Special Forces Camp at BoDop
1966

                                                                   by Bob Roby
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 Special Forces camp straddling the Cambodia Vietnam border. It was in the shape of a triangle with high barrier fences, just like in the cowboys and Indian movies. It was manned by three companies, one each of Cambodians, Vietnamese and Montagnards for each wall, with the special forces team in the middle. The SF team supplied everything for the companies, food, clothing, weapons and money with bonus for body counts. The SF team had a building in the center for sleeping and eating and an underground communications bunker. This is the only time I can remember sleeping in a building other than in the hospital.  The reason I was there was to build an airfield for fixed wing aircraft because  the only way to get re-supplied was by air. I had five men with small construction equipment that could be air dropped. Well into the project I got three Australians with the smallest dozer I have ever seen and a ford tractor with a pan on the back.



The three Australians. They made boomerangs for us.

An Aussie giving one to a SF chaplain.

Bob Roby with some of the equipment that we recovered
from a patrol, all slightly used equipment just dropped once.


Three Montaguards walking on the airfield.

SF team standing in formation with three companies in the rear.
This was a special day, General Westmorland came to visit.

Aussie and a Vietnamese interpreter holding VC equipment.

This D4 dozer once belonged to a French Rubber plantation.
The SF team Capt wrote the Frenchman an IOU and we took it.  


Wobble wheeled roller.

A pull grader.

SF underground bunker. Note the laundry on the wire.

Heavy mortar building is where they cooked rice for the camp.

105 Howitzer

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