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Re: 69th Engr Bn and the 1968 Tet Offensive (Part One)

From: Alan Welch (hardplay7@yahoo.com)
Date: 12 Oct 2003
Time: 14:54:55
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Dear Joe and everyone all the Vets that view this interesting web site; . . . Two of us green-horns arrived at the Dong Tam blacked-out airport on the night Tet started...We didn't even know which way to crawl to find our Company. Common sense finally told us to head in the direction of the big cannons. Fortunately, our guess was correct and we went the right way. While the buck sargent showed me around the company area, I watched the bunker right outside our hooch blow up. What an introduction to VietNam this was! I was transferred to the roving Company 'C', 69th Combat Engr.Bn in Dong Tam which was relocated three weeks later to build up Vinh Long. We heard about the VC over running the Can Tho airport where our headquarters was located. They also over ran part of our Dong Tam base before we went to Vinh Long. Over a period of nine months we built the West half of the Vinh Long base with a hammer in one hand and an M-16 rifle in the other. I'd sure like to meet a few of the guys from Company 'C' that were there during 1968. If any of you have suggestions to locate Army buddys online, please let me know. Thanks! Alan Welch

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