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Item Number: VAS007879   (Click For More Item Information)
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The 299th Engineering Battalion boxed and crated its material at Ft. Gordon just prior to departing for Vietnam. Many items were placed in large metal Conex containers that were then put on 40-ft flat trailers.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007880   (Click For More Item Information)
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Convoy of the 299th leaving Ft. Gordon headed for Savanna Ga.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007881   (Click For More Item Information)
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On the road to Savanna.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007882   (Click For More Item Information)
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Vehicles and equipment staged in Savanna just prior to loading onto freighters headed for Vietnam.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007883   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troop ship prior to loading of troops arriving by train and by air. Ship is located in Oakland California.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007884   (Click For More Item Information)
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Tug pulls troop ship away from pier into San Francisco Bay.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007885   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troop ship passes Island of Alcatraz.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007886   (Click For More Item Information)
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A few officers of the 299th get to take advantage of the top deck for relaxation.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007887   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troop ship arrives Okinawa. Troops are allowed a day off the ship.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007888   (Click For More Item Information)
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Our first sighting of Vietnam. Some where near Na Trang. Marines disembark. Final destination for the 299th has not been released to the troops.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007889   (Click For More Item Information)
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Next stop is Qui Nhon. Since there is no dock at Qui Nhon, ship anchors in harbor.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007890   (Click For More Item Information)
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View of Qui Nhon harbor from the Bridge of the troop ship.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007891   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troops of the 299th are now told that this is their destination and unloading via landing craft begins.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007892   (Click For More Item Information)
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More ships arrive to join those already in the harbor waiting to unload.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007893   (Click For More Item Information)
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Lt. Hewlett surveys to harbor.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007894   (Click For More Item Information)
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Those coordinating the unloading are taken back and forth to land via small landing craft.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007895   (Click For More Item Information)
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Unloading is slow, difficult and dangerous for the crews. A few crates end up at the bottom of the harbor.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007896   (Click For More Item Information)
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Finally, the troops are loaded into the landing craft and taken to shore.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007897   (Click For More Item Information)
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Its nice to be headed to dry land since it has been 26 days since we left the states.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007898   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troops unload on beach in Qui Nhon harbor.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007899   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troops load onto trucks to head out to new home known as Happy Valley to our advance party.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007900   (Click For More Item Information)
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Happy Valley is located on Highway 1 just south of Qui Nhon.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007901   (Click For More Item Information)
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Our new compound located on Highway 1 that can be seen in background. This is looking south.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007902   (Click For More Item Information)
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Scene looking north from compound.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007903   (Click For More Item Information)
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L to R. Lt. Gus Murray, Lt. Hewlett, and Lt. Autrey survey clearing of land to be used by the troops now arriving.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007904   (Click For More Item Information)
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With the arrival of new troops, the compound begins to take shape. It will soon be a small city.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007905   (Click For More Item Information)
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Sun sets over the compound.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007906   (Click For More Item Information)
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Land is cleared, Fields of fire set up, security wire (barbed wire and concertina), and land mines are installed.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007907   (Click For More Item Information)
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Areas where the Viet Cong could hide is cleared by hand using local labor. US pays very little by American standards but it was good pay for the locals.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007908   (Click For More Item Information)
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Shower time.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007909   (Click For More Item Information)
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Lt. Autrey standing next to the Officers Quarters.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007910   (Click For More Item Information)
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The Mess Hall decorated for Thanksgiving.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007911   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troops enjoy the typical Thanksgiving meal.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007912   (Click For More Item Information)
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After the meal, troops file through the clean up line to clean their mess gear.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007913   (Click For More Item Information)
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Roads begin to take shape within the compound.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007914   (Click For More Item Information)
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Troops get briefed on mission.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007915   (Click For More Item Information)
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More permanent buildings begin to replace tents. Battalion Headquarters, kitchen and mess hall are first on the list.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007916   (Click For More Item Information)
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Battalion Commander has decided that the officers need their own Officers Club and that the officers will build it on their off time. Sight if chosen and club construction begins.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007917   (Click For More Item Information)
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Lots of help shows up in the beginning.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007918   (Click For More Item Information)
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2nd Lt. Autrey receives his 1st Lt. Bar. He also gets a pay raise. L to R. Company Comander, Capt Stewert, Battalion Commander, Col Reuban Anderson. Location is the unfinished Officers Club.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007919   (Click For More Item Information)
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Col. Anderson pins the silver bar on 1st Lt. Autrey.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007920   (Click For More Item Information)
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Congratulations are in order.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007921   (Click For More Item Information)
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The Officers Club is finished, the stereo system is in place, the beer is cold and its time to relax.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007922   (Click For More Item Information)
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Survey team heads out to access damage and repairs needed to several roads and bridges in the area around Qui Nhon.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007923   (Click For More Item Information)
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Buddhist site near Qui Nhon.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007924   (Click For More Item Information)
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Buddhist site near Qui Nhon.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007925   (Click For More Item Information)
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Brick makers getting clay/mud for their bricks.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007926   (Click For More Item Information)
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The headquarters of a Vietnamese unit just out of Qui Nhon

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007927   (Click For More Item Information)
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Buffalo grazing in the rice patties

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]
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Item Number: VAS007928   (Click For More Item Information)
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Children and adults were apprehensive of our arrival.

Item Creation Date: No Date

Collection: William Autrey Collection

Added: 28 Aug 2001[Updated: 28 Aug 2001]