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My name is John D. Brown.  I joined the green machine in late september 1965.  I was one of the original 71st Transportation Battalion members when it was deployed to Vietnam in August of 1966. Through the course of
events, I was assigned to the headquarters and headquarters detachment, 71st Transportation Battalion located at Fort Story, sometime in late spring of 1966.
SP/4 John D. Brown - Just After Arriving In Country - Just Finished Setting Up Our Tent
SP/4 John D. Brown - Just After Arriving In Country - Just Finished Setting Up Our Tent
I was a private with an MOS of 81B20 and assigned S-3.  The unit was an alerted unit going to Vietnam but without a specific destination.  I guess you know the secretary of the army didn't take the time to give me any
information except get ready.   Our commanding officer was LTCMosgrove. We had a great Sergeant Major; I'll never forget old what's his name.
Working On Headquarters Building At Camp Camelot - December 1967
 Our Entertainment Center
HHD Shower Area
Working On Headquarters Building At Camp Camelot - December 1967
                                              Our Entertainment Center                                                                                                        HHD Shower Area
I remember names: Marshall, Fornal, Richmond, Childress, Manning, Schuster and Reilly.  We trained, attended lectures, shipped our gear and finallystarted our journey.  We flew from Virginia through Chicago and on to
Oakland Marine terminal where we immediately boarded a troop shipin August of 1966.
Overlook Of Camelot - January 1968
Overlook Of Camelot - January 1968
Mark French And Jarvis Rau
Nelson Ouelette And Jarvis Rau
The PX Trailer
Back Corner Of Camelot
Construction Of Our Bunkers At Camelot
Construction Of Our Bunkers At Camelot
The View From Inside One Of Our Bunkers
The View From Inside One Of Our Bunkers
Some Of The Last Tents At Camelot
We left San Francisco and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific Ocean.  I remember one of the guys, Chuck Fornal, was sea sick for the first ten days.  We sailed west and diverted to Subic Bay, Philippines
to avoid a typhoon and for fuel, and then on to Vung Tau.
Our unit disembarked after about 23 days at sea and we all were happy to be off the ship.  We off-loaded with landing craft to the beach and onto waiting 2 1/2 ton trucks for a ride to an air strip.  The flight to Bien Hoa in a
C-130 was not set for comfort, but the flight was short and after landing, it was off to find an area for our compound.
Some Of The Last Tents At Camelot
                                                                             Nelson Ouelette And Jarvis Rau                                                                                                                                                                Mark French And Jarvis Rau
We settled into the compound area of a fuel supply battalion, 64th Quartermaster.  We then focused on getting organized and setting up and expanding the future compound.  In that time, around September of 1966, the
battalion mission was to support Newport and I was assigned duties at the port.
Tom LeMoine On Left - Don't Remember The Other Guy's Name - It's obvious what they are saying with their hands.
Tom LeMoine On Left - Don't Remember The Other Guy's Name - It's obvious what they are saying with their hands.
The activity then was mostly barge off-loading from the deep draft vessels north of Saigon and truck loading for distribution to the units. I worked the night shift at Newport, monitoring reports of tonnage from Tu Duc and
Newport by radio and teletype. Reports were passed on between Tu Duc, Newport and Saigon at regular points and I was able to see the port grow.
One Of HQ Drivers On Left And Tom LeMoine On Right
Completed Project
Sunset Over Headquarters
One Of HQ Drivers On Left And Tom LeMoine On Right
Our guys put in long hours and the fact of a long ride to the compound made the days tough.  The port grew with the construction of the concrete wharves and the support of the companies added to the battalion.  I made
E-5 and extended my tour in August and received a 30-day leave stateside.  I returned to Newport and was assigned day shift at Newport.  I was able to attend the Bob Hope Christmas show and was there a month later for
Tet 68.  A few weeks later I returned to the states for 30 days.  I continued in the army for an additional 18 months and was discharged in September 1969.  Anyway, that's my story and I am sticking to it.  Your responses
are welcome. John D. Brown
One Of The HQ Jeeps And Driver
 Mama San Lin
                                                                                One Of The HQ Jeeps And Driver                                                                                                                                                                                               Mama San Lin
It was always nice to take in a show before work if you were on the night shift, or after work if you were on the day shift.
It was always nice to take in a show before work if you were on the night shift, or after work if you were on the day shift.
Above And Below - Some Photos Of The Entertainers Who Performed At Camp Camelot
It was always nice to take in a show before work if you were on the night shift, or after work if you were on the day shift.
In Front Of Battalion Headquarters
In Front Of Battalion Headquarters
One Of The Night Shows
One Of The Night Shows
One Of The Night Shows
One Of The Night Shows
One Of The Night Shows
Another Great Show Comes To An End
Another Great Show Comes To An End
Bob Hope 1967 Christmas Show At Long Bien Post
The Show Comes To An End
The Show Comes To An End
Filled To Capacity
Looks Like Some Of The VIPs Are Coming In
Looks Like Some Of The VIPs Are Coming In
Looking Past The Wire At Bear Cat Road - AKA Charlie Road - The bicycles probably belong to Vietmanese workers on Camelot.
Left Photo - Looking Past The Wire At Bear Cat Road - AKA Charlie Road - The bicycles probably belong to Vietnamese workers on Camelot. - Center Photo - Perimeter Bunker On Camelot - Right Photo - Sunset Over Camelot
Not Exactly Where On LBP I Took These Two Photos
Not Exactly Where On LBP I Took These Two Photos
Not Exactly Where On LBP I Took These Two Photos
Early Arrivals For The Show - Pull Up A Sand Bag And Have A Seat
Early Arrivals For The Show - Pull Up A Sand Bag And Have A Seat
Filled To Capacity
Perimeter Bunker On Camelot
Sunset Over Camelot
Highway 1-A - The Road To Newport and Saigon
Looking Out The Rear Of Our Truck - Just Crossed The Dong Nai River Bridge - You Can Still See The Corner Of LBP
Looking Out The Rear Of Our Truck - Just Crossed The Dong Nai River Bridge - You Can Still See The Corner Of LBP
The Dong Nai River Barge Site
The Dong Nai River Barge Site
The Dong Nai River Barge Site
Two Young Vietnamese Girls Riding Their Bikes Up Bear Cat Road
Two Young Vietnamese Girls Riding Their Bikes Up Bear Cat Road
Looks like the little guy has everyhing under control.
Looks like the little guy has everyhing under control.
Pheasant Village Housing On 1-A
Pheasant Village Housing On 1-A
Pheasant Village Housing On 1-A
Fruit Stand On 1-A - It was tasty.
Fruit Stand On 1-A - It was tasty.
Fruit Stand On 1-A  - It was tasty.
More Of Highway 1-A
More Of Highway 1-A
More Of Highway 1-A
Temple On 1-A
The Resting Soldier Near The ARVN National Cemetery
The Resting Soldier Near The ARVN National Cemetery
The Resting Soldier Near The ARVN National Cemetery
 Approaching The Dong Nai Bridge
                                                          Temple On 1-A                                                                                                    Approaching The Dong Nai Bridge        
Some of The Locals On 1-A
Hueys Flying Along 1-A
ARVN Troops
Looks like the ARVNs are lined up for a big mission - January 1968.
Looks like the ARVNs are lined up for a big mission - January 1968.
Along 1-A To Newport
ARVNs Walking Along 1-A
                                                                                                                               Along 1-A To Newport                                                                                
Along 1-A To Newport
The Car Wash On 1-A
The Car Wash On 1-A
Two Ladies Walking, Maybe Going To Work - Don't remember where I took this photo.;Does anyone recognize the place?
Two Ladies Walking, Maybe Going To Work - Don't remember where I took this photo.  Does anyone recognize the place?
Water Purification Facility In Thu Duc On 1-A - February 1968
Water Purification Facility In Thu Duc On 1-A - February 1968
Water Purification Facility In Thu Duc On 1-A - February 1968
ARVIN Troop And Family
Quite A Mixture Of Vehicles Here
Quite A Mixture Of Vehicles Here
Looking Down At Newport From The Bridge
Arriving At Newport Terminal
71st Command Operations Center And Part Of The Staging Area
71st Command Operations Center And Part Of The Staging Area
Looking Down At Newport From The Bridge
71st Command Operations Center And Part Of The Staging Area
Looks Like A big Day At Newport - September 1967
Looks Like A big Day At Newport - September 1967
General Westmoreland Circling Around Newport - September 1967
      General Westmoreland Circling Around Newport - September 1967                                     PBRs Running Up The Saigon River Past Newport
Continuing Down 1-A To Saigon
Shore Properties
Shore Properties
Shore Properties
PBRs Running Up The Saigon River Past Newport
Local Service - Need Oil?
Local Service - Need Oil?
Some Damage In The Saigon Area After TET 1968
Some Damage In The Saigon Area After TET 1968
Some Damage In The Saigon Area After TET 1968
Some Damage In The Saigon Area After TET 1968
Some Damage In The Saigon Area After TET 1968
Leaving Saigon - Taking a right at this intersection will bring you to Newport Terminal and back to Long Binh and Bien Hoa.
Leaving Saigon - Taking a right at this intersection will bring you to Newport Terminal and back to Long Binh and Bien Hoa.
American Embassy
American Embassy
American Embassy
Military Headquarters?
 Australian Embassy?
                                                                                              Military Headquarters?                                                                                                                                                                             Australian Embassy?
Saigon Wharf - Recreational Watercraft
Saigon Wharf - Recreational Watercraft
Saigon Wharf - Recreational Watercraft
I took this photo because of the sign.
I took this photo because of the sign.
San Francisco Bar - Tu Do Street
Modern Dress - Nice Shoes
Street Near Entrance To 4th Trans
Military Statue
                                          Street Near Entrance To 4th Trans                                                                                                         Military Statue
Taxi Stand
Saigon Movie House
                                                             Taxi Stand                                                                                                                  Saigon Movie House
Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace
R&R - Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach Round-Eyed Women
Bondi Beach Round-Eyed Women
Bondi Beach & Round-Eyed Women
Bondi Beach Lifeguard Rescue Boat
Surfer - Manly Beach North Of Sydney
 Sydney Opera House - Still Under Construction
Harbor Bridge - Sydney - First Design Of This Type
                      Sydney Opera House - Still Under Construction                                                  Harbor Bridge - Sydney - First Design Of This Type
Sydney Skyline And Harbor Ferries
So what does this bent stick do?
Last Look At Sydney
                                                                              A Quiet Moment By The Ocean Before Returning To Vietnam                                                                           Going Home - My Last View Of Vietnam
Hope you have enjoyed looking at my photos.  Please feel free to email with any comments.  Thank You.
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John D. Brown
Full Speed Ahead
Who'll Stop The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival - January 1970
The PX Trailer
Back Corner Of Camelot
Me - John Brown
Jarvis Rau
Completed Project  
Sunset Over Headquarters
The Show Goes On
The Show Comes To An End
More Of Highway 1-A
ARVN Troops
Hueys Flying Along 1-A
ARVNs Walking Along 1-A
ARVIN  Troop And Family
Some Damage In The Saigon Area After TET 1968
Modern Dress - Nice Shoes
San Francisco Bar - Tu Do Street
Presidential Palace
Surfer - Manly Beach North Of Sydney
Bondi Beach Lifeguard Rescue Boat
Last Look At Sydney
Sydney Skyline And Harbor Ferries
So what does this bent stick do?
Prison
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