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Long Bình Post and the Vietnam War

During the Vietnam War, Long Binh Post was the U.S. Army’s largest base located in the former South Vietnam. It was situated between Bien Hoa, the location of a large American airbase, and Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. The Geography and Map Division holds a map from the war that was printed and created by the 66th Engineer Company (known as the “Topo Corps”). The likely purpose of the map was to serve as a guide for personnel and others who lived or worked on the base.

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army used the base as a logistics and command center. It had the unofficial name “Long Binh Junction.” Its initials, LBJ, were the same as then-President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the chief American proponent of the war against the communist insurgency. In 1968, the base fell under attack during the Tet Offensive, and the Viet Cong assault force was repelled by American troops.

The base was a kind of island for U.S. troops “in country,” a phrase used to describe a soldier who was on a tour of duty in South Vietnam. A virtual city of some 60,000 people at its height, Long Binh Post had dental clinics, large restaurants, snack bars, a photo lab, a wood shop, post offices, swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, a golf driving range, laundromats, and even a Chase Manhattan Bank branch. It had a nightlife scene, as well. Among the offerings were a bowling alley, nightclubs, and other so-called adult entertainment establishments. Several of these places are listed on the map’s index titled “Guide to Important Buildings and Features,” which provides a building number and grid location.

Long Bình Post : [Vietnam]. [1972?] G8024.L6 1972 .L6. Library of Congress, Geography & Map Division.

The reverse side of the map depicts Long Binh Post in relation to Saigon. Early in the war, many American units were dispersed throughout Saigon. However, the American command relocated them to Long Binh Post in order to centralize security, logistics, and communications.

Long Bình Post : [Vietnam]. [1972?] G8024.L6 1972 .L6. Library of Congress, Geography & Map Division.

The base and its facilities were handed over to the South Vietnamese military in 1972, as part of the de-escalation of American forces from the war. Currently, the area is used as an industrial park and shopping center known as Long Binh Ward.

141 Comments

  1. Leslie Wagner
    August 2, 2017 at 10:40 am

    My father was a Lt. Col. when he was stationed at Long Binh, 1966-1967. He retired from the U.S. Army back in 1970, went back to college, and started a new and successful career. He died this past January. I have old reel-to-reel audiotapes that my parents recorded and mailed back and forth to each other while he was stationed at Long Binh. I haven’t attempted to listen to them yet.

  2. Leslie Wagner
    August 2, 2017 at 11:23 am

    For that time period, I would have to say that Long Binh was modeled after most large military bases, containing recreational opportunities to distract you from the fact that you were counting the days until you could return home. Unlike the military bases in Germany, for example, there was no family housing at Long Binh because Vietnam was a war zone. My husband was stationed at Binh Thuy, a much smaller base that lacked most of the niceties of Long Binh. At Binh Thuy, my husband witnessed the prevalence of heavy drug abuse among the enlisted ranks and was relieved to return stateside in 1972 after 7 months in country. The Vietcong hit the base ammo dump with mortar rounds, resulting in the destruction and abandonment of the base.

  3. Ryan Moore
    August 11, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Dear Leslie Wagner,

    Your comments are appreciated. I would like to share with you information about the Library’s Veterans History Project that collects stories about veterans.

    The website is //www.loc.gov/vets/

    Their email is [email protected]

    Sincerely,

    Ryan Moore
    Cartographic Specialist
    Geography and Map Division
    Library of Congress

  4. Frederick Danial Oliver
    September 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    My brother was stationed here but would never talk about it. Drafted at 27 finishing up his degree at our university, full time job.

  5. Curt Locke
    September 22, 2017 at 3:48 am

    My father was LT. Gordon L. Locke on base. He was an MP officer If any of his buddies remember him I would love to hear from you.

  6. Jim Haskins
    October 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I was at Long Bing for most of ’67. Never heard the base called LBJ, but the stockade was called LBJ as in “Long Bing Jail”.

  7. Ryan Moore
    November 2, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Dear Jim Haskins,

    The jail was indeed referred to as LBJ. However, different sources, include memoirs by veterans, refer to the base as LBJ or Long Binh Junction. If you are curious about those writings by veterans, please contact me and I can share some of titles with you.

    Sincerely,

    Ryan Moore
    Cartographic Specialist
    Geography and Map Division
    Library of Congress

  8. Ngo – Gao
    November 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Did anyone in here whose were in LongBinh, BienHoa around 1970 to 1071 or know someone who was there . PLease post . Thanks

  9. Bob Dunn
    November 11, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I served at Long Binh in 67 and 68. I was in the U.S.Army, 212th MP Co. I was a Sentry dog handler and psyroled the ammunition dump at night. I have photos of the base and dump.

  10. John Wyatt
    December 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I was in long bin in 70 and 71 with 66 engineers. I worked in the map depot. Never saw a bowling alley, wood shop or any of the other things mentioned. There were some clubs to.drink though.
    Never heard post called LBJ. only heard long binh jail. Went lots of other places in country too. Now disabled due to agent orange. Want to say to all that served there, THANKS MEN and WELCOME HOME!!

  11. B johnson
    January 2, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I was a 1Lt stationed at Long Binh 1970-71 at a facility called Inventory Control Center-Vietnam. On the map it was in the lower area about 500 yards east of the Generals Compound. The building next door was the headquarters for the 1st Signal brigade
    I don’t ever recall anyone stationed a Long Binh calling it “LBJ” — that was reserved for the infamous jail. It’s possible that one stationed elsewhere did nickname the base LBJ. There was, however, a civilian contractors billeting area located in the area about the center of the map that was referred to as RMK-LBJ (RMK being the initials of that major contractor)
    I wish the map were larger so that I could locate several of the base facilities on it

  12. L Hafferty
    January 4, 2018 at 4:47 am

    April 1967 to November 1968 Mail address 19 months
    1st Signal Brigade
    44th Signal Battalion
    580th Company (Telephone Company)
    Long Binh Vietnam 96307
    Work as telephone lineman

  13. Richard Becker
    January 6, 2018 at 5:49 am

    How could I get a digital copy of the map? I cannot enlarge the map as it is displayed here so that I can read it.

  14. Rodney Bissey
    January 6, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I was in the Army signal corp at Long Binh Post Jan. 67 thru Jan 68 soon after tet. Anyone out there who remembers the detained VC lineup outside the main gate by the barber shop the morning after tet? Remember when the VC blew up the ammo bunker? Not sure which company and battalion I belonged to while there, can anyone help?

    Rod
    From Quakertown, PA (30 mi north of Philly)

  15. Bob Koehler
    January 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I was a JAG officer stationed part of the time in 1970 at Long Binh – I had many a “client” housed at the LBJ – a place you did not want to spend any time at – or in it!! LBJ was the major jail facility in Vietnam for military prisoners convicted or waiting for trial.

  16. Al mazzarelli
    January 31, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I was on the North perimeter of 208 facing the cemetery to the left and a village to the right. We were in a fire fight all night. I was on top of a 20ft conax with sand bags for cover as I was being used as a sniper at that time 1968 Jan, I was picking off cong comming out of the tunnels being used in the cemetery.  The head stones were 4 to 5 ft high. I thought I was going to be over run . I was left with no radio but I stocked up on ammo . 7.62 parachute flare s the day before we were told that the enemy was comming in from the east so they took most of artillery and heavy wepons to the east of fire base long benh.  I was the only one there atop of conax.  It was getting so bad I had to start shooting flares directly into cemetery.  I thank God I did, as I caught the attention of an apache and when they saw what was going on they called another apache and 2 smokies, they are 1 man choppers with 2 30 Caleb gatlin guns and 6 rocketes on each side they were 25 yrs in front of me. 2 smokies, would fly low with there lights on and draw the enemy fire, at that sec they would use their jet to shot up with out lights and 2 apaches, would come in and rocket and use their 4 gatlins at the same time. I was only 19yrs old scared and excited and full of adrinilyn at the same time as this went on till the sun came up , the enemy had gone Back into tunnel and then I was blown of of my post. It must have shot me another 12 to 15ft in the air, my ears were ringing I was disoriented and hit the ground all in slow motion, I kept saying to myself when am I gona hit the ground. I hit the ground and still had my m14 auto in my hands. I looked up and saw nothing but 16″ shells sticking have way out of the grond in from of me. Then I looked at the gate to the road it was still chained and saw people running at me. I raised my wepon and was going to start shooting, but something was out of place as they got really close I saw no weapons and then there were woman men and children , I that split sec I said there running away from the cong and looking to take refuge by my gate. I was able to talk with a few with my broken veitmanse and discovered that they were hiding in the village and was all sitting in circles when the 16 inch shells landed all around them. This was one night of many during and after TET Offensive.

  17. Ron Kidder
    February 4, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Bob Dunn
    November 11, 2017 at 8:48 am
    I served at Long Binh in 67 and 68. I was in the U.S.Army, 212th MP Co. I was a Sentry dog handler and psyroled the ammunition dump at night. I have photos of the base and dump.xxxxxxxxxxxxx Dear Mr. Dunn, I would love to see your photos. I got to Long Binh October 67 with the 1st Platoon, C-Company, 720th M.P. Battalion. Our company area was directly across the road from the main gate of The LBJ. One of our many jobs was to set up ambush points outside the wire of the Ammo Dump. Have you checked out the web site: 720th Military Police Reunion Association ? There is a page dedicated to and about The 212th. It has photos of the scout dogs and Handlers.

  18. Carl Easley
    February 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I was with the 261st Transportation Co. in 1968,arrived just before Tet and my 2 years “ETS” was up in late Sept.68. I drove a 5 ton and hauled mostly ammo all over Vietnam. I had my 21st B.D. there.

  19. Dee Evans
    March 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    My brother was Spc/4 Russell Holland, MP 212th Sentry dog and Scout dog handler.
    His dog was named Arko. Looking for any info, photos etc. sadly he passed away in 2013. He served ’67-70.

  20. Carl Glenn Selby
    March 11, 2018 at 12:13 am

    My MOS WAS 72B20 Comm Center.
    TET 1968 January 31st.
    We couldn’t keep up with msgs
    EVERYTHING was Flash so that
    Became Immediate then routine.
    Lost most Long Lines 1st Sig Bn.
    Most of us went to bunkers at
    “The wire” near Main Gate.
    About 3AM got pretty wild.
    RPGs Mortors ALso grenades.

  21. Ken Edney
    March 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I served in Long Binh from Mar ’67 to Mar ’68 with 3rd Ord Bn, 60th Ord Co in the ammo dump. I never heard it referred to as Long Binh Post or LBJ. LBJ was the jail. In my time we had no swimming pool, bowling alley, or any of the other creature comfort things listed above. It was pretty wild around there. I lived in a tent my first three months. Never had a hot shower or running water, we pissed in a tube sticking out of the ground and had two hole outhouses. Even potable water was from a lister bag hanging from a tree limb.

  22. Tim Dickison
    March 21, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I was stationed from June 68 to June 69 at 12th Combat Aviation Group, which was located about 1 mile north of
    Long Binh main base. The compound was called Long Binh North or “Plantation Airfield”. I worked in aircraft maintenance section, although my last 3 months in country drove truck back and forth to Ton Son Nhut Airbase to deliver potable water to our unit. Remember “LBJ” as referring to the jail there.

  23. Steve Hodges
    April 1, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I worked inside the LBJ (Long Binh Jail) every day from mid-September, 1969 through mid-September, 1970. I was nominally the SJA for the 18th MP Brigade, but actually worked most of the time for the LBJ “Correctional Officer,” in other words, the warden.

  24. Lawrence Allen bradford
    April 3, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I was at long bein ,last bob hope show, incredible singing ol holy night with trained killers . 1971. No “nightclubs” dum ass , I did run a pool and used the photo lab .
    It was insane

  25. Lawrence Allen bradford
    April 3, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I was at long bein ,last bob hope show, incredible singing ol holy night with trained killers . 1971. No “nightclubs” dum ass , I did run a pool and used the photo lab .
    It was insane. I was a drug counselor , the jail became our center ,typical for nam ,
    I restored and ran a pool , total insanity

  26. John Potton
    April 11, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Served with #16 Carl Easley at same time and 261st TC May 67 to may 68

  27. Jim Smith
    April 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I was stationed at Long Binh from January 1967 through March 1968. I was company clerk and mail clerk for the 624th Supply and Service Company located just inside the main gate off Highway one. Like several others above, I never heard it called Long Binh Junction. LBJ was the Long Binh Jail. Had to transport several prisoners, mostly captured AWOL, to LBJ. Our billets were wooden barracks at first, but later we had metal buildings. At night sometimes we got to watch the choppers making firing runs at the VC on the ground. We would see the rockets fire, then the mini-guns with their tracers, then about two seconds later we would hear the sounds. During Tet we spent many nights in the trenches or in the bunkers. Occasionally whenever a sapper managed to infiltrate the ammo dump, we were given a fireworks show to end all fireworks shows!

  28. H. Gene Owens
    April 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Bob Dunn , I probably met you several times while i was pulling tower guard in the ammo dump , it seemed like i was there every week or pulling bunker guard out between the wires .I was with the 576 ord from Oct 67 til Oct 68 ..I also went to the LBJ riot to operate a R T fork lift to get some of the large shipping containers out while the prisoners were trying to open them and destroy the contents .

  29. Phil Matous
    April 21, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for posting this map. I was stationed at Long Bihn from June 69 to June ’70. Our office for the 1st Aviation Brigade was right next to the amphitheater at 12D on the map. USARV HQ was down the road. Fortunately for us, the barracks did have hot and cold showers by then. it wasn’t uncommon for an ice cream truck to take the road around the base and stop in front of each building. The ice cream was more milky than creamy. The swimming pool was great, run by two soldiers who were formerly life guards. Their entire tour of duty was to take care of the swimming pool. At one point, a piece of equipment for the pool broke and the pool was shut for 6 months. The two fellows sat at the pool reading books for 6 months waiting for the part from the states. I was fortunate to serve under Sargent Major Cyril G. Manning, as a typist. Manning served eight years straight in Vietnam. I remember one of the majors asking Manning once, “Sgt. Major, did we ever have such and such helicopter in Vietnam.” Manning replied, “Sir, you mean the one with ( and here Manning raised his hand to imitate a propeller) the such and such? No sir, we never had that helicopter here in Vietnam.” Despite never having to fire a rifle once at any enemy, it took thirty four years of prayer for me to overcome the realization that I had committed to kill whomever they would have asked me to kill. I just prayed that they would never ask me to kill anyone who was innocent. God bless my friends and their families with peace who served in combat then and even in today’s struggles world wide.

  30. Earl Carroll
    April 30, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    How may I obtain 2 of the maps of Long Binh Post

  31. Gene Wickstrom
    May 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I was stationed with the 120 Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter) at Long Binh in 1970. Long Binh was never referred to as Long Binh Post or LBJ. LBJ was the term for Long Binh Jail. As the company clerk I can remember processing at least one individual to LBJ to await his court-martial.

  32. Earl Carroll
    June 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    How can I obtain 2 maps of G8024.L6 1972 Long Binh Post?

  33. Tom King
    June 19, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    To Tim Dickison. I was at 12th Combat Aviation Group July ‘68 to July ‘69. I was In Hhq PIO working for 1LT Amoruso. We must know each other. I appreciated the water you hauled. Welcome home. SP5 Tom King

  34. Gary Waters
    July 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    My father, CWO Albert Waters spent 13 months across ‘67-‘68 in Long Bình. For what it’s worth, he never spoke much about it. I recall he talked about what sounded like a chronic drug problem among the younger men and he spoke with hesitation about the Tet Offensive. I learned his cigarette habit grew to 5 packs per day and that he didn’t get to see Bob Hope’s show. Quite honestly, those few tidbits are probably all I know about his tour, yet I suppose my brother and I were always too respectful to press with questions. He passed away in 2003. The one unanswered question I wish I’d asked was why he was there … which is not a question about political ideals!! Seriously, he was Air Defense Artillery (specifically Hawk missile)… so my question was always about the need for air defense in Vietnam? I don’t ever recall there being an opposing Air Force…. or was it the mere potential of one?

  35. Tom Gray
    July 11, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I served in Long Binh in 1968 and 1967 I worked at the Com Center on top of the Hill. Was with 1 ST Signal Co. C. Lived in Tents when I first Arrived in Country.

  36. George Davis
    July 16, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I was Station at Long Binh 11/67-11/68. Worked with the Readiness Assistance Teams. Flew a lot around South Vietnam delivering mail and picking up reports. Never saw most of the “amenities” listed in the opening article, must have been available to officers!

  37. Ryan Moore
    July 25, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    The comments from everyone, and especially veterans, are both fascinating and appreciated.

    I have noticed a string of comments about the meaning of LBJ, as it was noted in this author’s blog. I wish to speak to that point. When researching this map, I referred to written accounts by veterans that stated LBJ had the meaning of Long Binh Junction but also meant Long Binh Jail.

    Robert F. Fischer in his book Combat Bandsman: Memoir of a Tour in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division …On wrote on page 40 that: “Our destination encampment shared the same initials with our soon-to-be-relieved commander in chief of the military, President Lyndon B. Johnson, LBJ–Camp Long Binh Junction. It also shared initials with another nearby facility, Long Binh Jail…”

    Similarly, Robert F. Hartley in his book, Gunship Pilot: An Attack Helicopter Warrior Remembers Vietnam, wrote on page 6 that: “Six Army buses arrived to take us all over to Long Binh Junction (LBJ)… It was home to the Headquarters of the United States Army, Vietnam along with many other units including the Army’s jail. The jail, appropriately enough, was called the Long Binh Jail or LBJ.”

    Walter D. Rodgers wrote in Army Green on page 138 that:”…the huge Army post at Long Binh Junction, inevitably shortened to ‘Camp LBJ,’ in honor of our Commander-in-Chief.”

    Anyone who is interested in a scan of the map may contact me directly at [email protected]

    Best,

    RM

  38. Jim Miller
    August 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I was in Long Binh from july 1968 to july 1969, assigned to 23rd Artillery Group personnel section, attached to Service Battery 6/27 Artillery.

    I remember the Feb 1969 attack on the base and driving to the perimeter the morning after the assault where the 11th Cav was dug in. I can testify that not all nva had been eliminated by that morning, since had ak47 fire go right over my head when an nva soldier popped out of a spider hole. The cav guys scrambled to their apc’s and the cobra went to work on him.

    Would like to find more detailed that would help me find our barracks and other buildings I remember.

    My recollection was LBJ referred to the prison, not the base. Read numerous memoirs of vietnam vets, and found no reference to Long Binh as LBJ, just used to refer to the jail.

    Can you believe we were there more than 50 years ago!!

  39. Ron lungwitz
    August 20, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I was there in 71-72 with the 120th assault helicopter company. We had a pool not far from us that was the most out of place thing I have ever seen. That and Bob Hope were the only good things about the place.

  40. Louis Bradford
    August 24, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I was stationed on Long Binh Post from April 1970 to August 1971. I was in the 20th Preventive Medicine Unit. I was able to visit Saigon and Bien Hao many times. My unit was responsible for inspecting LBJ’s sanitary practices. We also sprayed the areas for mosquitoes.

  41. John
    August 26, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    What was the disposition of prisoners being held LBJ when we evacuared VietNam

  42. Dick DeHO
    September 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I was an MP @ Long Binh Depot December 1969 to February 1971

  43. Don Blackbourn
    September 11, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Served at 140th HEM Co. March 67-March 68.
    Don’t recall any luxuries then except seeing Bob Hope at Christmas ‘67.

  44. Jeffery Pappas
    September 15, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    F CO. Troop Command Army Depot trk driver delivered water and fuel to sister companies and the army depot 1971- 72

  45. Bob Dunn
    October 6, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Was at Long Binh in 67. Served as a dog handler patrolling the ammunitions dump, the largest in the world at the time. The post, back then, was very rugged, with wood and tent structures.
    The kennels were on a tree lined rubber plantation.

  46. Dean Allman
    October 17, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I was with 45th Dustoff at Long Bien from Dec 68 to Jan 70. Was a Huey mechanic for a while, then was in an office with air conditioning most of the time. Couldn’t have asked for a better deal after being drafted.

    I wonder if we were sprayed with agent orange. I remember nothing seemed to grow on the bare dirt there. I remember the C123s would fly over spraying something. I thought it was for mosquitos. Hope all are doing well after all these years.

  47. Joe Sherman known as Sherm
    October 19, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I served with the 615 Th MP company from Nov10, 1967 to Nov 1968 based at Long Bình. Our Company did Highway patrol and village patrols. We also from time to time escorted Convoys and did parimiter security and Long Bình base camp patrols. Our unit worked side by side with the South Vietnam Quan Sats ( their military police ). During the TET offensive we helped defend the ammunition dump as well as highways and villages in the Bien Hoa area.

    LBJ was the Long Bình Jail which we helped guard after the 750 inmates revolted and burnt down their billets in early 1968. LBJ was built as a temporary facility to accommodate about 350-450 prisoners, then became a more permanent jail.

  48. Judy
    October 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I’m trying to find buddies of my friend. His name is Jasper Estes. He served in Long Binh 65-66, he was in 1st S&T detachment, 1st. Infantry. June65-June66. A few of his buddies he could only remember some partial names: Perkins, Patton, Lt. Kertchum (spelling?) Lt. Green and Sgt. Spangle. If anyone knows of any of these men, Jasper would love hearing from them.

  49. Frank koelsch
    October 24, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I was at Long Binh from Feb 67 to mar.68. I was with the 483rd field service co. We had a shower and laundry platoon, an engineering platoon, a graves registration platoon plus headquarters platoon. The engineer platoon were combat engineers.
    When i first arrived i had the pleasure of guarding that ammo dump thst has been mentioned above. I think i was there every night for several nights. I started out in the engineer platoon. We were sent out to the ammo dump at least once a week for severa months??? I was reassigned to the graves registration platoon for the last 5 mos or so.
    On the night of the start of Tet,i was on guard duty at the fuel dump and witnessed the battle of cemetary mentioned above.
    Graves Registration was obviously very busy during Tet. During that period ee eere sent to the ammo dump as a guard. Remember seeing many mp’s with their dogs.The ammo dump was infiltrated that first night and some of the ‘ammo pads’ were blown up.
    I do not ever remember long bihn being refered to as lbj. Only the jail.
    I also never saw a swimming pool or bowling ally there. Met a lot of good men there.

  50. Chuck Pollock
    October 25, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I was assigned to HHC, Long Binh Post, S-2,3. I first we worked out of an old farm house which had the Tactical Operations Center in a bunker in the basement. It was rather primitive but suitable. During the last part of 1971, post headquarters was moved to a new building high on the hill next to US Army, Vietnam and the TOC was located in a bunker about 15 feet below the new building. The complex was called “Pentagon East” and was probably the safest place in the entire country.

  51. Larry Story
    October 28, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I was at Long Binh from June 1969 to March 1970.I was with the 54th Ordnance 3rd Battalion. I worked in the ammo dump and pulled guard duty at nights.

  52. Jim Roach
    October 29, 2018 at 1:40 am

    I was stationed in Long Binh, until Nov 17th, 1967, with the 14th.ICC, and we referred to it as LBJ.

  53. Ross Srmy
    November 9, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Does anyone rememder part of Long Binh called Long Binh Plantation. It over looked the ammo dump one side and rt.1 on the other side

  54. Dean Allman
    November 12, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    They built a swimming pool at 93rd Evac Hospital in 1969. It was right next to where I was at 45th Dustoff. I went swimming in it several times. What a luxury to have that in a war zone. I wonder if it’s still there. I guess I could check on Google satellite images. I never dreamed of anything like the internet back then.

  55. john cawly
    November 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I was stationed at Long Bihn (Plantation – Field Force II HQ) from Feb 71 till September 71. Served at Di An with 11th ACR from 9/70 till 2/17.

    Am making trip back to Saigon in December. Will try to find the locations. I realize much has changed, but that time was among the most memorable of my life–both good and bad. Have made life-long friends and we still communicate.

  56. Terry Greeley
    November 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    My father-in-law was stationed at Long Binh Post from approx. June, ’68-June ’69. He said he ran a lumber yard there. He seems to enjoy talking to me about it, but my mother-in-law usually squashes the conversation. I bet the post was more often called LBJ in general while LBJ was still president, and then later it may have been less popular, except, of course, for the actual jail itself. I have been a student of the Vietnam War ever since I was a teenager (I’m now 58), fascinated by all of it to the point of near obsession. I was actually looking for a map of the post when I came across this site and enjoyed reading all of the comments. I am going to request the map. I heard just the other day that in its peak, Long Binh was about three times the size of Manhattan! Thank you to all who served there; it must have been intense!

  57. harry g steck steck
    November 25, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I was at USARV hqtrs g4 oc1967 to nov 1968 mostly the war room

  58. harry g steck steck
    November 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    was at USARV G 4 oct 1967 thru nov1968 wae room mostly SP 5 harry g steck

  59. kenneth miaczynski
    November 26, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    to chuck pollock i know of only one underground bunker at long binh it had a basketball court and a latrine painted white which we called the white house is that the one you were talking about.i was statined with the 535th sig co in 1972 to 1973

  60. Lewis Clarke
    November 28, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I passed through Long Binh in July of 1966. I flew from Travis AFB to Saigon and was held at Camp Alpha awaiting my orders to the 131st Aviation Company in Phu Bai. After a week at Camp Alpha I was transferred to Long Binh. From what I was told it was an ammo dump with an artillery unit right next door and remember they would fire off rounds every night around 3am. I remember well there was nothing there–maybe 20+ squad tents, latrines, and the beginnings of permanent wooden hootches. I say I remember well because they purposely held my orders for approximately two weeks to detail me to help pour concrete for the new structures. Apparently the 131st Aviation Co. inquired just where the hell I was and to cut me loose to travel up country to Phu Bai since I was overdue to replace an OV-1 Mohawk mechanic who had already rotated back to the states. I only recently have looked back at anything Vietnam and was astonished to see pictures of the size of Long Binh. I’ll never forget riding an armored bus from Saigon to Long Binh and stepping off it and thinking why am I out in the middle of nowhere with these 20 some odd tents. Also memorable was the fact that they handed me orders at Long Binh and said find your own way to Phu Bai. I made it to Bien Hoa and bummed rides on Air Force transports to Quy Nhon, Da Nang and Phu Bai. Just thought I would comment because the earliest date I saw posted here was I think Jan. 1967. I just can’t believe how much it changed after I passed through.

  61. Russell Pouliot
    November 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Ross Srmy, I remember the Long Binh Plantation well.

  62. Richard Ayers
    December 1, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Was anyone with the 233rd or 446th transportation companies in 71-72?

  63. Doug Tibbetts
    December 2, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    In the 1969 ,Tet attack I was in A co.of 92nd engineers and was at the scene of the main attack which was in the area of the fuel storage tanks. I believe that 4 of the 5 casualties were from a dump truck company and the fifth was up in a tower with an m 60.

  64. Ron Roberts
    December 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I was with the 576th Ord. company out of Ft. Lewis WA. We broke ground so to speak in Long Bien in June 1965. I was there til June 1966. Out door movies, lived in tents, shower at first was a hose and forklift. Shaved and washed up in steel pots. later it was a little better. Place was full of snakes and other little critters. We erected the first tents there. We guarded the Ammo dump at night in the top of man made “ant hills”

  65. Bob Smith
    December 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Was at Long Binh from May 67-Feb 69 was assigned to Co “C” 69th Sig Bat, 1st Signal Brigade. When I arrived we lived in tents then after a few weeks a Sgt Kris Kringle (Yes like Santa Claus arrived and for next 6-7 months we built 4 rows of the Hootch’s believe there were 7 or 8 in a row.We poured concrete, put up frames and roofs and filled thousands of sand bags. LOL…after that was assigned to drive a truck from Long Binh through town to the 11th Aviation running supplies and men back and forth. During TET it got kinda crazy around there. My Bext Friends at the time was Tony Swede from Quakertown, Pa and Willie Lee Jr from Detroit. We were basically jacks of all trades we did all kinds of stuff when they needed bodies they called us. I was a 72B20 but never got to use it over there. Thats all this old brain can remember…LOL

  66. Gary Schoo
    December 13, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    In 1971 I was at long bhin it was a good base. We were right across the street form LBJ we seen the guys walking around the yard m

  67. Gary Schoo
    December 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    In 1971 I was at long bhin it was a good base. We were right across the street form LBJ we seen the guys walking around the yard.

  68. Jim Orth
    December 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I was at Long Binh from September 1967 util November 1968. Worked at HQ USARV. Went back a couple of years ago. Hired a driver and after a few wrong turns we were able to get close to the old HQ building. It is now a Vietnamese military base. We were stopped at a guardhouse within sight of the old HQ building, but were not allowed in. The lone guard was about to let us in, but an officer came along and turned us away.
    Everything else on the old base is now an industrial park.

  69. Alan Berg
    December 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I was in the 6th Battalion, 48th Transportation Group 6th 1st Logistic Command from May 1967 to May 1968. We went past Camp LBJ everyday. Lots of guests in there at all times. Working on my Agent Orange claim to the VA. Lots of paperwork.

  70. Dave Carr
    December 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    I was originally assigned to the 23rd field artillery group, but had that assignment changed to HQ USARV in January 1968 when I arrived. I spent my entire year, till January 1969, AT long Binh. I was in the AG company, assigned to awards and decorations, specifically Foreign Awards – that is, award given to American army personnel by foreign powers also fighting in Vietnam, (like RVN itself, or Korea, etc.) awards that had to be approved before they could be issued. I think across the street from our company was 1st Transportation, , and then further back, 1st Aviation. Not sure who was behind us, but a Major there had fast access to the NFL Games of the Week films, & we had a projector & screen, so we shared. Good times, believe it or not…..

  71. E8 Gerald J McCall
    December 26, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I was there 1967 to 1968. I remember highway 1 very well. took a jeep down that road many times. Got back one night after running through road blocks with barbed wire hanging off and bullet holes peppering my jeep. Also remember the ammo dump blowing up on February 4, 1967 a little after midnight. It blew up off and on for at least 12 hours. shrapnel went everywhere. One of the explosions blew me about 15 ft in the air. It was pretty wild.

  72. Frank Pados
    December 28, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I was 1st Lt at Long Bien Depot from Nov 1969-nov 1970 in charge of perishable food distribution to 225,00o US troops plus the Aussies, Kiwis, Koreans and Thais. Heading back next year.

  73. Bill Diefenderfer
    December 30, 2018 at 4:21 am

    Ross Smry – I was at the Plantation compound from about May 1971 to Dec 1971. MOS legal clerk. Drafted out of law school. Volunteered for VN. Could not face another Alaskan winter. Very small compound. Night guard duty often. Not sure what we really did. Did involve processing $ US payments to Vietnamese for a program I later heard called Phuc Wong(spelling phonetic). Told it meant Phoenix in Vietnamese.

  74. Jim
    December 31, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I was Army in Vietnam (near Long Binh) 65-67, then as a civilian contractor from 68-75. During my Army and civilian time I made numerous trips to Long Binh and knew and dealt with numerous troops stationed there. I’m very familiar with the term LBJ applied to Long Binh Jail. A good friend was an MP guard there.
    I never heard anyone us the term Long Binh Junction.

  75. Les Sorey
    December 31, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Aug 69 to Aug 70
    1st Signal Brigade
    44th Signal Battalion
    580 Telephone Operations Group

    Worked at TMA frame and DTE in Telephone communication. After Vietnam I went back to work for maw bell again.

  76. Sp/5 Souder
    January 8, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I arrived in long binh march 68. Hq company 40th signal. I was asked if I could type I said yes and was assigned as supply sgt in the cable yard.. The 40th was a telephone line installation unit. I was very good at my job but not at souldering. I got into trouble command sgtmajor zeeks and I had a few run ins. Right after tet I shipped out for D company in phu tigh. We had a club in the camp. On weekends the lt would send 2 1\2s to town to pick up girls . Not every week but we had a few phillipino groups come to our little home made movie bar whore house. We got hit a few times but we had rok marines one hill over so charles stayed away most days. Those rok dudes did not like viets north or south. I shipped out stateside 3/69.ft benning then nato central command europe. By yhe time I left nam I was doing alot of drinking and much dope. The vc tried to kill me with bullets but the dutch girls tried a much more pleasent way. I thi k leaving the armt after over 6 years was a mistake. I really enjoyed the service. There is not anything line it. Sorry so many brothers died. I think of them. I yhink we could help our men now by contacting our old units and sending care packages. God bless yall. Yes I am a southerner.

  77. Sp5 Vic Gutierrez
    January 14, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    44th Sig Bn HQ Co . Worked in Bn HQ (Feb-Dec 68) Worked at Gen Tel and Verizon for 43 years. Now living in North Hills Calif. look me up in the phone book if you served doing that time.

  78. Tom Wilson
    January 19, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Assigned to HHC Long Binh Post, Colonel Castle was our Commanding Officer, Captain Van Aiken was our Company Commander. Our Company was part of reaction force that responded to what is known as the “Post Tet Offensive” which began February 23, 1969. Although we were clerks we gave a good account of ourselves as 10 VC infiltrated the wire and were behind us as we took up positions at the berm on the perimeter. Capt Van Aiken and several of our guys took them out. Our company suffered 3 KIA and 6 WIA (including Col. Castle who lost a finger and myself to a gunshot wound). It’s been 50 years but remember that morning as if were yesterday.

  79. Robert davis
    January 20, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    69 sig co b 1967 ft smith ar

  80. jesse tamayo
    January 23, 2019 at 10:41 am

    this is where we first set up our 2nd Brigade 1st Inf Div base camp in june 65 there was nothing here

  81. Ken Hayes
    January 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I served at the long binh base as MP, from Feb of 72 to Dec of 72. Agent Orange was still being used every day. It had a very oily smell and killed all the bugs and grass.Long Binh was winding down and all the personal was moved to the stockade. Hey guys you have to talk about this with anybody who will listen to you

  82. Jeff Bisel
    January 29, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I was stationed at long binh in 1971, I was the mess Sargent for my unit I was with the 1st signal if anyone remembers me please email my wife, I have had an ischemic heart attack that lead to a stroke and cannot talk very well anymore and I cant remember any of the guys named, Thank you.

  83. Jimmie Barrett
    February 4, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I was stationed there from 1970-71 in the 512th QM company as a heavy truck driver. I drove a 5 ton 6×6 hauling around fuel.

    I’ve lived in Booneville, KY since 1976. Would love to hear from anyone still around from my unit,

  84. Brian Jones
    February 6, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I did a tour of Long Bing with the First Signal Brigade in 1971 and 1972 as a Company Clerk. Great base had everything. Restaurants, PX, basketball courts, live bands at the EM club and outdoor pools and movies. Saigon was off limits but I managed to get their several times by bus and returned by helicopter. Had to visit LBJ jail several times for work. Lots of heroin abuse. Lots of pot smoking and it was free for the most part.

  85. Thomas Brown
    February 10, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I was in 45th dustoff from 67 – 69 work crash and rescue firetruck and pol shack

  86. Allen Cunningham
    February 10, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    To all Nam vets – I served at Long Binh from 11/67 – 11/68 at 50th Medical Clearing Company, next to 24th Evac Hospital. It was a POW hospital for wounded Viet Cong and NVA’s and I was an orthopedic tech putting casts on limbs shattered by M-16 rounds.

    In 2001 I developed Prostate Cancer while in my early 50’s. I had no family history of it so it baffled the doctors that I got it so young.

    I found out from another Nam vet that it is considered a ‘presumptive’, agent orange condition related to service in Viet Nam. Everyone who served there was exposed, no matter what the MOS. If you have it or any of the many presumptive AO-related conditions (google them) you are eligible for VA Compensation checks of up to $3,500.00 per month tax-free.

    Remember, you don’t have to have been out in the jungle, working directly with AO, been sprayed on, etc. You could have spent your entire tour in an office in Saigon, you are still eligible because the harmful chemical Dioxin, leeched into and spread throughout the entire country into the water and food supply and everyone who drank water or ate food there was considered to have been exposed.

    Even if you are severely ill and think it’s too late for you, your wife can receive a monthly check as your survivor and most times a lump sum payout.

  87. Larry Dorris
    February 11, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I served at Long Binh from November 1967 to August 1968. Was a mortarman in the Ammo Dump mortar section. Jan of 1968 TET was horrific. Deperately firing alumination rounds and mortars. VC pinned us down but bunch of Heros freed us to continue firing. I dont remember any swimming pools,bowling alleys or night clubs at that time.

  88. Larry Dorris
    February 11, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I was a mortarman at the ammo dump from Nov.67 to Aug.68 TET in Jan 1968 was horrific

  89. George Acosta
    February 13, 2019 at 3:30 am

    I was there in 1972 and don’t remember Long Binh being called LBJ. Only the famous Long Binh Jail was referred to LBJ. And I don’t remember seeing any theaters,pools,restaurants and ect. I was in and out of that post moving around South Vietnam

  90. George Acosta
    February 13, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I was in

  91. pete smith
    February 13, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I was 9th div. at bearcat not far from long binh. I stole some lumber to put a floor in my platoon tent, took about 4 loads in a 3/4 ton in early 67. visited some Buddys that were working ground surveillance radar in the watch towers at the ammo dump a couple of times and called home once at the mars station

  92. Lee Cundiff
    February 14, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I was a Spec 5 with the 9th Inf Div HQ G-2 Intel down the road about 20 miles from Long Binh at base camp Bearcat. My buddy and I use to drive there in a duce and a half to pick up supplies and also in Saigon. I was in country from Oct 67 to Oct 68. I remember TET very well. Our perimeter was overrun, but we kicked their ass and saved ours. We could hear and see the ammo dump in Long Binh explode from our camp and what a sight! This we’ll defend, go Army. Welcome home my fellow vets, and thanks to my brothers that never came back!!

  93. Spec 6 Russell Cosby
    February 16, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I worked at USARV HQTRS in the Office of the Secretary of the General Staff from Nov 67 till Feb 69. Worked for the 4 Generals: Bruce Palmer replaced by Frank Mildren Gen Tabor, Gen Linnell, and Gen Edwards. Worked directly for Col Wilkerson, Major James Larkins, and SFC Homer Sellars.

    I remember a mortar hit nearby during TET and the office drop ceiling fell down and the windows were blown out. Saw Bob Hope in Dec ’67.

  94. Alan Jackson
    February 16, 2019 at 11:26 am

    First and foremost to any and all who served and read this – my profound Thank You. I am the adult child of now deceased SP4 Jerry Dean Jackson who volunteered to serve ’67-’68. In wanting to know more about my father and his life experiences I on many occasions through my life tried to ask him questions about his service in Vietnam. Unfortunately he would always shut down. Even as a kid I found old photos melting together and away in a box in our attic from Vietnam. My father was pictured standing next to several men he served with and when asked who they were he would only reply “I don’t know”. If you haven’t shared your personal story with your families I urge you to do so, especially your sons. It IS imporant and can be cathartic for you also to no longer be held captive by thoughts and memories pushed down but which DID happen. Now all of that being said I found and digitized several 8mm reels of “home movies” most from before I was born. In those reels was a metal 6 inch spool of about 12 mins of Vietnam. Within the first 30 secs it depicts Camp JBJ, with a sign over the post exchange in black letters “Camp” and in red “LBJ” and then below in black again “POST EXCHANGE”. So someone at one time did actually dub it Camp LBJ. There are shots of many wooden structures, men even erecting a building together, a Huey landing, a dog handler making his rounds, a terrible night fight with flares and tracer bullets, my father with men he served with, a nosed downed Cessna, a downed Loach, Huey in formation, tiny Vietnamese women carrying tremendous loads of sticks on yokes on their shoulders, the showers of L&B Section TF Moroz 26 GP 1st Log, cement bunkers, possible a temple, an anti aircraft truck wrecked in a ditch, Vietnamese working the rice fields including a pedal powered irrigation “bike”, an unknown little town, China Beach itself and China Beach shower and USO,

  95. Alan Jackson
    February 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    First and foremost to any and all who served and read this – my profound Thank You. I am the adult child of now deceased SP4 Jerry Dean Jackson who volunteered to serve ’67-’68. In wanting to know more about my father and his life experiences I on many occasions through my life tried to ask him questions about his service in Vietnam. Unfortunately he would always shut down. Even as a kid I found old photos melting together in a box in our attic from Vietnam. My father was pictured standing next to several men he served with and when asked who they were he would only reply “I don’t know”. If you haven’t shared your personal story with your families I urge you to do so, especially your sons. It IS imporant and can be cathartic for you also to no longer be held captive by thoughts and memories pushed down but which DID happen. I have spoken with soldiers who have said so even if they could only write it down. Now all of that being said I found and digitized several 8mm reels of “home movies” most from before I was born. In those reels was a metal 6 inch spool of about 12 mins of Vietnam. Within the first 30 secs it depicts Camp JBJ, with a sign over the post exchange in black letters “Camp” and in red “LBJ” and then below in black again “POST EXCHANGE”. So someone at one time did actually dub it Camp LBJ. There are shots of many wooden structures, men even erecting a building together, a Huey landing, a dog handler making his patrol, a terrible night fight with flares and tracer bullets, my father with men he served with, a girl he wrote home to my mother he wanted to adopt, a nosed downed Cessna, a downed Loach, Hueys flying in formation, tiny Vietnamese women carrying tremendous loads of sticks on yokes on their shoulders, the showers and laundry of L&B Section TF Moroz 26 GP 1st Log, cement bunkers, possibly a temple, an anti aircraft truck wrecked in a ditch, Vietnamese working the rice fields including a pedal powered irrigation “bike”, an unknown little town, China Beach itself and China Beach shower and USO building, Chinook and trucks on the beach, off duty dog and handler on the beach, large number of night flares possibly 4th of July??? over the water – not a fire fight, then an unfortunate “punch” ending frame of a dead Vietnamese person. I also rescued a Kodak instapic or Polaroid if you will of when he was serving at LZ Sharon in Quang Tri. It is laborious to say the least to start searching from scratch to find information out about my father’s service, and to have something to pass on to his grandson and recently added great grandsons.

  96. Phillip White (Flip)
    February 21, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Served with 261st Transportation ( Roadrunners) July 70 to June 71 based at Long Binh. Delivered ammo to firebases all over the country. Moved 21st out of cu chi when turned over to ARVNS. Got busted with pot at a firebase with a load of 8 inch projos. Went from e4 to e3 that round. Capt. O’Brien was not bad about it though. Survived it all. Had my 19th birthday there. Took a few years later but finally grew up.

  97. Willie Reed
    February 23, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I was in long bing 65 and 66 ,never heard of LBJ .87 th trans co . It was TC hill .

  98. W. L. (Ole) Olson
    February 24, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I was there 70 – 71, captain signal corps; first as post signal officer then commander HHC Communications Assets Recovery Agency – Vietnam (CARA-V); 1st Signal Bde. Retired 1990.

  99. David Stevens
    February 27, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Phillip White I served in the 261st transportation unit in 1967-1968 out of long Binh we were a 5 ton unit and we went by the name Whistlers same unit you served but they changed the name. We had Whistlers printed in white above the radiator. Worked 12 hour shifts suppling Long Binh ammo dump and Bien Hoa air base when not supplying these we were running convoys all over Vietnam, so many fire bases I gave up tying to remember all of them.

  100. David Stevens
    February 27, 2019 at 10:37 am

    # Phillip White I served in 1967-1968 in the 261st Transportation company, it was know than as Whistlers my truck # was 38 we done 12 hour shifts 7 days a week when we weren’t hauling to Long Binh and Bien Hoa air base we were supplying fire bases to many to remember all of them. Spent 5 1/2 hours in Long Binh ammo dump the night it blew up. Don’t like fireworks shows to this day stay away from 4th of July Fireworks.

  101. Dennis Blackwell
    February 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Hey Jimmie Barrett, my name is Dennis Blackwell and I’m pretty sure we were in the same company in Viet Nam I was in 512 quarter master work in fuel farm when I was not on guard duty I remember when one of the guys painted his tractor black can’t remember if that was you or one of the other guys hope you are doing ok and your health is good let me no if you get this message in Florida now retirement is going ok hope to hear from you.

  102. george ferro
    February 28, 2019 at 8:44 am

    I arrived in long bing in 65-67 as soon as arrived they sent me to honor smith compound, even though i was airborne qualified,ran the generator on compound for 15 months-not sure if it even exists today.the person that comes to mind is sgt horst lolet(anybody remember this wac-co)

  103. David Smith
    March 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I served in Long Binh from Oct 70 to Sep 71 as a Captain in the Medical Service Corps, S-4 Logistics Officer, 58th Med Battalion. Parent unit of the above mentioned Dustoff unit. I spent my time closing all Dustoff units in the area and then we closed our headquarters. I transferred to the 24 Evac where I helped set up the drug testing program for ALL Army personnel returning home. We placed soldiers failing the test in the prison hospital mentioned above that previously held enemy combatants.
    To those at the ammo dump..We used to watch the helicopters with those million watt lights search for intruders.
    Thank you for your service. I am proud to have served with you.

  104. Sp/5 Jerry W. Lee
    March 9, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    My late husband, Jerry, was stationed at Long Binh
    from Feb 1967 – Mar 1968. 185th Maintenance.
    Told me some of what went on – but really didn’t
    like to elaborate. Kept generator(s) running,
    repaired trucks & jeeps etc. Slept in a hooch with
    netting over him. After service went to the University of Cincinnati and got his BSEET. Had
    prostate cancer surgery in 2006, MDS 2016, and
    died May 4, 2018 of leukemia. More than likely
    Agent Orange. A wonderful man & husband of almost
    49 years. My thanks to all who have/and are
    currently serving! Ann

  105. Bob Hunt
    March 10, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I was at Long Binh from Jan through Oct of ’68. in the 483rd field service company, 52b20, generators. Into my 2nd week there and when they hit 3rd ord me and the other guys in our hooch where blown of our bunks from the concussion. Talk about fireworks!! Saw LBJ when the prisoners set it on fire, we could see it from our company area. Saw Bear Cat get hit real bad from our bunker out at 3rd ord one night. Pulled guard duty there often. Many memories, still in touch with one of the guy’s. Oh yeh, here’s one for you guys that were there, the out houses blowing up when you through a lit cigarette butt in the hole, ha ha. Best regards to all the vets and welcome home, Bob

  106. Jim Wheeler
    March 17, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    50th Medical Clearing Station .i arrived in Viet Nam by boat ( U S N S Gorden in June 1966 .we built the 50 th Med. from scratch.Every thing we had went with us from Ft. Benning George.it might of been a medical unit but the only thing we did was build ( put up our tents,mess hall,bunkers,etc. After 6months they split half the unit out to different places I wen’t to the 544th

  107. Mark Barber
    March 23, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Was stationed in Long Binh from Oct 71 to July 72 assigned to Saigon Support Command. Does anyone remember the racial riot that started between our company and the Engineer group across the road?

  108. Sp5 Gerald Hall
    March 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Arrived at B Company 44th Signal Battalion on 6/3/68 and stayed till 8/20/70. I was a tactical controller and worked at the radio site with the big towers by gate 2. We were Long Binh Control, then Battalion Control (Batcon), then Area Control (ACON). We went by the jail (LBJ) every day going to the site. We were 12 hours on and 12 hours off seven days a week for my first year and half so I didn’t see much else of Long Binh. I remember some great people and some not so great times. Rockets and mortars were fairly common early on and occasional perimeter attacks. I was a little burned out when I came home but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  109. Dioniso Ramos
    March 27, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I was stationed in Long Binh, from 1969 to November 1971. I served in the 86th Transp, together with 261st Transp, as truck driver for the Mess Hall, and from what I know, the Jail was call LBJ and the fort was call Long Binh Post.

  110. Thomas C Briggs
    April 4, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I served with the 182 Ordnance Detachment 1st Logistical Command in the headquarters building on the hill on Long Binh Post from Apr 69 until Nov 1970. We maintained inventory of all ammo in country on early generation computers using key punch machines and IBM cards. First Univac computers and then IBM 360s down at 1st Signal. Was also company clerk. Served with some great enlisted men and officers. I wish I had kept in touch with them. I wonder how many have passed from Agent Orange exposure. I have had kidney cancer, prostate problems etc. etc. since my 40’s but VA says none of it is Agent Orange. Nothing grew on the base. Outside the wire it was jungle and rice paddies. Go figure. That stuff has an amazing shelf life.

  111. Richard Robinson
    April 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    I was in long Binh with the 556 transportation co.from Oct.66-Oct.67 we hauled jp-4 and sometimes ammo.When I arrived we lived in tents,while I was there they blew the ammo dump twice.

  112. Dennis Smith
    April 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I was stationed in Long Binh Army Depot(**** never heard it called Long Binh Junction) from May 1969 to May 1970……Was with the 18th MP Brigade, 8th CID Group Detachment C…….Was right across the steet from LBJ and the 720th MP’s were right next to us…..We were in a Tent with steel drums & sand bags around it……Our housing was also a Tent with the same perimeter protection for what it was worth… I would get prisoners to work for us fillin sand bags etc & policing our area……I would not have wanted to spend a night in LBJ!!!!!! Lived in that tent for 1 year was a Luxury to have a frig. & a Black & WHite TV that we watched Star Trek every day. Would drive down to Vung Tau as we had a Field office there & fly down to Can Tho…..the drove to Vung Thu got interesting a few times… I was the scrounger for our group Air Conditioners for Tent Office We built a bar at the MP main gate would drive down to Port of Saigon in Duece 1/2 and come back with a Pallet of Beer. Always had a Warrant Officer with me to do the talking. It was my summer Vacation I gues but a wasted year of my life n…..saw alot of shit that I never would have seen in the states, got to witness what we did to each other and worst of all to ourselves….Take Care All WELCOME HOME

  113. Daniel Velasquez
    April 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    I served in vietnam 67-68 long binh post 261th transportation unit hauling ammo, and convoys the Whistlers, truck 37. Welcome home brothers, I salute my brothers who gave their all.

  114. Daniel Velasquez
    April 7, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I served in vietnam 261st transportation unit in long binh, 67-68, hauled ammo, hot loads, napalm, supplied ammo depot, was there when the vc blew the pads, whistlers #37.

  115. Doug Phillips
    April 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I was stationed at Bien Hoa Air Base 5/68-5:69 as a 46250 weapon Mech. I landed in country at Tan Sanut Saigon & as I walked down the stairs the sirens went off we were under a Motar attack! Welcome to Viet Nam! I was heading to the bunker but the guy I was sitting with on the plane said follow me. Next thing I know I was sitting at a bar in Siagon! Turns out this guy was a ground air controller on his second tour!! Worked on F-100 & A-37 aircraft. I remember saying that we were hit by rockets and mortars 180 nights during that time peroid, probably a slight exaggeration! Anyway, during that TET I remember the bomb dump going up, spooky firing right on the base perimeter. Next day an F-4E strafed the perimeter. I could see the 20 mm casings falling from it. We had nice 2 story wooden barracks and the Army helo base was right behind us as well as the altillary. 105s I believe. When they fired it would be right over our barracks and if raining you could hear the rain hitting the shells. Our shop would take a Duce and a half to LBJ to pickup pallets of coke (the kind you drink). It also aforded us access to the PX. That is all I remember of LBJ. At Bien Boa I & Frank Johnson and another airman worked part time at that pool as life guards. We lived good with nice barracks, showers, a good chow hall & airmans club. We lost one O-1 bird dog to a rocket, although not sure it was during TET or not. Another time our bomb dump got hit and 500 500 pounders went off all together. The dump was 15 miles from our barracks & the concussion lifted me from my bunk and put me on the floor. The hanger doors on our weapons were knocked off their tracks & the floresent lamps on the floor. We went to the dump to see the crater & it was 40 ft around & 20 ft deep! I rembember the B52s dumping their loads many nights. Could see the flashes on the night sky’s & hear the rumble. They would dump 117 500 pounders in a salvo. There were no F-4 based at Bien Hoa up to 5/69 but they replaced the three squadrons off F-100s later. During my stay thaw 100s, A-37, a couple of 0-1s, a couple of Cessna bull shit bombers, spookies, U-2s & 2 F-102 interceptors on the alert pad One morning Frank & I were walking to the flight line before dawn when a 102 scrambled. As it went down the runway sparks were commit off of it! The pilot roatated and went straight up and exploded, The pilot ejected and was rescued by the army unit within minutes.

  116. Doug Phillips
    April 8, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I forgot the Ranch Hands at Bien Hoa! They had C-123s. An interesting tidbit is that during my tour at Bien Hoa the Ranch Hands sprayed us often for mosquitos. One time I got caught out in the open and the 123 went directly over me & I got doused pretty good. The interesting part was that I always hunted with just a wool shirt all season in upstate NY. After Nan I could never get warm enough no matter what I wore. I was 21 yrs old in 69. Coincidence? Maybe. But I have always wondered. Of course there were all those shots they pumped into us also!

  117. Doug Phillips
    April 9, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I know what I have been writing isn’t about the Long Bien post but thought some would be interested. Anyway during the night I realized that I left out the A-1Ds & F-5s that ARVN had there.

  118. Gary DeVantier
    April 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I was with the 624 S&S Company at Long Binh from Nov 1967 until Nov 1968. Jim Smith must have given me my mail. LBJ was Long Binh Jail to me. Was on Bunker Guard the night of Tet 68 and the morning the Ammo Dump
    ew.

  119. Richard Boward
    April 14, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I served from Oct 1969 to Oct 1971 44th signal brigade which became the 106th.Company B. You were able to see USVR hill from our hooch By the showers and latrine.
    We all had nick names mine was buzzard, we had feet, super mex, migurier, shorty,PR, and the professor.
    Feet Fred Paul and I are looking to find any one we served with

  120. George Williams
    April 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I was stationed at the 24th EVAC Hospital from June 1969 – 1970 following a one year tour with the 2/18 Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. There is a reunion of the 24th EVAC in Nashville, TN this October.

  121. Ron Kidder
    April 22, 2019 at 10:46 am

    ATTN: Ryan Moore
    I was wondering if you have access to maps of Long Binh of the years 1966-1967. I was with C-company, 720th M.P. Battalion. We arrived at LB Oct. 19,1966.
    We set up camp across the road from Long Binh Jail. The first few days in country we ate our meals inside the Long Binh Jail. During this same time
    I believe the back of our cantonment was the back of Long Binh’s perimeter. When we relieved ourselves in the piss tubes, the jungle was very close. Well, anyways,
    I would like to see a map of the area from that time to see if I’m correct. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Ron Kidder
    1st.Platoon C-Company, 720th M.P. Battalion 18th M.P. Brigade
    October 1966-October 1967

  122. tnowak
    April 29, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Iserved in Long Binh from 70-71 supply depot would like to know if anyone I served with remembers me

  123. Schreib
    April 30, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    70-71 with 117th AHC WARLORDS, Maintenance platoon – engine shop.

  124. Steve Mindish
    May 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I served on long binh 44th signal company B microwave platoon. worked close to LBJ 2 big towers by gate #2 fron Aug of 69-to aug of 70. you could see USRV hill from the showers and shitters and our houches. would love to hear from anyone i served with.

  125. Ken Summers
    May 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I served from March 1970 to March 1971 with the 327th Signal Company. Saw the Bob Hope xmas show with the Lola Falana and the Golden Girls. Spent a lot of time at the Pacesetter Service Club shooting pool and playing ping pong. Saw lot of great Philippino cover bands at the clubs. Ate sharkfin soup and peking duck at the Loon Foon restaurant. Was there for the grand opening of a new huge PX, Generals had to wait in line behind Spec 4s and PFCs. Swam in the pool previously mentioned. Spent quiet time at the air conditioned library. So yes, it was one of the better places to be stationed in Vietnam.

  126. Pat Lindley
    May 3, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    RVN Jan-68 to Oct 69. Was with 19th DPU on 90th Rep. Btn. Compound, when TET hit (reactionary force for 90th)
    Thought Jody could go ahead and have my girl, when 3RD Ord. blew up. Afterwards moved us inside Long Binh to merge with 14th ICC (Data Mgt. Ctr. – 1st Log). Tracked all Army personnel In Country through Morning Reports.
    Remember well the riot at LBJ. Our hooch just down the road from Amphitheater where Hope etc. performed.
    2nd Tour was in Tent City B (Tan Son Nhut) tracking Helicopters with 34th GSG (AMMC).
    The best of times, the worst of times, eh?…

  127. Norm Theriault
    May 7, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I was at Long Binh in 1968…stationed with the 352nd Trans Co then with the 261st Trans Co primarily riding shotgun on 5-ton trucks…(Tay Ninh…Quan Loi…Lai Khe..Vung Tau and a few other places. Company area

    was not far from 90th Replacement to the rear….end of first month in-country…Charlie blew up 3rd Ord… welcome to RVN..

  128. Larry Hurt
    May 8, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I was at Long Bing 9/68 – 7/69 with the 74th Field Hospital who took over the POW hospital from the 50th Company next to 24th Evac. 74th Fld Hospital was a New Jersey reserve unit activated by LBJ 3/68 and quartered at Ft Lee Virginia prior to movement VN. I was a drafted and ended up as an Operating Room Tech. Many open slots in the 74th Reserve Hospital were filled with RA and US personal. There were two advance parties sent to VN before the whole unit arrived 10/68. I Deros 7/9/69 and was discharged on arrival Oakland California via Travis AFB. The way I understand it the 74th returned to the states Oct. 1969 with the 24th taking over the POW hospital.
    Welcome Home Brothers
    He ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother by the Hollies

  129. john taylor
    May 10, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Welcome home all.
    Anyone familiar with Camp Castle or the 93rd Engr Battalion? The 93rd entered country in 1967 to build an airstrip next to a bamboo plantation. I was a medic with the 93rd, and we spent most of our early time building wooden sidewalks, hooches and putting band aids on guys wanting a break from the boredom of camp life.
    Later, we went off into the jungle to treat the Vietnamese for ailments, most of them related to their lack of sanitary conditions. The soap we gave them most often ended up on the black market in Saigon or elsewhere.
    I had the watch on a twist-o-flex band stolen right off my wrist by a little boy who ran past me and didn’t have to stop, he was that quick. One boy distracted me while the other did the snatching. I thought it was very creative. Did not buy another watch with a twist-o-flex band.
    Spent first R&R in Sydney, Australia, where I fell in love with Robyn Cater, a gorgeous 17 year old girl who worked in the Lottery Office in downtown Sydney. Was so in need of her company that I asked her to marry me…long story. Second R&$ spent in Sydney, again with Robyn. Still in touch with her but we’re not married. I never married, so my estate will go to her when I kick the dirt in the devil’s face.
    Guys of C company tried to burn their first sergeant’s hooch to the ground with him in it.
    Supply sergeant of some company ran a whore house not far from base. I’m told he was often seen there, wearing a kimona over his greens, like some monkey on a string.
    Write to me if you know the name of the village just down the road from Camp Castle, opposite direction from Long Binh.
    BTW, spent Tet Offensive in the relative safety of Union City, a fire base not far from Binh Hoa. Watched from the top of a small bunker as rockets streaked from the jungle in the distance to land moments later on every fuel supply dump in Binh Hoa, sending up a fireworks display that I’ve never seen since. What a sight! Poor guys who got caught in that mess, may Nature bless them.
    Spent time in a base in the Delta…that was some s**t.
    Spent the last month of my tour with the 83rd Engr Battalion, who had just arrived in country with their brand spanking new bright green fatigues. Made mine look red by comparison. But I was so admired by the doctor at the aid station there at the 83rd that he allowed me to sleep in, not stand reveille, come to the aid station only when I felt like it (which I never did…wasn’t RA), but I’d often bring him donuts and milk (his favorite and mine!) early afternoons. Call it brown-nosing. He was a good young man and I liked him. Wish I could remember his name.
    The worst two things that happened to me and which I now suffer nightmares from I can’t tell you. They’re too painful and sickening. My only wish in life is I could go back in time and make right that horrible wrong.
    No, I have not asked for PTSD status with the VA. I can live without that, but would like to meet some men and women who have suffered over there in that otherwise beautiful country and learn from me that they should let it go if possible tho it’s not possible for me to do the same. May Nature also bless you, those who are alive and those especially who are no longer with us.
    For everyone else, stay safe!

  130. Nick Manessis
    May 13, 2019 at 2:59 am

    I was in Long Binh from Feb 67 through April 68 72b20, worked in the communication center (containers/vans).. LBJ was the stockade in Long Binh, pulled guard duty there on the tall/ high towers when waiting to be process for states return. The pool was in Bien Hoa (Air Force) base. Went there to get burgers at the cafeteria and swim in pool. Remember the blow up of the ammo dump the night of the start of tet. Also remember the field hospital and helicopter units bringing the wounded and the black body bags from the fields. Worked 30 years for AT&T, retired in 1998. Still work part time in my sons businesses. Still live in New York.

  131. Mike La Rose
    May 13, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    ” #8 Ngo – Gao
    November 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Did anyone in here whose were in LongBinh, BienHoa around 1970 to 1071 or know someone who was there . Pease post . Thanks

    Ngo,

    My Father was posted there 70-71, Rahlp La Rose

  132. Wally miarecki
    May 14, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I was at long ben from September 68 to October 69 I was In the Depo on a perimeter line when Charlie blew it up the night of tent invasion spent many of nights on the perimeter line and in the towers I was with the 78th ordinate detachment grew up real fast over there would like to hear from some of the guys if they read this

  133. Topo vietnam vet
    May 16, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    And now for the rest of the story, I was with the 66th Engineers TOPO when this map was made. Too many officer’s clubs appeared on the original map, we had to go back and rename them motor pools etc to satisfy command.

  134. Ed Dunn
    May 21, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I was at Long Bien in 68, worked for Retrogade and Disposel, and a lot of gaurding duty at the ammo dump. Thanks to everyone who served in Vietnam and never forget.

  135. ralph wiggins
    May 23, 2019 at 9:58 am

    served with 1st signal/44th signal batttion/ under the two microwave towers at the main gate

  136. Jack Haberstick
    May 26, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I served with the 327th signal co. (1969-1970) in Long Binh also at the base camp Tay Ninh, at the Tropo site. My company was across the road from the 24th Evac Hospital and a couple roads down from LBJ in Long Binh.

  137. Sal D’Amore
    May 27, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Served with 1st Logistical , February 1966 to 1967 with185 th .maintenance Bn.
    Great group of men, Terry Judkins, Burbank, Martin,
    Costello, Eberely , Fielder. Sp5.Dirk and Sgt. Vaderbaum. Then
    went to Chu Chi with Terry Judkins ,best friend there.
    His brother was with medics and was killed. Terry called me
    when we came home in February 1967. So very, very sorry to the family. Sincerely hope all are doing well. SAL D’A more

  138. BikerBob Akers
    May 30, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I served at Long Binh in 1972 (HHC, 1st Aviation Brigade G-4, USARV HQ). We departed Long Binh September 1972 for MACV Annex in Saigon. Long Binh Post became vacant of U.S. troops in November 1972. Cease fire occured in January 1973 (X-Day). I departed Country 39 days later (X+39). Polish troops and representatives from North Vietnam oversaw our exodus. Canadian troops operated our PX’s. Freedom Bird out!

  139. Sgt. Stuckey
    June 3, 2019 at 12:30 am

    I was ‘in country’ in the autumn of 1966. I took a truck with a few guys to Long Binh to pick up materials there. We called it The Long Binh Lumber Company. On another occasion, we got a few hours off to go to the PX in Saigon. Most of the rest of the time it was tents in the jungle. I think my best memory was setting up near a Shell Oil facility. There was a bar in one of the company buildings that served some kind of lemon/lime soda. It wasn’t very cold but after months of Fizzies it was heaven.

  140. Ryan Moore
    June 6, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Hello Everyone,

    This is the blog’s author. If there is sufficient interest, I will create a Facebook page for Long Binh, where I will make these maps available, and veterans/family members can share contact information. As of now, the Library of Congress does not permit email and phone numbers to be posted. I know that folks have attempted to post this information as a way to reach out. Please let me know if there is an interest.

    Sincerely,

    Ryan Moore
    Cartographic Specialist
    Geography and Map Division
    Library of Congress

    [email protected]

  141. Les Garringer
    June 11, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I was stationed at Long Binh from December 1967 to December 1968. I was assigned to HQ Company and served as a SP5 with a psychological operations unit (CORDS) under the command of Colonel Rowland H.Renwanz and later Colonel John T. Hodes. Tet was of course the big event that year, and I distinctly remember the ammo dump exploding. You could see the heat wave arrive well before the sound of the explosions.

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