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Date Posted: 06:36:55 06/13/00 Tue
Author: tai ton
Subject: Re: BONG SON BRIDGE
In reply to: Tom Roberts 's message, "Re: BONG SON BRIDGE" on 12:33:09 12/22/99 Wed

> > THE PICTURES OF THE BRIDGE ON THIS SITE BRING BACK
> > MEMORIES. IWAS WITH 523RD ENGR CO.PORT CONST. AND WE
> > WENT TO BONG SON IN 1967 TO DRIVE A PILING PIER AND
> > RESET THE DROPPED SPANS ON THE OLD BRIDGE. THIS WAS
> > USED ALONG WITH THE RAILROAD BRIDGE UNTIL REPLACED BY
> > NEW BRIEGE IN 1970. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM OTHERS
> IN
> > 523RD.
> > THANKS--CORK PETERSON
>
> I was with the 523rd PC during my second tour from
> April, 1971 to January, 1972 near Vinh Long down in
> the Delta. At that time I was assigned to one of the
> three barges we had in the unit which had a crane
> mounted on it and we drove concrete pilings for a
> bridge. We had a house barge attached with four
> hooches on it and we lived on the river, only going in
> to the company compound on pay day. I was one of two
> E-5's on the barge which was supervised by an E-6. In
> July, 1971 the local VC floated a mine down on us and
> blew us up but the barge somehow stayed afloat and we
> were able to rebuild and keep on going. Fortunately no
> one was killed althoug we did lose three guys while I
> was there, each one falling over the side and
> drowning. The unit also had three 'mike boats' which
> ran all over the Delta delivering supplies. I'm also
> very familiar with the Bong Son area since I was
> assigned to Co. B of the 84th which built the bridge
> in Bong Son in 1970. I drove one of the two ready-mix
> trucks in the unit. I understand the bridge stood for
> about 2 years before they blew it up.
> Glad to see that there are still some 523rd guys out
> there. It was such a small unit I was very surprised
> to see your post.
> Take care.
> Tom Roberts
> Tyler, Texas

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