|U.S. Air Force 8th Aerial Port, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, South Vietnam, 1965. (Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force)|
Late last night we successfully moved units of the 173rd Airborne Brigade to Dong Xoai (about 38 miles north of Saigon) to defend the airfield there. The VC overran a district capital (equivalent to a county seat in the
This afternoon I briefed General Crowley, the J-4, on the situation. He accepted my ideas on relocating some activities at Tan Son Nhut airbase and tomorrow he and I will go talk to Brigadier General [William] DePuy (J-3), Major General [Richard] Stilwell (Chief of Staff, MACV), and General [William] Westmoreland (CG) about the changes we need. Meeting the brass early in my career over here! But something has got to be done as I am losing 300,000 pounds of cargo shipment each week due to inefficient location of units.
|General William C. Westmoreland, left, MACV commander, confers with Major General William E. DePuy, right, 1966. (Photo courtesy LIFE Magazine)|
Still at the Majestic Hotel, but hope to move to a permanent BOQ (Majestic is just temporary quarters for people coming into the command) in a week. I don’t like the place because there is no security---one slouchy Vietnamese policeman at the door. VC could throw a bomb in the lobby anytime, or come right up to your room. Permanent BOQs are sealed off with barricades for some distance, and there are US MPs with shotguns guarding the entrances.
|Colonel Lewis Ashley, U.S. Army. Ashley was a branch chief in J-1 at MACV in 1965. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)|
|Major Lloyd Milburn, U.S. Army. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)|
Three other TC officers came over with me on the flight, and all are going to the field. Guess I’m just lucky to stay in the headquarters. One was assigned to the railway security detachment and 2 are going out as district (county) logistics advisors.
From the looks of my job I’ll have plenty of work to keep me busy, so perhaps my year will go fast over here. The days sure have gone fast since I left the States. Not a minute to spare.