815th Engr Bn (Const)
I was assigned to the newly activated 815th in April 1966 at Ft. Belvoir, VA. We did a couple days bivouc at AP Hill in VA and a 4 week tour in Goshen VA where we practiced with our new heavy equipment. We qualified with M-16 rifles at Quantico.
In February 67 we hauled our equipment to Baltimore for shipping to Vietnam via the Panama Canal. The unit left in March, flew to San Francisco, boarded the USS Nelson M. Walker.
In April we stopped at Vung Tau and later at Qui Nhon, where we drove inland to Pleiku. We built roads and operated the Connell quarry. We lived in large tents surrounded by sandbag walls until we were able to build wooden barracks.
During the TET offensive of 68, a group of NVA regulars entered the compound at Engineer Hill and destroyed some equipment. Seven were killed and one was captured.
I extended my tour for 30 days and left Vietnam in April 1968 having served with the 815th for two years.
Jun 15 2000 07:37:16:000AM