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Road to/from Barracks at Chu Lai
Photo's courtesy of Thomas Dawson AE2 VW-1 67-69 TE-9.... Unless noted otherwise.
These are pictures, taken at various times, of the long trip between the barracks and the flight line at Chu Lai.
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- 1st picture from left: I just hung off the side of the 6x6 hauling us back to the air base and got this
2nd picture from left: Often seen scene at Chu Lai when going between the VW-1 flight line and the barracks.
Lots of bombs piled up, waiting to be delivered. 7/68
3rd picture from left: If you look closely at the center of the enlarged picture you can see "locals" filling
4th picture from left: We would drive close to the dock area where some of Chu Lai air base supplies would come
in. The Navy patrol boats also operated from here.
- 1st picture from left: Chu Lai base entrance was here, we stayed away from the airbase, don't know exactly
where but we were taken there in a 6x6.
2nd picture from left: TE-00 parked at the end of Chu Lai's runway with two of VW-1's EC121's nearby. TE-00 was
usually kept quite busy flying in people, spare parts and engines to Chu Lai. circa 9/68
3rd picture from left: A Huey helicopter either coming in for a landing or taking off... I've forgotten, they
were a frequent sight at Chu Lai.
4th picture from left: There were several bunkers along the road to the barracks, I guess they were there to
protect against an assault on the base.
- 1st picture from left: These are some more of the sights we'd see from the back of our 6x6 on the way to
3rd picture from left: Navy patrol boats at the docks.
3rd and 4th picture from left: On the road back and forth from the barracks we would pass the USO beaches.
- On one of our trips to the VW-1 barracks I got these 4 pictures of the operations area for the helicopters
that flew from Chu Lai. Circa 7/68.
- 1st picture from left: The dog was our mascot. I don't know the guy's name, or the dog's name either. Maybe
somebody will remember and send us the names. circa 4/68
2nd picture from left: In the morning the sampans would go out fishing, they had one cylinder motors that just
chugged along. I can still hear them in my mind. They would come back in mid-day. If they went out in the
evening before dark, you knew that there was going to be an attack that night. circa 7/68
3rd picture from left: This is a sunset behind the barracks, between the barracks and the water were the
bunkers that we would have to get into during an attack.
4th picture from left: Another sunset seen from behind the barracks. circa 2/68
- 1st. picture from left: Another picture of the bunkers near the VW-1 barracks. circa 7/68
2nd picture from left: The Vietnamese didn't like their photos taken as they believed their souls would go into
the black box, (cameras). circa 7/68. Once back in our barracks we would spend some of our time as shown
3rd picture from left: AG2 Gilbert Gay, we used to play guitar to pass time, songs like "sitting on the dock of
the bay". circa 6/69
4th picture from left: Ralph Overton (facing the camera), Joe Reilly (curly hair and side shot) playing cards
in the barracks. Can't remember the name of the other guy.
- 1st picture from left: Just an ambulance on a gedunk run... no emergency this time. circa 1/69
2nd picture from left: The third photo is barbed wire around the perimeter of the bunkers. They were lit up at
night. Driving by these at night would leave you feeling uneasy. circa 7/68