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Date Posted: 15:44:57 02/22/17 Wed
Author: Robert kyle
Subject: Re: 444th Engineer Detachment?
In reply to: Jim Churchwell 's message, "Re: 444th Engineer Detachment?" on 01:28:09 10/14/11 Fri

I was a heavy equipment operator with the 84th, from 1965-67. I was part of the detachment that built that airfield in An Khe for the 1/7th. Does anyone recall when the first C-130 that sunk into the asphalt when it landed there? We had to tow it out with a dozer! What a debacle!

My name is Jim Churchwell, I was with the 444th Eng
>Det at An Khe from 12/66 to 12/67. I was part of the
>original group that moved the concrete batch plant
>from Qui Nhon to An Khe. We set up the batch plant
>and poured the original concrete runway so C130's
>could land at An Khe. I don't remember much else
>about that experience, in fact, the only name I can
>remember is Sgt O'Brian. I think the only reason I
>remember him is because I thought it odd, a Mexican
>with an Irish name.:) Anyway, I was thrilled to come
>across this website. I thought that when I left
>Vietnam, I didn't want to remember anything about it.
>Now that I am in my senior years, I'm wishing I had
>kept in touch. Maybe I can through this message board.

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