MASS-3 Vietnam

MASS-3 Vietnam

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Joseph LoSchiavo - Writing a Book

Good to hear from you, Joe. I will put your email on the blog to see if any of the other guys know the answers to your question.

There was a Fire Base near Phu Bai called Birmingham.  We had an ASRT there and knew it well.  This might be the Fire Base you were at. I think if they brought you all the way to Danang they would have taken you directly to the hospital, but  who knows?

I don't know much else.  You probably should get the Unit Diaries of the Unit you were in.  They will tell you locations and some details about personnel. One of our members is an expert on getting the Unit Diaries - he can tell you how to do it.

You should also try to find Navy medical folks who served in Danang.  They should be able to tell you where they took people.  Good luck in your research and book.

No, LT (Col/ret), you don’t know me.

I’ll get right to it.

I arrived DaNang 0630 hrs 27 April 1969. I was at the R&R Center at the foot of 327 (Freedom Hill) when the dump(s) cooked off. Again, my first day. 1 hour into it.

I eventually was sent to Phu Bai where I was an aerial gunner (Aircrew) with HML-367 and HMH-462…

Back to DaNang. We were eventually evac’d by trucks from the bunker. I’d taken some shrapnel to my right knee and burns to my arm.

First, the 6X6 took us to one of the surrounding FSBs? Then took me to a kind of MASH (couldn’t tell you whose).

Eventually, I wound up on China Beach. With a million other guys…

I’m writing a book. If you could shed any light on where I went, where I was taken, the MASH, anything.

You were stationed in DaNang. My AO was up north, the Z; Thua Tien and Quang Tri. I don’t know DaNang; you do.

Help. And thanks. Semper Fi. Joe

Joseph LoSchiavo <>

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Vietnam War Home Movies Tien Sha & Da Nang 1969 ...
Mar 28, 2014 - Uploaded by VintageFilmArsenal
Vietnam War Home Movies Tien Sha & Da Nang 1969 ammo dump ... Hill 327, the April 27th Da Nang ammo ...

Camp Reasoner March 2011 - YouTube
Jun 26, 2013 - Uploaded by Richard Brown
A visit to Camp Reasoner, at Hill 327, First MAR DIV, Da Nang, Vietnam in March of 2011 with Cornelis ...

Vietnam USMC War Dogs, 1st and 3rd MPBN, 1970-71 ...
Jul 2, 2008 - Uploaded by actorcop1971
Vietnam USMC War Dogs, 1st and 3rd MPBN, 1970-71 ... base ofHill 327 which was taken and lost a few times ...

Take a ride through the 1st Mar Div Area Part 1 mpeg2video ...
Sep 4, 2009 - Part 1 of a 3 part ride through the old 1st Marine Division area around Hill 327. ... while serving with the 1st Mar Div while stationed in Da Nang.

Take a Ride to Camp Reasoner, Da Nang Vietnam ...
Aug 22, 2009 - Uploaded by Richard Brown
Take a ride past Freedom Hill to Camp Reasoner. The old camp stone sign is still there as well as an EGA over ...

OV-1 Mohawk Danang Ammo Dump goes Up in Smoke ...
Jun 11, 2009 - Uploaded by stan bloom
OV-1 Mohawk The Danang AFB Ammo Dump blows up in 1969 OV-1 ... Take a Ride Through Da Nang ...

Tribute to General Lewis W. Walt, USMC. By Amanda Hill Witte
Mar 21, 2012 - Uploaded by Amanda Witte
I dedicate this video I made to my Husband Markus and his Mother Joy, in tribute to Joy's Father and Markus ...

Take a Ride to the 1st MAR DIV CGs Helicopter Pad ...
Sep 5, 2009 - Uploaded by Richard Brown
... ride with us as we find General Wheeler's helicopter pad on Hill 327. ... Take a Ride Through Da Nang ...

Fire support bases in Vietnam - now and then - YouTube
Jan 11, 2015 - Uploaded by user2325156
Taking the car from Da Nang all the way to Phu Loc. visiting the AO of the 327 Infantry during the vietnam war ...

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration ..

Interactive Map on Combat Bases in Vietnam

Click to see the interactive map

The map has some limitations and it is hard to find bases.  But still interesting.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Boxing on the Hill and Beach

We constructed a nice boxing ring on Hill 327 just below the Wire Shack and south of the E-5 and above Club in 1070. We had very large gloves but no one was using it.

To get something going I declared myself to be King of the Hill. A few guys fought me but I won (at least I think I won, maybe this is a result of me remembering it the way I want to remember it). VC Jones of the radio platoon was a good boxer but I was a lot bigger and was able to handle him. At least that is the way I remember it - VC, if you are out there let us know how you remember it.

We had a squadron party at China Beach in 1970. The Squadron Members got Cpl Kyker and myself to fight. Kyker was a lot bigger than me and a tough guy. I knocked him down once but he knocked me down twice. But on the way back Major Hickok stated that I won. Lt Warvel commented that I was nuts to fight him, and he was probably right.

I had a photo of Kyker ready to blast me with my arms up in a wimpy manner but have lost the photo. If anyone has photos of boxing on the Hill or Beach please send them and I will post them here.

Semper Fi

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Military Humor with Aircraft Photos

Military Humor with aviation photos

Stand by, stand by, Mark Mark

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Looking for Marines From MASS-3

From: Storey []
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 1:44 PM
Subject: MASS-3 TPQ-10 1967

The source of the attached photo, Tom Skarbeck, is searching for the names of the Marines standing with him. The photo is from the magazine published by Vietnam Veterans of America.

I, along with Tom Adams, BGen.(ret.), joined MASS-3 at Chu Lai the first week of June 1967.  During the time before I went home in April 1968 I worked as an SAD and strike controller at Chu Lai, was part of the airborne DASC crew in July 1967, SAD Hill 29 DASC, SAD DaNang DASC, OIC DaNang ASRT “A” and, finally, OIC Khe Sanh DASC from late Feb until early Apr.  Tom and I had spent the first two months of our tour with the 9th MAB air support det at Camp Schwab.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

Dennis Howland

Dennis Howland has left a new comment on your post "Bob Hassett": 

I was with MACS 7 and MASS 3, Chu Lai, Dong Ha in 66 and 67. I have AO related heart disease. Trying to locate Marines from that time, those units.


Welcome back to MASS-3.  Send us stories or photos and we will publish them here.

Dennis Howland, Are you Howie, big Marine from Iowa. I may recall you from Chu Lai in early '67. I may have AO info about the wire out and inside the perimeter at the MASS 3 area and all along it from Ky Ha Ville all the way to the 7th Comm. area.

 George McAdoo 

Friday, February 05, 2016

George McAdoo

Arrived Chu Lai 24 Dec. 66. Capt. Masitis (sp?), gave me and my sea bag a ride up the hill in his jeep in a pouring rain. Mess duty and guard duty then to the DASC.

Worked Operations Shawnee I and II at Camp Evans North of Phong Dien off Rt.1. Flew Airborne DASC mission in July,'67 out of Da Nang with Capt. Misitis. Robby Robinson and Lally, (sp?) and others. We were in Da Nang at MWHQ Group 18 area the night of the rocket attack on 15 July. 

Our C-130 took shrapnel through the wings and our mission was scrubbed. I was transferred to the Da Nang DASC in Aug,'67 and after 30 day extension leave, returned to Da Nang in time for Tet, "68. In March, '68 sent to Khe Sahn.

Then to LZ Stud after Khe Sahn was abandoned at the end of June. worked with Capt. Skip Fish, Capt. Noel Lt. Agro, Sgt. Vega Roger Brantly (RDB), Robbie Robinson, Mac McCormick, Sam Snowden, Harper, Cartney Ezyk, Mason, Ponticorvo, Nervy,(last 3 all Motor T) and Mike Arfa and many others.

I was medivaced with Hepatitis on 10 Aug, '68 from Cam Rahn Bay. 

Semper Fi.

George McAdoo has left a new comment on your post "MASS-3 Vietnam"


George McAdoo has left a new comment on "MASS-3 Vietnam":

E-mail me at And I need to change name from Mike to Cartney Ezyk, who I served with in Chu Lai and on Operations Shawnee I and II. Also, an interrogatory, I have seen scuttlebutt concerning issuance of a Combat Air Crew Medal to those of us who served with the Airborne DASC in July of 1967. Anyone with confirmation or information on how to pursue issuance of the award, please contact me at the above e-mail address. 

Semper Fi!

Posted by George McAdoo to MASS-3 Marine Air Support Squadron-3