Other Memories of Dau Tieng by Tony Adams
Other memories of Dau Tieng by Tony Adams Bravo 2/12 Feb68-Feb69
As I recall there were no bunkers close by except the birm line surrounding the base camp. There was a command bunker but it was only open to communication and staff officers. Some of the huts were more permanent in nature and all were being rebuilt with wood rather than tents. Here is a picture of William Tealer RTO on left and I can’t remember the name of the SGT on right. It shows the sand bags, which were built about 4 feet high around the tent. As an aside, Tealer was the RTO for the3 man point element consisting of David Rosenberger and Larry Osborne on 4 Apr 1968 and the only one of the three to survive the initial contact of that point element for Bravo Company. My memory tells me that he was from New York but I have never been able to make contact of find any record of him.
This picture shows the structures before the sand bags were placed.
This was taken as we were about to leave for the airfield or be picked up by truck to go outside the wire. I’m on the left and I can’t remember the name of the guy on the right. We did quite a bit of daily work from Dau Tieng sometime during March and April. As I recall there was always a company or two back at base camp as ready reaction force and it was done on a rotating basis.
I remember the Pool well as it was a welcome relief from the heat when we were back in base camp. This picture shows some of the pool area. As Arnold said in his story it was a raised structure left over from the French Colonization era.
Another poor slide copy shows the Hamburgers. This is Virgil ??.
The showers were makeshift walls with structures with water tanks above and gravity feed
Finally, during a stand down in May they held a memorial service for Rosenberger and Osborne who were killed in the 4 Apr 1968 battle. At the time I did not know the names of the others KIA that day and I don’t remember if this service was for just Ozzy and Rosie or others as well. In any
No story of Dau Tieng would be complete without the sign showing the Bravo Area. I have this picture in my collection but can’t explain why it is dated Jan 68 when
Another picture of the Bravo sign in color but poor focus shows a close up of Company Commander and 1st SGT names. Arnold already has this picture in the collection and story blog. I took this with a Pentax Spotmatic 35MM camera using color slides. The slide quality was good but the scan became a bit blurry.
All in all it is good to remember some of these times and reflect that not every experience was bad. Many good times were had in spite of the often-terrifying times. It was a great group of guys who will always remain in my memory. I Have since identified back row 5th from left as Rich Shafer. Still can’t remember front row right name.
Wicked bad times Soui Dau, Soui Tre, Fire Base Gold.
Best to all that made it home.
I was in 1st platoon. I have pictures with names of some of our guys, which included Charles Wickliffe from Louisville, KY, and Charles Hoard from Memphis, TN, and Acie Gray from Selmer, TN. I am from Knoxville, TN. I remember the Tet Offensive being a real heart-breaking time for our company and battalion. Lots of KIA's.
Glad to see you made it. Welcome home. I hope you will e-mail me. Who would have ever thought back then that we would have computers and cell phones and all this other stuff with which to communicate?
Take care of yourself.
NCOic Special services.
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