Chapter Two

The U.S. Military had divided South Viet Nam into four sections, called Corps.

Da Nang was the central point for what was known as I Corps, the northern section of South Viet Nam. From there, Naval personal were given I Corps base, division, and job assignments, based on any training they may have received and/or skills they acquired previously to their assignment to Viet Nam (aboard a ship, for example). If you had received training (like the Storekeeper “A” school I attended), worked in a given field (aboard ship or whatever); and IF that training was needed in a shore based Navy base, that is what your job assignment would be - generally. If you had not attended a school or worked in a field before being sent to Viet Nam, or if your specialty was not needed in a shore installation, you could end up doing almost anything, anywhere. For example, a guy I meant later on the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2), had trained as a Signalman, which really wasn’t needed ashore. He ended up fishing dead, rotting human bodies out of the mouth of a river so that they could be identified. Not cool! Another Storekeeper I meant later down in Saigon did stay within his Storekeeper job assignment, but was assigned to a small firebase up on the DMZ, so he did see active combat. Also not cool!

Frankly, the Lord was watching out for me. My assignment ended up being right there in Da Nang, at the Naval Supply Depot (NSA or Naval Support Activity, Da Nang). I was assigned to Cold Storage Division, the group that handled incoming food that had to be kept cold or frozen. I even got the day shift (there were two 12 hour shifts). My berthing assignment was a barracks in Camp Tien Sha, in one of a group of relatively new barracks.

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