125th Transportation Command

The 125th Transportation Command was activated at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, On 25 May 1966. The initial mission of the Command was training, organizing, staffing and equipping itself and subordinate organizations for deployment to an overseas area.

A concentrated training program was developed and initiated. The training program contained minimum mandatory subjects. Training began with a five-week period of basic training which ended with a seven day field training exercise at Ft. Story, Virginia. During the field exercise the units participated in two types of exercises. A period of two weeks advance training for the unit followed.

Concurrently, arrangements for individual training was completed. Selected officers were sent for on-the-job training and special area orientation at such installations as Savannah Outport, Georgia, Sunny Point Outport South Carolina, Military Ocean Terminal, Brooklyn, New York, Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, New Jersey, and Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Enlisted personnel received training at the U.S. Army Transportation Center Leadership School, Ft. Eustis; Virginia, First U..S. Army Chemical-Biological-Radiological (CRB) School, Ft. Meade, Marylandl and, the U.S. Army Transportation School, Ft. Eustis, Virginia, and other locations.

The 125th arrived in the the Republic of Vietnam on 4 October 1966 and was assigned to the 4th Transportation Command (Terminal C). The unit has a unique task, in that it assists the Director General of Ports, Republic of Vietnam in developing more efficient methods which are required to improve operations of the Saigon Port.

The period 1 January 1967 thru 31 March 1967 saw significant progress in the program to improve the management and operation of the Saigon Commercial Port. The period 4 October 1966 thru 31 December 1966 saw the initiation of the improvement program, and the acceptance of revised principles and techniques of port management by the various military, governmental and private commercial interests in the port. After 1 January 1967 with a reorganization of the Port Authority and appointment of new officials at the national and local level, the Port of Saigon experienced an accelerated pace in. the improvement of operations and port management. Plans and programs initiated in the previous quarter began to show results.

Concurrently, importers, bankers, the Chamber of Commerce, and the new Minister of Finance exhibited a positive interest in accelerating port clearance, and accepting the fact that the basic problem was an economic one rather than one that could be entirely corrected at the port. The Market congestion problem became generally accepted as a problem in both Vietnamese and U.S. economic circles.

The U.S. Army Transportation Battalion Vung Tau/Delta previsional was formed 30 July 1967.

The Battalion was given the mission of operating the U.S. Army Terminal Vung Tau/Delta and commanding the 5th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat), the 329th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat), the 1097th Transportation Company (Medium Boat), and the 626th, 630th, 633rd, and 634th Transportation Detachments. The nucleus of the present battalion headquarters came from the 511th Transportation Detachment (Tm JD), contract supervision, which was an eight man detachment for supervision of the Alaska Barge and Transport Company.

The battalion headquarters were fully Operational in all staff elements by 31 August 1967. Additional efforts have been made to manage port operations in such a way as to assist AB&T to become more efficient and thus reach the 6o,ooo S/T cargo handled per month programed for this port beginning 1 September; heretofore, the programed tonnage for Vung Tau was only 45,000 s/t. The present capability of this port is limited only by the consignee's ability to receive cargo. We could easily move 90,000 s/T thru the port if consignees could return the truck fleet expeditiously.

There are two (2) deep draft berths at the Delong Pier. In addition there are five (5) anchorage berths in the stream, three (3) of which are used for all cargo, the best protected for troop ships, and the farthest out for ammo ships. A short pier is used primarily for barges. Additionally there are three (3) LST slips, one of which is used primarily for loading and discharge LCU's. Vung Tau/Delta has four principal consignees in the area: PA&E, 53rd General Support Depot, 2d Maintenance Battalion and the 148th Ordnance Battalion.

The two heavy boat companies are committed daily to Can Tho, Dong Tam, Vinh Long, Phu Quoc, Qui Nhon, Ham Tan, French Fort, and Baria. In addition to cargo missions, the heavy boats are used for troop moves and in support of tactical operations.

The medium boat company is based at Dong Tam and is in general support of the 9th Infantry Division and direct support of the 3d Battalion, 34th Artillery. This company works with the Mekong Delta Riverine Assault Force (MDRAF), a Navy flotilla serving as home base for the 2d Brigade, 9th Infantry which makes beach landings throughout the Delta.

Seven of the Mike 8's have special construction in the well decks for Battalion FDC, Battalion Command Post (Bn Cp), Battery FDC's, and a first aid station. The remaining boats in the company are utilized to tow artillery and mortar barges into firing positions, plus keep our own maintenance barge with the company while on missions.

The 11th Transportation Battalion was activated 1 October 1941, at Ft. Hamilton, New York, as the 369th Quartermaster Battalion (Port). The unit was redesignated the 369th Port Battalion, Transportation Corps, 31 July 1942. The battalion served in England, North Africa, Italy and France during World War II and was awarded campaign streamers Lor Sicily (with arrowhead), Rome-Arno, Southern France and Rhineland. The unit was inactivated at Marseille France, 13 March 1946.

Redesignated the 11 th Transportation Port Battalion ion on 29 September 1948, it was reactivated 4 October 1948 at Ft.Eustis, Virginia. The Unit's current designation became effective 2 October 1954.

The Battalion arrived in the Republic 0f Vietnam 5 August 1965 from Ft. Eustis. Upon arrival it was deployed to Saigon Port, Vietnam; to prepare for the massive logistical buildup. One of the original units of the 4th Transportation Command in Vietnam, in less than two months the battalion had assumed operational control of the Port from the U.S. Navy, disembarked and staged the 1st infantry Division into the country and was engaged in discharging unprecedented tonnage of supplies and equipment in support of Free World Forces.

When the operations of Saigon Port were taken over by the 4th Transportation Command, the 11th moved to Long Binh and assumed the primary mission of a truck battalion. During this period its personnel participated in operations Greenlight, Moonlight, Hardihood and Birmingham, providing general support for field operations.

On 12 May 1966 the truck companies were transferred to another unit and the 11th returned to Saigon and assumed the barge discharge operations, supporting the Saigon Port and the logistical over the shore (LOTS) operation at Vung Tau. During the unit's first year in Vietnam, it was credited with transporting over 1.6 million tons of cargo over the waterways, piers and highways.

The unit's present mission is to provide vessels and personnel to move cargo along the inland waterways to final discharge sites, as well as providing personnel and equipment for terminal service at various port locations within the Republic of Vietnam.

To carry out its mission, the battalion has three companies assigned and several detachment-sized units.

125th Transportation Command

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