|CBMU 301 HISTORY|
|In addition to the original main body at Dong Ha and Quang Tri
CBMU 301 had four details (as of May 1969).
|Detail Alpha was located at An Hoa, approximately 22 miles south of Da Nang.
The primary mission of Detail Alpha was the maintainance of the 3,500 foot M8-A-1 matting airstrip. Secondary to this is the maintainance support of Marine Corps and Navel shore units based there.
This support encompassed maintainance of base electrical distribution system and generators and maintainance of base roads. Detail Alpha also performed selected new construction projects.
|Detail Brovo was located at Khe Sanh, approximately 30 miles southwest of Dong Ha.
The primary mission of Detail Brovo was the maintainance of the 3,895 foot airstrip. The secondary mission was the maintaince support for the U. S. Marine Corps and Naval Shore Units on the Khe Sanh combat base.
On the morning of January 21, 1968, NVA forces launched an all out attack, and the siege of Khe Sanh began. Detail Brovo endured the 77 day siege while carrying out their Seebee mission to this remote, now famous, battle area.
Detail Brovo was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for their support of the 26th Marine Regiment during the 2 month siege of Khe Sanh by the North Vietnamese.
|Detail Charlie was located at Cua Viet, approximately 9 miles northeast of Dong Ha and 4 miles south of the DMZ.
Cua Viet was at the mouth of the Song Giang River (Dong Ha River) & the South China Sea & was an major supply station for Dong Ha.
The primary mission of Detail Charlie was to maintain the landing craft ramp with construction and maintainance for Naval Units there.
|Detail Delta was located at Quang Tri, approximately 8 miles southwest of Dong Ha and 4 miles north of Quang Tri City.
The primary mission of Detail Delta was the maintainance of the 3,700 foot airstrip. The mission also included the maintaince support for the U. S. Marine Corps and Naval Shore Units based there. Numerious new construction projects were assigned and completed.
The main body of CBMU301 was moved from Dong Ha to the Quang Tri Combat Base in late 1968 (I need this date verified).
CBMU 301 // 1968 - 1969
At some time in a free man's life, a time comes when he is called upon to do what John F. Kennedy said. "We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival of freedom."
To this the men of today's generation are dedicated here in Vietnam. And this, in its part of the effort, the men of CBMU 301 are doing.
These men are paying the price by leaving loved ones, friends, and what we now know is the beautiful life. They are bearing the burden by living a war, and meeting the hardship by living and working in conditions from heat to dust to rain to mud. They are working long hours -- supporting the combat units efforts. These men now have tangible evidence to add to their knowledge of the meaning of freedom.
To them, the men of CBMU 301, we dedicate this book: their story in the insurance of our country's freedom.
LCDR H. A. Holmes
April 1967 - May 1968
CDR William E. Burdick
May 1968 - May 1969
CDR Jim Groff
June 1969 - April 1970
CDR George E. Krauter
April 1970 - October 1970
Construction Battalian Maintanance Unit 301
April 7, 1967
31st Naval Construction Regiment
Port Huneme, CA
31st Naval Construction Regiment
Port Hueneme, CA
|Above history compiled from "The Maintenanceman" Cruise Books.
Additional help from Dave Schill BUCS (SCW) USNR who was with CBMU 301 until it departed RVN to Port Hueneme, California, CDR William Burdick and others.
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In late December 1966 the detailing of personal to the 31st Naval Construction Regiment in Port Hueneme, California, began. By 31 March 1967, the men were established as the United States Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 301.
On 7 April 1967 the unit was commissioned at Port Hueneme with LCDR Henry Holmes receiving the colors as the unit's first commanding officer. On 17 May 1967 the advanced party deployed by air to the combat zone in Vietnam. The battalion's rolling stock went by sea and arrived soon at the NSA DaNang's deep-water piers. The main body flew out from California shortly thereafter and arrived to establish it's base camp at Dong Ha, Republic of South Vietnam. By 24 June 1967, CBMU-301 was up and running.
Dong Ha Forward Combat Base, RVN, was located approximately eight miles south of the Demilitarized Zone which was in Quang Tri Province in the I Corps Tactical Zone. The Dong Ha base was a major source of ammunition, fuel, and food for U.S. Marine outposts such as Con Thien, Khe Sanh, Camp Carroll and Gio Linh.
On 28 February 1968, CBMU 301's base camp at Dong Ha was named Camp Spillman in honor of BU1 Charles O. Spillman who died in the crash of a Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helocopter while inbound to Khe Sanh.
The mission of the main body in Dong Ha was the maintenance and operation of the 3,700 foot AM-2 aluminum runway. CBMU 301 also tasked with maintanance and support U. S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy cantonments, maintenance of over 17 miles of Combat Base roads, maintenance of the new and old LCU ramps, maintenance of base electrical distribution and support and maintenance of the Dong Ha Combat Base Hospital.
On 3 June 1968, CDR W.E. Burdick relieved LCDR Holmes as C.O. of CBMU 301. During CDR Burdick’s command the base camp was moved 8 miles south to the Combat Base in Quang Tri. This camp was named in honor of SW2 Edward C. Adams who died from North Vietnamise Army artillery fire into his jobsite at the Khe Sanh Combat Base on 16 April 1968.
On 22 May 1969 CDR Jim Groff relieved CDR Burdick as Commanding Officer. On 4 February 1970 CBMU 301 again relocated it's base camp. Under CDR Groff the main operation was moved south to Chu Lai (60 miles south of Da Nang on the South China Sea) to fit the needs of the U.S. Marines and other units they were supporting. This camp was named Camp Wall in honor of CBMU 301's former Executive Officer who died in the U.S. after completion of his tour. In Chu Lai, CBMU 301 assumed the Public Works mission which included operation of the mineral products division -- quarry, rock crushers, asphalt and concrete plants
CDR George E. Krauter relieved CDR Groff on 24 April 1970 in Chu Lai and was last Commanding Officer of CBMU 301. An advanced party from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 301 departed the Republic of South Vietnam for Port Hueneme, California on 1 July 1970.
The remaining duties of CBMU 301 were assumed by the sister battalion, CBMU 302 which was based at an unnamed base camp in Cam Ranh Bay, RVN. Some of the CBMU 301 crew elected to stay and were merged into CBMU 302. These men continued work in turning over facilities to the Vietnamese Navy so they could continue the fight.
CDR George Krauter brought the unit back to Port Hueneme, California for decommissioning and by October 1970 all CBMU 301 operations ceased. CAN DO!