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Vietnam
PHU CAT
1968-1969

Roy O. Edwards,
PC, 37th Security Police Squadron
© 2008

Photos: Left, M-60. Right, A stand of bamboo encountered while on patrol with my M-16/M-79. How come we weren’t this heavily armed when they hit us at night? (I was a day shift guy).

PHU CAT AIRBASE, SVN
Phu Cat Airbase, 1970

Photos taken from a tower position on top of a water tank located in the center of Phu Cat AB. I believe this post was Tango-16. I tried to do a panorama type series of shots (and even numbered and notated the pictures for my “previous” wife!!). Moving to the right are barracks in the background and the base movie theater towards the foreground. This is where Bob Hope did his shows.

Under the letter "A" in the above Phu Cat title, shows the barracks area and the main gate location along the road, with Phu Cat mountain in the background.

All shots taken in November 1968. [Photos created a panorama]


PHOTOS

I have some photos from Phu Cat when I was there from Apr 6, ’68 until Apr 4, ’69. I’ve noticed some nice presentations and I’m thinking, after reading the submission information, that you are the guy who will put them in an “album” type presentation. Here goes. Roy Edwards

Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!

 

Photo group-1:

1. Top Left: My man Burt Mooney beside my open locker. I had a small refrigerator so I was the beer & soda guy. Last I heard Burt headed to LA when he got out to become a private eye.

2. Top Right: Me, in the back of a truck headed to Red Beach, Qui Nhon.

3. Bottom: Phu Cat AB flight line area with aircraft revetments to the left of the road, hangers and workshops on the right side. The flight line is to the extreme left.

 
Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!


 

 

Photo group-2:

Top Left: Me in one of the towers ... why am I holding a coconut??

Top Right: M-60 mounted and ready to go on an M-151 jeep.

 

Bottom: M-60 setup in a tower.

 

Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!



Photo group-3:

Top Left:
Me and a couple of kids outside a shop in Qui Nhon.

Top Right: A group of Vietnamese we rounded up on the base. Had to load them on a flatbed but I don’t remember what we did with them after that. Think there are any VC/NVA in the crowd?

Bottom: Kids swimming in the river on the south side of the base below one of our towers, yeah I know, had to keep my eyes open all the time!

 

Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!

 

 

 

Photo group-4:

Top: The boyz at the NCO club. I’m on the left, my good Army friend from South Philly, Bob Power, My 1st hootch-mate, Tim Byro (who went OSI), our Armorer, a LA Cajun, and sorry I can’t remember who…

 

 

 

Bottom: Partying in the Red Horse area next to the barracks I was in (how convenient is that!). The Red Horse deal was: we bought it and they drank it ... or was it, they bought it and we drank it? From the looks on out faces, no one seemed to remember -- or care.

L-R: Dean (in the back), then Rob, me, SSgt Bill Barnett, SSgt Jim Freeman and SSgt Young (my boss).

 

 

Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!



Photo group-5:

Top: This is the Red Horse patio where we partied, built beside one of the barracks.

 

 

 

 

 

Bottom: We even had a pet duck who “used” to stay on the concrete pond. Some scoundrel killed it and ate it though.

 

Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!

Photo-6:

I had to do a money run to Đà Nẵng -- look what I found! Funny story here, I went up with a SSgt and we were supposed to hop a flight back as soon as we dropped the payroll. We stopped here for a beer (or two) and George saw some friends from the states… 3 days later we caught a flight back to Phu Cat. Thank God he had rank, he worked Intell and got us out of trouble….

 
Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!




Photo-7:

The old azimuth board
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Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!






Photo-8:

CloseUp: The old azimuth board
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Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!

 

 

Top: Playing football beside the barracks. My hootch mate Ray Rybicki, in plaid shorts is rushing the QB.

 

 

 

 

Bottom: The bar in the patio. On the left is my Army buddy Paulie LeVito, from Brooklyn, NY. Behind the bottles is my other Army friend Bob Power from South Philly. When he and LeVito got “tuned up” their accents would get thicker and thicker. For a small town guy like me it was great to hear them tell war stories of home. If I only had tapes…

"How many beers have I drunk?" How the wazoo is that elephant?"

 

 

Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!

 

 

 

 

Photo group-9:

Top Left: This tree was outside the armory and Christmas of 1968 some troops decided we needed a Christmas tree. This was it.

Top Right: Mamasan, Xuan, 35 years old, she cleaned our barracks shined boots and did the laundry thing with fish starch and all that.

 

 

 

Bottom: Me at Bravo #4 (bunker)

 

Phu Cat AB, Vietnam, 3rd Security Police Squadron, Cobrat Flight!

 

 

One of the 37th SPS K-9 Sentry dogs. They were not trail or scout dogs, but vicious sentry dogs that hated everything and everyone on the planet--except their handlers (sorry, don’t which K-9 this is). But I remember the ROK’s were interrogating a POW and he wouldn’t talk so they blindfolded him and brought him to the kennels to walk between the dogs. I think they got what they were looking for….

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