The Journey to Davis Station and the 7th RRU


Basic at Ft. Ord - Monterey, CA

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HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY SECURITY AGENCY
TRAINING CENTER & SCHOOL
Fort Devens, Massachusetts 01433 SPECIAL ORDERS
NUMBER 207
7 OCTOBER 1965
EXTRACT

Fol indiv to pursue Cl#2-98D20-66, starting 11 Oct 65

HARRIS, HENRY A
DEASY, CORNELIUS V
CRAWFORD, EDWARD T JR
WHITE, RICHARD D
CHAMPAGNE, JOSEPH D R
WILLIAMS, BRADFORD B
SWANN, ROBERT A
SAUNDERS, THOMAS L
MURPHY, PAUL J
HORN, JOHN M
MOORE, GARY A
PANUCO, PHILLIP B
LYNCH, MICHAEL L
MEYER, BARRY L
MANELSKI, LEONARD B
BANUELOS, FLORENTINO II (Chui)
McCLURE, WILLIAM L.
KUBALA, JAMES J
DUNN, JAMES E
AKINS, RODERICK D
RHEAM, RICHARD M
KONDOS, CHRIST G

Graduation from Analyst School
Look for familiar faces at our party


Four Analysts to Go
(Left to right, standing first) Len Manelski, Brad Williams, Jim Kubala, Tino Banuelos
Next stop Davis Station, Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Saigon, Vietnam - 1966


"Ski" Manelski, "Willie Oi" Williams, "Chui" Banuelos
7th RRU, Davis Station - (No photo available for Jim Kubala who was assigned to the Big Red One)

My 1st tour began at Camp Alpha at TSN in Feb 66 and from there to the 7th RRU at Davis Station. I arrived about two weeks after Len Manelski, Brad Williams and James Kubala. I was sick and could not depart Ft. Devens as scheduled, Jim Kubala ended up going to the Big Red One in my place. His name was second on the orders. (I bet he still hasn't forgiven me) We were all 05G30 COMSEC analysts. By late 1966 I was assigned to the 2nd, Platoon, Pleiku, "Lenny" Manelski was with the 3rd Platoon, Bien Hoa AB and Brad "Willie Oi" Williams was with the 4th Platoon, Can Tho. (Previously, we had been sent tdy from Davis Station to various locations in-country).
After being assigned to Pleiku, chopping down the grass, putting up the tents, building the shower, going TDY in II Corps, and raising chickens to feed to the Snake; my time was up and I left for the land of the big PX in Feb. of 67.

After 30 days leave; I spent about 45 days with the 301st Battalion at Ft. Bragg but didn't want to go to Airborne school or pick up cigarette butts and paint trucks, so I transferred back to VN. My Second tour began back at Davis Station but I was soon assigned to the 1st Platoon, Danang. Although I had wanted to return to Pleiku, I finished my enlistment with the 1st Platoon. My 2nd tour ended and after 30 days leave Stateside, I returned to Vietnam for 7 months and an early out in January 1969.
During my 31 months in-country, I was present for the festivities at Tet'68, an NVA artillery bombardment at Dong Ha and other lively events. Total time in the Army, 3 years, seven months and 18 days.


Memorable Events at Davis Station - 1966 - Mortar attack

The photo below was taken on April 14, 1966, at Davis Station, Tan Son Nhut Airbase. The city of Saigon had been off-limits for two weeks. When the order was lifted, every G.I. and Airman who could crawl was downtown on Tu Do Street. Suddenly, 15 minutes after curfew that night, over 200 incoming mortar rounds hit the "secure" airbase.

The 3rd RRU had one KIA that night. SSG Donald D. Daugherty

Read the eyewitness accounts of others who were there


The smoke billowed from burning fuel tanks on the flightline for two weeks.

Another Memorable Event at Davis Station - 1966 - Skyraider crash

The second incident that took place at Tan Son Nhut Airbase was the crash of the Skyraider just down the road from Davis Station in October 1966.

Read the eyewitness accounts of those who were there


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