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The hook!

The hook!

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Loyd Dinneen 31-Dec-2017 07:03
The picture here is of Freedom Hill complex before the 382nd Maint Detachment had their base built there. Just a note we were only 85 personel strong there when our base was built in 1969 and we were moved there. The people over at Red Beach called us The Animals.I was with the unit when we were with the 1st Cav. and stayed for almost two years with the 101st and the unit. We only lost one person in that time and accidental gunshot. Great unit and we were all like a big family. For those who knew Harry Manning I'm sorry to have to let you know that he has passed last year.
David W. Hackford 17-Nov-2017 21:55
To John Bond. I was there with you. I was also with you at Fort Eustis. I owe you a quart of whiskey. E-mail me.
Guest 26-Mar-2017 13:16
hi my name is John Bond I was with the 478th from November 68 thru December 69
Guest 21-Jan-2017 19:13
Roger Merryfied crashed in Crane June 22 1967 if anyone has pic's would like some. Thanks Roger can email me
Guest 17-Nov-2015 02:31
Patrick l Davis I have pictures of the crash sight and the accident report.You can get me at
bill stephens 17-Nov-2015 01:42
was with the 478 in 1968 motor pool.Went down on a ch54a coming back from ankey.Crashed on takeoff golf coarse runway.We were over weight.
Guest 31-Aug-2015 15:15
I was at red beach camp vicking 1971,your picture look like freedom hill to me too. I was the vicking cwich board opt,and line man .
Bob Fellows 30-Jul-2014 01:11
I was aircraft electrician for the 478th Jun of 1971 to Jan 1972. My name is Bob Fellows. E-5. Awesome aircraft. I flew on many missions. Stationed at Marble Mountain Da Nang.
Patrick McCarty 03-May-2014 17:24
I was in the 382nd TC. I remember some of the people on this sight. I was still at Red Beach when the crash happened and took some of the personal effects up to what became Camp Eagle. We had some very fine people there. I was just a clerk. I have tried to locate Major Paul Lovgren, who I thought very highly of, as I think most of us did. I met someone 37 years after the FLC Marine base blew up. They used flame throwers to clear brush around the ammo dump!
Loyd Dinneen 14-Apr-2014 04:51
I was with the 382nd maintance detachment that worked with the 478th aviation company sky cranes at the freedom hill base that is in the picture. We later built hotches there and move over from red beach and was with the 101st airborne. I spent 23months 15 days in the unit 1968-1970) and was the longest old timer there. I was in charge of the sheetmetal shop. Had some great friends one was Kyle Price would sure like to get in touch with him some day.
Charles Jackson 21-Sep-2013 18:35
To SFC Davis, there were 5 people killed in that crash and 1 died later. I was supposed to be on that aircraft but was called on a mission earlier that day. I have pictures of the pieces but none of the crash sight.
Bill Campbell 25-May-2013 13:23
my name is Bill Campbell I was in 478th from nov 67 thru june 69
my e-mail
Guest 30-Mar-2013 21:09
To "guest" that posted on 2-6-2012 my father was in 478th Aviation Co same place same time. He was a crane operator on a Skycrane. If you would like to contact me my email address is
Patrick L Davis SFC Army 30-Jun-2012 16:35
Would like to see a picture of the skycrane that crashed in An Khe in South Vietnam Around the 1st of September 1968. I was in that crash, There was one man killed and Several injured at the time.
Guest 06-Feb-2012 19:02
ATC,478th Aviation Company,Red Beach/Freedom Hill, Da Nang, '69-'70, "Up Tight"
rervin 11-Sep-2011 15:18
Great photo. I was a Seabee in MCB 133 Delta Co. I helped built many of those revetments around Phu Bai in 1968. Thanks for posting your pictures..
FDR 28-Oct-2010 14:39
Awesome pic
poet/photographer 02-May-2009 14:07
The mountains, the sky beyond the mountains, the nearer vegetation, the up-close wire & enclosure where in another time and place a wild horse might be tamed, and there you were! and there we are, even now, there we are--thru your gift of photographs. thank you
WJW 31-Dec-2008 21:04
Fantastic piece of machinery of its day, still used today in firefighting rolls.
Guest 04-Dec-2005 04:31
"Flying Crane"
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