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100th and the 500th

I need some help with my memory....the 100th and the 500th combined and became the 79th(FB) I believe... the 104th was next door to us??? Also....there was a man killed while I was there....I only remember his nickname....he drove the bridge crane...E-6...I only remember him by "Hook"....can someone refresh my memory...I can only remember a couple names from when I was in Nam...it seems so long ago but like yesterday...only the names have faded..so anyway..I need some help here....100th and 500th combined and became the ????????.....what was "Hooks" real name? If it helps any..he ran over a mine while on convoy...anyone???

Re: 100th and the 500th

Well in answer to your questions I also was with the 500th from Nov 68 to Dec 70. I was initially in HQ platoon then was moved to 1st Platoon, 1st Squad and later the Squad leader of same. When we combined with the 100th we became the 79th Eng. Co. (BP)-Bridge Provisional.
I know the feeling, the remember the incident but not the names. As I remember, it was 1969, he wasn't killed by the blast outright. The tire exploded and bent the cab over and crushed his chest against the steering wheel. Also in late '69 we lost an E-5 and had 2 wounded during an ambush. 1970 we lost a Spec 4 in another ambush north of Tay Ninh. I was driving the platoon gun jeep at the time and it took 6 hits from AK rounds but miraculously none of the 4 of us in the jeep were hit.
Hope this helps.

Re: 100th and the 500th

I was an MA in the 500th Club. I was there when the two companies joined to form the 79th Bridge provintial. I was not there when the oe you memtion was killed. I was on a convoy when our gun jeep was hit by 2 RPG's and killed one and injured two. I also am bad with names. But I do have some pictures.

Re: 100th and the 500th

After some searching I finally found this site again. In answer to your question on the E-6 crane operator his name (found on another site) was Wayne Barnum. He was killed 12/8/68. I remember the convoy when that jeep was hit. We were going to an FSB hauling gravel & rock for an artillery unit. I can't remember the names of the occupants but remember the Sgt. on the 60 was killed and the driver and Lt. were wounded pretty badly. We lost another on a convoy to another FSB supporting the Cambode adventure. He'd only been in country 6 months.

I'd like to see any pictures you have as all mine were lost in a fire years ago. Here's a couple of sites you might want to check out.

http://unitpages.military.com/unitpages/unit.do?id=104462

http://www.engineersvietnam.com/engineers/pacemakers.htm

Re: 100th and the 500th

Alex,(and all others who may read this)
Most of the people posting seem to be from later tours with the 500th Eng Co (PB) than I was. I was with the 500th at Ft Bragg in 1966 when we first came to the Nam on the SS John Pope. Along with us on the ship were a few other engineer companies (104th DT, 503rd FB, 100th) and the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. We built the aluminum hooches at the north end of Long Binh overlooking Ho Nai vil to the north. We had the first 500th casualty, Tommy Ray Garton from CA. He was finishing a roadway pulling a sheep's foot roller when his from wheel hit a mine, killing him. Another fellow left the company when he was badly burned while welding above the showers igniting the fuel. No one else was killed that tour but my friend Jones Rich from TN had a .45 go off injuring his leg. He was lucky and finished the tour okay. I was there during the time we supported the Aussies and got the infamous 'Red Kangaroo' painted on our vehicles. I left in Nov 67 and knew nothing of the joining of the 500th with the 100th to become the 79th (BP). I think they are currently part of the 15th Eng and may be in Germany from what I've read. The only contacts I have from the company that served with me are Denny Weissflog and Mike Cieski. I hope this post finds you and all our 500th Vets well.
Dave (NY State)

Re: 100th and the 500th

Hi Dave,

Interesting read on your posting as I now know more pre-November 68 when I joined the 500th(PB)and continued when we were combined with the 100th(FB) to become the 79th(BP). It was also interesting to see that you are from the great Empire state as I was born and raised in Syracuse. Winters finally got the best of me and now I reside in Hawaii.

Best to you and yours this Thanksgiving,
Alex Miller

Re: 100th and the 500th

The guy you are talking that was kill last name was Vaughe he was from George look on the wall and fine his name.

Re: 100th and the 500th

I have a couple people that was with the 500 and 100 if you wanrt to cont or call me me at 972 780 0260 thanks jack clymer