Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Robert D. Dill

Another MASS-3 Marine has found us. Say hello to: 

Robert D. Dill
GySgt USMC, Ret.
3183 Bud Johnson Road
Clinton, NC 28328

Who was a Cpl and NCOIC of the Wire Section of MASS-3 in 1970 on Hill 327.

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Welcome back to MASS-3. Send us your story with photos if you have them and we will put them on this blog

Semper Fi 

craighullinger@gmail.com



Sunday, May 24, 2015

MASS-3 Squadron Insignia


HONORS OF MARINE AIR SUPPORT SQUADRON 3

HONORS OF MARINE AIR SUPPORT SQUADRON 3

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER
VIETNAM - 1966-1967
IRAQ 2003

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER W/ BRONZE STAR
VIETNAM - 1967-1968
SOUTHWEST ASIA - 1990-1991

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER W/ 3 BRONZE STARS
VIETNAM - 1968-1971
1971
1985-1987
1988-1989

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER W/ 3 BRONZE STARS

ARMED FORCES EXPIDITIONARY STREAMER

VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER W/2 SILVER AND 1 BRONZE STAR

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER W/ 2 BRONZE STARS

VIETNAM CROSS OF GALANTRY W/ PALM STREAMER

VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER


GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER

History of MASS-3







History of MASS-2

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wayne Castricone

Another MASS-3 Marine has found us.

Semper Fi



Wayne Castricone has left a new comment on the post "220 not 327": 

The Danang ASRT was on Hill 220 and moved to Hill 327 in Nov/ Dec 1969. I was there when we moved it. I broke a leg in January 1970 and that was the last I saw of the place. 

Semper Fi


Wayne Castricone wecast2@yahoo.com 


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We had dogs with us for a while.  The last shot is me on the left and my brother Pete who was with seventh Marines (LZ Baldy) at the time.
















Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rodney Lindsey

I was there on hill 220 with Pavano and Sgt Johnson, Gunny Sgt r.s.yale.  I took down the nva flag and captured a nva officer with the help of Sgt. Johnson. I was awarded the bronze star w/ combat V my name is Pvt. Rodney Lindsey. would very much like to here from Pavano I have many pictures of the group who retook the Hill on Feb. 23, 1969. my e-mail is evanrpl@hotmail.com

semper fi and ooh rah

Rodney Lindsey

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Views From Helicopters





























Huey helo, and explosion.  I don't know who the ghost Marine is or how he got there.  Anyone know him?  Pretty sure I took the photo craighullinger@gmail.com






Hill 327







Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MASS-3 Marine Ron Leon and the SB-86 Switchboard

Craig Hullinger left, Dirk Hopkins? right, SB 86 Switchboard

MASS-3 Marine Ron Leon from the Wire Section, Comm Platoon from 1970 has found us.  Say hello to Leon.  Ron Leon <rcleon17@gmail.com>

I am reminded of a story.  Our switchboard was a big old SB-86 with stacked SB-22's on top - photo above.

Leon asked me if I would watch the switchboard while he went to get the mail. 

"Sure", I said, "show me how to do it." He showed me and took off.

I handled the first call ok. But then I got confused as more calls came in.  I was disconnecting calls, and ringing back into peoples ears, and in general screwing it up.

The board was totally lighted up when Leon came back. This was not good.

 "Lieutenant, what did you do?" cried Leon.

"I screwed it up", I said, "Fix it!" and went back to my office.

The CO, the XO, and the S-3 all called me within minutes.  "Who the hell is the idiot you have on the switchboard? He is terrible!"

"It was a new man, Sir,"  I said. "We will never put that idiot back on the board.

"Oh", they said. I think they felt a little bad about how I must have chewed out the poor idiot.



     ...............    I never put that idiot back on the switchboard.



Hill 327 Danang 1970-71 at LZ BA Puglisi







The blast wall protects the office buildings from the helo rotor wash.