This is the start of a homepage for those who were with the 258th Signals Det. in Vung Tau.
If you were with the 258th, drop me a line and I will include you on this page.
Lets see if we can locate some old friends!
Lyman Duggan Canadian Marconi Company
Tech Rep in Support of ASN-64 Doppler Navigation System
I am now starting to put up info on my 99 revisit and will include my 2 week train trip across China to North Vietnam and a stay with the Mountain people of the Northern Highlands. Several enjoyable days in Hanoi with no Jane Fonda in site. I loved the city and the people and although i was anxious dragging my suitcase across the Red River Bridge I found nothing but friendly happy people everywhere. I met lots of turists in Hanoi but no Americans. There was serious flooding in Hue and the train was not running so I had to fly to HCM City and take the high speed ferry to Vung Tau where I found a fine hotel for 25/day and a good honda 100 for 14/day. More on this later.
Low tide on Front
This old Russian Hydro-foil (below) jets you from Saigon (HCM City)
to VungTau in 75 minutes for 10.00 USD
We had to stop twice and reverse to get the weeds and crap off the foils :-)
It is rather startling to make the trip so quickly.
My first time on the Mekong River. It is dirty and there is really nothing interesting to see until the approach to Vung Tau. I was surprised to see an oil drilling rig!
There are some very nice hotels there now and I paid only 25 per night for a nice modern room a block from Front Beach.
I rented a motorcycle for 16.00 a day
The ship that was aground at French Beach is gone now. I found someone who had heard that it was cut up for scrap about 15 years ago. Everyone else I spoke to about it were not even aware that it ever existed. No one is interested in talking about the war. I was a long time ago and a boring conversation for them.
I entered the country from the north via China and went into the mountains to see the mountain tribes, then off to Hanoi for a few days R&R! Can you imagine?
I enjoyed Hanoi and would like to return for an extended holiday.
Some old friends that I would like to hear from:
Canadian Marconi Company
Rheal Boulanger, CMC Tech Rep
Tony Deveau, CMC Tech Rep
Marshall Vincent CMC Tech Rep
Jim Dunlop CMC Tech Rep
Marshall Tate Test Equipment Repair Van
Paul Butler Dynalectron Tech Rep (Minneapolis?)
Mike Day US Army
Charlie Day US Army
Harry Weir HRB Singer?
I WAS A TO W/73rd IN 70-71-72, FLEW IR. ALSO WITH 73rd IN GDR 79-81,
SLAR SUCKS-EVEN WITH DRY SILVER! HERE'S THE PLANE THEY'RE USING NOW
SINCE THE OV-1S ARE GONE. IT HAS FLIR, DLIR, DIS, SAR, & FLUSH TOILETS!!
I WROTE THE LESSON PLANS & DID THE GROUND/AIR INSTRUCTION FOR THE FIRST
CLASS OF TOs & PILOTS. IT'S GREAT TO WALK TO THE CAN.
I GOT TO SPEND 3 DAYS AT VT BEFORE I WENT WITH THE ADVANCE "PARTY"
LONG THAN NORTH. GOD BLESS? THE AN/ASN-64!
TO/IR/70-71-72(ALL 73rd) Danny Wayne Mohon <email@example.com>
Hi, My name is Dan Wiese. I was with the 258th sig. det. from May of 68 to May of 69 . I was a buck sgt. Supposed to be an avionics tech. but was put in charge of shipping and receiving and motor vehicles. I knew Mike and Charlie Day. I think the Paul guy you want was a black guy with dynalectron last name Butler. One nice guy he was. I am in Spokane Washington . firstname.lastname@example.org I can give you a bunch more names if you want them. Dan
My name is Bill. I was in Vung Tau 1965-1966. I was the site NCO for
the Stratcom site that was built on the hill there. We had a Det of
personnel from a Sig Company just outside Vung Tau. They had a long
site in the same compound as we were building our site. I left Vung Tau
in Nov 1966 and at that time the Stratcom site was not finished.I never
got to see the site in full operation.It was a very big setup.We built
hugh Tropo scatter Antenna"s and a lot of Microwave systems. Was
if while you were there if you ever got up to our site? Well i enjoyed
looking at your pictures.I think the first one is a picture
of the Hill i am talking about.But without seeing those big dishes can not be sure. But very glad that you have started this site.If you hear from anyone else that was in Vung Tau i would be happy to hear from them By the way i am now living in France.
Looking forward from hearing from you. email@example.com.
i remember clearly still, Vung Tau is a place where love to visit the
Buddah Pagoda where he's laid to sleep. im glad we are family. hope you get to visit
vn again soon. love kim josephine le
These are the names of the guys I did time with in Viet Nam at the
-Calvin Jacob Newcomer III
-Maj. Walton H. Osborn
-Spec 4 Gates
-Jack O. Honeycutt
-Bill Maher (Dynalectron)
-1st. Sgt. Nickerson
-Lt Jeffery Casper
There were some more but I will have to think on them for a time. Mike Day and Charlie Day you already have. Dan Wiese
A Taiwanese-owned tanker has collided with a Vietnamese tanker while anchoring off Vietnam's south coast causing a spill of several thousand tonnes of diesel oil. The Liberian registered, Formosa One struck the Vietnamese tanker, Petrolimex 01 on Friday morning as she lay anchored 3 km offshore. A serious spill occurred although no injuries were reported. Petrolimex 01 is owned by Vietnam’s National Import-Export Corp. The Formosa One, owned by Taiwan's Formosa Plastics, is registered in Liberia and manned by Chinese crew. The accident occurred in a bay off Vung Tau, about 120 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnamese tanker, en route from Singapore, had been docked for one hour before the accident occurred, reports said. The Formosa One was carrying 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil and Petrolimex 01 had 19,000 tonnes of diesel oil onboard at the time of the collision. The spill has affected Vung Tau beach and coastal shrimp farms, reports said. Specialists are working to contain the spill.
Hi, I was running a google search for an old high school buddy and ran across your site tor the 258th. There was a T.J.Wiese looking for people from that unit, wonder if he ever located Cal Newcomer. If anyone hears from Cal, give him this email address and this phone #, please. 916 441 7116. Dan Weise apparently let his email at aol dry up, unable to contact. Thanks, Gene Bird Sacramento, Calif.
My friend is trying to locate her vietnamese family from Vung Tau. She was taken from there when she was four years old from American soldiers because she was1/2 American 1/2 vietnamese. She was adopted in America, but has never known anything about her real family. She is still considered a political refugee. She was brought to the U.S.A. in 1974/75. If you could help us with some sort of contact information to help her find her real family, she and I would be truly greatful. Thank you. Aimee Richard
Hello Mr. Duggan,
My name is Monty Spears and I am trying to find unit history on the 255th Signal Detachment. I am wondering if you heard of them or can cross reference me to someone that can help me. Thank you Monty Spears
My name is Sisto Sandoval. I just read your page on Vung Tau, Viet Nam and I read a person by the name of Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org who assisted in building the micro-dishes and antenna's at what we call VC Hill, in Vung Tau, Vietnam,in 1966. I was in Viet Nam with Long Lines Battalion South and assigned to VC Hill (Vung Tau, Vietnam) from May 1968 to May 1969. Also during Tet. I remember those huge communication dishes and antennas. I should have pictures of them and the road that led up to the hill. I was with Quarter Masters at that time and dealt with the Navy at the bottom of the hill. I still recall the oil-rotten fish smell just before one went up the hill. The beautiful Beaches at the bottom of the hill and the in-country R&R places. I remember a rocket hit one of the communication dishes and made quite a hole in it. I was also on temporary duty with Long Lines Battalion North Signal Division Central Viet Nam and worked close to Qui Hnon supply base. I was also in Pleiku and have photos of that area also. My main Headquarters was Long Lines Battalion South Vung Tau, Viet Nam. Thanks for
the memories of a bunch of good guys.
<<Hi Sisto, I remember the dishes, and in 99 i went back up
hill and visited the light house there. It was off limits in 68-69. I
that microwave site was managed by PAGE and used to know a few of the
as some were from Canada.. We are into troposcatter in the far north
Your Vung Tau homepage and message board are neat, especially the
I'm was not in the 258th, but I was in the 36th. The 36th was the
US Army hospital in V.T., down by the airfield. I was an Army
there from Feb to Aug, 1967. I was then transferred to Long Binh to the
93rd Evac Hospital. Long Binh was about 20 miles north of Saigon and
been carved out of the jungle for the USARV headquarters and many other
units, such as a U.S. Army stockade and others, such as the 24th Evac
a mile or so from the 93rd. It was there where I met the man I
and we "thumbed" rides on choppers to and from Vung Tau until the Tet
an end to that sort of stuff. We usually ate at Cyrno's (correct
across from Front Beach and behind the grenade fence. The
had learned his trade in France and the food was super. Alas, going up
the hill to that communciations installation was verboten
for us, but we were always curious about it, so it's interesting to read the various comments about it that you've collected. Were you aware that Madame Nu's (?spelling. My memory, ala, fails me on this one) mansion was between it and downtown, on the hillside and quite visible from the road that ran along the harbor from French Beach to downtown. Somewhere, we have a picture of it, probably a slide. Please don't post my e-mail address, but I thought you might find the
above of some interest.
I was stationed in Vung Tau from March 1966 to Jan 1967. I went
with the 335th Sig Det from Fort Lewis WA. Once we landed in Vung Tau
up with the 258th. The best part of the story is that my brother (Ross Allen) was in the group that took the 258th from Sacramento Army Depot to Korat Thailand. They left Sacramento In 1962 I think in the fall. They then flew to Viet Nam as a unit and drove down to Vung Tau. He then left Viet Nam and went to Fort Gordon. When I got to Vung Tau the unit was still working out of trucks but soon a building was built, not far from the Post Office, where we supported all the air craft. I was a radar repairman that support the weather radar. I would like to hear from the guys that were there while I was there. thanks for you effort.
Dear Lyman, I served in the U.S Army with the 330th Trans Co.
(CHECKMATE) from 1967 to1969. At that time I was an Airframe Repairman.
I worked with Charles Clayton, who was a civilian contractor for
(I think that is a an in-correct spelling) We repaired Huey tail booms,
and worked on a
mini-gun mount for the Hueys. I left the Army after returning home to Kansas City, Mo. Oct 1969, bu re-joined the Service in 1975 and became a Huey Pilot and Maintenance Test Pilot. I retired from Active Duty July1 1993. I am looking for anyone who served with me during that time frame. I found your Web site Very interesting and it brought back memories. Thanks Joseph W Barlow J