Photo’s By Cosmo Barone 65-66 – Comp. C Commander Cosmo (now) Cosmo Barone was a real Character, He was our Leader, always putting the guys above everything else. He got to LaiKhe and found a swimming pool with snakes, and bugs of all kinds, and decided to make it usable. Jack Durham was his driver and took a lot of the blame for some of Cosmo’s elaborate skeems. 1 of Jack’s favorite story’s is About A Ester Williams Swimming pool! somehow the Gen that was suppose to get the pool, ended up donating (And I use the Word ,Donate, Lightly) the whole pool to us for Lai Khe . We needed the poof filter system for our pool, and the rest he traded to the Engineers for foundations and sidewalks! In 2013 Cosmo, passed away, It was a pleasure to say I new him and he ended up being a great friend besides my CO. R.I.P. Sir! Cosmo Barone with Ann Margrett, in later yrs. we tried to get Ann Margrett to come to a reunion, but we never got a answer back. Sgt King ,on jeep, Cosmo Barone putting ornaments on tree, and Christmas of 65 was a difficult time for us. We had lost our Mess Sgt.(KIA) and the Christmas party was his baby.It was for the orphans, So the Company decided to host the “Greatest Damn Christmas Party Ever” We asked our family’s at home, to send Xmas stuff for the party. they were more excited about it than we were ,I think! It was a Christmas that we all will always remember! Marlene Barone decided to arrive in the world just as the Div. was deploying to Vietnam. Cosmo took a 30 day leave and then flew over to meet the Company as they arrived. SGT ARTHUR N. MaC MELLAN ,Thanksgiving 65 with Vietnamese child.Sgt organized a Thanksgiving for the Orphanage it was a great success. Citation being given to Sgt Mc Mellon’s Wife. On they way back from the town of BenCat. Sgt Mac and 3 others were attacked. Mac was KIA, the other 3 ended up States side. When Mac was going into BenCat, the wrong people got wind of him, they thought he was turning the villagers , against them, (VC). They decided to stop him. Lt. Skip Stange Lt Stange (L) with General ? Loading the train @Ft Riley Kansas You can bet nobody was trying to hitch a ride on this train! And the Band played on ( Oakland) Lt. Stange & Lt Little on ship Leaving San Francisco (see Ya in 30 Days !!!) Lt. Little on ship Ship leaving for 1st Inf Deployment in, South East Asia , coming out of San Francisco Harbor Alcatraz is in background! Coming out of San Francisco Harbor Holding area for all 701 here we worked out our supply’s, got trucks ready. Right away we were helping each other get ready to Deploy to their Assigned Bases. Lt. Stange & Cpt. Barone, Arriving in Vietnam, the unit was greeted by one Cosmo Barone, He flew in from 30 day leave. Convoy duty was hurry up and wait. Holding area Tents our sleeping arrangements for the first couple of days. When we folded up theses tents we finally where ready to go to LaiKhe Officer’s & NCO’s Mess Tent LaiKhe inside C-130 transport plane, Cosmo went on leave to be with his wife, while she was having a baby. Along came Baby Marlene !! He flew to Vietnam in the C-130. Company Office or Mess Hall!! Must be Office there weren’t any doors on this part of the Mess hall. The doors were in the middle of a C shaped building. Officers & NCO’s to the left- enlisted to the right, if I rem. correctly LaiKhe Theater!!! We actually showed Movies almost every night after work. It was GREAT for our Moral!!! Batman & Robin tore up that “Silver Screen” lol, you could watch the movie from the Latrine with out missing any action ” POW!!. BANG!! WHAM!!! BATMAN !!! Building Mess Hall was hard work, We got the Engineers to lay a C shaped foundation, but we did all the construction. We used locals for some of the work. Company Area- Tents to the left(notice sidewalk!)center was the comp Supply Tent and on right front was Company Office. ( this Was GOD’s Office) lol! Cosmo ruled it well!! In the middle back was the Supply tent, received a Recreation kit, which consisted of games, baseball gloves, balls, bad-mitten, and a lot of boxes of candy. The candy was laid out on a table as you walked into the Supply Tent for all to take. Ruff living, but it kept the rain and sun away from us. We had our own wrecker and 2 operators. Dennis Paugels and Elvis Cardan, but they were out on a operation when we had need of them , so we hired a local along with wrecker to do a job. Every tent had a bunker close, for the 1st yr & a half this was Home.