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I've been Googleing it so much lately my eyes are going googley.

I've followed everones advice and I just know that out there somewhere is a little known place that I can find proof the USS OGDEN LPD 5 was off the coast of Vung Tau from 16 to 24 December 1969. Maybe one of the Marines out there would have some info of where to look.



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I emailed the Navy the ship is still in service and has a active duty web site. I will let you know what they respond with Mike

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Here is a link to the Naval Support Activity at Vung Tau (1965-1971)


I don't think any of us Marines ever got any further south than I Corps and no where close to Saigon as far as I know. During the period you speak of I don't thing there were any Marines south of Quang Nam in I Corps. The last Marine Unit I knew of further south than that was MAG-13 in Chu Lai for a time and then they left in mid-69 and redeployed to Japan.

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If all else fails you may be able to get a buddy statement from this website:http://unitpages.military.com/unitpages/members.do?id=200014&action=viewByIndex&startIdx=101

There are several folks that were on the Ogden at the same time you were. These are Navy folks. You may have to register for the site. All members have Email contact information that you can use.

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OK I saw your earlier post from 9 March. You said the 3rd Marines and you weren't sure if the location was Cau Viet or Vung Tau. Well it is 99% more likely to be Cau Viet that leads into the Cau Viet River to Dong Ha. And that (Camp Carroll was the 3rd Marines base camp. Of course are you sure it was 3rd Marines, meaning 3rd Marine Regiment of the 3rd Marine Division or were you saying 3rd Marines meaning 3rd Marine Division? If it was division then you are talking quite a few different regiments to include the 9th, 4th, and 7th Marines. If you are certain of the Marine Regiment you can contact the Marine Corps unit records branch at Quantico and ask for unit diaries for that specific period to substantiate their being aboard the Ogden during that time. You can also write CNO and ask for unit daily rosters for personnel on the Ogden during that period also. With your name on the roster and the Marines unit diaries you have the proof.

Also here are the phone numbers for the USS Ogden:

USS Ogden Telephone numbers

Quarterdeck: (619) 556-3908; DSN 526-3908

Command Career Counselor's Office: (619) 556-3916; DSN 526-3916

Administrative Office: (619) 556-3919; DSN 526-3919

Deck Department: (619) 556-3918; DSN 526-3918

Engineering Department: (619) 556-3911; DSN 526-3911

Medical Department: (619) 556-3917; DSN 526-3917

Air Department number (619) 556-4153

Operations Department: (619) 556-3912; DSN 526-3912

Supply Department: (619) 556-3910; DSN 526-3910

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It's probably cua viet And Ive been searcing in both area's.

I've found 1 person thats doing a buddy letter so far. The sailor I talked to when I called the ship was more impressed I was still alive but couln't realy help.

I wish I knew more about the CORPs but I don't. I made a lot of Marine friends on the Ogden and Tuscaloosa, good memories. I think I will wait and see if the ships log comes in.

Thanks Everyone

Gordon Bennett

Fair Winds and following Seas to All

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