Billy Williams, SP4, USA (1971-1972) - 1
I don't remember hearing anything about AFVN Qui Nhon being overrun although there were snipers that would flare up. Also, an occasional mortar would land near the AM station which used a 10KW transmitter. Binh Dinh province was one of the lesser "pacified" areas. When I was there in early 1972, the AFVN AM station and barracks were at the bottom of Vung Chua Mountain and the TV van was at the top in the troop signal outfit area. The road from the main AFVN compound to the top was a two or three mile winding, and steep drive. At one time, there also was an FM studio at the top. But the transmitter was shipped up north to another detachment before I got there. The final straw was Tet 1972. The perimeter they formed left the TV van outside the line. The Americans huddled in the main signal buildings right at the top of the mountain. I remember running the TV station several nights in that scheme. Needless to say, the M-16 was loaded and ready for duty. About a week later, the order came down to close up the detachment and transfer most of the equipment to THVN. AFVN moved into the MACV compound in central Qui Nhon for a few days to install a fifty watt Bauer AM rig before leaving. While I was in Saigon with AFVN, we were housed in the KySon Annex and then the Walling Hotel only a few blocks away. The station bus ran until about 8PM. In lieu of an Orient Express, the MACV taxi service would pick me up around 11PM.