LanternBearer: Pics and Stories
Other companies up and down the hill were earmarked for shipment to Viet Nam. Most in 1964 were sent as a group to other bases to make up brigades and battalions for mass transport by troopship. Those guys did it WWII style in utilities and sometimes battle gear. As the war went on, the less desirable "replacement" or "F****** New Guy" system went into effect. Under that system many replacements were processed through Oakland Army Terminal in CA and then on to Edwards AFB for contract flights to various destinations and waypoints on the Pacific rim. They would eventually get to the Nam in short sleeve khakis toting a B-4 bag and a duffle. It was pitiful to have to walk across the ramp in front of the departing guys sitting on their luggage and wearing new khakis getting ready to get in to those seats that were still warm from the FNGs.
My route was to Ft Devens, MA for 8 months and then to Turkey for thirteen. I was also in Japan for a little over two years.
All typos are intentional.
Tuslog Detachment 4/Hippodrone Sinop Turkey