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American Baby Boomers---- of the 1960's---- are commonly depicted in the media as either in the mud of Woodstock or in the mud of Vietnam. The honest truth is, merely a tiny percent---- 3 % total amount---- were in either place. A lot of Baby Boomers were living typical lives doing typical points. But for those that took an active component in the Rivalry---- which we succeeded---- and which included Vietnam---- this book is devoted to you. Book includes the documents of the 13-man STAT TEAMS (later called Seabee Teams) that offered in Vietnam. The Navy Seabees were some of the very first to show up for Vietnam's resist communism. In 1954, President Ngo Dinh Diem wrote a letter to President Eisenhower requesting armed forces and financial aid. In 1954 and 1955 a determined one million evacuees (mainly persecuted Catholics) relocated from the Communist State of North Vietnam to the south (8 % of the North's population). The Seabees aided them during their "Passage to Flexibility". In 1956, Seabees were appointed to survey Vietnam's roadways. There weren't many. The Seabees passed by jeep and walking with pack-mules. The surveyors located that the bombing planes of World War II, the guerrillas of Viet Minh, and the freshly emerging guerrilla teams of the Viet Cong had destroyed a lot of the bridges and undermined exactly what couple of roadways were left. Beginning in 1963, Seabee Teams, with Secret Clearances, arrived in Vietnam to help the U.S. Army's Special Forces in the CIA moneyed Private citizen Irregular Defense Team (CIDG) program, and to assist the Vietnamese help themselves. The Seabees created Special Forces Camps and stations, airfields for the SF STOL-class Caribou plane, and constructed linking roadways. These Seabee Teams also helped the Vietnamese to far better their living problems through thousands of jobs in backwoods. The Seabee Teams in Vietnam also earned Purple Hearts, Silver Stars, Bronze Stars and many other medals. One Seabee Employee, Marvin Sheilds, earned the Congressional Medal Of Honor while battling alongside with the Special Forces at Dong Xoi. In 1963, just approximately 10,000 Americans were in Vietnam and very little facilities alreadied existing. This was before the eventual arrival of 2.1 million---- in time---- Americans. Provided the minimal facilities---- with little ports, roadways and airstrips---- it would certainly have been near difficult to obtain the 2.1 million eventual Americans---- along with their equipment (Beans, Bullets, And Black Oil)---- provided to South Vietnam and assist them. Numerous Vietnam Vets---- including this writer---- turned up after 1965. A lot of us took it for given that the air bases we landed in, roadways we drove on, helo-pads we mounted out from and the camps we resided in, or gone through, and the water and meals and gas storage space were somehow consistently there---- or most likely didn't give it an idea. Yet long before we showed up, armed forces and noncombatant engineers were hectic preparing the "ground" to make it possible to combat a battle; and begin efforts to succeed the hearts and thoughts of the South Vietnamese. A recent travel guide to Vietnam stated the remarkable roadways and facilities in the Southern part of Vietnam---- rather than North Vietnam---- because of the American existence there during the Vietnam War.---- Kenneth E. Bingham, Seabee volunteer, Feb, 2013