Saturday, July 25, 2015

Air Show

Air Show

 This is an Air Show in Cameron, a small rural town
in Missouri.

             The pilots, bike and truck drivers and the
photographers are all nuts !!
             This one is waaaay more than just
an airshow!!! 

Thanks to Colonel Byron Hill for sharing. 

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2015

Marine Buddy Locator


Locating Former Marines

The Separations and Retirement Branch (MMSR-6) assists individuals wishing to locate former or retired Marines. For more information, contact MMSR-6 at (703) 784-9310/1/2 or (800) 336-4649 Option#0 or email:

Or, mail your request to:

Separation & Retirement Branch
Head Retired Services (MMSR-6)
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134


I served with MASS3 DASC from Chu lai 1967 to Kae Sanh 1968 and all points in between. Duc Pho, 327 and every where the moble dasc went. 

Does any one know how to contact Col Goddard.?


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Looking for her Father - A Hill 327 Marine in 1970

Sandy 1970
Hi my name is Julie and we spoke on the phone before. This is a picture of my mother name Sandy at the time. 

I've been looking for my father and he was in the Marines. He was on Hill 327 in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1969-1970. 

My mom forgot a lot of information about him due to the communism.  I really want to finally meet him.

Please if you can help me find any information about him, you can email me through, and he will put you into contact with me. He also has a little more information about the Marine including his first name and job which he can tell you by email.

Thank you so much.

This photo is of me when I was 20 years old.

This is me now.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Marine Air 1968

An airplane on Monkey Mountain

An airplane on Monkey Mountain

Click to read more:

I saw this plane several times when I drove to the MACS Unit on Monkey Mountain. I never knew what happened.  Below are three versions.


Thursday 08/04/2005 0:34:07am
Name:Steven A. Vaughn USMC MAG-11 Da Nang
Homepage Title:Photo Gallery Jet Plane Crash Mky. Mtn.
Homepage URL:
Referred By:Just Surfed In
Location:Monkey Mountain - Da Nang RVN
Comments:Date unknown. As a young Marine at MAG-11 H&MS-11 I watched a F8 Crusader make an emergency landing at the Da Nang air strip. It had a small tree hanging off the stabilator (tail section). The tree was about 15-20 feet in length. This plane was one of two that had got in trouble at Monkey Mountain that day. We were told the other plane had nosed in just below the crest of the mountain. The pilot had ejected safely and had landed on the beach about 1200 feet below the crash site. I was one of those Marines who were sent to the site the next day to salvage as much as we could. I was out of the Hydraulic Shop at H&MS-11 there with people from Avionics,Airframes and Safety and Survival. I recall 4 of us in the back of the 6x6 the driver and a Gunnery Sergeant in the cab. We departed the compound,drove through Da Nang and up the winding road passed the AFRTS broadcasting site to just about 100 yards below a Marine SAM site. This crash was caused by low visibility through the clouds surrounding Monkey Mountain that morning.The clouds had cleared around the mountain giving about a quarter mile visibility. The surviving plane had gone into afterburner and just cleared the crest taking with it a little vegetation.The crashed plane pilot had ejected and survived. Now that's the rest of the story.

UPDATE 7/21/98

Hey! This was great. I was stationed there my first tour from August 1966 to Oct. 1967. Boom Boom rock was all brown...the Marine Corps green was a nice new touch since I was there. As for the plane crash it was 1967...I was there. It sounded like a 500 pound bomb when it hit. The pilot we were told was killed. He wasn't shot down, just didn't have correct altitude to make it over the top. Also, there was live ammo alright...but by the next morning when our Marines got there to recover the pilots body, all the goodies were gone. (electronics, ammo (I think it was carrying rockets or a couple of bombs). The innocent wood cutters and charcoal makers weren't so innocent after all...the plane had been stripped like it had sat too long on the streets of New York. We had plenty of rock apes up there throwing rocks and at night we thought they were grenades. And there was the occasional tiger that
showed up at night to scare the day lights out of us more than the gooks.

Keith Burd

From Wikapedia

On 24 March 1968 an F-8 Crusader Bu 150306 from VF-53 crashed into the side of Monkey Mountain, the pilot ejected successfully and the rear fuselage of the jet which embedded in the mountain became a popular photo opportunity for military personnel.[6]

Monkey Mountain

Interesting article written by a Marine on our Sister Squadron on Monkey Mountain.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Robert D. Dill


I too was drafted by the Army and then enlisted in the Corps for four years, no guarantees.
I was at MACS-4 on Monkey Mountain, H & H S-18 on the strip. In 1970 Major Moore sent me to you on Freedom Hill.
I was trained as a crypto tech but you got me to run the Electric Rat and crew to include Leon, Hoppy? and a third lineman whose name I do not remember.

As a corporal that was the first time that I was in charge of anyone.

As the wire chief Hoppy told me that I was to bunk in the back room of the wire shack. I put myself on the midnight to 0600 watch as switch board operator so that the linemen would be available during the day.  You did not require me to make the morning meeting on the hill and you would call down after the meeting with trouble calls. I would be asleep and the switch board operator would ring me ( one of the first things that I did was to run a phone to my bunk ).
“ This is Corporal Dill speaking Sir, I’ll put my best man on it right away, Sir.” (There usually was only one man)
I remember being on the Freedom Hill switch board one night and hearing rockets overhead and then watching the impacts down on the Danang Air Base. 
I did not stay long and was sent TAD to  H & H S-18 ( in the general rocket impact area) to work in the Message Center.
I did not go to Japan with the unit but PCS’d to Camp Lejeune.
I tell people that I was in the rear with the beer and the gear.
On Freedom Hill we had hooches, a chow hall, a Viking sauna in the enlisted shower and cold beer in the club.

I have no combat action ribbon, no purple heart and no regrets.
I am proud to be a Marine. I am privileged to have served under you.

I retired twenty years as a Gunnery Sergeant.
Robert D. Dill 248 6166
GySgt USMC, Ret.


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