Viet Nam Feb63-Aug63

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I was stationed at Ft. Bragg with the 7th Special Forces Group in early 1963, training and leading a French language study group. I was detailed to help move an A Team to an airfield in Georgia for transport to Viet Nam one Saturday. When I got back to Bragg in the evening I had a message to report to the group office where I learned I had been assigned to another A Team as a replacement and would be shipping out on Monday. I spent all day Sunday getting packed, attending to paperwork, getting all my shots and letting family know that I was on my way to the Far East.

I don't remember too much about the trip over except that we had a 2-day layover at the airfield in Hawaii while a spare part was found for the plane so we could continue. Eventually we landed in Saigon and the were flown up to Nha Trang where we got organized before moving on to our camp at Gia Vuc.

The camp was in a river valley straddling a dirt road. There was a flat area between the camp and the river that had a grass air strip, across the river, there was a range of mountains, and just behind the camp was a large hill that overlooked the whole valley. The camp consisted of several buildings of Bamboo, Thatched roofs and woven mat walls. The floors were dirt. Our Team and a counterpart Vietnamese Special Forces team occupied the two biggest. There were also assorted bunkers, watchtowers, and storage buildings. One of the buildings was an old stone building left over from the French era. Once we cleaned out the old grain and accompanying rats, we used this building for our medical facility.

During the time we were there our primary duty was as instructors to the VN SF and to the local Montagnards troops who came from the surrounding villages, three of which were near the camp. The rest of the time we accompanied the troops on patrols of the surrounding area or manned the outpost on the hill behind the camp. I spent a lot of my time driving the trucks to the river to fill the water trailer and to get sand and gravel for sandbags and building. There were also trips to nearby forest to cut bamboo and beetle nut palms for use in building barracks for the local troops.


A Gia Vuc Web site has been created by Jean-Luc Delauve and dedicated to the men of the 1st, 5th and 7th SFGA who served in Vietnam, but especially to members of the Gia-Vuc A-teams

Link to Jean-Luc's Web Site about Gia Vuc
Patrick Loughney's Vien Nam Site
The Vietnam War Historical Society

Photographs from Viet Nam

A trip to the Market
Bob's Page