Sgt Krouse is following me. Me on my bunk. A highway connecting Da Nang and Hội An now runs through the former base and only a few concrete and steel "Wonderarch" aircraft shelters remain.
Infantrymen patrolled the mountains and jungles around the base and the city adjoining it in an effort to keep the Vietcong at bay. Marble Mountain Air Facility (MMAF), also known as Da Nang East Airfield, Marble Mountain Army Airfield and Nuoc Man Airfield, was an aviation facility used primarily by the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. “We could clean out those N.V.A.
I worked as complotter on Cobra Flight for about half my time at ÄÃ NÃ ng.
A VC mortar attack on the airfield at Binh Thuy on the banks of the Mekong resulted in the destruction of a Bird Dog FAC aircraft. A few days ago the refurbished Third recaptured a base 25 miles south of Da Nang that the North Vietnamese had held all summer. After Da Nang's three squadrons of United States Air Force F‐4 Phantom jets transferred to safer havens in Thailand last June, many servicemen wondered why they had to stay. One of the guys in our hut was pretty clever when it came to "finding" items of comfort, provided we gave up some of our rationed items. Fights broke out — never very large, but usually along racial lines. Some airmen began writing their Congressmen. This is a shot of a young girl talking to one of the bunker guards. by This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. "MMAF" redirects here. :77–8, The PAVN attack began on the morning of 28 March with an artillery barrage on the city, probing attacks quickly penetrated the ARVN defenses, and the fragile ARVN discipline collapsed and soldiers began to desert their positions and seek refuge for themselves and their families.
There was that “left‐behind” feeling. Nevertheless, the Da Nang air base and the civilian areas hugging its outskirts are frequently hit by Soviet‐built 122‐mm. It was a helicopter facility that was constructed in August 1965 and served as home to Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16), the 5th Special Forces Group and an assortment of other squadrons until May 1971. Even after the Phantoms left it served for five months as a “forward operating location,” rearming and refueling Phantoms from Thailand so they could make two raids a day on North Vietnam instead of one. It was in Quảng Nam Province 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Da Nang Air Base on a strip of beach between China Beach and the Marble Mountains. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions.
I assume it was a hit on one of the POL areas judging from the heavy black smoke. When rocket demolished the base exchange, it was rebuilt and reopened in four days, with merchandise that had not been stocked before. Now there are about 4,000. Sgt Timothy Krouse (see photo #9) from PA worked with me most or all of the time.  On 27 March the situation at Da Nang AB was becoming increasingly chaotic as panicked refugees surged to board a World Airways flight and began mobbing the other flights and gathering on the taxiways and runways. Watching the M-79 (Blooper) being fired. The base sports program was overhauled. It was very heavily fortified and had a great air conditioning system which was a welcome luxury. The base remained largely intact until the early 2000s when commercial developments began to encroach upon it. This is one of our huts directly accrosed from the Armory.
Beginning in May 1972, the forces of the USAF were drawn down at Da Nang.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Attacks on DaNang Air Base "Rocket City" Information in this table is extracted from, Appendix I, "Air Base Defense in the Republic of Vietnam, 1960-1973" by Roger P. Fox.The Sequence number refers to the sequence number assigned to all attacks on ten primary US Air Force operating bases in Vietnam.
It was controlled by the United States Army from May 1971 to August 1972 and finally by the Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVNAF) from 29 August 1972 to 29 March 1975 when it fell to the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN). When a correspondent appeared the morning after, an Air Force sergeant looked at his wristwatch and said, “Only 20 minutes till the next U.S. air strike.”. By November 1971, the 366th was the only United States tactical fighter wing still stationed in Vietnam. The outdoor basketball court was roofed crier for use in all weather. 366th Security Police Squadron
It suffered substantial casualties doing so.
It was very heavily fortified and had a great air conditioning system which was a welcome luxury. Four VMO-2 UH-1E armed helicopters were launched in defense of MMAF and engaged enemy units.
, In August 1972 the 11th Aviation Group departed Marble Mountain Army Airfield and resettled at Da Nang AB.. Since then, the division has been hard at work retraining and refitting. The Marines ultimately chose a stretch of sandy beach on the South China Sea that was about five miles southeast of Da Nang and just north of a series of red marble mountains for their first helicopter facility. On 12 April 1972 a mortar attack on the base caused major damage to an OV-1D. See the article in its original context from. At first blush that is hardly reassuring since Third Division troops fled from Quang Tri Province at the opening of the Communist offensive last spring and the commander was removed, as were a number of subordinate officers.
Underlying this was a serious drug problem. For years Da Nang has been nicknamed Rocket City. The results of a typhoon that hit ÄÃ NÃ ng in 1971. The increase in rocket activity is part of the general tempo of the war.”. Colonel Hoover removed a major and four veteran sergeants who could not seem to get along with their men and he transferred 13 malcontents.
DA NANG A.B. My father was deployed here and at Nha Trang in 1968-1969.
Communist rockets hitting the base made them wonder even more. A week later Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) would approve the name "Marble Mountain Air Facility" (MMAF).
Col. William W. Hoover, the base commander, commented: “Our defensive system is as good as it ever was or better. All of them are unknown.
They attacked under the cover of 60 mm mortar fire using four demolition teams armed with Bangalore torpedoes and hand grenades. Barracks #679 Camp DaNang -1969. Photo #2A & 2B (ÄÃ NÃ ng AB): “Grass has a really heavy odor that can be identified easily, but you can smoke skag at work and nobody would know it,” he said, referring to heroin. Seventeen Viet Cong were killed during the battle along with four wounded who were taken prisoner.
United States Army helicopters scout close to the ground around Da Nang at night. Until August, United States ground troops maintained the “dynamic defense” of Da Nang. in nothing flat.” When it was pointed out that 112 United States infantry and armored battalions were in action in the late nineteen‐sixties and never did get the North Vietnamese Army cleaned out, he shrugged.  On 11 June a mortar attack on the base caused major damage to two OV-1Ds. Open to all Vietnam Veterans that served at DA NANG Air Base of ROCKET CITY from 1971-1972. The arrival of additional USMC and United States Air Force squadrons at Da Nang AB led to severe overcrowding at the base and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (I MAW) began looking for an alternative site for the helicopter squadrons of MAG-16. Now morale is noticeably higher and the drug problem appears to be under control.
He told his commanders to get back to their men, find out what the problems were and come up with solutions within a week. I remember the XM-174 grenade launcher could put out 12 rounds before the first one hit the ground. The SP wearing the hat and smoking a pipe worked in Training, I think. They were able to reach the MAG 16 ramp destroying 19 aircraft and damaging another 35. Photo #5 (ÄÃ NÃ ng AB): Me on an APC. rockets, which are easier to transport and hide than the 130‐mm. The attack left two Marines and one Navy Corpsman killed in action with another 91 wounded.
The teeming city of Da Nang is still off limits to American servicemen.
In the mistaken bombing attack, though 14 men were hurt, none badly, Americans saw the humorous side. A summary of these attacks can be found on the Web site of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing. On 30 June 1972, the 366th TFW was deactivated at Da Nang Air Base, being reactivated at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand the same day. An airman on his first enlistment explained to the base newspaper, The Gazette, why so many of his buddies were switching from marijuana to heroin. DA NANG, South Vietnam, Jan. 12 (UPI)—When United States jets accidentally bombed this big allied air base on Monday, the resident American servicemen took it‐in stride. We had contact with various army units several rocket spotter locations and other agencies that I do not recall. As long as the shooting war continues, some Americans will probably be stationed at Da Nang. Photo #6A, 6b, and 6c (ÄÃ NÃ ng AB): At the firing range. Trưởng's defensive plans were hampered by the presence of 1–1,500,000 refugees and ARVN stragglers who had crowded the city. As you can see we had it pretty rough. All the United States ground combat troops are gone now. :144, Beginning in 1969 the United States began to reduce its forces in Vietnam and by mid-October all remaining Marine helicopter squadrons were consolidated at MMAF. ÄÃ NÃ ng AB
 On 13 May a mortar attack on the base caused major damage to an OH-6. And there is the ever‐present rocket threat. Safety and morale are the major problems on a shrinking base, and no more so than here, 100 miles south of the demilitarized zone.
Glen H. Myers
Ten CH-46As and eight UH-34Ds also received limited damage. This is me processing out for emergency leave after getting word that my mother had died. Photo #8 (ÄÃ NÃ ng AB): Eleven air policemen refused to be tested for heroin. Now even that function has been eliminated, but Da Nang remains a haven for any crippled American aircraft from Thailand or from the fleet. Sgt Timothy Krouse (see photo #9) from PA worked with me most or all of the time.
Only one aircraft was destroyed on this occasion 4 February 1968 O-1E Bird Dog 56-4201 22 TASS, 504 TASG, USAF, Binh Thuy.
Photo #1 (ÄÃ NÃ ng AB):
:325 Throughout 26 March evacuation flights by Air America, Air Vietnam, the RVNAF and World Airways from Da Nang AB took place but could not keep up with the vast tide of refugees. Me on the M60. DaNang Air Base was known as "rocket city" for the number of attacks that occurred there between 1965 and 1973. Again, all the SP's are unknown. Colonel Hoover has said frankly that “during September and October, 1972, Da Nang airfield went through period of high tension and mistrust between races, and between first‐termers and supervisors.”. The VC mounted another rocket and mortar attack on Da Nang air base on the 2nd.  On 15 April a mortar attack on the base caused major damage to five UH-1Hs and one OH-58. Whatever the state of the American involvement, Da Nang, as the northernmost big airfield in South Vietnam, is still a useful place.
I worked as complotter on Cobra Flight for about half my time at Đà Nàng. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. ÄÃ NÃ ng CSC in 1971. Đà Nàng CSC in 1971. The base Jacks the recreational facilities of more permanent installations. About 40,000 Americans used to be stationed at Da Nang and Bob Hope played to a crowd of 10,000 year ago. On the night of 28 March General Trưởng received intelligence that an all-out PAVN assault against the city would commence the next morning and he decided to abandon Da Nang and ordered his forces to move to beaches for evacuation by sea.
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