US Navy ATCU-100A Communications Station 
- Can Tho Vietnam - March 1966-?

"The rapid development of plans for increased river patrol force operations in South Vietnam created an urgent requirement to provide CTF 116 with a communications capability in the Can Tho area. An engineering team was in Vietnam conducting a survey to provide plans for permanent communications facilities at Can Tho. Pending completion of permanent communications facilities, an Air Transportable Communication Unit (ATCU 100A) from U. S. Naval Communication Station, Honolulu, was being modified for use at the Can Tho site by 15 March. Until permanent personnel were assigned by CTF 116, a total of two officers and thirty-four enlisted men from Honolulu and Japan would operate and maintain the unit."

From RM1 Chuck Monpas - "In early 1965 I was transferred to and given responsibility to ready air transportable communication unit ATCU-100A at Lualualei, Hawaii, which consisted of 1 supply van, 2 equipment vans and 3-500KW generators.  In Aug. 1965 I was informed that ATCU-100A was going to be deployed to Vietnam in 1966  and under command of CTF 116.  We deployed from Lualualei to the Philippines in Feb. 1966 and outfitted for further deployment to Can Tho, Vietnam.  Lt. Carter, Chief Scott and myself were were in charge of the deployment.." 

Photos and comments from Richard "Biz" Virlee

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Can Tho ATCU-100A patch
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One of the communication vans all sand bagged in. What a job filling sand bags in the heat....
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Three generators to power the communications vans
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Two communication vans
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Picture at communications site.   Two sailors - unknown who they are.
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Picture at communications site.   Two sailors - unknown who they are.
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Lt Carter and Chief Scott ??
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Airport with all steel runway - communications vans, antennas and generators were next to airport
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Picture taken at communication site. Sailor from Yokosuka, Japan
Unknown name.
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South Vietnamese family lived at communication site. They lived in grass hut middle of photo
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Richard "Biz" Virlee, RM3. - one of the sailors from Yokosuka, Japan
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Richard "Biz"Virlee, RM3 .  Ready to go to work at the communication site. Picture taken at Villa where he was staying in 1966

Photo from Bob Price

Photos from Steven Swanson

March 1966 near commo vans
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- at Subic Bay on the way to Vietnam
Frank Pintor, Pete Rungress
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Steven Swanson, Frank Pintor
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Top Row -
   Frank Guzman, Chuck Monpas, ?, Chief Scott, Lt. Carter
Bottom Row -
   ?, Pete Rungress, Frank Pintor
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Photos and comments from Chuck Monpas

Can Tho Club
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Can Tho
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Market Day
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Teeth for Sale
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Swanson and Pintor hanging out
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Market Day
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Neighborhood kids at the Comm site
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Park Can Tho
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Scene out front of the first villa
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This pig was the king of the garbage pile near our 2nd villa
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Pete Rungess getting a close up...  Garbage pile in background was his domain...  Chased away any dogs that tried to infringe... ha!
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One of the maids with I believe Maughan (?) standing near.
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 Getting ready to leave the Phillipines..  Chief Scott in Picture..  He made sure we had some trading stock for bartering --  Few cases of rotgut whiskey.
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This was the first ‘Villa’ that we occupied after arrival.
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Getting ready to move to permanent home at Army facilities
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First stage of setting up units
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Generator Setup..
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Installing 1 of many antennas..
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Antenna installation
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Digging hole for Outhouse..  Cannot recall the names of the participants
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The outhouse...  Seems we had to move it about every two weeks as it would fill up with water and all sorts of interesting bugs.
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Constructed a shelter between the two communication vans..  It had a teletype set up and a few chairs... While working on the roof I passed out from excessive heat and fell to the ground..  Lucky no injuries except pride.
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On watch with his M-14..   Don’t recall name..
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Myself at our 2nd villa...   Put the cage up as a deterrent.
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Myself at the firing range...  Shooting M-14, .45 pistols and even a ‘Tommy Gun”
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Frank Guzman at firing range.
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 Pintor and Rungess playing chess.
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Got exceptionally muddy with all the monsoon rain..   Vietnamese women washing in the puddles? Generators and Fuel barrels in background.
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Locals hanging clothes on a antenna longwire.
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Chief (Beam and water) Scott standing near villa maid
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Finally ATCU-100 was all established.
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