Eighth Aerial Port Squadron, USAF in Vietnam

Bennie Drake's Photos - 1969-70

8th APS Mobility Operations Branch

Benny Drake was a MOB team member during 1969-70. Here are some photos he has shared with us.
Current captions by webmaster. Watch for an update with Bennie's own captions for these shots...

These were sent in Novemer, 2005.

Thanks, Bennie and Welcome Home. 
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8th MOB NCOs

Here's Bennie (on the right) with some other of the NCO's of the 8th APS MOB
at the NCO barracks - Bldg. 756
(is that "Big Ski" next to Bennie?)

Note the sand-filled 'armor' defensive wall units in front of the door and along the walls of the building. These were handy to hold beer cans and cigarette butts 
- and also served to keep incoming mortar or rocket blasts from entering the barracks...

Bennie & ? in barracks

Bennie Drake & ? going on a mission?
Bennie's wearing his web belt. Is that his first aid kit or his revolver on the left?

Looks like the cargo hold of a C-130 note tie-down straps and chain attached to the floor.
looks like our team box and cooler strapped to the forks of an AT...
and an AT chained to the floor.

Is this a view from the outside, looking in to the back of a C-130?

Loc Ninh Airfield, RVN

Loc Ninh Airfield, RVN. Runway to the right. Ammunition, fuel and tires strapped to cargo pallets, dropped where convenient - on the edge of the runway.
Note kids on rubber fuel bladders, commonly shipped in pairs and referred to as "elephant balls"

US Army APC - Armored Personnel Carrier and barrels of diesel fuel in the background.
Tires appear to be replacement for C-130 landing gear

RVN- Loc Ninh Forklift Special Forces Monkey

Special Forces Pet Monkey on 10K Adverse Terrain Forklift tire
Loc Ninh?

Note the mud on the tires. Imagine how deep it was to drive through...
Note also that the treads point in different directions - for best traction moving forward or back with 4-wheel drive..

The AT would buck like a horse at times - 36,000 pounds of power. But it would (almost) always get through.
If it got stuck, we had creative ways to move it.
We could either tilt the forks forward to raise the front wheels and crab-walk out of a hole, or have a heavy (over 10,000 pound) truck drive onto the forks. Then, when you tried to raise the forks, the rear-end would come off the ground instead. Since the AT is "articulated" (bends in the middle), you could swing your back around to reach dry ground.
Quite a machine, the 10K AT...

  That mud also stuck to the bottom of your boots... which made them quite heavy...