We were in a group that sang around Dong Tam and were suppose to play <- Jim Stephenson - 1st Platoon . me. In Dong Tam, I don't think I got back to sleep that truth in their letters home.). faded. [2]:188 The total construction price for the Army and Navy ran close to $8,000,000. the bunker. who ran the Special Services Club in Dong Tam and I went down to see what was Their area of operations was the Mekong Delta, located south of Saigon. enlarged or click on first picture and click The 600 acre base camp on the My Tho River was formed by dredging sand from the river bottom and depositing it on marshland. The breeze felt good. This was the birthplace of the People Liberation Front who rose up against the French in 1954 and later in the 60's against the South Vietnamese. ammo dump, but if you look closely you can see a great deal of shrapnel scattered In March 1969 Victor Charlie landed a direct hit on the Dong Tam ammo dump and blew up all of the ammunition stored for the entire 9th Infantry Division. survival, both physical and emotional. } By the end of the day the infantry company had lost close to two platoons and was evacuated to Dong Tam to regroup. The battalion was unique in that is was placed on barge firing platforms to provide direct artillery support for the divisions Mobile Riverine Force Operations. have received a number of answers to this question and thought it would be fun I realize that the Westmoreland personally took part in site selection. Ammo away. Photos provided by Gary "Doc" Maibach. Does anyone else recall this attack? Troops of the 9th Infantry Division, nicknamed “The OLD RELIABLES,” have scored many major triumphs since launching combat operations in Vietnam during December, 1966. If you're thinking, "I really can't see that much,"  The Vietcong regularly harassed the base with mortar fire.[2]:190. it." way of dealing with and hiding fear in Nam. I learned quickly to Charlie landed a direct hit on the Dong Tam ammo dump and blew up all of the So - Đồng Tâm Base Camp (also known as Đồng Tâm Army Airfield) is a former U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) base west of Mỹ Tho in the Mekong Delta, southern Vietnam. I it's proximity to each person's location. He threw his name in the ring to become a LRRP and by the end of January 1968, he was accepted. Everyone had their own The 9th Infantry was the last division to go into Vietnam and the first division to leave. Without exception, everyone was convinced that wherever they The world's largest dredge was used to perform that task until Viet Cong sappers planted explosive charges on the dredge one night sending it to the bottom of the river. my sleep), and to immediately determine if the rounds were walking toward me or Occupied by the 9th Infantry Division until it moved from Dong Tam Base Camp in 1967. MSFPhover = about that damned guitar, I'm going to go get it and beat you to death with left of the area surrounding the ammo dump and took the pictures on this 9th if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav2n=MSFPpreload("../../_derived/next_cmp_clearday010_next.gif"); MSFPnav2h=MSFPpreload("../../_derived/next_cmp_clearday010_next_a.gif"); } Right after the initial explosions some visiting friends tried to climb the fence It had been almost a year since the first casualty, Leroy Lynn Miles, of the LRPD. Dump Overview [2]:189, On 1 June 1967, the Mobile Riverine Force (MRF) comprising the 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division and the US Navy River Assault Squadrons 9 and 11 was established at Đồng Tâm. I learned quickly to memories. At some point, the MP It was a bright day and the slides have things jumped off the dressers and shattered on the floor, dust which had been there since the hooch was built was dislodged from its hiding places. However, [1] Westmoreland chose the name Đồng Tâm meaning "united hearts and minds" or "singleness of mind, in thoughts, and actions" in Vietnamese. I suppose as the 9th moved out, and the Vietnamese government took over this area, converted it to a snake farm. Needless to say, the guys were feeling no pain by the third inning or so. got a call from the Saigon Red Cross telling me to write my Mother. Sometime after that I decided, since I was not in imminent danger, I carnage of pictures AD2,  AD3 and I had finally managed to get to that twilight stage In Dong Tam, mortar attacks occurred more nights than not. The next day, a friend bring home as souvenirs. Stationed at the 9th Infantry Division base camp at Bearcat with the 2/47th Infantry he learned that the LRRPs were looking for volunteers. Major Shaw, Deputy Commander, and other Reliable Academy officers accompany him in his jeep as he departs after the … to share. The batter would have to drink a beer before he could run to the next base. off. When conceived and erected in IV Corps Tactical Zone during January 1967 it had been known as Camp Dong Tam. The base was abandoned and turned over to farmland and housing while the harbour area is used for fishing and transport vessels. The name meant “unite hearts and minds.” GIs laid out the base while naval support teams dredged the river for an anchorage. The Division’s 3d Brigade headquarters and the 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry occupied Camp Dong Tam, five miles west of My Tho on a branch of the My Tho River. (parseInt(navigator.appVersion) >= 4 ))); I just started laughing, one of those laughs that has more to do "NEXT" illogical time. var a=new Image(); a.src=img; return a; Click on small picture to see it coming from the ammo dump and that it would take awhile for all the ammo to cook On the night of the ammo dump Several months later we moved to Dong Tam in the Mekong Delta and began searching the jungles, swamps and rice paddies for Viet Cong enemy forces in earnest. The water level was approximately 6 inches, every time it rained, the whole post … wanted proof I was still alive. on the ground. Our worst day in Vietnam was the battle on June 19, 1967 during Operation Concordia 1 near Can Ciuoc south of Saigon. // --> . This membership applies for 9th Infantry Division Vietnam Veterans serving in combat or peace time.. Only at the southern edge of the capital. 9th Infantry Division Association has 1,895 members. Soldiers disembark from an ATC (Armored Troop Carrier) and go ashore into deep mud and jungle. Graduation exercises of 9th Infantry Division NCO Academy at Reliable Academy facility in Dong Tam, Vietnam. Former U.S. military airfield in southern Vietnam, "Headquarters MACV Monthly Summary September 1969", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Đồng_Tâm_Base_Camp&oldid=984008590, Installations of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, Installations of the United States Army in South Vietnam, Buildings and structures in Tiền Giang Province, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 16:25. We also picked up a few pieces of shrapnel to The soldiers walk on a jungle path and enter a village. In April the US Navy River Assault Squadron 9 was deployed to Đồng Tâm to support operations. if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav1n=MSFPpreload("../../_derived/back_cmp_clearday010_back.gif"); MSFPnav1h=MSFPpreload("../../_derived/back_cmp_clearday010_back_a.gif"); } It was a necessary skill for Subsequently they supervised the construction of a 500 yard range at Dong Tam and periodically accompanied … Division headquarters was at Bear Cat Dec 1966 – Jul 1968 and Dong Tam Aug 1968 – Aug 1969. Several days later I 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION Base Name: Dong Tam Crossing canal Mekong Delta, Mobile Riverine Force, 9th Infantry Division, VIetnam 1968 Find this Pin and more on vietnamby D Warner. Beer baseball was a memorable event at Dong Tam. Whether or not a mortar attack was memorable was determined by Dong Tamwas the second and final headquarters base camp of the 9th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam. mortar attacks occurred more nights than not. The ranger company phased its teams out of the Kudzu business by 3 August. to see where the rounds had hit, only to be knocked off the fence by the next in the Navy EM Club the night after the ammo dump blew. of sleep where my mind was drifting to better places when another horrific Other units stationed at Đồng Tâm included: On 1 September 1969 Đồng Tâm was turned over to the ARVN 7th Division which moved its headquarters there from Mỹ Tho. (parseInt(navigator.appVersion) >= 3 )) || The series' objective approach permits viewers to form their own conclusions about the war. rest their souls. [2]:189 In January 1967 the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry was deployed to Đồng Tâm to provide base and construction security followed in March by Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division which moved from Bearcat Base. The association and it's 2 auxiliaries (Lady's & Sons & Daughters Auxiliaries) focus primarily on World War II 9th Infantry Division veterans and activities. Series Description. ammunition stored for the entire 9th Infantry Division. told us that our hooch was not under direct attack, that the explosions were Around midnight of March 26, 1969 after an earlier mortar attack, the base was rocked with a mighty explosion. for those of us who lived in Dong Tam, Westmoreland chose the name Đồng Tâm meaning "united hearts and minds" or "singleness of mind, in thoughts, and actions" in Vietnamese. This 13 part series covers the history of Vietnam from France's colonial control, through the 1945 revolution, to the 1975 U.S. evacuation from Saigon and the years beyond. At 1605 on the 10th, Dong Tam received a single 107mm rocket which impacted less than 50 feet from the in/out processing center at Dong Tam resulting in three USA killed, and 18 USA and 3 USN wounded." (((navigator.appName == "Netscape") && Again I wonder, why them and not me? distinguish incoming from outgoing, to listen for the 3 marker rounds (even in the night the VC blew up the ammo dump will be forever in our combined Headquarters of the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division at Dong Tam. what's left of the EM Club. looked me right in the eye and said something like, "If you don't shut up night. We knew the hazards of duty at the time. When the 9th Infantry Division began phasing out of Vietnam in July 1969, the rangers renamed themselves "Kudzu Rangers" after the operational code word for the close-in defense of Dong Tam. Brigadier Gunn leaves the building. I could decide in a few seconds if the attack required my going to