Vietnam 67 – 68

I joined the Marine Corps in 1957 and retired in 1978. I was with 3rd Bn. 9th Marines. We left Okinawa in Jan 1967 but I can’t remember how we entered Vietnam.. If anyone who was with 3-9 at that time could e-mail me and let me know how we landed I would appreciate it very much..I’m starting to forget a lot of things and I don’t want to forget how I got to Vietnam..

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  1. Not sure for you, but that inning of the game most of us were flying in on 707’s. 26th Marines was still coming in as a unit but most off us were replacements by that time. I came in Dec 66. I did go with 3/9 on a couple of operations in June and July 67. You must have been with them still. Do you remember operation Buffalo, 2 July 67 when we went in to get 1/9 out. If you were there you wouldn’t forget this. It is said to be the worst loss for the Marine Corps in Vietnam. I hope I can still use the computer when I get your age. Figuring with the years you put, you must be about 10 years older and was probably Sgt. or above when in Vietnam. What was your MOS? mine was 1371, Harry and I are proud of that. Been awhile since the news letter has been on line. Hope you guys didn’t give up on it. Murray served Feb66 to Nov69, Vietnam Dec66 to Aug68 back May69 to Aug 69, went with 1/9, 2/9, 3/9 and 2/26 and others on many operations.

    1. I was with Lima 3/9 . We left Okinawa in January in a troop carrier and landed in mike boats,
      my most was 0311. we traveled to the triangle just north of. Camp Carroll . hope this helps you, SEPRI FI

  2. A.M. I ‘m sure Murray is right. If you came in 67 you most likely flew in on a charter flight from OKI. 3/9 there since early 65 and came to shore at Red Beach and set up camp around the airbase at Da-nang Nick 0311/8531

    1. 4-Apr-68 Flew in to Da-Nang on a Japanese charter DC-9 from Oki. Landed about 2200 local time. Still remember the rush of heat when the rear hatch was opened. Harry

      1. Where is everybody Harry? I they shut this site down it will be like losing other dog, only a whole lot of them at once. I won’t know what to do with myself. Good to know you and Nick are still here though. Maybe will pick up a lot off new dogs with this new floormate. ( Joke) Maybe it wasn’t down for you.

        1. If nothing else comes up for you, you could always join us in Branson, MO this September for the 3rd Marine Division Association’s annual reunion. The Mustang Association will be joining us. In 2020 we’ll be in Washington DC for, hopefully, a joint reunion with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Mustang Associations. 3/9 is welcome to join us this year with no pressure to join the 3rd Marine Division Association. Just come and have fun with us, and decide for yourself if you wish to join the Association or not.
          Just go to our web site at caltrap.com, and towards the top of the home will be and icon for the reunion. Just click on it and all the information you will need will be right there.Please keep in mind that you have to make your hotel rerservations seperately form the events.

          Semper Fi,

          Ron Deverick
          3rd BN 12th Marines

      2. I also flew a charter in to Da-Nang from Okinawa. Landed at night,not sure what time, NCO came on board told us to run like hell to the green bus,then laughed as he watched us. “Welcome to Vietnam” !! Paul 0311

  3. Flew in from Okinawa on a C-130 that landed in DaNang in May, 1967. Sent by CH-46 to join BLT 2/3 then ashore at (best recollection) Camp Evans. 2/3 stayed “on The Float” until around end of ’67. –Terry Kindlon

    1. We landed in Nam on Nov 28th 1966 aboard a C139 from Okinawa. Moved to Dong Ha and Chu Lai, Khe Sanh months later with First Marine Div. We exited out of rear of C130 around 1400hrs and it had to be over 110 outside. That night it stormed and temp dropped to 75 degrees within 45 minutes. Drenched in rain and Froze our butts off. Weird start of 13 months.

  4. Left San Diego, CA aboard the USNS Gordon as replacements. Sailed to Oakland, CA to pickup several hundred Army personnel. Arrived in Vietnam starting in Saigon and worked our way up the coast to various ports where Army personnel disembarked. I wound up in Danang in February ’67 and was flown to Chu Lai on a C-130 and assigned to Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines. Moved north and eventually wound on Hill 55 for the rest of my tour.

    1. I was also on the USNS Gen. Gordon for my trip to Nam. Left San Diego in Feb.,1967 and finally got off in March up at Red Beach or China Beach, one or the other. Like you said, started at the bottom of Nam dropping off Army and worked up to the north to drop the Marines off. Had to reply to you as you’re the first Marine that I have seen acknowledge that he went over on the Gordon. I was in Supply at Red Beach and Dong Ha with a few side trips to Phu Bai, Khe Sahn, and others.
      Semper Fi
      Ed Gruener, SSgt. 2304296

  5. Get a free copy of your Service Record Book. I got my copy, and it showed when I entered country and left and the type of trans I was on. Just request a copy of your SRB from HQ Marine Corps. I will give details

    1. Ken, my husband was with the HMM 363 Unit in Vietnam, serving from December 1967 till May of 1968 when he was wounded and transported to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. He doesn’t remember much about leaving and would like to request a copy of his SRB from HQ Marine Corps. Would you please post the contact information? Thank you

    2. Also interested in the contact info:
      Official Military Personnel Files
      A former Marine may request a copy of his/her records directly from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) by writing:

      National Personnel Records Center
      1 Archives Drive
      St. Louis, MO 63138
      Telephone: 314-801-0800
      Fax: 314-801-9195
      E-mail: MPR.center@nara.gov

      Is this the correct Department you addressed?

  6. I was with the artillery support unit (Charlie Battery 1/13) attached to the 3/26 when we went over in 1966. We went with a ship convoy; USS Valley Forge LPH-8, USS Lenawee APA-195, and the USS Belle Grove LSD-2. After being part of the Special Landing Force we then entered Vietnam on Dec 11, 1966 at Dong Ha. I ended up writing a book about our time in Vietnam called TO HEAR SILENCE. To do that I used the declassified Command Chronologies that were kept on each unit.
    If you check the one for the 3/9 you may find the info you are looking for.

    1. Ron,
      I flew into Da Nang from Okinawa on a C-130. Was transferred from Camp Schwab in November 1966.
      I just wanted tell you that I read your book and found it to very accurate and informing. There were two incidents that I vividly recall about Camp Evans that you wrote about. One was about the truck that pulled over near the 4th Bn Med. and hit a land mine and blue up. As it happened I was in the truck in front of the one that blew up. We were coming in on a convoy from a position just north of Camp Evans. We were to pull off where the said truck did but just before we pulled over the convoy commander moved us up one position to keep from isolating a truck outside the wire. The other was about the Ontose running over a booby-trap and 7 Marines were killed. I was in A Co. 3rd Shore Party Bn and, as I remember, we had body parts from those 7 Marines on only 5 stretchers at the LZ overnight and into the next day in the rain before a chopper could get in to take them out. They were covered with ponchos and we had to recover a couple of them a few times due to the wind. I will never forget that as long as I live. Also, I want to mention that you were right-on about the living conditions. Right now I cannot remember how long we went at Camp Evens without changing utilities and socks. I got sores on my lower shins due to my boots and socks being soaked so long without any dry socks to change into. I would encourage anyone that was at Camp Evans during the latter part of December 1966 into February 1967 to read your book TO HEAR SILENCE. Although I spent most of my time inside the wire I didn’t realize everything that went on just outside the wire until I read your book. Thank you Ron for the writing the book and letting people that were not there know just how bad living conditions were and the hardships the average Marine in Vietnam during that time period had to enture. Semper Fi, Bob Mauney 1381

  7. I just did a little digging into the 3/9 Command Chronologies and here is what I found.
    In Jan 1967 the battalion left the RVN and went to Okinawa for training, revamp their equipment and a little R&R.
    On 23 Feb 1967 after during a landing exercise they headed back to Vietnam on board the;
    USS Bayfield APA-33
    USS Merrick AKA-97
    USS Cabildo LSD-16
    Upon arriving in Vietnam they set up their Command Post at Camp Carroll.
    So it’s a good chance you landed at Dong Ha.

  8. Hello Fellow Marines,I am confused also about my time in Vietnam.I remember landing in Danang in late March of 1967,I then was transferred to camp carrol ?I then remember being told I was assigned to F/2/9 ?I ended up at DongHa,and from there I was sent into the field. I was wounded on July 5th 1967,I remember on the 4th looking toward the DMZ and watching the Napalm being dropped on the NVA,then the evening of the 4th we started getting mortared and some chicom grenades were actually being thrown into our perimeter,we then moved back to higher ground,On the morning of the 5th Whom ever I was with ,we got mortared and from what I remember hearing is we had 4 KIA,and 37 wounded?I don’t think I was with F/2/9.any help to clarify this?

  9. I have a weekly group meeting with other Nam vets and, one guy was with C 1/9 tell us that they were in and out of country a few times. He was there late 66 early 67. his Company was pulled out and sent to Oki. Camp Schab for a while and then loaded on the LPH Iwo Jima sent to Subic Bay then back to Mekong for a few weeks during Operation Deckhouse V . Back to OKI then home. It appears that all three Battalions were in and out during that time. I don’t know for sure just say’n Bill 0331 E 2/1 68-69

  10. If anyone is trying to find information on their unit while in Vietnam, go into http://www.recordsofwar.com/vietnam/usmc/USMC_Rvn.htm
    On the left side of the page you will find a list of all the units that were there. Click on your unit and it will give you the Command Chronologies by date. Click on one of them and it will take you to another page that will show you a logo for PDF. Click on it and you will see the Command Chronologies.
    I printed off the ones for the time our unit was in Nam in order to write my book, TO HEAR SILENCE. I ended up with a stack of paper over 11″ high. So there is a lot of info there.
    Hope this is helpful.

  11. LIKE MOST OF YOU BRAVE SOULS I ALSO FFLEW INTO DANANG ON AMERICAN AIRLINES. REMEMBER THE STINK AND THE CATTLE CAR RIDE TO THE DANANG BASE. WAS ASSIGNED TO THE Ist MARINE AIR WING THERE. THE WHOLE PLACE SMELLED LIKE SHIT AND PISS.
    REMEMBER ASKING THE DRIVER WHAT YOU DID ON LIBERTY THERE. HE LAUGHED AND SAID THERE IS NO LIBERTY AND YOU WORK 12HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK. SURE DID BURST MY BUBBLE. AFTER A WHILE AND GREAT MARINES WE MADE OUR OWN FUN. 12 HOURS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK LESS TIME TO THINK ABOUT HOME AND GIRLFRIENDS.
    I FELT SO SORRY FOR THE FEW MARINES I LIVED WITH WHO GOT MARRIED BEFORE DEPLOYMMENT. WHAT MISERY THEY WENT THROUGH. HAD ONE KID WHO DRANK AFTER SHAVE TO KILL THE PAIN.
    WHY DID THEY DO THIS TO US THEN ABANDON US. 55315 DEAD FOR THEIR DESIRE TO PLAY WAR. REMEMBER THEM WHEN YOU MEET THEM IN HELL.
    SORRY NOT RELATED MUCH TO THE ORIGINAL QUESTION.
    JUST VENTING.
    SEMPER FI MARINES AND GOD BLESS.
    BRENDAN MC CARRON 1st MAW DANANG 1966 1968.

      1. RT . F.U. AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON. A. H. THOSE GUYS I MENTIONED WERE THE POLITICAL HACKS WHO SENT US THERE NOT MARINES. IN MY WORLD ALL MARINES GO TO HEAVEN BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN THRU HELL A.H.
        GET A REAL LIFE. YOU PISSED ME OFF. LOOK ME UP SOMETIME AND WE CAN TALK FACE TO FACE. ARE YOU A MARINE??? WERE
        YOU IN NAM??? WHERE??? WHATS YOUR MOS????
        TIME FOR ANOTHER BEER TO HELP ME FORGET. TRY IT OR GET LAID. YOUR FRIEND BRENDAN. AN IRISH MARINE.

  12. Brendan,
    Please accept my sincere apology for the misunderstanding. I can understand why you were pissed and don’t blame you. But, when you quoted “…55315 dead from their desire to play war” and in the very next sentence you said : “Remember them when you meet them in Hell” I was pissed a little myself. I hope you understand how I made the mistake and hope you forgive me for the misunderstanding. It was a political war that we paid the price for and feathered many “Fat Cat’s” pockets back home who never saw Nam. Yes I am a Marine, GREEN THROUGH AND THROUGH. And yes I did serve in Nam in 1966 and 1967 and was at mostly up north at Phu Bia, Hue, Cobi Than Tan (Camp Evans), Dong Ha and places that didn’t have a name that I was aware of. Just like so many others, I went where I was sent, did what I was told when I was told and looked forward to the day I could return home again to my wife ALIVE. I hope this explanation helps cool your anger towards a fellow Marine.
    SEMPER FI MARINE!

    1. MARINE THANKS FOR YOUR CLARIFICTION. I AM A VERY BITTER MAN AT WHAT THEY DID. I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET THEM IN HELL. THEN THEY WILL REALLY FIND OUT WHAT HELL IS LIKE. NOTHING WORSE THAN AN ANGRY MARINE WHO IS IRISH. THANKS AGAIN OF YOUR RESPONSE AND WILL GLADLY PUY A FEW BEERS IF WE EVER DO MEET.
      SEMPER FI. MARINE. YOU SURE DID GET TO SEE VIETNAM ON THE GOVERMENTS DIME. HELL I GOT STUCK AT DANANG FOR 20 MONTHS.
      HAD A BALL. AGAIN THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT REPLY.
      BRENDAN MCCARRON 1stMAW DANANG. END OF 1966 TO THE MIDDLE OF 1968. WHAT A RIDE. NEVER WILL FORGET IT.

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