I abstained which sometimes makes me wonder what the hell was wrong with me. Shortly after arrival in Bearcat. Well, by the first picture, you know you are at Long Binh. sandbags took a. lot of sweat. The Mama & Papasans were letting us know that there was someone in the water caught in the truck. Unfortunately we learned later on that the soldier did not make it. HelloMy brother served with Dco, 2/60, 9th. It was portraiture, not fighting scenes, that brought back the memories. No chain of command issues there. 4 July Due to a theater wide crackdown of Black Marketing activities, the Battalion was required to position one MP at the entrance and exit to the post exchange facilities at Bearcat to insure that only authorized personnel used the exchange and that customers did not abuse their rations privileges. GENERAL 1964-73 MAC-V Tour 365 . April The Royal Thai Volunteer Force Air Force Victory Flight component, deployed to Vietnam in 1964, began their phased stand down and return that was scheduled for completion by December. Cat was in fact a rubber plantation and that has been expanded to take in [Home] [Up] [SettinguptheTrip] [HoChiMinhCity(Saigon)andArea] [TheConsulateand"TheRoof"] [LongBinhandBearCat] [IntotheDelta] [CanThoRiverMarket] [CanThoCity] [TheBridgeatTanTru] [Miscellaneous] [FinalThoughts] [EMailsandBlogs]. I also remember the monkey incident. We apprehended about 50 AWOL's working with the 9th MP Company the first couple of months we were there. I needs to spend some time studying much more or figuring out more. Barbed wire and the beauty of blooming flowers on the berm, 63) Between 8  Wish I knew where the old crew was . 3/47th Riverine. Podcast: What was it like to hump the boonies in Vietnam? Last CriticalPast is an archive of historic footage. As others have said it makes us think I, like many others, came home as placed those memories in a mental box and had managed to pretty much keep them there. Bearcat was also called Camp Martin Cox . Sunrise scenes in Bearcat. In The News After spending 6 months state side iI put in orders to return to Vietnam. spray sealer, but dust was always a problem. We flew mission for 9th Div, plus entire Corps area. Please contact: Ray Swan Mailing address: 289 Prospect Ave City, State, Zip: East Aurora, NY 14052 I remember pulling guard duty way to often in those bunkers.,usually near the drainage ditch at the end of the helipad and near the fuel blisters. These are examples of battle-damaged vehicles. Hq & A Co. and the 709th Bn. I'm sure everyone is happy to see that you too survived the experience. On January 6, 1967 we loaded on a train and headed for Oakland, California where we then boarded a troop ship and headed for Vietnam on January 10th. Army Life base. An old warrant officer buddy got me 43) Trying to find anything about my unit. The name Bear Cat is found spelled two ways, Bearcat or Bear Cat. As I review these photos, I cannot express adequately my feelings of gratitude for these brave and courageous soldiers. Thank you for your service! I believe part of the camp is now a tank park. The Saigon waterfront on the Mekong river. (LST) component deployed to Vietnam in 1967, and all that remained at Bearcat was a token force of 204 personnel. https://www.vietnam272nd.com/ Blessings to all. This is part of the HQ & A Co. area from the When it was in full fire mode the ground litterally trembled. Once upon a time, when I was still working and somewhat "flush", I used to treat myself to an occasional manicure. III CORP TRANG SUP LONG HAI. Bearcat was the base camp . I recall Bearcat as a GREAT PLACE as compared to my first tour in VN, Aug 1965-July1966, with the 1st Cav. These usually got full of snakes, spiders and Vietnam Two shifts a night. Early in the Vietnam War, the 1st Special Forces established a base there. I did manage to marry with a Vietnamese lady when stationed at Bearcat. Jack, you have created a brilliant and haunting explanation of why the war in Vietnam was so difficult to fight. During the end of my tour the 9th completely moved out and the Thai soldiers took over. Our post on the burn was a couple spots from the Vulcans.The one by us was called The Duster Busters. shot along highways just showing, 23) kinds of pictures. Sponsored I spent my time on the bunker pulling guard duty at night. 11 May CPT Rafael Cortes-Dapena was reassigned from his position of Deputy Provost Marshal at the Bearcat Detachment. Behind the berm the trees you see are part of a mangrove plantation. We always slept 2 with one awake, risking getting caught. Technology Assumed, command in Ft Riley about a month before He came home and passed away a little over 10 years later never developing the film. If you haven't already, check out the MP site http://9thmpcompany.webs.com/ Better thee than me Bill I was a surveyor at Bearcat May 68 to July 68. Short Story laborers, office workers, professional worked here. Glad you are still around to share the memory. Podcast: Mother Nature and the Infantry Soldier. Also Saigon -- those beautiful au-dai pantdresses. English: Bear Cat cantonment of the 9th Infantry Division. To develop each roll of film, he took it to the Post Exchange on the base camp, they mailed it to Kodak for processing, Kodak mailed it back to Vietnam and, finally, Gaynor mailed the pictures home. Within a half hour he popped off a couple of rounds headed for the Thai artillery area. But the world he encountered when he got back to the United States wasnt exactly ready to look at them, and neither was he. How they can make money with so many We watched it move the tree line back with no problem. Each bunker was connected to its CP by a field phone and the CP had lines connecting it to the other command posts and other division assets such as artillery. flechette round was particularly effective. I was at Bear Cat from March-November 1966 with the 1st M.P. We were the ones who built Camp Bearcat. Shops line the road into the camp. Chinook CH-47 chopper drops long boxes of 105mm Howitzer rounds at a fire support base. the, white hospital ship. Sometimes on the 50's as I was qualified on the gun. The 3/5 Cav was organized as a Divisional reconnaissance unit for the 9th Infantry Division and arrived in Vietnam with the Division in late 1966. Then, for the last week in January, the 2-47 was sent south of the 9th Division's base camp to patrol the jungles east of Highway 15, near the Binh Son rubber plantation. 3/39th Inf. , In 1972 the Army of the Republic of Vietnam infantry school and armor school began moving to Bearcat Base from Th c..  The camp took its name from its Special Forces radio call sign.. I well remember that corner of Bearcat. The long building with the red awning is the mess hall. I was at Bearcat during the Tet Offensive in 1968 and recall how tough it was. It could have been, 14) I was a pilot (Major) with the 200th Assault Support Helicopter (ASH) Company Jan. 15 to Mar 10, 1968, at Bearcat. 66) Theyve continued to reward me and live on.. Maybe I found it. Sunrise scenes in Bearcat. I was on the perimeter the night the Thais opened up with tracers. Sge also became a test platform for the new Phalanx CIWS hyperfast minigun in 1977, installed aft of the aft radar gun director. Scene along the main road entering Saigon. Think front end loader. Of all the military assignments in Vietnam, perhaps none was more challenging than the defense of the Mekong River Delta region. Worse was when it rained. John "Larry" McCall graduated from high school in 1967 and was drafted into the Army in 1968 at age nineteen. Long Binh was the home of the largest supply and administrative post in the Our daily run was round robin Bearcat, Tan An, Dong Tam with an occasional special mission. about 2 miles long and a mile wide, we cleared an area out from the perimeter of DANA POINT, CA VFW POST 9934 PROGRAMS FOR SCHOLARS, John Paul Spickelmier, Jr Captain at Bearcat. I recognized the outline of thatvrubber plantation immediately. Hospital at Bearcat 1967 Bear Cat PX. Thank you for visiting my website/weblog and commenting. (I think B company). (.308) N.Match ammo. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I arrived in Vietnam the afternoon before the first day (evening) of the '68 Tet Offensive. Fun times. AAORLL's 1969. Infantry School I know of many folks at the Capital who A wealth of . August The HQ and colors of the 9th Infantry Division relocated from Bearcat, to Dong Tam, IV Corps Tactical Zone, Mekong Delta, where they remained until the Division withdrew from Vietnam in August 1969. were stationed here. The chopper arrived and Gene was still caring for him. It's on the endangered species list. I arrived at Vong Tau in Sep 1967. I believe he was later promoted to Brigadier and became an Assistant Division Commander. HQ & A Co Martha Raye show Bearcat Sept. 67 . The 2nd Battalion 47th Infantry Vietnam In Pictures (47 Pages) If you can identify anyone in these pictures, please contact Bob Pries. I recently retired from the military (8 years in the USMC and 20 years Army) and am making dioramas of 9th Infantry Division Units in Vietnam as military miniatures are my hobby. Company C was responsible for operating provost marshal offices at Lai Khe, Xuan Loc, Tay Ninh and Di An, and for convoy escort operations from Long Binh to Bao Loc, Phan Thiet, Song Be, Ham Tam, Bu Dop, and Bu Gia Mop. shops. Nobody brought me coffee while on guard duty. The Division incurred 2,624 causalities and was inactivated in 1969, then reactivated in 1972 and served as an equipment testing Division at Ft. Lewis, Washington . I was just surfing the web when I saw your info about Bearcat. VIETNAM STUDIES MEDICAL SUPPORT OF THE U.S. ARMY IN VIETNAM 1965-1970 by Major General Spurgeon Neel DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON, D.C., 1991 . handling communications for the 9th Inf Div. Tech Center before being drafted. Rod - I thank you for preparing the base for the rest of us guys that arrive on the 19th of Dec.. My buddy Norm Faught with the 9th Signal Bn arrived with you guys to set up early commo. I believe that the 9th moved its HQ to Dong Tam before you got there, however it's interesting that the Thai Regiment remained at Bearcat. one side of the perimeter berm. History. He had spent his 13 months in the field artillery creating pictures, too. Change), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The series' objective approach permits viewers to form their own conclusions about the war. I was an Air Force radio operator assigned to the 9th ID at Bearcat as one half of the two man TALO (Tactical Air Liaison Officer) team about June 1967 to May 1968. . In 20 August 1967 the Royal Thailand Army Volunteer Forces Queens Cobra Regiment arrived in Vietnam and moved their headquarters into the Bearcat base camp. water. 64) A visitor in the billets area He is not doing well and having contact with anyone who served with him would be the best medicine he could receive. It is kind of sad that we didn't deploy and return as units. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located series and file units in the Records of the U.S. While that was going on, Gene got the soldier out of the water up on the bank and was trying with every breath to save him. If willing. During the early part of December 1965, the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, was in Alaska preparing for its annual winter maneuver to be conducted in January 1966 in temperatures of 50 below zero. Many nights of sweltering heat, monsoon rains, and all that went with it..Thanks for the memory. But I had a job and had to decline. I left Two Bits @ Bong Son back to Nha Trang then on to Bearcat. John Allison with the Banking and Consumer Finance Most were hiding in abandoned hooch's and bunkers on post left vacant when the Thai Queen's Cobra Regiment moved out. Cuba Just had my slides converted to 44 pics. That would have been very nice in the night. 25 August 1998. Since I had an engineer insignia they had me drive a rough terrain forklift. Do not remember any fan but in the short time I was there I noticed some weird stuff. From there we were of to Bear Cat. The A Company detachment was responsible for the entire operation and liaison with the Royal Thailand Army Vietnam Force Military Police Company also based at Bearcat. The best part of being there was leaving :). One side of Bear Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I remember an episode when they were testing a weapon called the Vulcan mounted on an APC. There were only empty bags when we I'm always happy when another member of the 9th wanders by and leaves a message. The division was under the operational control of the Commanding General, Headquarters U.S. Army II Field Force (Long Binh Post). Bob Stapley The 3/60th was one of the three battalions (2/60, 3/60 . I do remember doing alot of guard duty at the 2 gates. prevent injury. I was in country from 67 to 68. Div. I was with the 82nd engineers ans attached to the 3/39 to operated the water supply point. Bearcat was the base camp. Then it was still known as Bearcat. Oh Dark Thirty After opening the box, Gaynor began to investigate his own memories, digging out the letters he had sent home. The division operated primarily in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, operating in conjunction with Mobile Riverine Force and Brown Water Navy. There's more than a half million veterans participating there. At time it was unbelievably loud.One night the side of our bunker just fell way! Their area of operations was the Mekong Delta, located south of Saigon. Glad to see you're still on the bright side of the grass. 19 Aug 44 Maj. Gen. Louis A Craig. We did kill 2 monkeys found in the next day sweep. I got directed the chopper in as close as I could, and we got the soldier loaded and off to Long Binh and the hospital. What Was It Like To Hump The Boonies in Vietnam? Bearcat 31 October At the end of the month Battalion was operating the following remote detachments in III & IV Corps Tactical Zones: A Company- Vung Tau, Phu Loi and Bearcat; B Company- Dong Tam, Can Tho and Soc Trang; C Company- Xuan Loc, Cu Chi-Tay Ninh and Lai Khe; 212th MP Company (Sentry Dog)- Long Than (North), Newport Docks, Vinh Long and Soc Trang; 22nd Provost Marshal Detachment- Can Tho and Vung Tau. 65 series for the 9th Infantry Division ; Cavalry Unit Records, ca. There the 9th fought with distinction in 8 campaigns as part of the Riverine Force. 61) Bearcat from the air. He loaded our M-60. I was with 9th Admin Finance Office from April 67 to April 68. The Division went through eight battles and was already a "veteran Division" by the time that D-Day started. HQ & A Co orderly room at Bearcat, 17) Scenes America The explosions and fires lasted for days. streets were, improved with crushed laderite gravel and Bearcat -- the 709th area was in the upper left, I remember pulling guard duty many a night on those rat infested bunkers at Camp Eagle. 24 February As part of the USARV Intensified Vietnamization Program, the 25th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Task Force II was being redeployed from the Cu Chi area in Tay Ninh Province to be part of the defensive ring around Saigon Sounds like you're struggling with the same issues that I am. Co. Our routine was 3 days of night perimeter guard, 3 days of details (mostly filling sandbags), 3 days of convoy escorts, repeat, repeat, repeat. Even after his return to the United States, decades passed before he decided that he should do something with that box. Don't remember much about the great food or accommodations other than always smelled like something was rotting and it was way too hot for me. harbor, 70) A Special Thanks to a Friend of all Vietnam Veterans WASSI, Inc . An Army Officer training facility is all that is left of our Reactivation of the 9th Infantry Division, nicknamed the "Old Reliables," took place at Fort Lewis on May 20, 1972. some of our guys wound up with girlfriends, not me. I was a FTG REMF in June 69 (550th Signal) and pulled guard duty at Bearcat 3 consecutive nights before I was detached and sent to the Naval Combat base at Nha Be. As you said the Thai's were in charge and I remember we had our own girls in the compound to keep us occupied and to prevent arguments with the Thai troops over their's. The 9th Infantry Division arrived in Vietnam on 16 December 1966 from Ft Riley, KS and departed Vietnam for Ft Lewis, WA on 27 August 1969. The 9th Infantry was the last division to go into Vietnam and the first division to leave. I did my Training at Fort Riley Kansas and was shipped off on The USS General John Pope. Just found this blog - great info. the tin roof is Co HQ. The Beginnings of the Association The Ninth Infantry Division Association was begun immediately after World War II by some far thinking officers and enlisted men. We had an M-60, Claymores, an M-79 grenade launcher, our own rifle, and flares. Widely considered the definitive resource on the Vietnam War, Where We Were identifies the name, location and provides a brief historical synopsis of every military installation, firebase, landing zone, airfield, port, signal site, vessel and significant terrain feature of the American war in Vietnam. He became a consultant on the Vietnam-reenactor documentary In Country, which is out on video on demand on April 28. Local kids Due to the constant enemy activity on the roadways of III Corps Tactical Zone during and after the 31 January Tet New Years Offensive and its following May Mini-Tet attacks, the 9th Infantry Division (rear) Transportation Headquarters at Bearcat requested escort assistance for their critical night convoy supply runs from Bearcat to the U.S. Army Newport Terminal on Highway-1A (#316), and back. I was down at Long Thanh North as well. Bearcat was originally a French airfield, later used by the Japanese during World War II. from 1969-70Sgt. Monsoon One additional clerk had to be added to the A Company Bearcat PMO to handle the additional workload. Le Vietnam. What an experience for a whole year there. 9) Untrained but inspired by combat photographers, he brought one of the eras ubiquitous Brownie camerasbefore investing $94 in an Asahi Pentax SLRto record his experience. on a plane and flew onto a dirt strip in the middle of a jungle. That's me next to a rubber The Liaison Officer/Operator (LO) had to be capable of working alone, of using the Cat Code (converting plain language into 5x5 figures and letters to code up secure messages), precise map reading, impeccable procedures and capable of operating multiple radio and phone systems at any one time. Thank you for great info I was on the lookout for this info for my mission. Location : . 31) In keeping with the large U.S. Army deployments to Vietnam throughout 1966, the 9th Infantry Division "Old Reliables" begins to arrive in South Vietnam. Mike Williams, HQ & A Co Commander. Good Reads The Water Point was overrun the night before what was to be my fourth night there. Bearcat from the air. Coming through Long Thanh going toward Vung Thau, just outside the town, the Rubber Plantation in which our company compound in Bearcat was located appeared on the left in the distance. Many thanks 32) 1 talking about this. Bunker would fill up with water and you had to go topside and endure the rain pounding on your helmet for hours. HQ & A Co mess hall at Bearcat, late intour. I served in Rach Kien from December 67 to December 1968. we were served was too bad to eat. in Dec 1966. I agree Jack good job. I had voluntarily extended my duty in Vietnam after having served as Combat Motion Picture Team Leader the previous 12 months in various interesting locations throughout the country, to include Dong Tam.. As a preteen, my mother used to hide her homemade chocolate chip cookies. In 1966 the 15th Engineer Battalion of the 9th Infantry Division, who arrived in Vietnam aboard the USNS Sultan with the 720th MP Battalion, expanded and constructed new facilities at the Bearcat base. More Huey We were then replaced by a full platoon of Korean infantry. She is putting them in to collages. The building with 26 May The responsibility for drug violations processing reverted from the 8th MP Group Criminal Investigation Divisions (CID) to the line duty MPs, including processing of all evidence and reports. By Frank Danley Page 1. A picture of my office is on your web page. If you're interested, I can send you a picture of Col. Meyer and the Thai commander. Recon Platoon. Bearcat Base (also known as Bearcat, Camp Martin, Camp Cox or Long Thanh North) is a former U.S. Army base near the city of Bin Ha in ng Nai Province in southern Vietnam. I was with the 1011th S/S Co. . Jan 22, 2016 - Explore Jacky Parker's board "9TH infantry division" on Pinterest. Never enough sleep. In the first edition of Ninth Division News, (a likely forerunner of the Octofoil) dated 13 June 1945, the first article was entitled "Ninth Division Association Boasts 4000". After opening the box, Gaynor began to investigate his own memories, digging out the letters he had sent home. An element of the 9th's rearguard, subordinate to Headquarters II Field Forces (Long Binh Post), remained at Bearcat with the Newly arrived Thai Army Black Panther Regiment that replaced the Queens Cobras who returned to Thailand. We were visiting the Royal Thai Military Nurses Academy. And thank you for burning IT. The division stayed in German as an occupational force until 1947 when it was returned to the United States. the 709th, 72) You almost never hear of them. at, Long Thaun North, I have a picture of him by a Bearcat sign which got me to your site. 45) Writing. We never did that because that would only give you 4 hours if you could go to sleep immediately. Hope to hear from some folks via my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy the day and hope for tomorrow as we would always say :-). 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