1) This 1972 shot is NEARLY at the same perspective as
Perhaps a little to the North of his point. The shack
is still in
the open topped revetment. And an A-37 is there on the
2) In 1972, the 366th SPS was moved from the old
Marine area on the west
side of the runways, to a set of two story barracks
on the east side near
Bravo area in 1972 and that is where that photo
[If the barracks were near the theatre, they are
the original barracks for
the 6252nd APS, in late 1964, and
pre tent-city. Don Poss]
3) The entry control point ASP-1 at the off base
dump: ASP. SSgt Sullivan, A1C Martinez, and others.
4) The morning ride on the "Duce and a Half"
from ASP, the off base
bomb dump, back to the main base at Da Nang. The
after the truck are scrambling to get the C-Rats
that some of the guys
on the truck have tossed out as we drove through
"dogpatch;" which was
the name for the village of shacks on some of the
5) The paranoid one with the rifle is me.
6) One of our sandbag emplacements on top of an
concrete bunker located on the south end of the
7) A Security Police barracks which suffered a near
miss from a 122 during
the night. The rocket impacted near the bottom right
corner of the photo.
An SP inside was wounded by shrapnel that passed
through the armholebof the flak vest he had pulled over him.
8) Close up.
9) Another vehicle used in Vietnam by USAF Security
Police was the M-113A1
Armored Personnel Carrier, or "track."
These Quick Reaction Team (QRT)
M-113's were patrolling Da Nang Air Base in 1972.
10) SSgt McCarroll and I as the ASP SAT (Security
Alert Team). He replaced
SSgt Sullivan when Sully went to QRF leader. My
M-16 is sitting magazine
up. On Mac's you can see the muzzle of the XM-148
grenade launcher. The
strip of black tape was my way to mark a magazine
with tracer rounds versus
one that's all ball ammo. Security Police M-16 doctrine
was to fire aimed
three round bursts when in full auto. With a 1 in
3 tracer to ball ratio, that
meant each burst contained one tracer round.
11) Photo: Left, Sgt. Bill Liddell, and Right, SSgt
12) Sergeant Liddell (reclining) propping up his
helmet, which is propping
up his rucksack at the ASP entry control point after
pulling the bunker
line sentries in the pre-dawn hours. At Da Nang
machine gunners carried
the MG and a rifle rather than a sidearm. There
is a spare barrel attached
to the ruck, along with a couple hundred ready rounds. A
1500 round can
was left in the bunker so ammo was plentiful on