Monday, 10 December 2012

Quonset Huts in Vietnam, a photo essay

Although Quonset huts were primarily used during WWII, they were also present during the Vietnam war.  The following are some pictures and personal accounts.  



An aerial view of the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Danang, 1966 
Source. Herman 156





The OR Quonset Hut at 7th Surgical Hospital, Cu Chi,  7th Surgical Hospital (MA) Vietnam, taken by Dr. Neill Baker
"The photo was taken prior to the construction of sand bag walls around the Quonset Hut. The mud shows what problems we faced in construction of the hospital. We used this door to take patients from pre-op to surgery and to take patients from surgery to post-op. This was considered the rear of the OR Quonset Hut. We had to build sand bag walls around the Quonset Hut before we were allowed to receive patients."
Source: Lt Col Neill H Baker, Army Medical Corp, Vietnam 1966-67


The OR Quonset Hut at 7th Surgical Hospital interior, Cu Chi, 1966
Source:  7th Surgical Hospital (MA) Vietnam, taken by Dr. Neill Baker





Sandbagging the OR Quonset Hut 7th Surgical Hospital, CuChi, Vietnam August,1966
Source:  7th Surgical Hospital (MA) Vietnam, taken by Don Elsom






Abandoned Hospital Complex, Pleiku, Vietnam; 1971
Source: Joel Dinda 





Abandoned Hospital Complex, Pleiku, Vietnam; 1971
Source: Joel Dinda 
"When I arrived in Pleiku, about half the buildings in the hospital complex had been abandoned, and most of the others housed the officers and staff of the 146th Signal Company. "
Source: Joel Dinda



Seabee Team 0809 erecting the Quonset tool storage area at the equipment compound, Can Tho, Vietnam, April 1968
Source: US Navy Seabee Museum

EO1 William Wannoner, CMH2 Robert Riley, and SWC Charles Bixby erecting the quonset tool storage area at the new Seabee Team 0809 equipment compound




Company picnic volleyball game, Saigon, Feb 1967Source: Daniel P. Cotts 101st Radio Research Company 1966-`68



Seabees erecting Quonset Hut, Chu Lai, Vietnam, April 25, 1966
Source: US Navy Seabee Museum


"About halfway through my tour at Chu Lai, we moved into air-conditioned Quonset huts, with cement floors, sandbagged head-high, inside and out. We still called them hooches" 
Source: Dave Hunter, US Naval Academy Class of 1965. 





Officer's "Hooch", Chu Lai, 1967-68

Hooch, Chu Lai,  July 17, 1970
Source: Vietnam from the backseat of a fighter-bomber 


"OPs quonset hut left, Supply quonset hut right. Admin quonset out of picture to left. Supply room destroyed by 122mm rocket in Spring 68"
Source: Daniel P. Cotts 101st Radio Research Company 1966-`68



 Latrine, Company A, 52nd Sig. Can Tho Airfield, 1969-70.Source: Riley Cook & James Barron 

Dan Sweeney and friend,  Can Tho Airfield, 1967-68,
Source: Dan Sweeney

friend of Dan Sweeney,  Can Tho Airfield, 1967-68,
Source: Dan Sweeney




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Jan K Herman, Navy medicine in Vietnam: Oral histories from Dien Bien Phu to the fall of Saigon, (North Carolina, McFarland and Co., 2009) 156

"Vietnam from the backseat of a fighter-bomber," accessed Dec 10, 2012


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