From: Frank Rogers
Dated: May 24, 2017
Subject: Monkey Mountain
I was at Da Nang June to November 1971, doing TV News and DJ as an Army SFC. Forgive my lack of memory for this time and others, (including this morning).
One event I do remember is the typhoon when one man fell through a trap door that blew off . Another is when a visiting officer set off a flare that went through the wall into the “mess hall,” just missing someone inside.
I think McNeese* (or Mc-something) was a MSGT on the Mountain. Other names escape me. One man was of Asian ancestry++ and the ARVN guard at the bottom of the mountain would not let our group go through until he showed his ID card, something he felt was discriminatory as he was in US uniform.
I did have another of those “hard to believe if it were in a movie incidents.” I was going to an exchange or mess hall down the mountain and met a Navy Chief who was on a ship with me as a PO 2 Machinist in 1958-59. I guess not too impossible, as one time I was at Clark AB in Army uniform with my wife and saw the Captain of that same ship in conversation with other officers. He came over to us after and I could introduce him to my wife as the one who had done me a very big favor. That’s why my son is his namesake.
* Chester McNeese, MSG, USA, was the NCOIC at Da Nang in 1970-71.
** Most likely Tado Urasaki, SP5, USA, came to AFVN in October 1970 and was first assigned to the Engineering Section in Saigon.
He had been born in Japan and then had moved to the US and was later drafted.
LTC Lawrence W. Souville, USA, AFVN OIC with Merlita Rogers (wife of SFC Frank Rogers, USA).
Taken sometime in 1971.
Frank Rogers SFC, USA
Saigon / Da Nang 1970-71
The reason I went into the Navy was to go to electronics school to get that First Class, so I'd increase chances for a radio job as DJ plus. I was working with the usual Third at the time, doing DJ and all those other jobs we were allowed under that class. I got enlisted with an "electronics field guarantee." A guy I went in with got ET school, but I was sent to EM school even though all my test scores were higher than his.... Explanation to me was that I had such a high mechanical score, I should go to the "Knuckle Busting" rate. Bummer! So, when my time was up, I got out and went into the Army where I was given a Broadcaster MOS. Never worked on a First Class because I stayed in for a career, then worked TV in Japan so it wasn't needed.
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