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Pontoon Bridge
29-JUN-2007

Pontoon Bridge

These bridges are an experience to cross...especially in a heavy vehicle! Notice how the bridge sags under the load of the truck in front of us!


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Martin Short 10-Apr-2014 23:34
Hi, I was in the 554th float bridge and later the 509th in Pleiku, Dak to and Kontum. We had a float bridge about half the size of the one pictured. It was at Dak to and during the battle in nov. 1967 . We had a tank retriever towing a damaged tank cross our bridge. The bridge sank until the water was halfway up the tracks, I thought it was all going in the river but the bridge started popping up behind it and we guided it across. I had visions of a court martial if it went in. Was only a spec 4 but I gave the go ahead to come across. Exciting days!!
Clyde (gino) Phillips 21-Mar-2014 05:07
Frank Haynes, I saw your post and would like to hear from. Thee 553rd is having a reunion in Las Vegas, Nv. on Sept 16th, 2014. Please e-mail if you are interested. I have a roster of 53 members that were in the company from 1965 to 1971. You can e-mail me at: genephi213@gmail.com or call me at: 530 622 6999 Clyde (gino)Phillips
553rd Engr 1967/68 511th Engr 1966/67
Frank Haynes 15-Jan-2014 16:55
I was in Vietnam Aug 65 to Feb. 66 with the 553rd engineers from Ft. CAMPBELL. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF MY COMRADES.
Guest 13-Jan-2014 23:18
Does anyone have pictures of boats used by the 553d from Ft.Campbell in Vietnam. Frank Haynes
AV Guy 16-Sep-2012 21:06
I used to cross this bridge at least twice a week. I worked in the Army Ed. Ctr in the 80th Group compound. I alternated driving or sitting in the back of a pick up with a loaded weapon to pick up Univ of Maryland Far East Div professors from the Air Base and then taking them back across the river after class was over at night. After you cross it that many times you get used to the motion.
clyde phillips 02-Jul-2012 00:19
e-mail me about a reunion of the 553rd in aug 2012@ genephil@cwnet.com
clyde phillips 06-Feb-2012 04:50
To Dwayne Fields; e-mail about a reunion of the 553rd coming in August of this year, clyde Phillips
Guest 31-Jul-2010 16:38
Gentleman,

First off thank you for my freedom. I aquired one of these boats (mint) about 2 years ago here in Alaska of all places and am turning it into one heck of a moose making machine. I know very little about them and research is troublesome at best. Were motors ever mounted on them and if so how large were they? In addition, how were they rafted together (I assume the round rails on the sides) and the sterns--were they pinned through the angled circular channels????. This one is about 80 inches wide and 20 foot long--did they come in different sizes? Adrian Smith
Jim Blankenship 28-Jan-2010 11:00
Jim70
I was w/553rd '70..Never built a bridge.--full time transportation all over S.VN.
JOSEPH TANNENBAUM 08-Mar-2009 23:32
JOE T
I WAS WITH THE 26TH ENGINEER BATTALION ECHO COMPANY CHU LAI THE FLOAT BRIDGE COMPANY OF AMERICAL PUT IN AND TOOK OUT A FEW BRIDGES IN MY TIME THERE. YES HEAVY LIFTING AND PULLING OUR OWN SECURITY DURING BUILD. TOUGHEST WAS ALWAYS WAS REMOVING THE RAMP AFTER BEING BURIED INTO THE SAND AND MUD AFTER WAS BURIED IN IT.
Cj 23-Jan-2009 10:14
Built one of those babies in Vietnam with the 4th Engineers 1n 69. Lots of lifting. Driving the 5 ton bridge truck with the bulk and the float on top of the truck made for some tough driving.
Cj 23-Jan-2009 10:13
Built one of those babies in Vietnam with the 4th Engineers 1n 69. Lots of lifting. Driving the 5 ton bridge truck with the bulk and the float on top of the truck made for some tough driving.
Dwayne Fields 18-Aug-2008 15:56
i was in 553rd engineers. we built this bridge.did all maintance and guard duty on it
Guest 21-Apr-2008 22:55
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bob 21-Apr-2008 22:54
hi this picture is awsome
Robyco01-Jul-2007 22:07
Yep, they angle in the bridge can be seen very clear...
Glad i am not in that truck ......
shatterbug01-Jul-2007 06:41
Great mood and composition!
carabias30-Jun-2007 17:52
It is a gorgeous photography, Richard.
Sam_C30-Jun-2007 17:47
Outstanding imagery!! Tones and details are awesome, with a great sense of
time and place. Big Vote!
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