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80–89; Dave R. : Presidio Press, 1978), pp. 22–44. 11 Engineers at War on a shoestring. 17 With little or no planned increase in the number of military engineers assigned to Vietnam, it became evident that a large contractor force would have to be kept in the country. Anticipating the deployment of more forces to South Vietnam, the Army, Navy, and Air Force commands developed a broad spectrum of project requirements that, in turn, greatly expanded RMK’s labor force and scope of work. 18 Pacific Architects and Engineers also expanded its operations as the war heated up.
S. entry onto the peninsula, advance elements were already ashore. S. Command expressed little concern about these formalities given its sense of tactical urgency and the fact that the peninsula was virtually uninhabited. 5 Upon reaching Cam Ranh Bay, the advance party got right to work. The current tenants of the peninsula, the South Vietnamese Navy, provided the engineers one of the old French military buildings, a fortuitous move because the Americans did not bring any tents. 6 5 MACV History, 1965, pp.
1–2; Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) 5–112D, Engr Gp (Const), 9 Nov 61. 3 Interv, Hummer with Bunch, 1 May 66, p. 1. 4 Heiser, Logistic Support, pp. 9–11, 15; Quarterly Cmd Rpt, 1 Apr–30 Jun 65, 35th Engr Gp, p. 2; Interv, Maj John F. Schiller, 15th Mil Hist Det, with Col Robert W. Duke, CO, 1st Log Cmd, 3 Jan 66, VNIT 1, pp. 5–7, CMH; Interv, Hummer with Bunch, 1 May 66, p. 2; Headquarters, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, “Command History, 1965” (Saigon, Vietnam: Military History Branch, Office of the Secretary, MACV, 1966), pp.