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Date Posted: 00:06:43 06/30/15 Tue
Author: John Blyther
Subject: Re: I WAS IN THE 513 AT AN KHE 1ST CAV DIVISION
In reply to: ERNEST D OGDEN 1SG USA RETIRED 's message, "I WAS IN THE 513 AT AN KHE 1ST CAV DIVISION" on 17:59:18 03/28/01 Wed

>>AS I SAID I WSA IN THE UNIT IN AN KHE IN 1966 WE
>SPENT ABOUT SIX MONTH IN AN KHE WE WERE SENT NORTH TO
>WHERE I HIT THE
>MINE . AT THAT TIME WE ONLY OPERATED AS A PLATOON THE
>REST OF THE UNIT WAS IN TUY HOA DOUN SOUTH WITH THE
>101 AIRBORNE WE ALSO SUPPORTED THE SPECIAL FORCES
>CAMP AT LZ UPLIFT OR ZL DOG I CANT REMEMBER IT WAS A
>LONG TIME AGO (JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION THAT SMALL
>UNIT MOVED ALL OVER VIET NAM ) WE CONVOYED FROM TUY
>HOA BACK TO AK KHE IN LATE 1966 WE ALSO CONVOYED FROM
>AN KHE TO QUI NHON AND LOADED ON LST"S AT THE PORT
>THERE AND MOVED BY SHIP NORTH TO PEANUT ISLAND WE
>COULDENT GET OFF THE ISLAND BECOUSE WE WERE MORTARED
>EVERY NIGHT AND THE ENGINEERS COULDENT FINISH THE
>BAILEY BRIDGE FROM PEANUT ISLAND ACROSS THE RIVER. WE
>WERE HIT EVERY NIGHT UNTIL THE 39TH COMBAT ENGINEERS
>COULD FINISH THE BRIDGE. WE STAYED ON LZ ENGLISH FOR
>ABOUT 96 DAYS AS I RECALL THERE TOO WE WERE HIT ALMOST
>EVERY NIGHT BY MORTARS THE PLATOON LEADER WES 1ST LT
>THOMAS I DONT KNOW WHERE HE WAS FROM I DO REMEMBER WE
>HAD A PAIR OF BROTHERS IN THE UINT I TINK THEIR LAST
>NAME WAS CARPENTER. WE ALSO HAD A GUY WHOES NAME WAS
>WELLMAN E-5 HE LEFT VIETNAM AND WENT TO FLIGHT SCHOOL
>AT FORT RUCKER ALABAMA IN LATE 1966 OR EARYL 1967 WE
>LOST A FEW PEOPLE IN GONG SON AND A LOT OF EQUIPMENT
>WE USE TO GO TO THE RIVER A FEW MILES SOUTH OF LZ
>ENGLISH TO GET A BATH IN THE RIVER THERE . THE BRIDGE
>WAS BLOUN UP ACROSS THE RIVER THERE AND WE HAD TO UAT
>THE RAILROAD BRIDGE TO CROSS UNTIL IT WAS REPAIRED.
>THE UNIT HAD A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE IN IT BUT FOR THE
>LIFE OF ME I CANT THINK OF THEIR NAMES NOW THERE WAS A
>SGT FISHER . SSG BARR. WELLMAN AS I SAID BEFORE. ME I
>WAS AN E-5 THEN AND AFTER THAT TOUR I GOT OUT OF THE
>ARMY FOR THREE YEARS. I CAME BACK IN IN 1970 AND
>RETURNED TO VIETNAM. I ALSO HAD TWO BROTHERS THERE ON
>MY FIRST TOUR. TWO BROTHER IN LAWS IVE BEEN RETIRED
>FOR FIFTEEN YEARS AND I HAVENT MIAAED ONE SECOND OF
>IT. HOPE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO WAS IN THE 513TH ENG
>CO (DT) ERNEST D OGDEN 1SG USA RETIRED (GOD BLESS)
>>>fame was being able to spread a load of dirt so
>thinwhen they
>>saw us coming and their NCO's threw rocks at us when>
>I was there from June 68-69 Hauled dirt from Doc To
>>to DA Lat and hit every chuck hole I could find!
>> I've been looking for anyone from the 513th for
>>years! Only 50 or 60 men in the entire outfit! Where
>>are you????

I was with the 513th from May of 1966 to November 1967. Would enjoy sharing our experiences with you.
I spent time in Dong Ba Thin, outside Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Qui Nhon (tdy to HQ 84th EBC) and also An Khe.

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