John Higgins Sam Dunn
E. William Horne
I joined 7th Motor Transport Bn.
in SEP66, and the unit moved to Red Beach DaNang in Spring 67. My Comm
Chief, SSgt Wilson asked for "volunteers" to work at the local MARS
Station when we were off-duty. I volunteered, and within a few weeks, I
was transferred to the Station. I rotated out of Vietnam in Oct67,
attended Brown College, Minneapolis, MN, where I studied, and eventually
graduated, with a certificate in Radio Television Broadcasting and
Broadcast Engineering, and worked for several commercial radio stations in
the market, as a marketing representative then on-air personality, aka,
"disk jockey" or "broadcaster." In spite of the fact that my career may
appear to be quite different than my MARS service, there are many
similarities, and in my career as a building maintenance and operations
planner and scheduler operating a computerized maintenance management
system, I am honored to continue to serve those who serve.
MARS duty very possibly saved my life - long
I appreciate the connection to the former
and current MARS Operators. In my experience, for a various reasons, many
Vietnam Veteran maintain little or no connection with our fellow troops,
MARS allows me a connection, and I'm grateful for that opportunity.
10/67 - 2/68
Cpl. John Haw and I were serving
in 7th Motor Transport Bn. at 1st FSR DaNang. I was filling sand
bags in preparation for a new bunker when our com. Sgt asked for
volunteers to work at the MARS station. John and I volunteered along with
others. John Haw and myself reported early the next morning to the First
Sgt in charge of MARS operations. We were given the job and we both
finished our tours there.
experience allowed me to meet some great people, both in the system and
the Marine Corps and Navy. It also allowed me to continue serving the
troops as a operator with NORSE at Camp Pendleton.
GySgt 70 - 71
While I was the NCOIC at the
Division Afloat network I had 8 stations call signs within the system.
The intent of the system was to furnish the deployed division units with
an Amateur/MARS operation.
Each of these stations held a MARS call sign
as well as an Amateur call sign. The mother station W4PKS was the
coordinating station for all. I do not remember the MARS call sign
for any of the stations. Can anyone help me out?. Yes I have worked with
many old Corps MARS operators and what great communicators they were.
I was the operator at the DaNang
Navy Mars station, N0EFL, in 1971 and
1972. I was not, however, a Marine: I was an Army MP and an SP/4: my
job was with the Danang Joint Customs Detachment, 8 MP GP (CI), 18 MP BDE. Back