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My name is  Harry Shelton.  I was one  of the  original  members of  the 154th Transportation Company.   During  the summer of  1966 while  I was  stationed in Germany,  I was recalled back to the United States to be part
of the newly reactivated 154th Transportation Company.     The new 154th was assembling its troops at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
Harry Shelton - Neosho, Missouri - 154th TC - June 1966 - June 1967
Harry Shelton
In  early June of 1966 the 154th Transportation Company was  reactivated at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  The 154th was comprised of men that were taken from units  around the world, mostly Europe. Some  guys
were from   missile units, some were from  supply units, truck drivers from petroleum units, and others from  Ordnance units. As the 154th started  to build, men  first  reported  to Fort Eustis, VA  and  then  on to Fort
Meade.  As  time went  on, they  were to report directly to Fort George G. Meade.  Because it was so difficult to keep track of all the guys coming in, we had 4 to 5 head count formations a day.
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland - Waiting for our transportation to Baltimore Washington International Airport for our flight to California. Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland - Waiting for our transportation to Baltimore Washington International Airport for our flight to California. Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Jim Krupa - Harry Shelton - Harold Sharp & Unknowns - Our Barracks at Fort George G. Meade. Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Unknowns - Anyone remember them? - Our Barracks In Okinawa. Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland - Waiting for our transportation to Baltimore Washington International Airport for our flight to California.
Jim Krupa
Anyone remember any of these guys names?
Unknowns - Anyone remember them?
Jim Krupa - Harry Shelton - Harold Sharp & Unknowns
As time went on, new equipment was issued -“ steel pots, web gear and M14s.  The company was taken to the rifle range to fire and sight in the new rifles, along with  infantry tactics training.  Finally  the day came to leave  
Fort Meade, but the company  still did not know where they were going, only that it would be out of the  United States.   Everyone in the company  had to get plague shots and  turn in their saucer  caps and dress green  
uniforms.  On Tuesday, August 9, 1966, the 154th boarded buses and were taken to Baltimore, Maryland International Airport where they unloaded from the buses, fell into formation and dropped their gear in  place.  
After  waiting  there  for a  couple of  hours, they  were  loaded  onto three 707s.  As  the  planes left  Baltimore, the  company  was  then  told  that the destination was Oakland, California.  All but one plane went to Oakland,
that one being diverted to San Diego Air Naval Station in California.
Harry Shelton In Okinawa
Harry Shelton In Okinawa - View from roof top of barracks.
Wayne Boyter & Harold Sharp in front of Naha Wheel PX.
Harry Shelton & Wayne Boyter
Harry Shelton Playing With His Pull Toy, While Carlos Sisneros Watches - Okinawa
Harry Shelton Playing With His Pull Toy, While Carlos Sisneros Watches - Okinawa
Harry Shelton
Harry Shelton - View from roof top of barracks.
Wayne Boyter & Harold Sharp in front of Naha Wheel PX.
Harry Shelton & Wayne Boyter
Harry Shelton Playing With His Pull Toy, While Carlos Sisneros Watches - Okinawa
After  landing, the  duffle bags  were loaded  onto a 2 ½ - ton  truck, while the  men were loaded onto  buses.  The buses took the  men to  the Pickwick  Hotel in downtown San Diego, which caused quite a stir as there was  
the U.S. Army with full combat  gear in a Navy/Marine town.  The  long-haired hippies walking down the street were  harassed by the guys  on the bus  through the open  windows.  It was a fun  source of  entertainment.  It
was  finally decided that the guys would spend  the night  at the  hotel and  wait for  the ship  to come  from Oakland  to San Diego  and pick  up the rest  of the 154th  the next day.  There was only one lieutenant and
Sergeant Crummer in charge of  80 plus men; needless to say, they had their hands full because  there were guys scattered from San Diego to Ti-juana, Mexico.  There were some  Marines staying  at the hotel and  some of
the guys  buddied up with the Marines to boast about who was the best at what.  The Marines didn't like the Navy at all but  got along well with the Army.  It didn't take long for  it to get around that the  Army was in town
and for the ladies, and I use the term loosely, of the evening and day  to arrive at the hotel.  They wanted  to have a party for the 154th but hotel management said no.  The rest is left to the imagination.
John Turnbow ( 551st )  And Harry Shelton - Civilians At Last
Harold Sharp And Harry Shelton
John Turnbow (551st) and Harry Shelton
Harold Sharp and Harry Shelton
Waiting for the Trucks to Take Us to the Air Base - Guillermo  Bracero - Jim Krupa - Unknowns - Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company.
Guillermo  Bracero - Carlos Sisneros - Harry Shelton - Manuel Quantanilla - Jim Krupa are some of the guys in this photo. Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company.
Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
Waiting for the Trucks to Take Us to the Air Base
Guillermo  Bracero - Jim Krupa - Unknowns
Guillermo  Bracero - Carlos Sisneros - Harry Shelton - Manuel
Quantanilla - Jim Krupa are some of the guys in this photo.
154th Transportation Company arriving at Naha Wheel Okinawa Friday, August 26th, 1966. - Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company.
154th Transportation Company arriving at Naha Wheel Okinawa on Friday, August 26th, 1966.
Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
The next day the Navy SPs helped gather the wayward 154th members back to the hotel Where they were loaded onto buses and taken to the docks to wait for the ship with the remainder of the 154th arriving from
Oakland.  After waiting about three or four hours, the USNS General William Weigel arrived and docked.  The 154th guys were  loaded onto the ship, along with  Marines and the Navy that operated the ship.  After some
fanfare  from well wishers, the  ship pulled away from the  dock and  soon the  154th was  on its  way  to Okinawa.  There  was about  3,000 plus  Army, Navy  and Marines  on board; the  Marines were  on  their way to
Vietnam and  the Navy was operating the ship.  The crossing took 17 days  from San Diego to Okinawa.  The ship docked at the Port of Naha on Friday, August 26, 1966 at 0600 hours, and the 154th debarked and was
loaded onto 2 ½ - ton trucks and taken to the Naha Wheel.
Boarding the C-124 - Harold Sharp looking back as I take this photo.
Boarding the C-124 - Harold Sharp looking back as I take this photo.
Arriving in Vietnam - January 1, 1967
Arriving in Vietnam - January 1, 1967
Arriving At Bien Hoa Air Base Vietnam
Bien Hoa Air Base - F-4 Phantom Behind Us
Bien Hoa Air Base - F-4 Phantom Behind Us
Freedom Bird at Bien Hoa Airbase
Moving out to Long Binh Post to set up the 154th Transportation Company base camp at Camp Camelot.
Moving out to Long Binh Post to set up the 154th Transportation Company base camp at Camp Camelot.
Freedom Bird at Bien Hoa Airbase
Arriving At Our Barracks In Okinawa
The  Naha Wheel was  on the end  of the island  on a  bluff that  overlooked the  Port of Naha.  The base  had about  seven or  eight two-story  barracks,  a movie theater, service club and  PX, as well as other  buildings.  The
wheel  was next to the  Naha Air Base.  From  the roof of the barracks you could watch the aircraft take  off  and  land at  the base.  Within  the week, the 154th  was taken  to the  Port of Naha  and  introduced  to where
they  would be  working OJT (on the job training).  No one  really knew  much about being  a stevedore,  so this was new  to almost  everyone; since this was OJT, most got to choose the job they wanted.  Not all of the 154th
worked at the docks-some guys worked at other jobs.  The docks worked two 12-hour shifts, five days a week.
The Three Day Typhoon - All the guys are soaking wet. - Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
The weather on  Okinawa was nice most of the time  until there was a typhoon; one typhoon lasted  almost three days.  Everyone was confined to the barracks and was given C-Rations  because the wind  and rain were so
strong that  no one could go to the mess hall.  The wind blew  out the window in the door at the end of the barracks and flooded both the upper and lower floors.
The Three Day Typhoon
Anyone Remember The Names Of These Men
The word  finally came that the 154th was going to  Vietnam, but first to Cam Rahn Bay; then it was changed  to Long Bihn.  Part of the 154th was sent by LST as an advanced party  with the new equipment that had been
issued to the 154th and to prepare for the rest of the company.  Some tents had been set up by the time the rest of the company arrived at Camelot a few days later.  The rest  of the company was taken by air, some by
C-130s from Naha Air Base and some by C-124s from  Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.  All arrived at Binh Hoa Air Base in Vietnam  on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 1967.  At Binh Hoa Air Base, the 154th was loaded onto
21 two-ton trucks for the trip to Camelot.
Setting up our tents before the moosoon season arrives.
Moving out to Long Binh Post to set up the 154th Transportation Company base camp at Camp Camelot.
Arriving At Camp Camelot
Setting up our tents before the monsoon season arrives.
At Camelot, the 154th found its new home in tents with dirt  floors, soon to be mud floors.  The first night was a new experience for most of the guys with lots of fireworks, i.e., tracers, shelling, flares.  The unit  was
introduced to the Vietnam rain on the second night.  Water was running through the tents and turned the dirt floors into mud floors.  In a few days, wood was located to start building wooden floors for the tents.  In a few
days, the 154th was  introduced to Newport and what the 154th was there to do.  Soon the tents were out of the mud and on  dry hardwood floors.  "Nice" after about three months of living in tents (VERY HOT TENTS).  If  
you worked  nights, you  were up  as soon  as the  sun  was  up  because  it was too hot to  sleep.  Tents that  had no  liners were  like an  oven.  The   construction of the pre-fab huts started in April, and by June, the 154th
was in the Adam Huts.
Photo Courtesy Of James Krupa - 154th Transportation Company
154th Tent City Is Complete
Arriving At Camp Camelot
154th Tent City Is Complete
154th Tent City Is Complete
154th Tent City Is Complete
A couple of months  after completing the 154th company area,  the 154 moves its location about 100 yards west and begins setting up the new pre-fab aluminum Adams Huts.  In March of 1967 the 551st Transportation
Company is reassigned from Cam Rahn Bay to the 71st Transportation Battalion at Camp Camelot, and sets up their company area where the 154th originally was.  The 154th and the 551st are now side by side.
154th Tent City Is Complete
Early Camelot
My New Home
The Gang - Harold Sharp - Henry Robinson - Carlos Sisneros - Charley Conklin &Joseph Shaffer - Vernon Allen - Harry Shelton
Home Sweet Home
Shower Water - Wayne Boyter - Harry Shelton
Wayne Boyter - Water Truck Driver
Carlos Sisneros & Harry Shelton
Harry Shelton
Carlos Sisneros & Harry Shelton
Harry Shelton
Smoke From Assault Chopper Shot Down By 105 Howitzer
Smoke From Assault Chopper Shot Down By 105 Howitzer
Smoke From Assault Chopper Shot Down By 105 Howitzer
Construction Of Adams Huts During Monsoon Season
Construction Of Adams Huts During Monsoon Season
The Rear Entrance/Exit To Camp Camelot - Bear Cat Road
Second Day At Camelot
Chopper Patrolling Charlie (Bear Cat Road) Tanker From Next Door
Building Of Adams Huts And New Bunker Using Missile Shipping Containers
Building Of Adams Huts And New Bunker Using Missile Shipping Containers
Environment Hard On Equipment
I love the monsoon.
Setting Up The Pre-Fab Adams Huts
Setting Up The Pre-Fab Adams Huts
The Rear Entrance/Exit To Camp Camelot - Bear Cat Road
Carlos Sisneros - Ready For Anything - Has His Winstons, M14 And SLR
Carlos Sisneros - Ready For Anything - Has His Winstons, M14 And SLR
Helicopter Patrolling Next To Camelot
Helicopter Patrolling Next To Camelot
Helicopter Patrolling Next To Camelot
Wayne Boyter & Jerry Burge
Wayne Boyter & Jerry Burge
USO Show At Camp Camelot
USO Show At Camp Camelot
USO Show At Camp Camelot
Was Bad Boy - Extra Duty - Had To Work On Adams Huts Foundations
Harold Sharp & Harry Shelton
Looking At Bear Cat Road Before Adams Huts Were Built
Looking At Bear Cat Road Before Adams Huts Were Built
Ammo Dump Going Up (February 2, 1967) And Again One Year Later To The Day (February 2, 1968
Ammo Dump Going Up (February 2, 1967) And Again One Year Later To The Day (February 2, 1968
Guard Bunker At Back Gate
Somewhere On Long Binh Post
At Newport Terminal - Joseph Shaffer - Carlos Sisneros - Unknown
Guillermo Bracero & Harry Shelton In Okinawa
Rice Paddy Near Camelot
Rice Paddy Near Camelot
Equipment Staging Area Somewhere On Highway 1A
Equipment Staging Area Somewhere On Highway 1A
North End Of Newport Bridge
Looking Down At Newport Terminal From The Bridge
Looking Down At Newport Terminal From The Bridge
Japanese Destroyer Docking At Naha Port Okinawa
Japanese Destroyer Docking At Naha Port Okinawa
Newport Terminal - Newport Bridge In Background
LSTs At Newport Terminal
Somewhere In Saigon
Somewhere In Saigon
Staging Area
Newport Terminal
Going Home
Going Home
Going Home
FTA - Flight To America
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Full Speed Ahead
When I Was Young - Eric Burdon And The Animals - 1967
FTA - Flight To America
Guillermo Bracero & Harry Shelton In Okinawa
Early Camelot
My New Home
The Gang - Harold Sharp - Henry Robinson - Carlos Sisneros - Charley
Conklin  Joseph Shaffer - Vernon Allen - Harry Shelton
Home Sweet Home
Shower Water - Wayne Boyter - Harry Shelton
Wayne Boyter - Water Truck Driver
Smoke From Assault Chopper Shot Down By 105 Howitzer
Smoke From Assault Chopper Shot Down By 105 Howitzer
Construction Of Adams Huts During Monsoon Season
Second Day At Camelot
Chopper Patrolling Charlie (Bear Cat Road) Tanker From Next Door
I love the monsoon.
Environment Hard On Equipment
Building Of Adams Huts And New Bunker Using Missile Shipping Containers
Was Bad Boy - Extra Duty - Had To Work On Adams Huts Foundations
Harold Sharp & Harry Shelton
Looking At Bear Cat Road Before Adams Huts Were Built
Ammo Dump Going Up (February 2, 1967) And Again One Year Later To The Day (February 2, 1968)
Guard Bunker At Back Gate
Somewhere On Long Binh Post
At Newport Terminal - Joseph Shaffer - Carlos Sisneros - Unknown
Rice Paddy Near Camelot
Equipment Staging Area Somewhere On Highway 1A
North End Of Newport Bridge
Looking Down At Newport Terminal From The Bridge
Japanese Destroyer Docking At Naha Port Okinawa
Newport Terminal - Newport Bridge In Background
LSTs At Newport Terminal
Staging Area
Newport Terminal
Somewhere In Saigon
Going Home
Construction Of Adams Huts During Monsoon Season
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