Page 18
More From Alfred Krabbenhoeft
Photos I Took During And Shortly After The 1968 TET Offense
Morning After Battle - February 2, 1968 - Guards Expressing Affects Of A Long Night Fighting Charlie
Left  -  Newport  Guards At  Front Gate - Right  -  SP/4  Warren Schaub  Looking  Out  Main  Gate  Of  Newport -  Small Building To The Right Is Where The Majority Of Enemy Fire Was Generated The Late Hours Of February 1, 1968
TET 1968 At Newport Terminal - By Alfred Krabbenhoeft
Morning After Battle - February 2, 1968 - Guards Expressing Affects Of A Long Night Fighting Charlie
The  night  of  February  1, 1968, I  was  on  the  APC at  Newport's front  gate, along  with PFC
Hoffman,  SP/4  Richard  Morawa,  SP/4  Warren  Schaub  and  another s oldier  whom  I  can't remember  his  name.  PFC  Jerry Lyon  and additional  guards  were manning the APC located between the old mess hall and the
maintenance building.
Left  -  Newport  Guards At  Front Gate - Right  -  SP/4  Warren Schaub  Looking  Out  Main  Gate  Of  Newport -  Small Building To The Right Is Where The Majority Of Enemy Fire Was Generated The Late Hours Of February 1, 1968
Left  -  Newport  Guards At  Front Gate - Right  -  SP/4  Warren Schaub  Looking  Out  Main  Gate  Of  Newport -
Small Building To The Right Is Where The Majority Of Enemy Fire Was Generated The Late Hours Of February 1, 1968
Morning Of February 2, 1968 - Security Guard APC Positioned At Newport Main Gate - MP's Positioned  Behind Sand Bags In Front Of APC -  Newport Maintenance Building Is In Left Background.
Morning Of February 2, 1968 - Security Guard APC Positioned At Newport Main Gate - MP's Positioned  Behind Sand Bags In Front Of APC -  Newport Maintenance Building Is In Left Background.
Preparing Our APC's For The Night After TET
Morning Of February 2, 1968 - Security Guard APC Positioned At Newport Main Gate - MP's Positioned
Behind Sand Bags In Front Of APC -  Newport Maintenance Building Is In Left Background.
On  the  main gate,  with 3  MP's  on the  ground  in front  of the APC,  we started experiencing incoming fire from across the highway from the entrance of Newport.  PFC Hoffman opened up with  the  50 Cal.  on  their  
position  and a  short  evening of  exchanging  fire took  place.  We dumped  a few  hundred  rounds  of ammo  into  their  position  and things  quieted down for a while.   Although  exchange  of  fire  was  taking  place  around  
Newport,  there  was a sense of trouble in the area.
Preparing Our APC's For The Night After TET
During the early  hours of February 2, 1968, from the main gate we viewed what appeared to be ARVN soldiers  walking  across the  Newport  Bridge.  It  wasn't  out of the ordinary to see this sight, but  not by the  number of  
men they were displaying and the types of weapons they were carrying.  Being  in high  alert and no  radio contact with  any brass, we decided to fire on what we determined to  be the enemy as they were descending toward the
Saigon side of the Newport Bridge.
February 2, 1968 Can Anyone Identify These Guys
February 2, 1968 Can Anyone Identify These Guys
Driving Out Of Main Gate Day After TET
Driving Out Of Main Gate Day After TET
Left - APC At Main Gate Of Newport February 2, 1968 - Right - Photo Taken From Main Gate You Can See Parts Of Saigon Burning In The Background
Left - APC At Main Gate Of Newport February 2, 1968 - Right - Photo Taken From Main Gate You Can See Parts Of Saigon Burning In The Background
Left - APC At Main Gate Of Newport February 2, 1968 - Right - Photo Taken From Main Gate You Can See Parts Of Saigon Burning In The Background
All  hell broke  loose as  the VC started  firing RPG's,  mortars  and automatic  weapons at our positions.   The  men  from  the  maintenance  building  had  taken  up  positions  behind  their building and,  along with our APC  
position just to the East of them, an impressive defense was appearing  along  the  fence line.  What  seemed  like an  eternity  and  a fear  for  survival grew stronger among us.
SP/4 Al Krabbenhoeft - February 2, 1968
SP/4 Al Krabbenhoeft - February 2, 1968
The VC  outnumbered us, but  their mass of  soldiers appeared to move rather slow.  They were fairly easy  targets for  us on the main gate, but the men along the fence line had a bad angle of fire to the  towering bridge.  It
seemed  as though the  battle went  on for a couple of hours with the VC  slowly advancing  toward the base of the Newport Bridge.  Knowing that it wouldn't be long  before we would  be facing the  enemy at  the main  gate of
Newport, an ARVN tank came rambling down the road from the direction of Saigon.
Left - February 2, 1968 -  The Remains Of  One Of  The Guard  Towers  Located At  The Old Mess  Hall Near The Bridge - Note Almost  All  The Sandbags  On The  Tower Were  Shot To  Pieces -  Right - Photo  Taken  From  Back  Perimeter Of Newport - More Fires In The Saigon Area
Left - February 2, 1968 -  The Remains Of  One Of  The Guard  Towers  Located At  The Old Mess  Hall Near The Bridge - Note Almost  All  The Sandbags  On The  Tower Were  Shot To  Pieces -  Right - Photo  Taken  From  Back  Perimeter Of Newport - More Fires In The Saigon Area
Left - February 2, 1968 -  The Remains Of  One Of  The Guard  Towers  Located At  The Old Mess
Hall Near The Bridge - Note Almost  All  The Sandbags  On The  Tower Were  Shot To  Pieces -
Right - Photo  Taken  From  Back  Perimeter Of Newport - More Fires In The Saigon Area
Left - Leaving Newport For  Camelot The Morning Of February 2, 1968 - Smoke In The Background Is From The 543TC  That Was About  Two Miles Or So North East Of  Newport Just Off Highway #1 - Right - ARVN Tank On Newport  Bridge Morning Of February 2, 1968 Probably One Of The Ones That Helped Us Out Just A Few Hours Earlier
Left - Leaving Newport For  Camelot The Morning Of February 2, 1968 - Smoke In The Background Is From The 543TC  That Was About  Two Miles Or So North East Of  Newport Just Off Highway #1 - Right - ARVN Tank On Newport  Bridge Morning Of February 2, 1968 Probably One Of The Ones That Helped Us Out Just A Few Hours Earlier
Left - Leaving Newport For  Camelot The Morning Of February 2, 1968 - Smoke In The Background Is From The 543TC
That Was About  Two Miles Or So North East Of  Newport Just Off Highway #1 - Right - ARVN Tank On Newport
Bridge Morning Of February 2, 1968 Probably One Of The Ones That Helped Us Out Just A Few Hours Earlier
Firing its  machine  gun and  cannon, it  proceeded up  the bridge with the VC slowly retreating. Then the tank broke down, but another tank was following and held the VC on  the bridge until gun ships with  mini - guns  and  
rockets  forced  the  enemy  to  evacuate  to the  east.  The VC, carrying  wounded and dead, throwing bodies over the edge of the bridge into the Saigon River, were  defeated  and their  attack on the  Newport Bridge  experienced
a  defensive power the VC had  not  expected to  engage.  The  men of  Newport were  very  valorous February 2, 1968, and history should dictate the valor of everyone who fought.
Couple Of VC That Didn't Make It
Couple Of VC That Didn't Make It
Couple Of VC That Didn't Make It
Left -  Morning Of February 2, 1968 Most Of The Smoke In Background Is Ton Son Nhut Air Base Burning - Right  - Photo Taken From Newport Bridge Also Looking  Toward Ton Son Nhut Area
Left -  Morning Of February 2, 1968 Most Of The Smoke In Background Is Ton Son Nhut Air Base Burning - Right  - Photo Taken From Newport Bridge Also Looking  Toward Ton Son Nhut Area
Left -  Morning Of February 2, 1968 Most Of The Smoke In Background Is Ton Son Nhut Air Base Burning - Right
- Photo Taken From Newport Bridge Also Looking  Toward Ton Son Nhut Area
Left - February 2, 1968 Photo Taken From DD#4 - Saigon Burning - Right -  543TC On Fire Same Day
Left - February 2, 1968 Photo Taken From DD#4 - Saigon Burning - Right -  543TC On Fire Same Day
Left - February 2, 1968 Photo Taken From DD#4 - Saigon Burning - Right -  543TC On Fire Same Day
February 2, 1968 - Photo Taken From APC Position West Of Maintenance Building - The Discoloration On Right Side Of Concrete  Railing Wall Of Bridge Is From Newport Personnel Firing At The VC - This View Gives You A Good Idea Where The VC Were When The  Exchange Of Fire Began. Tu Duc Cemetery Off Highway #1 - This Is Where The VC Stockpiled Weapons In Graves In Preparation For TET
February 2, 1968 - Photo Taken From APC Position West Of Maintenance Building - The Discoloration On Right Side Of Concrete
Railing Wall Of Bridge Is From Newport Personnel Firing At The VC - This View Gives You A Good Idea Where The VC Were When The
Exchange Of Fire Began. Tu Duc Cemetery Off Highway #1 - This Is Where The VC Stockpiled Weapons In Graves In Preparation For TET
Left - Just After TET - Party At Sea Land - Notice 551st Jeep - Right - First Convoy Over Newport Bridge After  TET - The Old Wood Mess Hall Is In Photo
Left - Just After TET - Party At Sea Land - Notice 551st Jeep - Right - First Convoy Over Newport Bridge After  TET - The Old Wood Mess Hall Is In Photo
Left - Just After TET - Party At Sea Land - Notice 551st Jeep - Right - First Convoy Over Newport Bridge After
TET - The Old Wood Mess Hall Is In Photo
February 2, 1968 - Photo Taken From APC Position West Of Maintenance Building - The Discoloration On Right Side Of Concrete  Railing Wall Of Bridge Is From Newport Personnel Firing At The VC - This View Gives You A Good Idea Where The VC Were When The  Exchange Of Fire Began. Tu Duc Cemetery Off Highway #1 - This Is Where The VC Stockpiled Weapons In Graves In Preparation For TET
Left - Just After TET - Traffic Congestion On Road To Ton Son Nhut Air Base - Right - Area That Got Hit  Hard On The Way To Ton Son Nhut
Seaman Bob Kopnicky On LST Cannon - His Ship Returned Fire On VC During The  Early Morning Hours Of February 2, 1968 While Docked At LST Landing Site At  Newport - Looking Down Cannon On Same LST
Seaman Bob Kopnicky On LST Cannon - His Ship Returned Fire On VC During The  Early Morning Hours Of February 2, 1968 While Docked At LST Landing Site At  Newport - Looking Down Cannon On Same LST
Seaman Bob Kopnicky On LST Cannon - His Ship Returned Fire On VC During The
Early Morning Hours Of February 2, 1968 While Docked At LST Landing Site At
Newport - Looking Down Cannon On Same LST
Left - Just After TET - Traffic Congestion On Road To Ton Son Nhut Air Base - Right - Area That Got Hit  Hard On The Way To Ton Son Nhut
More Of The Same Area - Check Out The Variety Of Vehicles In This View
More Of The Same Area - Check Out The Variety Of Vehicles In This View
Left - Just After TET - Traffic Congestion On Road To Ton Son Nhut Air Base - Right - Area That Got Hit
Hard On The Way To Ton Son Nhut
More Of The Same Area - Check Out The Variety Of Vehicles In This View
Full Speed Ahead
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane - 1967
.