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My name is Joe Drinon. I was a 1LT with the 154th Transportation Company in 1968 and 1969.  I replaced a 1LT that was killed by rocket fire from  across the river at Newport.  I was in charge of a platoon of about 30 men
and 90 Vietnamese.  We convoyed back and forth from Long Binh to Newport every day.  When the 154th was transfered to Camp Davies in Saigon, I then stayed at Newport full time.  We set up a BOQ on one side of
headquarters building.  It was much better than Camp Camelot-we had air conditioning and TV.  I remember knowing one of the platoon leaders when I arrived at Newport from when I was stationed in Bayonne, NJ. His
name was Tom Poston.  I sure would like to contact him now.  I found a few photos and sent them to Al to post on the website.
Joe Drinon At Newport Terminal
Joe Drinon At Newport Terminal
The two photos above are of me and Tom Poston.  Tom on the left.  If anyone remembers Tom or knows where he is now, I would like to know. - Joe & Tom have since been in contact.
The two photos above are of me and Tom Poston.  Tom on the left.  If anyone remembers Tom or knows where he is now, I would like to know. - Joe & Tom have since been in contact.
The two photos above are of me and Tom Poston.  Tom on the left.  If anyone remembers Tom or knows where he is now, I would like to know. - Joe & Tom have since been in contact.
I was sitting in the front seat of this bus when a Vietnamese dump truck lost control and caused a head-on collision.  We were doing our daily convoy from Long Binh to Newport.  I woke up about 50 feet from the bus.  I was
either thrown forward through the windshield or out the door.  I broke off the metal railing in front of the seat on the way out.  My only injury was a scraped and banged up knee.  There were no serious injuries to any of the
military personnel.  I can't remember if the drivers wereVietnamese or military.  Something tells me the driver was Vietnamese and was seriously injured and possibly killed.  By the looks of the driver's side, I don't know
how anyone could have survived. If anyone knows anything about this accident, please let me know.
Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments.
E-Mail - Joe Drinon
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