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Photos From Alfred "Al" Krabbenhoeft
Left To Right - SP/4 Morawa - SP/4 Schaub - Sgt. Krabbenhoeft - Aboard One Of The APC's At Newport Good View Of The Newport Bridge In The Background
The Guarding of Newport Terminal
By
Sgt. Alfred "Al" E. Krabbenhoeft II
Newport Guard From 12-67 to 9-68
Photo Courtsey of U.S. Army Photography
I arrived in Vietnam and was assigned to the 551st Transportation Company, 71st Transportation Battalion.  Initally assigned to work at Newport Terminal on  DD4, working  the dock  area and  the banding  area until  around
the  first of December,  I experienced  a week or so working sandbag detail at Camp Camelot  sometime in the  middle of  that period.  For some  unknown reason,  first Sargent  Jones of the  551st had a  great dislike for me as I
arrived in country with the rank of SP/4.  About mid-December 1967, a good friend of mine, SP/4 Fred Parker, also from the 551st, and I were volunteered for guard duty at Newport.  Having worked  the docks for about a month
and a half, I didn't even know a security guard unit existed.  Upon arrival for guard duty, it didn't take long to realize how unpopular this assignment would be.  Living conditions consisted of two old dirty tents to provide shelter
and a place to rest when not on duty.  No showers or relief stations existed.   Meals were at the old mess hall down by the Saigon River near the Newport Bridge, and the food was really terrible.  Guard duty consisted of manning
eight guard towers situated along the perimeter of Newport, with most of the towers located near the rear of Newport.
Left To Right - SP/4 Morawa - SP/4 Schaub - Sgt. Krabbenhoeft - Aboard One Of The APC's At Newport
Good View Of The Newport Bridge In The Background
Newport Security Guards First Living Quarters - Things Were Pretty Bad Here
Guards Moved Into The Old Carpenters Building  - This Was An Upgrade From Tents
Newport Security Guards First Living Quarters - Things Were Pretty Bad Here
Guards Moved Into The Old Carpenters Building  - This Was An Upgrade From Tents
Guard Tower Eight At Newport
Guard Tower Eight At Newport
The guard unit usually consisted of 40-48 men rotating shifts 24 hours a day.  Before TET, we only manned every other guard tower during the daylight hours and, depending on the length of shift, you would occasionally have
enough time off to catch a convoy back to Camelot to freshen up and possibly have a night of down time enjoying the casual life at Camelot and Long Bien.
Guards Headed For Camelot On Bearcat Road
Guards Parked In Front Of 71st Headquarters At Camelot
Guards Headed For Camelot On Bearcat Road
Guards Parked In Front Of 71st Headquarters At Camelot
Searchlight Jeep Parked Outside Guard Building At Newport
View From Guard Tower Rear Perimeter Behind Sea Land
Searchlight Jeep Parked Outside Guard Building At Newport
View From Guard Tower Rear Perimeter Behind Sea Land
As weeks passed on around Christmas 1967  with individuals leaving for whatever reason,  I found myself assigned as  corporal of the guard, assigning guard posts, shifts and walking  the perimeter at night  checking guard
towers.  As guards,  everyone carried M-14 rifles and  the guard towers were supplied with a few cases of ammo.  About the first of January 1968, the guard  unit received two 50 Cal.  machine guns.  The question was, what are  
these for and where do  we put them.  What we didn't know at the time was that this was the Brass at Newport's first preparation for a possible attack.
Guards Working On The 50 Cal
Guards Working On The 50 Cal
About a week later,  the guard unit received  six armored personnel  carriers  to support the  defense of Newport.  The sight  of the APC's  excited most of the guard personnel as we perceived action approaching.  After weeks of
experiencing battles and  firefights close to Newport, everyone was now fired up over our addition of six APC's and the attention they brought.
Left Photo - Laying Sections Of Portable Landing Strip For APC Parking Outside Guard Quarters - Robert Banbury is the GI With His Shirt Off -  Right Photo - Guards  Schaub, Burton and Tipton Washing APC On The Docks
Left Photo - Laying Sections Of Portable Landing Strip For APC Parking Outside Guard Quarters - Robert Banbury is the GI With His Shirt Off -  Right Photo - Guards  Schaub, Burton and Tipton Washing APC On The Docks
Left Photo - Laying Sections Of Portable Landing Strip For APC Parking Outside Guard Quarters - Robert Banbury is the GI With His Shirt Off -  Right Photo - Guards
Schaub, Burton and Tipton Washing APC On The Docks
With only a few men in our  unit who knew anything at all about APC's, a great learning experience  was just ahead.  The addition of the armored personnel carriers really changed the attitude of many of the guards.  With the
need for  additional personnel to man the APC's and adding additional support to every guard tower, companies of the 71st supplied us with additional men every night through TET.
Newport Guards Servicing APC's Next To Old Guard House - Sea Land Building In  Background
Sgt. Krabbenhoeft - Note All The Barrels Stacked In The Background - Lots Of Agent Orange
Newport Guards Servicing APC's Next To Old Guard House - Sea Land Building In
Background
Sgt. Krabbenhoeft - Note All The Barrels Stacked In The Background - Lots Of Agent Orange
Outside The Guard Quarters With The 71st Trans. Bn. Consolidated Maintenance  Buildings In The Background
Outside The Guard Quarters With The 71st Trans. Bn. Consolidated Maintenance
Buildings In The Background
As the days of TET passed, we moved our guards into the old carpenters building that was located near the entrance of Newport.  What a change, but it needed many repairs and additions.  The guys from the guard unit really
pitched in and turned the place into respectable living conditions. Adding a weapons cleaning shelter, shower,  john and portable landing  strips to park the APC's on,  the place was starting to  shape up.  A month or so later, we  
added a day room  with fridge  and bar, NCO sleeping  quarters and a patio with  a huge cargo parachute for shade.  A fresh  coat of paint and the  next thing, guards were wanting to stay on guard.
Our Guard Units Jeep
Guys On Guard Duty During Rainy Season
Our Guard Units Jeep
Guys On Guard Duty During Rainy Season
Guards On Back Perimeter Of Newport Also During The Rainy  Season
SP/4 Fred Parker Of St. Louis, MO Standing Next To Guard  Tower At Newport
Guards On Back Perimeter Of Newport Also During The Rainy
Season
SP/4 Fred Parker Of St. Louis, MO Standing Next To Guard
Tower At Newport
Sgt. Krabbenhoeft Standing On The APC Parking Area With Weapons Cleaning  Shelter On Right And Shower On Left
Sgt. Krabbenhoeft Standing On The APC Parking Area With Weapons Cleaning
Shelter On Right And Shower On Left
SP/4 Dave Cook And SP/4 Richard Morawa Outside Guard Quarters With  Documentation Shack And Maintenance Buildings In Background
Guard Quarters Final Upgrade With Building Painted - Day Room - Bar And Arms  Room Added - Large Patio With Parachute For Shade Great Improvment
SP/4 Dave Cook And SP/4 Richard Morawa Outside Guard Quarters With
Documentation Shack And Maintenance Buildings In Background
Guard Quarters Final Upgrade With Building Painted - Day Room - Bar And Arms
Room Added - Large Patio With Parachute For Shade Great Improvment
New APC's Lined Up For Long Bien - Some Guards Drove Them And  Road Shotgun
Newport Guards Headed Down Highway #1 For Long Bien And Camp  Camelot
New APC's Lined Up For Long Bien - Some Guards Drove Them And
Road Shotgun
Newport Guards Headed Down Highway #1 For Long Bien And Camp
Camelot
Newport Guards With Sgt. Perez In Center - Working On Overheated APC On Highway #1 Near A Small Village - Guard Robert  Banbury On Top Far Right With His Hand Sholder Of Another Guard
Newport Guards With Sgt. Perez In Center - Working On Overheated APC On Highway #1 Near A Small Village - Guard Robert
Banbury On Top Far Right With His Hand Sholder Of Another Guard
Guards SP/4 Fred Parker - PFC Burton - PFC Tipton In Our Weapons Cleaning Shelter
One More Of The Overheated APC's On Highway #1A - Keeping A Close Eye On The Village
One More Of The Overheated APC's On Highway #1A - Keeping A Close
Eye On The Village
Guards SP/4 Fred Parker - PFC Burton - PFC Tipton In Our Weapons
Cleaning Shelter
Moe The Dog - SP/4 Dave Cook On Right And PFCGawlick On The Left
We Didn't Have A Shower Yet - But This Worked -  Robert Banbury is the man taking a bath.
Moe The Dog - SP/4 Dave Cook On Right And
PFCGawlick On The Left
We Didn't Have A Shower Yet - But This Worked -  Robert
Banbury is the man taking a bath.
Sp/4 Warren Schaub Next To The Original Tents
PFC Jerry Lyons Another Newport Guard
Sp/4 Warren Schaub Next To The Original Tents
PFC Jerry Lyons Another Newport Guard
Sgt. Al Krabbenhoeft With The Rewards Of A Night Raid On A Pallet Of Beer
Sgt. Al Krabbenhoeft With The Rewards Of A Night Raid On A Pallet Of Beer
Cleaning Girls for Guard Quarters
Our Pets In Front Of The Guard Quarters
Cleaning Girls for Guard Quarters
Our Pets In Front Of The Guard Quarters
SP/4 Warren Schaub  With His Trusty Old M-3 Grease Gun
Our M60's Next To Our Bunks In Guard House
SP/4 Warren Schaub  With His Trusty Old M-3 Grease Gun
Our M60's Next To Our Bunks In Guard House
Below Are A Few Photos Taken  During Our Off Time Between Guard Shifts
Another Beer Break - Is That Larry Clark On Left
More Of The Guards Off Duty In The Day Room Bar
Another Beer Break - Is That Larry Clark On Left
More Of The Guards Off Duty In The Day Room Bar
Robert Banbury, Far Right, Playing Catch With One Of The Other Guards
Robert Banbury, Far Right, Playing Catch With One Of The Other Guards
Taking another Beer Break In Our Day Room Bar
One Of The Guards - Can't Quite Read His Name Tag
Taking another Beer Break In Our Day Room Bar
One Of The Guards - Can't Quite Read His Name Tag
A Little Poker Game Going On In Guard Quarters - Looks Like The Guy In The White T-shirt Is Winning
Sgt. Al Krabbenhoeft In Middle - Can Anyone Identify The Other Two guys
A Little Poker Game Going On In Guard Quarters - Looks Like The Guy In The White T-shirt Is Winning
Sgt. Al Krabbenhoeft In Middle - Can Anyone Identify The Other Two guys
In the photo on the left with the GI with glasses on and  looking at the camera is Sgt. Chris Williams.  If anyone remembers him could you please contact me.  Al Furtado
Couple Of My Lockers At Newport - Including Short Time Calendar - Hope The Wife And Kids Aren't Looking Now
Couple Of My Lockers At Newport - Including Short Time Calendar - Hope The Wife And Kids Aren't Looking Now
Couple Of My Lockers At Newport - Including Short Time Calendar - Hope The Wife And Kids Aren't Looking Now
The many personnel I met during my  tour at Newport and  faces in photos  are familiar, but names have been lost  over the years.  Individuals viewing the photos I took during my tour are  welcome to respond with any helpful
information.  The men I  remember the most are:  SP/4 Warren Schaub of St. Paul, MN, SP/4 Richard Morawa of Garden City, MI, SP/4 David Cook of Michigan (deceased shortly after his discharge), Sgt. Perez, Lt. John Dye of
LaPorte, IN, SP/4  Fred Parker of St. Louis, MO  (one of the most likeable individuals I've ever met, and at the time a huge Johnny Cash fan),  PFC Jerry Lyon, what a character,  PFC Burton, who  maintained our APC's,  and
the many great guys  who shared  personal memories and added fun and laughter to the daily life around  the Newport  Army Terminal, the Newport Security Guards  home away  from Camp Camelot.  Memories of my life at  
Newport will live on forever.  Thanks to Al Furtado of the 154th Transportation  Company.  His website inspired me to share my views of TET, write a little history on the Newport Guard Unit, and spend endless hours sorting
slides that I thought no one would be interested in.  Thanks Al, although I've never met you and I'm sure we crossed paths in Vietnam, I look forward to the day we will meet.
Al Krabbenhoeft
Newport Security Guard 1967-1968
Update Photos
We Finally Got Together After Leaving Vietnam 37 Years Ago.
2005 Long Binh Reunion
Al Krabbenhoeft - 2005
Al Furtado - 2005
Al Krabbenhoeft - 1968
Al Furtado 1968
Al Krabbenhoeft
Al Furtado
Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire - 1965
Full Speed Ahead
Below  are some  photos and  info sent to me from  Alfred Krabbenhoeft.  Alfred was  with the 551st  Transportation Company, 71st Trans. Bn.,  from Oct 67 to Sept 68.   For the  majority of  his tour, he  was a security  guard at  
Newport Terminal.   For his  actions  during the battle  at the Newport Bridge,  he was awarded the
Army Commendation Medal with  "V"  Device  for heroism  in  connection  with military  operations  against a  hostile force  in
the  Republic of  Vietnam. Thanks to Alfred and the other guards and MP's at the front gate, the terminal wasn't overrun by the VC and many lives were saved. The guarding of Newport Terminal is relatively untold until now.
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