This is me in front of my hootch at LZ Betty with sign painted on walls made from ammo boxes that says, “D Co. 2/7, FTA” (It was painted by a former occupant and FTA meant “F**k the Army.”)
We were at Song Mao for a couple of weeks pulling guard duty at the airfield. It was a landing strip put together by the Army engineers made of steel tarmac which would accommodate supply planes like the C-130. They had this sign which said “Welcome to Song Mao International Airfield, Constructed by Co. B, 87th Engr Bn (Const).” It was hardly an INTERNATIONAL airfield unless you counted Australian gooney birds, South Vietnamese planes and Air America puddle hoppers landing, in addition to the U.S. Air Force planes and Army helicopters.
This road dead-ended. They had put up a sign that read, “This road goes nowhere but 3rd Platoon of Charlie Company, 38th Engineer Battalion (Combat) built it.”
The “Mess Hut” at LZ Bartlett had a sign that said, “Building Permit. Johnson City, Andrews Hall.” Probably referring to the ammo box construction and the town and name of the guy or guys who built it. They also had decorations for Christmas and New Years and a small tree or bush.
Our battalion headquarters at LZ Betty (Phan Thiet) had a sign in front with a list of campaigns that the battalion was engaged in up until 1967. It says Garry Owen over the door and Quon Cai, Ia Drang, Bong Son !, Cai Dong Mt., Bong Son II, Tuy Hoa, Cay Bong, Pleiku, Phan Thiet.
At LZ Bartlett which was at the top of a mountain, an Artillery unit was always stationed there. We would stay at that camp between patrols. A sign at the chopper pad read, “Welcome to LZ Bartlett, Home of 1/21st Arty – Engnrs., Garry Owen Mtn Resort. R&R Center.”