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Date Posted: Tue, February 14 2006, 13:50:09
Author: Frank Delfino
Author Host/IP: c-24-34-29-99.hsd1.ma.comcast.net / 24.34.29.99
Subject: Re: Evans Nine
In reply to: Jeff Northridge 's message, "Re: Evans Nine" on Tue, September 20 2005, 10:14:00

Happened across this site and was stunned to see a question on "the Evans Nine". I was stationed at Camp Evans in 1970 with the 101st Airborne, and was with 1/506th and HHC.

The latter assignment was as a duty nco in Base Defense, with my MOS being 11F..intelligence specialist.

"The Evans Nine" actually refers to an incident which took place at Camp Evans, and later chronicled in an issue of Newsweek.

Nine African-American soldiers had refused to go to the field when commanded, calling the Vietnam war a White man's war, and were subsequently locked up in the on base handball court before eventually being transported to Long Binh jail.I know this because I helped guard these men as they were transported to the airstrip on Evans for the eventual flight to Saigon and incarceration in Long Binh jail.

The incident caused some racial tension and the camp was put on alert, as was the TOC where I worked. In those days, we used "shackle codes" on the radio, codes which were signified by colors and numerics, changed daily so as to confuse the enemy as to troop movements.

I caught wind of a rumor to try to take over the TOC, and in order to secure the codes, commo equipment and my office, I went to the armorer and requisitioned an M-60 machine gun and mounted it on my desk aimed straight for the door. I also put out over the radio that the TOC was secured and intruders would be shot on sight. All this with the full support of the command staff.



I had a copy of the Newsweek issue detailing the incident, but have since lost it over the years.

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