter was Leonid Zhabotinsky who won the Gold medal in the ’68 Olympics in Mexico City.But Doug tore him a good one that night in Sept. ’69.I partied that night in my company area @ Long Binh.Doug met President Nixon in the White House and was on the Johnny Carson show for his accomplishments.Our Country has always been very proud of what Doug accomplished.
      The odds was really stacked against him.But he was so determined to stomp that Russian,nothing was gonna stop him.That’s what’s so great about what he did.And the whole Country was pulling for him.Even today,he’s still the last lifter to beat a Russian.You can google “Joe Dube Weightlifting” and it’ll tell you all about him.

      • Fred L Harris

        Me Again…… Like I said our rooms we painted Black except for one all in the “Party” room that I had spent hours copying posters on. We had an inspection, before a major inspection. I was told I had to paint over my art work. I had spent months painting these copy of posters. And they wanted me to take Black paint and cover them. Welp, I don’t go down that easy. I got two 4 x 6 sheet of plywood and nailed it over my Artwork. And Painted them Black. So the Company came through and said every thing was cool.The morning of the inspection, I removed the two plywood Black panels
        Our local Officers & NCO’s were embarrassed , yet the Higher Ups were not that upset…. I slid by again……. .

  77. Al Dube

    Hi again Doug,yep the Sony 260 is a darned good R2R deck.You just can’t beat the sound of a good R2R hooked to a good receiver like Kenwood,Pioneer,Marrantz,or Yamaha and others from Japan.
    I have several Teac’s,the A4010GSL,A6600, X10R,the A1250S.The A6600 is a monster deck @ 70 lbs.The X10R is the one that will record in forward and reverse.A very nice and convenient feature.There were so many songs we enjoyed hearing while in ‘Nam,especially CCR and Proud Mary,Fortunate Son,Have you ever seen the rain,Bad moon rising,Green river,Hey tonight,Who’ll stop the rain,Down on the corner,Lookin’ out my back door,Up around the bend,I heard it through the grapevine,Run through the jungle,Born on the bayou,and more.
    Also Sly and The Family Stone,Everyday People,Clarence Carter with “Slip away”,The Animals,House of the rising son and of course The 4 Seasons,The Beatles,and so many more.All of us GI’s enjoyed our music over there.
    Nothing like it.And we enjoyed our clubs.How can we forget The Doors and “Hello I love you”,”Riders on the storm”,Buffalo Springfield and “For what it’s worth”,Cream,”The White Room” and many more.War is Hell,but music helps with the wounds of war.Music is one thing all of us Vietnam brothers shared together.The music helped us through it.

    • Doug Viant

      Wow you know your tunes. I was there in 67 so the songs you named I heard once back in the states. Fortunate Son wasnt till 69 where I lived.For my tour it was Im A Believer, Mr. Spaceman,Respect,Lets Spend the night Together,Ode to Billy Joe, Happy Jack, The Letter, Hello Goodbye. Remember Staff Sgt Barry Sadlers Ballad of the Green Berets in 1965?. When I was in Nam he had a song out called”BaMeBa” after that shitty Vietnamese beer.My speakers were Sansui, another name from the past. Had an Akai tape deck too. The Four seasons were one of a kind. No matter how dated, I can remember everything they did. Met Frankie once.

      • Al Dube

        That must have been awesome to meet Frankie.I wish I could say that.But I’ve played their songs many times on the radio.Along with a lot of the oldies of the past.I have about a 100 to 200 CD set of oldies along with a bunch of Country Classics.Plus 1,000’s more on a 320 GB hard drive.
        I never have messed with MP3 or any other type of media except CD’s and vinyl.Guess I’m still old school.I used to have Sansui’s.I came back home from ‘Nam with a pair.And an old Kenwood receiver.
        But now I’m into JBL,Pioneer,Sony,Bose,Kenwood,and Fisher speakers.I’ve amassed about 20 Bose Acoustic wave sound systems(table top stereo’s) I got at great deals.Like the CD3000,2000,AW-1,CS2010,AWRC1-P/G,AWRCC1/2, the new system 4.Just about every model they made.And most sound very good.I always wanted a great and real Radio station turntable.And I wound up with 6 of them.I need to sell half of them.They sound so good.Those are idle drive turntables.
        I do have plenty when it comes to stereo equipment.There is much more than what I mentioned.If I ever get to my vinyl in my portable building in the back yard,I’ll have a ton of recording to do to get vinyl to CD’s.And will take me about 2 years to record it all.Got the Green Berets on a black label RCA 45 single.
        “Fighting soldiers from the sky
        Fearless men who jump and die
        Men who mean just what they say
        The brave men of the Green Beret

        Silver wings upon their chest
        These are men, America’s best
        One hundred men we’ll test today
        But only three win the Green Beret

        Trained to live, off nature’s land
        Trained in combat, hand to hand
        Men who fight by night and day
        Courage deep, from the Green Beret

        Silver wings upon their chest
        These are men, America’s best
        One hundred men we’ll test today
        But only three win the Green Beret

        Back at home a young wife waits
        Her Green Beret has met his fate
        He has died for those oppressed
        Leaving her this last request

        Put silver wings on my son’s chest
        Make him one of America’s best
        He’ll be a man they’ll test one day
        Have him win the Green Beret”
        May Sgt. Sadler R.I.P.A great singer and a great song.

      • Danny Jones

        At 90th Commo we had our own version of Sadler’s song :
        Fighting soldiers on the ground
        Overweight by many a pound
        These are men who take no crap
        The brave men of the Baseball Cap
        We didn’t take ourselves very seriously, though the situation often was.

  78. Steve Donovan

    Hi Danny,
    There’s a funny story in our book about singing blasphemous lyrics to the “Ballad” song while drinking 3.2 beer in the PX at Fort Sam Houston (Medic School.) The four of us didn’t realize that the four dudes at the next table were “junior” Green Berets who’d been sent to Fort Sam to be trained as Special
    Forces medics. They were not amused. The chapter is titled “Ballad of the Green Brawlers” and the book can be found here: http://www.longbinhdaze.com

    • Danny Jones

      Yeah, I imagine the Berets would take offense. Can’t blame ’em. BTW, excerpts from the book look pretty interesting.

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  80. Larry Hulsbrink

    I processed through 90th Replacement Bn as an 11B10 starting Christmas Eve 1969. I spent 6 days on bunker guard with another newbe and a permanent guard. Shifts were 6 hrs on 6 off. I know the bunker was facing away from a section of the Ammo Dump, facing an open field, because it was hit by viet cong sappers my 3rd or 4th night on bunker guard. Does anyone have a map or pictures showing these sandbaged and covered guard bunker placements? Would be great to finally figure after 47 yrs what part of that ammo dump I was guarding without knowing it was there until all bell broke loose when 7 sappers blew up several ammo storage bunkers, including CS gas stored that drifted over my guard location (Dec 26-29, 1969?). On my 7th day, I was transferred to Cam Rahn Bay and spent the rest of my tour there as a personnel clerk, 74 D machine operator.

      • Larry Hulsbrink

        Thank you! I’m asking about location pictures because there was a tall wooden fence running all along the perimeter which hid the Ammo Dump from that and other guard positions. Someone who spent their tour at or near the 90th Bn had to take a picture or two, hopefully. As I was new in country and 5 months in Army, I came without a camera. Didn’t care at the time to send home to my wife and 5 day old daughter pictures of the mess I figured I was about to experience. Having a child is why my orders changed from 11B10 to 74D20. So, hoping someone sees this and can attach a picture. The front gate guard house for the 90th is the same construction and a well photographed one. My guard position was an interior positioned one, or so I was told and remember after 50 yrs.. I will just add also that I heard the loudest cheers as muffled sounds from the Bob Hope Holiday USO Show while I was on duty in that guard bunker in late Dec 1969.

  81. Larry Hulsbrink

    Thanks! I think I was a decade too late to post my request for a picture from those who spent more time around Long Bing Post with their cameras documenting events. Ken Burns recently took advantage of some of Our War’s photographers

    Since my initial request, I think I am satisfied that I have a general enough idea where these guard bunkers were positioned… to stop my inquiry. I will say that I should have known that something I was doing was risky enough, as there were 3 guards in the one bunker. It was protecting that ammo dump.

    For me,the experience was 6 days of “in county” formalization training for what was more likely to be worse challenges for any PFC 11B Rifleman with five months of training. I know some of my AIT friend never got that chance before going straight to an infantry company in the “boonies”. I lost one of my AIT Ft Ord training friends KIA in Cambodia. I’m sure there were many others, but he was from my wife’s home town and she saw his death announcement in the paper that said where he was killed.

    Thanks for your web page efforts for welcoming all of us who went were the government sent us, even for those, like me, who were drafted….even after 47+ years in our past.

    And pray for those in the service of our country now, like my son-in-law. He’s a Special Operations 82nd Airborne 1st. Sergeant whose been deployed 8 times to hostile places. Right now he is state side training professional volunteer soldiers. So, my wife and I now again are one of the 1% who have a family member in a military service. It’s now our children , their spouses and their children who well or are now in harm’s way. The drums of war are again sounding and I ask all who read this Web Page, because your experienced war close enough to know nothing is gain that informed Diplomacy can always trump. And my pun was intended!

    Thanks, and God bless the USA!

    • David Diser

      I have pictures from 67′ . Ken burns company and gave me a contract for use of my pictures at $74 each used. But apparently did I’d not use any and I did not see any. But they are not revelant to his emphasis on combat. Your story re 3rd IRS is similar to what we experienced between 11/66 and 12/67. As for guard duty, cadre such me only pulled guard duty very rarely and then we did 6 hours and casuals, you did 2 on and 4 off but even then all three often were asleep when visited by duty officer. Not good thing.

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      • Lawrence Hulsbrink

        David Diser, I appreciate your response re pictures. I think your time of 66/67 is too early for what I was asking about- pictures of guard bunkers lining the perimeter of the Long Bing 3rd ORD Ammo Dump, circa 1970. But, your guard duty reference of 6 hours duty cycle matched my experience. Only person likely to sleep in my bunker tour of 3 guards was the permanent duty Spec 4. Apparently the 3rd ORD wes sapper attacked often enough it wasn’t unique when I was there in late Dec ’69 to be historically significant. I now know it was apparently completely destroyed in Feb 68 TET. And Long Binh was attacked in Feb 69, the “baby’ TET. I never remembered ever being called a “Casual” my 7 days at the 90th. Kind of ironic when I was hardly “casual” on guard 12 hrs every day for 6 of the 7 days of my short 90th visit. Too many of my fellow 11Bs MOSers left the 90th to get blown up in some rice paddy or jungle trail. I think the proper name for your future posts should be “unassigned” Veteran Hero and not a Casual after 50 years.

        Larry Hulsbrink (Army Draftee, Spec 5-74D20/11B11, Retired Prof Engr)

        PS- Sorry to read of your illness in a recent message. Hope you are on the mend.

      • Welcome Home Lawrence…

      • david diser

        re pictures, working 6 days for 12 hours and 4 on sunday , plus errands for the boss, i did not have time to roam around the compound and look at guard towers nor did i want to. It was too hot and humid for that and the club was
        air conditioned and had cold drinks.

      • david diser

        Sorry but the term “casual’ does not in any way detract from their status as a hero.We had two classifications, Casual for those passing through the 90th in and out and “cadre for those permanently assigned.technically, they were assigned to the 90th for reassignment or for transportation some where.
        Each had its own morning reports, separate quarters a showers, mess halls.

        i respect your opinion but l am not a history revisionist.

        I my self was a casual for about a week.

        Good luck

  82. david diser

    correction, we shared showers and mess hall. but had separate morning reports and quarters.

  83. Lawrence Hulsbrink

    David, I would be remiss if I at least didn’t seek help from the Army resource and give you, after my 47 and your 50 years of not thinking about this, the official DoD definition of an individual awaiting orders, transport, etc, at a post or station to which he or she is not attached or assigned….that person is a “Transient”. Now, maybe as a finance person, you were authorized to pay out by authorized request “Casual Pay” and I suppose that’s why you called us Casuals, those of us who were Transients moving through the 90th at Long Binh. Department of the Army says we were unassigned Transients. And because I wasn’t sitting around with nothing to do the 7 days I was there and likely most E-2s or E3s with 11B MOSs were put on guard duty as I was, I took exception to the term Casual.

    Larry Hulsbrink

    The full description of “transient “- Definition (US DoD)1. Personnel, ships, or craft stopping temporarily at a post, station, or port to which they are not assigned or attached, and having destination elsewhere. 2. An independent merchant ship calling at a port and sailing within 12 hours, and for which routing instructions to a further port have been promulgated. 3. An individual awaiting orders, transport, etc., at a post or station to which he or she is not attached or assigned.

    • I was casual /transient for 2 weeks first in Pleku then at Long Binh and was finally assigned to a unit in the 9th division that wasn’t even in country. All worked out for the best I was reaasigned at the 9th to stay with Admin Company.

  84. Cindy Peach Anderson

    My father was in Vietnam twice. I have been going through his belongings and found a mess token ” 90th Repl be open mess” . I’m sure he was there at some point. I will try and look up the years he was there but i was young and don’t remember the exact years. Just this token brought back a flood of memories about him and his years in service. I just want to thank all of you for your service!

  85. Danny Jones

    Hey Elvis (Wright) – Looking over some recent entries here, I came upon some of yours. Yep, I was (am) from Texas and vaguely recall some one leg squats (I assume Jim Beam was involved), and yes, Southard was an electrician. (We called him ‘mother’). We had several electricians and carpenters in our hootch up by the front wire. About those urinals – just another creative use of diesel fuel. After 50 years, the smell of diesel still takes me back.

    • david diser

      You don’t mean urninals do you. In my period 66-67′ fuel/kerosene etc was used to burn the human waste/ We just stood behind corrugated sheet metal and pied in a whole in the ground. During this process, you were exposed from below the knee and above the shoulders. The one for our hootch was between highway !A and the 90th compound. I could watch the people on the road and they could watch me. Accessing it in the dark, avoiding trenchs etc. . especially in wet earther was always a real joy, UGH

      on ya, the smell on sunday morning of burning waste rising from the valley between our hootch and headquarters area was always looked FORWARD TOO!

    • David Diser

      Hi, thanks for all your effort. I have lots of pictures to tie into my comments. Best way to add them or get them to you? Dave Diser

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  86. Danny Jones

    Actually, I only recall one of those facilities that could have passed as a ‘urinal’. It was added sometime after Tet I believe, probably early ’68. It was about 50 yds from the Commo trailer and consisted of a buried drum filled with rocks and diesel. Even had a screen over it. Quite a technological advance but I don’t recall seeing others like it in the compound. Caught between it and Commo in midday, I saw three rocket rounds ‘walked’ in. The first two hit outside the wire, but the third dead-centered one of the two-stories up on the hill. It burned down like a tinderbox. It was occupied by only one GI and I understand he had cleared country and was headed home.

    • Elvis wright

      They added some after you left. Quite an aroma when evaporating on a 120 degree day. We got hot water in the showers just before I left.

      • SP4, 73C20, DAVID DISER 12/66- 12/67 ,90th repln

        I have pictures circa 1967 but have not found away to insert them and i don’t use the social media shown below. I can add them to an email and will try that later

  87. Lawrence Hulsbrink

    HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY. … Vietnam War Vets!

    • Fred L Harris

      I was at the 90th for about two weeks in early 1970. Was sent to Phu Bia, then DaNang, then NaTrang and then back to Long Bien with the 90th at C.I.F. (Central Issue Facility). I was there from late February to December 1970. Would like to give a “Shout Out” to all my co-workers on Veterans Day. We were a Crazy Bunch, yet, did our jobs, Processing in-coming and those going Back To The World. I don’t hear a lot from those that were there while I was there. To any that Served with me, What happened to BIG DOG ? I looked into bringing him home with me, but with the hassle, he would have died before I could have got it done. S/4 Harris, Ground Floor of the C.I.F. Barracks…..I worked Nights…

      • Fred L Harris

        While working nights at C.I.F., we only had a E-5 working with us, and many E-6’s and above gave us a lot of crap. So, since we worked in OD Tee Shirts with no hats, we came up with the Idea to just set a Captain’s hat on the desk. Problem solved……The E-6’s and above could not figure out who was the Officer…..

      • david diser,sp4 73c20, 90th RPLN, 12/66-12/57

        OD(Olive Drab) , not a term that’s been used much here, we wore white undies.
        And as far as I am concerned the aim of our Superiors pointed to a change in the war effort, from Urgency, with little or no rules to strict enforcement of army regs when the CO’s were changed from infantry to AGC, T’s was one, from T’s in office to blouses, from off the Streets between midnight to six am to on the compound.(THAT WAS A BIGGIE). liquor bottles could no longer be lined up on 2 X4’s and an attempt to inspect even though we had purchased our foot lockers from town or from the guy you replaced, two more, requiring a military drivers license to drive a vehicle and a security clearance to pick up classified messages. I did both for 6 months without either . We even had an e6 transferred out for not controlling the sound sound coming from the shower. and after all he was the senior NCO!!!!

        it really sounds to me that I was there at the best time.

        Thanks for reading my rattling on.

  88. Danny Jones

    Anyone remember the name of the NCOIC at 90th H&HD in ’67 and ’68? He had 30 or so years in and tended to drink a bit. Can’t recall his name as I’m trying to fill in some ‘memoirs’ for the grandkids.

    • Joe Melchiorre

      Was it Sgt Cross?? He was probably late 40’s, early 50’s, silver hair!!

      • SP4, 73C20, DAVID DISER 12/66- 12/67 ,90th repln

        as for the drinking part, who did not! I am going to toy with you, do mean the e6, who along with Robin S Kent, 1st lieuy, attempted to replace DH Wheeler? The same E6 who stuffed a message from Usarv saying any body can be promoted to e4 with a year in service into his desk and forgot about and the same e6 who managed to schedule a promotion board to e7 and had managed to get everybodyelse eligible transferred out. if thats who you mean and after all this i surely hope so, try Charles Neilsen. want picture> send me email,

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