Ranh Bay., RVN (57th Trans Bn I.O.) After eight months., over two million miles
of driving and transporting six hundred thousand short tons of cargo in Vietnam,
the men of the 57th Trans Bn (Trk), 500th Trans Gp (MT), have literally hauled
everything from refugees to railroad cars.
For the second time this year the 57th Trans Bn (Trk) has hauled railroad
cars on Battalion trucks.
reverse "piggyback" operation has now been responsible for thirty two
railroad cars being delivered to the Vietnamese National Railway in nearby Ba
Ngoi. The first operation.,
completed in April of this year, delivered twenty, 34,000 pound gondola and flat
rail cars to the National Railway.
latest operation, requiring 49 hours., was completed on 6 July under the
coordination and supervision of the Project Officer., CPT Kenneth G. Scott S3,,
57th Trans Bn (Trk). First, the
52,900 pound, 46 foot., refrigerator cars, shipped to Cam Ranh Bay on the Sea
Train New Jersey were off-loaded from the ship at Pier 1A by the 565th Terminal
Co. commanded by CPT Lawrence J. Lipka . Utilizing
the ship!s crane., the rail cars were loaded on to 25 ton capacity 40
foot trailers. Length of the rail
cars between "trucks” was 38 feet, 8 inches, allowing only 8 inches of
clearance on each end of the trailers. After
lashing the rail cars to the trailers and bracing them with heavy timbers, the
truckers' real work began. Utilizing
M52 Tractors., the trucks, with their unusual cargo, began the slow and cautious
journey to the railhead at Ba Ngoi, 15 miles away.
The move was made in two., 6 truck
with a military
police escort provided by the
97th Military Police Battalion,
a 50 ton mobile crane provided by Vinnell Corporation., the rail cars were off
loaded by personnel from the 116th Terminal Service Company commanded by CPT
Albert Heffner . Bracing and tie-dowm chains were removed., a lifting sling was
fastened around the rail cars and the crane settled the rail cars onto the
tracks neatly and securely. Despite
the difficulty and obstacles encountered., all twelve rail cars were moved
safely and without mishap. The 57th
Trans Bn Commander., LTC Julian H Hall., ,
praised the effort saying., "This operation is again proof of our Battalion
motto., Poviding With Mobility”
observing this unusual example of transportation ingenuity were COL H. E.
Tistadt, , Commanding Officer of the 500th Tr-ans Gp (MT); and MAJ Walter F.
Musial, the Director of Transportation, Cam Ranh Bay Support Command.
the rapid and successful completion of the
“reverse piggyback" operation, COL Tistadt also
men of the 57th Trans Bn (Trk) and the 565th and 11th
Terminal Companies. ‘We, have
proved today the truth of the old axiom," he stated: "Teamwork is the greatest weapon the Army has ever developed".