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Photos From Buddy Hall
My name is Buddy Hall.  I served in Vietnam with the 402nd Transportation Company (Terminal Transfer) from June 1968 to June 1969.

The Day I Left For Vietnam
Needless to say I didn't sleep much the night of the 4th.  I got up early the morning I was to leave,
June 5th, 1968.  My emotions were running so high, as you can imagine my thoughts were will I ever see my family and friends
again after today, and still trying, with every ounce of my being,to stay strong for Mother, Daddy, Grandmamma and the rest of the family that
was there.  I had made some phone calls the night before and said a lot of good bys.  Good by was not a word I wanted to use, it seemed so final this time.
Buddy Hall Looking Over The Fence Next To His Hootch At Camp Camelot
Buddy Hall Looking Over The Fence Next To His Hootch At Camp Camelot
After we were all dressed, off to the airport we went.  We had some picture taking time and just time to visit.  I can remember trying to memorize everything that was being said and the sounds of every voice.  I knew it
would be a long time before I could hear those sounds again, but I can't honestly tell you what was said, my mind was so wound up and sad I was just trying to hold back the tears.  We said our good bys and I boarded the
plane, looking back just one more time to see everyone.   When the plane took off, it felt as if my heart was going to come out of my chest, it was pounding so hard.  All the lonely feelings that I had dreaded had already
started.  But I had no idea what I was in for, and the rest is history!!!!
Buddy Hall And C.W. Benton Smiling About Something At The Bien Hoa Site
Climbing Up The Guard Tower
Buddy Hall And C.W. Benton Smiling About Something At The Bien Hoa Site
Climbing Up The Guard Tower
Buddy Driving The Crane
Ted Henry - Buddy Hall - ?
Ted Henry - Buddy Hall - ?
Buddy Driving The Crane
C.W. And Buddy Off Loading Some Napalm
Buddy Operating The Crane At the Bien Hoa Barge Site
C.W. And Buddy Off Loading Some Napalm
Buddy Operating The Crane At the Bien Hoa Barge Site
C.W. And Buddy Riding Some Bombs
Cooling Off At The Barge Site
C.W. And Buddy Riding Some Bombs
Cooling Off At The Barge Site
There was a lot of work to be done and boy was it hot.
Off Loading More Napalm
Buddy Standing On Some Bombs At The Buu Long Site
There was a lot of work to be done and boy was it hot.
Off Loading More Napalm
Buddy Standing On Some Bombs At The Buu Long Site
Buddy is getting some fuel for the crane.
Buddy At The Maintenance Shed
Buddy is getting some fuel for the crane.
Buddy At The Maintenance Shed
C.W. Benton Filling Sand Barrels And Getting Some Fuel For The Cranes
C.W. Benton Filling Sand Barrels And Getting Some Fuel For The Cranes
C.W. Benton Filling Sand Barrels And Getting Some Fuel For The Cranes
C.W. Going For A Swim
C.W. Rigging The Crane
C.W. Going For A Swim
C.W. Rigging The Crane
Buddy Taking A Rest
? And Buddy
Buddy Taking A Rest
? And Buddy
More Work On Bien Hoa Barge Site
Working On The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
Working On The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
More Work On Bien Hoa Barge Site
More Work On Bien Hoa Barge Site
More Work On Bien Hoa Barge Site
Navy divers inspect bombs underwater before bringing them up from sunken barge.
Navy divers inspect bombs underwater before bringing them up from sunken barge.
Navy divers inspect bombs underwater before bringing them up from sunken barge.
Wiley Allred At The Bien Hoa barge site
Wiley Allred At The Bien Hoa barge site
Wiley Allred At The Bien Hoa barge site
Wiley Standing On Some Cargo And Then Operating The Crane
Wiley Standing On Some Cargo And Then Operating The Crane
Wiley Standing On Some Cargo And Then Operating The Crane
Work Continues On The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
Work Continues On The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
Work Continues On The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
Clearing More Land For The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
Clearing More Land For The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
Clearing More Land For The New Bien Hoa Barge Site
Bien Hoa Site Ready For Work
Bien Hoa Site Ready For Work
Cooling Down After Hard Days Work At The Bien Hoa Site
Cooling Down After Hard Days Work At The Bien Hoa Site
Cooling Down After Hard Days Work At The Bien Hoa Site
Dave Stromberger And Buddy Hall
Buddy And C.W.
Dave Stromberger And Buddy Hall
Buddy And C.W.
Wiley Allred And C.W. Benton
Wiley Allred And C.W. Benton
Buddy Operating The Crane
Anyone know who these guys are?
Buddy Operating The Crane
Anyone know who these guys are?
Crane Deck
Wiley And Bell Working On The Crane
Crane Deck
Wiley And Bell Working On The Crane
Foundation For Bien Hoa Barge Site
Foundation For Bien Hoa Barge Site
Who is that walking into the office?
A Little Rest For Buddy
Who is that walking into the office?
A Little Rest For Buddy
Buddy Standing In Front Of The Tuck That Took Us To The Bien Hoa Site
Who are these guys?
Buddy Standing In Front Of The Tuck That Took Us To The Bien Hoa Site
Who are these guys?
Equipment Used To Build Some Of The Roads To The Bien Hoa Site
Equipment Used To Build Some Of The Roads To The Bien Hoa Site
Equipment Used To Build Some Of The Roads To The Bien Hoa Site
Rice Fields Next To The Bien Hoa Site
Rice Fields Next To The Bien Hoa Site
Rice Fields Next To The Bien Hoa Site
Looking Across The River From The Bien Hoa Site
Looking Across The River From The Bien Hoa Site
Looking Across The River From The Bien Hoa Site
Buddy And C.W. At The Buu Long Barge Site
Wiley Allred At The Buu Long Barge Site
Buddy And C.W. At The Buu Long Barge Site
Wiley Allred At The Buu Long Barge Site
Bien Hoa Site Just About Finished
AO Sprayed Here - Everything Is Dead Now
Bien Hoa Site Just About Finished
C.W. At The Buu Long Barge Site
C.W. At The Buu Long Barge Site
C.W. Walking The Barge At The Buu Long Site
Buddy And C.W. Wearing Napalm Top Hats
C.W. At The Buu Long Barge Site
C.W. Walking The Barge At The Buu Long Site
Buddy And C.W. Wearing Napalm Top Hats
Buddy And C.W. Looking Pretty Serious About Something
River View
River View
Buddy And C.W. Looking Pretty Serious About Something
Roadside Town And Village
On The Road
Roadside Town And Village
Bringing Up Bombs From Sunken Barge
Bringing Up Bombs From Sunken Barge
Bringing Up Bombs From Sunken Barge
Buddy On Crane At Buu Long Site
Buddy On Crane At Buu Long Site
Roadside Town And Village
Roadside Town And Village
Back Home To Camp Camelot
Short Timer's Party - Buddy Is Going Home
Short Timer's Party - Buddy Is Going Home
Buddy Hall with his high school friend, James Holland.  James was with another unit and came to see Buddy at Camp Camelot.
Buddy Hall with his high school friend, James Holland.  James was with another unit and came to see Buddy at Camp Camelot.
Buddy Hall with his high school friend, James Holland.  James was with another unit and came to see Buddy at Camp Camelot.
James And Buddy Were Both From Pensaacola, FL
James And Buddy Were Both From Pensaacola, FL
C.W. - Buddy - Bell
C.W. - Buddy - Bell
C.W. Cutting Jim's Hair- Looks Like Buddy Just Had His Done Too
C.W. Cutting Jim's Hair- Looks Like Buddy Just Had His Done Too
C.W. - Buddy - Bell
Short Timer's Party - Buddy Is Going Home
C.W. - Buddy - Bell
Wiley Allred And C.W. Benton
Group Photos - Sure Wish It Came Out Better
Group Photos - Sure Wish It Came Out Better
Group Photos - Sure Wish It Came Out Better
Wiley And Bell
C.W. And Wiley
Wiley And Bell
C.W. And Wiley
C.W. And Buddy
C.W. And Bell - Getting Short
C.W. And Buddy
C.W. And Bell - Getting Short
The Day I Left For Home
I got my departure orders to go home from Vietnam on 12 April 1969,  which was almost two months before I could leave.   What a long two months it was.  As  so many things  could happen to you and your  mind  just  
wondered  on all the bad things.   But I made it through it all.   I was excited about going  home and  getting back to a normal  life, but  on the other  hand I hated  to leave all my good friends, but that's what happens in
war.   I had to report to the 90th replacement center on the east side of Long Binh Army Base for out processing. My report date was 4 June 1969 and leaving 5 June 1969.  Well that was a  joke.  There were  so many
soldiers leaving Vietnam, there were not enough planes each day to take us all.  What they did was have  two reveille  calls each  day, one  at 08:00 in  the morning and  one at 16:00 in the afternoon.  They would inspect
everyone each time and if you didn't pass  inspection you would get  bumped back to the bottom of the list.  Well, after  two days of seeing Officers and top NCO's getting bumped to the bottom of the list for not passing
inspection, I decided to cut off my mustache, get my hair cut shorter, and get my uniform pressed.  I didn't want to get bumped when my name was called.  We were kind of vulnerable at the center as we  didn't have any
rifles or any kind of weapons.   We were at the mercy of the guards around the compound, and that wasn't reassuring, depending on someone you didn't even  know to keep you alive.   The  days were long and the nights
were much longer as the Viet Cong were mortaring the compound almost  all night.   We would have to get in the bunkers to stay alive. After a couple  of nights I just slept in  the bunker, I was tired of getting up and down all
night. There were more soldiers killed at the 90th replacement center than you  could imagine.   Finally,  on 08 June 1969,  my name was called, and I was scheduled to leave on the morning of 09 June 1969.   I was so happy
and  relieved  I was beside myself.   We were escorted to  Binh Hoa Air Base by Army MP's.   We had to go through the  villages one  more time  and  that  was the  only bad part,   but we made it.   When  we got  to  the  airport
and  saw that  big airplane  sitting  at  the  terminal waiting for us to board, that was one BEAUTIFUL site.  It's   hard to describe how I was feeling at the time and what was running through my mind.  I just  wanted t o  get   
on  that  plane and get out of  that country and  back to the USA!!!!!!   When we loaded onto the plane,  you can only imagine the excitement on that plane and when  we finally got off the ground and the pilot said we are air
born.  The plane erupted with cheers, hats flying all over the place, guys grabbing the stewardess, and just  having the biggest party we had enjoyed in over a year.  What a moment,  it was wild for a while, but that was
alright,  nobody minded.   Twenty-seven hours later,  we landed at Travis Air Force Base.   I went from there to  Oakland  Army  Terminal to get discharged.   After that,  I flew  home t o  Pensacola, FL.   What  a
homecoming.   My  whole family  was there, and the  girl  I  would   marry  two months later.   The first thing I did when I got off the  plane was get  on my knees and kiss  the  ground.   I  made  that  promise  to  myself   back
in Vietnam  when it   looked like I would  I  would  never  make  it  back home.  That was  one promise I was going to keep and I did.  After that, I don't remember much as everone was trying to get to me at the same time.   It
was all good,  and we had a great time.   We went home and I had one of the best meals I had in over a year.  I was so overwhelmed, I just cried.  Well, that's my story in short, as I don't care to go into details as to what
went on while I was in Vietnam but sometime it's just not possible.   I fight with it all the time, I win some and I loose some.   That's just part of my life.  War is  hell on earth,  but just the price that some of us had to pay for
the freedom that we so richly enjoy in the  United States of America.   I  served  my country with pride and would do it again if called upon.   God didn't promise us a bed of roses, just that he would be there for us and help us
through it all.  But it's up to each one of us as to what we do with our life.  God Bless all and I hope you enjoyed looking at my photos.
Buddy And Connie Hall - 2008
Hope you have enjoyed looking at my photos.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
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Buddy Hall
Full Speed Ahead
Soldier Boy - The Shirelles 1962
Read The February 15th, 1969 Ship 'N Shore Newsletter Sent In By Buddy - Interesting Article About The 402nd
Camp Camelot With Location Of 402nd Buildings
Camp Camelot With Location Of 402nd Buildings
Camp Camelot With Location Of 402nd Buildings
Wiley Allred At The Bien Hoa barge site
C.W. At The Buu Long Barge Site
On The Road
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