Hotel Company
2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division
HOTDEX (Hotel Index)
My Vietnam tour of duty
at An Hoa Combat Base
Quang Nam Province
April, 1969 to March, 1970
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The DAI-LOC Map. This is the map we used 90% of the time we were there.  It covers an area
roughly 25 miles Southwest of Danang. A couple of times, we went on operations out of this area, but
the majority of time, this was our home territory.
I had to scan this in six parts on my scanner and then stitch it together.  I did the best I could, but some
of the seams don't match exactly.
The legend below the map is very hard to read, but, like me, it's getting old and wrinkled.
An Hoa is about 30 miles Southwest of Danang.
As you go through these pages, I often refer to some of these places on the map.
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Links to my Hotel Company stuff from Vietnam

Hotel - Page 1
Hotel - Page 2
Hotel - Page 3
My Hotel company pictures
Memorial pages
My writing
5th Marines Headquarters
Agent Orange spray map for around An Hoa
Hotel 2/5 yearbook
An Hoa link index
Hotel guys in recent years
Other Hotel guys' pages
Hotel Company roster
Various Hotel stuff
Various Marine stuff
My old Marine guestbook from 1999
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I get a moment's rest on the road between Liberty Bridge and An Hoa. Every
morning and night, the road had to be swept for mines before the convoy from
Danang came through and we often provided security for the mine sweep team.
December, 1969
We flew by commercial airline from Okinawa to Vietnam. When we arrived in Danang,
South Vietnam, it was still dark out. As we got close and prepared to land, we could see the
sky in the distance lighting up with illumination flares.
Every so often, we would see a flash of light. We knew it was something exploding
somewhere. It could have been an artillery round that was shot or a grenade or any of the
rounds fired from the weapons capable of firing high explosive rounds. I got a kind of
queasy feeling in my belly wondering if the Viet Cong or North Vietnamese Army were
close around to shoot at the air plane I was on that was getting ready to land at the Danang
air strip.
If you would rather jump around to various pages about my Hotel Company
stuff you can do that by clicking the different links below.
Regarding the name "Hotel" Company - The word "Hotel" is part of the phonetic alphabet.
We weren't staying in a hotel by any means. Sometimes, we were in big tents in the rear area
at An Hoa. Sometimes, we were in makeshift tents that we made while we were out in the
bush ("the boonies" as the civilians call it). A lot of times, we had nothing but starlight
above our heads while sleeping on the ground.
There were four rifle companies to an infantry battalion. In our battalion, it was Echo, Fox,
Golf and Hotel companies.
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Once we had deplaned, we were all pretty jittery. Here we were in Vietnam and we didn't
have any weapons. What if the bad guys decided to overrun the airport? What would we
do? Without weapons, was there somewhere to hide? We were hearing all these booms and
bangs off in the distance. Thoughts like these were going through my mind, and I'm sure the
others were having the same thoughts.
I'm still really hazy on the chain of events from there but I know we got on 6-bys and were
transported to 11th Motors (Transportation Battalion I think it was). The ride took a few
minutes, but I couldn't say how long. Longer than 15 minutes but less than an hour. I
remember the trucks going through narrow streets as we peered out the back of the canvas
covered truck beds that were lined with fold down benches on each side. We could make
out lines of small buildings that could best be described as shacks.
These are 6-bys with the canvas tops off.
6-bys and jeeps were the primary forms of
wheeled transportation for us.
(6-bys were called 6-bys because they were 6
wheel drive. 6-bys actually had 10 wheels.
Two wheels up front and 4 pairs of tandem
wheels on back. I guess they could have been
called 10-bys.)
This pic is of a convoy leaving Liberty Bridge.
11th Motors was the transit facility for people going to and coming from the units
spread out across the Marine areas of operations. The convenience was that this was
the motor transport facility, too, so this is where the trucks were.
Every morning, the
convoys would leave 11th Motors and return in the evening. Some went North where the 3rd
Marine Division units were located and some went South were the 1st Marine Division
Units were.
The facility had rows of tents on wooden platforms. People coming into Danang and going
out of Danang often spent nights there so they could catch the convoys in the morning.
In our case, we spent a couple of nights there while they decided who was going to which
unit. Some of us went to 1st Division regiments and some to 3rd Division regiments.
I was going to Hotel 2/5 in the 1st Division. (1st Divison Headquarters was in Danang and
1st Division units had the responsibility for Danang security.)
The couple of nights we spent at 11th Motors gave us a chance to say our good byes to
those we had just spent time training with. Some, I had been with since boot camp, some
ITR, some BITS, and some I had just been with since Staging. There were only a few of us
going to Hotel Co. Half of the guys were going North to the 3rd Division. They were
bittersweet moments. I knew I would never see some of them again.
A couple of days later I boarded the convoy to the 5th Marines at An Hoa.
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Taken at the North side of Liberty Bridge.
Liberty Bridge is a few miles Northwest of An
Hoa on the road to Danang. It spans the Song Vu
Gia. "Song" means river in Vietnamese.
This was one of the first pics of me in Vietnam.
I had already been in country for over a month
and a half before I was able to get film for my
camera. It's really a "posing for the camera shot"
so I can look like I'm doing Marine stuff for the
folks back home to see..
June, 1969
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