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Army morgue tan son nhut air base vietnam 1965

need information to verify the army operated a morgue at tan son nhut air base vietnam 1965. It supported all in country body processing and shipments to the states at that time. I did volunteer work fron jan to dec 1965. I have been denied an opinion from the VA as they say the only morgue in 1965 was in saigon I say there was no morgue in saigon at that tim. Make no differenc about saigon I need verification Tan Son Nhut morgue operated by the army was as I presented to them

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You are absolutely right, they was a morgue at Tan Son Nhut in 1965.  I was stationed there from May 1965 thru May 1966.  All remains were processed there and ultimately transfered to the flight line for shipment to the U.S.  The morgue was located on the side of the dispensary and the only "fence" around it were army canvas strung by post and you could walk by and see the bodies laying on stretchers waiting to be processed.  Had lunch with an Army MSgt who was the personal effects NCO.  Hope this helps.  Joecee8589@aol.com

Was stationed at Tan Son Nhut from 11/64 to 12/65 in the base fire dept. When the water pumps would not operate we supplied water from our tanker truck so the mortician could prepare the casualties for shipment back home. pop65ar@comcast.net

Larry, The Mortuary you are talking about was on Tan Son Nhuut Airbase, near Saigon.  Originally it was near the medical dispencery.  In 1969 a new Mortuary was built at the end of the runway, still on the TSN airbase.   Send me an email at gtred@frontiernet.net  I'll try to give you all the help you need, I was there for 2 years.  Do you remember, Tony Zega or Wesley Neep?

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You are absolutely correct.  The only morgue in Vietnam in 1965 was on Tan Son Nhut.  I thought it was manned by USAF personell, but could be wrong.  I walked past it every day I went to the chow hall to eat.  I'll never forget the horrible odor following the first battle of Ia Drang Valley!  I felt so sorry for those boys!  I don't know how I could prove it existed, other than personal testimony, but if I can be of help, contact me.     Tom Davis

Originally when the military set up the morgue anf TSN, it was run by the AirForce.  There was only one person at the time.  As casualties started to increase, the Army took over.  It originally was "Graves Registration MOS 57F (now Mortuary Affairs MOS 92M). Thru the Quartermaster Corps.  I was stationed at the TSN Mortuary from 5/68-7/70.  The original Mortuary was on the flightline near the medical, it was then moved to a new larger structure, near the end of the runway and the perimeter, near the north church. contact me for further info or discussion. gtred@frontiernet.net
I do have a VA service connected disability related to my time at the mortuary.

Also check out these two websites: Originally when the military set up the morgue anf TSN, it was run by the AirForce.  There was only one person at the time.  As casualties started to increase, the Army took over.  It originally was "Graves Registration MOS 57F (now Mortuary Affairs MOS 92M). Thru the Quartermaster Corps.  I was stationed at the TSN Mortuary from 5/68-7/70.  The original Mortuary was on the flightline near the medical, it was then moved to a new larger structure, near the end of the runway and the perimeter, near the north church. contact me for further info or discussion. gtred@frontiernet.net

Also check out these 2 websites:  http://grmareunion.webs.com/ and http://www.tsna.org/

Gary T.

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Definitely!  I had to walk by it several times  day. Asian men in white lab coats and boots could be seen inside and taking smoke breaks on the cement pad, just outside the back. During the rainy season the mud had a chemical sheen from run off from inside. The chemical smell was very strong. There were other smells and mud stains but I preferred to try to ignore them. This was 1965/66. I was an air traffic controller - tower at the base.

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