32nd Naval Construction Regiment,
Mobile
Construction Battalion 62

 

The Seabee help to construct many A-camps in the I CORPS and it was not uncommon to find a small detachment of them
 at various camps for airstrip upgrade or maintenance.

One of them, 3rd Petty Officer Dick Holmes has been contributing to the Ha Thanh and Gia Vuc website for many years
and the 2011 Tribute display is dedicated to himself and the men from
the 32nd Naval Construction Regiment,
Mobile
Construction Battalion 62.

 

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The 32nd Naval Construction regiment sign was made by Damon, a friend of mine and is a copy of the signed used at Dong Ha 1969-70

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My Dodge M37 utility truck was used as a back drop to the display

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In this photograph as well as in others, you will see the flag of North Carolina, this is the very one that Dick flew in Vietnam.

This was send to him by NC senator after Dick written to him asking for a flag, this was common in Vietnam for soldiers to have state flags on their hooch wall advertising where they came from.

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The mannequin is dress in a genuine 60's Utility uniform, complete with 60's cover.

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Small anecdote about the flag. Every one here thought that this was a Naval flag ie the NC stood for "Naval Construction" you can forgive the folks here in the UK as not many have seen a North Carolina flag!

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One of the two display panels. This one was inspire by the noticeboard they had on US  bases. This  is showing a copy of  of the SIXTY TWO SEABCON  newspaper that they produce.

On the left hand side is the winning photos of an imaginary regimental photo competition showing the Seabees at work

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This 2nd display board various information's on the Seabee and Dong Ha 9most of it in on MCB62 PAGE
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Small display case showing various bring backs from Dick's time in Vietnam

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Folder showing various letters that Dick wrote to his parents while in Vietnam, the letter from the NC senator regarding the flag, copy of his discharge paper as well as medals papers.

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My "Hooch", a 5 men officer tent, quite spacious on your own!
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The sign in the middle is for our collection box. We collect for St Dunstan's a charity supporting blind and visually impaired ex-service men and women. 

This display has been made possible thanks to support and bring back that Dick Holmes has send me.

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