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I need to hear from any body that was in Long Bien, 86th Trans. Co. any year ! Then I can fill out this roster, and if you have any pictures I can add to this web site for you e-mail them

Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 22:36:17 -0500
Subject: 86th Transportation Company
From: Phillip K. Sampley

Greetings Brother!

I just finished leaving my info on your guest book
at your website.
You have done a tremendous job!
I took basic training at Ft. Knox, Ky and went directly to Ft. Campbell, Ky
and was joined to the 86th Transportation Company, 7th Transportation Battalion,
supporting the 101st Abn Div.

In June of 1966, we left via C130 to Tacoma
Washington and boarded the
USNS General John Pope. We arrived Cam Ranh Bay
in August of 66 and spent two months building a
company area. We were then transported via C130
to Tan Son Nhut, Saigon to a place called
Tent City "B". After 10 days, we arrived at
Long Binh (TC Hill).

We were then and as your pictures show,
were still situated at the corner of the
compound (closest to Saigon).
We lived in tents on wooden pallet type flooring
until we could pour concrete slabs and erect the
metal buildings you were billetted in.

When I left in June of 67, the mess hall was
still wooden with screen wire at the top 1/3
of the walls.

If you or anyone you know that served in Vietnam
is ever looking for any items from our time in
Vietnam, let me know, I have a lot of reference
type books and information as well as patches,
crests, unit coins, MPC, C-rations,
C-ration cigs, South Vietnamese currency
and coins, North Vietnamese currency and coins,
S. Vietnamese Gov issue ID cards issued during
the war and much more.

I drove convoy with the 3rd Platoon and remember
fondly our trips through Go Da Ha, Cu Chi,
Tay Ninh, Soui Da, Platitude, Xuan Loc and many
other places. One of our first convoys was
to Xuan Loc on Thanksgiving day 1966 and the
ambush ended up in a book by the
Office of Military History called
"Seven Firefights In Vietnam". The chapter
on our convoy was entitled "Ambush On Highway 1".

Keep up the great work and if there is anything
I can do to help, let me know. I will be getting
in touch with one of our past Lt's since he had
taken several pictures that he might be willing
to share.

Take care brother and welcome home!

Phil Sampley
86th Trans Co
6th Trans Bn
48th Trans Gp
4th Trans Cmd
1st Log Cmd