Photos From John C. Shook
My name is John C. Shook. I was with the 551st Transportation Company, 71st Transportation Battalion from September 1967 to September 1968.
|Sgt. John C. Shook
This one was taken one week after I arrived in country, no short timer calendar
I worked the grueling 12-hour shifts at Newport Terminal. We traveled the two-hour round trip from our base camp, Camp Camelot, on long Binh Post to Newport every day. Once a month we
switched from midnight shift to day shift.
|Left Photo - May 68 Rocket Damage To ARVN Building At Base Of Newport Bridge - Right Photo - Repairing Damage To Newport Bridge From May 26 Rocket Attack
We really loved it when Sealand began coming into our dock as we didn't really have to do much as Sealand had employed many men from the Phillipines. They ran the equipment and drove the trucks in and out of
Newport. The Tet Offensive of 68 was scary at Newport. I remember the Cobra helicopters coming rightdown the Saigon River to clear off Charlie on the bridge.
|Left Photo - Day I Made Sgt, Feb 1968 - Notice 1st Log patch and nice haircut. Anyone know what make gun I was holding? - Center Photo - Me At End Of Pier - DD4 - Right Photo - At DD4 After TET 68 - Was this your APC,
Rich? Scary days!
|Left Photo - R&R in Hawaii - Picture is of Royal Hawaiian Hotel where we stayed. - Right Photo - Somewhere in Saigon, anyone recognize the statue?
|Taken The Day I Returned Home From Vietnam, 9/30/68-My Hometown Of Zanesville, Ohio (60 Miles From Columbus)
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|Full Speed Ahead
|Left Photo - The Thu Duc Water Treatment Facility On 1A Heading To Newport - Right Photo - This was me at DD4; that is my fishing rod and reel my dad sent to me in the left-hand corner. Evidently we were waiting for a
ship to arrive or I wouldn't have been fishing! - We never had enough of the proper equipment to unload ships, which made it horrible and unsafe for all of us the entire year I was there. The upper command was more
worried about TONNAGE rather than the safety of our men.
|She's Leaving Home - The Beatles - Sung By McCartney - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967