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Cu Chi & Tay Ninh
Detachment & Convoys

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This Timeline has been reduced to a summary. All specific significant dated events and corresponding photographs of this detachment-convoy Timeline have been incorporated into the Battalion Timeline pages. To assist in locating the detachment-convoy events, each entree on the Battalion Timeline pages is proceeded by the event designation Cu Chi-Tay Ninh Convoy or the Cu Chi or Tay Ninh Detachment. To review your tour of this dual mission in the Battalion Timeline, use the Main Index link above.

     In addition, the majority of undated miscellaneous photographs and photograph thumb nail links for this page have been deleted and moved to the Miscellaneous Photograph Index. All event specific dated photographs have been moved to their appropriate place in the main Battalion Timeline.

18th MP
Brigade
89th MP
Group
720th MP
Battalion
25th MP
Company

     Cu Chi  was situated on Highway QL-1 in Binh Duong Province in III Corps Tactical Zone/Military Region. For many years Allied units in the area were unaware that the Viet Cong utilized a vast tunnel complex outside the city to store supplies and munitions as they carried out offensive operations.

     Tay Ninh City  was the capital of Tay Ninh Province located in northwestern CTZ/MR III near the Cambodian border. Due to its closeness to the Cambodian border it was a favorite target of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units that were resupplied view the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and trained in the many sanctuary bases. Almost daily small arms harassment and mortar and rocket attacks occurred.

 
   Throughout the war several major U.S. combat commands headquartered or operated in the Tay Ninh and War Zone C & D areas to confront the constant enemy infiltration.
5th Special
Forces
196th Infantry
Brigade
4th Infantry
Division
173rd Airborne
Brigade
25th Infantry
Division
1st Infantry
Division
11th Armored
Cavalry
 

Because of the duality of missions, for historical continuity both were incorporated on this page.

     By air, Tay Ninh City was approximately 55 miles northwest of Saigon. The primary roadway servicing the city was QL-22, and by road the drive covered approximately 186 miles (round trip) over some of the best and worst roadway conditions in South Vietnam from Long Binh Post, south west through Saigon, then northwest to Cu Chi and finally Tay Ninh City.

      On a good day, the daily convoy run would take approximately twelve hours, depending greatly on weather, road conditions, traffic and enemy activity in the area. The average speed was approximately thirty miles per hour.

     The dominant land feature in the area was the Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin) Mountain northeast of the city.

      The convoy not only serviced the Tay Ninh and Cu Chi headquarters base camps, but also at times escorted break off serials of supply vehicles to villages along the way in Di An, Phu Loi, Phu Cuong, Trang Bang, Go Dau Ha and Dau Tieng. It would quickly become the largest daily convoy operation in South Vietnam during the war.

Cu Chi & Tay Ninh
Detachment/Convoy
Timeline Summary

For additional monthly and daily details, visit the Battalion Timeline for your tour.

1966  Only weeks after the Battalion arrived in South Vietnam, due to a shortage of transportation unit truck drivers to handle providing logistical support for all the major combat operations in the area, its A, B and C Companies were often tasked to provide MP drivers for some of the trucks that carried munitions from the depot at Binh Hoa and the 3rd Ordnance Ammunition Supply Depot on Long Binh Post to Allied units in War Zone C, D and the Tay Ninh Cu Chi areas.

     When the Battalion declared itself mission ready, Brigade assigned it to the Tay Ninh convoy escort mission. A, B, and C Companies rotated the responsibility.

     The Headquarters of the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning) was located at the Tay Ninh Base Camp with support elements located at the Cu Chi Base Camp, and several scattered remote fire support bases.

     Because it was a regular daily convoy run and unable to change its route, the enemy always took advantage of its slow speed. At times the convoys were so long that until notified by radio, many times the MP escorts were unaware of enemy sniper and small arms attacks against the the many serials of trucks.

     There were on occasion direct Long Binh Post to Cu Chi and back convoys, the majority of deliveries came from march units that broke off of the larger Tay Ninh Convoy.

     Although there were occasions on which the convoy would be postponed, they were very rare and based only on “serious” enemy activity along the route.

Tay Ninh City
Tay Ninh Convoy Route Map
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War Zones C & D
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     As in Tay Ninh, the Battalion was called upon at times to provide detachments to Cu Chi to supplement the disciplinary, law enforcement and highway security mission of the always busy 25th MP Company.

     The 2nd Platoon of the 212th MP Company (Sentry Dog) also maintained a detachment at Tay Ninh that billeted at the airfield and patrolled the fence line. The mission was first assigned when the company was attached OPCON to the 18th MP Brigade, and it continued through their reassignment OPCON to the 89th MP Group, while attached to the Battalion. It's unknown when they were first assigned the mission which ended sometime in August-September-October of 1970.

1972  The convoys continued until mid 1972 just before the Battalion went into stand-down status for return stateside.

     The detachment missions although off and on, closely followed the timeline of the convoys.

 
Cu Chi Convoy Route Map
Each Photograph Index contains miscellaneous photographs from 1966 through 1972 that have yet to be directly linked to any specific Battalion Timeline event. If you can date any of the events depicted, or identify them as part of a specific Operations mission, please use the Email Link on this page to notify the History Project Manager.
Miscellaneous Detachments Photograph Index
A "?" preceding the photo number denotes further identifications are needed.
Tay Ninh Detachment
1967
G0618
 Main Gate bunker.
G0630
 212th MP Company- PFC Laxton and his K9 partner Dingo.
G1296
 A Company- PFC John P. Roides outside his tent.
G1327
 A Company- SP/4 Wallace Michael Jackson (KIA 19 August 1967).
G1355
 Members of a Filipino Ranger Unit provide gate security with their APC.
G1551
 SGT Walker of A Company on the Filipino Ranger APC.
G1356
 A Company- Members enjoy a BBQ.
G1357
 A Company- PFC Robert Potocki.
G1358
 A Company- PFC Henry F. Kneuer, Jr. at his tent.
G1379
 A Company- PFC Biggs, SP/4 Behrens, PFC Dubicz, and PFC Hoey.
G1381
 A Company- Showers behind the detachment squad tents.
G1382
 25th Infantry Division mortar pit next to the detachment tents.
G2877
 SGT Miles and Vietnamese workers in the detachment compound.
G2878
 Trench line defensive perimeter in the detachment compound.
G2879
 Detachment Orderly Room.
1968
G2399
 A Company- SGT Thomas F. French outside his billet.
G2400
 A Company- SP/4 Robert A. Salo at his tent.
1969
G0506
 City street scene.
G0717
 C Company- PFC Stafursky checks out one of the Cobra gunship's.
1970
 
1971
G1408
 A Company- SGT's Parker, Mitchell, , SSG Carter, PFC Roy, SP/4's Flores, Raban, Mann, McCullough, Alston, Precious, and SFC Thom (interpreter) at temporary quarters in the MACV compound.
G1423
 A Company- SP/4's Timson, Roy and Precious.
G1425?

 A Company- SGT's Parker, Mitchell, and Miller, SP/4's Raban and McCullough, and others yet identified.

G1427
 A Company- SGT Mitchell catalogs drug evidence at the PMO.
G3114
 C Company- SP/4 Dennis R. Rayban with a Vietnamese employee.
1972
   
 
Cu Chi Detachment
1967
 
1968
 
1969
G0318
 C Company- Detachment members attend a party.
G3367
 C Company- SP/4 Gates, Harnish, Mousadockis, Reedy, and others at their gun jeeps.
1970
 
1971
 
1972
 
 
Cu Chi-Tay Ninh Convoy
1966
G1297
 A Company- SP/4 Tutle and PFC Del Signore departing Long Binh Post.
G1530
 ARVN Regional Force-Popular Force outpost that was designated as a security check point.
G1709
 B Company- 4th Squad, 3rd Platoon convoy escorts wait in a line of traffic.
G1875?
 A Company- Escorts wait for return run outside of Tay Ninh.
G1892
 A Company- Convoy departs Cu Chi.
G2256
 B Company- PFC Kidder making friends in Tay Ninh City.
1967
G0915?
 A Company- Armored gun jeep escorts returning to Long Binh Post.
G1279
 Plantation rubber trees along the route roadway before they were pushed back.
G1280
 Outbound convoy from Long Binh Post.
G1384
 A Company- Lead escort jeep guides the convoy through Tay Ninh City.
G1406
 A Company- Escorts at the Cu Chi rest stop.
G1507?
 B Company- SP/4's Anderson, Hicks and other yet identified wait at the rest area at Tay Ninh.
G1863
 C Company- PFC Greg Sango at convoy rest stop.
G1864?
 C Company- Unidentified MPs in escort jeep.
G1993
 A Company- SP/4 Simms, Ross, and SGT Thomas at Tay Ninh.
G1997
 The outbound convoy encounters early morning traffic in Saigon.
G2137
 B Company- SP/4 Portnoy and PFC Lamb during a break in the escort.
G2138
 B Company- Escort jeep in small village along Highway QL-1.
G2283
 C Company- SP/4ís Cecil Rhodes, Roger D. Bowman, and Gerald Schmidt on convoy escort.
G2284
 Pan American Airlines billboard on highway in Saigon.
G2346
 A Company- PFC Michael A. Goetz at his gun jeep during a convoy break.
G2422
 Kilometer Marker No. 17 along Highway QL-1 outbound to Tay Ninh.
G2477
 A Company- SP/4 Salo and SGT Wilkens during escort break on highway.
G2864
 A Company- SP/4 Henry F. Kneuer chowing down some C-Rats during escort break on highway.
G2873?
 A Company- SGT Adkins and others waiting for the return trip.
G2874
 A Company- Escort gun jeeps in Saigon.
G2875?
 A Company- Escorts wait on roadway shoulder during a delay.
G2876?
  Destroyed highway bridge.
G3134?
  A Company- Escorts waiting for turn around at Tay Ninh.
G3188
  A Company- PFC Larry S. Nobitt on the hook after a breakdown.
G3198?
  A Company- PFC James F. Zurenko and other escorts awaiting staging at Cu Chi.
G3199?
  A Company- Escorts awaiting staging at Cu Chi.
G3329?
  B Company- Escorts awaiting the turn around.
G3529
 A Company- SP/4 Gary C. Watts after an escort run.
G3530a-b
 A Company- Escorts resting at Cu Chi before moving on to Tay Ninh.
1968
G0505
 Staging on Long Binh Post.
G0697
 C Company- Dispute over a dropped crate of ammunition.
G0698
 Transport trucks and MP escorts awaiting word to return to Long Binh Post from Tay Ninh.
G0700
 Monsoon soaked roadway to Tay Ninh.
G0701
 Sea Bees (Naval Mobile Construction Battalion) Compound north of Go Dau Ha on Highway QL-1.
G0702
 Bridge constructed by the Royal Australian Forces Engineers at Check Point 32.
G0703
 C Company- Approaching the new Phuoc Cong Bridge.
G0705
 Ornate Buddhist pagoda in Go Dau Ha Village.
G0707
 Nu Ba Din "Black Virgin Mountain."
G0709
 Crashed bus on Highway QL-1.
G0715
 C Company- PFC Wright waiting for the Tay Ninh convoy to start moving again.
G0719
 C Company- SP/4 Tackaberry approaching the Phu Cong Bridge.
G0894
 C Company- APC C102 escorting the convoy through Saigon just after Tet.
G2423
 Village homes and shops burning along Highway QL-1 during the height of the Tet Offensive.
G2426?
 B Company- PFC's Kreidler, Hrip and others with local children while at the Cu Chi base camp.
G2650?
 B Company- CPL Peter Stapleton, Australian MP, and an unidentified member of B Company.
G2652?
 B Company- CPL Peter Stapleton, Australian MP, and SP/4 Richard D. Hicks of B Company.
G3374
 B Company- Escorts SP/4's Johnson, Bohm and Dobbs waiting for turn around at Cu Chi.
G3376
 B Company-  SP/4 Daniel Dobbs waiting for turn around at Cu Chi.
1969
G0456
 25th Infantry Division tank escort.
G0458
 25th Infantry Division gun truck escort.
G0503
 March Unit-2 marshaling area at Tay Ninh.
G0504
 Daily traffic during return from Chu Chi to Long Binh Post.
G0507?
 C Company- Escorts await medical assistance for a pedestrian accident victim.
G0532?
 C Company- Escort takes a C-Rat break.
G0673
 C Company- Convoy departs Long Binh Post.
G0674
 C Company- SP/4 Fonze & Mohollen entertain children at Tay Ninh.
G0720
 A Company- Convoy escort passes through a little village called Gia Binh on Highway QL-1.
G0722
 Convoy escort crosses the temporary bridge at Phu Cong.
G1656
 C Company- PFC Rodney H. Griffin during a break on the convoy escort.
G1657
 C Company- SP/4 Dan Wyatt during a break on the convoy escort.
G3411
 A Company- Highway QL-1 in Cu Chi City.
G3412
 A Company- Highway QL-23 approaching Tay Ninh.
G3413
 A Company- Highway QL-23 approaching Tay Ninh.
1970
G0863
 A Company- The convoy with escorts departing Long Binh Post.
G1247
 C Company- SP/4 Jenifor riding an APC escort vehicle during the convoy run.
1971
G2274?
 C Company- Crossing a small bridge outside Cu Chi.
G2956
 C Company- SP/4 John H. Morris, Jr. on his APC during a break.
1972
 
 
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