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80th Transportation Company

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Information courtesy of STEVEN W. SHEA, MAJ, TC Commander 80th Transportation Detachment (Port MCT) 436th Transportation Battalion (MC)


One of the few times the entire 80th trans got together. Including our mascots. circa 67-68 post tet.
Image courtesy of CWO2 Lowell L. Eneix

Personel of the 80th Trans.
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When the best crew chief I had asked to be a gunship crew chief. I had no choice I had to let him go. We stayed good friends. While loading rockets at Soc Trang the 2nd or 3rd day of tet he was shot in the head by a sniper. Went to the hosp. The bullet glanced of his skull. Wrapped a bandage around it, and a couple hours later he was back loading rockets. The snipers where able put the bullets into the center of our base but getting hit with one was like getting hit with a rock thrown in a rock fight. His name is Lebouffe. Would like to find him. So we could talk about some of the shit we did. Like gassing the Tigers den. I think that day was one of those happy sad days. We had a great lunch to celebrate his going to guns. I'm the fat guy on the left.
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One of the good things about flying the Wrecker was I got to join the Corpus Christy for lunch bunch. The CC was a repair shop on water just outside Vung Tau. Had the best chow in Nam. Run by the Merchant Marines. Dropped in about once a week to exchange parts they had fixed for us. They could if they wanted to. Build a complete Huey. Things they fixed lasted longer than the original part. TINS. The Corpus Christy Bay was a maintenance shop on water. She had every kind of shop you can imagine. could repair any part of any helicopter in nam. Army, Air force, Navy, Marine personnel in the various shops. The crew that ran the ship was Merchant Marines. Had the best food in nam. The enlisted men's mess had clothe table covers and linen napkins. When you went into eat the table was already set like at a banquet. So you can imagine the ocifers mess. Even had a matradee with the towel over his arm and everything. They ate like that every meal. The lowest paid man on the ship was the enlisted men's dishwasher and he was making more money than me! a lot more.
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Straight from the Wrecker to the gun ship. All in a days work
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The other side same day. Usually did this once or twice a week.
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Just stuff it in there someplace, I'll worry about getting her off the ground later. The Wrecker being loaded at Vihn Long. Just before 68 tet.
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Maj Miller left seat filling out the book. The reason for the different nose cone. We kept trying to find one we liked. Didn't like this one either.
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The Wrecker could haul anything. Delivering rotor blades at Soc Trang 67-68. Brought them in from Vihn Long Soc Trang.
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The entire company had a maintenance down day. We all spent the day fixing anything we could on our own birds. Then we got her all shined up for the war. The next day. She didn't stay this pretty for long. 80th trans. Crew chief sp Leboueffe(sp?)
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A pic of the hanger area and another nose candy of the Georgia Peach. The only one I got of her. Sorry don't know the names for the men.
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I think this was taken during the 24 hour down day. Note the 3/4 ton made into a line truck. HERE COMES HELP. post 68 tet Soc Trang.121st
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Inside 80th Trans. hanger. Soc Trang post 68 tet
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Hooch maids doing laundry and taking notes. At the edge of the Maintenance ramp where they could get a good look at how many birds we had down. Oh well that was 34 years ago.
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Spec Labouffe with me on a parts run. Best damn Crew Chief in the whole damn Army. Used to shake him up when I pretended like I was asleep. 67-68 era Whenever we had a mission to go after parts I usually took Labouffe only. I could carry more weight that way.
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Load up! Hurry! The beers waiting! At Cau Mau at the end of the day. 67-68 era
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Can't hear you, got banana's in my ears. Maj. Miller-Wrecker 6. Loading up at Cau Mau 67-68 era.
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Maj Miller had his moments too.
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Duffy the 80th trans mascot. 67-68 era
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These photos are of members of the 80th Transportation Detachment. The 80th provided hangar maintenance and other support personnel for the 121st. These photos were taken at a unit picnic in December of 1966. AT this time, we were still operating in an almost peacetime mode, i.e. we had either Saturday afternoon or all day Sunday off, if I recall correctly. A big if, after 34 years! The people (my apologies for any misspelled names) are, top row, left to right: John Anderson, Pittsburg, Pensylvania; Richard Monreal, Southern California; Lynn Epinette, Louisiana; Bobby LeBouef, Houston, Texas; bottom row, left to right: ? Beck, New Orleans, Louisiana; ? Landry and Ron Smejkel, Detroit, Michigan; Rick Phannensill, Chicago, Illinois; and ? DeBoard, Memphis, Tennessee.
Image courtesy of Donald Jackson


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