!!! BINH THUY !!!
This is the Binh Thuy Naval Support Activity Base on the Bassac River in the middle of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. I believe it was 5 miles up river from Can Tho on the south bank. A public highway runs through the middle of it. I hitched a ride 40 miles by jeep from the Airport at Long Xuyen to Binh Thuy. (After being left alone on a bench at a deserted airstrip surrounded by rice paddies for 4 hours) This base was next to an Army Medical Facility with a small library. An Army base and Air Force Base are nearby.
I left Binh Thuy by hitching a ride on a Swift boat going upriver to Chou Doc.
The were some major explosions at Binh Thuy.
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Art Carter, EMS UNS (ret), made friends in Can Tho and Binh Thuy between 1966-69:
EMAIL:Cpo77cpo[ at ]aol.com
My first night in the delta was spent in Can Tho at the naval support hotel. There I met a few of the guys who when finishing the first boat class at Mare Island left for in country (around Easter 1966).
The next day i caught a spotter plan to Long Xuyen where I stayed at the MACV house for three nights in the rag sailor bunk.
The last night I had to spend in a local hotel sanctioned by MACV. On 6/1/66 the rest of the original NSA group arrived and we moved in to the Maria Villa.
From that time until May of 1967 I was in one if the daily convoys to Can Tho. May 67 I was transferred to the YRBM 17 at Dom Tam. Was there until Dec. 67.
I returned to country in September 1968 assigned to the Monmouth County lST 1032.
Made many trips to Binh Thuy carrying cargo to one of the branches stationed in the area . I was initiated as chief there in Dec.1967. 0n june 29,1969 leaving Binh Thuy and proceeding down the Bassac Pass Can Tho we came under rocket attack almost immediately PBRs based at Binh Thuy was at our aid and took over the fire fight (all three chiefs aboard was wounded < one was med vaced).
I had many acquaintances that was at either Can Tho or Binh Thuy during my two tours in country.
Paul Bishop was an E-3 at Binh Thuy in 1967:
EMAIL: PPBISHOP[ at]prodigy.net
My name is paul bishop. I was a et-3 at the old Binh Thuy navy base in 1967. We moved to the new base before tet.
The old base had a landing craft that first served as a supply ship. After I got there the e-6 left and me and this other guy was in charge of all electronic (radar and radio) on the prb's.
I remember the seals being stationed there and the dog that they kept drunk in the bar.
I got of good times. There couldn't have been more than 50 of us there.
Remember the vietnamese guy by the name of Roger.
Another P Bishop (?) was at Bien Thuy in 67:
I was stationed at the first Bein Thuy navy base in 1967-1968. This base had been converted from an old motel complex and the navy was leasing it from the viet cong. Later, in 1967 the navy build a new base between the airfield and Can Tho.
I was in the electronic department (there was only 2 of us) and fixed the radar and radio equipment on the PBR's. We also had a group of Seals on the base at the time.
A lot of great times. Things changed after the new base was build and I left after Tet to Ving Long.
William Posson arrived at Binh Thuy from Saigon in Feb 1969:
EMAIL: bposs[ at]phillipsburg.net
I was a lowly RMSN and scared to death when our plane from Saigon landed at Binh Thuy in Feb 69. There were three of us waiting for USS Hampshire County LST-819. No one we talked to had ever heard of her. The Garrett County was beached there. Spent all day waiting by her bow ramp. Finally the 819 came down from the West about sundown and anchored in the River.
That night was my introduction to the concussion grenades to deter swimmers. Kept me awake for 3 nights in a row!!!!. We hauled a lot of ammo and supplies from Vung Tau as far as Cambodia in most if not all branches of the river. Many experiences and lots of memories these sights now bring back.
One vivid memory at Binh Thuy happened when we were anchored in the river. Started out with a Loach drawing machine gun fire from the ground on the North side of the river. Later, a darkend Cobra returned fire from above. A short time after that, I could hear the roar of artillery from the east and directly ashore from us the flashes from the explosions. Within minutes of the stopping of the artillery, Choppers landed what I assume was infantry and one hell of a fire fight developed. Didn't last long. Wish I could remember the date and wish I had taken pictures. (Who can take pictures in the middle of the night?).
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