Phu Cat Air Force Base, Vietnam
37th Security Police Squadron
SSgt Bill Marshall
During the period of April 1968 to April 1969 I served as a
Security Policeman at Phu Cat AFB, Vietnam. The base was home to a squadron of
F-100, F-4's, Caribou C7A's, Pedro Helicopter Rescue. The 37th Security
Police were tasked with providing the security for this base which was comprised
of sentry dog teams, cobra flight ambush teams, mortar crews, bunker and tower
observation and fighting positions that surrounded the base. During the period
the Air Police and Security Police protected the base it was never over run
and loss of life and resources were at a minimum. The following pictures are
from my film archive along with pictures that were furnished by my friends Jack
Hatcher (67-68) and John DiFusco (67-68) Newell Swartz (66-67)
The following pictures are courtesy of Newell Swartz who along with 54 Air Policemen convoyed from Phan Rang to secure a new air base named Phu Cat that would be constructed by the RMK/Red Horse civil engineers. The following 15 pictures are from his tour ending January 1967.
1 Aug 1966, Day 1, Hour 1 for the arriving 37th APS
Day 1 Bulldozer clearing ground for their
"Ol Glory" Flagpole built with 2X4s
Messhall (Guess the cooks name was Lyle)
"Dispensary" No Dr's just corpsman (Cappy)
Mail Call (The Old Fashion Way)
Newell with cookies from home (yum)
No Showers? River will do!
Newells Pet Mongoose "Zippo"
Newell holding "Zippo" (Note Zippo's Hooch)
Spider Holes (Tunnel Entrances)
Checking them out L-R- Irwin, Swartz, Gorman
Checking the tunnel after setting off exposives
Newell teaching the locals how to ride a bull!
2007 Aerial Pictures of Flight Line and Aircraft Reventment Area, "Currently used as a regional airport"
2007 Aerial View (note Hwy 1A)
The below map was submitted by Sgt John Galinac
who worked in CSC during the 68-69 period.
The map displays the fighting position posts along with mortar positions.
To view full sized map - Click on the map
Base Operations - Phu Cat Air Base - South Vietnam, 1968
Phu Cat Air Base is
located in the central coastal plains of Vietnam approximately 240 miles
northeast of Saigon.
Phu Cat has two
basic weather seasons, the northeast monsoon season running from October
to March and the southwest monsoon running from April
to September. The northeast monsoon brings restrictions. Winds during
this period are generally from the northwest. The southwest
monsoon is characterized by northwesterly winds in late evening and
easterly winds during the day with thunderstorms during the night.
Transportation – excellent – call Motor Pool with generally a 5 minute wait. Shuttle bus runs basewide and twice daily to Qui Nhon.
BX – small but good. Periodic shortages of scotch, bourbon, soft drinks, envelopes, tape recorders and some other items.
Clubs – Officer’s, NCO’s, and Airman’s club with somewhat limited facilities.
Chow – OK and getting better. Standard field ration mess.
Billeting – Most officers have private 8 x 11 rooms with air conditioning and refrigerators. NCO’s share rooms; airmen in open bays. Maids shine shoes, sweep room, change sheets, cost $4.00/month.
Tape and Record Lending Library with recorders available.
Outdoor movie with nightly movies – average selection.
Outdoor park for parties.
Laundry – free but minimal satisfaction. Two or three day service. Off base has better service. Two bits per fatigue uniform.
37th Security Police Squadron Area
Front Gate Phu Cat AFB
Approach area to front gate
Civilian base workers were all checked prior to leaving the base at days end.
Rail tracks along front gate (ROK compound in the background)
View of adjacent ROK Camp
Pass and Registration front gate
Pictures of Base and Perimeter
Red Horse area of Phu Cat
Close in perimeter fence near village
Perimeter Towers (John DiFusco lower picture)
Picture taken from Water Tower Observation Post (overlooking F-100, F4 Reventment area)
Perimeter location wire where sapper attack occurred Feb 1969
Water Tower observation post looking towards the Phu Cat mountains
Water Tower observation and radio relay post (foreground is the aircraft test section)
Infrastructure on base
Rice Fields Adjacent to Phu Cat AFB
Strip access road leading to Hwy 1
Bill Marshall, Bravo Bunker
Bravo Bunker located adjacent to Flight Line
Bill Marshall with Band of Brothers (C Flight Law Enforcement)
Wish I could remember the names!
SSgt Bob Halverson
Sgt John DiFusco
Bill Marshall, John DiFusco, Flight Line Sentry Post
"MAC" "C" Flight, L/E Mascot
Beer Gussler, C-Ration Lover, Typist, Guard Dog???
L/E Desk Sergeant (cannot remember name)
Short timer Bar B Q
Going on R&R
Cobra Flight Guys on their way to R&R Australia (can't
Temples and Shrines near Phu Cat
Qhin Nhon City Scenes
Access Road from Hwy 1A to Phu Cat AFB (approx. 1 Mile)
shops and homes along the way
The following group of pictures are from the collection of TSgt Jack Hatcher
who served from April of 1967-April 1968 at Phu Cat AFB, Vietnam
Sgt John H DiFusco Nov 67,Nov68
The following pictures are from John's tour at
Phu Cat AFB
The following pictures have been supplied by Carl Chamberlin along with Steve Howell from their tours at Phu Cat 1967-1968
Carl (Machine Gun Kelly) Chamberlin
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