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Unit 3347
3rd Replacement Division

Staging Battalion

Las Pulgas and Mainside

Camp Pendleton California
March and April 1969
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Me in the quonset hut at Las Pulgas.  Las Pulgas was a training camp within Camp Pendleton. We were in staging battalion, getting ready to go to 'Nam.  Staging was the last minute, before we go to Vietnam, training.  Kind of a crash course in everything we learned about war throughout our training.  Each staging unit consisted of everyone from different MOS's (Millitary Occupational Specialties) going to Vietnam at a particular time.
April 7, '69
Me on weekend liberty at Steve Tabb's Aunt's house after a bout with a bottle of gin and bottles of Squirt.
April 4, 1969
Me, Steve Tabb, Steve's cousin Herb and son little Steve, at their (Steve's Aunt's) home in La Puente CA.  Steve and I used to go there on our weekend liberties.  I met Steve the first day of boot camp and we went all the way through training, up to 'Nam together.  Steve and I got to be good friends due to the alphabet.  When we lined up in boot camp, it was always in alphabetical order -  "......Tabb, Teer, Toenges...."  Steve was tall, too and Phil Teer was short.  When we would be in line waiting for shots or something, Steve and I could talk eye to eye while poor Phil was down below.
April 4, 1969
Me in the barracks at Mainside in Camp Pendelton.  We had finished our grunt training at Las Pulgas and were just a couple days away from leaving for 'Nam.
April 17, 1969
Me at Mainside.
April 17, 1969
Me & Steve Tabb in Barracks at Mainside.  Steve was from Plains, Kansas.
April 17, 1969
Paul Pratt in the barracks at Mainside.
April 17,  '69
Steve Tabb in Mainside Barracks
April 17, '69
Yes.... Me at Mainside Barracks again.
April 17, 1969
Me at Mainside again. 
There's a story behind this pic.  In a picture that I have of my dad in World War II, he is standing on the deck of his ship, flipping the double bone. 
So.... like father, like son.........
April 17, 1969
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