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
|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
|Say You - Ronnie Dove - 1964