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by John H Watson
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Who you are, why you are here, and what you are up to now
Topic: John H Watson Repro Platoon August 1965 - August 1966
Replies: 2
Views: 5017

Re: John H Watson Repro Platoon August 1965 - August 1966

The picture of us above in front of the 569th Headquarters popped up during a slide show at our 50th wedding anniversary
and some one said "That guy sure looks like trouble" :mrgreen:
Little did they know. 8)

It also shows that "We were soldiers once and young."

JHW
by John H Watson
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

Hello again fans and members of the 569th. I was recently going through a suitcase of old letters in preparation for my 50th wedding anniversary (August 15th) when I found a letter from Fred Kee dated March 11, 1967.( I became a civilian again on March 8, 1967) In it he said: "Congratulations on mak...
by John H Watson
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

I woke up this morning with a song in my head. Not really a song, it was a poem we made up about a friend of ours in our platoon named John Silva. John was a really nice guy, kind of a laid back California surfer dude. I think there's a picture of him in the preceding story. Why we wrote it and why ...
by John H Watson
Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:00 am
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

I got an e-mail thru the site today and the person advised me that then Cpl. Heinz Lunz was their uncle and said, "That was my uncle Heinz in the photo,oh did that bring back memories that cig dangling from his mouth, he died from cancer at Fort Bragg NC" Sorry to hear that, Heinz was a cool guy and...
by John H Watson
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

Glad to see that the Forum is back in operation. I have been unable to get on since 6/12/13. A guy from the 54th Signal Battalion contacted me thru E-mail on this site and advised me that the site was up. He also reminded me that the 54th had KP duty throughout the tropical voyage of the USS JC Bre...
by John H Watson
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

I came across some more photos and these are in black and white which is interesting because they were early in the building of our camp. (I always dreamed about RVN in black & white) We spent a lot of time digging dry wells for the mess tent area. It was difficult digging dry wells because the wate...
by John H Watson
Mon May 07, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

I have been wanting to get back to the story however as soon as I started scanning slides my wife wanted to see some of the family slides and therein lies the delay. Continuing onward these are two photos from the Repro Operations HQ. One when it was still a tent with Sgt Hensley (who we thought wa...
by John H Watson
Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

Time for a little more history....... We had two entrances on the road in front of the camp and neither was very secure. This is the entrance to our operations center and as you can see that fierce sign and that pitiful string of barbed wire kept out anybody who was not wanted...... :) (The sandbag...
by John H Watson
Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

Time for a couple more pictures from the early days to tell some more of the story. (Pictures are after all, worth a Thousand words.) 8) (You gotta love those Kodachromeâ„¢ colors) Russell in front of the Repro tent. Notice the start of a floor deck for a tent on the right. Also notice that there is ...
by John H Watson
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Who you are, why you are here, and what you are up to now
Topic: John H Watson Repro Platoon August 1965 - August 1966
Replies: 2
Views: 5017

Re: John H Watson Repro Platoon August 1965 - August 1966

I thought I should post this as an explanation. The history I am putting here is as I remember it. If someone else remembers it different then they should tell their story. When I started doing this it made me dig out the boxes of slides from that time period and look through hundreds of them, scan...
by John H Watson
Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

We did so much construction (mostly that's what we did) That we finally changed our name to "Repro Construction Platoon" and closed our tent to inspections "Due to remodeling" :D I'm not sure that the signs did their intended job. 8) http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o247/A-6Ranger/RVN%201965%2019...
by John H Watson
Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

And the beat goes on.......The story continues....... Here's our Repro HQ Operations tent down by the motor pool as it slowly morphed from a GP tent into the Repro HQ operations building...... (Yes, that guy that looks like movie star is your humble reporter 8) First the tent with a small porch add...
by John H Watson
Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:10 am
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

Back to the arrival story....... When we got to the camp, there wasn't much there and earth movers were engaged in cut and fill and trying to build up and level the ground as shown here.....They even worked at night with lights..... http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o247/A-6Ranger/PICT0014.jpg As ...
by John H Watson
Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

Somewhere reading around this site someone mentioned CWO Brogan and I was his driver for a while. Except as you can see he really was my driver. Whenever we had business in Cam Ranh Bay he'd tell me to check out a vehicle and then insist on driving while I rode shotgun. Here we are at the end of the...
by John H Watson
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: The Company Areas
Topic: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Repro Platoon ~ 1965-1966 The Beginning.......

Tent blow down during the monsoon......Notice how vacant the area behind us is.... http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o247/A-6Ranger/RVN%201965%201966/PICT0049.jpg December 1965 we finally got wood for a floor. We had sand, the ammo crates and at some point we had a partial PSP steel floor that we s...