Picture to the right is a Bridge South of Camp Evans, North of Hue. Three Bridges shown 100 year old Chinese in foreground; 38’4″ laid top of the old bridge decking where semi tractor-trailer went over edge. Driver and A-driver drowned. In the rear of 38’4″ bridge there is another M4T6 Bridge with support columns.
Looking south on RT 1 and south Camp Evans
Photo by Mike Moran
Per Camp Evans CO’s request On the morning after the Ammo Dump went up in smoke at Evans Traffic on RT 1 was backed up 5 to 10 miles and we needed to get a bridge in on the double. The rest of the platoon was already out on an overnight job and not back yet. Only Bridgemen available were us seven PFC’s on the Sick/Lame & Lazy List. We built it in 60 minutes; I was the “Senior PFC in Charge.”
Sick, Lame & Lazy Crew PFC R Brodzik, PFC F Kenney, PFC P Riley, PFC D Avent, PFC ?, PFC ?, and Senior PFC in Charge M. Moran.
While we were building that bridge a Full Bird Colonel of the USMC pulled up in a PC and wanted to go north real bad. (I thought I was going to lose my only stripe, because I laid into that PC in my best vocabulary about going past the ARVN guard I posted to keep all vehicles off the bridge.)
Side View of 100 year old Chinese Bridge.
Photo Mike Moran
The only “stiffeners” (cross members for decking were down and there was no way he was going over them. We had tracks for his vehicle laid in 8 minutes, no pins to hold it together. But heck, it wasn’t suspended. That Colonel timed us, cause I told him it would take 10 minutes to get him across. The Colonel also stopped at Camp Evans to give the base Commander his commendations to us for a job well done.
Good thing we were all sick,… no telling how fast we would have gotten those tracks of balk down…. To get rid of the Full Bird. 😉
By Mike Moran
The scenery is looking up river (west) from the 100 yr. Old Chinese Bridge. It was something to see in the evening when the sunset over those mountains. Photo by Mike Moran
Our first location at Camp Evans was on the Army side with 1st Calvary.
In our first week at our new base Base Camp 2nd Plt. Built this bunker. The Platoon decided we needed this bunker. We thought it out, planned it for our survival. Much to the Army’s delight! They called it the “Nuclear Fallout Shelter.” PHOTO 5
The sandbags are a solid 5′ to the ground level and cover a 3′ trench. There is four 12′ X 12′ wood beams going across the trench and Beach Matting (steel panels) running with the trench length. Two entrances, one at each end, for easy access. We made them “L” entrances. So that an explosion outside the opening would not let the shrapnel take out everyone inside. In the center of the long trench we put up a two bag thick wall, so a” direct hit” would take out only half the people inside. We were pretty sure it would take a direct hit and we would survive.
At the top of this page I mentioned the ammo dump going up in smoke. Camp Evans supplied ammo to half the fire-bases in I Corp, it exploded all night and part of the next day. The hugh explosions looked like a nuclear explosion the ground shook so hard the sand bags jumped and the dust settled on us seven Sick/Lame & lazy. The Army,… their two bag thick “bunkers” caved in on them. We had so many of them in OUR Nuk Shelter, I thought we were in the Army. That was a real scary thought!
Named after the first Marine KIA of the 7th Engineer Bn.
This is the view from the “Listening Post” at the very top of the hill (mountain) that was at out rear. The other side of the hill was Elephant Valley, Injun Country. The Camp is in the lower right hand side of the picture. The distant mountains are to the North and was where “HIA VAN” Pass was on RT 1.
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