Two Week Trip: Hawaii to Vietnam

08 Aug



There was a lot of activity going on around Schofield Barracks  in late 1965 and everyone knew something major was about to happen. Our orders for Vietnam came and we boarded the USNS General Walker in early January of 1966.

The ship traveled 500 miles a day for 14 days. The ocean was rough and some of the troops became seasick including myself.

There was plenty of time for reflection on what awaited for us in Vietnam. I was thinking of how many would return to the United States safely.

It was my first time on a troop ship and it seemed like we would never arrive in Vietnam even though we didn’t know what the future held for those aboard the ship.

7,000 miles is a long trip especially when the ship could only travel 500 miles a day.

The night before we got off the ship percussion grenades were dropped in the surrounding water to ward off any Viet Cong divers that may try to destroy our ship.

That last night aboard the ship was very hot since we were in a very hot climate once we got that close.

When we arrived the next day I drank several cold drinks that weren’t cold since we had no ice. It took awhile to get rid of our sea legs after being aboard ship for two weeks.



Posted by on August 8, 2009 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Two Week Trip: Hawaii to Vietnam

  1. harold wandle

    August 19, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    i was on that ship with the 25 if div when they landed in vietnam. i wouild like to continue this story from the ship to cuchi. i will never forget when we had to climb on the side of the ship pn rope ladders to small craft below with full gear and our trusty weapon. the roep ladder was shakeing and donot look down or up. i am a little guy and above me was a big man. if you did not move he will kick you off the ladder. we finally reach our small craft. we had to stand up even thouhg we were all tireed. charlie was at shore so we could not go in right away . had to drive around untilll charlie left. we then entered light aircraft. and then we entered helecopters to cuchi. the news that we received was that charlie killed two people. now we are safe at last home in hawaii. god bless everyone

    • Andrew Godfrey

      August 19, 2009 at 4:11 PM

      Thanks for sharing your story. The only Charlie I saw had a sandbag over his face so he couldn’t tell VC where he was.


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