history of this
bridge. The French military government built this reinforced concrete
when they controlled the country. The Viet Men, who were fighting the
that time, blew the center span out and the French put in a steel
cover the gap. This steel section was too narrow for our self-propelled
cross. So what we did was to use explosives to drop the steel section into the river and build a modified Double
Double Bailey Bridge. This was the longest Double
built in combat
conditions. This was the only operation that I was on that A Company
with all three platoons. I worked on setting the explosives. This
was not an easy
operation, both sides of the road were mined so we could not get off on
sides of the road. All of our bridge parts and equipment had to stay on
road and be brought up
to the bridge a piece at
group of A company men.
Roby with crowbar on the truck.
Arvin soldiers with a bird...Lunch time!
Roby with beer.
others on a marine mule (flat bed
a Bailey super structure over French
steel span, then lowering it.
then lowered theBailey super structure
down on roadway.