Virtual Tour

Chu Lai

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Photograph by Dave Eckberg

At the Combat Center, there was a shack which barely passed as an "officer's club." It had a bar and a couple of slot machines.

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Photograph by Dave Eckberg

Up the road and closer to division headquarters, there was a main Officer's Club.  Still, it was primitive but better that the club at the Combat Center.  It was located about two miles or so north of the Combat Center along the beach.

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Photograph by Dave Eckberg

From this Officer's Club, you could look down the shoreline to the next peninsula.  The 91st Evac Hospital was located here.  This is where many of our buddies were taken when they were wounded.  The chopper pad and a helicopter are just barely visible in this picture.

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Photograph by Dave Eckberg

Across the road from the Combat Center is where the airfield was located.  Most of the division's air units were stationed there, including the Chinooks.  The Chinooks were colloquially called the "Shithooks" and were FSB Hill 4-11's main source of resupplies when the road from Quang Ngai City to the fire support base was closed because of several devasting mine incidents around November, 1970.

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Photograph by Dave Eckberg

After a week in the Combat Center, everyone was supposed to be ready for combat.  Here, everyone is in a C-123 again, but this time flying to Landing Zone (LZ) Bronco and Duc Pho to begin their tour of duty with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade.

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