1st MIBARS In Vietnam!


Enlisted Command Support


Commanding Officer's Immediate Support Staff

Photo: supply clerk in "B" Detachment's supply room on the I Corps Compound

Photo Credit: MIV

Above:  An assistant to the supply sergeant is pictured in the secured supply room at the rear of the building on the I Corps Compound used for "B" Detachment's headquarters offices.  M-14 Rifles not issued to individual troopers were secured in locked gun racks, shown in the background of this photo.


First Sergeant and Supply Sergeant

Photo: "B" Detachment's First Sergeant during early 1967, seated at his desk in the detachment's orderly room on the I Corps Compound

Photo Credit: MIV

Photo: "B" Detachment supply sergeant works with manual typewriter, assisted by supply clerk, in mid-1967

Photo Credit: MIV

Above:  "B" Detachment's First Sergeant  during the latter part of 1966 and for much of 1967.  Often referred to as a unit's "Top," "Top Soldier" or "First Shirt," the First Sergeant was pivotal to the effective operation of any unit.

If "B" Detachment had a bona fide hero in 1967, it was this man whose quick action averted possible injury or worse to members of the Detachment.  He stepped forward without hesitation one night in the enlisted billets to re-insert a safety pin that had been impulsively -- but not maliciously -- removed from a live fragmentation grenade by a then panicked and shaking young trooper.  Afterwards, the errant soldier accepted responsibility for his actions and was reassigned out of "B" Detachment, while the First Sergeant completed his tour with the same square jaw and steely-eyed stare pictured above.

Above:  "B" Detachment's Supply Sergeant, shown with a Supply Clerk, managed property and supply functions.  This efficient and mild-mannered senior non-commissioned officer was a true role model and was respected by all members of the complement.


Photo Credit: MIV

Above:  Forty years after service in Vietnam, two veterans of "B" Detachment and the Hand-held Camera Program meet at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. to remember Staff Sergeant Alderman C. West.


Other Key Support Staff

Photo: Detachment clerk works on a manual typewriter in the orderly room

Photo Credit: MIV

Photo: "B" Detachment's orderly room on the I Corps Compound in 1967

Photo Credit: MIV

Above, Left:  "B" Detachment's administrative clerk was key in the generation of  the unit's paperwork -- particularly orders pinning down a soldier's DEROS (date of expected return from overseas) for reassignment back to the United States.  Above, Right:  Inside view of "B" Detachment's Orderly Room, with the administrative clerk entering the front door.  A water cooler is visible in the background, with a dark bottle of salt tablets attached to a board at its left.  Just below the Detachment Clerk is a plywood gate, secured by a long spring nailed to its inside surface, that allowed access to the area occupied by the First Sergeant for those who worked with him but blocked others.  The dark box to the left of the gate, with the hasp and padlock, is the mail drop, the slot being in the center of the top.  In the center, in the wall cut-out, are the slotted "distribution boxes" where Section Chiefs and other key personnel picked up mail and documents.  A trooper appears to be removing material from the second box as this picture was taken.   


Photo: "B" Detachment's motor sergeant checks the oil on an M-151 Jeep vehicle

Photo Credit: MIV

Photo: motor maintenance area, showing the large trailer used for parts and equipment and the carport constructed to provide shelter when vehicles were being repaired

Photo Credit: MIV

Above. Left:  "B" Detachment's "motor sergeant" -- the man who in 1967 kept the trucks rolling and the generators and other mechanicals spinning.  These mechanics were not always sergeants in rank, just as the "crew chiefs" of the Delivery Platoon worked alone and without a crew.  While there were some centralized heavy maintenance and repair facilities in DaNang, it was the unit motor sergeant whose attention to day-to-day maintenance and mechanical issues minimized field generator and vehicle "down time," ensuring continuous and reliable electric power to the windowless Tactical Imagery Interpretation Facility (TIIF) and to the Reproduction Section's ES-38A Mobile Darkroom Facility.  No less important was the availability of  reliable motor transportation for the detachment commander and section personnel.  Above, Right:  "B" Detachment's "motor pool," essentially a site-built carport sitting atop a hard stand made from a large square of perforated steel plating and nestled up to a heavy trailer.  The trailer was compartmentalized to accommodate tools, materials and spare parts and -- of course -- a refrigerator.  This particular motor sergeant was quite adept in at mechanics and capable of ensuring proper maintenance of -- and making a wide range of light and heavy repairs to -- the Detachment's equipment.  

Photo: motor sergeant and kibbitzers doing a brake job on a Jeep

Photo Credit: Bob Crowell, "B" Detachment, Delivery Platoon, 1966-1968

Above:  The motor sergeant perhaps getting some help and free advice  while doing a brake job on a "B" Detachment M-151 General Purpose ("GP" or "Jeep") Vehicle.  The M-151 Jeep's suspension made it prone to roll over in high-speed or abrupt turns, and the vehicle had to be handled with care.


Commanding Officers

Mission Leads/Delivery Platoon

Non-Commissioned Officers

Troopers I

Troopers II

Constructed Roster

"B" Detachment 101


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