|This is a view of the Bong Son plain taken from LZ 2 Bits, home of CTT #7
& #8 in 1967. The LZ was the forward base camp of the 1/9th Cavalry Squadron, 1st
Cavalry Division (Airmobile).
The photos on this page come from Steve Cradick who served with CTT #8 and the 62nd IPCT
|Another view of LZ 2 Bits. Steve calls this "in the rear with the beer". Only problem with this rear area was a total lack of ice! But happiness was a warm beer!|
|And when in the rear, there was always some work detail. This one was filling sandbags for the bunker. L to R: Steve Cradick (worker), Elmer Mahurin (supervisor), Ralph Clemings (worker) and John Dotson (supervisor).|
|Those work details got your fatigues real dirty. Fortunately 2 Bits was adjacent to a village where MamaSan and her assistant Di Di Mau had a laundry. They would take your stuff down to the Bong Son river and beat it to death over the rocks.|
|This is SFC Joseph "Nick" Nicholson taking his morning shave.
Nick was the senior NCO of
After this tour, Nick became an instructor at the Tracker School, Ft. Gordon, GA and ultimately retired out of the Army as a Command Sergeant Major.
|This is SSG Neil Couch enjoying a stand down at 2 Bits. Neil was the
Senior NCO of CTT # 8.
After this tour Neil returned to RVN and became the senior NCO of 77th IPCT attached to the 5th Inf. Div. He also served with SOG. Upon return to CONUS he became an instructor at Ft. Gordon and ultimately retired from the Army.
|SP4 Juan Alvarez Navarez "Poncho" asking if anyone wants a
"fist sandwich"? Poncho was the fist for CTT #7.
If Poncho really liked you, you could call him, "Eddie" - "but his real name was Mr. Earl........"
|This is SP4 John E. Dotson Jr before he discovered that drinking beer and smoking cigarettes are bad for your health. John was accepted into Special Forces while at Ft. Gordon but was sent to RVN before going into the training program. So fortunately for CTT# 8 he became a Tracker.|