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That looks like the barracks I lived in for 8 weeks. I did basic at Fort Lewis through the MTAC in '91.

I was there with the 27th surgical hosp. In 69 till August and help set up the wards.I heard that some of kind of sank when the monsoons came. Being built on a filled in river bed.I wondered if that was true.

Lightning didn't do this.There are over 100 acres of the dead thees on top of the mountain.If ever, you need to go there to see the damage.

I remember the Osborne store very well. When I was in my early teen's,My father and I would go fishing in the Clench river.We would stop at the Osborne store and get some food to eat later in the day.I remember eating those homemade oatmeal cookies best of all.

when I worked there, i would sit on a truck right by that cross over taxiway behind this C-47 for many hours every other day on "hotspot" which was a crash truck with a crew on it. that 47 probably was not a Puff.....more likely the Marine Corp Commanders plane of the base that parked on the ramp. hey, thanx for the memories!

Typhoon Hester hit Chu Lai in late October 1971 with winds of about 140 mph. Blew down many of the large buildings including our mess hall, our crapper, and several of the old hangars the Marines built at what they called Ky Ha, the pad at the northern end of Chu Lai, between the Div. HQ and Rosemary Point. The typhoon also knocked out power for a couple of days so all we had on the perimeter at night was flares and constantly circling choppers with searh lights. The eye of the storm passed right over us. dead calm after the wind had been blowing in one direction, and 15 minutes or so later, the wind came in the opposite direction.

Our hooch held up pretty well until the wind changed direction. We had been protected by the string of hooches to our south, but when the wind changed all hell broke loose. The whole hooch was being lifted up by the wind and the stilts on the back (maybe three feet high) filded under when it came down. The impact snapped the commo wire holding the row of sandbage on our roof. The sandbags slid off and we lost a couple of sheets of tin off the roof. Fortunately no one was hurt and when the wind died down we put some new tin on and jacked up the back of the hooch again and we were back in business. A lot better than the mess hall which blew away completely, or the hangars whose steel frames got all twisted. The place was a real disaster area.

I was getting real short at the time and considered myself lucky to still be able to get out of there on time a few days after the storm. I believe the Americal moved up to Da Nang shortly thereafter. I saw many beautiful sunrses like this in my year at Chu Lai. Most of the guard duty I pullrd was right along the beach looking out at the fishing boats coming back in the winter.

Right where I was at.

Time to stick toilet paper up your nose for the next day or so. That's how I remember it. :<) bill

vnvetlester - I was with the 14th Combat Aviation Battalion as a Pathfinder from June 70 to 71. I was involved in re-opening Kham duc and a month or so later closing it. I also performed A/C recovery operations. Ever see a CH-47 carrying a slick under it? During that period of time that would've been moo-ah. I have a feeling we know each other from waaaayyyy back. Bill wlundy1@comcast.net

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