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I remember them bringing kool-aid out to the flightline and passing it out on hot (very hot) afternoons. They were a welcome sight and I guess the kool-aid was okay too!!!!!

Ken

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Ah Yes, the milk run. Every morning the Maintenance truck would go to each Herk to find out what they were hauling. We had Bananas and Oranges one morning. We kept an extra box of each. We ate a complete box of Bananas in 4 days. Oranges lasted a while longer. Yes, the Donut Dollies were a welcome sight.

Here's a couple more CRB pics if anyone is interested.

Wil

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I remember the M-113 APC's, would pull up and watch the movies like they were at the drive in. Sometimes you would hear their radio and they would fire up and take off to parts unknown then later come back and finish watching the movie. Yelling at luther for screwing up the flick brings back lots of memorys, like peanut butter toast with sand for breakfast. Ken what year are the flightline pics from? When I was there 69-70 we had revetments for all the 130's like in my pic. Bill

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Bill, that distant pic of the flightline must have been one I took on my first trip to CRB in 1967!On that first trip there were no revetments that I can remember. We were all just parked nose to nose. In 1969 and 70, when I practically lived at CRB, there were revetments!! So, I don't know when they were built. I was there in 68 a few times, but mostly I was at Naha doing my flightline duties like washing planes, towing refuel/defuel team, specialist dispatch/flightline taxi etc. Also did CQ in the barracks for 30 days!!! (hearing loss)!

I also spent 90 days as a Blind Bat Crew Member in Ubon for 90 days in 68!

Ken

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.........Guys.........at that time, all I could do is watch the news at TV. ........you know Walter!!! I was buying aircraft magazines....with all the aircrafts involved in that war..Ouf!!! it's still in my mind!!.....Cheers guys!!

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Ken, CRB alright. My profile pic here is outside my hootch at CRB Herky Hill. Over the top of the hill you could get to the beach. If you went further down the road there was an Army supply post where troops could go thru the line and pick up whatever you could carry before they went in country, fatigues, boots, rain ponchos, even bayonets (if needed). I would just roll up my sleeves to cover my Stripes, sign a sheet , go thru the line and get what I needed. We ate good on Herky Hill too since all the supplys come in thru us

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I remember that C-130 carcus. I was in CRB during TET of 68. There were 130's loaded with fuel parked everywhere. I was driving down the line in a tow tug that did about 5 mph flat out. It was during the dark early morning hours when the morters started coming in. As I was driving that tug down the line Airmen started emptying out of their birds and jumping on the tug I was driving, I was stopping for nothing with all those birds loaded with fuel. When I made it back to the Maintenance office I bailed out of the tug before it stopped and dove in a bunker. There were so many bodies under me I was still up in the air. I keep 2 scrap pieces of one of those morters in my top drawer.

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Donwon, there was a C-130 carcass off to the right of the road going from the flightline to Herky Hill at CRB that no longer had wings etc. I had heard it was shoved off the runway by a bulldozer. It was there from 67 to 70 for sure!

I do have a pic of it somewhere, and will post it when I find it!!!

I don't think your CRS is as bad as you think it is!! Unless of course you drank too many of those rusty steel topped Carling Black Labels! I know I am going to apply for VA assistance due to over-indulgence! Probably would fall under the same category as Agent Orange!!!!!

Ken

PS, after further thought, I think the carcass was not too far from the terminal laying semi-upright in the sand!!!

Ken, I think there was 1 other busted up Herk we used to CANN circuit breakers from to fix the A's B's and E's as they would break-Break did I say BREAK? at CRB-very nostalgic pic!!! Wonder if I could roll down the hill from the club?!

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Here's the theater. Chow hall is to the right, out of site

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This is the BBQ area behind the Quanset hut I lived in every time I came in country. Only remember Herky Hill my 1st or 2nd trip.

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Quanset huts. We would go fly and Papa San would rent out our beds to grunts who had in country R&R's. Air conditioned hut and the bed would be warm when you got back. Plus ans OLD Mama San who would stay in the shower while you were cleaning up.

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I have the hardest time getting pictures in the right order on this site. Thia will have to do, Bill

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Ken, CRB alright. My profile pic here is outside my hootch at CRB Herky Hill. Over the top of the hill you could get to the beach. If you went further down the road there was an Army supply post where troops could go thru the line and pick up whatever you could carry before they went in country, fatigues, boots, rain ponchos, even bayonets (if needed). I would just roll up my sleeves to cover my Stripes, sign a sheet , go thru the line and get what I needed. We ate good on Herky Hill too since all the supplys come in thru us

That was the 22nd Replacement Battalion. We had a guy ride the bus down there and he came back looking like he was ready to start his own war with the NVA. Do you remember the metal containers you could put a lock on to keep your beer cool in the refrigerator. They would hold about a six pack. You had to lock it up or it would disappear while you were at work.

Gary Robinson

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Bill, The only time I saw or lived in the quonset huts was on my first trip to CRB in Dec. 67. Thanks for the pics, I forgot what they looked like! I think that was before Herky Hill was in operation ???

Gary, oh yeh, the 22nd replacement battallion!!! Where else would an Air Force "jeep" get properly equipped for the war? Then we would haul off our goodies back to Naha and look like war veterans!!!! Never mind the used jungle boots!!! Then came the black stripes!

Ken

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Where was the concrete runway? Was the psp torn out and the new one built where it was?

I think they had a psp ramp for a while also. Not sure.

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You know, I don't ever remember seeing any psp around CRB, but I didn't get around much!!

I imagine the base was several years old by the time I had the opportunity to visit!!!

I went there in 67,68,69, &70, and each time I went to CRB it was bigger and different! We pumped a lot of money into that country!!!

By the way, do you remember the outdoor pissers on the main base? You know the ones that only covered you from about the chest down!! I was taking a leak near the BX one day and saluted a AF Nurse ( a 1st. LT) when she walked by!! Boy was I embarrassed! She didn't salute back by the way!!!

Man what memories,

Ken

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I was at CRB, 70-71, working Bou's. We had a PSP ramp. We use to swap extra mattresses with the 22nd for steaks. Always made for such a nice BBQ. I was there when the Tri-Service depot was blown up. Man, that had the barracks shaking and rocking since we just lived on the other side on the hill from it. Not much sleep that night.

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Ken, I have CRB slides to get posted too. But do you know any of the troops that were sent to Naha from CCK? I remember a Darrall Blanchard, Woody English, and an Airman named Brock, and also Jim Collins. Were you ever able to enlarge those orders that I sent you?

Jim

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I came up from CCK to Naha in Sept of 68. Brock and Collins sounds familiar because I came up from CCK in Sept of 68. I may be wrong but I thank there was about 100 of us that came up.

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Man these posts about CRB really get my 2 or 3 brain cells to going. I remember the 22nd well, still have one of those nifty double folding shovels the grunts used that I picked up there. Anyone remember the truck full of jungle boots that flipped on the curve at the bottom of Herky Hill.

Boots were everywhere. Also remember when the new guy brought the 40MM gernade from the beach into the chowhall to show the cooks. EOD covered it with sandbags in front of the chow hall and blew it up. I had just come up from the F/L to eat chow and everybody was in a tizzy. Those were the days my friend...we thought they'd never end...but they finally did and I miss them ,ha ha. Bill

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Jim, I couldn't manage to enlarge the orders you sent! Will have to try another way I guess.

When I left Naha in Mar. 69, I was by myself. I think I was the first or one of the first to do that! Not long after I got to CCK, one of my good friends John Chase showed up and then there were several more later. For the life of me I can't remember their names. I do think Larry Hinch was one of the guys. He also caught up with me at Dover later!!!

I know CCK was short of crew chiefs/maint. personnel as I got sent on a CRB Input before I even was finished in-processing!! Was interesting as it was the first E-Model I had ever set foot on!!!!

Try sending those orders again,

Ken

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