48th Transportation Group

The GYPSY BANDITS Arrive in Vietnam from Jim Donelan

572nd Transportation Co, Long Binh, Viet Nam, 1967-68

The GYPSY BANDITS move north to Quang Tri from Bill Hampton

You Guys are Nuts from Robert Woods

6th Transportation Battalion 7th Transportation Battalion
Motor Transport Motor Transport
66-72 66-72

Congressional Medal of Honor

Information from Stantons Order of Battle book and other sources and generally applies to the period of maximum troop deployment in 1968
Can't Find Your Company? Check the Crossreference Table Unit citations awarded by the U.S. cover specific time periods which may be found in DA Pamphlet 672-3. Many units were awarded multiple citations.
Transportation Companies Type Time Typical Location
6th Battalion Companies
86th Trans Medium Truck 66-72 Long Binh
87th Trans Light Truck 66-69 Long Binh
151st Trans Light Truck 66-69 Long Binh
163rd Trans Light Truck 65-67 Chu Lai
261st Trans "Whistlers" Light Truck 66-72 Long Binh
319th Trans Light Truck 68-69 Long Binh
321st Trans Medium Truck 67-72 Long Binh
352nd Trans Light Truck 68-69 Long Binh
7th Battalion Companies
10th Trans Medium Truck 66-72 Long Binh
62nd Trans Medium Truck 66-72 Long Binh
233rd Trans Heavy Truck 69-72 Long Binh
379th Trans Medium Reefer Truck 68-72

Long Binh

446th Trans Medium Truck 66-72 Long Binh
534th Trans Medium Truck 66-72 Long Binh
538th Trans Medium Petroleum Truck 66-72 Long Binh
572nd Trans "Gypsy Bandits" Medium Truck 66-73 Long Binh
Other Saigon Area Motor Units
9th Trans Airborn Car 66-72 Long Binh
47th Trans Medium Petroleum Truck 66-72 Long Binh
543rd Trans Light Truck 66-70 Long Binh
552nd Trans Car 66-72 Long Binh
556th Trans Medium Petroleum Truck 65-70 Long Binh
805th Trans Light Truck 66-72 Vung Tau

Quan Loi, Vietnam, January 1969.

An Army Reserve Historical Painting

The 319th Transportation Company returns fire when one of their trucks is disabled during a Viet Cong ambush.

This Army Reserve unit from Augusta, Ga., is transporting ammunition and rations to the First Infantry Division near the Cambodian border. Between September1968 and July1969, the 319th was ambushed seven times while hauling supplies more than 1.1 million miles. They suffered one casualty and received a meritorious unit citation and numerous individual awards. More than 100,000 individual members of the Army Reserve served on active duty each year from 1967 to 1971, many in southeast Asia. In addition, 42 Army Reserve units were mobilized in 1968, with 35 going to Vietnam.

Joe Blackwell Photo

The following section is based upon material taken from Vietnam Studies Logistical Support Department of the Army, 1972

Truck Transportation

During the deployment of tactical units in mid-1965 most highway transport units were located at or near the major port areas. They provided port and beach clearance and local and line haul in II and III Corps. These services were initially provided by three truck companies at Saigon and Cam Ranh Bay and a combination of medium truck companies (two cargo and one Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants) at Qui Nhon. These capabilities were increased through 1966 by the addition of more truck companies and command and control elements.

As force levels climbed, the requirements for highway transportation units also increased. These requirements were met by three means: 1. the arrival of a Transportation Motor Transport Group Headquarters in Saigon plus the arrival of additional military truck units; 2. the use of commercial trucking contractors; and 3. the arrival of the 1st Transportation Company (GOER) in II Corps.

Joe Blackwell Photo

The highway tonnages moved by a combination of military and commercial motor transport during the period December 1967-December 1968 was approximately ten million tons; and by the same means during the period January-July 1969, approximately five million tons were carried. As the buildup continued it became apparent that the conventional military truck was not designed to handle palletized and containerized loads efficiently. The fixed sides of the cargo bodies on the 2 1/2-ton and 5-ton cargo trucks did not permit forklifts to reach the full length of the cargo compartment, therefore the push and pull method was used in loading and unloading operations causing damage to the truck bodies.

Photo from Larry Phillips 446th Trans Company who is 3rd from left front row.

In the summer of 1966 large scale combat operations in the Central Highlands put a severe strain on the motor transport units providing line haul support in the Pleiku area. Convoy commanders were required to continually operate over an insecure highway system. Convoy security support was provided by U.S. and Vietnamese units when priorities permitted; often the desired degree of support was not available. It was also desirable to have armored personnel carriers integrated into the convoy, but they were not always available. For this reason truck units employed the "hardened vehicle" concept . Within the 8th Transportation Group during the 1967-1968 time frame, the equivalent of one light truck company's capability was lost by converting their cargo vehicles to "hardened vehicles" to provide the necessary security.

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