Forgive me on my lack of knowledge 50
Didn’t really pay attention to details….
Then again maybe my memory has faded with age…
I had orders in September 1966 to go to
MST1 and thought it would be a good time to go back and see
what it is like now. So I took a trip in September 2016 back
Our group that was sent to MST1 landed in
a small cargo plane in the middle of the night, all I
thought about was the airbase in Danang was under attack,
because of all the flares in the mountains next to the base.
Surprise, I think that was normal precautions….
Danang airbase is now Danang International airport… In
pictures # 25 – 27 show the airport from the window of the
gate entrance to the plane.
You can see the old Quonset buildings that were used
for cover/hanger for the USAF fighter planes.
They are still being used for the Vietnamese Air
I always thought the mountains behind the
airbase was named Marble Mountain. My memory….
I guess I was wrong… I believe they have a different
name, like freedom hills, I think.…
picture # 24 is the real marble mountain…. Which is
located on the Penisula looking down on China Beach.
It is a big tourist place with caves and Buddha
The lower base, the boat piers, are in
pictures # 1 and 2.
I guess it is still a “spook base”, they had signs
outside saying NO CAMERAS, so I didn’t get out of my car for
Picture # 1 is the entrance and picture # 2 shows some
The road leading to the old US coast guard
base and the deep water freighter docks, is closed off now,
see picture # 18.
Going down the road to the first place I could enter
was a small loading dock.
My Vietnamese driver talked our way into the place.
Picture # 19 is of the deep water port.
Our lower base is hidden in the right side of the
picture…. Wish I
was on a boat for a better picture…..
Across from our lower base over a little
hill was a place we called “Spanish beach”, that we used for
That was where we did our water skiing along with
other things….This is now a resort.
See pictures # 14 – 17.
The whole road between upper to
lower bases is now pretty much government and
military controlled. See
picture #12 of the road.
I tried looking for the old cemetery that I
remembered seeing as we drove between our bases at the base
of Monkey mountain.
Couldn’t find it…
I guess it got sucked up into the new VN Navy bases..
I remember it seemed
it was always full of water….
The upper base appears to be in the same
pictures # 3 – 9.
I remember the catholic church outside of camp fay on
the road to the town I thought was Son Cha.
But it is really called Son Tra …
Also, if you continue on the road through
SonTra, it goes toward a view of China Beach.
Boy I sure didn’t know very much…..
Picture #10 is of the catholic church and picture #11
is of the road in front of camp fay going to Son Tra.
There was a Navy base next to our upper
base that I thought was called Camp Tien shaw, but could be
wrong of the name.
Picture # 13 is that base now.
This was the base that Roger Staubach was stationed
at. This base
handled the unloading of our Navy LST’s I believe.
To finalize my trip I had to see the War
Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum.
Pictures # 20 – 23.
I was the only person there.
Totally empty…. I guess there isn’t much interest……
i enjoyed my trip.
Now my interest of going back has been fulfilled…..