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Subject: Re: 618th Ord, Main Support Co.

Lloyd Madansky
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Date Posted: 10:43:56 05/29/17 Mon
In reply to: Greg Chew 's message, "Re: 618th Ord, Main Support Co." on 09:05:50 09/09/12 Sun

I hope this sheds some light on this.
After AIT in Aberdeen Proving Grounds as a 45H20, ENTAC repair, I was assigned to the 528th HEM CO, at Ft. Lewis, WA. I was newly activated and I joined it around Spring of 1967. I'm May of 1968 we were ordered to Vietnam, lock, stock (a lot of stock) and barrel. Went over on the USNS Barrett. After landing in Quin Nhon, we convoyed to Pleiku. When we got ther our designation was changed to the 618th.
Hope this helps.

>Fred, it's all very confusing. Ordnance used to entail
>supply, maintenance, weapons etc. Somewhere along the
>line maintenance was separated out at least in
>designation. When the 618 Ord (Maint)Co(DS) arrived in
>Qui Nhon in 65 it was relocated lock stock and barrel
>to Phu Tai Valley and re designated Hq & Main Support
>Co 5th Maint Bn as told to me by Angelo Enciso and
>Sidney Nation who were there at the time. Now the
>confusion, the 618th Ord (Maint) Co shows up somewhat
>later in charang valley as the 618th Maint Co attached
>to the 86th Maint Bn but where did it's people and
>equipment come from ??? The Army in it's infinite
>wisdom found a way to keep us old farts busy trying to
>figure all this stuff out.
>>Can anyone answer these:
>>The 618th was originally a ORDNANCE company when first
>>in country. When did it become a MAINTENANCE company?
>>I was assigned to the 618th Maintenance Co., 86th
>>Maint BN in the Cha Rang Valley, from July to July
>>1967-1968, but was fortunately TDY for 7 months.
>>Also, when did the 618th get transferred to the 62nd
>>Maint BN in Pleiku? I learned of this move only a
>>couple of years ago. Did the move actually happen?
>>Welcome home brothers!

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